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  1. I've got quite a few scrapbook albums on the go and they've been a little bit neglected lately so I'm making an effort to get them back on track. These scrapbook pages are part of my I Am Project which I started to celebrate all of the little things that make me, me. 

    I'm trying to record all of my traits, habits, funny little quirks and all the other stuff too. This first scrapbook page documents one of the personality traits that anyone who has ever met me knows I have. 

    I am always optimistic, some people see the glass as half empty, some people see the glass as half full, personally I think the glass has room for more wine - good from both sides. I always try to find something to smile about.


    This next page, I dithered over when I was creating it, I was concerned it may come across as a little self indulgent but then I remembered that I was making this album for me, to remind me of all the good stuff when I'm feeling a little less than, so I went with it anyway. 


    My mum always tells me I'm awesome, and I'm not going to disagree with Mum, that sort of behaviour can get you grounded!


    I do love layering on my scrapbook layouts and one of the things I really love about creating small scrapbook pages, like these pages that are 6 inches by 8 inches, is I can use up lots of little bits of patterned paper and left over embellishments to make a dent in the huge amount of scrapbook stash I have.

    I'll take some photos of the other pages from this album to share with you soon.

    Have you created a scrapbook album all about you? Or do you have any tips on how to use up all the patterned paper and shiny objects that us crafty types like to hoard? Let me know in the coments, I'd love to see what you've been up to.

    Love Claire

  2.  It's Valentines Day tomorrow and I thought I'd share this quick little Valentines card I made. I've set myself a challenge this year to reduce the amount of scrapbook and craft supplies I have, which is a lot I can assure you, so I'm going to be making all of the cards I need for this year instead of buying them. Which may not sound unusual, in fact I know lots and lots of crafters who haven't bought a card in years, but I'm not really a card maker.

    In order to avoid overwhelm I grabbed a few bits of patterned paper to work with that fit with the Valetines theme and colour scheme I wanted, this made it considerably easier to get started. Here's what I chose,


     I then started to put it all together and once I had the overall design of the card sorted I could then go through my embellishments to find suitable bits to add. 

    I dug out two clear stamps, one with a heart and one with XOXO, I also chose a small blue frame and some green acrylic dots which seem to have been in my supplies for ever.

    A bit of ink around the edges, some 3d foam pads and a doodled border and it's good to go!


    A quick and easy to make Valentines card.

    Wishing you all lots of love tomorrow on Valentines Day!

    Love Claire

  3. I've been scrapbooking for 12 years now (it really doesn't seem that long) and in that time I've acquired enough patterned papers and embellishments to re-decorate a medium sized village, twice! 

    I was taking some photos for a colour palette challenge over on the Claire Salisbury Studios Blog (my surface pattern design, illustration and home decor blog) when I had a ligtbulb moment and decided to use the colour palette to inspire a scrapbook layout.

    So this is the colour palette I put together...Pink and Lilac Sky Colour Palette Challenge

    I love the colours of the evening sky, they always catch my attention, I've got so many pink and lilac sky photos on my phone.

    I decided to give it a go and gathered all of my supplies that matched the colour scheme, I also discovered something astonishing...

    I do not have any lilac or lavender coloured patterned papers or card ***face of shock***

    How have I survived until now?!

    Due to my lack of lilac/lavender coloured supplies I mostly used the pink and grey tones  from the colour palette for this scrapbook layout.

    Moo & Me wmd

    {Patterned papers and embellishments are from a large selection of Quirky Kits subscription boxes}

    I'm going to be posting a new colour palette challenge on  the second Thursday every month on both this blog and the studios blog, it's just for fun (and to reduce the amount of patterned paper I'm surrounded by) and I'd love it if you play along, whether it's a card, a scrapbook page, an illustration, even a crochet blanket (there's no deadline!) Be sure to either comment on here or you can tag me on Facebook and Instagram as I'd love to see what you create.

    You can also use the hashtag #colourpalettechallenge across social media.

    This is the photo I was taking when I had the idea to use the colour palettes as a scrapbook stash busting challenge too...


     That's all from me for now, I'll be back soonSignature - Saturday Rock