Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Life is good

This layout was inspired by a card I spotted on a log which had the birds perching on numbers. I thought it would make a great focal point for a page.

 It's on some gorgeous black card with a raised polka dot pattern from this month's MTS kit. I wanted to make sure you could see the dots so I swiped a white ink pad across it.

 The journaling is hidden behind the photo on a little tag I've had in my stash for years.

Elements- mostly from Mind the Scrap January kit

Paper: Vicki Boutin- Good Times- The Little Things
Crate Paper- Good Vibes- Life goals
Black card 
Embellishments: Vicki Boutin- Die cut icons
Ink pad: Brillliance- Moonlight white

Thanks for looking!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Amazing Jack

We're a taekwondo family, I feel I should let you know that early days. There are going to be a lot of taekwondo related posts on this blog. This photo was in my favourites pile, it's of my little bro and my nephew at my nephew's first taekwondo competition last year. The colours fit perfectly with the paper I wanted to use.

 The journaling is hidden a bit behind the photo, and I dug out my gold pen!

Looking at other blogs, people list the materials they've used, so I'm going to try that! Mostly it's stash from Mind the Scrap.

Paper: Pink Paislee- Wild Child 05
Card stock: Blue and aqua from stash
Embellishments: Crate Paper- Orbit collection- glitter diecuts
Stickles glitter glue
Alpha: Thickers- Together

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Fun trip

 This was made on Thursday evening after a really tiring day. I was in such a bad mood, but I joined in on an online scrap-along and producing this little beauty cheered me right up. Creating always does that for me. I'm trying really hard to find time to make in my week, just because of the effect it has on my mood.

 The pink sentiment hides a spot of journaling, attached with staples and held shut with a paperclip. I enjoy this style of scrapping, lots of layers, and I use up all sorts of bits and pieces. Lots from MTS as usual though...

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Party time

This layout started with a bit of inky goodness. Lots of ink sprays, some stampy splodges and tissue paper. Loved getting inky again, it's been a while...

The finished page is so bright and colourful, and works really well with the embellishments from the January MTS kit.

 I think the little badge was from a Lollipop box club kit. I've had it stashed away for a while. I love the re/pink flower buds, they remind me of bulrushes I think.

 The photo is from last year's taekwondo Christmas party, and the journaling just says that. Simple! 

 I like this photo- you can see the white script stamp on the hot pink.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, January 26, 2018


The moment I saw this blue paper from my January MTS kit, I knew it would match my son's prom suit photo. I'd already used some of the paper- the reverse side is multicoloured and I used it for the stamped flowers on my It's all good spread from a couple of days ago.

I used the gorgeous aqua coloured flowers paper to cover up the edge I'd already used, and backed it in a tan colour to pick up the flower centres, and the browns in the photo.

 Fussy cutting the paper took time, but it worked out great. The layers under the photo came from the ephemera in the MTS kit.

 I added the feathers, tassel and charm from a Lollipop Box Club kits a little while ago, and a little butterfly button- the colours fit perfectly.

This one was all about the colours and using flowers but not in a girly way. I love it. And yes, I know he's a poser, but he makes us laugh!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Party time

 I've been waiting to use the llama sticker from the Mind the Scrap kit, and the cute little cacti. This photo seemed to fit the bill. The background is sprayed ink, mostly Dylusions.

 The challenge over at Mind the Scrap was to be inspired by a mood board. I chose this little beauty from Pinterest.

 The paper and embellishments are pretty much all from MTS, fab aren't they?

 Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The look

 Another Suse Fish inspired layout to show you today, again using lots of paper and bits an pieces from the Mind the Scrap January kit. I'm getting so much out of this kit, and it's really kick started my creativity again.

I loved putting all the layers together, it's quite addictive. The die cuts are all from the MTS kit, a Vicki Boutin set.

The alphabet are Thickers, and sooooo sparkly.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

It's all good

You know that moment when you have the idea? The really, really good idea. The good idea that won't let go. well, that's what happened with this layout.

I adore this photo of my son helping my daughter across a rope bridge. It felt like it needed something of a nature theme, so I thought I'd go for a ring of flowers. Sounds simple...

Cue me stamping and cutting out about a zillion flowers. Fussy cutting is time consuming, but there are a couple of top tips.
1. Get some comfortable, sharp scissors, not too big. Mine are by X-cut, I've had them years and they have generous holes with some rubber for grip and comfort.
2. Move the paper, not the scissors. Sounds weird but it totally works.
3. If you're cutting lots of little things out, actually whatever you're cutting, cut off any big bits of excess paper first, and cut into individual pieces, they'll be much easier to handle.

I stamped out some of the flowers and leaves onto patterned paper (from Mind the Scrap's January kit), and others onto lined white paper and plain white card. I used a mix of Stampin up stamps, an old Craft Stamper freebie, and flowers from an Innovative Stamp Creations plate called Friendship.

 I layered all the flowers and leaves in a ring, then added a doily and my photo. The journaling was printed out, and tucked slightly behind the photo.

And the final touch was a title sticker from the Mind the Scrap kit. Its all good!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Walking home- a scraplift

The challenge this week on Mind the Scrap is to be inspired by Suse Fish. I've taken her wonderful work and tried my best! 

Suse's style is lots of layers, she talks about trying to recreate a pile of papers on a desk. I didn't think I'd get to grips with it, but I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly I got into a groove with it.

I used lots of lovely die cuts and cards from the latest MTS kit, layered with foam tape.

The little words are from Lollipop Box Club kits, I've got a little stock of these now.

I used a little bag as part of the layers, so I thought a journaling tag would fit in perfectly.

A quick desk shot and we're done!

Thursday, January 11, 2018


In July 2017 we went to the London 2017 para athletics. Wow, did we have a good day. We saw Jonnie Peacock win Gold, my son and nephew got a high 5 from him, and we limped home on the train to my brother's house, exhausted and happy.

This photo of my son and his cousin shows their relationship perfectly, and it's a favourite.

The letters are from an old Cosmo Cricket set, they're chipboard, and outlined in black to make them pop a bit.

The quote at the bottom is taken from a 12x12 sheet I've had forever, but the words seemed to fit.

The hearts and arrows are punched from print outs from Lollipop Box Club kits, as is the twine I think! 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Mind the Scrap unboxing video

So. I am ever so slightly obsessed with unboxing videos on YouTube.... So much so that I had a go at it myself.

I've also been looking for a monthly scrapbooking kit to buy, and I discovered Mind the Scrap, which is a really versatile system of 3 different parts to the kit. I had the main scrapbooking kit and the extra embellishments kit too.

Take a look, see what you think!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Keeping it simple

Emma at Mind the Scrap has set a challenge- to embrace minimalism and create a simple scrapbook layout. I had a photo in mind as soon as I read the challenge- one of my brilliant boy in a taekwondo kick.

I stamped the title using a really, really old foam stamp set I've had for an eternity, and edged it with torn strips of stripy paper. The challenge allowed for a couple of types of embellishments to be used, so I went for gold stars and some black gems.

He's kinda cool isn't he?

Sunday, January 7, 2018


So 2018 is to be the year of scrapbooking. Ive not been making the time to craft over the past few months, but I have watched a lot of YouTube videos, and read a lot of blog posts, and scrapbooking is calling me!

Here's yesterday's spread. I had a free stamp lingering on my desk, and inspiration struck. I stamped and masked away for a while and ended up with this little beauty. I used a spray and drips of black ink for some contrast.

The doily, heart and paper bag are all from my Lollipop Box Club stash, oh and so is the little tag I used to journal.

I'm chuffed with how it turned out, the bright green is fab with the black and white. The picture of my little lovely is the best bit though...