Thursday, December 25, 2008
Either way, just wishing you lovely readers the best of the season
And thanks for reading xx
Monday, December 22, 2008
But, counting my blessings, one of the nicest things that happened today is, the OH said (after tidying the bedroom!!), "I've given you another box for your stash under the bed." Not only that, but he'd put the stash in the box for me :) Well trained. Available for rent, £50 an hour :)
So what do you really really want this year? If the whole world was safe, well-fed and happy and you were allowed to be selfish, that is...
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Well, I'm all caught up with my JYC (though I haven't posted the last two pages here yet), so I thought I'd have a quick play with digi scrap. I've only really done one other layout all by myself as it were, the rest have been made with templates, so please forgive me if it's a little basic. As with all of my scrapping, I'm still playing :) This is a photo of my DD at her very first Christmas party. She stuffed this mince pie down her so fast, I barely had time to take the photo! She is looking a bit "pie-eyed" in it, if you know what I mean!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
P.S. Shabby princess has loads of freebie digi kits here so if you fancy trying it out, it's a good place to start.
Sarah - the chipboard lettering on all my layouts is American Crafts Jewellery Box Thickers, I have a severe addiction to them. They're wonderful! All who have commented on my lovely papers - they are part of Shabby Princess's Christmas papers in their two FREE digital kits - here and here. I print them out as needed on presentation quality paper. I LOVE this site, the freebies are fab, and are pretty much all I use for my digital scrapping (I make calendars and albums for rellies...).
The LO for day 17 journals my love of handmade gifts. Yes I'm a cheapskate, but in actuality, most things I make aren't much cheaper than buying, though they're greatly appreciated. When I had the time, I used to make chutneys, jams, lemon curd, mince pies, all sorts (not licorice - I'm not that good, though I make excellent cinder toffee), and pile them in a hamper-type affair. I fully intend to start this up again in 2010... I'll have finished my degree by then and I'll have the time to spend!
Monday, December 15, 2008
This means that I get to pick my fave 7 blogs and pass it on to them. So here goes (in alphabetical order):
Alison, Anso, Casii, Natty, Smarty, Tinkersdamn, Trees,
I thank you :)
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
It's been a tricky few days, I've had too much Uni stuff to be getting along with and I haven't had much time to myself. I've been keeping up with the journaling (more or less)and was determined to get some pages made. So I made one page last night, and three tonight! Got to be a personal record... though they are very simplistic out of necessity. I shall embellish further when I have more time!
Saturday, December 6, 2008
All of this loveliness put me in the mood for reminiscing about previous Christmases. I thought of last year, the first year of Christmas with my new family. My daughter was only 4 months old, and still at that stage where she slept for an hour, was up for a couple, slept for a couple.... Al and I each had our own traditions from our respective families, but also wanted to make this OUR Christmas. We managed very well - I asked him what Christmas means to him (food, drink, music, films etc) and combined it with my expectations. We ended up having three types of stuffing (my mum's, his dad's and good old sage-and-onion), four side dishes, and a massive turkey crown, but we ate like royalty for a week on the leftovers! It helped that I love cooking, and that we have two freezers, but I shall be doing the same again this year (though without the sage-and-onion).
What I won't be doing this year is eating a cold Christmas dinner - in 2007, Iz woke up just as we were tucking in, and so I had to feed and amuse her whilst Al got to have tasty hot grub. This year, she will be tucking in at the same time as us!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
But I don't have time to make a whole new set - and this realisation actually made me feel quite down. Which is ridiculous, I know, there's far worse things going on in the world and in normal, everyday lives but perhaps it's the lack of daylight, or too much college work, or not enough sleep or something.
So I have thought long and hard about this, and I have come to a compromise. I will make (re-make) no more than 5, and send these to my favourite people (my mum, my partner, my daughter, my M- and F-IL and my best buddy). The rest are good-enough. I just have to keep telling myself that. Just because they aren't what I thought, doesn't mean they're not ok. Just.
Ok, so to cheer myself up, I'm going to post a pic of my darling daughter at her first christmas party today. She was a little confused as to whether to sing "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer" or "Y.M.C.A"...
She also met Father Christmas for the first time: and yes, she did cry!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Journaling says: Winter for me will always bring to mind snow, ice, clear blue skies and crisp mornings. Your breath fogging fingers freezing, toes numb, but then... Then you get inside and warm up, and that feeling of bliss is wonderful. Couple it with a log fire and a glass of Bailey's and I'm in absolute heaven!
Monday, December 1, 2008
And here is my first JYC page - my dedication as it were. It's a small promise to myself that I will take 15 minutes MINIMUM per day to Journal my Christmas.
My manifesto reads - "I promise: every day from the first of December to the 6th of January, I will take 15 minutes to reflect and document my thoughts for the day. This Christmas, I will make something true to my heart, with my hands, my mind, my memories, my scissors, some pretty paper and lots of glue!"
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
In honour of the fact that the 100th visitor will soon be landing, I've decided to go for it and send some blog candy to someone. So I'll draw a name randomly over the weekend from all you lovely commenteers.
2 sheets Bazzil basic forest green card, daisyd’s “Garden Green Gingham”, Sassafras Lass double sided “My dearest”, Scenic Route double sided “Grafton Laxton Ave”, Sassafras Lass 64 pc “my dearest” cardstock alphabet (‘c’ already used), Scenic Route Grafton Boy Cardstock stickers (1 used), 2 sheets S.E.I. Simply Savoury alphabets (some smaller font letters used, still plenty left!), Some October afternoon Rub-ons, 2 acrylic stamps from Papermania Secret Garden collection, 12” Queen & Co Felt Fusion green vine (self-adhesive), 6” Queen & Co Felt Fusion Pumpkins (self-adhesive), A chipboard swirl, frame and flower from American Crafts Thickers Accents, and last but not least, 12” rust ricrac.
Phew. Now go leave a comment!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
The "love elsie" stuff in the kit is lovely. And I could always use it next year.
Oh, I could just put it on my CC. Shhh don't tell anyone :)
Sucker. I know I'm not the only one who gets sucked into these things.
Anyone want to buy a brand new Canon Selphy ES20 Photo Printer? Seriously.
Unused, still boxed, with 1 pack of 50 colour photo paper/ink thingies. RRP £150. £100 including postage, UK only :)
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Here's the cover - it's a 6 x 12 American Crafts album, and I love it!
Here is my numbering system - I've been doing about ten each night, as they're quite labour-intensive, but I am definitely happier with these than the others I tried! I can't wait for the class to get started and to see what others are doing.
I chose 6x12 as a happy compromise between size (and therefore amount of space to fill) and the amount of time I'm likely to have. What's your favourite scrapping size? Anyone tried 8.5 x 11? This seems to be fairly popular in the States...
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
I've been cruising a few people's blogs, and loving what I've seen. The last week has also been my first week for visitors! Ones who have left their mark anyway :) It's nice to know that people have stopped by.
My all-consuming project at the moment is planning for the Journal Your Christmas class at my old fave Shimelle's site. It's been nice to plan it all - I have my bits and bobs in a basket, just waiting for the prompts to begin. I've never been one for journals, but Christmas journaling isn't going to be difficult, it being my favourite time of the year and all that!
Anyone else got scrapbook plans for Christmas?
Saturday, October 11, 2008
I have about 5 other classes just sitting on my computer, but I can guarantee it'll be a long while before they get done. I also just signed up for a "Journal your Christmas" class over at Shimelle.com (can you guess I'm a Shimelle groupie?) and I'm really looking forward to this. I know it's only October, but I think I'm allowed to be excited about my first proper family Christmas with my little girl.
I'm off to do a bit of present planning :)
Sunday, October 5, 2008
I see pictures of people's craft rooms/spaces and really wish we lived in a bigger house. Our spare room is now my little daughter's bedroom (and I wouldn't change it for the world). All my stash is separated into boxes. One for paper, one for embellishments, one for tools, etc... I would love to have a dedicated workspace - I could get my sewing machine out and try the stitching that I keep seeing everywhere.
How do you cope with your lack of space? Hints and tips please :)
Friday, October 3, 2008
The "Learn something new every day" class was my first ever scrapbook class, and took the whole of the month of September. It was really addictive, waiting for each day's prompt and sketch to pop into my inbox! Due to uni starting, I only managed to get to 14th September, but as the class is open to previous participants each year, I fully intend to try next year.
If you have a few spare mins, pop over to http://www.shimelle.com/, there's some lovely photos and she also has a small shop for stash. Gorgeous :)
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I keep meaning to post here each night, and put some more photos up, but with one thing or another I just haven't had the opportunity. I wouldn't mind if they were fun, enjoyable "things" like scrapbooking or knitting, but it's the minutae of everyday life that keep getting in the way.
Still waiting for that cloning advice :)
Monday, September 29, 2008
Because I now have all these ideas running round in my head, and bags of stash that I should use soon before I feel guilty for buying it. However. I am also on my final year of my degree, with stacks of work, and I know that scrapping or crafting of any sort ought to take a back seat for the moment.
What is a girl to do? Any cloning advice? :)
Sunday, September 28, 2008
In a word, scrapbooking. In several words, http://www.shimelle.com/. One of Shimelle Laine's online classes encourages blogging, so I thought I'd give it a go.
There is also one major incentive, which I shall not reveal for the moment. But it's probably the same as most bloggers' reasons for doing it.
Suffice to say, it'll take me a while to get the hang of it, but I'm hoping I may learn a few things along the way, either about myself or my computer!