Sunday, 16 November 2014


Here are two more of my Halloween sweets.
This is Joaquin as Luigi, one of the Mario Brothers and Ashlynn as a pink butterfly.


This layout was created by using the November 1st sketch, #68,  from Sketch N Scrap designed by Lisa Hidy. I altered the placement of the journaling and used 2 bigger pictures instead of 3 smaller ones but other than that I stayed pretty true to the sketch. It's a great layout.

The title "Gone Batty" came from a card that Joaquin and his Mommy made me for Halloween. I love my special cards. Before I began scrapping I would stick special ones in my photo album. Now, and I think it's a better way, I incorporate them into my layout by creating a place for them on the back of my page.

For the title I used another font from This one is called Sary and can be downloaded for free from
Bazzill cardstock
Echo Park (the Apothecary Emporium and Chillingsworth Manor collections), Carta Bella (All Hallows Eve collection), and graphics 45 (An Eerie Tale Collection) patterned papers
Recollections brads, dots and embellishments
Silhouette cut files for the bat for journaling and the title "Gone Batty"
Memento Dew Drops Ink
Canon Printer for the journaling

I've probably already mentioned it, but I'll say it again, " I love Halloween!"

Friday, 14 November 2014

Halloween Sweet Treats

You can't get anything sweeter on Halloween than pictures of this little gang of trick or treaters.

Left - Right;  there's Alyvia the bumble bee, Freya the moo cow, Liam the astronaut and Sam the Paper Bag Princess dragon.

I used the Scrapmuch? two-page sketch, released October 31st, designed by Laura Whitaker. I found it the perfect sketch for this Halloween layout. The large blocks of colour highlighted the photos whereas a lot of different papers might have taken the eye away from my trick or treating sweeties.

You can still join in the challenge. There's lots of time left to enter your layout in the November draw.

I love that the Silhouette Cameo will work with any font I install on the computer. This one is called SCARY HALLOWEEN and can be downloaded for free from It made for a great title.

Bazzill cardstock
Echo Park (Vanished and Chillingsworth Manor collections) and pinkpaislee (Phantom collection) patterned papers
Recollections brads, buttons, dots and embellishments
Silhouette cut files for the spider web, title, year and tag
Memento Dew Drops Ink
Black and pale purple DMC embroidery floss (bow cut after tying to create a 'spider' look)  and Berick Offray black satin Ribbon

I love Halloween!

Monday, 10 November 2014

Sketch~n~Scrap Featured Scrapper

Oh my goodness I'm so excited!

I have had the honour of being selected by the Design Team of Sketch~n~Scrap as its October Featured Scrapper. My layout "Hello World" is the layout that earned me the honour.

I'm very proud to have the "Featured at Sketch N Scrap" button on the sidebar of my blog.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Happy Wedding Party

The wedding of our son and daughter-in-law was so beautiful. It was, however, 2 years ago. The photographer took 1,653 photos and I've been using my inability to choose amongst them as an excuse for not getting wedding pictures into the scrapbook.

That's all behind me now because I've now scrapped the first one. It should get easier from here on out. With so many to choose from I've decided to do 20 layouts. 1 down...19 to go.

I based the layout on the November 1st sketch from Stuck?! designed by Laura Whitaker. I also used the layout to participate in the colour challenge over at Scrapmuch?
The Scrapmuch? challenge colours were perfect for the kid's wedding. Purple and green were their colours. I think that if it weren't for this colour challenge I'd still be looking at the box of wedding photos a year from now. I have four of the six colours in my layout; green, purple, black and cream.
The more scrapbooking I do the more interesting I find my interpretation of the sketches are.
Initially if the sketch had a circle I did a circle. If it had two patterned papers I used that same number. Now I'm interpreting and it's opened up a whole new layer of scrapbooking.  
In this case:
I used a curved feather instead of something circular but still accomplished the arch effect.
Instead of two paper ribbons, I used real ribbons and layered them.
Instead of 3 square pictures I used one rectangular one.
My corner embellishment started at the corner but went on to form part of the right side of the page.
I didn't use a top contrast paper as the treetops created that effect for me.
I didn't use a title and didn't feel guilty for it. Whew! It's part of a wedding album so it didn't really need one.
I think I'm actually having a scrapbooking growth spurt.

Circa 1970

Goodness where have the years gone?

As I was scrapbooking this photo I thought of the changes in scrapbooking between then and now.

An obvious few:
- No digital cameras. If you didn't have film in your camera you got no photo.
- When you did take a photo it was a week before you could pick it back up from your neighbourhood Drugstore. Remember how you had to print even the bad ones?
- No way to crop a picture without scissors. Now it's a matter of a button within a computer program.
- Likely I would have been gluing the picture to a page in a newsprint pad.
- I wouldn't have a Silhouette Cameo to cut my black polaroid frame. If you wanted a polaroid frame back then you took a picture with your Polaroid One Step camera.
- Embellishments would have been homemade...and on and on it goes.

Nice though that this craft continues still, even though it's a bit more hi-tech than when this picture was taken.

I created this layout to participate in the "Use ONE Photo" Challenge  #215 by Lasting Memories. I'm just beginning to realize how many challenge sites there are 'out there'. This one is well worth visiting.

Monday, 3 November 2014

I Won...Twice...Really!

I am very excited today.

One of my layouts was selected by random draw by Let's Get Sketchy for it's monthly challenge. I'm not sure which layout was the lucky one. I'd participated in all four October challenges. Each sketch you participate with gives you a chance of being selected.

As if that wasn't luck enough, I took my daily look at the Scrapmuch? site and found my layout "Flutter-by" was the one drawn as the Scrapmuch? October Colour Challenge Winner.

Can you say excited? Wow am I ever!

You fellow scrappers really need to participate in these challenges. They are great inspiration and fun to play along with. Add to that the possibility of winning a prize and you've got a great reason for messing about with paper and scissors.