Memory Keeping Process : Woodern Park Adventures

We have a place we love to go, its called the “Woodern Park” well at least that is what we call it. The kids love it because there is so much to do and Mummy loves it because when it goes to “peopley” we can go for a walk down the path that was once a railway track and then up into the woods for adventures. For the video showing this process please see my YouTube channel HERE.
I’ve really been looking forward to documenting this as we had so much fun, at the weekend I took part in a cyber crop hosted by the lovely Emma and Di over at Mind The Scrap, Emma had taken us through a live tutorial on how to make a background that I thought was super cute and knew I wanted to incorporate. I lack background stamps and  wish I’d had a leaf stamp of some kind but I was still super impressed at the finished effect.

So first of all I took a 12×12 piece of white card stock and gesso’d it to make it more resilient.. to be honest i could of skipped this step as the links don’t really penetrate the paper as much as when you are using different media but the texture really added to the overall effect.

With my stays on ink and a random stamp I stamped the image 3 times (without reining in between) once at the top left, once in the middle right and then again in the bottom left, I then took my Stampin’ Up! ink in Mossy Meadow and transferred some of the ink to the lid, I added a bit of water and mixed with a paintbrush and then transferred the watered down ink to a piece of plastic packaging (and all up my arm). Once I had the amount of ink on the plastic I flipped it over and placed it on the first stamped image and used my finger to spread the ink about, I then carried out these same steps on the other 2 groups of stamped images.

Repeating the above steps with Hello Honey and Tangelo Twist (also Stampin’ Up!) gave me 3 colours one each of the 3 groups of 3 stamped images (and who said I dislike odd numbers). Even though I know the sizes of the cards i always measure them a few times just to make sure, my husbands influence “measure twice cut once”.. I cut the 12×12 paper into three 4″ strips, then the top and bottom strips get cut in half to give me four 4×6″ cards. The middle strip gets cut into four giving me the middle row of 4 3×4″ cards. For this layout i’m using a Becky Higgins “Design A” Project Life page protector.

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My next step was to back all of my photos onto a piece of 12×12 paper and cut out leaving a small edge of the paper showing, I wanted to leave the white card stock with square corners so decided to leave the photos square and round the edge of the wood effect paper. Because my beautiful daughter has taken and hidden my corner rounder I had to use the corner rounder soon my envelope punch board.

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I then used embellishments out of the September Studio Calico scrapbook kit to embellish each card, I love this layout and am very pleased with the way it turned out.

Stampin’ Up! products available HERE (affiliated link)

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Bit of a scrappy girl

…not the kind of rugby scraps that I’m used to, just regular old scrapbooking!! I love it! 

When I first got into Project Life I had wanted to go down the scrapbook route but it was all very daunting and the layouts seemed very professional, I brought a tonne of books and then left them on my bookshelf.

This week a friend of mine posted a link for an online scrapbook crop on Facebook and I was intrigued, it cost £5 and I was added to a secret group… alas no secret handshake, yet!! 

I had 2 photos, from Trevor’s bodybuilding competition last year, that I hadn’t encoperated into a layout yet but really wanted to get documented… my feet got itchy and as a reward for finishing my exam I allocated myself some scrappy time..

Following a template I’d found on Google I attempted my first 12×12 page:


This is how she came out, for my first ever I was quite impressed 🙂

Although it’s mid February I’ve yet to start this years album as I couldn’t decide what to use, I’ve brought a smaller SN@P album but as soon as I’d done this layout I knew I wanted to stick with the 12×12 so that I can have a mash up of Project Life and scrap pages.

I love that I can be as arty as I want and bring mixed media into the pages, it means I no longer have to decide between art, crafting and documenting our lives.

This is the front page to our 2017 album, to view the process video click HERE