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You Make Me Wanna Fly!

LOVED the week four challenge on UKScrappers this week, which was to….

  • Use turquoise and purple
  • Scrap yourself
  • Use butterflies or scrap about change, growth or freedom

I was so proud of the mannequin and wings, you wouldn’t believe how happy it made me 🙂 They were originally plain brown chipboard die-cut’s from two different packs from here and for some *crazy* reason, I had the idea to put them together. But they were bugging me and I couldn’t work out why coz I really like them, yet they just weren’t right and so I decided to co-ordinate them with the page and boy, what a difference that made!!! They are amazing!!! And the wings, oh so so sparkly…..which is the BEST way to be 🙂

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Those that don’t believe in the magic will never find it…

…and this is the layout for one little boy who searches and finds a little of that magic day in, day out.

I created this layout based on the criteria for the January Week 2 Team Challenge on UKScrappers. For this challenge, we had to ensure we used ‘Something New’, ‘Something Old’ and ‘Bling’. My ‘Something Old’ was the doilie, lace, sizzix die (heart frame), music paper, patterned paper and letter stamps. My ‘Something New’ was the technique I used to create my organza flower. Although I have admired these flowers for a long time I have never actually dug out a candle and used this technique myself…but I love the flower I created and will certainly be making many more.

I fulfilled the ‘Bling’ element by putting diamantes in the centre of the flower and by adding diamante accents to the hearts.


Lets make 2012 BEAUTIFUL, our once upon a time….

2012 is going to be a good year, no wait, that’s wrong, it’s going to be a GREAT year! Its gonna be a year to make our own, to create our story, our once upon a time.

Here’s one of the first pictures I took after the strike of midnight scrapped for the week one challenge on UKScrappers. The challenge was that we had to include three elements into our layout, which were Doodling, Circles & use of Old Stash only. Here are some of the requirements in focus…

I LOVE doodling at the best of times and to have ‘permission’ to doodle on my layout was music to my ears! This doodled flourish was the beginnings of my page and I added a circular element to it by using some gorgeous diamantes. I also stamped (using my sons lego brick of all things!!!!) some circular elements to the edges of my page to help ground the floral embellishments.

I LOVE these journal cards from Webster Pages, they are all have the ‘feel good’ factor. I had them out on the table when I was trying to create this layout and I decided that the title, ‘Lets make 2012 BEAUTIFUL, our once upon a time would be perfect as I really have a good feeling about this year…I am going to make it MY year. I love the ideas of incorporating butterflies into this as butterflies take flight and are free with seemingly no cares in the world….a place I’d love to be! I have a gorgeous butterfly mask from Tattered Angels, which I just love to use and I thought this would tie in well with the butterflies on the journaling card. Therefore I laid the mask down and spritz over plain white cardstock with a purple glimmer mist to create my background paper. I then found some plain chipboard butterflies which I inked with a purple stazon to co-ordinate with the other elements of the page. (*I just actually remembered I was gonna to coat some glossy accents over the butterflies to give them a perfect finish, but as in true Claire style, something has been forgotten!!!)

These butterflies, were encased in doodled circles with leading lines.  Doodling a border around the white cardstock, photo and journaling cards helped finish this page perfectly along with a scrap of lace I found right at the end, tying in the color of the lettering perfectly.