Sunday, 26 August 2012

Summer Photo Scavenger Hunt: Two More!

I have to admit I have been very lazy with the photo Scavenger hunt but luckily this weekend I managed to cross two more photos off the list. When I first started joined the hunt I knew I would be able to find these two photos very easily as this weekend was my brothers wedding! So I give you:

#16 A bride (and groom, my brother & his new wife)

#15 Someone dancing

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Sunny day Scrapping

It is a beautiful sunny day today. The nice weather has lifted my mood and has encouraged me to do some scrapping. Over on UKS I recently joined the Tag-a-longs. They are a lovely bunch of ladies who have their own monthly challenge where one member sets a sketch to use. This months sketch is this Page Maps sketch
I loved the sketch and created this layout using photos of some of the characters who welcome beach goers to their beach huts taken at Wells-next-the-sea.
I've been trying to find the perfect layout to use this MME Miss Caroline wood effect paper for a little while and thought it was perfect to use as a background for a beach hut related page. The butterfly paper is also MME Miss Caroline, the spotty MME Nostalgia, and the scraps are Lily bee and Carta Bella. I used my favourite American Crafts Poolside thickers & Authentique mini letters for the title. I finished off my embellishing with butterflies cut from the Miss Caroline paper (I couldn't find my Martha Stewart punch lol!) & some pink netting found randomly in my tote.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

10 things on the 10th August

I know I'm a day late but after a hectic week my brain was just not working yesterday, nothing new there I can hear everyone shouting, but its time for another 10 things on the 10th. This month I thought I'd list 10 reasons why I love Scrapbooking.

1: You do not need to be arty to craft. I readily put my hands up and say I am not arty at all, I even struggle to draw a straight line with a ruler! But with crafting this does not matter as...

2: There is no right or wrong. There are no rules with Scrapbooking, so what if something I cut or stick down isnt straight (which is very often the case), or a layout doesnt turn out how you imagined it in your head. IT DOESNT MATTER!!!

3: Its relaxing. Whether its just choosing papers for a layout and shuffling them around a bit or actually sitting down and scrapping I always feel relaxed & refreshed after

4: Lots of pretty Stash! My OH would probably say this is a bad thing!

5: Making friends. I've mentioned before the group of friends I've made through UKS and its great to have like minded friends to help & encourage you if you get stuck on anything as they've been there and get it.

6: I actually look at & share the photos I take. Nowadays with digital cameras people just seem to take photos and store them on their computer or just on their camera and never look at them again or share them with people! Now if someone asks if I had a nice holiday I can say Yes or No and share the story with them without huddling around a computer screen or a camera!

7: I take more photos. Even if it is of silly things like my wellies I take photos so I can tell a story later.

8: There are lots of lovely blogs out there. I love finishing work and reading my blog list to see other peoples work or watch tutorials to gain tips.

9: It gives me an excuse to be messy for a bit. When I scrap at home there are usually papers all spread out on the floor or scraps of paper around the bin rather than in it as I'm too in the "zone" to tidy up, dont worry though I do tidy up afterwards lol!

10: It leads on to wanting to try new techniques & crafts. I've recently brought some mists to play with as I've seen them used on other peoples layouts and liked it, I've brought some stamps to try and improve my stamping as I've never been the best, & I've just discovered Smash Books and I'm hooked!!

I hope my list makes sense & I'm sure there are a few points you may agree with! Pop over toShimelle to check out some more lists xx

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Summer Scavenger Hunt: Photo 17

I managed to grab a quick snap today for the summer scavenger hunt. Todays photo is

#17 A church 

I thought I would take a photo of probably one of the easiest items on the list. Living in Stamford you are not short of churches, there are 10 in our small market town! This is the largest church, All Saints found in the main square, a landmark I frequently pass to go to and from work.

Hopefully more photos will appear very soon. I kicked myself the other day, I just popped out of work for a bit and the one time I did not have my phone on me there were 3 separate buskers in the High Street! That will teach me!

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Summertime photo scavenger hunt 2012

A couple of my scrappy friends are taking part in a summer photo scavenger hunt. Intrigued I headed over to gallorganico to see what it was all about. Sounds fun doesnt it, so now I have something to keep me busy over the summer especially as I'm playing catch up now as this started in June!

Luckily last weekend we decided to go camping to a nearby campsite as our house was too hot to sleep in. Of course we had a couple of stowaways who had fun climbing in a nearby tree which leads me onto

#20 A swing hanging from a tree
Vern & Roger found a tire swing to play on! 1 photo down only 20 to go! Must remember to write down the list and keep it with me!

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Big Buddha

Blimey this must be a blogging record for me, 3 blog posts in 4 days! Cue a long dry spell of no blogging! Anyway its the first of the month so time for another Sketchy Scrappers reveal. This months sketch was set by the lovely Julia who chose this Page Maps sketch
This sketch is ideal for any Instagram photos but as I no longer have my Iphone (oh how I miss it) I adapted it to scrap a regular 6x4 photo.
This photo was taken during our recent visit to Port Meirion the quirky Italian style village which has a random Eastern Buddha! This layout also heralded my first attempt using mists eek! I've admired this technique for a while but have been to scared to try it (I'm a wuss I know) but I'm pleased with the results even though Ian says it looks like bird poop! The papers are Lily Bee with a journaling card cut from a sheet of Echo Park. I used my all time favourite Poolside Thickers from American Crafts, luckily ATDML had an offer on Thickers last week so I managed to get stocked up! The smaller letters are Authentique. I then finished the layout by scattering some gold sequins which came with the last Quirky Kit.