Monday, 30 April 2012


This layout was made using the gorgeous My Minds Eye Follow Your Heart Be Happy paper collection and is a scraplift of a layout by Susan Goetter. I absolutely LOVE this collection and really enjoyed putting the layout together using one of my favourite photos of Lara.

As well as papers from the Follow Your Heart Be Happy collection I used Bazzill Cardstock, My Minds Eye Laundry Line Rub Ons, Clear Plastic Buttons, Butterflies printed form the Swirlydoos website and title lettering cut on the Craft Robo.

The hexagons were cut from the patterned paper and paper and I used a black pen to doodle faux stitching round the edges.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Hunstanton Rocks

Another layout for last weeks Scrapbooking weekend using photos from a trip to Hunstanton, Norfolk in 2009.

I used a real mixture of papers for this layout - Scenic Route Grafton (Orange), BasicGrey Ambrosia (white), BasicGrey Marrakech (green) and My Little Shoebox (Ledger). I also used Bazzill cardstock, BasicGrey lettering , an MME die cut Calendar journalling card and a few buttons. The photo collage was created in Piccasa.

Friday, 27 April 2012


Not wanting to show favouritism towards Millie the Puppy, todays layout is of Tux, our 2 year old cat. The photos were taken last year in the garden and the layout was inspired by Candice Greenway's gorgeous animal layouts.

I used papers from My Mind's Eye Coastal Collection. The photo of the layout doesn't do the papers justice as they are really beautiful and very glittery ... oh and I've had them unused for at least 3 years. The only embelishments I used were a sticker from a packet of 7Gypsies 97% Complete Stickers and a small round chipboard accent from  Prima.  

Thursday, 26 April 2012

I'm Sticking With You

Today's layout is of my puppy Millie. She just loves to chew on a stick and I snapped these photos last month when she was doing just that.

I used Simple Stories Year.o.Graphy paper and apart from adding a few stickers down the side from a packet of 7Gypsies 97% Complete Stickers , some very old re-coloured K & Co Title Stickers, a scalloped circle punched from another sheet of Simple Stories paper  and journalling on a transparency I added nothing else. These Simple Stories papers don't need lots of embelishing and are too nice to cover up.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Winter Wipeout

Another layout today from my weekend away called 'Winter Wipeout'. I am making a concerted effort to make more multi-photo layouts and for this layout I used 3 photos of Wayne & Lara playing in the snow earlier this year. The layout was probably subconsciously inspired by Canadian scrapper Stephanie Klauck's layouts.

I am also trying to 'Stash Bust' and use old and new papers from various manufacturers. For this layout I used papers from SEI (white spot background), 3 Bugs in a Rug (blue spot), Cosmo Cricket (snowflake) and My Little Shoe Box (blue square). The snowflake border which is stickled and embelished with adhesive gems was punched using a Martha Steward punch that I borrowed from Linda (Thanks Linda - I love that punch and must get one myself). The large glittery snowflakes were from a pack of Colorbox Doo Dads, the title lettering is made from American Crafts Thickers and the pom pom trim at the bottom is from Maya Road. As an after thought I also added some very old Doodlebug rub-on stitches.

Gorgeous Gifts

Today rather than show you another layout I thought I would show you some of the beautiful handmade gifts I received from my friends last weekend at our weekend crop. We traditionally give each other little gifts and  I am always amazed at how creative people are.

Anita gave me this gorgeous beaded keyring. My photo doesn't do it justice - it is stunning in real life.

Linda gave this jar of embelishments. I have to admit when I received it I thought the flower on the jar was a sticker but having read Linda's blog I now know that she actually stamped and painted them. How cool is that!

Lynn decorated some flip flops for everyone. I can't wait for some nice dry, sunny weather so i can wear them but at the moment it's very wet and very cold here.

Sue decorated large pegs with papers and blossoms and pins ........... and they were so, so pretty. This makes me smile every time I look at it.

I gave everyone some pencils which I had made with the name of our crop on them as a souvenir of the weekend. I bundled these up with a bar of chocolate and wrapped them in punched paper and friendship printed ribbon.

I also received some lovely sweets and chocolates (mostly eaten now!) and stash and other generous gifts from other friends . Thanks you everyone. You are all so thoughtful.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Time For Tea

Last weekend I spent a lovely few days with friends scrapbooking at our annual Blossoms Weekend Crop. We had a really good time and as well as chatting and eating and laughing and generally enjoying the company we were very creative and put together lots and lots of cards and scrapbook pages.

This was one of my pages - Time For Tea

I used patterned papers from My little Shoebox (pink spot) and Scenic Route (yellow print). The journalling was also printed on a scrap of Scenic Route Ledger paper and the stack of tea cups were cut on my Craft Robo from more scraps of Scenic Route paper using a shape downloaded from the Silhouette online store. The title was cut on the Craft Robo too, mounted on 3D foam to raise it and was finished off with a  self adhesive gem to dot the i.

PS I'm loving the new look Blogger and really like the new post editor. Look at that huge picture!

Do you think the buyer at Vertbaudet is a Scrapbooker?

I noticed these cute kids T-shirts in the Vertbaudet catelogue. Do you think their buyer is a Scrapbooker? LOL

Monday, 16 April 2012

Happy 18th Birthday Christopher

Today we celebrated Christopher's milestone birthday. 18 years old? How did that happen? It doesn't seem that long ago that he was just a little boy.

And suddenly he's a strapping 18 year old with hopes and dreams for a bright future ahead.

We celebrated quietly (at his request) by popping open a bottle of bubbly and sharing cake. I made a Rainbow Cake to mark the occasion. I'd been wanting to make one for some time. It didn't look much from the outside.

But when it was cut open .......... WOW!

Happy Birthday Christopher. We're so proud of all you've achieved so far and all that you have yet to achieve.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Scrapology - April Card Challenge

Drip, drip, drop
Little April shower
What can compare with your beautiful sound?

It's the middle of April which means that over on Scrapology its time for a card challenge. This month Elaine from Quixotic Paperie has challenged Scrapology readers to make a card with an April Showers theme. How you interpret this theme is up to you. You could think rain or baby showers or whatever you like.
My card is a gate-fold card and I used some pretty papers from October Afternoon's 'Fly A Kite' collection.

The image is from The Greeting Farm 'Miss Anya Rain Snow Shine' Stamp Set available from Quixotic Paperie and I coloured it with Promarkers.

I also used an embossed scallop frame from Craftwork Cards, a sentiment stamp from Denami Designs, organza yellow spotty ribbon and a few self adhesive pearls.
Do hop on over to Scrapology to have a look at the rest of the gorgeous card made by the design team and also have a go yourself

Monday, 9 April 2012

Scrapology April Layout Challenge - L is for Lace

For our April Layout Challenge on Scrapology we challenge you to use Lace in your layout, be it paper or fabric.and this month we are scraplifting a beautiful layout called 'Cherished Memories' by BettyLou1 from

For my layout I choose to use some photos of my daughter taken a few years ago to celebrate St George's Day which happens to fall on 23 April.

I used scraps of red patterned paper from my scrap bag, Red Bazzill cardstock, Paper doilie, white lace punched paper, lace, self adhesive gems and a mixture of flowers from my stash. The small shields were simply images printed from the Internet onto cardstock which I cut out and glazed with Diamond Glaze to give them some shine. The title was cut on my Craft Robo and mounted on 3D foam.

Here's Betty Lou's original layout ........

.... and Lynn's sketch.

Pop on over to Scrapology to find out all about the challenge and the great prize up for grabs.