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Scrapbooking Layout – Happy

Hi all! I attended my first scrapbooking crop of the year last weekend in Hursley. I was sat at a different table than usual, and as I didn’t really know the ladies, I didn’t join in the conversation much, so I just got on with my scrapbooking! I managed to finish 5 layouts, which is great going!

The next few blog posts will feature said layouts, and here is the first!

Happy Happy Happy

I cannot tell you how happy I am with this. This is probably my favourite layout so far ever. It is colourful, bright, and the photo of my son is just so cute! I know the grey background may seem a little odd to start with, but it has got a shine to it and it is not as dark as it may seem. Plus the grey coordinates greatly with the black and white photo!

This layout I made almost exclusively with the Lottie Loves Paper December kit plus Shimelle’s Starshine 6×6 paper pad. The only things that came from my stash were the “happy stamps” and the background cardstock.

Here are a few close ups:

you are my happy

Buttons

be happy

By the way, there is some journalling… it’s just at the back of the cardstock! I didn’t want to “spoil” the look of the layout by adding my dodgy handwriting in the front 🙂

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!

I hope you had a lovely Christmas and Crafty Santa brought you lots of pretty goodies! Crafty Santa was good with me and brought me an ATG gun and a huge crop bag! I have now started using the ATG gun and it’s amazing, so much time saved compared to the double sided sticky tape that I was using! And the crop bag I’ll get to use this coming weekend! Yay!

crafty santa

I didn’t scrap at all since my last post about the Glynn Barton book back in the middle of December and I must admit that I really missed scrapping during the whole Christmas period and the first couple of weeks of January.

I kept being active on Facebook for the most part of it, and I kept seeing gorgeous layouts posted to all the scrapping groups that I belong to, and I also kept watching process videos on youtube (although not so many, as December Daily was taking over and I am not into December Daily – yet), and I was so jealous! I wanted to have time to sit down at my desk too and have a play myself. But it wasn’t to be! The first time that I got to create just last Saturday!

However, all this time that I didn’t create, I did have lots of opportunities to think about what I want to create and achieve in the new year, and I reached lots of conclusions!

The first decision that I reached was that I no longer want to work chronologically. It is so restrictive! I have loved creating the twins’ first few books (four so far: 2013, 2014 part one, 2014 part two, and 2015 part one), however, now that I have almost finished the first 2015 one, I am not very inspired to start the second one! I love seeing other people’s layouts, with photos that vary greatly in years or seasons or events. I want to have this freedom to jump from a Christmas layout today to a summer one tomorrow. In order to stop scrapping chronologically, I need to stop using the Hobbycraft prebound books. Again, I have enjoyed using them until now, and I may still use them for mini albums (like the Glynn Barton one) but no more.

The second decision is very closely related to the first one, and it’s that since I am not going to be restricted to prebound albums, I am also going to stop scrapping on 8×8 size and move towards 12×12. I have already created two layouts on this size (blog posts coming soon) last weekend and I have loved every minute of it.

Another benefit of moving to 12×12 is that now I can just send 90% of my pictures to print just like they are, without having to edit them first in photoshop to get two or three smaller photos on a 4×6. It is so time consuming! I suppose sometimes I may still do that when I want to use two or three photos on one layout, but that would be the exception to the rule rather than the other way around.

At the same time, my other objectives for this year are the same ones that I talked about in this post (except for the First Communion order, which has already been done. I will blog about it very soon). The book of me, however, is going to have to be rethought. I was looking again at the prompts that I came up with, with each letter of the alphabet, and I don’t know how doable some of them are. I have already decided that some layouts would be photo-less, however looking at them again has made me realise that tons of them would not have a photo, and that is not what I want. So I may ditch the whole letter of the alphabet idea and just scrap the photos that I already have, but telling a story, from childhood to current likes and dislikes.

In this new year I am also going to try to attend at least one crop every month, two if possible! I talked to my husband about it and he agrees that I need this time for myself. The dates for the Artful Angels crop in Winchester are great this year and have already been put in my calendar. The dates for the Scrap Cafe crops however are not so good. Especially the dates for Bracknell, which would be my preferred location, happen to be not so favourable. Also, I won’t be able to attend their first retreat in March, which is a shame, but I already have something else planned for that weekend.

Oh, and did I mention that I will also be attending the new Paige Taylor Evans workshop in March? I have seen some reveals of her new collection and I know I am going to absolutely love it, so I’m really excited about that! We will be going to spend the weekend at the in-laws and I can travel to the venue on the Saturday, just like we did for the November workshop. More info on the Birds of a Feather website 🙂

And the last thing… Last year I applied to become a Design Team member for the Lottie Loves Paper kit, and I really hope I get chosen! I think being a DT member would push me to try new things and I am sure it would broaden the way I scrapbook, so it would be a fantastic challenge for me! If I don’t get chosen is not the end of the world, but I would very much love it!

I’ve got a couple more things to talk about, but I will save them for another blog post… I am aware this one is already very long!

Read you soon!
Mx

Artful Angels crop – November 2016

So the last crop of the year has come and gone. What a nice day I had… It was quiet, everybody seemed to be concentrating a lot on their layouts and there wasn’t as much chatting as there has been before, but it was still a very nice atmosphere, very friendly and I feel more and more comfortable there the more I go. I’m not sure I am going to become “best friends” with the ladies there anytime soon, but I still really enjoy their company.

I managed four layouts yesterday. I think I would have been able to squeeze a fifth one, however I did some mixed media on my second layout, with texture paste and ink splatters which took a long time to dry… Next time I need to avoid texture paste, or just take my heat gun with me! (I asked all the ladies at the crop for a heat gun but nobody had taken one…)

All in all I am very happy with all four layouts. One of the things that I really like about attending crops is the sheer amount of tools available to borrow. For example, for my first layout (First BBQ) I used a round border punch, a square punch, a notebook border punch and the typewriter. For the second layout (Feed me baby) I borrowed the mask for the mixed media…

So without further ado, here they are!

First BBQ

Feed me baby

Best kid ever

Happy you

Artful Angels Crop – October 2016

What a fantastic day! This time was a million times better than the last crop at Artful Angels. Maybe it’s because I had serious lack of sleep last time, but this time it was a completely different experience. Everyone was friendlier and I chatted with all the ladies at my table. We even had lunch together and I could feel like the relationships are starting to build (with me – they all know each other already)

Scrapping-wise, the day started slow and it took me a long time to finish the first layout, however, after lunch I managed to get so much more done! Although, I must admit that some of my layouts were very plain this time, making them faster to build.

And without further ado, here they are!

Mum's birthday selfie

Love these moments

Adventures

Grandma's garden

I haven’t unpacked anything since I will be going straight into the scrap cafe retreat on Friday! So excited about it!

Crops, retreats and other musings

Apologies for the lack of content lately, I have been quite busy!

On Saturday last week I attended the Artful Angels crop near Winchester. This was my second time, the first time being back in April! (I couldn’t make it in May because we were on holiday in Cornwall, I couldn’t make it in June because it was Jon’s brother’s birthday do, I couldn’t make it in July because we were on holiday in Spain, and they didn’t run one in August!)

Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy it as much as I would have at any other time, because the previous night I was out with some girl friends and went to bed stupidly late! So in the morning I drove from Blackwater to Hursley… The drive was easy enough actually. I thought it would take me longer, but I was there by 10:30, which I was happy about.

But yeah, due to the lack of sleep it’s like I wasn’t there. The ladies that I sat with last time were there again this time (Lisa Jane, Sarah, Elise, Jo? and Paula) and I chatted a bit with them. But I don’t know if it’s because I was so tired, it didn’t feel as friendly as the previous time…

Still, I was productive enough and managed to finish four layouts! Not bad!

I also wanted to say that previously I hadn’t been 100% satisfied with the quality of my home printed photos, so for this crop I ordered them via Jessops. I selected my photos and placed an order online on the Monday, kind of hoping that they would be ready for collection and day or two later (they don’t tell you how long it takes on their website). However when I still hadn’t heard from them on Thursday afternoon, I started to panic! Luckily they texted me on Friday morning saying that the order was ready to pick up…. Phew!! However, when I got to the shop and I gave all the details to the girl, she couldn’t find my order!! After waiting for another 10 minutes or so and asking for a manager to look, they finally found them (the downside of a surname like mine… they had stored it under “C” instead of “L” like the girl was expecting)

But now I have very high quality prints to scrapbook until end of April, so quite pleased about that! I’ll just be more careful when ordering the next batch, to order it with plenty of time!

 

Tomorrow is the regular crop in Bracknell, however I am going to miss it! It is the birthday party of one of the twins’ friends and we couldn’t miss it. However I am planning on going the following week to the one in Earley, despite having said that I wouldn’t go again due to being a nightmare drive… But I really enjoy them, and I catch up so much with the scrapbook!

The lady who runs the crops in Bracknell and Earley also runs Retreats (a retreat is like a weekend-long crop, where you stay in a hotel or country house). The next one she is running is in mid-October and I have already booked my place! It is at the Hilton Hotel in Bracknell and they include a light dinner, plus all the other stuff that is available at the regular crops. I just can’t wait to go!

And here are the layouts that I managed at the Artful Angels crop. I am particularly pleased with the “naughty kids” one 🙂

Naughty Kids

Love US

Pretty sweet girl

Speccy four eyes