Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Explore. Outdoors. Fun.

It's hard to believe that it's been almost 2 years since we went to Whinfell Forest (Center Parcs) in Penrith. We really need to think about going back. It's a really magical place for kids. And I won't deny I didn't enjoy floating around in the onsite spa for an evening either. While the men-folks were golfing (or simulating golf I can't remember) my Mum and I went exploring with the boys and I snapped this photo of Jack sitting on a toadstool. I'm not sure if he likes posing or if he's wise and knows that the quicker he smiles and has the photo taken, the quicker I stop whining.


I used Bella Blvd.'s Campout. With all the trees and wood grain I think this collection is perfect for scrapping a Center Parcs holiday. The patterned paper with the tree print is called In the Woods and I'm pretty sure the brown wood grain is the free pattern paper you get when you buy the collection kit. This is actually the back side of the front page you see with the kits name and the details on the collection kit. The green and white polka dot paper is the back side of Lets Go Camping. I added a tonnes of stickers, some from Campout but some from other Bella Blvd. kits. I usually mix and match my Bella blvd. as it's really easy to do that with Bella kits). As there wasn't a heck of a lot of colour in the photo I wanted to make the red of the toadstool really pop so I added a heap of red embellishments. Including some red wood grain washi, an acorn flair (that could be October Afternoon), some yellow/orange netting (I'm sure that has a proper name..?), a KI Memories Puffy, a felt toadstool, chipboard and finished off with some Thickers for the title.

I'm really looking forward to scrapping more of this holiday and possibly booking another one soon!

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

scraps on the floor

Several purges, a major stash buying lull and a new room later... my craft room. It's not fancy. The accessories don't match. My supplies don't live in pretty little jars and my ribbons don't make a beautiful rainbow but here it is, rubbish lighting and scraps on the floor. The desk and the unit are a scrappers staple; Expedit from IKEA. The drawer unit is also from IKEA (Alex) (another scrappers staple). I have some Cropper Hoppers; the ones on the desk are old and don't fit into the squares, the ones in the squares are the new ones that fit! Most of the boxes are from TK.Maxx, I've found a lot of good storage in there and it helps that I enjoy a good treasure hunt. The metal Coke tins house all of my Simple Stories Sn@p supplies. The tins are from BHS (they sell them at Christmas with glass bottles of the good stuff). I have a couple of wooden boxes I've picked up in Sainsbury's and Verbaudet as well. And I have a drawer in a daybed (also from IKEA - Hemnes) for craft supplies (not pictured in the photo but just behind the chair) and that's it. I have a lot more space than I did before with a lot less stuff. I'm looking to get everything off the desk so I have that space just to work on so that might mean another unit or it might mean another cull. I'm not sure yet. I still have a lot of finished albums at my Mum's so I'll need to find somewhere for them to go as well. And I've still my eye on a Raskog cart even though I'm not convinced I NEED one but they are kinda cool.


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Thursday, 3 March 2016

And the award...

...  for not blogging in 2015 goes to me. Not a single post in 2015? Poor.

We moved house. We decorated our old house, we put it on the market, we kept it tidy (with two kids - this was the hardest thing we did last year), we sold it, we packed, we looked for a rental, we found one, we moved in, we looked for a new house, we found one, we put down a deposit, we picked all of our extras (after visiting EVERY SINGLE Taylor Wimpey show house within a 20 mile radius) and then we waited, waited, waited until we gave notice, we did viewings at our rental place, we packed (again) and we MOVED! Finally 11 long months after we put our house on the market we moved into our new home.You can see it all in squares at https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/youngsyearlongflit2015/.


Between houses I managed a little bit of scrapbooking. Not much. Seeing all my crafty stuff boxed up and sat in piles in my Mum's house and in our rental house made me realise (and feel a little bit sick) just how much stuff I have accumulated over the last 10 years. I had a massive clear-out and another just last week so I'm feeling much better about all of the things although there is still way to much but I'm aiming to use it all up (snort snort) rather than purge anymore (at the moment).


I just wanted to say hi and I'll leave you with the page. Supplies are: Simple Stories The Story of Us, gold Thickers, a gold doily and lots of Prima flowers.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Deck the Halls {day 12 and 13}



The number card is from the stash of cards I made using The Stamp Spot's Documenting December main gold kit. Day 12 is a super quick page with no journalling, I haven't even taken the photos for this page yet but I want to take some photos of my decorations. Which I will do as soon as I get some decent light. It sucks going to and coming home from work in the dark.
I intend to fill all the pockets apart from the number card with photos. 

Day 13 - the elves left gifts today which was really kinda handy as we had a Christmas lunch date the following day. I am really loving the elf thing this year, Jack is really buying into it and is pretty much towing the line. I'd say the elves need to leave a yellow (naughty behaviour) card every 7 days or so to keep Jack in check.

For the number card I've used a card from the Project Life kit Be Fearless, I added a doily and the number 13 from The Stamp Spot kit.

The other cards are a mix of MME and Project Life Golden.



Here are the boys in their jumpers :) Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

We Wish you a Merry Christmas {day 10 and 11}

Day 10 documents a card my brother and sister-in-law sent this year - a photo of my gorgeous niece. I'm going to trim the card down and pop it into one of the 4x6 pockets after Christmas. I've left a space for a photo I took of our pile of cards waiting to be sent out this year. All of the 4x6 and 3x4 cards I have used for both day 10 and 11 are from the Project Life Golden kit. The 4x4 cards are from the Teresea Collins WRMK Studio Gold Instagram set.

Day 11 documents me suffering a major blonde moment. It's been two years since my friend moved to New Zealand and I thought it would be a lovely idea to send her some flowers. What wasn't such a great idea was to send them to an old address. The florist tried to deliver the flowers but no one was home. The new occupants of the old house arranged to collect the flowers from the shop which they did. I told my friend the story to give her a laugh and her friend in New Zealand hunting the flowers down and brought them to her! How amazing is that! 

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I Wish it Could be Christmas Every Day {day 9}

Just a quick page today to document the boys advent calendars.

 
The number 9 card is from the stash of cards I made using The Stamp Spot's Documenting December main gold kit. The 3x4 reindeer acetate is part of the kit as well, I've just slotted it in. Nice and simple! The 'advent' card is from the project Life kit Be Fearless and the journalling card is from the Golden kit (I think). I've added some Teresea Collins Tinsel and Company stickers and a white doily (also from The Stamp Spot's gold kit). The 'advent' alpha's are Thickers. 



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Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer {day 8}

After the yellow card disaster on day 6 Jack was pretty determined to turn things around. And he did; his behaviour was so good the elves left gifts, for all four of us. We found reindeer slippers for everyone and antlers for the boys under the Christmas tree in Jack's bedroom. Jack couldn't believe it and he thinks the elves must've realised just how upset he had been to receive a yellow card the day before. I love how Jack buys into this it's really been my favourite Christmas tradition this year. The elves technically left gifts on the 7th December but as we also put the tree up on the 7th I'm recording this story on the 8th day. I'm not too worried about exact dates - it's all the same festive season give or take a day or two.






















The number 8 card is from the stash of cards I made using The Stamp Spot's Documenting December main gold kit. I've said it before but I wish I'd made more of these. The 'epic' card is from Heidi Swapp's Glitter Project Life kit and the 4x6 gold foil card is from the Project Life Golden kit (I think). I added a couple of Teresa Collins Tinsel and Company stickers to the cards and some journalling to finish off.






















I've left a space for a 4x6 photo as I want to take a photo of all of our feet in the new slippers.

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