Posted in Announcement, Inspiration

Inspiration . . .

. . . . another online readable scrapbook magazine YAY

I discovered this via Stephanie Bryan’s blog, its called Create and its put together by Scrapbook Generation and My Minds Eye.

Here is the blurb –

Scrapbook Generation’s CREATE, a free monthly digital magazine, focuses on sketches and how to use them to best advantage. But there’s so much more, including general articles and hundreds of papercrafting projects!

Each month, a leading manufacturer’s design team will be creating layouts and cards and tags using sketches by SG’s Allison Davis and Debbie Sanders. And that’s just the beginning. SG has put together a talented group of designers, scrapbookers, and cardmakers to bring you a 200 page papercrafting magazine filled with inspiration by some of the best in the business.

You can view it HERE

Have an inspiring Weekend.


Posted in December Daily, Inspiration, scrapping

December is HERE !

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.


Posted in Announcement, Freebie, Inspiration, scrapping

UKS End of Summer BLOG HOP

Back to School Printables



. . . and welcome to the UKS Blog Hop, If you have stumbled in here and aren’t aware of the UKS Blog Hop then scoot on over to UKScrappers to the Blog Hop Thread and read all about it and see the rules and prizes up for grabs and there will be some freebies along the hop route too.

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.
I will pick a commenter at random from toadys post, you have from 6am today until 6am tomorrow to leave a comment.


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.

Drop in on all the other UKS BLOG HOPPERS :-

a Trip down Memory Lane



beanpole (Comment not turned on – you get a PASS on commenting on this blog!




Hysteri-CAL (Heartfully Yours)



leanie (Beautiful Impressions)




PrincessScary (Sarah Hurley)





Wannabe Rebel ( YOU ARE HERE NOW )

Wear Crafts

Posted in Inspiration

Well . . .

. . . 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.


Posted in Inspiration, Rambling

I don’t have an IPHONE . . .

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.

Posted in Inspiration

discoveries and inspiration

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

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Another gift Idea

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 ?

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Gift Idea

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 !