Wednesday 24 October 2012

Scrapbooking Memories Vol 14, No 7

Gosh – sometimes time just gets away on me. I feel like I never have enough time to update my blog as often as I’d like. Life’s like that I guess!

I’m trying to get all my previously published layouts onto my blog. I think layouts often look quite different on a screen that they do on a magazine page – sometimes better and sometimes worse.

Here are some that were published in Scrapbooking Memories, Vol 14, No 7:

I enjoy throwing in a bit of humour into layouts. The words “cat in a box” reminded me so much of Dr Suess that I had to use this idea somehow. I wrote a Dr Suess-sounding poem and used this as an extended title. I fell in love with these BasicGrey papers at the time and I still adore them.

Another double layout in that mag was “The Triffid Trees”.

I told a rather lengthy story on this one about how the “Triffid Tree” that we planted tried to take over our back yard. I really liked using the colour grey in this layout, which is not a colour I use very often. Want up update on Triffid Tree number 3? It’s growing new leaves at a rapid rate in this warm, wet spring we’re having and is looking very healthy.

I also had an OTP project in this edition. It’s my “Family Keyring Album”. Here’s the front page:

You can get these clips in many colours is hardware stores. Simply take a basic tag shape, decorate it as you like and give it a coat of something to protect it from wear and tear if it’s going to be hung on a keyring or bag where it could get knocked around a bit. I used Mod Podge but you could also laminate the tags then put larger embellishments on top if you prefer.

Here are some of the pages:

And last, but not least, I was honoured to be asked to participate in SBM’s “Easy as 1,2, 3 Challenge”. I had to make a layout and a card from a sketch. Here’s what I came up with:
I love scrapping pics of my kids when they were little. I hadn’t discovered scrapping then and I think cute kids make the best scrapping subjects (especially when they’re your own!) I tucked journaling tags behind the backing to the photo and concertinaed the strips of paper to create a sunrays effect.

Here’s the card:

You know what I just realised? I used the same line of BasicGrey paper in four out of these five projects! It’s not obvious as there was quite a range of designs in that line. And you know what’s more amazing? The remaining layout (Triffid Trees) is also made using a line of BasicGrey papers! I know I’m a BasicGrey fan but I didn’t realise how much I use them!

Thanks for looking.


Wednesday 17 October 2012

Scrapbooking Memories Update

Well I've been a bit under the pump lately and haven't updated layouts I've had published in mags for a while. At last I've got a bit of spare time so here are a few now. These are from Scrapbooking Memories Vol 14, no 6.

I had a bit of fun with this one. I used small sticks that I collected on one of my walks to create the twiggy effect. I interlaced them with string and sprays of small flowers. The photo is so rustic and I wanted something to complement it.

I also added a bit of hidden journaling. The journaling isn't personal but I didn't want it showing on the layout so I tucked it behind the photo and added a ribbon and tag.

The next layout was in a very different style. I was really shocked when our son grew to the same height as me. For 15 years I've been looking down at him and suddenly I wasn't!

I really wanted the letters in the word"tall" to be tall and the ones that fitted the best were clear acrylic ones. Clear just wasn't going to work on this page though so I painted the back of them with acrylic paint then stamped on the paint when it was dry. I then outlined the letters with a blue Sharpie pen. The background paper is actually a soft gift wrap paper with a handmade feel.

Note - my son is now 2 inches taller than me. My husband I both look up to talk to him now!

Enjoy your day!


Friday 12 October 2012


Hi all,

Well it's back to winter here with rain, hail and a maximum of 7 degrees today. And that was without the wind chill factor! Never mind - it's great scrapping weather.

Here's another layout for Scrap Everything! I've used more of the Simple Stories range. There are a lot of fans of this product out there!

For something different, I opted for an A4 layout. I love using A4 pages in a rounded-corner, retro kind of way. Here's the layout:

I had a bit of fun with the photo. Using Photoshop Elements, I put a bit of a red tint onto it then ran a mosaic filter over it to give it that crackled look. Here's a closer look at the photo.

There are so many options for titles when using calendar pages on your layout. I went with 24/7 but there are so many more I could have used like All Year Round, Day In Day Out, Every Minute/Hour/Day etc, Until the End of Time and so on.

Here's a close up:

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.


Friday 5 October 2012

Simple Stories

Well, my lurgy has finally gone and I'm feeling 100% again. Yay!

My kit from Scrap Everything! this month included these luscious Simple Stories papers. Simple Stories products are designed to make scrapbooking faster and easier for people with limited scrapping time. We all know what that's like! You can check out the range here.

I really liked the 12 x 12 page that looks like a calendar page, however I didn't want the whole layout to be the calendar. I therefore opted for a double page layout.

I had a lot of fun with this. I first went back through my pics until I found a month that had a good range of photos. I then went to my diary and looked up other things we did that I didn't take photos of. It would also work really well if you planned the month in advance and took photos accordingly as you went. You could even make these pages the basis for your whole year's scrapping and could just scrap special events on their own page if time is an issue.

Here's my layout:

 I printed all the photos in passport size then just trimmed them to squares. You could put a photo in each square but this would leave little room for journalling and I think it's important to get those details on paper. I also left a few squares blank so the page wasn't too busy. There's more than enough business on the this layout as it is!

Here's a close up:

The raw wooden KaiserCraft balloons suited the layout beautifully. You can get them here. Even though the background paper I used here is very busy, the words were all so appropriate that I had to use it! I did tone down the other side of the layout where the title is though or there would have been too much to look at!

I also added some banners. I'm a bit banner mad lately. I raised some flags higher than others to help give the appearance of movement. I also used a loop in the banner string to form the letter "o" in the title. With the exception of a small amount of AC cardstock, all the papers are from the Simple Stories range.

I realise that double page layouts are a bit hard to see online so here are the pages one at a time:

There are 10 photos on this layout and I could easily have put more on. I think this is a great way to get those day to day details documented.

I hope this inspires you to round up those unscrapped pics that are sitting on your computer and get them into an album. Most of our lives are taken up with non-monumentous occasions. It's great to scrap the birthdays, weddings and other milestones but don't forget what you did in between these events!

Ciao for now.