Art by Marlene collage papers, Carabelle Studio, Ladybird book journal, Lollipop Box Kit, Ribbons, Washi tape

Double spread in my altered book

Yesterday I was meant to be tidying the craft room… but got distracted and ended up making a double page spread in my Things that make me smile altered book journal.

I used pages that were already decorated so it didn’t take too long to put this together, just the picture, some tissue paper and stickers most of which came from the Lollipop Box Club kit from Feb.

Love how chunky this journal is getting and need to work on flatter pages from now on or it will never close or fit on a shelf! Lol!

Love grabbing quick moments to get creative … but really do need to finish sorting out the mess!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art by Marlene collage papers, Junk Journal 2021, Masks/Stencils, Ribbons, Washi tape, YouTube video

Junk Journal Jan – March 2021

Today I did some finishing off on my junk journal and have actually completed the January to March signature.

Filmed a flip through which is here on my YouTube channel. I have a couple of pages however left to blog about so some of the video should be considered a sneak peek! Lol!

Anyway here are the pages I did today…

Firstly a simple page documenting my daughters 15th birthday with some pics I put on social media charting her growth into a beautiful young woman. I used the Art by Marlene collage paper as the backdrop and then some washi, an index card I cut up and some foam stickers and decided that was all I needed with all the pics.

Next a very plain page in comparison… some stencilling and washi tape and the photo on a flip out to hide the journalling… simple and works well with the brown paper page.

Finally the inside back cover which I had added a swap to and then some green spotty doily I also added the lacy trim to the edge with some very suspect sewing! Again let the pictures do all the work.

Looking forward to seeing whatbi can document for the next three months in the next signature!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Ladybird book journal, Lollipop Box Kit, Ribbons

Journalling in the Ladybird book

Today I have a page in my altered Ladybird book and I videoed the process this weekend as I made it. I mainly used supplies from the Lollipop Box Club kit which had just arrived and I couldn’t wait to dig in and start playing!

Not sure what I can day about this except… I really do enjoy this kind of memory keeping at the moment. It’s so quick and you can do so much more than when scrapbooking… and storing them is much easier!

Also really recommend Lollipop Box Club kits. I think they are great value for money and the products are so cute!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Berry Blessings, Berry Delightful, Ladybird book journal, Oh So Ombre, Ribbons, Washi tape

Stampin Up Sunday Berry Blessings journal page

For today’s Stampin Up Sunday I added to the Ladybird Book Journal with a page which documents Maya Blackberry picking… and in turn my memories of blackberry picking with my grandad.

Of course I had to use the Berry Delightful dsp and the Berry Blessings stamps… I mean it was the perfect reason to use them!

I created a flip page and also added a slot for the hidden journalling.

I teamed the Berry Delightful papers with the Oh So Ombre papers as the colour match is perfect.

Love how this came together. Feel like I might need to raid the sticker stash for a few finishing touches, but this is how I’ve left it for now.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Art by Marlene collage papers, Carabelle Studio, Happy Celebrations, Ladybird book journal, Lollipop Box Kit, Ribbons, Washi tape

Ladybird Book Journal… Happy mail

I am always super happy to receive Happy mail so I included some in this page in my Smile themed altered Lafybird Book journal…

I followed a couple of tutorials Lisa from Lollipop Box Kit had put on the patron group with pockets and faux stitching and incorporated them into these pages and then included tags and artwork from various swaps I’ve received over the years.

I also included the stamped Happy from Happy celebrations and the post stamp from Carrabelle to finish off the pages.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Darcy, Ladybird book journal, Lawn Fawn, Oh So Ombre, Ribbons, Washi tape

Ladybird book journal

I’ve really got a thing for journalling at the moment… especially junk type journals. Well this was following s class that Lollipop Box Club’s Lisa is doing Patreon and I decided not only to follow the class but to make a similar themed journal as her sample/demo… a journal of things that make me smile.

I had loads of fun with an old Ladybird book, taking it apart (carefully) and then decorating it and putting it back together to make a journal.

I started with this second hand book which I bought off Etsy. I’d love to go to a second hand book shop in real life, but it’s just not possible in lockdown so etsy it had to be!

I carefully removed the pages from the book, it handily came out in three signatures and then added some gesso to the cover.

I chose some patterned papers to add to the signatures and then realised I needed to widen the spine so I cut the spine and added patterned paper to create the wider spine. I strengthened it to make sure it was going to hold and then went to town decorating the front.

I used a lot of scraps I had to hand some bits and bobs I had lying around. I included some things that are favourites of mine… bright colours, the Darcy heart, sari silk ribbon, tags, bookprint and glossy accents on the die-cut smile.

Then I bound the signatures in using the brightly coloured twine.

Really looking forward to working in this journal adding in the things and stories that make me smile. Not sure if I have mentioned on the blog already or not but my word of the year is smile so this seems like a good project to help me achieve my goals of bringing a smile to every day.

On this particular day (I made it a couple of weeks ago) what made me smile a lot was sharing the table to create with my daughter who was working on her textiles gcse work. I got so much pleasure out of watching her create.

These little pics may well need printing for inclusion on the first page of the journal in fact!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Fancy Phrases, Gummiapan, Pierced Blooms, Ribbons

Tag Thursday… pierced blooms and grunge

Today for Tag Thursday I actually have a video showing how I made this tag which is for UK stampers forum.

I contrasted the Pierced blooms dies with the grungy background. Love how it turned out!

Such fun to make and those dies are fabulous! Love them!

And that gummiapan is one of my favourite background stamps ever!

Entering this into the challenge of flowers at Challenge up your life

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Fancy Phrases, Itty Bitty Greetings, Ribbons, Stampin Blends alcohol pens, True Love

Happy birthday Auntie Margaret

Today I have a card I made using leftovers from the online craftalong I did with friends a few weeks ago, using a tutorial from another craftalong I did with a different group of friends!

Confused?!?

So my SU group did a team craftalong during which the lovely Sue showed us how to make a card with different layers and folds. It’s difficult to describe but it was a great project to make and I made my mother’s day card using it … but I can’t blog that yet.

Then a few weeks ago I did some online crafting with some friends using the True Love dsp and had some leftovers so decided to make a birthday card for my auntie using the papers and same colours of cardstock using up leftovers on the desk and some fresh card for the base of the card.

I love the true love dsp …. it is such fun to colour in! I chose to colour in three floral clusters and fussy cut them, and use two different floral backgrounds for the background papers.

I used Rococo Rose and Blackberry Bliss as the main colours of cardstock and coloured the images using Blackberry Bliss, petal Pink (with a touch of flirty flamingo) and cherry cobbler … I didn’t have stampin blends in the rococo rose unfortunately bit think the flowers worked well regardless.

I also used the Blackberry Bliss ribbon and the pastel pearls to finish off the card with Fancy Phrases sentiments (& Itty Bitty Greetings for one of them).

Super happy with the card and the little pops of green from the leaves also work well. Definitely going to try and do more fancy fold type cards from now on… they may be intricate to make but the end result is fabulous!

Entering this into the flowers challenge at Challenge up your life

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Beautiful Brocade, Birds and Branches, Birds and More, Chevron, Decorative Dots, Gorgeous Grunge, Honey Bee, Jar, Jar of Flowers, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Petal Palette, Petals and more, Ribbons, Studio Calico, Watercolor wings

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

Another month has passed so quickly… and it’s time to use up some patterned paper for Craftyhazelnuts challenge. I chose to do another one sheet wonder challenge.

I chose a graphic black and white paper and used the following template I had drawn up…

And I set to with the paper and black card to mat each layer.

Next I added some coloured cardstock as bases.

Then with white cardstock, ribbons from the stash and stamped images I made them up into fun cards.

Card 1:

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Stamps used… Watercolor wings, petal palette, Birds and Branches, jar of flowers, Honey Bee and Gorgeous grunge.

Also used coordinating dies for images where I had them and the accompanying dies for Petals and More and Birds and More for the added elements.

Love how these all came out!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

American Crafts, Festival of Prints, Junk Journal 2021, Masks/Stencils, Ribbons, Tis the Season

Junk Journalling- Christmas journal

A few weeks ago I made a signature for a junk journal as a Christmas journal. No rules for what I’m putting in it… except Christmas stuff!

So I used American Crafts and Making Cards magazine papers and some watercolour paper for the signature. I videoed making the signature in case you are interested.

Well I’ve now made a page and used a couple of pics of me from New Years Eve 2020 and part of a Christmas card I received.

I added the photos and bits of journalling tucked behind the Christmas card… and some embellishments made using gloss gel through a stencil onto the green paper.

Really happy with the finished page. I did video it again so feel free to go and see how it came together.

Entering this into the “red” challenge at Academy Scrap Art

Happy crafting!

Catherine