This is me

Hi all,

As I’m starting afresh, I thought I may as well go back to basics and tell you a little bit about me! So here’s 10 facts that will hopefully give you an insight into who I am, what I like, and what you might expect to see popping up on this blog going forward.

  1. I love scrapbooking! That’s something you’ll know if you followed me here last year. I will occasionally share creations on here but feel free to look at my crafty Instagram @small_and_scrappy if you want to see more.
  2. Reading is another hobby of mine. I’m a slow reader but love it. I’m very much part of the Harry Potter generation and usually read fantasy of some kind, but I’m also working my way through the classics (and a never-ending TBR).
  3. On a related note, I’m a Hufflepuff! I like to think my Hogwarts house reflects who I am quite well, and I love finding out whic  house others are in.
  4. I grew up in Edinburgh until I was 10, although I’ve lived in England for over half my life now.
  5. My boyfriend Lex and I have been together for over 4 years; he’s alright I guess 😉
  6. I love animals, but don’t currently have any pets – we sadly said goodbye to to our cat Socks earlier this year 😥 it’s not the right time for a number of reasons, but one day we’d love corgis – yes, like the Queen!
  7. I have a BA degree in History and Politics and an MA in Ancient History. I’m thinking of writing a few posts reflecting on uni and whether it was ‘worth it’, so keep an eye out if that’s something that would interest you!
  8. Travelling is one of my favourite things; oh the places I’d go if money and real life weren’t objects! Greece is probably my favourite place (not just because of the ancient history connection!), and most recently we went to Iceland. I’ll definitely be talking about my bucket list on here, and any progress I make on it.
  9. I’m quite small, at just 4ft 11in. Sadly, at 25 I’ve definitely finished growing!
  10. I have dyspraxia. Not the worst, but it does affect me, and it’s something I want to talk about on here.

So those are just a few things about me. Do we have anything in common? Let me know, and give me a follow if you like the sound of blog posts on any of these topics!

Bye for now,




So, I’m starting again.

The blog I mean. I’ve very much neglected it since last summer, and I want to have another go. But it is going to be different this time, because I’ve decided not to focus solely on scrapbooking.

It isn’t that I’ve stopped scrapbooking or anything, far from it; if anything I’m creating more than ever! But I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and I’ve decided I want my blog to be more ‘general’; a space to share thoughts and musings, all my hobbies including scrapbooking, as well as travel and other fun things I get up to. I also realised that I actually have a lot to say on some life experiences which somebody might find useful or at least interesting. The change gives me more to write about, so there’ll be more frequent but varied posts.

I will still talk about scrapping, and I’ve left my old posts up for now, but other that that it’s a fresh start; I hope you find something that interests you!

Bye for now, and watch this space!



Mind the Scrap Summer Challenge: Week 1

Hello again!

So, if you saw my last post, you’ll know that the Mind the Scrap summer challenge is in full swing over on the Facebook group. Today I’m sharing my layouts from the first properly scored week. The criteria this time around, as set by team one, were to include:

  • Only black, white and one other colour
  • Washi tape
  • Stars
  • More than one photo
  • A one-word only title.

I’m pretty please with what I did for this week overall.


For my first layout, I thought this set of photos from a black tie charity dinner earlier in the year were perfect to pair with a black, white and gold colour scheme. The big star on the background was just done using a Heidi Swap stencil and a gold inkpad (I just use a hobbycraft own brand one). I think the rest of it is pretty self-explanatory; the monochromatic criterion helped to keep it simple, and it ticked all the other challenge boxes too 🙂


My second layout for this challenge documents another part of our holiday to Japan earlier in the year, when we had a go at the famous Shibuya scramble crossing in Tokyo (which I actually found a little smaller and less scary than I was expecting!). I started with some simple white Heidi shine splatters on a black background to add some interest to what would become blank space. I then chose a monochrome patternedpaper as a sort of grounding strip for the photos to sit on. The washi in this one is subtle and sits under the curled-up edges of this strip. I chose blue as my colour to pick out some of the lights in the photos, and used it for the photo matting and other details. I still need to print one of the photos, but this one came to 25 points too.

Another one using blue as my third colour, though a different shade this time. Considering I did this layout in a hurry using a partly made background, just to try and get some more points for the team before the challenge rolled over, it turned out quite nice! I love the texture paste background, put gosh it was a pain to get anything to stick to. As I’ve only used one photo, this one was just 20 points.


Lastly for week one was this, documenting my obession with anything green tea/matcha flavoured whilst I was in Japan. Gotta be honest, I don’t love this one! It was only 10 points in the challenge and the colours make me feel a bit ill… I think I went a overboard on the pink, I’d only wanted to pick out the tiny pink details in the photos. But, I was pleased to use the ‘Oh joy!’ chipboard thicker, which is from a pack that’s been in my stash for years.

So that was week one of the Mind the Scrap summer challenge! Weeks two and three have in fact already passed, so I’ll be posting about those soon too.

Take care and thanks for reading,



Mind the Scrap Summer Challenge: Warm up week!

So this post is a few weeks overdue, but I’m feeling freshly motivated and inspired after attending my first crop (keep your your eyes out for another post on that soon!). I wanted to share the layouts I have been creating recently as part of the Mind the Scrap Summer challenge, starting with the warm up week. How it works is that we’ve all been split into 6 teams, and each week a different team takes it in turn to set 5 challenge criteria for layouts that week. These are each worth 5 points and at the end of the week the team with the most points (not necessarily the most layouts!) wins. The winning team overall will be the one with the most points at the end of the 6 weeks. There aren’t any prizes, it’s just for fun, inspiration and bragging rights!

I am on team 4, ‘To Scrapfinity and Beyond!’, and I love that name! There are some wonderful creative ladies on my team and it’s been great chatting and getting to know each other.

The criteria for this week were

  • Doodling on the page
  • Use 3 or more embellishment types
  • Use a photo with 3 or more people/ animals in it
  • Use a movie quote or song lyric
  • Add journalling

So without further ado, here are my layouts for the warm up week (this didn’t count towards final points, but was a practice to make sure we all had the hang of the rules).


This layout was quite fun , as was the night out that it documents! I never thought I’d use those pom poms up in a million years, but that’s most of the pack, and together with the die-cut ephemera and enamel dots makes up my 3 embellishment types. I also have doodling around the photo and outlining the title, which is a very famous song (I’d originally wanted to use “Last Friday Night”, but the photo was taken on a Saturday!). Obviously there are several of us in the photo, and I’ve done some journalling on the little unicorn tag.

With this next one, I started with the blue and green chevron paper I’ve used as a photo matt. This had been in my stash for months, (already cut into that shape, because at some point I’d fussycut a bunch of individual chevrons out for another layout idea that didn’t work out) but the colours match this photo of my boyfriend really well. This layout wasn’t specifically intended for the challenge, but was still worth 15 points for warm up week – doodling around the title and other elements on the page, 3 embellishment types (stickers, tag and chipboard camera), and journalling. I’ve used up quite a bit of stash and it’s also an 8×12 inch (or thereabouts) layout, which isn’t my usual, but I like to change things up now and then!


My last warm up week contribution was actually a double layout, something else I don’t do very often. The photos are various shots featuring or taken from Tokyo Skytree, during our holiday to Japan early this year. Honestly, the colours and patterns aren’t really my cup of tea, but they work with the night-time photos and again, it’s used up some trickier stash. It was worth another 20 points in the challenge, for journalling, 3 or more people in a photo, using a song title (Tokyo nights by The Bee Gees. I found the song through Google after I couldn’t really think of any Tokyo related songs!) , and 3 or more embellishment types (tags, frame, vellum envelope, enamel/jewel dots, stickers).

The glass floor photo actually flips out to reveal some tickets in the vellum envelope; I was pretty pleased with that part!

So those were all the layouts I completed for/during the Mind the Scrap summer challenege warm up week! As I write this, we’re now on week 4 😅 But I’m hoping to get posts written up and scheduled for the other weeks this weekend, and also have a few videos waiting to be filmed and edited.

Watch this space if you’d like to see what the other challenges have been and what I’ve been creating recently!

Bye for now,



Scrappy slumps and simple sketches

I shared this photo on Instagram a few weeks ago, and mentioned how I was going through ‘peaks and troughs’ with my scrappy mojo (as I’m sure everyone does), and I wanted to talk a bit more about that here.

My desk mid-layout

I do sometimes find it easy to make (often legitimate) excuses for not scrapping – a 9-5 job does take up a significant chunk of your time, I also do a lot for my Gran, and I’m mainly responsible for taking care of the house. Until September I was also completing an MA alongside working, and it is kind of fair enough that that took up most of my free time. I have other hobbies too; I enjoy running and going to the gym, sometimes I just want a lazy evening on my playstation, and I want to go out and see my friends when I can. Reading is also in the mix, but has long fallen by the wayside, even more so than creative pursuits! I want to put more time into learning another language, and eventually gain a qualification, probably in Greek.

With all those conflicting interests going on it makes it all the more frustrating when I find the time to sit down and scrap and the ideas just. don’t. come. It’s not like I’m short of inspiration either, my scrappy pinterest board is extensive, I follow some amazing creators on social media and I’m in a number of scrapbooking groups on facebook. But sometimes even the photos i’ve wanted to scrap for a while and paired up with papers or whatever suddenly don’t work, and I sit at my desk for hours staring at a blank page, not letting myself do anything because I convince myself “I don’t like that bit there” or “those colours don’t work together”.

To that end, I have found that some of the very simplest sketches and scraplifts have been brilliant for pulling me out of the slump. Yes, of they end up not being my best, or they don’t really showcase the photo(s), so I might not use them for super-special memories, but it makes me be quite strict with myself and get. things. stuck. down. The memory is documented, I’ve used up some stash, and ‘unplugged’ my creative juices. Often It means I’m back to normal and ready to be a bit more adventurous with my next layout!

So yeah, I thought I’d ‘bulk-share’ a few of the simple layouts I’ve completed recently and the sketches/lifts that Inspired them, starting with the one I’m working on in the first photo:

The last layout is actually the subject of my first scrapbooking process video on my YouTube, eek! I’d really appreciate it if you went and had a look: Scrapbooking Process Video: Work and Play

Thank you for having a read of this rambly chatty blog, it was good to get this off my chest! How do you deal with creative block and other demands on your time? Let me know!

Bye for now,

Charissa xx

Layout Share: My Likes and Dislikes


Hello everyone,

I’m super-excited to share this layout with you, as I’m really happy how it turned out. The sketch I used (see below) was shared in ‘For the Love of Pretty Paper’ on Facebook as a challenge for (Inter)National Scrapbooking Day, and everything on the page comes from the May Mind the Scrap kits (apart from the ribbon and one tiny word sticker). I actually started it a few weeks ago, then left it on my desk while I was on holiday!

My first step was to cut out the arrows; I knew they had to be 3-4 inches wide to fit four on the page with enough gap to see the paint popping through, but I did a template on some rough paper before cutting them all out.

Next I put the paints down, just using a make-up sponge to make the colours a bit softer. I love the bright colours in this set, which is a Jane Davenport.


Once that was dry, the arrows went down. I dithered a bit about which one to use where, but I like how the ‘NO’ arrow ended up with raindrops on it, to fit with the other ‘bleh’ things I’ve put under dislikes. Plus the ‘YES’ arrow has extra nice things peaking through like teacups (and a moth, which I don’t like, but at least it’s yellow which is one of my favourite colours!). The photo is an old one of me, from 2015 I think, that was just hanging around spare in my box.


I thought the ‘Dance in the Rain’ and ‘enjoy the little things’ really suited the vibe of the layout, kind of saying make the most of life, even though these rubbish things exist/happen. They were both fussy cut from the Simple Stories journal card cut-apart sheet in May’s Mind the Scrap kit.

The thickers went down next (with extra PVA, because the chipboard ones don’t. stay. stuck!), followed by the Bramble Fox perspectives. I love that we got a selection of smaller ones in this kit, there a bit more adaptable than the words. the black zigzags were actually once piece that I decided to snap in half.


Some of the Simple Stories stickers had made it on by this point too, but I couldn’t really do any more without stick down my likes and dislikes, which I just printed on normal printer paper. Obviously I do have more than these, these are just the things that came to mind first/were most topical (I think I had just finished a re-watch of LotR for example). I then added the rest of the stickers, and went to town with the sequins, which are from Pink Paislee’s Auburn Lane collection. I love the colour mix on these, they look so pretty in the packet! They come with some enamel dots, which I’ve not used here, and the rose gold/copper paperclips that I’ve put on each arrow. I like the sort of notey feel they add.

My final addition was the ribbon, which isn’t on the sketch and was used for no other reason than I liked it!

I hope you enjoyed seeing this layout, I had so much fun making it 🙂

See you soon,

Charissa xx


Hey everyone,

I have quite a few layout shares coming up and I’m hoping to get into a regular schedule soon, but for now I just wanted to let you know that I’ve also started up on YouTube (eek!).

So far it’s only unboxings, but now that I’ve got more of an idea with editing and such I’m planning to start doing process videos very soon.

For now please feel free to have look at my latest video and subscribe if you’d like to see more from me.

Bye for now!

Charissa xx