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First Aid Kit scrapbook page

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I haven’t made a scrapbook page for a while and I had these bits and bobs in a bag ready to go so it didn’t take me long to do.  Harry and I attended their Stay Gold concert at the Usher hall and they were excellent.  I might not sit in the grand circle box again as it was rather loud, the massive speakers on our right hand side didn’t do much for the overall sound experience, and I did notice that there was an area in the stalls for disabled people so next time we might try there instead.  As the photograph is taken from above you can’t really see the shine on the gold border, angel hair and embellishments.

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Queen’s diamond jubilee scrapbook page

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To mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee we had a small afternoon tea with our good friends from up the street.  We watched the pageant on TV while celebrating with bubbly, sandwiches and cakes.  A good time was had by all but while the sun was shining in Scotland it was a rather wet affair in London.
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Spaghetti Western Orchestra scrapbook pages

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this photo looks very yellow but is is in fact the same brown as the one above

I just LOVE the music to the Spaghetti westerns by Ennio Morricone and when I saw the Spaghetti Western Orchestra (SWO) on the Jules Holland’s show I knew I just had to see them live if they ever came to Edinburgh.  Well they did and I wasn’t disappointed – they were fantastic!
On the first page you can pull the tabs at the side to reveal the tickets for the show and a newspaper clipping.
As I don’t tend to take photographs of the actual concert I used the official photographs from their website (if you scroll down in their website you can watch a couple of clips) and traced the shooting cowboy silhouette from the CD cover.
I did try to do some image transfers from photos I took of a Wild West street Edinburgh but they didn’t work that well but it didn’t really matter as most of the images were going to be covered up.  In real life these pages look a nice warm brown colour but try as I might I could not get my photographs to look the same.

Inks:  Distress inks Brushed corduroy, Vintage photo, Wild honey, Spiced marmalade, Rusty hinge, Black soot, Fired brick, and Frayed burlap, Memento Tuxedo black, Adirondack Denim, Versafine archival Vintage Sepia, Dylusions Worn leather spray mixed with Distress Pumice stone re-inker (diluted)
Card:  The back pages from a scrapbook paper pad, yellow Stampin up textured card, glossy photo paper, Heritage paper alphabet and header strip, orange vellum, scraps of ivory card and leather look brown card,
Stamps:  Waltzing mouse stamps: Way out west and Back in the saddle, Tim Holtz Wild west and Urban tapestry, Oxford impressions Steampunk
Other:  gun charms, horseshoe charms, image transfer of own photos of saloon, Distress stickles Vintage photo and Clear rock candy, Diamond glaze, saloon die cuts, mini brads,

Posted in scrapbook, scrapbook page, spaghetti western orchestra, SWO

July scraplift scrapbook page

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Only a little bit late: Heather chose our crop’s July scraplift (to be finished by August but we are all a bit behind).  This lift is taken from Becky Fleck’s Pagemaps book (p18 but 12 x 12) with her kind permission.

During the 80’s I used to race (monkey in sidecar) most weekends and if I wasn’t racing I was either marshalling or spectating.  I haven’t been to a race meeting in a long time now and making this page brought back lots of memories.  We were known as Team Shandy and in those days there were hardly any female motorcycle racers about.  Gordon Shand is still racing sidecars  but with a very different outfit.  The top photo on the page is of  one of my first attempts in an old front-exit sidecar with Adrian Smith driving: I had to use Kenny Harris’s leathers (who was his usual passenger) as I didn’t have any and as you can tell, I haven’t quite got the hang of it yet.
I have used a few of my old rather tatty black and white photos for this layout so I kept to a black and white theme with a touch of grey for the shading.   If you pull the black tag it pulls out a plastic wallet with my old racing licences and motor club cards.

Inks:  Black document ink, Distress inks Black soot and Pumice stone
Card:  Stampin up black card, white card
Stamps:  Stampin up Sanded background, Invoke Arts Art tickets
Other:  black checked ribbon, large brad, dog tag, magic mesh, small brads

Posted in scrapbook page, scraplift, sidecar

Altered Harry with a pigeon scrapbook page.

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As some of you may be aware I have been mucking around with printing onto fabric. This is a photograph of Harry in the botanic gardens feeding a pigeon (peanut in his mouth). I altered the colours and made it negative (I think – I altered it so much that I can’t remember what I did!) then printed it onto cotton poplin photo fabric. This was cut out, frayed, tinted around the edge, ironed onto interfacing along with some fusible fibres. I found the self adhesive Fozz felt flower border a real pain to use as the backing paper came off in tiny bits rather than in one piece.
I could probably have just used the freezer paper ironed onto fabric for this as it does not need to be washable but I am just dabbling in new techniques just now.

Here is the original photo:

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And this is how it looked on the screen before printing onto fabric:

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It looks sooooo bright here but it fades a lot once it is printed.
Inks: green ink for around the fabric border
Card: Doodlebug Pastel plaid, BoBunny My darling cut out and My darling Bella
Other: Cotton poplin photo fabric, iron-on interfacing, fusible fibre, green/gold mesh, Kaisercraft Fozz felt Flower power lime, fabric flower trim

Posted in photo fabric, scrapbook, scrapbook page

April scraplift

Faith chose the April scrap page for our crop’s scraplift, with kind permission from Glitterola over at UKscrappers.

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I kept the general placement of the photo, the distressed edges to both background layers, my swirls are beads on wire, under the photo are 3 skeleton leaves with gold leaf behind them, the maple leaf is a real maple leaf encased in some kind of resin (fridge magnet).
I started by spraying the More mustard layer with the sprays and sponged on some mustard seed then splattered with more colour. I distressed the edges and added the brown colours to the back and curled the over. The photo is actually a photocopy of a picture I had cut out from a magazine of branches hanging over a pond. I coloured the leaf beads (which were pale green) using copic pens and placed some behind the photo and some along the front aligned with the branches on the photo. Stuck everything on then stamped the word Fall over the leaves and layered this page onto the black card which I had distressed the edges already.

Inks: Memento black, Colour washes Terracotta and Pesto, made a spray with Magenta ink, Distress ink Walnut stain , Vintage photo and Mustard seed
Card: Stampin up black card and More Mustard card
Stamps: Tim Holtz foam alphabet stamps
Other: skeleton leaves, gold leaf, gold alphabet brads, fridge magnet leaf, Magnolia beads on wire sprays coloured with copic pens

Posted in Autumn, scrapbook page, scraplift

CBC Spring and Birthday challenge 2010 – A bit sketchy

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For this challenge you had to make anything you like but you had to use this sketch below. You get bonus points if you made a layout.
I have used BoBunny paper, Circle Circle Dot Dot template, gems, acetate arrow and some butterfly trim. My photograph is of my Oriental poppies in the back garden from last year (I was trying out the macro setting on my camera).
I have squished the sketch so it is all at the top right hand side of my layout.
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Posted in CBC spring and birthday challenge, scrapbook page, sketch

CBC Spring and Birthday challenge 2010 Life in pictures 1

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The next challenge over at CBC is for a scrapbook page so I have made a very quick 8inch by 8inch of some work in progress on our master bedroom. We were doing up most of the house at the time and every room as an absolute tip but Harry actually wanted this one kept like this! He didn’t even want it painted but after further ‘discussion’ he changed his mind. The original photo was taken in 1993 and sadly neither of our two dogs pictured here are with us today.
I used my Cosmo cricket card again.

Posted in CBC spring and birthday challenge, life in pictures 1, scrapbook page

Hello butterfly scrapbook page

Irene Tan has very kindly given her permission for us to use her beautiful scrapbook page  to scraplift for our crop’s February scraplift challenge over at ukscrappers. Check out her fabulous blog – she is very talented and shares her ideas and tutorials. You will find this original page under 100%concentration in October 2009 with her description of how she put it all together.

I love all of this page: the colours, the layout, the bling, the photo…..all of it! I kept the colours and some of the general layout, I used mostly stamps rather than rub-ons (only 1 rub-on in the corner of my photo), I used some bling and butterflies, added one bloom but left out the lace and some of the smaller flowers and I didn’t rip my photo.
Here is my scraplift version- Ceara has just had a butterfly land on her nose!
The other butterflies were made using the napkin technique onto acetate and cut out which means they maintain a fragile look and you can see the colour of the background through them.

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Hello butterfly (my scraplift version of Irene Tan’s page)

Inks: Distress inks: shabby shutters, peeled paint, scattered straw, black soot and vintage photo, Black document ink
Paper: Magenta Printemps passion collection – Robins nest, K&co Toscana swirls embossed vellum, 7 gypsies Karma, black vellum (punched fern), acetate, napkin
Stamps: Autumn leaves On the edge (Katie Pertiet), Venaissance Llewelyn-Bowen, Basic grey Flourish corners, Inkadinkado Hello hummingbird, Aspects of Design Butterfly, Stampers anonymous Urban tapestry
Other: flat backed pearls, paper blooms, pieces from old ear rings, BoBunny Bella Journee corner rub-on, clear zoomz

Posted in butterfly, Irene Tan, scrapbook, scrapbook page, scraplift, scrapperlicious

Edinburgh croppers scraplift challenge January

At the Edinburgh scrapper’s crop on Saturday I managed to finish my scraplift page for our Scraplift Challenge 2010.  Each month someone from the group chooses a scrap page for the group to scraplift from.
Pauline chose our first one: ‘End-of-a-perfect-day’ by gwyneth123.
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and here is my interpretation: ‘Dig, dig, dig’ – the journalling says – ‘Gardening:  A leisure time activity involving a lot of  time and little leisure.’
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Inks:  Colorbox fluid chalk Lime pastel, Memento Rhubarb stalk, Distress inks:  Frayed burlap, antique linen and peeled paint.
Card:  papers from Bo Bunny My darling collection and Lily bee French Couture
Stamps:  Stampin up Sense of time (clock), Hero arts Four dolls (flowers on the arrow)
Other:  embellishments left over from other projects, bottle cap, Green acetate frame from Fancy pants, acetate arrow, brads, elastic band, note paper, tiny watch pieces
Posted in dig, scrapbook, scrapbook page, scraplift

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