Monday, April 30, 2018

Scrapbooking hauls!

I've started recording a few little YouTube videos... If you fancy watching my recordings of my April hauls, then click on the videos below. I was skeptical about unboxing and haul vids before I started watching them, but hey, they're kinda addictive if you're into what's being revealed!

I'm just nosy! Wanna see what I got?

So- here's my scrapbooking haul video no.1 for April....

...and here's my scrapbooking haul video no.2 for April. 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

You inspire me

Ooh it's been a bit of a week! Lots of family and home stuff going on, which means crafting time is even more precious than ever. Do you find that when life gets stressful, and its difficult to carve out time to be creative, that's when it's vital to make sure you do so? Crafting keeps me sane.

So- this layout is created with the central panel left over from my Hey! layout - click here to see the process.

The central circle was the mask I used, it looked so pretty I just carried on stamping!

Love those Thickers. They're soooooo sparkly. 

The white dots help make the letters pop on the black background, top tip!

I was sceptical about using a black word, or the page, I initially thought a white one would pop out more, but the black works on the busy background. I love how the yellow of the background ties up with the yellow t-shirt in the picture.

The more I look at it, the more it reminds me of a world globe- that was unexpected!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Mind the Scrap kit unboxing

I've filmed a few unboxing videos over the past few months- this one is for the Mind the Scrap subscription kit. I've received the May kit a few days before May starts, hooray!


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Double denim- TN

A very quick post today, to show a traveller's notebook page.

Such a cute photo, of my little brother rocking the double denim in the 70s. I had stamped and inked some extra background from the layout I posted on here yesterday, so I used it on this page. I cut out a couple of scalloped strips from a patterned paper to top and tail the photo.

I used a few embellies in matching colours and edged in yellow washi. I'm really enjoying these littler pages. And I'm completely in love with those teeny Heidi Swapp glitter letters, they're so neat!


Paper: Crate Paper- Maggie Holmes- Carouse- Cotton candy

See yesterday's post for inks etc...

Embellishments: American Crafts- Vicki Boutin- Die cut frames
American Crafts- Shimelle- Box of crayons- Ephemera
American Crafts- Heidi Swapp- Glitter letter stickers
Black Uni-pin pen 0.5 nib

Thanks for looking!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Hey! Scrapbook process.

This layout was inspired by a number of lovely people on the Mind the Scrap Facebook group, who'd completed some layouts with this stamped and masked idea, mostly in black and white. I decided to go for it with added colour. I love to get inky!

I started off by cutting out a large circle (I drew round a plate) and I used a teen bit of tape to stick it in the centre of a white 12x12 page. I used Distress Inks and make up sponges initially.

I daubed on some ink fairly randomly, and then added some splodges with a piece of a bath sponge. I sponged through a couple of stencils- a hexagon and grid, and an alphabet one that's really just an offcut from diecutting.

Then I went on to stamping. I wanted an overlay of blue stamping, so I switched to an Impress ink pad in Cerulean blue.

The grid stamp is from Stampin' Up, and the chicken wire is an ancient clear one from my stash.

Here's the page with the background inking and stamping done. Now for some black ink!

I picked out some different stamps, a few Stampotique, some freebies from magazine, some games and music related. I use Versafine Onyx Black in for most of my stamping, it's great for fine detail, and its very black. It's a daft thing to say, but all black ink pads are not equal, some are really faded. 

I started by stamping some of the larger stamps, making sure I overlap onto the mask, and off the edges of the page.

And I just kept stamping, overlapping and adding images into the gaps.

Then the exciting bit, removing the mask! Oooh, the centre bit looks sooooo white and clean.

Then I added the photo backed in black, some butterflies and a journaling card, cut in half and again backed in black card.

I edged the whole page in black ink by swooshing the ink pad round the edges.

Love the word and the butterflies, they really set it all off.


Ink pads: Distress Inks in Pickled raspberry, Mustard seed, Salty ocean, Mowed lawn, Peacock feathers
Impress ink- Cerulean blue

Embellishments: American Crafts- Vicki Boutin- Die cut frames
Maggie Holmes- Crate Paper- Standouts

Thanks for looking!

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!