kits: felicity jane

Where’s a Patronus When You Need One?

Do you ever have a really random conversation where you say something that sparks a layout idea?

Recently at work I was talking to a co-worker about the never-ending saga of how cold my house was during the winter and made the comment “It’s almost like there’s a dementor* floating outside my window sucking all the heat out of the room”.

As soon as I said it, a layout idea was born!

I knew right away what I wanted the layout to look like the comment I had made – A dementor hovering outside my window, looking in.

I started off by taking a photo of me in my room from my window, which was actually harder than it looked due to the space and trying to get enough of the room in frame without actually having be be outside standing on a ladder!

I traced the dementor from an image found online, and then cut out two layers – black cardstock and a vellum overlay for added visual interest. I added sewing as this is a look I’m loving at the moment for added detail, including sewing some bricks to reinforce the image that this page was actually the outside of my house.

To finish off I fussy cut some flowers out as the layout was looking a little empty. I made the choice not to colour the flowers, so that the focus of the layout was the window and the pop of colour it produced compared to the starkness of the rest of the page.

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ec1ZMSUHLY

* Dementors for those who don’t know, are creatures from the Harry Potter universe that suck all the joy and happiness out of you when you’re around them. They also turn the area surrounding them cold and frosty, which is the aspect of them that I was focusing on for this layout.

Project Life: January 2017

January is always a strange month for me as far as Project Life goes. I’m always eager to get stuck in to the project for a new year, but nothing much ever seems to get done during this first month of the year – at least for me. The important thing though is I do put my pages together, even if it takes me a little longer to do so than it should!

January started off with the New Year, and the focus on getting back in to the swing of working after two weeks off – a hardship for sure!

My next page was mostly about the weather – a typical British talking point! It’d had got really cold, and we even got a little snow!

One of the thing I like to do each month is record some of my favourite things of the moment, so I often record the books I’ve read, the new TV shows I’ve discovered, as well as my favourite song I purchased that month. I find it really interesting to look back and see what I was in to during any given month.

I also love to document specific events that happen in my life. This final double page spread for the month documents the final days of our nightmare housemate, otherwise known as ‘Mr Messy’. He was a character all right, but one I’m glad I no longer have to share a house with!

If you’d like to watch the process videos for these spreads, you can find them all in my Project Life Playlist.

Project Life: Reconnect

One Little Word is not a project I’d ever really given too much thought to until recently. I knew of it, and found it to be fantastic and interesting idea, but I knew it’d never be a class I’d participate in myself. Much like when I was at school, I find following classes, even ones you can change up to be frustrating. It’s nothing to do with the classes themselves, which are always excellent, but rather my inability to learn in this way. It’s something I should probably work on!

In these first few weeks of the new year, I thought a lot about the changes I wanted to make in my life. Since moving house this past summer I’ve become a bit of a hermit, and hidden away from social interaction. The reasons behind that aren’t important, but what is important is that I don’t want that to be the case in 2017.

I decided to focus on one word this year that would help me change that – ‘Reconnect’. I want to focus on building my social connections up again, and ‘reintegrate myself in to society’ as it were.

Working with the Felicity Jane “Sophie” Kit, I picked a globe as my layout focal point, to visualise the connections I want to focus on, both close to home, as well as those who live farther away from me.

I kept the embellishments light, as is my style, and focused on nature, using flowers as well as birds from Pinkfresh Studio and Freckled Fawn.

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

Shimelle Guest Artist: Golden Games

Hi everybody, today I’m featured on Shimelle’s blog as one of her guest artists!

Our layouts today had a sports theme, with a focus on using flair. I had a great time creating my light and airy layout, using some of Shimelle’s first collection and various Felicity Jane kits.

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Picking the Olympics as a subject was an easy choice, I love watching them whenever they’re on, rooting for TeamGB! I think this is actually the first time I’m scrapped a photo from London 2012, which is hilarious considering making a album from that summer was what got me in to scrapbooking in the first place! Four years from idea to page isn’t that bad… right? 😉 I decided on using two photos of Andy Murray with his London and Rio medals, because out of all the medals we won, these were two of the ones I was most excited about.

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I really did have fun creating this layout, I got to use some pieces I’d been hording (those gold puffy letter stickers), and some of my favourite embellishments that I like to include on every layout (acrylic).

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Be sure to check out Shimelle’s blog for my write up over there and full layout image, as well as layouts designed by her contributing designers!

If you’d like to watch my process, you can check out my video below.

The Crafty Maven Getaway: The Long Read

Yesterday I was up on The Crafty Maven Getaway for Sketch it Out Thursday.

I decided to use this sketch by Laura Whitaker (Pinterest link), which I thought would work well when converted to a 9×12 layout.

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This was the inspiration piece we were working with this week. As I normally do, I decided to bring the colours in to my layout. I was also drawn to the photo of the clock, which is actually what gave me the idea for my layout.

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The August Felicity Jane “Maggie” kit was perfect for this layout as it had the orange tones from the mood board, but in a lighter shade. As someone who doesn’t like to scrap with dark colours this was a great fit.

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My layout focused on how long it was taking me to read this gorgeous illustrated copy of  Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, it’s been nine months and I still haven’t finished it! I love reading ‘real’ books, but man, my kindle is just so much easier!

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I kept things quite light, and added some tulle for interest, while not overpowering the layout. I love how it looks, though wish my attempts to sew through it had worked! I tried on two machines and both of them jammed after a few stitches for some reason.

If you’d like to watch my process, you can check out my video below.