Monday, 31 May 2010

Chipboard Galore!

I haven't had much time to do any scrapping recently, but I'm so chuffed with the crafty bargains that I've got recently that I had to share! First up is this wonderful pile of chipboard goodness that I bought from the UKScrappers Marketplace. It's the first time I've taken the plunge and bought something from there - and I'm so glad I did! Take a look at the bundle that was waiting for me when I got home from a weekend away on Sunday afternoon:

How fabby is all that?! I felt like Mary Poppins emptying the bag it all came in, it just kept coming and coming and seemed never ending! I've spent ages just sat drooling over it all, I love chipboard and the feeling of height that it gives a layout. I've used patterned chipboard in the past but always seem to end up altering it anyway, cos the pattern isn't quite right for the LO I'm doing, so to have so much bare chipboard is amazing - the possibilities are endless! 

First up are two sheets of chipboard shapes from Woodware - Paisleys and Borders & Buttons. I'm a big fan of Woodware chipboard alphas, so I'm looking forward to playing with these shapes.
Next out of the bag were no less than four A4 sheets from Cherry Arte; two alphas and two different sets of shapes. I love the flowers and butterflies sheet, and can see myself using those up pretty quickly! It's great to have the smaller alphas too, I like to use different sized letters on my LOs.
Swiftly following the Cherry Arte sheets was this lovely set of white chipboard alphas from Heidi Swapp. The set is called 'Schizophrenic' and I can see why! I tend to go for uniformity in my titles, so using these will push me out of my comfort zone, which can only be a good thing.
This next lot really got me drooling, I've never owned anything by Fancy Pants before, but have always lusted after their ranges, so to pull these two 6x6 chipboard packs out of the parcel was amazing! I love that I can use the shapes, but the waste will make fantastic templates too, so I can see myself getting lots of use out of these.

Next out of the parcel were these two sets from Basic Grey; alphas and numbers. I really love the extra bits that come with the numbers set - like 'th', 'st', 'nd', 'years', etc. There are also loads of brackets and circles which will really come in useful. 
These two sets from Heidi Grace are lovely, the alphas are the most gorgeous midnight blue with floral detail, and the photo corners and tags are such lovely springlike colours with cute designs. I can see myself using these as they are, rather than altering them.
I was so chuffed with these swirls and alphas from Bo Bunny, and the alphas from Sassafras Lass. I love chipboard swirls, and these are in a colour that I will use, rather than alter. I love the colours of the Sassafras alphas too, and fully intend to kick uniformity to the kerb once again and mix and match the colours in my titles. 
Nearly there! Next out were some brown chipboard tags which are a gorgeous colour so could be used as they are or altered. I think I'll be using the Magistical Memories Crazy Daisy floral shapes quite quickly, I can think of one or two recent photos of Mojo that they'd go really well with. The chip wheel from Paper Trunk is very intriguing, and I think will be saved for a special project.
Finally, the last items out of the bag were these fab chip shapes from Riff Raff Designs. I think the robot his and hers shapes are adorable, but have no idea where I'll use them! The other shapes will all get used up pretty quickly I think, especially the swirly corners  - I'm going to make myself use all this chipboard and not sit and stroke it for too long! The only problem with all this chipboard loveliness is that I need to go and buy new stash for altering purposes...

And if all that wasn't enough we went for some Bank Holiday retail therapy and look what leaped out at me in WHSmiths! I couldn't possibly leave it on the shelves at that price, and even my OH agreed so it must have been a bargain! Even though, if I'm honest, I need more paper like I need a hole in the head...

I'm a bit of a novice when it comes to altering chipboard, and I want to do my bargains justice, so if anyone has any great methods they'd like to share please leave a comment - I'd love to hear from you!

Friday, 21 May 2010

Reaching For The Sky

Another scraplift; this time from a layout by Rachael Elliott in issue 46 of Scrapbook Magazine. I seem to be lacking in inspiration at the moment (I would say my Mojo has deserted me, but the big furry lump trying to lie across the keyboard as the laptop is taking up her usual spot on my knee begs to differ!), so I'm extremely grateful to all the wonderfully creative people out there who provide a constant source of ideas and motivation - thank you! 
This photo was taken in Borneo; we were high up in the tree tops on a canopy walkway, and I was trying to get a shot that expressed the amazing heights that some of the trees reached. This photo is probably the best of a bad bunch - in real life the trees were breathtaking, but I don't think I've really managed to capture that. Still, I'm pleased with it as a photo, and the muted colours make it almost black and white, with just a touch of blue in the sky, which was perfect for this layout.
I've been hoarding these black and white papers from the Clare Curd Signature range for Papermania, but like everything else in my crafty stash it must be used! Pink's not usually my colour, but I thought it worked really well with the photo, and meant I could use these fantastic Woodware blooms, and the Basic Grey journaling spot that I've used as a template a million times, but never found the right layout for - must remember not to throw away the waste so I can draw around that instead!
I used American Crafts, Basic Grey and Papermania patterned papers, Woodware blooms and chipboard alphas, Basic Grey and 7Gypsies rub ons, Basic Grey chipboard journaling spot and Papermania brads and gems.
Thank you everyone for the lovely comments you've left so far - I scrap because I enjoy it, but it's such a great feeling to know that other people enjoy what I create too.

Monday, 17 May 2010

My Scrappy Corner

Another one for a challenge blog, Scrap Whispers this time. I thought I'd have a go at Challenge 63: Scrap the Scrap and complete a layout using a photo I took during the build up to the UKScrappers Cybercrop. I actually took it for my Project Life album, but when I saw the challenge at Scrap Whispers I knew I had to use it on a layout - especially as I was using the Mystery Kit in the photo and still had enough stash left from it to do the layout with! 

I based the layout on a sketch by Helen Salthouse, and the layout she'd done from it, in issue 45 of Scrapbook Magazine. 

I absolutely love the squidgy vinyl splodges from the Mystery Kit :oD Most of the stash used here is from the Ships Mystery Kit by Sarahs Cards, the only bits I added were the chipboard letter which is Papermania, the larger of the brown alphas which are Doodlebug, and a sheet of notebook paper.

The journaling reads "The kitchen table where I scrap, midway through the Mystery Kit project for the UKScrappers Cybercrop April 2010. I'd love to have a dedicated scrapping area - maybe in the next house!"

Sunday, 16 May 2010

I'd Follow You to the End of the Earth

This is a layout I did for the 'A True Friend' blog Challenge 70: the challenge was to say whether your pet is a follower or a leader. The LO that I did of Donnie for the current issue of Scrapbook Magazine, called 'King of My Castle' would have been ideal, but since I failed to take pictures of the LOs before I sent them, and haven't got them back yet, it would be a bit hard to enter that one! So, undeterred, I approached the challenge from the opposite angle and scrapped the follower of the family: Mojo is such a loyal dog, she just wants to be where we are all the time, and really would follow us to the end of the earth. I just love her adoring gaze, and thought this photo fit the challenge perfectly. Hope you like it!

I think some of the detail gets lost sometimes in small photos, and I've seen other people using close up photos on their blogs, so I thought I'd give it a go. I've been dying to use these 7Gypsies rub ons but hadn't found quite the right LO until now.

I used Papermania scalloped card as my base, with patterned papers from K&Co & Lily Bee, rub ons from 7Gypsies & Making Memories, alphas from American Crafts, Bella Blvd & Papermania, and embellies from Bella Blvd, Sassafrass Lass & American Crafts.

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Ships Mystery Kit

As part of the UKScrappers Cybercrop I took part in the Mystery Kit challenge. I ordered my kit from Sarah's Cards with absolutely no idea what would be in it! I was absolutely thrilled when I received it, and as soon as I saw the AC house patterned paper I knew exactly what I was going to do with it. So, here is my MK entry - a house shaped mini book with a page for each of the people/animals that I share my house with (apart from Mojo - she got two pages of course!). Hope you like it :oD