Friday, December 19, 2014

Sketch-y Friday at Scrapmuch? - Cows

Good morning, another bright and early start for me as it's time for a brand new Sketch reveal over on the Scrapmuch? blog.

Team B is up for a little inspiration this week so here's my effort:


I'm liking this black and white colour scheme with a splash of red.

I used a few random layered strips, a border punch and a touch of stitching for the top detail on the page.

Those little black stars are actually studs I picked up once thinking they were brads!  Had to make use of them somehow.

I used my Silhouette to cut the 'sketchy' circle element, and the journal strips explain all.

Finally, I was really pleased how the title turned out.  I cut some simple alpha's (again with the Silhouette) then doodled the 'cow' markings on there......that is about the extent of my drawing skills!

A few chevrons and a bottle cap and that's about all.

Papers for this one are from the awesome new Amy Tangerine collection....'Stitched'.

Here's this weeks Scrapmuch? sketch - the final one for December and 2014 for that matter!

Please join us for this weeks challenge or any of the previous sketches in December.  Just link up over on the Scrapmuch? blog to be in with a chance of winning a little something.

OK another week over and one step closer to Christmas.  Today is a day for finishing my gift shopping.......I hope!

Have a great weekend and I'll be back next week,

Monday, December 15, 2014

Inspiration Elevator - Christmas Past.

It's the 15th of the month folks which means it's time for a little Inspiration Elevator!

Our main purpose here at IE is to challenge ourselves, each other and YOU to take the creative process to the next level;  to inspire growth and change in our scrapbooking beyond our usual boundaries.
You can see all of Inspiration Elevator's previous challenges on Facebook .

 This month's challenge is issued by the creative Lisa Moen. Lisa is a busy scrapbooker who takes on every creative challenge with gusto; she works layering and clustering beautifully. This month she has a seasonal challenge for us. Here it is in her own words:

" Scrap A Christmas Past.
We all have them- one Christmas that sticks out more in our minds than others. Maybe it was when you were a child or maybe it was more recent. Maybe it was a gift you received that makes it memorable. Maybe a special visitor? Create a page, with or without photos and tell us the story behind that Christmas.."

OK so this challenge was actually a little tricky for me as anyone who knows me is fully aware of the fact that I'm not a happy Christmas scrapper!

Anything with a theme, I tend to steer well clear of and unfortunately this includes festive pages.......I know - what kind of a scrapbooker am I?!

I did create one 'Christmas Day' page quite a number of years back and included 6 years on one page! Lol

So for today's project I had to root back through bunches of old photo's till I found one which triggered a little something in me.

Christmas to me has always been about Family, and although I now live 3000 miles away from the majority of mine, it's the memories of those Christmas lunches shared with parents/Grandparents/siblings that I hold dear and miss so very much.

Unfortunately I don't have a photograph of one of those family gatherings, but I do have one which kind of changed my Christmas perspective.

One which commemorates the start of our own little family Christmas, marked by the birth of my first born.


I realize it's quite ironic that this photo shows my daughter surrounded by a huge pile of gifts (what can I say.....first Grandchild on both sides = spoilt rotten!) because that's not at all what this page is about.

It's about a new beginning.  New memories.  New/Old traditions, and although I would jump on a plane in a minute to experience one more Family gathering (if only finances would allow Christmas airfares!), I cherish these new family memories which will become our legacy.  They say you don't appreciate the joy of Christmas until you have children and I guess this is true.  I certainly hope I get to experience one of those Christmas lunches where I'm a Grandparent surrounded by those I hold near and dear.

On with the deets.

Papers are from a fabulous new festive DT Kit I was generously gifted by Two Scrapbook Friends......'Tinsel and Company' from Teresa Collins.  This collection is everything I look for in a Christmas collection.......if only I scrapped those kind of pages more often!  It's the perfect mix of 'modern' patterns paired with luxurious 'gold' elements.  I still have one more page to complete for the store, but find myself torn between jumping right in there and not wanting to cut into a sheet of patterned paper - it's so pretty!

Most of the inspiration for this page began with the gorgeous 'wreath' cut file I snagged from the Silhouette it!

Lots of layers too of course but I continued the traditional theme by hanging the ribbon behind.

The title was cut from a sheet of glittered cardstock, again using my Silhouette.

There's an abundance of awesome stickers and brads included in this collection so I made use of most of them by either laying flat or 'popped with foam dots.

I'm not sure if you can tell but there are also wooden stars coloured with gold or silver marker, resting in the background clusters too.

That's about all from me but we encourage you to check out each designer's creation for Inspiration Elevator this month: here's a complete list of this month's participating designers!  
             Jayne Morgan - that's me!
Why not give the challenge a try yourself? Then pop by our Facebook page and share with us what you created!

Have a great day and I'll be seeing you again later this week.

Take care,

Thursday, December 11, 2014


It seems only fitting that I should share a Christmas layout on here today in the midst of our Winter Wonderland out there.

This page is another I seemed to have missed blogging, and was the second I created using my Two Scrapbook Friends DT kit 'Cozy Christmas' by Simple Stories.  You can check out the first here.

I'll confess (as I seem to do regularly on here!) that I'm not a huge fan of this page.  I loved the first one using this collection so I guess I must have used up my quota of creativity by the time I got to this!

I don't hate it exactly........just (definitely!) not my fave.  I think it has something to do with using a large number of photo's on a single page..........I'm a single (or maybe 2) photo gal at heart.


Busy huh?

I'm definitely missing my white space......probably another reason I'm not a fan!

I made lots of use of the die cut collection pack included in the line, some are layered and others 'popped' with foam dots........

I do love that kraft washi I've been hoarding in my stash.  It has random phrases printed on there and space to add your own journalling.

I cut a few Polaroid style frames with my Silhouette and used them to highlight a few of the photographs.

Everything sits on a background of stenciled chicken wire pattern, and finished with randomly scattered enamel dots.

Phew, that's about all for that one and as I'm usually a 'NON' Christmas scrapper, I think that should keep me going for a while!

Have a great weekend........keep warm out there and I'll see you on Monday for a fresh bunch of goodness from Inspiration Elevator.

Take care,

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Good Day Sunshine!

Aside from the irony of my title as there isn't a glimpse of sunshine to be found out there today (!), I've created my own little piece of sunshine inside as I have a day off......yay!!!!

Time to finally get that Christmas tree finished as the decorations have been lying around half hung since Friday.

First though more important things.......blogging!

I was checking through a bunch of completed scrapbook pages lying on my desk, as I had a feeling I'd probably missed posting one or two here and there.  Sure enough I found one from way back in the Summertime.

I'm not sure why I didn't get around to blogging this one because it happened to be one of my faves at the time.  Papers were from one of my Two Scrapbook Friends DT kits using the 'Truly Scrumptious' collection by The Paper Loft.  This page happens to be the second page I created as the first was posted way back here.

Good Day Sunshine

A beach selfie from our Summer camping trip, wisely positioned to show head and shoulders only! Lol

This page is another example of my present love for embossing powders as there are random doodled circles in the background.

The title was cut using a freebie file for the Silhouette from Kerri Bradford, and there's a bunch of stamping, paint splatters and stenciled molding paste in the background too.

Lots of layering with patterned papers and more cut files here........

And a nice little cluster of embellies to tie in with those on the opposite side of the page.......I was a good girl for using up my flower stash!

I think that's about all so I hope you find your own little piece of sunshine today.

Have a good one and I'll be back again later this week,

Friday, December 5, 2014

Sketch-y Friday at Scrapmuch? - Laugh.

Can you believe it's December 5th already?

Are we feeling festive yet?

I'm just about entering a mild festive panic, wondering when I'm going to get all my gift shopping done as I've been working without a day off for the last couple of weeks, and don't have a free day in the near future either.

The joys of working retail.......'tis the Season!!

We have plans to start putting up decorations and the tree tonight at home, and probably for most of the weekend in and around more work shifts.

I think there could be wine involved! (hopefully!)

Today however, it's time for a brand new Sketch-y Friday Challenge and therefore DT Inspiration from Team B over on the Scrapmuch? blog.

I'll go right ahead and fess up what I did before I post my page.

Earlier in the week on the day our DT pages were due, I thought I was well ahead of the game having completed my page a couple of weeks earlier (for once!) at a scrappy retreat.

This theory flew right out of the window when I realised on the day of posting, that I'd actually used the Sketch intended for the for the next reveal......duh!

Plan B - scramble to put a page together that evening after work, to submit the next morning.

The reason I'm sharing this with you is that I've come to a conclusion.

I scrap better under pressure.

I'm not saying my pages are necessarily better, but I always feel happier with the results.  Maybe it's the lack of procrastination that moves the creative process along nicely?

Eh....who cares?!  All I know is I was more than happy to complete a page that didn't look like something from the last period of the day in Kindergarten.

You can make up your own mind. Lol


I love the title alpha's that I've been hoarding forever from Prima - perfect for this page as 'Laugh' is what we did!

My Mom uses a wheelchair for the most part to help her get around, so whenever we're out shopping she becomes our trusty truck/trolley (voluntarily I might add just in case anyone feels they should report me to some sort of society for protection of the elderly!).

We usually start laughing at some point when the pile of goods reaches her chin.  My (older) British friends will appreciate when I say, remember the kids TV show Crackerjack from years ago with Ed Stewart (Stewpot I think we used to call him!)?

At one point in the show, kids had to answer quick fire Quiz questions in order to win, and consequently hold prizes.  We're not talking iTunes or Gift cards here......we're talking good old fashioned actual toys in boxes, so obviously the more answers they got right, the harder it became to hold everything.  If they answered wrongly, they got a Savoy cabbage to hold......drop the cabbage and you loose!

To cut a long story short, in the midst of our laughter and serious loading of our substitute 'truck', my Mom asks "Where's the cabbage?"

This was not very productive!!

Anyhow, back to the page.

Thank goodness for the Silhouette on this one as there are plenty of cut elements.......

I'm also glad I finally got to use another hoard......patterned papers (Fine and Dandy I think!) from My Minds Eye.  Also had to get another one of my faves on there - wood.

Finally.....back to that title and a couple of stamped chevrons which remind me of tire tracks.

Maybe one day I'll share the story of 'Nanna', her wheels, and a little trip to Old one Grandma can bring down a whole store!

Think I'll save that one for another time.

Here is this weeks fabulous Sketch......

Why not join us by linking up your own creation over on the Scrapmuch? blog.  As always , there's a prize to be won!

That's it from me so have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you next week,

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Youer Than You!

Good morning.

There's a new Sketch and Crafty Challenge up over at Two Scrapbook Friends and it's my turn to deliver the goods so here goes.

As it's the beginning of December, I guess I should be delivering a creation of the merry, tinsel variety, yes?

Errrr no........for those that know me, it's painfully obvious I'm am not a happy Christmas scrapper!

Unfortunately you'll have to make do with an everyday kind of page from me, but that doesn't mean to say you can't get into the festive spirit yourselves!

Here is this month's Sketch........

I'm quite partial to the everyday kind of photo's and pages, so here's my sample showcasing my daughters recent photo shoot........

The only problem I encounter when creating this type of theme (or lack of theme!), is finding an original title or journaling that means something, when in honesty I really have nothing to say!

So did you figure out the Crafty element yet?

This month I'd like you to use a quote somewhere on your creation.

Quotes are such an awesome resource for us Scrapbookers/Cardmakers.  Why not leave it to the experts - the writers, poets and thinkers of the World to put into words what we're trying to say, and give our page meaning?

Here's a close up of the quote I used for my title, provided by the ever inspirational Dr Seuss.

We've also got tearing and layers......

and an eclectic collection of embellies together with more layered goodies.

So there you have it and of course you are free to use a quote wherever you choose, whether it's as a title, journalling or sentiment etc.

It's time to get your craft on and enter this month's Challenge to be in with a chance of winning a $25 Gift Certificate for the store.

Just remember to link up your creation over on the TSF blog.

That's all from me so I'll be seeing you again later this week,
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