Passionate About Pages

English Markets

There is something about fresh produce markets that just draws Mike and I in.  We love the smells, the colours, the banter of the stall holders and the opportunity to see foods we haven't experienced before.  The English Markets in Cork did not disappoint.  We went back a second time too!  The cold meats, cheeses and marinated mushrooms were delicious - we enjoyed a beautiful picnic back in our B&B (because it was raining again) and washed our treats down with some bubbles.

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HIgh Tea

I just love the way new ideas you happen upon so often fit with photos you are ready to scrapbook.  A cute folded dress card was shared on Facebook and I thought, "That's nice but I have nothing to use it for" and scrolled on past.  Then I found my daughter's High Tea photos and thought of this card.  Fortunately for me, a colleague showed me how to make it.  We found a template  on Pinterest. (I've made it the cover photo for my Cards board on my Pinterest page if you want to download it.)

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Butler House - Washi Stamps

Our visit to this beautiful house in Kilkenny, Ireland last year was an absolute treat.  It was right next to the castle and had been lovingly restored.  When we travel we mainly stay in modest hotels or apartments but do like to 'splurge' once or twice along the way.  Mike picked this place and it did not disappoint.  If you are heading to Ireland I thoroughly recommend Butler House.

Butler houseI wanted a simple layout so I could fit lots of photos onto it.  I have very rapidly fallen in love with Washi Ta…

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Craft Room Makeover

Many of you would have followed the posts about my craft room makeover on my facebook page and now you can see what I did with some of the photos.

Craftroom pagesI created my own background paper with a pen and a hole punch!  Begin with a full sheet of 12"x12" paper in a plain or subtle pattern.  When you lay this on your Versmat (Z1279) you can still see the measurements and markings around the paper.  Use the Ruler (Z1471) and a pigment ink pen to draw diagonal lines across the page.  Start in a corner going …

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2014 Title Page

As a kid I just loved the start of a new year.  One of the best bits was making title pages in all my school books!  I know, "Nerd alert".  I always make a title page for my photo albums too and was keen to experiment with a stamping technique I've seen about the place.

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This layout is taken from the Half & Half tags design on page 86 of Reflections How To book.  I love the ideas in this book - the basic designs are very simple and you can dress them up anyway you desire.  My sponge daubers got a …

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Co-ordinating pages for unrelated themes

Sometimes we only have enough photos for a single page.  "WOW!" I hear you say, "Does that actually happen?"  The answer is , "Yes, occasionally."  When it does it brings the problem of needing to find a way to co-ordinate the two layouts so it remains pleasing to the eye when you turn to this page in your album.

Here are my tips for this situation...
  •  Keep the layouts simple
  • Use the same papers on both pages
  • Choose generic images or shapes for your decorations
  • Keep headings in the same styl…

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Family time is the best time

As our kids grow the opportunities to just hang out together become fewer.  They are just so busy living life and being the well adjusted, social & opportunity seeking individuals we raised them to be!  I loved this afternoon stroll on our local dog beach.  We chatted and laughed and even touched on some D&M topics.  It's this everyday stuff that I cherish most and so it needs to be in my album.

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The inspiration for this layout came from a Flip Stand Album project taught to us at a consultant trai…

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Cross-Stitch Wishes Stamp of the Month

January's Stamp of the Month is this adorable set of Cross-Stitch inspired images.  It will suit  so many page and card themes.  You will use it over and over in your scrapbooking.

Cross-Stitch Wishes

Today's page was inspired by one made by my friend, Rose Kendell.  Matching the layout to the patchwork theme of the photo was fun.

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Blue: 10" square     Photo Mount: 6 1/4" square

Dark Yellow squares: Large - 3" Small - 1 3/8"     Dark Yellow Rectangles: 1 3/8" x 3"

White Daisy pigment ink was used for the st…

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Kite Surfing Pages

Perth is a windy city.  Each afternoon in summer, we enjoy a fabulous sea breeze.  We often take our dog to the beach and enjoy watching the kite surfers in action.  We don't know any of them but they look so beautiful in action, we just had to take some photos.

Kite Surfing page

The layout of this page is pretty much copied from Layout 5 of CTMH Make it from your Heart Volume 1 Ideas Book.  The Tommy Paper pack (X7169B) colours worked perfectly and I was even brave enough to sand the surface of the Outdoor Denim

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I'm on Cloud Nine

I LOVE being a consultant because I always get to play with new products before they are released to you!  In January 2014 you too can get your hands on the Cloud Nine cardmaking kit.  Create 10 cute cards (2 each of 5 designs) using three sneak-peek accessories from the upcoming Idea Book, a new D-size stamp set, and exclusive papers.  I am in love with the Teal Shimmer tape and the spotty Washi Tape.

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There are two ways to get the adorable Cloud Nine cardmaking kit: Purchase it for just $20 (ret…

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