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Saturday 28 November 2020

Happy Birthday Scarlett

Today is Scarlett's 3rd Birthday and I made her a clock and a card. They were based on the theme of a layout I made recently with a photo of her dressed as a ladybird.

I have already shared the layout. But today I'm sharing the card and clock.
I had some clock mechanisms and the chipboard clock faces left from projects I had done at Cardinal colours a few years ago. So together with the Cricut and Doodlebug Designs papers. I created a birthday set for little Scarlett's 3rd birthday. 

I made a gift box in which to keep the box safe.

Happy birthday Scarlett. xxx

Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Thursday 26 November 2020

The Knight Bus

I made this layout with a photo form our trip to Harry Potter World for Emily's hen do in 2017. The layout was created for the For The Love of Pretty Paper - Be colourful challenge - Week 6 - Precious Purple. The bonus was to use mixed media. I don't often scrap with purple, but found these Basic Grey Eerie papers to use with this halloween cut file.


For this page I used papers from an old Basic Grey collection - Eerie
I splattered the base sheet 'Freak' with grey and white acrylic paint.
I cut the Paige Taylor Evans cut file - Halloween Wreath using the Cricut and a sheet of black paper from the Eerie collection. I backed the images with scraps of papers from various different collections.
I embellished the images with Nuvo Glitter Drops and some gems.
the title is some Basic Grey letter stickers, and Thickers.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Wednesday 25 November 2020

Mark's Mural - Mr Men

Here is my answer to this months Colour, Stories, Inspiration (CSI) Cold Case No. 338.
To go with the 'scene' colour scheme, I chose this photo of my nephew in 1987. I painted this Mr Men mural on his bedroom wall for him.

See the list of clues for this challenge below.
I managed to achieve the following:
* Older papers that match some of the colours in the scene - Echo Park Country Drive and Farm Girl collections
*Older Papers with stripes
*Use older kitchen or home themed elements - Spoon charms to reflect the boy eating on the mural.
* Use older metal items - Spoons
* Use paint that you havent used in a while - old acrylic paints to add colour to the tips of the brushes
* Use old stickers - from the Echo Park Farm Girl collection and

Basic Grey letter stickers
* Use a stamp you havent used before - Woodware Art Easel set for the paint brush

That'a all for today, thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Tuesday 24 November 2020


This is another layout for my nephew's album, this one shows both my nephews in a pencil drawing by my father, reated for them in 1995. 

For this page I used:
Basic Grey - Max and Whiskers collection
Various Basic Grey alphabet stickers ,
Fairly quick layout, very flat - not many lumpy embellishments - not like me!!

Thanks for looking, There will of course be another layout with this photo for the other brother.
Lynn x

Monday 23 November 2020

Mother of the Bride

Here is another layout for the FTLOPP (for the love of pretty paper) Be Colourful challenge, - Here is my layout for week two - FANTASTIC FUCHSIA

I used this photo of my daughter standing with me outside Cooling Castle just before her wedding July 2019. Another page for George and Catherine's Wedding Album.

I used:
Several papers from the Kaisercraft Magenta collection
Alphabet Stickers from three different companies
Sizzix rosette Thinlits die
flat backed pearls
Wild Orchid Crafts paper flowers
Martha Stewart frond punch
Picked Raspberry Distress Ink

Thanks For looking
Lynn x

Sunday 22 November 2020

Wedding Album for Emily and Jack

It's now three years since Emily and Jack's wedding, and it's taken a while to put this 'not so mini' - mini wedding album together for them. I love the work of Scrap Queen, who designs and makes scrapbook albums, with very clever pockets, flaps and various other ingenious ideas for presenting treasured photos. You can see this talented lady's work in many Youtube tutorials, which are informative, creative and amusing. This album is based on Scrap Queen's Grand Hotel Stamperia Mini Album.

I have placed a video of the complete album on Youtube and it can be found HERE.

For the cover - the large frame has a piece of acetate over the window and a photo can be placed inside, it is easy to change this photo if needed.

The spine has the words ‘The Wedding of’ near the top and the name of the bride and groom on the pocket near the base. The pocket contains a tag with the date of the wedding. The lettering was cut from Avocado Bazzill with the Windsor Tonic Studio upper and lower alphabet and numeral dies.

On the back cover there is a Tim Holtz bookplate with the year, this holds a corded tassel in place, which in turn wraps around to the front, to hold the album closed by being wrapped around a decorative button. 

Inside the front cover is a pocket with a flap designed to look like a suitcase. Inside this a small notebook is stored for the bride and groom to make notes about their day. I plan to add the recipe for the wedding cake and other details like the dress etc. I covered the note book with patterned paper.


The case closes with magnets and the straps were decorated with brads. I punched a label and added more die cut letters.

On page one I have chosen to feature preparations for the wedding. This page has a series of flaps and pockets which open out to tell more of this story. The page shows a portrait of the girls in a frame made with an old Sizzix oval frame die, this in turn is mounted onto a pocket which holds a tag for a total of four small images. 


The front of this page is held in place with a key turn secured by a brad. Swing the key to one side to open two flaps and reveal what’s hidden inside. 

Page two is decorated with two Kaisercraft Curios. This page has two pockets which have flaps, held in place with magnets. Each pocket contains a tag with a photo on each side.

There is a flap with a photo, held in place with a wooden button and a loop of Baker’s Twine. This opens out to show two more photos. Then the whole page opens out to display more photos, and a tag with two much smaller pictures.

There is also a tag with a photo on each side.

Page three has two large pockets. The smaller one was made the right size to hold one of the wedding invitations.

The larger pocket houses a folder for more photos. The subject for this page is the ceremony.

Pages four and five are a mirror image of each other, the flaps on both pages hold six small cards, with photos mounted on both sides. These photos show lots of images of the guests.

When these flaps open out there are more photos underneath.

Page five is a waterfall style presentation with lots of group photos.
I found a lovely mother-of–pearl button to hold it flaps shut using twine and a tiny key charm.

Page seven is a pocket page at the front. Both these little flaps have pockets on their fronts to hold tags with photos on both sides. One side of each flap is held in place with a magnet under the tiny leaf embellishment. There is another folder tucked under a big pocket on this page. This is pulled out by another tassel.


Page eight opens out in four directions and holds lots of pockets and tags. The subject is the photo shoot in the grounds and orchard.

Onto page nine - which starts with a framed photo of James and Emily cutting the cake, and the flap for this page is held in place with a key charm turner, secured by a brad.

This page is all about the cutting of the cake and the speeches. It opens out on both sides to reveal more photos and a central pocket holding four cards, with photos on both faces.

Page ten has a flap and pocket at the front, then opens out four ways to reveal even more images. These photos were all taken after dark, when the photographer took the couple around the venue again. 

Inside the back cover is this clever arrangement for lots of small photos of the
Cèilidh dancing and the musicians. 

The framed photo slides up to allow you to view the photos hidden away under the bottom two flaps and vice versa.

To finish and protect the album when in the bookshelf, I made a box with more chipboard and paper, but no decorations which might otherwise become damaged in storage. 

For my version of the album I used the following items:
Craft UK Premium 12" x 12" 250gsm  Black cardstock
A4 160gsm Black Cardstock
Kraft and Avacado Bazzill as this was used to make the invitations and other accessories for the wedding.
Most of the patterned papers I used were from the Kaisercraft - Wandering Ivy collection.
A few papers were from other Kaisercraft collections.
Duct Tape
Forest Moss Distress Ink Pad for inking the cut edges of papers
Martha Stewart Heart Border Punch
Tonic Studio Upper & Lower case Alphabet and Number Dies
Organza ribbon as used for the invitations.


Music on video was played for Emily's entrance to the ceremony - Rohan Fanfare Theme, from The Lord of the Rings films, Emily and Jack chose the violin version played by Lindsey Stirling.

Wedding Venue - The Night Yard, Bridge, near Canterbury, Kent

Many of the photos were taken by Richard - The Other Day Wedding Photographer, others by friends and family. 

Thanks for looking, and now I move on to make an album for Catherine and George's more recent wedding (2019).
Lynn x