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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











Friday, 7 September 2018

I AM BACK

Hello Everyone!

Well it has been almost a year since my last blog post and I thought it was time to get back in the saddle and start blogging again. I just found that social media was sucking the life out of me and that so much of my time was spent on commenting on Facebook, Instagram, You-Tube and blogs and so on that I didn't seem to be able to get anything else done. So now I am going to try and manage that in a better way.

I have been super busy with my scrapping and I think that finally I have found my groove and I have definitely found my style, and I have been pumping out layouts .

You all may know that I love Shimelle Laine and I have been doing a lot - ok well all - of her classes which has helped me so much with design and using up my papers and mixing collections so that they are pleasing to me and I am very comfortable with what I do now. I have gone away from double pages in the main part and stick to single pages. I do the odd double and also a single with a PL page next to it if I have lots of photos. 

I have re-organised my albums so that they make more sense. I am not 100% happy with them yet but they are better than they were and they are OK for now.

This post will be a little photo heavy but from here on they will be much shorter and more manageable.  I hope that you have a cuppa and that you will enjoy what I have been creating.


This layout was created using FabScraps papers, and my journalling is always on the front of the layout so that once my layouts are in the album there is no reason to take the pages out... I did add a little peach cardstock, and gold washi tape to make the colours pop.


When I create layouts I always try and make a card with the left over scraps of paper. Not always the case but I do try.


Here I created a double layout and I can't remember now whose papers these are but one of the things that I have learned from Shimelle Laines classes and videos is how to mix papers from various ranges and how to make the papers pop. I saw that the Y from MY had fallen off when I took the pic and I did fix it but I did not retake the pic. :/


This is another another layout done of my grand daughter and her best friend using FabScraps papers which were perfect for the photos. The chipboard title was painted black for a bit of a pop and then covered with glossy accents.


Here is another FabScraps layout using the Christmas paper and I decided to put it onto a black background so that it would pop. I painted the chipboard baubles and then covered them with white distress glitter and once they were dry I stamped on top of the glitter with black ink. This was such a fun layout to do for me.


This is the card I made with the left over papers.


Another layout created using scraps from my box. I don't remember whose papers they all are but I do know that there was a lot of fussy cutting with this layout and I quite like how it turned out. :D 


This  layout of my four year old grandson getting his hair cut was a layout we made at a class given by Lynette Jacobs at the Secret Event held last year. The papers were specially done by Scrapbook Studio for this even and even though this layout has a LOT of mixed media on it - which is totally not my thing - I quite like it. 


This layout is a double that was from the same event and taught by Cariena Basson with the same papers and although I changed the layouts A LOT to suit my style I did try and stay the same too. My grandson just loves ice-cream and it is our favourite treat out.


This is another layout from the same event using the same papers and is from our 2015 trip to Milan. The colours of the Duomo and the thunderous skies was just beautiful.


And... a final layout using the Scrapbook Studio papers from our trip to Nice also in 2015.


As I had so many photos of this one from Portugal to use I created a double layout using some papers I had from a very old paper pad called The Garden Tea Party by DCWV on a white background with a piece of wood grain to set it off. Also from our 2015 European trip.


One of my favourite layouts is this one I created using some of Shimelle Laine's papers and some some scraps of our ferry trip from Bristol to Ireland by ferry. Such a bright cheerful layout for me despite the grey day we travelled on.

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I don't scrap chronologically so I jump around and scrap what I feel like and then I put it in the albums in chronological order.

This layout was created using old stash and is from our European trip in 2-15. I promised myself I would use up what I had and not buy anything new. That lasted all of one day I think. But I used up this BoBunny or maybe Kaiserkraft paper that I had always thought would be so hard to use. Not my normal style but it is good to go out of the box now and again.

I think that is enough for now I will do another post soon so that I can catch up on what I have been doing. If you looked at this whole post THANKYOU! I know it is long and it is so good to be back. Thank you for visiting my blog!

Till next time - happy scrapping!


Val-Belle

Thursday, 21 September 2017

BARCELONA

Hello Everyone!

I have a layout to share with you that I did for the Stuck!? Sketches challenge.

Here is the sketch to be used for inspiration.


Another cracker of a sketch from Laura Whitaker.

Here is my layout.


Another layout for my travel album and this time in Barcelona. My journalling says....

Barcelona was by far my favourite place on this holiday. I love the vibe, the people, the food and even the sangria. If I ever had to choose another place to live it would be Spain. We want to go back and see some more.

Here are some close-ups.


I used Authentique papers from a couple of ranges for this layout.


I die cut some tags and leaves and punched out the lollipop flowers.



Journalling done directly onto the paper.



This was such a fun layout to do.

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

Till next - Happy Scrapping!

Hugs


Val-Belle