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September Kit - making additional pages


I took part in a weekend crop online with a Facebook page called A Spoonful of Scraps and they had some great challenges - these really do get me to practice scrapbooking and to try something new - the above was a sketch although I did change it quite a bit as my photographs were much larger than the sketch ones!
I used the Autumn monthly kit left over pieces to make this spread!I traced and hand cut some of the leaves to make the pre-cut ones go a bit further!
So my quarantine is well past half way now and I will soon be giving lots of squishes to these three especially this little one. I am downstairs most of the time but venture up with my mask and 2m distance to have some daylight and dinner and sit and chat to Abbi while she is feeding little Van.  He changes every day and I'm very thankful to seeing this happening before my eyes - he is beginning to smile too! Cute! 
Apart from loving being with family I am cashing in on the fact that the Paper Pumpkin kit is in Canada a month earlier than in the UK (I also have bought some others but unfortunately they are not available in the UK at all. I do love a kit - maybe one day? 
So this kit 'Joy to the World unboxed below is available from the 4th November from my online shop.
It comes with a really nice stamp set (you will need a block so if you don't have one you can check to my shop). It also comes with a mini ink spot in Just Jade which is one of this year's in-colours and rather nice.
There are two different card designs outlined in the instructions - so  have made them both and you stamp out the greeting you want and the wreath. There's little glue dots and dimensionals to use to assemble it all with and just pop out the different parts. The kit is designed to make 8 cards and there are 8 lined envelopes in the box. I think you could probably cut some of the card blanks in half and eek out some of the bits and bobs in the kit adding some envelopes and make a good few more. The stamp set also allows this and if you have any friends and family in France or Germany some of the gold sentiments are repeated in those languages so you can really get more out of it!
The kit has some bakers twine also in cherry cobbler. The instructions also give you some alternatives to make utilising your own supplies. 
This kit was perfect for me in quarantine - so makes a great present for anyone stuck at home or who might have a birthday in November as they can sit and make their Christmas cards!! Look out for my reminder on the 4th November I will give a shout out!
Below are some more challenges I completed over the weekend with access to a very limited set of materials (i.e. those I brought with me in my suitcase)
This is a double page spread and was a sketch challenge - I like these best - once again my photos are much bigger than the sketch which had 4 on each page - They record Lisas 21st birthday and D- Day celebrations all in lock-down. ( spoiler alert! That little rainbow charm on the page may appear in the 'extras' in the November monthly kit !!)
Of course, any excuse to scrapbook little Van!! I had these photos developed before I came over to Canada and they are from when he was still in hospital.
This challenge was really hard - it was to do a chalk or pencils drawing a bit like in Mary Poppins pavement drawings with a landscape photograph. I had this photo with me - but no coloured pencils or chalk and not much in the way of green ink - it definitely looked better in my head ! I didn't really get the sweep of green watercolour I wanted - I was happy with the pencil drawing just with a lead pencil - I might attempt it again with some nicer coloured chalks when I get back to my craft room.
The above challenge was 2 of something, a light bulb and leaves or trees. I had taken this retired stamp set and punch to Canada for Abbi to make her Christmas cards with as she loves tiny cute images on her cards.
It has been a really good learning experience for me as I am very aware of the stash and tools I used a lot. As a result I will be updating some of my recommendations in my pages on this blog and adjusting some of my beginner bundles and tools bundles. I definitely used the die cutter again and again to do lettering for titles. I didn't bring this - my Canadian demonstrator friend has lent me her Big Shot and I just brought some plates with me. I used the Playful Alphabet Dies again and again for titles.  I cut these out of card, but if I didn't have the right colour in card with me I cut the letters out of spare bits of the photo.
I missed not having some heart dies/punches - although I did have some stars - these shapes can be used in any layout in any colour. I have been trawling through all of the dies on my Stampin Up Shop today and I am going to write an article on which of these are fabulous for scrapbooking pages.
Some I already have and some, now I have new eyes, I will be acquiring!!
Last but not least - I am furthering my ambitions to be a good sock knitter and trying to make some socks for Simon for Christmas - they are not great but I persevere!!
Take care friends in the UK especially that Covid is spreading again.
JoP x
P.S This lush glitter card is in the November Kit! Have you reserved yours ? (before the 31st October)

Note I kept my Captain Thomas postmarked letter and used it to decorate this spread - the date is not quite right but I felt it belonged here!

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