Quick catch up!

I have been really bad at photographing my LOs lately, mainly due to the terrible weather, but here are a couple that I have done recently.

I have just had a quick flick through my pages and there are at least five that I have got there still to photograph, so I shall get these to you asap! I hope you all have a fab New Year, and I shall post again in 2010! X


Here's mine!

Looking through my blogger reading list, there are so many pics of the snow that the UK has just been hit with...so I thought I would join in!

Oliver just enjoyed hitting the snow off of bushes...it is his first real play in snow!

Whilst Izabelle wanted to make snow angels, but didn't want to get a wet head...so air angels it was!!!

This is the view from out the front of my house...(if you can squeeze through the row of trees!)

As you can see we really did have 6 inches, but the kids soon saw to making it all look like a sloshy mess!

And this is my end of the close, our ice rink, where I have spent many a swear word trying to get a grip in the car, and slidding all over the place!

Hope all in the UK are enjoying the last of it!
Merry Christmas everyone!!!! XXX


Merry Christmas Teachers...

With school holidays starting at the end of this week, I thought I had better get into gear and make Izabelle's teacher a christmas gift...and fast!

I bought a Post-It note pad, a small 2010 diary and a jotter pad and managed to make this file for her, complete with a matching pen!

I used a large sheet of thin chipboard for the file, and it only took me an hour to get the template right! Phew...

I found a suitable pen first, then chose my papers so that they would all co-ordinate.

I love it, and want to keep it, but Izabelle is so looking forward to handing her gift to her teacher tomorrow!

Now the thought had just come to me...what about the teachers assistant...?


Crop results!

Well yesterday I spent the whole day at my first ever crop...and loved it! I ate all the cake and choccys I could possible fit in, and really enjoyed a little bit of time with no kiddies. Everyone was really friendly, and I managed to get loads done. Here are two of my pages I completed...

I actually made three, but my camera didn't want to take a decent pic of the third one indoors, and then I got home, and spend the evening making another page! Just cant get enough! I shall post the other two pages soon. Hope evryone had a good week end! X


SOL Catch up!

Once again I have let my blogging duties slip! Although I have been snatching some scrapping time now and then.

Firstly, I need to show you last weeks LO for Scrapping Out Louds Recipe Challenge. We were asked to use...

3 Circles
A Heart
1 photo
5 Buttons

So here is what I did...

This is one of my pages to go in an album I am doing for someone, hopefully I can complete it in time for xmas!

And Yesterdays Challenge was to use numbers on your LO. Now I always find I have loads of numbers left on a sheet of Alphas when I have used all the letters up, but never know what to do with them. So I grabbed all the 4's, and came up with this....

I didn't think I needed to add many other embelishments as it would have risked making the page too overloaded with all the other colours on there.

Lastly I just want to share this 'just because' page. I happened to have my camera close by
when Oliver was having a tantrum so I snapped away and loved this photo!

I got the idea for the layout from a page by Wendy McKee. She is such an inspiration!


How embarrasing!

Much to my Husbands disgust, I made the page yesterday.....

It was supposed to be quite quick and simple. I already had the colour scheme and layout in mind before I started, and even a title. But I started with this sheet as my backing page....

Although I absolutley LOVE the paper, with such a busy background, everything looked too crowded and nothing stood out. I decided to save this sheet for when I have very little time, and only want to add a few simple plain embellies.

So what to do now...? I have everything ready, just nothing suitable to stick it down onto. i put it all against blue, green, grey, coffee coloured cardstock, but it all looked a bit lost on the page without that brown frame...

AHH HAA!!!! That was it...the brown frame! I used the diecut sheet as a template and cut out a brown frame from plain brown bazzil. VOILA!! It finished off the page perfectly!



Over at UKS at the mo, the Scrap Like You Mean It challenge for the week is to scrap using the word remember somewhere on your page.

Shimelle kindly linked up a couple of frebbies, some digital 'Remember' overlays, which I used both the white and black ones of.

I pasted the words several times, one over the other to ensure that whether the photo was dark or light, the words would still be visible.

Here was the result....

It takes note of the present when my daughter and her half-brother are very close, you would never know they are not 'real' siblings, and that they don't even live together. There are 7 years between them, so I am sure that this bond will fade over time (or at least he will get embarrased/annoyed by her when he is older!)

This is one of many photos of them two that I want to keep of a reminder of precious times like these!


Me Time!

Since my little lady has started school, and my lil man has started cutting down on his daytime naps, I seem to have little or no time to scrap! This is why I have actually started planning afternoons or evening just for 'me time'.

I keep Oliver awake all morning so he has a good hour or two in the afternoon, I get Izabelle some new pens/colouring book so she is amused for a while (with a disney princess film of course!) or I ask hubby when footy will be on, or which evenings he will be out so I can get kiddies to bed early! It may sound cruel, but we all have to have some time to ourselves to stay (slightly) sane!

After all that rambling, what I actually wanted to show you was a result of my most recent 'me time'....

I have learnt how to scrap quicker, to make the most of the short time I get, and I am slowly falling in love with machine stitching on layouts. The patchwork effect papers were all machine sewn together, with a little help from Izabelle!
(Tip: If you want to recreate this look, decide which parts will
actually be showing, so you don't waste time
and effort stitching pieces that will be hidden!)

I am now going to put little one down, and hopefully grab an hour...I am thinking of maybe a green & blue LO....Watch this space!


Scrapping Out Loud Reveal...

Ok, so am a day behind, but here is my DT page for this weeks 'hidden journaling' challenge over at SOL....

As you can see, I folded my journaling up and used some thread to wrap it around a button and hold it down. It was like a little reminder to Izabelle of what happened whilst getting ready for her 1st day at school.
I plan on using a photo I got of her walking home with daddy afterwards, to make a LO about how the morning went and what she thought about it....


Scrapping Out LOUD! Blog Hop....

Happy Tuesday Everyone! Well, if you are visiting as part of the SOL Blog Hop, you will have already seen some amazing pages, so I won't delay in reveal my take on this week's challenge, 'The Bigger The Better'

So they wanted us to use oversized embelishments and alphas on a page...so how could I resist making this large cute tortoise to match the ones on the backing paper!

Now you only have one more blog to hop on over to, before returning to Scrapping Out LOUD! so click HERE to check out Yvonnes fab LO!

And if you have joined us half way through and want to see the other DT's pages, this is where you need to visit...
Lou *You Are Here!*
See you back at SOL! Enjoy! X


Quick update!

I did say I would be blogging more regularly....whoops!!!

So here is a few pages to update you on what I have been up to....

This page was made after I finally made my daughter a dress. I have never sewn a thing in my life before this, so I was happy, and so was she!

I used scraps of the dress material on the page, and the stripey paper was the inspiration for the colour scheme. It was an excuse to do some hand stitching on the page, and you will see on my next pages that I am now quite addicted to the sewing machine!

Here is a page I scrapped about Oliver's love of a ball, which is definitely something he must get from daddy!

Did I forget to rotate these?!

I cut out circles from an overlay, and used different coloured brads to hold them in place. I loved this backing card and couldn't find quite the right photo to use on it...until now!

And finally another random page I have done recently was All About Me, which was how it felt when we went out to celebrate my birthday recently *blush*!!

SOLl update!

Oh dear! With all thats been going on, I totally forgot to show you all my latest page for the Scrapping Out Loud DT!
Last Tuesday, the challenge was to use some sort of Time related piece on a scrapbook page.
I chose to make this LO about my grandparents, using a very old picture from when they were first together.

There is just still time to take part in this challenge, and join us next Tuesday for a Blog Hop! It will be great fun, and a chance to discover the other DT members Blogs and work!
There is loads more pages I am dying to show you but these have to be saved for DT reveals....so keep an eye out for those here in the next few weeks X


SOL Get Naked Challenge...

Such a great challenge title this one is! The challenge over at Scrapping Out Loud this week is to leave your chipboard totally bare. Ok, so I got caught by habit and started inking the edges of my butterfly, but I did remember to leave the flower naked!

As you can see from my sidebar, this LO is one of my faves so far! And check out the other DT's pages for some fab inspiration....


Scrapping Out Loud Scene Challenge.

This week, Scrapping out Loud set a challenge which I found really hard. As part of the DT, I am supposed to make designing a fab LO to the criteria look easy...ha!

They asked us all to make a page, with a scene, PLUS at least two pockets for journaling or extra photos. I thought I would finally scrap this gorgeous photo I took of my daughter last year, and an autumn, woodland scene would fit perfectly. I also decided to pop the journaling behind the photo so that the scene was not interupted.

I was quite pleased with the result for a first go at this sort of page, and I can't wait to see what the rest of the DT come up with. Check it out at Scrapping Out Loud XX


Fresh New Look!

Hi All!

This may have confused some of you as it did me, but this blog is now taking over from 'Scrapprentice'.

Now don't bother googling it, you won't find it! I deleted it! Purely by accident, I assure you, but nevertheless, it is gone for good.

Yes, I am gutted, but hopefully it won't take too long for this new blog address to get back around to all my faithful previous followers!

I shall soon start posting my recent works, but for now I am off to e-mail any of you that I can find to let you know the bad, and good news!