Memory Keeping

Stamping’ Up! NEW Eastern Palace Suite : Pocket Scrapbook Page

Apart from a couple of quick cards, this is the first chance I have had to play with the new Eastern Palace Suite from Stampin’ Up! these products have been available for demonstrators to order since the beginning of April and are available to customers on the 1st May!

The process video can be found HERE!

For the title/journalling card I layered the thinlets to create the medallion window on some which “very vanilla” card stock that I had cut to 4×6″ I find that by creating my own journalling cards I obtain the exact look that I am after and can embellish as much or as little as I’d like to. I added some of the gold foiled vinyl stickers and completed my journalling at the end.

By using the “Lemon Lime Twist” which is one of our brand new 2017-2019 in colours, along with “Dapper Denim” it gave a nice contrast with the stamping, unfortunately my camera stopped recording half way through so you didn’t get to see me use the layered stamps, yup technology hates me!

I really hope you like this layout and would love to hear your comments about the new products, don’t forget that every comment, here and on my youtube channel, wins you a ticket into a monthly prize drawing (except if you mention my double chin 😉

So who’s excited for the launch of this lovely Eastern Palace Suite then? To keep unto date with products, competitions etc then make sure you are subscribed to my newsletter HERE!

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Craft Club Reveals

Stampin’ Up! Cool Treats : Craft Club

Stampin’ Up!  have really kept it cool with this suite of products, they are cute and quirky and the sentiments on the stamps are yummy and can be used for a variety of occasions.

From this month the “Craft Club” will replace the “Online Workshops” still the same excellent value products delivered to your door, still a fantastic way to get your hands on a different selection of Stamping’ Up! products each month and still the interaction in the group and the tutorials and etc just a different name which I thinks suits what we do a little bit better.

This month there are 3 different price points, starting from £20 posted, I have just uploaded a kit reveal HERE! There are only 9 places left this month so get in there quickly and reserve your place!

  • 10th May – Final orders
  • 19th May – Kits ship
  • 27th May – Online Workshop (in the Facebook group)

To register your interest please fill in this FORM!

Memory Keeping

Monthly Memory Keeping

Stampin’ Up! Is traditionally know for card making but for me it is so much more! For me they provide the tools that I use to document the big (and quite often the small) moments in my children’s lives that I never want to forget.

For a while now I have been pondering a physical, rather than online, workshop and I am so excited to announce that I will be hosting my first “Monthly Memory Keeping” workshop at the end of May! This is a big step for me and I cannot wait to help others to create amazingly beautiful pages to record their memories.

We will mainly be focussing on pocket page style memory keeping but will look at all styles over the months.

I have reserved the 31st May 10am -1pm for the first workshop but this is flexible to meet the most popular days/time.

There is a charge of £10 which includes use of products, for cutters, stamps, ink and papers. You will also receive a page protector to start your very own album! Anyone who places an order over £45 will receive their £10 entry fee back.

Raffle tickets will be sold on the day with the prize being a beautiful Stampin’ Up! Stamp set!

The location may change, depending on number of people attending, but it will be held in the TS21 area.

To register for the workshop you can fill out THIS form for more details with no obligation.

Below is an example of what you will be making, all craft levels welcome from the absolute novice to the experienced scrapbooker.

Memory Keeping

Strawberry picking memory keeping

Every time I have a break from memory keeping in pocket page protectors I forget how much I actually love it! I had so much fun scrapping these photos from strawberry picking last year and this paper was perfect.

I find that when I create my own cards it gives me the freedom to be as creative as I want to be and I’m not worrying about trying to find matching embellishments.

For this layout I used;

You can view the process video HERE!

Memory Keeping

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)

Memory Keeping

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

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Project Life Flick Through

I haven’t shared a Project Life post for a while now, I must admit I fell right off the wagon with it in the middle of last year and really struggled to get back into it. I put so much pressure on myself that I ended up feeling overwhelmed with catching up. 

For anyone who doesn’t know what Project Life is, it’s a kind of scrapbooking system using page protectors and journalling cards, Project Life is a brand owned by Becky Higgins but there is also Simple Storoes sn@p, pocket pages and probably more that escape my mind right now. The albums and page protectors come in different sizes and I use 12×12.

The album I have is one from Amazon 


I use an album per year and this one was from 2016. I start with a title page, this one I made totally from scratch:


Within the album I use a few different styles, some pages are jam packed with pictures and a small amount of journalling, other pages are made up of more journalling cards than anything else.

Each page is called a “layout” and some layouts I use kits so that everything coordinates, the picture above is a back to school layout which I made with a Stampin Up kit.

For picture heavy layouts (like above) I tend to let the journalling cards and the pictures tell the story.

When I’m feeling creative I love to embellish my pages, like above (yes I realise I’ve put off instead of “of” on the bottom left picture). I use a journalling app called Collect to write a bit about what was going on in the photo.

If I have a few pictures all telling the same story then I use the Pic Collage app to create a 4″x6″ picture collage and print it on my canon selphy (as above).

I love creating mini layouts on each card with eachbtelling their own little story, it can be done on actual project life cards (above) and with scrapbook paper which has been cut to size (below).

This year I am going to be more laid back, I’m not going to document each week, instead I am going to use a smaller album and go month by month, just documenting events or pictures as they come up.. I’ve ordered my first batch of pictures and I can’t wait to start!

There is a full flip through on my 2016 album over on my YouTube channel HERE

Papercraft

My Crafty Week #2 – 01.10.2016

This week has been an array of emotions, I’ve laughed, cried and been everything in between. It all boils down to the UKPA Big Meet and the preparation I’ve been doing to have all my stock ready for the big day. Due to all the preparation I haven’t really had a very crafty week so far, I haven’t even started last weeks Project Life and have barely had time to make anything.

I was hoping to have the prototype for the new Travellers Notebook range that we hope to be launching very soon, unfortunately its not quite ready and I want it to be perfect before anyone has a peek at her.

I have made some leather charms, which will be available on my Esty store, all hand stamped and finished and fully customisable.

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A custom, leather, planner charm
Custom, Leather, Hand Stamped planner charm for a TN, Travellers Notebook Charm, planner charm, midori charm, uglybugdoes charm,
A custom, leather, hand stamped planner charm

I’ve also filmed an Art Journal process video which, although the “art” is far from perfect and actually looks quite comical, the actual page has a lot of meaning to and is very significant to me.

There will be lots of crafting this week as I catch up with Project Life, journal the big meet and celebrate the start of October!

Papercraft

My Crafty Week : Project Life, Art/Creative Journal

Rather than spam you with a tonne of posts during the week, I thought I’d Introduce a new weekly post where I share everything crafty and creative I’ve been creating during the week. I won’t go into massive detail on each item or we’ll be here for ages, but if you would like to know more details or where I brought products from then leave me a comment and I will post the information there for you.

Because I have a very short attention span and tend to chop and change crafts on a regular basis, the contents that I cover in these weekly posts will vary greatly.

I usually start the week by completing the  previous weeks Project Life, I’m keeping a “Project 52” album this year, where I document our weeks as they go by. I’ve just managed to get back on track and although I have weeks missing that I need to go back and complete, The past 2 weeks I’ve managed to finish my weekly spreads… Just a note about the picture of me in the middle…. I hate it!! I’ve no make up and was lying down, but I think it’s much more important to take the pictures and use them, they show us and our real lives and they are the memories we’ll look back on in future… We all have pictures that make us cringe, but that won’t matter to our children or grandchildren in the future, so I challenge you to use a picture you are not happy with, It gets easier to look at and then it’s actually easier to love your imperfectly perfect self!


(Process video coming soon)

As well as project life I’ve started Art/creative Journalling. It’s very new to me and I spend more time watching YouTube videos than creating the art, but it’s very calming and I love having my art journal on me, it inspires me to find art in everyday life! This week I created my first page, I wanted this page to inspire me every time I open it.


I had some Journalling cards on the front of my art journal, but when I received my wrist band from UKPA I knew I wanted to use this poem somewhere, I decided on the front page for a few reasons. UKPA is a group on Facebook that you’ve heard me mention before. It is run by a group of admins who truly love and care about each and every member, in my time there I’ve seen them collect money to replace household belongings lost in a fire, s b’s gifts to people who are really down, pay for someone to travel on their honeymoon and much more. Everyone is supportive and I’m lucky to be a part of it. This letter came at a time when I really needed it, I’m going through a few things “in real life” and this reminded me that there will always be someone there for me if I need them!! It has pride of place at the beginning of my creative journal.


Over on YouTube i’ve uploaded some Art Journalling process videos;

Art Journal : Autumn Bucket List

Art Journal : Back to School
Thanks for reading

Michelle aka Ugly Bug xx