Saturday, 18 June 2016

Old stash challenge

At a recent crop a friend of mine had a selection of very old papers by MME in her kit that she didn't know what to do with. She didn't know what to do with them, so I suggested dishing them out to members of the crop as a challenge, so that we could make a page using them, ready for our next meeting which is today!

The papers were very bight, shocking pink, yellow and green; difficult to use, so I toned them down with sprays of brown mist, and inked the edges. On the positive side, the kits did contain little min-books, I used mine to add extra photos and my journalling.

The title was cut using a typewriter die by Tim Holtz and brown foam.

 I wonder how the pages of my friends turn out; we have decided to share old stash over the next few crops and see if we can each make a dent into each other's paper mountains!

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Getting organised.

I have a lot of scrapbooks.  Really, a lot! After scrapbooking for over 12 years my books can be found in many rooms of the house, and they were not particularly well organised.  Last weekend, after completing a class by Shimelle, I decided to take matters in hand and sort them out once and for all. Little did I know I would come up with a way of solving how I store my photos I want to scrapbook too.

I decided to start small, with my holiday albums. There were three of them, all mixed up by place and chronologically too. First step was to sort pages by place:

1. Foreign holidays; not too many pages here, fit in one album sorted by place.

2. UK trips outside Dorset. Sorted again in general areas, Midlands split 3 ways as this where I live so plenty of pages; Wales; Southern England; Norther Ireland; London. I left a few pages empty and put in unscrapbooked photos ready to make LOs to fill the gaps. Also some empty page protectors for future trips to these areas.

3. Weymouth. We have been visiting Dorset with the children for over 20 years so there were a lot of LOs. Saying that, there were also some gaps, from 1993 to 2000 for example. Why? Pre-digital days! So I searched through my old photos, scanned them (just in case) and plan to scrapbook the originals in spaces I left in my Dorset scrapbook. To remind me what goes where, I am storing the photos within my scrapbook in the places the layout will go. So now I have no folder of photos,  and all I need to do is pick up an album and choose which one to scrapbook.

I'm looking forward to scrapping these old photos of when my 'children' , now 24, 21 and 17 were young to fill the gaps.

One set of albums sorted, just a few more to go!

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Beautiful gardens.

On our visit to Upton House last month, the gardens had just burst into leaf and bloom and were looking absolutely glorious.

The house sits on top of a hill with the gardens behind it dropping down into a valley. Nearer the house are more formal areas, looking beautiful with tulips and wallflowers in late spring.  Incredible flights of stone steps take you downwards, passing the kitchen gardens and a swimming pool, to a lake at the bottom. When we were there the lake had been drained for repair, but was due to be refilled again by the end of the year.

 I used a piece of Amy Tan Better Together paper for my background, and some gold striped paper (which I had been hoarding!) by MME along with lots of chipboard shapes, die cuts from the Starshine collection, and completing the page with faux enamel dots made using Nuvo Crystal Drops.

 I think it would be nice to revisit the house and gardens later in the year, maybe to see some autumn colour.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Spring View over Warwickshire.

On our trip to Coughton Court last month, we climbed up the numerous stairs to reach a roof top space above one of the turrets that afforded amazing views of the countryside.

The trees were coming into leaf and the the rape glowed yellow in the fields.  We took a few photos, the one of the two of us was taken by Harry (he did a good job too!)

I made the layout using mostly Market Street papers by MME, I hand scripted the title using a brush pen and cut it out to add to the page.

Embellishments included butterfly tape by Tim Holtz, stickers and an acetate globe by Shimelle.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Northern Lights

After playing with my ink blending for the moon cards I decided to have a go at the Northern Nights effect I had also seen online.  Lots of ink blending, but this time with brighter colours, and toned down with blue and black on top made the background for this card.  I flicked water onto the inks to reactivate them, and then used an old dry toothbrush with acrylic paint (white) to flick a few bright stars to finish the look.

A simple stamp of a cityscape (Seattle) and label stamp for the sentiment, cut out and mounted onto foam completed the card.

I really love how this card turned out, the red is a little bright, but the city overstamped looks great.

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Worth a Read

I love Jane Austen; most summers I will re-read at least one of her books and my favourite of her five full novels is the book Persuasion.

I have been receiving a kit of embellishments and stamps each month from the States by Ali Edwards, and this month's kit was entitled 'Read'.

Once the kit arrived, I knew straight away that I wanted to make a page about my treasured book. I found a photo online that contained a heartfelt quote from the story and decided to use this as the focal point to my page.

I used a paper with glasses all over it, ideal for me as a bookworm, and I loved the fact that some were foiled in gold!  I cut some from the paper and added them to the embellishment clusters.

The title was made from the acrylic word that came with Ali's kit, along with a few stickers.  I scattered letter stickers, a few stamps and pieces of chipboard also from the kit, and finished the page with dimensional dots made using Tonic Nuvo Crystal drops.

If you have't tried Austens final novel, but are a lover of Pride and Prejudice, why not give it a try?

Friday, 3 June 2016

Starry, starry night

After buying a set of Altenew stamps called with a large moon, I went online to see how they could be used. Craft Bunny on Youtube had some fabulous ideas, so I used them to inspire me.

The moon image itself overstamps beautifully (and so easily) using shades of grey ink, and after masking I used a variety of distress inks to blend together and make the background.

After flicking them with water to reactivate the inks and give a blotched appearance, I stamped on sentiments to finish the cards.

Finally, I added star shaped sequins from my stash.