Sunday, 18 December 2011

December Daily - Day 7

This is day 7.  It is of my son in the school nativity play.  I have placed a star in the middle of the photo merely to hide a childs face - it isn't staying there!  The photo is a bit blurry as it was taken without the flash but I love the colour in it and it truly reflects what I saw at the time.  The play was called 'Out of Darkness, Christmas Light' and I cut the title out of the programme and sewed it onto the photo. I have another programme which I have inserted into into a page protector which I cut down and sewed to size.  Here it is in the album:

I have put the ribbon over the name of the child who designed the drawing for the sake of privacy.

Hope you like it.


Saturday, 17 December 2011

December Daily - Day 5

I've had a totally manic time during the last two weeks. There has been so much going on with the kids that I haven't had any time for scrapping.
Then, when I finally did get around to scrapping, my computer broke and then when that was sorted out my ink ran out! Aargh!!!
Fortunately I printed a few photos before my ink so I'll concentrate on those for now.

I am determined to finish this album as I absolutely love this project and I just love looking back at the albums I've created in previous years. I have been keeping a note of what we have been doing and keeping bits and bobs to place in my page protectors for when I finally get my photos.

In the meantime here is day 5. I got my box of baubles down from the attic just to check they were still in tact after the work we've had done on the house. I love seeing these every year. I added the journaling at the side. The journaling says

'Today the decorations came out of the attic ready to go on the tree. I love getting them out each year and I especially love seeing the decorations I bought for the children. Every year they have a new one which reflects them or what they have enjoyed throughout the year. I call our main tree my memory tree as each ornament holds a special memory.'

On our main tree there are also a lot of decorations I bought on trips abroad and the memories come flooding back each year.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Day 4

Sunday was a chilled out day when we finished the decorations on the tree and the kids did their homework. I really wasn't sure what my story for the day would be and then I thought that I photograph what is going on right now, regardless of it being December - and that was homework! So here is my eldest daughter working away in our kitchen with the tree in the background.

I've kept the scrapping to a minimum on this page as I don't really think it needs any more. I may add a bit more bling after I've added my journaling.

Hope you like it.


Saturday, 3 December 2011

Trimming the Tree - Day 3

This afternoon we trimmed our first tree. It came down out of the attic in its' bag, which was covered in dust, unfurled and finally looked totally magical in all it's glory. I love how trees go from looking so dusty and boring to looking totally 'wow!'.

I haven't scrapped the photo yet, but thought you may like to see what I've done with it. I up-loaded it into Photoshop and added the title and text.

I'll post the scrapped page when it's done.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Today I had my hair done so I decided to scrap that. There is a school Christmas Fair I'm going to later but as it is usually soooo busy I don't think I'll take my camera - so here is my offering today - moi with a new hair do!

I'm adding journalling to my album after I've blogged - just in case you were wondering.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

December has arrived!

Yay, December is here! I just love Christmas but I'm not quite in the spirit yet as I'm just getting over all the building work. I also love December because of the December Daily album.

When the kids got up early this morning out came the Advent Calendars and, yet again (!) explaining that it was only 1 chocolate a day!

Here is my scrapping for day 1.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Catch up!

Well, I really can't believe my last post was in July - time flies.

We have finally finished the extension - yay! We have a lovely brand new kitchen and lots of extra space that we are using all the time.

The above photo was taken on the 8th October before we had the floor put in and before it was totally finished - the washing machine is not a permanent fixture right there!

This is what it looks like with the floor in.

We are so pleased with it and the fact that it is finished before Christmas.

In other news, since July we have a new bike rider in the house.

We met up with good friends who live in America.

We had fun visiting Grandma.

The attic has gone from this:

To this:

and the bathroom in the attic has gone from this;

to this

I have been working on my December Daily Album which I am doing again this year. I have chosen an 8.5 x 11 format as I had a spare album hanging around. I am using the same templates as I did last year.

I am adding in some other bits and pieces like these

and these

I can't wait to get started on this album and have been looking back through the others I have done for inspiration.

Let me know what you think.

Sunday, 31 July 2011

What I've been doing lately

Well the children have broken up from school and in the last week we have all been to Devon to stay on a lovely farm for a week. We have seen, handled and played with these;

And had fun throwing pots on a potter's wheel.

Painting ceramics

Bouncing on Jumping Pillows.

Swimming in the outdoor pool.

Sliding down death slides

and horse riding.
We had a fab time and have booked to go again next year.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Bits and bobs.

Life has been a bit crazy around here for the last couple of weeks. The extension is well underway and last week I was out of the house for most of the day as the builders were digging up the patio using a huge drill and the house was literally shaking - the noise was totally unbearable so I spent most of my time at the gym and swimming with the obligatory stop for a cup of tea afterwards!

The foundations are now in and the bricklayers start in earnest tomorrow so hopefully we will see things moving along quite quickly now.

We have been and chosen our new kitchen and appliances so it's all systems go in that department too.

In other news I am reading quite a lot at the moment. I have been taking my Kindle with me wherever I go and so am reading constantly. I seem to be whizzing through books!

I have managed to do a little bit of scrapping - here is one of my recent layouts.

I have done a few others but haven't managed to take photos of them but I will do soon.

Let me know what you think.


Thursday, 30 June 2011

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Building works and scrapping

I have managed to get some scrapping done lately but I'm tending to use similar designs on my layouts. This one I did of Jamie's 6th Birthday and used lots of layering and old bits and pieces including a red label I had cut off an old t-shirt of his and a badge from one of his birthday cards.

On the next layout I punched squares out from his cards and made a layout from them, this is something I do for all the family birthdays and Christmas cards and it is an idea with I got from Ali Edwards.

This layout is based on a sketch at Shimelle's blog for the week of the 22nd June.

It was so easy to put together and used up lots of die-cuts I have also used it on this layout:

and also on this layout;

I have also done this layout which was fun to do, using some of the Love Elsie Cody range. The more I use this range the more I like it. It is double sided and is really versatile as, although it is based around sports, it is double sided with lots of dots and stripes going on on the reverse.

In non-scrapping news we have started today on an extension to our house. We are making the kitchen larger, getting rid of the conservatory and having a proper roof put on it so we can use it as a den. I took photos this morning of how it looked which was this:

And now it looks like this:-

And from this:-

To this:-

I am planning to take photos every day to show how things are moving on so I'll post as often as I can.