Saturday, 15 December 2012

JYC Days 3&4

Some present wrapping and tea out with old colleagues in Leeds :D

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

JYC Days 1 & 2

In reality I should be calling this a December Daily, since I've strayed so far from Shimelle's JYC prompts that it's completely unrecognisable as a JYC album! I spent the first two days of the month on a fantastic hen do in York, so of course my first two pages had to document it. And given that I managed to take so many photos, I actually ended up with three double spreads for the first two days! Here they are:
I'm really enjoying this project, I love working with the small pockets, and am definitely keen to start Project Life in the new year. One thing I am struggling with though is photographing the completed spreads - does anyone have any tips?

Thursday, 6 December 2012

A Floral Farewell

Last Sunday's challenge over at The Studio was all about layers - which couldn't be more perfect for me! I finally cut into some Lily Bee 'Persnickety' papers that I've been hoarding, and came up with this layout.
Lots of layers in here, including paper, ribbon, a glassine envelope, journaling card, stamps, stickers, wood veneers and gems. Phew!
I'm currently obsessed with working on my December Daily album, I've got my numbers/journaling cards prepped up to the 15th, and I'm up to date with photos (just need one more for today, but plenty of time - I'm waiting for the snow that the weather forecast promised this morning...). I haven't got a photo printer at home so I'm waiting until I've got enough to warrant an online order. Once I've got some completed pages I'll start sharing them here!
Thanks for popping in today! Hope you're enjoying some holiday crafting :D

Sunday, 25 November 2012

JYC Preparation

I've been sharing some of my JYC preparation on Instagram (my username is julesdix), and I thought I'd post a few of my photos on here too. I'm using Sn@p page protectors this year, in an album that I've made from two pieces of chipboard and book rings, covered with canvas. I've started with a title page in a full 6x8 protector:
I'm doing a combination of JYC and December Daily - where things happen that are Christmas related on a particular day then that's what my page will be about - on those less exciting days in between I'll use one of Shimelle's prompts. I've organised my page protectors (I'm using full 6x8, two 6x4 and four 3x4 pockets), and I'm starting to put together the inserts with the dates. This is day one:
Some of the date inserts will include journalling, but some pages will have room for a date insert plus a journalling insert - like day two:
 And some of the inserts will just be pure embellishment, like this one:
I'll be keeping notes in the pockets where I'm intending to put photos, so I can print a batch off at once and add them in. Really hoping that all of this organisation means I'll actually finish my album this year!

Sunday, 18 November 2012

What's in a Name?

It's sketch time over at The Studio today! For the second challenge of every month, the lovely Val creates a sketch for us to work with. This month she based her sketch on one of my previous challenge layouts (this one, if you're interested). I thought I might struggle to make a layout that didn't look like a blatant copy of my original, but I decided quite early on that I was going to replace the tags on the sketch with blocks of paper, so it flowed fairly easily from there. 
I did struggle with the title though, and had to seek help from my fellow DT members - so thank you for the inspiration ladies!

Thanks for stopping by on what's turning out to be a perfect Autumn Sunday - it's cold and blustery, but the sky is blue and the sun is shining. A perfect day for a dog walk, except mine's perfectly content curled up on the sofa next to me while I scrap! She's so lazy :D
Do pop over to The Studio to see what the other DT members have created, as always there are some fabulous layouts!

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Do The Hippy Hippy Shake

Last, but by no means least, is my third layout using Ann's kit, which features these fabulous papers from Glitz Design's 'Yours Truly' collection; 'Floral' and 'Motif', as well as the washi tape from the same collection.

This page design is great for using up scraps - I went to town on the paper and Bazzill card that I had left from the kit with various circle and scalloped circle punches, including a Martha Stewart punch all over the page circle punch. I took some care with the placement of the larger circles, but then randomly scattered the smallest circles and literally glued them where they landed. I love the way they look like Mojo has shaken them off! 
If I'm honest, this is my favourite of the three layouts, and was one of those designs that I mulled over in my head for a while before committing it to a page. I wasn't sure if it would work, but I'm really pleased with the way it's turned out, and I hope the ladies at Ann's scrapbook club have fun with it!

Wednesday, 14 November 2012


This is my second layout from Ann's kit club, which features these fabulous papers from Glitz Design's 'Yours Truly' collection; 'Floral' and 'Motif', as well as the washi tape from the same collection.
I've used one of the photos of my father-in-law's Morgan, which featured in the mini book that I created for the UKS cyber crop. I converted it to black and white to fit in better with the design that I had in mind. I've used the same Thickers as yesterday's layout, and added some black tulle behind the photo for texture. I've also added a chipboard tag, which I've wrapped washi round and stamped on, as well as adding a button. 
I've done something very unusual (for me anyway) on both layouts from this kit so far - can you see what it is? I've actually added handwritten journaling! Granted, on this one the journaling is actually a quote, but still, it's in my handwriting! The quote is from 'The Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame, and says "'Certainly not!' replied Toad emphatically. 'On the contrary, I faithfully promise that the very next motor-car I see, poop-poop! Off I go in it!'" 

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Leafy Mattress

Ann's kit club this month features these fabulous papers from Glitz Design's 'Yours Truly' collection; 'Floral' and 'Motif', as well as the washi tape from the same collection.
The colours in the papers were perfect for this photo of Donnie, in one of his favourite Autumn positions - he loves to go outside when the sun is shining and make himself comfortable on a bed of leaves, silly cat that he is. As I've used quite a bit of the bold design at the top and bottom of the layout, I wanted to keep the centre fairly simple, so just added a doily behind my photo to give a bit of texture. I altered some Thickers with grey ink to match the stripes on the washi tape, which I've tucked under the floral paper.
As usual I've managed to create three layouts from the kit, so pop back tomorrow to see number 2!

Thursday, 8 November 2012

I Am Lion, Hear Me Roar

I know I keep saying this, but I just don't know where time is going at the moment! I'm sure I'll be able to get back into a regular blogging routine soon - I certainly hope so, because I miss it. I'm expecting the imminent arrival of 'Christmas in a box' from the lovely Shimelle, and I'm determined to complete JYC for the first time this year, so there will be lots of festive updates coming this way shortly! In the meantime, here's a layout that I created with October Afternoon's 'Midway' collection :D
I also added a couple of wood veneer 'tweets' and a camera from Studio Calico.
Thanks for stopping by! The cybercrop at UKS is well and truly over now, and I think I can safely say that my class was well received - there are some fantastic layouts in the gallery, for my class and for everyone else's - so do check them out! I'll be back soon to share my class layout and a link to the class on UKS if you haven't seen it already and fancy having a go.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

One Man & His Car

Now that the gallery for the Mystery Kit is live over at UKScrappers, I can show you what I did with it! For those of you who don't know, the Mystery Kit is one of the best parts of a UKS Cyber Crop (in my opinion) - four retailers use their amazing product knowledge to put together a kit, one for each of the four teams, the contents of which are a complete mystery (hence the name) until one drops on your doorstep! You then have to use the contents of the kit to create something, adding only black or white card or ink. My kit came from Sarah's Cards, and as soon as I saw it I knew it had to be a minibook :D
The last time my in laws came to visit they came in my FIL's pride and joy - his Morgan. I immediately took advantage of the chance to do a photoshoot and ran outside with my camera! I decided to use some of the photos in my minibook, which I'll give to the in laws next time they're here.  

Everything that you see (apart from the photos obviously) came from the Mystery Kit - I didn't add anything to it at all. And I even have some left!
It's definitely worth having a look in the Mystery Kit galleries at UKScrappers - it's amazing to see the variety of projects that people have made with the same supplies.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Just Waiting

It's the third Sunday of the month, which means it's time for a sketch challenge over at The Studio. Val has surpassed herself again, and created a fabulous sketch for us to work with! I combined it with some of the lovely Pink Paislee 'Portfolio' collection and a few Studio Calico wood veneers to create this layout.
I love this photo of Mojo in one of her favourite poses - she knows when my DH is due home from work, and will wait behind the front door for him. I think the black and white works really well, and also helps to hide the horrendous hall carpet that we inherited when we moved in!
I've gone back to slightly smaller photos as I understand the larger ones are harder to see for people viewing in Google Reader - they come out too big to see the whole layout at once, which drives me mad when it's other people's blogs, so I'd hate to think I was causing the same problem for my readers! 
In other news, I'm really excited to be doing a class for the UKScrappers CyberCrop - if you're a member, my class will go live at 10am on Monday 29th October, so I hope you'll join me and give it a go! (And if you're not a member, why on earth not?! Get over there right now!)
The past few weeks have been really busy, I'm slowly settling in to student life but I haven't had much time to scrap. Hopefully I'll settle into a routine soon and I'll be back to posting more regularly :D Thanks for sticking with me!
Make sure you head over to The Studio and see what the other girls have done, this week's DT gallery is amazing!

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Playing Ball

I managed a bit of crafty time this afternoon and had a play with the 'Midway' collection from October Afternoon. I decided to base my layout on last Thursday's sketch from the OA blog, I love sketches as a starting point.
I've got the 8x8 paper pad and really like the slightly smaller patterns - I think the grey with the white stars will be cropping up a lot in future layouts, it's gorgeous. 
This is one of those photos that's been sitting around for a while, waiting for the right paper collection. Mojo absolutely loves to play fetch, and often amuses passersby as she trots home proudly carrying her ball in her mouth! It's the way she holds the ball to one side of her mouth with her tongue hanging out of the other side that always makes me smile :)
I cut all the little arrows from one of the papers - which isn't like me at all! I'm normally far too impatient for fussy cutting, but once I'd got the idea in my head I couldn't get it out, so I fiddled about with my little scissors, and I'm quite pleased with the result.
Apologies for the not so great photos, it was dark outside by the time I'd finished, but I knew that if I didn't get it photographed straight away it would sit on my desk for ages :S

Monday, 8 October 2012

You Do Know Jellyfish Can Jump?

The latest challenge over at The Studio is to scrap a family related layout - what family means to you. Who do you consider to be your family? Do you have a humorous family anecdote to scrap? Get creative!
As soon as I saw the 'humorous family anecdote' part of this challenge, I knew exactly what I was going to scrap. When my sisters and I were little, we spent our summer holidays as a family in France. This particular photo was taken on the beach at Saint-Jean-de-Monts, where we became fascinated by a jellyfish that had washed up on shore. The three of us were gathered round, leaning over it when my Dad's voice came from behind...'you do know jellyfish can jump? Some of them can get up to 6 feet...' I don't think any of us have run so far, so fast since! Jumping jellyfish have been a running joke in our family ever since (no pun intended!), I don't think we'll ever live it down :D
I used lots of Crate Paper 'Storyteller',with some Thickers, Studio Calico wood veneer and Kesi'Art alpha stickers.
We've been joined by some of the Teresa Collins Design Team for this challenge, make sure you hop over and see what they, and the rest of The Studio DT have done! There's a fab prize up for grabs this month too.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Sleeping Beauty or Lazy Gardener?

Phew! Not quite sure what happened to the last couple of weeks, life got a bit hectic there for a while! I haven't managed to fit in much crafting recently, so I thought I'd share this canvas that I made a while ago. It's a flat 8.5x11" canvas, which I've covered in Pink Paislee's 'She Art' collection. 
I took this photo from my front door, angled to the left - I love that this combination of climbing rose and honeysuckle grows over the porch and hides us from the street. Whenever I look through it I feel like Sleeping Beauty in her castle, but the reality is that I'm just a very lazy gardener!
I built up the house shape to reflect the fact that I was looking through the door when I took the photo - I modelled it on the die cuts that come with the collection, but I cut my own versions to make them big enough to fit the photo.
A few alphas and some doodline with a Sharpie, and I was done!
If you're on UKScrappers have you signed up for the CyberCrop? I can't wait!

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Little Devil

I'm a little late with this layout - it went up at The Studio on Sunday, but life is rather crazy at the moment, and will be until I finish work at the end of the month! For this week's challenge Val created one of her fabulous sketches, and I had great fun with it.
I used lots of different supplies on this layout, including some MME papers and stamps, Jenni Bowlin paper and hexagon stickers, Elles Studio tags, a Studio Calico mask and Photocentric stamps. The alphas are Thickers and Kesi'Art stickers.
The photos are of my in law's dog, Sam, who is very much a little devil!

As always the rest of the team have produced some amazing layouts, do pop over and check them out!

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Halloween Cupcake Toppers

The September download stamps from Photocentric are fabulous! The set is Halloween themed, so I've been using it to add to last year's party decor, as we're not only repeating our Halloween party this year, but we're doubling up with Bonfire Night and having a joint party between the two - and I can't wait! 
I'll definitely have a load of these on the table for guests to enjoy, the cupcake toppers were so quick and simple to make.
For instructions on how I put these together, pop over to the Photocentric blog :D