Thursday, 25 September 2014

Scrapping the Holiday - Birthday ice cream

Both the men in my life have birthdays at the end of August. It's a struggle to get photos of P so just a single pocket for him but R insisted on cake, ice cream and a trip to the cinema so I got plenty of him. I
 made my PL page first, using the bright colours of Simple Stories Snap and an A4 pack of  birthday-themed papers. I made the  balloon embellishments with the Hip Hop Birthday line and Glossy Accents and the tiny wood veneer stars are Studio Calico. I love the sharp colours.
After that I used the same papers and embellishments on a white background to create the facing 12x12 page. It looked a bit 'floating' so I anchored it on an old sheet of Christmas paper and added a cluster of embellishments cut from the Simple Stories papers on a doily.


I got all but 2. That Juggler eluded me, and I wasn't the only one! Pretty good.
Thanks Rinda for another fun selection. Would love a Winter Hunt too. 
Here, in order is my final selection:
1. A sign welcoming people to my holiday town

2. A garden gnome
3. Birds on a wire
4. A group of tourists

5. A rack of post cards

6. An urban street scene -FAIL - I didn't go anywhere that could be considered Urban all summer- Substitute item - a kite
7. A rural landscape

8. A tattoo on a person

9. A bakery

10. A photo bomb
11. A horn

12. A mascot

13. A sunrise

14. A parade
 15. A juggler - FAIL
16. a sigh in a language other than English

17. A lamp post
18. A water fall

19. A public garden

20. A bus (yes, it is!) with a picture painted on its sides.


21. A photograph of me with something representing the season.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

France '14 - Inflatable Fun

This is another layout about my daughter. She just did more this summer - my 12 year old preferred to sit and veg. the mouth of the inflatable fox/chicken/duck (whatever) gradually opened and closed, trapping her inside the bouncy castle.
 The colours in the photos were so bright I went with a black background from the Midnight Edition Paper Pack and matted them on pick and yellow. I heat-embossed the arrows and matted the title on strips of paper to make it stand out. The flowers and fairy were  slightly random embellishments I found in my stash, but they match M's girly personality.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Scrapping the Holiday - Adrenaline Junkie

These photos show my 7 year old in various activities during the holiday. She tried the bungee trampoline, which flung her 15ft in the air, climbed confidently up the 6ft wall with me nervously holding the rope and persuaded P to take her down the luge twice. It took all summer but by the end we noticed a pattern, that after each adrenaline rush we then had to contend with a major tantrum as she couldn't  handle the 'coming down'. A real junkie!
I wanted 3 full sized photos and a story so I didn't have much room for embellishments.I just layered and distressed the background papers and the scalloped circle then handwrote the journaling on strips for a slightly different look.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Scrapping the holiday - Goat Fun

These pictures were taken on a visit to a goats' cheese (chevre) farm. We got to cuddle the goats and then visited the dairy and tasted the cheese. P is not a fan of chevre, but I'm quite fond of it warm and, amazingly, my fussy eater son liked it too. The farmer was very interesting and it was an enjoyable couple of hours.

My design was inspired by the lovely double-sided paper from the J'Adore collection by First Paper. I couldn't decide which side to use so I folded the corners back and secured them with a brad. The photos were collaged with my journaling and then I did a little stamping to enhance the plain cardstock. (I have only a small stash in France so I tend to stick to neutral cardstock backgrounds)

I couldn't decide what to put in the bottom righthand corner and I didn't have any suitable embellishments so I printed an extra 4x6 of the kid and cut him out.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Scrapping the holiday - Bats!! I finally nailed it.

My second page from our day trip to the French zoo is probably one of my favourites. I worked hard to get a couple of good shots of the bats in flight, staying behind after the feeding to capture the shy creatures, and so that story was the focus of my layout. The Project Life camera print paper was perfect for it. The other papers are from the same Jade edition pack.
I wrote my journaling on the camera print and drew round a few of the cameras with my black pen. Then I added some doodled borders. This is something I admire on other people's pages but I don't do very often myself. I like how it turned out though.
The title was made with some old large white letters but, before adhering them, I drew round them and coloured them black then adhered them offset to give a shadow effect. A few drops of ink and I called it done.
Simple. But I really like it.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Scrapping the Holiday - Feeding the Giraffes

Life has been very full-on since I got back from France, what with work and getting the kids back into term-time routines and I recently realised that I hadn't shared any of the 12x12 layouts I made while I was on holiday. So I thought I'd schedule them all over the next few days.
I love this picture of R and M feeding the giraffes on our trip to the zoo. Giraffes are my favourite animal, and I'd have loved to feed them myself but unfortunately there were too many children so I had to content myself with snapping pictures! I don't know if you can see their 40cm purple tongues in the photo but they are very cool!

For this simple page, I just some distressed the edges 0f some scrap paper and stacked them up onto a sheet from the Jade edition Project Life 12x12 pk then added a PL card for my journalling. The flowers, brads and die-cuts have been hanging around my stash for ages. I quite like the title hanging from a string, which I think makes the white letters pop and gives the overall page a bit more interest.