Category Archives: Simple Stories – Say Cheese

Thursday treasures revisited!

For two of the Thursday treasures challenges I presented unfinished pages. I have now finished them off.

Layout one… This was started back here
But by the time I started putting it together I had changed some of the layout and added some additional bits and pieces. I also trimmed down the background to add a new base card as I felt it needed more blue at the edges. I also made my own stamp to add the little cloud embellishments.


Layout number two … From way back at the beginning of the summer. I didn’t change the layout too much on this, but added some doodles etc. and the positioning of a few elements. I also added the journalling to a separate piece of card which I stamped the Stripes stamp on it.


So pleased to have finally finished these works in progress!

Happy crafting!


Thursday Treasures! Prompt time!

As I am awake (god knows why as I feel shattered) I thought I would post this early! And so without further ado… this week just one word to prompt you …


I wonder how you will interpret this to do some scrapping?

I decided to hunt through the Disneyland pictures and decided on the one with the chairs for the mad hatters tea party… No more dreamlike than a bit of Alice!


I also thought that the Walt Disney quote which was on one of the Simple stories papers worked with this layout too!

I kept the base fairly plain and subtle with the Soft Sky cardstock, added some strips of Lost Lagoon to break it up a bit, and a nice bright Hello honey mount for the photo. This photo was one photo but I decided to split it to work a bit better with the layout idea I had. I wanted to use one of the project life type pieces of DSP from the Simple Stories kit as the main feature of the page so this went to the left of the photo and the quote I fussy cut out went to the right. I also threw a polka dot doily in too to break it up a little.

Then I took another one of the project life pieces and fussy cut out the pennant which I stuck at the top right and an arrow from a piece I knew I wouldn’t use to go bottom left hand side.

Love how this came together simply, and didn’t need a title because I could use the project life piece as the title! I have never really fancied project life as I view it as a commitment I would never keep too but some of the supplies are so yummy so maybe I will be tempted to join my friends class even if it is only to use the supplies for slightly more traditional scrapping. I have done divided pages before now too which are not exactly project life, but do allow for more photos to be included on a page … So never say never!

Last night I was at Helen’s scrap booking class and so have some new yummy papers to play with. Didn’t manage to finish a page whilst there but have three pretty much ready to assemble so hopefully this weekend I will manage to fit some scrapping in!

Happy crafting!


Thursday Treasures! Theme!

Well hello Thursday! Hope your days has been good! It’s time to play with the scrapbooking tonight and I have a theme for you!


Wouldn’t a holiday be really nice right now! Well in October last year we were gearing up to our holiday in Disneyland Paris and I have been loving scrapping the pictures ever since … And probably will continue scrapping these pictures for years to come as I took so many pictures and we have so many great memories to capture! So of course I am scrapping a Disney picture for this theme!


Now this page is a true scrap as I used mainly scraps to create it. I punched the pennants from scraps and the cardstock and dsp I used were leftover from other projects! So a true scrap! I used this pin as the starting point for my layout.

Love the fun of the page and the way it reminds me of the fun we had! Love the outlining with drawn on stitches too. I did this a while ago on the Minnie Mouse page so it was lovely to revisit this idea. Looking forward to seeing your holiday scraps.

Happy crafting!


Thursday Treasures! Colour scheme

I really am feeling quite like this colour scheme at the moment … So it seemed apt to try and scrap something in keeping as a result!


I rarely scrap with just the neutrals out … Usually there is a colour to make it pop etc, so this was quite a challenge!

In fact I failed?! Well sort of failed. As in I had to include a little touch of colour!

I went for a grey and black colour scheme but the DSP I chose had a little bit of colour in it!

Plus of course the colour in the photograph… But predominantly this is a colour less scrap!

This is actually the picture of the starting point, before I finished it! I have started doing this recently, putting the page together and then leaving it, partly to check I am happy with the layout and partly as doing the page in stages takes less time, and so I can work on a few layouts at once! Except with all the she art I’ve been doing (and I did another canvas tonight I’ve not yet shared, and loads of papercutting) I just haven’t had a chance to do anymore! So for once I am not going to finish the Thursdays Treasures… And instead will finish it next week and share the final result then! Sorry folks!

Happy crafting!


Thursday Treasures! prompt!

Happy Thursday everyone! Time for another play at scrapping!


I wonder what kind of adventure you will think of and scrap about if you join in. I immediately knew I wanted to scrap the picture of the princess at Disneyland on the first night having a wonderful time on the tea cups ride … It was the beginning of an adventurous few days that’s for sure!


I used the scraps in my stash of the Simple Stories Say cheese kit to create a panel inspired by a pin I now can’t find! Then I used a mixture of the Basic Grey & Real Red to mat the pieces and plenty of stickers to add embellishments before I added the journalling in the top right hand corner. It was nice to use Crumb cake cardstock for the journalling strips rather than the usual white or cream I would normally use!

I had to outline a few things with a black pen as they needed edging I realised after I had stuck them down. But this added a different effect to edges than inking them in the normal way.

Hope you like the layout and the sense of fun and adventure is present for you!

Happy crafting!


Thursday Treasures! Time for a technique!

This week I thought I would turn to a technique … Although it may well be an ingredient rather than a technique as such!


I decided on this because in my scraps stash I had loads of strips of dsp that I didn’t want to get rid of but were a little too small to do much with… So I went hunting on Pinterest.

My layout was inspired by this page I pinned on Pinterest. I twisted it a little but it is very recognisably the same layout.


It is another Disney scrap and using the fab Simple Stories Say cheese kit. I cut the strips to the lengths I wanted them and then edged every single one with the black Stampin write marker to make it stand out. Then the journalling strips were edged with the Tangerine Tango marker to give them a different look. I decided against adding much in the way of embellishment as I felt the page was quite busy in a clean way and anymore would have been too much.

Pleased with this … And also that I managed to find an effective use to the bits I had put in the scraps box! Knew they would come in handy at some point!

Happy crafting!


Thursday Treasures! Technique

Ok this week I decided something… To do a new type of prompt for Thursday Treasures … Techniques! This is because I realised it was something I hadn’t done before and fancied trying! So this is this weeks prompt is…


I use patterned papers quite often… But usually I go for one main pattern rather than mixing them up. Now when I buy a dsp from SU or buy a kit this is usually very easy as they are coordinated to go with each other … So I just needed to pick one kit and go for it!

I chose to use the retired Howlingtooth and Scaringbone dsp to go with this picture of Maya at Disneyland Paris in the Minnie Mouse Halloween fashion area as it is a Halloween photo after all!


This dsp is quite a statement in itself and with the busy picture this has ended up being quite an “in your face” type of page! I decided to really mix up the angles and focus on mixing things up rather than coordinating to be honest. I used this pin as my inspiration for this. The stickers were from the Simple stories kit called Say cheese and these didn’t exactly coordinate but in this layout it didn’t seem to matter!

What do you think? Do you use multiple patterned papers in your layouts? Please let me know.

Happy crafting!


Thursday Treasures! Photo prompt!

This week I had a bit of a rude awakening whilst looking for the perfect photo prompt…


Why the rude awakening? Well I knew I wanted “selfie” to be the prompt for the week but rather than choose a theme I figured there would be a good picture I could use. Now I don’t advise you do this yourselves, but I was stupid enough to type selfie into google images. Now whilst the picture I have picked up is quite innocent … If a little on the cheeky side … There were plenty of not so innocent people pictured in various states of undress. So after a flustered couple of moments I was fortunate that this image was near the top and I could move quickly to the x button!!!

Anyways … A bit of modern culture this week … The selfie … Also known as self portrait by mobile phone held at arms length …. Think Cameron and Obama at Mandela memorial…. But hopefully fully clothed and more respectful!

So I decided on another Disney scrap. I have really been enjoying this recently.

I started with a sketch from this pin on Pinterest. I did make it my own with a little twist to the layout!


Just like some of the others I have shared I used the Simple Stories Say Cheese papers and stickers. So so perfect for any disney pics! I used a mixture of cardstock; Cherry cobbler, More Mustard & Marina Mist.

In terms of stamping, I used some hearts from Hearts a Flutter and that was about it. I did however use the Pennant Punch to create the little bunting out of the paper.

Hope you like what I did with my fun selfie!

Happy crafting!


More Disney scrapping!

On Wednesday I set to and did quite a lot of Disney scrapping! I really really enjoyed it. I had wanted to start this when I got back from our holiday but with the commissioned crafting and the big blip with my mental health it just didn’t happen. The closest I had got was to putting some papers with pictures in the page protectors and that was it. Well at the weekend at Helen’s crop it was the stuff I took with me and it has got me started!

So on Wednesday I shared my page from when we met Mickey Mouse… So now it is the run of when we met Minnie!


Now this layout is almost completely lifted from someone else’s! Yes I scoured Pinterest for layouts and when I saw this one I had to use it for mine too!

I used the fabulous Polka Dot Parade dsp and cut it into then starburst design. Added a doily and some stickers from the Simple Stories Say Cheese kit to embellish and popped the journalling onto a tag behind the picture. I also found Minnie’s autograph and popped this behind the picture too!


Hope this page brings as much joy to you to look at as it did me creating it!

What great memories!

Happy crafting!


Scrapping as rehab!

This week I have been back to work after a few months off with a blip with my mental health. Having said that I am on a phased return to ensure I ease myself back to work and don’t rush in a crash again! So today was a day off work, and I have to say after two days I was shattered so it was such a good idea.

After a coffee and toast at Sainsburys I headed home and started scrapping … Such great therapy!

I am working on my Disneyland album at the moment, amongst other things, and this brings such pleasure to remember all the fun of what we got upto!

I think the best part of today’s creativity was when I found a surprise in the pile of stuff we kept after the holiday which I will share in a minute!

So here is the page I made of the most important moment of meeting Mickey Mouse!


I kept most of the layout simple, but added some bits and pieces of scrap I couldn’t put in the bin from the crop I was at at the weekend like the chevron punch leftover! The papers and sticker embellishments are from a Simple Stories kit called Say cheese which I got especially for the Disney album as this is what they are themed towards. As I had quite a bit of journaling (I was making an effort to do better journaling as I watched the Mel Keaton Sunday scrappers I had recorded at the weekend on C&C which inspired me!)’ I hid this on a tag in a pocket behind the picture. I then hunted through the ephemera we had left from the holiday to find the autograph from Mickey.


But the real find was in the same notebook and it was a letter Maya had written to Mickey which I had no idea about!!

Now this is perfect for scrapbooking! What a perfect thing to find and to keep. I just adore this! So both this and the autograph are tucked into the pocket behind the photo for safe keeping.

I did do some other pages too today but will share those at another time!

Happy crafting!