What a Scrappy Life


Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Captured Today ...

Then this one is a scrap lift, at my last crafting weekend away with some friends, by the Sunday evening we were flagging bait and most of us ended up doing the same scrap lift but using different papers.  This is photo of James at his [prom shoot' with Morag last year.  I used Amy Tangerine - Stitched collection

And has you can see from this close up - I've even stitched over the page.

I stamped on one of the circles, and added a die cut from the embellishment pack over another.

I'll be back shortly with some more layouts to share.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Moxley Crop - Challenge

At my Moxley crop in April there was a challenge to use a sketch from a few provided and produce a layout at the crop, and this is what I did.

I used papers and embellishments from Basic Grey - Adrift collection.

Title cut from my cameo and inked.

The 'Remember" is a My Favourite Things die

Back soon with some more layouts.

Friday, 26 June 2015

New York Layouts

Whilst I'm still buzzing about going to New York I decided I better get some layouts done, whilst things were fresh in my mind.  So here a few I've done so far.

Big Yellow Taxi - this was going to be part of my June blog post for Hey Little Magpie - but I went off the design I was intending to do and ended up not using many products from the store, so I kept it back to share on here.

So has you can see, it started as a messy background, using gelatos, and embossing paste, stamps and inks, I even did some dribbles  of the ink and then I ended up covering it all up, but eh oh! that life and I'm so happy how its turned out.  I did mount the photo on some of the Pink Paislee - Atlas 6x6 pad

So this is me on 6th Ave, hailing a taxi back to our hotel.

The title is a silhouette cameo file, and the taxi print is actually fabric that Sue and Barbara got whilst we where in New York.

and you can just see a some of the distress / inked / stamped background

The arrow and washi tape are from Freckled Fawn, and the stick is a Jillibean Soup one. 

Another silhouette cameo file - the statue of liberty and the 'good times' is a steel die.

For this second layout I used a photograph taken at the top of the Rock, using Shimelle - True Stories collection

This globe die and map stamp is from Technique Tuesday - its smaller than the Shimelle one, so fitted better onto this layout.

This paper was just crying out to be cut apart and the phases used - as you can see - take a little time away' below.

You can see some more of my New York layouts that I've finished here

thanks for stopping by...

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

NYC Mini Album 2015 - Pink Paislee - Atlas Collection

I'm back with some more pages from my 4x4 mini album that I created for my blogpost over at Hey Little Magpie (HLM) for my June blogpost.

I kept the pages very basic using only a few embellishments throughout the whole album, as I had added more page protectors to include more photographs.  This made the album very chunky and I felt added extra embellishments would force me to use two albums.

I solely used the Pink Paislee - Atlas Collection 

I used the Pink Paislee - Atlas - Mini Album - which has a lovely debossed map on the front - I've yet to decide if I'm going to colour it or leave it plain.  The mark on the spine was me leaving it on my desk with stickers and bits laying around, getting one struck and not being able to get the sticker off without ripping the binding - ahh!!!  so decided to leave it till I decided what I can do to mask it.

The view from the side

I solely used the Pink Paislee - Atlas Collection 

For my first page I used the the lovely silver glided foiled thicker that came with the collection as a title page as well as some mini alphabets from Webster's Pages 

Using the 6x6 cut apart sheet I cut this title block out and matted it using a selection of papers from the 6x6 pad.

To try and condense the amount of photographs I used, I collaged several together.  This was us all drinking champagne on the plane.

This was one of my first views of New York as we came into land - Coney Island.

I wanted to include this lovely photo of me capturing my friend Sue, greeting her son who works in New York after 6 months, I think the smile on his face says it all.

I added few of the tags throughout the album - I didn't embellish them. - just added them to give some extra detail.

and used a few of them to accompany a photo - like this one below 

I wanted to include my lovely friends Sue antics, in a subway, so I make a pullout card with the photographs, and some journalling .

and decorated the front of the pullout with some of the 6x6 pad cut out sheets.

The puffy stickers that came with this collection made a great addition to some of my journalling page.

The instagram cards came with some transparencies, with I added to some of the page protectors so that your can get a glance at what is to follow.

for this one I used one of the photo frames over the photographs and added some of the mini alphabets.

And of course we did a bit of shopping the the famous Macy's store - I just added some wood veneer stars which I inked red to match the colour of the star on the Macy's sign.

To add an extra feature to the album without adding more page protectors, I collaged several photographs and them printed them at 4x4, adding a tag with some journalling in between two sets of collaged photos.

also added a sticker from My and My Big Idea 

Using the 2x2 page protectors I added 2 photographs and did the other two inserts as simple embellishments.

 We had our photograph taken at the Top of the Rock, which I scanned in and printed to fit the page.

used one of the Instagram cards and some chipboard corners from the chipboard pack

 For this page I added a transparency over some patterned paper and stabled it down, and added a tag with the journalling on the reverse,

tat went with the collaged photograph of our visit to Central Park.

Love that the mini alphabets fitted perfectly between the photos and gave an added pop of colour to the page.

I love the addition of the  4x4 vellum sheeting the Instagram Card, which I used it as a base for this photographs

My final page was the visit the the 9/11 memorial - I kept this very simple - the Remember  and arrow dies are from Technique Tuesday.

The album came together really quickly and I loved how it has turned out, I hope you can get some inspiration from my pages and perhaps do a mini album yourself.

An advantage of doing a small album like this is that it is easy to carry around, and it has allowed me to show friends and family my New York holiday quickly and easily with out out having to trawl through hundreds of photographs.

Hop back is a few days to see some of my New York layouts.

Thanks for stopping by...

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Mini & More using Pink Paislee - Atlas Collection - HLM June Blogpost

Hi all, my blogpost is up today over at Hey Little Magpie, it using the lovely collection from Pink Paislee - Atlas and features some of my New York photos.  You can find the full post here.

Hope you enjoy what I've done with this collection.

I will be adding more of the mini album to my blog in a few days.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

New York, New York, Part 7 - 9/11 Memorial

Our last day in the fantastic City, and me and Julie went to visit Ground Zero - but before we went we had one last trip to Micheals -

well we just had too - lol x

Just by Wall St is the angry bull, nothing like the friendly looking one in Birmingham - but worth getting a photographs all the same.

Then we walk to Ground Zero - what an amazing place - I really don't know how to describe it - other than thought provoking, calm and inspiring.  I didn't expect the footprint of the buildings to be so big - I don't know why but I hadn't thought they would be as big as they where.

The whole area had a calmness, peacefulness about it - 

seeing the names craved around the pools was surreal, and seeing white roses and US flags placed by family members was very moving.

Just to the side of the two pools is the new World Trade One Building - which towers above these pools.

And  this is the Survivor Tree - which was rescued from the rumble after the attack and brought back to life by New York City recreation department, and re-planted near the two pools.

then of course we just had to have our photographs taken with a NY policeman.

 and a photos of a NY fire engine.

Then it was back to the hotel to meet the rest, finish packing and wait for our taxi to the airport and back home.

I had an amazing time and this was my first time visiting America, and boy I really need to go back, not only to New York because they is still loads of things I want to see and places I want to visit, but also to visit other cities in the US.

I will be back in a few days with some layouts I've been working on.

Thanks for stopping by.