Sunday, 28 August 2016

Sketchy Sunday no.126

It's back to a single image for this week's sketch and of course a heart and star make an appearance in this design. Add texture with distressed edges on the layers or stick to a clean and simple look with just a little inking for definition. So, here we have it, sketch no.126.

I'm still organising my photo files and as the last lot I posted proved popular here's more of the same.

Mmmmmmm gritty!

Orrf my land!

Pass the Brylcreem.

Happy Scrapping.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Oh Appy Days!

Before I start let me just say I have no affiliation with the Project Life app. I don't post about it for cash or freebies, I just think it's a great little addition to my crafty tools. If you've been sitting on the fence about giving it a go there's some fab bargains to be had at the moment. They're having their first ever sale and I couldn't resist the Cinnamon Edition as I've been lusting after it for ages and at 79p it was a no brainer. All Edition card packs are currently's a dangerous time for my stash diet, digital counts even though I tried to convince myself it didn't.

Here's my first page using the new card pack. 

Happy Scrapping

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Sketchy Sunday no.125

I know it's sketch day, but firstly I have to share a wonderful tasty discovery. We were browsing in Costco and came across a recipe book by Joe Wicks. We tried this recipe OMG cinnamon French toast.........we're having it again this evening for a treat, it's gorgeous. We used our Hovis Seed Sensations bread, as that was what we had in the cupboard, so ours had extra protein and extra flavour too. The book is definitely on my shopping list. 

Now, onto the more probable reason for your visit today....Sketch no. 125.

I'm loving square photos lately and I've just discovered Costco have now included 5" x 5" prints as part of their range, I'll check out the quality soon. Most of the time I print my photos for scrapping at home on my Canon Selphy printer, but it's handy having a batch ready to scrap and Costco has been a good option in the past. The print quality is very dependant on the person on duty at the time, so I generally don't get loads done at once. I must check out some other printers. 

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched last week:
Suicide Squad -  a disappointment....enough said!
Eddie the Eagle - fun, uplifting true story.
The Finest Hours - True rescue drama. 

And this week:
Southbound - horror anthology
Batman vs Superman - dark superhero adventure
The Possession - supernatural horror
The Big Short - disturbing true story of high-finance, it's a lot more entertaining than it sounds.
Tale of Tales - dark interwoven fairy tale 

Thursday, 18 August 2016

The First Rusk

There are major moments in every young man's life and my youngest nephew Luke reached the first milestone this month......The First Rusk! He did the family proud, demolishing that half in double quick time. He obviously takes after his auntie in terms of food.

Ray took the photo using his iPhone 6 and I desaturated it in the Project Life app while assembling the page. I created the title card in digital scrapbook software, importing it as an image. It was so easy to do I'll definitely be making a lot more in the future. Previously I've used word cloud apps which also make great title and filler cards in a couple of clicks. 

Happy Scrapping

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Chains, Charms and Challenges

I enjoy taking part in the odd papercraft challenge, sometimes the resulting projects end up being particular favourites. So, it comes as no surprise that when I spotted the Trimcraft August challenge I decided to give it a go. The theme was texture and I was looking for an excuse to use up some of the collection oddments that were sitting in my favourite shark lunchbox. The starting point was this basic heart aperture box, a bargain £1 at The Works.

I started by removing the hardware and covering the base and lid in Trimcraft Pick 'n' Mix papers. After reattaching the hardware I started building up the decorative elements.

I cut a couple of chipboard hearts and covered them in Deco Mache papers before painting in gold and edging in black.

I always save broken chains and keep an eye out for broken fashion jewellery in the shops, usually it's available for a bargain price and great for this kind of project. I added some of the chains from my bits box, draping and overlapping them to create more texture. The resin flowers, pearls and gems are all Trimcraft elements from different collections. The resin flowers I touched up with gold and black paint, which helped to pull the different elements together.

Lastly, I created a fold out photo strip from black cardstock, attaching a ribbon pull on the front page and paper layers and another textured heart to hide the ends. I added my photos, all converted to black and white for a classic look and so they didn't clash with the box. To finish, I glued the back section of the photo strip to the inside base of the box and there you have it.

Happy Scrapping

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Sketchy Sunday no.124

It's time for another sketch and as I'm on a bit of a roll I've stuck with a 6" x 4" double image layout. I've seem quite a few comments here and there requesting ideas for mixing portrait and landscape standard prints, so in a blatant attempt to appeal to that demographic, here we have it.......Sketch no. 124.

I put in some of my fav star elements, but of course mix and match your own favourites for a unique take on the sketch. As always, do please leave a comment and link to your version if you're inspired to create. 

Happy Scrapping

Saturday, 13 August 2016

The Elephant Walk

A quick app layout from me today. I'm still playing catch-up with my digital photos and scrarily there's also a shoe box full of photos too, but I get distracted and end up just enjoying the memories every time I start to sort them. I think I'll have to pull a stack and scan the usable ones in to actually get to grips with them. In the meantime here's the latest catch-up page.

Happy Scrapping

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Sketchy Sunday no.123

It's Sunday and in the world of me that means sketch day. After a tasty and super easy dinner of Man Pleasing Chicken, it's time for this week's scrappy inspiration. I'm sticking with another 6"x4" double print sketch for this week. I'm sure we all have those standard size prints lurking around waiting for inspiration to strike, so in an effort to give to my fellow scrappers here's sketch no.123.

Now, for this week's bargain spotting....The Works sale is on and they have Trimcraft First Edition 8 x 8 paper pads Falling Leaves, Rose Garden and Travel Notes at £4. I'm teetering on breaking my stash buying ban!

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:-

Grimsby - terrible (in my opinion) comedy
Rudy - oldie, but a goodie uplifting sporting drama

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

New Kid on the Block

Finally, a spot of scrapping! I seem to have taken ages to get to grips with a traditional paper layout, but at last the deed is done and as always, now I can't wait to fine time for the next one. 

I took inspiration from sketch 118, making very minor changes, just skewing the journaling and creating a multi-word title designed and cut on my Silhouette Cameo 2, with just a few mini alpha stickers to finish it off. I used all old stash on this one. The background is a sheet of green Dotted Swiss Cardstock from Bazzill, I have a few sheets of this left in strong colours. The lighter green patterned paper is from a DCWV stack and the rest of the papers are from an old My Mind's Eye paper pad.

Some of the pennant strips have been popped up on the ends with foam pads. I cut the flower and leaf from the My Mind's Eye paper pad and glued the outer edge of the flower to the background with the inner edge raised on foam pads. 

So, that was quite a few old papers used up, what with all those pennants.The stash diet is still going well. I'm determined to stick to it, excluding the essentials of glue, chipboard and a not to be missed bargain - I think that can be forgiven - and as I'll probably take a little trip to the shops next week that's lucky for me.

That's it for today, Ray's cooking up a pasta in the kitchen and as I'm famished there's no hanging about. 

Happy Scrapping

Monday, 1 August 2016

Weird and Wild...

Another commute and another layout. My morning bus ride to work has turned out to be a productive one, not only am I creating layouts I'm also picking up tips with some great podcasts. Recently I've discovered a new one to listen to while scrapping on the bus. Of course my fav is still Paperclipping, but Happier with Gretchen Rubin is quite a fun one to listen to as well, although not scrappy related. I'm keen to add to my listening pleasure, so if there are any podcasts you can recommend do leave a comment with their names. 

So, here's the latest commute creation. 

I used another journaling card from the Capture Life Themed Cards set, those little cameras are a real favourite. 

Now, for the animal lovers among you here's a few of my photos taken at the local zoo,

Happy Scrapping