UNDER CONSTRUCTION insert for Travellers Notebook

I just finished the cover of my Under Construction fauxdori. It's a standard size Travellers Notebook refill, and this time I went for a masculine vibe, to go with the brown paper insides!

I made interior pockets and a page marker from the leftovers of the paste paper, and originally the little journal looked like this.


However, I didn't like it - BORING - so I changed it!


Much better now!

Eiffel Tower card No 1

I had a lot of fun with this - using images from my Paris plate of stamps (from Blade Rubber Stamps).

I found that Tim Holtz's 'Eiffel Tower' Bigz die fit my stamp! Mega fantastic! So I cut several of these, stuck them together to create a rigid piece which then sat beautifully on the air dry clay frame I made.

I stamped the 20s lady in the hat onto watercolour paper, painted with watercolours, then cut out with a circle die. I finished off with some Stickles glitter round the edge.

Finishing touches were some Prima flowers, and the phrases (also from the Paris plate) stamped onto watercolour paper, painted, cut out etc, and mounted to drape across the card. 
 The Metro sign also had a touch of Stickles.
This is the 'Paris' plate, from Blade Rubber Stamps.

Faux vellum effect Library Pocket

I think my mojo is finally coming back - I was hit by the crafting urge today, and felt like making something. That something was a Library Pocket - always useful, whether you journal or scrapbook or like adding ephemera to your planner.

Here's a video of my take on the technique, plus a little 'how to' on making a Library Pocket.

This particular pocket doesn't need any measurements - I simply sized the images to fit an A4 (letter size) sheet of text weight paper (the cheap everyday paper you use in printers and photocopiers).

I've been watching a lot of YouTube videos and came across one by Aristi Moorjackie showing the faux vellum technique, using olive oil. There are several others around, but this was the one I liked the best (she has some really nice samples).

I used Serif Craft Artist 2 (any graphics programme would work, including Paint) and some digi printables from the Polkadoodles Belle Papier CD Rom (no affil, but I bought it and love it).

Do give the t…

Digital scrapbook layout using Polkadoodles Belle Papillon collection

This is my first scrapbook layout for ages - totally digital, using my creaky old Photoshop CS2. Thank goodness it still works on Windows 10! I'm using paper, ephemera etc from the Polkadoodles Belle Papillon CD Rom. (No affil, etc)

The only let-down is me squinting in the sun, but this was the best of a bunch of photos (so you can imagine how bad the others were, lol).

The only pieces I added (apart from photos of Himself and me) are the stitching, some staples and a ribbon. Every single other item is from the CD.

This did take me a while, mostly resizing and adding drop shadows etc, plus the text, as I'm a bit rusty.

Have to say, this was fun! And I'll be doing a lot more.

Change the Photobucket images in the HTML in your Blogger blog to Flickr

For Blogger blogs only, here's how to change Photobucket images embedded in your blog code - and move them to Flickr, eg: a custom signature. 

 Scroll down for the video

I also show you exactly how to back up (and reinstall) your Blogger blog template. I've used a very old saved template on my Freebies blog as the example.

Here's a pic from my blog, showing the signature blocked by Photobucket.

Here's the same one, but with the image code now on Flickr - signature restored!

I made a short video here on YouTube, showing exactly what to do.
Step by step:
Go to THEME, then back up your blog as explained in my video. Save this to your desktop or into a folder (but don't change the title of the template under any circumstances, or it won't work).Click on the HTML button under the pic showing 'Live on Blog', which is next to the orange Customise button.You will now see the actual code of your blog.Click inside the box (see my video) and click CTRL + F on your ke…

How to move your blog pix from Photobucket to Flickr

Have you got those awful black '3rd Party' symbols from Photobucket showing up on your blog? Do they look like this:

What this means is that you either pay Photobucket a monthly amount to host them - or you need to move them! I've moved mine to Flickr, and here's a video on how I did it.

It's really important that you pay attention to the coding - and be very careful not to delete the " symbols. Don't leave any spaces between the symbols either!

I Totally Earned This - coffee & cake pic

Hi all - feeling very virtuous as I've consolidated my website and TWO blogs - so now you're looking at just the one. I might even be able to keep up with things now.

So I feel I totally earned my coffee and cake!

Took this in a cafe over a year ago (so of course I can't remember which one as I didn't label the photos at the time) and photoshopped the text. Feel free to use if you want.