Sunday, 26 October 2014

Sketchy Sunday no. 31

Hi, thanks for visiting to read this weeks Sketchy Sunday post.

After a recent flurry of multi-photo sketches, I thought it time to get back to a single photo version. I designed this one with a Christmas layout in mind - suitable for a festive photo which has a bit of story, maybe one of our many traditions, so I wanted a fair sized space for journaling while keeping the photo centre stage and I think this fits the bill. This one is a sketch I can see me using again and again - a change to the embellishments and it's fitting for any subject matter.

So, without further ado, here we have Sketch no.31.

Now, if this sketch has got you in the festive mood checkout my latest mini album. For the first time I'm aiming to do a December Daily project this year. I created this album to house the photos and memories for that project. Each page will represent three days, one on the front, one on the back and one on the pocket tag. The big day has it's own large pocket page. 

I used the Papermania's Letter to Santa paper line and parts of a co-ordinating decoupage kit.

I cut flourishes using an Xcut Flourish Die set and Papermania Glitter Paper.

 This is the large pocket page for the 25th, extra space will definitely be needed for this one.

You may have guessed the base of this book was made using envelopes and some mount board for covers, all bound together with my trusty Bind-it-All, but you could just as easily use book rings - I would use at least three on each side for stability.

Are you aiming to do a December Daily for the first time? Or if you've done one previously, I'd be interested to know if you found it easy to take a photo a day, at such a hectic time of year or if you changed it to fit your lifestyle.

Happy Scrapping.

Michelle x

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Sketchy Sunday no.30

Can you believe it 30 sketches....30......that just seems crazy! So much has happened since that first sketch and my crafting has definitely improved.

I'm loving the triple photo layouts at the moment, so I had to go for another three photo sketch. My intention is to use this one to document some Christmas traditions - we have plenty of them, enough for many a layout.

So, here we have it.....sketch no.30.

I'm in two minds whether to use three pictures or split the two smaller frames in two and use five pictures.Some of the photos I'm thinking of using are taken with a phone and not quite as good as I would like, but keep them small and they're fine and will tell the story.

On the subject of Christmas photos, I recently completed this little gift mini album using the Docrafts Champagne Christmas download papers and some paper bags.

They regularly have free downloads available, so well worth checking out.

Happy Scrapping.

Michelle x

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

May your days be Merry and Bright...

If you've been following my progress with the mini advent houses you may be a little confused as to why I'm debuting no. 15, but no need it's purely down to my attempts to spread the patterns across the 24 houses. I'm trying to make sure the houses adjacent are not too similar, so they are not being completed in number order.

Having explained myself it's time for the big - ok that might be over egging it - reveal. I bring you, in all it's twinkly glory, no.15.

I've used the Snowflakes and Nested Star Xcut die set with Papermania Glitter Paper to embellish and the numbers are grungeboard with the usual Anita's 3d gloss and silver glitter.

Before I sign off, I just wanted to send out a big thank you for supporting my blogging endeavours. I'm grateful to all of you for taking time out of your busy lives to visit and of course for the lovely comments. I hope you'll continue to stop by and enjoy the projects.

Happy Scrapping.

Michelle x

Home for Christmas

I love making mini albums, chipboard, envelopes, bird houses and acetate have all come in for the mini book treatment. So, it's not surprising that my DT work has included a fair few minis.

One of my latest books for the team was something a bit different. I used a Bare Basics House as the front of my book, complete with a photo of last years Christmas tree showing through the window. Open up the book and there are a series of pockets, all with little ribbon topped tags. I know it seems weird but my favourite bit of this book is the tiny door knob covered in gold glitter, it's just so sweet.

A little tip for those of you posting pictures to your blogs and galleries, try including a little dressing in your photos. Set the scene with seasonal items, as I did here by including ribbon and bells scattered around my project - it can really help with presentation.

Happy Scrapping.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Sketchy Sunday no. 29

Morning Scrappers, it's sketch day again - is it me or is time speeding up? It seems like only yesterday I was posting the last one, but here we are another week gone.

This sketch, although intended for multiple photos, can easily be used for a single photo design - just use panels for patterned paper layered with embellishments..... hmmmm now there's a thought.

So, here we have it Sketch no.29.

Have fun and, if you have time, pop by Tuesday for my latest advent mini house reveal. 

Happy Scrapping. 

Monday, 6 October 2014

It's getting frosty......

Christmas is edging its way into the shops - my local supermarket has dedicated an aisle to Christmas nibbles and The Range (a regular haunt) has started filling the shelves with deccies and festive wrapping.
So, playing my part in the preparations, I've been working on my set of mini advent houses and here's the latest, no.10.

The snowman is from a set of blank wooden elements I picked up in Hobbycraft, on sale at 25p...I know bargain, right! I covered it in Snow Writer and then Glitz It iridescent glitter glue. The numbers are grungeboard covered in the usual Anita's 3d gloss and silver glitter, you just can't beat that combo for staying power. A little brush off with a soft toothbrush once dry and there's no problem with glitter shedding.
I'm almost halfway through the set of 24 and on track for a completed set in time for deccie day, if I can just keep the momentum going....fingers crossed. 

So enjoy your crafty Christmas prep and as always Happy Scrapping. 

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Sketchy Sunday no. 28

It's scary, I've just seen my first Christmas ad......what! Yes, that's right it's that close. I haven't planned, shopped or even started my letter to Santa, but I have been doing some Christmas crafting so pop back tomorrow for mini advent house no.10....woohoo double figures, if you ignore number 13 posted previously. No.13 was finished out of order as I wanted to make sure the similar papers were separated by a few houses.

So, onto the main subject matter of this post, Sketchy Sunday no.28.

I like the way the title ties all the elements of this page together, while mounting the photos together in a panel, keeps the focus on the images. There's plenty of room for journaling too, so no need to choose between images and story. I find a bracket shape a great way to draw attention to a section of a layout, you don't always have to use them in pairs. As always, just use the sketch as a jumping off point, it's your layout and this is just a way to get you started - nine times out of ten my layouts bear little resemblance to my sketches, it just makes it a little easier to get started.

Happy Scrapping. x

Thursday, 2 October 2014

For a true gentleman...

I don't know about you, but I've only recently given some of my makes as little extra gifts.I haven't always been sure how they would be received and I think most of us could be a little more confident in our creations, but I've been surprised and relieved that they have been enjoyed and appreciated by those few I have gifted them to.

My Dad turned 70 recently and as well as the usual gifts and meal out, I created this little boxed mini album specially for him.

I used some chipboard scraps for the book covers and the Papermania Heritage Press paper line and Decoupage Pack for the book and decoration. The box was one of a set of two from The Range, I just split the corners on one side to create a hinge so the box lid and base could be joined permanently after I'd decorated the two pieces.

Once completed I created titles for each page that summed up the photos added to the tags representing all my dear dad's facets: Gentleman, Sportsman, Strongman, Father, Husband and so many more. Now I've got to make plans for mum's one next year.

Happy Scrapping.

Michelle x