Firstly for splashing out on Shimelle/Glitter Girl's Scrapbooker's Survival Guide. I couldn't really afford it at this time of year, but I'm hoping I can eek out the PDFs and videos to last me until Journal Your Christmas starts. If you haven't seen this, it's a great self-paced workshop at Two Peas in a Bucket comprising 10 videos and 5 PDF classes.
This page is a shameless scraplift of one of Glitter Girl's favourite basic layouts. 2 6x4 pics, a 11x11 on a 12x12 and a 12x4in strip. I stole it completely, and I love it. This whole layout took me less than an hour and, since I'm decidedly photo-rich and time-poor at the moment, that was exactly what I needed.
Finally, and most shameless of all, I used 4 full sheets of patterned paper on this. 4!! No scraps! I didn't even open my scraps box, I just chose 4 sheets from my new J'Adore paper pack by First Edition Paper at Hobbycraft. It's great value - only £15 for 48 sheets (3 of each design) but I still felt decadent just cutting into them all as I am normally a very frugal scrapper.
I love that the papers co-ordinated so well. The Awesome title stickers were from Simple Stories Awesome, as was the motorbike sticker - a motif I never thought I'd find a use for. The rest of the layout came together quickly with some bicycle washi tape (from Hobbycraft but I don't remember the make), some Studio Calico wood veneer pieces and a couple of random dimensional stickers from my stash.
By the way, I've turned off word verification again so I hope that makes it easier for you to comment. I'll monitor it though as I was getting a lot of spam a few months ago.