Sunday, 4 October 2015

A Good Friend

My son has known his good friend since they were both in the infants together.  They don't see so much of each other in the day now as Harry attends college, while his friend is an apprentice for a large local motor manufacturer. Imagine son's pleasure when his friend let him know that he had won executive tickets to see one of the Rugby World Cup matches in Birmingham.

Not only that, but he invited H to go along with him!

 I did insist that Harry needed to get a few photos for me to scrapbook, and his friend didn't let me down... enough pictures for a double layout.
I made the left hand page using a sketch set by a group I am part of on UKScrappers.

 I loved the sketch as it made for an unusual layout for me, most of the content off to one side, leaving the paper I had picked empty. 

A great sketch for using with a paper you love, as most of the paper remains on show.

Knowing I am an obsessive scrapbooker, Harry also remembered to bring home his ticket and executive pass.

I made a pocket on the right hand page to slot these into.

I used a mix of Kaiserkraft Class Act paper and stickers along with Simple Stories I Am. Really pleased with the page, just a shame the rugby hasn't been such a success for the home nation.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Do I Have to?

A common question asked by teenagers the world over when they are asked to do anything they don't want to....with Harry it is having his photo taken at the moment, which is a bit difficult for a scrapbooking Mum.

Especially when I look back and consider how happy he used to be in front of the lens as a little boy.

 I did convince him to put up with me taking a few pictures in Lyme this summer, but he only looks cheery in one of them!

The papers are by Maggie Holmes, embellishments are cut from the papers, from Simple Stories I Am and some from Kaiserkraft Class Act.

Do I have to?  Answer is, of course, yes!!

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

A Little Small

My girls love getting dressed up.

They always have done since they were small, so when we visited the Back to Back houses and they found a couple of little Victorian style pinnies, a bonnet and a mop cap there was no stopping them!

 The clothes were made for children, so it was a bit of a squeeze (putting it mildly) to get them on, but they did manage it in the end.

The papers on the page are Maggie Holmes by American Craft ( with beautiful 12x12 vellum papers),

some Simple Stories 'I Am' and vellum title letters by Amy Tan.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Set the Alarm

Did anyone else get up in the night to see the lunar eclipse?  I recall the last lunar eclipse being a bit of a disappointment, too cloudy to see anything, so, with a clear night forecast and a supermoon at its perigee (closest to the earth in orbit) it was well worth setting the alarm.

A pair of binoculars and my camera stabilised on a tripod let me snap a few photos of the event.

 Well worth being out in the back garden in my slippers!

Friday, 25 September 2015

Back to Backs

One weekend in September every year, many historic sites and buildings open their doors for free to encourage interest in history.  We had seen many of those open in and around Coventry, so took a train to nearby Birmingham to see the Back to Back houses in the city centre.

The three houses were built around a small courtyard on the back of a series of shops, they had no indoor running water, the shared toilet was in a shed in the yard and they were inhabited by over 60 people. They were condemned as uninhabitable by the city council in the mid 1960s, and gradually fell into disrepair.

 The only reason the back to backs were not demolished was that one of the shops at the front of Court 15 remained in use as a tailors until the 1970s.

The buildings were saved after listing in the late 1980s, and the Birmingham Conservation trust funded their restoration.

Now, you can not only visit for a guided tour, but even stay in a couple of the cottages!  What a great base for seeing our second city. The tailor left the contents of his shop and these form part of the exhibition, including his patterns, an original suit hand made by Saunders and even his tiny changing room along with full length mirror.

So, after our visit, I made a scrapbook page to include some of my photos. My papers are a vintage set by Crate,

I included chipboard bunting to match the hand knitted bunting pinned up in the courtyard.
My MIL tells me that many members of her family lived in Back to Back houses in her native Bradford.

It's funny, bit after a discussion here we did feel that the houses would have some benefits... imagine knowing your neighbours well, and having a safe place for the children to play outside. Wouldn't fancy the outside loo though.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

The Big Hoot

Following the last post I made a scrapbook page using the photos I took on that day.

The papers are so old I can't even remember what they are called, but it is good to use old make more space to buy new!

 Most of the embellishments are cut from the papers, I also use a few stickers from a Kaiserkraft school set.

Title letters are Thickers and small letters by Basic Grey.  More faux enamel dots by Tonic.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Second city owls.

My daughter is living in Birmingham and we popped over to the second city to see her last weekend as it was Heritage Open Day.

 Along with seeing the back t back houses in the centre of town, we saw lots of owls on our way round.

 All over the city are owls decorated by artists in different patterns as part of the Big Hoot event.

Here are a few of those you can still see if you are quick, as the event ends on the 27th of this month.

There are 89 owls, so you are never too far from one to admire.

Some are full size, other smaller ones about 4ft tall called owlets were decorated by local school children.

Each owl is unique and they all show the fantastic creativity of the artists.



 Not only that, I know I have a paper with owls that will be perfect for an owly LO.