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Santa’s Little Helper

Hello fellow scrapbookers!  I hope it’s been as good festive season for everyone as it has been for me!  It was our first Christmas as a little family, I can’t believe that this time last year, my little boy was only a bump (okay, rather a large bump) in my tummy and now he’s 9 months old!  I’ve had a great time wrapping presents and dressing my little boy in Christmassy outfits, I think maybe I’ve had the most fun out of everyone. Oh, and it’s also great for capturing those great memories!  And so I come to my Christmas themed layout which I’m entering into the Sarah’s Cards December challenge, a favourite of mine:

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And this is what the sketch looked like:

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This layout had quite a lot of doodling (well for me anyways) and I started off by doodling an extra border on some white cardstock which I then stuck onto my background paper.  The paper’s used in this layout are from the Echo Park – Tis The Season collection.  I also doodled the title and coloured it in to match the frame.

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And I just had to use my texture paste and some sparkle’s somewhere on the layout!

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L.M.L (Love My Life)

Hi everyone!  So I’m back from a little break in scrapbooking.  My little boy is starting to move around A LOT now and I think crawling is not too far away!  So now most of my days are spent running around picking him up and putting him in the right place!  I did however arrange a babysitter so that I could go to my monthly crop and have a little me time.  I enjoyed it so much, great company, a little adult conversation and a great kit to work with!  The papers are from ‘Authentique – Natural’ Collection and were right up my street.  This layout is my entry into the Sketchbook 365 November challenge, the sketch is by Yana Smakula:

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And this is what the sketch looked like:

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Other that flipping the sketch over, I pretty much stuck to it.  When it came to the end of the page, I wasn’t sure what I wanted my title to be, but I knew I wanted the word ‘love’ in it.  I also didn’t want a very long or fancy title as I had quite a lot of writing on the rest of the page.  So I got onto the internet and looked for different ways to write love…and found LML (love my life).  I’m really pleased how it turned out!

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There was lots of paper tearing and inking and stamping going on, and even though a lot of it is hidden, I love how it builds up and gives a finished page!

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Exciting New Challenge Blog!

I really enjoy browsing through different blogs, and find it such a great way of sharing creative ideas with people all around the world.  BUT (there’s always one isn’t there?) I’m quite picky when it comes to blogs which I actually follow…purely because there are just so many brilliant ones I could quite easily sit ALL day!  So when I find a great new challenge blog which really appeals to my creative juices…I have to press the follow button!

I love the idea of this new blog called Challenge Yourself, the have a DT call and a nifty little give away too! Check it out here:

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I scrolled through some of the snaps on my phone and out of the 500+ photos of my little boy, I feature in all of about 10!  So….here’s to making an effort to come out from behind the camera and capture some memories and of me and my boys together!

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I Love To Play

Have you ever had a layout which looked a lot better in your imagination than it actually does?  I got right to the end of this one, and added a stamped border around the page and then…I didn’t like it!  Luckily, it was a quick fix and nothing to hard to do again!  I used all my lovely Kaisercraft goodies from my Merly win last month, and before I had to end up fixing it, I found this layout came together really easily (which sounds weird I know!)

And because I got all my lovely goodies from Merly Impressions, I thought it would be great to use them for this month’s challenge.  The theme of the challenge was to use a non 6×4 photo:

I Love To Play

I used my 12 x 12 Kaisercraft stencil to create my background with different distress stains.  I didn’t need much else on the layout, so used a few bits and pieces from the Blast Off collection.

I Love To Play

I doodled my border around the page (after redoing the background) and much preferred how it looked!  I really wanted to use the ‘I Love To Dream’ element, but of course my photo’s had nothing to do with sleeping, so I crossed out a little bit and just doodled my own word.  It actually suits my little boy perfectly, as he never wants to sleep anyway!  I also have a little journalling tag behind the photo’s.

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Strawberry Fields

OMG! This is the first layout I’ve done in a while!  And I have to say, I really enjoyed this challenge!  This is my entry into the Sarah’s Cards September challenge.  The sketch was really great to work with:

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I used some of my leftover MME papers from my monthly crop and also a few bits from my stash.  Here is my layout:

Strawberry Fields

I’m a newbie to all things texture paste, and so have been experimenting with different things to make it not look like texture paste!  I guess it’s pretty basic, but I sprinkled LOADS of glitter over the paste once I’d put it through a stencil.  And lets just say, once I was done, EVERYTHING was covered in glitter!  I also did some fake stitching, a little technique I saw in Scrap 365 magazine.

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I printed my letters onto some paper and then sprayed them with some mists and once dry, covered them in glossy accents.  I also have a tag on which I stuck some extra photos.  I typed out my journalling and then used distress stains to try and match the colour to the layout.

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This Smile Melts My Heart

It’s not hard to do a layout when you have great material to work with!  I love this photo of my little boy, it was just a snap I took on instagram and was just one of those right place right time photo’s.  He usually wriggles around so much that some part of the photo is always blurry!

This is going to be my entry into the Merly Impressions August challenge.  I did it at my monthly crop where we used the My Mind’s Eye – Find Your Wings and Fly collection with some 12 x 12 papers and a whole load of 6 x 6 papers.  It was quite a challenge for me, because there was a lot of pink going on, so I tried to get creative to make a layout which didn’t look too girly.  The challenge this month was using a sketch:

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This is my interpretation….

This Smile Melts My Heart Layout

I really enjoyed this sketch, it left lots of room to be able to do your own thing!  I used my lovely Kaisercraft background stamps (bought from Merly of course!) and some distress stain as a start, layered strips of paper on top and also added some texture paste.  The card I mounted my photo onto started off as plain white card, which I spritzed using all sorts of inks until I was happy with the result.

This Smile Melts My Heart

I cut my letters out from a printed sheet of paper, which I spritzed in the same colours that I used throughout my layout.  The lovely Linda Iswariah showed me this technique, and it’s definitely going to be something I’m going to use in the future!  I also put some glossy accents onto the ‘Smile’ part of the title just to make it stand out a little more.

And just because the layout is of my little boy, didn’t mean I couldn’t add a little sparkle…

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My Favourite’s In Frames

When my little boy was three months old, we went for our first family photo shoot.  And now I’ve finally gotten round to putting my favourites in a lovely frame I bought!

I was in the stash-busting mood again, and found some papers I thought I’d never use!  I must say, I feel completely invigorated in using some of my older stuff, making way for the new goodies I plan on buying (don’t tell the other half!).  This is my entry for Sarah’s Cards August challenge.  This is the sketch:ResReader

My Favourite’s In Frames – Layout

My Favourites In Frames

I used texture paste with the cogs stencil.  It’s the first time I have really experimented on my own with it, so am quite pleased at how it turned out!  I also have a little hidden journalling tag in the top right corner.

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