Garage scrapbook pages

Here are a couple of 8 x 8 inch scrapbook pages based on a layout posted by Sue for a CBC challenge. We demolished the single garage and had a double garage built on that spot. It used to house the motor bike and a car but now is more like overspill from the house. It has no heating in there so gets really chilly and damp in winter.

Inks: Black document ink, Colorbox fluid chalk inks
Card: Cosmo cricket
Stamps: Stampin up Loads of love (pick-up truck) and totally tabs, Dimensional fourth (bike)
Other: coloured pens for the wavy lines

New home scrapbook page


8″ x 8″ is a new size for me to work with so this is my first page for Sue’s grown ups challenge over on CBC. Sue gives a recipe and measurements to make it nice and easy and I just added the number 36. My theme for this scrapbook are some of the before and after photos when we had the builders in way back when we first bought our house in 1990.
My layout uses Cosmo cricket card, small letters and numbers, grunge board New Home letters painted in crimson acrylic paint, a couple of blooms, punched leaves, embellishment. The number 36 is a square of card with card board numbers stuck to it. I covered the front with aluminium tape and I used an embossing tool to press the foil close to the numbers. I then scribbled on top then rubbed black acrylic paint over it then crimson. I wiped most of the paint off leaving little bits on to highlight the numbers and scribbles.


Here is my entry to Carolyn’s challenge – cafe culture. The photo was a strange colour in the first place as it was a very bright sunny day and we are all sitting outside a Belgian cafe. The Grand Prix circuit at Spa-Francorchamps is situated in beautiful surroundings and the riders have to contend with steep hills and forests (creating dark and bright areas) and it uses part of the main road too. We had wonderful weather, race day was especially glorious, and we had a fabulous holiday but this is the only photo I have to remember it by.

Inks: Adirondack woodlands, Versafine onyx black, Brilliance pearlescent ivy
Card: white, Bo-Bunny Beau jardin bleu, dark green
Stamps: Dimensional Forth Ltd. Motorcycle racers, stampin up Loads of love (tree) and background sanded
Other: images: Stella Artois and circuit map from web, ribbon and brads

Drastic Fantastic


It was October 2007 when Harry and I saw KT Tunstall live at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh and yes she was FANTASTIC! I wanted to make a scrapbook page using my concert ticket , the CD cover (inside) and a few photos. I am hopeless at taking photos at these kind of events so I had to go on the scrounge. Many thanks to Martyn who very kindly gave me permission to use a few of his fabulous KT photos.
As I am setting this week CBC challenge – the theme is ‘just the ticket’ so pop in and join in with the challenge.

Inks: Distress inks fired brick and peeled paint
Card: Bo-Bunny’s back to backs My darling blooms and Ella precocious, scan of CD cover, white
Stamps: Elusive images Funky doodles fresh
Other: Tim Holtz hinged clip and grunge board flourish, stickles, domed embellishment, concert ticket and photos



I also made this card as another idea for using a ticket. This card is for Stuart who will be 12 years old in a couple of weeks. The ticket is one from Carolyn’s downloads (I tweaked it a little but kept the overall design) .

Inks: Distress ink fired brick, Versafine onyx black
Card: Bo-Bunny Ella precocious, white, black
Stamps: Stampin up backgound canvas, Stampers anonymous Urban tapestry
Other: ticket, black brads

a sheer mess


I was going to be making a card for Carolyn’s challenge ‘sheer elegance’ using some sheer ribbon but Chiquo decided to go for a dig this morning! Harry had been digging the mint out that had started to spread and I hadn’t quite got around to putting the green plastic netting over the nicely raked surface so Chiquo decided to have a dig and the mud went everywhere!

This gives a new meaning to ‘the mint with a hole’. Chiquo is in the dog house now!

Inks: Archival coffee, versamark with Tim Holtz distress embossing powder weather-worn
Card: Stampin up green and brown textured, plain white, glossy photo
Stamps: All night media paw print (actually a cat’s paw print), Stampers anonymous Tim Holtz Urban tapestry corner
Other: bottle tops, sheer brown ribbon, stampin up brown gros-grain ribbon, white brads, images inside the bottle caps are from Twopeas DW bow wow

Feeding the birds

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Well the weather can’t make up it’s mind what it is doing…sun..rain..sleet…sun…wind…snow etc.
so I have been staying warm indoors with my scrapbook stuff spread all over the place for the last couple of days and here are my latest scrap pages. We put out birdseed and peanuts to attract the little birds to our garden but we often have other visitors to the bird feeders.

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Inks: brilliance black, Distress ink dried marigold, various copics to colour image and embellishments, glaze
Card: paper is cloud 9 design Sunrise buds, card from stampin up
Stamps: Sugar Nellie bird house, The Artistic stamper Stitchels dashy dot birds and leaves, Studio g bracket, free flower stamp from Craft stamper mag.
Other: letters and frames Cosmo cricket, grunge board arrow and plate, bird food, feathers, brads, primas

Thunderbirds ARE GO


Another scrapbook page about our garden. It was also made for the CBC crew challenge ‘stars and stripes’ – the stars are on the 4 silver brads (the photo makes one look like a white brad) and the stripes are ribbon. We were looking after our friends son while they were away and as you can see – he loves the Thunderbirds!

The background paper is from Stampin up’s Summer picnic, and the ribbons are from Cosmo cricket.

Fairy Forest scrapbook double layout





Here is my double layout which I finally managed to take photos of – my camera has gone kaput and I had to borrow my husband’s which is a newer model and works slightly differently.
The first photo was taken in a beautiful forest at Gosford Estate. and The second photo is of Maranna, my lost wax bronze sculpture. She now lives in the conservatory after a frisky fox knocked her over and she suffered a broken shoulder and wrist (all better now though).The verses are taken from the certificate that authenticates the sculpture and the magic fairy coin has her limited edition number on the back so is kept hidden behind the fairy door.

Inks: Tim Holtz distress inks antique linen and frayed burlap, alcohol ink black
Stamps: house mouse fall commuters, Dovecraft fantasy emblems, tapestry stamps and Lavinia stamps (small leaves on the door)
Card: DCWV Once upon a time stack, BitsNPieces woodgrain paper
Other: dragonfly charm, bookplate, key, dried leaves and flowers from my garden, button, Tim Holtz grunge board elements, distress embossing powder

Fungi scrapbook page


So I have finally managed a scrapbook page using the napkin method demoed by Pam (thanks Pam) at the Edinburgh scrappers crop ages ago. Even though I used mat mod podge it is still rather glossy, hence the bright patches in this picture.

Inks: Adirondack woodlands, Archival ink coffee
Stamps: Stampin up pocket silhouettes, Tracy Dutton mushroom stamps from Lavinia stamps
Card stock: stampin up; creamy caramel, chocolate chip, sage shadow
Charms: dragonfly from Crafts by Carolyn, mushroom from ebay
Materials: napkin from a napkin swap, mat mod podge

Take a 3 ply napkin and peel the layer with the image on it from the other 2 layers. Roughly cut out the patterned bits you wish to use and paste mod podge on the areas of your page where you want to put the napkin. Gently lay the napkin on the mod podge and squidge it around to create a little texture. leave it to dry and paste a little more mod podge over it. It goes semi-transparent so you can still see what lies beneath it.