Sunday, 30 November 2014


Hello :) Today's post centres around the beautiful hydrangea. I love hydrangeas and to me they are still beautiful even when they have lost their vibrant colour. Their faded blooms take on the colours of autumn and then winter.

I took the photo with my iPhone camera and then processed with an app called RD Magic. I wanted to contrast the colours in the photo, which are quite vibrant after the processing with a more muted set of colours on a different theme for the rest of the layout. The blues and creams in the kit that I used,I think, are a perfect complement.

I love tags and could't wait to get started on a small bit of journaling on it to finish off the page.

This page was created with the lovely kit, Happy Little Bluebird by Sugarplum Paperie.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Real Life Scrapped RSO November 29th

Hi, with the end of November I was expecting to be selecting some more autumn layouts for today's RSO. However, it seems that December is here early! From decorating the tree to snow storms, today's selected layouts covers them all. And oh wow, that snow storm in America, Cindy's layouts certainly show us what it was like!

November 29th

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Almost Autumn - K-Joi Studios

Hi :) As I mentioned in my last post I have been busy this week creating layouts using some lovely kits by K-Joi Studios. My layouts use a mix of the following: Almost Autumn, Almost Autumn Clusters, and Almost Autumn Add On.

I continued with my framed edge theme, created by punching the centre out of a paper and adding an inner shadow. In the last layout shown here I blended the leaves into the background, the darker leaf was created by stacking two blended leaves. The bottom border in my Autumn Tree layout is the bottom of one of the frames in the kit upside down; twice. I thought it worked perfectly :)

NF Owl
Autumn Tree
Autumn Tree
Autumn Acer Tree
Autumn Acer Tree
The photo of the tree was taken whilst on walk in North Camp, near where I live. Captured with my phone camera then first processed in Snapseed, with 100% HDR and then an overlay from Mystic app to give a warmer final colour. The acer tree is in the garden and was captured using the Hipstamatic app, Jane lens, Ina's 82 film. The photo was taken a little while ago and it has now lost most of its leaves.

I love the oranges in this kit, perfect for creating brighter autumn layouts. The stitched flowers are beautiful and the owl is just so cute :)

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Fall Sweet Fall - K-Joi Studios

Hello again :) I had a busy week of digital scrapping with some kits by J-Joi Studios. The layouts in this post use her lovely kit Fall Sweet Fall.

To create the framed edges for both of these layouts I punched a hole in the centre of a paper and applied an inner shadow. To create the backgrounds for both I blended two papers together, which gave a paler effect and also a texture and a good base for the embellishments. In my first layout I also blended a swirly element into the paper to give an extra pattern over the top of the stripes where there are no falling leaves or flowers to add extra interest.

The Beauty of Autumn Trees
The Beauty of Autumn Trees
The photo of the trees was taken at Napier Garden in North Camp, near where I live. Captured with my phone camera then first processed in Snapseed, with 100% HDR added and then an overlay from Mystic app to give a warmer final colour. The Rose was also taken with my phone camera with 30% HDR applied in Snapseed.

I love the leaves in this kit, they have a lovely texture to them and stitching for the detail. The papers are are great for using on their own or blending together and the glittery finish on some give just that bit of added sparkle :)

Real Life Scrapped RSO November 15th

Hello :) It's been another busy week in the Real Life Scrapped Gallery. My Real Standouts post today captures some of the highlights, so why not head on over and take a look :)

RSO November 15th

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Oscraps blog, O My Stars, 12 November 2014

Hello :) I had a lovely surprise today with my first upload to the Oscraps gallery being selected as a layout on today's 'O My Stars' blog post :) With a lovely comment from scribler: Next up is this absolutely beautiful page from Natasha-Ann. The elements she has chosen illustrate the poem so well that I could not pass this one up. I think the page is just gorgeous! Natasha really knows how to make good use of elements for her page. 

Read on for more info about my poem :)

Smile As You Remember

I was asked if I could write a poem on grief to go into a scrapbook kit. So here is my poem as part of Lynne Anzelc Designs kit LifeLine Grief. I hope you like both the poem and Lynne's kit, (which I love) :)

The poem is in the overlay part of the kit and comes with and without the angel and I loved it when I saw it :)

The poem reflects how I feel when someone close passes away, and how, many years later I still often smile with a few tears when I remember them.

In my page layout I wanted to keep the flower of the background paper as a feature of the page and I've layered up around this. Even if I do say so myself I love how it has turned out :)

Monday, 10 November 2014

Real Life Scrapped, Designer Focus with Ninigoesdigi

Hello! Today I am sharing my second Designer Focus post at Real Life Scrapped. Today's designer is Nini of Ninigoesdigi. Check out my post here:

Stylish Scrapping with Ninigoesdigi

Sunday, 9 November 2014

My Scrapbook Diary November 2014

Hello :) How is everyone? I hope that November is bringing lots of great opportunities for being creative. Last month I posted about #scrapwithapps which I have been taking part in over the last month. Well I have to confess that I am somewhat behind, but I am going to catch up over the next few weeks! However, I have taken a "few" snaps with my phone, got creative with some of the photos with apps and I'm quite pleased with the results :)

Catch up with my monthly Scrapbook Diary post over at E-scape and Scrap blog: #scrapwithapps: Capture the Moment - November.

And here is a taster of my latest layouts that I've used in the post :)

Capture the Moment - Beauty
Capture the Moment - Beauty
Capture the Moment - Autumn
Capture the Moment - Autumn
For these two layouts I've mirror imaged the layout of the photos. As the photos are quiet bold in each case, I've embellished lightly and used brushes to add the final touches. The first page has a cold colour finish and the second is warm due to the overlay used on both photos. The overlay is from the Mystic app. Three of the images had HDR applied in Snapseed.

For details of the kits used, click on the image to open in Flickr and the details are in the notes section.

All the layouts can also be seen in the post: #scrapwithapps: Capture the Moment and more layouts for My Scrapbook Diary, at The forget-me-not blog :)

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Real Life Scrapped RSO November 1st

Hello, yesterday was my latest Real Standout post at Real Life Scrapped. Hop over there and take a look and the great layouts a real mix including autumn and travel.

Real Standouts

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Autumn Roses - How to...

Hello, I hope that everyone is keeping well and crafting lots :)

Today's post is a How to... I've been playing with kits old and new, all DaisyTrail and all on a chalkboard type theme and I'm going to share how I created the layout. The beautiful roses I snapped a couple of weeks ago with the camera on my phone and used an app to apply the effects.

Autumn Roses
autumn roses
I used the following kits by DaisyTrail: Dreaming in Chalk, Doodled Dreams and Ancestral Tree and Craft Artist Professional 2 for creating the layout.

How to...
  • Create a new project with paper size 12x12 inch.
  • Drag the black panel background from Ancestral Tree onto the page. This is automatically put in the Background layer.
  • From materials drag one of the black chalked materials from Ancestral Tree onto the background layer above the background and make it 12x12 inch
  • Select the material and the apply blend mode Difference.

  • From materials drag one of the lighter papers from Dreaming in Chalk onto Layer 1 and make it 12x12.
  • Drag on a square punch, re-size to 10x10 inch and centre using the align tools. Punch hole. Apply shadow style, Outer Shadow 03, to the paper. The frame remains as the first item on the layer.
  • This creates a frame around the project and will be made more interesting with embellishments later.
  • Add a wide ribbon from Doodled Dreams and position underneath the frame.
  • Add a mix of chalked flowers and leaves, re-colour to suit and make sure they are below the frame and the ribbon so that they poke out of these where they are positioned near the edge.
  • Add your photo of choice and staple to the board with the staple in Doodled Dreams.
  • Add a title for the page using the alpha in Doodle Dreams and re-colour to suit.
  • Add some journaling in order to give some context to your page and this is Layer 1 finished.

  • Add a new layer for adding embellishments on to, this will automatically be labelled Layer 2.
  • Add a selection of flowers, bows and sparkles to give a 3D effect to the page.
  • Apply shadow style, Bottom right shadow 03, to all embellishments. Without the frame any shadows applied would have been lost against the dark background.
  • Sit back and admire your latest scrap page :)

I loved playing with these kits to create this effect and I loved using all the pastel colours. They worked great with the photo and are totally different to the usual autumn palette.