Tuesday, July 22

Love Locks

 Good Morning, I am hoping it is a bright and sunny one for you all.

As promised I'm back with another layout using Heidi Swapp's Shape Stencils.

These love locks were all along the railings at the Albert Docks in Liverpool. I'd never before seen anything like it. There were engraved messages of love. Birthday's, wedding's and anniversary's and messages to ones that are no longer with us. A lovely way to record a special message. 
 These are some photos I took while using the stencils. Can see the level of coverage sprayed over the stencil. It starts from a very fine light spray to a more heavier coverage after a few sprays. 
 I thought I was being clever by taking it into the garden too.
Note to self: check which way the wind is blowing... so legs don't get covered in pink shimmer!  

Once the cards were dry I stitched them to my layout. Simple and effective I think. More and more these days I use mist (or ink) on my layouts. How are you with mists?

Sunday, July 20

Photobomb

Happy Sunday to you all.

I have been really slack lately. Slack in scrapping, slack in blogging and slack in blog reading. I don't know about you but I always find this happens at this time of year. 

As the end of school approaches the last few weeks seem to drag. I get caught up in the end of parents evenings, school trips and holiday plans. 

With only three more school days left I am so ready to relax and soak up the sun. We we never went away last year due to the surgery I had...so I feel that a holiday is a long time coming. Whatever your plans are this summer I hope you all have a super time. 

I'll leave you with a layout that I made using Heidi Swapp Papers, Shape Stencils and Colour Mists
I hope to be back during the week to share with you some more layouts using the Heidi Swapp Stencils.

Wednesday, July 9

One Photo & Twenty Words



It's been a long while since we've had a day without the boys.
King of Leon - Top of The Bowl 

Friday, July 4

S J Crafts Challenge

The boys, work and sunshine (you have to enjoy it when it makes an appearance) has been keeping me busy...It feels like ages since I prepared a blog post. Today I find myself writing a quick post to let you know that the July challenge is now open over at SJ Crafts.


The idea for this challenge is that you choose 1 out of the five shapes/symbols to include on your project, 1 of the five phrases as your title or inspiration/theme and 1 of the five colours to include on your project.

The Shapes/symbols are: Butterfly - Banner - Star (or this could be a sun) - arrow - circle.

The Phrases : Summer Days - Right Now - You and Me - Explore - The Story ... 
* You don't need to include the exact phrase but something very similar .... I need to be able to see the link *

Colours: Yellow - Light blue/Aqua - Red - Black - White    
 *Any shade of the colour is fine!*
- See more at: http://sjpapercrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/july-challenge-1-of-five.html#sthash.PnCFiU9x.dpuf
The idea is to take 1 of the five shapes and symbols, 1 of the phrases and 1 of the colours to use to create your layout. You can find the full list here.
Phrases : Summer Days - Right Now - You and Me - Explore - The Story ... 
* You don't need to include the exact phrase but something very similar .... I need to be able to see the link *

Colours: Yellow - Light blue/Aqua - Red - Black - White    
 *Any shade of the colour is fine!*
- See more at: http://sjpapercrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/july-challenge-1-of-five.html#sthash.PnCFiU9x.dpuf
The idea for this challenge is that you choose 1 out of the five shapes/symbols to include on your project, 1 of the five phrases as your title or inspiration/theme and 1 of the five colours to include on your project.

The Shapes/symbols are: Butterfly - Banner - Star (or this could be a sun) - arrow - circle.

The Phrases : Summer Days - Right Now - You and Me - Explore - The Story ... 
* You don't need to include the exact phrase but something very similar .... I need to be able to see the link *

Colours: Yellow - Light blue/Aqua - Red - Black - White    
 *Any shade of the colour is fine!*
- See more at: http://sjpapercrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/july-challenge-1-of-five.html#sthash.PnCFiU9x.dpuf
The idea for this challenge is that you choose 1 out of the five shapes/symbols to include on your project, 1 of the five phrases as your title or inspiration/theme and 1 of the five colours to include on your project.

The Shapes/symbols are: Butterfly - Banner - Star (or this could be a sun) - arrow - circle.

The Phrases : Summer Days - Right Now - You and Me - Explore - The Story ... 
* You don't need to include the exact phrase but something very similar .... I need to be able to see the link *

Colours: Yellow - Light blue/Aqua - Red - Black - White    
 *Any shade of the colour is fine!*
- See more at: http://sjpapercrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/july-challenge-1-of-five.html#sthash.PnCFiU9x.dpuf

 I chose stars, the phrase right now and yellow to include in my layout. A layout of us girls in the family..the only girls (plus my mum, who's not in this shot)... my two sisters and niece. Us girls are a little outnumbered.


While you're over at SJ Crafts you may well see Sarah's announcement to say that she is closing her shop. Whilst I'll be sad to see her close I wish Sarah all the best with her future plans and thank her immensely for the opportunity to be on such a lovely design team. It has been a fabulous experience, I have enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you Sarah x

Sunday, June 15

Sending xoxo

It's been a busy week here this past week. There's been something for everyone... birthday celebrations for the young and not so young, Friday 13th sleepovers, a Hawaiian night and a family farewell BBQ.

Between the birthday cake making and party organising there has been little time for creating so when I found that I had an hour...while baking three birthday cakes I set to making two birthday cards. 

During the week there was two challenges that I wanted to join in with so I decided to combine them. The first challenge was from Jennifer's blog event, to keep it clean and simple.  The next challenge was from Clearly Besotted where "anything goes". So I combined Clearly Besotted Stamps with Jennifer's Clean and Simple.

I've used my Tim Holtz stencil  and inks for creating backgrounds on layouts and wanted to try out the same technique for cards. 

.....and in case you wondered I did forget all about one of the cakes in the oven...luckily I caught it in the nick of time! 

Wednesday, June 11

Teal, Orange and White & Giveaway Winner

Inspired by Jennifer's Refresh your Craft and Soul Blog Weekend I'm joining in with her challenge to use White, Teal and Orange. A deep dark orange wouldn't you say :) Definitely not Red!!
 I'm sure it was Jennifer's talk of water that made me grab this photo.
A bunch of stamps were used to create the background and layers of patterned papers (from Crate Paper's Boys Rule collection) were added.

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Now for the winner of the blog hop, a little bit of sunshine, giveaway. I used Random.org which selected comment 29

True Random Number Generator 29 Powered by RANDOM.ORG 
and the winner is:

Beautiful cards, that candy monster is just adorable!

Congratulations....please email your address to me at scrapbook-me dot live dot co dot uk and i'll get your little package in the post to you.

Tuesday, June 10

One Photo Twenty Words

It's that time of the month again....for joining in with Abi and her One Photo Twenty Words.

My little superstar. 2014 Most Improved Player. For his courage, commitment, determination and passion. Love Rugby. Love this gorgeous boy.

Monday, June 9

What am I working on.

Hello,  Last Monday the lovely Karen from Me My Camera Eye nominated me to take part in a blog-hop which I have seen popping up in blogland.

I've been enjoying the creative processes of others and am now lucky enough to be joining in. The idea is to answer four creative questions and then nominate three bloggers to do the same next Monday. 

 First up.....
What am I working on now?
I have a few projects on the go. I am still, 18 months later, working on finishing a scrapbook holiday album. It is almost complete now and probably my most favourite scrapbook to flick through. I've just finished this layout using a Tim Holtz stencil, I have a new found love of stencils to create backgrounds.
papers from a Simple Stories Collection
On my desk sits a pile of cards that I'm preparing for a card class I'm organising at the end of next week. There's lots of preparing to do and gathering the supplies to use. Pretty papers are being cut and my big shot will be put to good use.

Finally I am sorting through what feels like millions photos for a Project Life Album. An album that so far consists only of three pages. I have religiously kept notes since the beginning of the year and now I need to start pulling it all together.

How does my work differ from others of its kind?
I'm not sure that it does. Everyone has different styles in scrapbooking...the main aim is that we all create to preserve a special memory or capture a moment in time.

Why do I create what I do? 
 I like the whole process, from capturing a moment on camera (despite all the moaning from unwilling subjects) and eventually preserving the memory on a scrapbook layout.....for eternity.

Pretty papers and embellishments play a huge part too. All the cutting and sticking.... I love the outlet my little hobby gives me.  Woah....did I really say "little". It may well have started out little but it does have a way of taking over and becoming a way of life.

How does my creative process work?
It  usually starts with a photo. Sometimes a story/caption/conversation. More often than not I choose a photo and make a note of the words I want to use or say to go with it. After selecting pretty papers to use, maybe some stamps/stencils/inks I build up a layout, until I'm happy with it. There are no set rules...I craft for pleasure, so I relax and go with the flow.


Thank you for taking the time to read a little about me. Now, it's my turn to nominate and introduce three lovely bloggers to play along with the blog hop next week.

There is Mel at Lets Get Scrappy. Whose blog I have been reading forever. I have no idea how I came across Mel's blog.. but I am so glad that I did, I love here style, her mix of layouts and her project life pages. I enjoy reading about her little man, it reminds me of when mine were small. Plus she is a frequent Instagrammer so I get to see all those photos that may never make it onto a layout.

The next two nominations are both amazing design team members for SJ Crafts :-

I have had the pleasure of meeting, all be it a little too brief, the lovely Jennifer Grace at Jennifer Grace Creates.  Her blog is packed with inspiration, she holds weekend blog events during the year ......  she lives by the sea, so there is always beach themed photos and layouts to admire and she makes very tasty biscuits which my little men had the pleasure of enjoying.

Then there's Lisa-Jane at Come inside my Crazy Head . I've not met Lisa-Jane in person.... yet....I hope to one day. Loving her blog really has nothing to do with the fact that her and her husband love Rugby. In fact her husband is a keen Saints fan. I do envy them getting to see more Saints games than we do and we live in the homeground area :). Her blog shares her love of scrapbooking and amongst other things her WOYWW posts where we get to have a nose around her desk. And we like to be a little nosey don't we.

So...Mel, Jennifer and Lisa-Jane I hope you take up the challenge, join in with this expanding blog hop and I look forward to reading your stories. Thank you for always inspiring me and to the lovely Karen for thinking of me.

Friday, June 6

Refresh your Craft and Soul

Welcome to Jennifer Grace Creates Blog Hop Event Refresh Your Craft and Soul.
It's good to see you.

You may have arrived here from the very talented Lisa-Jane, if not and you stopped by on the off chance you may wish to pop across to Jennifer's and start the hop at the beginning.Why? Because if you do and you comment on all the blogs in the hop, finishing at Jennifer's and letting her know you have been all the way around, then you'll be in with a chance to win this refreshing prize pack featuring Glitz 77 and My Mind's Eye Izzy items, worth £25. You have until Monday (9th June) at 10.50 BST to do so.
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 Now onto my part of the hop. When Jennifer kindly invited me to take part it in her blog event hop it was the Refresh part that appealed to me. 

This time of year when the sun makes an appearance and new life begins is always refreshing after a long and gloomy winter. I enjoy the bright early mornings, waking with a spring in my step and I always enjoy seeing all the bright vibrant products that appear, helping us to create and share our memories.

It is these bright products that bring me to share with you a set of cards I made to help me through our busy month of June.

These refreshing little bitty bags have been brightening up my desk for a while now....
so I picked out two colours to start with and added some matching twine and those paper mulberry flowers that I love so much.
 I like the idea of creating a monochromatic look. First up was the Blue Polka Dots
   and then the lovely bright Orange chevrons.
 These cards turned out so well I pulled another two colours from the pile.....the yellow diagonal strips
 and more polka dots in Green
 
 What is great about these little bitty bags is that they are the perfect size for holding a gift card.

 That's it from me, I hope you enjoy the rest of the blog hop....the lovely Sheena is waiting for you next. Don't forget to join in with Jennifer's weekend event, with her hourly posts we sure are in for a treat.

Louise x

P.S I'd also like to offer a little bit of sunshine to one random person who leaves a comment on this post over the weekend.

Thursday, June 5

Refresh Your Craft and Soul

If you haven't already heard, Refresh Your Craft and Soul kicks off tomorrow at 4pm over at Jennifer Grace Creates. It will be a weekend of fun filled inspirational posts starting with a blog hop at 6pm. Which Jennifer has very kindly invited me to be join in with.

I hope to see you all again tomorrow x

Tuesday, June 3

SJ Crafts Monthly Challenge

Hello there,

Have you seen this months summer challenge over at S J Crafts, where we get to use a fabulous colour palette of...

   * Hot Pink * Tangerine * Cream * Gold *

Seeing this colour palette, automatically makes me think girls, pretty papers and lots of sparkle.  Hmm...you know me...we have a shortage of anything pink, girlie or sparkly in our family. 

On flicking through my to scrap pile I came across the latest project. His motorbike. What can I say... it kept him in his garage, out of my way giving me time to scrap. When he bought the bike it was ghastly. Really. Orange and Black, the paint job was like nothing you've ever seen.  The bike reminded me of "Tony".  You know "Tony" the Tiger..."it's Grrrrrrreat!". 
(He was the mascot for Kellogg's Frosties, a breakfast cereal here in the UK.)

All papers used are from the Simply Stories DIY collection kit and label stickers
I have a few photos that I took during it's transformation. After I scrapped these, he sees it sitting on the side and tells me that this isn't the finished photo....apparently you can see that it has no brakes on it at this stage, amongst other things.

Instead of changing the photo I added a few words after the "after" photo and to my journaling on the reverse of the tag hidden away.
You may be interested to know that after months and months of striping his bike back both mechanically and cosmetically, with a lot of sweat, blood and tears..it is now on the road. Now if only I didn't have a dodgy hip I might be able to get my leg over for a ride :) 

 Back to the challenge....I think I met the colour palette challenge, don't you? There's hot pink, orange and for the gold there are some stars. The "Cream" can be a neutral colour such as beige, grey or white. I chose a muted grained grey patterned paper for the background.

All this and not a sign of pretty girlie photos or papers in sight. It goes to show that you really can turn any challenge into your own.

We hope you take part in the challenge and add your linkie to SJ Crafts blog post.
Thanks for stopping by. 

Sunday, June 1

Surfing

From my previous post I get the feeling that Tim Holtz products are a little like Marmite!

I'm with the majority.....I hate the stuff....even the smell...yuk! In this house there is only one person who loves it...my husband. He has tried to force  entice the boys to eat it and they are all with me. Are you a lover or a hater?

Back to TH...most recently I am loving a little TH's...especially his range of inks and stencils. I am still using my new TH's faded Dot stencil. In fact I have a few layouts to share with you over the coming week using this stencil. You know I do like to get my money's worth!!

This time I used the stencil and ink to create a background pattern.

This boy makes me smile so much. Talk about getting into character. He just gets it...always has done.
The papers are scraps left over from the Carte Bella Boardwalk kit
Have a lovely evening and I'll be back soon.
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