Tales from the Scrapheap

Friday, 18 July 2014

Join me for a tube ride this weekend!

Hello blog friends.  Are you joining me this weekend for a ride around London on the tube without even having to leave your scrapping area?  Come and join the talented ATDML design team for an amazing journey (hopefully using up lots of your stash on the way - which of course, if you are like me, means that you can buy some more) through some of London's famous and not so famous tube stations for our Cybercrop.

We have layouts, mini albums, cards etc for you to make - 17 classes in total and we also have plenty of challenges too.

You can find the Timetable here 

The pre-crop prep docs are 

and Mine

the classes will be posted here each time they become live.

There may be prizes, there may be late nights and there WILL be fun.

I look forward to spending the weekend with you and exploring London together.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Classic Beauty

 Joining in with Abi's 1 photo 20 words

Some girls make Prada look like Primark, others make Primark look like Prada - looking a £1,000,000 in your £16.00 dress. 

Reasons to be cheerful:-

1.  You had such fun at Josh's Grad Ball.

2.  You have made such an eclectic group of friends over the last three years.

3.  You are such a classic beauty.


Friday, 4 July 2014

SIPIDI - June = Hello Summer

This month I was taken by a scrapbook page designed by Christine Middlecamp
 scrapbook page by Christine Middlecamp...so perfectly messy and completely cheery
I had some bits and pieces left over from this months DT Kit, which by the way was from the very gorgeous Telegraph Road by Kaiserkraft.

So with a quick title cut on the Silhouette, and using some strips and stickers I was able to make this page.

 I love how quickly a scrap lift can come together.

Reasons to be cheerful:-

1. The girls always have such fun when they are together.

2.  Love that Hannah treats our home as if it were hers.

3.  Having two girls in the house is twice the fun.


Thursday, 3 July 2014

TBT - Life's a Beach

Whilst looking back at pages from past July's I fund this one which made me think about how nice it would be to go to the beach at the weekend with David and Kiera. I think an early morning beach walk may be the order of the day.

At 12 weeks old she was cute but at 8 years old she is even cuter!

Reasons to be cheerful:

1.  That we live 20 minutes drive from the beach.

2.  That we both prefer early morning walks when places are quieter and have less people about.

3.  Early morning walks to the beach mean a cooked breakfast on the way home.


Thursday, 26 June 2014

TBT - Hopefully not this time!

You may remember this post, from when I took the girls shopping and lost the car!

This is a photo from that post

and I am aiming to get another similar one today as we are going shopping to the same shopping center and hopefully I won't loose my car this time. 

A layout from April 2013 which features a photo from the shopping trip - love that the girls are still just as good best friends as they were when they first met. 


 Reasons to be cheerful:-

1.  A wonderful weekend in Newcastle with Gracia and Josh albeit that 7 hours house cleaning was involved!

2.  My girl is home for a few days before she goes off to Italy for a holiday.

3.  Hannah is also staying for a few days - love having my surrogate daughter here too.


Thursday, 19 June 2014

TBT - Perfect Mum

Only 30 hours and she will be in my arms x

This seemed an appropriate Throwback Thursday as very soon I will have her home, albeit for just a week before they go off to France for a holiday.  


Reasons to be cheerful:-

1.  She will be home, on and off, until September.

2. They amaze me with how they just think nothing of planning an adventure abroad which involves them sorting out all the travel, hotels and trips to other places, without involving a travel agent.

3. Looking forward to another summer, hopefully, without any major arguments - going for the third in a row!



Thursday, 12 June 2014

TBT - It's A Shore Thing

Well the summer is here and the kids will be on their travels yet again. 

This layout from 2012 shows some of their photos from when they went to Europe and some from the UK. 

Reasons to be cheerful:

1.  They will be home the weekend after next.

2.  The sun is shining and the birds are singing.

3.  Looking forward to the Rainbow Sleepover - more about that soon!


Monday, 9 June 2014

Don't try this at home!

Joining in with Abi's 1 photo 20 words

I thought I would enjoy making a pretty dress - I didn't and resented the time stolen away from paper crafting! 


I then made a layout to remind myself of the lesson learnt!

 Thank you Janice for that beautiful sparkly button!

Reasons to be cheerful:-

1.  A good lesson learnt!

2.  Sweet memories of my grandmother teaching me to sew.

3.  Gracia wanting me to help her make a dress in the summer hols - now that is a project I will enjoy.


Sunday, 8 June 2014

New Year New You - May Edition

 I really can't believe that it's June, already. This year has just sped by so fast and on the Saturday of the last Bank Holiday weekend it was the event that had spurred me on to starting my get fit and slimmer regime. The 'wedding of the year'.  If you recall I had been to my niece Amy's wedding in April 2011 and had hated how I looked in my dress, how I looked in my facinator, how I looked in the photos in fact I just was really unhappy with how I looked.  The photos showed a matronly looking woman who bore no resemblance to the one I thought I would see! (no photos to illustrate this you will notice - I still struggle to look at them let alone print them out)

I was determined that when Tom and Samantha got married I would have photos I would be proud of - was pleased with how I looked but took hardly any photos.  When the big day arrived I was not as fit and as slim as I wanted to be but was pleased with the progress so far. I wanted to look glamorous on the day so decided to have false nails.

 My nails are normally very short and not at all beautiful. I loved the new nails for about a day but then found that the got in the way as they were so alien to my every day life. 


So after a couple of days they were removed and I was back to may normal short stubby nailed self! 


Notice the slight green tinge around the nail of my longest finger - glimmer mist from yesterday's crop and I got quite a lot all over both my hands  AND I managed to not have a melt down because my  hands were green - so progress there too!

Reasons to be cheerful:-

1.  A wonderful day yesterday crafting with good friends.

2.  Attending the best wedding I have ever been to (excluding mine)!

3.  Slowly but surely turning back into the woman I want to be.


Thursday, 5 June 2014

TBT - Cheeky Geeks

By the time this post goes live Gracia will have finished her second year at med school and Josh will have finished his Zoology degree. What a scary thought! I am glad to report that 'The Girl Did Good' passing her second year and is rearing to get onto a year working in a hospital. If what people who have done the course say is true the second year is the worse year so I hope she is able to enjoy her next three. Gracia is looking forward to a long summer without any revision and to moving into the house with two of her three best med friends so it looks like September is going to be an exciting time.

There are so many things I love about this layout - the photos and how happy the two of them look - the fact that Josh is comfortable lounging about in our house in his pj's.  I love the conversations that we have and that they are happy in their joint geekieness.  I love that they embrace my love of scrapbooking and willingly give me photo ops and ideas - Josh has even been known to suggest a photo and then come up with the title for a layout using the photo.  I love that Gracia confesses to have a favourite element and that they have used their love for science over the past three years at Uni.

Reasons to be cheerful:

1.  Study is over for a while and the kids can now enjoy a summer of fun.

2.  They will be home in a few weeks.

3.  The geekiness of these two fill my little heart with joy.