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I’m smitten…

This month I’ve have the total pleasure of designing with the new range ‘Love Always’ by Cocoa Vanilla Studio and honestly, I’m smitten! I’ve seen some of my fellow DT use their ranges and loved what’s been created, but have never used one of their ranges myself – I for one will not be looking […]


Gold is still on trend…

I’m sure that many of us would have thought that by now, gold in the world of scrapbooking would have long gone? It hasn’t and gold is still very much on trend, much to my delight! Whether it’s the magpies in us (no pun intended!) that migrate to the beautiful lustre of gold or whether […]


Half and half…

I can’t believe we are nearly half way through the year, and about to embark on June! Summer seems to be finally upon us, and the garden is blooming… With these thoughts in mind, I decided to use the gorgeous Bloom collection by Maggie Holmes for Crate and challenged myself to create layouts that were […]


So Tweet

You must have been walking around with your eyes closed to have not seen the recent trends for pineapples and flamingos, but one of the latest trends in the scrapbooking world is for birds – they are so sweet, or should that be so tweet! From detailed chaffinch, woodpecker and thrush, painted in a botanical style […]


Life in color

Yet again another month has passed me by… we are already a quarter of the year into 2016, Spring is upon us and I’m using the wonderful Simple Stories collection ‘Life in Color’ for my March blog post. Full of a multitude of colours, this vibrant collection is bound to cheer up even the most […]


‘On Trend’ therapy

Sometimes when I’m crafting I use my ‘me’ time as a means of therapy – a time when I can simply drift off into my own little world and shut out the everyday shenanigans! This month I needed more ‘me’ time than usual and the new ‘On Trend 2’ from My Minds Eye was just […]


Love changes everything…

Of all of our emotions, love is by far the greatest emotion and ultimately changes everything! Be it the love of a partner, a child, a pet or indeed a hobby such as scrapbooking, the passion deep within from the loving of someone or something and we are smitten! ‘Head over heels’, ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’ […]


‘Hello Gorgeous’ – need I say more?

‘Hello Gorgeous’ is the super lush range by Heidi Swapp and if ever a name summed up a collection perfectly, first prize would have to go to this one! Although designed to be used in conjunction with the memory planners, I thought that they were way to pretty to be ‘shut away in a book’ […]


Portraits in black and white…

So Summer has long gone and it seems like a decade ago that we were last on holiday having formal portraits taken! Although taken in colour, there is something so classy about portraits in black and white… After seeing the simply stunning DIY Home collection by Jen Hadfield, I just knew it would be the […]


Text from vintage books…

Text from vintage books – I love to read all about what each page says and often giggle about the manner in which they are written! When I saw that Cedar Lane, the new collection from Pink Paislee featured vintage styled text too, I decided to incorporate both and delved into my antique book collection. And with […]