Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Pretty Paper Party - Stamping

It has been a while but this is a layout I created in response to the stamping prompt at Pretty Paper Party. I really enjoyed looking through my stamps to find the perfect text and images to go with these photos, and it was great to deliberately try and find ones I hadn't used before!


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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Busy Busy Busy!

I can't believe how quickly ten days have passed! I knew I would be busy after half term but things have been even mroe manic than expected.

As a result I haven't had any time to work on my Pretty Paper Party Prompts but am looking forward to a scrapping session at my mum's with her and two of her friends tomorrow night.

I haven't been compeltely bereft of scrapping though, oh no! At the weekend we took ourselves up to the Midlands, stopping at Kenilworth Castle on the Saturday, and spending a fantastic 8 hours (!!) at the NEC for the Hobbycrafts and Crafts for Christmas show.

We stayed overnight at a B&B in Solihull to enable us to have an early start on the Sunday morning. Dad and Carl dropped us off in the disabled parking area, and with mum settled into her wheelchair we arrived inside just after the opening time of 9.30. Our early start meant we were able to get booked on 3 make and takes: glass painting, Sizzix and Wow embossing.

We had a wonderful time, and it was even better because Carl and my dad went happily off to the National Motorcycle Museum for the day, meaning no-one to curb our spending!

We didn't leave the show until after 5pm, and we still hadn't managed to see everything. Finally arriving home after 9 O'Clock, we certainly slept well that night :D

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Pretty Paper Party - Stash Diving Part 3

On Thursday at my mum's I once again took my original stash diving 'kit' with me and came up with this Layout:


Although initially my plan was to scrap as many Libbi photos as possible, I have been getting so much done within the class that I'm also making great headway into my New York photos from the summer!

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Pretty Paper Party Day 9

Prompt 9 was all about using Kraft cardstock and one other. In one of Shimelle's examples she had used orange as her accent colour, and this seemed perfect to go with my photos, as in my top there were coral colours which could be seen as orange from a distance! I also had plenty of orange scraps from scrapping my wedding over the last couple of years :D

I wanted this page to show the various shots of the Empire State Building taken from Top of the Rock at 30 Rock (Rockerfella Center), and I also thought it was about time I included myself in a LO from the party! The butterflies were from a Martha Stewart punch that I borrowed from my mum, but may need to purchase for myself, and the journaling block was from a Jeni Bowlin booklet (as were the journaling


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Pretty Paper Party Day 8

Prompt 8 was all about taking 2 colours and adding a neutral (white, cream, grey or kraft). I just bought this wonderful My LIttle Shoebox paper, so it was perfect for this theme. I chose the yellow as one colour, with pink as the accent from the little birds. Althuogh the other little birds were almost a kraft colour the kraft cardstock I had seemed the wrong shade to work with this paper, so I went with grey instead, adding a little grey in amongst the embellishment blocks. Most of the paper strips and circular shapes are pink, so I added a bit more yellow through the title stickers (two styles of American Crafts Thickers) and the little birds, from the Dear Lizzy range.


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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pretty Paper Party - Day 7


Prompt 7 at the party was all about different ways to mix patterns. You could mix within a collection, using similar shapes and patterns, or by finding another collection that was a natural match. I decided to use a variety of floral patterns, mostly from My Mind's Eye but then liked the colour match from the Dear Lizzy manuscript paper as well! I then paired this with some chipboard embellishments from that same collection.

Once again I am back to scrapping photos for Libbi's album, so pink is a key colour :D

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Pretty Paper Party - Stash Diving part 2

Yesterday (Saturday) my dad came round to help Carl in the garden so I took the opportunity to teach my mum the principles of stash diving. She loved it and managed to produce 3 layouts in under two hours.

At the same time I made another 4 layouts from my 'kit' and started to put another one together, choosing the papers and starting the cutting.

Here are the 4 other layouts I produced:


The blank space on this one was left so I can ask Joshua exactly why he loves the Hiro book more than the others!


This is another one for Josh's album. Although he has many more layouts than Libbi, it is still severely lacking!



These last two layouts were the start of my New York album from our trip this summer.

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Pretty Paper Party Day 5

Friday's prompt was all about edges - in this LO I used a combination of border punches, tore some pieces of paper and used a lot of Distress Ink! I also used the idea of making a sewn edge mini book to hold additional photos.


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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Pretty Paper Party Day 4

Last night I finally got caught up with all the other day's prompts so when I got home from work I was able to crack on with the enw one. Today it was all about mixing spots and stripes - it turns out I definitely have a big thing going on for yellow at the moment, along with several other bright colours - I guess that comes from having such smiley nieces and nephews to scrap :D


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Pretty Paper Party Day 3

On Day 3 Shimelle shared with us a prompt, all about concentrating page elements together, and a limited edition video that taught us how to carry out "Stash Diving" in order to get the most from our supplies, and to stop us from being afraid to cut our favourite pretty papers. It also taught us the mantra "Use it while you love it!"

I decided to dive right in with the idea and selected papers from the brown/yellow/teal/red colour palette. It wasn't the palette I was originally going to go for but I found I didn't have a great deal of grey to go with my yellow and teal.

The first picture shows my papers before they were cut, and the second is after I had chopped them all up, according to Shimelle's instructions:



As the video suggests, I started big, making a double layout first. I scraplifted the placement of papers from Shimelle's own layout on the video as I am never totally confident on the positioning over a double. However, with the completely different colour scheme, embellishments and subject it looks completely different!


I am looking forward to seeing how much more I can make from this pile, and will definitely use this method again.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Pretty Paper Party Day 2


Yesterday was day 2 of Shimelle's Pretty Paper Party class and the prompt was all about using a patterned paper as a background sheet instead of plain cardstock. I immediately went to my American Crafts A La Carte box as I knew there would be lots of suitable prints in there. I then looked through my scraps and chose a couple of papers from the Dear Lizzie range, which I love! Again I was trying to choose photos of Libbi, and I am loving yellow right now so this had to be my background. I then decided on the green as it matched the colour of Oscar's T-shirt exactly. Finally I added a pink and white flower print, as well as using the opposite side which was the same pink in a block colour.

I finished up the principle of using my stash while I love it by adding embellishments from a giant K&co box that I got at Costco about 2 years ago! I had been saving the 3D butterflies and flowers but decided they would work well on this layout - I am really pleased I used them.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Pretty Paper Party Day 1

Party Ring Princess


So today our challenge was to use strips of paper and I started by digging out my scraps drawer. I already knew which photo I wanted to use, as I am aiming to get lots of layouts of Libbi completed, as well as a couple of Joshua.

The colours of the crown and the party ring biscuit led me straight to the pinks and yellows. It turned out I had much more in the way of pink, so I used the yellow for the base card (American Crafts) and the accent features. I also decided to use American Crafts princess stamps to create embellishments, and added punched circles from the bright pink spotty Bo Bunny paper (luckily it was double sided so I could use the plain and the spotty!).

I am off out again tonight, so tomorrow I will do today's prompt alongside the new one. Really enjoying having the opportunity to scrap in the early evening - thanks Shimelle!

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Pretty Paper Party Day 1 Ice Breaker

So today is the first day of the Pretty Paper Party and our first prompt was to take a photograph of our paper. I love paper pads, although I do mix and match from collections, so I decided to layer up lots of my paper pads for this photo. On top had to be my current favourite, Tim Holtz's Kraft stack :D Photobucket

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sketch by Shimelle - Layout 2


I really liked this week's sketch from http://www.shimelle.com/ so I used it twice! This layout shows photos from Father's Day earlier this year.

I have also started a layout from the "Starting Point" at Shimelle's website for this week but it isn't quite finished.

Tomorrow is the first day of Pretty Paper Party, so I'm really looking forward to that too!

Find the original sketch here: http://www.shimelle.com/paper/1261/scrapbooking-sketch-of-the-week/

Sketch by Shimelle - Layout 1


I realised recently that I have only got 2 or 3 completed layouts of Libbi. She suffers from being the youngest of my nieces and nephews, each of whom have progressively less in their albums! As such I decided to use this sketch to start to rectify that. I also used some of my gorgeous Tim Holtz stamps for the first time.

Find the original sketch here: http://www.shimelle.com/paper/1261/scrapbooking-sketch-of-the-week/

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Pretty Paper Party

So I've signed up for another class at www.shimelle.com. This one is all about pretty papers and, seeing as these are some of my favourite things in the world of scrapbooking, it was very hard to resist!

With half term coming up only 5 days after the class begins, there is no reason for me not to keep up :D

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company


Another food related layout! We had a great time at Bubba Gamp, Universal Orlando City Walk last year: the theming was amazing (a table tennis paddle for the drinks menu!) and I was even able to buy their official 3D scrapbook accents. I have used American Crafts cardstock, DCWV (and other) papers, plus a selection of stamps to create the border.



This Layout shows the cake we were given at Chef Mickeys, Disney's Contemporary Resort on the last day of our trip last year (2010). It was delicious! There are a variety of papers, the transparent frame came from QVC UK, and a Jenni Bowlin journaling spot. Borders are punched with EK Success punches.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

So Close


My nephews are absolutley adorable, and they are also best friends. Complete opposites in looks, they are both little monkeys!

I found this range from My Minds Eye when I was in Florida last summer. I was lucky enough to find two Scrapbook stores in Orlando/Kissimmee that I hadn't explored before, plus one in Fort Lauderdale. Other products include Doddlebug paper frills, American Crafts Thickers, and My Little Bicycle mini alphabet.

Spring at Howletts


Another photo from Howletts Zoo, this time showing me, my mum, Sophie and Libbi. I was going for a circular theme, using Crate Paper products, American Crafts 'Dear Lizzie' thickers, and that cute camera stamp.

Libbi + Food = Gone!


This is a layout that I still have to add journaling to. It uses Die Cuts With a View papers, plus a variety of trims, ribbons, stamps and brads.

Photo is of Libbi last summer at Howletts Zoo.