Monday, June 29, 2015

July Simple Scrapper Layouts

Hi All! It's a new month, which means new Simple Scrapper layouts. The theme this month is all about music. My layout is about a most magical performance i saw of Tom Odell at a local music festival last summer. If you aren't aware of Tom Odell, you should really check him out. 

i also made 2 layouts using sketches this month. This is a rather silly photo of me and it's paired with journaling about how i never really had any plans of what i wanted to do with my life and how i still employ the 'go with the flow' attitude now. i'm in a phase of life where everyone i know seems to be planning a wedding, buying property (or cats!) or starting a family and i am most definitely not ready for any of those things! So i think i just needed to get this layout out to reassure myself that that is ok. This layout is what i like to call 'scrap therapy' :) 

i think my favourite thing about this page design wise is the title. It's such an easy way to add stamping without the fear of messing up your entire page. i am going to employ this trick again for sure. Love how the sketches always push me to try new things on my pages. 

This last layout also includes stamping, and quite a bit of it. Lately i am really into creating my own pattern papers or 3x4 cards by repeating stamps. It's such a good way to add themed product to your page and get mileage from your stamps. i also used a polka dot stamp for some added pattern and the 'Happiness is' stamp for the title. This colour combo is a current fave. i am so enjoying the beautiful weather we are having on the south coast lately. 

Stash Bash is on the way and starts on the 14th of July. Registration is now open! i think this is probably my most favourite event that Jennifer organises. Last year i got really stuck in and i can't wait to see what she has in store for us this time around. This is a week long event that helps you use up, declutter, and organise your supplies. You could think of it as a kind of organisation party. Or you can choose to use this week to focus on using up your stash, which is what i plan to do. Jennifer is also offering the event with 3 months membership included, which is an absolute bargain!

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

June Simple Scrapper Sketch Layout

Back in March i had the opportunity to go and see a new tv game show being filmed, called Prized Apart. The first episode was aired on the BBC this past Saturday, the one we saw being recorded will air next Saturday. Anyway, that's the story of this layout and i used a sketch from the June Simple Scrapper Premium Membership to tell it.

i decided to use papers from Say Cheese as the colours were similar to that in the set. Besides that, i mostly used word stamps for my embellishments.

If you've ever wondered what it's like to be a member of Simple Scrapper, Jennifer put together a detailed blog post about the new members area here. Jennifer is also offering a free summer fun sheet to help you keep more focused during the summer months.

The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping. 

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

June Simple Scrapper Pocket Pages

Along with my layouts for Simple Scrapper this month i also made some pocket pages. At the moment i'm working on an entire pocket page album all about the month long work trip i took to Switzerland last year. i have included lot's of memorabilia in there so far, here's just two of the pages which include tickets (they don't sit next to each other in the album).

Next up, a 6x12 insert. Man, i love this size, it's the perfect accompaniment to a traditional layout for including a few more photos and it also works great in a Project Life album if you've got a bit more to share that week/month.

One thing i tend to do if i'm using up premium pocket space with a ticket, is use square photos in the 6x4 pockets so that i have some space freed up to add journalling. 

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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! 

The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping.

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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