Category Archives: Scrapbook

12×12 Scrapbook Layout – Prize Tosser

When you see a title ‘Prize Tosser’ I hope you’re not offended as this is not an derogatory or insulting layout, the title is very applicable to the photograph as you will see below.

This layout was created using the Shimelle Starshine range with some papers and alphas from my stash.

The photograph is of my younger cousin who lives in New Zealand. Callum competes in pipeband competitions and is currently a Champion Drum Major and Champion Mace Flourisher… I am so proud of my little cousin, the Prize Tosser ❤

I decided to keep the embellishing of this layout relatively simple to allow the photograph and title speak for themselves and I’m very happy with how it turned out.

Callum always remember to live your dreams with passion, believe in yourself and embrace the journey. So far your pipe-band competitions have given you some amazing travel opportunities and as you continue in the coming years I am sure those opportunities will continue to arise!!!

Thank you for visiting.

xxx Love Laura xxx

Scrapbooking Fail – 12×12 Layout

Have you ever spent all day working on a 12×12 scrapbook layout, really happy with how it was all coming together, happy with the end result, then only to realise when you looked at it a couple of hours later that you’d made a really silly scrapbook fail?

This layout was my first completed scrapbook fail… I was so happy with how it all came together, happy with the colours and patterned papers, loved the overall look. Then a couple of hours later I turned my chair around to look at it on the shelf behind me and *boom* my mistake jumped right out at me.

Since I got back into scrapbooking I have been trying to go back to my baby and childhood years to scrap all of my precious personal and family memories so when I found this photograph of me as a little toddler with my huge teddy I knew that I wanted to scrap it. I loved this teddy when I was little, although I have no idea what happened to it.

Bearing in mind that this photograph is from the early 1980’s I did not want to use bright, vibrant, modern design in this layout so I spent ages going through my huge stash of patterned papers selecting the ones which I thought would work best… the ones that I really like.

I decided that I was going to do this layout in a grid formation, so took my nine pattern papers and cut them into 2.75inch squares, selected the order I wanted them to show in and adhered them to my sheet of 12x12inch white cardstock using my ATG… all was going well and I really liked how it was looking.

Next I trimmed my photograph to size and mounted it on fun foam before adhering it to the centre square in the grid, then chose my embellishments and title and glued everything in place.

I really loved how this layout had came together and how the patterned papers worked with each other. I was happy with this layout.

I was finished. So I put my completed layout on the shelf behind me and set about doing some more crafting and work. All was fine.

But then a couple of hours later I returned to my layout to take photographs to share with you all and that’s when it hit me…

FAIL… MY FIRST SCRAPBOOK FAIL!!

Have you noticed where I have gone wrong?

Somehow between adhering my patterned papers in grid formation and then starting to glue down my photograph, title and embellishments I had managed to turn my page ninety degrees without realising 😦

That wouldn’t be such a big problem had it not been for the fact that two of the pattern papers have heart designs on them, so I now have sideways hearts in two places.


The next question is… what am I going to do about this epic fail? I did think about trying to take the photograph back off and starting again as I really was gutted, but then I thought about it and laughed as I have always been really accident prone!

I was just a little one in this photo, probably more accident prone and inaccurate than ever so I decided that having a ‘wrong’ layout about me is probably quite fitting so it has gone in my album as it is and I have to say that each time I see it, it really makes me smile.

So my advice to you would be that the next time you have a scrapbooking fail, don’t make any hasty decisions, stop and think whether it really is as bad as you first thought or whether you can make that mistake a feature of the layout… once I thought about it, I realised that it isn’t all that bad and as a child my crafting never was perfect so this is probably a pretty good representation of that.

Take advantage of your mistakes, make them a ‘thing’ in your layout or just cover them up. There is always a way of making your errors work for you 🙂

What has been your biggest scrapbooking fail? What did you do about it? I would love to hear about it and how you dealt with it.

Thanks for reading and I’ll be sharing more of my work soon.

xxx Love Laura xxx

For more of my scrappy, journalling and planning adventures you can follow me on Facebook by visiting Eljay’s Creating Memories Journey

12×12 Scrapbooking – Multiple Layouts

Today I am sharing with you a couple of recent scrapbook layouts I have made, I have decided to share these as a combined post as I didn’t realise how many layouts I still had to show on my blog.

These layouts were mainly created using cardstock, papers and embellishments from my stash and I hope you like what you see.

Thank you for visiting my blog, I would love to hear your feedback 🙂

xxx Love Laura xxx

12X12 Scrapbook Layouts – Simple Stories Domestic Bliss

When I first saw the Domestic Bliss range by Simple Stories I knew that I needed it – there are just so many elements in it which are perfectly suited to Dan and I, for example “I need a nap” and “I can’t adult today”.

So far, I have completed two layouts from this collection, one layout titled “I Love Naps” about myself, and the other titled “Do I Have To Adult Today?” which is about my partner Dan.


I would love to hear your thoughts on these layouts and also hear about what you have made with the Domestic Bliss collection.

Thanks for popping by.

xxx Love Laura xxx

Pickle Paper Patch – April Scrapbooking Kit (with layout)

Happy National Scrapbooking Day everyone!!

I’m currently on my way to my first ever crafty crop… nerves have kicked in but I’m also very very excited. I know that there are going to be some lovely ladies there, some I’ve never spoken to and others who I have spoken to online and can’t wait to meet.

Last week I had an amazing delivery from Pickle Paper Patch which really did has exceeded my expectations!!

A couple of weeks ago, I woke to a surprise announcement that I had won a giveaway hosted by Pickle Paper Patch which I had entered. The day of the announcement, their monthly scrapbooking kit was also launched which I had to order as soon as I saw it.

Firstly, here is the photograph which was shared on the giveaway post… it is all beautiful and fantastic quality products too.

You can find Pickle Paper Patch on Facebook, by clicking ‘this link’.

Next I began to open my April monthly scrapbooking kit and all I can say is WOW WOW WOW!!! Jane has excelled herself… the packaging is stunning, the products are fantastic and beautiful and the free gift included with early kit purchases is so thoughtful.

Everything within the parcel I received is superb and I can see this being a regular scrapbook kit in my collection. I am so so happy.

As soon as I saw this kit and had it in my hands I knew that it would be perfect for scrapbooking a photograph of my late Mum which was taken in her youth, the soft colours, the feathers, the rose gold butterfly and the flowers were just spot-on. Particularly the butterfly as my Mum’s favourite jewellery was rose gold.

I wanted to keep this layout relatively simple to allow the products to speak for themselves, everything within this layout was from my April kit and I hope you all like what I’ve done with it.

I would highly recommend checking out Pickle Paper Patch’s website and see for yourself how reasonably priced and wonderful quality their products are!!

You can find the Pickle Paper Patch monthly kits here on their website:
“Pickle Packs”

Have a wonderful day everyone and I hope you all manage to fit in some crafty time!!

xxx Love Laura xxx

Scrapbooking #HugsForNoah’s 2017 Gala Dinner

As today is National Scrapbook Day it seems only fitting to start today’s blog with a few layouts I have created with some very special memories from a wonderful event we attended in March 2017.

On Saturday 4th March 2017 we traveled to Newcastle-Upon-Tyne for the annual Hugs For Noah Gala Dinner which was held at St James’ Park – an absolutely wonderful evening of great company, delicious food and excellent entertainment.

As you can see from the photographs, everyone who attended had a fabulous evening… we can’t wait for the next one!!!

You can read Noah’s story by visiting his #HugsForNoah website or by following them on Facebook.

12×12 Scrapbook Layout Recap – Part 3

Today is the third and final part of my mini series “12×12 Scrapbook Layout Recap” from October 2016 until April 2017.

This selection of layouts is about me from when I was born, through childhood until current photographs:

I hope you have enjoyed this mini series recap of some of my scrapbook layouts and I’d love to hear your thoughts on them 🙂

xxx Love Laura xxx

12×12 Scrapbook Layouts Recap – Part 1

Since returning to scrapbooking in October 2016, I have an array of 12×12 scrapbook layouts which I haven’t yet blogged so I will be sharing these with you over a couple of blog posts.

For part one in this series of blog posts, we have 12×12 scrapbook layouts which are about, or include, my partner Dan and/or myself.

Please check back tomorrow for part two of my scrapbook layout recap 🙂

Papercrafting Haul from… Lidl, UK

Today I’d like to talk about a recent unexpected purchase I found in an unlikely place.

Dan and I had been out for the day on Saturday and decided to pop into Lidl on our way home as he had been told that they had some tools in stock so we thought it might be worth having a look. We didn’t really find anything in their tool section of any use to Dan but I did get a couple of papercrafting goodies.

The first thing that Dan spotted was a paper trimmer… I have been saying recently how I have been struggling to get new straight blades for my Woodware Fingerguard T200 trimmer recently as it is an older model and not commonly stocked in a lot of places now – we have mentioned looking at replacing it but I wasn’t in any rush but when we saw the paper trimmer Aldi had in stock we were both very interested.

This Crelando paper cutter looked very intriguing so I decided to investigate further… it’s interesting design is more than just a ‘funky looking design’ – the green circle on the end is actually a dial with twelve different blades for straight cuts, decorative cutting patterns, perforating and score lines. Instead of having to change your blade cartridge on your trimmer, you simply select which ‘segment’ of the dial you want, lock it down and away you go. This is far easier than having to keep a box of different blade styles next to your trimmer.

This paper cutter easily fits a twelve inch sheet of paper and rather than having one extending ruler like my Woodware trimmer, it has a fold out ruler on both sides which will make central cuts on a large sheet of paper or cardstock much easier to guarantee a straight cut. Both rulers also have a patterned edge which can be used with either a craft knife or a pencil. The Crelando trimmer also has measurements in both centimetres and inches.

It all looked very promising to me so I decided to find out how much it was – £7.99!!! Can’t you believe it? £7.99 for a paper cutter with TWELVE integrated cutting blades… I’d say that’s a bargain so we decided we were definitely having one and since I got it home and tried it out I can honestly say that I have not been disappointed.

The only down side that I have found to the Crelando paper trimmer is that I cannot see a way of changing the cutting blades but when I take into account that the cost of a single replacement blade for my Woodware paper trimmer averages at £4.00 each, I really do not think that the Crelando is a bad deal. The fact that it is relatively flat rather than having a chunky blade cartridge will also make it easier for crafting at crops, events, etc.

Lidl also had a great range of Crelando paper punches in different sizes, the large punches and the sets of smaller punches were just £4.99 each so I decided to get the large butterfly and large star.

Both of these punches give a lovely intricate cut which are approximately one inch each – a perfect size for any papercrafting needs. They are quite weighty and seem like good quality, they are easy to use and give a good quality cut so I would definitely recommend these too!!

All in all, I definitely think we found some bargains and I would recommend looking in your local Lidl store next time you are passing as you just never know what you’ll find… great products at great prices 🙂

Now I’m off to use my new goodies and have a go at my first scrapbook layout of the day.

xxx Laura xxx

P.S. Photographs were taken from Google Images

12×12 Scrapbook Layout – Who’s Alex?

Recently I had a lovely weekend with my partner, my Dad and my partner’s Mum… we went to Newcastle Upon Tyne for a lovely event – the 2017 Hugs For Noah Gala Dinner which was held at St James’ Park.

We left home to drive north on Saturday morning and decided to stop at Tibshelf Services on the M1 motorway for the statutory toilet break. On our way back to the car I noticed someone at the side of the car so turned to my partner and said “That’s Alex Brooker”, he was adamant that it wasn’t but said that if I was right he would ask for a photograph with him.

And guess who was indeed correct? Yep, it was Alex Brooker (best known for Channel 4’s show ‘The Last Leg‘) along with his wife and baby daughter. We had a lovely chat with Alex, he’s such a lovely and genuine guy, he seemed really happy to talk to us and so of course I asked if I could take a photo of him with Dan – he was so friendly and it really made Dan’s day!!

As soon as I saw the photographs on my phone, I knew that I needed to scrapbook this moment!!

I decided to keep this layout relatively simple while using papers from the 6×6 paper pad and ephemera in the Shimelle Starshine line, some coloured cardstock from my stash and a library pocket card for my journalling.

I was very impressed with how effective the papers from this range work together so well to create such an impact on a layout that I didn’t need to add many embellishments so means I will be able to ‘stretch the collection’ to make my stash last longer.

I am really pleased with how this layout came together and I hope that you like it too.

Happy Scrapbooking everyone!!

xxx Love Laura xxx