Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Two For the Work of One Blog Hop

After enjoying the Scrapping Within Limits experience, I was so excited to be invited to take part in a blog hop taking on another one of Shimelle's challenges. Toni from Life Scrapbook Repeat has gathered a great group of crafty types together. This week's challenge is to use a page kit to scrap a page with some current photos and a page with some older photos, using the same limited kit of supplies.

Here is the kit I assembled for this challenge.

A selection of papers including Crate Paper's Little Bo Peep collection, some current Amy Tangerine and Kesi Art.

Some AC Thickers and stickers and a Crate Paper border sheet,

And a selection of embellishements including some Paper Bakery flair, Dear Lizzy stickers and MME labels and enamel dots. I also added some Basic Grey mini envelopes and some Crate Paper veneer.

I struggled a little with the older photos as I do not have any access to many photos prior to moving to Singapore just under three years ago. I printed out some wedding photos and some photos from Scarlett's birth along with a couple of current Scarlett photos. I also decided to work with larger 5 x 7 photos for this challenge.

Crate Paper PP paired with a picture of my sister-in-law holding Scarlett when she was a few hours old

More Crate Paper with a very recent shot of Scarlett dwarfed by the neighbouring condo
I tackled the current picture first as it was not so major as the pictures from Scarlett's birth. This is what I ended up creating.

I am generally really happy with this layout, although I am kicking myself for not including some sequins in my kit as I think a little bit more sparkle would set the photo off nicely. I found I got a lot of good use from the Crate Paper border stickers and the MME word labels to help give my journalling a little more punch. I love the darker wood shapes from Crate Paper. I am also super pleased to have used the last of that KesiArt paper alongside the image. This is one of my favourite papers of late and I am so glad to have used it with a photo I really love.

I love this picture of Miss Three in her school uniform waiting for the bus to pick her up. She is so dwarfed by the surrounding buildings and yet she is such a big girl to me now. The wobbly legged deer reminds me of a creature finding its feet in the world and I feel that is the point in life that Miss Three is reaching. She is balancing being out in the world with needing the love and support of her parents and home. 

Here is a close up of the journalling block.

 The second layout using older photos was a little harder to get started with. Miss Three's birth did not go smoothly and looking at the photos of that day is something I still find quite hard. There is a reason that these are the first photos I have scrapped for her  baby album. I know one day I will write her birth story but it is still a pretty awful thing to relive even three years down the track!

Here is the page I created - well I ended up making this a double paged layout as I had two photos that would work perfectly together.

I still kept the same group of supplies but simply added a second sheet of the background paper that I had in my stash. I used those same pink glittery thickers and veneer from Crate Paper, some Paper Bakery flair and labels from Dear Lizzy and American Crafts. I tried to keep the pages pretty balanced and found a border sticker to use on the right hand page to replicate the label strip from an Amy Tangerine paper on the left hand page.

Here are some closer look at the two pages.

 I love the Crate Paper patterned papers in this layout. They both come from the Little Bo Peep range which is designed especially for baby girls.

The tones of the Dear Lizzy Love label worked really well with the Crate Paper and MME. I love the arrows from the branding strip of an Amy Tangerine paper.

The colours and the sentiment from the Paper Bakery Instalove flair set tied in perfectly with this page. I cannot say enough good things about the darker wood veneer either.

I cannot get over how happy my sister looks in this photo. She was one of my support people at the birth and she must have been exhausted as it was a through the nighter. This photo was taken while I was in surgery after the birth and she got a couple of hours of one on one time with baby.

 The colours and sentiment of the AC stickers worked well here too. I love a bit of grey in a layout and it gave me an excuse to add in some grey enamel dots too.

A similar grouping of veneer, enamel dots and flair to echo the matching layout.

I am loving using the smaller kit to make my memory keeping a much smoother process. I am not a fussy or layers girl so it makes my process so fast. I am definitely going to incorporate this method in my baby album going forward. Now that I have started some pages it is much easier to carry on. Now if only I could do the same with my wedding photos!

The first contributor on the blog hop today is Léa  who you may know online as Alinor. Her beautiful blog  A Freeze Frame  is well worth checking out for scrappy and Project Life inspiration.

Here is her selection of supplies.

Léa went through her stash of both old and new items and chose motifs and colours that she loves. She did the same with papers and embellishments and there are so many lovely pieces here! She decided to go with a neutral grey paper for each background.

Here are her two layouts.

She completed this layout first. I just love the layered frame behind the photo and the complexity of her layered embellishment spots. So many pretty things in each cluster!

Léa then used some of her scraps from the first layout to complete this gorgeous piece. I love the more muted colours and the tag as a photo mat is genius! I am definitely going to have to try that myself. 

Please visit  Léa at her blog to see more detail about her process.

Toni from Life Scrapbook Repeat has taken a different approach on gathering her supplies this time. She wanted to make a dent in her October Afternoon stash. Believe it or not she was able to use pieces from Farm Girl, 9 to 5, Thrift Shop, Five and Dime, Sidewalks, Woodland Park, and Farmhouse! Amazing that the lines all look so co-ordinated.

Here is a more detailed look at Toni's supplies.

A Stunning selection of OA papers

More OA goodness including tidbits, flyers and label stickers

A range of circle punches and adhesives

Thickers and Mini Market stickers and some lovely neutral background papers
And here are the beautiful layouts she made. I still cannot get my head around just how well those quite diverse collections worked together!

I love all the layering behind the central image on this layout and the mist spatters are perfect.

Here is a close up.

I love all the patterned circles stacked here. Such a clever way to add extra dimension.

I just love the contrast of the primary colour papers with the neutral background. I love the detailed handwritten journalling too. There is a place for everything in this layout!

I really like the tiny attacher staples holding the circles on. They give the edges room to move and add some movement to the layout. Stunning.

I am sure after seeing this you will be off to check out more of Toni's work at Life Scrapbook Repeat.

Finally here are some more fabulous pieces of inspiration from Senorita Scrapper.

Here are her original supplies.

Lots of lovely boy themed goodness!


And a sneak peek at her two layouts.


I just love all the layering and the amazing way the patterns all work so well together. 


 So much vibrant colour and lots of gorgeous little details. 

You need to head straight to her blog and take a closer look.
I loved taking part in this blog hop and hope you will take the time to check out the other blogs as there are some really amazing layouts!

It really does go to show that a little restriction can be a creative help when it comes to this scrappy habit of mine.


  1. Fabulous layouts, so glad you managed to scrap some baby photos of your daughter, your birth experience sounds similar to my first, I went on to have a better/different experience 2nd time round.

  2. Love that double pager, I definitely should do those more often!

  3. Epic post :)
    Super glad you hoped along with us, loved your layouts <3

  4. I think this stash busting effort has had fantastic success. My fave is the way you used the fawn. I got that wood set on sale and have been wondering how to use it, and I LOVE what you've done, really inspiring!

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