Thursday, 9 March 2017

Christmas pjs

I was catching up on tivo the other day and some Christmas ads came on, it honestly took me a few moments of panic before I realised they were just old ads and it wasn't Christmas!
I admit I was a little sad when the logical part of my brain remembered it was March. I miss Christmas, all the traditions and events, Spring is nowhere near as fun.
The good thing about scrapbooking though is that I can have a little bit of Christmas all year round :) Yey!
One of our biggest traditions is the Christmas eve pjs. My Mum did it before I can remember and I've done the same with my kids. Each year on Christmas eve we they get a new pair of pjs, some popcorn or sweets and a book or dvd.
Its a good way to calm things down before bed, and of course means nice new pjs on all Christmas morning photos ;)
I used an old Like for ever kit for this layout called 'Wish list'. It was one of my fave ever ones with lots of muted colours and beautiful embellishments.
It also included some lovely textured cardstock which I used as a background here. I didn't think you could make out the pattern very well leaving it which so I added mist which I don't do often but I love the affect here. :)
Added sparkled, vellum, a pretty bow, love this layout :)
Only 291 days until Christmas!

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Keepin it real

OK I know it's Wednesday but lets be honest, my blogging takes ages these days.
So I had a brilliant weekend :) Every year a group of us rent a beautiful cottage on the welsh boarder and drink, eat, scrap and have a great laugh.
How pretty is this view!
Seriously hoping to rent this later on in the year for a family getaway too.
I haven't photographed any of the 9 layouts I did over the weekend but still have old ones to share lol.
This photo was taken at Disneyland paris a couple of years ago. For one of the meals we went to the New York hotel for a buffet, it was really weird lol. There were lots of meats, but nothing to go with it iykwim, meatballs, but no pasta, chicken, but no chips or rice or anything. There was nothing that Caitlin would really eat so all she had was bread rolls, doughnuts and yogurt, as you can see in the photo lol. Thank goodness for the sandwhich shop near the hotel!
Hoping this will work, never put a video on a blog before I don't think. This year my baby boy turns 10, 10! We want to make a big deal out of such a milestone so we bought him a big gift in the form on a Nintendo switch :)
Me being me and having no patience however we gave it to him 2 months early lol. It was more of a surprise that way too!
video

I rarely take videos but I love this one :)

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Challenge YOUrself!

So this morning finds me in a cranky mood. I've just spilled a whole mug of coffee on a craft project I'm doing and my dog seems determined to bark, scratch, climb everywhere he shouldn't be! Grrr.
On a happier note, its time for another challenge over at Challenge YOUrself
What is negative space you might ask? In design terms, negative space refers to an empty block of space on your page. And in the scrapbook world, negative space doesn't just happen by chance - it is a planned part of your design! This month we want to see your pages using negative space . . . we are looking forward to seeing what YOU create.
**Please don't forget, your page must include photos with YOU in them!**
I'm not the best with white space, I've seen some which looks beautiful but mine always looks unfinished. This was my best attempt lol.
The photo is from Christmas when we first got Scamp, look how teeny he was!!
Right, better go restart my project, and maybe find a lid for my coffee mug.....

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

February round up

Books read
Casey Watson - Daddys boy
Cathy Glass - Girl alone
Ruth Ware - The woman in cabin 10
Amanda Prowse - Perfect daughter
Chrissy Olinger - My boyfriends back
Richard Herley - The penal colony
Eleanor Moran - In a new york minute
12/52 - Doing well on reading :)

Layouts done
12 - Thinking I'm going to have to lower my aim a little this year.
33/365

Pokemon caught
Ok theres a bit of a change here, rather than catching 150 I've put my aim up to 200. There's 80 new pokemon added and I managed to beat 150 within a day or two of those coming out lol.
158/200

Monday, 27 February 2017

Lucky try

Wow today has been busy. After dropping the kids off we went right into town with a long to do list. Managed to get quite a lot done as well as finding this little cutie in a charity shop for Caitlin.
She want to dress up as Fern from Charlottes web for world book day so obviously we needed a little Wilbur to go with it. We lucked out finding this one in a charity shop :)
Picked up breakfast at town so home to start die cutting. I'm making little presents for everyone on the retreat I'm going to next weekend. Taking longer than I planned but it gives me the chance to catch up on tv, or youtube in this case :)
So halfway through that I got bored (as you do) and decided to cut a load of backgrounds and files for my retreat this weekend. Yep, two retreats back to back!
I only go on two a year but typically they run right next to each other lol.
I also decided to reoranise all my shillouette cut files, as you do. 3 hours later I had 6 different cuts and a nicely ordered folder system. I class that as a success!
Haven't done any scrapping, obviously, but I love this one I did a few months back.
Before I got my machine I was lucky enough that my friend Jacqui sent me a selection she cut for me, including this one.
The photo is from Spain a few years back. There was a tiny fair type thing next to our hotel where all the rides were 1 euro each. While waiting for a bus trip I gave the kids one euro each to have a turn on a ride. Caitlin wanted to spend hers on a teddy crane machine. I said she wouldn't win, they were rip offs etc etc but she insisted.
Little begger won on her first try didn't she.
She still has that teddy, and STILL tells the story where she was right lol.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

You are crazy

So much for blogging on Monday lol. When I was away with my Mum at the weekend we popped into Hobbycraft. They had albums, and boxes of 60 page protectors reduced down to £15, bargain! I decided Monday would be spent organising my layouts and putting them into albums. A few hours at most I thought.
It took me 3 freaking days!! 32 albums and I still have a huge pile of layouts needing homes. I need to scrap less.
As well as that and sorting out the house I didn't have a spare moment this week, so I was very grateful that the girls wanted to see some god awful film on Saturday morning. I got to sit in the new Costa coffee and chill for a bit while they went in. Perfect :)
Speaking of crafting, I did this layout for a sketch challenge a while ago. I cut the trees on my machine and used the for another layout but stuck glittery brown cardstock on the back to do this one. :)
For Christmas a couple of years ago we went to a stately home, it was dreadful but they did have gingerbread decorating. I love how different each one is Marks is the first, its a gingerbread zombie (of course) Camerons is next, an attempt at a traditional design but ends up covered in sweets, then Caitlin, very organised and detailed.
I thought this title was pretty apt.
Will hopefully remember to take a photo of my new car to share tomorrow!

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Long few days :(

On Sunday we took the kids down to Tesco to get them a doughnut and a little bit of shopping. Got back in the car and it wouldnt work. :( The engine light went on as soon as I started the car, and whenever I slowed down the battery light would come on and the car would cut out. We rung the AA and long story short it was dead :( Would cost more than the car was worth to fix so no more car. :(
We rung round a few garages and managed to get onto the mobility scheme so getting a new car that way, but had to say bye bye to my little Citroen. It's done me well over the years!

So lots of walking in my future. The new car won't be ready until next Friday and I can't stand buses, good way to hatch pokemon eggs though ;)
On an up side though I'd put in an order with Hey little magpie which came along with lots of other happy mail :) A prize I'd won online, a crafting box for the kids, and a free toilet roll! lol. I do a lot of questionnaires online, and sometimes places send me products to try out and give my opinions on, I don't just get toilet roll through the post ;)
I've also been crafting, lots and LOTS of crafting! So far killing a kit a month has been easy, fingers crossed it continues as theres plenty left. Typically I've not photographed them but this is one I did last year so still something to share.
Love the colours in this one. It's a picture of Mum and me at Disneyland, not sure if Caitlin or Mollie took it but I love this photo :)
So it's been a heck of a week, not quite the half term I expected but we've still had fun :) Will share more of that tomorrow though. Yes tomorrow, I WILL blog more!!