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scrap attack - maggie holmes carousel pink and turquoise scrap

scrap attack - maggie holmes carousel pink and turquoise scrap


Happy Monday gorgeous peeps!

Did you all have super weekends?

I spent most of mine trying to fight off a cough/cold that just refused to poke off *insert eye roll* plus it was a properly rainy Sunday so I didn’t really get out of the house :-(

On a more positive note, being house-bound did mean that I could concentrate on a bit o’ scrappin’ so it’s not all bad news.


On Friday I had a little online shopping splurge at Hobbycraft (oops) and purchased a rather gorgeous paper pad by the marvellously talented Maggie Holmes. It’s part of her Carousel range and contains some truly beautiful papers - 36 pages worth to be exact. It was quite an ordeal to decide which ones to use.

I also purchased a little pack of matching carousel ephemera. The pack contains a whoppin’ 50 pieces of cute cutouts just screaming to be scrapped up.

So what did I do with these fab bits, you may ask… I’m getting to it… promise :-)

Back in May this year I went to New York with my mother, sister and aunt and I’ve been s-l-o-w-l-y putting together a scrapbook of the trip. I decided that as most of the Maggie Holmes papers/cutouts were in turquoise, peach and navy, that colour scheme would look fab against a daft photo I took of all four of us when we were wandering around Grand Central Terminal.

The astronomical ceiling in the main concourse was a spectacular shade of turquoise and really something to behold. I decided to take a photo of all of us but wanted to get one of the stations best features in the picture so held the camera underneath us in selfie-mode and we stuck our heads in to take the shot. My aunt exclaimed (quite rightly) that it wasn’t the most flattering angle for chins so I said ‘everyone pop your chin out of the shot’. That is when my mother, for reasons only known to her, decided to remove the entire lower half of her face from the picture. Regardless of her lunatic behaviour, I still love the photo.


So there it is, the photo, papers and embellishments I decided to use. I’m pretty happy with the overall effect.

You’ll notice that I tend to not overfill my 12x12s - it’s a personal preference and I still really appreciate a busy scrap. I guess I just like to pick a handful of pieces and leave a lot of negative space, that way the items I choose really get to be seen and shine. There’s always a temptation to use everything as it’s all so beautiful, but I like the look of little bundles of busy on a white sheet.


Items used:

As mentioned the main items used were from Maggie Holmes Carousel range.

The lined peach paper was from a 6x6 pad called Pick-Me-Up by Pink Paislee.

The little turquoise wooden frame (which I’m obsessed with) is from Make a Wish by Dovercraft.

The foam alphabet stickers are Thickers by American Crafts.

I also used a few stickers from the Maggie Holmes #Sticker Book, the Shimelle #Sticker Book, the Heidi Swapp #Sticker Book and the Dear Lizzy #Sticker Book.


I’ll always try to list the pieces I use and where they come from, but please forgive me if I simply can’t remember. If I haven’t mentioned a particular item and you’d really like to know, please add a comment and I’ll try to track it down for you.

So there we go, a little bit of my weekend scrap attack - I hope you like it.

What sort of colours do you like to use in your scrap pages? Have you used any of the Carousel range, if so, what are your favourite pieces? I *really* wanna use that big giraffe :-)

Take care beans x

cushion pushin' - ohh deer cushion competition 2018

cushion pushin' - ohh deer cushion competition 2018

it starts... my very first blog post

it starts... my very first blog post