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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

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.

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

New Monthly Crop In The Midlands – Crop Central

As someone who has been a lifetime crafter and has scrapbooked on/off since childhood, I have wanted to attend a crafting crop or retreat for a number of years but could never find anything suitable in either distance, price or to suit my health problems, so I was beginning to resign myself to the fact that it would never happen.

That was until one night I couldn’t sleep and I was browsing Facebook. I was looking through the various craft and scrapbooking groups which I am a member of and something caught my eye, I can’t remember what made me really look at it, but there it was “CROP CENTRAL” – a brand new monthly crop taking place in Staffordshire within the Midlands. Really? It must be expensive. Disabled access must be poor. Getting there will be a problem. All of these excuses came into my head as I really didn’t think I would be able to find something to close by and so perfect.

I began to read more about Crop Central and was talking to the very lovely lady (Cal Summers) who is the crop organiser… the crop will be held on a Saturday, so Dan will be able to take me and bring me back as he is workshop based at the weekends. The venue does have disabled access as this was a big factor for Cal when looking for a venue. The cost of a days crafting is only £10.00 per person, or for an additional £15.00 you can also get an amazing scrapbook kit.

A day’s scrapbooking AND a scrapbook kit for just £25.00 with disabled access and only 30 miles from home. Needless to say I instantly booked my place on this crop, told my bestie about it and she is coming too and the sooner it gets the more excited I am getting. It will be so nice to be able to work on scrapbook layouts alongside fellow scrapbookers and crafters while socialising with like-minded people 😀

If you would like to know more about the Crop Central events and the future dates it will be held then please visit their website at http://www.calsummers.com/crop-central.html

Have a wonderful crafty weekend everyone whatever you’re up to and if you’re not scrapping your memories then I hope you’ll have the chance to create new memories with your loved ones.

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.

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