Saturday, 28 September 2013

Pirate party

Evening!!! I thought, whilst watching xfactor, that I'd tell you about the page I created today.
It shows off a photo that I was given yesterday by the lovely leaders at the rainbows group that Lola goes to.
I was inspired to do this layout by the lovely ladies at csi. This is case 91 and as soon as I get on the mac I will post the link and the piece that went with it.
As usual it involves a set of 5 colours and then two selections of things and text options that you can use with it, I was completely in love with all of it so put as much on as I possibly could. I hope it looks ok and not just like I sneezed on it tho :)

Thursday, 26 September 2013

New class!!!!!!!!

An OMG I love it already!
Here's the page I created in less than an hour with some help from my cricut.

The prompt was to use something that we see in everyday life as inspiration.
One of the given suggestions was to do an eye chart so that's what I did.
I used the cricut and the mac to create the words to say what I wanted it to say. I was able to move the letters around and place them where I wanted. I decide to cut it out of the white so that they would stay in perfect position with the black underneath.
I added the red an green washi to represent the lines on the charts and added my photo of dan in an actual eye test, with paper clips to make it look like they have been clipped on to it.
Thanks for popping in today I hope to see you again soon xxxx

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

M is for....

So this is today's page, pics of Mike at our Clifton photography shoot in June of last year.
The idea came from case 89 o the Csi site. I loved doing the current challenge so much that I've decided to work back through a couple to see what else I can come up with.
This is definitely unusual for me, this colour palette would not have been one of choice but I love it! And I think it works well with what mike is wearing.

Thanks for dropping in today, see you soon xxx

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

challenge time!

good afternoon blogettes!!!

as its tuesday I got to spend (half) the day with my fabby friend Carole via Skype as we crafted.... now usually we would do the same sketches together but today was a little different.

I was already through this first page that I'm going to show you so had to get this done before moving on. If you know me at all, you can probably guess that this took me a little while as I had to add faffing and its not my favourite thing in the whole world... but on this occasion and especially for this set of photographs it called for it.

The sketch was the final in the series of 4 by Emma over at page drafts... I'm sad and its a shame that I've done them all , but still Im sure it wont be long until more come along and for that I'm glad.

however..... Emma was so kind as to point me in the direction of THIS SITE
now in order to have a nosey about you do have to sign up but its free and wont be a waste of your time i promise. 
I only signed up this morning and once Carole and I had got to a new starting point that we could do something together , we did this....

Well, we didn't both do this, i did this page based on case file 90 on the above CSI site.
I love how it gives you so many 'clues' (inspirational pointers) to you and me... and yet its still so open to self interpretation that you wouldn't believe. 
For example, Carole and i have completely different scrapping styles and yet we both ended up with pages that we loved and from this same prompt. we even had to use the same palette of colours and yet mine looks bright and vibrant and hers are more muted. its so weird and it still shocks me even after this many years in the game at how different things can be even when given the same tools to work with.

So I used a lot of prompts but I also made up this page for myself, so no sketch or page to follow... it just came together and that makes me happy. 
Sometimes when I follow sketches etc for a long time I often wonder to myself if I actually have any creativity of my own left but things like this help me to find myself again. 
I hope you understand else I'm gonna look like a right weirdo :)

ok so 2 things for you to do NOW.... check out Emmas sketch site, she really is amazing at what she does, and i actually like that there are no other designer pages there to sway you in any direction!
and also sign up for CSI and see how you get on.... Carole was sooooooo not happy in the beginning about doing this with me, but come the end she smashed (her words) the challenge and made a page that she loves which in my mind is what its all about.

see you soon xxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 23 September 2013

Daddy duo

Good evening :)

So Ive just completed the third sketch from Page Drafts so I thought I'd share with you.

Im sorry my picture taking skills are very poor tonight, must be the bad lighting in my kitchen, or thats what i blame anyhow :)
This layout uses a photo of my husband with our youngest daughter on his shoulders, he's the one on the left.... walking alongside Bob, my friend Keryns husband with Isabelle, (his daughter) on his shoulders....
we were out as 2 families together (minus my boys who were at their dads) Gromit hunting in bristol city centre on a Saturday!!! i know tell me about it we must be mad!!!!
ended up being a long but very fun day, for me anyways :)

I love the oversized chevrons, they were smaller on the sketch but as i used a my minds eye paper with chevron pattern on it I just used them as my guide. 
I also love these cool frames that I received in my last Studio Calico kit, I haven't put anything inside them as i just like them as they are. 
Let me know what you think tho, I'd love to hear xxxx

C and E

so this morning I'm posting a page that I finished last night, I only didn't post it last night because I finished it just in time to grab a quick shower and plonk my butt in front of the tv just in time for the new episode of Downton Abbey to start.... love that show :)

this is the second sketch from the new blog I found and told you about in my last post, Page Drafts.
Im loving the fresh ideas that Emma is giving me, I haven't done a page like this in I don't know how long (if ever) so its great to give new things a try. 
As usual (and my apologies Emma) I added a few bits to make it my own and missed the swirly bits which aren't my style, but i do love the end result. 
So if you haven't taken a look yet please do so, you may be inspired to try something new too xxxxx

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Three is the magic number

Back again!!

This time with a picture of myself!!!!
Also joined by 2 of my favourite people in the world, keryn on the left an Ali in the middle.
I followed Shimelle laines rules again here an chose a colour palette from Pinterest of grey, green, blue and orange and ten found a sketch to follow.
I've just found a new sketch site drafts, Which is where this came from. Please take a look xxx

I love the colours together even tho none of them are featured into photo. I love the banners and the circles and that the little word stickers bring it all together.
The big 3 is also cool it's a Tim holtz grunge board number which I've inked in white and it's pretty huge!!! Let me know what you think xxxx


Good afternoon bloggers and blog readers!!!

im quite excited today as there are some fab things starting up over the next week or so which means im gonna be a busy scrapper.... so prepare for the overload of inspiration from this corner of the globe :)

on the 1st October, my favourite thing on the planet starts again.... LOAD!!!!!
cant wait to get stuck into this again as they always make me work and think and do things that I wouldn't normally.
another class that I joined a while ago at big picture classes also starts next week, its all about inspiration and finding new ways to scrap so this should be fun also.
fingers crossed!!!!

anyway im here today to show you a page I've just finished, I've missed a few out that i haven't shown you over the past week or so but its ok, I've just been bust with other stuff. including being poorly and having a poorly Lola. must say tho that we are both much better now :)
todays page is because I followed a prompt by Shimelle Laine over on her Glitter girl adventures at two peas in a bucket. 
instead of just going along with her video (which you could do) she also shows another way to scrap... by choosing a colour palette to work from and a sketch too. you could do this before or after choosing photos... mine came mid way through :)

my colour palette was aqua, red pink and navy. 
I would NEVER have chosen red to go with pink but weirdly i think it looks ok, the things you can learn on pinterest :)


Sunday, 15 September 2013

Story time

It's not often I do so much journaling on a page but this photograph came with a story that had to be told.
I was majorly inspired by a page on the studio challenges blog.
I love Daphne's page with the writing surrounding the photograph so I chose to give this a go whilst following the same sketch that daphne had used.

I love this old photo of dan as a baby, looking cute but up to no good as usual lol.
Thanks for looking xxx

Come fly with me

Good morning!

Today's page is brought to you by Shimelle laines glitter girl adventures and an old holiday photo from 2005!
The theme or the video that inspired this page was the David Bowie exhibition in London where Shimelle visited and was taken in by the whole thing. She brought elements from what she had seen and converted them into her scrap booking page.

I haven't done many of these pictures in a while. My brain is forgetful of recent activities let alone things that happened 8 years ago but this was a pretty simple one to recall.
I managed to tie in the airport theme with embellishments around the page and used my lovely new stamp by pebbles to create any word stamp that I might need! If you dot have one then you definitely need one. It will be useful on EVERY scrapbook page that you do xxxx

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Give me away!

Good afternoon lovely ladies.

I've been feeling a little sorry for myself lately, I have been to the docs and have been told I have labrynthitis! I'd just call it a stupid head myself!!!
I keep spinning out, extreme dizzy spells which have in turn web making me a little sick and unable to concentrate. It's also not allowing me to move quickly, to bend to do everything that you would normally take for granted and it's driving me nuts.

Along side this illness I've been trying to set up a new business with my friend and so this stupid head is preventing me from doing what needs so that's also very frustrating. Hopefully I'll feel much better soon.

Anyways on to something that you may find interesting....

I've managed to do this page today with Carole's help. We squeezed in an hour between my struggle around Asda and Carole's work starting.

I love this photo of my grandad giving me away at my wedding, it's almost 5 years ago now! That's so scary xxxxx

Monday, 2 September 2013

Almost time...

Bak to school time that is.... Woohoo!!! As much as I love my children I also love the peace and quiet of when they are at school and I only need to worry about myself for those few hours! I can't wait :)

Now I know I've been absent again for a while but I have been scrapping as well as other things, I just can't show you those as they are top secret!!!! If I show you I'd have to kill you kind of pages :), nah actually they are just layouts that I'm teaching at the next crop so I don't want to ruin the surprise for any of my lovely ladies that might drop by here now and then.

However I'm here today to show you one that I have just finished.

I loved this video that I followed. The lady spoke clearly and explained what she was doing, I was able to follow along. As she did it, pausing when I needed to. I love YouTube it's so good for free. Tutorials and full of inspiration, as is Pinterest!!!!

Link me up to any cool finds won't you????? Xxxxxx