Category Archives: Scrapbooking

Taking a break


Our dog, Bess is very poorly so I’m taking a little break from crafting and blogging while I nurse her.

Thank you for your understanding.

Sara xx

Best Year Ever DSP bundle 2

best year ever bundle 2 close up
On Thursday I suggested a bundle of products that will let you earn the Best Year Ever DSP for FREE and shared a project that used it (here). Today I’m back with a second project using the same bundle.


£25.95  Simply Scored Board (122334)
£10.95  Simply Scored Diagonal Plate (125586)
£6.25 Daffodil Delight Seam Binding (125583)

£2.25  Dazzling Details (124117)

£45.40 Total

FREE Best Year Ever DSP (138633)

(If ordering online then you get to choose your freebie when you checkout).

Today we’ve added a stamp from the Feel Goods set to finish the project.

best year ever bundle 2

This little squash book when folded up and tied closed, fits easily in a handbag for sharing with friends when you’re out and about.

best year ever bundle 2 open

Opened up, each centre diamond is 4″ square so there’s plenty of room for pix and the small white triangles give room for journalling to add info about where and when the pix were taken.

best year ever bundle 2 folded

The card bases were three 8″ squares of Coastal card. Each was placed on the Simply Scored Board and scored at 4″ on each side. Next each square was placed on the Diagonal Plate and scored from the zero” mark diagonally on just one side. They were adhered together across the centre diamonds so that they fold shut. The top and bottom triangles were folded forward, mountain fold and the centre triangles folded back, valley fold. 3-3/4″ mats of Best Year Ever DSP were added.   Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon was adhered across the front of the closed book, ready to tie the squash book closed. A mat of Crushed Curry was added over the top of the ribbon. After stamping a sentiment from Feel Goods in Bermuda Bay ink onto a square of Best Year Ever DSP, it was blinged up with some Dazzling Details and added to the front of the squash book.

I’ll be back to feature a different Sale-a-bration product bundle very soon.

Sara xx


Project Life meets Wondrous Wreath

PL wreath close up
When I got the Wondrous Wreath stamp set, I thought what a wonderful frame it would make and how well the sentiments would work as journalling notes.

So today I’m combining it with a Project Life card to make an insert for one of my pages.

Project Life wondrous wreath

I selected one of the Project Life Everyday Adventure cards, chosen for its circular journalling area and adhered a photo of DH in the centre. The base wreath from the Wondrous Wreath photopolymer set* was stampeding Pear Pizzazz ink onto Whisper White card, then the leaves and berries were overstamped with Old Olive and Strawberry Slush inks before die cutting out with the matching Wonderful Wreath framelits*. Sentiments from the same set were selectively inked with a Strawberry Slush marker, stamped onto Whisper White card and punched out with the Word Window. The wreath and sentiments were popped up on dimensionals on the card.

* Buy the Wondrous Wreath stamp set and matching framelits as a Wondrous Wreath photopolymer bundle and save 15%.

I think this combo works for any time of year, not just Christmas. What do you think?

Sara xx


Project Life – not just for scrapbooking

everyday adventure close up

Yesterday I shared my first Project Life scrapbooked page and I’m looking forward to sharing this and showing it to to my friends and customers in real life because I’m impressed at how truly easy it is to do. But I also know my friends and customers well and I know that they won’t easily be converted … so I want to show what else you can do with the Project Life Card Collections (these are primarily journaling cards) – just in case they decide not to carry on scrapbooking. All is not lost or wasted because these supplies are also fabulous for card making.

The card collection costs £13.50 and has 100 double sided, colour-co-ordinated cards that come in 3 sizes (to coincide with the size of pockets in the page protectors):

  • 4″ x 6″
  • 4″ x 4″; and
  • 3″ x 4″

Spoiler alert – there are one or two sneak peeks further down.

I decided to use the Project Life Card Collection to put together a card for this week’s sketch challenge over at SUDSOL.


And this is my card:

everyday adventure

An A6 portrait card base of the new In Color, Hello Honey*, was matted with a card from the Everyday Adventure PL Card Collection (135298) that had been trimmed slightly to fit. This was then stamped at the bottom with a sentiment from a new stamp set, Something to Say, in Tangelo Twist* (another new In Color). Another, smaller card from the Everyday Adventure PL collection was trimmed narrower, to fit the sketch, then stamped with a sentiment from Perfect Pennants (Wood 133227 orClear 133230in Tangelo Twist ink. This was matted onto Tangelo Twist card and wrapped with some Tangelo Twist Stitched Satin Ribbon before popping up on diemsnionals on the card front. A bow of the same ribbon was added with Glue Dots to finish.

*  (The colours in the collection are actually Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie but I’m enjoying the new In Colors at the moment)

everyday adventure inside

On the inside, the other half of the sentiment and some flowers from the Something to Say set were stamped in Tangelo Twist ink.

Although the stamp set and the In Color items won’t be on sale until 1 July, you can order the Project Life Card Collection along with some other Project Life items already.

Have a great weekend.

Sara xx


Project Life for scrapbooking Swarovski Crystal Worlds

project life swarovski close up

The concept of Project Life scrapbooking is that it’s quick and simple. I decided to give that a test drive today.

At Christmas we went to Austria for a short break and we visited Swarovksi Crystal Worlds. It was an amazing place – beautiful grounds, clever and quirky exhibitions and a fantastic shop – all very sparkly of course and we took plenty of pix … which we haven’t done anything about!

So, can Project Life get me out of that rut?

I chose a page protector from the Variety Pack Pocket Pages (135294) first (the top left in the pic below) so that I knew which way round I needed my photos (portrait or landscape).


Then I printed my photos out on the home printer (choosing and printing then was definitely the longest part) and slotted them in to the page protector.

project life swarovski

After selecting a card from the Everyday Adventure Collection (135298), I added a little bit of journalling with a Strawberry Slush marker and decorated with some Flower Shop (Wood 132727 or Clear 132726) and Petite Petal (Wood 134821 or Clear 134822) flowers and quite a few Basic Rhinestones (119246) (they’re so very sparkly – just like the Swarovski crystals).

project life swarovski journaling

It took me around 10-15 min to put the page together. It really is that easy!

I think I’m converted. It will be a great excuse for hubby and I to look back through all our old photos.

Sara xx


Project Life has landed

project life

Some say scrapbooking takes too much time. And it can do … the old way.

But Project Life is quick, easy and has a fresh approach. It couldn’t be simpler: slip photos, mementos, and journaling into an album with Photo Pocket Pages. That alone will give you fabulous results (no scissors or glue required)!

And for those who don’t do simple, you can embellish your photos or cards with Project Life accessory packs or stamps. Our accessory packs are designed to coordinate perfectly with our card collections which makes stepping things up super simple.

For those who have come across Project Life already, it’s the same great concept – since we’ve partnered with it’s creator Becky Higgins … and we’ve combined it with the quality and colour matching and combining that Stampin’ Up! is renowned for.becky higgins

Project Life has now landed at Stampin’ Up!

There will be a full line of Project Life products available in the Annual Catalogue when it launches 1 July, but we’re offering a selection of that range from today – a full three weeks early!

Just click on the Item or the Code below, to go direct to the shop and order.

Item Code Description
135294 Variety Pack 12″ x 12″ Project Life Photo
Pocket Pages
12 pages: 2 ea. of 6 designs.
7,95 €/£5.95
135298 Everyday Adventure Project Life Card Collection
100 double-sided, color -coordinated cards in 3 sizes:
4″ x 6″, 4″ x 4″, and 3″ x 4″
17,95 €/£13.50
135301 Everyday Adventure Project Life Accessory Pack
4 3″ x 4″ specialty cards; 8 sticker sheets;
1 acetate accents sheet; 8 wood accents;
2 epoxy stickers; 4 arrow paperclips;
1 roll washi tape (5 yds.)
11,95 €/£8.95
135304 Project Life Journaling Pens
2 pens (01 and 05)
5,95 €/£4.50
135346 Project Life Corner Punch 9,50 €/£7.25
135707 Cards & Labels Project Life Framelits Dies
5 dies
27,95 €/£20.95
135785 Project Life Day to Day Photopolymer Stamp Set
42 stamps
30,95 €/£22.95

Project Life Au jour le jour
(Day to Day Set in French)

30,95 €/£22.95
136707 Project Life Tag für Tag Photopolymer Stamp Set
(Day to Day Set in German)
30,95 €/£22.95
135787 Project Life Point & Click Photopolymer Stamp Set
26 stamps
18,95 €/£13.95

If you have any questions about this great new product suite, just leave me a comment.

Sara xx


SAB Sweet Sorbet DSP sneak peek

sweet sorbet DSP close up

It’s day 3 of our countdown to Sale-a-bration (starting 28 January). Sale-a-bration is our annual Stampin’ Up! party, with loads of free products. This year we’ll have THIRTEEN! different products to choose from and you’ll be able to get one free for every £45 you spend (with no limits to how many you can collect – spend £90, get 2 freebies etc). I’m showcasing a different SAB freebie every day in my countdown.

Today’s sneak peek was a swap from my Paper Dolls team mate, Joanne (in return for my MDS card). She created a lovely A4 scrapbook page that features the Sweet Sorbet DSP.

As is usual with our DSP packs, Sweet Sorbet contains 12 sheets of 12″ x 12″ double sided paper.

sweet sorbet DSP

A selection of the Sweet Sorbet papers were trimmed to banners and adhered behind the photo mat. The sentiment at the top of the page is from the Happy Day stamp set (Wood 130294 or Clear 130297). Other stamps on the page are a sneak peek from another Sale-a-bration freebie that I’ll be sharing soon. Twine from yesterday’s sneak peek, Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack, was used on the top of the tags. As well as the Sale-a-bration goodies, there are also a few sneak peeks from the Spring/Summer catalogue. Can you spot them?

sweet sorbet DSP tags

The photo mat cunningly disguises a pocket for the two tags to be tucked in.

Have you spotted your favourite freebie yet? Or are you waiting still to see the rest? Laughing

Another one for you tomorrow.

Sara xx

A squash book for Mother’s Day

squash book close up

I’ve been busy today making a little gift for my Mum ready for next Sunday – Mother’s Day. (She’s been away this weekend so I think she’ll be too busy to check out my blog – hope so or it’ll spoil the surprise Embarassed).

As my Mum is now a Gran, I feel sure that she’ll appreciate a little squash book. She already has plenty of photos of my little nephew George on her iPhone but it’s nice to have a physical little brag book to show to friends and family. As my Dad enjoys his photography, I thought he’d be able to print the photos, so all Mum has to do is stick them in.

Here’s the little book folded up and tied closed (I figured that Mum would rather put another pic of George on the front than have some of my fancy crafting Wink):

squash book

And here it is opened up. Each centre diamond is 4″ square so plenty of room for pix and the little white triangles give some room for journalling so that Mum can add some info about where and when the pix were taken.

squash book open

The card bases were 8″ squares of Marina Mist card, folded in half horizontally, vertically and just once diagonally. They were adhered together across the centre diamonds so that they fold shut and 3-3/4″ mats of Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP (126922) were added. Marina Mist Scallop Dots Ribbon (122986) is used to tie the squash book closed.

Clean and simple so that the focus will be on the pix Smile.

Sara xx