Thursday, April 19, 2018

Be like Benny- TN

Another day, another traveller's notebook page. I had a couple of strips of starry paper left in my scraps pile so I layered them onto the page. I knew just which photo I wanted to use..

Benny! Love a bit of Lego Movie, and Benny is one of our favourites. He's on the shelf as I type smiling at me. This page sat on my desk for a day, as I couldn't quite decide what to do with it. In the end another scrap of paper caught my eye.

I drew some swooshes onto this spotty scrap and cut out.

I was impressed with how well they contrasted with the black background once I'd fanned them out. I wanted them to go of the edges.

Stuck on with glue, I then needed to snip the overhanging edges off. I'm sure everyone know the trick of turning the page over to use the reverse as a guideline for cutting.

Voila! Now, what to do about those pencil marks. I could have rubbed them out, but that seemed like a lot of effort...

Yep, I drew round them in ink instead, Feature!

Next some words. I have a few of these little alphabet sets they're so versatile. I tend to scribble down what I want to stamp out, and cross the words out as I stamp them. I don't do it all in order- I needed 2 Benny's for example, so I did them at the same time.

I roughly cut round the words, and glued them on. I kinda like them a bit higgledy piggledy. I outlined the words in white pen, and then decided it needed some black on the word edges as well. The photo below shows how it looks with and without the black outline on the words.

And here it is. Be more Benny.

Black letters for Benny, and some white dots for extra pop.

Outlined with black washi tape.

Love, love, love this little page!


Paper: Crate Paper- Maggie Holmes- Carousel- Cotton Candy
Card: White rom stash
TN: Carpe Diem

Embellishments: White Posca pen, Black uni-pen 0.5 nib
Studio G alphabet
Black washi from stash

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Happy girl

If you saw yesterday's post about my first ever traveller's notebook page, you'll see where the inspiration for this layout came from. I just thought it would make a fabulous 12x12 page, and I think I was right! I videoed making this layout as well, so look out for the video in a future post!

What I thought was missing from the TN page, was some sunshine, so I went for this Amy Tangerine page from a stack I've had for eons. It actually has a cloud on it as well, but I covered it up with the photo, then added my own clouds!

My little fussy cut houses are taken from the scraps I had left over of the paper, so there are odd storeys and roofs, and some are deliberately hidden behind others to hide imperfections! The grey stripy paper that I stamped the clouds on to is on the reverse of the houses, so it was a juggling act to get enough of them both.

I am pleased with how the clouds came out though, the stripe gives them a slight thunder cloud look, but isn't too dark. I made the scalloped edge with a circle punch, then outlined it, and lots of other elements in black pen to ground it all. 

I wanted a big black script title, and initially went just for happy, but the envelope for my journaling needed something more, even after I'd stuck clouds onto it. So it ended up as happy girl, which works for me.

The whole thing is edged in washi, which really brings it all together with the black stamping and outlining.


Paper: Amy Tangerine
Maggie Holmes- Flourish- Home sweet home
Card: White from stash

Embellishments: Thickers words- Skyler
Washi tape- Hobbycraft
Ink pad- Versafine Onyx black
Stamps- from stash
Crate Paper- Here+There envelopes
Black Uni-pin pen 0.5
White Posca pen

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Love- traveller's notebook

I've made my first page in a traveller's notebook. Well, an insert for a TN anyway.  I wanted to try one, I'm an ATCer, so I've been used to working on a  much smaller scale than a 12x12 page. The smaller TN pages appealed to me.

Here's mine with a pencil for size comparison.

I started with an offcut of pink/purple paper, which already had a scalloped edge cut into it. I then backed my chosen photo (one of my all time faves) in white to give it an edge. I stamped some little clouds onto grey stripy paper, then turned the paper over to cut out some houses from the reverse to create a little village. The photo was taken on the town walls in Berwick, which has lots of really old houses, so it kinda fit.

Everything was edged in black to make it pop, and I added a little envelope for my journaling card, which I attached with washi when I was edging the whole page.

The whole thing has been inspired by Lisa from Lollipop Box Club, and her love of traveller's notebook pages. She has a fabulous style, and there are definitely elements of Lisa's pages in this one.

Paper: Maggie Holmes- Flourish- Home sweet home
Crate Paper- Maggie Holmes- Carousel- Cotton candy
TN: Carpe Diem

Embellshments: Washi tape from Hobbycraft
Crate Paper- Here+There envelopes
Thickers word- Skyler
Black uni-pen 0.5
White Posca pen
Ink pad- Versafine Onyx black
Stamps from stash

Thanks for looking!

Monday, April 16, 2018


Every time I leave my phone unattended my lovely family reward me with lots of sneaky selfies. Usually with gorgeous funny faces pulled.

I love the summer sweetness of these papers from the February Papermaze kit, they're ice cream summery and very pretty. So, I edged everything with black pen to try to tone down the saccharine a little bit...

How cute is the toucan? I bought these Dear Lizzy die cuts specifically to use with the papers in this kit. The little camera clip was from the Papermaze kit.

The alphabet was a Papermania one I've had in my stash for a while, and although I like how it looks, they're flipping horrible to use. They're chipboard and difficult to push out of the chipboard sheet with the sticky intact on the back. Half of these I had to glue on, as the bottom layer of board with the sticky didn't come out! All alphabets are not created equally!

Papers: Photoplay- Cotton candy
Shimelle- Little by little- Seek the moment
Pink Paislee- Paige Evans- Turn the page 01
Card: Bazzill- Coastal and Lagoon

Embellishments: Papermania alphabet
Queen & co lollies
Pearls and camera clip from Papermaze kit
Black Uni-pin pen 0.5
American Crafts- Dear Lizzy die cut shapes
Bramble Fox- flair

Sunday, April 15, 2018


March MTS kit arrives.
Lisa spots map paper.
Lisa has an idea.
Scrapping gets away from Lisa, and it takes a month to put the page plan into action.
Page finally made.
Lisa happy :)

Everything came together for this page- the cardstock from Papermaze matched the paper from Mind the Scrap, and the colours tied in perfectly with the MTS kit embellishments. Love it when a pan comes together...

I wanted to mark our journey from Manchester (MAN) to Orlando (MCO), so I went for shiny geotags and sparkly gems.

The numbers are the slightly translucent ones from Amy Tangerine from a previous MTS kit, I wanted to put the times that the photos were taken. Can you spot where I ran out of 1s and started using capital Is?


Paper: Crate Paper- Here+There- Tour guide
Cardstock: Bazzill- Lagoon and Coastal

Embellishments: Alphabet- Amy Tangerine- Remarks- Harper
Blue shiny alphabet- from stash
Crate Paper- Here+There stickers
Bo Bunny- Doubledot jewels- Citrus

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Coffee and cake

I've made a couple of layouts in this style now, using up scraps and offcuts from scrap sessions. It's a fab way of using bits up, and so easy to do. Effective too!

This layout is about my morning routine over the Christmas break- eating a huge slice of my Mom's wonderful Christmas cake and a coffee in my beloved Portmeirion Christmas mugs for breakfast. I think this was an Instagram post originally. I'm finding IG photos quite a nice source for everyday photos, rather than the big occasion photos.

Most of the strips are from the Christmas layouts I made as part of the cybercrop.

Had to be gold pen for the journaling- it's Christmas after all...


Papers: Craft Paper Bundled up collection, and some other stray offcuts
Card: White and offcuts of red from my stash

Embellishments: Alphabets- black from stash, gold- Thickers- Together
Gold gel pen
Red ink spray from stash

Thanks for looking!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Travel time

So this went well. It was a scrap along online with Emma from Mind the Scrap and I was thrilled with how it worked out.

I used lots of bits from the March MTS kit, including the papers and the little shiny word stickers. Love those.

The photos are from my daughter's school trip to outward bounds, she had such a wonderful time. We took the photos just before she left, hence the travel time title.

Everything is matted in navy, including the banner, which is made with an old Stampin' Up punch. I added some dots of white to make it pop out.

I used my new Tim Holt tiny attacher on the corner of my ripped journaling paper, it was a prize I won, and it uses the teeniest little staples!


Papers: American Crafts- Amy Tangerine- Sunshine and good times- Rainbow love
Shimelle- Box of crayons- Promise
American Crafts- Amy Tangerine- Sunshine and good times- Sail away
Lined from stash
Card: White and Navy from stash

Embellishments: Alphabet- Thickers- Memo
Crate Paper- Here + There stickers
Tim Holtz tine attacher
Stampin' Up bunting punch
Posca pen in white

Thanks for looking!