Oct 9, 2011

One Sunny Day in Winter . . . . .

. . . .  I took this photo of Amy. We were sitting in the car outside the school waiting for Joe at the end of the day. The warm feel of the photo and the colours were perfect to go with these papers from October Afternoon and Cosmo Cricket which were in my August main kit from My Creative Scrapbook.

Sitting one evening and cutting out all the flowers was very relaxing and I love the look you get when you re-group them. I got so many from the sheet that there are leftovers to use another page or two.


This next page was done for the weekly challenge on UKScrappers which this week involved using no PINK! A challenge for me in itself. We had to use blue, 3 of 3 and a household item.

This is my page featuring a photo of Eugene and the boys taken in WDW Florida back in 2009. The papers are all scrap bits from my scraps box – something I am really conscious about using up at the moment as its getting pretty full!


I used blue, 3 brads, 3 butterflies and 3 hearts and my household item is the string.

Things are slowly getting better as each day passes by and I am really looking forward to my weekend retreat with the wonderful ladies from the Sketch & Scrap group, its just what I need right now. I have put together a few kits in the hope that I can beat my current personal best at a retreat which is standing at 8 layouts! Who knows.

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Oct 8, 2011

Sketch & Scrap plus . . . . .

some weekly challenges on UKScrappers.

Firstly my Sketch & Scrap LO for September – Casting.

This months sketch was chosen by the lovely Lisa:

S&S September

I immediately loved the sketch but wanted to step away from the floral feminine feel. I turned the sketch 90 degree’s clockwise to accommodate these photo’s of Joe taken while out fishing during the summer.  I titled my page Casting as its a family joke. The boys have spent many hours fishing without ever catching anything, so I would say to them ‘Oh are you going casting at the weekend’!


The weekly challenge on UKScrappers is a great way to get your mojo flowing and these next few pages were all done for various challenges.


Photo of my adorable Whisker Biscuit, or as she is known at home ‘Biscuit’. The challenge was to use brown, a title beginning with ‘B’, use lots of embellishments beginning with ‘B’ – brads, butterflies, banner, blooms.


The title for this was designed in Photoshop and printed onto Safmat


Super cute resin cat embellishment!


Give Me Cornetto

The twins looking like they were really enjoying their ice cream cones. The challenge here was to use an advertisement logo as your title as this title popped into my head immediately. I cut around the photos to get rid of all the busy background.


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Oct 7, 2011

Playing Catch Up . . . . Again!

Just as I am all up to date with challenges, scrapping and blogging life throws me a taste of reality. The past week or so have not been good times and right in the middle of the Red Ribbon House Cyber Crop all my good intentions of joining in with the fun went out of the window.  I did however manage 3 of the challenge layouts

Challenge 1 was a blind scrap life and boy was it tough to get my head around this. We were given step by step instructions to follow and its amazing how very different everyone’s LO’s were. Im not too good at sticking to instructions so I went off on a tangent with mine.

Smiles at Playtime

I used papers from MCS August main kit and the photo is
of me with our first son Joe many moons ago.

I love this Teddy cardstock sticker from the 5 & Dime range from October Afternoon



Challenge 2 was a layout using a starting point from Shimelle. It was the first time I had used one of her starting point prompts and I loved it. It was just enough to get you going but left you so much space to run with the rest of the layout.

Sandringham Estate Memories

When we lived in England we used to take out our caravan every spare weekend we had. The kids loved it. Not too far from our home was the Queen’s Sandringham Estate in Norfolk and we enjoyed many fabulous holidays there. This photo was taken in the forest park.


Sandringham is famous for the bird watching and in particular sppotting Jays. This metal badge belonged to Joe but he kindly let me snap the back off and use it on my page.


And lastly, challenge 9 (Yes I know I skipped over 3 –8!  I was hoping to come back to those later along with 10 & 11)

Just a quick fun LO. The challenge was to leave our comfort zone. I love doodling but it never seems to work out right so I thought I would play around with different doodling and this was the result



I got just a bit carried away! But it was fun to do and the finished page is um . . . . .  well, different to say the least!  The cutie peeping through the chipboard circle is Tony aged approx. 10 months old.

I have a few other layouts finished ready to upload to the blog and a  retreat to look forward to next weekend so plenty to keep my mind from wandering into the darker side life and bringing my mood down.

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Oct 2, 2011

A Natural Beauty

Well, I may be just a touch biased with the title to the photo but hey! This adorable photo of Amy sleeping has been in my ‘to scrap’ box for a long time and when I saw the colours of the My Creative Scrapbook September kit I knew they were perfect for each other.

I have used this sketch which is from a challenge on the My Creative Sketches blog as the basis for my page.


I wanted to use the circular background in a slightly different way then usual so I chopped into it and curled the edges so that the beautiful rose pink tones of the reverse side could be seen.

I love these papers from Echo Park’s Victoria Gardens range the colours are just gorgeous.

Most of these blooms came in the kit but I have added a few from my stash supply. The small sentiment cardstock sticker is one from Melissa Frances.


The bottom of my photo was quite dark with the shadows of the Moses basket so I added a few border strips to soften the look and trimmed it with a bow. The bling was a ‘happy accident’!  I didn’t intend for it to be on the bow but I dropped it and it landed pretty much there (although at a bit of an angle!) and I thought it actually look quite different so I straightened it up and left it there.


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