Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Taking Up The Challenge!

Daphne from Scrapbooking Insanity has challenged us this week to create 'twin layouts', as in two pages that do not lead on from one another like a double page often does but are very similar to each other. (Daphne explains it better than me!).
Click HERE to see Daphne's example.

As I had my scrapbook club last night I decided to take up the challenge and use some older photo's from my 2013 holiday that I discovered unscrapped!
The photo's were from the same beach but I wanted to keep the ones of just my girls separate from the group photo's so it worked out perfectly for this challenge. 

Here is my twin layout and I think as long as you use the same papers but a different design they go together nicely.

Here is my first layout with my girls exploring the rock pools in a small cove in Ibiza.
I know the spelling is wrong! I have rectified it!!!
The papers are all Echo Park For The Record apart from the paper I cut the sea critters from.

I kept my embellishing and title clustered together.

For the right page I simply took more of the same papers and just changed the design so it looked different but connected by the colours.
Did you spot the cute fishy above the letter D? I had cut him out but he didn't go with the other shells and I didn't want to not use him! 

A similar embellishment cluster but the title was placed along the bottom as it was quite long after cutting all the letters out (and I wasn't going to re-cut in a smaller font!). 

There you are another challenge met and I will definitely try this with my multi-photo designs again.
Thanks Daphne for the awesome challenge!
If you would like to play along pop on over to Daphne's blog and catch the details there.

Thanks for stopping by and I really should get on with the gardening now!
Bye! xx

Monday, 6 July 2015

Silver Celebration.

I am excited to be a guest designer over at The Memory Nest this month and I was given a couple of great sketches to play with!

Here is the first one, designed by Crystal Schneider. 

And my take on the sketch.
My photo's are from way back in 1988 and my parents Silver Wedding Anniversary. 
I took my inspiration from the bright blue and red in the photo's for my colour scheme and found that papers in the Pebbles Seen & Noted collection were a perfect match.

I cut the word 'Silver' in my title using silver card, you cam't quite see the effect in the photo as I caught the light wrong.

My obsession with fussy cut flowers! 
It's so therapeutic to sit and snip away at gorgeous floral papers, I highly recommend it after a stressful day - it's a bit like colouring in or stroking a cat on your lap! 

I will share my second layout with you on the 13th July but until then don't forget to play along with us at The Memory Nest this month.
All the details of this challenge can be found at The Memory Nest Blog HERE.  

Thanks for dropping in.
Kerry. xx

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Hello Lake Annecey.

I am still trying to finish scrapping the photo's from last years holiday before we head off and take more snaps in France this summer. 
I managed to squeeze in a page for the current challenge over at Challenge YOUrself which ends on 7th July. A nice easy one of 'anything goes' which meant I could incorporate more than one photo, as long as I was in one of them.

Most of the layout is taken up with photo's but I didn't want to use up a double page as I am running out of space in my album!!
I feature in the top photo which unfortunately when printed came out a bit dark and looks like I am in silhouette. But that is me I promise bobbing about in a beautiful (but cold) glacier feed lake in the French Alps.

Just a few pics of the papers/embellishments around the page.

Hope you liked my page and you have a couple of days yet to play along with the Challenge YOUrself girls. To see their take on the challenge and to check out the rules of play just head on over to the Challenge YOUrself blog HERE.

Off to take the car to the garage for it's MOT!!!!
A little retail therapy while I wait I think!
Bye for now.
Kerry. xx   

Wednesday, 1 July 2015


The current challenge over at The Studio Challenges is to scrap about food! 
That's one thing I can guarantee I have photo's about and as I'm still scrapping last years summer holiday (I take far too many photo's!!) I knew I had these photo's about the amazing icecreams at Disney! 

Here we are taking a break from the rides to enjoy a variety of the frozen delight.

I made an envelope to place my journaled tag in. 

I had this die cut word already cut in white but it sort of got lost in the background so I re-coloured it black to stand out.

Short and sweet from me today but all the details on how to play along and to see the awesome examples from the DT can be found HERE on the TSC blog. The closing date is 4th July. 

Thanks for stopping by.
Kerry. xx

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Playing Catch-up.

Hi there scrappy friends, I hope you are enjoying your Summer so far. It's just starting to get seriously hot here in the UK, something that we are not used to! We wait for summer to arrive then before we know it the kids are back at school and we are worrying where the year went!!
I have been busy with the garden and children's activities lately so not alot of scrapping is getting done.....but I realised I had not shared with you some of my double pages from my last weekend crop. So without any more babble from me..... 

Whilst in France last year we found a beautiful spot that required a small hike down to the shore of  a glacier fed river.
It was such a stunning, restful place that I could have stayed there for hours!

This is the left side.
My colour inspiration came from the clothes we were wearing,  Pebbles Front Porch collection were my choice of papers.

Right side.
My title is made from some seriously old stickers that had a faux stitching on them so I recreated the effect with a doodled border around my pages.

I was pleasantly surprised to find some pre-made flowers that were the perfect match! 
Using plain cardstock I die-cut hexagons to place around my photo's, I haven't used this shape for ages and it was nice to do something a bit different.

I took a couple of photo's from above the spot where we were exploring and tried to match them together to get a better view of the area. I quite like the effect and will try and remember to try it again when the opportunity arises this summer.

My second double is about various areas that we visited in Disney Land Paris.
For these pages I used a beautiful paper stack - Heidi Swapp Hello Today. If you use more girly papers I recommend  this line, there are pinks, blues and kraft and plenty of modern patterns in the mix.

Left side.
I am determined to use up some ultra old large chipboard letters so for this layout I left a large space and painted the letters with acrylic paint to match my papers.

Right side.
I had kept some of the Fast Passes from the days in the parks and incorporated them into my design.

Just a few close-up's....

I am struggling with my mojo at the moment and I keep trying different techniques but I think
I will stick to clean and simple as that's what seems to make me happiest. 
These two layouts seem to be more my style, I still like bright fun papers but I need to combine them with plenty of white.
That's it from me today and I hope you liked my layouts.
Hope your week is crafty.
Kerry. xx

Friday, 26 June 2015

Roof With A View.

Daphne at Scrapbooking Insanity challenged us last Friday to scrap with mostly orange and as it is a colour I am quite comfortable with I decided to play along.

Now, my layout does not look very orange because I automatically grabbed a white background and although my papers are mostly patterned with the right colour there is very little of them!!
Plenty of orange in the photo too! (I'm sure I am forgiven!).

I decided to introduce gold and yellow using 3D glitter glue and a fussy cut flower. 

I sanded these chipboard banners and embellished them with some girly goodness!

A dear friend passed on the adorable gold Eiffel Tower seen here.

My title was placed on the arch of the stitched circle.

I am sure you would love to visit Daphne's blog and see her take on the challenge so please follow the link HERE to share some love.

I am running to keep up with Daphne's great challenges, there is a new one set today with Gesso but  tomorrow I have a scrappy day so am hoping to get lots of crafty play time in.

Thanks for stopping by.
See you soon. xx

Friday, 19 June 2015

Tug of War Towel.

How lovely to see you again!
Today I have a layout to share that I created for a colour challenge.
I have been following Daphne for several years and have always loved her scrapping style, last week she posted the start of a new series of challenges along with her friend Marjan.
The first challenge was set by Marjan and it is to use mint and yellow together on a page.

Beautiful combination so I had to play along!

I headed for one of my favourite paper lines Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party as mint and yellow are in abundance.
I have been scrapping some old photo's lately and these ones are of my dog Tara from way back in 1988! 
Her favourite 'toy' was an old towel that she loved to play tug-of-war with and it had seen better days at this point!

I started off the yellow with some splats, made using Tim Holtz Distress Stain Squeezed Lemonade.

I pimped up my camera with a threaded button and added more thread before adhering .

Of course I could use Polka Dot Party without fussy cutting some of the flowers out!

I was pleased how the page turned out and as I have been in a bit of a scrappy funk lately I was hoping this signaled the start of my mojo return! 

I noticed that Daphne's challenge is up on her blog today - to use orange on a layout. Fortunately I like orange so will be hoping to find time to play along with this one too.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to pop over to Daphne and Marjans blogs for lots of lovely inspiration.
Kerry. xx