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New Kit Club: The Fairytale Club

Over the last few months, several kit clubs have sadly had to close their doors, which is why I’m so happy any time I see a new one start up!

The latest is called The Fairytale Club and is a monthly scrapbooking/planner club. Each monthly collection is full of exclusive items and inspired by fairytales.

I immediately fell in love with some of the papers that were part of the scrapbooking kit, and after trying to talk myself out of buying something I didn’t really need for a few weeks, I finally caved and purchased the inaugural collection, plus an additional paper pack (to stop me from hoarding my favourite papers).

I love this kit! While not everything is 100% to my tastes (a few of the papers are a little too bold for me), the papers are gorgeous, and I love the hints of watercolour throughout the papers and embellishments, as well as all the hand lettering scattered throughout!

I confess I broke my own rule about not buying supplies without a project already in mind for them, but sometimes paper is just too pretty to resist! My current plan is to make a few layouts with my favourite papers and then use the rest in a travellers notebook of some kind. Now I just need to brainstorm what topic I want to scrap!

If you’d like to watch my process, you can check out my video below or click here to watch it on YouTube.

National Scrapbooking Day Giveaway!

It’s every crafters favourite time of year, (Inter)National Scrapbooking Day/Weekend!

This year I’ve decided to host a giveaway on my channel, where UK subscribers can have the chance to win an EPL Carousel!giveaw

This carousel is very similar to the Recollections one available in the US, and since I happen to have one of those, I’ve also done a comparison of the two so you can see their similarities and differences.

If you’d like a chance to win and find out the details of the giveaway, or want to watch the product review, you can find the video on my YouTube channel. Alternatively, you can watch the video below.

Happy scrapping, and good luck to all those who enter. 🙂

Paige Taylor Evans Workshop: Weekend Recap

This past weekend I got to experience something totally new for me – scrapping with other people!

Though I chat to people online often, until last Saturday I’d never met another scrapper in ‘real life’ before. Sure I’d gone to a few craft shows, but they were for all crafts, mostly focused on sewing and I never talked to anyone there (expect my mum!).

That all changed though when I sighed up for a workshop run by Birds of a Feather, and taught by Paige Talyor Evans. For years I’ve seen my friends go to events like this over in the US, but we never seemed to get them here in the UK. Naturally when I heard about this event, I signed right up!

The workshop was on the Saturday, but I had a full three day weekend planned. Friday morning was spent getting my hair cut (one has to look their best after all!), before spending the next 4 hours travelling up to Walsall. Once at the hotel I just wanted to order some room service, get in to my PJs and relax, however that wasn’t to be. Upon unpacking I discovered that while I had my charging leads, I’d forgotten the plug to connect them too!

With my phone already close to death, this wasn’t ideal! Kind people in the workshop FB group offered to let me borrow theirs, but with several devices and a lot to do on line (my UKSA layout went up that day) I really needed my own. Thankfully Amazon Now delivered to the area, and in a few hours I went down to the lobby to pick up my order of two USB plugs (one of which will permanently stay in my suitcase from now on!). The lady on reception had never seen anything like it before.

With phones now charging, room service delivered (lemon & thyme chicken with mash and stuffing, yummy!) and PJs on, I spent the evening watching the first few episodes of Quantico before getting an early night.

Saturday started with checking out of the hotel, and meeting up with everyone for breakfast at 8.30am before heading in to the classroom. It seems everyone had read my FB post about my lack of USB plugs, as almost every person who spoke to me opened with some variation of “are you the girl who posted about the chargers?”, I’ll never live it down!

Paige taught us how to make 4 layouts using her new “Oh My Heart” collection. These were quite a change for me – I don’t really scrap 12×12 anymore, and I tend to go for the clean and simple look these days. It was fun to go back to this style though, and maybe I’ll try to scrap a little bit more in this style again in the future.

The classes were a lot of fun. We were sat two to a table, and I was next to another first timer, Rebecca. We both had a great time, chatting and laughing throughout the day while we worked on our pages.

Paige was a great teacher, showing us how to put together the layouts without rushing us, and with easy to follow instructions. We got to chat to her a little as she went about the room, checking on our progress.

In between layouts I’d pop to the Hey Little Magpie shop. I tend to shop their for my scrappy supplies 99% of the time, and we each had a £10 voucher to spend. I have to admit, I was worried about my bank balance, what with being able to go in an touch all the paper in person for once! They had a lot of the newest lines, and I couldn’t help picking up one or two items!

Here are the layouts from the weekend. The first three I finished and love. I still need to add journalling to them but I’m happy with how they look. The circle of flowers is my favourite, I love the colours!

The forth? Well Paige’s version looked great, but it just wasn’t working for me. I think my issue was the painted strip across the page. I couldn’t get it subtle enough, and from then on out nothing seemed to fit for me. It probably didn’t help that the layout was for 2 photos, which I’d somehow overlooked, and thus only had one I could use. I eventually decided to call time on the layout rather than waste embellishments on something I wasn’t loving.

I’m a little disappointing that I couldn’t finish the final layout, but sometimes, even with expert teaching and a great example to scraplift off it just doesn’t work, and that’s okay. As scrappers we know that not everything goes our way all the time. We can look at what went wrong for us, and learn from it.

At the end of the day, we all took a group photo. I’m in the middle behind Paige and Jackie.

Photo by Jackie Ashton (Birds of a Feather)

After the event was over, I got to chat to Rebecca down in the lobby for a while which was lovely, before heading over to Birmingham to visit some friends. It was great catching up with them, as it’d been a quite a long time since I’d seen them. The next morning we had brunch at the Loco Lounge and it was yummy! A great way to spend my morning before starting the journey back home.

I want to give a big thank you to all the Birds of a Feather ladies for running such a great event, and to Paige for teaching the classes. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before I’m back for another event!

I filmed a video sharing my layouts, kit, and what I bought. If you’d like to watch it, you can check out my video below or click here to watch it on YouTube.

iNSD 2016 Layout Share

Cast your mind waaaay back to 7th May 2016. That was the date of International Scrapbooking Day. I took the Friday and Monday surrounding it off work, and made it a long, scrappy weekend.

I had hoped to get a lot of layouts created, but once the frenzy of activities had settled, I had created a grand total of… four.

It’s not the number I had hoped for, but between all the YouTube hops I was taking part in, Inkie Quill’s Scrapstream and google hangouts I was a busy social butterfly, who spent most of her time chatting rather than scrapping. Whoops!

The first layout I created was for my Convention Chronicles album, and features Summer Glau. The photo was taken at a signing event at HMV way back in 2005 the day after the premiere. I actually bunked off work to go to this, the first (and last) time I’ve ever done that!

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The second layout is my favourite and involved a lot of fussy cutting! I used the gorgeous Dear Lizzy Documentary collection for this layout, as well as some lovely metal butterflies I’d originally bought for a bag project.

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The third and forth layouts go together, and are all to do with the aftermath of the weekend. These form part of my NSD Project Life spread.

The first features the very messy bed I was left with after a crafting (chatting) session.

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And this one? Features a less than flattering photo of me after I’d stayed up all night – 26 hours in fact. I wanted a photo to really capture how tired I felt, and I think this does it!

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If you’d like to watch me share and talk about these layouts, you can watch the video below.