What a Scrappy Life


Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Exhall Green Workshop & Others

On Sunday I spent a lovely day over at Exhall Green at the Summer Workshop, they had organised 3 lovely ladies to attend and offer us 5 classes, and here is what I've done, I still got 2 to complete as soon I've done that I will upload, but I had a great day, laughs, great lunch, scrummy pud, supplied by Diane, the whole day reminded my of being on our last Scrapagogo Retreat I was surounded by some of the girls who made that weekend so much fun, Sheena, Sue P, Barbara, Sue Chip, Diane, we also tried to sort our road trip down to our next retreat, which is about 70% sorted.

The first class was run by Rebecca (Indigo Mill DT) which I really loved putting together.

side view.

The the 2nd & 3rd class was run by Jemma a mini book with the inner pages made from one sheet of 12 x 12 paper.

Then a 12 x 12 layout, I followed the sketch but did a male version substituting the flowers for stars.

Then I just did this one, Julie had taken my photos I wanted to document the fact that I love to take photos, used the Bo Bunny Mama-razzi paper collection.

And this one I did ages ago, I think in May, the photo was taken by Cheryl Johnson at the June 2009 retreat, I didn't put a title on, one because I couldn't think of one - lol, and the other is that I felt it was spoil the layout.

A close up of the embellishments I used.

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Morag - Sketch Challenge

I did this layout to take part in the Solihull Sketch Challenge run by Morag I used Scrapagoogo June Kit

Monday, 28 June 2010

Fathers Day Mini Book

I purchased this Maya Road album from Scrapagogo back in February, and decided to complete it to give to Jon for Fathers Day, so I just included various photos of J & J being together. Sam Ball (Scrapagogo DT) did the original sample which I followed, but added a few other bits

I also used 7Gypsies - 97% complete sticker set - Fatherhood, and some embellishments from the Boy Range of Smirk, which has worked really well.

I stamped on the outside which was blank and so easy to stamp on and added some ribbon and a die-cut label.

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Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Just stuff ...

Hi all, just a quick update on my layouts that I've done over the past few weeks. As some of you know I rubbish at coming up with titles for my layouts, so some of them have been sitting on my desk begging me to finish them off with the title - lol.

So I've finally done them, so here goes, the first was a sketch challenge set by Scrapagogo - Create & Scrap blog, I think it was May.

Scrapagogo April 2010 kit

This is one of the final photos of James and his two friends together at the Summer Football Camp 2009 before they all went to their secondary schools, I saw the 3 of them together the other day, and every through they looked so more grown up they still had a friendship that I hope will continue for years to come, it was great to see.

Scrapagogo March 2010 Kit

This photo brought back great memories of one of our visits to Legoland and the times we had to go back and fro' through the waterfall trying our best not to get wet.

Scrapagogo May 2010 Kit

Scarlet Lime January 2010 kit

October Afternoon - Fly a kite - Collection

Close up of my new label punch, I had saw this done on layouts, and throught what a brilliant idea to use the punch other than using it has a traditional label.

Then I've finally cut into my Scrapagogo June 2010 kit, and just love it, I know, I know I alway say it but these kits just get better and better. I just love the American Craft - Splatts, which came in the kit, I wasn't sure how I would use them of my layouts, but they are so versatile and I love them. Inspiration for this layout came from two layouts by Sheena and Nicola (Scrapagogo DT) so thanks girls for sharing your great ideas.

Scrapagogo June 2020 Kit

In February half term, me and James went to London for the day, and boy did it pour, we got completely soaked, but saying that we did have a good day,

Scrapagogo June 2010 kit, stamp and Hybrid

And finally, for today, for all of you who have been asking me, Yes I am still going to be subscribing to Scrapagogo (I love 'em) and hopefully attending their day events/workshop as well as the next two retreat, but talking to my two scrapping buddies, I decided to try and save some money I'm not going be buying any other products other than my kit, well thats what I'm saying now - lol, but you know me when I see the pretty paper collections I just get carried away. But my plan is to stick with my kits and when I've got them if I want to add to any of the papers in them, I will be getting a few of the sheets etc - IYKWIM.

So come 1st July I will be doing my 'Use It Up' personal challenge - using up all my GoGo kits and paper collections that I've got, and trying not to buy any other papers other than what comes in my kits.

So yes, Scrapagogo is my main kit and will be for as long as I can afford it. So you will continue to see layouts on here and hear me raving about them for months to come - LOL.

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Saturday, 19 June 2010

*Yippee* - I've finally done it ...

Subscribed to Studio Calico monthly kits that is ... after months or even years (originally signed up to Forum in 2008) of following there blog and the thread over on UKS I've finally decided to subscribe to Studio Calico, this kit offers some lovely specially designed products and they have got a wonderful DT Team which offer loads of inspiration, pop over a check them out at Studio Calico

June 2010 kit

So has most of you know me and Julie are like twins when it comes to getting products, so it was only right that we both signed up for the kit has well. They have a great scheme where you can get upto 3 kits and any add-ons that you might want, delivered to one address and only pay one P&P.

So hopefully by the end of July I will be able to show you some layouts using the lovely kit - I so can't wait.

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Sunday, 13 June 2010

GoGo YearBook, May Document 2010 and Cards.

I've finally got around to taking photos of my GoGo YearBook and May Document 2010 pages so far.

For the year book, it to use the currents months kit and do a 12 x 6 double pages layout with things that happened throughout that month, a great way to use up all your bits and pieces after you have completed your layouts using that kit. You will notice that some of the pictures appear in both albums, but I don't mind.

For the Document 2010 album its a combination of 2 No - 12 x 12 layouts and a set of 6 x 4 layouts. I'm loving doing this project because it making use my older stash, has my theme for the Document 2010 album is to use a different manufactures/paper collection each month, so for May I've used Die Cut with a View - Green Stack with chipboard embellishments, and of course my punched out circles. Very simple layouts but I love how they have worked out.

Having got these paper out now, I think I'll have to do a layout with them.

And these are a few cards that I did over the weekend, one of the neighbours daughter is 9 on Tuesday, so I did this one for her, in her favourite colours and also my other neighbour asked me to do a card so that she can give her.

So for my card I used Basic Grey Paper - Urban Prairies and the flower was from set a got recently from Hobbycraft in the sale 29p for 6, leaves from Making Memories ,

From me - Basic Grey - Urban Prairie

Papers from a Bellaboo kit - Basic Grey Papers - Pheobe

The whilst shopping last week in Sainsbury's I saw a card with a picture of a person on a beach in the distance, and remembers that I had a photo that would work really well as a Father's Day so I came up with this:

paper - MME Lil' Robot, heart punch & mini stamps - Stampin' Up.

I've also done him a mini book but will upload this week, just got a few things to finish.

Then on Thursday it out Wedding Anniversary so I did this card for Jon, he love cards that are not fussy so I do hope he likes it, all produces for this are GoGo, the paper a gems are from February 2009 kit, and the lace is one I got at one of the retreats.

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Thursday, 10 June 2010

Again, where does the days go ...

So after a week of lovely weather over half term, we are left with a wet and cold week,which is OK in one way has it has given me time to catch up with a few things around the house, yes I did do abit of housework ... but I didn't over exhause myself - LOL. Has I'm always saying theirs always tomorrow to do that - LOL.

But I have done these.

The first is one of James planting some vegetables. Last year I was pestering Jon to sign up for an allotment, but he totally refused, then I decided that I could do some planting in pots and tubs around the garden and hopefully produce some great tasting vegetables.

So James has decided that he wants his own pots with the vegetables that he like eg radishes, cucumbers, corn on the cob, red peppers, leeks, carrots, not sure where all the seedlings are going to go when they are eventually planted on, but I'm please that he showing an interest in something other than Football.

So has I got the Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety paper set, I did this layout showing him getting started. I did alot of cutting out for this one, something that I don't normally do, but to be honest I found it very relaxing.

And this is one of the early crops from his radishes, not very big, but I please for him that something has grown.

Then I did this layout, one of James relaxing at the Botanical Gardens and using Crate Paper - Brook Collection.

I'm trying to use up my older stash, so the alphas are some chipboard ones from a set from QVC that I got about 2 years ago. and the rub-on is a Basic Grey one again about 2 years old, so I was surprised that they still worked. Also found some Tim Holtz Spinners which I added at the top of the page.

And this one using MME Lil'Robot Collection with James aged about 3 with his Bob the Builder Set, that he got for Christmas.

So not just trying to use up older stash but also use older photos.

So that all for now, I've done some more layouts using the lovely Scrapagogo May Kit but will upload over the weekend when or if I can think of titles for them. Along with my entries for my Document 2010 Album.

Thanks again for everyone who has voted me for over on UK Scrappers, and please leave your feedback which is much appreciated.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

UK Scrapper - Photograph Competition - Please Vote

Me again, asking for your vote, I don't normally entry this competition, mainly because I've been having problems trying to up load onto the site, but last month after many tries I finally got my entries to upload.

This is one of the three I entered and has been choosen as one the finalist for the month.

The title for the month was "New Beginnings" and this was a photograph I took of a Bloosom Bud in my garden

This is the link

Thanks to everyone who has already voted for me and thanks to those who might (if you think my photo is the best - LOL).

Back later with some layouts.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Catch up and CJ Bootcamp 2010

Right I know, I know its been a while since my last blog post, don't know why just not got around to blogging, so this might be a long one.

I've been really bad over the past few weeks, and got a few bits and pieces regarding stash, some lovely papers from a new company called 'Echo Park Papers" from ModScrap, the range is very bright and summery and have done 3 layouts so far with it. I ended up getting the complete pack, because it gave me the alphas and elements.

Taken on our honeymoon in Barbados

Another one from our Honeymoon.

Then I finally cut into my Scrapagogo May kit, which is always fab and did these two layouts, photos where taken in April at the Botanical Gardens

Got the idea for the stitching over the ribbon from one of Sheena's layouts - thanks love.

Sorry for the poor quality of the photos, but you will get the basic idea.

Then on Saturday I got a day pass to CJ Bootcamp in Daventry, ably assisted by Lesley, which was about 1 hours drive away. She was running a weekend retreat about photography and offered me a day pass, the day was well worth it, I learnt alot of techniques from the sessions, and hopefully I can start to put them into practice.

As one lady pointed out on the day 'you don't have a 'proper camera' do you'?, well yes I do, I have a camera that serves my purpose and that I love, they all tended to have the ones you change the lens and weighs a ton, but I guess if CJ didn't think I could have learnt something she wouldn't have invited me to join them.

Apart from this comment, I met some lovely ladies and learned loads : how to set up a studio (something that I would never do) but I found it very interesting, how to take photos of a baby, take better wedding shots, and set up various shots. I didn't take as much photos has I would have like but did get the basic ideas, but what I got I'm really pleased with.

Would I go on the full weekend if available, well yes I would, would I upgrade my camera, yes, oh yes, if I could afford to. Anyway, these are a few of the photos taken on Saturday.

this is me at the bottom right side of the 2010, taken by CJ

These are just a few of the shots I took ... hope you like them

3 generations - mum, nana and baby

So I hope you like my catch up and I'll hopefully be back soon.

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