Sunday, August 26, 2012

August Scrap 365 - Small Photos

In the August edition of Scrap 365 I had a layout published which was included in a feature about incorporating small photos on your pages, if you haven't seen the article there were some amazing layouts in there. I thought I would share my page with you today....

Back issues of the magazine are available here if you fancy a look.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Cover Girl!

I was so excited when my September copy of Scrap 365 dropped onto the mat last week and I opened it to find my gorgeous daughter Emily on the cover! Another achievement to add to her CV..... cover girl at 17! lol


Sunday, August 19, 2012

August Sketch Challenge

Fancy a challenge with the chance to win a great prize? Have you seen this months sketch challenge over at My Creative Sketches? The challenge is running until the 14th September and you can find all the details here.
For my layout I used gorgeous Graphic 45 Ladies Diary papers, I think this paper range is one of my favourites at the moment, I love everything about it!

Here is this months sketch...

and here is the stunning prize that Pam has put together for you...


Monday, August 13, 2012

Scrap 365 - Ways With Lace

My first project for Scrap 365 was published in June and I was so excited to see my pages in print, my article concentrated on showing different ways to use lace on a project.

My photo of this page isn't great, I have to say the photography is Scrap 365 is amazing, they manage to capture all the depth and detail! I wish I knew how they did it!

Emily got to meet her idol, Ed Sheeran last year and managed to get this great photo taken so it had to be scrapped!


Sunday, August 12, 2012

A Bit Ambitious?

Yesterday Rebecca and I decided to cycle into Weymouth to go and watch more of the Olympic sailing, now considering I haven't been on a bike for quite a few years I was a bit worried I was being a bit ambitious thinking I would be able to cycle the 7 miles there and then back again!! It was perfect weather, sunny and warm but with a lovely breeze.
I had to stop here to take a photo looking back over towards Portland, the sun was shimmering on the water it was so beautiful.
 Our second stop was at Sandsfoot Castle, one of Henry VIII device forts built in 1530, a lot of the castle has fallen into the sea and until recently was fenced off to protect the public from falling rocks. In 2011 a lottery grant paid to make the castle safe and now we can walk around inside and enjoy the gorgeous views.
 On our way again!
 The Olympic sailing, we watched Finland and Russian Federation, again I didn't have a clue exactly what they were doing but the atmosphere was great so it really didn't matter.
 Picnic stop on our way home, I was very surprised at how well we both managed to cover the miles and it was lovely chatting, cycling and admiring the views. A very special memory. What is even more surprising is that I'm not at all stiff this morning, lol maybe I'm not as old as I think!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

August Reveal!

I have been itching to share this kit with you it is so gorgeous! I worked with the Limited Edition kit from My Creative Scrapbook this month (only one kit for the time being until I get to grips with full time work and fitting in all my scrapping!!)
Pam has put together a stunning kit featuring the beautiful Prima Fairy Belle collection along with flowers, trinkets, chipboard, ribbon and lots more.
My first two pages feature beautiful photos of baby Amelie, her parents had a fantastic new born photo shoot with NPN photography and the results are just stunning!

I did lots of fussy cutting on this page layering up lots of little details to give an overall 3d feel to the page. I scanned all the butterfly images before I cut into the paper and then resized them on the computer before printing them out.

I tried to create a bit of a background effect on this page to mirror the grid pattern on one of the patterned papers. If you check out the Tips and Techniques section on the My Creative Scrapbook forum site in a few days it will show you how I did it along with some amazing tutorials from the other DT members. Well worth checking out!

and here is the stunning kit!!

You can check out all the amazing DT creations here in the gallery.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Sneak Peaks And More Olympics.

It is very nearly time for this months gorgeous kits to be revealed over at My Creative Scrapbook so as usual I am here to give you a little taster of what is in store!

I worked with the Limited Edition kit this month and it is a stunner!

Yesterday Rebecca and I went over to Weymouth again and went out onto the stone pier to watch the sailing, I wish I had taken my zoom lens (bad planning!!) but I still managed to get some reasonable shots. We didn't really understand what was going on, the boats were going off in pairs at 5 minute intervals. Team GB were against Sweden and it was neck and neck for a while but on the last lap we got a good lead and held onto it winning the race. The atmosphere on the pier and beach was great and for a non ticketed position we had a great view!

There was loads of activity on the water, I am definitely going to have to go back and take my zoom lens.

We also watched some of the Volley Ball on the beach on the big screens, team GB were playing the Russian Federation. Again the atmosphere was great and you could feel the tension mounting as team GB lost the first set.

I will be back in a few days with the full reveal from My Creative Scrapbook and probably some more Olympic photos!!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Olympics Are Here

After 7 years of preparation and anticipation the Olympics are here! I remember when we were chosen to host the 2012 Olympics and thinking gosh the girls will be 17 and 15 by then, how quickly those years have gone by.
We had our own opening ceremony in Weymouth on Friday which Justin and I went over to after work, there was a great atmosphere on the beach with lots of live acts performing and links with the opening ceremony in London on the big screen.

We went up the Weymouth Tower and had a great view over Weymouth and Portland, the sun was really bright so there was a bit of reflection on the glass taking photos.

We had a wander around the harbour and just saw the backs of Team GB going across the harbour making their way to the stage on the beach. All the boats in the harbour are decorated with Olympic bunting which looks really good.

One of the acts on stage..

On Sunday we had a walk around the cliffs to see if we could see the Olympic sailing and we did catch a glimps of them out in the bay.....all be it a bit distant!

On Monday we decided to go across to Weymouth again to watch the sailing on the screen and soak up the atmosphere. We were really surprised at how quiet it was, I think there has been so much info about how bad the traffic is going to be people are staying away. Anyone who has been to Weymouth in the height of the summer knows that it is usually pretty bad with all the holiday makers so the thought of it being worse than that has kept people away I think. A real shame because there is so much to see and do and it is so easy to get around!
This was the scene at the Live Site on Monday...

We were approached on the beach by the BBC and asked if they could interview us! We appeared on the news later that night, the girls happened to be watching it and recorded our 5 minutes of fame lol. I was so cross with myself later than night as I accidently deleted it!!! I couldn't believe it, I wasn't happy :(

If it stops raining we are hoping to go back over to Weymouth and try and get a bit closer to the sailing event.