Well Hello Summer 2016, how the devil are you ?
The first week of our school summer break is almost over only 4 weeks and 3 days left, unfortunately I go back to work (in a school) on the 1st of September – huge sigh
Got lots of at home stuff planned this holiday, we aren’t going away anywhere this summer – sorry boys – already had a visit back to my hometown to spend time with my parents this past week.
Generally just enjoying being at home for the last couple of days, waking up without that rushed “got to get going” feeling. Leisurely mornings spent in PJ’s drinking tea in bed, list making and trying to plan stuff.
Missing scrapbooking and working on my photo pocket page album for this year, really haven’t had any creative get up and go this year.
Tomorrow is Day in the Life with Ali Edwards I don’t usually participate with these kind of projects apart from the December Daily (which is very hit and miss with me) However I am pushing myself to have a go tomorrow as a way to get back on the life documenting bandwagon
I don’t have the AE kit or anything Im just going to wing it and design my own time themed cards. A photo an hour sounds like a bit much to me, so I’m just going to try and take a lot of photos throughout the day and cherry pick them afterwards. I am, however, attempting to do the journalling as I go along, on the afore mentioned cards.
Off to search through my many and varied page protectors to see if I have the necessary configurations to make this possible.
Im not a fan of challenges, sketches, suggested colour combos etc. I always skip over things like this on blogs and in publications, no particular reason they just aren’t something I’ve ever really embraced. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve set a few challenges in my time and designed a few sketches too but I have never really used them myself.
Ive been having issues with my creative mojo recently, its been in extended hibernation, my energies have been invested elsewhere in my mundane existence.
Getting to the point – you all know how much I adore the jot team and their publication, well I was cruising through the recent issue via their blog at the weekend and I happened to notice the mood board post. I love looking at mood boards usually thats as far as it goes.
But I felt that I should challenge myself and give this a go hoping to ignite the latent creativity.
You can find the April mood board HERE
I don’t usually use pastel colours, this being a male dominated household, so I went with the pale base colours of white pink and blue, threw in some muted yellow and a helping of gold sparkle for good measure too. I used the gallery wall as the inspiration for the foundation of my layout and hey presto, I started and finished it all in the same day too, almost unheard of for me.
Every year I do a page about my age, usually just after my birthday, so this is this years. the photo was an accidental selfie I took in the car, my husband really likes this snap of me as he says its the epitome of naturalness for me ! ( I was listening to something funny on the car radio, whilst waiting to pick up one of my offspring )
So here we are again, epic blog posting for me – once every school holiday !
just thought id drop in to say i was looking for some font inspiration and I happened upon a site with some great downloads.
Its called BeFonts and all of the fonts are free downloads for personal use.
seriously i have just downloaded some great brush script fonts to use on my project life pages – yes I am still persevering with this, although i have to say Im taking anywhere near the amount of photos I used to.
Im also in the process of planning out my classes for the next GOGO GETAWAY in October. Enjoying a bit of peace and quiet here at home whilst the teenagers are still in the land of nod – thank goodness for small mercies
How the HECK did that happen ? Seriously I’m only just coming round from Christmas, My December Daily is still on my dining room table !
Its half term here in the UK and I have woken up early this morning and written my to do list. I know that I won’t get anywhere near getting it all done but its good to get it written down and have something to aim for.
Talking of writing lists I have recently been observing this whole planner bandwagon take shape. I have viewed it from a distance watching with interest wondering what all the fuss was about, without really knowing all this time I have had a planner !
its called a FILOFAX
Yup thats what we called a planner in the eighties, all this time I have been ahead of the trend and didn’t know it, I have always made my own pages and inserts from my scrap stash and used stickers and clips and pretty dividers – WHO KNEW !
So here I am at silly o’clock writing my list on pretty coloured post its and sticking them in my planner
As always a wonderfully designed and beautifully inspirational magazine.
read it HERE
Don’t forget to check out their new e-book too it contains 36 awesome projects by Kim Archer and the Jot Girls find it HERE
Inside you will find, 36 gorgeous projects beautifully styled and photographed, a lot of the projects have step by steps too and all are designed to be made using stuff from your stash.
even if it is almost over . . .
Just wanted to pop on here today and add another Christmas freebie, inspired by one of my favourite pre christmas traditions . . .
. . . Christmas coffees
Again 3×4 cards, I hope you find these useful.
Download in the usual place HERE
Another set of 3×4 Christmas themed cards in a relatively traditional pallet, that i hope will appeal to everyone.
You can download them HERE and as always please credit me and link back to this blog.
. . .OKAY so I couldn’t wait until friday for the next Documenting December Freebie.
So here are a few 3×4 cards, some gently falling snow and some twirly christmas trees thrown in for good measure.
these will look great on their own, just print and cut, or embellish to your hearts content.
Download in the usual place HERE
as always credit back to me and link the blog if you use/publish these.
really how did it come around so fast ?
I just wanted to check in and do a bit of a What I’m using post for my Documenting december Album this year.
The album is a cloth covered Studio Calico Handbook in a very festive red.
I bought mine from Hey Little Magpie unfortunately the red one is now out of stock.
The two papers that inspired my colour scheme this year are from My Minds Eye again purchased from Hey Little Magpie.
Ive complimented these papers with a couple of transparencies from Bella Blvd, white stars and red stars and several papers from the Claus and Co line by Simple Stories
I threw in a My Minds Eye – Christmas on Market Street gold foil velum for good measure too
The alphas Ive chosen, there are several – shimelle Christmas Magic Starlight Gold Foiled Number Thickers, some My Minds Eye all things alphas gold foil die cuts and some Amy Tangerine puffy aqua alphas too, all eventualities covered.
Thats the basis for my album this year, I will undoubtedly add to this “kit” as I go along both from my existing stash and from non scrapbooking sources too, I like using christmas promotional literature, shop catalogues and christmas decorations too.
Obviously I will be adding my own printables into the mix as well.
Looking forward to sharing this album with you all.
I am so tardy, no excuses, i just forgot, so without further ado here are my first FREE printables for you to use to document December.
They are 6×4 card sized, make sure you print at 100%
Im going to be using this as part of my Christmas album this year and will be dedicating a whole post to what I am intending to use, for those of you that are interested, next week
As always free for personal use, link backs and credit to me appreciated.
Downloadable version can be found HERE