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Hand stitching on a layout

My husband was out the other night, so I decided to make a quick layout with a photo I had printed that morning. Unfortunately, I run out of 6×4 photo paper and had to print it in 7×5, which turns out is huge! Remember my scrapbook is 8×8, which in reality is smaller than that, so a 7 inches wide photo takes up most of the space on a page!

But, hey, nevermind. Off I went. Since the photo was so big, I knew I had to keep the layout quite simple, so I decided to do some hand stitching. My first experience with stitching wasn’t great, however I did some stitching in one of the Paige Evans layouts and it was much easier that time, so I knew I wanted to try again.

The thread I used was from one of those cheap sewing kits. I still need to go and look for proper thread, as I found this one too flimsy and difficult to work with. I have been recommended a couple of brands, so next time I’m shopping I’ll keep an eye.

sewing kit

And this is it. A very simple layout due to the huge photo, but the important bit was documenting this memory of a time when bedtimes weren’t easy. It’s not all about remembering the happy times, it’s also about the not-so-good times!

The hand stitching took me much longer than I expected, so maybe I need to keep practising, and perhaps find that thread that will make it less flimsy!

hush now baby

stitching detail

 

Book of Me project update

The mixed media project that I was working on recently just became the cover page of the Book of Me album that I am starting soon.

The watercolour base that I showed you on my mixed media post stayed pretty much the same, however, when it came to putting the (very large!) photo of me on top, I had to add some more watercolouring to the left hand side. Thankfully, it was super easy to do with my new water brush 🙂

Book of me unfinishedNeeds some more watercolour on the left hand side

Book of me finishedFinished with title and extra watercolour

I have also now come up with my list of A-Z topics. I was going to wait for the Facebook group to come up with prompts, but I am a rebel, aren’t I, and I decided to go and do my own thing, like I always do!

So, this is my list at the moment, although some of the letters/topics may change, and for some I still haven’t made up my mind…

A – Andromeda
B – Birthday
C – Childhood / Cortijo
D – Dreams
E – Eric&Elisa
F – Favourites (music, film, games, book, food, etc)
G – Grandma? / Granada?
H – Hair / Hobbies
I – Influence/Inspiration
J – Joy? Jon?
K – Kingdom (UK)
L – Linguistics
M – Motril
N – Nature
O – Ocean/Opinions
P – Pets
Q – Quiet time? / Questions?
R – Relatives
S – Summer
T – Tropical (heladeria)
U – Uniform? / University?
V – Virginia Water
W – Wedding
X – Xmas!
Y – Youth
Z – Zero (TSP)

By the way, some of these layouts may not have a photo and be centred around the story / journalling!

Projects in the pipeline

Because catching up with the twins scrapbook is not enough (*sarcasm!!), I have several projects in the pipeline that I want to start soon too.

  • Glynn Barton Cottages holiday Mini Book: I started working on this a tiny bit during the retreat in Bracknell last month. I had printed a few photos to scrapbook anyway, but before starting I decided that I would make a mini album instead. I picked a Simple Stories “I am” mini album kit at the retreat shop and chose my favourite pages to use. I also created a front page with cardstock and alphabet stickers, but I didn’t do any more after that. So I have now chosen quite a few more photos to print and I want to make a list with the titles I want to put on my pages. This will make it slightly faster when I am creating each page! (sometimes I sit there and look at the photo for minutes trying to come up with a title… Having the title already will give me extra minutes to scrap!)
  • Kids’ playroom rules. This is not scrapbooking related, but I still want to do it! I already talked about it before the retreat. I want to buy a canvas and use some large glittery chipboard alphas that I have to create a “subway art” style canvas for the playroom. I have the alphas, I have spray inks… Now I just need the canvas!
    Before I buy the canvas, though, I want to come up with a list of the words and phrases I want to use and fish out all the alphas to see how it all looks together and roughly how big it’s going to be!
  • The book of Me. This is something that I’ve seen recently in the scrapbooking facebook group. There are going to be weekly prompts to scrapbook about you and your life (rather than the kids and pets like most scrapbooks are!). A lady has already started making her own one, and the way she is doing it is using the letters of the alphabet as the prompts. For instance, A for Achievements, B for Believe, C for Childhood, etc. I really like this idea, but I think I am going to wait to see the weekly prompts before I make up my mind about which idea to follow!
  • First communion order. And I mustn’t forget that I have to have this crafty order ready for the new year! A couple of months back a lady got in touch with me to make a couple of buntings and cupcake toppers for her daughters’ first communion celebrations. As I will be going to Spain in the new year, we agreed that I would take them with me to save on the high postage costs. But now the pressure is on, as my craft room is still a mess due to the loft extension and I only have a few weeks to get started (and finished!)
  • Oh, and did I mention that I must keep catching up with the twins’ scrapbook? I’ve got a feeling that I am always going to be a year off… but hey, that’s life!

Birds of a Feather event

Apologies for the lack of content lately! This weekend I am going to be away and hopefully I will get a chance to write a couple of extra posts that I have in the pipeline…

But, most importantly, on Saturday I will be attending the first event organised by “Birds of a Feather“. This is a UK company, just formed, that create events like scrapbooking workshops, retreats, etc. Their first event is a workshop with renowned designer Paige Evans. She currently designs for Pink Paislee and her collections are super cute.

She has created four exclusive layouts for the workshop, which at the moment are top secret! We have only had a small sneak peek and the whole layouts won’t be revealed until the workshop starts. All the materials for creating the layouts are provided and the only thing we need to bring (apart from basic tools like trimmers, glue, etc) is the photos.

The workshop is taking place in Ansty, near Coventry, so the whole family and I will be spending the weekend near Banbury with my in-laws, which is only a little drive away from the hotel (around 45 minutes drive)

So, I’m really excited and I can’t wait to see what I create on the day!

Birds of a Feather

 

 

My first retreat (October 2016)

Last weekend I attended my first scrapbooking retreat. What an event! So many new adventures! So here’s a detailed recount of my experience:

Friday.

I arrived at the hotel at around 6:30 pm after having left the twins at home with the promise that “I would be home soon” 🙂 I checked into my room -pretty average hotel room, nothing special about it- and went down to the hall where the retreat was taking place. I met a lady in the lift on my way there and she showed me the seating plan and helped me find my seat when we got to the hall.

What a huge place! The room that we were using was much bigger than the one normally used for the crops and it was pretty full when I got there! If I remember correctly, there were approximately 6 tables with an average of 12-15 people per table… That is a lot of people!

On my table space there was a goodie bag with chocolates and snacks, a bottle of water and a scrapbooking pack as well. There was a letter from the organiser explaining the times and activities taking place during the weekend and also a list of challenges.

I decided straight away that I was not going to take part on any of the challenges, as you had to put your pages on the wall for everybody to then rate, and because of the way that I scrapbook with my books, there wasn’t an easy way for me to enter the challenges. So I decided to skip them.

A little while after my arrival, Claire arrived too. I know Claire from the Facebook group and we’ve also met before once at one of the crops, so at least I wasn’t completely alone! Unfortunately I didn’t know anyone else at our table. The rest of the people that I know from crops or facebook groups were already sitting in a group table. I must admit that I was a bit jealous of this. I went to the retreat for the break from my routine and to scrapbook a lot, but I also wanted to build a little bit on the friendship with the “Bracknell crew”, and unfortunately I didn’t get a chance. There were at least 15 ladies on that table and they all knew each other, they were a group. So much so that on the Saturday they were all wearing marching t-shirts and all! It felt a bit intimidating, like a closed circle… However, I didn’t let that affect me and I still had a great time.

On the Friday I only managed one layout. A little while after arriving, there was dinner included, so I took a little bit of time to relax having dinner and chatting to some of the ladies. So after more chatting and hardly any scrapping, I finished one layout and decided to go to bed.

Saturday.

I got to the hall at around 10 in the morning, after having breakfast at the hotel. Claire, who was sitting next to me, didn’t arrive until well past noon, so the morning was very quiet. The other ladies on my table were not really the chatty type, so we all just got on with our layouts.

For lunch I had a sandwich in the hotel bar. The hotel gave me a £5 voucher to spend for declining to have my room serviced that day, so a £9 sandwich ended up only costing me £4. Kaching!

After lunch Claire arrived, and the afternoon was more entertaining. She is really chatty and very friendly, and she is even more crafty-crazy than me! There was another lady at the table who was very chatty, who also came in the afternoon, so that was good as made it very enjoyable.

For dinner I asked several times what everyone was doing and got no replies or shrugs (Claire was on a diet and didn’t eat much at all all weekend). So I ordered myself a pizza for delivery. After my pizza arrived a couple of ladies in my table said that they would have ordered with me had they known…. well, I did say!

I finished 8 layouts more (wow! huge number!) but by 10:30 again I was knackered and went to bed. A lot of the ladies, especially the Bracknell crew, stayed until much later. I heard stories of bottles of wine rolling and scrapping until well into the night.

Sunday.

Again, I made it into the hall at around 10 in the morning after having breakfast. However, I kind of lost my mojo and took me a while to get started again. Eventually I got the mojo going again and managed to finish three more layouts before packing up and going home.

Before going home, we all got to vote for our favourite entries in the challenges. As I left before the results were announced, I didn’t get to see who won. I found this a bit annoying, actually. It would have taken the organisers very little to take a photo of the winners and let everyone know. But, nevermind, I suppose next time I need to stay longer if I want to find out!


All in all I had a good time, but I think I would have enjoyed it better if I had had “friends” with me. All the groups are already made and it seems hard to “infiltrate” these circles. Conversation at my table was sometimes a bit forced and not all that natural, given that some of the interlocutors didn’t know each other that much. So when I heard real laughter coming from the other many groups of friends I felt a bit of lack of belonging.

But hey, I’ve only been going to crops for less than a year, and I see some of these people only once every couple of months, so I can’t expect them to welcome me into their already made group just like that! It will happen with time…

So here are the layouts that I made over the weekend!

Crazy hat

Balance bikes

Hello friends

shine today

Greedy chops

New skirt

breakfast club

round round

Love you loads

meeting pepper

world book day

wagamama selfies