Monday, August 23, 2010

Dream Big

Thank goodness the sun has finally put in an appearance! We have had four days of wet, foggy days typical when Justin and I are off on holiday with the girls. I guess the up side has been I have had lots of scrapping time.
I really enjoyed creating this page, I definitely find it more pleasurable to scrap using more subtle colours and creating vintage type layouts. I took this photo of Rebecca on a recent day out to Monkey World and I just warmed it up on Picasa (the sum total of my editing skills!!) I loved the effect it created and meant the photo went so well with these My Minds Eye and Prima papers.

I bought a Cricut last year as I really needed one (as wth all my stash and tools!!) but I have to admit that I have hardly used it, however I have used it on this page for cutting the swirls and the word dream (does that make it a worthy purchase?)
One of my favourite paper ranges at the moment is the Girls Paperie, the alpha tiles come from their Paper Girl collection and are just fab.
I just love these little Tim Holtz pins, they are so cute I bought these at Ally Pally in April but this is the first time I have used one. I raised the photo up from the page using a thin piece of chipboard to add extra depth to the layout.

Favourite Photos

Hopefully if the sun puts in an appearance I can photograph the scrapping I have been doing and share it with you later but for now I thought I would show you my two favourite photos from our weekend away. I took them both on the return leg of an 11 mile walk so I was lucky that the girls were co-operative as they were both tired!

What looks like a helicopter in the distance to the right of Emily is actually a wasp homing in on Emily. I wish I had put the camera on continuous shoot as a couple of seconds later she was not quite as composed!
I have never edited my photos but have finally got around to getting an editing programe so I will have a go at removing the wasp but I think for the scrapbook page it is going to have to stay!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

What a difference 3 years makes!

Back in August 2007 we went to @ Bristol and as usual I took lots of photos, last week we went back for a return visit and I wanted to recreate some of the original photos to see how the girls had changed. These two will definitley feature on a page soon!
Emily 2007

Emily 2010
I can't believe how much she has changed, she is definitely a young woman now.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Yearly Treat

We went away for a few days earlier this week to stay with my Uncle and Aunty in Gloustershire, we go every year and evey year I treat myself to a trip to Paper Arts which is only about 20 minutes from them. There aren't any scrapbooking stores near to us so all my stash shopping is usually done on line, actually seeing the papers in real life is a real treat. I was very restrained as I know that Sarah has got some gorgeous new stock arriving so I need to save my stash pennies! Echo Park a quite a new manufacturer but I have really liked all of their ranges, I especially like the sheet of alphabet stickers which come in the paper packs. I treated myself to the Life Is Good range and found time yesterday to have a play with it.
I combined the Echo Park papers with some Bazzill basics paper and journalling sticker (another little purchase from Paper Arts!)

I have got another week off so fingers crossed I get some more scrapping time, I took over 500 photos while we were away and have just put in a photo order so I will have lots of new scrapping material!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


I am sure we are all the same, buying stash because we just have to have it and when we get it we don't use it! I bought a Material Girl and Garden Variety Cosmo paper pad months ago but had only made one page out of it so I thought it was about time I got it out and used some more (after all I need to make room for some new papers that I am eyeing up from CHA lol). I have combined the two ranges for this page, my favourite paper has got to be the ruler design it is just fab.
I took these photos of the girls last year while we were at Haven, Emily wasn't very keen on having a go at the jousting at first but once we had got her up there, there was no stopping her!
I really love using twine on my pages at the moment, it is so easy to use. I have just squeezed a line of wet glue across my page and carefully added the twine holding it in place for a few moments before I have moved onto the next section.


Sunday, August 8, 2010

Family Portrait

I have done lots of scrapping over the last few weeks but apart from this layout I can't share anything with you yet!
I have spent hours and hours researching our family tree and along the way I have been given lots of old family photos which I have copied so that I can use them. This photo is of my Grandpa, Harold, his parents and siblings. I am not very good at journaling on my pages but wanted to record the story of the some of the people in the photo so I have created a large pull out tag. The papers that I have used aren't really vintage papers, October Afternoon fly a kite but the prints work really well with old photos and I have teamed them up with some bazzill basics for the background which I just love.

I added some velvet scalloped ribbon around the edge of my circle and stuck a piece of thin chipboard on the back in the middle to raise the circle off the page allowing the ribbon to lie properly on the page.
I have combined prima flowers with punched flowers and added a few buttons for the flower centres.
The tag reads....
"I love this photo of my Grandpa Davis and his family but when I look at it I also feel sad, Alice looks so content with her little family she would of had no idea that their lives were to change so tragically in just a few years time. William and Alice married in Dorchester in 1901 and had their first child Cyril in 1904. Their second child, Winifred Alice was born in 1906 but at just 2 years old she died of diptheria and laryngitis. Alice was pregnant at the time with Harold, my Grandpa. After Grandpa they had two more children Alice Freda and Ronald. I think little Freda looks so much like her Father in this photo, she doens't look very happy at having her photo taken! Only 3 years later Freda died, she was only 7, she had fallen ill in late May 1920 and died a week later of encephalitis lethargica which had swept the world between 1917 and 1928, the newspaper cutting said she "suffered severely". I don't know how Alice coped with the death of her second daughter it must have been horrendous. Three years later in July 1923 William died, he was a cellarman for Eldridge Pope in Dorchester, the family story goes that he fell off a dray and died a few weeks later of his injuries. They say every picture tells a story but it isn't always a happy one."

Sunday, August 1, 2010

2 Peas..

A few months ago I had an email from Scrapbook Magazine asking if I could produce a layout that was out of my comfort zone. I knew immediately what I was going to do, one my Sarahs Cards DT friends, Cathy, produces the most stunning pages using a more graphic style of scrapping. I have admired her pages for ages so thought I would have a go at producing a more graphic page. I was really pleased with the result even though it is definitley not really my style I will definitley be giving graphic another go!

Sarah and Lianne are back from CHA now and I can't wait to see what goodies they have ordered for the shop, I know I am going to be hard pushed to resist a big spend!!