Saturday, 17 June 2017

Paper and Pixels

I know it's been ages since I posted more than my weekly Sketchy Sunday post, sometimes it's just nicer to make stuff.  Anyway, I've actually been doing a little scrapping and in the interest of fairness I've gone for a traditional layout and a Project Life app one too. I still love both and each has it's place for me.

First up is the traditional paper layout. For this page I used papers from the First Edition Sweet Nothings paper pad.  It's a lovely heavy quality set of papers with different textures and some shimmered, some glittered and some canvas effect designs. Although admittedly I received this in a Design Team kit it would definitely make my shopping basket.

I used a few of the Dovecraft mini dies to create the embellishment layers - the jigsaw is a fav. The Making Memories title piece is also from the Sweet Nothings paper pad, there's a sheet of tags and title or quote pieces that make up one of the pages. 

Next up is the Project Life app page. I kept this one really straight forward as I wanted to include so many photos. I used a journaling card from the Capture Life themed card set. 

If you have the app already you'll be interested to know the Celebrate Every Day Photo Overlays card pack is a new freebie, let me know if you spot others. 

Happy Scrapping

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 160

This week's sketch is based on one of my favourite ways to showcase several photos on one layout - the photostrip. It's a great way to show action shots or tell a time lapse story like those birthday picks of blowing out candles and opening pressies. So, without further ado here we have it, sketch no. 160.

I've been using my Cameo this week to make a few projects. This little barn box, made with First Edition Sweet Nothings papers, is a file I purchased as part of a set from SVGcuts called Santa's Village. Although it's designed as a Christmas themed set, a change of papers is all that's needed to make it an everyday project. Be warned though, a visit to their website is going to make your wishlist that much longer!

I also finished off another card from the Dovecraft Neutral Goody Bag, which I've found really easy to work with. 

And for those of you after a bargain.....The Range have a number of old editions of Creativity magazine on sale for £1 with free gifts of mini die sets normally priced at £2.50, as well as paper packs. I picked up two, the first had a mini banner die set and wood effect paper pad and the second had an Easter set of five mini dies. Well worth a total of £2 and they had others to choose from.

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week.

The Mummy - the Cruiser does Universal horror classic - Pick of the Week
Wonder Woman - entertaining, but far from perfect Superhero adventure
Lion - uplifting true story starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman
Nocturnal Animals - powerful artsy thriller
Jurassic World - Chris Pratt and dinosaurs - nuff said!
Creepshow - a creepy blast from the past

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 159

Another sketch and I'm amazed that the numbers are really heading up there. This week's offering is a single image sketch based on a layout I'm in the middle of creating. Sometimes the sketch comes before the layout and sometimes after. So, here it is.....Sketch 159.

I have another  project to share this week. This one is a pocket album made using the First Edition Wild Flower paper pad. I added some clear memorabilia pockets made from clear CD envelopes. I picked up a pack of 50 CD envelopes at Wilko's for £2, so these are going to turn up in a few future projects. 

I bound the album using my Bind-it-all and included different size pages along with the clear pockets. 


There's plenty of room for tags both large and small. 

Movies watched this week:

The Accountant - action thriller starring Ben Affleck - Pick of the week
A Monster Calls - powerful, emotive fantasy drama
La La Land - modern musical with an emotional punch 

Happy Scrapping

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Sketchy Sunday no.158

It's sketch time again and this week's inspiration is one of the triple image designs I find so useful. So, without further ado here we have it, sketch no. 158.

And for those of you looking for a little Father's Day inspiration check out this card and treat box I made for the Trimcraft DT. 

I used Dovecraft and First Edition dies for this card and papers from the First Edition Storyteller paper pad. 

This quick and easy treat box is made from black cardstock and papers from the First Edition Wild Flower paper pad. 

The stars are cut using the Dovecraft nested stars die set. 

The instructions for both of these projects can be found on The Craft Blog and my gallery here.

Happy Scrapping

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Sketchy Sunday no.157

This week's sketch is one that has already sparked for me. I intend to get to grips with this one as soon as I have some crafty time and I aim to use up those odd embellies I have lurking around in my know the ones I mean, the odd blooms, charms and gems that have somehow fallen from their packaging and end up in the bottom of whatever tote or box you happen to have close at hand. 

Anyway, I hope it inspires you to scrap your latest pics. I've been catching up with a few DT projects and have put together some simple cards using the new Dovecraft Neutral Goody Bag. Here's a couple of my favs.

I added a little pink cardstock to the Goody Bag contents to complete this one and a piece of glitter paper for the Thank You card. The stamp is a Dovecraft clear stamp and I stamped it with Cocoa Brown ink. 

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - entertaining children's Fantasy adventure
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them -  a magical romp
Alien Covenant - from the world of Alien great Sci-fi sequel to Prometheus. Pick of the week
Blood Father - Mel Gibson delivers in this action flick.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 156

It's been a busy weekend of loft clearing and crafting, although really I should be looking at doing a bit of crafty clearing as well.  Project wise I've got another micro mini album on the go and I'm working on a set of cards using a Trimcraft Goody Bag. As with last week's sketch this week's is also based on one of my card designs. Now I'm going to look at my older sketches and see how many I can use for my cards, I can already see a few obvious one and it's something I haven't done before. Anyway, enough of my blathering, here's this week's sketch no. 156.

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:

Upside Down - quirky Sci-fi love story
Stakeland 2 - low budget vampire horror
Van Helsing - great fun entertaining monster romp. Pick of the Week
The Void - 80's style Lovecraftian horror 

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Mini Makeup Make

I've been catching up with a bit of Trimcraft DT crafting, some cards, minis and the like. This easy, single sheet flap pocket album is proving to be one of my fav projects, along with the Sweet Nothings  one I made recently.

I used Dovecraft Kiss & Makeup Dimensional Stickers to decorate the front, layering them up with foam pads. The stickers are chipboard, sturdy enough for the front cover and able to stand up to handling. 

It's a deceptively roomy album thanks to the 1cm spines which allow plenty of room for pockets and tags. The scalloped semi-circles allow tags to be tucked behind adding extra room for those fun quotes or pics. 

It all folds up into a neat shape making it a lovely gift album and with these papers perfect for a real makeup fan. If you'd like to make your own version here's the cut file diagram, the black sections are 1cm wide spines and you can find full instructions on the project here on my gallery at The Craft Blog. 

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 155

A little later than normal, but today I've been making a few cards with a new goodie bag from Trimcraft. Inspired by one of those cards I've gone with a central photo sketch with a cluster of embellishments in one corner. This design is one of those fail safe ones for me, great for cards or classic layouts with either a clean and simple version or mixed media.

So, here we have it sketch no. 155.

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:

Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 - so much fun and my pick of the week
The Light Between the Oceans - emotional drama
Don't Blink - interesting low budget sci-fi

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Sketchy Sunday no.154

A Bank Holiday weekend can only mean one thing, extra crafty time and if you're searching for a nugget of inspiration here's this week's sketch, no. 154.

This sketch was inspired by a new mini book I put together using the First Edition Sweet Nothings paper pad. It's a single sheet mini and you can find the instructions on my gallery here.

The papers are a really nice heavy quality, some with a subtle sheen like the flowered pattern on the front of the album.

Enjoy the Bank Holiday tomorrow and those extra crafty hours.

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:

Hunt for the Wilderpeople - sweet comedy drama
I am not a Serial Killer - surprising sci-fi horror - Pick of the week
Star Trek (the remake) - (repeat viewing) great sci-fi adventure starring Chris Pine
Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves - (repeat viewing) enjoyable historic romp
Captain America, Civil War - (repeat viewing) superheros square up in entertaining fashion

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 153

Another sketch and this week it's a single image that takes center stage on this simple, story based layout. That's not to say this sketch couldn't be softened by some blooms and a little distressing. The title treatment is inspired by illuminated text, with the first letter given some 'look at me' treatment.

Now, I've been doing a little catching up with my Project Life app layouts and here's the latest creation from my daily commute.

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:
Moana - beautiful and funny Disney feature - Pick of the Week
Pandemic - just about watchable virus outbreak thriller
The Legend of Tarzen - second viewing and still a little disappointing, but entertaining enough
Bridget Jones Baby - funny sequel in the Bridget Jones series

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Boxing Blooms

If you're a regular visitor you'll know I can't resist covering anything that sits still long enough in paper. This blank wooden box was one of my bargains from The Works and obviously as a stationary object was a prime candidate. At £1 it was cheap enough to experiment with and if that experiment proved a success I thought it would make a great gift box for a special pressie, or a photo strip album or mini album.

This box fell prey to my current fixation with the shimmery Dovecraft Painted Blooms paper pad. Admittedly this was in my Trimcraft DT kit, but had it not been it would definitely have fallen into my basket, I don't mean shoplift, I would have paid for it.....honest! Anyway, this legally obtained paper pad is such lovely quality, which makes it perfect for creating those crisp edges. Add to that a scattering of pearls and flowers, one cut on my Cameo and one cut using the new Dovecraft Mini Die Flower set and it was pretty much done. I'm intending to make a little pocket mini book to go inside this one, that's another thing I can't get enough of....but more of that later. 

Now, a quick shout out to Trimcraft for another gorgeous kit....Yes, I know how lucky I am. Here's a look at their latest goodies. 

Those new paper pads are really lovely and the Kiss & Makeup album is great fun too. Check out the new goodie bags for a little bit of everything. 

Have a lovely crafty weekend.

Happy Scrapping

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Time to craft

I'm always on the look out for possible crafty projects and last week I was in The Card Factory shop and they had some clocks on sale for £1. I bought a couple as prime altering projects and for the first one I decided to use the shimmery Painted Blooms harlequin paper with a subtle green and white paper from the same pack for the sides.

When I cover projects like this I always leave a little border around the item and use an emery board to remove the overlap, filing in a downward motion only. This technique gives a really precision finish and a slight bevel to the edge. I added pearls at each quarter point and it was done.

I also managed a quick card using the First Edition Craft a Card die with pink paper from the same paper pad and some brown cardstock, gems and pearls.

Happy Scrapping

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 152

Happy Easter and a glorious chocfest to you all. In keeping with the choccy season I made this quick project using up some mini eggs that I had in the fridge.

It's a really simple one that is suitable for all seasons with just a change of papers and embellishment. For this version I used the new Trimcraft Blooming Lovely papers.

So, on with the main event. Here's this week's sketch no. 152. This is a great one if you have a slightly longer story to tell, with a couple photo mats taking over the center of the page and my go-to stars as embellishments. For a feminine take on this sketch a cascade of flowers instead of stars and a misty softening of the background with some distressed edges would work really well. 

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:-

War of the Worlds - the Cruiser works his magic. Pick of the week. 
Morgan - Sci-fi horror with a familiar feel
The Goonies - 80's classic
Ben Hur - epic and brilliant Easter staple. 

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 151

Spring is in full swing and the flowers are in bloom. So, it's not surprising that's where this week's inspiration for my latest sketch has come from and here we have it, sketch no. 151.

Anyway, I've been doing a little scrapping among other crafty stuff these past few weeks. This layout is based on my sketch no. 147 and uses Trimcraft's Sweet Dreams papers. I kept it simple as I wanted to keep the story as the main focus, much as I try to fancy up my scrapping I tend to veer towards the clean and simple style. 

Project wise I've been using Trimcraft's Simply Creative Kraft Keepsake papers for a file style album.

This year themed album, with symbols to represent the seasons, has plenty of room for tags and ephemera. You can find instructions on how to make your own version here.

And for those foodie photos that we all seem to accumulate, I put together a simple chipboard mini with the First Edition Storyteller papers. 

And if you're wondering what happened to those Haribo? That's right, I ate them... and I'm not even sorry!

So, that's the latest for today, I'm off for a spot of telly. 

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:

Inferno - long winded sequel to Angels and Demons
The 9th Life of Louis Drax - interesting thriller starring Jamie Dornan
Rambo 11 - an eighties classic

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Sketchy Sunday no.150

It's time for this week's sketch and I have to mention that another milestone has been reached here on Scrapthology with the number of sketches available now at a HUGE 150. So, with that being said here we have it Sketch 150.

This sketch lends itself to mixing patterns really easily or try adding those leftover embellies instead of some of the squares to create more interest. 

If you've any requests on the sketch front, please leave a comment with some details and I'll try to come up with something suitable and if you'd like to see a few of the sketches in one spot you can also check out my Sketches board on Pinterest. There's links to my boards on the right. 

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:

War Dogs - true story drama with dark humour. Pick of the week
Life - visceral alien horror
Bleed for This - true story boxing drama
Rogue - surprisingly good croc monster movie

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 149

With it being Mothering Sunday, today's sketch is a little late as I've been visiting my own lovely mum. Not wanting to leave my equally lovely dad out and my little brother who was visiting too, we all headed off for a slap up was delicious. 

So, with a great day's visiting....and eating....done, it's time to catch up with this week's sketch and here it is, sketch no. 149.

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:-

Don't Breath - horror thriller
Prometheus - sci-fi alien horror 

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Dare to Dream.....small

I've been a terror for hoarding my projects and judging by my diminished desk space it was time to tackle something smaller. I love little box projects, so an altered matchbox fitted the bill.

I say matchbox, but this was actually a wedding favour box. Using this originally kraft coloured box meant I could skip inking the cover edges, always a little messy for me.

The balloon papers from the Simply Creative Around the World paper pad inspired me to go for a floating diorama. This was so easy to do, but really effective. I'd previously made a dinosaur diorama with StickerKitten's Birthday Dinos papers and that one was a real matchbox.

So, here it is the finished piece, standing on red pearl feet and, thankfully, not taking up loads of room... as I obviously have to keep it!

If you're better at parting with your makes and you don't fancy making another card, why not make a mini personal diorama, but be warned they're addictive.

Happy Scrapping

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 149

It's time for another sketch in the Sketchy Sunday series and as I've been playing with some new Craft a Card dies I took inspiration from one of those to create this week's inspiration. So, without further ado here we have it Sketch no. 149.

This would be a great way to use up odd 6"x 6" papers that maybe wouldn't normally make it onto your layouts, I'd love to see what you come up with, so please post a link in your comment if you're inspired to create. 

I've been crafting a few gifts lately, with a teabag envelope and coaster set made using the First Edition Black Out paper pad. You can find instructions for this project on my Trimcraft gallery here.

I also altered one of my fav domino boxes using the Dovecraft Painted Blooms paper pad with the idea of a Mother's Day gift of a basic nail care kit. These boxes are perfect for a few emery boards, orange sticks, clippers, nail art gems and glue or other manicure essentials. 

My local The Works has stocked up on these and the Pick-up-sticks boxes which are another fav. At 59p each they're just a great way to experiment to see if altering is for you. 

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:

Kong, Skull Island - disappointing adventure movie
Deepwater Horizon - Tense true story of an oil rig disaster
The Magnificent Seven - Enjoyable remake of the classic western
Mechanic Resurrection - watchable action thriller starring the Stath
Robots - animated android adventure

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Sketchy Sunday no. 148

Just time for a quick post today and as it's Sunday, of course that means it's sketch day and here we have it........Sketch no. 148

Happy Scrapping

Movies watched this week:-

Deepwater Horizon - Oil rig disaster true story
Logan - Wolverine sequel - Pick of the week
The Girl on a Train - thriller based on the best selling book
Dr Strange - superhero sci-fi