Tag: 8×8 scrapbooking

On inspiration and other projects

My husband has been working night shifts for the last few days. Not great to be honest, having to deal with the twins on my own for bedtime and morning routine, however, great for having lots of ME time in the evening for scrapping!

I have been thinking lots lately about inspiration. Like every other crafter in the world, I rely a lot on Pinterest. I pin a lot. I don’t think I am the most prolific pinner in the world, but I do pin quite a lot. Mostly layouts recently, although I also pin sketches and other “mood board” ideas.

I also take lots of inspiration from the super talented ladies that I have discovered thanks to the Facebook Scrapbooking group (there are tons of them, but when I talk about THE facebook group, I am referring to “For the Love of Pretty Paper” – group that I now also admin!). There are really talented scrapbookers in the group, ladies that I also follow on youtube, but to be honest, I am more likely to see their layouts on facebook first.

So, who have I been inspired by lately?

Sarah Costain, aka Manxy Cat Crafts.

In particular I loved this layout that she created recently. I was fascinated by the hearts background, so -as I already had that same hearts mask- I decided to have a go myself!

My first attempt didn’t go as planned. I must admit that it had been a couple of weeks since I had seen her layout, so I was trying to replicate it from memory. However memory served me wrong, and what I did didn’t really look that good (I sprayed the background with blue heidi shine but I also mixed the modeling paste with blue ink, making the final product too samey)

So my second attempt went much better. I sprayed in different colours and left the paste white. And that’s where the resemblance with Sarah’s layout ends!

Laugh

 

Laura Rumble, aka Laura R or Beads Buttons and Birds

When I went to scrapbook the photo below, I took out some frames that I bought ages ago and that I hadn’t got round to use them. As I lay them on the paper, I remembered having watched Laura’s video where we uses the same frames. I was instantly inspired by her layout, the way she used the watercolour under the frames, the way she created the title… And I set off to create my own version!

I must say that I really enjoyed creating this layout. I am getting more and more comfortable using watercolours, despite having thought not that long ago that I would never even try playing with them!

Same habit

I have a couple more layouts to show you, but I will keep those for another blog 🙂

Artful Angels crop – November 2016

So the last crop of the year has come and gone. What a nice day I had… It was quiet, everybody seemed to be concentrating a lot on their layouts and there wasn’t as much chatting as there has been before, but it was still a very nice atmosphere, very friendly and I feel more and more comfortable there the more I go. I’m not sure I am going to become “best friends” with the ladies there anytime soon, but I still really enjoy their company.

I managed four layouts yesterday. I think I would have been able to squeeze a fifth one, however I did some mixed media on my second layout, with texture paste and ink splatters which took a long time to dry… Next time I need to avoid texture paste, or just take my heat gun with me! (I asked all the ladies at the crop for a heat gun but nobody had taken one…)

All in all I am very happy with all four layouts. One of the things that I really like about attending crops is the sheer amount of tools available to borrow. For example, for my first layout (First BBQ) I used a round border punch, a square punch, a notebook border punch and the typewriter. For the second layout (Feed me baby) I borrowed the mask for the mixed media…

So without further ado, here they are!

First BBQ

Feed me baby

Best kid ever

Happy you

Hand stitching on a layout

My husband was out the other night, so I decided to make a quick layout with a photo I had printed that morning. Unfortunately, I run out of 6×4 photo paper and had to print it in 7×5, which turns out is huge! Remember my scrapbook is 8×8, which in reality is smaller than that, so a 7 inches wide photo takes up most of the space on a page!

But, hey, nevermind. Off I went. Since the photo was so big, I knew I had to keep the layout quite simple, so I decided to do some hand stitching. My first experience with stitching wasn’t great, however I did some stitching in one of the Paige Evans layouts and it was much easier that time, so I knew I wanted to try again.

The thread I used was from one of those cheap sewing kits. I still need to go and look for proper thread, as I found this one too flimsy and difficult to work with. I have been recommended a couple of brands, so next time I’m shopping I’ll keep an eye.

sewing kit

And this is it. A very simple layout due to the huge photo, but the important bit was documenting this memory of a time when bedtimes weren’t easy. It’s not all about remembering the happy times, it’s also about the not-so-good times!

The hand stitching took me much longer than I expected, so maybe I need to keep practising, and perhaps find that thread that will make it less flimsy!

hush now baby

stitching detail

 

My first retreat (October 2016)

Last weekend I attended my first scrapbooking retreat. What an event! So many new adventures! So here’s a detailed recount of my experience:

Friday.

I arrived at the hotel at around 6:30 pm after having left the twins at home with the promise that “I would be home soon” 🙂 I checked into my room -pretty average hotel room, nothing special about it- and went down to the hall where the retreat was taking place. I met a lady in the lift on my way there and she showed me the seating plan and helped me find my seat when we got to the hall.

What a huge place! The room that we were using was much bigger than the one normally used for the crops and it was pretty full when I got there! If I remember correctly, there were approximately 6 tables with an average of 12-15 people per table… That is a lot of people!

On my table space there was a goodie bag with chocolates and snacks, a bottle of water and a scrapbooking pack as well. There was a letter from the organiser explaining the times and activities taking place during the weekend and also a list of challenges.

I decided straight away that I was not going to take part on any of the challenges, as you had to put your pages on the wall for everybody to then rate, and because of the way that I scrapbook with my books, there wasn’t an easy way for me to enter the challenges. So I decided to skip them.

A little while after my arrival, Claire arrived too. I know Claire from the Facebook group and we’ve also met before once at one of the crops, so at least I wasn’t completely alone! Unfortunately I didn’t know anyone else at our table. The rest of the people that I know from crops or facebook groups were already sitting in a group table. I must admit that I was a bit jealous of this. I went to the retreat for the break from my routine and to scrapbook a lot, but I also wanted to build a little bit on the friendship with the “Bracknell crew”, and unfortunately I didn’t get a chance. There were at least 15 ladies on that table and they all knew each other, they were a group. So much so that on the Saturday they were all wearing marching t-shirts and all! It felt a bit intimidating, like a closed circle… However, I didn’t let that affect me and I still had a great time.

On the Friday I only managed one layout. A little while after arriving, there was dinner included, so I took a little bit of time to relax having dinner and chatting to some of the ladies. So after more chatting and hardly any scrapping, I finished one layout and decided to go to bed.

Saturday.

I got to the hall at around 10 in the morning, after having breakfast at the hotel. Claire, who was sitting next to me, didn’t arrive until well past noon, so the morning was very quiet. The other ladies on my table were not really the chatty type, so we all just got on with our layouts.

For lunch I had a sandwich in the hotel bar. The hotel gave me a £5 voucher to spend for declining to have my room serviced that day, so a £9 sandwich ended up only costing me £4. Kaching!

After lunch Claire arrived, and the afternoon was more entertaining. She is really chatty and very friendly, and she is even more crafty-crazy than me! There was another lady at the table who was very chatty, who also came in the afternoon, so that was good as made it very enjoyable.

For dinner I asked several times what everyone was doing and got no replies or shrugs (Claire was on a diet and didn’t eat much at all all weekend). So I ordered myself a pizza for delivery. After my pizza arrived a couple of ladies in my table said that they would have ordered with me had they known…. well, I did say!

I finished 8 layouts more (wow! huge number!) but by 10:30 again I was knackered and went to bed. A lot of the ladies, especially the Bracknell crew, stayed until much later. I heard stories of bottles of wine rolling and scrapping until well into the night.

Sunday.

Again, I made it into the hall at around 10 in the morning after having breakfast. However, I kind of lost my mojo and took me a while to get started again. Eventually I got the mojo going again and managed to finish three more layouts before packing up and going home.

Before going home, we all got to vote for our favourite entries in the challenges. As I left before the results were announced, I didn’t get to see who won. I found this a bit annoying, actually. It would have taken the organisers very little to take a photo of the winners and let everyone know. But, nevermind, I suppose next time I need to stay longer if I want to find out!


All in all I had a good time, but I think I would have enjoyed it better if I had had “friends” with me. All the groups are already made and it seems hard to “infiltrate” these circles. Conversation at my table was sometimes a bit forced and not all that natural, given that some of the interlocutors didn’t know each other that much. So when I heard real laughter coming from the other many groups of friends I felt a bit of lack of belonging.

But hey, I’ve only been going to crops for less than a year, and I see some of these people only once every couple of months, so I can’t expect them to welcome me into their already made group just like that! It will happen with time…

So here are the layouts that I made over the weekend!

Crazy hat

Balance bikes

Hello friends

shine today

Greedy chops

New skirt

breakfast club

round round

Love you loads

meeting pepper

world book day

wagamama selfies

 

 

 

 

 

Artful Angels Crop – October 2016

What a fantastic day! This time was a million times better than the last crop at Artful Angels. Maybe it’s because I had serious lack of sleep last time, but this time it was a completely different experience. Everyone was friendlier and I chatted with all the ladies at my table. We even had lunch together and I could feel like the relationships are starting to build (with me – they all know each other already)

Scrapping-wise, the day started slow and it took me a long time to finish the first layout, however, after lunch I managed to get so much more done! Although, I must admit that some of my layouts were very plain this time, making them faster to build.

And without further ado, here they are!

Mum's birthday selfie

Love these moments

Adventures

Grandma's garden

I haven’t unpacked anything since I will be going straight into the scrap cafe retreat on Friday! So excited about it!