Sunday, 29 June 2014
The challenge for this month over on The Studio Challenges blogwas to use triangles. I found this a challenge as I've never used triangles on a layout as I wasn't really sure how to use them. I have nothing against triangles and think they look good one layouts, unlike the hexagon trend which I never really got. I probably cheated a little on the challenge as rather than using triangles as a shaped element on my layout I opted instead to use a piece of triangle patterned paper!
Thursday, 26 June 2014
As usual I'm playing catch up with the 52 Card Challenge. In fairness I had made these cards a couple of weeks ago I just hadn't had the chance to blog them!
Wk22: 50 shades of green
For week 22 Nat asked is to use predominantly green on a card. I went through my scraps bag and pulled out all my green paper but then I was stuck as to what to do with them. So in my normal fashion k did a lot of faffing and decided to add a pop of another colour to help break the green up. In doing so my card does seem to be more pink than green but never mind!
Wk 23: photo inspiration
For week 23 we were given another pin to use as a starting point for our card
Wk 24: Chevron, Glitter & a number
For this week we were given three prompts: chevrons, glitter and a number.
Thursday, 19 June 2014
Back in March I started my 30 layout challenge. Now it's mid June and I'm happy to say I've completed all 30 layouts!
To highlight the bright summery colours in the photos I used papers from Amy Tangerine Yes Please, including a tree from a cut a apart sheet (when else would I get the chance to use it!) I added a couple of Elle's Studio pennants and used Thickers for my title.
This is layout 30/30! And not being one to hang around I placed an order with Sarah's Cards roughly two hours after I finished the layout which arrived today!
Tuesday, 17 June 2014
The June challenge over on the Challenge YOUrselfblog asks us to scrap a photo of us with the men in our lives. Flicking through my photo box I obviously have pictures of me & Ian, but then I found one from my brothers wedding two years ago, a family shot of me, my brother, my mum & dad, and Ian. All the men in my life in one photo, perfect!
This is layout 29/30, and the good news 30 has also been completed and will be blogged soon!
Sunday, 15 June 2014
The kit I received from Gemma in a recent swap was bursting with bright summery colours. Feeling inspired by these I went looking through my photos from last summer for inspiration. I've already made one layout with this kit so I decided to make a layout to follow on from this, using another photo taken on the same day.
This is layout 28/30
Saturday, 14 June 2014
Working in a children's shop I see the vast selection of things you can buy for little ones and I have to say there is sooo much nice stuff! So much so that you'll often hear customers and staff cooing over the clothes and wondering why they don't make them in adult sizes! I also asked the same thing when I saw Boo's shoe collection, I'm not ashamed to say I was slightly jealous! So obviously I had to document this in her scrapbook
So, which pair would you have? For me it has to be the star high tops, I love them!
This is layout 27/30
Thursday, 12 June 2014
After missing out on Life.Paper.Scrapbook's May's sketch I jumped straight into June's as soon as I could.
This is layout 26/30
Wednesday, 11 June 2014
This months challenge on the Scrap & Play blog is a bingo challenge where we can choose any three items to use in our layout so long as they are in a line horizontally, vertically or diagonally
The background paper is from Studio Calico Sun Drifter i recieved in a kit last year. It makes and ideal background paper and the subtle ombré effect of the grid from red to yellow match the papers from Gemma's kit perfectly. I used a neglected X-Cut large scallop punch to make a border for the top and bottom of the page. The title is made using American Crafts Poolside (perfect for the layout) Thickers.
Tuesday, 10 June 2014
For week 21 of the 52 card challenge Nat set us another sketch
At first I thought this was a nice easy sketch to work from, famous last words! I dithered for ages about whether to rotate it or not then faffed for ages over which papers to use, which sentiment I wanted. Then as I looked through my stash I came across a sticker sheet from Studio Calico's Sundrifter collection I received in a kit last year. On the sheet were a few sayings and the one saying "You are my sunshine" particular stuck out so I decided to use this. Cue more faffing over which papers to use until finally I made this card
Monday, 9 June 2014
Last week my friend Gemmainvited me to take part in a blog hop tour. As part of this blog hop I need to answer four questions allowing you to get to know me better and then nominate three (or in my case two because I'm a rule breaker lol!) fellow bloggers to take part. So, if you are siting comfortably I shall begin:
1. What am I working on?
30 Layout challenge- back in March I started my 30 layout challenge where I'm challenging myself to complete 30 layouts before buying any stash. As I work full time it's taken a while but I'm currently up to 28/30 layouts completed although I've not had the chance to blog my four most recent layouts so here's a sneaky peek
52 card challenge- I joined in this challenge at the start of the year with the hope of becoming a better card maker. I'm a couple of weeks behind and have skipped one week completly so not doing too badly!
Boo's Scrapbook- in October I became a proud first time Auntie to Boo (not her real name don't worry) so of course she has to have her own scrapbook as she grows up!
2. How does my work differ from others of the genre?
Er... I don't think it does. I've said before that I'm a procrastinator scrapper in that I think about and faff around with things for ages before even sticking anything down! As a result I often feel my pages are not as detailed or embellished as other peoples but there's nothing wrong with that, there are no rules to scrapping! I've recently brought some paints and watercolours as I like seeing how people use them on their work so I'm looking forward to experimenting a bit.
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
Mainly because now we are in the digital age photos are staying on cameras or computers, and not being seen. I use my scrapbooks as a photo album in a way only prettier, so we can look back at them read the journaling (which I have to admit I'm terrible at doing) and enjoy the photos and memories rather than looking at a screen saver and trying to remember where that castle was or who I was talking to there. If you ask Ian it's also a way of keeping me quiet, he's obviously never seen a group of crafters together in a barn in Herefordshire lol!
4. How does your writing/creating process work?
My process starts in one of two ways, either I pull out a photo and find some papers to match and go from there, or I go on Pinterest and look through my boards at other layouts or sketches then decide on photos and stash.
I hope my answers make some sense and I've answered them correctly. If you'd like to know anything else leave me a message and I'd be happy to answer. Now that you've read my blog please go and check out these two lovely ladies next week:
Karen- a brilliant scrapper, talented cardmaker, Marrilion fan, Penny Black addict and fellow Meadow Barner. Her blog shows off her beautiful creations from layouts to cards and sometimes jewellery making.
Sheena- as a member of the Scrapology Challenge blog & ScrapaGoGo's design team, where she had designed & taught classes, Sheena's blog shows off her amazing layouts, beautiful cards & her third year of Project Life.
Monday, 2 June 2014
The second May Challenge on The Studio Challenges Blog is a selfie challenge. As many of you probably know I'm often taking selfies, I'm not vain it's just so easy to do with forward facing cameras. So I went through my photos and pulled out my selfie pics, asked those around me which they thought I should scrap and two out of the three people asked chose this photo of me and Rodgie at bedtime
The star embellished frame came from a pin I'd pinned on Pinterest. I've got a couple of the Crate Paper chipboard frames and in all honestly had no idea how to use them. This was a great way of also using my wood veneer stars to make a pow embellishment. I also used up the second half of the Heidi Swapp banner is sprayed for a previous layout.
This is layout 24/30