Thursday, 8 April 2021

Around the World in 80 Hours Cybercrop

Well can you believe it we have just one week to go until our cybercrop weekend where we take a virtual trip around the world stopping off at a number of destinations for some inspired classes and challenges.

You don't need:

  • To have purchased kits - you can use your own products
  • To have travel themed photos - you will see all themes and prompts can be adapted
  • To have been to the places we visit - again the prompts are just there to get you scrapping
  • To share your pages - but we would love it if you do on our Facebook Group
  • To do all the classes or all the challenges - take part as much or as little as you like
  • To join in over the actual weekend - I mean it will be more fun if you do but class instructions will remain available to download long after the event
You do need:
  • To have some photos ready to scrap!
  • Access to the kits or your own products to scrap with
  • A good supply of adhesive so you don't get caught short
  • Access to internet to download class instructions and locate challenge prompts
  • Snacks to keep you fueled and takeaway menus for the family!! (optional of course)
  • Your timetable which can be downloaded now
See you all next week 4pm Thursday April 15th

Monday, 5 April 2021

April Sketch Challenge

Good Morning and Happy Easter to everyone.  Here is this months sketch challenge and sample page.

I have been enjoying a little bit of Vicki Boutin and her Friday Night Live sessions and been playing around with distress inks.  I started off with the background, then definitely went through a phase of "how am I going to use this?", which was mainly because I just chose colours I liked.  Fortunately I had a box of Pink Fresh's Keeping it Real and when I looked at the B-sides of the papers there were some perfect colour matches!
The main structure of the page is 3 strips - mine are 2 3/4" by 6" and then the 6 by 4" photo.  I added in some extra layer with vellum and cut out some of the tags from the Keeping it Real papers.  I layered up the co-ordinating stickers, hunted for multi-coloured sequins...which did explode across my room but in the end I was pleased with the page as the colours match the happiness I feel when we get a lovely covering of snow!

I hope you enjoy the sketch.  Do share your pages over in our Facebook Group.


Thursday, 25 March 2021

Pinkfresh Studio Some Days


Hi everyone, Dolly here. 

It's been quite a week in our house as our kitchen has been ripped out and there is mess and stuff everywhere and I am fed up of living on sandwiches and takeaways but having new lovely lush papers to work with cheered me up no end. The Pinkfresh Studios Some Days are lovely - really thick quality paper and so much fun to work with from the small images perfect for the fussy cutters to the bold prints and the gorgeous soft florals. 


I have three pages to share so far and, as they are all for my 2021 album which is A4, something a little bit different than my usual 12" x 12"  

This one is the obligatory selfie and vaccination card as I really did feel it was something to celebrate and gace us a little bit of hope. 

You know how I love fussy cutting so the florals were a perfect fit for me 

I loved that the collection included little houses and shops and I really wanted to use them. So this was a bittongue in cheek. No shops we can browse around at the moment so we are enjoying our time on our local heath instead. 

More fussy cutting - which I find very theraputic


and as those two worked with the pastels it was fun to aing it up with the bright yellow 


I hope you get the chance to check out the collection because it really is lovely. 

Now I am off back to sawdust and making endless cups of tea!

Sunday, 21 March 2021

March Virtual Crop Class 3 with Mel

 Hello and welcome to the final class of today's Virtual Crop.

I worked with the Chasing Adventures collection from Jen Hadfield and reminisced about a time when we could go on holiday with some 2019 photos!

Although there is a travel and adventure element to these papers you could easily adapt the projects to suit photos from adventures closer to home (or walks - let's face it we have all done a lot of those!)

Here is one of the layouts

Click HERE for instructions and the second layout.

Don't forget to share what you have made over on the ATDML # Create Facebook page.

March 21 Virtual Crop Class with Ann

Happy Sunday crafty ones. I hope we find you in good spirits today joining in our March Virtudal crop.

Today I have created two layouts and a little fold out book with the fun Simple Stories Bro & Co which whilst a predominatly teen boy range can be used as I have shown for any subjects. I still have much of the kit contents left over so you can definately make all that I am sharing plus more.

Click HERE to download the instructions and enjoy the rest of your Sunday.


March Virtual Crop Class by Karen Leahy

 Hello everyone and - well dare I say it... officially welcome to Spring as we hit the spring equinox. 

Here's to better weather, a good summer and, hopefully, a more normal way of living on the horizon. 

I have a class for you today using the gorgeous PinkFresh Studio Days of Splendor and there are two pages for you to create with plenty of bits and pieces left over. 

This is one of the two pages making full use of the chevron papers and yes - my two baby boys feature on this one.

I hope that you enjoy the two pages and please do share your creations in our facebook group. 

You can find my instructions here 

Have fun everyone and happy Spring.

Monday, 15 March 2021

Going Vintage


Hello, I thought I would share some vintage pages using the beautiful Vintage Ancestry collection from Simple Stories.  I decided to stick to heritage photos for these pages and it is really easy to scan them in with phones and get a decent print.   For my first page I have a picture of my great grand parents, and I decided to cut out the edge of the large yellow flower so that it could overlap with the photo, the same with the butterfly wings, so I carefully used a craft knife and looked at which parts I needed to cut to be able to slide my photos underneath.  I also added in some of the frames, a bit of lace and collection of flowers that pulled the colours from the papers.  I chose a crocheted flower as Nan (my Great Grandma) loved a bit of knitting or crocheting so it reminded me of her, I made the poppy using chiffon and carefully burnt the edges of it with a candle - it is 3 hand-cut circles, decreasing in size with a brad in the centre.  I chose the poppy as this was part of how my great grand parents met - Teddy was carried to safety by Nan's brother in the First World War.

Here  you can see the flowers up close - I also used a vintage button for the centre of my crochet flower.

This shows the details on the papers up close and some of the co-ordinating chipboard.

For my second page I wanted to add lots of photos so went with a more modern style, but tried to keep to the heritage theme.  I cut out several of the cards that you get on the papers - a mix of 4" square and 2" squares.  I arranged them with my photos and left one for the journalling.  This is a more recent photo and was the coronation of Elizabeth and here you can see my Mum and her sister all dressed up for the occasion by my Grandma!  There is also a larger picture of the street part where they are down the from in more normal attire!

The colours in these papers are so pretty, I love the pops of blue and red.

I hope that has inspired you to dig out some older photos and write down the stories behind them!