Grayson’s Geared Up Garage 2nd Birthday Scrapbook Page

My beautiful boy turns 2 today and I can hardly believe it. Just where has the time gone?! He is such a ball of energy and fun, it’s hard to remember what life was like before he arrived.

I wanted to create a scrapbook page to mark this birthday. Once I had decided on the photograph (which I cut out using a stitched rectangle die), I decided to frame the photo in words using various die sets and a mixture of fonts.

I used the Geared up Garage Bundle to add some color to the page. I must admit, I bought that set mainly for that gorgeous engine cog die, but I absolutely love all the dies and that stunning oil spill stamp too!!

I wanted the words to really pop against the white cardstock, so I used black foil. I am so happy that that stunning foil will be in the next catalogue!!! So lovely to work with.

Happy 2nd Birthday pumpkin 😘 xxx

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Our 10 Year Wedding Anniversary Scrapbook Page using the Frosted Floral Suite

I hope you are all enjoying the festivities of the season and the final countdown to Christmas – can you believe it is just 1 week away??! I feel totally unprepared but somehow the tree is up, the presents are wrapped and the cards have all been sent! I’ve no idea how it all got done but I’m so glad everything appears to be on schedule for now.

Today is a very special day for my husband Ben and I as we are celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary. Christmas has always been my favourite time of year so it seemed fitting to have a wedding to match. Some people say their wedding day is a bit of a blur, but I remember every detail of my wedding as though it happened yesterday. In fact, I can’t understand where the last 10 years have gone!

I wanted to make a 10 year anniversary scrapbook page to mark this milestone in our lives – the photos are of us then and now. And the Frosted Floral suite was the perfect way to adorn the page. I have loved using every part of this gorgeous suite.

The great news is the First Frost stamp and die set will carry over to the next catalogue, but I will miss this beautiful Frosted Floral DSP so much. The colours of our wedding were red and gold for Christmas, so I used merry merlot for the mat layers and champagne foil as my chosen metallic foil paper. Gray Granite is prominent in the DSP and with the black and white photos, I thought champagne would be perfect with its warmer grey tones.

Of course, no scrapbook page (or any page for that matter) would be complete without a little Joyous Noel tranquil tide glimmer paper. I rarely buy products when they are retiring. but I must admit to stocking up on another pack of this stunning paper!

A lot has changed for us over the past 10 years – people have come into and gone out of our lives. The most important newcomer has been our gorgeous little boy Grayson who is now 20 months old. We feel so blessed to have him. Times have been testing, but our love for one another remains just the same.

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Make it Metallic Scrapbooking Global Challenge

The August challenge for my Scrapbooking Global Group was ‘Make it Metallic’ and I decided it was time do something with these photos of my son’s first trip to the aquarium.

I cut the photos to 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ and matted them on some copper foil sheets cut at 4″ x 4″.

Continuing the underwater theme, the Under the Sea framelits dies featured heavily in my design. I love the mesh net die and cut those from crumb cake cardstock before covering them in versamark and heat embossing them with silver and copper embossing powder. I did the same thing to the ‘fish’ letters so that they took on an antiquey look.

I then cut the accent pieces from silver and champagne foil sheets.

The embellishments were a mix of retired stash and basic Sahara sand sequins.

This yellow daffodil delight background is a bit of a break from my usual white layout. White is still more me, but I liked the fun element to this layout and colourway – much better suited to my boy! xx

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Rooted in Nature – scrapbooking for Father’s Day

It has been the busiest year ever, and keeping up with my 14 month old son has left me less time than I would like, to share my crafting with you all! The brand new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue has been such a treat though, and I am just starting to play with all my beautiful new goodies! I have never been much of a scrap booker in the past, but with so many precious moments to capture with my family, I have decided to make a special effort this year, to scrap book whenever I can!

Recently it was Father’s Day in the UK, so it seemed like the perfect time to kick off my scrapbook album. This is a picture of my husband Ben and son Grayson in a photo shoot we did in the week following Grayson’s 1st birthday. He is never happier than when he is sitting on his daddy’s shoulders!!

I wanted to keep the theme neutral rather than flowery, so decided on the new Rooted in Nature Bundle. Oh my word, this Bundle is absolutely stunning!! The stamped images are just gorgeous with my favourite being the detailed leaves. Orange is my husband’s favourite colour, so I mounted the photo on a piece of pumpkin pie cardstock and went with coastal cabana, blackberry bliss, merry merlot and call me clover, for the background stamping. I added some pumpkin pie accents using Timeless Textures which remains a firm favourite of mine. The gold heat embossing and black die cuts add texture and dimension along with a more masculine vibe.  The ‘amazing’ was die cut using the Celebrate You thinlit dies, and the black patterned accent pieces were cut using the Flourish thinlits dies.

Just love how it all came together. I’ve also realised scrapbooking is a great way to combine and showcase different stamp sets easily, so am looking forward to sharing more of this with you in the coming months xx