Thursday, 21 September 2017

Birthday Bowling

Bowling is the ideal birthday activity in the summer, especially if the weather is poor, so our whole family headed for the bowling alley back in August to celebrate my nephew's 15th birthday.

Another project life style page here, with some positively antique stash.  The pocket cards come from the same set, and I cut out embellishments (candles and a banner) from some of the cards.

The large dotted paper is from a Papermania birthday set, it also had stickers (balloons, circles and stars) and must be around ten years old!

I knew there was a reason I rarely threw away my old stash!

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

A Feast!

On the harbourside in Weymouth, there is a restaurant we have been visiting for over twenty years while on holiday.  This year was no different, and I took a few photos of us and the food to make this layout.

I went with a Project Life style page again, mainly using cards from the Kraft PL range (which have been in my stash for ages!)

In our family, 'Food of the Gods' is a commonly used phrase to describe anything delicious, so seemed ideal for the title for my page.  To finish the page I added translucent Nuvo Drops and a few stickers from Simple Stories I Am was on my table so I I tried to use up as amny as possible.
I know people are mocked for taking photos of their food, but at least I print off and scrapbook my pictures!

Sunday, 17 September 2017

A Project Life Style Double Layout

As I had taken so many photos this year, I wanted to scrapbook some a little more quickly, so I chose a pocket style page for this layout about the beach.

Although speed was my reason for scrapbooking in this way, in the end I spent a huge amount of time making the pages.

Firstly, I decided to use some of the seaside themed dies from my collection.  The layered beach scene is a die by Do Crafts, I had had it a while but was glad to make use of it at last.  I cut papers by Anna Griffin, and plain cardstock by Papermania.

Next, I cut out sea creature dies by Katie Skilton, I had used these before in a layout with very different colours, and although red sea might be seen to be a little odd, the colours of the papers match those in the rest of the pages.

The final bit of die cutting was the title from red funky foam using a Sizzix XL alphabet die, I added an embellishment cut from a sea themed PL card with added washi tape.

I added journalling to 3x2 cards, along with hand cut, punched and die cut embellishments.

Although the pages did take a long time, I think the effort was worth it. 😊

Friday, 15 September 2017

Our Spot on the Beach

Every year we go to Weymouth, we always use the same spot on the beach.  A beach hut is home for our possessions for the whole season, really handy as it means we don't have to carry our belongings down every day.

I took a photo of the 'camp' up the beach as I paddled in the sea, along with a shot of a sandcastle the boys (aged 15, 18 and 24!) had made...never to old to play in the sand.

I used lots of very old stash to make this layout.  The papers were from a really old seaside themed by Papermania. I cut out beach hut embellishments from the paper and stamped and cut out the bunting (Unity).

When I searched for the papers I wanted, I found a beach ht stamp; I then used this on my layout above the photos.

The title was made from a mix of glittery Thickers and tile letters by Websters.  A useful layout to begin one of my scrapbooks about our favourite hunt in Dorset.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

High Tea

Back in 2016, the girls and I had a day out together in July just before the end of term.  It was an incredibly hot day, at the end of it, we went to Castle Bromwich Hall for afternoon tea.

As it was midweek, the restaurant was quiet, so we had great service and a beautiful high tea!

To make the layout I used up some the Little by Little collection by Shimelle, am feeling guilty about this stash really, as I have had it in my cupboard a while, and I think I had only made one layout from it so far...and as I have bought the paper pad for her next collection I think I need to make a far bigger dent in my Shimelle papers.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Dreaming Big

I love these photos I took of Hannah last summer at Castle Bromwich Hall gardens.

I used the I Am papers by Simple Stories.  Many of the embellishments were cut from the papers, the words, typewriter and large flowers.

The title thought bubble is cut from a 6x4" PL style card.

Always good to use up some old stash!

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Wedding Card

A friend of ours from church was married in Ireland over the summer.  She is returning home to receive a blessing in our church, so I have made her a card for the day.

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One of the benefits of attending a blessing after the wedding, is that I saw photos of the bride and groom on their big day, this gave me ideas for making the card.

I wanted to spotlight stamp sunflowers, but didn't have a suitable stamp set.  Once I searched through my stamp stash, I found a set of daisies by Altenew which would look like sunflowers once coloured in yellow and orange.

After background stamping with the 'sunflowers', I die cut her new name using the Altenew Big Alphabet die set, and only coloured the letters of the name. The 'Mr and Mrs' comes from a Sizzix set.

 I added a few gold sequins to complete the card, along with a nice Anna Griffin sentiment inside.