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Crafts, cats and books


More kitty cat scrapping

I’m still playing with those lovely Doodlebug papers and have done a few more layouts of the cats. While I was getting all those cruise photos printed, I took advantage of the offers to get some more of the cats done.

I think I may step away from these papers & embellishments for a while now though as otherwise all the layouts in the cats’ album will look the same 😁

Most of these are scraplifts of layouts by Rachel using the same papers over on the Hey Little Magpie blog.






Still clearing my desk

I’m still working my way through Shimelle’s Clear the desk class. I was struggling with the set of papers that I’d put together so grabbed an old Basic Grey collection pack, or rather the little bit of it that was left, and tried to use it all up. I didn’t do too badly. The hardest part was finding some photos to go with it so I ended up with some Disney pics from 2010, after getting distracted for a few hours organising my photo boxes 🙄

The pack that I used was Lucky with all the lovely purples and reds. I only had a few sheets of paper left and no embellishments, tags or alphas. I did have quite a few Halloween embellishments though so I used up some of those.


I’ve also got a few photos of the cats in their Hop-in so I used one of those to use up the very last bits.
And that was the end of BG Lucky. I can’t believe that I’ve finally finished off one of the BG collections. One down, thirty-three to go LOL


Kitty cats & pretty paper

I’ve done a few layouts of the cats recently, so thought I’d get them uploaded before I forget. I’ve printed loads more photos of them while I was getting the ones from our cruise so I’ve got plenty more to play with if I need a change from holiday scrapping.

This one is a scraplift of one that Rachel posted on FaceBook. I saw it, loved it and rushed straight to my desk to copy it. Good job she doesn’t mind 🙂The next one is using some of the stash that I’d gathered for Shimelle’s Clear your desk class. I love this photo of Sammie on her ‘balcony’.The next one is inspired by a layout by Rachel – again. Frodo will only take so much grooming before he wants to play with the brush. This is another one of Sammie, using more of the Clear your desk stash.And finally yet another scraplift of a Rachel layout. I really love her style so I do tend to use her for inspiration quite a lot. This is another that I saw, loved and scraplifted within an hour.It uses the new Doodlebug papers that Rachel used in her Hey Little Magpie blog post for August, which caused me to do a bit of shopping 😉
I think I’ll be scraplifting a few more of those layouts at some point too.


Tents and tunnels

The adventure playground for our cats is looking good. The grasses are coming up nicely, apart from a couple that I’m keeping an eye on, and the cats are really enjoying being able to go outside when they want.

As they’re spending so much time out there, we wanted to provide some places where they could get shade if it’s sunny, and hide in to watch the birds and squirrels.

We’ve put their Hop-in cube and tunnel out there, as it’s weather proof and they like snoozing in there. Someone in a FB maine coon group had a brilliant orange tent with tunnel, which we were all admiring, and I managed to track one down online. 

Last year we spotted a bright yellow kiddies tent in Aldi. It might not last long but it was cheap enough so we added it to the collection.We’ve just put them all outside and fastened them down and so far, the cats are loving them.Both Frodo and Sammie have stayed outside during quite heavy rain, snoozing in the tents. Rosie was in the Hop-in earlier while it was raining with just her head popping out so she could watch a huge pigeon.

Hopefully I’ll get a few pics of them playing outside in them when it’s not raining at some point. It has to stop soon, right?


Animal Kingdom & Rosie

More scrapbooking and this time I’ve done one of Rosie when she was quite a bit younger and smaller. I have a pad of cat-themed papers that I’ve been working my way through and the colours in the pad are perfect for Rosie. I also have quite a large stash of cat embellishments that I bought when we were thinking about getting cats again, so it’s nice to be able to use them now.

I love the way Rosie was posing for this photo. It’s one of my favourite pics of her.
I’ve also been working my way through some more Holiday photos from last year and have done a couple more layouts of Animal Kingdom.

This one is going to be the section divider for AK.And this one is just to show off two of my favourite photos from the park.Both of those layouts are using some very old papers. The black/Kraft one is probably the newest one of them and that was dated 2008! It’s great to see old stash being used finally.


Clear the desk

I’m still enjoying working my way through Shimelle’s class, A most magical scrapbook, and I’m getting my Disney photos from last year done really quickly. As I was on a roll, I signed up for another of Shimelle’s classes that launched in Feb. It’s a class to encourage you to use up older supplies. For some people that just means using up the lovely stash they bought last year, but I have stash dating back to 2005 and maybe earlier.

I kept buying patterned paper but struggled to actually use it. Shimelle’s style uses a lot of pretty paper so I’m getting through it nicely now but I have lots to use up yet.

I had a really good rummage and pulled these papers for the first prompt.

That’s A-Z, Kaisercraft, Chatterbox, MME, Fancy Pants, 3 bugs in a rug, and one by American Crafts that didn’t get into the photo. The ones with dates on were 2005/2006.

This is what I made with these papers plus a mix of old & new embellishments.

Six layouts! I did four on the first evening and another two when I got home from work the following day. I don’t think I’ve ever been so productive so I’m chuffed to bits.

I’ve been busy with other stuff the past week but I’m going to dive in with a second set of supplies for the next video asap.


Fun in the snow

The cats loved playing in the snow last weekend. Two of them did, anyway. Sammie refused point-blank to go out in it. Frodo was outside for most of the day, with a short interlude for a wash and a snooze on my lap. Rosie was outside for a fair bit of the day although she wasn’t as keen on the snow falling on her and didn’t like the sound of the snow crunching under my wellies.

This photo was taken on Saturday before the snow really came down on the night. There was just a sprinkling so it gave them a chance to get used to the idea before playing out on the Sunday in the deeper snow.Frodo had a whale of a time. He was chasing snowflakes, helping Stephen to shake the snow off the enclosure roof and stalking Rosie. Rosie was a bit more cautious but didn’t seem to mind the snow underfoot. It was great seeing them have so much fun and it definitely wore them out as Frodo spent the evening cuddled up next to me, fast asleep, while Rosie curled up in her favourite bed on the cat tree.