Monday 22 July 2013

Scrapbooking through the years!

We were having a bit of a cloudy start to the day today here so I nipped into my craft room and set about finishing off a layout I started at a crop I went to weekend before last.  I thought I would share it with you today as it gave me the opportunity to have a look at an old layout too.

Here is the one I finished off today.

You may recognise the photo on the layout as I have picked it to use for all my social media icons.  I picked it because as a paper craft project designer there is always part of my brain whirring away dreaming up my next crafting project.  I finally got to use this lovely Prima stitched scrapbook paper.  I didn't need to do a huge amount to get a lovely girly layout.  I had lots of fun searching through my paper flower stash to mix and match the corner spray of blooms.  My white pen journalling got a little lost so I added a shadow with a fine grey pen which was a nice effect.

I originally took this photograph when I took part in a challenge at the very same crop which I still go to 8 years on!  We were given playing cards as our must use challenge element and then the rest was up to us.  The blue backed cards reminded me of Holand and windmills popped into my head but I needed photographs to make my layout so I rushed home (luckily I live nearby!) and this was the layout I dreamed up way back in September 2005!

This was one of my very earliest layouts and well before the invention of the Cricut.  I printed out my title in reverse and cut it all out by hand!  Glossy Accents is still a favourite of mine today for adding a touch of shine to my projects.  I have always added pockets and tags to my layouts and think they are a fab way of including more photographs or journalling to a layout - in this case I made a tag with the sub title for my layout.

I really like to look back at my very first layouts.  It is fun to see how all the scrapbooking supplies have changed.  I used to go to our crop with a plastic bag with all my tools and bit and pieces in and was fascinated to see all the supplies of my fellow croppers who had totes and tool bags!  You can be sure it wasn't long before I had to upgrade my plastic bag - courtesy of my local scrapbook supply shop ;-)

When I took my photographs for the challenge layout I hadn't even heard of social media!!!!  Now I am blogging, You Tubing,  Ning-ing, Facebooking, Pinning, and a whole host of INGs yet to come I am sure!!!!  I thought I would take this photo 8 years on to see if time is being kind to me.......

........not too bad ;-)  Hairdo is still the same!  Must remember to place my hand better under my ageing - not saying sagging a bit - jaw line tee hee.  One thing is exactly the same for sure I still love paper crafting and a bit of my brain is always thinking up new things to make out of paper!!!!

The sun is breaking through the clouds so I am off to sit outside for some lunch.  Have a great day and thank you for popping by x


  1. Love that layout Helen. All those flowers are so pretty. And I think father time has been kind to you too.
    We have had glorious weather here over the past three weeks too, we are so lucky this year. Lots of fine weather & a bumper crop of strawberries to nosh on :0))

    1. Enjoy the strawberries Mo. We had thunder and lightening so loud last night it woke us up. Hope the sun breaks through again soon. x


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