Tales from the Scrapheap

Sunday, 22 February 2015

February DT Part 2

Hello, Hello, Hello Lovely People - I hope this Sunday finds you well.

Today I thought I would show you a couple of layouts I made for the February DT Gallery using the Good Day Sunshine range from Simple Stories.

The first - Good Day Sunshine, has a photo that was taken in December and the day the photo was taken was a 'Good Day' because Gracia and I got to spend time with Eileen and Hannah - a rare occurrence these days compared to when I used to see Hannah almost every day and Eileen several times a week.


The second - Dino Dinner - features a photo Gracia sent me last summer.

I really love how she likes to fool around and doesn't mind what other people will think.  Also I really, really love that she thinks - that will make a good scrapbook page and sends me the photo. This one was taken near to where she lived last year.  A very enterprising shopkeeper sold tins of spray paint and allowed people to paint Graffiti Art onto his walls.  Some of the pieces were stunning but it was always evolving as old pieces were painted over with new ones.

Reasons to be cheerful:-

1. Memories of a fabulous few days spent with Gracia in Newcastle.

2. Still losing weight slowly but steadily.

3. The prospect of taking David and Kiera out for a walk later.


Monday, 9 February 2015

1 Photo 20 Words - February

 An idea from Abi  - 1 photo 20 words.

“Why did you choose that bracelet?” I asked. 
 “It reminds me of DNA strands” she replied. 
Embracing her inner Geek.


Me on Monday - 9th Feb 2015

An idea from Sian 

The weekend has been a baking cupcakes (what's new there I hear you say) mucked up hall booking, 

scrapping with the girlies, 

making a beautiful book (thank you for such a gorgeous class Wendy),  

having a lie in, going out  with David for tea and cake,

 making fairies for the Rainbows tonight, sort of weekend.

Reasons to be cheerful:

1.  Looking forward to half term.

2.  Cooked breakfast waiting to be eaten.

3. Remembered to put my iPod and earphones in my bag - none of Dan's  loud rock music  in the office for me today.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Making a Good Start

You may recall, if you took this class (which was based on a Project Life type of page) at the ATDML Autumn retreat 

that I said I loved the idea of doing Project Life but didn't think I had enough going on in my life to do a whole book. I also said that I was thinking of doing a double page each month - without using the pocket pages, as that would be the ideal solution for me. I had spoken to the lovely Denise about making a 1 photo page and a multi-photo page as a pair each month. So when I saw that Jo had decided to choose her five favourite photos from each month and to print and scrap them I had the ideal opportunity to put my plan into practice.

Here are my January ones.  Of course I have used my Silhouette to cut out some elements for the page and have used the very gorgeous Kaisercraft Rustic Harmony Collection.  

Photo 1 taken by Gracia using her Selfie Stick (the best Christmas present ever)

Photo 2 a selfie taken on the 1st of January as prompted by Ann here
Photo 3 a quick family shot - again using that very useful selfie stick, just before we took Gracia to the station to return to Newcastle after Christmas.  
Photo 4 - this one makes my little heart sing as now that Eileen has moved to Scotland we don't get very many opportunities to scrap together but she came over to play whilst she was staying with family over Christmas/New Year.
Photo 5 - Gracia and Josh.  Josh stayed with Gracia for a week in January prior to his 3 month adventure (at the moment he is in Vietnam having been to Thailand and Cambodia).  

For the front page of my album I decided that I would keep it simple and just have a smaller photo from the 1 photo page each month.  I am really pleased with this page as I used my Silhouette with a black Silhouette pen to draw the squares for the photos, the two cameras (I know the one on the right is the one on the left flipped so the controls are in the wrong place) and to outline the title, which again was another first for me - cutting glitter paper!

There we have it - a good start and thank you Jo for the idea.

Reasons to be cheerful:

1.  Spending time with some lovely ladies yesterday, cutting and sticking despite the hiccups and the start and finish of the day.

2.  A weekend of glorious sunshine, albeit a little cold.

3.  One more week and then it's half term.



Monday, 2 February 2015

Me on Monday - Feb 2nd

Me on Monday -  Sian's idea over at From High in the Sky 

It's been a sound and lighting for the dance show rehearsal,

picking up crochet after over 20 years since my last effort,

baking 50th birthday cupcakes for a friend at work, 

paying David's suppliers, food shopping, soup eating kind of weekend. 

 Reasons to be cheerful:

1.  Skyping our girlie this evening.

2. Rediscovering a love of wool.

3. Spending time with my best boy.


Monday, 12 January 2015

Safe Travels - 1 photo 20 words

Joining in with Abi's 1 photo 20 words.

A week spent together before Josh goes traveling for 3 months 
- having never being apart for more than two weeks.
- - - o - - -

Stay safe and come back with many tales of your adventures Joshua James xxxxx

Reasons to be cheerful:

1.  They always look so happy together.

2.  12 weeks will pass quite quickly.

3.  They have found a house to share together in Newcastle. 


Monday, 5 January 2015


Today is a first day back at work, missing my girl, sad after Gracia went back to Newcastle yesterday, more house clearing/decluttering, going early morning Sainsbury's shopping, wet and cold sort of 

Reasons to be cheerful:-

1.  At least I am going to work with a spring in my step instead of a reluctant dragging of feet.

2.  Gracia got back home to NCL safe and sound.

3.  We have had a fabulous break to reflect back on.


Wednesday, 31 December 2014

2014 in Review

Firstly, I must apologise for being a bad blogger and even more so for being a bad blog reader/commenter. I changed my job in September and although I have a shorter day my whole routine changed and whereas I used to read and comment on blogs before work I don't have the time now. I am hoping that 2015 will see a return to my blogging more and finding time to read other people's blogs 

As a way of dipping my toe into the big blog pond I have done a quick 2014 favourite layouts round up. 

In January I used papers from one of my favourite designers (Teresa Collins) to celebrate my friendship with Eileen.  She moved to Scotland in 2013 and not just to Scotland but to the farthest north of Scotland possible - 12 hours drive away Scotland!  We all miss her very much and hope that it won't be too long before she is living closer to home. 

In February I used scraps of Simple Stories to make this page.  Frances, Gracia and Rachel - all studying to become doctors and friends almost from day one of their 5 year course.  Missing from the photo is Marta who caught pneumonia in December 2013 and again in early 2014 but she has remained healthy this term so this layout celebrates Gracia's lovely Newcastle friends.

Two for March, I couldn't choose.  The first celebrating Gracia's love of ballet - taking classes from the time she was two and a half .

The second one documenting a What's App conversation (complete with photos) that we all had.  I love the way these two fool around and include us in on their tom foolery.  

In April we celebrated Gracia's 21st Birthday.  She had a week of celebrations with birthday meals with her friends, a meal with us and a holiday with Josh in Marrakesh - all documented on Instagram.

May saw Gracia returning to Uni and celebrating her birthday with her Newcastle friends - with Marta there too this time. 

Josh graduated in June and Gracia went to his Graduation Ball with him.  I wanted to document how she wore a £16.00 dress but managed to make it look like a really expensive one - she knows how to make Primark look like Prada.

 July saw us going to Newcastle to retrieve Gracia's things ready to move into her new house with Frances and Marta - we had hoped that this would be the last move for a while - four houses in as many years but no she is moving again in September 2015!  We took the opportunity to visit some places in the North East that we hadn't seem before.

Gracia and I spent a day in London as a belated 21st birthday present and we went to see Buckingham Palace, had a Mad Hatter's afternoon tea at the Sanderson Hotel, went to see Mamma Mia and finally visited the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red instillation at the Tower of London.

In September I started my new job.  It is totally different to any I have done before and I am having to learn lots of new things.  I am amazed at the number of new skills I have had to acquire but by far my favourite is working in the recording studio and making recordings of the girls music pieces.  I have operated the sound and have for various performances as well as learnt how to set up and install new computers.

The worst thing that happened in 2014 was that mum was diagnosed with breast cancer.  The good news is that she is responding very well to her treatment and the long term prognosis is good.  I saw a saying somewhere on Facebook the other day and it so typified how she is dealing with it - 'Cancer got on my t**ts so I kicked it in the arse!  I hope my darling mum can keep on kicking its arse.

What a fabulous time I had in November - three weekends away but this one was by far the best.  A weekend with 12 crafting friends and we had so much fun that we had booked another one within a week of getting home. 

The layout I chose for this month is one showcasing the love these two have for each other.  To be with them is such a joy as the whole house is filled with laughter.  They have had a difficult time since September as Josh has been living in Colchester while Gracia remains in Newcastle but they have found ways of seeing each other as much as possible.  

So there have been many changes for all of us in 2014 but on the whole it has been an exciting year and I am sitting here with just 2 minutes of it left hoping 2015 will be equally as good.

If you have managed to read all of this very long post, I hope you have a fantastic 2015 and that it brings you everything you would wish for yourself.

See you soon, I promise xxx

Reasons to be cheerful

1.  Mum is fighting hard.

2. Gracia and Josh are just as much in love as they were when they first started going out when Gracia was 15.

3. That I have had my rock and sole-mate with me every step of the way in 2014 and I look forward to seeing what 2015 will bring us.


Monday, 10 November 2014

The Photo Bombed Selfie!

 Well another month of being both a bad blogger and a bad commenter on other blogs has passed me by but I am going to join in with Abi's one photo twenty words.

Photo bombed selfie from a weekend of crafting and laughing with 12 fabulously funny ladies 
- who could ask for more.

I was away for the third weekend on the bounce last weekend. A retreat organised for some of my crop ladies. We had such a good time and it was inspiring to see their creative process as their pages evolved.  So much fun that we are busy organising the next one!

Reasons to be cheerful:-

1.  A husband who never expects me to let the opportunity of doing something that would make me happy pass by.  Even if it means I haven't done any housework for the past three weeks!

2.  Spending time with 12 lovely ladies and having such a blast.

3.  Planning Christmas adventures for Gracia and me ;0)


Thursday, 9 October 2014

Helloooooo, Hellooooooo, Helloooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Firstly I am joining in with Abi's 1 photo 20 words after realising that September's one was the last time I blogged.

A short visit home to see Josh but fitting in some time to go walking with us = happy parents.

Secondly, a big apology to my blog friends as I have been very neglectful of you lately.  I have the excuse of a getting used to a new job and had several DT commitments plus various other pulls on my time.  I hope I have got to a place where things have settled down and some sort of normality can return.

Reasons to be cheerful:-

1.  Spending a splendid sunny Sunday afternoon with the people I love the most.

2.  Gracia is loving this year at Uni after not really enjoying last year.

3.  It is almost half term and that means a week off from work - oh how I love working back in a school again.