Tuesday, 3 September 2019

A Birthday Treat

For my birthday  and mother's day this year, Katie bought me a pair of tickets to visit Blackpool Tower Ballroom to have afternoon tea.

What a wonderful surprise! We made the trip in August, although the town is a little shabby, at night the lights looked lovely.

The papers are by Shimelle, letters were a bargain holographic set from Hobbycraft.

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Egg Hunt

My kids are all in their twenties, but still love an Easter egg hunt in the spring.

This year was no different!
Papers are by Dear Lizzy, title uses an ancient alphabet stencil by Tim Holtz, stitched around and coloured. 

Friday, 30 August 2019


My eldest daughter gets married in October, here is a page of her with her fiance earlier this year.

A quick layout with a central design, papers are by Shimelle ( I think, it's been so long since I made the page).

Title is hand cut from papers.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Travellers Notebook

I know I haven't posted in ages, work and life have been getting in the way. I'll share a few recent LOs with you over the next week or so.

Before going on holiday I decided to scrapbook my time using a travellers notebook for the first time.

I set it up before going and took a small bag of stash so I could complete a page a day. I left spaces for 3x2 photos and added them on my return.  Here is the completed book.

The first page is stamped with an Altenew wreath set, I wrote the title with a brush pen.  I set out a circular mood tracker using a WRMK tool and drew out my month to view with just a pencil and ruler before going over it in pen.

The reading page has books with stars to review each book. As we didn't have such good weather especially in the second week, I read less than I usually do.  I the set out a page a day for the whole holiday.

On each page I added the day and a few stickers. I used washi tape with sweets and biscuits by Docrafts.

On a couple of pages I made a pocket to add extra photos and ephemera, the WRMK tool helped make these.

Stickers were from a couple of American Crafts books, they made decorating the pages quick and easy.

I did keep up with my book and it has taken the pressure off getting photos scrapbooked on my return.

I might still do some pages at 12x12 size, just need to look through my photos from my good camera. All the pictures in the notebook are from my phone.

I completed the journal with a couple of pages set up before I went. The weather page uses the WRMK tool to set up the circle tracker and Heidi Swapp weather stickers.

The ice cream page uses Altenew ice cream stamps, coloured each time we ate one.

The last page has a simple habit tracker page in the form of a table.  I picked up the journal in Hobbycraft, the pages were a little thin so pens can bleed through. To solve this, I stuck pages together. It meant that I could also make more pockets between pages too by not gluing the top.
Will I use a travellers planner again? Probably!

Friday, 10 May 2019

Paige Evans scraplift.

I watched a YouTube video by Paige Evans using her new collection 'Horizon.

The papers with a rainbow sunray design is one of my favourites; I didn't want to cover much of the paper and was puzzled about how to do the paper justice.

Of course Paige had the wonderful idea to cut the segments and embroidered them, so I just scaplifted it. 

In her style I added sequins tone on tone to the page as I wanted the rest of the layout to stand out.  Of course, the stitching took for ever, good job I was off school for the Easter holidays when I made the page!

Bond's Hospital

My godparents are both well into their eighties now, but are still very sprightly and they live in one of the medieval Alms houses in our ancient city.

During Heritage weekend every September you can go into some buildings normally closed to the public, including Bond's Hospital where they live.

I used Maggie Holmes papers for the layout and the title was handwritten using brush script by me.😀

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Mrs P

Hannah has had two hamster during the past two years, her current pet is called Mrs P.  She is a very chubby little rodent!

She is so greedy one of the photos has her sitting in her food bowl! 

Again, I used the woodland stash and am delighted to say I finished the paper pad!

As hamsters are not long lived, I think it is important to get a few photos of it into Hannah's scrapbook.