Friday, 24 April 2015

Grandma Daphne

With the little  that was left of my Hey Little Magpie kit I decided to do a monochrome layout as there were lots of blues and greens. I chose a sketch from Stuck! which is their current challenge. 

And scrapped a photo from last Summer when we visited my parents for a few days. It was the first time the kids had seen my mum since her double heart by pass, three months earlier. I was so pleased with how well she looked and we had a lovely day out at a NT property in Oxfordshire. 

I just love this photo of all three of them. 

I added some black doilie rub one from Kaiser Craft and added a bit of mist and some sequins (my go to these days it seems!) and it all came together very quickly. 

I think I can squeeze one more page out of the kit so hope to get some crafty time this weekend. 

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Year 6 Leavers pages with Simple Stories Life Documented

As I have had 12 days off work and we didn't get to make it to a far away place I managed quite a bit of scrapbooking.  The first weekend was the Easter bank holiday so lots of opportunity to play!

I wanted to tackle some pages for my 2012 album - one that I am mixing both 12x12 pages and pocket inserts to capture the smaller details.  I am up to July and one of the events that month was Josh's leaving party from primary school.  It's quite an exciting event with a limo ride for the kids and a party in the local social club attended by the kids, teachers, parents and grand parents. For a lot of my friends and myself it was the end of an era with our youngest child leaving and heading for high school.

This is Josh all dressed up and ready to go..

Whenever there is a major milestone or a party we always like to take a few shots outside the front of the house.  This was both of them ready to go...

I decided to use one range of patterned papers for this event and boy did it help me scrap quickly.  I bought matching embellishments and so added minimal things from my own stash - some enamel dots and wood veneers and a bit of mist here and there. A huge thank you to Sarah and Leanne from Hey Little Magpie as they were very helpful when I was trying to choose papers to go with the photos.  I am lucky enough to live near Sarah so although she doesn't have a bricks and mortar shop she was kind enough to let me into the stock room to see the papers irl before buying! It is an Aladdin's cave!!!

So on to more pages...Some of the pocket inserts...

A did a double page with many of my friends on whose children were leaving. I'd been inspired by seeing a few stamped back grounds on various blogs so decided to have a go as I was running out of patterned paper by this point!  I added some stars made with texture paste and blue glitter through a Heidi Swapp stencil and I was quite pleased for my first attempt

And finally a lovely shot of Alex and I taken some way into the evening.  She really doesn't like having her picture taken anymore so this is a rare photo now!

Thanks for sticking with the post if you've made it this far.  I found it very productive just using the one range although by the end I was ready to not see it again!  I have a few scraps left to make some cards with and plenty of stickers, brads and chipboard shapes to add into my stash for the future.

I'll be back soon with the pages I made the following weekend!

Monday, 13 April 2015

Me on a Monday

It was an enjoy the gorgeous hot weather and tidy the garden kind of Friday and head up the village for tea in the pub kind of evening (that's two weeks in a row now!) It was a very wet and squally Saturday so time to upcycle a bureau kind of day followed by a good scrapbooking session (while the hubby and daughter headed off to the rugby and Jolly Josh was let loose to online game all afternoon!)

It was a Grand Prix watching, visit from the in-laws for a cuppa, roast chicken eating (with new daffodils for the table), Poldark watching and yet more scrapbooking kind of Sunday!  It was a revision planning, trip to the Trafford Centre (every shop imaginable and I only went in one!), a mini kitchen spring clean and yet more scrapbooking kind of Monday (well I am back to work tomorrow so need to make the most of my time while I can!) 

I'm linking up with Sian to share my weekend. There are loads more who do the same so hop on over and take a peek... it's surprising how much we all have in common :)

One photo and twenty words

Badges are here. Visa appointment on Thursday. Travel clinic on Saturday. She's raised £2k with one more fundraiser left. Eeeeeek!

Today I'm joining in with Abi for her weekly meme where you post a photo and describe it in 20 words. 

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Meadow Barn Pages - Part 3

Just realised I'd still not shared my final pages from my weekend crafting at Meadow Barn. For these two I found an easy sketch to use with scraps which was from a UKS cyber crop in 2009! Sorry no link to share. I love that the two pages have come out very different even with the same basic design. 

First up is "swing" and photos of Alex and Josh on, yes you've guessed it, a swing!  

The next one is "This is how you feed the birds". When we were all at my parents for my Dad's birthday celebrations my Mum put out raw beef burgers that they didn't want to cook (been in the freezer too long apparantly!) and we suddenly had several red kites circling overhead. It wasn't til we went indoors that they swooped down for the food but Tony was lucky and caught some shots out of a window. It's now a tradition for Mum to put raw meat out every time we go and stay!  They've always been keen bird lovers with loads of bread and nuts out in the garden but this takes it to a whole new level!

Monday, 6 April 2015

Me on a Monday

Well it's been a fabulously long weekends and it's not over yet - at least not for me as a I don't go back to work until the 14th!

It was a very wet start on Friday which meant, well the ideal opportunity to scrapbook! I'll share them soon but have one more page to finish from the event first :). It was a heading off to the local pub to meet friends for a Friday drink kind of weekend ( we must do it more often). It was a get out into the garden and tidy up sort of Saturday with a takeaway and a film to finish off (The Imitiation Game - I thoroughly recommend it!)

It was a get up early to pack and head south kind of weekend with a beautiful roast dinner cooked by my Mum. It was a catch up with my brother and nephew over a cuppa kind of Sunday eve then game playing and wine drinking. 

Today has been an Easter Egg hunting (apparently you're never too old! Even at 16 and 13!) and enjoying the sunshine kind of bank holiday plus another stamp in the National Trust passport for Josh - the penultimate one! 

I hope you have enjoyed your bank holiday extended weekend. Ours has been fairly restful and full of too much food! I think lots of walking is needed when we get back home to work off some of the calories! 

Check in with Sian and share your own weekends with her weekly meme...