What a Scrappy Life


Friday, 19 September 2014

Using up Scraps - Pink Paislee - Solstice

I really loved this collection that I choose for my September pages for the Hey Little Magpie (HLM) CT blog, and decided to put a layout together, using the scraps from the 6x6 pad and embellishments left over from the ephemera pack.

Staying with my theme for the month of using die cuts / punches ...

I gathered my scraps and triangle punch

Punched the shapes

Then I started to paper-piece the triangles the the card stock, trying my best not to have two colours next to each over.

Then using sheets that I had cut to use in a previous layouts, I layered a few sheets to add some depth to the layout.

Backed the photos with some scraps of paper.

I inked the edges of the layers - to help it life the papers from the patterned background.

I wanted to use these stamps from Studio L2E  and I first stamped onto pink paper, with black ink.

then changed my mind and stamped it onto some blue instead and added the date.

When it came to adding the title, I realised that I didn't have the necessary letters from the alphabet sheet and was missing a "N" - so I used "W" instead ...

cutting the right hand side off …

and it perfect … well not perfect but it works for me.

I added some enemel dots, wood veneer, and bits from the ephemera pack, and puffy stickers.  I did end up covering a large area of the background pattern but I'm OK with that.

And here is my finish layout, 

Why not get your punches out and see if you can do a background using your scraps.

You can see my other layouts using this collection here on the HLM blog.

Thanks for stopping by ….

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

To 'Die' for - Pink Paislee - Solstice

Hi all, over on the HLM blog I mentioned that I had done a step-by-step  on how I put this layout together.

For this layout I used my cameo to cut out the pie chart design, 

has I didn't want all the sections cut out - I deleted the section I didn't want and moved the shapes to make sure that when it cut it was over the paper.

I added 4 different 6x6 papers to the mat 

and cut out

Then I printed 4 different 6x4 photographs, and using one of the shapes as a template, I hand-cut the photographs who that it would fit in the missing space - hope that makes sense.

When I laid all the photographs and patterned papers together, I drew a faint pencil around the edge, to mark the placement.

Using some distress ink, I inked all the edges of the pattered papers.

then I decided that the background cardstock was too plain, so I splattered the background with some mists.

If you look closely you can see my rough circle guidelines.

After sticking the papers and photographs down, it came to adding a title.  I love these alphabets that are with the collection, not only the colour but the fact that the glitter doesn't rub off when you are handling them.   Has the title was long I was running out of a few of the letters, and I was missing a 'H', so with my thinking cap on I decided to 

Use a 'F' and "I' and make it work.

It not perfect, but when its in its page protector you can not tell, so all is good.

Keeping with the theme of a circle, I added circle elements to the centre of the layout, to ground everything and bring it all together, the 'summer vacation' is from the ephemera pack.

Over each of the patterned papers, I added a circle element

Which had to include some lovely HLM exclusive flare badges 

I hope you like my process of putting this layout together, and come back in a few days to see another layout put together using this collection that didn't make it to the HLM blog.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Project Life - June 2014

Hello everyone, well I'm back and finally got around to finishing my PL pages for June.

At the last minute I decided to go into the City to see the Commonwealth Games Baton, I was very disappointed by the lack of people there, compared to when the Olympic Torch came to town, but it did give me the opportunity to hold it and have my photograph taken; had Sheena visit.

I actually held it, 

up close, 

A day crafting with the girls at Julies: Tracie Hudson workshop at Moxley.

3yrs after my Op, James having the first homegrown strawberry, new bike and new bed for James.

Yes, James last 'official' day at High School, he had to return to take exams and finish off some course work.

When he returned from school he said it had the best day, and he loved having his shirt signed by everyone.

I had a quick drive up to Preston to see the girls, but before I went I visited my mum's grave, Preston North End Football ground, my old house (childhood house), meet Christine for lunch and a quick catch-up.

I was stopping at Susan's this time - my friend for over 40 years - has she was recovering from an operation and we needed to have a good catch up.  We ended up going out for a meal with the girls and obviously a few cocktails.

It was also nice to see Joanne again - my old next door neighbour.

On the Saturday, I caught the bus into town to have a look around and see if things had changed, ended up in Preston museum and was please to see a great exhibition about Preston ...

I was born at home on St. Pauls Road, this photo is the site where the first mosque in Preston was built on the actual spot where our house once stood - how weird seeing this. 

 When I went outside - I spotted this man - OMG !!! this man was the Master of Ceremony at my Wedding - 19 yeas ago, and it has been several years since I'd see him.  He was also one of my Dad's closes friends - I couldn't stop smiling and he was just has shocked seeing me - moments like these are when I wished I was still living in Preston.

Outside the Museum - the Preston Carnival was choosing their 'King & Queen' to lead the Carnival the following week - I had a fab time watching and meeting up with some friends and people who'd I'd not seen for well over 10 years, some even longer.

Then back home and to James Leavers assembly and BBQ; Night out with friends; Finding a suit for James's prom; 

So proud that James got a certificate for the friendliest smile.

Trying to choose a suit.

Jades 16th; tallest foxglove; James starting is jobs; homegrown sweet peas.

It was nice of Jade to invite us to her 16th birthday and so good to see them together again.  Jade was James first friend he made when we moved to Birmingham, they went to different high schools but have remained friends.

So that was my June and I'm hoping to get my July pages up real soon.

In the meantime I will leave you with this little sneak of one of my layouts coming some to the Hey Little Magpie blog.

Thanks for stopping by ...