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Scrapbook Layout – Beautiful family

Hello and welcome! I attended another crop on Saturday and I managed to finish four layouts! Yay me! I am actually so proud of myself, as I had a stinking cold on the day, not feeling 100% but I still gave it my all and came up with a couple of super great layouts! Despite feeling ill, I had a great time chatting with some of the Bracknell crew ladies 🙂

Today I bring you: Beautiful family. This layout has two main objectives: 1) To use Lottie Loves Paper January kit and 2) to participate in For the Love of Pretty Paper’s February challenge (tic tac toe challenge)

I designed and cut the hearts myself on my silhouette and used a sheet of Shimelle True Stories paper (one of my favourite papers too!) for the background. The embellishments (gold word and hearts, enamel dots and sequins) are from Lottie Loves Paper February kit. In addition to that, I also used some gold Heidi Shine and the thickers for the word Family were also from my stash. To finish off the tic tac toe challenge, I also did some faux stitching around some of the hearts.

I am very pleased with how this layout came up! Here are some photos:

Beautiful family

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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!

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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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Scrap Cafe Crop – Reading September 2016

Apologies for being so late writing this post. I’ve had a very busy week!

I had a nice time at the Scrap Cafe Crop in Reading last weekend. I sat next to a really lovely lady called Lynne and we got on quite well. I wasn’t as productive as I could have been (only three layouts!) but I am very happy with the result of all three of them.

Savo(u)r the small things

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For this layout I used a very large card with the title. The card was from a “project-life-style” collection, although I can’t remember which. I bought it at the crop shop and threw the packaging straight away, so can’t remember the name. I decided to delineate the outside of the words to give it a bit more interest and I really like how it turned out.

The rest of the backing papers are from Simple Stories “Sunshine and Happiness”, and the embellishments are from one of Lottie Loves Papers kits, but I forget which one.

(I’m just realising that it is going to be very difficult for me to come up with a list of products used in my layouts as more often than not I just throw everything into my stash and forget about collections or manufacturers)

Dad tickles

For this layout I used a sheet of paper from the Fancy Pants Millie & June. I fussy cut the hearts that I like the most and used them to border my photo. I used other papers from the same collection for matting the photo.

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Rain Rain go away

This layout has been praised quite a lot on Facebook on the last few days. I really like it, the embellishments really work well, however it is not my most favourite layout so far.

The embellishments are mainly from the Echo Park collection “Sunny days ahead”, although there are a couple of Shimelle’s stickers and also a few Sn@p ones.

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My next crop is on the 8th of next month, Hursley again. And the week after that is the retreat in Bracknell! I am so excited about the retreat, I can tell you!

August’s Scrap Cafe crop in Bracknell

Last Saturday I attended my first crop in Bracknell (and my third crop ever! – The first one was south of Winchester and the second one in Reading. The Reading one is run by Lorraine, owner of “the Scrap Café” who also runs the Bracknell one)

We had quite a miserable day, weather wise, on Saturday so it was the perfect day to spend a few hours doing some scrapbooking!

The Bracknell crop takes place at the Hilton Hotel, which is on the A322 just a few miles off the M3. This is super convenient for me, because it’s a very straight forward drive. The crop in Reading is a very complicated drive going through Reading housing estates. I found it a very stressful drive. Bracknell however was very easy to find. So I have decided to stick with the Bracknell crop rather than Reading.

The room at the hotel is quite comfortable. I was sitting by a big window, so I had plenty of natural light. Although I am aware that there were plenty of other ladies sitting on the other side of the room without the natural light…

I already knew a few of the ladies from my previous crop in Reading, so it was great getting into the conversations without the awkwardness of the first time. They are a really nice bunch of women and I really enjoy their company. Certainly it’s a totally different experience than scrapping on your own!

I finally finished the last two layouts to complete my 2014 book and started working on 2015. In total, I managed 5 and a half layouts (although one was double). The “half” one, I finished when I got home.

And these are my favourite layouts of the day (I added some typed journalling to “A day at the farm” at home)

Sweet boy

Happy cousins

A day at the farm