So its finally here and I admit I am not going to bore you every single day with my Christmas Journal.
However I am going to attempt to report something everyday, possibly sharing a favourite decoration or a detail from my journal or just an aspect of my day that only happen in December.
Yesterday I managed to complete the cover of my Christmas Journal for this year, it didn’t start well, wrong glues, no matching letters, not enough capital letters, the whole thing just started to feel Bleugh and I nearly quit there and then !
But I looked back at my only completed Christmas, December documented Mini for inspiration and I loved that album SO much I persevered. I am not calling it done yet but I am moving on . . .
So here is my album cover (Simple Stories SNAP album) strip of paper and a strip of wash tape, an old Maya road clear calendar page some AC chipboard letters and a wooden bird tree decoration from Sainsburys.
Back to School Printables
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without further ado here is my contribution, a little twist on the September tradition of the back to school layout. I recently secured a Learning Support Assistants job at the primary school I have been a Mid Day Assistant at for the last six years, so my back to school layout is focused on ME.
And, I designed some freebies for you which you can pick up HERE just download the PDF’s print, cut, use and enjoy.
Dont forget to leave a comment, I am doing a prize giveaway too, more details on that tomorrow.
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As you can see I used my two printable school cards these are 6×4 so can be used in Project Life type albums too. The Background paper is Studio Calico from the Here and There collection, the sticky chipboard newsprint letters are GCD fun and funky chipboard alphas , the black sticky chipboard letters are Prima canvas letters – Londonderry, the small globe journal card is another free printable from me, I trimmed it to size and used a punch to create the note book edge along the top. The paperclips are both from the new stationary range at Ikea as is the chalkboard speech bubble tag.
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. . . Here I am again after another three week absence, what the heck is going on, LOTS !!
none of it big or interesting to anyone else, just the usually daily life stuff but there always seems to be more on the get done list than time available to do it – I think I need to go on a time management course except – I don’t have the time, ha ha ha
But I am starting to see some time materialising soon – in three weeks one of my jobs finishes for the summer holidays which means that I will have a little more time available, however there are trips, visits and outings planned along with camping and some decorating too.
I am also going to be prepping my baby for secondary school
My project life album is still getting done, I am still enjoying it and really can’t see that I will be scrapping any other way in the future and I am SO happy to find out that Hobby Craft are going to be stocking the PL range from mid September, making it more accessible to most of us in the UK ( I have had an email from their customer services confirming this )
I have just started reading a new magazine too called JOT – its an Australian publication and can be viewed online HERE Its a wonderful publication in design and content and worth taking a look at weather you are a project lifer or not.
Kim Archer (Editor and Art Director) says about the Magazine – “A paper crafting/documenting life publication for the modern day memory keeper”
Here is a LINK to their blog too, lots of paper eye candy here too.
I used some of my favourite Seuss quotes and my go to font BEBAS to create these 3×4 filler cards.
download from the usual place.
and I won’t be getting one anytime soon, but oh gosh do I love the instagram effect on photos – I am not fussed about the whole instagram site etc but I do like those actions.
So I have been hijacking my sons Ipod touch whilst he has been at school (YES he has the app on this ! ) and I have been having a ball with it. OK so the photos aren’t amazing quality(I think it is only 0.7 mp) but once you use an effect on your photos and print them out they are great.
It has helped me fill lots of the empty pockets in my PL album recently, today I did my usual morning dog walk and took along the ipod and did a bit of a photo walk, something I wouldn’t do with my DSLR (too conspicuous )
When I got home I messed with the photos a little in iphoto (again not much scope here in the editing facilities) then printed them out 2×2 inches to use on a 6×12 spread – YAY I am so pleased with the results.
Here are a few examples – I still won’t be stumping up the huge some of money needed for that dammed IPHONE though.
YUP, everyone is back to school and work to day.
Good for me, it means I can get on with my “work from home” job in peace and quiet once again, rather than fitting it in in bits.
I decided to share this layout I did over the weekend, yes it is still to go in my PL album but I think it stands up as a layout in its own right. I used a photo taken by my son on my birthday last week.
I used the front cover from an Easter edition of the Waitrose Kitchen magazine as I loved the colours and the type and the yummy hot cross bun photo.
I thought it was kind of fitting as all through my life I have celebrated my birthday during the Easter holidays.
I’m thinking that the small cerise circle on the top right needs some attention still, but other than that I like it.
Patterned paper cut to look like ribbons and layered, a 5×3 inch white bordered photo, generic luggage tag, a file tab punched from kraft card stock, camera sticker designed by myself, pink felt bird given as a gift and some really old Teresa Collins large chipboard number tiles.
Through looking at lots of different blogs and web sites, getting inspiration for PL, I have discovered new stuff that I didn’t know existed. Like these great files for die cutting machines from Kerri Bradford
I own a Cricut and before that I had a craft robo so I am fairly comfortable with these machines, I primarily bought mine as I am a FONT FREAK and wanted to create my own typographic elements for my pages. I still do this but I haven’t really progressed from this aspect of die cutting. I cut the odd shape here and there , hearts, stars and some tags but that’s really it.
I really enjoyed being directed to Kerri’s site and finding out that people are now creating really cool designs that you can buy, download and cut on your machine of choice.
Don’t get me wrong I knew people were doing this but I hadn’t yet found anything cool that I was inspired by – now I have.
I am particularly taken by the peep through backgrounds and the overlapping words/letters
Images courtesy of Kerri Bradford
Oh boy do I like this one, I think my 20 yr old niece would too !
This is a great ida, I found it on The 36th Avenue blog and there is a tutorial on there too
I have all the raw materials -
ball chain – check
washers – check
jewel embellishment charm – check
BUT I don’t have a steel stamping kit, damm it, does anyone have one they can lend me ?
I was thinking yesterday that I may still have time to create some home made gifts for Ch£$&@mas (see I am not actually say THAT word ! )
I saw these in Ikea a few weeks ago and I know a couple of ladies who always put a basket of bread on the table at meal times.
I like the reversible quality of the liners too.
However I think that I could definitely make these, I have a very large pile of unused fat quarters gathering dust that would suit this purpose, plus you could make seasonable liners too for all those special occasions !
One more thing to add to the ever increasing list of things I want to make !
Why oh why does the change in the weather make me sad !
Don’t get me wrong there are plenty of aspects of Autumn that I like and enjoy, returning to school and routine (that’s a like and a dislike), the cooler weather (only applicable when we have actually had a summer !) the colours and the abundance of all the berries, needing the quilt on the bed at night to be cosy, wearing socks again and Halloween
But I have to say that there is more that I dislike, not necessarily about Autumn but what it heralds, dark nights and dark mornings (major YUK) the wind and the rain, grey skies, piles of coats and shoes (I don’t have any convenient storage for these items)wet paw prints on the floors, the christmas countdown, planning and making hot meals every night, cold weather illnesses.
WOW I am in a Bah Humbug mood aren’t I
So Halloween – each year I am tempted about this time of year to make plans to throw a themed party, I usually manage to talk myself out of it pretty darn quickly, the thought of a dozen 9-12 year olds making spooky mayhem in my house is enough for me. I always feel less like celebrating when it falls on a week day too
But I do love to see all the new seasons Halloween products surfacing, as far as scrapbooking is concerned it always seems to fall into two catagories, the cute stuff and the slightly scarier vintage stuff. I tend not to buy any of the themed stuff but appreciate it from afar.
Some images from the web that I am inspired by for the spooky season – I may even do some designs myself to share !
Love this guy !