Tuesday, 8 December 2015

From Little Beginnings .....

So I'm a bit late posting my finished layouts but here they are. Having those Little Beginnings helped these layouts come together so quickly. I think each one only took around half an hour and that's great for me.

Also I really enjoyed making them. It felt like the pressure was off. Hope you were able to take part. If you did, how did you find it?

I struggled at first with this layout. I wanted to cover where the paper joined in the middle and the photo and enveloped allowed me to do this. I knew I wanted to use the tent die cut with this photo but it took me a while to place it on the layout. I intend to journal on the front of the envelope.

I really enjoyed making this layout. It was such a fun beginning point. However, that patterned paper is pretty busy so I didn't want to overload the page with too much embellishing so I kept it pretty simple.

Thanks for stopping by, Sherrie x

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Little Beginnings

Hello hello. Hope all is well. I don't know if anyone remembers this but Shimelle Laine used to have a project on her blog called Starting Points. She doesn't do it anymore (I don't think) but I always found these really useful. So of course I'm going to rip off this idea for you but in a kindly honouring sort of way! I think Shimelle is brilliant and she was the first scrapbooker online that I found to be really inspiring and kind of helped me to find my style.

I'm calling it Little Beginnings because it is just that and I really hope you have fun joining in.

I'm giving three Little Beginnings using October's Like For Ever kit which predominantly features the Maggie Holmes Shine collection which is awesome and beautiful but just use whatever product you have. You can do all three or just choose your favourite and go from there. I'll be posting at the end of the week my finished layouts which hopefully will be all three!?

This one simply uses three 6x6 papers from the paper pad. Pretty straight forward.

For this I just cut a 4inch (ish) strip from the 12x12 sheet of paper and then cut one of the rulers from the Cheer paper and slotted it underneath. 

This was a part of the Dazzle paper cut along its natural straight line and I added a strip of washi tape underneath.

All pretty simple beginnings. Have fun. Sherrie x

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Step by Step

Hello there. How are you? I'm not certain how this is going to go but, as I'm fairly close to delving into making process videos for YouTube, I thought I'd start with a step-by-step process of a layout I recently completed. It was quite fun really although I did keep forgetting to take photos and had to redo a few stages! So here goes ....

I started using white cardstock as I knew I was going to use a lot of different patterns and white is good to back that with. For this layout I've used my Like For Ever Little Acorns kit which I think is from September. I've already completed 7 layouts with this kit so haven't got much paper left. Because of this I thought I'd use some Paige Evans inspiration and picked out a square punch to use up my leftover scraps. I punch lots of squares using the different patterns. I really like the patterns in the Pink Paislee Cedar Lane papers.

Initially I was going to cut the squares in half and use triangles to fill the page but decided I like how the squares looked as diamonds. I completed a couple of lines just using a little bit of tape runner adhesive as I knew I was going to stitch over them.

I wasn't too fussy with lining these up dead straight as I like the handmade imperfect look. I just kind of made sure that the square blanks in between we're fairly even. When I get to the end I did swoon a little.

I stitched through each square using a purple thread and, yes, I was worried that it would look horrid once finished but I just put my head down and got on with it. I was so happy with the result. So effective. 

I then grabbed some items from the kit ephemera and tiny word stickers, an arrow from the kit which didn't make the layout and a deer paper clip, doilie and clothes peg from my stash. I've had those clothes pegs for such a long time! I think they're Crate Paper On Trend that I got from TK Maxx in the days when my local TK Maxx was half decent in the crafting department. 

I also grabbed a leaf that I had cut from watercolour paper using my Silhouette and some gelatos to colour them with.

I spritzed the leaf with water and used the gelatos to add some colour. Then I used my water brush to lightly blend the gelatos. I let this dry for a while. 

I chose a composition that I was happy with. I didn't want to put too much on the page as those sewed on squares are taking up a lot of eye space (as I call it) and too much of anything else would be, we'll just too much. 

The wood veneer word 'story' came from a pack that I bought from LFE and I wanted to give it some colour so I used the same light pink gelato that I used on the leaf.

All that was neededwas to find a place for some tiny word stickers (which also came in the kit and are beautiful) and some black ink splatters using my Windsor ink and the layout is finished. 

I'm really pleased with the end product.
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Everyday is a Blessing

Like most scrapbookers I find it a little bit daunting breaking into a new kit or collection to do that first layout. There are so many lovely papers and embellishments that it's so hard to choose which ones to use.

Like For Ever's September kit, which features the Cedar Lane collection by Pink Paislee, is so beautiful. The colours are stunning and are perfect for Autumn pictures. I've never really been into purple before but with the gorgeous blue thickers it's just gorgeous.

For this layout I wanted to do quite a simply design. I chose the papers that suited my photo and used an aged book page from a piano music book from my stash to back the photo stack. I love hiding my journalling in an envelope so I tucked that in just behind the photo. I really like how I didn't need to use many patterned papers to layer behind the photo. There are just the two papers and they compliment each other perfectly. I needed some texture so stitched around the purple photo matte using purple thread and again around the whole page using the same thread. I popped my photo up on some foam pads to give it dimension. Those thickers are really sticky which is unusual for thickers and I did consider stitching through the middle of them but thought it might be too much. I popped some of the thread underneath the floral piece and that has foam tabs too. This layout came together in about 30 minutes which is great for me as I tend to scrap in little segments are spare time.

I'm really chuffed with this layout. Maybe the quick and simple ones are the best. 

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Spring Clean in Autumn

There's something magical about having a clear out of your craft space. And yet also a little scary. I'm sure we've all been in that moment of will I use this? or shall I throw it away? Yes it's a dilemma. Well I managed to get through the big clear out yesterday and the end result is a wonderfully clean and tidy work space to craft in. How long this will last I don't know. Probably about ten minutes.

I've got a clear desk space and my new Like For Ever kit organised into my chip and dip dish and ready to go. It's so enticing. Now I just need some free time......

Happy scrapping xx

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Mrs Mojo

It's gone and come back again and then blow me it blinking went again! What do you do when your mojo disappears for a week's holidaying in Costa Rica?

Personally I used to feel cross, then sulk a bit and then hide in a cupboard for the rest of the week until my mojo made its return. I kinda felt a little bit guilty too. As though I was letting my kids down if I wasn't busy storing memories on layouts. I think that's part of the problem. Maybe we put ourselves under too much pressure with this memory keeping lark. Then we get stressed out about it and it becomes like a kind of chore.

I used to feel like this with card making. When I was selling some cards it then become a little more pressurised to get it right. It took the fun out of playing with crafting goodies.

Nowadays I try and crack on with a layout. I may not always be 100% happy with the end result but hey ho it's another memory documented. Because that's what's important with memory keeping isn't it. Getting the thoughts and memories down on paper. Job done. It is after all what we do this for.

There's something so relaxing about throwing paint and texture paste around, fiddling with and finding that perfect embellishment. Something I'm so comfortable and at ease with. I can sit at my desk and forget about the stresses of my day. That's why I love this hobby.

I've been very busy lately with Crate Paper's Wonder collection. Thankfully there was tonnes of it in our Like For Ever August kit.

I have loved these products and the whole kit was just awesome! 

Monday, 1 June 2015

Best Day Ever

Shimelle's True Stories is the line featured in Like For Ever's May kit. I really like it. I've struggled a little with all the bright colours as I usually use lots of muted Crate Paper but that's the great thing about subscribing to a kit. It forces you to challenge yourself. To combat my fear of all the bright prime colours I've mixed it with lots of white. It seems to work.

This layout was my first with the kit and took quite a while. I struggled with the title (cut using the Silhouette). I cut it twice, once on the tiny polka dot paper and once on watercolour paper. That watercolour version has been painted blue, splashed with gold ink until finally painted red and covered in glossy accent. Phew. Got there in the end. After adding the tear strips I used white gesso over the top to fade it down a bit.

I used inspiration from Like For Ever's Sunday Challenge which was to use 5 or more tear strips. It took me a moment before I realised Nichola meant the manufacture strips! Doh! Nichola also put up a sketch that I loosely followed. As I said I really struggled with all the bright but dark colours. After this layout I started to include lots of white which you'll see shortly.

Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, 24 May 2015


I am in love with these Craft Paper acetate letters from the Maggie Holmes Confetti line. Love love love them! Can't decide which I love more. The minty turquoise ones or the gold. Hmmmm....

I am sooooooo happy with this layout. I love simple layouts and feel so good about the end product compared to a more detailed layout. I think this is a good style for me.

I still do quite a few layouts where I get to the end and I'm just not liking it. Hey ho. I just move on to the next one. It's another memory documented. Enough said.

I backed the letters with vellum just to fade out the floral paper behind. I probably wiped finger marks off the letters a gazillion times. Everything else on the page is from Crate Paper's Craft Market line. The cute camera sticker is from the 6x12" title sticker pack. I am going to do some stitching on the border strips at the top. Decided. Typed journaling, black Windsor ink splatters. Job done. This layout took about 40 minutes.

Nice to see ya,
Sherrie x

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Scrap Scrap Away

I don't think I've ever made so many layouts in such a short space of time before! I am really enjoying my scrapbooking at the moment. I seem to have found my flow. I am getting more confident with every layout and am loving the process. Getting lots of inspiration from Pinterest lately too.

Also I am in love with my Silhouette Cameo. I find I have to force myself a bit to get it out and set up but once I'm there there's no stopping me. The possibilities are endless. I love that machine! 

This layout came together pretty quickly. I cut the leaves using watercolour paper which I just love the look of. It's just got such a lovely feel to it. I haven't used black too much in the past but I'm happy with how this turned out. Love the effect of the white pen on black paper. Most of these layouts were made using my Like For Ever monthly kit subscription and this was the Garden Party kit.

Again, watercolour paper for my title and I used my watercolour palette to give it some colour. I did that thing that lots are doing at the moment. Putting the paint onto some plastic packaging and patting it onto the paper.

This layout came from a sketch on Pinterest. I followed the sketch quite closely.

 A bit vague but I think this layout started from a Shimelle sketch that I found on Pinterest.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

He Has A Sweet Smile

Not long ago I made a layout using an idea from Jen Schow's 6x6 paper pad series on You Tube. I used Crate Paper's Craft Market line and wanted to replicate this on a layout for my son. The line is really versatile for both girl and boy layouts and I think they both worked out well.

I made such a mess with my ink splatters. My goodness. I find the technique of ink splatters a bit hit and miss. How do you do yours?  Also I had run out of e's from the thickers I wanted to use to spell out the word sweet so used the c's. I think it works? I don't mind.

I pretty much stuck to the same design as my previous layout. I'm happy with it. I love this line. It's so pretty and really useable.


Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Moor Life

I'm happily getting into the swing of regular layouts and even happier that Spring has finally arrived! Winter was long. Along with Spring arrived my very first Like For Ever kit.  I'm in love. My kit arrived lovingly packaged by Nicola wrapped in white tissue paper. The March Garden Party kit is a box load of loveliness. Can you tell how happy I am?

Quite frankly, a UK based monthly scrapbooking kit company that produces such up-to-date quality kits, has been a long time coming in my view. You can imagine my squeals of delight when opening my box. The March kit was brimming with the Maggie Holmes Confetti line. The papers are really lovely and very versatile. I loved the black foam thickers and the Confetti pack of ephemera. There was also some lovely lace trim, buttons and sequins and an added bonus for being a subscriber. I am in heaven. Then add to that a stunning wooden heart frame and I am about to combust.

For my first layout I used the Confetti Cloud Nine paper for my background as I had this lovely photo taken on Dartmoor which was very natural and earthy and this paper suited it perfectly. I was lucky that I already had a piece of this paper so I could use the other side which has a lovely black and white leaf design. As there's quite a lot to look at in the photo, I wanted to keep everything else fairly neutral and natural. The lace trim was perfect and I used the chipboard frames from an older Crate Paper line. It seems no layout of mine is complete lately until I've added some Heidi Swapp Colour Shine gold splatters.

I just loved working with the kit. I think it's so nice to have a kit and just be able let loose with it. The thing I love most is that you can go a bit crazy with a kit and have fun because you know another one is coming in a month's time and these kits from Like For Ever are win win for me as they are such fantastic value for money and there aren't any long waiting times or extortionate prices for delivery.

Okay excited dribbling over. Seriously though if you can stretch to a monthly kit I really would recommend Like For Ever and, let's face it, we could do with keeping a company like this around. They are few and far between these days. Support where you can.

Over and out,

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Hello Again Blog

Two years. That seems such a long time but when you put life's happenings into the equation, really it's not that long. Especially life with a teenage son and a hormonal daughter, a big move almost 300 miles away and a whole new career into the mix. Alas I am sorry to have abandoned you my blog but something had to go for a little while.

I have been scrapbooking over this time but nowhere near as much as I used to. However, there is something that has inspired me recently to get going properly and regularly once again. There is a new kit club here in the UK that started up recently by a fantastic lady called Nicola. The company is called Like For Ever and the kits are just beautiful. They are also fantastic value for money, especially as you only pay £2.90 for shipping. It's also great to not have to wait two weeks for it to arrive from America while worrying about being charged a fortune at customs. Visit http://www.likeforever.co.uk to grab a subscription or even buy a one off kit. They also have a blog where Nicola gives some great kit inspiration.

Whilst waiting for my kit to arrive I got busy with some supplies from Crate Paper's new Craft Market line that I bought from Hey Little Magpie. This is such a beautiful and versatile line. I think I am going to get a lot of layouts done with this. This layout was inspired by Jen Schow who has a channel on You Tube. She has a series on how to use your 6x6 paper pads and it's brilliant. She is one talented lady so go take a look.

I am so happy with how this turned out. It didn't even take that long, probably about an hour and the process really flowed. I think because the product is so beautiful and useable that really it was a joy to do. I did wish I had used a lighter and plainer paper on the bottom triangle so that my Journalling stood out better but you live and learn. I used my sewing machine to stitch the four triangles down and to stitch the title down. I really like doing this. Not only does it add texture but also you know that those letters aren't going to fall off. Also I still need to date stamp that pink label on the right side but I can't find the date! That's another tip! Always write the date of the photo onto the back of it. It helps later on when you're finally scrapping it 8 years down the line.

I'm also doing this same design for my son using the Craft Market line and really the product is quite useable for boy pages too.  I'll get that page up as soon as possible.

Thanks for listening!