Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Matchstick Museum

Jimjams - Layout detail - layered sticker - for SJ Crafts
Hubby had a must-do on our Scandinavian road trip last year and I had a must-see: I wanted to visit the match museum in Jönköping! Not that I'm an arsonist with a fascination for matches, you understand.  No!  The one thing that I could remember learning about Sweden in school Geography lessons was that matches were manufactured in Jönköping.  Only I pronounced it "John-coping" in those days because I didn't speak any Swedish; nowadays I know that it's pronounced "Yearn-shurping".  I spotted the name when planning our route between Malmö and Västerås and when I saw that there was now a match museum instead of a factory it seemed an ideal place to break our journey.

I have a thing for mechanised processes and was fascinated by the match dipping, drying and boxing machines that were on display.  These particular machines were a mixed blessing for the locals; they reduced the risk of Phossy-jaw for the workers, but they also took away people's jobs and caused hardship.

Jimjams - Layout LHS - Jönköping Match Museum - for SJ Crafts

Hubby and I spent a good while there enjoying the displays and videos (thankfully in English as my translating skills are beyond rusty), admiring the myriad matchbox designs and making our own match packages from paper (and in true scrapbooker fashion I've included the packaging stamp on the page).  

Jimjams - Layout RHS - Jönköping Match Museum - for SJ Crafts

The sculpture was part of an art exhibition ... there was a film clip of a replica (or the original) burning to nothing.  After giving up on a Google search, I've just found out the name of the artist via Facebook (!) - Jill Lindström - the full video is here.  It takes 4 minutes for the statue to collapse and 10 to burn out!

Jimjams - Layout - Jönköping Match Museum - for SJ Crafts

I've used the Teresa Collins' My Name Is Collection along with some grey cardstock, fabric Thickers and made a little dent in my collection of brads!

Monday, 14 April 2014

Zoom In Zoom Out #15

Well we certainly did have a lovely time.
On our day trip.
To Bangor.

Jimjams - ZIZO 15 Bangor
Despite the lack of sunshine.
And the not-open-as-the-season-hasn't-started-yet tea-room at the end of the pier.
Good job we had 20p for the telescope.

Joining in with Helena's ZIZO ... pop over to check whether others had better weather this week.

Thursday, 10 April 2014


Time for another scrapbook page made with the lovely Teresa Collins "Hello My Name Is" Collection. For this one I used the March sketch inspiration from UKScrappers along with a photo of Child No.3 and her fellow G&T artists in Tuscany last year

Jimjams - Layout - Young Artists In Tuscany 2013 - for S J Crafts

Part of their pre-trip preparation was to make Renaissance-painting-inspired outfits and one of the highlights of their week was when everyone dressed up for a photo shoot in the Tuscan castle they were staying in.  I've added some gems, veneer stars and used Man O Man Sizzlits for my title.

You can read how I started using this collection here on the S J Crafts Blog (and while you're there why not check out their April Challenge ... there's a prize!).

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Killer Surfing with Kaisercraft

Here's another page for our Disney 2004 album made from supplies in my April Counterfeit Kit.  This month the Master Forgers at the CKCB are picking sketches for inspiration and after much internet surfing (!), I chose the first Saturday Sketch from Kaisercraft's lovely blog.

It's been a while since I played along over at Kaisercraft but I thought that this sketch would combine perfectly with a rather tricky Heidi Swapp patterned paper in my kit.
Using a craft knife, I cut along the swirls on the patterned paper and, having mounted my photo onto a rectangle of scrap white card, I slotted it underneath them.  Fussy cutting is not my forte but I love the effect.

Rather than follow the sketch strictly with layers of paper under my faux Polaroid, I used vellum frames, highlighted with white and teal doodling.  My kit's organza ribbon softened the patterned paper's horizontal divide.

The trouble with scrapping photos from so long ago, is that I don't have anything special to add by way of journalling.  The kids were happy to pose together for once and that was it.  Nothing else to say!  So I got creative with a date stamp instead; even that didn't go back as far as 2004, so I stamped "15 APR" and then added "04" as best I could.

I'm also linking up with Frosted Designs' Transparency Challenge ... I think vellum, organza and my ancient, glittery, domed stickers fit the bill don't you?

There are lots more sketches to choose from over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog today - which one will you pick?

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Zoom In Zoom Out #14

It's been three creative, chatty, cheery, cake and chocolate filled years since I got together with a few scrapbook pals to revive our crop, relocating it to my village hall.  Three years of cementing friendships and forming new ones, oh and making a scrapbook page or three along the way :-D

Today we had three sorts of home-made cake: Lemon Drizzle, Coffee and Orange Cream Cupcakes:

Jimjams - ZIZO 14 Crop
Twelve croppers thought they were delicious ... the eight ladies that were missing, certainly missed out!

Joining in with Helena's ZIZO ... pop over to check out other #14 zooms .

Friday, 4 April 2014

Seven Steps for S J Crafts

I have a post over at S J Crafts today showing you my Seven Step Process for cutting into a collection; specifically what I did with the Teresa Collins' My Name Is Collection.

Teresa Collinns - Hello My Name Is - S J Crafts

Going from this ...
... to this!
Teresa Collinns - Hello My Name Is - S J Crafts

And I've made a start on my Project 12 album for 2014 plus another couple of pages with this superbly versatile collection since I wrote the post!  Back soon to share :-D

Thursday, 3 April 2014

The Wrong Runes

This month's challenge over at S J Crafts is a mood board.  It got me scrapping in 3 columns using bright spring colours and helped me complete another page for our Scandinavian holiday album from the left-overs of my January Counterfeit Kit.

I was showing Hubby the wonderful ancient site of Anundshög, just outside Västerås where I was convinced that I'd had a photograph taken 30 years earlier.  We wanted to reproduce the picture and I duly posed next to the wonderfully carved rune stone.

However, when I got home and compared the photos, I realised that the stone must have been somewhere else entirely.  Either that or it had grown in the intervening three decades!

Short rune-stone, fat thighs, grumpy face!
Last month Annie was offering a prize for one lucky challenge joiner-inner - the winner is will be announced  over at S J Crafts here along with some featured pages.

There's a prize for joining in with April's challenge too.  What inspiration will you take from the mood board?

ETA: This layout was part of my style-scraplift with Karen - she's now been prompted to blog her style-scraplift of it!