A slight obsession with books

Crafts, cats and books


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Foldover mini book

I do love crafting and love it when I come across something different to try. This time it’s mini books. I’ve made mini books in the past, but only very simple ones. This time I’ve found a FaceBook group with brilliant tutorials for really complex-looking books. The group is run by Cal Summers, who does the tutorials, and is called Paper Scissors Story. Everyone in the group is so friendly, supportive and talented. I’ve made a couple of mini books so far, one of which was very simply decorated and this one where I’ve used the most delicious papers from Graphic 45. The collection is Lost in Paradise which was perfect as I wanted to use it for some of my favourite photos from Disney’s Kilimanjaro Safari. Cal also runs an online store – Scraplab – and she got some of the collection in for me as I’d fallen in love with it. She has a lot of Graphic 45 in her store as well as lots of other goodies and the customer service is brilliant.

This is the front of my book. I used a photo of one of the Safari signs with some fussy-cut embellishments. This is the back. I printed out strips with Jambo and Kwaherini on for the front and back covers. It’s what they say at the start and end of the Safari. I also printed the names of the animals for inside the book.

When you open it, this is what you see. There is a pocket on each side with two tags in. I’ve used the tags for general Safari photos and used two very appropriate pieces from the cut apart paper to sit on top of the pockets.

A pic of the pockets with tags partly out. The pocket pages open out to reveal this. More pocket pages on the two inside sections. The pockets are tiered and I loved how they were constructed. This is them with the tags partly out. On the outer section are waterfall pages. Again, I loved how they were constructed. It was so simple but it looks great.

This is with the waterfalls opened out. A few of my pages are slightly wonky where I haven’t scored and folded the card accurately enough but I was getting better at that as I worked. It’s not bad enough to be a problem so I’m really happy with this book. It’s a lovely reminder of one of my favourite places on the planet and I really enjoyed making it.


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September challenge – week 4

So, the September challenge at Scraptastic inspiration was to do at least two layouts per week using the various prompts. There was a prompt for each day and I thought why not do EVERY prompt and do one layout each day of the month. Amazingly enough I managed to keep up and did every prompt. Thank you to JuXcreates for the prompts.

22. An old photo with frames. I dug out some old plain chipboard frames, painted them and stamped on a couple of them. I have a lot of plain chipboard so this prompt was handy to get me using some. 23. Cut file. Photo is from Disney 2010. There are several pics from that Halloween party to be scrapped so I didn’t need to add any journalling etc to this one.
24. Hand stitching. I had the background ready done as I’d been playing with my new stencils so I just added photos and used an old Bazzill template for the stitched flower. I have loads of colours of threads, thanks to the cross stitching, so found five different shades to use. 25. Ribbon. I was really lacking inspiration for this, which is worrying as I have so much ribbon from when I used it a lot. Must find new ways to use it. 26. Paper weaving. I had fun with this and used up lots of paper scraps. 27. Bling and dots. That blingy stuff is over a decade old. I loved it when I bought it and then never used it. I quite like it on this layout.28. Washi tape (no patt paper). I really wanted to add some patterned paper to this, but I do quite like the effect of all the washi tape.

Plus the last couple of days of September.

29. Tags. This used up almost all the last of the Basic Grey Oh Baby! papers and tags. I loved when BG included tags with each collection pack. 30. Stamps. This is all Wildflower and Honey. I think it’s my favourite collection at the moment, especially the stamp and die set. The background is another one that I made before when I was playing with stencils.
And that’s the lot. I’m so chuffed that I managed to keep up with doing one layout per day for September. I also joined another FB group for making mini books and have almost completed my first one.

I’ve been struggling a lot with mental health over the past few months and crafting has been one of the things to really help. Crafting doesn’t judge. It just is and it gives me something to focus on. Also, crafting people, whether via blogs, or in FB groups do tend to be kind and supportive and encouraging, whether they know you or not. A little kindness goes a very long way when you’re feeling down.

Thanks for letting me share x

 


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Baltic scrapping #11

I’ve been really getting a crack on with the Baltic album and have several more layouts completed. The next three are from our adventure on the St. Petersburg metro. It was a brilliant experience and fun to scrap.

I have quite a lot of travel-themed scrapbooking collections and a couple of them had metro embellishments, which I’ve been carefully hoarding ready for these layouts. I love it when a plan comes together 🙂

First then is the metro station we started at. Next is the platform and the long, long escalator, and journalling about the experience in general. Last is the station we ended up at. From the Metro, we made our way to The Hermitage State Museum. I had hundreds of photos from here and it was so hard to narrow it down. In the end, I did three fairly general layouts and used divided page protectors for more photos and journalling.

I started with a layout describing our journey to and into The Hermitage and first sight of the entrance hall. Next I journalled about some of the paintings that we saw, with photos of my favourites. Shame I had to take an angled photo of the Da Vinci, but it was behind glass so I was trying to avoid reflections.

Next are the divided page protectors. And finally, one talking about the other artwork we saw there, especially the sculptures, and how awestruck I was by how close I was standing to the Michelangelo. I’m still trying to keep these layouts fairly plain and as flat as possible so that they will all fit into their albums. If I start layering up too much, or using chipboard stickers on too many of them, I’ll end up having to get another album. Once I’ve finished, I might do a few ‘highlights’ layouts for my 2018 album, where I can play with them a bit more.


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September challenge – week 3

So, the September challenge at Scraptastic inspiration is to do at least two layouts per week using the various prompts. There is a prompt for each day and I thought why not do EVERY prompt and do one layout each day of the month. I’m still doubting my sanity with that but am also still keeping up with the scrapping. (not with the uploading though…)

15. Hand made title. It’s a long time since I hand cut a title and I’m very out of practise so don’t look too closely. 16. Embossing. I heat embossed the butterflies and dug out an embossing folder to use on some of the patt paper. The flowers and leaves are stamped and coloured with watercolours, then cut out.17. 3 pic layout. An easy prompt. I just had to decide which photos. 18. Buttons. My best attempt so far at a watercolour background, more stamped flowers and a trio of buttons. 19. Punches. I don’t have many punches so chose my largest square punch and did another grid layout. I’m quite getting into these at the moment. 20. In the style of a newspaper. This prompt really had me stumped. In the end I used a newspaper template in Pages, added a photo and put it onto some patterned paper. It’s not what I’d call scrapbooking to be honest, but it gave me a chance to tell the story of the day we adopted Rosie. 21. Tissue paper. I could only find one lot of tissue paper in the house and that was white with silver snowflakes on it. I used it to back the snow cut file and put it with a photo of Rosie in the snow a couple of years ago. The tissue is really pretty but you can’t see the snowflakes in the photo.

 


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September challenge – week 2

So, the September challenge at Scraptastic inspiration is to do at least two layouts per week using the various prompts. There is a prompt for each day and I thought why not do EVERY prompt and do one layout each day of the month. I’m still doubting my sanity with that but am also still keeping up.

These are the layouts from week 2.

8. Shaker pocket – I haven’t done one of these for a very long time and probably made harder work of it than I needed to. In hindsight, it could have done with more sequins but it’s so well sealed that there’s no way I’m opening it up to add more LOL 9. Paper folding. I’m not sure if I’ve ever done this on a layout before so I found some instructions online to do a simple envelope and used that. I quite like the effect but it’s very bulky. (although not as much as the shaker pocket!) 10. Use a large shape. I’ve had a small stash of pre-cut shapes for a while so fished one out to use. 11. Autumn. Those photos from Westonbirt Arboretum last year are coming in handy for these challenges.

12. Fussy cutting. We had new garden furniture in spring and the cats seem to like it a lot. Frodo was straight on there and made himself comfy. The butterflies and hearts are fussy cut.13. Birthday. I’ve been meaning to scrap these photos for months. Frodo looks so cute in his teepee. 14. Pets. I had plenty of photos for this challenge so picked an early one of Sammie.


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September challenge – week 1

So, the September challenge at Scraptastic inspiration is to do at least two layouts per week using the various prompts. There is a prompt for each day and I thought why not do EVERY prompt and do one layout each day of the month. I’m not sure what possessed me to think that, but so far, so good.

These are the first week’s layouts, and yes, I did need to Google ‘bubble wrap technique’ as I’d never heard of it LOL

1st – shades of one colour. Love that Paige Evans cut file. Background is a really, really old sheet of Club Scrap.

2nd – at least five layers. More really old Club Scrap for the background. I’m getting through it gradually. 3rd – Summer. Another Paige Evans cut file. It was just too perfect not to use for this prompt. 4th – Watercolours. I’m experimenting with a bit of mixed media at the moment, having found a wee stash of Twinkling H2Os that I didn’t know I had. I’m making more of a mess than anything at the moment but I’m hoping that I’ll improve with practise. The butterflies and hearts are die cut from a thicker application of the watercolours and came out brilliantly. I’m trying to look at those and not the background LOL 5th – Bubble wrap technique. This ended up really subtle but I quite like it. Maybe something I’ll try again. 6th – Design your own sketch and make it. I had fun doing this, especially designing the sketch. I made the cut file myself too.  7th – At least three wooden items. I used a Paige Evans cut file for this with the lovely Again and Again range. I just had to use that fox die-cut!

Credit for cut files:
Paige Evans Flower border
Paige Evans Summer
Paige Evans Geometric shape


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Scrapping challenges

A few of the scrappy FaceBook groups that I’m in have challenges and I’ve been trying to join in with some. These are a few of the resulting layouts.
This was done for a Hey Little Magpie challenge to use frames on a layout.  I used the lovely Cocoa Vanilla Midnight collection. It’s so pretty and it had frames in the embellishment pack!

One of the challenges in the Scraptastic Inspiration group recently was Chinese whispers. It took place over six weeks and was great fun. Each of us in our groups of six did a layout from a sketch chosen from Pinterest. All the sketches and layouts were secret until the end. Our layouts were messaged to the next person in line for them to scraplift, before sending their version on to the next person the following week. At the end, we revealed all the layouts to see how they progressed from the original sketch.

This is the layout that I did from a sketch. I rather like it. The next five are my scraplifts of the layouts that were passed to me. I recently bought a lovely stamp set with all cat-related phrases and pictures. I’ve used them on a couple of the layouts above. I’m quite taken with them 🙂

Also in Scraptastic inspiration we get sketch challenges. These are three of the layouts from those.

This one is very simple just using some pretty papers and a bit of ribbon. I love those photos of Rosie. This one was way out of my comfort zone. The sketch looked as if it had a watercolored background but that sounded scary so I used inks through a stencil and some stamping. The journalling round the outside had me worried as I don’t like my handwriting but I figured out how to use the Silhouette to do that and I’m pleased with how it turned out. I used the Silhouette for the title too. This one just uses some pretty paper and a few embellishments. Title done with the Silhouette. We’ve taken to calling Frodo our House Lion and he looked as if he was in the jungle the way he was sitting in the grasses, so that decided the title 🙂