Tuesday, July 19, 2011


I wasn't sure when I saw Shimelle's sketch this week - it's a lovely simple layout, but I wondered if this simplicity would make it hard to create my own original interpretation. Yes, these are the things that keep me awake at night. Forget the recession and banking crisis it is scrapping dilemmas that get me worked up!

Anyway, after staring at her layout for an age, I finally had inspiration :)

Shimelle's Sketch and her layout

I felt that the placement of the orange paper on her layout reminded me of a pinwheel/windmill. Once I had this I was off! I know it's cheating a little to get my inspiration from her layout, rather than from the sketch itself. But hey, the scrapping police might just let me off with a caution this time...

So, here we are...

Am I allowed use the Americanism of 'bangs' instead of fringe? Sounds a lot better for my title!

Some close ups - 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Sketch Crazy

I don't get out much. It's all to do with having four very poorly behaved children. When I am forced - so very much against my will - to herd the cats and leave the house, I try to do everything and more in one go. So, when I saw that we needed multiple photos for this weeks Shimelle Sketch of the Week - I decided to get loads printed out and see which combination worked best.

And in the end, I used them all! I did three layouts based on the sketch. I tried a little something different with each of them, so that I didn't necessarily have three identical layouts in my album.

To kick off - the sketch...

So, here is my first attempt -

Whimsical Lily

 And the second one -

 With the first one I used about a half a ton of paper, so with the second I went minimalist. I love them both, actually delighted with them for once.

The third layout isn't actually finished. My printer is dead and I wanted to print out the journaling. My handwriting is worse than a doctors, so I do like to have it printed out a lot of the time so that future generation will be able to actually read it...

Anyways, it's late on Tuesday, I better go upload this or it won't count!

Monday, July 4, 2011


Okay, here we are - my interpretation of Shimelle's Sketch of the Week.

I was getting concerned as to where the line is between working from a sketch and just scraplifting the layout - I suspect it's like on X Factor when Simon Cowell either likes someones interpretation of a song or calls them a cheap karaoke singer! So, hopefully I've made it through to boot camp with this layout  :)

This was the sketch -

And here's my take...

Hope you like it!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Layout Crazy...

Well I've been in the zone. I got my glue. I got my photos. I got my pretty paper. And amazingly, I've got a bit of time.

And it's great what you can come up with when you ban yourself from printing out any new photo's till you use all the ones you have already. The 'Casino' layout below uses some photo's that I really wasn't crazy about (don't ask me why I printed them). But I'm delighted with the finished product. Wouldn't have happened if I hadn't made myself use them.

The other layouts use photos I love, but tomorrow I'll be posting my Shimelle Sketch of the Week layout, and that uses pics that I had in desperation printed out for a workshop crop. Once they were printed I wasn't that delighted with them and ended up never using them. But, just like the 'Casino' layout, having trimmed and snipped them, I actually quite pleased!

So, here we are...

The pics really weren't up to much, but I really like them in the layout

Completely delighted with how the 'bricks' came out.

Ru and Nanny

I just love this Basic Grey Sugar Rush paper.
Waga Baba
Drat. Spelling mistake in my journaling. Anyone got any tips how make it better?

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