Monday, 1 September 2014

A Trip to the Capital

Although I was born in London I left when I was around 2 to live in the Midlands. I don't visit so often since my grandparents died, so it was nice too stay for a few days with my brother, who moved to the capital when he was 18.

The public transport in London is absolutely fantastic, I don't think we waited more than 3 minutes for any bus or tube... I can't see why anyone would bother driving there. With Oyster cards in hand and an App on the phone to help us find our way about we visited many places, some I had been to as a child, for others it was my first visit.

The two of us near Parliament Square

Houses of Parliament

Stalls at Borough Market

Geffrye Museum of the Home; Rear gardens.

London; old and new: Victoria Street

Churchill's War Rooms; The Map Room

The Natural History Museum

Commemoration poppies

Outside the Tower of London.

A great end to the summer holiday just before going back to school.

Saturday, 30 August 2014


As a child I didn't think I looked like my sister, but the older we get, the more alike we look.

 On holiday recently we went out to a local seafront restaurant with Katie and Kevin, as it wasn't open when we arrived we took the opportunity to take a few photos, and I loved this one of the two of us.

All the papers and decorations are from Project Life kits, cards chopped up to make embellishments, and some additional papers by Amy Tan (Sketchbook).

It just goes to show you don't need full 12x12 papers to make a scrapbook layout.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Family Time

It's rare I can get a decent photo of my 3 kids all together looking reasonable, without anyone pulling a silly face.

 At Mum and dad's Golden Wedding celebrations last October they decided to behave themselves for this shot in a Stratford restaurant.
The papers are from the Teresa Collins ranges from earlier in the year, and I made the page to meet the monthly challenge on UKScrappers.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014


It seems ages now since our little kitties left us for their new homes.

They went in the days before we set off to the south coast, the weather was beautifully warm and we had the summer holiday stretching ahead of us.

Now the August bank holiday has arrived, the rain is pouring down and the weather is as miserable as most teachers will be feeling at the beginning of a new term.

Here are some of the first pictures of the kittens when we met them in Derby.  The page follows a Simple Recipe from UKScrappers back in July, and uses up a fair amount of old stash.
To cheer us up, we are heading for London for a few days to stay with my brother, just hope the kids take good care of the house while we are away!

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Birthday Boys

My nephews both have birthdays in August, and are always in Dorset in their holiday caravan to celebrate.

I made these 2 cards using the same kit by Teresa Collins, bought for scrapbooking but makes great cards too!

Max is really keen on photography, and Ollie is not quite a teenager yet so I'm pleased with how the cards turned out, personalised, masculine and not too grown up all at the same time.

Happy birthday boys XXX

Friday, 22 August 2014

More Storage

I saw an Ikea box on the DoCrafts website that had been decorated with the Roald Dahl papers, and thought that these might be an ideal addition to my classroom for next year.

I picked up a set of the Ultimate Die-cut pack and the cute trims, along with the drawers themselves to make my child friendly storage.

After a coat of white emulsion paint I covered the whole box with various papers, choosing different ones for each drawer.

 I then added flat decoupage and a few trims and ribbons.  A final coat or two of matt varnish makes my furniture ready to withstand the wear of the coming year.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

School page

I have moved a few times during my teaching career to different schools, so friendships with many colleagues have sadly been and gone.  After 25 years in the profession it's inevitable I suppose, but sad nevertheless.

We went out at the end of the summer term to say goodbye to a teaching friend who has gone very far afield, and has started a new job in Thailand!

 I made this page to remember her and my friends at my current school for my 'Book of Me' and as part of the UK Scrappers Summer Challenge. 

I do have photos of other teaching friends who I have lost touch with over time, maybe I should make a page about them all... only question is, can I remember all their names?