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!