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My layout published on pg 67 of the Sept 09 issue
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Scrapbook page fit for a Vintage Home

I have wanted to display some scrapbooked elements in my Tearooms for some time as I thought it would be nice to embellish the place with some hand made decoration.

The Beauty of China Cups - Page by SundayL

Obviously I want to stay within the theme of all things tea related and/orVictorian (as it has a Victorian Theme to the tearooms), and so I made this layout to reflect a bit of both.

I took the photograph the summer we opened (2010) of a tower of mixed teacups that we have here and have kept things very simple in design with the emphasis on the photo and the collection of embellishments to add colour and texture.

The patterned paper (from My Minds Eye) is ‘doing the rest of the work’ in the background.  The extended mat for the photograph has been distressed around the edges and lightly inked, a fave technique of mine and includes feint pictures of Victorian ladies to add to the vintage feel. That was from a 6×6″ collection pad called ’5th Avenue’ by Melissa Frances.

The title has been printed onto a piece of scrap coloured paper. Here is an article on how to do this at Triple The Scraps Blog.

Here is a closeup of the butterfly…

SundayL China Cups Page Butterfly closeup

You may notice that it’s glossy… yes I have had the Glossy Accents out!  I cut the butterfly from another piece of paper from the same collection as the background paper and covered most of it in Glossy Accents.  I only ‘striped’ the liquid on the wings from centre to outer edge to give some difference in texture, and I wasn’t sure if the fairly thin paper would take a complete covering of the stuff anyway!

Also the Gloss finish has deepened the colour of the butterfly, as it always does, so that’s a bonus.

You can just about see on the main picture, that on the bottom left of the embellishments I have included a teeny cup and saucer.  This I stamped onto shrink plastic and after heating has shrunk to a cute little embellishment.  I stamped quite a few of them actually and have added them to beads to make bag and phone charms which I sell here in the tearooms.  There is a little bit of Glossy Accents on those too, just to seal in and intensify the colour.

I’m currently in the process of  ’fiddling’ with a deep frame to put this layout into so that it can be hung on the wall.  I will tell you how I managed it using an ordinary frame (ie not one bought as a box frame thereby a lot cheaper, even more so if you buy a ‘seconds’ frame!).

Last Days of Summer – Very Quick Scrapbook Page

Speed Scrapping! Do you think it’s something we do just as a challenge or fun? Some Scrapbookers maybe, but the reason I speed scrap mainly is to actually get a layout finished in this day and age!

Last Days of Summer by SundayL- Scrapbook page

The days of being able to spend multiple hours on a layout have not returned yet and my scrapbooking is sporadic to say the least.

Still I AM getting better, I am getting more organised and can now put my hand on potential pages more quickly. By that I mean I have sorted and printed a selection of photographs with a layout in mind. When I get around to it I will put some bits and pieces together and make myself some more kits!
Anyway, I digress… this is a page I managed to make in about an hour or so, whilst my daughter made her own version! So the speed scrapping was really to achieve a finished layout in the time is takes my daughter to ‘get bored’ with the task at hand! lol

I’ve included six 6×4″ pictures which I ‘edged’ with white acrylic paint rather than trying to sand the edges.  My reasoning for that is that it’s quicker and less messy!  And more than that, if you have your photographs printed at a kiosk, ie not home printing, there is something about the coating on the paper they use which doesn’t sand very well.  It’s much harder work to get through to the white and do it softly, so I use acrylic paint, has the similar edge result of softening the edges of the photographs.

Last Days of Summer Scrapbook page close up by SundayL

I hand cut the bracket shape, a technique I have shown you before.  I did actually sand the edges of that one! I made use of some alphabet stamps and some sticky alphas for the title.  And I always like to ‘lift’ something on a layout, soI put the title on shallow adhesive pads.  The bunting effect is merey created with triangles of patterned paper, inked edges and slightly layered to infer they are hanging on something without actually putting up a line for them to hang on.  Something which I have gone to the trouble to do on another layout.

Use Your Hair Straighteners for Scrapbooking and Crafting

Now I know some people do not own a set of hair straighteners (I actually use mine to curl my hair!), but a lot more people will at least know somebody who does… so maybe you can borrow a set, or go visit your friend clutching your  creased ribbons!

Anyway, you may like to watch this short video to find out what on earth I am waffling on about!

Enjoy… I hope

Multiphoto Scrapbook Page – Mummy’s Hat!

Here is a recent offering!  Mostly Basic Grey papers.  I am pleased that I managed yet another multi-photo page, using 4 photographs.

page-layout-mummys-hat by SundayL

Roughly scrunched ribbons and lace held with brads and a bunch of colour co-ordinated buttons finish it off.

page-closeup-mummys-hat by SundayL

This was one of the scrapbook kits I made myself to take away with me when I went with family on hols for a couple of days.  My mum and I scrapped in the evenings.  I wrote an article about making your own scrapbook kit and a video – check it out here. The link to the video is at the bottom of that page.

Oh and the Layout that I made from that home made scrapbook kit in the video was this one.

page-in-strawberry-fields_by SundayL

Some things Can be left unfinished!

Well that’s my excuse anyway!  This scrapbook page is basically finished apart from a possible title and possibly some journaling.  But I’ve posted it already because actually, it could be finished now.


I’ve used a Vertical Border Page Accent (Tutorial Video Here) and a simple patterned paper extended mat for the photograph and a few items in the bottom right hand corner just to balance it out and ‘Bob’s your Uncle’ as they say!  The space under the photograph/mat is where I will put a title and journaling, if I ever decide to add it.

But I have to say, for whom are we making titles anyway?  Journaling, of course, that’s helpful for onlookers to discover what the pictures are about, but titles?  Maybe an addition more for inclusion as the norm for a magazine or online gallery, but not essential by any means, it doesn’t always ‘add’ to the overall Layout.

baby-page-closeup-by SundayL

I have to admit to silicone being my main best scrapbooking friend!  I don’t think it’s particularly environmentally friendly, but basically anything you want to keep forever, such as Archival Scrapbooking (ie, don’t want it to decompose) is not going to be that enviro friendly is it?!  lol

8×8 Scrapbook Page, Inspiration from Shop Packaging!

The photograph on this scrapbook page is one I took with my phone in a shop on the sea front in Great Yarmouth (England), when I took my daughter there to visit the Sea Life Centre back in February!  I found the words on the packaging of a charm bracelet rather poignant.

Creating Yourself - Scrapbook Layout by SundayL

The bracelet was quite pretty, but flimsy and cheap looking close up, but I liked the clours and also felt the sentiment held much more weight!

I used a simple piece of textured pink cardstock, edged and stamped with ink to tone it in, plus a piece of lightly patterned paper from a 6×6 pad and a strip of paper (the bluey green piece) is from my own collection… in fact it is part of a previous newsletter freebie, so you can go get it if you’ve signed up. So technically this is a bit of ‘Hybrid Scrapbooking’!

Creating Yourself - by SundayL - Closeup

The bracket shaped journaling block is hand cut from white paper which was then coloured with inks to match it into the layout.

In case you are wondering, the stamps I used on the cardstock are from Basic Grey’s ’Two Scoops’ collection.

Sunlight on a Cloudy Day

I just HAVE to share this rose with you.  I took this photo this evening… it had been raining here and as I thought it might, the rain had settled on this rose in my garden just to enhance it’s beauty!  I’m not into yellow as a colour, I prefer my pinks, but this rose start’s off pale pink and as it opens and matures it changes from pink, to peach and then yellow.

I have been admiring this single bloom for a few days and it has got bigger each day as the petals. And today, with such gloomy skies, it was a glow of sunlight to me. I just felt I wanted to capture the  brief moment in time and share it with someone.

Sunlight Rose 2

Sunlight Rose

Sunlight Rose close up

I don’t know the name of the rose as it was already here when we moved in, but I can tell you it smells as sweet as it looks beautiful!

Cheap Jewellery Embellishments for Scrapbook Page

You may remember I wrote an article on Page accents, then later I showed another, using straight border page accents.  Well this time it’s a circle!  So the basis for this page was a 12×12 peice of paper for the background with a 5 inch circle of patterned paper added, include a photo and the only other main item on the page is a large ring which has been embellished separately and then adhered to the page.

Ring Page Accent on a Page by SundayL

This is what I call a ‘use up’ page, in that I have used up some scraps and odd blooms (one that I made ages ago), the bird sillouette is a punched piece of paper believe it or not.  I borrowed someone’s punch at a crop about a year ago and finally got to use it here.

Here are some more close ups, the cheap piece of jewellery to which the title of this refers can be more clearly seen on the last photograph…


I’ve just used a piece of brown netting wrapped around the ring which, incidentally, was cut by using an ordinary dinner plate as my template and then marking an inch or so inside the line and cutting both lines by hand.  This of course doesn’t matter about being precise because of all the embellishment covering a lot of the edges of the ring anyway.


Above shows the punched line of birds more clearly and the flower to the right of the Prima flower (a pack received as a gift) with the copper colour brad in the centre is a ‘wet crumpled flower’ – a video tutorial of which I have already made.



So the piece of jewellery?… yes, it’s the metal ‘Love’ embellishment.  It is one of a pair of earrings.  They were £1 for the pair and I removed the tiny English Flag which was on them.  They were cheap because when I bought them, the England football Team had just blown it’s chances of winning the World Cup and so all the ‘England’ stuff was being sold off cheap in the shops!

I always have a quick look at any costume jewellery sales if I pass one, with a view to taking things apart and using the various parts as embellishments. It can save you money.  Card makers can benefit from that one too!

Let’s Take Issue – Scrapbook Magazine Issue 56

scrapbook-mag-56-coverI may make this a regular blog post, something a little bit controversial, but for now I think we’ll ‘take issue’ with a couple of items in the latest issue of Scrapbook Magazine, to which I subscribe.

Issue 56, which I received June 28th, includes some ‘off the page’ scrapbooking. It is a good idea to use up your stash on things other than layouts, and on page 55 of the current issue there is an article on how to decorate things such as notebooks, postcards and shoeboxes (for the onslaught of millions of holiday snaps, note taking and the like!).

Now this is all very grand, but take notebooks for example… you take a notebook on holiday with you for jotting down those important moments… (maybe or maybe not) but the last thing you need is the extra weight of embellishments, or the ‘bits’ stuck on the outside of the notebook that keep catching on things, like the inside of your bag every time you take it in or out to write! Not very practical.

Possibly decorate a notebook as a gift for someone, or to use at home, but holiday/travel notebooks need to be smooth and trouble free.

canvas-bagOn page 66 of the same issue… it gets worse! The idea for scrapping off page this time is to use your stash to decorate a tote bag… yes… a canvas bag! How long is THAT going to last, I ask you?!

I studied hard and assumed that fabric must have been hand stitched to the canvas of the tote, but no… on reading it is indeed patterned paper! I’m sorry but that’s just daft. That tote, is now no longer a useable bag! Yes it looks pretty, but it’s now a suitable only as a wall hanging. With that bag in use, the embellishment will last 5 minutes!

Is that just ‘using your stash for the sake of it’?

SmashBook – make your own? Video Tour

Below is a video tour (brief) of my version of the K&Co Smashbook, which I think is a good idea by the way, just don’t like their designs that much, not my style.  But I think the company has thought it through well, with all the little extras.

smashbook my version by SundayL


Above is Honey’s effort – she is 7 and I only showed her what to do, didn’t do it for her.

Anyway, 4 minutes just to show you mine and my daughter’s (age 7).  For those who don’t know what a Smashbook is… and I didn’t until fairly recently… I’ve included some links below.

Links of Interest regarding SmashBooks…

 Make your own Smashbook at Counterfeit Challenge website

What is a Smashbook – K&Co v quick advert video.

Chris Hertel has made a couple of  videos of her home made book… DIY Smash Book Part 1  DIY Smash Book Part 2  and the printouts she mentions in her videos (which I printed out for my daughter to use as seen in my video!) are here. They are in a PDF file for downloading.