Thursday, August 21

SJ Crafts Challenge

Hola...

We've returned from a lovely relaxing holiday back to a chilly UK. So chilly in fact we had to put the heating on. In August!

While I catch up on the washing and ironing, it's time for another challenge over at SJ Crafts.

The theme is holiday & travel using something old & something new
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 Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince, Dinner like a Pauper.
  If you have boys then you may agree with a few of the things I say here. 

As my three grow up they eat more and more. They are constantly hungry and they are constantly asking:-

 "Can I have something to eat mum" 
" Mum, can I have a...." 
 "What's for dinner mum"
 "What time is dinner mum, I'm starving" 
"Any pud puds mum" (their word for pudding/desert)
and then there's "mum...when are you doing the shopping, there's nothing in the cupboards....."

Is it any wonder the cupboards are bare a few days after doing a weekly shop. 

So...... when we are on holiday it is nice not to think about the food shopping (or cooking).
 In Florida we ate out at a different place pretty much every evening. The boys loved it and H who was thirteen at the time always managed to order the biggest and best meal...every single time. Really.

It became quite a thing, so I started to take photos and keep notes.

Harry VS Food
EAT... Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince, Dinner like a Pauper. Huh! Two out of three wasn't bad!
See I wasn't telling stories, did you see the plate of pancakes he had for breakfast and the rack of ribs hanging over the edge of the plate. Then there's that huge hotdog!

 At one restaurant he worked his way through a bucket...yes a bucket...full of monkey nuts. Even a little park treat was a family size tube of frozen yogurt.

He's not a greedy boy, he was just ordering what he fancied and every time his meal arrived it was bigger than his dad's. You can surely imagine how much head shaking, moaning and laughing Dad did when his meal arrived smaller than H's!  As the old saying goes "if you can't beat them, join them" .... and that's exactly what he done in the end, by ordering the same meal.

Getting back to the challenge I included some old word stickers. For something new I used Simple Stories label stickers.
A great challenge to mix old with new. I hope you''ll join in the challenge to use up some of the supplies you've been saving or simple hoarding.

Hoping you are all having a super summer x 

Tuesday, July 29

More Mists...

I've been scrapbooking for a long time now, 15 years ago this month I started.. just after No1 son arrived. Some may say that one who scrapbooks also card makes. That wasn't always the case for me.

For a very very long time I wouldn't entertain the idea of card making and when I did start to dabble a little I never felt much for it. A few years back I wrote "I absolutely love the idea of a making them but hate the fact that making them always seems to be a struggle. I'm sure it's because there is no photo to take inspiration from".

How we change.......these days I really do enjoy making cards. I like how making a card is quick and easy.... mostly! How instead of hours of pushing paper around a layout (I am a slow scrapper) I can pull a card together pretty quickly. When time is precious making a card is just enough to take the edge of the itch I get to create.

This is my last card to share with you using the Heidi Swapp Stencils.

 For those of you that may be interested in the stencils. Here is each stencil used with Heidi Swapps Colour shine. Aren't they lovely?

At the moment most of my crafting supplies have been packed away while we have some work done on the house. I'm still able to grab a few things, hopefully this will suppress those withdrawal symptoms I know I'll be sure to get.  

Because of this you may well see some further card posts popping up for a while. 

Enjoy your week.

Saturday, July 26

Misted Cards

This week has been all about using my Heidi Swapp Shape Stencils.

When I was in the garden spraying. I ended up with far more stencil sprayed cardstock pieces than anticipated. I tried out every stencil in every colour. Why not. 

This pile of pretty cards sat on my desk overnight and the following day I flicked through them and thought they may look good on cards.
Love Always
Love You
You're a Star
Hugs and Kisses
Dare I say that I have two sets of Heidi Swapp Stencil packs....I'll be sure to share the frame pack with you  when I get around to using them.

Thursday, July 24

Boys & Comics

Growing up I loved reading a comic and I was reminded of this when H started to read them. Back in 2012 he bought a few of the Walking Dead Comic books and I knew as much as it was a zombie series on TV my sister watched and had on a few occasions tried to talk us into watching it too.
No thanks. 
Not my kind of thing...or so I thought...that is until the day...

....The day that I sat on H's bed chatting to him. His Walking Dead comics were on his desk. I picked up the first in the series, opened it and began reading. Well, you have to make sure that what they are reading is suitable... don't you. As they say the rest is history. We left for Florida a week later and he bought some more (they are half the price in the U.S.) As soon as he'd read them he passed them to me. We came home and purchased series one on DVD. Three of us watched the series. H, his dad and me. The series is slightly different from the comics so H and I would confer whisper and compare.  I have to say I love the comics.... and the series.... which I'm looking forward to returning to our screens later this year.

I used more Heidi Swapp Shape Stencils on my monochromatic layout......with wonky stitching and a cute little bow I crocheted.
So are there any current comics fans out there?
 Or Walking Dead ones?

Tuesday, July 22

Love Locks

 Good Morning, I am hoping it is a bright and sunny one for you all.

As promised I'm back with another layout using Heidi Swapp's Shape Stencils.

These love locks were all along the railings at the Albert Docks in Liverpool. I'd never before seen anything like it. There were engraved messages of love. Birthday's, wedding's and anniversary's and messages to ones that are no longer with us. A lovely way to record a special message. 
 These are some photos I took while using the stencils. Can see the level of coverage sprayed over the stencil. It starts from a very fine light spray to a more heavier coverage after a few sprays. 
 I thought I was being clever by taking it into the garden too.
Note to self: check which way the wind is blowing... so legs don't get covered in pink shimmer!  

Once the cards were dry I stitched them to my layout. Simple and effective I think. More and more these days I use mist (or ink) on my layouts. How are you with mists?

Sunday, July 20

Photobomb

Happy Sunday to you all.

I have been really slack lately. Slack in scrapping, slack in blogging and slack in blog reading. I don't know about you but I always find this happens at this time of year. 

As the end of school approaches the last few weeks seem to drag. I get caught up in the end of parents evenings, school trips and holiday plans. 

With only three more school days left I am so ready to relax and soak up the sun. We we never went away last year due to the surgery I had...so I feel that a holiday is a long time coming. Whatever your plans are this summer I hope you all have a super time. 

I'll leave you with a layout that I made using Heidi Swapp Papers, Shape Stencils and Colour Mists
I hope to be back during the week to share with you some more layouts using the Heidi Swapp Stencils.

Wednesday, July 9

One Photo & Twenty Words



It's been a long while since we've had a day without the boys.
King of Leon - Top of The Bowl 

Friday, July 4

S J Crafts Challenge

The boys, work and sunshine (you have to enjoy it when it makes an appearance) has been keeping me busy...It feels like ages since I prepared a blog post. Today I find myself writing a quick post to let you know that the July challenge is now open over at SJ Crafts.


The idea for this challenge is that you choose 1 out of the five shapes/symbols to include on your project, 1 of the five phrases as your title or inspiration/theme and 1 of the five colours to include on your project.

The Shapes/symbols are: Butterfly - Banner - Star (or this could be a sun) - arrow - circle.

The Phrases : Summer Days - Right Now - You and Me - Explore - The Story ... 
* You don't need to include the exact phrase but something very similar .... I need to be able to see the link *

Colours: Yellow - Light blue/Aqua - Red - Black - White    
 *Any shade of the colour is fine!*
- See more at: http://sjpapercrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/july-challenge-1-of-five.html#sthash.PnCFiU9x.dpuf
The idea is to take 1 of the five shapes and symbols, 1 of the phrases and 1 of the colours to use to create your layout. You can find the full list here.
Phrases : Summer Days - Right Now - You and Me - Explore - The Story ... 
* You don't need to include the exact phrase but something very similar .... I need to be able to see the link *

Colours: Yellow - Light blue/Aqua - Red - Black - White    
 *Any shade of the colour is fine!*
- See more at: http://sjpapercrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/july-challenge-1-of-five.html#sthash.PnCFiU9x.dpuf
The idea for this challenge is that you choose 1 out of the five shapes/symbols to include on your project, 1 of the five phrases as your title or inspiration/theme and 1 of the five colours to include on your project.

The Shapes/symbols are: Butterfly - Banner - Star (or this could be a sun) - arrow - circle.

The Phrases : Summer Days - Right Now - You and Me - Explore - The Story ... 
* You don't need to include the exact phrase but something very similar .... I need to be able to see the link *

Colours: Yellow - Light blue/Aqua - Red - Black - White    
 *Any shade of the colour is fine!*
- See more at: http://sjpapercrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/july-challenge-1-of-five.html#sthash.PnCFiU9x.dpuf
The idea for this challenge is that you choose 1 out of the five shapes/symbols to include on your project, 1 of the five phrases as your title or inspiration/theme and 1 of the five colours to include on your project.

The Shapes/symbols are: Butterfly - Banner - Star (or this could be a sun) - arrow - circle.

The Phrases : Summer Days - Right Now - You and Me - Explore - The Story ... 
* You don't need to include the exact phrase but something very similar .... I need to be able to see the link *

Colours: Yellow - Light blue/Aqua - Red - Black - White    
 *Any shade of the colour is fine!*
- See more at: http://sjpapercrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/july-challenge-1-of-five.html#sthash.PnCFiU9x.dpuf

 I chose stars, the phrase right now and yellow to include in my layout. A layout of us girls in the family..the only girls (plus my mum, who's not in this shot)... my two sisters and niece. Us girls are a little outnumbered.


While you're over at SJ Crafts you may well see Sarah's announcement to say that she is closing her shop. Whilst I'll be sad to see her close I wish Sarah all the best with her future plans and thank her immensely for the opportunity to be on such a lovely design team. It has been a fabulous experience, I have enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you Sarah x

Sunday, June 15

Sending xoxo

It's been a busy week here this past week. There's been something for everyone... birthday celebrations for the young and not so young, Friday 13th sleepovers, a Hawaiian night and a family farewell BBQ.

Between the birthday cake making and party organising there has been little time for creating so when I found that I had an hour...while baking three birthday cakes I set to making two birthday cards. 

During the week there was two challenges that I wanted to join in with so I decided to combine them. The first challenge was from Jennifer's blog event, to keep it clean and simple.  The next challenge was from Clearly Besotted where "anything goes". So I combined Clearly Besotted Stamps with Jennifer's Clean and Simple.

I've used my Tim Holtz stencil  and inks for creating backgrounds on layouts and wanted to try out the same technique for cards. 

.....and in case you wondered I did forget all about one of the cakes in the oven...luckily I caught it in the nick of time! 

Wednesday, June 11

Teal, Orange and White & Giveaway Winner

Inspired by Jennifer's Refresh your Craft and Soul Blog Weekend I'm joining in with her challenge to use White, Teal and Orange. A deep dark orange wouldn't you say :) Definitely not Red!!
 I'm sure it was Jennifer's talk of water that made me grab this photo.
A bunch of stamps were used to create the background and layers of patterned papers (from Crate Paper's Boys Rule collection) were added.

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Now for the winner of the blog hop, a little bit of sunshine, giveaway. I used Random.org which selected comment 29

True Random Number Generator 29 Powered by RANDOM.ORG 
and the winner is:

Beautiful cards, that candy monster is just adorable!

Congratulations....please email your address to me at scrapbook-me dot live dot co dot uk and i'll get your little package in the post to you.

Tuesday, June 10

One Photo Twenty Words

It's that time of the month again....for joining in with Abi and her One Photo Twenty Words.

My little superstar. 2014 Most Improved Player. For his courage, commitment, determination and passion. Love Rugby. Love this gorgeous boy.

Monday, June 9

What am I working on.

Hello,  Last Monday the lovely Karen from Me My Camera Eye nominated me to take part in a blog-hop which I have seen popping up in blogland.

I've been enjoying the creative processes of others and am now lucky enough to be joining in. The idea is to answer four creative questions and then nominate three bloggers to do the same next Monday. 

 First up.....
What am I working on now?
I have a few projects on the go. I am still, 18 months later, working on finishing a scrapbook holiday album. It is almost complete now and probably my most favourite scrapbook to flick through. I've just finished this layout using a Tim Holtz stencil, I have a new found love of stencils to create backgrounds.
papers from a Simple Stories Collection
On my desk sits a pile of cards that I'm preparing for a card class I'm organising at the end of next week. There's lots of preparing to do and gathering the supplies to use. Pretty papers are being cut and my big shot will be put to good use.

Finally I am sorting through what feels like millions photos for a Project Life Album. An album that so far consists only of three pages. I have religiously kept notes since the beginning of the year and now I need to start pulling it all together.

How does my work differ from others of its kind?
I'm not sure that it does. Everyone has different styles in scrapbooking...the main aim is that we all create to preserve a special memory or capture a moment in time.

Why do I create what I do? 
 I like the whole process, from capturing a moment on camera (despite all the moaning from unwilling subjects) and eventually preserving the memory on a scrapbook layout.....for eternity.

Pretty papers and embellishments play a huge part too. All the cutting and sticking.... I love the outlet my little hobby gives me.  Woah....did I really say "little". It may well have started out little but it does have a way of taking over and becoming a way of life.

How does my creative process work?
It  usually starts with a photo. Sometimes a story/caption/conversation. More often than not I choose a photo and make a note of the words I want to use or say to go with it. After selecting pretty papers to use, maybe some stamps/stencils/inks I build up a layout, until I'm happy with it. There are no set rules...I craft for pleasure, so I relax and go with the flow.


Thank you for taking the time to read a little about me. Now, it's my turn to nominate and introduce three lovely bloggers to play along with the blog hop next week.

There is Mel at Lets Get Scrappy. Whose blog I have been reading forever. I have no idea how I came across Mel's blog.. but I am so glad that I did, I love here style, her mix of layouts and her project life pages. I enjoy reading about her little man, it reminds me of when mine were small. Plus she is a frequent Instagrammer so I get to see all those photos that may never make it onto a layout.

The next two nominations are both amazing design team members for SJ Crafts :-

I have had the pleasure of meeting, all be it a little too brief, the lovely Jennifer Grace at Jennifer Grace Creates.  Her blog is packed with inspiration, she holds weekend blog events during the year ......  she lives by the sea, so there is always beach themed photos and layouts to admire and she makes very tasty biscuits which my little men had the pleasure of enjoying.

Then there's Lisa-Jane at Come inside my Crazy Head . I've not met Lisa-Jane in person.... yet....I hope to one day. Loving her blog really has nothing to do with the fact that her and her husband love Rugby. In fact her husband is a keen Saints fan. I do envy them getting to see more Saints games than we do and we live in the homeground area :). Her blog shares her love of scrapbooking and amongst other things her WOYWW posts where we get to have a nose around her desk. And we like to be a little nosey don't we.

So...Mel, Jennifer and Lisa-Jane I hope you take up the challenge, join in with this expanding blog hop and I look forward to reading your stories. Thank you for always inspiring me and to the lovely Karen for thinking of me.
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