Double Scrapbook Layout

Garden Double Scrapbook Layout

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If you’ve caught up with me online, either on Facebook or on this blog, during the last few weeks you may have seen me mention that I had an infection in my jaw that necesitated two weeks of antibiotics and an extraction of a tooth.  This, as I’m sure you can imagine, made me feel pretty rotten, and not able to do much crafting or gardening.  Which of course means that, other than fruit bushes and trees, everything is far behind in the garden.

So today I’m going to combine both hobbies and show you a scrapbook double layout of how my garden looks now in the last week of May.  You can jump to the end if you just want to see the scrapbook layouts,

How I Made It

First I went out the garden and took lots of photos – I’m no great photographer, but this is a way to keep my ailing mother in touch with what is happening outside.  And these are some of what I got in the end.

Assortment of herbs in stacking planters.

Raised bed with one loan courgette plant and a home made cloche made from a 5l water bottle. This plant I bought to have a head start.  I have courgette, pumpkin and outdoor cucumber seeds sewn in pots at the moment h opeing for enough plants to fill this raised bed.

Raised bed with cut and come again lettice and nasturtiums.

There are some small, green, blackcurrents developing.

The gooseberries look more advanced.

And there are a huge amount of flowers on my thornless blackberries.

There are also a lot of flowers on my strawberries growing in my strawberry barrel.

With quite a few already set.

This is a little fig tree.  No figs yet.  I bought it as a small cutting a couple of years ago and I recon it needs at least one more year before it fruits.

This is a planter with trellis I bought this year and got one of my nephews to put together for me.  I have sewn some sweat pea seeds towards the back and night sented stock towards the front.

I have a hanging basket tree that four baskets hang from.  Three are planted up with Tubling Tom tomato plants in red and yellow, and one with a red begonia. The weather is still too rough for them to be hung out yet, so they are set in a sheltered location for another couple of weeks.

I am seriously behind with my potatoes.  My health/disability issues mean I can’t do digging and planting in the ground, so I grow an assortment of potatoes in sacks.  I go to my local friendly garden centre (Bronsbury Garden Centre) and ask for half a dozen each of a variety of seed potatoes, in a variety of colours, shapes, first earlies, main crop.  No point growing the standard types that can be bought cheaply in any supermarket, I like trying out different types, though by the time I got there this year the choice wasn’t as great as I usually find, but got several types I haven’t tried before, so it will be interesting to see how they do.  The plants that are already up are Jerusalem Artichokes.

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I resized, printed, cut out, and matted these onto white cardstock to frame the pictures.

I then took two 12″ square sheets of pale cream cardstock and created a background by stamping a fern all the way around using two shades of green ink.  I also inked on two creatures through a stencil.  I also put some re-inker ink into a spritzer bottle and sprayed through a leaf stencil to fill in a background to the two sheets of cardstock.

I then stamped out some floral stamps and coloured them in.

What I Used
What I Made

This is the two pages side by side.

And a look at the first page on its own.

And the second page.

And here we have a few closeups of some areas.

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I have several bits of different crafting on the go at the moment, so keep an eye out for them over the next few weeks.

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Floral Wreath

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Floral Wreath

Having been in a lot of pain for a few weeks, because of an infection in my tooth/jaw, and being on antibiotics for a fortnight to try and clear it – which in itself is very draining – I am all behind with my gardening, and all behind with my crafting.

Now been back to the dentist again and she’s extracted the problem tooth, so only hope that the infection really is all gone from the jaw and it will be just a case of healing now.  Which all means that I haven’t had a lot to post on my blog, and haven’t finished the YouTube videos I’m working on either.  Hopefully I’ll be back on form within a couple of weeks.

But in the meantime I’ve been slowly makeing more roses from air drying paper clay.  And by slow I mean I’ve made 11 in the last couple of weeks, whereas I can usually make more in a couple of days.

I’ve used some of the roses I’ve made in the project I’ve got to show you today.  As I realy wasn’t feeling up to too much of fiddly work, this time I decided to use bought in artificial flowers and leaves as fill in items.

What I Did

I started off by makeing white roses from air dry paper clay as previously (I showed you the bouquet of flowers that I made, including the roses, in a previous post – here).  As they were being incorporated into a wreath I didn’t put calixes or leaves on this time, nor bound the wire stem with florist tape.

I wanted a rustic look, so chose a rattan wreath as a base, and decided that I wouldn’t stuff it with flowers and foliage so that the base itself can be seen in some places.  After trying different spacing of roses I decided on five for this project.  I then cut up the sprays of filler flowers and leaves and started putting them around the wreath base to see how much I wanted.

I then used the wires on the roses, as well as other green wire to hold the items in place.

Items Used
Finished Floral Wreath

This is what my finished floral wreath looks like.

After showing it to my mother we’ve decided to place it up on my father’s grave.

Same wreath, different angle.

Here’s a closer look at one of the roses with the filler flowers and leaves around it.

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My Father

My Father
Vintage Layout

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Vintage Layout

I wanted to put in an entry to a challenge in a group I’m in.  The theme being “My Dad Loves Nature”.  As my late father was in agriculture all his life I decided to go vintage and rustic, and pick some photos of him for a layout, including some stamped flowers coloured to have a very vintage look in keeping with the old photos.  Unless you are a naturalist, there are very few occupations where you spend the majority of time outside, working with nature, and sometimes fighting against nature.  Getting the best growth in your grass and crops, seeing the flowers and wildlife in the headgerows, the birds flying overhead as you work. Basically the great outdoors is all nature going about it’s usual path through the seasons.

Items Used

Not a scissors, craft knife or trimmer in sight for this vintage project – all the pieces are torn by hand.

Vintage Canvas

The background was prepared by screwing up a piece of brown wrapping paper to make it more wrinkly than it was when it came, then sticking it down on the canvans board.  I then tore off the excess.

I started out by stamping out the floral stamps onto recycled brown paper, painted them using the re-inkers, tareing the edges and swiping on some Nuvo Mousse.

I was trying to show the slight shimmer of the sparkle ink and the shinyness of the gold mousse in this photo but couldn’t get the lighting right to show what is seen with the naked eye when the image is moved in the light.  It’s a slight shimmer that adds to the image rather than makeing it gareish and out of keeping with the vintage theme.

I then chose three photos of my late father at different stages in his life – Him riding a horse when he was 14 and working on a farm, him resting while working on the hay on his cousin’s farm in Canada, and him in his 80s looking out over the north Pembrokeshire coastline while he went round all the old places when writing his autobiography. As one was in colour and more modern I set them all to a similar sepia tone before printing.

I printed out the wording and the photos with a brown paper background to give a similar look to the rumpled brown paper I’d used as a background to the whole project.

Dad use to say that he was a 1931 vintage model.  He worked in agriculture all his life from being a farm labourer, to agricultural contractor, to selling seeds, seaweed meal, etc., keeping going to sell at local animal markets long after he retired and handed the buisness over to my brother.

I put the gold colour around the torn edges of all the pieces, roughing them up a bit more to make them more vintage.

And here is the finished piece.

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I stamped and painted three of the vintage flowers, so I have one more left to use and might make up a vintage card with that before long.

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Flowers – From Air Dry Clay

Assorted Flowers From Air Dry Clay

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Flowers

I had a few sessions of making Flowers over the weekend.  Mostly Roses, but a few other filler flowers as well.

I decided to make all the flowers white, with just the rose calix and stems green.

I have collected lots of different tools for working with Air Dry Paper Clay over the years, all stored together in a bag I can just grab and take wherever in the house I want to craft any time I feel like crafting with them.  They are basicly exactly the same tools as you would use for sugar paste work for cake decorating.  They do say that you should have a separate set of tools for use with paper or mixed media crafting than you use if you are doing sugar paste work, and I do have a separate box in the utility room of a different variety of tools, though I do wonder why this instruction would be given other than to sell double the amount of kit if a person is into both types of craft.  The media I use does say it is non toxic, and the tools are suppose to be non tainting, so, I would like to know why the usual good wash in soapy water and sterilization in a baby bottle sterilising solution before drying off in the airing cupboard so that all cracks and crevices are dry, wouldn’t make the tools suitable to work with either media.  Obviously it more messy, or something that isn’t non-toxic, is being used then I wouldn’t consider it.

But in any case.  For this weekend project I wanted to make some flowers to put in the vase on the telephone table.

So some rolling out, cutting, shapeing, etc., was in order.

And this is what the rose looks like when made.

I didn’t make them all the same size.

Some of the roses even had white leaves added.

And made other flowers, such as these bell flowers to go with them.

Of course I needed more than two roses, so I kept going makeing more.

And also made a small number of different filler flowers as well.

Once I’d made a reasonable number of flowers I put them in a vase.

(The lighting and shaddows in the room give a creamy yellow colour to some of the flowers in this photo, but they really are all white.)

And then I placed the vase on the table.

Items Used

Martha Stewart Air Dry Clay – White

Martha Stewart Clay Assortment – Blue and Yellow

Hearty soft clay

Florist Tape, Wire, and Wire Cutters

Katy Sue The Ultimate Flower Pro Collection Gift Pack Kit

Katy Sue Flower Pro Leaf Cutters

Katy Sue Flower Pro Five Petal Rose Cutters

H&S 50pcs Cake Decorating Tools

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I will be makeing a YouTube video to show how I made the roses at some point, so keep an eye out for that.

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More Decoupaged Cards

More Decoupaged Cards

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Although my blog posts are a little further apart than usual at the moment I am still doing a little crafting in between doing my other hobbies.  I’ve started sitting out the garden for a bit to tidy up my herb and strawberry towers, and my troughs of other things, so part of my hobbie time over the summer will be out the garden, but as usual, some garden photos may creep into scrapbook layouts or cards over the next few months.  I’m also still ploughing through the tins and albums of family photos and attaching the scans to the relevant people in my digital family tree as well as putting them in the family FB group to allow other family members to see them as well as finding out if they know the names of some that are unlabeled, and finding out more information about the people.

Today’s post is showing some more cards I’ve made using the latest Hunkydory floral Decolarge collection.  You can see some I made previously in my post – Here!

Some Decoupage Cards

I made this as a sympathy card.  I just took one layer out of one of the Decolarge sheets and stuck it to the front of a pre-foiled and scored A5 base card using fingerlift tape.  I think the base card is a Kanban one.  I drew a black line around 2mm inside the foiled frame using a fineliner pen and added “Yn Meddwl Amdanoch” (Welsh for “Thinking Of You”) peel-off greeting.

It’s quite a simple card, but suitable for purpous I think.

Inside I put a matching insert with the greeting peel-off greeting “Gyda Chydymdeimlad” (Welsh for “With Sympathy”.

Another sympathy card.  This time made with more layers of the same Decolarge design.  These were stuck together using foam tape.  An A4 sheet of very Adorable Scorable cardstock was scored and folded in half.  I did the mistake of photographing this on a dark background and you therefore can’t clearly see that I have drawn a 5mm deep black frame around the outside of the card.

The black frame is a little easier to see in this photo.

And again I used a matching insert inside.

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May Calendar Page

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May Calendar Page

Those of you who visit my blog regularly will know that I buy a blank calendar from Pagemill every year and give it to my mother.  I then do some sort of crafting to decorate each page for the start of each month,

You can see the January page – here! February page – here! March page – here! and april page – here!

I try and use different techniques and have a different look to each month.

This month I’ve gone for a sort of vintage look scrapbook layout, but made as a digital layout which I printed out and stuck onto my mother’s calendar.

I said in a previous post – here – that I’d been spending more time on one of my other hobbies, family history, lately, and that I’d been getting out old photographs to scan into my laptop and add into the digital version of my family tree.  Mam has also been takeing time, two or three times a week, to sit with me and go through the photos in batches.

So this month I decided to go for a layout of some of the old photos, using backgrounds from Fancy Fretwork for the main backgrounds and as panels behind each image.  As there was slight tonal difference in the photos I changed them all to complete greyscale, which made the whole thing look better and as the photos were of different sizes and orientation I decided to not try and make an even spaced layout but go a bit turned on some of them.  I chose a coloured background behind each image to lift the layout a bit, but didn’t want it too look too clean and bright so used the feature in the software to drop shaddow the frameing element.  I also added some Flourishes elements, both behind and coming a bit in front of the images to give some interest.

I made the Welsh “Mis Mai” title using tones similar to the two backgrounds used in the layout.

What I Used
  • Papermill Direct blank calendar
  • Fingerlift Tape
  • 2 sheets of 250gsm Super Smooth white cardstock
  • Stephanie’s Signature Collection Fancy Fretwork USB Tattered Lace
  • My Craft Studio Flourishes Volume 1
  • Microsoft Publisher software
Photos Of The May Calendar Page

I’ve not photographed the layout after sticking it on the calendar this time.  But here is the layout and the month heading piece.

  • Top left photo is where my mother was born.
  • Top centre photo is my grandmother, mother, uncle, and grandfather.
  • Top right photo is my uncle and mother in the doorway of the small cafe my grandmother ran when my parents got married.
  • Bottom left is a photo of my grandparents in 1928, before they got married.
  • Bottom centre is my grandmother as a teenager holding her violin.
  • Bottom right is my grandfather milking a cow .

This has now been printed out and stuck to my mother’s calendar.

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I currently have a video part edited, as well as another that is part filmed, and need to write up a blog post about some cards I made, so it shouldn’t be too long before I have another blog post to show you, so please do come back in a few days to see the new content.

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