Monday, 20 October 2014

Me on Monday

Starting last night with 8 hours of Tech Rehearsal, this week I will mostly be watching Oliver!, either from the wings as a chaperone or from the audience as a very proud parent. R is playing Charlie Bates and, judging from what I saw yesterday, it's going to be an amazing show.
Kirsty Angus's photo.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Me on Monday

Not another Monday already!
They are hard this year.
Both kids were at breakfast club by 7.45. I taught from 9 till 2,30 with only about 10 mins break . After school is homework overseeing,  tea making (currently without an oven) and housework doing. Then taking R to a rehearsal 7 to 9 pm.
This weekend was spent travelling to London, eating with old friends, visiting Tate Britain,

I don't like this at al

I like this a lot
 ordering a new oven, enjoying the best and worst of Autumn weather and marking lots of work.
this Is my first time linking up with Sian's Me on Monday.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Hello October

This month I am looking forward to:

Meeting up with a friend in London for the day;
Celebrating my birthday. I don't quite how yet but it will involve cake and wine;
Going out with P for a date night;
Watching R perform in Oliver! in our local theatre;
Half term!;
Both celebrating and not-celebrating Hallowe'en. Our Church run an anti-Hallowe'en Light party, but I've the bribed the kids with Treat or Treating afterwards as well!
(Hopefully) sorting out my work problems and buying a new oven.

How does your October calendar look?

Good riddance to September!

It's been a horribly stressful, tediously boring and very unphotogenic month. The weather was beautiful, but it isn't enough to make me sorry that September is over.

I had very few photos, so I only made 1 double spread but I had lots of journalling:
What's new? This is a double-sided list of what has changed in our lives this academic year.  Because P and I are both teachers and we have 2 school-aged kids September always signals lots of changes. M has started Brownies and a new drama group. R is rehearsing hard for a performance of Oliver. Their school hours have changed and they are both getting more homework. I have started a new GCSE English class, which I was very excited about, until wrangling about my pay took the shine off it.

Life's a Constant Juggling Act. (oops - upside down!) I must admit to earmarking this card for my September PL as soon as I saw it in the Aqua kit. I had intended it as a 'filler' but actually mounted it on the front of a folded 6x4card and journalled about a particularly bad week.  From Sep 21st to 28th I had no hot water for 2 days; M was off school sick for 2 days; I did 18 hours teaching with the probability of only being paid for 15 of them; I caught M's cold and my oven died. The water is fixed and we are both (nearly) better but some of these issues are still ongoing.
Money worries -  I have written on both sides of this card too. As well as the oven and the unpleasantness over my pay we had a £3000 roofing bill this month, for which we had to borrow the money.

Otherwise my few pictures show the kids on their first days back at school, my students celebrating their exam passes, a play date and a school trip and their current obsessions (loom bands and Skylanders, respectively.) I'm glad I took the opportunity to record these things.

I'm pleased I was able to do so much journaling. I did toy with the idea of typing it to fit more onto a small space, but I want to be consistent with using my handwriting for PL. And no-one needs all the depressing details on show, anyway.
Most of the cards are from the Rain kit, which I really like, or Midnight Edition, which is always so versatile.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Scrapping the Holiday - Birthday ice cream

Both the men in my life have birthdays at the end of August. It's a struggle to get photos of P so just a single pocket for him but R insisted on cake, ice cream and a trip to the cinema so I got plenty of him. I
 made my PL page first, using the bright colours of Simple Stories Snap and an A4 pack of  birthday-themed papers. I made the  balloon embellishments with the Hip Hop Birthday line and Glossy Accents and the tiny wood veneer stars are Studio Calico. I love the sharp colours.
After that I used the same papers and embellishments on a white background to create the facing 12x12 page. It looked a bit 'floating' so I anchored it on an old sheet of Christmas paper and added a cluster of embellishments cut from the Simple Stories papers on a doily.


I got all but 2. That Juggler eluded me, and I wasn't the only one! Pretty good.
Thanks Rinda for another fun selection. Would love a Winter Hunt too. 
Here, in order is my final selection:
1. A sign welcoming people to my holiday town

2. A garden gnome
3. Birds on a wire
4. A group of tourists

5. A rack of post cards

6. An urban street scene -FAIL - I didn't go anywhere that could be considered Urban all summer- Substitute item - a kite
7. A rural landscape

8. A tattoo on a person

9. A bakery

10. A photo bomb
11. A horn

12. A mascot

13. A sunrise

14. A parade
 15. A juggler - FAIL
16. a sigh in a language other than English

17. A lamp post
18. A water fall

19. A public garden

20. A bus (yes, it is!) with a picture painted on its sides.


21. A photograph of me with something representing the season.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

France '14 - Inflatable Fun

This is another layout about my daughter. She just did more this summer - my 12 year old preferred to sit and veg. the mouth of the inflatable fox/chicken/duck (whatever) gradually opened and closed, trapping her inside the bouncy castle.
 The colours in the photos were so bright I went with a black background from the Midnight Edition Paper Pack and matted them on pick and yellow. I heat-embossed the arrows and matted the title on strips of paper to make it stand out. The flowers and fairy were  slightly random embellishments I found in my stash, but they match M's girly personality.