Cute & Colourful Scrapbooking

One of my favourite creative and calming hobbies is to grab a load of magazines, postcards, stickers and washi and make some colourful scrapbook pages. Last year, I shared my floral summery design with bright and positive adventure vibes and as well as my motivational fresh start New Year 2019 pages. This weekend, I was keen to get cutting and sticking for 2020 to see what is inspiring me at the moment.

The inspiration for these pages came from a routine visit to Paperchase, the stationery shop of dreams (best shop ever, right?). Whilst I was there, I picked up four postcards – You’re Super Duper, Be A Warrior Not A Worrier, Avocato and Bee Leaf In Yourself. Plus these adorable Squishy Pastel Pals Stickers.

I also popped into Flying Tiger and found this cute mini bunting for £1. This shop is heaven for those random craft/stationery bits’n’bobs which you didn’t even know you needed. Miniature shopping trolley? Go on then, why not. Although, this time I was good and resisted filling my basket with all the washi tape.

Once you have your selection of supplies and a couple of magazines, it’s time to get creative! Sometimes I just want to do something artsy without having to stress about the perfect outcome. Scrapbooking is ideal for this, as you can relax, chill out & enjoy the process and if it looks wrong, just stick something over it.

My scrapbooking top tip would be to start with bigger patterns, then layer on smaller clippings, postcards and text. If you are looking for pretty patterns, you can get paper packs such my fave Over The Rainbow Dovecraft pack from Hobbycraft. These are fab for all sorts of craft projects, as well as blogging photos.

The theme of these pages is anything cute, colourful and kawaii (the culture of cuteness in Japan). One of the magazine’s I found was a kids art magazine which was bursting with adorable kawaii illustrations that fitted perfectly into the design. I also had a copy of Planet Mindful known for it’s inspirational articles.

Rainbows, unicorns, milkshakes, happy clouds, avocados, cats, cupcakes… anything cute, colourful and cheerful made the cut. I love that you can use anything to decorate your pages. In the past, I have added affirmation cards, Polaroid photos, buttons, even a guitar plec. If it fits in with the theme, then go for it!

Other pages in my scrapbook:

Feb 2018 – fresh whites, pastels, flowers, tea, bikes and marshmallows.

May 2018 – bright pinks, plants and adventure. 

August 2018 – colourful, creative and motivational vibes.

October 2018 – cosy, orange, hot chocs and Dr. Martens.

Jan 2019 – new year, fresh start, llamas and dinosaurs.

May 2019 – floral, summer, bright, positive and adventure.

Magazine scrapbooking is basically an old-fashioned Pinterest Board without the internet connection. All you need is a magazine or two, a pair of scissors and glue and the rest is up to you and your imagination. Have fun and be creative! Do you enjoy magazine scrapbooking? I’d love to hear from you!

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New Year Scrapbooking

Last year, I rekindled my love for magazine scrapbooking and had fun creating different pages to see what colours and things were inspiring me at the time. February was a time for fresh whites, pastels, flowers, bikes, tea and marshmallows. May was full of bright pinks, plants and adventure. August I was feeling all the colourful, creative and motivational vibes and most recently in October I was living my most cosy chilled out life with hot chocs, Dr. Martens, and all things orange. Here is what is inspiring me in January 2019…

Prepare yourself for all the pinkness! For these pages, I used a couple of my favourite magazines: Molly Makes and Project Calm. I guess that sums up how I want my year to be – creative and relaxed.

Scrapbooking is one of my most favourite creative activities. It doesn’t require very much thought, it is relaxing, and if something doesn’t look right just simply stick something better over the top. You can easily turn blank pages into a story bursting with colour and inspiration.  All you need is scissors and glue.

Just by cutting and sticking, you can start to see a theme. This month, I’m feeling the pink, positive, happy vibes (see: happy dinosaur and happy cloud). I am also feeling motivated and ambitious but at the same time know that it’s okay to take a break, play guitar, drink tea, eat cakes and chill too.

Along with magazines, I also used postcards, stickers and washi tape (all scrapbooking essentials).

The cute little happy dinosaur is a sticker designed by Sugar & Sloth.

Stop comparing your life to others. Mini affirmation cards by Emily Cromwell.

The thing I love most about scrapbooking is that there are no rules, anything and everything can go onto the pages. Feel like adding a purple llama sticker, then add a purple llama sticker. Go for it, do your thing.

Magazine scrapbooking is basically an old-fashioned Pinterest Board without the internet connection. All you need is a magazine or two, a pair of scissors and glue and the rest is up to you and your imagination. Have fun and be creative! Do you enjoy magazine scrapbooking? I’d love to hear from you!

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Autumn Scrapbooking

One of my favourite things to do on a cosy Autumnal afternoon (when I probably should be studying) is to get scrapbooking. Before I started, I loved flicking back over my old pages and to see what colours and things were inspiring me at the time. February was a time for fresh whites, pastels, flowers, bikes, tea and marshmallows. May was full of bright pinks, plants and adventure and most recently in August I was feeling all the colourful, creative and motivational vibes.

For these pages, I used a couple of my favourite magazines (In The Moment and The Simple Things) as well as Octoberish bits and bobs I found and got cutting and sticking…

Scrapbooking was something I used to do all the time as a child. My mum would be forever picking up cuttings off the floor of Robbie Williams or random song lyrics from Top Of The Pops magazine. My love of magazine scrapbooking never went away (or you could say I never grew up he he), however instead of Smash Hits, I’m now cutting up issues of The Simple Things, and replaced Bliss Magazine for Breathe Magazine.

The thing I love most about scrapbooking is that it is impossible to make a mistake. If you don’t like something, simply stick something better over the top. It is all about adding layers, so start with bigger pages and patterns and build it up from there, save any quotes and words for the very end.

There is so much to look forward to in Autumn, for me, I love wearing my Dr. Martens again, putting the stripey jumpers on, going on long walks kicking the leaves, getting home for a hot bubbly bath, then being all snug on the sofa with a blanket, hot choc, cats, Shaun and allll the snacks and watching something entertaining on  TV. The Apprentice and X-Factor are my favourites right now. What’s yours?

Next month I am going on my very first ever Yoga Retreat with the lovely Jenny from Jenny In Neverland, excitinggg! So this month I was feeling all the yoga vibes, as well as cats, bats, foxes (this cute little guy is a sticker designed by Ellis from Pastel Elixir). I also stuck in an adorable cat guitar plectrum and the all important reminder to have a cup of tea. Oh and of course, green polka dot washi tape.

I’m not really a dress kinda girl (give me jeans and a cosy jumper any day) but I thought I’d stick some nice colourful ones in for fashion inspiration anyways. And as my previous pages featured Katie Abey’s Melon Of Motivation, I decided the Porcupine Of Positivity would be a good fit for Autumn.

Hot drinks, woolly hats, campfires… hello Autumn. What are your favourite things about this season?

Ta-da! And here you have an old-fashioned Pinterest Board without the internet connection. All you need is a magazine or two, a pair of scissors and glue and the rest is up to you and your imagination. Have fun and be creative! Do you enjoy magazine scrapbooking? I’d love to hear from you!

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Scrapbook Music Memory Jar: A Collab With Book Murmuration

I’ve been lucky enough to collab with some wonderful bloggers already so I’m always excited when a new opportunity comes my way. A few weeks ago, the lovely Louise from Book Murmuration suggested the idea of working together on scrapbook memory jar posts and straight away I thought this is exactly my kinda thing! Admittedly, I didn’t quite know what a scrapbook memory jar was, but after a quick Google Image search I knew I would love creating my own.

Louise is a book addict, cat lover and kidlit fan-girl with a love for bath stuff, stationery, walking, writing, cake and all things Disney. If you love books, pretty stationery and colourful things, I encourage you to check out Louise on Instagram, and give a follow over on Twitter as well! Why not head over to Book Murmuration to find out what Louise has included in her scrapbook memory jar too…

After a bit of thought, I decided to make a jar dedicated to music memories. I have a dusty old box of CD’s which I am too sentimental (lazy) to get rid of and a collection of concert tickets which I rarely look at. The memory jar was the perfect opportunity to get all my old memorabilia out and create an awesome 3D scrapbook to display on my shelf. Other ideas could include holidays, days out or special occasions.

The cool thing about scrapbook memory jars is that anything and everything can go in them. I found a selection of concert tickets, album sleeves, pins, badges, patches, guitar plectrums, festival wrist bands and gig flyers which I had collected. It was so nostalgic seeing concert tickets from over ten years ago.

I haven’t bought a CD in actual years, so it was pretty awesome to get a snapshot of my music tastes during my CD buying days. Although not much has changed, I’m forever listening to Oasis songs.

I found these cute cassette bookmarks which were perfect for the music memory jar. I also added my pretty guitar plectrums as this represents both my love of playing the guitar and colourful things.

I couldn’t make a music jar without including a few musical enamel pins. The Rainbow Guitar Amp is by Brittpaperscissors, the 80s Mixtape is made by Colouryourlifeclub and the Union Jack Fender Strat is from Amazon and it is only £3.49, what a pin-lovers bargain.

A small selection of badges from my punk days (the rest of them were too rude for the blog, hah).

I love that everything here represents a little bit of my music tastes, yay for cheesy 80s tunes! 

A festival wrist band which I have had for 12 years now, wow.

And here is the scrapbook music memory jar decorated with washi tape, guitar plectrums, stickers.

This was a really fun thing to do, thank you to Louise for the awesome idea! Why not head over to Book Murmuration to find out what Louise has included in her scrapbook memory jar too… Have you made a scrapbook memory jar? What mementos would you put in yours? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!

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