Thursday, 31 December 2015

Be at Peace

Just stopped by to share a very simple layout I made over the holiday. Sadly my Mother was never really at peace in her lifetime, my hope is she is at peace now.

The doily die is a fab new one from Prima and the clocks and cogs are by Kaisercraft, the stencil is Tim Holtz and the stamps are also Kaisercraft using papers and tags from the Lost and Found collection from 7Dots Studio. The photograph was taken during the Second World War and sent to my Mother's brothers who were serving in the Far East, I found it whilst going through an fascinating album one of my uncle's maintained of his wartime service. They scrapbooked too!

As this year draws to a close I wish you and yours a happy and successful New Year.

Val x


Thursday, 12 November 2015

So Thankful

I thought I'd share a layout I made today, just because........ I had a couple of stunning photos of the central walk through The Meadows in Edinburgh which I grew to know well as I strode between the grotty flat share I was living in and my classes at the University many, many moons ago. The old Royal Infirmary might be long gone, to be replaced by beautiful sleek apartments but the peace and beauty of the tree lined paths remains a very happy Autumn memory of light filtering through those russet leaves.

I almost titled this post Leftovers #2 as the background paper is leftover BoBunny, and the leaves were stamped using Tim Holtz Falling Leaves (an old favourite), then hand cut from leftovers from Kaisercraft's Scrap Yard papers or die cut with Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Leaves and Mini Tattered Leaves using random old book pages coloured with Distress Inks. The Kraft cardstock was leftover from next Saturday's Christmas mini book workshop project plus some other bits from my scrap tray. There is always something deeply satisfying to my thrifty Scottish blood when I can create a project out of almost nothing lol!

A very basic layout if a bit time consuming, but I did have a very relaxing afternoon which is the point really.

Thank you for joining me, I hope to see you here again soon x


Tuesday, 10 November 2015


Well, long time, long time and all that. I have just checked and it is almost 12 months since I last posted anything on this blog. It was always intended as a place to record projects I made just because.... clearly there has not been a lot of that going on in my studio! So, time to make some changes, and here is a journal page I made in my A4 journal simply because I had a leftover photo and some lettering from the title of a 12x12 layout I had been working on for a workshop.

The background was created with lots of very thin layers of Distress Paint in Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door, Fired Brick, Seedless Preserves and Black Soot scraped on with an old plastic room key. Once the paint was dry the colours were a little too bright for me so I used a baby wipe to work in some Black Soot paint, wiping almost all of it away dulled the colours but still allowed them to show through. I then used BoBunny The Written Word stamp set to add random patches of stamping in Onyx Black Versafine with black texture paste through Tim Holtz Stripes Layering Stencil. A few lines stamped with the edge of the plastic card with Antique Bronze Distress Paint and a few splatters of the same, watered down a little, and it was time to add some Sizzix Die cuts, also Tim Holtz, and highlighted all the texture with Treasure Gold in Rose Quartz.

The letters were leftovers from a layout title I had die cut so I simply glued them to a couple of leftover strips of black cardstock.

I had only allowed myself an hour to play and I was quite pleased with the end result. I am going to try really hard to make an hour every week to make something, anything, just because.....

I hope you will join me x