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 πŸ™‚


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 πŸ˜… 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,