Use Your Stash – Scrapbook Layouts with the Never Ending Crushed Velvet Ribbon

Yes. I’m still going at it with the self-adhesive crushed velvet ribbon. Seriously. I want it OUT of my stash, but I refuse to throw anything away. I bought the stuff, I have a responsibility to use it and not just keep it for several years in a box and then toss it out. You can’t really fight consumerism in this industry, because it’s just MADE for making you buy stuff (and I’m down with that, I don’t mind investing in pretty things that coincides with a cherished hobby). But you know… at least consume it once you do. And.. …

Picking Out Colours & Pretty Papers

I have a great stash of pretty papers, all hand picked and fondled and sorted and added to a mental list of projects to make. But when it comes down to it, once it’s time to choose the papers, it can be a bit overwhelming. Or, you forget what papers you have. Or, you just have one of those days when nothing makes sense and nothing goes together, no matter how many great papers you have (a bit like not having anything to wear, ever though your closet is full). I craft a lot with old scraps and bits and …

Boop! – Another Glitter Girl Adventure Challenge

This weeks challenge by daring craft vixen Glitter Girl (over at Shimelle’s) was a sketch challenge, and to turn a simple sketch into something your own style. I have to be honest, I don’t know what my style is. I have no trouble starting a layout with few or no ideas, and in the end it turns into… something. Quirky? Can quirky be a style? If I have a plan and a strict sense of the style I want to achieve, I usually get there in the end, but if I let myself go nuts like a kid in a …

My Friend Who Got Married – Scrapping an old photo

Shimelle Laine’s mysterious accomplice, Glitter Girl, posted another great video this week, this time about scrapping larger photos, which was pretty perfect considering I have some larger prints I’ve been dying to use. My friend Sara got married ten, correction, TWELVE years ago and I was the bridesmaid. It was such an honour to be asked, and I have so many great memories from that day! Like hoe we met early to do the hair and make-up, and the photo shoot before the wedding, and how I found myself crying so much during the ceremony so much that I think …

Let’s Play!

I had a sort of mishap I wanted to use, and that was this sprayed background on white Bazzil. I’d mixed some Color Wash and Perfect Pearl Mist, and the result was awesome and happy and bold, but didn’t match the project I was working on at the moment. However, I thought it fitted this photo perfectly. I am also considerably pleased with the fact that I’ve used both a patterned paper and some alphas that has been sitting in my stash for at least 5 years! They’re some classic Basic Grey from that time, and I loved them, and …

Our Kind of Beach – Shimelle’s Weekend Crop Challenge No 7

Quick Sunday night post! Dreadfully busy week, but at least I managed to finish this last layout as planned for Shimelle’s weekend crop. This is a layout for Challenge number 7: Put it in a pocket. The idea is to create a scrapbook layout and incorporate a pocket. So I decided to add a memorabilia pocket with one of the seashells I found on the Big Strand Beach on Islay, Scotland. Me and Jed had had the most amazing day and ended it by making our way down to this perfect, 7-mile long sandy beach, and we were the only …

Once You Find Your Path – Shimelle’s Weekend Crop Challenge No 4

This was the last challenge I had time to finish during the weekend, and this was for Shimelle’s Weekend Crop Challenge No 4: Colour Adventure – Scrap with grey, yellow and one other colour of your choice. Which turned out to be a complete nightmare! Except some yellow card stock I couldn’t hardly find ANYTHING YELLOW IN MY STASH. I just don’t do yellow, it’s a childhood trauma thing, so of course I don’t shop for many scrapbook related things that are yellow either. I’m sure if I could find a photo of myself as a kid in a yellow …

We Just Click – Shimelle’s Weekend Crop Challenge No 5

Yes, I did it, I went rogue and jumped to the next challenge that caught my eye! This layout I made for Shimelle’s Weekend Crop challenge no 5: Inspiration Points – Take your inspiration from this scrapbook page.The page to take inspiration from is a really fantastic page by Wilna Furstenburg, who is a really wonderful designer (make sure to check out more about her work here). These are my inspiration points from her layout: Placement – Space above and below main focus The shape of the panoramic photo The little cut-out word in the title The transparency The little …

Driving Over the Firth of Forth – Shimelle’s Weekend Crop Challenge No 2

The next challenge from Shimelle I tackled last weekend was Challenge No 2: Mixing Papers: Create a page using three or more paper collections. “No worries there!” I thought to myself, since I usually mix and match without giving it much thought if I’m mixing different brands or not. But, of corse, when you suddenly have to think about it and do it by choice, it gets a bit harder. On this layout I used papers from: Glitz Design – Happy Travels Plane DCWV – Tattered Time Mat Stack Websters Pages – Postcards From Paris MME – Miss Caroline Collection, …

And Skies That Goes On Forever – Shimelle’s Weekend Crop Challenge No 1

This weekend Shimelle hosts a glittertastic, fabuamazing virtual crop, so go check it out right now! I will seize this as an opportunity to get started on Jed and I’s travel album, something I have wanted to do for a long time. And since our next vacation is in just a couple of months, it would be nice to at least have gotten started before then. My goal is to produce at least 5 layouts, and I hope I can make that goal. So, with a clear schedule for the weekend, Jed chasing other achievements on the Xbox, the cat …

Can’t Let Go of a Lovely Time

I think I’m getting addicted to Shimelle Laine’s Starting Points! See, I have this stack of printed photos that I just adore, and I have had a hard time getting started on them. Shimelle’s Starting Points seems to be exactly what the doctor ordered. I can look at her Starting Point, have a photo in mind but quickly make a base for a layout and then tweak it. Suddenly I see some favourite moments down on a page, and that makes me very happy. So, off I went to take a stab at this weeks layout. Although spring is here, and I am …

The Rain, the Cappuccinos and the Posh Lady – A Scrapbook Layout

I have had this starting point from Shimelle last week rolling around in my head. Overall her sketches have really given my creativity a kick in the butt lately, but I haven’t tried out a starting point yet, so I thought it was about time. I am very dedicated to using small scraps from my box of left overs right now (I certainly have some favourites in there I would like to get on a layout instead of just having them waste away), and last weeks starting point is just perfect for that. So, better late than never! Here goes: …