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Inspiration . . .

. . . . another online readable scrapbook magazine YAY

I discovered this via Stephanie Bryan’s blog, its called Create and its put together by Scrapbook Generation and My Minds Eye.

Here is the blurb –

Scrapbook Generation’s CREATE, a free monthly digital magazine, focuses on sketches and how to use them to best advantage. But there’s so much more, including general articles and hundreds of papercrafting projects!

Each month, a leading manufacturer’s design team will be creating layouts and cards and tags using sketches by SG’s Allison Davis and Debbie Sanders. And that’s just the beginning. SG has put together a talented group of designers, scrapbookers, and cardmakers to bring you a 200 page papercrafting magazine filled with inspiration by some of the best in the business.

You can view it HERE

Have an inspiring Weekend.


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JOT issue number Four

I adore this publication, it just goes from strength to strength.

if you haven’t already been over and downloaded your FREE PDF copy of the magazine, seriously do it now !



Its 172 pages of inspiration, beautiful photographs, challenges and information, its full of considered design and its truly balanced.

Don’t forget to check out their blog for lots of extra features too.

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UKS End of Summer BLOG HOP

Back to School Printables



. . . and welcome to the UKS Blog Hop, If you have stumbled in here and aren’t aware of the UKS Blog Hop then scoot on over to UKScrappers to the Blog Hop Thread and read all about it and see the rules and prizes up for grabs and there will be some freebies along the hop route too.

without further ado here is my contribution, a little twist on the September tradition of the back to school layout. I recently secured a Learning Support Assistants job at the primary school I have been a Mid Day Assistant at for the last six years, so my back to school layout is focused on ME.

And, I designed some freebies for you which you can pick up HERE just download the PDF’s print, cut, use and enjoy.

Dont forget to leave a comment, I am doing a prize giveaway too, more details on that tomorrow.
I will pick a commenter at random from toadys post, you have from 6am today until 6am tomorrow to leave a comment.


As you can see I used my two printable school cards these are 6×4 so can be used in Project Life type albums too. The Background paper is Studio Calico from the Here and There collection, the sticky chipboard newsprint letters are GCD fun and funky chipboard alphas , the black sticky chipboard letters are Prima canvas letters – Londonderry, the small globe journal card is another free printable from me, I trimmed it to size and used a punch to create the note book edge along the top. The paperclips are both from the new stationary range at Ikea as is the chalkboard speech bubble tag.

Drop in on all the other UKS BLOG HOPPERS :-

a Trip down Memory Lane



beanpole (Comment not turned on – you get a PASS on commenting on this blog!




Hysteri-CAL (Heartfully Yours)



leanie (Beautiful Impressions)




PrincessScary (Sarah Hurley)





Wannabe Rebel ( YOU ARE HERE NOW )

Wear Crafts

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So, online classes . . .

. . . . I’m just curious and I wanted to poll the readership here.

I have an idea taking shape but I want to pitch it properly, so I would appreciate you taking the time to comment

I have taken a few and obviously have my own opinions about them both good and bad, but I don’t want to taint the poll so please feel free to add honest comments too, you don’t need to specify which designer or class.

If you could cut and paste the questions into email then mail it to me with your answers at I would really appreciate it.

Have you ever taken an online craft class ? YES/NO

If YES what did you enjoy most

If YES did you dislike any aspect of the class ?

If you have NEVER taken an online craft class, why not ?

What would encourage you to take an online craft class ?

Would you prefer a kit supplied with the class ? YES/NO

If NO is this cost related ?


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GIVEAWAY for no logical reason . . .

. . . apart from the fact that it is my birthday today.

I am going to leave this open until 8am GMT Tomorrow (Friday 12 April 2013) any comments after that will not be included.

What I am giving away – Its a Surprise, just like a birthday gift.

It will be Scrapbook Stash and it will contain a small kraft three ring binder ( 9 x 7.5 x 1.75 inches ) some of my printables printed onto white card stock, possibly a stamp too, and a few other things too.

Sound Good

OK in order to win leave your name birthdate and email address and I will draw a random winner tomorrow.

Anyone can enter

Here’s a photo of some chocolate cake as no birthday would be complete without it !!


Cake by

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The UK’s No:1 Kit Club

often imitated never beaten !

YES its OFFICIAL I am proud to announce I am a member of the GoGo DT

Janice and Lorraine very kindly, have given me the opportunity to create (hopefully) inspirational projects each month with their beautifully put together kits.

I am also helping to design the GoGo hybrids and their bespoke acrylic stamps.

If you are new to GoGo Kits head on over to the Club House and check out next months stunning kit.

To find out what the girls on the design team did with the June kit check out the gallery

Here are my first two layouts with the fabulous June Kit.


This is a stunning photo of my baby taken a number of years ago on a SUNNY summers day.

I chose the doily paper as it reflected the bright sunny colours of the photo, even though the pattern is bright and busy, mounting the photo onto the black card stock meant it didn’t clash.

I printed my journaling straight onto the luggage tag and then stitched lines underneath in pink (one of the doily colours) Finally before attaching the tag to the layout I wrapped the twine around the tag and threaded the small heart button on before tying it off.

I deconstructed the small chalk board and used it to add my hug, kiss, hug.

The June circle and the heart strip are both cut from the hybrid sheet.


This layout celebrates my “fur baby” and his willingness to be my photo model.

The June Kit has a great collection of brights and pastels, for this design I focused on the yummy
Amy Tangerine alphas combined with the viridian vignette dotty paper.

I created a “hanky edge” banner by cutting several of the patterned papers into triangles and layering them, some flat some with foam dots .

The die cut camera and the beautiful camera charm were perfect as accents to the journaling, which I printed on the backside of one of the papers which conveniently was graph paper.

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Sharing . . .

On a Saturday

I have read Christine Middlecamp’s blog for quite sometime, I find inspiration in her use of colours, patterns and layers.

This summer she is sharing a tutorial called Mapping Happiness.

Essentially its a large framed board that you attach individual cards to, each card will document something that made you genuinely happy.Go read Christine’s blog for the full details

I am really attracted to the idea but I am not sure that I can commit the time to it, between Magazine commissions, project life, two jobs, our home and my family and a little something else (that I can’t share yet)

I do have a spare piece of wall begging for something to hang there, but I would have to figure out how I would make the concept fit my style/decor, cos I am not a fussy vintage kind of gal, so there is the Challenge.