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This weekend I took part in Shimelle’s online crop, which was my first time doing something like this. I didn’t get to complete as many of the layouts or take as many of the photos that I wanted to, as I had a full day photography workshop on Saturday (and had to work on Friday unfortunately!). However, Sunday was my designated scrapbooking time and I got a few layouts done that I’m very happy with so it was a success.

And here they are…

1. The First Sketch

The photo in this layout was taken during my recent trip to Greece. Taken in Thira, Santorini just before sunset while we sat out on a terrace drinking cocktails, it was such a dream come true!

Surprisingly, this is actually the first sketch I’ve ever done and it’s my favourite layout from the weekend. I’m loving the navy blue, pale pink and white ribbon combo – I think I’ll have to do a whole layout in these colours soon.

2. Scrapbooking with Quadrants

The photo in this layout was taken in the Souks in Marrakech during our holiday to Morocco last year. I don’t think any description I write would do this place justice, it’s like nowhere I’ve ever been before. So much colour, intricate patterns, a mix of scents and flavours and a crazy yet perfect clash of cultures. A truly beautiful and exciting place!

The Basic Grey Marrakech papers were an obvious choice and it was perfect for this challenge which was to use a quadrant of papers.

3. Second Sketch and A Little Pink

I’m not sure if this is in the ‘rules’ or not but I combined two challenges here. I interpreted the second sketch and used a fair amount of pink at the same time. Oh well!

A little about the photos: the one on the left was taken in Barcelona at Park Guell, the photo in the middle was taken in the local park near by old flat where I spent a lot of time in the first 18 months I moved to London, and lastly the photo on the right was taken in Greenwich Park during a snappy outing with Shimelle and a few other girls last Autumn.

I hadn’t scrapped in ages before this weekend so it was fun to get back into it and get inspired again.

N x


I’ve had a lovely weekend so far – warm weather, sleeping in and a day of scrapbooking. Bliss!

I wanted to share with you a couple of layouts  – one I did yesterday and one from a few weeks ago. They both use papers from American Crafts that I’ve kept aside in a stack for ages. I’ve been too hesitant to use such pretty papers and waiting for something special to use them for because I just love them! I realise that’s absolutely ridiculous – it’s like buying an amazing car and keeping it parked in the garage! Am I alone here??

So a couple of weeks ago I decided to approach my scrapbooking with the papers first, photo second strategy (usually I decide which photos to scrap and then choose the papers accordingly) and funnily both layouts are photos from our holiday in Spain last summer.

Mucho bueno!

Mi Amor


Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Papers: American Crafts Letterbox Papers in See You, Adieu and Greetings
Letters: American Crafts Poolside Vinyl Thickers
Journalling sprouts by Jillibean Soup




Cardstock: Papermania
Papers: American Crafts Letterbox Papers in See You (I used the lemon coloured reverse side), Sir and Adieu (I used the seafoam coloured reverse side)
Letters: American Crafts Lullabye Foam Thickers in Charcoal


I’m wondering, do you pick papers or photos first when you scrapbook?

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Thought I would play a long with this fun little ‘game’ making it’s rounds at the moment. I saw it over at Sharyn’s blog and basically you just look up the 8th photo in the 8th folder of your pics and tell the story behind it. So here we go…

La Sagrada Familia

I’m so glad it’s this photo! This is Gaudi’s famous La Sagrada Familia cathedral in the wonderful city of Barcelona. When I was a teenager I used to have a collage of pictures on the wall of my room which I later took with me to University. There were a few polaroids from my Mum’s travels and lots of pictures of exciting places cut from magazines. My favourite picture was of this cathedral – it was just so radically different to anything I’d ever seen before (coming from a country that is younger than 200 years) and the style of building is so unique compared to other pictures I’d seen of cathedrals around Europe. I guess it kind of represented my desire (even from that age) to travel the world and see things that amaze me.

Last year Matt and I visited Barcelona as part of a trip we did around Northern Spain. Obviously, visiting this church was top of my list of things to do and I was not disappointed.

It was absolutely incredible and its size is breathtaking.

Unfortunately, the cathedral is far from finished but it is still amazing. It’s construction began in 1882 and after several interruptions the job has been back underway for a while now. That’s why you can see the cranes in the background which doesn’t make for a great photo, but is a good reminder as to how long this masterpiece will take to build – it’s scheduled to be completed in 2026 and I hope to visit it again after that :)

N x



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