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Friday, 22 February 2019

THE KEY TO MY HEART(S)

Hello Everyone!

I am here with a tag for the Frilly and Funkie challenge which is inspired this month by the opening line of Emily Barrett Browning's famous poem 'Let me count the ways' and is to include three of something.

I made this tag for an event and it includes three hearts stacked one on each other.



I used a 3 1/4 by 6.5 inch manila tag and used a stencil with some glitter paste on the background then spritzed with some distress spray in places. I coloured a doily and added that and free hand cut three hearts, the first one is a scrap from my scrap box and the second was a little piece of felt and the top one was the same paper as the little punched border at the bottom, added a scrap of lace and a button and pushed a hat pin through the whole lot. I chose two colours - shades of pink yellow and then finished the tag off with ribbon and jute, and a little gold bulb pin and a little gold key... hence the "key to my heart".

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave me a message .... I really appreciate it.

Till next time - Happy Scrapping!



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Val-Belle


Tuesday, 5 February 2019

FEBRUARY COUNTERFEIT KIT CHALLENGE

Hello Everyone!

I am back again :D this time with my Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit and my first two layouts.

I love how easy making up a kit before hand makes my life.

Here is this months kit chosen by Julene.


Beautiful soft muted colours and lots of flowers, birds and butterflies.

 Here is the kit I put together and I focused mainly on the flowers, feathers and butterflies and some earthy tones.


This was my first run through and I went with Kaiser Kraft - Gypsey Rose Collection.


Then I added a couple more papers, some washi tape and some stamps of feathers, flowers and leaves and some feather arrows.


Then I added some cut apart bits I thought I would use. I have a plastic pocket of all sorts of things to cut apart that is always with me. The same is for my journalling cards so I wasn't worried about adding those.

 Here is the first layout I did using my kit.


We have just been away with some friends of ours and I wanted to document that. 

My journalling says...

'The Waspes finally decided to come to the coast with us. We actually had a really nice time with them exploring our neck of the woods.'

My next layout.


This is my daughter in law and my eldest granddaughter who loves to take photos and more especially play with selfies. They both look so happy.

My journalling says.

'Paige just loves to take photos and is always willing to do selfie shots too. Serious, silly, funny she loves it all. So nice to see the two of them having such fun.'

 Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave a comment I really appreciate it.

Till next time - Happy Scrapping!


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Monday, 4 February 2019

#LOVE THIS

Hello Everyone!

Two posts in one day :D

This weekend I decided to play along in another challenge and that was White with 1, because I saw the colour was red and I love red and I thought it would be a real challenge to only use white and red, you can use a neutral or black as long as it is only 10% of the layout.



Here is my layout.


I really had fun with this one and when I went through my stash to look for red papers there were so many different shade of red. AND my photo is red too <3 - win-win.

I added a little black just for contrast and also for the splats as for me to use red looks like a crime scene :D

I did my journalling all around the stitched edge of the layout.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave me a comment. I really appreciate it.

Till next time - Happy Scrapping!



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CKC LAYOUTS FOR JANUARY KIT

Hello Everyone!

I can't believe that we are in the first week of February already!

I managed to get a few more layouts done with the stuff I pulled for a kit for the CKC. I learnt lots of things from this first kit that I will use when pulling this months kit but all in all I was pretty happy with what I managed to do with it.

Here they are:


I added some branding strips to this one. I seem to collect them and then never know what to do with them, so I was happy to use up a whole bunch of them for this one.


I always try and use photos that tell the story and not only just pretty ones and trying to get this bunch to stand and smile for a photo is really quite a mission :D I really loved the colours for this kit and they work well for me and my style.


This is the last one, how adorable is she in her car?... and then I made a card too. I always try and make cards when I am scrapping and as my card stash is a bit low it was nice to add to it.


Just a plain and simple card and greeting but I love the cheerful colours.


Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave me a comment. I really appreciate it.

Till next time - Happy Scrapping!




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Monday, 21 January 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Hello Everyone!

Happy New Year, I hope that 2019 brings you all you wish for and more.

This year I am going to try and do some challenges and I have started the year of by joining in the with the Counterfeit Kit Challenge which shows you a kit they have put together and using that you pull your own kit from your stash. I have to say I had such fun with this one.

Here is their kit.


And here is the kit I pulled.


I didn't add embellishments like enamel dots and stuff as I wasn't sure what photos I was going to use. I have to say here I learned a lot from this exercise and I think next month when I pull my kit I will also choose what photos I want to scrap and I think that will help immensely. Having said that I have created a layout using my kit and I am well chuffed with it.

I chose to combine this with the ChallengeYourself blog which is ...


Here is the layout I created for this challenge using my CKC kit.


My one little word for this year is HAPPY. I need to find my happy again. 

I used some Tsukineko  ink on the background to create a watercolour effect and created my layout. Clean and Simple which is my style.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave me a comment. I really appreciate it. 

Till next time - Happy Scrapping!


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Monday, 10 September 2018

STILL PLAYING CATCH-UP

Hello Everyone!

I have another post playing catch-up.


This layout was created for Shimelle Laine's Clear the Desk class where she showed how to put kits together from your stash and use up everything you had chosen. This was where I really found my groove with papers and colours.


Another layout from the same class using a busy background paper. This was taken from the twins fourth birthday party.


I love that she gives you starting points for your layouts which takes the guess work out of wondering what to do. Stops me wasting so much time too <3


What I have loved most about all of her classes is the fact that she has shown me it's ok to be really bold and how to mix different styles of embellishments and papers together to make a cohesive layout. This one is so bold with the papers and it is also one of my favourites.


Another layouts mixing paper from different ranges and also embellishments from different ranges. 


I have also managed to use up much of my old paper and I mean really old paper. You get a whole new look by mixing it with new papers.


What I have discovered on this journey is that I really love bold layouts. This is my youngest grand daughter on Valentines Day. She is just so sweet!


Another thing I have learned from Shimelle Laine is that you don't have to theme your layouts and any thing can almost always be adapted to whatever your want if you choose wisely.


When I scrap I don't only do the happy or pretty stories I like to add in all the stories that make up my life. I created this layout for my boy Butch who got a sore on his leg. The vet told me it was cancerous but that they managed to get it all and that hopefully he would be ok. I was devastated. BUT he seems to be fine and I keep hoping it will stay like that.


More travel layouts and nearly caught up with documenting the places we have visited :D


This layout was done at a class we went to and had some mixed media on it which I am not wild about. I am glad I tried the techniques but I don't love them. This is a very different layout for me. It is good to try new things and then you can keep what you like or lose it :D


This double layout was done at the same event and although I have adapted to suit my style so that I could try the effects it is not my usual style :D


The last of the layouts from the Celebr8 weekend this is more my style and I am glad that I tried something different.


This layout was created from Shimelle Laine's A Most Magical Scrapbook and is from our visit to Euro Disney last year. We had such fun there.


This Grandpa and his girl have a very special bond and it is lovely to see them together. I used the yellow as it is such a happy layout. Lots of old stuff being used here too.


I have scrapped with these girls for about 14 years now. We do conventions and scrap days together and this was from our latest one. A bright fun layout for fun girls <3


And I think this will be it for today. This layout is also from A Most Magical Scrapbook Class and is perfect for a most magical little miss.

Thank you for stopping by and wading through all of these layouts. I really appreciate your visit and the time you take to leave me a lovely message. I will have the last lot, hopefully, tomorrow or the day after.

Till next time - Happy Scrapping!




Val-Belle


















Saturday, 8 September 2018

MORE LAYOUTS FROM THE LAST YEAR!

Hello There!

Following on from yesterday's post I have a few more layouts to share from the past year. From the classes that I had been doing with Shimelle Laine I decided to make my albums easier to follow and I wanted to get my travel album up to date, it was way behind and I decided to start with one page from each place that we have visited. I can then go back at any time and add more layouts to that particular place but anyone wanting to look at the album could immediately see where we had been and when.


 This layout is from our visit to Monaco in 2015 and I decided that I wanted to use up stash making these layouts. These papers are so old and I can't remember whose they are now, but the colours were perfect for my photos.


This layout is from our trip to London with our neighbours in 2009 we went to the Ice Bar and had such a fun night. I jump all over the place when I scrap and then I file away in order. These papers are from Shimelle's ranges and the red strip was a scrap. I love bright layouts and mixing papers is so cool to do this.


This layout is from our trip to Turkey in 2008 and are photos of the Blue Mosque. These paper are bits and pieces from Kaisercraft and I love the purple and aqua together.


This layout is from my visit to Keukenhof Gardens in Amsterdam in 2015 and I used paper from Simple Stories I think and scraps and washi tape. The tickets and things are all from my stash.


I had a lot of pics to use from this visit to the Church of St Paul with my hubby and brother so I went for a double layout, and used a mix of papers that I thought would work well with the photos. I made the little flowers using off cuts of the papers punched into decreasing circles, mashed them up and stuck them together with a brad. They are so easy to make and work well if you want to match the colours.


I used Celebr8 - a local brand - for this layout I loved the dramatic dark red and the blue/grey with the white and I added a pop of gold for contrast. The journalling for this layout was done directly onto the paper and this is from our trip to Germany 2016. We went to the Christmas markets.


This is another layout using the same range Celebr8 from the same trip but a different country. This is from Santis in Switzerland. I wanted to go to the top to see all of the snow. It was so lovely and so cold but we had a ball.


My hubby, my son and myself went to Cologne in 2016 after being in Amsterdam. While we were there we went to the Lindt Museum. It was heaven and also so cold that we had to have a hot chocolate which was totally decadent. For this layout I used paper from Scrapbook Studio, off cuts really and some other off cuts that would work with it. On white cardstock.


This layout is from our trip to Paris in 2017 and again I used a mix of papers from my stash. I have loved learning how to use papers to create interesting layouts. There is lots of stamping on this one and a little hit of red for pop :D


Now a little something different a mixed media card using some Celebr8 papers and some texture paste and glitter..


Another something different. Last year I decided to play along with Shimelle doing the December daily. Where for the month of December you document things that happen to the run up to Christmas.


This is one of the inserts that I made to hold our Christmas cards. It was a fun project and I am sure I will play along again.


This is a layout I made for my daughter who was going through a particularly hard time. I used cheerful colours from Lady Pattern Paper to create a fresh layout.


This layout is from my birthday this year. I knew Simon was going overseas for business and he was going to go alone but then he surprised me with a ticket. We were all swimming and I had no glasses and when I saw the ticket I thought it was his and was a bit put out that he was rubbing it in. I was so overwhelmed when I realised I was going with him. A very special layout for me. Also using a mix of papers and a glassine envelope.


This is a layout of my studio my happy place and so I created a double on kraft cardstock with a little colour and pops of black and red.


AND... the last one for today is a layout I did of my girls and I at a NSD event held in Benoni. We won the best table and had such a fabulous day. I put together all the paper from this layout which is cardstock and Lady Pattern Paper into packs for all of the girls it was fun to see all the different layouts they created with the same stash.

Thanks for wading through this post as well. I really appreciate your visit :D

Till next time - Happy Scrapping!



Val-Belle