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Scrapping with layers #1

I’m still enjoying doing scrapbooking classes as well as scraplifting whenever I see something that I love. At the moment I’m taking a break from Baltic scrapping to do some of Shimelle’s ‘layer on layer on layer’ class. Layering is one of the things that I struggle with but I’m hoping to get to grips with it and do layouts that I’m happy with.

I’ve already done a couple of the prompts and shared the layouts in other posts, but I’m cracking on and working my way through the class now and am really loving it.

I bought some of the Midnight range by Cocoa Vanilla as it’s so gorgeous. I started playing with it as soon as it was delivered and did this layout of Rosie for prompt #03. Note that the date is on it. I’ve recently been sorting out all my albums, as the layouts were ordered by type rather than date, (don’t ask, it made sense at the time). I wanted to put them in ring binder albums, instead of the post bound that I used when I first scrapped, and order them chronologically.

This is when I realised that I quite often didn’t put a date, or even a location. I have layouts that I have no idea when or where the photo was taken, mostly because I scrapped a lot of photos of flowers and didn’t see the relevance, presumably. I do now though!

I’ve got all but a few sorted now, thanks to having photos going back years on DVDs, which have now been transferred to my computer. I’m definitely going to be more aware of including information on layouts, even if it’s only written on the back.

Anyway, back to the layouts…

Prompt #04 was all about using paper stacks. I managed to use loads of really old papers for this, and before I started scrapping, I took the time to sort out all my paper scraps into a drawer so they were easier to rummage through. Before they were with the collection they belonged to so were all over the place.Prompt #05 was about repetition. I don’t love this layout but I’m happy with the technique used.Prompt #06 was about using stickers. I’m quite happy with this one and again, I enjoyed using the technique. Prompt #07 was using die cuts. I love this layout and will be using my die cuts a lot more now. Prompt #08 was stamping, which is something that I rarely do on layouts. That’s a shame as I have loads of stamps, so I was chuffed to bits to have a prompt on stamping. This is one of my favourite photos of Rosie and I love the way the layout turned out. I’ll be doing this again! Prompt #09 is where I ran into a snag. It was using doilies and I don’t have any, nor do I want to get any. I improvised and cut a piece from a sheet of lace cardstock so this turned out quite differently to the prompt but I still found it useful. There are about 30 prompts to work through so I’m going to carry on with them for a while longer before going back to the Baltic albums. I’m really enjoying doing this class!



Baltic scrapping #09

This is the final batch from our fantastic day exploring in Tallin, Estonia.

City walls, where we saw towers, walls and pretty gardens. The incredibly beautiful Alexander Nevsky cathedral. Toompea Castle, where we saw a pink castle, a tall tower and more lovely gardens. The Dome church, which was another beautiful building. The Patkuli viewing platform. Another viewing point – Kohtuotsa. And finally, for Tallin, Viru Gate. There’s lots of journalling on this one as it describes the last bit of our Estonian adventure plus what we got up to once back on board our ship. That’s day five scrapped and the first of four albums finished. There are almost fifty layouts in there and it’s very full! Album two was supposed to have thirty-five page protectors in there but I’ve condensed a couple of sections down to get it to thirty. I’m hoping that as some are divided page protectors with just photos in, which will be less bulky than layouts, that they’ll fit.

I’m going to take a wee break from Baltic scrapping before starting album two as I’ve got a couple of Shimelle classes to do and lots of photos of cats etc that are waiting to be scrapped.


Baltic scrapping #08

Six more layouts, all from our day in Tallin, Estonia. We had a brilliant time there and really loved exploring the old city.

The intro page, which follows the same format as the others. The photo was taken in one of the lovely gardens that we came across.

This one is about docking and how we sat in Islands, eating our breakfast, as Tallin came into view during the sail in. We had an amazing view of the Old City from the ship. Like the paper? I bought a couple more collections of travel-themed papers. This one is lush and is Simple Vintage Traveller by Simple Stories. I love everything about it and am loving using it.

Once off the ship, we did a guided walk from a book that I’d bought before our departure. It took us to loads of interesting places, with information about everywhere we went. We started off at Fat Margaret Tower, which is this layout. The next layout is about Pikk Street. On Pikk Street we went into the KGB cells. I’m not sure the phrase embellishments are entirely suitable for there but I didn’t have much else that’d fit. Finally for this post is a layout about the Town Hall Square and the bit of shopping that we did there. I’ve got a few more layouts from Tallin, but I’ll save them for another day.


Baltic scrapping #05

More layouts from our day in Sweden. This is the first of several from Öckerö. We started off our visit there with a coffee and cake, which was laid on as part of our tour. Then we explored the museum and took lots of photos. There were more photos than I wanted to, or had time to scrap so I’m using divided page protectors to get more photos in the albums. Some will be padded out with other things such as journalling blocks but some may have just photos. I used one for Sweden. Finally for Öckerö is a layout of the white church.


Baltic scrapping #04

I’ve finally got to the first port of call, which was Sweden. We had the best day out there and took loads of photos. I’m scrapping all of my favourites, while still trying to tell the story of our day.

I started with the intro page, with the same format as the earlier ones. Next was the sail in with journalling about getting up early to watch from our balcony. This layout has a photo from when we were docking with journalling about that and about getting breakfast and heading off the ship to join our excursion. I wanted to do a layout about our tour guide as she was so lovely so the journalling on this is about Eleanor. Our tour was to the Northern Archipelago so I took a photo of the ferry from one of the islands and used that for a layout about the ferry crossing. Finally, for this post, are two layouts about our stop at Burö on the island of Halsö.