Tammy Is A Craft Superstar!

If you read my 2015 review post, you will know that I’ve recently started working with Creativity Magazine (available here). It was a new magazine to me and I wanted to share it with you as 1) I’m really impressed with the projects and styling AND 2) my latest project for them involves Tammy and we all know the internet loves cats!

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Now, it’s confession time. Remember in early 2015 when I talked about how much I loved Project Life and how I was going to document all the exciting things that happened over the year? Well life got busy and I completely failed after February. I had a list of events and memories to capture and no time to scrapbook them. It’s definitely a goal of mine to catch up on scrapbooking and have it as a ‘down time’ project just for me.

Anyway, for Creativity Magazine Issue 66, I tested out Do Crafts latest scrapbooking kits and shared my tips and tricks for fun layouts and how to use materials. Tammy is the star of the show and I think she looks the cutest ever. Our friend Martin took the photo years ago and it is amazing how her fluffy face has changed as she has gotten older.

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The theme for the January issue is Geometric and I love that cushion project on the front! That reminds me, I have a cushion kit to try from the New Craft House which I must start and share with you soon!

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Do you have any tips for me when I finally catch up on my scrapbooking? I have tons of supplies, I just need to get on with it really.

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Scrapbooking Inspiration: Bicycles

UK Bike Week started yesterday so I’m sharing some Bicycle Scrapbooking Inspiration over on the Sizzix blog this week. I’ve been experimenting with printing onto canvas photo paper and with a new set of scrapbooking papers.

Scrapbook-Inspiration-Claireabellemakes-For-SizzixDo check out the Sizzix site if you can, they currently have a 75% off sale! I used the following items to make my scrapbooking layout.

Textured Impressions Embossing Folder – Candy Hearts

Big Shot Plus Starter Kit including flower & heart dies

Thinlits Decorative Bubble dies

You can see more photos of my layout on the Sizzix Blog here.

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January Favourites 2014

Following on from my December Favourites post, I thought I’d share some things I’ve been loving this month.

The new year has been inspiring me to clear out and makeover areas of our home. At the moment I am working on my craft space! This little rabbit lamp from Tiger has already been placed on my new desk.

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Continuing with the Tiger lamps, I also picked up this toadstool desk lamp, too cute.

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Candles will probably always feature in my favourites. This scented sewing spool candle was a gift from friends. They are available on NOTHS.

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As I’ve been getting my craft space organised, I have also sorted through my yarn stash.

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I borrowed this yarn winder from a friend and it’s been pretty relaxing to wind up everything! Somehow I feel like I can justify my stash now….

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Still loving Scrabble of course! I’ve started the year super inspired to bring lots of new Scrabble ideas to my Etsy store. The new Scrabble keyrings are already selling!

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Obviously I’m no beauty blogger, but I’ve been enjoying these Barry M Nailpolishes ALOT. Glitter nail polishes definitely brighten a dull rainy day and we’ve been getting tons of those in the UK right now.

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This Pomegranate Barry M polish is from the Gelly range and I would recommend!

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Improving my photography has been a goal of mine for some time now. The A Beautiful Mess Photography Book is helping with inspiration and tips.

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Especially the DIY elements of course!

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The fact that my Fuji Film Instax Mini camera is pink makes me want to take so many more pictures.

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The Scrap booking posts on A Beautiful Mess have also inspired me to continue with my “I Heart Cambridge” one. I’m treating it more like a smash book and sticking in photos, papers and tickets etc.

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There’s something about Polaroid photos isn’t there?

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This time last year, Cambridge had snow. The weather has been crazy these last few months with freak storms and flooding across a lot of the UK. I haven’t seen snow since I went to Vancouver!

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My goal for this month was to get organised and work hard on the craft space makeover. I’m super excited to show you when it’s done. The furniture is almost complete (I’m looking for a comfy crochet chair at the moment) and the decor ideas are coming together. Any excuse to scour Pinterest for craft storage ideas eh?

What have been your favourites this month?

Toodles!

Claire

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