Monday, 22 May 2017

V is for Victory

I visited Hobbycraft last week and was delighted to find a series of American Craft goodies in the sale.  One of them was a string art set reminiscent of the 1970s, when many homes had these (in brown or orange of course) on their walls

I used the kit to make a quick layout about Hannah's hair styled at Castle Bromwich Hall during their 1940s day.

 As the background was the main feature of the page, I added very little else; a couple of Anna Griffin pocket cards and some of her flowers.

I hand scripted the title, and added two die-cut shapes-roses and a camera-in rose gold. A super speedy layout, all-in-all!

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Harry's First Vote.

Back in May, before the general election, Harry-who turned 18 back in October-voted for the forst time.

I used a UKScrappers challenge to complete the page, to use a split of 60%, 30% and 10% of colours on the page.  My 60% was dark blue; 30% yellow and 10% light blue.

The title is a mix of dotty Thickers and tile letters.

The papers are by Shimelle (Little by Little range) with some scraps from her earlier ranges too.

I finished the page with Nuvo drops in the transluscent and glossy finishes.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

What Were You Thinking?

Not all scrapbook layouts should be about days out, birthdays and 'best days ever'.  I have always been interested in politics, so when Trump won the election for the Presidency of the USA back in November, I was horrified.  I am not American, but I could see that this result would have a global impact, so I wanted to record my feelings on the event.

I used Anna Griffin papers, these are designed for 4th of July projects, a bit ironic really when I didn't write journalling in any way supportive of Trump.

I found the photos online, the one of Obama is an iconic image designed by the srtist Shepard Fairley
which came to represent his 2008 campaign.  The Trump version appeared recently; I don't think he would be too happy about the image it portrays. :D

The arrows and title letters are die cut, title from glitter foam, arrows from cardstock with added Nuvo glitter drops in red.

I also added pinked circles, die cut and layered as embellishments.And my only hope for the USA? That Trump lives up to expectations about his behaviour and is impeached before the end of his term.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Gothic Splendour

Another page about our visit to Arbury hall here.  This one was made as part of the UKScrappers mini cybercrop, the challenge was to dig into the mountain of washi tape we all have!!

I used a Graphic 45 kraft background, and covered it with trips of washi in vintage shades, along with gold, green and blue. A strip of three photos cover much of the washi (but as I have so much, this didn't bother me!)

The original design called for us to die-cut embellishments (feathers) from washi covered card.

 I decided to use an Xcut die set of woodland tags from both kraft and the washi covered card.

I finished the layout using a Tim Holtx 'Spooky' 12" alphabet die, along with a banner underneath.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

A Vintage Day Out

Hannah lives close to Castle Bromwich Hall  a Jacobean house with beautiful gardens that are open to the public.

In early May, the Hall held a 1940s day with stalls of all kinds: food, vintage clothing, sweets and cakes, along with vehicles from the war era.

Many of those who attended were dressed in vintage clothes, it was great to see land girls, Bevan boys, RAF pilots, Churchill  and even Laurel and Hardy!

Hannah had her hair styled in victory rolls, perfect photo opportunity for a scrapbook layout.

The gardens were looking gorgeous, and after a very cold and miserable Saturday, it was lovely to be able to get out (even though Hannah's boyfriend did get a little sunburnt)

It was a gorgeous day, one of the first really warm days of the year, and as it has been so dry we could sit on the grass to eat a picnic of wood stove baked pizzas.


Friday, 12 May 2017

UKScrappers crop page

The 5th of May was National Scrapbooking Day, so UKS  ran a mini crop to give us a few challenges to scrap. This first layout of mine is from photos taken at Arbury Hall back on May Day; the challenge was to use poetry for a page, so I used a Christina Rossetti poem for these photos of the trees and bluebells in the gardens.

I had scrapbooked bluebells before, so it was good to have a new challenge to make a different layout.

The backgound card and embellishments are mostly Anna Griffin, with some Papermania woodgrain and washi tape thrown in for good measure.

The title is die cut using the Xcut script dies (again) from rose gold shimmer card.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017


A page about the lovely hairdo of my friend at her January wedding. My friend is very sporty, so it was lovely to see her looking so glamorous on her big day.

I love the birds in the Paradise Crush papers, it took a long time to cut them out (I spent a whole afternoon in front of the TV with scissors in hand!), but now I have a bag full of birds, butterflies and flowers ready for the next time I use this paper pad.

The background papers are mostly Anna Griffin, but I added a tropical touch with lots of embellishments cut from Paradise Crush Dovecraft papers. 

The 'lovely' detail is die cut from rose gold card using an Ali Edwards die. Only got a few wedding layouts to make for my scrapbook now.