Saturday, 16 April 2016

Poland Mini Album

It's time for the Challenge #3 over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge (I can't quite believe how quickly the month's are passing by, can you?) and we're incorporating little bits and bobs of everyday life into our layouts, mini-albums and mixed-media for Ephemera Encapsulated.

This month, I decided that I should work on (finally) making a mini-album about my trip to Poland in 2015 - it's only been a whole thirteen months since I went! And as a result of the challenge I've included a few little thing that might not have made their way into a mini-album otherwise.

To start, I cut bases of 3.5 x 4.5 inches, keeping all of the little off-cuts to use for layering. I didn't bother trimming any of those further, I simply layered them randomly onto the bases - then added some small photographs (2 x 3 inches) It was a really simple process, which would have been even easier had I not been working on my teeny, tiny little desk!

After layering all of the paper off-cuts and photographs, I added some machine stitching to increase the texture (and add a shabby-chic feel) and I think it lends a more 'unified' feel to the album as a whole.

Once I'd finished adding some stitching, I laid out all of the bases and chose some embellishments, stamped images or sentiments and little sparkles to add for a little extra interest and texture. Unlike my layouts, which I keep quite minimal, I love to have a lot of 'chunk' to my mini-books!

Isn't this cupcake stamp from Papermania really cute? It was the perfect accompaniment to a photograph of the amazing cakes we tried in Gdansk! Oh, how I long for some more of that apple pie and cinnamon ice cream! *swoon*

To add a little interest, I die-cut some of the bases (using a die-cut I borrowed at my local scrapbooking crop - thanks ladies!) and then mixed them in amongst the rest of the bases, along with some smaller ephemera like bus tickets and receipts.

To complete the Ephemera Encapsulated Challenge, I found some beautiful vellum (I had none in the original kit) and stitched a small envelope for a business card we collected from a local restaurant and sealed it in with some sequins. It looks amazing in real life - and the vellum looks so lovely.

I am, honestly, so thrilled to have this little album made - and it's really down to how amazingly beautiful my Parc Monceau Kit turned out to be! I never thought that harnessing some of my shabby-chic scrapbooking roots would make me so productive, but I've really enjoyed working with all of the soft, subtle colours; feminine florals and little embellishments! 

I can't wait to see how this prompt was interpreted by the rest of the team over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge (and by this month's amazing Guest Designer, Louise Brooks) so I'll be making myself a morning cuppa and then sitting down for a little reading!

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Little Leftovers {What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday #357}

Hello! Hello! I've been out and about far too much recently and haven't been at my desk, so it's been a little while since I was last able to join in with What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday - I've been missing everyone - but, I've been back at home this week and have been enjoying the lovely light in the evenings!

I've been trying to reduce my stash of smaller scraps, so my desk is suitably covered in lots of little 'Punched' leftovers - I have stacks and stacks of hearts, butterflies, stars and circles to share out at my next scrapbooking crop. (So many, in fact, that I have a blister on my finger!)

I also have a selection of smaller scraps, which I stamp up, using some of my smaller stamps - cameras, envelopes, leaves, balloons, etc - which I'll take along to the crop to cut out while we have a cuppa and a catch up first thing. It's always nice to take something 'mindless' along!

I'm really looking forward to catching up with everyone (and seeing whether those desks have been tided - or messed up - since I last visited.) I'll see you all this evening!

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Friday, 1 April 2016

Le Parc Monceau {April's Counterfeit Kit Challenge Reveal & Blog Hop}

Hello! Hello! A new month means a new 'kit to counterfeit' from the Counterfeit Kit Challenge and, after last month's minimal kit, we're working with a more 'traditional' scrapbooking kit with lots of counterfeiting opportunities! This month we're counterfeiting kits from C'est Magnifique February Kit 'Enchanted Garden'. Each of the C'est Magnifique Kit Reveals includes a Main Kit, Mixed Media Kit, Paper Add On, Flower Add On and an Embellishment Kit, so there's a lot to be inspired by this month!

If you've been following the blog-hop from the Counterfeit Kit Challenge you'll already have seen the inspiration kit - in it's full glory - and, of course, have seen the amazing kit that our Guest Designer, Louise Brooks, created. (I have seen some of the sneaks from her upcoming projects as well and, oh my, we're in for a treat this month!)

When creating my own kit (which I'm, fancily, calling Le Parc Monceau) I was hugely inspired by the floral, fleur-de-lys; newsprint; and vintage style of the inspiration kits, so started there when selecting cardstock and patterned papers. I must admit I was a little surprised by how many florals I found! I've also added in some amazingly lovely selections that remind me a little of vintage wallpapers - but in modern colours - so I have lots to work with!

To build on the 'shabby-chic' theme, and to emulate some of the items found in the Embellishment Add On, I raided my own stash of embellishments including an eclectic selection of ephemera; notecards; stickers; die-cuts; frames; doilies; buttons; bling; lace; ribbon and vellums.

Already, this selection will be causing my team-mates to keel over in shock - as I am normally very sparing with my embellishments - but I didn't stop there! 

Just in frame, there at the back, there's a simply stunning floral mask that I don't use often enough, so I've included it in my kit (along with some watercolours and a small selection of mists) as a 'nod' to the Mixed Media Kit. 

Finally there's a selection of smaller embellishments, all of which are bringing me so much happiness! I've included some rolled roses; crocheted doilies; twines; smaller laces; beads; charms; buttons and leaves of various kinds! 

Now, I cannot wait to see how the other members of the Design Team have been inspired by the C'est Magnifique Kits, so I'm heading on over to see Jemma's version at Just Jimjams!