24 May 2013

Prize Time

Thankyou all for the lovely comments on my Stamp Storage post and for taking part in Suzy's Blog hop.

and the winner of the little prize from me is the lovely Suzy herself

20 May 2013

Stamp Storage

Welcome to my blog.  If you are taking part in my friend Suzy's blog hop then you will have arrived here from THE CRAFTY ALCHEMIST

Although scrapbooking is my thing I want to get a bit more inky and painty on my LO's and eventually try some art journalling.

I already have quite a few stamps - all thrown in in box and never to see the light of day again. I have recently bought some of the new ones from Bo Bunny and Kaiserkraft and decided to try and find a better way to store them,  easily see what I  had and be able to take them to crops with me.

Searching on pinterest I found the Tim Holtz folder, (way too expensive and not what I really needed) and one made from presentation folders and card and then stored in an A4 file. Great idea but what did I have that I could adapt without spending anything - an old 8 x 8 album that has been in my cupboard for a number of years ( QVC I believe)

So here goes

Take the card out of the page protectors in your album or cut some cardstock to fit your page protectors.  Place your stamps on the card and mark pencil lines to separate all your stamps ( these will become the pockets to hold your stamps

Next put the cardstock back into the page protector and carefully machine stitch along the pencil lines sewing through both the page protector and the cardstock.  I would suggest that you use a backstitch at the beginning and end of each row so that you don't have any ends to tie off. You will end up with pockets on either side of the page protector for your stamps

Next step you will need to very carefully cut the top of each pocket with a craft knife taking care not to cut through the cardstock

 You will be able to create pockets of any size on your page protectors

I left the acetate backing on my stamps as it makes it easier to get the stamps in and out of the pockets and also makes it all a lot sturdier

and finally the finished album ready to take to the next crop and do some stamping

I will be offering a small prize randomly chosen from followers of this blog who have commented on this post please pop back on friday 24th may to see if you have won

Thank you so much for popping by my blog.  I hope you find this little tutorial useful and give me shout if the instructions don't make sense. I would love to hear from you if you decide to give this a go

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13 May 2013

Team Circle Journal

I'm currently running a circle journal for my team mates on UKS. We have each chosen a theme and each month one of our team mates creates a page and posts to us.
I have received these so far and will make covers when I have some more time.

These pages were created by Liz I love the combination of colours she has chosen.

The verse is just so special and meaningful to me

Child of my child, heart of my heart, your smile bridges the years between us,
I am young again, discovering the world through your eyes.
You have the time to listen and I have the time to spend,
Delighted to gaze at familiar, loved features made new in you again.
Through you I see the future, through me you'll see the past,
In the present we will love one another as long as these moments last

These are from Suzy and I  had asked her to do them in an art journally style as she is so good at it. She has even managed to do them a bit more vintagey as she knows how I love this. There is so much detail.
The quote is " Some people come into our lives and quickly go, others stay for a while and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never the same "

So true

12 May 2013

Catch Up

Last month I had a lovely long weekend away with some fellow like minded scrappers. We stayed at Lochhouse Farm near Beattock where they feed us well and we  have the use of a lovely meeting room for our crafting.
So along with lots of laughter and chat I managed these LO's

I've been wanting to scrap this photo taken by my friend Dee for a while - used Kaisercraft Papers

This one uses the Bo Bunny Mamarazzi 2 Papers and was lifted from the Bo bunny Blog. I loved doing all the stamping and layering. The photo is taken outside Honnister Slate mine in Lake District. I can see my self having lots more fun with these papers

This is my granddaughters dog Tana and Love to see the relationship they have together. I used a mask and texture paste to create the brickwork effect

This one is me many years ago with my 2 oldest children. Used MME Collectables

My favourite I think. I just love this photo of my granddaughter with her great nana made even more special as her nana died a couple of weeks after the photo was taken. This was done with a prima kit from Jen at Wear Crafts that just cried out to be cut up

Another one with MME Collectables papers the colours are so great in them. This is my granddaughter in her Dads size 14 boots

1 May 2013

April Scrapology Challenge

Well I did this LO not long after the challenge went live knowing it would be just perfect for this photo.  I then totally forgot to blog and upload it and now its near the deadline.

There are a few days left if anyone wants to enter its a fab technique and I loved doing it.  Here if you fancy a go

28 Mar 2013

Scrapology Challenge - peaking

This months challenge was to have peaking elements on your page somewhere. I  loved the examples on the blog   here

I used one of my favourite photos I have taken of my granddaughter and Bo Bunny Papers

I coloured a doily for the peaking flowers at the side and then added flowers and leaves at the top.
The photo mat is also small strips of folded ribbon peaking from behind the photo

... and this is the sketch

Thanks for looking

1 Mar 2013

View From February

I'm a little late with my view for February  but wanted to try and photograph the moon as the view from my little craft room this month.  I've seen so many stunning shots of the moon.  It was far more difficult than I thought trying to get some of the trees and the moon in focus and I really need to practice this more.

But this is what I managed for February

and finally just catching a bit of the sunrise - I doubt I'll be awake in time for this for a while