Wednesday, 23 August 2017

~ Happy Sweet Summer Days ~

August has been a pretty busy month for me since going back to work. I've managed to get a little time to scrap here and there. I bought this Simple Stories 'Summer Days' collection in May ready for a summer of scrapping.


I saw a layout on Instagram by Zsoka Marko and used that as my inspiration for this page. She used lots of circular elements across the mid line of the layout. I used stickers and circular pieces of patterned paper to embellish my layout.


This page documents the yummy ice cream we had after walking round Newmillerdam Country Park whilst trying to build up my fitness post op. We had some fantastic weather in June, it's a shame it hasn't continued in to July and August.

Happy Crafting!

Terri
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Sunday, 6 August 2017

~ GoGo Getaway | Sri Lanka ~

Last week I was up on the GoGo Getaway Blog with my take on Kirei's shaker title technique from the March getaway.


I've created a title page for my Sri Lanka album with a large title and 3 shaker letter elements.


Loving using these flair from Bramble Fox, they have some perfect ones that match in with my travel layouts.

Head over to the GoGo Getaway Blog to see the full layout.

Happy Crafting!

Terri
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Thursday, 3 August 2017

~ UK Scrap Addicts | Love This ~


I'm super excited to be up on the UK Scrap Addicts Blog with my clustering layout today. I use clustering all the time on my layouts. It is probably my most used design feature for scrapbook pages.

Happy Crafting!

Terri
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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

~ Sheena's Class no.2 | Birds of a Feather Retreat ~

Sheena's class at the retreat focused on using Crate Paper 'Heart Day' collection. We created our own frames using a homemade mould and hot glue gun. The frames are then trimmed and painted.


For this layout we also made our own tassels using crochet twine. Watercolour splatters and packaging technique added colour to the white backgrounds.


Lots of lovely layers using the cut apart sheet and the collection's sticker sheet. I wasn't sure about the rubber heart charms as it's not something I would normally choose to use but they really add a different texture to the page.

Happy Crafting!

Terri
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Friday, 21 July 2017

~ Sam's Class | Birds of a Feather Retreat ~

One of Sam's classes at the retreat was using Heidi Swapp's 'Magnolia Jane' Collection. This was the class layout and then we also had a bonus layout we could make.


We fussy cut the floral acetate sheet from the collection and made the heart shape from triangles cut out of different patterned papers. Sam loves to use border punches to create detail to the edges of her pages.

When I added this page to my India album I actually realised I have already scrapped a landscape photo exactly the same but it is amazing to see the difference between the two pages.

Happy Crafting!

Terri
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Sunday, 16 July 2017

~ Wilna's Classes | Birds of a Feather Retreat ~

The Guest Designer for the Birds of a Feather Retreat was Wilna Furstenburg. She had designed and videoed 2 exclusive classes for us. She taught us how to create some of her iconic backgrounds.


Everyone created fantastic pages, even those who feel they are not artistic managed to create beautiful backgrounds for their layouts. Wilna created these exclusive floral die cuts for the classes.


I absolutely love these two layouts. The backgrounds look nothing until you add the photos and embellishments on top.

Happy Crafting!

Terri
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Friday, 14 July 2017

~ Sheena's Class no.1 | Birds of a Feather Retreat ~

At the fabulous Birds of a Feather Retreat Sheena did a fantastic class using crochet twine to cover chipboard frames. This is a great example of using a grid to create an eye catching layout using the Dear Lizzy collection.


This is actually such a simple design and I love the finished item. I will definitely scrap lift this layout again maybe adding some mixed media in there as well.

This page documents our trip to a little tearoom in Staithes. My boy always pulls a funny face and sticks out his pinky finger when drinking tea. I love how striking the black and white photos are.

Happy Crafting!

Terri x

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

~ Posh Breakfast ~

When the Cocoa Vanilla Studio 'Wild at Heart' collection I fell in love with it! I only managed to get my hands on the chipboard stickers, enamel dots and some patterned papers so I tried to stretch it out as much as possible. 


This layout was created for the Hey Little Magpie challenge to use more than 2 3x4 journal cards. I used the cards from the cut apart sheet in the collection.

It documents my mum and I at Jamie Oliver's Barbecoa Picadilly restaurant having breakfast. I had smoked salmon and cream cheese on pumpernickel bread. We often go to London the day before GoGo Getaway in March and this time it was also an extra special birthday treat for my 30th.

Happy Crafting!

Terri
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Monday, 10 July 2017

~ Happy | Birds of a Feather Retreat ~

At the end of May I went to a scrapbooking retreat organised by Birds of a Feather in Walsall, Midlands. It was the first full weekend they had done as previously they had only run day workshops. This retreat was my Christmas present from my parents and it was lovely to spend time with my mum and see people who I know online. We were given these great Birds of a Feather Aprons.


I used a mix of the April and May Hip Kits to create this layout. I love that chevron paper from Shimelle's 'little by little' collection.

We had a great weekend and I managed to create 15 pages from the classes and the challenges. I'm going to share some of these pages over the next few weeks.

Happy Crafting!

Terri
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Saturday, 8 July 2017

~ GoGo Getaway | Celebrate ~

This fantastic mood board was created by Lisa for the July GoGo Getaway challenge over on Facebook. My main inspiration that I took from this mood board was the rainbow colour scheme from the quote.


I used a cut file stencil from a Jen Schow online class I took last year and added watercolours to create a graduated effect. I tried to colour coordinate the embellishments with the colour of the circles.


The monthly challenge can be found on Facebook here. Winners will get 1000 magpie points for Hey Little Magpie. Can't wait to see your entries.

Happy Crafting!

Terri
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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

~ GoGo Getaway | Hello Life ~

June has been an odd month, I have been trying to get myself back on track following surgery in April. It has been hard not to over do it which has lead to days where I've needed to rest more than I would have liked.

I have managed to get plenty of scrapbooking done which has been an advantage. I was over on the GoGo Getaway blog at the end of last month with my take on the colour blocking technique from March.


Head over to find out about how I have used this technique. I should be back later in the week with another layout.

Happy Crafting!

Terri
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Monday, 3 July 2017

UK Scrap Addicts | North South East West

Oh my, where on Earth has this month gone! I'm over on the UK Scrap Addicts blog today with a layout using a large photo.


Head over to see the complete layout. We are also having a monthly challenge with a fantastic prize from Bramble Fox, details can be found here on the blog.

Happy Crafting!

Terri
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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

~ National Scrapbooking Day | Pocket Pages ~

Whilst I had a scrappy marathon for National Scrapbooking Day I completed a couple of pocket pages for my Sri Lanka album.


I find pocket pages take me ages to do as I think I see each card as a mini layout and spend ages trying to decide what to put on the photos/cards. I really need to get quicker at them as I love the effect but get put off from doing them. These pages were made with a selection of older collections from my stash.


It's a great way to put multiple photos from my travels in my album when I want to document them but they don't each warrant their own 12x12 page. Do you create pocket pages? If so is it a quick process for you?

Happy Crafting!

Terri
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Saturday, 3 June 2017

~ UK Scrap Addicts | Dream ~

Hi there, I'm up on the UK Scrap Addicts blog today with my take on this beautiful Moodboard.

My layout this month uses the Cocoa Vanilla Studio collection 'Free Spirit'. Head over to the blog to see the exciting things happening, including a prize to be won!


Happy Crafting!

Terri
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Sunday, 28 May 2017

GoGo Getaway | Lovely

Good morning from a lovely sunny and warm holiday weekend here in the UK. Today I'm over on the GoGo Getaway blog with my take on Nancy's Nuvo Crystal Drop technique.


It would be great to drop in and see all the fabulous layouts the ladies are creating. Plus remember we are having monthly challenges over on our Facebook group, you've got to be in it to win it!

Happy Crafting!

Terri
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Monday, 22 May 2017

National Scrapbooking Day | Take 3

Wow, Monday has come round quickly again. I'm starting to manage to get out and about a little more now so it may reduce my scrapping time but who knows maybe I will simply be more productive. I'm here with more layouts created for National Scrapbooking Day challenges.


For this page I was challenged to use something that I have been hoarding and reluctant to use. For me it was this Basic Grey 'Herbs and Honey' Collection. When we travel I love to go and look round the local food markets so it was perfect for these photos from the Sri Lankan Fruit & Veg Wholesale market.


This layout was created for a recipe challenge over on the Hip Kit Club Online NSD crop. I'm really pleased with how this turned out and I have finally used up all my 1canoe2 'Hazelwood' collection.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my posts. I'm aiming to blog twice a week but that will depend on my health and recovery.

Happy Crafting!

Terri
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Thursday, 18 May 2017

National Scrapbooking Day | Take 2

I've had such a crazy few months and it's hard to make yourself slow down when you are used to being busy. Not being able to drive or do any housework post op has meant that I've been able to spend time in my craft room between naps and TV programmes. The National Scrapbooking Day challenges gave me plenty of inspiration.


I'm totally in love with this Cocoa Vanilla Studio 'Wild at Heart' collection. It isn't quite as pastel as previous collection and the mix of watercolour ephemera and bold patterns is great. To create this layout I used a Hip Kit Club sketch, a Moodboard from the Hey Little Magpie challenges and a title that came from the 'Film or Song' challenge over on For the love of pretty paper Facebook group. 


This layout was for the big title challenge for NSD. I wanted to document my love of Thai food. I wasn't sure about this page but the more I see it the more it is growing on me.


This started life quite a few weeks ago when we were away in North Yorkshire. I sat one evening and fussy cut out the flowers from the Shimelle 'Little by Little' paper. This was quite a simple layout to create once I'd cut out the flowers.

I love this photo of the ladies at the last 'Like For Ever' retreat. I still feel sad that the kit club had to close but excited to be getting together with some of these lovely ladies for a getaway next year.

Happy Crafting!

Terri
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Monday, 15 May 2017

~ National Scrapbooking Day (weekend!) ~

Happy Monday, hope its not too much of a drag although the weather here in the UK isn't great at the moment. Very cloudy and rain showers.

It was absolutely fantastic to see so much inspiration on social media for National Scrapbooking Day (NSD). So much so that many online groups had challenges across the whole weekend. I chose 3 groups to play along with and I am so grateful for the time and effort they put in to organising them. I chose to do challenges from the 'For the love of pretty paper', 'Hey Little Magpie' and the 'Hip Kit Club' groups on Facebook. UK Scrap Addicts also participated and held a few challenges online.


This layout using the free cut file available on the UK Scrap Addicts blog started life many many weeks ago when I decided to stick the Mandala cut file designed by Polly's Papercraft. I did not anticipate how long it would take to do and eventually finished it just in time to use for NSD.

I still need to add a little journaling to this page as it documents the spa I went to whilst we were in Sri Lanka. I used a mix of Maggie Holmes and Paige Evans collections for this page.


This layout was for the 'circles' challenge over on Hey Little Magpie. I painted and ink splattered a circle just slightly bigger than the cut file. This was one of those layouts that I really wasn't sure about until it was finished. I used a mix of Maggie Holmes collections and the title is from Heidi Swapp.


I've had these Cocoa Vanilla Studio 'Endless Summer' papers for quite a while and loved them so much that I didn't want to use them. However we used them at the March GoGo Getaway and I vowed then that I would start to use them. I love the pastel colour palate.

I used Jackie's Sketch challenge as my inspiration for this layout and it makes a change to have a 'normal' holiday photo to use as its not often our holidays include swimming pools and beaches.

I'll be back later in the week to show you some more layouts I managed to get done for NSD.

Happy Crafting!

Terri
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Sunday, 14 May 2017

~UK Scrap Addicts | Scrapbook Whispers ~

I've not been around for a little while as I had some surgery just over 3 weeks ago so have been resting and starting to recover. I wasn't organised enough to get some post scheduled in advance but I did manage a little scrapbooking last weekend.

The UK Scrap Addicts had a go at participating in a Scrapbook Whispers layout swap for National Scrapbook Day. It was so much fun and was amazing to see the evolution of the layout as each person scrap lifted it adding their own style.


Head over to the UK Scrap Addicts blog to see how the layout started and finished. I was mid way through the process and would love to take part in these again.

None of the six photos I took of the Leopard were worthy of being a focal point as the cat was hidden in the tress and we had very little time to get a good shot so most of them are out of focus. I combatted this issue by putting all the photos together on one page.

Happy Crafting!

Terri
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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

~ UK Scrap Addicts | Real Life ~


I'm back over on the UK Scrap Addicts Blog today with my take on Laura's sketch this month.

We are having a whole host of challenges over on the blog for National Scrapbooking Day this weekend with some fantastic prizes from a whole host of UK companies. It would be great for you to pop over and join in.

Happy Crafting!

Terri
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Monday, 1 May 2017

~ GoGo Getaway | Be Inspired ... ~

I'm a little late posting this as my GoGo Getaway blog post went live on the 28th April but I have been recovering from surgery and didn't realise I hadn't scheduled this post.

This month the design team are taking a look back at the Be Inspired ... challenges from the March GoGo Getaway. Head over to the blog to see how each of the Design Team member interpreted the challenges.


This was my layout for the elements challenge that I set for the retreat.

Happy Crafting!

Terri x

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

~ April GoGo Getaway Challenge | Going Going Gone ~

I've joined in with Nancy's colour theme challenge over on the GoGo Getaway Facebook group and blog. I totally fell in love with this beautiful graduated coloured paper. It looks great behind the white cloud cut file.


I fussy cut cloud shapes from the Shimelle 'Little by Little' patterned paper and added them flat and also on 3D foam to create height to the layout. I tried to group embellishments of similar colours together at the same area as that specific colour on the graduated back ground. 


The sunset in Galle, Sri Lanka was beautiful and we joked around using a polo mint to take photos through.

Would be great to see you join this months challenge, head to the Facebook group to see the full details. 

Happy Crafting!

Terri
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Thursday, 6 April 2017

~ GoGo Getaway | March 2017 ~

Mother's Day weekend saw me attend my second scrapbook retreat in March. GoGo Getaway is held at Theobalds Park Hotel in Hertfordshire and I have been going for a number of years now. But this time it was a little different as I was part of the GoGo Getaway Design Team. I had such an amazing time teaching classes, participating in other classes and getting to know the other delegates.


The organisers Niki, Janice and Lorraine had really gone to town with the d├ęcor and amazing little extras that GoGo Getaway is known for. It was brilliant to see the set up outside the crop room.


This was my first time teaching classes at GoGo Getaway and I was super nervous beforehand but absolutely loved it. It was amazing to see how the delegates added their own take on the class layouts.


The rooms were great as usual and comfy nights sleep. I slipped away for half an hour on the Saturday night to have some quiet time to myself before scrapping away in to the early hours.

I now can't wait until November when I will be teaching again at GoGo Getaway's new venture @ Haydock near Liverpool. There are still places available if you want to come and join us for some crafty fun!

Happy Crafting!

Terri
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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

~ Goodbye Like For Ever ~

I have to say that I am devastated to lose the UK Kit Club 'Like For Ever' this week. Unfortunately due to personal circumstances and financial viability Nicola has had to take the sad decision to close the company at the start of the new financial year.

I had subscribed to the kit club for almost two years and it was a real boost to my creativity. The kits were always full of the most up to date products that worked so well together.


I was fortunate to be Guest Designer for the 'Harmony' kit in October 2016 and I absolutely loved. It spurred me on to apply for and join the two Design Teams I am now on.


Nicola who ran Like For Ever is a lovely caring woman and I hope she continues to scrapbook from a personal perspective. The community of subscribers she built on the Like For Ever Facebook group is amazing. Everyone is so friendly and inspiring, my hope is that this community will continue despite the company's closure and I will still see Nicola at other scrapbooking events.


Happy Crafting!

Terri
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Monday, 3 April 2017

~ UK Scrap Addicts | Here & Now ~

Hello there, I'm back on the UK Scrap Addicts Blog today with my layout featuring sewing. Throughout the month of April the creative team will be sharing their layouts using a variety of different sewing methods.


My full layout and more comprehensive detail can be seen over on the blog. I used the scraps of 'Cool Kid' papers left over from my class at last month's Like For Ever retreat. I love using this collection for non-child related scrapping.

Happy Crafting!

Terri
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Saturday, 1 April 2017

~ Like For Ever Retreat | Jackie Ashton Class ~

I took part in a fantastic class taught by Jackie Ashton from Birds of a Feather at the Like For Ever scrapbooking retreat. 


She used the Crate Paper 'Cool Kid' collection to design and teach 2 9x12 layouts. She also provided instructions to complete another 12x12 layout and 9x12 pocket pages with the left over supplies from the class kit. The first layout uses a circle template with distress ink applied through it to create a background on the white cardstock.


The central pocket from the pocket page was used to create a transparent shaker pocket and was sealed using the fuse tool. I added a few puffy stickers and wood veneer from my stash.


I used the class to document my trip to the main market in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The bright vibrant colours are great for the colours in the market. I love how the bright colours in this collection complement the colours in my photos.


The layout below was the bonus 12x12 layout but I adapted it to create a 9x12 page for my Uzbekistan album. The chevron arrows in the background are less visible on this page as it had to be shrunk width wise from the original. I added a couple of flair badges and enamel dots from my stash.


It was great to use a collection for something that wasn't what the theme of the papers suggest. The collection is very much aimed at 'boy' photos. Thank you to Jackie for creating such a fantastic class.

Happy Crafting!

Terri
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Thursday, 30 March 2017

~ Like For Ever Retreat | 17th-19th March 2017 ~


Wow, last week was such a crazy busy week for me. 2 scrapbooking retreats, a trip to London with my mum and a night away with the fella in between. Hopefully I will get chance to photograph all my pages from the retreats and get them on the blog in the next few weeks.

I had a fantastic time at the Like For Ever retreat held at The Woodlands @ Hothorpe Hall near Market Harborough. I was on the second weekend this year and the group was a little smaller so we had more space and it was slightly less noisy than the year before.

Again the setting was beautiful. Lodges and snugs set amongst the trees with a beautiful array of spring flowers dotted around.

There were 17 of us there for the whole weekend and the 2 class teachers (Jackie Ashton & Julie Taylor) joined us Friday - Saturday night.

It was great to catch up with Sarah who is on the GoGo Getaway Design Team with me and finally meet Chloe who I have followed on Instagram for a while now. Chloe and I were actually table buddies and had a surprising amount in common.


Nicola always goes the extra mile on these retreats and along with the lovely accommodation we had some lovely little gifts on our crop tables along with a goody bag that contained a 9x12 album.

I had a fantastic productive weekend and managed to win one of the challenges bagging myself a new 12x12 album.

If you ever get chance to go on a crafty retreat I would say jump at the chance. It is amazing to be around like minded groups of women.

Happy Crafting!

Terri
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