Wednesday, 23 April 2014


Well, so much for a lovely Easter with birthday meals out, family joining us for celebrations and a relaxing holiday after a term of hard work.

I have been sick since the first Monday of the holiday with a terrible stomach bug, all birthday and Easter celebrations were cancelled, and I have not stirred from the house since Monday the 14th.  Thought I was getting over it, so began eating again this Monday, only to be up sick in the night again last night.  My birthday cake lies untouched by me, and I haven't even started an Easter egg :(

If I am no better by Friday I will have to go to the doctors as I am due back at work on Monday, but I really don't want to go to the surgery feeling so ill.

Worst of all, I just feel so annoyed, I had been looking forward to my 50th birthday (sounds odd I know) and this holiday, the weather has been fine, but I've been stuck in my pyjamas for 10 days now.  Grrrrrrr.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

A New 'Old' Me

Well, on my 50th birthday I thought I would post a layout featuring the recent photos taken of me wearing my new glasses, with hair freshly cut.

It seems very little time since I was 40, that was the school Easter holiday too, so I am looking forward to nice relaxing day today.

The wooden glasses were painted using Smooch spray, papers are Teresa Collins , stamp was free with Craft Stamper magazine...

and I made the pinwheels myself using Tim Holtz dies.

And although I am 50, I am that little bit nearer retirement!!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Still Crazy

..after all these years. 24 years married today, not sure where that went, but here we are, middle aged, both carrying a little too much weight, and that bit closer to retirement!

 I made this page as part of the February Simple Recipes challenge on UKScrappers, I love the way it turned out as the design is so different to my usual style.

The Simple Recipes challenges are to make you search through stash and use lots of old materials, I used vellum bought from QVC at least 8 years ago, Papermania Happy Days (2012) and Vintage Notes (2013) and added a new Teresa Collins paper and stamps for the details.

I really liked the idea of making little patchwork pieces, using dies, stitching and I added extra stamping.

As soon as I saw the photo of the two of us (taken on holiday) it reminded me of this Paul Simon song Dad used to play when I was a girl.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Bookworm Page 1

DoCrafts asked me to make a layout for the April Creativity magazine using Gorjuss papers, and I made two using the same photo.

 This one (not published) has the photo in full colour taken in spring about 5 years ago. I used 2 photos, and one of the Gorjuss girls stamped and water-coloured as an additional image.

I'm not one for colouring really, but I did enjoy colouring the girl to make her hair look like my daughters.

One of the things I like about the Gorjuss range is that they have loads of images to cut out inside the packaging, that's where lots of the little embellishments come from.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Another 2012 page

Found this LO in my 2012 album, and realised I hadn't posted it here.

 Everywhere you looked at the the time the Union Jack seemed to be the design of choice, on food packaging, homewares and these mugs.I still have most in the cupboard so they seem to have stood the test of time!

The papers are MME Life Stories Kraft cardstock, kraft Core'dination embossed with a Union Jack folder, and the title is Anna Griffin stamps.

  It's one of the reasons I love scrapbooking, it's about capturing the little memories!

Thursday, 10 April 2014


As part of his Duke of Edinburgh award Harry has spent a lot of time trekking this spring.

He returned shattered from his expedition hike this weekend, but also had a practice run back in March.  I managed to persuade him to have his photo taken at the time, so here he is on a layout. Papers are Teresa Collins Memorabilia, with lots of neutrals, chalkboard and duck egg, perfect for male pages. The feather on the right is stitched using an Amy Tan template, then cut out; Washi is Mme Payraud Papermania.

One more day after this at school, then two weeks holiday! HOORAY!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

A Forgotten page.

As I was looking through my 2012 album I noticed a couple of pages I had forgotten to upload onto my blog.  I hope you will forgive me for them being so late, but it will be nice to see a bit of red, white and blue again!

The first page is about the opening ceremony of the Olympics, when we all sat open mouthed at the Queen briefing 007, then 'jumping' from a helicopter in a sketch with James Bond.  We were all so surprised that it was really the Queen taking part (in the first part anyway) and not a stand in I couldn't resist recording this memory.
Papers Portobello Road, MME cardstock, Tim Holtz ticket embossing folder and alphabet die (Sizzix).