Thursday, 21 June 2012

Basic Grey Scraplift challenge

Ive been busy recently. Work is busy for a wide range of reasons. I have been scrapping at crops - but I havent had much time for blogging.

At my crop on the weekend I did complete the Basic Grey Challenge. I turned the layout on its side and made a few changes.

The photo is of Matthew with our friend's son also called Matthew. They have only met a couple of times but Matthew seems to like Big Matthew and they had fun on the bouncey castle together at a recent party. Its not the best photo but its one of those moments that is worth remembering. I used the Lauderdale collection as it was hot sunny day and the colours in the photo are quite bright.  Ive had ths collection a long time so I used up loads of my buttons and brads on the layout.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

10 on the 10th

How to kill two birds with one stone!

Im a still doing my project 365+1 - managing to take a photo every day to record the highlights of life and the everyday routines.

I havent posted my highlights from April and May so my 10 on the 10th is my top ten photos for both April and May. You can see my whole project here.

April - Top 10
 A trip to Holmbush Farm with Charie and Anna - so sweet how they get on.

Easter Sunday - Polesdon Lacey

Meeting Fireman Sam

Bella's Birthday Party

Nathan's Birthday Party

Matthew's Birthday and his cake at a little party at the Caro's

A trip to the garden centre. The last time we saw Bella before she moved away. I adore this photo.

Matthew's Birthday party - photo taken by Matt Shelley

Martha's Birthday Party

A farewell meal for Karen.
May - Top 10

Sleeping in  the big bed now!


Jumping at Claremont Lake

On the monkey bars at Alex's party

Looking for tadpoles with Martha

The gorgeous Lily - photo texted over by Sarah showing Lily in the little outfit we sent.

Matthew thinks the new chair in the lounge is for him!
Matthew enjoys an ice cream for Mum's Birthday meal

Mum's Birthday outing to the British Wildlife Centre

Very cute - Maddie aftrer Caroline's 40th party

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Scrap Fever!

Well you can tell its half term as Ive been scrapping. I went to my crop thursday night and did three layouts, and then yesterday my mum came over in the afternoon and we scrapped for a few hours together. Matthew was at my inlaws. And then I did another layout last night. With the football now on most evenings, Im hoping to get a few layouts done over the next few weeks, but going back to work on Monday may slow things down!

The first layout is one of Matthew playing with Simon's umbrellla after his birthday party at Godstone Farm. I was desperate to use these MME papers, but was gutted to find I didnt have any of the umbella papers left so a massive thank you to Jo B who managed to find a piece for me. I added a few other bits from Making Memories and some journalling spots.

The second layout uses photos taken last weekend at a friends birthday BBQ. There was lots of fun in the garden with tug of war, hula hoops, a slide and of course skipping! I used the October Afternoon range sidewalks which was just perfect with the little sticker of the girl skipping

The third layout uses a really old range called Finlay's Estate from Cloud 9. Not even sure if they are still around. I love this photo taken of Matthew in the garden. It was taken that really hot Saturday a couple of weeks ago and we went out in the garden in the evening when it was a little cooler and he helped water some of the plants. The photo matches the papers perfectly and I love all the wording stickers that came with the papers. Added a butterfly and a few paper pearls to finish it off.

The fourth layout shows Matthew and Eva who share a birthday. I bought these Authetique papers before Matthew's Birthday but the colours are quite strong and wouldnt go with just any photo. However this photo is just perfect - thanks to Eva's red cardigan. I love all the little stickers and used quite a few.

The next layout is my 12 on the 12th photos from May. That day we went to a 2nd birthday party ( the 7th one !). I love the colours of the boys t-shirts and they matched perfectly with the What's up papers from Basic Grey. My layout is based on this layout using the same range.

The next layout uses more Authentique papers. Again they are quite unusual colors so I was lucky to find a photo that matches.  I love this dreamy photo of Matthew taken in the pub garden after  a friend's 40th birthday party. It was hot day and it was nice to escape the party for a little while and relax in the cooler garden before the long drive home. I love the little arrow stickers that say 100% genuine and 100% original.  I was inspired by this amazing layout by Michelle Logan .

The last layout is probably my favourite of the seven layouts. I love this photo of Matthew looking super cool after a trip to Wimbledon Park and wearing his Dad's shades. Not yet two in this photo - he looks so grown up - I can see the teenager in him already!! I used a mix of old papers by Kaisercraft. I love the sprayed inks in the background and should do this more often as I always love the result.

Thanks for looking. Sorry its such a long post. Which one is your favourite?

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Three layouts

As it is half term I have a little bit more time for scrapbooking. So far this week I have managed three layouts and I have a crop tomorrow night so hopefully I should produce some more.
The first layout shows Matthew's guests at his birthday party in April. There were 12 other children there aged from 10 months to 9 years. It was lovely to be able to share our special day with all our friends. The layout uses papers from the new Echo Park range Sweet Day which I bought from Gottacraft - I love the paper with the little colour polaroids on and used this to mount each photo. Quite a simple layout really but Im pleased with this record of our guests on the day.

The next layout is the current Basic Grey sketch . I used some more of the Piccadily range. Just love these photos of the cheeky boys at Matthew's party playing with the Hula Hoops. Im really happy with how the layout came together. Added some paper pearls to make my sunshine pop!

The last layout uses some old Sassafras Lass papers. I keep most my scrap stuff in the loft room and every now and again I go and raid it for old things to use up. I love this combination of pink/red and Aqua/navy. It was perfect for this photo of Anna and Charlie (he features on all three layouts on this post!). I used the technique of just cutting blocks of papers from the range up and then layering them . I did have to shuffle them around a few times until I was happy. I added some newer embellishments such as the Amy Tangerine tags and paisley swirl, a pink paislee wooden spool , some thickers and some more paper pearls.

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