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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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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October’s Calendar Page

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October Calendar Page

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If you’ve not a regular visitor to my blog you may not know about the blank calendar from Papermill Direct that I gave to my mother as a gift right at the begining of the year – which I’m decorating for her month by month.

I’m trying to use a variety of papercrafting, with minimal dimension (because too much dimension would mean it would push the calendar out when flipped over the next month). You can catch up with my previous calendar pages by visiting my posts about them if you want. I’ve not blogged the early months of the year, but you can see the post for April – here, for May – here, for June  – here, for July – here, for August – here, and for September – here.

As soon as the school restarted last month Mam said that she wanted pictures of her two youngest grandsons in their school uniformnand sports uniform for the October page of her Calendar.  Easy you would think, after all they come here after school most days.  But they are already throwing off their uniform as they are coming through the door, and getting them to stand still, with a tidy look on their faces is not an easy task.

I did manage to get reasonable photos of them both in the end – although their shoes and school jumpers had gone flying before I managed to get them to stand for me, and the only way I could gat a reasonable look on their faces was promise them that I would take a second photo with them pulling the silliest faces they wanted.  I never did get ones of them in their sports kit uniform therefore had to crop out a photo of that uniform, together with the school badge, from the school prospectus.

After deciding on which photos I wanted to use I resized and cropped them, and then printed onto glossy photo paper.

I chose a metalic embossed, cream background, flourish patterened, cardstock from Kanban as my main background.  I trimmed a bit off the sheet and matted it onto a dark blue A4 sheet of Adoreable Scoreable cardstock so it was framed.

I took further sheets of the Adoreable Scorable of the same colour, and aftervcutting out the photos, I matted them as well, again trimming to give a small frameing border around each photo.

I then played around with the layout until I wss happy with it before sticking everything down, going for a bit of a jaunty layout for some elements.

The final job was to put a lot of double sided tape onto the back of my layout and attach it onto the calendar.

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So, that’s the October page done.  Hopefully I’ll be back next month with the November page.  What will I decorate that with.  A few weeks to get my thinking cap on I think.

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Garden Produce

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Food From The Garden Scrapbook Layout

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Anybody who visits my blog regularly may well have realised by now that, as well as crafting, I like gardening.  But my health/disability problems means I can not do what I’d like or as much as I’d like.  So these days a lot of my gardening is done in raised beds, hanging baskets, barrels, etc.  There are fruit trees and bushes in the garden, but I can pick from them while sitting in one of the numerous chairs I have dotted all around the garden.  the only two crops that are sewn directly into the ground are peas and runner beans, and I had help to sew them, and again picked them by having strategically placed garden chairs.

Some things have been a bit of a disapointment, crop wise, this year, but mostly I’ve got a fair assortment of things from the garden that have given myself and my mother a nice variety in our food, as well as giving some away to friends and family.

So I thought I’d show you some of what I’ve grown by creating a digital scrapbook layout of what I brought in one day. (I must admit to not going out and picking every day but try to pick something three or four times a week even if I don’t make it all the way around.)

So, I took a bag out on the morning of the 10-9-2018 and picked, and then tripped the whole lot out onto the kitchen table, and this is what I’d got.

After a bit of a sort out they looked like this –

 

  • A bowl full of cherry tomatoes, both yellow and red tumblers grown in two hanging baskets.
  • The seeds from Nasturtiums soaking in salted water in a cup to make poor man’s capers.
  • Runner Beans – ready for my mother to string and cut up.
  • Assorted cut and come again mixed letyuce leaves with nasturtium flowers ready to add a few things to make a smoothie.
  • Eating apples and pears.
  • Yelliw and green courgettes that have grown well in my “jungle raised bed”.

And this is the digital scrapbook layout I made using these photos. I used the Citrus Celebrations Digital Mini Kit from Dragons Lair Designs. I worked on the layout in My Craft Studio Elite software.

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I’ll still have a variety of craft I’m working on, as well as some that I have finished, that I need to blog, so please do pop back to have a look.

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