Friday, 30 August 2013

Scrapbooking: Welsh Mountain Zoo Colwyn Bay

A simple double layout where a grid of different sized photos creates the main feature & shape of the layout.

The journaling reads........
"We took a trip out from the caravan for the day to the Zoo.
Walking around the hilly grounds, visiting the animals, & a picnic in the gardens. We ended up at the play park which I think the kids enjoyed most of all, & finished with them having their faces painted."

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Scrapbooking: Walking in the Rain

I absolutely love the latest fashion of wood vinyl shapes, there is such a range of them now. My biggest woe is the price of p&p shops & sellers charge for such light things. Theres some divine ones in America that havent reached us in the UK yet but when you factor in the p&p per packet I have to think twice if they are worth it :( And in the UK shops for one packet you double the price because of p&p.

I can pic up some in my local Hobbycrafts though, such as these lovely birds, perfect for out door layouts.

On my wish list I now have wooden chevrons, arrows & rainbows, just a few of the lovely shapes I've seen.

I would like to recommend a shop online I used for a few wooden shapes -
I bought hearts, butterflies & 2 different sizes of stars, great product, price (including their p&p) & service.
I have in no way been asked to advertise or promote this shop, I just believe in letting others know if I find a good deal & customer service.

Monday, 26 August 2013

Scrapbooking: Fun is Good

When I was younger I'd never heard of Dr Seuss let alone read one of his books. As I've got older the more I've heard of his books the more I've wanted to read them, so of course I bought Kai the set for Christmas ;)

They are full of nice lil bits that are fab to quote on scrapbook pages, such as the one below
"If you never did, you should. These things are fun and fun is GOOD"

Perfect for a page about Kai having his first play on the park.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Scrapbooking: First Steps

I frequently curse myself for not having a camera on me to capture those magical, or more often, funny moments in life. Occasionally though I celebrate the fact that being a scrapper & a blogger means that a camera, that should be put away in its rightful place, has been left out within reach to grab an important event such as Kai's first steps.
We were given lots of colours we had to use for a house challenge on UKS &these papers were perfect for it. Pastel in shade so the darker, stronger coloured photos popped without needing matting.

The journalling reads...
"Kai took his first few steps towards his Dad before they both sat on the floor to play."

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Scrapbooking: Pirate & Princess Party

I wanted to kind of split this layout in two to reflect the two themes of the party, while still having it flow & merge into a double layout. Not only was it going to be split into the themes of pirate & princess, but also the photos into animal man & food; as well as my lot (on the pirate side of course) and centralising on the birthday girl (on the princess side)

To merge the 2 themes I used the same party list sheet for the background for both, noticing that the lines would be perfect for journaling on. I also added a strip of a pirate map paper across both sheets.

On the pirate side I added a pirate treasure type X & trail, gold coins, pirate sword, gold card strip embossed with cogs (well, every pirate treasure needs to be protected by traps), a pirate mouse and gold letters.

On the princess side I cut out castles to put along the pirate map strip (very sahara, Aladdins lamp type thing), pink stars and a butterfly. I finished the title in pink foam writing.

I also sneaked three animal brads on both pages, can you find them? (thats 3 all together, not 3 on each page)

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Scrapbooking: A Feast Fit For A Crafter

I've been scrapping my photos from the bloggers craft weekend away at Milton Keynes last March, most of them you'll see once I've finished them all but I did do one for our teams challenge at UKS,  you remember, the one I told you about yesterday. Being a holiday away it fitted perfectly with the theme.
I rotated the sketch & used photos to replace some of the strips of paper. Using the food themed parts of the Happy Days set came in very handy.

Thank you to Melsh for letting me nick use her photos.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Scrapbooking: Look what I got!

Its our teams first turn at setting a challenge at UKS!

The challenge is to use only paper scraps (not including the background sheet), do a holiday theme & use this sketch...

I did two layouts, the other I'll show you tomorrow but here is the first one I did...
As you can see I stuck closely to the sketch, did a Christmas page and used quite a few scraps from last years Christmas box kit from

The journalling is short & sweet as I cant really remember much from that year, this is why I now try to keep notes on events when I've taken photos.
"A Christmas of Dr Who toys & turtles with Zacks big present being a wii. All opened before going to Nanny Wowahs for Christmas Dinner & onwards to Nanny & Grandad Morgans"

We are so excited to see what people make and we'd love for you to join in. Even if you're not a member of UKS & dont fancy joining (its worth thinking about, its a fab site full of lovely, inspirational people, not just scrapbookers either) you could have a go & put a link to your blog in the comments section.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Scrapbooking: Sweet Moments

A while ago I won the Simply Spring paper pack from We R memory keepers, and its lovely to use knowing all the papers, embellishments etc all match. It also all comes in a handy thick plastic folder so is easily all kept together.

Very non-easter like photos suddenly got brought a bit more into context at a glance and this page was quite quickly put together.... maybe I should try putting my own kits together for easy grab scrapbooking.

Friday, 16 August 2013

Scrapbooking: Dotty Spotty Kiddies

We're past half way through the summer holidays and as usual its been rather busy here. We've done less crafts but have had more visits out & visitors. One of those visitors was the lovely Ruth (some of you may know her as Furry Pig from the Chatty Crafty Arty Pig blog) along with her family. We had a great weekend including a day crafting. Ruth had set us a little challenge, which you can see & join in on her blog HERE. We both completed it, I was quite impressed as there was a lot of chatter & distractions.

Ruth provided a sketch & we had to use something old, something new, something borrowed and some buttons.

The New - white paper from a new pack :)
The Old - Dotty red paper
Borrowed - I nicked Ruths scissors at one point ;)
Buttons - yay, dotty buttons.


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