I’m so happy to be back scrapping! It’s only in short bursts (because my leg swells up if it’s not kept elevated) and I’m at my dining table rather than my studio, but it’s a start! I sat with my girl who was busy scrapping too, and we got started with the Summer Fiesta at For The Love Of Pretty Paper on Facebook. The first challenge was Pre-Party Cocktails and we were given a few images and recipes of cocktails and mocktails to use as our inspiration. I immediately printed off a photo of some amazing mocktails that we had at Tom Kerridge’s restaurant The Hand and Flowers and broke open my box of new stash that was to hand (from the Lottie Loves Paper sale). These papers from Pink Fresh Studio were perfect for the colours in the photo and I pulled out the first piece of paper from the pack (the paper pieced background) and started with that
I took inspiration from one of the prompts in Shimelle’s new layering class and created a messy stack using some papers from a 6×6 pad in another Pink Fresh collection. I wanted to create a decent sized journalling box for this one because I thought it was a good opportunity to also write about my decision to go alcohol-free back at the beginning of March. Mr PMP doesn’t drink much at all anyway and I wasn’t a big drinker but its hard to find something interesting and “grown up”, especially since the invasion of prosecco and eleventy billion varieties of gin. So I ended up with two journalling boxes – one for the tee-total story and one for the initial story about discovering Seedlip, the world’s first non-alcoholic spirits!
My title and all the puffy stickers, chipboard, die cuts etc are all from Pink Fresh but I’ve mixed up a couple of collections again. I find this is easier to do using one manufacturer because they tend to use variations of the same colour palette so there’s often a fair bit of cross over in colour even if the style and overall feel is different.
I added some of the new matt finish enamel dots (coming soon to the shop as soon as I can photograph them properly!) to bring a pop of green for the Garden cocktail but I might also go back in with gold Heidi Shine when I’m back in my studio.
I’m just so happy to be making again. It really is my therapy and has been needed in the past few weeks more than ever. In case you’ve missed it elsewhere, we’ve had 6 family members in hospital in 6 weeks (including me obviously) so it has been a very stressful time! At least now the children are home for the holidays I have someone to make me cups of tea… ah yes tea… that was the other thing I was missing. It’s no wonder I haven’t been coping very well!
With love and colour xx