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Retirement album for Headmistress

I was approached this Summer by a lovely school who wanted to dedicate an album to a wonderful head teacher who as retiring at the end of the year.

It was an amazing album to work on – collated into years, it contained artwork and letters  from every child at the school, memories on post cards from parents, teachers and staff and diary entries from the previous Headmasters describing the career of the now retiring Head.

The opening page

Retirement scrapbook album at the Scrapbooker

The school provided graphics and photos from around the school, art cards found in the Head’s office and key words that represented the ethos of the school. All were incorporated in to the album.

Retirement scrapbook album at the Scrapbooker

There was so much material, I simply couldn’t fit it all on the pages so I crafted white folded inserts to slip into the album, these folded out and housed every piece of artwork.

Retirement scrapbook album at the Scrapbooker

The school were very keen to make the album as personal as possible so I crafted two bespoke albums to house the pages and the additional material. The theme was one of the sea and relaxation. I crafted a bespoke box to the back and printed both the cover and the lining of the albums.

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The Headmistress was delighted with the album

Retirement scrapbook album at the Scrapbooker

and the school sent me a lovely testimonial


You can find further samples of my work in the gallery.

If you are interested in commissioning a scrapbook album for someone’s retirement, wedding, birthday or special occasion, Email Me , I would love to hear from you.

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Marry Me (with a hidden gem!)

We met Eugene, a lovely client from Parsons Green when we were delivering a large album to clients in Chelsea. Eugene was not your average guy. He didn’t just want to use my Marry Me Package to propose to his girlfriend, he wanted the ring somehow embedded into the album itself.

Never one to shy away from a challenge, I set about working out exactly how to do this and to make it look good. he wanted to use a grey and yellow colour scheme which was lucky as I had some beautiful book cloth in both a mid grey and deep yellow in stock. I also had some fantastic hinges which I had picked up some time ago and had wondered how I could incorporate them into a layout or album.

It all came together surprisingly well …

A heart shaped aperture to the front containing illustrations of their pet names for each other and surrounded by faux gems and a single yellow pearl


Marry me album at The Scrapbooker


The grey book cloth album showing the box section at the back, all lined with a gorgeous yellow book cloth



marry me album at The Scrapbooker


More of the box section


Marry me album at The Scrapbooker


The album frame showing the wallets and the box section at the back. The 2 doors opened up to reveal a ring box and ring for ‘YES’ in one and a sad but funny photo for ‘NO’ (should she decline the proposal!)


Marry me album with ring compartment at The Scrapbooker


The album was a huge success and of course she said ‘YES!”

If you are interested in proposing to your loved one in an amazing, unique and thoughtful way, my Marry Me Package s just perfect for the job!

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Using your home to promote your business

Whenever a client calls at the house, the first thing they always comment on is the large (and I mean LARGE!) creative canvas hung on the wall in the dining room – it is 36″ x 24″ and is of my darling 5-year-old DD…

Its reason for being there is three-fold. Firstly, I love the canvas (in fact I love it so much it forms the basis of nearly all my advertising postcards and leaflets), secondly, it looks fabulous against the rich red walls, and thirdly, when clients visit me and are waiting for me to make them their tea/coffee, they casually walk around the dining room browsing the quirky paintings, drawings, photos, paper crafts and arty bits and pieces that are on display. The canvas always attracts attention. I have sold more creative canvases this way than any other form of advertising or marketing.

A neighbour was in our home for a BBQ last year and fell in love with it too; she booked a photo shoot with her 2 gorgeous kids, ordered an album, several prints, a framed montage, and this week, on the back-end of that initial enquiry, a creative canvas – this one is 30″ x 20″. Simply gorgeous.

Opening your home up to clients can be tricky, you always have to have it looking clean and tidy and smelling sweet for a start! (I was up at 6.30 this morning doing just that as I had a client meeting me at the house straight after the school run). But it also has huge advantages; being able to work around my kids’ timetables and my husband’s job, being able to dash upstairs to grab a client’s file and discuss their requirements whilst stirring a risotto also has its merits. More significantly, it allows me to adorn my home with my unique personalised pieces, whether it be photos, canvases, paper, photo and word art montages, paper crafts, hand-made books and ornaments – even knitted handbags (yes, I have been known to don a pair of knitting needles). It also allows my clients to view items ‘in situ’, not in some cold, white-walled, impersonal studio. Framed photos and prints line my walls, stairways and hall, canvases sit on shelves and are hung from walls, albums, WordArt, PaperArt and PhotoArt pieces are casually placed around the house along with handmade books and arty pieces. All are used and looked at and ‘lived in’ within my home – this, in my opinion, is why I get the response I do from clients.

To prove a point, my client (from the school run this morning), booked a photo shoot, placed an order for a 36″ x 24″ creative canvas and asked whether I would be interested in running a craft afternoon for her daughter’s forthcoming birthday bash – all this, before I had even passed her her coffee.

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PaperArt – Part 2

I have been a huge fan of the likes of Jen Stark and Yulia Brodskaya for as long as I can remember – the things they do with paper makes my heart race, such is the skill involved. I was revisiting Jen Stark’s site last week and this gorgeous piece of paperart caught my eye.

As did this piece …

Now, I can’t even begin to do the maths for these pieces of art but I did have a go at something a little easier at the weekend (with the help of my Cricut Machine of course!) Here are the results… a new PaperArt design!

I’m still a LONG way off the complexity of Jen’s work but it was fun to do and gave me a perfect excuse to use up a lot of old cardstock; it was also surprisingly easy (once I had figured out HOW to do it) and, more importantly has wowed by kids. Sorry, but you just can’t beat that!

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Newborn WordArt

Being creative does have huge advantages when it comes to giving unique personalised gifts to friends and family; it also allows me to ‘play’ for the afternoon in the studio. A friend’s new arrival gave me the perfect opportunity to expand on the WordArt I had played around with before Christmas, and, rather than keeping to a monochromatic colour scheme, I played around with the colours a lot more and added a pretty embroidered pink pram – I’m really chuffed with the result!

Here’s hoping Mum & Dad love it too!

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Romantic PaperArt

There are a ton of mind-numbingly uninteresting jobs I have to do this week, so before I even began to look through the dreaded task list, I thought I’d get some crafting in –  feed the soul so to speak. Inspired by great movie one-liners and some pretty awesome lyrics by Mr Kravitz himself, I created these 2 pieces of romantic PaperArt this morning. I now wait with bated breath to see if the We Are Birmingham shop is interested in stocking them for Valentine’s Day ….

Thinking about it, they’d make great personalised gifts … fingers crossed!

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Creative WordArt

Every year in September, after the kids have gone back to school, I start to give some serious thought to what kind of hand-made Christmas gifts I will be offering to friends and family – I’ve done the greeting cards packs, knitted scarves, little hand-made bags and iPod pouches, and the ubiquitous scrapbook pages and albums. Last year I wanted to create something far more personal – a unique personalised gift so to speak.

I had seen this wonderful piece of WordArt on Etsy (would credit it but have since been unable to relocate it!) some months beforehand on one of my routine hops around art and crafts websites and blogs; it really sparked my imagination and was very much in keeping with the ethos I apply to my scrapbooks – very personal and very unique.

It really got my creative juices flowing, especially as it involved one of my oldest passions – typography! It would make such a fabulous gift but would involve much participation from other relations of my friends (and my family!)

I sent out emails to them requesting a whole host of information on the intended ‘victims’. Some didn’t reply – a big ask, I know, especially coming up to Christmas, and anyways, asking people to think deeply about the personalities of their loved ones is surprisingly difficult; BUT a couple did reply, much to my excitement. A few hours of sifting through the information sent and a few more hours playing around in Photoshop, and VOILA! Wonderful little pieces of WordArt.

This one was for a friend of mine – her daughters provided me with all the information, for which I was extremely grateful! I did a double act here and asked Sharon for info on her 2 daughters, they too received pieces like this!

and these were for my nephews – my sister very kindly racked her brains and came up with all the words and the phrases – I especially love the ‘but…but…but…but…but’ reference as this captures a time in his life when he was very argumentative!

These are items that I am giving serious thought to adding to my stock designs. I enjoyed doing them and they make wonderful gifts!

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Jake Nicholls – Motocross Superstar!

It was a real honor to be asked by Jake Nicholls’s mum, Julie, to design a bespoke digital scrapbook album heralding Jake’s career and rise to fame in the Motorcross world. It also gave me the opportunity to design something unique and against the grain for scrapbooking – grungy, edgy and FULL of photos and newspaper cuttings; no single photo layouts here, I can tell you! The result (a glossy coffee table book) was pretty special and I often flick through the copy with great pride. I’ve posted the front cover but figured you guys would probably want to see the whole book too, so here it is – enjoy!

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