Sunday, 24 May 2015

3 Lotsa Inspiration

I have recently got back from a fantastic weekend away crafting with friends, more about that another day...

..right now I'd like to show you some of the layouts I made, following a lot of Jennifers posts she did for Focus your craft & Soul event.

This is my personal favourite, washi tape used as a mask, painted over with water colours.

Using squares & lots of frames

 Using diamonds, a 3x4 card for the title & writing within a frame.

This one was heavily inspired by a canvas Jennifer did. 

 These 2 were using up items I had a lot of - unfinished alphas were the majority of letters I wouldnt use, and blueish sequins

This one I also used an overlay over the photo

I still have loads of ideas from the event, and shall continue to use them this week :)

Friday, 15 May 2015

30 Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop

Hi all, today I'm joining in with Jennifers Focus Your Craft & Soul blog hop. All weekend she'll be holding an event on her blog, Jennifer Grace Creates - she holds a couple a year & they are well worth checking out, & joining in (I always do).

You should have arrived here from Out of the Mire, if not then you can start the hop at Jennifer Grace CreatesJennifer Grace is giving away a WRK Insta Album Kit - enter to win by commenting on all the blogs in the Focus Your Craft & Soul hop! The giveaway closes on Sunday the 24th of May at 10pm BST, and is open internationally

Jennifer gave us the task to do a projects based on the theme "Focus".

Its a hard task for me at the moment, I'm finding being 26 weeks pregnant (almost 6 months) my focus is a tad all over the place. One moment its on cleaning, then I get distracted & I'm thinking how I need to list all the things the baby needs Vs all the things we have, then I get distracted by kids, food (normally food), & anything else going on, or that I need to do.

The craft project I want to Focus on though is getting my photos from when Zack is born (1999) scrapped, upto the present date - not as hard as it seems as theres only about 5 years that are not complete. So I'm starting with Focusing on my 1999 album.

I start with getting out my 1999 photos, most are in flip albums but some I've had reprinted. Then I check my 1999 scrap album to see what I've already done pages for. This gets entered into my spreadsheet...

The red is those pages I've done, the pale blue I havent done, the white I need to print photos off for.

I start off with the front page. All my albums have a front page of the year made up of the photos from that year using a program called Andrea Mosaic (You can download it HERE). I print it & create the front page

So next I go hunting for challenges. Normally I look for challenges & then match any of my photos that I think go with them. This time I have my 1999 photos. I decide on 2, the weekly challenge on UKScrappers, and Simple Recipes, also from UKScrappers.

As I finish each one I update the Spreadsheet.

I'm going to try & continue focusing on my 1999 album through out the Focus your craft & Soul event.

So from here you are now off to my friend Jo's at Curly Scrapbooker. Enjoy the hop & please keep coming back to see what else I come up with during the event as I'm bound to be joining in this week.

Friday, 24 April 2015

13 Counterfeit Kit Blog Hop

Hi, I hope you've hopped on over here on your way along the Counterfeit Kit Blog Hop, if not then you can start HERE, it is well worth it for inspiration.

This is the first time I've joined in, & have learnt I'm not very good at scaling down the kits I make, but they still speed my scrapping up some what.

My mind split this months kit into 3 sections based on colours - green, light blue, navy & mustard yellow - Orange, light pink, dark pink & bright yellow - black, white & grey. I used the 2 colour batches separately, and the neutrals in both.
I also listed other bits I want to include that I'd spotted from the original kit, such as white brads, circles, PL cards & gold.

This is what I came up with...
Patterned Papers

Plain Cardstock (plus white & black)

Embellishments & Journaling cards


From these I took on the 1st challenge ..... pick a challenge. Well there are plenty of challenges on UKScrappers so I did a few of those....

April week 1 challenge,
Use the sketch provided, Alter the background, Add handwritten journaling.
I loved making these bows from cardstocks.

April House Challenge
Include 3 of the following ingredients 

Yellow, green or purple cardstock
Flowered patterned papers
Butterflies, bees or birds
The garden
Rain and/or a rainbow

Blog Hop Challenge
Get inspiration from any of the blogs on the home page

I chose the sketch challenge from Me & Mine
I'm going to continue with this kit until the next reveal, its quite relaxing not looking through ALL my stash for what will go together.

If you are on the blog hop you should have arrived here from Just Scrapping & should now jump on over to Recklinghausen Musings (fab blog name!)

The full list of those who have joined in on this blog hop (in order) are...

Friday, 27 February 2015

7 Sweet 16

Sometimes you get drawn in by a sketch, as soon as you see it you know you have to give it a go, this for me was the February challenge at scrapology.
All of the examples were beautifully feminine with lovely flowers, which wouldn't work with my lads or my style. I wanted something grungier, more teen boy to go with this photo from Zacks 16th birthday, so I went exploring my papers.

Teen Angst papers immediately grabbed me, as they usually do, with a few other papers and embellishments.

As most of my teen angst papers are now scraps the squares worked perfectly with them.

If anyone has any teen angst papers by We R Memory Keepers they want to pass this way, give me a yell as I've almost run out & love them ... or if you know where I could get some, I'd be really grateful.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

2 Gingerbread

for Christmas my lovely other half bought me a Cricut Explore, and I am finding it so useful.
Such as for the layout below, based on the February sketch from the Me & Mini blog.

I found I didnt have any gingerbread embellishments so went searching online for ones I could cut out on my machine & came across quite a few. With a little bit of altering & running of the machine I was sat sticking "icing" onto "gingerbread shapes". I could then put together my page, keeping it fairly simple as the paper is so busy and I wanted the photo to remain the centre of attention.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

9 Maternity T-shirts

As some of you know I'm now in my 14th week of pregnancy with my 3rd child. Though planned we didnt really expect to have another child so almost all our old baby items have been given away, so we're starting from scratch.

First thing I needed was Maternity wear. Full of excitement we went shopping knowing most of the shops in our area advertise maternity wear online, only to find only 2 actually stocked maternity wear, & they were quite pricey. So online shopping it was. Plain tops were well priced but those with cute slogans etc were triple the price, so I decided to make my own.

I bought a set of tops from George, Asda, & another from New Look. I was lucky enough to have won some Cricut iron on vinyl in silver, red & white, so set up the Cricut Explore and started playing.

First the maternity tops.

One of my 2 personal favourites. The baby sits (at the moment) perfectly on my little bump, I'm hoping as my bump grows the baby skeleton will just rise up the bump.

Here is me wearing it today. I LOVE long t-shirts, and vest tops means I can layer up with shirts & cardis, or wear as is in the warmer Summer months.

This is Kai's favourite, he finds it hilarious. 

My weekly counter T-shirt, I cross out the weeks gone by. The numbers sit over the bump.

 The tops I got from George are both maternity & feeding tops so I wanted a design I could wear after the pregnancy as well.

The design moved slightly as I was distracted when ironing affecting the m & s unfortunately.

This is my other personal favourite as I love bats, this particular bat is from Miss Kate Cuttables, an online svg shop I adore.
This also shows how well it stays on after being washed & tumble dried, which was my my main worry.

I've only got a small amount of iron on vinyl left, maybe enough to do a baby vest or 2 :)

Friday, 26 December 2014

7 Merry Christmas All!

.....But especially to my Secret Santa (not so secret now)

Every year Carmen from Whoopidoo...ings sets up a Secret Santa swap between bloggers. Once the date has arrived she randomly allocates you a recipient to spend a minimum of £10 on pressies for them. You get an email listing information for your recipient & where you can stalk them to get ideas.

This is the third year I've joined in & its just as fun to collect the presents together as it is to receive them.

When my parcel arrived I briefly opened it to make sure it was from my Secret Santa & then hid it away so I wouldn't be tempted to open it before Christmas Day. On Christmas eve I opened it up a bit more to lay the gifts out & was touched by the fact that not only was there beautifully wrapped presents for me, but also for Ryan & the kids!

On Christmas day I carefully unwrapped the presents so I could keep the reindeers & other beautiful ribbons & embellishments my Secret Santa had included.

Isnt it all fab! Cake decorating items, yay! Wooden embellishments, yay yay! & a variety of shaped paperclips!!! I am super happy. The Thornton chocs are Ryans, while the kids got sweets & a pen each, which Kai had to immediately try out.
And I must draw your attention to the tiny origami Santa on the card, how cute is he!!!!

So who was my Secret Santa, the card, which I opened last, revealed it all. My Secret Santa is te talented Laura from Beads, buttons & birds. Thank you so much Laura, you have made me a very happy bunny :)


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