Sunday, July 8, 2018

The Pond Gardens Layout

Still scrapbooking the gardens at Hampton Court Palace. I've been experimenting with my new Cricut Explore Air 2 and Design Space, and was able to weld a title together thanks to assistance from my SCS friend Joyce Ann! It came out smaller than I expected even though I measured ahead of time, but I love the font and am going to continue to work on doing fancier things as I go along.
Spot on Backgrounds, Journaling Jots & Canvas Art Workshop stamp sets
Bella Level 2 papers
Creme Brulee, Smokey Plum & Colonial White cardstock
Creme Brulee, Smokey Plum, Hollyhock & Olive ink
Smokey Plum marker
Jolee's Boutique Pansies stickers
Colonial White ric-rac
3-D foam tape
Cricut EA2 cut: title using Babette font
Pattern: Splitcoast Stampers Sketch16Aug3

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Ready. Set. Grow! Layout

Several years ago, I used to host the Variety Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers, and I recently thought it would be fun to bring it back, so here's my first re-started challenge: combine ink and embossing folders for a really cool look! You can get directions on how to do it here. I inked up the Wicker Weave embossing folder and used it to ink emboss two 1.5" x 6" strips of white cardstock, which I cut into squares and used to decorate my layout. Feel free to join us on Splitcoast Stampers for this fun challenge!
I didn't have any images of grapes or oranges in my stamp or sticker collections, so I added
vine and branch die-cuts that were the closest thing I could find.
Desert Sand, Autumn Terracotta, Cocoa, Topiary & Colonial White cardstock
Autumn Terracotta & Cocoa ink
Pure Brown marker (Zig)
Golden Yellow ShinHan Touch Twin marker
Autumn Terracotta button nail heads
Cocoa brad
Cuttlebug Wicker Weave embossing folder
Flower punch (EK Success)
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: vine, "Ready. Set."
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: branch, "Grow!"
Challenges: Bimini Moose scrapbook layouts

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The Space Between Layout

Still scrapping Hampton Court gardens! Although we looked on the maps, we couldn't find a name for this grassy spot between the Privy Garden, the Banqueting House, and the Pond Gardens. Because that's what we do, we stopped and took a few pictures, even managing to artfully frame a couple, and moved on.
Passages & Grace Level 2 papers
Cocoa, Brown Bag & Garden Green cardstock
Cocoa, Brown Bag & Desert Sand ink
Clear craft button
Liquid Glass
Natural hemp
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: banner, hearts
The title was cut on my new Cricut Explore Air 2 using a true type font, but I can't remember which one!
Pattern: Rochelle Spears July sketch

Monday, July 2, 2018

Privy Garden Layout

The Privy Garden at Hampton Court Palace was a marvel of meticulous planning! A restoration effort in the 1990s brought it back to something approaching its former state, so I consider myself fortunate to be able to see it now instead of prior to restoration.

And here are the photos and journaling cards for the accompanying pocket page:
The plates-bandes borders

Looking towards the river with Queen Anne's Bower on the promenade to the right.
The swirly paths are the parterres a l'Angloise.

Entrance to Queen Anne's Bower

Jean Tijou screen with the English rose on it.

Screen with the Knights of the Garter motto on it.
Delicate Wings, Glamour Uppercase & Lowercase Alphabet stamp sets
Itty Bitty Backgrounds stamp set (SU)
Dotty for You & Chantilly Level 2 papers
Kraft, Sweet Leaf & Colonial White cardstock
Desert Sand, Sweet Leaf, Lagoon & Buttercup ink
Tuxedo Black dye ink (Tsukineko)
ShinHan Touch Twin markers
Kraft Color-Ready borders
Pearl Opaques
Cricut Artistry Cartridge: frames
Scalloped circle punch
Pattern: Sketch-n-Scrap #156 (I turned it on its side and moved a few elements around, but hopefully you can still see the bones of the sketch!)

Sunday, July 1, 2018

If It Ain't Baroque . . . Layout

The title for this layout is a play on words based on the saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." William III and Mary II evidently decided to ignore this advice when they planned to demolish Henry VIII's Tudor style palace at Hampton Court and replace it with a Baroque palace inspired by Versailles. Lucky for us history lovers, they ran out of money and had to settle for adding two Baroque-style wings and only tearing down Henry's state rooms and private apartments. As with most of my Hampton Court layouts, I took way too many pictures to scrapbook, so I added some extra ones to a pocket page.

Here's my hidden journaling card, front and back:

And here are the pictures for the pocket page:
The building material is pink brick and pale Portland stone.

View of the Privy Garden from the South Front

Looking across the Privy Garden towards the South Front
Baroque Borders, Vogue Alphabet, Friendship Alphabet Small & Key to My Heart stamp sets
Back Country level 2 papers
Kraft & White Daisy cardstock
Barn Red, Autumn Terracotta & Desert Sand ink
Barn Red marker
Autumn Terracotta brads
3-D foam tape
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: title block
Pattern: SCS Sketch17Apr

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Great Fountain Garden Layout

The gardens at Hampton Court were as stunning, in a very different way, as the interiors of the palace. For this layout of the Great Fountain Garden, I scraplifted the left side of this layout from my friend Lela, and added a Flip-Flap with a journaling card and another photo underneath the vertical photo. I feel like I took a risk with the color scheme, since it's not typical shades of garden or water colors and the red isn't found anywhere in my photos, but I like the way it turned out.

Here are my journaling card and picture that are under the Flip-Flap:

And here are the photos from the facing pocket page:

I just loved these amazing tulips!
Dreaming Big Level 2 papers & Complements
Juniper, Poppy, Goldrush. Glacier & White Daisy cardstock
Juniper, Goldrush ink
Red enamel hearts
Slate polka dot Washi tape
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: "Great," "Garden" & scalloped border
Cricut Artiste cartridge: "Fountain"
Cricut Artbooking cartridge: starbursts border

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Hampton Court Artwork Layout

This series of pictures from the final rooms of William III's apartments at Hampton Court didn't seem to have much in common, so I struggled to find a title, but since they all showed some of the artwork displayed around the palace, I decided to focus on that. This ended up taking a lot of my time, since I hadn't taken pictures of the labels telling what the paintings were! I went on a treasure hunt to find out the names and subjects of these painting and of the ones on the facing pocket page. Most of them were listed on the Royal Collection Trust's website, but I didn't manage to find the title or artist for the view of Hampton Court on the upper right. If anyone is visiting Hampton Court in the near future, please let me know what it is!
And the facing pocket page pictures:
William III as Prince of Orange
Mary II as Princess of Orange
View of the Tudor facade of Hampton Court circa 1665-67
Mary Scrope, later Mrs. Pitt, one of Sir Godfrey Kneller's Dining Room Beauties

You & Me stamp set
That's Amore Level 2 papers & My Stickease
Colonial White cardstock
Garnet, Chocolate & Blush ink
Durab;e Artisan Studs
Pattern: EMS Sketch 64
Challenges: Lasting Memories Paper Stash (use at least 5 patterned papers) - I managed exactly five and they were all scraps, so I feel a huge sense of accomplishment - LOL!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Sweet Dreams Layout

I vacillated between several titles for this layout featuring King William III's royal bedchambers at Hampton court, but I finally settled on Sweet Dreams due to the ceiling painting of Mars, God of war,  sleeping in the arms of Venus, goddess of love. I knew I wanted to include a moon and stars plus a cloud or two to go with the theme of the other painting, but the Lasting Memories' Paint/Mist challenge inspired me to add pearly paint to the clouds (swirly) and moon and stars (brushed). Love the texture and shimmer it adds to this element!
And here you can see the paint detail a little better.
And since I am adding a pocket page opposite, here are the photos and journal cards for that!

Fireplace in the Little Bedroom
The kin'gs potty
The king's Closet

The Orangery
Distressed Backgrounds, You & Me, Solos "S" & Eclectic Edges stamp sets
Sky, Sapphire, Desert Sand & White Daisy cardstock
Sapphire & Desert Sand ink
Navy marker (Zig)
Create a Shade Pearl paint
Cricut Artistry cartridge: moon, stars, clouds
Cricut Wall Decor & more cartridge: books
Pattern: EMS Sketch 64

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Rooms of Privilege Layout

Still plugging away at the William III rooms at Hampton Court, so here is another layout featuring pictures from William's Privy Chamber and withdrawing room. FYI: a privy chamber is not a fancy name for a bathroom, it's actually a room that only certain of the king's courtiers and statesmen were privileged to enter and be privy to discussions of state, thus the name. The withdrawing room, a chamber where the king could withdraw to discuss private or secret matters, was even more exclusive. To scrapbook these rooms, I create a traditional layout and added a pocket page, complete with journaling box, to show off additional photos.
For my journaling card, I used a Sketch from Sketches in Time PL Style and added a tag to tie it in with the main page:
And here are the other pictures from the pocket page:
Portrait of the Winter Queen
King Henry VIII tapestry: Story of Abraham
The king's chair in his withdrawing room

The sweet and very knowledgeable docent in the withdrawing room
Felicity Alphabet, Diverse Backgrounds, and You & Me stamp sets
Roxie Level 2 papers
Desert Sand, Champagne & White Daisy cardstock
Black, Desert Sand, Smoothie & Pomegranate ink
Black marker
Beige fiber (Adornaments from EK Success)
Black organdy ribbon (from my stash)
Licorice Opaques
Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge: tags
Pattern: Page Maps via