Wednesday, May 27, 2015

June Simple Scrapper Layouts

The theme this month for the Simple Scrapper Story Starters is Tickets, and i'm all over it. i did 5 projects this month! i'm not sharing them all today, so be sure to check back. i do lot's of stuff that involves me getting a ticket. It makes me sad that so many places are doing e-tickets now, printing off a bit of paper just isn't the same. Plus it doesn't look so pretty in my albums! i have quite a hoard of tickets and memorabilia from travels, events and places i've visited so i got busy this month getting some of them documented.

This one is a favourite, love that the ticket is such an integral part of the page. This was a cool experience. i will never forget how exciting that summer was. i can't believe it was nearly 3 years ago!

This layout doesn't include a ticket on it, but it does stem from a prompt about visiting historical places. i am a bit of a palace/castle geek. i may have visited 3 this year already, and the weather hasn't even been that good yet. i actually have 2 annual memberships which get me into lot's of different palaces. So yeah, palace geek. Anyway, this particular layout is about Hampton Court Palace. i'm annoyed with myself that i did the journaling there on the bottom right as it looks off to me. On reflection i think it would have looked more balanced if i'd written it on the left. But it's done now, so i'm just moving on.

Just a heads up that the spring membership sale ends Sunday. This is your last chance to save 20% on 6 months of purposeful tools and genuine community support for your memory keeping hobby. Right now there are two Focus Circles happening in the forum, one on creative prompts and one on photo organisation, and they are worth jumping in on. 

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Monday, May 04, 2015

The Lollipop Box Club

Today i wanted to talk about a new subscription club that's just started here in the UK, the Lollipop Box Club. Full Disclosure: i was sent a sample box for research purposes, but all opinions are my own. The Lollipop Box is a monthly subscription service full of stationary, DIY kits, crafty stuff, vintage bits and bobs, DIY's, and of course a lollipop! i think the concept is really unique and will appeal to a lot of crafty folk.

I adored how lovingly it had been put together. It was so fun to go through each individual item. I also liked that some of the packaging can be reused for projects such as the bags, clips, pegs, twine and this gives the kit added value. The whole package was just so cute!! It really was like receiving a box of happiness which was hand picked just for me. Here's a peek at what my box looked like:

Please note that this was a sample box and is not a reflection of this month's kit contents. 

Each  month's kit is based around a theme (May's is Alice's Tea Party) and whilst there are sneaks on the website, the idea is that you get a surprise through your door. There will also be lots of ideas and inspiration on the blog, so the fun never ends. Plus there is a Pinterest page and an Instagram page. 

Kits will start shipping this week! Subscriptions start at £15 or you can purchase a one off kit. If you live in the UK P&P is included (yay for that!). You can check out more info on their website or if Facebook is more your thing, they also have a page there.

May Simple Scrapper Layouts

The content for May, as always, is really great at Simple Scrapper. i was elated when i saw that the sketches this month all have lots of room for journaling, as you have probably noticed  i really love to write on my pages. But ironically i ended up skipping lengthly journalling on my layout! Just goes to show the sketches are open to interpretation if journaling isn't your thing.

The stamping on this page was a happy accident. i was using a heart die cut as a template for stamping through and accidentally stamped outside the template. oops! i decided to roll with it and stamp a few random letters elsewhere to create a messy effect and i really like how it turned out.  

The theme for the story starters is hobbies/free time. Rather than collate a bunch of photos i decided to just list a bunch of things that i like to do right now. i always find these types of pages interesting as things can change as time passes.

Whilst i'm here, i also wanted to draw your attention to the upcoming Photo Crush event which is happening May 11-17. During this 7-day challenge, Jennifer Wilson will help you streamline your digital photo library so that memory keeping is even easier. Click here to sign up for FREE!

The membership at Simple Scrapper offers tools and support to help you enjoy scrapbooking more – to use the supplies you have, tell your stories, and have some fun among like-minded friends. Photo Crush is a really great way to experience our community for yourself, i hope you will join in! 

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Saturday, May 02, 2015

NSD Challenge:: Scrapbooking Your Job

Hi All! And Happy {inter}National Scrapbooking Day! i hope you're having lots of scrappy fun. My real life scrappy friend Sarah started a group over on facebook for scrapbookers in the UK and we are posting lots of challenges throughout the day to inspire and motivate people to get scrapping.

Here's my challenge to you: Scrapbook your work life.

It doesn't matter if you work, part-time, full time, run your own business, volunteer in the community or are a stay at home mum. If none of these scenarios apply to you, maybe you could scrapbook about why you don't work and what your feelings are about that (good or bad). If you have a partner who works, maybe you could create layout about their job. Perhaps you'd rather scrapbook about your dream job or where you see your career in 5 years time. This challenge is open to interpretation!

i think it's important that if you have a job, you scrapbook it. We spend a lot of time in our workplace and it's a big part of our story. People have all different kinds of jobs, maybe you work somewhere where it would tricky to take photos for privacy reasons. But there are means and ways to get around this (hello google images!). Perhaps you have a business card you can scrap (i have done this), you could scrap a page using your company logo, or you could make a page without any photos or memorabilia at all.

i happen to work in an office, luckily for me it's quite laid back and my colleagues are now used to my requests for them to take a quick picture of me! i've also taken quite a few pictures where i've been in online meetings and no-one else was around. There was a period of about 18 months where i had a lot of these meetings, so there are plenty of those pictures. Other pictures i've taken include the outside of the building where i work, the place where i have to check in and out of the building, close ups of me typing, my work mobile phone, my colleagues and i at social functions, me working in other locations such as at home, other offices or abroad in a hotel room.

This layout is about a week in which i was working abroad and doing 13 hour days to try and get things done. It was intense, but rewarding. This was a busy time in my life in which i didn't have much time for anything but work, and i'm glad i have it documented.

Perhaps you've been in the same job for a long time and want to talk about how it's changed over the years. Technology is often a huge part of our work life and how we use it daily would make an interesting topic for a page. What was your first job? Why not do a time line on your career to date. Have you recently had a promotion you can celebrate? Have you had to cut your hours back? Write about why you came to this decision. Do you have a specific daily routine? What do you do in your lunch break? What's your 'work wardrobe' like, do you have to wear a uniform? Do you have an awesome group of colleagues? Why not scrap them! Are there things you find really frustrating in your job? Are you feeling the pressure? Can you never switch your brain off from 'work mode'? Do you really love your job? Scrap it! All these things tend to change with time and will be interesting to look back on in the future.

In this layout i talk about a work project that i thought might lead to bigger things, but didn't. i am expressing my frustration at feeling stuck and wanting a change. Funnily enough a couple of weeks after i created this layout a job came up within the company which i applied for and have now been working in for 2 months!

Another thing you might want to think about scrapbooking is whether you have to travel for work, locally or abroad. What is your daily commute like? Do you, like me, have daily interactions with people across the world?

Last year i got to spend an entire month in Switzerland for my job, which was an amazing experience. i managed to travel quite a lot during my weekends which i have also scrapbooked. But i also wanted to document what the work was like because it was quite different to my regular job in the UK and not something i'm going to have the opportunity to do again.

i hope you have found some inspiration here today and create your own layout about your work life. i realise that it's not something people often scrapbook about, which is why i want to push you to try something new! The challenge is open until next Saturday May the 9th. Please upload your project to the facebook group, i would love to see them. The group is open to all UK scrapbookers, so if you aren't already a member, feel free to join! Of course, if you aren't a UK scrapper then i would still be delighted if you played along, just link me up to your layout in the comments below. Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

April at Simple Scrapper

March was kind of busy for me, i started a new job and had to take a business trip abroad. So i didn't get to dig deep into the Story Starters like i usually do. In fact, i didn't get much scrapbooking done at all! The theme at Simple Scrapper this month is beliefs. Jennifer did a really good job to offer some well rounded prompts in order to cater for everyone, they are not all centered around religion and cover some much broader topics. You can play along with this month's story starter challenge here. Create a layout on this month's theme and submit it for a chance to win a 3-month Simple Scrapper membership pass. Be sure to check out what is going on at Simple Scrapper this month. Now onto my layouts...

i decided to keep my journalling hidden on this layout. It talks about some of my core beliefs, which covers serious stuff like my political beliefs and how i think we should all be looking after the planet, and some of my more spiritual beliefs. i would love to have some gold doilies in my stash, but they are so pricey! So i inked a white doily with a gold ink pad. It took a while to dry, but i think it turned out ok.

You will see a couple of common features on my SS layouts this month, stamping and gold! i am currently obsessed with both. Particularly word stamps, can't get enough of them. To get the alignment right on this layout i used a ruler and pencil to mark out where to stamp. 

This last one came together really quickly, that's why i love sketches so much! 

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Friday, March 13, 2015

More March Simple Scrapper Layouts

The sketches this month at Simple Scrapper were again fantastic, i really wanted to use all 5 of them but didn't quite get myself organised enough. No worries, i can use them another month.

The sketch for this one included a swipe of paint. i wasn't really in the mood for getting my paints out so i picked this inky piece of patterned paper for my background instead. 

To create the background on this one i used a technique that Wilna taught in one of her classes. i folded tissue paper down on cardstock and used modgepodge to adhere as i went. i really like the texture.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

March Simple Scrapper

The Story Starters this month at Simple Scrapper are all about Social Media/Technology. This is something that is a huge part of my daily life and yet is mostly absent from my scrapbooks. Time to remedy that!

This layout is about how i met my friend Meghann on a scrapbooking message board & got to know her online. We finally got the chance to meet last year and because we live in different countries we use technology to keep in touch (imessenger/skype/instagram etc). And yes, i realise the title is grammatically incorrect, but i just preferred how it sounded. 

How awesome is that triangle flap on the front? It's the perfect home for lots of journaling. i wish i could take the credit for it, but i used a sketch from last month which is based on one of Jennifer Wilson's layouts. 

This page is about my love for youtube. Although youtube has been around for quite sometime now, it's a fairly new obsession for me. i only really started to watch videos regularly last year. i mostly watch scrapbooking videos but also book reviews and occasionally beauty/hair tutorials and music. Here i'm pictured watching on my ipad, but i was gifted an Amazon Fire TV for Christmas so i now have the power to watch the videos via my tv! Wondering about why the date stamp says Nov 2014? i like to date my layouts with when the photo was taken, no matter when the layout actually gets made. 

The Paperclipping Roundtable is by far my favourite podcast, so it deserves a page all of it's own. Does anyone else find themselves wanting to join in with the conversation when they're listening?!

If you're looking for more inspiration, you can check out what's going on at Simple Scrapper this month including the team gallery here

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Thursday, March 05, 2015

More Pocket Pages

This is a bit of a no-brainer, but when it comes to putting together a pocket page that will sit next to a layout i find it's best to use coordinating products so that everything looks cohesive. In my experience the two pages feel much more balanced if you scrap them together at the same time. Plus if you have to come back later to do the pocket page, chances are it won't get done! Whilst you're making your layout, have an idea of what you want to include in your pocket page and how it will come together. Be prepared to move stuff around, i have even re-printed photos in a different size in order to make a pocket page work. 

The next tip is to do with embellishments. i try not to use bulky embellishments in my pockets, but sometimes i can't pass up the perfect flair or wood veneer! To avoid stretching the plastic i put the embellishment on the outside of the pocket. Just be sure to use some strong adhesive. 

Think about what else you can include  in your pockets to help tell the bigger picture. Receipts, tickets, maps, coins, business cards, packaging, quotes, snippets of artwork, weather reports, greeting cards, snapshots from your social media...the list goes on. If it doesn't fit in one pocket, no worries. Fold it up and pin in to place with a paperclip. Or cut it up and spread over two or more pockets. 

i hope this gave you a new idea for your pocket pages.