Saturday, September 29, 2012

Echo Park Collection Kits & Giveaway

When Sarah sent me the Echo Park for the Record collection kit I started to put some thoughts together on what I wanted to use the kit for. I had recently thought about documenting some things about the boys and paired their notes and mine to recent photos.

Also inspired by Clair from Obstinate Pursuit and her recent stitching on paper series I thought i'd try to tie each layout together with stitching. Harder than it seems, especially when you are the type that has a tendency to wander. So focus I said to myself......papers first....journaling second.....and stitching third. It seemed to work lol!

I have previously used these collection kits .... like making a mini book (using this and that Charming range) and interactive layouts (using the Note to Self Range). So just how far could I get with one collection kit and the five layouts I'd planned.


Sarah at SJ Crafts has shared the layouts this week.I am going to share the layouts here too, but if you'd like to see more and find out what (small) extra's I used on each layout then please pop across and while you are there you may wish to enter Sarah's giveaway to win your own collection kit.

1.My funny boy - who thrives on making everyone laugh.
 2. My don't like attention boy - in any shape or form.

  3. My fact boy - who always has a fact to share.


























 4. My name spelt backwards is Yelnats boy!
5. My generous boy - he would give you his last rolo!

  So do you think you could be tempted to use an Echo Park Collection kit?
If so which one would you like?
 I know what one is next on my list!

Thank you to everyone that has already popped across to SJ Crafts and left a comment and thank you to Sarah for sending me the kit and Clair for inspiring me to get my sewing machine out!!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Welcome Gitte

I thought it would be nice to write a little about a dear friend of mine. One that will soon be leaving the UK to return back to her homeland. This lady is amazing....i love her to bits....she's very very funny, very very kind and very very talented. She knits, she sews, she bakes and now she scrapbooks. As well as being a whizz with numbers she has two beautiful daughters and a very very very tall husband!

She hasn't left the UK yet and while she is still here we are trying to hold onto her. The reason for this post is to introduce her to you all.  As I said she is very talented, creates amazing layouts and projects and on many an occasion I have tried to encourage  tell her to blog. Just yesterday she wrote her first post at Anything Home Made.  It would be lovely if you could pop across to give her a blogging hello.

Here she is at an all day crop earlier this year.
I was so touched by her post, I've always known that one day she would return to Denmark, but with her move getting closure I know that I am going to miss her and her hugs dearly (If you have ever been lucky enough to experience a Danish hug then you'll know why I'll miss them!).

So with a lump in my throat I would like to wish her lots and lots of luck with her imminent move and will look forward to a Danish scrapbook reunion when she's all settled in her new home.
xx

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Shimelle's Starting Points

It was good to see that Shimelle's scrapbook starting points is back. Even if the layout I put together resembles very little of the starting point!! 

That's what happens when papers get moved around.....I really should have stuck them down fast.
Papers from Echo Park Sweet Day Collection Kit



























Tomorrow morning I am attending the World's Biggest Coffee Morning in support of Macmillan Cancer Support. I am sure that we are all familiar with the dreadful disease that takes the life of so many people.  I have some cakes baking in the oven as I type and I've made some Christmas Cards for the raffle. So wherever you are if you are participating in the World's Biggest Coffee Morning then here's hoping that we raise lots of money for a very worthy cause.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Echo Park Kits

I know it looks like I haven't done much scrapping recently but behind the scenes I have been working on a few little things. This week SJ Crafts shares with you a my love of 12x12 kits. 

I've used a few of these kits previously for different projects, this mini book using the This and That Charming Range and Interactive Layouts using the Note to Self Range. This week I'll be using Documented for the Record 2.

If you'd like to see what i've been up to then please pop across to SJ Crafts. 




Friday, September 21, 2012

SJ Crafts Challenge

It's time for this months challenge over at SJ Crafts. The theme is school/learning. The DT have put together some lovely inspiring ideas. My contribution is a layout of Stan showing us what he's learnt to play on his guitar.

Stan is the only one who has shown an interest in playing the guitar. My husband loves the guitar and where he failed to be the next Jimmy Hendrix i'm sure he's hoping his son will succeed!

You might note that this looks a little different from the layout shown on SJ Crafts blog. After  uploading the layout it sat on the side for a few days and everytime I walked past it, I thought there was something missing. A stitched border and some ribbon later and I was happy. The only thing is i forgot to upload the new photo to SJ Crafts.       
So if you have some school photos waiting to be scrapped then make sure you join in and link up won't you. Closing date is 17 October.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Pretty Parcels

Recently a lovely friend had to have a short stay in hospital. Before she went in I wanted to give her a little gift and as a scrapbooker I knew she'd appreciate her gift in a decorated bag. 
The circle in the middle of the doilie was covered in a spotted washi tape received from
 While I'm thinking Fantastic Ribbons I was overwhelmed by all your lovely comments on the washi coffee post and wanted to say a big thank you to you all.


P.S Oh my!! there were lots of lovely comments....really.....blogger has decided to mess up my last post and its comments. All the comments are still in my reader but not on the blog. I know i'm technically rubbish with modern technology but i really am thinking that blogger occasionally has a mind of it's own. It can't possibly be the operator....can it!?!?!?

washi tape

Fantastic Ribbons is an wonderful online shop with a large selection of ribbons, buttons and washi tape. They were lovely enough to choose me and four other wonderful ladies to join their already existing design team. Throughout September fantastic Fantastic Ribbons will be posting a whole month of washi tape projects. Please do stop by to see what all the talented ladies are creating.

Today I'd like to share with you my very first Fantastic Ribbons project using a selection of washi tape which you can find here and here.
If you are not familiar with washi tape, it comes in lots of colours and patterns and there really is something to suit everyone.  I've used it on scrapbook layouts and cards before but for my first DT project I had the idea that I'd like to cover something.  

There were a least half a dozen things I could have chosen, in the end I settled for some old coffee jars, they looked like they could do with brightening up..
.... just look at them now, they look so much prettier.
Washi tape really is so easy to use and re-use especially when covering in rounds around the jars and you have to lift the tape off again (and again and again) and re-position!

The purple Jar 
To make the large purple flower cover some white card in washi tape. 
The dots on all the tapes match up nicely so you get a continuous pattern. 
  Cut out six petals and fix them onto a circle of card to hold them in place.  
Circle some thread/twine and finish off the middle of the flower with a little bling.

The Green Jar 
To make the butterflies cover some white card in washi tape
and punch out the butterflies.
Sit the butterflies on top of torn stripes of contrasting washi tape to help them stand out. 

This past weekend was lovely so on Saturday evening I put some tea lites in them and watched them glow in the garden.



Did i mention that fantastic ribbons will be posting a whole month of washi tape projects? 
You'll have to let us know what you use your washi tape on.

Wishing you all a lovely week and fingers crossed we are still in with a chance of some more sunshine before I find another use for my washi jars. 

Psst...if you are super organised and already thinking about Christmas then these might be just what you are looking for.

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Shoot from the Hip

Last Sunday I was supposed to post photos for Karen's bi-weekly challenge Shoot from the Hip.

So with camera in hand I tried it out this morning while standing at the sidelines watching the boys play Rugby. It has been lovely here this past week and it did seem strange watching the rugby in t-shirt and flip-flops. With a bit of luck I might get away without having to hook out my thermals for a few more weeks yet.

Now you may not wish to look any further lol Shoot from the Hip meant that I took photos of the grass and sky and really not much else. 

These are straight out of the camera..........as you'll see there really isn't any point in faffing around trying to make them any better.
 The shoe is proof that there was something to aim for!
 A little better.
 In a funny kinda way I like this one.
 I must have tilted the camera too high after the grass shot. At least I managed to get Jacks head in...only just mind you.
This is my favourite rubbish shot. By fluke I managed to get the whole of Stan in on the left hand side.

Now if you'd like to see how's its done properly, pop across to Karen and she'll show you how. 

Have a good week, wishing you all some sunshine!

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Storytelling Sunday

This is a scheduled post as we have been away all week and today (Sunday) is the start of a new rugby season. Fingers crossed the start of the season isn't a wet, cold and muddy one!

Today is the 2nd of September, the first Sunday of the month and Sian's Storytelling Sunday.
Without further ado here is my contribution.

June 2012
I have to start this story by explaining that a few years ago Stanley (who's 8) made a decision not to eat Pork.....more specifically bacon sandwiches. This has caused numerous problems....like when he goes to friends house and they are having pork for tea and he says " I don't eat piggy's" and the sausages I buy have to be beef or chicken *wink wink* !!

Ham sandwiches though are ok, as ham comes from boys pigs and it's only girl pigs that he doesn't eat!! Hmmmmm!!
 
You see pigs are his favourite animal and if he ever wins the lottery he will (I have no doubt) buy himself a pig.
awwwww.......
So the story begins with a lovely Gammon dinner. 
We haven't had Gammon steaks for a long while and the boys tuck in except Stan.......

Stan: what's this? 

Harry: It's fish.

Phew.....Quick thinking Harry *wink wink*

So we chat and eat and eat and chat. The boys clean their plates......dinner was a success *yay*

Harry: Serious face: Yum that was lovely fish!

Me: bewildered face: Harry that wasn't fish it was Gammon......you know....gammon..... from a pig.
 
Harry: puzzled face:   Oh.....I thought it was fish, there is a fish called Gammon, isn't there?

Dad: very amused face:   Harry it's Gammon not SALMON!!??!!??
 
Fits of laughter followed but left me wondering what I teach my children! 

For a very bright boy I put this down to a moment of madness and one for my Story Telling Sunday.
 
Be sure to pop across to Sian's to read more stories.

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