Sunday, 28 April 2013

Pass the Page: A Blog Hop


Welcome to the next leg of the pass-the-page bloghop.  If you're following along, you should be arriving from Jemma's Blog.  And if you want to start from the beginning and see what all the fuss is about, head over to Julie's Blog - fabulous!

And I'm going to begin my post with a confession...

The idea is that each person in the hop has a few days to take inspiration from (or steal blatantly from) the a layout made by the previous person.  Then she makes her page and sends it on to the next person who repeats the process.  Well, I jumped at the chance to join in and loved the page sent to me by the lovely Jemma.  And then life got busy and I didn't feel creative.  There was all this inspiration and I couldn't seem to make it work for me.  But I made a page anyway and sent it on to K when my time was up.

But I didn't like my page.  And it bothered me.  I felt like I hadn't done what I really wanted to do.

So I've cheated.  The page you see here is not the page I made and sent on. The page you see here is the new shiny page that I am happy with.  So let me tell you about it...


I love the page that Jemma sent me.  The colours are beautiful and bright with tones of yellow and orange, the chevron made an appearance and the word 'Spell' in the title made me think of one thing: magic.  And so I obviously had to scrap about taking the Guides on the Harry Potter Studio Tour.  

So I plonked down my chevrons just so (thieving excitedly from Jemma's design) and borrowed those lovely  golden tones to be the main colour on my page.  I also used a single photo with a nice white border and some layering behind it.

And then because I can't help myself, I added yellow mist and stars and wrote all over it because I don't know when to stop and I have a lot to say for myself.  Like how I wore my Gryffindor scarf and how I really wanted to poke all the props in the studio, but you aren't allowed.


Now you may well be thinking "SHOCK! YOU CHEAT! That's just not cricket!".  And fair enough.  But my scrapbook is important to me and I want to love it.  So I offer you my humble apologies and in the spirit of fairness, I've included a picture of the page that was passed on to K and you can hop over to her blog here and see what she made based on what I sent her.  That way, you can see the true continuity of the pass the page idea.  But a little part of me can't help wondering if actually my new page, the one that will live in the album, actually would have fit in the hop without anyone realising any different?


It just goes to show that sometimes, you can't force inspiration.  

And so off we hop on our merry way to K's Crafty Corner...

Kisses xxx

P.S.  My apologies for my absence of late.  Life is very busy indeed and while I have many a lovely thing to gossip about, I don't seem to have a spare minute to craft or blog at the moment.  So I hereby resolve to make time.  Soon!

P.P.S. I also need to make time to scrap so I have something to blog about.  Note to self.

26 comments:

  1. I wouldn't worry at all Miss Smith! I like how you adapted Jemma's page, the paint spatters are a great way to add in pops of Jemma's bold colour scheme.

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  2. Funny how yours has gone back more to the original colour scheme too. Great LO. I know what you mean about being busy x

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  3. OOh great to see another HP page.....yay!!! I don't think that the changes you made to your page would affect passing the page very much if at all. It is a fab photo from the bridge, hope to see more of you soon when life calms down!

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  4. The featured layout is so typical of your personal style and I don't think anyone could not see it as part of the official blog hop! I'm loving seeing how this blog hop is evolving and love your take on the layout.

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  5. What a great story.. and of course you must find time to scrap! lol

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  6. I like both your adaptations of Jemma's page, and there are many similarities between them! The top one picks up Jemma's colours more and we can see plenty of the white space you love with pretty colours added :). This is such a hectic time of year academically that I am not surprised you are not having time to scrap! Looking forward to seeing you again when you can make it.

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  7. I think they're both great adaptations. Hope life calms down a bit for you soon.

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  8. It's a great adaption of Jemma's page and definately very 'you'. Love how you've taken the chevron paper [which I loved on J's page]and used it on yours....and I always love all your layering.

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  9. Your new page is definitely more you and yes you should be happy with the pages you put in your albums. I think both fit in with the hop perfectly.

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  10. A new page! Now that is a magical twiat and a half! and why not, eh? It's a beautiful one!

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  11. Not too much of a change, and holds many of the aspects I lifted ..... even looks like I lifted the date cluster & replaced with an embellishment cluster.

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  12. I love your honesty and the fact you put your hands up makes it all okay. The page actually isn't too far off what you passed on, and I know what you mean about being over stretched and not happy with your page. I 'threw' mine together in a matter of minutes of receiving the photo. It is not what I would normally do, but sometimes you have to do what you can. Love your page that will go into your album, I love your unique style!

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  13. Either one would have been a valid scraplift ... so funny that you went back to the Harry Potter theme that I scraplifted from and re-introduced the journalling on the page that I'd hidden. It's the stamp of personal style that helps the pages evolve as they go around ... fabulous!

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  14. What a nice, bright page. I like the splashes of yellow in the gingham and chevron papers as well as the addition of the stenciled letters.

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  15. I so agree that you have to be happy with the pages in your album and your second is so much more you. It's moved back a bit more to the original too, with the hand journalling and ink splatters coming back
    Thanks for joining in with the celebrations.

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  16. I love your pages Kirsty but if I am honest, I agree with you the second page is more you and I love it the best. Sometimes, we do look at layouts again and realise that with hindsight we could have done it differently. I am going through this process at the moment with an album I've been making for my mum. I've looked at it now 3 years on and feel it needs more cohesion but she won't let me alter anything so the pages I'm making now will be completely different. She love it and I suppose that's the most important thing,
    Jo x

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  17. Great LO. Harry Potter Tour is on our list to do this summer

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  18. Fab pager layout love all the writing

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  19. Well, I like your first version - but I *love* your second! :) And you could totally have gotten away without 'fessing up, it fits just fine in the hop x

    PS Plus, you took the Pass the Page to the max by effectively scraplifting your own LO, so bonus points, right?

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  20. I like both but agree with the others the second feels more you. Like Mel's idea of bonus points 'cause you scrapped the LO twice :)

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  21. Great use of white space. Beautifully composed. And you have such lovely handwriting!

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  22. The second page is certainly more 'you'...and you have definately earned lots of Brownie points for telling the truth!
    Alison xx

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  23. I do like the second page just a little more than your original - it seems more 'you' as Alison said!

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  24. i've jumped into the middle of this hop and need to go and start at the beginning. Your first page is lovely, your second page wins me over x

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  25. Wow, I love both pages...love all your journaling! That is super important, as well as the page styling. Fab idea to stencil those letters under yuoor photo...I likey!

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