Monday, 27 October 2014

Truly Magical: My Creative Sketches October Sketch

While the tail end of hurricane Gonzala blew over on Tuesday I sat and did some scrapping rather than venture out. I decided to have a go at this months sketch on the My Creative Sketches Blog
I like the idea of having the punched out negative space but decided instead of circles I'd pull out my star punch. With the star idea in mind I pulled another Harry Potter photo and scraped this layout. 
This was taken at the end of the tour where you enter a room with a huge model of Hogwarts lit up at night. As you stand and walk around the room gradually lights up to daylight. I think the title says it all because it was amazing, I very nearly cried as it was quite emotional. 

I used papers from Recollections and Studio Calico. Rather than punching another row of stars I decided to use the punched out stars raised on 3d foam. 
I added some cut apart phrases from my embellishment box and finished with a sprinkle of Hedi Swapp gold. 

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Scrappy Weekend Layouts Part 2

Back again with the rest of the layouts Made last weekend. 

Sweet Sunshine
These photos were from our pool day in the summer. I wanted to use all three on a layout but wasn't sure how, so I decided to set them out in a square with the title going in the fourth corner. I layered the photos on papers from Studio Calico and popped them up on 3d foam for dimension. The title & it's cluster are made from Dear Lizzy Neopolitan project life cards

This photo is of the inlaws tortoise Vern munching on his dinner. I love the colour pallette of the Pebbles papers I used as they make the photo & title pop. Of course I had to add a doily! 

Christmas in Covent Garden
It's not like me to scrap Christmas layouts but I love these decorations from Covent Garden last year and couldn't resist. I used papers from Pebbles, not Christmasy patterns but they are festive colours. I'd had these Thickers for some time but hadn't used them until now. I finished with some Washi borrowed from Gemma

Monday, 20 October 2014

Scrappy Weekend Layouts Part 1

Since I came home from my scrappy weekend I have managed no crafting at all. Even though I had the week off work I used the time to catch up with friends and chill rather than craft. I have realised though I've neglected to show you the layouts I did make while away, so here are a few and I'll show the rest in another post. 

Hello my name is Skip
I thought it was time the newest edition to our family, my inlaws puppy Skip, got his first layout. This photo was taken the day they brought him home. I used papers from Studio Calico, words from Maggie Holmes, Freckled Fawn arrows, Amy Tann Thickers & I finally used the Hello My Name is... Die cut from MME I've had in my stash for ages! I finished with splashes of Seafoam & Shell Mister Huey's 

Yule Ball
Another one for my Harry Potter album, this time photos of the Yule Ball centre piece. I love the Studio Calico star paper, I feel it makes the photos pop. I matted this onto a sheet of Kesi Art paper to make a border, and used a scrap of Studio Calico paper I had next to me. I cut into some Maggie Holmes Styleboard project life cards to embellish and used some glitter thickers. 

Just add Bond
I had this photo in a box with some scraps of paper to make a layout for a couple of months but hadn't had chance to scrap it. I used papers from Crate Paper the Pier & Close Knit, and Amy Tangerine. I then just clustered random embellishments and used two different fonts for my title 

Stay tuned for part two later this week xx

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Forget Everyone & Be Yourself: Challenge YOUrself October Challenge

This months challenge on the Challenge YOUrself blogis to use an affirmation or saying. I had a browse through my sayings board on Pinterest and decided to use this affirmation to inspire me
I've been admiring layouts on Pinterest using circles and decided to dust of my circle punch and make this layout. 
I used a paper collection from Recolections which is based on an old MME collection, punched circles from random papers and arranged them into a grid. The collection also had a sheet of cut aparts which had some sayings on which seemed apt for the layout. 
I finished by adding a scatter of sequins, a couple of embellishments from my box and my trademark doily lol! I used some October Afternoon mini market letters to spell part of my chosen affirmation for the title. 
Overall I love this layout and will use this design again. It may even be one of my favourite layouts of mine. 

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Sketchy Scrappers: Anyone for Chess?

This past weekend I went away on a girly, shopping & scrapping weekend with Gemma to Milton Keynes. We booked a Premier Inn about 10 minutes walk from the Shopping centre and just shopped, scrapped and drank wine! Seems as we spent most of Saturday shopping I still managed to make 8 layouts which I'm pleased with. The first layout I made was for this months sketch on Sketchy Scrappers coincidently set by Gemma! 
As the sketch had three photos on it I delved into my Harry Potter photos and pulled three photos of the chess pieces at the entrance to the studio. 
I wasn't short of paper for the weekend as took the mammoth box of paper Gemma had collected for me from various TK Maxx trips. These papers are all from Pink Paislee with various die cuts from my stash. 
For the title I used some Crate Paper stickers and some Thickers. 
Stay tuned for more layouts coming up! 

Monday, 6 October 2014

Fancy a Dip?

Looking through my phone I've just realised I havnt shared this layout I completed during my scrapping therapy weekend with you. 
Another of the recent challenges on the UKS summer cyber crop was to scrap in summer colours or using summer photos. This is just a random pic i snapped over the summer by my MIL's employers pool. I used paper from Crate Paper The Pier as well as some Studio Calico vellum I've had for ages, and die cuts from Echo Park and Simple Stories.