Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Manly page

When we went to Ally Pally in April I bought Rebecca a 6x6 basic grey origins paper pad, it had the most gorgeous grid papers in it so I went on a mission to track down the 12x12 pad. It was surprisingly difficult to find but find it I did!!
I very rarely scrap photos of Justin, probably because he doens't really like me taking photos of him, so this photo had to be used. I have made a pull out tag so that my soppy journaling is hidden.

I was trying to create a "manly" page but some flowers did creep on, I think the overall feel is ok though and there is no pink in sight!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Wonderful Weekend

What can I say, what a wonderful weekend! A huge thank you to Julia for organising it you did a wonderful job again. The weather was really lovely, hot and sunny for the whole time we were there. It was great to meet up with the girls that I had met last year, they were all so friendly. I managed to do six layouts over the weekend which for me has got to be some kind of record! I can't show you them all but I will post those that I can this week.
Last week Craft Obsessions posted on UKS about some new corragated card that they had in stock, I love anything that adds dimension to my pages so I popped over to have a look. The paper is just gorgeous and I bought some in kraft and the white that I have used on this layout. It is certainly easier than trying to rip up a pizza box!!
A few weeks ago I bought the Tim Holtz tattered florals dies, I just had to have them but didn't actually use them until this weekend. I have to say though that I really love them, to create this embellishment I cut out one of each of the dies, inked the edges and them scrumpled up each flower before layering them up. I added a punched circle for the centre and a little butterfly to add some extra interest. I can see I am going to be using these a lot.
When I got to the retreat I was allocated a room that could easily have doubled as a broom cupboard, when one of the other girls said that she had been given a room she didn't need as she was sharing I asked if I could change. I am so glad that I did, my new room was a lot bigger and had a lovely view over the garden and this huge tree. There were quite a few squirrels playing in the grounds as well which I could watch from my window.
On Saturday morning Linda, Lisa and I went for a walk down into Sidmouth. It was a beautiful day really hot and sunny, Sidmouth is a really pretty town with lots of public gardens which are so well manicured. I just had to take some photos of these.
We decided that this was a conkey, from behind it looked much more like a cow than a donkey but from the front it was definitely a donkey...hence conkey :)
I will pop a few more photos on tomorrow but my bed is calling now, back to work tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Beautiful Smile

A couple of weeks ago Emily had her braces removed, we had all got used to seeing her smile with her brace but she was quite self concious of it. It is so lovely to see her beautiful smile back to normal.
I did this page for Sarahs Cards, all the details are over on the shop blog if you fancy a look.
My tote is all packed now ready for my weekend of scrapping and I have to be honest I found it really hard deciding what I needed to take as I needed everything in my craft room! I think the more stash you acquire the harder it gets especially with tools, I don't want to "need" to use just the one that I don't take. I have even contemplated squeezing in my sewing machine! I think it is a good job we have a big car.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Little Cutie

I really wish I had discovered scrapping years ago when the girls were small, I always took quite a few photos but I am sure if I was a keen scrapper I would have a lot more photos of their early childhood to draw on.

I found this gorgeous photo of Rebecca when I was looking through an old photo album, after much searching through my rather large drawer of old photos I managed to find the negatives and had a copy taken off. Looking at her now you would never believe she had been so blonde when she was little.
I bought this overlay from Sarahs Cards and it is just like a sheet of embroidery, I started by laying it over the patterned paper but it just didn't show it off enough. Cutting the patterned paper into a frame and laying the overlay on top meant that a large section of the overlay was clearly visible. The overlay is held in place with a line of stitching around the inside of the frame.

I am off for a weekend of scrapping on Friday and I can't wait! It is relatively local as well which is even better, only about an hours drive away so hopefully I will have lots of layouts and photos to share with you next week.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Click Click

I am totally in love with this paper range, October Afternoon Fly A Kite, I have created so many pages with it already and as quickly as I have been using it I have ordered more!
I wanted to create a page that resembled a flower in shape but I didn't want to use a die cut sheet of paper as I wanted to be able to add extra "petals" around the edge. All I did was cut out a large circle and then punched out lots of circle, inked the edges and cut them in half and stuck them in two layers around the edge of the circle. I stitched around the edge but it is more for show than sewing anything into place!
This flower was really simple to make, I pulled the cotton from the ends of a cotton bud and trimmed the little blue stick so that it was the length I wanted. I then cut a piece of paper that was longer than the stick and used some really strong double sided tape all over the back of it. I covered the stick with the paper squashing down both the ends which overlapped the stick. For the flower pot I just hand cut a pot shape and stuck one of the squashed paper ends of the stick to it then attached it to the page using foam pads to add extra dimension. I used punched to create the flower and hand cut some leaf shapes.


Saturday, June 19, 2010

More Flower Power.

It is now official I am the mother of two teenage girls and despite all our worries Rebecca didn't wake up with two heads this morning!! We have had a lovely day and she was quite happy to let me take the now traditional photos.
We bought her a spongebob birthday cake which had big icing eyes, she decided to try the eyes on for size which just had to be photographed. I just had to add a punched butterfly to her nose for effect. Definitley a photo that I am going to have to scrap.
As promised here is another one of the layouts that I created for my flowers article, I love using my circle punches to create scalloped borders now. It is so easy to do and I really like the effect. I used some papers by Crate called Brook, the colours are gorgeous and not too girly for a change, turquoise is definitley Emilys colour.


Friday, June 18, 2010

Flower Power

It seems like such a long time ago that I created this page, back in March I was asked to write an article about using flowers on your scrapbook pages.
When I saw these Prima papers I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them, there were so many parts of the designs that could be cut out and layered up. I bought 3 pieces of the same paper using one as the background paper and then cut out different elements from the others. This was a really simple page to put together but definitley not advised for those who don't like handcutting!! I used to use silicone glue on my pages but had a bit of a problem with one brand in that it soaked through the paper and left a greasy mark on the front. On a thread on UKS someone mentioned pinflair gel and so I gave it a try, I have to say I love love love it!!

My baby turns 13 tomorrow, I can't believe she has grown up so quickly. We are expecting her to wake up with two heads in the morning, hitting the terrible teens. I am hoping that the sun is going to shine for at least part of the day so I can take the now traditional birthday photos in the garden.
I will try and post the rest of my flowery pages over the weekend.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Up for a challenge?

This months challenge has just gone live on Sarahs Cards blog, Jen has designed a fab sketch which I think all of the design team loved using. All the details are over on the blog, you could win a £10 e-voucher so it is definitley worth a go!

This was my take on the sketch, I used more of gorgeous papers from the May Sarahs Cards kit. The photo is of Rebecca and a little ladybird she decided rather liked her as it didn't seem to be in any hurry to fly off!



Friday, June 11, 2010

Sarahs Cards July Sneak Peek.

Last week I had a lovely box of goodies from Sarah over at Sarahs Cards, in it was the July kit which is full of gorgeous Pink Paislee Bayberry papers, I thought you might like to see a little sneak peek of one of the pages I have created. I know it seems a long way off until July but the way the weeks are flying by it will soon be here!!


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

5 questions at 15

Every year I try to create a layout where the girls answer a few questions, it is great to look back on not only for me but hopefully for the girls in future years.
I decided this year to use tags for the questions instead of having them on show on the page, I have put the questions on the back and then got Emily write on the front. Her answers are definitley those of a teenager!!
I haven't got tired of these gorgeous October Afternoon papers and have used both ranges on this layout, Fly a Kite and Thrift Shop.

Q... if you could be anything you wanted to be when you leave school what would it be and why?

Q....What is you clearest childhood memory?

Q.... What worries you or concerns you about the world you are growing up in?

Q.... What would be your biggest wish if you could do anything?

Q..... What hopes and dreams do you have for your future?


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

My 2 Gorgeous Girls

One of my favourite paper ranges other than MME has to be Crate Paper, I love the small patterns and the texture is great for distressing and scrunching. I have created this page using the new Brook range, I absolutly love the colours of this range, full of greens and turquoise. Full details of how to create this page are over on Sarahs Cards blog.
I had it pointed out to me by one very observant friend on UKS that I had put the "Y" in Emilys name upside down, I hadn't even noticed!