At the beginning of June I was lucky enough to attend my first Go Go Getaway Retreat in Hertfordshire.  My friend Sarah (from Lottie Loves Paper) and I signed up as soon as we heard that the lovely Shimelle was going to be there as a guest teacher to celebrate their 10th birthday, as she been a teacher at their very first retreat.  I’m going to be making a mini book about the event when I can finally get back to scrapping after my Achilles surgery but for now I can share some of the layouts that we created there.

This one turned out to be one of my favourite layouts ever.  It was the second of the two layouts we did with Shimelle and she’d suggested that we use photos that were 10 years apart to coincide with the celebrations.  I chose the most recent picture of me and my girl on her 9th birthday and one from when she was only about 4 months old so it was close enough.

We used the Box Of Crayons collection for the whole weekend which at first I thought was a bit overkill but I ended up loving it!  I hadn’t actually bought any of the collection myself even though I loved it when it released, because the patterns are so bold that I usually find things like this difficult to work with myself.   I’ve ended up with some gorgeous colourful and bright layouts though and a commitment to using more colour and random motifs on my pages.

One of the parts of the lesson involved Shimelle coming around to each table to talk us through some brush lettering techniques and helping us create the focus word for our layouts.  Then we practised for a while before choosing the best word to add to our layouts.  I definitely want to do this again!

I wanted to keep to the blues and purples because of what we were wearing and there are so many colours in this collection that it was easy to achieve that.

I really love the way this layout turned out and I love what I learned.  I would never have scrapped two photos from different life stages without this prompt but I’m glad I did.  It reminded me of how close Miss B and I have always been and how much we have always held each other close, and of how we have always been “The Girls”.

I hope you’ll pop back soon and see some more of my Go Go layouts now that I have finally started adding to my poor neglected blog!

With colourful wishes,

Lisa-Jane x

Hi lovelies!
Hopefully you’ve arrived at my blog from the lovely Claire Murphy AKA Scrappy Nerd UK as part of the UK Scrap Addicts blog hop.  A few of us from the team felt the need for a hop as we hadn’t taken part in one for ages and some of us had never done one before!  Michelle at Ugly Bug Plans suggested we try and use up some of our scraps from the summer.  I’d been working with the gorgeous Heart collection from Simple Stories and I really wanted to get the most out of it, plus it was still out on my desk so it seemed perfect.
Designing the cut files for the shop is something I really enjoy but I’m struggling to find time to use the newer ones so this was an ideal opportunity.  I often design files with the intention of being able to use scraps – I’m really really not short of paper but I have a little bit of a problem with “wasting” gorgeous pieces, no matter how small!
This collection has some journal cards of varying sizes in but it was only when I started reading them and looking at the stickers that I realised it was a bereavement collection!  I took out the bits that I couldn’t use and sent them to a lady who had suffered a recent pet bereavement.  Then I set to work cutting into the cards and avoiding the phrases or images that wouldn’t work with the apertures size wise.  I am absolutely positive that I took a couple of photos of the back of the cut file so you can see how messy it is and how I have really used every scrap to fill up the little boxes.  But I can’t find them…
People laugh at me at the crops because I can’t bare throwing things away, even if they are really small, I’ve even used branding strips tucked under the photo for extra layers.  I love how I’ve been able to incorporate all the different patterns from the collection without cutting into a single whole sheet.  The spotty brown background was from my stash of staples – single sided, quite thin, but useful for ensuring you get the most stretch from your collections.
I used some of the stickers as mini titles / journalling as I’ve already done layouts about my great nephew being born and also how we miss them between visits.  To finish the layout off I’ve added enamel dots and resin flowers from the shop (yes I’m still trying to get everything loaded..)
So do you like using scraps or do you just throw them away or do you keep them never to see them again?  I’m usually in the latter category but I want to really do something about that!
Thank you for taking the time to visit me.  I am the last person in the hop so if you’ve got all 8 letters in the scavenger hunt then it’s time to pop back to the UK Scrap Addicts blog with your word at the ready. There you will find an entry form, powered by rafflecopter, simply enter your answer and email address there before 9pm on the 5th October for a chance to win a Traveller’s Notebook creative kit from UglyBugPlans, Some beautiful Washi and Stickers from my Pretty My Page shop and an adorable charm from Sarah at Manxycat crafts.   (If you started on a different blog then keep following the links until you get back to the beginning.)
The winner will be announced over on the blog on the 6th October.
My letter is … S (and the word definitely appears in every post on the hop in case you need a clue)
We hope you’ve had fun and got some inspiration along the way.
Now go forth and make pretty pages!

Here it is!  Isn’t it pretty!!??  It still has a few tweaks to come but we couldn’t wait any longer to show it off.  There are many more products to be uploaded in the next few days so I hope you find something you like to put some colour into your life.

Thanks for visiting!