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The Most Glittery Book Launch in the Land!

On Tuesday evening I drove up to London with my friend Rosie, to attend the book launch of 101 Things to do with Glitter:

The book is by the sparkly Momtaz Begum-Hossain, and it features a huge variety of glittery crafts by herself and other contributing crafters – including me! I have 2 projects in the book, a scrapbook layout and some wrapping paper. 
So I was very excited to attend the launch and get my hands on a copy:
Spot the Hat I made for Fiskarettes when I was on the DT in 2010 – tutorial here!
The evening included goody bags if you bought the book, and everyone who ordered a drink from the bar got a bit of glitter sprinkled on top:
The venue was The Hackney Attic, where there’s a craft evening on the last Tuesday each month, called The Make Escape. There was all kinds of crafts going on, including hat making, bow-tie sewing, and scrapbooking, where my layout from the book was on display to give everyone some inspiration! We could use a polaroid photo taken right there and then to make a page. Here’s Rosie putting together a suitably glittery layout:

I made a page too – I found it hard without my usual stash around me, but it captures the spirit of the event:
And guess who was running the scrapbooking? Shimelle Laine! It was so great to meet her, and we got time to have a nice chat. She’s super lovely!
Of course it was also fabulous to meet the book author herself – Momtaz is very friendly and sweet:
I won a raffle prize which was donated by Hatastic, and it included lots of hair and jewellery bits, which I halved with Rosie to thank her for travelling all that way with me. Here we are beginning our long (3 hour) journey home:

It was a fabulous night out, and well worth the trek to London from Dorset, even though I was exhausted the next day! The book is brilliant and Rosie and I are already planning out lots of crafty evenings following the glittery tutorials! 
If you’re thinking about buying the book, it’s not out for a couple of weeks yet, but you can pre-order it at Amazon! (Edited – NB: I had said you could buy it at Sainsbury’s using 22 points, but that was wrong, sorry!)
I hope you’re having a sparkly day! x 
Scrapbook Layouts

SJ Crafts Challenge #9

The latest challenge is now live at the SJ Crafts Blog! This time the theme is ‘School / Learning’, with the optional extra to use Scallops. Here’s the page I made for it:

I love the Mr Huey Calico White Mist dripped on the background, it made the layout feel more ‘free’ – I wanted the page to hint at all the possibilities that lie ahead for my daughter. I also enjoyed using some stars and sequins to make it a bit magical:

The word ‘learning’ always makes me feel excited at what the future can bring! What do the words ‘School’ or ‘Learning’ mean to you?
Don’t forget to check out the challenge to see all the other examples from the DT, and maybe join in with the challenge too! You could win a pack of ribbons and buttons – the deadline is 17th of October at 1pm.
Wishing you big dreams! x


Joy – in more ways than one!

I’m full of Joy right now – I’ve had such a lovely lovely day!

First, I went to Sarah’s house today, and we chatted and scrapped to our hearts content. I managed a layout and a half (sorry – I can’t share those yet), and I also made this, my first Christmas card for 2012:

I used the My Mind’s Eye ‘All Is Bright’ collection, which I was so excited to get my hands on. Sarah had put some aside for me to buy, and I had to play with it as soon as possible!

It was really quick and easy to make, as the ‘Joy’ word, the bird, and the flowers are all part of the patterned paper from the 6×6 pad. I just added some contrasting paper from the pad at the bottom, tied twine around, and added a few buttons, brads, and rhinestones:

I might even have to buy another 6×6 pad of this collection, I can see me using it A LOT!

Here’s a glimpse at our craft covered table (with Sarah concentrating!):

I think Sarah took some better photos!

I’m also full of joy today because I found out I won this ‘Portfolio’ prize pack from Pink Paislee (announcement here):

How exciting is that? I actually jumped around my living room, clapping and dancing. Hubby laughed at me, but I don’t care, because scrappy goodies make me happy (especially when they’re free!). I can’t wait to get my hands on the collection, I’m sure you’ll be seeing some projects featuring it in the not too distant future!

As if that wasn’t enough joy for one day, I’m also sitting here with a glass of wine and a bar of chocolate. Things are good right now!

Jennifer x

Scrapbook Layouts

Katy’s 21st Birthday Layout

Have you ever seen a layout made by someone else, and known straight away that you HAD to scraplift it? That happened to me when I saw this layout by Naoimi Atkins (which you can also see on her blog here). It’s just so pretty. I especially loved the rounded corners on the 4×4 squares of paper and photos, and the mix of black and white photos. It inspired me to make this:

I made it for the 6×6 papers challenge on the SJ Crafts blog, though the deadline was yesterday! I had made the layout in time… but I ran out of time to blog about it. I’m super glad I’d read Lisa-Jane’s 6×6 posts though, as it reminded me how much I love to use them! The 4×4 paper squares on my layout are all from the Studio Calico Hey Day 6×6 pad, and I love how they look as a backdrop to the title and other elements:

The background paper is Pink Paislee Nantucket ‘Jumbo Shrimp’ 12×12 paper, which I wrote my journaling straight onto with a uniball gel pen. I used to be able to write straight by sight, but lately I have to draw pencil lines for my journaling so they don’t go all wonky. I can’t tell if it’s my eyesight or my attention span that’s changing! 
The doilies at the bottom of the page were punched from train tickets that I used that day to get to London and back. I added half my underground ticket too – I thought the layout might look more balanced without it, but I wanted to include it, and sometimes the memorabilia has to win out, doesn’t it?!
So, have you pinned or spotted any layouts that you want to scraplift? I’d love to hear about them… I might add them to my list. 
If you make any scrapbook projects don’t forget to link them up to my Scrapbooking Soiree for the chance to win a gift voucher! x

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Recreation – Another Pink Paislee Layout!

I managed to finish another project for Pink Paislee’s Social Media Challenge week! This layout was based on the Daily Cell Phone Photo post by Felicitas Klink
This photo was taken on my Ipod Touch, which is as close as I have to a Smart Phone (my mobile phone cost £15 three years ago – it texts and calls and that’s it!). I think I applied the effects to the picture using the BeFunky app
The photo is an everyday moment for us, as we pass by this river all the time – it’s right by the library, and on our route to school, and I love that we live near it. The photo shows me, hubby, and daughter feeding the ducks by the bobbing boats:
Pink Paislee Supplies: Old School 6×6 Papers and Stickers, Daily Junque Ephemera, Nantucket Ephemera, Mistables Scalloped Muslin Ribbon.
I’m going to write the place and date details onto the yellow journaling sticker once I’ve worked out when the photo was taken:

I managed to resist putting any gems on this project too – quite an achievement for me!
Do you pass a spot everyday that you love? Have you scrapbooked it?
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Tent Games – A Layout for a Pink Paislee Challenge!

Yay, I can tick another item off my list of ‘10 things I’d like to join in with‘, as I just finished making this layout for Pink Paislee’s Social Media Challenge Week! 
This page was inspired by the Instagram blog post by Jennifer Evans. Do you use Instagram? I like it when I use it, but that doesn’t happen very often. The main problem is that while I don’t have a smart phone, I do have an Ipod Touch – which basically means I can download all the apps and games, but I can’t ring anyone from it, and I don’t get roaming internet. So I can use my wifi at home to upload photos, and tweet, etc, but when I really want to use it – when I’m out and about – I don’t have internet connection. 
So, if I take a fabulous Instagram photo when we’re out, I have to wait until I get home to upload it. Sometimes I forget. Sometimes it takes so long for me to remember to upload it that by the time I’ve remembered, the photo is irrelevant to what I’m doing and I don’t bother to upload it. But I do check that it’s saved to my photo folder, which was the case with this photo, from when we were camping for the weekend of my 30th birthday:

Pink Paislee Supplies: Soiree ‘Music’ Paper, a strip of Vintage Vogue ‘Corner Boutique’ Paper, Spring Jubilee 6×6 Papers and Chipboard Shapes, Mistables Chipboard Alphabet,  and Old School Element Stickers. 
I love the bright colours of the Soiree and Spring Jubilee papers, they bring out the lighter hues in the photo nicely, and remind me that it was a summer party day! I kept the main items near the bottom of the page, and added hints of gold thread, because it wasn’t long after sunrise when the kids were all playing in the tent. 
The photo isn’t perfect, but it’s the only one I have of them playing so early in the day, which is one thing I’m thankful to my Ipod for – I have it nearby when a normal camera isn’t in reach, and I’m able to capture moments like this – just look at baby boy’s happy face! I’m glad I’ve managed to capture the happy feeling with the bright elements of the page.
Now I’m off to see if I can make another project for the Social Media challenges before tonight’s deadline. How much do I want to win the entire Portfolio collection? A LOT! x

Daring Cardmakers Colour Challenge

One of the ’10 things’ I said I’d like to join in with was the Daring Cardmakers Colour Challenge. I made this card for my Step-Dad:
I love the mix of subtle colours with the pops of black and pink:
I used the colours I liked best, and added a bit of silver too. The grey splodges on the background are Mister Huey (Clay) mist. It was fun to drip it on, I should use mist on cards more often!
The theme of the card make look a little odd – a fish and a playing card? But my step-dad is a magician and comedian, who loves to fish! I hope he likes it… and doesn’t just think I’m strange!