3 Feb 2020

Hello and Welcome back to my blog!

I'm back on the double page team this month on the Stick It Down blog. Here is my layout for the month of February:

And here is the fantastic double page sketch that inspired the layout:

I've been wanting to use the howling wolf cut file on a layout for a while now - it's from Tommy and Tilly Paper Design, and it's available from the Silhouette Design Store. I've had it cut out of white card stock, waiting for the right photos or inspiration to come along. This month's sketch was ideal for this die-cut.

I decided to replace the large doily heart on the sketch with the wolf cut-file and create a layout which summarises our adventures from last year. I do this sometimes at the beginning of the new year - it's good to reflect on the previous year, focusing on th...

13 Jan 2020

Hello, and welcome back to my blog! We decided to shake things up a bit at the Stick It Down HQ, and some of us will be alternating between single and double page layouts over the next few months.Consequently, this month I am working with the single page sketch. And not just with any sketch, but my first single page sketch for Stick It Down! Well, my first single page sketch, ever! I am so grateful for Ashley for encouraging and facilitating me in this!!!

So, here is my single page sketch for January 2020:

And here is my layout:

I started by stamping the top half of the layout - I used a flower stamp in a random, scattered pattern. 

I went for blue ink to match the colours on the photos, and I planned to use a dark blue patterned paper for the bottom half. I ended up changing the pat...

2 Dec 2019

Hello and welcome back to my blog! It's hard to believe it's December already! I am running sooooooo behind with my scrapbooking, that I'm still scrapping photos from last Christmas!!!

As well as having a Christmas journal, each year I create a double page about our Christmas day. These layouts go in a separate album - it's lovely to see the changes from year to year, as the kids are growing. This month's double page layout for the Stick It Down blog tells the story of Christmas Day last year. The double page sketch was designed by the very talented Lauren Mullarkey - and what a fantastic sketch it is!

I tried to stay as true to the sketch as possible, but I had to change it slightly, as I had extra photos to add. This was a bit tricky, as two of the photos were vertical and the rest horizo...

11 Nov 2019

Hello and welcome back to my blog! Today's layout is the third one I created with the November Stick It Down double page sketch. I wanted this page to resemble the original sketch as much as possible. I still ended up flipping it and making some minor changes to the size, orientation and placement of the photos. I'm afraid this is the closest I can adhere to any sketch!

I decided to use patterned paper for the strips in the background. After learning my lesson from the last layout, I decided not to waste too much time with the positioning. I ended up overlapping the paper strips, so any crookedness would look like part of the design. This was a much faster way to create the background.

I did a proper bit of stash busting with this layout, using older collections from my stash. I we...

6 Nov 2019

Hello, and welcome back to my blog!

Apologies for the delay in posting... i was supposed to put this second part up last Saturday, but Life had other plans...

I'm still working with the November double page sketch from Stick It Down for this layout, reinterpreting it another way.


For this layout I have decided to use washi tape for the stripes. It was supposed to be a quick-ish way of doing things... well, let me tell you, I was wrong!!! It took me absolutely ages to do it, and that was just the background! I think part of the problem was that I wanted to do it quite precisely, so I used a ruler to guide the placement of the washi tape, which was quite a faff. 

The silly thing is, I ended up covering most of it with photos, anyways, so it really didn't matter that much. Never mind, les...

1 Nov 2019

Hello, and welcome back to my blog! It’s the first of November today, and as I am the featured double page designer at Stick It Down this month, my layouts are going up on the blog today!

I wanted to create something with a little bit extra for this occasion, so I decided to do a (sort of a) tutorial about interpreting sketches. I am a firm believer that sketches should be there to help, rather than hinder you, so I decided to show you three different takes on November’s double page sketch, with varying complexity and adherence to the original. Here is the sketch: 

Today, I will be focusing on the first layout, which is a super easy and super quick one for my travelers notebook. 

There are times in everyone's life when things get so busy, and we just haven't got enough time to create som...

8 Oct 2019

Hello and welcome to my blog! It's the first Monday of the month, which means double page reveal time over at the Stick It Down blog! Here's October's double page sketch - one of my all times' fave (and I'm not normally into tags...)!

Halloween isn't massively celebrated in the UK, however, as my family enjoys pumpkin carving,  I do tend to buy pumpkin themed papers and embellishments when I come across some irresistible designs.

This patterned paper from Lori Whitlock is one of my favourite Autumn patterns of all time. I've been saving these papers for a special occasion, and decided to use them on this layout, as the photos brought back some fantastic memories from last Autumn. I also used some wood grain patterned papers, which are from an older Simple Stories collection - I love wo...

10 Sep 2019

Hello and welcome back to my blog! It's hard to believe that summer is drawing to an end and it's back to school time again! I have used the Stick It Down September double page sketch to create this double layout: 

Admittedly, I have taken quite a bit of artistic license when interpreting the sketch... First of all, I adjusted the page size to 8.5" x 11". Then, I flipped the sketch horizontally. I then replaced the three larger photos with landscape orientation to two photos with portrait orientation. I transferred the titles underneath these photos, as this was the only place available.

On the other side, I have replaced the grid of photos with a pocket sleeve, which can accommodate nine photos. I used seven photos, one sentiment card and one journal card here.

The green to blue ombre backg...

5 Aug 2019

Hello, and welcome back to my blog! This is the second project I have created with the August double sketch:

This is a double page entry in one of my travelers notebooks. The book is a keepsake I'm gradually creating for my daughter - this is how I decorated the front of it:

I used photos for the two layouts for this month from the same day, so I decided to use up the leftover scraps from the first layout on this one.

It's only recently that I started documenting in travelers notebooks, so I'm still finding out what works and what doesn't. I struggle with the scales at times - you need small patterns, small alphas, small embellishments; but I like how quickly the pages come together. 

There's really not much to say about this project - the photos are quite self-explanatory. If you want t...

5 Aug 2019

Hello and welcome back to my blog! I am publishing two posts today, as I have created two projects with the Stick It Down August double page sketch! The first one is a 8.5" x 11" double page scrapbook layout:

And here is the sketch I have been using:

As the title suggests, this layout is about my daughter's confirmation at church. This layout is for her school album, so the story is kept brief, as I will be documenting the event more in detail in a different album.

I have kept the horizontal and vertical lines from the sketch, but made some changes, too. The photo sizes and orientations are different.

For the background paper I have chosen two identical Heidi Swapp patterned paper from the Magnolia Jane collection. I love this paper, and I have been saving it for a special occasion. It was per...

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