Tales from the Scrapheap

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Cybercrop - installment No 2

Well Helloooo again, as promised the next installment of the ATDML cybercrop pages, the challenges I made examples for.

WESTMINSTER - to use a clock on a layout or paper project

 I have now changed the date to 23rd April - don't even know my own daughters birthday!

 NOTTING HILL GATE - to create a layout using bright colours inspired by the carnival and a film title inspired by film Notting Hill.

GRANGE HILL - to create a school themed layout using a school photo. 

Reasons to be cheerful

1.  An absolutely fabulous weekend with my two favourite people.

2. Sitting with the window open and listening to the birds singing.

3. Egg on toast for tea.


Saturday, 26 July 2014

Making Stuff

Well I have been a very busy girl, what with preparing classes and challenge examples for the ATDML Cybercrop and a 1001 other things I have been very neglectful in commenting on the blogs I follow and updating mine. I have been doing stuff rather than writing about doing stuff! 

I taught three classes for the Cybercrop, made three examples for challenges and then during the crop and over the last week have made a further nine pages so 15 in total.

All the classes were named after London underground stations and I designed a page and an additional project for each of my three.

My first class was called Hanger Lane - I made little coat hangers out of paperclips and hung little handmade paper dresses from these.  The photos are from when Gracia did work experience in a prom dress shop and spent two weeks dressing up and having her photo taken or taking photos of herself - a job she hated as you can imagine.

Additonal project - patch work cards

The second class was called High Barnet and this featured a photo of Gracia when she was in the musical Summer Holiday with her backcombed hair (cockney rhyming slang for hair is Barnet Fair) so the title High Barnet fitted the photos perfectly.

 Additional project - Mini Album

The Third class I taught was called Kew Gardens and featured lots of 'fussy cutting' of flowers.

Additional project - Twisted Cards

I think that's enough for one day so will return tomorrow - if I remember with the three pages I made for the challenges.  

Reasons to be cheerful:

1.  Finding time to be creative.

2.  Inspiration from the other DT members with their beautiful classes.

3.  Feeling really happy due to the amount of time spent making stuff.

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.