Thursday, 31 December 2015

DT Round Up of 2015

Hello, Hello lovely people.  As it is the last day of 2015 I thought I would show you a quick sample of some of the gorgeous projects that the ATDML DT have produced over the year.  I think you will agree that we are a very diverse team with strengths in a variety of areas and mediums.  Ann's pages are usually graphic and clean, in contrast to Katherine's which are creative and painty.  I go for the pile it on and pile it high style and Denise and Jane like a lot of fussy cutting.  Mel's style is also quite graphic but she tends to fill her pages a little more than Ann does.  

You will see that I have chosen two projects for each month except September as there were so many gorgeous projects that I couldn't limit myself to just two. 

I am embarrassed by how many of my projects are in this post but sometimes, although the other DT members have made pages for the gallery, life gets in the way and don't get round to uploading them each month!

So without further ado here are my 2015 picks and I do not apologise for this being a photo heavy post - feast your eyes!


























Ali McGovern












Well there we have it - a whole year of inspiration.  If you want to see more why don't you have a look in the Gallery.  If you have been totally inspired and need to scraplift one of the pages then let us know and we can give you a list of what we used and where to find it in the shop

Wishing you a Scrappy New Year xxx

Monday, 21 December 2015

The Sort of a Christmas Journal, Journal

When I was sent a selection from the Bo Bunny  Sleigh Ride range I knew I wanted to make a Christmas Journal with it but didn't want to make one that would join the unfinished ones from previous years. So as this year is the first Christmas that Gracia and Josh have spent in their own flat and I decided to make her a journal to put the lovely photos she keeps sending me of her home made Christmas decorations, gingerbread decorations and beautifully decorated tree.

I bought an A5 folder that came complete with poly-pockets and as these had a white border I covered that with gold or silver glitter tape.  I cut a gold title on Silhouette and added some gilding flakes to finish the front cover.

I enjoyed the challenge of making blank pages for photos rather than making the pages around a chosen photograph.

I cut a Christmas shape out for every fourth page to add a little interest as I haven't left any space for journaling  - not something I think Gracia would want to bother with.

I was able to use some Christmas themed charms, that I found in my stash, and added some extra snowflakes and sequins to the snow globe.

I made the last page similar to the first one to give the album some continuity.

I can't wait for Gracia's return tomorrow, as she plans on printing out her photos and for us to finish this little project together.

Wishing you a safe and Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year. 

Saturday, 12 December 2015

December Virtual Crop Class 3 with Debs

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas … Soon the bells will start… And the thing that will make them ring is the carol that you sing … Right within your heart"

I love, L-O-V-E, love Christmas but it is always such a busy time of year both in school and at home which means time for crafting is limited. So this year I'm trying to get ahead of the game by pre-preparing layouts I can add photographs and details to at a later date.

The Glitz Design Joyeux Noel and Simple Stories 25 days of Christmas work well together to create a busy Christmas layout with a Vintage feel.

December Virtual Crop Class 2 with Ann

Welcome to your second virtual crop class for December with yours truly.
I have created an adventure themed layouts today using the Bo Bunny detour, travel themed  papers in the kit. 

Instructions can be downloaded here for the class which I hope you enjoy

Ann x

December Virtual Crop Class 1 - with Karen

 Hello, hello and welcome to another virtual crop.  Can it really be December? 

As we are approaching Christmas and are all very busy, I made three very quick and easy layouts using Simple Stories - Sweater Weather.

The first 'Hello Autumn' utalises several elements cut from various papers and was made in under 30 minutes so an extremely quick project.

My next layout took a little longer as it involved gutting card and making a photo mount but should be achievable in a short time frame.

 My third layout is also a simple one and when I saw the chipboard shapes I immediately thought of a photo I had taken, several years ago, of Gracia splashing in a puddle.  At the time I had a thing about taking asymmetric photos but thought that the shapes were perfect for making splashes on my page.  I wanted to use the cute foxes and squirrel, cut from the various papers in the kit, on my page too.

Instructions for my projects can be found here and if you pop back at 12:00 you will be able to download Ann's fabulous class.

December Virtual Crop Day Challenge

Welcome to another virtual crop day with your ATDML team as as always we kick start the day with a challenge for you.

On December 12th 1881 Harry Warner, one of four brothers who founded Warner Brothers, was born. This American TV/Film Industry giant has been responsible for some of the greatest films of all time, and for a large proportion of some of the highest grossing films of all time including the Batman Dark Knight trilogy and of course the Harry Potter films.

Your challenge today is to use a Warner Bros film title as your inspiration or even title for your scrapbook layout. You can use this link on Wikipedia to source your inspiration, they go back to the early 1900's so plenty of choice!!

Look forward to see what you create and we will see you back here at 10am with your first class of the day. Enjoy.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Documenting December with the first 7 days....

Here are some of my pages, I have to say having a selphy (or any photo printer for that matter) has revolutionised my ability to keep up with this and helped me not become too overwhelmed by piles of photos and journaled bits and tying them all up to make an album, this way it is just a little bit every few days.  The first page is a 6 by 8" and I treated it a bit like a normal scrapbook page with a photo in one corner (the other side of it will have an introduction page to the album, but I haven't worked out what I want for that part yet.

So our Elf bunji'd in this year and I documented our Advent calendars

For the 2nd, Elfbob was munching biscuits and it was just a regular day for us, so I took everyday photos - I use the album more as a journal for what we do each day in December and who we do it with, as it's fun to look back on, and it's often those small moments you take for granted that you forget about, and are equally nice to be reminded of.

As I wanted some extra journalling I added a half sheet of white cardstock and just decorated it a little bit - I didn't want to cover the 'hello December' card.

Friday and a non-school uniform day as well as Santa visiting our street and the journalling speaks of a Christmas memory when Santa visited before!  I've been trying to use the same red and green washy-tapes on each of the pages to tie it all in.  I use lots of little embellishment clusters using the stickers from Claus and Co to tie it all in, as well as having a little dig in my pile of Christmas stash from past years.

A shopping day, more stickers...and then also a little pocket for some cinema tickets.  Again repeats of the washi tape.

Onto the 6th and another sparkly card that I couldn't cover up!  Lots of journalling and little clusters of embellishments.

So you get day 8 too as I didn't take very many pictures on the 7th....just Elfbob as again it was a routine day!  On the 8th Elfbob made these amazing snowflakes....if you want to have a go at them check out this link there are frozen ones, marvel ones....all sorts and you just print off the template and cut them out - great if you have kids (you will need to it as there is a little craft knife work involved to cut the middle bits)

This is how the rest of my album looks at the moment - just bits of Claus and Co papers (by Simple Stories), as well as some of last years DIY Christmas as they have lots of good base colours.

If you have started your album do come and share it on Facebook or link it here as we'd love to see them.