The Big Trip

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Lazy Sunday Afternoon

Good afternoon bloggers

Two weeks ago today, in our back garden, my OH and I experienced a moment in history. I decided to record it for posterity, in a manner befitting all good scrapbookers. I hear you asking what the occasion was. Well, DD has her first boyfriend and they decided to venture into the garden instead of loitering outside the house in the manner of a modern day Romeo and Juliet! The photo isn't great but all mothers will appreciate the significance.

Today I'm faced with the prospect of a house devoid of children for the next five days. DS is peacefully ensconced at school and DD is on a coach on her way down to Hull. Tonight she'll take the ferry over to Rotterdam, en route to Michelstadt in Germany for a musical arts exchange visit with her school's twin school, the Gymnasium in Michelstadt. In addition to performing in the Gymnasium's annual arts concert, she and her schoolmates will endeavour to teach the German pupils a song in Gaelic - oh to be a fly on that wall!!!

Anyway, I digress, as usual. I was checking my camera card this morning and came across the photo above and decided to break the habit of a lifetime and do a 12 by 12 layout. Apologies for the photography, but I hope you get the gist of it.

I'd had the papers for a while - Bella Bella by My Minds Eye. They are a beautiful muted selection of papers. I cut the titles using Cricut's Jasmine cartridge, cutting a mellow warm yellow Bazzil cardstock. To the naked eye the title looks lovely and stands out well, but sadly my photos belie this fact!

The flowers and tree were Kanban stamps, using Versa Mark and copper and Green perfect pearls and give a gorgeous glimmer. I have, sadly, failed to go big with embellishments but any suggestions to amend/improve this LO are gratefully appreciated and no offence will be taken.

Right - off to prepare a leisurely dinner, without the usual variations to suit a varied household. OH can have what I make and like it!!!!!

Hope you're having a lovely weekend.


Thursday, 20 May 2010

And now for something different


Just need to share this one with you. I'm as hard-hearted and detached as they come but I have to confess to a bit misting of the eyes as this one went along.



Monday, 17 May 2010

Rumours of my death................

Morning bloggers

I am such a lazy, lazy, lazy blogger. I have been busy since my last post but in my usual fashion have forgotten to take pics of my crafty efforts - deliberately or otherwise.

An early preoccupation this year was memory books for some of the cast members of Fiddler on the Roof in a local production. DD took part in this production as her first full musical. I have to admit that I was uncertain about allowing her to join the company. However I can now put my hands up and say that I was wrong to worry. It's done her confidence the world of good. Anyway, here are a couple of pics of the covers of two of the finished books. The sepia book is Alexandra's own and the pink one is one for a friend of hers in the company, Elaine. I also did books in sapphire, emerald, ruby and gold.

Next up was a challenge on the Docrafts scrapbooking forum. A number of us agreed to do a matchbox swap. The matchbox in question was one of the Cook's Matches boxes which was to be decorated and filled with little crafty items. It has to be said that this allowed us to be a little more creative in terms of decoration and the amount of items we could put in the box.

My swap partner was the lovely Sue Bubbles and she very kindly sent me this little treasure trove:

Thank you so much Sue! If you want to see my contribution to the swap, go to Sue's blog here .

Last, but by no means least, I dug out my Bind-It-All which I received as a birthday present back in October. Having completed the Fiddler books, I thought I'd have a go at a couple of Post-It holders.

Looking at photos of my work makes me realise that my style is a very simple one and perhaps I shouldn't fret about trying to change it - easier said than done my friends.

My final word - go here to my new favourite blog - Suzy Weinberg.

Happy blogging!