Wednesday, 31 August 2016

UKS Summer Snap Challenge

I have been joining in with UKS Summer Snap Challenge which gave us a list of prompts and two months to snap em.

1. Vapour trails
From the Bandstand, Ilfracombe
From Grexy Combe, Exmoor 
2. A Horse Drawn Vehicle
St James' Place, Ilfracombe.
3. Flowers in bloom
Runnymede Gardens, Ilfracombe.

4. A Summer Job In The Garden
My harvest of sugar snap peas from my new allotment ☺️
5. Staycation
Ilfracombe Harbour
6. Play (sub)
Alex and spade, High Tide, Woolacombe Beach

7. Ice Cream
Gelato Mondo Cherry Bakewell and Clotted Cream from Carlucci's Ilfracombe Quay.

8. Balloons

For five minutes, I really wanted a unicorn one. Ilfracombe Carnival.

9. Bubbles
High Tide, Woolacombe Beach

10. Seabirds
Rocks north of Ilfracombe Pier
11. Summer Sunrise or Sunset
Sunrise viewed from the top of Ilfracombe near Lynton Cross.
Sunset viewed from Marine Drive, Woolacombe
12. Eating Al-Fresco

This was a last minute effort, I did eat al fresco a couple of times but I forgot to take photos! So this was the penultimate day, hot soup isn't very summery I know!

13. Somewhere you would only visit when the sun shines
South Molton Brass Band, Bandstand, Runnymede Gardens, Ilfracombe
14. Flags or Bunting
St James' Place, Ilfracombe
15. Summer Shoes

Time for another trip to Animal, these have had it.

16. Fruit growing in the hedgerow.
On the South West Coast Path above The Landmark Theatre Ilfracombe

17. Water
The MS Oldenburg, Ilfracombe Harbour.
18. Favourite colour
Blue Sky and Turquoise Sea

19. Something that made you smile.

The start of the South West Coast Path at Minehead :-)

20. Fete, Fair or Festival
Ilfracombe Sea Front, Carnival Night

Westward Ho! Beach
With thumb and everyfink. Not my thumb, he's such a noob, I would never make a selfie mistake like that 🙄 otherwise I would have been allowed to take it, of course.

Part of the challenge was to scrap the selfie, a minimum of six photos on a layout and a larger photo.

I used one kit for this, my friends pointed me in the direction of Cocoa Vanilla which was new to me. It shows how busy I have been this last twelve months with the DIY that I don't even know this brand. I love them already 😊 This range is Hello Sunshine. Perfect for the summer snap challenge.

The selfie layout, I scrap-lifted this layout I found on Pinterest from
I used my stamping' up hexagon punch and stamps, circle punches and sewed it down. Stamped a background and embellished with the kit, lovely puffy stickers and veneers. The cute little puffy sticker animals 🐱🐰🐭 are from Crate Paper.

The larger photo challenge was tricky as I am out of ink for my big printer, so I printed a panorama out on my canon selphy out of two shots of the same carnival squad. I could have used a few that came out better but I wanted to use this one as it was a tribute to and to raise funds in his memory for, a little boy Diesel that died suddenly of an aneurysm suddenly in his sleep just at the end of last term. It was undiagnosed so neither he nor his family knew about it so at least he lived his life right up until he went to sleep. 
I went on a bit of a sticker sneeze here, which isn't my normal style AND no white card stock! Shock horror, call the layout police. Or at least alert the white cs suppliers.
I 💙 it. I learned that sometimes I need to scrap all day so that I try new things, when I only do one, I revert to my go to scrapping. 

The last one is back to type with white cs backed onto a full sheet ✅
I promise there is some kit left, but, yeah, I put most of the rest of it on here. I tried to fill the white space for a challenge to myself but i'm not sure I succeeded, there is a bit left 😀

Sooo, typing this at 23:12 on Bank Holiday Monday 29th August I guess this is my summer in a post. 
It started with a manic amount of work, destructing the bathroom, digging the allotment out, spending a load of money to improve all these things, starting a new job (same position, new store) and investing a lot of time and emotion in so many things my head was pretty scrambled. I tried to make sure that the time I was at work was invested there and the time away from it was clear of it, concentrating on pushing forward on the home projects and any other time was devoted to sleep and rest. I had no energy left for creativity though so I really missed scrapping. I made a few layouts but nothing I loved or was interested in. So this week has been about getting back to that as it feels like therapy. I get a lovely feeling of well-being when I have sat crafting for a while.
And paraphrasing Roald Dahl, If that wasn't nice, I don't know what is.


  1. Jen you have some amazing photographs, and, as always, a fab fab blog post. Thank you for joining in our challenge and well done for finishing, :)
    Sue x

  2. Lovely pictures, lovely layouts and a lovely story Jen :)

  3. Oh Jen, your summer and environs look lovely - the blackberries especially look so lush and I loved your horse drawn vehicle especially and the flowers photo is stunning too. Love your selfie layout best - thats such a great photo of you two

    1. Thank you Maria, that was my fave photo of us too :-) xx

  4. Fantastic photos Jen. I have so enjoyed reading your blog post and checking out your photos :)

  5. Wow, what a splendid collection - and very pretty layouts to follow! I love the coastal photos and the one that made you smile made me smile too :). I hope the job is going well and you are settling into a happy place with it all.

    1. Thank you Alexa :-) I have walked a good bit of north devon's coast path, trying to get some of north somerset done this summer too, about a third done.

  6. Wonderful selection of photos..I definately want to visit Ilfracombe again now I've seen all these!

    1. Thank you Elaine :-), if you ever do you would be warmly welcomed to mine x

  7. Lovely snaps, Jennie. And your layouts are fabulously fun too. The photo on the first one is excellent!


Aren't you lovely, you have made me smile =)