Friday, 30 January 2015

Finders Keepers...

Out on a lunchtime foray today I spotted these alterable crafty bargains.

This wooden book box will make a lovely home for a gift mini. With a window on top so you'll be able to see the album in all it's, no doubt fussy, glory and at £2 a great buy from one of my regular hunting grounds The Works ( I also picked up a really interesting looking novel The Uninvited for £1 and a couple of my favourite alterables Pick-up Sticks boxes at two for £1 - a £4 blow-out, last of the big spenders that's me. 

I know it's off at a tangent, but if you haven't seen it take a look at this amazing moment when a lion released into the wild is reunited with the couple who raised him from a cub.

If you'd like to watch the full documentary here's the link.

Happy Scrapping. 

Monday, 26 January 2015

365 project

Week 3 of my 365 project and I wanted to post my zombie picture, but I thought it best to maintain a facade of normality and instead post my photo of a card I made recently - very rare for me - which uses free downloads available on the Docrafts Facebook page. Here's a link if you'd like to grab them for yourself.

Happy Scrapping 

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Sketchy Sunday no. 44

After yesterdays Docrafts blog hop I'm not sure if anyone needs the normal dose of Sketchy Sunday inspiration, but just in case here we go with sketch no. 44.

I'll be using lots of patterned paper layers for this one to really make it pop and I'll keep the photo mat a sold dark colour, possibly staying with black. I find a colourful layout with black photo mats really creates a sense of the photos standing proud of the page, a look I think really works well.

Well, that's it....very concise today, but dinner's nearly ready and I'm famished.

Happy Scrapping.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

The Docrafts Past and Present Design Team Blog Hop.......

Woohoo….it’s the Docrafts Past and Present Design Team Blog Hop and the perfect opportunity to welcome some new members and say a heartfelt thank you for the wonderful inspiration to those leaving the team. I've enjoyed working with all the talented ladies on the team previously and I wish them all the very best in their future endeavours, whatever they may be. You'll find the blog list at the bottom of this post. I hope you'll find time to follow us on the hop and I know they'd appreciate a comment, if you have the time.

Anyway, on with the show – here’s a little craft catch-up of what I’ve been creating both for the team and purely for crafty sake.

I love mini albums, as you all know, so you’ll not be surprised to see two more. The first you may have found on the Docrafts site. If you'd like to check out the instructions on how to make your own version just click on the Docrafts icon on the right hand side of the screen.

The ‘Love is..’ album is a paper bag mini, nice and simple, made using the new Chalkboard and Kraft paper bags and the Wild Rose Capsule Collection. I went nuts with spritzing inks on the leaf die-cuts so it has a lovely subtle glimmer to it in the flesh. I used a gel pen to create the title on the cover chalkboard sticker and the subsequent titles on the bags/pages themselves... and I never use my handwriting, even graffiti style!

The second mini is one I created when I first got the Xcut Xpress and I put that machine through the mill with die-cuts on every page. I love the pastel colour scheme of this album which I use for photos of the heart items scattered around the house. Ray knows I love anything heart shaped, so now and again a new one gets added to the mix and that doesn’t include the Christmas heart charm he buys me every year ……I’m gonna need a bigger book!

Paper - Papermania Bellisima

So there we have it, another two minis to add to the ever growing collection, now I've just got to fill them up with pics and journaling.

Here's the Design Team old and new, I hope you enjoy the journey. 

Sarah Douglas

Michelle - You Are Here

Katie Skilton

Happy Scrapping. 

Monday, 19 January 2015

Project 365

In an effort to keep me on track with my photo a day project, I'm posting a shot each Monday - well that's the aim.

This pic, although not the most exciting, marks my new baking regular - breakfast cookies, but believe you me they're tasty all day long.

It's going to sound strange, but you don't use any flour or sugar. The original recipe can be found here - - I've tweaked it by adding desiccated coconut and using sultanas. I bake them in cake cases, it makes it easier to keep them even. They're addictive and a reasonably healthy snack or brekkie, so ditch the choccie covered crispies and give them a go.

Just because I think they're great, here's the toys and the cat and budgie.

Left Behinds

Cat and Budgie

Yes, that's right I've rediscovered the link function.

Happy Scrapping. x

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Sketchy Sunday no. 43

Ok, the year is now well under way and I'm back into my normal 'for me' routines.The Christmas food has disappeared and been replaced by healthy snacks.....well, mainly it has.....and I'm getting back into my crafty stuff after a little slow faze.

In the happy afterglow of the festive season, I've created this sketch based on a pressie. I think this one would work well for documenting any gift giving occasion. The ribbon tie and bow can be created either with paper or ribbon if you love the extra texture. Try using foam tape to adhere your paper or ribbon strips to give that real wrapped feel to the page.

There's also plenty of room for your story with a bold title to finish it off.

So, that's it, short but sweet and I hope you'll be inspired to create.

Just because it's so brilliant I had to include the latest Money Supermarket ad.

Dave's epic strut

Happy Scrapping.

Friday, 16 January 2015

T'was the night before.....

Finally, a completed layout, it seems to have taken me ages to get around to finishing this one. I am a bit of a slow scrapper, but then to be fair Christmas has a way of swallowing up time what with the shopping, visiting, eating, playing with new toys and eating – yes, I did mention eating twice, because I did that double - not that I’m complaining as any regular visitor knows I am a Christmas super fan.

Anyway, this layout, based on my sketch no.35, documents one of my favourite traditions - the eggnog a’ la Ray on Christmas Eve, hence the title ‘T’was The Nog Before Christmas’, he came up with that one himself, he’s a literary genius as well as a nog making one.

I kept the page nice and simple, as I love the main photo which for me really captured that warm, lit by the tree, cosy glow that says Christmas. The journaling has been printed on the snowflake design paper from the Papermania Craft Christmas 12 x 12 paper pack, which is the pack all the papers for this layout are frominked the journal block edges and parenthesis die-cut to give an old tradition feel to it, which worked well I think…but then who doesn’t love an inked edge.

I hope you’ve all had a fantastic start to the year and are surging forward in a healthy and positive state of being….long may it continue.

Happy Scrapping.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015


Time for another snoop at my work desk. Today there's the bits and bobs that come with planning a new project, alterable possibilities - jars, pick-up-sticks box - the current paper pack and the download papers that I had printed at Costco.

The camera case houses my Christmas pressie a Panasonic Lumix TZ35....great little camera if you're wondering.

Anyway, I'm going to be doing the blog rounds tomorrow as time is knocking on, but I am looking forward to it.

Happy Scrapping.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

On the hunt.....

What with all the Christmas shopping, scrappy bargain hunting took a bit of a back seat, but now that the gifting is completedI’m on the hunt for those cheapie treats for our crafty obsessions. 

It’s a known fact that the New Year brings an urge to sort, organise and generally set ourselves up for a fruitful and productive year. With this in mind my bargain hunting was definitely geared towards the storage product aspect and I have been rewarded with a couple of cute and undoubtedly budget items. 

The first item I found was this little - each pot is approximately 4” high - double bucket handled pot. It’s metal, so quite sturdy and embossed so ticks the pretty box. I initially bought it to gift as the container for a little gardener kit and may still do that, but the selfish moo in me wants to keep it for pens, pencils or other goodies. It comes in a variety of pastel colours and I picked it up in Poundland for….wait for it….£1. 

The second item is a real must have for any glitter glue fans (me! me! me!). It’s labelled a nail varnish organiser, but I found it’s perfect for my glitter glue bottles and glitter tubes. Again, it was in Poundland. It’s acrylic, sturdy and being clear will work with any d├ęcor, I think I need another one, because let’s face it I’m going to buy more glitter….maybe I need another two!

Ok, that’s the latest bargains, but rest assured I’m on the case looking for more.

Happy Scrapping.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Project 365 .....the first two weeks

Those of you who've ventured here previously may know that this year I'm attempting a new 365 project. It's a photo a day for the year, but I'm giving myself the freedom to substitute the odd pic here and there just to make sure it doesn't become a we scrappers always say 'there are no rules'.

I've completed one of these projects before and the subsequently completed scrapbook album is one of the most frequently pulled out to browse through.

To keep me on track I thought a Monday post to show a photo from the previous week might be a fun here we go.

This is from week 1 and is my charm from Ray, newly attached to my bracelet. Ray buys me a silver heart charm for every Christmas together and each one is unique. It's always my favourite present.

Week 2 and this is the last of the mince pies which were not sitting there long!

So that's it, the first of the 2015 photos.

Happy Scrapping. 

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Sketchy Sunday sketch no. 42 ......and more.

Busy, busy,busy.....sums up the year so far, but I've been very good and have been keeping up with the snaps for my 365 project despite the early onslaught of work and family commitments. Things are starting to find their level so hopefully some new projects to show you soon.

In the meantime for those of you interested in my progress on the 365 project - a photo a day - I'm going to post my fav photo of the previous week on a Monday. So this Monday they'll be two photos from the first two weeks of the year. I hope you'll find time to pop by for a nose.

To catch up with my crafting over Christmas, here's a few projects I completed for the Docrafts Design Team.

This gift bag was a quick necessity over the gift giving season. I used a the Xcut bag die, nested scalloped circle die, snowflakes dies and sentiments die, which are all great staples to have in your collection. Teamed with an embossing folder and glitter paper the bag has a rich feel which the photo just doesn't capture.

Next is an altered set of cheap notebooks using the new Graffiti download from the Docrafts site and the Xcut Paperclips dies. I made a couple of holders from card stock and then covered them in paper and added a couple of the new chalkboard peg elements to decorate. I love how well this project turned out as I'm a glutton for stationery and notebooks in particular, but of course plain notebooks just don't cut the mustard.

This project is really sweet, take the lid off the box and the hearts mounted on acetate strips flutter in a very romantic fashion, perfect for your valentine. If you'd like to make your own here's the instructions.


Trim a piece of card to 8 ¼” square. Score at 3” from the edge on all four sides.

Trim away the corner sections.

Fold at the score lines to create the box shape, unfold. Mat inside and out of the box sides, I like to leave a small border around the mats.

Trim a piece of card to 3 3/8” square. Score at ½” from the edge on all four sides. Mat the centre section to match the exterior of the box.

Cut along one ½” score line on each corner to the intersecting line to create a ½” tab. Fold and glue each tab to the adjacent ½” long section to create the box lid. Decorate the box lid with two pieces of ribbon, long enough to hang slightly over the lid edges, top with a chalkboard heart tag and punched hearts and flowers.

Trim a piece of card 2 ¼” square - to fit perfectly in the base of the box when closed. Mat to match the inside of the box.

Trim acetate strips 1/8” by 4”. Cut small random slits, just over 1/8” long, in the matted 2 ¼” sq. Thread through the acetate strips folding over the end at the back and securing with double sided tape.

Punch, die-cut or hand cut double the number of heart shapes as acetate strips. Keep the hearts fairly small to keep the weight down, so they will flutter on the end of the acetate strips when the box is moved.

Apply double sided tape to the base square and adhere the 2 ¼” square inside the box. Pull up the box sides and trim the acetate strips down so they are at least ¼” below the top of the box. Attach hearts to the top of the acetate strips by sandwiching the end of the acetate strip between two hearts. 

Adhere more hearts to the inside panels of the box. Add rhinestones to a few random hearts. Pop on the lid and give with love. 

Finally, here we have the latest sketch, no. 42. If it's not clear the patterned sections are ripped paper strips, which give a little extra texture on a fairly simple layout....enjoy.

Happy Scrapping.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Sketchy Sunday no. 41

Well, I don't know about you, but for me the year has started in a mad rush of clearing away Christmas and polishing off those last mince pies and festive goodies. I've been lucky enough to have been able to take the two Christmas weeks off work and so tomorrow marks the first day back - boo hisssss! - I'm already thinking what day can I book off next!

As to New Year resolutions they're not something I really do as such, but I do have things I'm determined to work on and towards this year, some crafty, some not so much. I'm definitely doing a 365 project this year and have made a start on that using my cameras and phone to shoot the first four photos of the year.

So, with a fresh new year beginning here we have the first sketch of the year. As always, if you'd like a sketch for a set number of photos or to include a specific shape just leave a comment with your request and I'll do my best to draw something up for you, but in the meantime try this for a little inspiration.....sketch no. 41.

As it's the first post of the year I'd like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to you all for taking the time to visit my blog, it really is much appreciated.

Happy Scrapping. x