Monday, April 30, 2012

My month in numbers

Joining Julie with her  Month in Numbers.

The month has flown by and yet somehow I've managed to keep count and even complete my Month in Numbers layout.

If you would like to see more numbers or even join in yourself pop across to Julie where she will tell you all about it.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Photo Challenge

Karen at Me My Camera Eye has been setting photography challenges for the past year or two now. Every other week, we post our photos from the weeks challenge set. Then we leave each other constructive comments! What we like/don’t like about the photo, if there’s anything we would have done differently like a closure crop etc.

These comments I find so helpful and find myself waiting for what Karen has to say!! I mean her photos are amazing so any little direction she can give me must help....mustn't it.

This weeks challenge is to walk half a mile from your front door and take just five photos. This is to make you aware of your surroundings and to think about the kind of photo you want to capture. Easy enough wouldn't you say, I mean in the day of film then this is most certainly what you would have done. 

Only with my camera set on continuous shooting (so i don't miss anything) I found I was taking between three to five photos of the same scene. 

When I looked at them on the computer they were much of a muchness they are.
 All of these photos were taken with a 50mm lens.
Aperture Priority Mode   ISO 100   F5.6   1/600  Cropped to focus on the farm house
We are lucky enough to live in the countryside and within a quarter of a mile these are the views from our front door. If I'd walked the full half a mile I would have been side on to the farm house and this was the angle I wanted to capture.  

(Karen I tried out AP Mode too)
Manual Mode   ISO100   F8   1/400
  The view to the left of the farm house
Manual Mode    ISO100   F8  1/400

The farmer in his tractor spraying his crops.
Manual Mode    ISO100    F11  1/200
A close up of the tractor. This photo has been cropped giving lots of blue sky - I can see lots of journaling across this photo.

Aperture Priority Mode   ISO100   F5.6   1/640
 This was the view behind me (the road we live off) as I took the photos above.

Thank you to Karen for all her help and guidance.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Jenni Bowlin Hexagon Stickers

Sarah from SJ Papercrafts very kindly sent me some of the new 
to play with.

To go with the hexagon based stickers I cut out, by hand, lots of hexagons using papers from my MME 6x6 pad Dilly Dally. My journaling is on the JB tag, telling Stanley how much I love him, and inserted under the photo.

Some of the stickers are specifically for journaling or recording on, you can see words placed on these ones using the Glitz mini alphas.

There is something therapeutic about sitting and cutting out lots of little hexagons.....

a card for him
 and a card for her
 Thank you to Sarah for sending me these stickers I really enjoyed using them and as the sticker sheets are so generous you will find these appearing on a few more projects yet!

Monday, April 23, 2012

All about Jack

Happy St George's Day, also the birthday of William Shakespeare and my number one son Harry.

Happy Birthday Harry - we officially have a teenager in the house.....(yikes!!)

I suppose this post should be all about Harry, but I'm going to save his birthday sleepover (not that there was much sleeping done!!) in the tent in the garden for another day.

Instead I'll be sharing my completed This and That mini book with you.
The construction of the book is here if you'd like to give it a go.

just to warn you this post is a little photo heavy

All about Jack
Jack will be ten in a couple of months and he has so many wonderful qualities that I had to create a book to record them in.

Decorating the cover based on Jenni Bowlin hexagon stickers.
All the papers come from the This and That kit, as do all the stickers and embellies you see.

I did use a splash of Jenni Bowlin paint on some pages and a few different alphas too

The envelope holds a long letter to Jack, hand written by me…..…to him…….. in another ten years he will love looking back at this letter (and so will I). This is something I must also do for the other two as well.

 I love how this book sits together with all the different sized papers

There you are all finished. I really enjoyed this project and I'm ready to search out some new papers to make another style book for Number 3 son.

Friday, April 20, 2012

This and That mini album

Hello there..... I'm back as promised with a little something I've been working on.

Amy Tangerine.....I've been admiring her lines for a while now. I love her vibrant products and her day books look amazing. I've not seen one in the flesh, although I did have a good look at Clare's completed one and it does look absolutely gorgeous.
 A few weeks back I ordered the new Echo Park This and That Charming kit and after all the oooohing are arrrhhhing decided that this would be the perfect choice of paper for a mini book.

Inspired by Amy's daybook I wondered.......could I make my own version?

......I had a go and this is what I came up with.

The construction of the book didn't take long at all. I did remember to take some photos along the way (some of the time!) so if you fancy making one yourself here is how this one was put together.

1.   I started by choosing five sheets of patterned paper from the kit and an acetate sheet that I've   
      had for a while.
2.  The pages were prepared as follows:
  • Acetate cover - 12 x 7 acetete sheet
  • Front Cover - 12 x 9 woodgrain effect for the front cover. A center crease and the front page was made.
  • Page 1- 11 x 7 rectangle
  • Page 2 - 12 x 5 with a scalloped outside edge- this then made my size page 11.5 x 5
  • Page 3 - a circle cut from a full sheet of 12x12. I used my creative memories circle cutter but you could just as easily use a dinner plate to draw around and cut out.
  • Page 4 - 11 x 7 again for the (brown) middle page. This page is set in the middle of the circle which makes it slightly offset from the page 1
  • and then an envelope for the middle.
    These are the five papers selected and layered to form the book

3.  Using a ruler and bone folder, crease down the center of each sheet.
4.   Layer the sheets with the middle crease lined up.
5.  Remember if you'd like to place an envelope in the middle then this needs to be added now, in the
     middle of the center sheet of patterned paper. Line up the crease on the flap of the envelope with
     the center crease on the middle sheet of patterned paper, like this....
6.  Taking a pointy pokey tool, I used a bradawl..........

7.   Make three holes using the centrally placed envelope as a guideline
  I'd already stitched the book together before I thought about taking these photos. I hope that you
  can see from the photo below where the three holes were placed ..... top, middle and bottom.

  A close up...just in case.
8.  A three hole pamphlet stitch was used to fasten the book together.
     This You Tube video will show you how its done.

     Don't be put off, the stitch is so straightforward. If I thought I could explain how it's done, well
     enough, I would, chances are I would make the stitch much more complicated! The video
     isn't too long and actually seeing someone work the stitch is so much easier to follow.
The stitch from the outside.

Really, it is easy peasy!!

So there you have it, a bare book, all ready to tell your story.
To give you a page by page account, here are all the pages throughout the book. 
....... I do hope you have been inspired to create your own version, if you do please come back to leave me a link so I can stop by, have a look and leave you a comment.

Oh....and I will be back soon to show you the finished book.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

SJ Crafts April Challenge

This fantastic October Afternoon World Map paper has been in my stash for quite some time. I Think I was a little afraid to use it it's so nice.

A while back Miss Smith created this amazing layout using the exact.....ish same paper.

I was still a little unsure how to use this paper when SJ Crafts April Challenge theme was announced as "Favorite". Instantly this world paper and these photos sprung to mind. These photos are my favorites from when the boys were younger. I love the three of them together and cheeky Stan in the middle with his chunky hands wrapped around his brothers necks. Jack seemed to be oblivious to it all (not much has changed there!) and is busy counting on his fingers where Harry look on and seems rather amused. 

 Supplies used
Jenni Bowlin Memo stickers
Jenni Bowlin Vintage journaling tag
scraps of paper from MME Lost and Found ranges
three tags for jounaling a message to each one of them

If you have something favourite you wish to scrap whether it be a topic or a photo or too use a favourite sheet of patterned paper why not pop across and enter SJ Crafts Challenge.

I'll be back tomorrow (hopefully) to show you a project I've been working on. Can I say thank you for your comments on my previous rugby post. I'm still smiling from ear to ear and I think I've mentioned it to everyone who'll listen lol.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Rugby training....

Over at Me My Camera Eye, this weeks challenge was doors. Unfortunately I never got around to completing the challenge....(sorry Karen) with a poorly one at the end of last week I never got out and over the weekend it has been rather hectic.

Instead I practiced my photography skills taking photos of my older sons rugby session this morning.
I know what you are all thinking lol more rugby photos.....I know I take far too many of them playing.....these ones might just make you smile. I've had a smile on my face all day!
 This wasn't just another rugby training session............this was a one off, possibly a once in a lifetime training session with two very.......very........very......(you getting the idea!) nice men!!

 Chris Robshaw (England Rugby Captain)

and Ugo Monye.

oh look who had to get her photo taken..........ever the scrapbooker.....

and in case you were wondering.... I really was taking photos of H's training session....
awww.......Ugo was so lovely*swoon*
 Chris passing to Harry
Harry is on the right.

To explain that we don't train every week with the Harlequins or the England team - one of H's coaches won a competition to have two Rugby Internationals come to the club to give the lads a training session. I have no idea what i was expecting really, but these two men were really really good with the boys.

Now I best get a check on reality and think about feeding the family!

Friday, April 13, 2012

My Month in Numbers

Hexagons are huge at the moment and I just love all the layouts appearing. It's funny how scrapbooking has come full circle. Nearly thirteen years ago when I started scrapbooking I turned my photos and papers into all sorts of shapes, hexagons being one of them. One of my first pages was based on hexagons shaped photos.....maybe one day (when i'm feeling brave!!) I'll share a photo of the page with you.

Instead today I share my March Month in Numbers layout....joining in with....
  over at
  The hexagons have been cut using my Creative Memories hexagon shape cutter....I wondered if I'd ever use it again!
 It's not to late to check out all the other numbers or if you would just like to know more pop across to Julie.

 We are down to the last few days of the Easter holidays and I have a poorly No 2 son, so all our plans have gone to pot. So far I've not managed to take the photos for my photography challenge, despite being away for a few days,  on the plus side the sun is shinning which always makes for a better day.              

Monday, April 09, 2012

An Easter Butterfly

Happy Easter.
After a hectic few days away we are home today and no doubt the boys will be feasting on Easter eggs.

While we were away we met our 16 month old niece again, she really is a little darling. In a family with predominantly boys no excuse was needed to make a girlie Easter gift. 

The box frame is from Ikea and the papers are from MME Lost and Found Blush Collection.

photos taken through the glass frame

I've made a couple of these before and they originated from the talented Wendy McKee posting her butterfly stencils here.

Wishing you all a very happy Easter Monday.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Black and White

 is the challenge over at Me My Camera Eye.
The idea was too photograph in black and white.  I have to be honest Karen and say that with all the blue sky we have had here this past week I just couldn't bring myself to change my camera to black and white, opting instead for altering the photo in a photo editing program.

Here are my photos, starting with my nephew Sid
Manual Mode F11 1/160 ISO100
  My number three son wanted in on the action.
Manual Mode F5 1/500 ISO100
Until my sister found a ladybird that is.
This has to be my favourite photo.
Manual Mode F5.6   1/200   ISO100

The photo of Stan reminded me of a conversation I had with him walking home from school on Friday. I thought it might make you did me!

"Do you know mum all the girls in my class, pretty much, have had or have got a crush on me?"

Whilst Jack giggled away and I tried not to laugh I replied "No Stanley I didn't know but I can see why that would be!"

Bless him, maybe his school teacher was right when he said to me at parents evening that Stanley was one who liked the girls. Oh my!!!

Wishing you all a fantastic Easter break and hopefully it won't be too long before I'm back with my month in mumbers post.
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