Thursday, August 27, 2015

August Simple Scrapper Story Starter Layout

Today i wanted to share my Story Starter layout for this month and explain a bit about how i made it. 

To create this effect I used a technique that I originally picked up in one of Wilna's video's. She is the Queen of all things artsy and mixed media so if you're ever looking for a new technique to try, her blog should be your first port of call as she never fails to inspire. 

The layout uses a lot more embellishments than i usually do, but i think overall it still has a fairly simple look. i've been purging my stash lately and was in a 'use it or lose it' mood when i put it together. 

First i positioned all the canvas cameras & then i used a gloss medium over the top. Before that was dry i coloured the cameras with gelatos. Then i blended them with water. It's a really easy technique with a lot of impact! And great if you have little patience as you don't have to wait for the gloss medium to dry. 

Whilst i'm here i wanted to point out that Jennifer is currently running a 10 day free trial to the Simple Scrapper Premium Membership.  If you've not yet experienced what the membership has to offer, now is your chance! 

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

Sunday, August 23, 2015

August Simple Scrapper Sketch Layouts

i submitted my layouts for the September Simple Scrapper Premium Membership yesterday and realised i hadn't even blogged my August layouts yet! Ooops! Scrapping and blogging always go on the back burner for me during the summer months. Anyway, as usual, i found the August sketches really inspiring. i ended up using 2 of them. 

i love all the different possibilities there are with the circles on this one. You could easily use the spots for more photos.

The pictures were taken at Al Jem Amphitheatre in Tunisia. i know that recent events make Tunisa seem a scary place to visit right now, but my experience of the country & it's people was wonderful. i really want to go back someday so i can see the Atlas Mountains. El Jem Amphitheatre is well worth a visit if you ever get the chance, it's really epic. 

For this layout i used a story starter from March. i think this is the kind of thing i'll find interesting in the future, it's so fascinating how our mobile devices have become so integral to our every day lives. The patterned paper i used was quite busy, so i kept the rest of the layout fairly simple to balance out the page. 

My iPhone actually died on me 2 weeks ago so i was really glad to have this snapshot for when i was recovering my apps on my new iPhone! 

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

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!

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

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. 

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

Monday, June 01, 2015

June Simple Scrapper Story Starter 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. 

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

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.