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A month of scrapbooking – day 1

Scrapbooking = number 1 crafting love for me.  I think the combination of preserving my family’s memories whilst also being creative is a perfect use of my time.  Kids are always cute in photos so even if I’m having a bit of a rough time with any of them I can connect through the photos and the memories and remember how worthwhile my role as their mother is.

Honestly though my scrapbooking efforts have been dismal of late, however for the next 30 days I have set a goal to complete or create from scratch a page for each of my children’s special personalised albums.  These albums are 8×8 inch (I find this to be a really achievable page size for me).  They will be presented to each child on their 21st birthday.  There is a layout for at least every 6 months of their life – but many extra pages too, such as when it was an especially gorgeous photo or milestones for their siblings.

I’m at least 4 years behind on these albums and many pages are missing dates or journaling. I’m actually not too heavy on the journaling on any of the pages as I write a letter to each child around their birthday anyway (which they also will receive on their 21st birthday) so a lot of information is in them instead.

This is a page that will be included in each album in exactly the same layout. I love making sure they all appear in each other’s album as they grow and change.  Some of the items I’ve used are retired but could easily be adapted with new items.

I’ve added this supply list below.  I can’t find the little butterflies or the tags as they were Sizzlets we had ages ago.  The crumb cake card stock was stamped with Timeless Textures, I adore this stamp set, I think it adds so much detail to the layout.  Everything has been sponged which also easily adds interest to an otherwise simple layout.  The “never stop exploring” was stamped with Versamark and heat set with clear embossing powder.  Any questions please ask!
Product List

Project Life Let's Get Away Photopolymer Stamp Set

Project Life Let’s Get Away Photopolymer Stamp Set

Alphabet Rotary Stamp

Alphabet Rotary Stamp

Butterfly Birthday Wishes

It’s wonderful to get inspiration from Pinterest, it is certainly my favourite place to go and collect ideas.  If you are not yet confident with how to use Pinterest please let me know and I’ll run you through the basics.

I found this card from Fanny and loved it.  I made a few changes and here is my version…

A full list of supplies are here, please let me know if you have any questions!  Not listed are the retired Framelits “Apothecary Accents” and the retired Stampin Up! Washi tape from my stash.

Product List

Bitty Butterfly Punch


Elegant Butterfly Punch


Watercolor Paper


Watercolor Pencils


Aqua Painters


Gold Metallic Thread


Gold Sequin Trim


Pop Of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper


Basic Black A4 Card Stock


Shimmery White A4 Card Stock


Large Numbers Framelits Dies


Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies


Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper


Too much glitter is never enough

Craft hand made gift box

I’m so in love with this butterfly framelit (there’s a great tip for using dryer sheets with these intricate framelits that I have been demonstrating at my recent classes).
This box really pops in real life, it is so simple but makes such a elegant statement.  The ribbon around the box is attached in a belly band style so that the whole feature can slide off the box and not be damaged.

Happy Stampin’
Rebecca O'Gorman your Independent Stampin Up! Demonstrator

Beautiful Bokeh

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Have you learned how to achieve this amazing background called “bokeh”?

I first learned of this technique from Alison Barclay and love it.  It’s a very simple yet gorgeous way to add a stunning background to your cards. My current card classes include a card that features this technique, there are still spaces this Friday at 10am. If you are interested but can’t attend this week  please let me know!\

Rebecca O'Gorman your Independent Stampin Up! Demonstrator


A flower and brown free zone…

I’ve recently run a Facebook competition…more information {{here}} so I’ve been busy catching up on the cards that I now need to make for my lovely Facebook followers who took part!


Sue requested a birthday card that was not floral or brown, so this is what I have come up with:


It uses the Stamp Set “tape it”, which is an easy way to replicate the look of washi tape. I’ve also used “Chalk Talk” and the matching framelits. The butterflies have been cut with the two butterfly punches that are currently available.  The colours are Crisp Cantaloupe, Smoky Slate, Coastal Cabana and Whisper White.


It was basically a quick and easy card but I seemed to make a lot of mistakes with this one…I got there in the end!


Happy Stampin’

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