Friday, 14 September 2012

Off to University

Hi Bloggers.

Today we're taking Kathryn off to move into her flat at Portsmouth University. I'm bound to cry when we leave her however hard I try not to. I shall miss her loads.

This is a scrapbook page I made for the Spellbinders shows last Sunday. The photo was taken while we were on holiday in Cyprus in February. I've used it before in another page which you can see here.

For the background, I ran a piece of Foundations Floral Dream Paper through the Grand Calibur with the Spellbinders Ornamental Iron M-Bossabilities Folder (it really is one of my favourites). I ran it through a second time to extend the pattern. I inked all around the edges with Dusty Concord Distress Ink using Cut n Dry Foam.

I cut the photo of Kathryn out using Matting Basics B. I cut the largest of the Fancy Postage Edge dies out of the Floral Dream Paper, this time with the dotty side face up. I inked around the edges after I had removed it from the die. I threaded some black & white Baker's Twine from the Primary Set through the holes in the die cut and tied a bow in the top left-hand corner.

I cut the middle size of the Angle Approach Cut, Fold & Tuck die set out of black card and the smallest one out of the Floral Dream paper. I folded and tucked, edged the smallest with Dusty Concord and layered them on top of each other adding a 5mm Black Pearl in the centre.

I stamped the sentiment from the Creative Expressions Heartfelt Sentiments Stamp Set using Jet Black Archival and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Clear Embossing Powder. I cut it out using one of the Fancy Postage Edge dies and inked through the die with Dusty Concord.

I assembled the page as shown adding a black pearly swirly and some dots of Cosmic Shimmer Pearlescent PVA in Purple Violet.

You could easily swap the photo for an image to make an 8 x 8 card with this layout instead of a scrapbook page.

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. Morning,
    Good luck with the Unni drop off - before you know it she will be home....
    Liking the scrapbook page - like the fact that it will transfer to a card.
    Amanda x

  2. Hi Julia, good luck to Kathryn at Uni. It's hard when your kids fly the nest but it won't be long before she is home for you to spoil her. Scrapbook page is delightful.


    1. safe journey Julia - lots of chocolate and tissues! fab page

  3. Morning Julia, what a lovely scrapbook page...hope your drop off isn't too difficult. Kathryn will have a fab time at Uni and will soon be home for the Christmas hols! Carole Z X

  4. Lovely card! Good luck getting Kathryn settled at uni. She will love it and will be home soon! Enjoy some "me" time whilst she is away and will make it all the nicer when she's back in a few weeks!

  5. Morning Julia, Simply stunning layout, I love it. I love how you have threaded the bakers twine through the postage edge die-cut, the angle approach die-cuts look gorgeous in the 2 colours and strategically placed within the black pearl swirls. I can certainly see this being adapted for a card. It's beautiful, Julia.
    I hope you get Kathryn to Portsmouth safe and sound, I know you will cry, but she will be home very soon. Send her Good Luck from all of us.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  6. Morning Julia love the twine threaded round the photo frame. Hope your daughter settle well and you dont get too upset xx

  7. Morning Julia,
    An exciting day for Kathryn and a sad one for you, hope the journey is okay.
    Love your scrapbook page like the way you have used the bakers twine. The cut and fold dies are on my wish list its very long now.

  8. Julia,
    No doubt this will be a bittersweet day of watching your daughter grow up. You can send her cards which will brighten her room and have cheer from Mom (sorry, I am an American, Mum eh), I went to your Amazon site and bought several things last evening, thanks for that connection. Take care and thanks for sharing.

  9. Morning Julia, great page saw it on air great colours love black and white so classy. Good luck to Kathryn at uni. you will miss her but she will be back soon.
    Nancyd xx

  10. Morning Julia
    Best of luck for today, i hope all goes well and you dont cry too much. Another chapter in lifes story.
    Lovely 'scrap' page, great layout and colours.

  11. Morning Julia, lovely scrap page very elegent, best of luck today keep the tears for later like i did, thanks for the inspiration

    Babs xx

  12. Good afternoon Julia, Good luck with the uni drop off, Kathryn will love it and in no time at all she will be home for hols.
    An elegant scrap pagg, love the twine.
    Take care.
    Huges June xxx

  13. Of course you'll cry loads, you're a Mum and that's what we do. Good luck to Kathryn on this new stage in her life.

    xx Sandra

    Ooops, sorry, love the card

  14. Hi Julia, fab scrap page, you will cry of course cos she's starting on her own journey, but she will be back for hols etc, and there's skype and texts to speak to each other...and of course the good old fashioned phone!!...Have a great

  15. Beautiful page Julia,Love the cut,fold and tuck dies they look fab.Hope today is not too upsetting for you another mile stone ,bet you daughter will have a ball.Laura O

  16. Thats really lovely Julia. Happy memories.

  17. What a lovely keepsake. Hope everything went well settling Kathryn into her new flat. It's hard for any parent to send their child off into the big wide world, even though you want them to expeience as much as possible.

  18. Hi Julia, I feel for you. We take our youngest up to Leicester next week. So it will be hard. Good Luck Kathryn. Love the scrap book page. Bx


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