Saturday, 31 August 2013

A Mother's Love Digikit

Hi everyone.

Wow. Two blog posts in one week. That is definitely a record. I think it's because I've spent the last two days, or nights in my case, trawling through lots of other crafter's blogs (a great displacement activity along with repeatedly changing the colour scheme on my website and replying to comments on Facebook!) and getting depressed and inspired in equal measures by the incredible talent that is out there in crafting blog-land.

I've blogged before about my tendency to go off at a tangent and start creating something that I wasn't "supposed" to be creating at that moment and isn't that what creativity is all about? This project is a good example. Believe it or not, it was supposed to be a Christmas card as I'm still way behind with designing and making them and am clearly not going to finish them before the end of August as I'm actually writing this post in the early hours of September.

I'm not sure how it happened, but somehow I went from intending to make a Christmas card to coming up with this scrapbook page which is about as "Christmassy" as I am. However, I'm quite pleased with it, mainly because it has taken me out of my comfort zone and away from the more traditional digital scrapbook layouts that I usually do. It's thanks to the wonderful work by the Daisytrail community ( that I was inspired to do so.

The embellishments are mainly from A Mother's Love digikit by my favourite designer Kreative Designs by Karen. The background is a blend of a backing paper from the MCS Vintage Charm CD and one of my own photos and the focal image is a digital stamp from The Botanist digikit. As soon as the design began to come together, I thought of the quote which is from Keats' Ode On A Grecian Urn, although I have condensed it a bit.

This is certainly the most "arty" page I've done so far and I think it might make a nice piece of home decor, once I've sourced some inexpensive 8 x 8 frames. And as for the Christmas card? Well, there are still 115 days to go!

Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2013

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

British Street Party Digikit

Hi everyone.

I'm back after a couple of days off. Needed a bit of a break but not sure how much good it's done! Now all I need to do is get my crafting mojo back again!

Before I took my break, I re-worked this digital scrapbook page to make it 8 x 8 and ended up adding quite a few new embellishments including the full lace border, which I think looks better than it did before. The design was originally in A4 format but I wanted to put it on Daisytrail ( and I tend to go for square layouts for that.

The photo is the first family history one that I've scrapped. I found a whole stack of old photos in a portmanteau style chest when I was sorting out my late parents' possessions. (A marathon task!) I like this one because of the amazing hats which remind me of enormous fruit-salad meringues! Since working on my family history (another marathon task!) I've discovered that Harry and Ada Warden were one of my many great aunts and uncles on my mother's side. They were married in Leicester in 1908.

I've used various digikits for this layout but mainly British Street Party from Daisytrail as well as Cupid. The original photo was sepia but I think it looks better in black and white. Keep a look out for many more family history scrapbook pages in the future!

Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2013

Monday, 19 August 2013

Inspired By Merly Impressions

Hi everyone.

I promise I'm not going to mention the weather! Or the fact that I keep changing from nights to days and back again so it is a bit of a "matchstick job" at the moment which is why this will (hopefully!) be just a short post.

As usual, I am scrapbooking photos in "hindsight". Actually, I'm not sure this was the first rose of summer but I think it was near enough! I've taken a great many photos of roses this year as they are one of my favourite flowers, ideal for use in crafting and even though the garden has suffered this year through lack of funds, the roses have still been magnificent.

The inspiration for this page came from a layout on the wonderful Merly Impressions blog ( which is well worth a visit if you get the chance. So far my page is all digital and I have used elements from too many different digikits to mention but I do know that the gorgeous parchment style butterflies come from the fabulous Lace Market digikit.

This is part of the new Stamps & Punches Collection from Serif and it is amazing! I have already done several designs based on digital colouring so watch this space. The lace elements in the kits are incredible, especially when you colour them white and put a drop shadow behind them. That (somehow!) creates the parchment look which I think has really added to the overall design.

I hope you agree.

Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2013

Friday, 2 August 2013

Butterfly Kisses Digikit

Hi everyone.

I always seem to start my posts with a weather update and today is no exception. About twelve hours ago I was so hot, I could barely breathe and I was sticking to my craft desk chair like a snail. Now I've just had to close the windows and put my jumper on as it is cold and wet! Oh well. Never a dull moment where the British weather is concerned.

On a slightly weather-related topic, one of the things I've noticed about the careers I pick is that I always seem to be doing things out of step with everybody else. (That's true in my "non-working" life as well but that's another story!) For instance, both crafting and writing are "seasonal", but not in the actual season you're in. For instance, with writing you have to submit your Christmas short stories or articles in the summer to allow for the publication's lead-time. With crafting, you need to start making your Christmas cards and gifts in the summer so that you have enough stock ready to sell or give away by the time the festive season kicks off, usually on about the third of August.

OK, so nothing really unusual there but one of my (many!) problems seems to be that I'm not very good at doing what I'm supposed to be doing, when I'm supposed to be doing it. Right now for example, I'm supposed to be editing my current young adult novel but what am I doing instead? Putting a post on my crafting blog. Even if I'd decided that it was OK to have a "crafting day" today and not a "writing day" (I have to keep them separate or my poor brain can't cope) this is supposed to be my designing, not my admin time.

All this brings me to why my latest scrapbook page has an autumnal theme when we've just experienced (worst luck!) the longest and most intense heatwave we've had in years. Christmas in the summer is one thing but autumn? What's that all about? Well, in the end, I think it's about seizing the moment, inspiration and creativity. 

One hot July night, I felt "led" to look at one of the (far too many!) new digikits I've purchased recently. Without any plan in mind, I chose Butterfly Kisses by the truly talented Karen. I was only planning to look at the kit but before I knew it, I was layering materials and backgrounds to come up with the design below. Because the colour palette is very autumnal, I added some of my autumn photos. Suddenly, without any plan or specific schedule, (plus a few of the lovely embellishments from the kit!) I'd produced one of the best scrapbook pages I think I've done in ages.

So maybe it's finally time to stop worrying about what I'm supposed to be doing and let the creative muse (whatever that may be) lead me to wherever it wants to go. Hopefully it will soon lead me to get on with editing that novel!

Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2013