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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

What Is National Scrapbooking Day? When Is It?

National Scrapbooking Day


When? SATURDAY 6th MAY 2017


Where? ANYWHERE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SCRAP

This Saturday, 6th May 2017 is National Scrapbooking Day, also referred to a International Scrapbooking… the one day of the year where we have a dedicated day on the calendar for our wonderful, memory-filled, photo-fueled hobby!!

For those who are not familiar with the term ‘National Scrapbooking Day’ I have just looked it up on National Day Calendar and here is what they have to say:

NATIONAL SCRAPBOOK DAY
Each year on the first Saturday in May, National Scrapbook Day is observed. Also known as National Scrapbooking Day, this day will gather thousands of people all over the country to celebrate with scrapbooking parties and share their talents with others. Scrapbooking dates back to the 15th century.

Scrapbooking is a method for preserving family history, personal momentoes, photographs, newspaper clippings, artwork and other memorabilia.

Journaling is often included to describe the journey or to maintain the story for future generations. Scrapbooking has become a popular hobby and those who enjoy it may develop a strong social network, swapping tools, advice and techniques. They often gather together at each others’ homes and even join each other at conventions or retreats.

HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #NationalScrapbookDay to post on social media.

HISTORY
According to our research, National Scrapbook Day was started in 1994 by the scrapbook company, Creative Memories.

DATES
May 6, 2017
May 5, 2018
May 4, 2019

I think it’s great that this day exists and even better that the first ever crafty crop I will be attending falls on National Scrapbooking Day. I have wanted to attend a crop or retreat for a number of years but could never find anything suitable in either distance, price or to suit my health problems.

I’m so thankful to have found out about Crop Central as it fits into all three of my criteria and I have already chatted with some lovely people who will be attending.

I hope you all have a wonderful National Scrapbooking Day whether you are crafting alone, with friends, at a crop or even an online retreat. I will be sharing my #NationalScrapbookingDay makes with you soon, and would love to see what you’ve all been making!!

xxx Love Laura xxx

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 2

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.

Today is Part Two of this series, so if you missed yesterday blog about Part One, you can find it >here<.

For part two in this series of blog posts, we have 12×12 scrapbook layouts which are about my parents and my family:

Please check back tomorrow for third and final part of my October 2016 – April 2017 scrapbook layout recap 🙂

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 🙂

Surprise Goodies from Charlie’s Magpie

My most recent happy mail came from the lovely Kathleen at Charlie’s Magpie… such a lovely surprise and lots of gorgeous sparkle in my favourite colours!!

I am really enjoying using the travellers notebook style of planning at the moment so I was over the moon to receive my beautiful Glitterdori and the colour together with the sparkle is beautiful. I’m not a fan of ‘loose glitter’ so the fact that this glitter fabric does not shed is perfect for me as I love the appearance of glitter.

My Glitterdori is in passport size so is perfect for all of my crafty, blog and scrapbooking notes. I love how it has a lovely soft felt lining too.

In my surprise parcel I also received some gorgeous sparkly planner accessories which go so well with my Glitterdori that they are all now in use and sat on my desk next to my pc, in use daily.

If you are looking to expand your planner or planner accessory collection then I would highly recommend popping over to Charlie’s Magpie Etsy store and don’t forget that for all orders over £5.00 you can use my exclusive discount code “CMLAURA10” to save 10% on your order 🙂

You can find Charlie’s Magpie on:

Etsy store

Facebook Planner Group

Facebook Business Page

Happy planning everyone!!

xxx Love Laura xxx

P.S. As Brand Representative for Charlie’s Magpie I was sent the items discussed in this blog post for testing and review. No money exchanged hands for this review or products. This in no way gives a biased opinion and I aim to be 100% honest with all of my online reviews.

New Products Over At Charlie’s Magpie – January 2017

*** As Brand Representative for Charlie’s Magpie I was sent the items discussed in this blog post for testing and review. No money exchanged hands for this review or products. This in no way gives a biased opinion and I aim to be 100% honest with all of my online reviews ***

Charlies Magpie

The design team for Charlie’s Magpie recently received a selection of the stunning new planner clips to test, review and share with our followers.

All items which are currently available for purchase are listed on Charlie’s Magpie Etsy store.

I have decided t share two images of the new planner clips, one with the camera on “no flash” setting and the other “flash on” setting so that you can see the gorgeous array of colours in the glitter fabric which has been used to create these beautiful planner clips.

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I have been using my new bow planner clips since Christmas and love the quality, texture and durability – my planner is thrown into my bag anytime we go out and Charlies Magpie’s planner clips stand up to the use wonderfully. Not only that they really are a bargain too – I would highly recommend popping over to the Etsy store where there are lots more colours in stock.

I love being able to share these brilliant quality items from Charlie’s Magpie’s with you and would ask you all to pop over to their shop on Etsy to have a browse and support a small UK business.

Charlie’s Magpie on Etsy

Charlie’s Magpie Planner Group on Facebook

Thank you for reading.

xxx Laura xxx

Using Dylusion Ink Sprays In Your Art and Mixed Media

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Many of you who enjoy Mixed Media and Art Journaling will no doubt already know about Dyan Reaveley and her range of Dylusions Ink Sprays – these are a very popular medium for many artists and you can create many great effects using them.

One thing which is important to remember when using wet mediums such as Dylusions are which colours compliment each other and which colours will create ‘mud’ or a horrible brown colour when they mix… as Dylusion sprays are not permanent, (they are water based which give you a great opportunity for many wonderful effects) is that it is inevitable that your colours will mix when applied to your surface of choice whether that be paper, cardstock or canvas.

I have now been using Dylusions Ink Sprays for a few months since I began my Art Journaling and Mixed Media journey and throughout this time have been doing lots of research into techniques and colour combinations while following Dyan Reaveley’s incredibly helpful YouTube channel.

One thing in particular I have found very helpful that is suggested by Dyan is to split your ink sprays down into four categories – warm colours, neutral colours, cool colours and purple. These are separated as follows:

Warm Colours
Pure Sunshine
Squeezed Orange
Tangerine Dream
Bubblegum Pink
Funky Fuchsia
Cherry Pie
Postbox Red
Pomegranate Seed
Melted Chocolate
Ground Coffee

Cool Colours
Lemon Zest
Cut Grass
Fresh Lime
Dirty Martini
Chopped Pesto
Polished Jade
Vibrant Turquoise
Calypso Teal
London Blue
After Midnight

You will find that any colour combination within the ‘Warm Colours’ category will compliment each other, the same as any colour combination within the ‘Cool Colours’ category will compliment each other, however if you try to use a Warm and Cool colour together the colours which combine when you spray may end up looking muddy or unpleasant.

Neutral Colours
White Linen
Slate Grey
Black Marble

With regards to ‘Neutral Colours’, these colours are designed to compliment all other colours and generally will look great regardless of which colour you choose to use them alongside.

Purple
Crushed Grape

The one colour which often causes confusion with regards to complimentary colours is purple, in the case of the Dylusions colour range this is the ‘Crushed Grape’ which in itself is a beautiful colour however is one which you need to think about before adding to other colours otherwise you can again end up with a muddy looking page.

From my experience and also watching Dyan’s tutorials, information videos and other artists videos I find that the best colours to use alongside purple are the pink and blue tones – these compliment purple really well and can give great effects.

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Of course, this list based on information from Dyan Reaveley and by no means does list information mean that you cannot use the opposite colours together… this is purely an advisory post based on the colours which have been found to compliment each other best, however it is all a matter of trial and error and you may find that by using opposite colours together you love the end effect.

Remember, in the world of art journaling, mixed media and crafts there is NO WRONG, it is all about personal choice and personal preference,,, have a play and see which colours you like to work with. Never let anyone tell you that your technique is wrong – we are all learning and developing throughout our journey!

I hope you have found this blog useful and if there is anyone you think this blog could help please feel free to share my blog with them.

Have a wonderful week and happy crafting!!

xxx Love Laura xxx

Happy Planner Weekly Layout – w/c 12.09.2016

This week in my MAMBI Happy Planner I have used a themed weekly layout kit which was finished with little highlights of washi tape.

The weekly layout kit I have used is the Galaxy/Out Of This World set by Cariad Planning, this set was originally sized for use in Personal-size planners, and as cab be seen here is now also available in Happy Planner size.

This is one of my favourite weekly layouts – I just love the colours and designs, the little quotes and all of the functional stickers… so pretty!!

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The quality of these stickers is fantastic, as is the customer service – I would definitely recommend Cariad Planning for unique, pretty planner stickers and accessories 🙂

You can find Cariad Planning on Etsy.

Thank you for reading!!

xxx Love Laura xxx

Brand Representative – Charlie’s Magpie: First Review

*** As Brand Representative for Charlie’s Magpie I was sent the items discussed in this blog post for testing and review. No money exchanged hands for this review or products. This in no way gives a biased opinion and I aim to be 100% honest with all of my online reviews ***

Charlies Magpie

I was recently accepted to be a Brand Representative for Charlie’s Magpie who create and sell a range of planner clips and accessories… as some of you will know I am a bit of a hoarder when it comes to ‘planner pretties’ so was thrilled to be accepted onto the team.

I received my first parcel from Charlie’s Magpie Etsy shop this morning and am absolutely delighted with it.

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First of all was this black glitter bow planner clip which is made from fabric which is ingrained with fine glitter. My biggest concern about this was whether or not the glitter would come off on my fingers (I hate glitter on my skin), and although it did a tiny bit it wasn’t anything to worry about. The fabric of this bow is quite fine so perfect if you’re looking for a planner pretty which isn’t going to bulk things out too much.

Secondly is a pair of very pretty purple and lilac glitter bow planner clips, these are made using a fabric which is ingrained with thicker, chunkier glitter which give a far sturdier bow than the fine glitter version but is just as pretty and from what I can tell, the glitter does not come off of these. As purple is one of my favourite colours, I can see these being used lots 🙂

Last but by no means least is my favourite, this baby pink bow planner clip which is made from leatherette material and is so soft and delicate. The thickness of the fabric is somewhere between the fine glitter fabric and chunky glitter fabric but it makes such a lovely soft bow.

My baby pink bow planner clip is now at home on the pages of my walnut Websters Pages personal planner and goes perfectly with the pink lining of this planner:

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These planner clips are very well made and the quality is fantastic, the material is very sturdy and I think it’s great that there is a variety in the thickness of fabrics for those times when you’re on the go and don’t want your planner to be too bulky.

I can’t wait to share more of Charlie’s Magpie’s products with you and would ask you all to pop over to their shop on Etsy to have a browse and support a small UK business 🙂

Charlie’s Magpie on Etsy

Charlie’s Magpie Planner Group on Facebook

Thank you for reading.

xxx Laura xxx