Hi There, I’ve not done much scrapbooking over the last few months – I got a new job and was trying to balance the new routine, I have been told by doctor to lose weight so my evenings have been popping to the gym when the little one goes to bed. I have to admit, I’m not doing great! I’m quite a stubborn person and need to make my own decisions even if it is for me own good! I also went on a family trip to Disney World which was brilliant, my little boy loved it, especially meeting Ariel and the water parks. It will never be warm enough in the UK for a waterpark!
I’ve been inspired this month to play along with the photo challenges set by Shimelle this month. Day 1 is to take a photo of my favourite layout.
This is one of my favorites because it has my son’s artwork in it. Clearly it’s not super great, he is only 3 but I love seeing the evolution of his artwork, like most mummas. He really loves painting but I can for the life of me get him to colour in or draw! He just likes getting messy too much. I try and fit in one arty project in a week- though as the weather gets nicer, it gets harder to avoid the sunshine!
Otherwise this is a pretty simple layout. 2 3×4 pictures from different ages, some journalling cards and the background is that lovely Starshine paper with the big moon – which I love but really couldn’t make it work for a background for my pictures!
The little enamel dots are from poundland and reminded me of the seaside and the picture behind. The letter stickers were also a bargain buy in B&M which I have never been in before to find these and some Shimelle knock offs!
Thanks for reading – Hopefully I’ll be back sooner rather than later with updates 🙂
February in our house is super busy, it seems like every family member has a birthday and the NCT group I’m part of all have their children’s birthday parties this month too. So I have been spending a lot of time eating party food and stopping my son eating too much cake and getting a bit hyperactive!
Despite a lot of the time trying to avoid a ‘blue for boy’ colour scheme it really is my favourite colour! I started this page by using acrylic paint through a star stencil to make the background.
I used some papers and scraps from Shimelle’s Starshine collection and Crate Papers Little you as a matt for the photo. I wanted to page to have a messy look to it to couple with the titles, what you can’t see here is that he was digging for buried treasure in the garden and his hands are covered in mud!
I tried to keep the stamping messy and the placement of the sequins and used acetate arrows to help focus you in on his face as the lovely star background is a bit busy. I love those little pom poms which I got from a kit a while ago from UK based Quirky Kits
Thanks for reading and back to quarters of sandwiches and sausage rolls 🙂
We had a bit of a laugh with my husband looking through my supplies and thinking of a page to design himself. He had free reign over all my supplies and made that wavy pattern by drawing around washi tape and cutting it out.
He said he had fun and understands why it takes so long to make a page now, but wouldn’t be repeating the process. I love that I have this in my album, as it says more than just a photo of my little man swimming. It’s about my husband appreciating the time that I take making these ‘pretty photo albums’ and he loves the final result.
Thanks for reading!
This year I have decided to finally try and finish my wedding album. It’s mostly PL cards with a few 12×12 spaces for a few bigger layouts with my favourite photos from the day. I decided to play along with the sketches from ‘The Love of Pretty Paper‘ Facebook group.
I tried to stay pretty close to the sketch above. Our wedding colours were pink, gold, grey and cream so wanted to make it as including all of those colours.
The background is a Dear Lizzy paper I think from the Saturday collection, the big flowers and gold are from Maggie Holmes bloom which I’ve had for ages unused. I love the flowers but with a little boy its hard to grab those out so it was amazing to get those used!
I used little pink letters from a studio calico project life kit and lovely gold lettering. Even though it is only a few paces I don’t think I’ve ever been so nervous, It’s weird I never had any doubts about getting married, I think it was having everyone’s eyes on us!
I put a lot of gold colour shine spray and some gold washi tape and a cut up project life card for the journalling space. I have a lot of space for journalling in the other side so wasn’t too worried about it being a really tiddy size!
I love using flowers and I tucked a few cut outs feathers from a Kaiser craft line just to add a little more grey into the very pink and gold clusters!
Thanks for reading. Only another … pages till I’m finished!
Happy New year! This layout I did a bit of recycling from making my crackers. The leftover diamond shapes I thought I could use so stuck them down into snowflake type patterns. In the photo they look pretty card but in real life they are a very light pearly white. The snowflakes I made so I didn’t waste the glitter cardstock while making my personalised name tags.
I tried to keep quite a neutral colour scheme here just grey and white and included a see through bag I got from a studio calico kit in the background to hold my journalling.
I stamped a little bit in the background to give a more textured look and added on the sparkly snowflakes into my layered photo.
Hope you like it!
Hello, Merry Christmas!
This year I decided to make homemade crackers for my family Christmas day. I used the silhouette template found here and brought some shiny pearlescent paper from Paperchase, cut the designs on my cameo. I added tinsel and cut out names using glitter Cardstock. I just love that font!
I also made paper hats adjustable with eyelets for smaller or larger heads. I included some Christmassy emblems like holly, stars and flamingos. It’s a bit of a running joke in our house about my mother in law and flamingos so with the tropical hints to the theming of this years’ Christmas I decided to include on for her. I’m not the best sewer but I had fun making them so that is all that matter.
I had a visit to my parent’s house and took little man to the discovery Centre in London for a day out. The place has a little boat, a spaceship in the garden and a tree hollow. Oliver loved it and it was great for me as I knew he couldn’t escape and run around playing. They had a Dr Seuss exhibit which was just the most fun, we had a reading of an abridged version of ‘all the places you will go’ at our wedding so its become a fun part of our lives
I used a few pieces from Shimelle, Amy Tangerine and Dear Lizzy for this page. My favourite colour combinations is pink, navy and mustard!
I made the title using my new Silhouette Cameo – I’m surprised how much better it works than my old portrait and regret getting one earlier! The hexagons are from a pink paisley set which I covered in Heidi swapp glitter to make them sparkly 🙂
Stickers and the die cuts come from Shimelle and added little heart enamel dots. I got the sketch from somewhere but can’t remember where!
I really need to improve my handwriting! Thanks for reading 🙂