Summertime Scrapbook page

I made this Summertime scrapbook layout digitally using CraftArtist 2 Professionaland the Fairytales Summer digikit. I find this a good way to make pages quickly and it is easy enough to get them printed as 12×12 online or at my local printers. I’ve swapped out my personal photos for stock photos for privacy reasons (I can never decide whether it looks too weird blurring faces to maintain privacy….what do you think? Blurred faces or use stock photos?). One of the things I love about Summer is walking and playing in the woods- as a child I loved exploring and climbing trees. The shade and coolness on a hot day is wonderful.

Summer scrapbook page Craftartist 2 professional

I used the layout from the Stick It Down challenge. 

A lot of the time when I start a project I feel overwhelmed by choices and my brain flits round lots of creative possibilities and quite often it seems to freeze at that point. Using challenges such as a layout challenge helps me to focus but still have lots of creative options.

I would like to enter the following challenges

Creative Loops Challenge for August- Summertime

Stick It Down Challenge- Single page scrapbook layout

Simon Says Stamp- Summerfun

Unstampabelles Challenges- Anything But a Card

Animal Friends Challenge- Summer

Country View Challenges- Hot Summer Days

Sisterhood of Crafters- Close to Nature




New baby scrapbook page


Today I am still following the Creative Loops challenge theme of ‘new’ by trying something new with a scrapbook page for a new baby. I used Craft Artist to create the page digitally. I decided on some lovely spring colours. I love making scrapbook pages to frame for special occasions.

New baby scrapbook page

I must get back to posting more regularly- I think I might have lost a lot of the lovely people who used to visit and comment 🙁 Maybe it is the change of blog name and the fact the comments aren’t as obvious in the new blog layout too.

I would like to enter the following challenges

Open Minded Crafting Fun Challenges- Try something new

CRAFT challenge- not a card

Crafting With An Attitude- anything goes

Scrap and Craft- New Beginnings



Using a scrapbook layout to make a picture.

Using a scrapbook layout to make a picture.

Something a bit different from me today. My brother recently married and I wanted to make a scrapbook photoframe with a couple of the photos for our house. I’ve blurred several items for privacy reasons.
Since I don’t do much scrapbooking I thought I’d find a challenge layout to help. This one from Stick It Down was perfect as it had a couple of photos on it and the DT layouts sparked off lots of ideas.

This is what I came up with. The title and subtitle are the names of the married couple and the wedding date. Additional embellishments include a couple of our mementos of the day- the heart from the table setting and the wine glass charms we had with our names on them.
The initial photos are taken without the frame- I edged the backing board and edge of the paper with white Acrylic Paint using my fingers. The backing board looks a bit dodgy but there was no point adding another coat as you can’t see it with the frame on.

The 4 main images and papers were made using Craft Artist 2. The backing paper is a scan of the decopage paper my SIL had used for wedding decor.

The papers I used  for the rest of the layout are Hobbycraft Love Collection. I used Barn Door Distress ink on the edges of all my layers. I used red and white Molotow acrylic paint marker pens for my fake stitching + and to write the title and subtitle. I have just bought these and I LOVE them. I am sick and tired of buying pens to use for white writing that are so useless I can’t use them and they end up in the bin. A complete waste of money! The only ones I have that are ok are my Sakura ones but they don’t give me a solid enough effect for many projects. These Molotow ones are amazing- write really well, beautiful for drawing and work on pretty much anything so great for my mixed media work. Sorry I’m gushing but it has been tough doing chalkboard effects without a decent white pen for it!

The large jewel accents were from Hobbycraft but I can’t find a link. I used foam pads on lots of the elements to give some variations in height. One of the papers had this perfect element to use. I used my Sakura Metallic and Stardust pens to go over several elements on the papers to make them pop more….like the frame for this element.

I took a 12 by 12 deep box wood frame and painted it with white acrylic paint (I know….should have just bought a white one!!). I then sponged various shades of teal (using Desert Turquoise and Bahama Blue) on it (some with texture paste added). I then sanded back to give a distressed look.

Not bad considering I don’t tend to scrap much!

I was inspired by the following challenges which I would like to enter
Stick It Down- scrapbook layout challenge.
Divas by Design- anything but a card
Through The Craft Door- anything goes

A pirate gains a brother!

A pirate gains a brother!

Two makes for you tonight. A matching card and treat box to celebrate becoming a big brother! I designed everything based around a couple of photos where the recipient is dressed as a pirate using Craft Artist. I added a pirates hat to the baby and an eye patch to the recipient (as usual faces blurred for privacy)

On of the amazing things with Craft Artist is the way you can create the shadows- it really helps make it look like the boys are in my scene!It also adds dimension but with only 1 layer which helps if you are looking out for postage costs!The edges of the card are inked with distress ink.

I then altered a wooden box to make a pirate treasure chest for some treats. I painted the box with blue pearlescent ink. All the papers were designed on Craft Artist and were decoupaged on using Mod Podge. This is the top of the box.

I added some plastic gold coin trim around the outside.

Inside the top lid.

In the base…

Then full of treausre!!

I would like to enter these for the following challenges

My Craft Spot – Treat Packages
Sweet Stamps – Altered Item
Party Time Tuesdays – Anything but a card
Penny’s Paper-Crafty – Anything but a Card
Craft Room Challenge – Alter it
Simply Create – Always anything goes digitally
Craft My Life– anything but card/layouts
Menu planning board

Menu planning board

I wanted to make a lovely menu planning board to inspire me to get back on track with menu planning. I only menu plan for main meals. I didn’t want to spend any money so this is all from stash. I made the backing paper with Craft Artist and stuck it onto foam board. I put a bulldog clip at the top so I could hang it on the wall.

I stuck a small hook for each day along the top.

I made small holders from card at the bottom for my main categories of meals- poultry, meat, fish, other and side dishes. I have small cards in each holder (colour coded!). I will write the meals we like on these cards. When we menu plan for the week I can make sure I have a balance of the categories.

Once chose I can hang the cards up so we know what we’re doing!

Hopefully tomorrow I’ll share the next stage of my menu planning plans, as with all the best plans there will be some crafting involved 😉

Spending wallet

Spending wallet

In my quest to live more simply I want to focus on cutting down my spending. I find it really difficult to keep a spending diary so I thought that if I made myself a beautiful way of tracking spending I might keep to it!!
This is the way I came up with! The papers I used for the project are First Edition- Hideaway.
I took two double sided 8×8 papers. I joined them by cutting a small piece of 8×8 paper, scoring it in the middle and taping it to the papers.

I then scored half way across each page and about 1/3 from the bottom. I folded the bottom section up to make a pocket and cut a slanted edge to each section.

The outside was made from an 8×8 card scored in half and then a small section of card taped to the end and also scored.

I sponged pearlescent green ink around  the inside of the card. I taped the paged inside.

I made tags using scrap paper. I will use scrap paper to do this every month. I am going to record spending on these tags. I’ll keep a record of no spend days, essentials,
luxuries and money spent on hobbies. I use the no spend days challenge on Money Saving Expert as an incentive not to go near the shops unless I really need to!! I thought by recording essentials versus luxuries it will help me to think about what spending is related to wants and what is related to needs. Ideally I want to minimise wants and put that money towards the mortgage.

When closed I will secure the wallet with a ribbon. I used Soft Green Promarker to colour the ribbon so it would match.

At the end of each week I’ll record the spends in a spreadsheet and at the end of the month I will put the tags together with a ribbon. I’ve made a folder to keep the tags in and will also keep receipts in there.
I took a piece of green card and scored every cm and folded it like an accorian. I then put tape all along it and taped 12 envelopes in to it. (I always have tons of envelopes as I bought lots of card blanks with envelopes and then I make the cards too big to fit the envelopes!!) I alternated yellow and green envelopes.

This is the finished accordian of envelopes.

I scored a piece of green card for the cover and cut papers to stick on to the outside

and to the inside

I then used tape and book binding glue to attach the accordian envelopes to the cover.

I used magnetic tape to hold the cover closed and added a flower embellishment. I wanted to keep it simple as the papers are quite glitzy!

I used spray varnish on both projects to give tham lovely shine and a little added protection.
Hopefully with the lovely wallet and folder I will keep better track of my spending so I can analyse it and see where I can cut costs. It should also help me to think carefully about the things I want versus the things I need when I shop.

Wobbly crafty storage

Wobbly crafty storage

I’ve been making some storage and I’ve finally finished the first 2 sections! Bearing in mind I’ve only been cardmaking for about 5 months it probably isn’t the best storage ever made and it is wonky in places. I’m really proud of it though and as I’m making it to suit my needs it is perfect for me. It is very MSE as I made it from mountboard and card from stash.
I made drawer sections from mountboard and then stuck them together. I reused some corrugated cardboard packaging and more mountboard to make an outer skin.

The drawers are for my Promarkers. I used the Letraset chart, coloured it in and mounted each portion to the front of each drawer. The drawer holds all the markers for that section of the chart and the drawers are colour coded for ease of use. The markers are in the right order in the drawer 😉

The drawers were made to measure.

The second section of storage is for my distress inks and perfect pearls. The drawers are colour coded again. I attach my blender pad to the ink pad using adhesive velcro. I also have a sponge dauber for each of them in the drawer.

This is the second storage unit.

The storage so far. I plan to make more tomorrow and play around with the layout!

More to follow!……

Tag it!

Tag it!

I made all my tags this year but didn’t have time to take photos of most of them. I got everything out of my scrap box apart from ribbons!! For many of them I reused sections of Christmas cards I had been given.
These are 2 of the tags I made and these were the only ones I stamped.

I used Me to you stamps which were free with a magazine. I stamped in silver ink and coloured with Promarkers (including metallics). 

The backgrounds were done using Versamark dazzle and a little perfect pearls.

I mounted all my tags on mirror card and embossed them. I used a ribbon punch and then used ribbons from stash.
I really enjoyed recycling and this is something I need to do much more of!!

I would like or Make my Monday- Seasonal tag

Box for Birthday card for hubby!!

Box for Birthday card for hubby!!

Another quick post so hubby doesn’t spot any pictures!! I made this box to put his card in. I wanted it to match to a certain extent but to be something he could use all the time.
This is the card in the box base. I used lots of glitter spray on the base to match on the card (although it doesn’t show well in the photo).

The card folded down in the base.

This is the top of the box. Hubby loves watches so I added my favourite embellishment- the brass clock and added a vintage clock face to the heart paper I made and had used on the card. I thought seize the moment fitted the time theme well but is general enough for the box to be useable.

A close up of the top. You can see that I used punches on the corners of my card and a MS scroll punch on the corners of the paper.

From the side you can see that I used scalloped blue paper for the box lid. I used corrugated paper from some packaging cut with scalloped scissors at the bottom around the side.

I would like to enter the following challenges.
Mark’s finest papers challenge- use your favourite embellie
Simon Says Stamp and Show- elements of time
Paperplay challenge- tags and wrapping
Christmas blog challenge- Christmas/ Winter birthday
2 sisters challenge- punches and or dies
Anything goes challenge- decorative or altered corners
Craft your passion- anything goes plus glitter
Cupcake craft challenges- DIY papers
Colour combo challenge

Clour Q challenge- I wasn’t sure if using most of the colours was ok as I couldn’t get green in! If not please delete my entry

A special sparkly birthday box!

A special sparkly birthday box!

I’ve finally done the box for the card I posted! Just to remind you I’ve taken a photo of the card in the box base!

This is the card folded down in the box base I made.

A side view of the box- I used a circle punch at each end to make it look a little more professional!

I used a single digi of a lily and then coloured it and made it into the heart frame digitally.  I added sticker corners and added pearls to them.

TIP: I added flowers from WOC and painted the edges of the petals with pearlescent ink to give them glimmer rather than glitter!

I added embossing ink to the raised surface of the purple resin embellishment and then added pink Perfect pearls. I painted the outside with perlescent purple ink.

I would like to enter the following challenges
Top tip Tuesday- silver, white and a hint of (purple)
4 Crafty Chicks Birthday
Wacky Wednesday- birthday
Whimsy- anything but a card
Challenge up your life- packaging/box
Paperplay challenge- tags and wrapping
Anything challenge- cutting corners
Crafty purple frog challenge- for someone special