Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Claire! Congratulations Claire, I just hopped over to your blog and I see you have still got loads of Florida photos to scrap - perhaps you could use the books to plan your layouts and jot down ideas for papers, embellies and sketches! Enjoy them whatever you decide to put in them. Please drop me an email ( Mel@atripdownmemorylane.co.uk ) with your address and we will get them sent over to you.
Monday, 28 June 2010
Also you have only one more day to add a comment to the previous post to be entered into the Giveaway for the gorgeous 7 Gypsies notebooks.
Sunday, 27 June 2010
Friday, 25 June 2010
Thursday, 24 June 2010
Really that means I am being paid to work outside the classroom with small groups of children to create a large piece of art work for our new entrance hall. It is a lot of fun, we are painting backgrounds and then stenciling on childrens own pictures to create a large PATCHWORK style mural. Hahaha i told you I was patchwork obsessed!
I will try to share picture when it is done, we are only just starting but maybe next week. I have also managed to use some scrapping products (Heidi Swapp masks) and may also fire up the Cricut to help out tomorrow - just need to locate the cutting mat.......... !!
Anyway, I hope you are all enjoying the good weather, no doubt it won't last and we will all be back indoors scrapping and moaning about the rain soon!
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
And here is my layout "Simply Irresistible" using the Bella Blvd "Pack Your Bags" range:
Monday, 21 June 2010
So the winner is....
"My Boys" By 'Juliwan' We loved the colour scheme and the choice of papers \ embellishments. Of course the very cute cat photos also caught our eye! Cat lovers (and animal lovers of all sorts will want to check out the July DT gallery as it will feature Basic Grey Max & Whiskers products amongst others!)
Please drop me an email with your email address so I can email you the shopping voucher prize!
A sketch will follow in the next post. As we are nearly at the end of June it will roll into July's sketch challenge so the deadline for sketch entries will be 31st July.
The Ingredients challenge is taking a summer break but will be back in a couple of months time!
Sunday, 20 June 2010
Friday, 18 June 2010
Wednesday, 16 June 2010
To make this card you need one sheet of 12x12 card/patterned paper, a small piece of accetate (to cover a 3"x2" window and three pieces of cardstock each cut to the size of a credit card, a large brad, a magnetic closure and double sided tape and a pen.
First of all score your 12x12 card down the centre from top to bottom, and then score from left to right at 4" and 8". Fold along the 4" scoreline, and then fold over again at the 8" scoreline. This will create a 12" x 4" folded piece. Trim 1" from either end but do not throw away - this will be used later.
Open the wallet ensuring that the bottom long edge is closed but the top long edge is open. The mark a 3"x2" window on the inside left pocket of your wallet and mark three lines for your credit cards on the right hand pocket (mine were 2", 2.5" and 3" from the bottom and centrally aligned. Unfold the paper and using a craft knife cut along the 3 credit card lines and cut out the 3"x2" window. Attach your piece of accetate to the reverse side of your window and affix double sided sticky tape as shown. Position and adhere your photo to the bottom left section of your wallet (when looking at it opened as shown - this will show through the accetate window - be sure to stick it the correct way so that when the wallet is folded back together your photo is not upside down! Add one half of your magnet closure to the left of the photo, centrally aligned.
Next decorate the front and inside of your wallet. I added faux stitching with a black pen, a simple DAD title to the front of the wallet and a message from all inside. Each of my three children will be decorating a credit card sized piece of card to add to the slots on the right of the wallet and a photo of the three of them will be visible through the accetate pocket.
The final step is to make a strap for the wallet using the 1" strip that you cut earlier. I measured the length of mine by eye, again added faux stitching to match the wallet and affixed a brad for decoration. I made the strap double sided to hide both the back of the brad and also part of the magnetic closure. Adhere your strap to the back of your wallet, and when you are sure everything is completed seal the sides of your wallet with double sided tape. The wallet is capable of holding cash, or faux cheques with IOUs on, or even a voucher in the pocket behind the credit card and photos.
I hope you like the card and decide to have a go. It can easliy be adapted to suit those male birthdays as well. Let us know if you decide to make one, I can't wait for my husband to receive his from our children. Happy Card Making!!
Monday, 14 June 2010
(Above is Izzy in a little 3 Cubs T Shirt from Sainsburys back in 2006!)
Sunday, 13 June 2010
Just Because - By Anna Parker - see more of Annas work on her blog
Exploring - Wendy Bukowski
Friday, 11 June 2010
This stunning layout, created by Suzanne as part of the design team gallery this month uses the reverse side of two of the Bella BLVD papers shown below. I very rarely remember to check out the reverse side of a paper when browing on line and you can miss out on some very pretty papers doing this.
The close up of Suzanne's layout shows just how pretty the Coin Purse paper is with those little flowers, and we also get to see the lovely handmade spiral flowers which are so simple to make and yet make a great statement on your page.
Freehand cut (or even punch out) a circle and then cut into a spiral from the outside, cutting around and around until you reach the centre. Then you can scrunch your flower if you want a softer look, ink the edges or even distress them some as Suzanne has done. Then take a pair of tweezers and gripping the outside of your spiral twist until you have a tight coil. Press firmly together then release your tweezers, turn your flower over and press down with the palm of your hand to flatten slightly. Have a go and see how you get on!
Thursday, 10 June 2010
Having previously worked with the Bits A Bella paper from the Super Stud collection for my "Wonster" layout I knew how much i loved working with them and used them heavily on my "Our Camping Adventure" and "Outdoor Girl" layouts. (below)
In each of their newer ranges Bella Blvd have included a "Bits A Bella" design which consists of borders, phrases, words, elements and journal boxes printed onto a 12x12 sheet. It makes it very easy to work with clusters of journal boxes, photos and decorative elements - there is no sifting through your stash looking for just the right thing to go with it, the colours match the range and the images are appropriate to the range. Of course the other bonus is that with so many embellishment pieces packed onto one sheet of 12x12 it makes creating busy, detailed layouts with lots of elements a lot cheaper than it would be if you were using elements from sticker sheets, chipboard packs etc..
To add variety and change things up a little you can easily mount elements onto scrap pieces of chipboard for added dimension or add glossy accents to create different effects.
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
And in my Family Fun layout.
If you've not yet been to the coast yet this year and are maybe saving for your holidays how about decorating an inexpensive money box to encourage those pennies to build up? I got this moneybox from our local 99p shop and used the Bella Blvd papers and the stickers to cover it in a holiday theme. We are saving our 1p and 2p coins ready for the seaside slot machines!
Don't forget our Bingo challenge too which this month could see you scraplifting a design team member - the perfect time to go check out the DT gallery this month and see what inspires you!
Tuesday, 8 June 2010
Sunday, 6 June 2010
I was very excited yesterday to learn that Ranger have started a new blog!
Sure to be full of inspiration with tips and tricks using their products I for one cannot wait to see what they have in store. The shop now has Ranger Stickles reduced from £2.20 to just £1.89 and Distress ink pads also reduced from £4.50 to £3.83 so it's the pefect time to stock up on your Ranger products and eagerly await the inspiration from the new blog!
Stickles have to be one of my favourite scrapbooking products, inexpensive and they add that little something to your cards and layouts.
I'm just off to add a few more to my shopping basket!!
Saturday, 5 June 2010
Friday, 4 June 2010
By Yvonne Izzard
Thanks to all those who entered, don't forget that this months challenge is Scrapping Bingo and details can be found HERE.
Wednesday, 2 June 2010
This layout, "I Want" by Sue Jones is our winner, here is what she said about her layout.
"I saw these necklaces on the accessorize website and thought they were lovely. Probably quite easy to make with a few curtain rings. I decided to use them to inspire me for the ribbon challenge. I cut some circles and wrapped them with ribbon and even got out a box of threads to embellish the discs, attached a few gems to one or two of them and finished the "necklace" off with a flower cut from the Tim Holtz alterations die. The bottom edge also has ribbon threaded though it and adhered with 3D foam pads."
We loved how well the technique matched the necklace in the photo, a true case of the perfect embellishment for a this photo. The effect of the ribbon wrapped around the discs really is very striking and something I'd like to have a go at very soon.
Tuesday, 1 June 2010
Look at the grid below and choose a line (can be vertical, horizontal or diagonal) and create a layout with those four elements in. Email your layout to me ( Mel@atripdownmemorylane.co.uk ) on or before 30th June. Please list the four elements which make up the line you chose in with your entry. Please note you CAN use other elements from the grid too but your layout must also include 4 elements that are in a row in the bingo grid.