Monday 26 September 2011

Nuts About Sketches Week 180 :: 1952

"One hundred and eiiiiiiiiiighty!!!!" LOL. I blame my Dad for this one, he made us endure the watching of darts games when we were kids. I can't see 180 without hearing Sid Waddell in my head...

So, over at Nuts About Sketches, this week is sketch 180, and it is a double page sketch. I took the right hand side of the sketch as my guide for today's page.

These are photos from an old album my Mum brought me from my Nana's house in the summer. The photos are of my Grandparents, and my Mum aged 4, on their holiday at Eastbourne in August 1952. These photos are gorgeous, and there are a few more like it in the album, including a beautiful one of my grandparents together. I don't know if they were taken by a photographer, or by my Great-grandfather, as my Papa's parents were also on holiday with them.
Another thing my Mum brought me was an album full of postcards that belonged to my Great Aunt Nellie. It seemed quite a tradition to send her a postcard, and she kept alot of them. I found a postcard sent from my grandparents to Auntie Nellie from this trip to Eastbourne, so I scanned in both sides and printed out copies to add to the layout. I love that I have my Nana's handwriting on postcards, and love reading them.

I used papers from My Mind's Eye Stella and Rose collection for the layout, adding a title using American Crafts Thickers, and some Prima flowers and buttons from my stash. I inked all the edges using a Colorbox chalk ink pad in Charcoal.

Please hop over to the blog to see what the rest of the DT have done with this weeks sketch!

Thanks for stopping by!!



Thursday 22 September 2011

Hi de Hi!!!

Ho de Ho!! I know this will stump many of my readers, but all will become clearer soon, I promise ;)

I realised that I didn't share the layout I used for the Nuts About Sketches DT call, using the sketch provided by Shawn.

These are photos are of my Gran and Grandad, at Butlin's Holiday Camp inthe 1950's.  Butlin's was the inspiration for the 1980's BBC sitcom "Hi De Hi" - hence the title. My Grandparents went there on holiday many times when my Dad and Aunt were children - to Skegness, Minehead and many of the other camps, most of which are no longer open. I think his experiences as a child made my Dad adamant that we were never going to Butlin's on holiday, but I think that is just because of the person he is.  In fact, the only time he took us to one, was on a day trip to Skegness for my birthday one year. My Grandparents were different animals - very sociable, and enjoyed going to the evening shows and doing the daft games. I would have loved to have gone with them, just once...

I used papers from W R Memory Keepers, and did quite a lot of handstitching! I love the summery colours of the papers, and having black and white photos means you don't have any clashing with the photos!



Wednesday 21 September 2011

Having a Ball

The first Sunday in September I went to our local crop. After having a summer break it was really good to see the crafty girls again, to sit, chat and eat cake and do the odd bit of crafting!! I decided that I wanted to scrap some photos from the Mess Summer Ball, and picked out one of Allison Davis's fab sketches from Sketch Support. This is Two Page sketch #17.

The Mess was dotted with lots of polystyrene props, which just screamed out for photo ops! And we actually took a camera with us for once. We have never taken a camera to a ball in the 20 years Mark has been in the RAF. Don't know why, it just never really occured to us! But it was the best idea we've had in a long time, as we got some great shots from the night.

I used Bazzill kraft cardstock for the base, and the papers are from My Mind's Eye Stella and Ruby collection. I actually bought the papers with these photos in mind, from my LSS! They matched my dress!!
Instead of the large star shape on the sketch I used a shaped paper, and substituted the smaller stars with circles. I handstitched through the circles to mimic the sketch. I cut some of the title from cardstock using the Sizzlit Nouveau alphabet dies, and the "BALL" is a BasicGrey raw chipboard alphabet that I painted with yellow paint, and then added Waterfall Stickles to them afterwards.

It's been a while since I have used one of Allison's sketches, and I forgot how easy they make putting a 2 page layout together. I love this layout, even with photos of me on it, and I know that I will keep going back to Sketch Support for more sketches!



Tuesday 20 September 2011

Sassy Lil' Sketches September week 3 :: Up, up and away

Tuesday in my house means grocery shopping day, although today it also means that it is time for a new sketch over at Sassy Lil' Sketches!

I will admit that I had a bit of a struggle with this sketch. I think it was something to do with the cloud shapes that Cherie had put into the top third of the sketch, and it threw me a bit! In the end I decided to substitute the clouds for some kites, and found some kite flying photos that I hadn't scrapped yet.

I swirled white and pale blue inks directly onto the kraft cardstock to make a sky, and handcut some kite shapes (picking out our coat colours) which I then adhered to the "sky" using foam pads. I added some handstitching for the tails. The rest of the layout was pretty straightforward after that :) The green paper was punched with a Martha Stewart edging punch, and the title was cut from funky foam using the Sizzlit Chunkadelic alphabet dies. I added my strip journalling to the top right hand corner, and added some more handstitching to finish it all off.

As usual, this month we have a couple of sponsors who are generously donating prizes. To be in with a chance, upload your layout using the sketch by the 5th October onto the blog :)

Our sponsors this month are:

Authentique Paper


Head over to the blog to see what the rest of the week 3 Sassies have done with the sketch, and check back on Saturday to see how the Switch it up gals have ...err...switched it up...



Monday 19 September 2011

Nuts About Sketches week 179 ::Confetti

Monday comes around so soon!! Time for another of Shawn's amazing sketches over at Nuts About Sketches! This week she has a great sketch to share!

This is a photo from my wedding, in 1994. I think this is only the second photo I have scrapped from that day, mainly because I do not like photos with me in them, and obviously quite a lot of my wedding photos have me in them...LOL. This was in my Gran's photograph box that I inherited when she died. I do actually like this photo, but more for the memories rather than the actual photo IYKWIM.
In the photo I look like someone has stuck a ferret down my back... but in fact, it was Auntie Edith shoving handfuls of confetti down the back of my dress! Edith was a bit of a mischief maker, someone who always had a twinkle in her eye. She wasn't an actual Aunt of mine, but a friend of my Nana and Papa - they met Edith and her husband Lawrence on holiday in Yarmouth in 1949 and became firm friends. My Mum used to visit Edith every week when we went to swimming club training, and she still writes to Rosemary, their daughter.
If I'd have known what she was going to do, I'd have tried to make it so she wasn't behind me... I left a trail of confetti everywhere I walked for the rest of the day, and still found it in my underwear that night!!!

I used My Mind's Eye papers on this page - nice glittery papers - and the cardstock is Bazzill Basics. I handcut out the leaves after stamping a PaperTrey Ink stamp onto cardstock with Crushed Olive Distress Ink. The flowers are Prima (I think) and the chipboard letters are Thickers from American Crafts.

Check out the blog to see what the rest of the design team did with the sketch!



Monday 5 September 2011

Nuts About Sketches week 177 :: Take a bow

This week is the first reveal from the new Design Team over at Nuts About Sketches,and I am thrilled to be a part of this wonderful team! This week is a great one page sketch, designed as ever by Shawn.

These photos are of me and my Mum, taken on her birthday in 1973. I was 8 months old. Apparently her and my Dad decided that it would be funny to put a gift bow on my head.... And then took photographic evidence of my reaction...

I used scraps up to do this layout - the patterned paper is actually from a Christmas collection by Gin-X. The cardstock is from Bazzill basics. The flowers are all from Making Memories - Noteworthy. I took 3 of the tulle flowers in the pack and sewed them together to make a centre for the felt flowers. The leaf sprays are a PaperTrey Ink stamp, which were stamped onto American Craft cardstock, and then hand cut out. The title alphas are also American Crafts - Chipboard Thickers. I used ribbon, brads and buttons from my stash.

Please head over to the blog to see what the brand new Design Team have created using the sketch, you are definitely going to be inspired!!



Thursday 1 September 2011

Nuts About Sketches week 176 :: White water rafting

This week's sketch over at Nuts About Sketches is a great 2 pager. I love how Shawn manages to get so many photos onto her sketches!

These are photos taken on our white water rafting trip that we took in July. We went with G2, and Charlie and Sarah were great guides. They always take a waterproof camera with them, and emailed us the photos they took of our trip. They are a bit blurry and pixelated, but they still show what a great time we had.

I kept the colours simple with this, sticking to red, black and white and a kraft background. I swapped one of the photos out for journalling space. The title is cut from funky foam, using the Sizzlit Nouveau alphabet dies. I added a few clusters of buttons as embellishments.

Head over to the blog to see what the rest of the design team has done with the sketch!