Sunday, 31 October 2010


Happy Halloween everybody! We went trick or treating tonight and the kids have enough sweets to last them a year. Will post pics soon.

Friday, 29 October 2010


It's that time of the year again, when the kids bug me all week to go and get our pumpkins. Today we made the trip and ended up with two huge beauties! We had so much fun hunting around the field for just the right ones - now to carve them!

I love pumpkins and love to take photos of them, here are a few I took last year.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

More December Daily

I'm still working on my December Daily Album and am really pleased with the way it is all coming together. Here are a few more shots of the transparencies which are dividing the pages.

Fancy Pants Flocked transparency with an old Fancy Pants die cut.

A transparency with bits and bobs tucked in, a Jenny Bowlin ticket, an old charm, 7 gypsies sticker, Making Memories star, flower and a bit of paper with a Fancy Pants Die cut.

KI Memories Lace Paper laminated with Tesco Value laminating pouch. I love the effect of this and they are really sturdy. I may embellish this page further when I finally put the album together.

Gorgeous Fancy Pants flocked transparency with a Fancy Pants die cut sewn on with red thread.

More Fancy Pants! A gorgeous transparency with a die cut attached.

My own design of stars jazzed up with a die cut by Fancy Pants.

More of the lovely Flocked Transparency by Fancy Pants with a tag attached.

As I've put these together I've been totally inspired to create more of my own design on transparencies. Keep checking back as I'll be posting more with downloads.
I hope you like my album so far, I would love to hear your comments.

Saturday, 23 October 2010


The snowflake and star transparencies are now up-load to here. I hope they are OK.

Have a great weekend.

Friday, 22 October 2010

I have managed to upload the transparency with words on it that I created yesterday, for you to download. Not sure if it works as it is the first time I've tried it. Let me know.

My December Album and Transparencies

I have been working on putting together my December Daily Album. I am using a 6 x 6 American Craft Modern Album. I bought this earlier on in the year for this very purpose - nothing like being organised!

I love the way that Ali Edwards has used transparencies between every page and wanted to do this as well, but as I'm on a stash diet I decided to print some of my own. I've also used other transparencies that I had.

I created these transparencies on my computer and printed them out on transparency paper that you can get at WHSmiths, Staples etc.

I found these stars on Clip Art and put them into a Word document, lined them up and viola!

Another transparency using Clip Art snowflakes. This is quite a delicate pattern so will need a darker background to really bring out the colour. I may bling this up a bit with Stickles at a later date.

For this transparency I used Word again and typed in a variety of Christmas words, for about three lines. I changed the font of each word and just copied them down until I had enough to fill the page. I'm planning to do a similar one using red numbers.

I am sure this Christmas will be busier than usual so I plan to copy Ali's design fairly closely. I designed this page layout which is very similar to the one Ali is using. I again used Word and inserted a table, tinkered around with it a bit and am quite pleased with the result.

I would love to know what you think.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Last Year's December Daily Album

As I am starting to put together this year's album I have gone back to have a look at last years. I really enjoyed looking at it and reading about what we did. We had a big family holiday in Lapland last year and of course this is featured as well as the other smaller things. The album was entirely created using scraps and it was the first time I had printed off 6 x 12 photos which I loved and think look fab in the album. Let me know what you think.

The front cover was made using thick cardboard covered with Basic Grey Jack Frost paper. On top of that I added some snowflakes jazzed up with Stickles and the date was made using American Craft Thickers.

On quite a few of the pages I cut up trading card protectors, filled them with small photos and sewed all of it together with red cotton.

This photo was taken without the flash, hence the red colour, but I really think it works. I opened it in Photoshop to add the text which reads 'Believe in the magic of Christmas'.

Another full page 6 x 12 photo. The text was added in Photoshop before printing.

This page was kept very simple by printing off 1"square pictures as a collage. The hearts were some old heart rims which I filled with scraps of paper.

This page is just a normal sized envelope with a photo covering the front and a piece of Doodlebug paper on the reverse.

I made this envelope and added an insert with a further photo and journaling.

Love this photo! When I took it I deliberately left some blank space for journaling which reads 'Walking in a winter wonderland'.

A simple page for Christmas Eve.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

A Fun Day!

I had a wonderful day last Saturday at a 24 hour crop to raise funds for Breast Cancer Research. I didn't actually stay for 24 hours but some of the hardcore scrappers did. We are hoping to raise at least £1,000, but the final total isn't in yet.

It was so good seeing scrapping friends again and having dedicated time to sit down and actually do some scrapping.

It was a total surprise to receive a lovely kit (via a friend) that had come from a good friend in America, so I put that together. It was very theraputic and I loved the fact that I didn't have to really think about the page design, I just followed the instructions! I put the whole thing together in a few hours and used 2 tubes of glue doing it and had a great time - highly recommended!

Here are the photos, I hope you like them.

This is one of the single 12 x 12 layouts that I did. I wanted it keep it really simple but delicate and used some very girly pearls, Jenny Bowlin Butterfiles and the gorgeous American Crafts rose ribbon.

This is the front cover of the Travel Album. The cover is acrylic and has the blue frame on it and the page underneath has the map paper and the postcard and other embellishments.

More pages from the travel album. I love all the different embellishements from stickers to ribbon and acrylic to the epoxy stickers. Now I've just got to fill it with photos!

Friday, 8 October 2010

December Daily Album

I know it's too early to even think about Christmas but for those of you who take part in the December Daily Album, now is the time to get started. If you aren't familiar with this project check out the link here to Ali Edwards site for a detailed explanation. Basically, it is an album which contains 25 pages, 1st - 25th December, in which you put photos, notes, journaling and lots of other bits and pieces. I've done it for the last 2 years and love it! Will post pics soon from previous years.

I have already bought my album which is a 6 x 6 D ring Album my American Crafts in a lovely shade of red and will get out and blow the dust off my Christmas papers and embellishments pretty soon to get the basis of the album done before the 1st December.

If you haven't done this before I urge you to have a go - it's great fun and forces you to get scrapping in December.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Summer Album

I have finally finished the mini-album I put together as an overview of the summer holidays. We didn't go away but we did lots of fun stuff and I wanted to record it so here it is.

I used a Basic Grey album and covered it with Love Elsie fabric paper. I used some left over Prima felt swirls, some Love Elsie Stickers and a flower to complete the cover.

I used Basic Grey Obscure paper for the inside and decorated by doodling with a white gel pen.

I used a lot of scraps in this album which can only be a good thing!