Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Julie: Good things come in small packages

Hi everyone.
Today I thought I'd share one of the scrapbook pages I've made using elements of one of the monthly Alter That kits.

Have you seen the Alter That kits ? They're different each month but always contain treasures such as vintage ephemera and image sheets, the May kit is now available and it contains a border stamp from Lost Coast Designs and one of the new range of Spritz from Smooch.

As they're so unique, there's always something inside these kits which sparks an idea for a new layout.
This time around it was the front cover of a vintage comic with it's headline 'We Are Inside!':

[You can click on the photo for a closer look]

When I spotted that headline I knew it would work perfectly with the story of the teeny tiny kitchen we had in our London holiday apartment this spring. In the photograph the arm you can't see is outstretched and actually touching the kitchen window while I couldn't even straighten out the other arm .... it was that small:

This is where the word 'crush' [tucked in behind my photo] came in useful! It's from the vintage soda bottle labels, which you can buy in packs of 10:It certainly was a crush in there, the two of us couldn't fit in and move at the same time and you couldn't even bend down to open the fridge door without a certain part of your body jutting out into the living room area!

Before layering-up my vintage ephemera I'd sprayed my cardstock lightly with the new smaller, handy sized 1oz Shimmerz Vibez spray in 'Rolling in the Hay': And finally I added some finishing touches with some 'Under the Sea' Robin's Nest gems:

So, next time you've got a story you want to tell, have a look through your Alter That kit items and your 3djean vintage ephemera to see if there is anything there which can help you tell the tale. It could be:

  • a title from a comic page like mine;
  • or the text on vintage pages;
  • an image which mirrors what's happening in your own photographs or;
  • an appropriately themed label.

It's such a fun discovery to find something that, unlike that kitchen, is just the right fit for the task in hand!

I'll be adding my layout to my Flickr gallery where I upload most, if not all, of my crafting projects. If you use Flickr too then let me know as I'm happy to set up a 'Scattered Scarlet' group there into which we can all add our 3D Jean inspired projects.

Until then, we'd love to see your 'Alter That' kit projects so do share them with us wherever you have them on display ... although it's probably best if they're online somewhere, unless you want the whole design team trampling through your living room!

Julie ;)


  1. Thought for a moment you'd found a new venue for our craft weekend! Love the LO those vintage labels are fab.

  2. This is gorgeous Julie..I love the colours. You can't beat a tiny kitchen..far less walking involved.

  3. Didn't you know? It's regulation size for all kitchens here in London. :)

    Lovely yellow layout (which is a surprisingly hard thing to say) - are those vintage wallpapers or floral scrapbook papers? So pretty.


  4. Now that was REALLY compact Julie ! The page is fab love those soda labels !

  5. Thank you :)

    Kirsty the papers are part of the Basic Grey 'Origins' range.

    I can't resist a yellow patterned paper!

  6. Lovely layout - the soda labels are great and I love the comic too :)

  7. Great LO - very vintage!!! .xox.


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