Monday, 11 May 2015

Me on Monday - 11th May 15

Joining in with Sian's 'Me on Monday' where you give a quick summary of your weekend.


It was a going to the Greenstead crop, food shopping, finishing off projects started at the crop, pizza for tea, getting cross in Asda about the pizza that was for tea (asked for it to be made with chillies on 3/4 as I don't like them and when I paid for it noticed it was covered in chillies, I should have known when the girl making the pizza raised her eyes to the ceiling when I made the request and I didn't have time to wait another 20 minutes for a new one to be constructed) watching BGT sort of Saturday and a getting up early, walking in the woods, making good use of my selfie stick, then sleeping for most of the day (why I don't know - every time I sat down I nodded off) sort of Sunday.

This week should be back to normal and I am considering a new exercise class tonight - Thump Boxing.  Used to love combat and kick boxing when I did them but that was 7 years ago so might just go along to watch to decide if it is for me.  

Hoping your week is as good as I plan for mine to be.

Reasons to be cheerful:-

1.  Walking and talking with David yesterday makes me realise that I still love being in his company after over 30 years as a couple.

2.  That Gracia sends us Whats App messages and photos of what her and Josh get up to during the day.

3.  A calmer week at work now I have all my GCSE, AS and A level commitments fulfilled.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

The Return of the Intrepid Explorer or The Boy Back In Town


'My boy is home - the best Birthday present ever' she said and I can see that it truly was.


So glad our intrepid explorer has returned safe and sound with many tales of his adventures.  But also glad the peace and equilibrium has returned to my best girls world. 


Joining in with Abi's 1 photo 20 words for May.

Reasons to be cheerful:-

1.  They both survived the separation and are now looking forward to spending lots of time together.

2.  Gracia had a wonderful birthday filled with indulgence and fun.

3.  We have had our beautiful girl in our lives for 22 years. 

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

A Bit of Mix and Match


Taking up the May Sketch Challenge set by the lovely Heather over on Crafters @ Play  to use this sketch to scrap the man in your life.



I used a little bit of left over Kaisercraft Blue Bay and some Teresa Collins - they go beautifully together.

Reasons to be cheerful:-

1. Life has returned to normal after a hectic week last week.

2.  Finding time to do a little scrapping, whilst David is out this evening.

3. Sausage, Fakey Bacon, egg and mushrooms for dinner - YUM YUM.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

April in 5 Photos

Well it's that time again - a quick review of the month in 5 photos.  I am really loving this project and thank JO for the idea.  It's really fortunate that my crop is the first Saturday of every month as then I definitely have a project to work on and my 'In 5' layouts are almost guaranteed to get done. This month I used the 'Oh So Lovely' range from Kaisercraft.

April was very busy with far more than 5 photos to scrap but I am sticking to the remit, even if it means that I have to gloss over some of the things we did.  But one of the highlights of the month was spending the day in London with Gracia finding some of the Shaun in the City sculptures.  We had a fabulous day that will be remembered for a long time as being filled with fun and laughter, especially when we found the sheep called Mossy Bottom (not the one below)!


We went for Afternoon Tea, twice!  One at the Essex Rose with Hannah and Eileen to celebrate Hannah's and Gracia's 22nd birthday and the other at Tiffin's Tea Emporium in Long Melford, with David as a pre-birthday treat for Gracia before she returned to Newcastle.  Also April marked the first time Hannah and Sophie visited Gracia in Newcastle - hope it's not the last as the girls seemed to have such a good time.  Most importantly, for Gracia, Josh returned home from his travels, the day before her birthday which she declared as 'The best Birthday present ever'.  As is traditional, ever since they have lived in Newcastle, they went to the beach for the day.


So there we have our very busy month of April!



Reasons to be cheerful:-

1. I know I have said it before and I will keep on saying it - I am so thrilled that Gracia still wants to go on little adventures with me.

2. Our new love - discovering places for Afternoon Tea.

3. Spending time with friends, both over Easter and yesterday at the crop.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Normal Service Has Been Resumed

I have been experimenting with different styles recently.  Mostly prompted by two things - firstly my application for the Kaisercraft DT (which was unsuccessful but I am heartened that I got a thank you for applying email when some ladies I know didn't even get that)  and as a result of looking at some of their DT's work was prompted to try a little messy play and taking Katherine's class at the recent ATDML retreat - a bit of mixed media scrapbooking. 

Trying out a little mess.

Katherine's beautiful class.

Secondly, I chose some papers from the Crate Paper Confetti range as part of my May DT kit.  These papers seemed to cry out for more white space  and so far I have made three pages with a less is more approach.  

Experimenting with the Silhouette pens.

 A bit of faux project life

Splatters of gold paint and still loving the Polaroids I cut out for the ATDML Make &Take.

I decided that I like a bit of messy and will continue to experiment with that to see which way it takes me and white space is becoming less scarey.

But normal service has been resumed!


For this page I used this sketch

which I found on Pinterest and is from here .

I used lots of layering, my Silhouette to cut the title and flowers, leaves and little wooden butterflies. 

I can't decide which style is my style at the moment as I like all three types of scrapbooking - perhaps I just like playing with pretty paper and sparkly stuff without a care for boxing it into one style or another. 

I think I will just go with the flow and see where it takes me!

Do you feel you have a specific style?

Reasons to be cheerful:

1.  Scrapping a photo of Hannah, Eileen, Gracia and me together makes me smile.

2.  Planning a little more mess - have bought this

3.  After a really hard week - sound and lighting for five GCSE drama groups, supporting A Level Art and recording GCSE music pieces, all in one day, I am really looking forward to the weekend.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Girl Friends

Sometimes a photo pops up on Gracia's Facebook feed and I just have to scrap it as soon as possible.  One of those photos popped up on Saturday as her two best Essex friends had gone to stay with her in Newcastle for the weekend.  Her birthday and Hannah's are only a few days apart so they were planning some pre-birthday celebrations.


I have been playing around with my Silhouette pens recently so - border and journaling done with Silhouette pens - am loving this technique at the moment and can see a lot of this appearing on my pages in the near future - tags, title and Polaroid cut with Silhouette - plus a little bit of very gorgeous Crate Paper Confetti and lots of very scary white space!

Reasons to be cheerful:-

1.  A beautiful sunny day which meant the Rainbows were able to play on the field in the sunshine all meeting.

2. Pizza for tea as we didn't have it on Saturday

3.  Gracia and Hannah's are still firm friends after 14 years.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

March in 5 Photos

For my March pages I have used Websters Pages - Dream in Colour.  As soon as I saw this range I loved it and when I saw the sticker with the words 'You are my favourite work of art' I knew I had to have it for my Month in 5 photos layouts.



1. Gracia came home for Easter and at her instigation we had lots of walks with Kiera.


2. David bought me a new car (I named her Nellie) which someone has subsequently run into the back of - I stopped at a round-a-bout and they didn't.  I was fine but my poor car has a broken bumper and a squished boot.  

3. I went on a school trip to the National Gallery and saw my all time favourite painting - Monet's The Water-Lily Pond.

4. For Mother's Day Gracia had an Alice In Wonderland themed necklace and earrings made for me.

5. I took my Rainbows to a Danceathon in aid of Comic Relief and made Red Nosed Shaun the Sheep cupcakes to sell.


So another month has been documented thanks to Jo's brilliant idea of printing out 5 photos and scrapping them.

Reasons to be cheerful:-

1. Nobody was hurt in the accident.

2. Gracia has passed her theory driving test ( not just passed it but she aced it - we wouldn't expect anything less from our little obsessive achiever).

3. We had some fabulous adventures during the two weeks she was home and I am looking forward to the ones I have planned for the summer.




Saturday, 11 April 2015

Colour Chaos

Well, yesterday's class was a success and I was up first again today.  Another three page class but this time using Bella BLVD's Color Chaos.  These papers are the polar opposites to the ones I used yesterday, they are very bright and bold.  


I loved these as soon as I saw them too - what a fickle scrapper I am - and the first layout came together very quickly.  This has the option of using the flower paper with cut out flowers as embellishments or using the star paper with cut out stars for a more masculine layout.



The second features different ways to use embossing folders - embossing silver foil, embossing plastic, embossing and sanding Core D'Ination cardstock, using the folders to print on water colour paper.


 By using the reverse of the papers a very different look can be achieved.




My final layout shows how this paper can look just as good against a black background and involves lots of layering. As soon as I saw the cut-a-part with the words 'You Will Forever Be My Always' I knew I had to use it on a page or on a card.


Reasons to be Cheerful

1. Looking forward to taking classes by Denise, Debbie and Ann today.

2. Managing to make two layouts and almost finishing a mini album.

3. Finishing the mini travel journal I was making for Josh. 

Friday, 10 April 2015

Having an Enchanted Time!

Today, is the start of the long awaited ATDML Retreat and I was first up to teach at 1:30 with my class using the absolutely gorgeous Enchanted range from Simple Stories.  Unashamedly girlie - perfect to scrap photos of my unashamedly girlie girl!  

This was a three page class 

Page 1 - Hello Princess





The second one - Happily Ever After - not quite so feminine but still making the most of the gorgeous pastel tones of the papers. 

 Apologies for the camera flash across Josh's head!



 And the third one - Make A Wish - back to the girlie/princess vibe of the range.



Reasons to be Cheerful:-

1.  Today's the Day!

2. Spending some time yesterday, crafting with my best girl.

3. Renewing old friendships and making new ones.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

50 Breeds of Sheep - Take Two

Joining in with Abi' 1 photo 20 words. 



A glorious day spent in London hunting sheep and discovering one called Mossy Bottom!  Loving adventures with my Best Girl. 

Yes we are pointing at our Mossy Bottoms!  What a wonderful day we had just discovering London through the Shaun in the City Sheep Trails - there are 4 different ones and if London is too far for you to come there is one in Bristol starting on July 6th. 

We started by doing most on one trail then went for lunch in Covent Garden and found a few more there and finished up at St Pauls where we discovered some more.  Some were spectacular some were mediocre but all were such fun to find.  Having been to London last month with the school and been on a history walk from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square and back again it opened my eyes to how much I don't know about my capital city and we are planning a family visit to London to discover some more.  

We had intended to hunt sheep in the morning and go to the V&A in the afternoon but because the weather was so lovely decided to spend as much of the day outside as possible.  

Reasons to be Cheerful:-

1. Yet another Adventure with my Best Girl.

2.  Planning at least two more before she goes home on Sunday.

3.  Whiling away the two hours we were stuck in a near stationary traffic jam on the way home chatting singing and in companionable silence.