Friday, 31 December 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone has an enjoyable and safe evening.


Thursday, 30 December 2010

December Daily - 7th December

As promised here are some of my completed pages for my December Daily Album.

Day 8

The transparency I used was some pockets to which I added some festive papers and embellishments and sewed the pockets with red thread.

I added journalling to a slip of card which I added straight into my album.

The second page was created in Photoshop with views around the house and in the middle I added a digital Christmas twill and an Ali Edwards circle saying 'Winter Joy'.

Day 9

On day 9 we went to pick out our tree which is always one of the highlights of the festive season. I always take my camera and they are quite used to me now snapping away at all the lovely trees. The light on this photo is not very good due to the flare on the page protector, but you get the idea.

The transparency was a lovely flocked number by Fancy Pants and on the other side I included some photographs of the school nativity play. The journalling, along with the tag from the tree was placed in an enveloped and added to the album.

Day 10

This is the main picture which I re-sized to 6 x 6 for my album. It is of the kids decorating the main Christmas Tree.

The transparency is a dotted flocked one from Fancy Pants.

Journalling went straight on a card into the album and the right hand side page was two photos and some lovely embellishments, the one at top right is by K & Co and has 'snow' on the inside and the other is by American Crafts. The trees at the bottom are by Bazzill Basics.

I'll add more pages tomorrow. I hope you enjoy looking at these - let me know what you think.

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

A Hectic December

I've been meaning to get back on to up-date the blog for ages but life in December has just been a bit mad. Not only was there shopping and preparation for Christmas but I got a job! It all happened very quickly and quite surprisingly. I started the week before Christmas but is not ideal but I just couldn't turn it down. It is working as a Teaching Assistant in a local comprehensive school and so far I love it!

So working and having everything that goes with Christmas through me off track on my December Daily.

However during the last few days I have been making a real effort to get it finished and am nearly there. I'll try and post some photos tomorrow so check back.

I hope you all had a great Christmas.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

December Daily - 8th December

Today I haven't managed to photograph the completed page as the light is so bad. However, I have used this image as my large one on the left hand side of the page. It is of the fire in our lounge and we only light it at Christmas. As soon as it goes on it makes the room look like a Christmas card.

Yesterday morning I still had sick children in the house so I decorated the stairs and put up one of the four trees that we usually have around. The ribbon is the 'before' picture of the bow and then there is tree and the garland on our stairs. I love decorating the house as it really gets me in the festive mood.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

December Daily - 7th December

As I had two children off school sick yesterday we really didn't do a lot and didn't take too many photos. I did manage to get enough to complete this page though.

This photo is of a bowl of beads I have displayed in our lounge.

This is the opposite page. I used some cardboard packaging for one of the papers and the other was BasicGrey.

This is what the whole thing looks like in the album. I used a lovely Fancy Pants transparency to divide the pages and I am going to add journalling on a tag as I have done the last few days.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

December Daily - 6th December

Day 6 was quite an easy page for me to put together as I had lots of photos to choose from. We didn't have any snow but the frost was that hard it looked like it. After I had taken the kids to school I grabbed my camera and went into the garden to get the frosty shots which I've used here. I cropped this photo down in Photoshop to a 6 x 6.

I did another compilation for the opposite page of some frosty Ivy and a cobweb and my daughter trying out our new sledge on the sofa!

Here is what it looks like put together in the album. I'm going to add a journaling tag and slip it inside the album similar to what I did on the 4th.

The transparency I used is one I made myself. I've taken a photo of it with white paper behind so you can see it properly.

If anyone wants the recipe for those snowmen on day 4 (or as my Daughter calls them dough men!) let me know and I'll post it - it's really quite simple to make.


Monday, 6 December 2010

December Daily - 5th December

Again, I have gone for an enlarged photograph on the left. This time it is of our Christmas stockings hanging from the mantle piece.

On the left is a compilation of photos of what we did on the 5th ie decorating the house. I added a strip of half the edge to the page to add a bit more fun and a strip of paper to co-ordinate along with a small chipboard heart from the Love Elsie Noel collection.

I wanted to add journalling to this page so I grabbed an off cut of cardboard and wrote on one side and added a photo to the other.

Hope you like it!

December Daily - 4th December


Yay! I think I have found my groove with the album now. One large photo on the left hand side of the album and a compilation of photos and journalling on the other. I had fun doing this page.

So, here is the left hand side. A photo of my gorgeous girls which I changed to black and white. This really suits the black transparency which I also have in the album for today.

On the right hand side is a compilation of photos which I put together in Photoshop, of various things we did on the 4th. The girls found a great recipe for salt dough snowmen and I think they have turned out really well. I have displayed them on a long plate which I generally use for garlic bread!

I wanted to add more journalling that the space would allow so I made this cute little envelope of some Scenic Route paper and slipped the journalling inside topped by a 7gypsies sticker.

Here is what it looks like put together in my album.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

December Daily - 3rd December

Yesterday was a fun but very busy day but the highlight was going to see JLS in the evening with my 9 year old daughter who is a huge fan.

I didn't take my camera with me so I took a photo of the programme and used this as the photo page.

I then opened up a text box in word and printed it directly onto the cardstock for day 3. I decorated the edges with some Autumn Leaves paper and I have attached a snowflake brad and a bit of the ticker tape that came down at the end of the show to the bottom of the page (sorry, you can't see this). I am going to get out my sewing machine tomorrow and sew one of the tickets onto the reverse of the transparency with blue thread.

I used one of the transparencies that I made myself which has blue snowflakes on.

This is how it looks in my album.

Friday, 3 December 2010

December Daily - 2nd December

Here is my Day 2 page:

and put together:

And how it looks in my album with the transparency on top.

I am finding scrapping 6 x 6 quite a challenge as I like to use big photos and will often layer digital elements on top. I don't really think I'm in the swing of things yet, but I keep reminding myself to keep it simple. I'm not really pleased with this page but hey, it's done so I'm moving on to today - Day 3!

Thursday, 2 December 2010

December Daily - 1st December

I got stuck into the first page of my December Daily Album today and here it is:

I used the photo from yesterday of snow falling and an Ali Edwards word which I layered over the top of it in Adobe Photoshop. I then stuck it down and used a Bazzill 'half the edge' strip and added some brief journaling. On the opposite page I wrote some more detailed journaling about the day. I swapped my transparencies around as I thought this one suited the colours of the pictures better than a black one that was in there before.

I hope you like it.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Let it snow,let it snow let it snow!

We had our first snow of the year yesterday and although it was only a sprinkling, it was very exciting as we don't often get any of the white stuff. Today we had more snow and I took this photo which has made an appearance on the first page of my December Daily Album.

I am really looking forward to starting my December Daily again, although I can't quite believe that it's been 12 months since I did it last.

This year I am going for simple! Simple photos, simple embellishments and simple journaling - I don't need any extra stress at this time of the year so 'simple' will be my overriding thought when putting my album together this year.

I do intend to post my pages but I didn't complete today's until late in the afternoon so I didn't take a photo, but I'll post it tomorrow.

Friday, 26 November 2010

This week I haven't really had a lot of time to scrap but I have nearly finished my Halloween album. I am continuing to use up lots of my old scraps and have also been looking at previous layouts I have done using scraps and old bits and bobs.

Here area few:

On this layout I used some old ric rak, rub-ons and chipboard buttons, but they all matched the layout I was creating.

My old scraps on this layout were the paper, bling crown and the sentiment sticker.

I'm having fun digging through my stash and sticking it down, it feels very satisfying to use up old bits and pieces and I would urge you to give it a go.

Have a great weekend everyone.


Saturday, 20 November 2010

A little bit of heaven!

Heaven is the sound of your husband giving the kids a bath whilst you scrap! Will post photos soon.

Jo X

Friday, 19 November 2010

Notes Mini Album.

As promised here are the photos of the mini-album I did the other day.

I have lots of little notes from my kids and wanted to keep them safe and scrap them at the same time. I found that a mini-album was the best way to do this. I used a Scenic Route album which I covered in Basic Grey Obscure papers and just stuck in the notes and then added on a few embellishments. I didn't want to over complicate matters so I didn't give much thought to pattern, matching papers and embellishments etc. I just pulled out a few sheets of paper stuck them down and added in the notes. It only took me about 2 hours and I've been thinking about how I was going to do this for months - NOTE: Don't sweat it - just do it!

I used Hambly rub-ons, Scenic Route and Love Elsie rub-ons.

I still have lots of papers etc. from when I had the shop (Scrappy Do's) so if you want any of these papers I still have lots to sell, at a discount of course, just send me an e-mail at if you're interested in any papers, I have lots of BasicGrey, Love Elsie, Scenic Route and some Autumn Leaves and 7 gypsies as well as lots of Love Elsie embellies and stamps.

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010


I've been doing a bit of scrapping today trying to chill out a bit after a busy few days. I've created a lovely mini-album of notes and letters my daughter has given me over the past year. I will have to post photos tomorrow as the light here is virtually non-existent at the moment.

One of my guilty pleasures on these long and dark winter nights is to watch 'I'm a celebrity get me out of here!' whilst it is on I usually have the computer on my knee and sort out my photos or do a bit of digi scrapping. I have had Adobe Photoshop Elements for about a year now and am quite comfortable creating layers and re-colouring the layers, but that's as far as it goes. I had a go at a full layout the other night with a free kit which I downloaded after a google search and here it is:

I'm quite pleased with the result and need to get it printed now. Where does anyone else get theirs printed - any recommendations?

Don't forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Friday, 12 November 2010

My December Album and Transparencies

A scrapbooking friend from USA and I have a monthly challenge and for October it was to create a winter layout. I pullled out this photo of my daughter and printed the photo off large as I wanted it to be the focal point of the layout. I layered an Ali Edwards statement on top in Photoshop before printing. I used Bazzill Cardstock and Fancy Pants paper with some Making Memories glitter stars and some Pebbles Inc. pearls. Although it is very simple it is one of my favourite recent layouts.

Below are photos of the transparencies I have made and you can download them from the link I posted yesterday.

We have some lovely pink snowmen.

A green 'Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer'.

Same again but in red.

Some numbers.

This final one is the names of the reindeer printed in a lovely shade of green.

With so many colours of transparency to choose from I will be able to mix and match to the days photos.

Here is a look at the cover of my December Daily Album for 2010. I added the date on the side with American Craft felt letters and made the corners more tough by hammering on some Tim Holtz book corners.

Let me know what you think.