Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Once again sorry I can't show the photos here.
I kept this LO very simple but was pleased with the final effect.
The circles around the photos I made by inking the rim of a glass and using it to stamp onto the page.  I then used my sewing machine to stitch the circle.  The title I made by writing it in pencil and then zig zagging over it.

Moving On

My creativity took a walk on this LO but although I struggled to come up with this idea I am moderately pleased with the finished page.  Sorry that I can't publish the photo for this or my next post.  This page celebrates my last day in my job before I moved onto my next one.  I cut the photo into a chevron shape to give the idea of movement and then painted the alphas with stripes to give the same impression.  The small circles have been punched out of netting which I coloured with alcohol inks.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Holiday in a Shed

This layout is based around a holiday on the Welsh Boarders where we stayed in what was grandly described as a log cabin but in reality was a large garden shed.  In my attempt to use up some of my scrap paper I have used multiple strips to layer my photo's onto.  I have also used parts of tourist guides and maps.  A couple of the strips are from cardboard boxes/baskets which contained easter eggs and one piece is from an oat cakes box.  I gutted the base card behind the photos and strips so that I could use it for my title and the mat my photos.
 For my journalling label I cut out the outline left over from a label sticker and stuck it onto and old map.  I then cut out a disc from the map and attached it as as tag.  The label slots behind my photos.
 To attach the tag I used a small piece of recycled cord which was one of many strands which had made up the handle of my old torn shopping bag.  The bag has been used in many layouts as it is a lovely Hessian.
 I was really pleased with the title as when I came to stamp it I found that I had lost the 'a' stamp.  So i made a stencil from another 'a' stamp, and inked over it leaving a silhouette of the a on the card.  I then used my glue pen to fill in the centre and put embossing ink over it all. Then I cut the ragged edges off to form a nice smooth square.


These photos were taken in 2009 and I was so pleased with the main one, although I have to admit that a lot of it was luck.  I don't do many family LOs and so was a bit stuck on how to use up this piece of patterned paper, however a family of ducks was just the thing.  I have inked and painted the borders around the photos instead of matting them onto card.
For my main duck I stuck the upper beak onto the lower one and then coated them both with UTEE.  For the eye I stuck a UTEE covered black disc onto a white button.
 My letters are made form covering raw chipboard with the patterned paper and then inking and painting the edges.

Friday, January 11, 2013


I knew when I visited my father that he was getting more and more infirm and that this could be one of the last times we would walk out together.  I was right I will never walk with him again for more than a few steps.
 For embellishments I used parts of an old iron which I rescued.  I filled this 'frame with embossing powder round the edge and then stamped my title.
 I cut out an arrow from paper which I covered with UTEE and then stuck on this metal disc form the iron.
 Two of my labels are suck down but the top one hold my journalling on the reverse and just slips behind the photo.

Friday, January 4, 2013

January Catch Up

I'm surprised that there are as many as these layouts to upload as I really haven't felt like scrapping for what seems like ages.  There have also been a couple of LOs which I couldn't put on-line so all in all I didn't do as bad as I thought.
My first couple are of my niece.  This one records how she would move over the floor before she learnt to crawl.  I did my journalling as a flow chart as progress across the floor to her boing ball was definitely a repetitive process.
Because I made a spelling mistake I had to cover it some how so I chose to make a paper spring to mount the words on.  This reflected the words 'shake shake shake it'.
I hand drew all the animals and made their tails by plating them out of embroidery silk.
 My second layout was inspired by a James Bond film. The introduction showed bright coloured circles moving across the screen in different formations.  Circles did not work but arranging these punched flowers in different ways did.

 For the larger flowers I stamped onto coloured card and embossed with white powder.  It gave a lovely mottled effect.

 This layout celebrates our Jubilee street party.
In my stash I had a large gold postage stamp.  I mounted it on a pieces of card and used it as a journalling tag.  A fine red gauze bag (another left over squirrelled in my stash)
 I wound ribbon round the jumbo ric rac under my main photo.
 I didn't want to mount my small photos but just sticking them on the page didn't look right so I stitched over each corner.

This layout celebrates the first anniversary of our return to the UK.I coloured the backing doily using my pastel chalks.  I hand made the playing cards and used a stencil and chalks to make the clock paper.
 This photo dosen't show this layout off to it's best.  I have used two subtley different red papers, cutting borders and a journalling block from one.  I also stamped words and flowers onto this card as well as mounting stickers on to it.
I backed this painted chipboard heart with paper ans then stuck on the small hearts.  I filled the whole shape with ultra thick powder and placed it on my craft iron.  When all the powder had melted I pushed the larger heart into it.