Tuesday, December 23, 2008

JYC - 17th December

A very proud mum moment. Harry is 9 and he was chosen (along with another boy) from his year group to recite a poem "off by heart" in front of the whole school. He was a runner up and was presented with a certificate. This layout is about him and the poem.

JYC - 11th December

Oh Christmas tree.....for me it has too be a real one. Christmas just wouldn't be the same without all those pine needles!!

JYC - 10th December

On the 10th December I had two Nativity plays and a concert. So I chose to put today's prompt to one-side and create three separate layouts.

At the moment I'm only able to put one layout on here, this is because the other lo's include pictures of other children. The school allow us to take pictures (which is super!) but they specifically ask us not to upload the pictures. Here is DS2 who plays Joseph.

JYC - 7th December

Day 7 - Is all about what you have left to do for Christmas. I have written a (long) list which shows that I still have tons to do.

On this layout I took inspiration from Shimelle's felt pocket. The felt has a Christmas sparkle and the beads and ribbon make it very girly.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Christmas Journal

This is written whilst waiting in anticipation of the X-Factor winner..... Alexandra or JLS!!!

Whilst i'm waiting, I have been trying to get keep up with my Christmas journal and failing miserably. With just the first week of December completed I'm way behind, but I have to say with all the other Christmas pressures of shopping, wrapping and writing cards my Journal is keeping me sane.....just about. So here are days 2 to 6 of December.

Day 2 - The Weather - wishing for a white Christmas.
Day 3 - Christmas Cards - the journaling is inside the hand-made card in the envelope all about this being the first year I made some Christmas cards.
Day 4 - Perfection! - as a child a perfect Christmas would have been receiving all (within reason) that I asked for. So I try to ensure (again within reason) that between all the family the boys get most of what they ask for. Shown on this LO are their Christmas lists and if you can see, they haven't asked for the world!
Day 5 - Advent - the journaling is all about my home-made advent hangings!
Day 6 - Let me tell you a story - the journaling refers to my visit to Santa (who was my dad!)when I was a child. The photo is of Jack and Stan visiting Santa on the 31 November at the school bazaar.

It's now rather late, Alexandra won!! woo hoo!!! and before I bore you much more I'm signing off for the night. Hopefully I'll post again this week and if not, happy final Christmas preparations!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

its the most wonderful time of the year....

Journal your Christmas started yesterday, I received my first prompt and created my first page. I think I'm possibly being rather ambitious by intending to create a 12x12 LO each day...we'll see how it goes. The first page is your manifesto or promise, and here is my interpretation. The title "its the most wonderful time of the year" was seen on a LO in Scrapbook Inspirations magazine (and I love the song) and for me it sums up Christmas, so what a great title for the opening page to my journal.

Sunday, November 23, 2008


Sally, this one is for you!! nice sized boxes!!

I purchased this Wonderboard a month or so ago to use as a scoreboard - thought it might help to get those creases straight!! Anyway, after my discussion on Monday with Sally, about making boxes, I remembered.......surprisingly....... that the Wonderboard instructions showed box templates. So I sat down with the board, instructions and a box of card....me and Demi Moore (okay so she was on TV!) and put together the following selection. These are just five different sizes, using A5 and A4 card - I am sure that if I had cut my card to size (but it was just too cold to move off the sofa) then I could have made some square ones too.

Already I know what is going inside these boxes, with some ribbon, tags and bling these will look just fabulous.... I did think about stamping onto the boxes, but thinking was as far as I got.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Sometimes, no matter what you try to do with a layout it just doesn't come together.

This was how I felt on Friday evening when I placed my photos on some lovely k & co patterned paper. So.......I walked away and left it until Sunday evening when would you believe it all just jelled together. Here is the result: one tent: one dad: one uncle: one grandad: and two little helpers.

Below are two more layouts I completed last week too.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


I've always been able to crochet - my great nan showed me how to make crochet squares when I was very young. In the last year or so I have picked it up again, I found all my old cottons and hooks in the loft and downloaded some knew patterns from the Internet. The only trouble was I found some of the patterns very hard to follow. I think they were possibly American where the stitch abbreviations do not mean what they mean in a UK pattern.
Last week, whilst shopping with a friend I picked up this book, the
trims really appealed to me, for my Christmas journal (found here - if you haven't considered it yet!) and it had lots of super flowers in it, you'll be pleased to hear.
Here are the results so far:
The trims look fab, a little misshapen in this picture, but I'm sure that when they are fixed down they will be nice and straight. Next I need to do some bead shopping, mmmmm......trims with dangley beads!!
The small yellow flowers are the ones I normally make for layouts etc. The big yellow one was in this book too. Surprising how quick they are to make when you have the right pattern. Anyone need any flowers???

Sunday, September 21, 2008


Yesterday, 10 beautiful girls scrapped about their home. Here are some pictures I took of them at work and with their finished books.

Friday, August 29, 2008

The Strange family

Heritage plays a big part in our lives, I love the idea of trying to find out where we've come from but never seem to find the time to do all the research. To help me, I've started to collect photographs from family members. My first heritage book is near completion, I'm still awaiting some information and when I receive it all the tags and hidden notes will be complete. The idea behind this book is to record all the information we (we being the Strange family) already know and then at a later date I have a starting point for when I finally get around to tracing the family tree. The photos I've used are not originals. They are copies from the scanned originals....and they have turned out beautifully. We seem to think the moustache photograph dates back to the late 1880's.

The whole album i've added to the slide show.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

a proud mum moment!!

Yesterday Stanley got on his friends (two wheeler) bike and after a wobbly start rode up the road. At 7.30am this morning he asked dad if he could take his stabilisers off his bike to show him he could now ride a two wheeler!!
There we all were cheering outside at 8am (I dread to imagine what the neighbours thought!!) as Stan rode up and down the road on his own...none of this running up and down holding the bike trying to help him balance. He's only four and has done so well. I love the look on his face in the picture above where he is so pleased with himself!! Love you Stan xx

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Returned from our holiday..

This has been our 10th summer at Hayling Island. We were lucky enough to have some excellent weather and come home slightly browner than when we left.

I love the beach and these are my favorite photos taken at the beach.

During our first week some of you may have seen Hayling Island on the news. The first we knew about it was when we received a text from a friend. Aparently a whale was stuck in the mud plains on Hayling Island. Trying to get off the island that day was a nightmare, it took us over an hour, which doesn't include the time we stopped to see what was going on. Sure enough the poor Whale was very close to the shore, and at this time we had no idea just how poorly the whale was. as you can see from the pic, she was swimming around nicely.

Sorry, no picture cannot insert it where i want it to go...will try later.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

here goes.....

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