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Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
I have been crafting since May 2008, when in desperation to find an unusual birthday card for my Mum, I gave up looking in the shops and decided to have a go at making my own. I soon realised that crafting is addictive and I haven't brought a card since. In 2011 I completed my certificate in papercrafting as a result of the work I did as part of the course I started entering challenges on line and in magazines. I applied for design teams and also started making samples for Ooh La La Creations for their shows on Create and Craft. I have now completed my Diploma in professional crafting and most recently been runner up in the Papercrafter of the Year 2013 a competition run by Papercraft essentials magazine, I don't have a particular style I like to use elements from lots of styles and techniques, although I do love all things vintage. In 2014 I started to move more towards scrapbooking to take care of the huge family archive of photographs that were stored in my attic. I have continued cardmaking and Scrapbooking through 2015 and 2016 but have also become interested in off the page projects. I hope to be able focus on these in the future.

Monday 14 July 2014

Sun Sea Sand and Ice Cream

I have recently gotten more and more into scrpabooking and have been enjoying taking part in teh challenges over at Colour Stories Inspiration. Each week we are given a colour scheme, elements to include and Inspiration for the journalling in the form of a case file - The rest is up to us.

For the month of July they have teamed up with Artastic - Inspirational Challenge blog to produce the following case file

I found some old polaroid photos of myself with my parents and family friends on holiday in Italy in 1979. They were somewhat faded and so I scanned them into photo shop and managed to clean them up with colour correction and used them to produce the following page. 

I used all of the five colours required by the scheme, I then made a canopy border by drawing round the outside of two tag dies from a set of nesting dies to form a scalloped edge and hand cut these and layered them up. I included the spots on the smaller of two canopy layers and also on the washi tape stripes. I added some vintage transportation images from Graphic 45. The hot air balloon had the word Italia on it so it seemed really appropriate. I added a banner to this which when pulled concertinas outwards to reveal my journalling about the holiday. I have included various details such as visiting Venice and the Island of Murano to see the glass makers workshops, tasting pizza for the very first time (It wasn't commonly available in England in 1979), also the mind-boggling number of flavours of ice - cream at our favourite cafe which is pictured. i finish on the tale of me bringing the entire main street in Jesselo to a standstill by having full blown hysterics when a wasp crawled down my cleavage - I had discovered 12 months previously that I am highly allergic to wasp stings and swell up alarmingly if stung. Fortunately on this occasion my Mum and her friend Phyllis managed to get rid of the wasp before it could sting me. I was left very shaken by the whole thing and somewhat embarrassed when I realised everyone had been looking at me a situation soon remedied by My Dad and his friend Harold taking me for one of the afore mentioned ice cream sundaes.
I used a art Deco die set to cut the letters for my title as I felt that the inspiration image provided was very Deco in style and wanted to include this element in the page.

I have entered this page into the challenge on the ARTastic blog as well as on the CSI page.


  1. Love the background story to your page and the photographs you have used - it really pulls your page together. Thank you so much for playing along with us on ARTastic.

  2. Brilliant LO, and you have done a fantastic job with the photos. Thank you for playing with our challeng ay ARTastic :)

  3. How wonderful that you were able to restore your photos. The little canopy you have created looks great as does the banner to pull out your hidden journalling. Thanks for sharing with us at ARTastic.

  4. Yes the dangers of outings can cause us problems. Your memories of your trip are lovely as is your page. Thank you for joining in at ARTastic this month.

  5. You did a great job with the photos and I enjoyed the background story. Very nice layout. Thank you for entering it in our challenge at ARTastic :)

  6. I love your story! Your page is great and what a clever way to incorporate your journalling. Thank you for joining in at ARTastic. I look forward to seeing more of your art. Cheers, Di

  7. How special to preserve and scrap these photos.That is what scrapbooking is truly about. You have created a fun page, I love the banner and saying at the top of the page. Thanks for joining in with our challenge at ARTastic.