Thursday, 24 April 2014

Home Sweet Home

Welcome to the start of April's Members' Blog Hop from the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog .  I chose the third challenge this month to use a BIG title on my layout.

Forgive the pun, but I couldn't resist it for these snaps of where I used to live in Sweden ... we did a little trip down two memory lanes during our Scandinavian tour last summer.  I'd never lived in a flat before but both were rather comfy, warm (triple-glazed against the Swedish winters) and not too high (no lifts)!  I've added arrows and addresses since photographing the page.

Jimjams - Layout - Home Swede Home

I used up the blue patterned paper from my April Counterfeit Kit with frame & border stamps to create larger frames for my photos. The title is made from Sizzlits Boys Will Be Boys dies and Scenic Route chipboard alphas; I've added a flair badge made by Lesley and some SC veneer stars.

I wonder which of this month's challenges will feature on the next stop on the hop: Tina's blog.

If you get lost whilst hopping the full order is published on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog today.

P.S. There's still time to have a go with the S J Crafts April Challenge and be in with a chance of a prize ... check it out ... plus the winner & favourites from March's challenge has just been announced here!

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Sea Monsters

No.1 Son returned home from a 2007 school trip to New Zealand having spent the last of his spending money getting a final souvenir.  I scrapped this page straight away thinking that perhaps it would be a short-term fad (like the use of fibres in scrapping)!

Jimjams - Layout - Dreads

His style has evolved as his hair has grown - the dreads were far from a 10 minute wonder - and  I can no longer imagine him going back to "normal".  The downside has been that he's reluctant to swim as it now takes forever to dry out again.  Therefore it was especially important for me to scrap these underwater shots from his recent holiday in Thailand. 

Jimjams - Layout - Sea Monsters

Jimjams - layout detail - scissor distressed edges
Supplies for the modern page are all from my April Counterfeit Kit; I struggled to get enough 'e's from the already part-used stickers and had to adapt with a couple of inverted '3's - I really wish that sticker manufacturers would take account of the frequency of letters when producing alphabets.  'E', 's' and 't' would feature a lot more prominently if I were in charge!

Chevrons seem to be everywhere at the moment.  I wonder what scrapping trend will be popular in another seven years time.  Any thoughts?  It might even be fibres!

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Zoom In Zoom Out #16

A first for us ... taking a teen out for some driving practice.  Insurance for learner drivers was totally unaffordable when No.1 & No.2 Sons were at home, but we've discovered we can buy it monthly for Child No.3 (although the excess, if she does do some damage, is a massive £250).

Jimjams - ZIZO 16 Learner Driver
I have a few more grey hairs after the first session ... hopefully we'll both relax after another trip or two.

Joining in with Helena's ZIZO ... pop over to see what others are snapping this week ...

Friday, 18 April 2014

No {More} Fooling

Those of you that dropped by for the CKCB Kit Reveal at the beginning of the month - on April Fool's Day - may remember that we Master Forgers also presented 3 "facts" about ourselves, leaving you to guess which one was fictitious.  Many thanks for guessing if you played along ... several answers made me smile.

My 3 "facts" were:
  1. I had to have rabies injections (in my stomach) following a dog bite in Indonesia when I was 4 years old.  The surgeon was annoyed at being called in off the golf course to come and stitch my right hand back together!
    Totally true ... and I still have the scars to prove it!

  2. During the final year of my degree I computer-animated a short film featuring Heinz Baked Beans ... the programme was stored on punched cards  and the computer was housed in an air-conditioned room as big as our house.
    Also true ... I am old enough (or should that be that I started computer programming young enough) to have used, not only punched cards, but paper tape! The animation was very basic - just line drawings - and the film lasted less than a minute.

    Jimjams - Collage - University memorabilia
    Memorabilia from 1977 and 1980
  3. Hubby and I got to know each other during Ice Skating Lessons in Holland - when he tried to  show me how to do a Back Outside Mohawk - and failed!
    Which leaves this one as the "porky pie" ... we did meet in Holland but it was ballroom dancing lessons that brought us together when we discovered that we had excess left feet in common :-D
The other falsehoods have been revealed over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog today ...

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Matchstick Museum

Jimjams - Layout detail - layered sticker - for SJ Crafts
Hubby had a must-do on our Scandinavian road trip last year and I had a must-see: I wanted to visit the match museum in Jönköping! Not that I'm an arsonist with a fascination for matches, you understand.  No!  The one thing that I could remember learning about Sweden in school Geography lessons was that matches were manufactured in Jönköping.  Only I pronounced it "John-coping" in those days because I didn't speak any Swedish; nowadays I know that it's pronounced "Yearn-shurping".  I spotted the name when planning our route between Malmö and Västerås and when I saw that there was now a match museum instead of a factory it seemed an ideal place to break our journey.

I have a thing for mechanised processes and was fascinated by the match dipping, drying and boxing machines that were on display.  These particular machines were a mixed blessing for the locals; they reduced the risk of Phossy-jaw for the workers, but they also took away people's jobs and caused hardship.

Jimjams - Layout LHS - Jönköping Match Museum - for SJ Crafts

Hubby and I spent a good while there enjoying the displays and videos (thankfully in English as my translating skills are beyond rusty), admiring the myriad matchbox designs and making our own match packages from paper (and in true scrapbooker fashion I've included the packaging stamp on the page).  

Jimjams - Layout RHS - Jönköping Match Museum - for SJ Crafts

The sculpture was part of an art exhibition ... there was a film clip of a replica (or the original) burning to nothing.  After giving up on a Google search, I've just found out the name of the artist via Facebook (!) - Jill Lindström - the full video is here.  It takes 4 minutes for the statue to collapse and 10 to burn out!

Jimjams - Layout - Jönköping Match Museum - for SJ Crafts

I've used the Teresa Collins' My Name Is Collection along with some grey cardstock, fabric Thickers and made a little dent in my collection of brads!

Monday, 14 April 2014

Zoom In Zoom Out #15

Well we certainly did have a lovely time.
On our day trip.
To Bangor.

Jimjams - ZIZO 15 Bangor
Despite the lack of sunshine.
And the not-open-as-the-season-hasn't-started-yet tea-room at the end of the pier.
Good job we had 20p for the telescope.

Joining in with Helena's ZIZO ... pop over to check whether others had better weather this week.

Thursday, 10 April 2014


Time for another scrapbook page made with the lovely Teresa Collins "Hello My Name Is" Collection. For this one I used the March sketch inspiration from UKScrappers along with a photo of Child No.3 and her fellow G&T artists in Tuscany last year

Jimjams - Layout - Young Artists In Tuscany 2013 - for S J Crafts

Part of their pre-trip preparation was to make Renaissance-painting-inspired outfits and one of the highlights of their week was when everyone dressed up for a photo shoot in the Tuscan castle they were staying in.  I've added some gems, veneer stars and used Man O Man Sizzlits for my title.

You can read how I started using this collection here on the S J Crafts Blog (and while you're there why not check out their April Challenge ... there's a prize!).