Thursday, 30 June 2016

Scrappy Apps revisited.......again

Are you a bit of a techy? I love a gadget, going as far as to name those especially dear to me....I mean you, Paddy and Junior (iPad mini and iPhone 5s). Along with my laptop and external drive they're my most used and as such I'm always on the lookout for apps that bring even more mobile scrappy possibilities.

If you're a frequent visitor you'll be all too aware of my recent obsession with the Project Life app, but that is just the tip of the installed iceberg. Here's a few of my current favourites:-

Amazon Photo - easily take advantage of the free UNLIMITED photo storage with my Prime membership.

Pinterest - great for inspiration for all us crafty types and makes it easy to update my boards on the go.

Wordificator and WordPack - two word cloud apps, great for creating unique artwork or filler cards.

Colour Effects - this is a new one in my scrappy arsenal, great for easy colour masks. This one is my first effort and took about 10 minutes. Once I've practised I'm sure it will be even quicker.

                   Before                                                                            After

Happy Scrapping

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Somewhere over the rainbow

I tried out a slightly different look with the second of my 50th Year project pages. I was visiting my in-laws and they had the flag flying in honour of the queen's birthday - they are very patriotic. A brief break in the rain and the resulting rainbow over the flag was too perfect a photo opportunity. So, out came the iPhone 6 for this quick snap. I think this image worked really well split across the three panels, it just took a little aligning. The filler cards are from the Good Times Value Kit, priced at 79p and my latest acquisition.....most definitely not my last.

Happy Scrapping

Monday, 27 June 2016

Sketchy Sunday on a Monday

Apologies if you stopped by for a dose of inspiration yesterday, but life took a turn for the busy and my lack of future planning on the sketch front became oh so obvious. You know how it is, there's a kids' birthday party to attend, Sunday overtime and a belated Queen's birthday family BBQ and if you're me it's all on the same weekend - hence today's Sketchy Sunday on a Monday. So here's the sketch, late but I hope worth waiting for.

I was inspired by one of the kids at this weekend's party playing with an old viewmaster. Wouldn't this be great for a bunch of old passport photos? If they're anything like mine it will look like a crime ring. Some other ideas for this one are.... Party attendees, family members or a sequence of photos, kids' school pics as they grow up would look great too.

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:-

Bone Tomahawk - horror western starring Kurt Russell
In the Heart of the Sea - historical sea drama starring the always unattractive Chris Hemsworth
Die Hard 2 - white vest saves everyone ....again!
Grabbers - comedy with a fantastic excuse for drinking
Deadpool - my all time favourite superhero

Friday, 24 June 2016

Little Box of Bling

Oh the lure of the unadorned box....I can't resist for long! Today I put the finishing touches to this little number. It started life as a Domino box that I picked up in The Works for the princely sum of 50p.

I covered the box using papers from  Trimcraft's Pick n' Mix 6 x 6 pad. The embellishments are a mix of paper and funky foam flowers with one of my handmade wire and pearl flourishes. The handle is a noticeboard magnet from Tiger, they're just £1 a pack. I removed the magnet before gluing it in place and added a bookplate for the title.

Now filled with mini bottles of glitter, gems and pearls it's a sweet gift for a fellow crafter.

Happy Scrapping

Wednesday, 22 June 2016


Welcome fellow desk cruisers......I apologise, my desk is a tip today, I've just got in from work and I'm ashamed to say I've left it like this since yesterday and I'm now having a clear up... a bit late now that I've posted the slobby evidence. 

You can see my latest purchase to the left, a bluetooth keyboard to use with my iPad mini. It was a bargain £7.95 on Amazon and so far I'm really pleased with it. The little pack of bottles and kraft notebook.....I have a serious notebook addiction.....were amongst some extra crafty bits Ray gave me for my birthday. The self adhesive pearls are leftovers from a box project I'm working on which is currently drying on a tray downstairs.

So, that's a little peek at my craft space. If you're new to the WOYWW hop check out LLJ's for the full details and pay a visit to the originator here.

Enjoy the trip.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016


I don't know about you, but at Christmas our family stock up on treats...big time! So, once we've waded our way through the mountain of chocolate, sweets and biscuits there's all the tins to deal with. I'm very lucky in that my in-laws are real Christmas sweet hoarders and fill the house to the brim - which is how I came to have a bit of a collection of tins for some of my crafty supplies. This year I got a London bus, a soldier and the odd ones out - two After Eight tins. Those two green tins bugged me. They're a handy shape for pens, pencils, brushes and dinner candles, but they just weren't aesthetically pleasing. So, after picking up some Trimcraft Deco Mache papers on sale at Hobbycraft, I set out to experiment on one of the tins.

I scrunched up the papers, then roughly smoothed them out. After applying a thick layer of pva to a section of the tin at a time, I laid on the paper smooshing it in wrinkles to disguise the embossed texture of the tin. Once the tin was covered, leaving the lip on the body and lid clear, I left it to dry overnight. A liberal application of bronze metallic paint and another night drying. I used a Tim Holtz clock and gears mask (it's an old design, so I'm not sure if it's still available) and inked over with black ink and a blending tool. Another drying session and a blast with the hairdryer before a final coat of Glossy Mod (choral singing)  Podge.

And here's the finished box....

And the second one waiting on it's makeover.

Happy Scrapping

Monday, 20 June 2016

Going, going, Gone!

While pruning down my photo folder I came across this trio of images and just had to knock up a quick layout. This peahen had obviously had a heavy night and was plain tuckered out and I happened to catch her dozing off. There's a large muster of peacocks at Hainault Forest Country Park and I've captured quite a few in full on display, so they'll definitely be a companion layout to this one.

Whenever I take my camera out I always have it set to auto and burst mode as default. While walking around it means I can just grab those unexpected photo opportunities. You'd be surprised how many times just the right shot comes out of nowhere and with those settings I have a good chance of capturing something usable. When there's more time to prepare a shot I usually snap a quick one on auto first and then start experimenting with manual settings. I'm keen to improve my photography skills, but I'm not adverse to using the auto settings, after all far more skilled photographers than I have created them - It would be crazy not to take advantage of that. When I get a chance to get out and about with my camera I can see how much better my images are, but there are never enough hours in the day to practice as much as I'd like. 

Happy Scrapping

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Sketchy Sunday no. 116

I'm gradually working my way through my stash and photo files, sorting and getting rid of duplicates. It's a laborious process, but it's already paid off with my stash as it's so much easier to find everything and I'm not even finished yet. An unexpected bonus is that the process has made it obvious where there are either too much or not enough of one thing or another. I'm also having a declutter home wise and there is definitely something very liberating in getting rid of stuff that just doesn't get used, worn or is just plain not to my taste anymore. 

As part of my general declutter I've had a look through my sketch archive and noticed there seems to be a lacking of sketches for four photos. So, this week's sketch is a simple four image design. If you want a little more room for journaling you could use one or more of the image boxes for text or use smaller photos. 

Now, a little extra share. Last week I took quite a few pictures, some of which I've already posted and as they were quite well received I thought I'd share some more.

  Mmmmm pear.

Giving me the evil eye while protecting his harem.

Mowgli loves apples.

A surprised looking horse on the Herne Bay pier carousel.

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:

The Raven - gothic thriller
Victor Frankenstein - gothic horror
Warcraft - entertaining game inspired adventure
Mississippi Grind - Ryan Reynolds is charming
Columbo: An excercise is fatality - I told you last week it's my Sunday addiction.

Friday, 17 June 2016

Year 50.....The Project

It's shaping up to be a big year and I've decided this is the one to do another yearly project. I found it quite difficult to do the last one as it was a traditional scrap album and I ending up merging weeks and months at some points as I got so far behind, but I do love the album and look at it often. This year I've chosen to use the Project Life app, it just makes sense as I can fit layouts in at even the busiest of times. I'm going to aim for a page a week and see how it goes. Once the year is complete I'll have a photo book printed - I think it's a good way to celebrate my half century. 

So, here we have the first layout. You may recognise a couple of the animal pics that I posted previously. I used a filler card from the Kraft Edition set for my journaling and I'll create a title page for the album at some point, maybe using the photos of the decades that I've set aside for the scrapbook page that I have planned. 

Thanks to those of you that have recommended photo book printers, I intend to try a couple out at some point to see which I prefer. 

Happy Scrapping

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Mini Me.....50

What can be better than free stash? OK, free cash, free holidays and I'm sure there are a few others, but free stash is up there. I was lucky enough to receive a Pick 'n' Mix paper pad and a variety of embellies from Trimcraft recently and I put it to use straight away.

I was already planning this little 4" x 4" mini when the paper turned up, a definite kismet moment. The 6" x 6" paper pad was the perfect size to minimise waste and not add huge amounts to my scraps folder. I created a shaker box for the front cover, a first for me, but definitely something I'll do again. I used a Lillibet frame as the shaker front and created a shallow box from cardstock for the back, popping in a spoonful of sequins before gluing the box behind the frame....easy peasy. The resin flowers are a mix of Trimcraft 12 Days of Christmas  and A Beautiful Life, bargains I picked up in Poundland and The Works.

50 had to be sparkly, so I covered a couple of grungeboard numbers in silver glitter. A scattering of gems added a little extra bling

On the inside of the front cover, I added a tag pocket. The pages are all pocket pages and hold either a single large tag or a tag with a flap that folds over the page. I made up the book with a hidden hinge style binding and left quarter inch gap between pages to make room for any embellies I add later. The inside back cover has a fold out mini book secured with a ribbon tie, so yet more space for pics. It's turned out a deceptively roomy little book and I love the neatness of the size, so there are bound to be more in the future. 

Happy Scrapping

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Sketchy Sunday no.115

It's been a lovely week of days out and treats.....Even with the weather taking a turn for the worse I'm looking forward to another week of chilling out and catching up with my crafting and photography. Of course, that means some sketches will be needed, so here we are with this week's...... sketch no. 115.

While off work, as well as the treats, I've been doing a little clearing out and passing on unwanted papers and stickers....making a little room for any birthday splurges. So, now I'm attacking my scrap file, hence a sketch that fits the scraps bill. I hope it works for you too.

Now, just an extra share today....on Monday we visited Tropical Wings Zoo, one of our fav places for a day out. Here's just a few of the photos from the day. 

It's great getting up close with the Wallabies and feeding time is always fun.

The Capybaras have been busy...they're are lots of little ones now. This older fella was having a little shake off after a dip. 

And here's Princess Leia having a cherry treat.

The freeflying butterfly enclosure is a lovely place to relax after a busy day out. 

Lastly, a spot of trumpet blowing and a big shout out to Trimcraft for the lovely prize of papers and embellies for winning Project of the Month with my 'Love Change' altered matchbox. I'm already crafting with them and they are lovely quality.

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:

The Dressmaker - Quirky Aussie comedy drama
Antiviral - Surreal Sci-fi thriller, not for the faint hearted
X-Men: Apocalypse - Superhero fun sequel
Dark Places - Mystery thriller
Columbo Likes the Nightlife - my Sunday addiction
Creed - Boxing drama 

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Festive fancies

I know it's summer and for a change it's actually warm, but the mojo cannot be ignored and in an effort to continue with my ongoing catch-up with those 'waiting to be scrapped' photos, I had to go with it. The result is a festive layout for my Christmas 2014. I wanted to capture some of our decor pieces as well as hint at the traditions. I've scrapped a couple of these photos tradionally, but this is a nice way to see more of them together as it tells more aspects of the story.

The tree speaks for itself, it's always a 7ft job and the decoration collection grows year by year. We buy at least one new one every year on our wedding anniversary, as we bought some in the US when we got married. They are always hearts and the one pictured was that years purchase. The Christmas stockings line our hall. each tagged and filled with goodies....the kids in the family get a stocking as well as their main gifts, but they're always way more excited about those stockings full of fun stuff. The doors are wrapped with wired ribbon fashioned into a large double bow - it's an easy way to add a little more festive feel.

So, even though it's warm outside I still love thinking back to's a magical time of year.

Happy Scrapping

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Sketchy Sunday no.114

The sun is out and summer has finally arrived and for some reason this always makes me want to sort out my stash and pass on any things that I know I just won't use. The result of this is I have more room to organse what's left. I get almost as much pleasure organising my stash as I do creating with it just me?

Anyway, enough waffling here's this week's 114.

I've kept this one simple and I chosen a five photo design as Ray (gorgeous hubby) suggested a picture per decade to create a layout for my 50th. 

On a different subject, if you've read some of my previous posts you may remember my mentioning the app Wordificator, a word cloud creation app. I've just upgraded to the paid version for £1.49 which basically means I can import any shape and create a word cloud in that shape. This is going to get a lot of use - I've already got plans for a Halloween page taking full advantage of the shaped word cloud. It would be easy to create cheap gifts too, just by printing a suitable word cloud and framing it..... for example, a map shape for where you met your partner or where you married, profiles in words and loads more.

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:

Rio Bravo - classic western
Bridge of Spies - cold war thriller
I am Wrath - revenge thriller....ish
Star Wars; The Force Awakens - needs no introduction
Die Hard with a Vengence - white vest saves the world again

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Tom vs Jerry

There are battles that echo through history, that change the world in a myriad of ways.....this is not one of those. To be honest, I don't even know who won. It is however a story worth telling and I choose to tell it via my favourite app, Project Life.

I used a title and journaling cards from the Midnight Edition...I especially love that title wood effect card. The font for the title is really fun, it's one of the free ones with the app. 

This post marks the first time I've managed to add my photo into the post via the Blogger app, so I intend to not only create future layouts on my treasured iPad mini, but also post them...I'm still amazed at how useful I find this lovely bit of kit. The Blogger app is also fast becoming indispensable in keeping my posts up to date and correcting my ever present spelling and grammar mistakes.

Now, totally off at a tangent.....Today is my 50th birthday and I've decided to mark the turn of the half century in scrappy fashion. I'm going to do a year long project, creating a digital page every week and getting a photo book printed once it's complete. It seems a good year to pick.....lots in the pipeline.

Happy Scrapping

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

DCWV May Challenge

I've always liked the DCWV stacks and recently I've been using up some of the meagre remains of my stacks to complete layouts for their monthly sketch challenge. To enter you must base a layout or card on one of the sketches supplied and use a minimum of 75% DCWV product....easy done because they have a really diverse range of designs. This is my effort for the May challenge and you can see some of the other entries here.

I used The Spring Glitter Stack.....I loved that stack so much I ended up buying two.....and The Cardstock Stack, I bought a couple of different colourways of those too. I cut my title on my Silhouette Cameo and added a couple of really old brads for another pop of colour.

Fingers crossed it makes the top ten and gets a chance to win some DCWV stacks - always a welcome addition to my stash.

Happy Scrapping