Monday, 4 January 2016

Wishlist Kill a kit pics

Here is what I had left over from my main Like For Ever Wish List kit.

I made a few titles using the wood effect thickers, but decided to try and also not use them all up as i didn't feel they were overly christmassy and would probably be really useful to add to future kits. This didn't cause me any problems as i bought the alpha sheet as an add on.

I ended up with a few pieces of scrap papers, mainly the Pink Paislee Yuletide ones. The green Christmas themed ones will go into a folder with Christmas stash and the brown will go into my every day scrap folder. I also die cut some cloud shapes with the smaller scraps and will use them with a future kit. I had a fair amount of enamel dots left, as i used a lot of red and gold sequins on my pages instead, but again these will be great to use with future kits. I had three of the die cuts left over and none are christmas themed so these will pop into my die cuts stash.

And these are my Add-Ons leftovers. I used the WHOLE sticker sheet! Again the bits and pieces that were Christmas themed have gone into my Christmas folder ready to scrapbook 2015 photos sometime in the future. And a lot of the pieces left that weren't christmassy have gone into my everyday stash.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

WishList Kit Layout

December was such a busy month, as i expect it was for most, so i totally forgot to even take some unboxing pics. But in the Like For Ever November kit, which was called "Wish List" we got a mixture of CocoaVanilla "Tis the Season" papers and embellishments along with some Pink Paislee "Yuletide" items and a few bits from Shimelle's "Christmas Magic range. As this kit was heavily Christmas themed (although it was perfectly possible to use most of the kit with non christmassy photos) I decided to scrapbook some of my past Christmas photos that would fill in some gaps in my albums. I also purchased several of the add ons as I don't have much Christmas stash.

 I didn't even get chance to photograph all the layouts i made but here is a selection...

This layout used Shimelle's paper and lots of tiny photos documenting the elves that came to stay with us in 2014.

Several people over on the Like For Ever Facebook group used the fabric stars that came with the kit in this way and I think it looks really effective.

I scraplifted this idea from a lovely lady over on the Like For Ever Facebook page, although I think the page turned out quite different in the end.

Quite a simple layout, but think its quite well balanced and I like it

This was one side of a double sides type page i made using Shimelle's golden glittery star vellum that came in the kit. The idea is from an old Glitter Girl YouTube video, where you kind of make mirrored versions of the page back and front (so selecting photos that you want to remain together forever in your album is a must) and it lets you retain the translucent property of the vellum in the album.

This is actually the first layout I made with the kit. I loved the colours of the papers i actually bough doubles of a few. I'm glad I finally got these old photos scrapbooked

And this is the last page I made with the kit, cutting lots of hexagons out of the scraps and then scattering the left over stickers and wood veneers about.

Monday, 30 November 2015

Hello, Beautiful Leftovers

Here is what I have left over from Like For Evers "Hello, Beautiful" kit. I've had such great use from the kit and used far more than I imagined. I've got a versatile roller stamp (which I used on every layout made with this kit) to add to my stash as well as two grey washi tapes. I'm sure I can get a few more titles out if the lovely gold letters as I'm not totally out of vowels yet. I've cut the few stickers that I had left apart and I reckon I'll easily use them up in future kits. I have to say I LOVED the kit even more than I thought I would and eagerly await the next one!

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Hello, Beautiful Kit Layouts

Here, in no particular order are the rest of the layouts i created with my "Hello, Beautiful" Like For Ever kit....

A great way to use up branding strips...

I had an idea to cut out some of the octagons and place the other papers behind for a pop of colour...

For this layout i doodled the border and then hand stitched it before adding fussy cut bows and a huge amount of layering behind the photo...

I realy love how the next layout turned out even though i had no set plan of what i was doing when i started to create the page...

A simple layout featuring lots of owls...

Dont laugh, but i took this photo in our local cities museum especially for the zebras that came in the kit, the crazy things us scrapbooking mums do!

Another very simple layout, which i am not too happy with...

And finally a layout that I ended up framing and giving to my parents as a christmas present. I love how the heat embossed wood veneer words turned out...

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Holiday 2015

Here is a quick snap of the front cover window of my 2015 holiday album. It's done in pocket style 12*12 format and I think I ended up with about 38 pages plus 10 half pages. It took me a long time to complete even though I had planned it well and even took small kits and journalling cards with me to do some on the holiday (cause we all know how much relaxing time you get on a holiday with three little children?!?). To be honest I doubt I'll get around to photographing them all individually as it will be a very time consuming and tedious job. I'm glad I made the album as its an awesome memento to look back on a super special holiday (17 days in the Netherlands) and I like I managed to save tickets and paper bags and maps and leaflets etc to put into the album too. If I were to embark on a project like this again. I think I wouldn't bother taking my scrapping stuff on holiday but buy a cute little notepad to write down more details each the time you think you can remember everything, but a few months on and its hard to recall things, though the hundreds of photos help. The album contains about 400 photos!!

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Beautiful Shadow

Another page made with my Life For Ever kit, "Hello, beautiful". There was a nice discussion thread on the LFE subscribers group on Facebook when the selected papers were revealed, with many ideas given as to how the black and white framed paper could be used. It's the kind of paper I would definitely buy...and then sit staring at and then put it away as I wouldn't know quite what to many options. My biggest quandary was whether to cut it apart of keep it as a the end that decision was dictated by the orientation of the photos I wanted to had to be cut apart. Cutting it up also means I have some left over to use on other layouts too :)

I originally planned to use some birthday photos into the frames, but then last weekend my parents got to bring home their new puppy, and I took several cute photos of our first visit to meet Shadow, but the trouble was he just wouldn't keep still (apart from the sleeping photos!) So the photos were quite blurry, lending themselves to being printed in a smaller size. I then had the idea that it would be nice to make my parents a layout as a gift as it was also their ruby wedding anniversary. After that everything just fell into place, I love how the gold card as the background turned out....perfect for a golden retriever too!! I also love making these extra special layouts that go into a box frame as you don't need to worry about the thickness of embellishments (I like to keep my pages thin in my albums) and I feel justified to put LOTS of my very fav things on them too....I have a few more special layouts plan so watch this space as they say....

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Fishing Fun

3rd layout made from Like Forevers October kit. When i saw the turquoise marbled paper I had just taken this photo and thought they would be a perfect match. I then found a packet of chipboard stickers with waves and swirls in the right colour so knew I wanted to use those two. I found a little pink fish, and so added some pink elements into the page as well as gold from the kit alphabet.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Paint yourself a colourful life

Layout 2 from the October LFE kit. I'm really pleased with how this page turned out. I really wasn't sure how I could use the paper that had paint samples over it, I wouldn't have purchased the paper individually for sure, yet I love how it all came together in the end. I took inspiration from Zinia's first example page with regards to the roller stamp and layering.

Friday, 23 October 2015

Big boys bed

So here is the first layout made with the October LFE "Hello, Beautiful" kit. I don't know why I felt the need to use the papers I liked if I didn't mind cutting them up and getting them used...I have some ideas for certain papers so I knew I didn't want to cut into them. Hopefully the next few pages will get easier. I loved just working from the stash in my kit box, makes decisions so much quicker. And I totally love how the gold alphabet looks when used!!

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Shop my stash for Octobers kit

So here are the goodies I have pulled from my stash. I already know I have gone way over board and have far too much stuff. I think because not only do the Shine papers have so many colours in them (blue, green,yellow, pink, grey, kraft, gold, peach, black, white) it also has so many shades of some of the colours, in particular the blues and pinks. This meant so much of my stash seemed to work well and be a good match. I'll leave you to study the photo to see what I've chosen...a little bit of everything really!!! I hope to learn by my mistakes and in time learn to streamline. Also I really hope to get some of my stash used up and then I can justify starting to buy some of the kit add-ons.

I've spent far too long organising everything so I'm off to create my first layout...although my minds blank...I want my first layout to be used using mostly just the stuff that came in the kit, I think I'll use one of the sketches from the pagemap sheets....

Hello, Beautiful Kit Unboxing

My very first kit from my new subscription at Like For Ever arrived today. Its the October Kit which is called 'Hello, Beautiful' and is based around the Maggie Holmes 'Shine' collection with  a few bits from other places too. Here is what came with the kit and  my initial thoughts about the items....

Two rolls of grey washi tape from Pebbles
Lucky for me, I don't have any grey washi tape amongst my two tubs full. One of these rolls is chevron patterned (love chevrons!) and the other is a small spot design. With 20 metres of tape in total, i have a feeling that this will last me way beyond this kit. I love that this is slightly narrower than many of the washi tapes i have, measuring about 1cm in width rather than 1.5cm. Washi is so versatile, with many uses that you cant really go wrong.

A Packet of 6 Amy Tangerine Vellum Pockets
I usually tend to avoid vellum, and pockets for that matter on my pages so this will be more of a challenge. I struggle in attaching vellum items to my pages, though love how it looks, and i don't like my pages to be interactive. But i think with the stitched detail, and pop of colour these will be great for layering up. I might even use a few of them in a row as more of a main focal point to one of the layouts. They are from the older 'Cut and Paste', but i do have some stickers, die-cuts and papers left over from this collection so I might throw some of them into the kit to see if I can get them used up, which would be a bonus.

Heidi Swapp 'Beautiful' wood veneer
Again this is an item that i would never usually buy, but for very different reasons that above. I simply wouldn't normally be able to justify spending X amount of pounds on just the one item that will be used on one page. But i love it! And it seems like an easy word that will match many of my photos. I am imagining it will form the title to a very special page, maybe even one that goes on display. I'm just unsure whether i want to leave it alone or maybe colour it gold somehow and jazz it up a bit.

Maggie Holmes 'Shine' Phrase Roller Stamp
This stamp has 12 lovely phrases on it, all of which I think I will find very usable. My favourite one at first glance is 'TREASURED MEMORIES', I mean that one of the reasons i scrapbook in the first place, everything i scrap is recording a memory that I treasure. I also think the 'Happy Little Moment', 'You Make me Happy' and 'HELLO, BEAUTIFUL' (from which this kit has been named after) will also become well used. In fact I've been thinking that i will challenge myself to using this stamp on every layout I create from this kit.

Maggie Holmes 'Shine' Gold Puffy Alphabets
When i first looked at this collection one of the items that really caught my eye were these alphabet stickers, so I was thrilled when i learnt they were being included in the kit! You get 167 stickers in total, a mix of capitals and lower case along with some punctuation and a few little hearts. If I'm totally honest, I had imagined that they would have been a slightly shinier brighter gold, they have more of a gilded appearance. But never the less, are going to be great for creating titles, they are the perfect size for me....large enough to stand out but small enough so that you can create longer words and short sentences. Ill try my very best to get as many titles out of this packet as I can....I usually run out of 'e's and 'l's i may need to be creative towards the end of the kit!

Maggie Holmes 'Shine' Sticker Sheet
These are so pretty!! There are a few i might struggle to use up...I always find the & signs difficult to work with, and I'm not sure about the wishbone shaped sticker. But most of them are going to be so great to use up. There is such a great combination of both larger words, smaller word funfetti, labels and images in lots of different colours and a lovely shiny gold. I imagine i will easily get these used up on my layouts. I think my favourite is the camera (find cameras so easy to use on any page as its always every page has a photo! and its not too feminine either..even though this one has flowers on it!)

12 Papers from the Maggie Holmes 'Shine' collection
To save me photographing the selected papers individually, take a look at LFE's homepage for a closer look. There is a lovely range of different patterns, from very subtle small blue hearts to a big brightly multi coloured triangular pattern. One of the pages contains cut aparts, as much as i love the B side to this sheet (black and white stripes - which I love to us as long 12" stripes at the bottom and top of pages) I think I might go ahead and cut this sheet up into the various cut apart blocks and use most of them that way, I've studied it and i don't think i can find a way to get a whole 12" strip as I love at least one of the cut aparts in each row (if I'm making sense). There is also a black and white framed paper (with a pink pattern on the back, so that's much better as I'm not a huge user of pink) which i think will be really fun to cut apart and use as a feature on a layout.

2 Sheets of Cardstock
To finish off the kit, you get a kraft 12x12 sheet of card and a lovely textured 'Baby Blue' bazzill sheet...i think this texture used to be called something like orange peel. Anyway I look forward to using it. I think i might use the kraft piece as a background and cut the blue one up as photo mounting and even die cut an alpha title out of it, but haven't given in too much thought.

You also get a pagemaps sketch sheets, which i usually print of myself to take to my crop so this saves me the hassle of doing that. They are always a great starting point for pages, which I think I'm going to need as I'm feeling quite daunted as to where to start! Oh, and don't forget the lollipop!

As a little welcome present (how kind is that!) I got a packet of Pretty Pink Posh sequins. Judging by the colours, I'm guessing they have been used in last months kit. They are a baby blue, a mid brown, a sort of pale pumpkin orange and a not-quite-purple but not-quite-pink colour. I love them, as i love sequins on layouts. I'm tempted to separate them out by colour as i think the blue ones will work well with this kit (along with pulling some out of my stash), and save the others for future kits they may match.

Next step is to put all this loveliness into my new artbin super satchel and then shop my stash to add bits and pieces to the kit, i think think ill need at least one more alpha and some of my die-cuts and some more gold stuff as well as my Heidi Swapp gold shine mist. I will share what i add from my stash in the next post and then i will get creating!!

Its been a while...

So, yes....its been a while. No idea if anyone is even checking my blog anymore! I kind of got to just posting my layouts on Facebook rather than here as well. I've been scrapping loads this year, though most recently I have been working on my holiday project life style album, and that's now more or less finished...maybe I'll photograph it sometime but that's going to be for another day. For now it's time to move on and start something a little new....

I recently subscribed to a monthly scrapbooking kit from like for ever. And I'm super excited that my very first kit arrived today (more on that in my next lost).

So, I want to start using my blog again as a record of all the layouts I make using these kits, and this I am resurrecting my blog...yes, I know lots of people say this after being away from their blog for a while, and then it all goes quiet again. So no promises....let's see how this goes!

Monday, 26 January 2015

Computer Skills

Here is a layout I have made for Amanda's January scraplift challenge found here.

Its an old photo of my two older boys back in 2010 using the computer.

I uses Studio Calico Atlantic 12*12 paper pad and a few other bits from my scraps folder. The heart chipboard shapes are also Studio Calico. I used two types of thickers for the title.

I stuck fairly closely to the original layout, using three photos although instead of squares I used one larger 6*4 and two smaller ones. I chose a brown, orange and yellow colour theme as I thought that matched the photos well and for the geometric shapes kind of remind me of computery things too.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Lollypop castle

I finally found these felt embellishment by sassafras that I've had for years and knew they would be a great match to the sweet themed photos. I then used pink and orange as my accent colours to match these embellies, and used blue as the background colour as it matched the photos. I used a large range of old and new stuff on this page, just picking out bits that matched the right colours. I really like how the very old (like 7 yrs +) wholley cow rubons by basic grey match in with the amy tangerine sketchbook papers.

Angry birds 3

These two photos of my eldest son weren't quite as bright as the others taken in this play area, so I used a different colour scheme of blues and orangy brown and went with a cloud/sky theme. I used an older MME collection, I've had the journalling card and washing from this collection for ages, but recently picked up the 6*6 paper pad from tkmaxx.


I used a brightly coloured 6x6 paper pad for this layout as I though the primary colours would work well with the photos and theme. Again, the angry birds clothing label came in really useful.

Angry bird land

I was sure I would never want to use this background paper from Echo Park, and was saving it to be used for the neutral b side....but I thought the car too my effect would be a good fit for these photos of angry birds. Also the clothes tags I had been saving came in useful as well!

Barrel boats

For this layout I used a pebbles collection pack. Paper blocking is a great way to use up larger scraps and its fun to then add little coordinating embellishments to each piece. The colour scheme was chosen to match the photos.

Wooden train

First layout for the fourth day of our road trip. I used an older collections from Simple Stories. I'm no longer keen on this collection as I prefer to scrap in much brighter colours, but I thought it would work well with the photos.

Monday, 7 July 2014


This is the last, and seventh, layout I made at the July crop. I used the left over outer frame of the map paper and put some blueprint type paper behind it. I put two rows of tags and attached the photos to them along with lots little journalling, stickers, washing and chipboard. I used the leftover cork that I die cut the previous title from to make this title.

Digging at dig

I picked the red and blue diagonal striped paper from the crate paper storyteller collection  as I thought it matched my baby boys jumper. I picked the cork paper from the same collection cause it reminded me of the artificial soil they used at this DIG museum. I used some map paper cause I thought that went well with the archeology theme and used some cork sheeting to cut the title.

The shambles

Here I have used the classic three 6x4 photos in a row layout that I have used many times before. I guess I didn't think too much about colours I used so its all a bit of a mixed selection of florals which I don't think worked too well.

Grand old York

I had so many photos for this layout I wanted to keep it simple. I used a cream and gold color scheme. I embossed the word York and die cut the other words in gold card. I finished it off with some gold stars, cream sequins, gold washing, gold spray and some fabric and 3d stickers and a flair badge.

York Minster

This layout is very different to my usual style because of the brown colour scheme. I usually use much brighter colours but thought this would work well with the photos.

On the bus

This layout was the second I made at the July crop. I kept it simple as the papers are so busy. This is the first layout for day three of our recent road trip.

A good nights sleep

The first lo I made at the July crop. I used lots of scraps of paper and cut alphabet and clouds out of silver card. I embossed some cameras in silver too.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Fun and games at the premier inn

I made this layout for the ukscrappers June 2014 week 5 challenge. You had to take photos of the page as you made it good, better and best....

Stage 1 is basic papers and photo. Stage 2 I have inked the edges in black, added title and journalling, added some die cuts and added a border to the top and bottom. Stage 3 I added some smaller die cuts on pop dots, a subtitle, sequins and some cork 'paper doll' die cuts that I cut on my cuttlebug....I bought the cork sheets, by eksuccess a few weeks ago but haven't got around to trying it till pleased it works well! I will be scraping using this progress made it very easy and fun too.

Photo is of my eldest two sons in the hotel room during a recent 'road trip' holiday we took before Easter. I used the primary colour scheme of red, yellow, blue and green to match the ludo game they are playing.

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Footprint Frames

A layout that I have been meaning to do for years but just never got around to it. The photos were taken back in 2008 and I bought the blue footprint background paper shortly after that especially to be used with these photos and also the blue hand and feet brads. So glad to finally pull the things all together and get a layout made...I think I'm going to go back and add some journalling explaining that I got a voucher at a pottery painting shop for my first mothers day...and now I have a frame made by each of my sons when they were little similar to this first one.

Ball pit fun

A quick page using lots of layers of Amy Tans Sketchbook papers based on a YouTube process video by txanstolte.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Burger Zoo

A layout I made last night following glitter girls latest video. I'm not that happy with how it turned out but at least its another three photos scrapped. I decided on an orange background as I thought it matched the photos well and is also the Dutch colour. I then thought that blue is suppose to be the most contrasting colour against orange in the colour wheel and it was also in the photos so in theory it should work well....but I don't think they do at all.


I picked this paper with the doilies as I thought it matched in with the table cloth well.

Rock Pooling

Another lo made at my crop for my childhood album. Its mainly just cut apart a piece of paper with all the circles on so was simple to make but I wanted to use this paper cause I thought the 'you rock' wording fitted well with the photos.

I cut some foam for the grey title lettering, I love how this works and means I don't need to buy thickers and will never run out of vowels. I just need to increase my collection of alpha dies now!

Awwsome selfie

Although this isn't a great photo I really wanted to record the memory that went with it.

As I was scrapbooking this layout at my crop I noticed that the foil mint wrappers which lay in my rubbish pile after Rosey kindly shared them around. The colour matched the layout colours perfectly, so I hand cut some hearts out of them to use as an embellishment.

Making scones

Another layout for my childhood album.

Toy sweet shop

Another layout for my childhood album, this time using lots of the jars I had cut out of some Dear Lizzy paper ages ago.