Tuesday, 21 October 2014

20 Today

I can't believe I have two girls in their 20's now (Neither can they I think).  I'm sure I should be able to retire soon....

Katie is away studying physics, so her card has a suitably geeky feel with the obligatory owl thrown in.

Not a great card in terms of style, but as it was made to suit Katie I think I can be forgiven for that.
I am missing my girl, and if Hannah gets work I will be be in the minority at home for the first time soon.

Photos: Katie's first trip out to her Aunties wedding, November 1994.

Playing in the garden in Dad's hat aged 2.

Story time with Mum, Hannah and Harry aged 4.

Durdle Door in Dorset aged 11.

Tired teenager?

Aged 19, the day she left for University.

Happy birthday Katie.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Another Card

I make cards for Christmas, family birthdays and special celebrations, but that's about it really.  I started papercrafting by making cards about 12 years ago, but switched to scrapbooking a couple of years later; I could keep my lovely stash and do something with the hundreds of photos I had taken of our family over the years.

So, after saying that I don't really make cards much, three will have been posted here within just over a week, an anniversary and two birthdays.

When Katie and Harry were small, as their birthdays were within days of each other and close to half term, they always used to have a joint birthday party.

Harry is having some friends over tonight to celebrate his 16th (only if he helps to tidy the house first!) with pizza, computer games and general noise I predict.

Photos: Harry 2 months with Uncle Tony Christmas 1998, with our elderly cat approx 6 years old in Beavers uniform, Recenly showing off his new (very large) trainers!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Strictly Mania

I'm not sure what it's like in your house, but here, in the run up to Christmas, we are avid watchers of all things Strictly. For myself and the girls, the sparkly, sequinned show brightens up the dark nights and signals that the festive season is soon to be on its way!

As Hannah is still at home looking for work after graduating, she has been looking after us around the house, but does get bored in the day.  When I went out to a crop last weekend she asked to come and made this fab-u-lous chart to monitor the progress of the contestants.

The star indicates who scored most highly that week, and we are trying to source some red acetate to put over the eliminated contestants.  Crazy?  Probably, but we can't help joining in!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Happy Anniversary

Mum and Dad...

51 years today.

 I made their card using Lovely papers by Papermania.

And here they are having a dip in the sea in Weymouth this summer. Our family is out to celebrate at lunchtime today (except Katie who is far away on the Welsh coast) which means no cooking for me!

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Smartphone Tuition

I think these photos taken in the early summer are really of our time;

my nephew showing his Grandma how to use a smartphone.

 In a couple of decades I predict all adults will be accustomed to using this technology, so pictures like this might be no more. Not only that, but considering how rapidly phones have moved on, the interface may be completely changed making sharing like this a thing of the past.

It's good to scrapbook the small things.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

August Project Life.

August is always a busy month for us as we actually feel like we have lives when  we don't have to spend over 50 hours a week working. This summer was no exception as we completed our holiday in Dorset, and spent a few days in London with my brother.

All of this meant that it was a squeeze to fit in all the photos to the August Project Life. I solved the problem using Simple Stories photo flips allowing me to add lots of extras on an interactive layout.

Note to self: I need to get some more photo flips.

Saturday, 4 October 2014


I am sure that anyone who has been to London this summer or Autumn will have visited the Tower to see the poppies installation in remembrance of the lives lost during World War 1.

As the work of art grows day after day no-one could fail to be moved by the vast number of flowers, each ceramic bloom representing an empire life lost; over 880 000 in total will have been added by the time remembrance Sunday arrives.

Although it was packed with people around the Tower, I'm so glad we went along to see this astounding sight.