Friday, 21 November 2014

A yellow layout

Yellow is not a colour I use often, but I seem to have quite a lot of it in my stash so these pictures of M making her Brownie Promise (on the climbing wall) seemed as good a reason as any to use up some of it.

 
I started with brown cardstock and layered a piece of handmade cream/yellow paper on it for the background.
 
Then I found the butterfly-embossed Core'dinations cardstock and that gave me my theme. I didn't have any Brownie- or climbing-specific embellishments anyway and I wanted to keep it girly to match M's personality.
 
I enhanced the large butterflies with a bit of sanding and chalk colours then punched out some small ones from a very old Papermania pad called Spring Life. I like the punches of lime green to brighten the colour scheme.
 
I'm not sure about the title  - it's a bit contrived- but I could spell it with the woodgrain Thickers I had left. A narrow strip of lace makes it more feminine and an adhesive pearl makes the date on the calendar strip (which was cut from the remains of last year's Christmas papers)
 

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Me on Monday - on Tuesday!

Yes, I know!

But it was a very busy weekend and then the normal busy Monday so I'm playing catch up with Sian and the others.

Saturday was spent chauffeuring M to a pizza party;
starting my Christmas shopping;
Opening Hours
packing our shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child;
OCC Barcode for donate page
and trying to take it easy. Unsuccessfully.

Sunday morning saw us deliver the shoeboxes at Church;

celebrate my eldest nephew's 16th birthday;
and me reaffirm my faith at my confirmation in Guildford Cathedral


All exciting stuff, but it's left me feeling quite tired. R has rehearsal and Scouts on Mondays, but after school today, M and I agreed to give ballet a miss and instead snuggled down to watch Maleficent.
Maleficent (2014) Poster

Friday, 14 November 2014

Another Oliver layout

Sorry - you're going to be sick of these pictures and I  haven't even received the CD of professional shots yet!
 
I love this black and white promo shot. I don't often print photos in B/W and there was no particular story attached to it which I haven't already told elsewhere so it was a chance to play with different colours and techniques. I actually found that much more difficult than I expected - I like to theme my embellishments and colours to the photo or the event. Choosing the blues just because I liked them was surprisingly scary!
 
I punched out 2in squares from a variety of blue papers. The florals are from Papermania's Capsule collection but the others are scraps. I mounted them in a grid on blue cardstock. I seriously considered stitching them down like a quilt but I've never had much success using my sewing machine on paper. How do you do it? Slow or fast? tight or loose tension?
In the end I bottled it and drew faux stitches with a black pen.
Then I embellished with black doily rub ons (had them ages - can't remember the make) and pearls. The letters and swirls are by BoBunny.
I like that this is a different style from my normal layouts. I think it showcases the photo well.
Any advice on stitching would be much appreciated

A bit of wire working for a change

It's been ages since I made any jewellery but I got my pliers out this week to mend a couple of earrings and decided to have a play.
 I made this flower head some time ago by twisting thin copper wire round a flower loom. Unfortunately I can't find the loom now. I added a beaded leaf and stem and thought it might serve as a brooch.
Then I found a handful of white pearlised beads which reminded me of mistletoe berries. Is this recognisable as mistletoe? Is so I might make a couple more brooches for Christmas gifts.

I don't think these pieces are perfect by any means but I enjoyed the process and it was fun to do something different for a change.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Skylanders - scrapbook page

Documenting my son's current obsession. As he gets older, he does fewer photo-worthy activities (or at least fewer that I am present at ) so I have to find other ways to make sure he gets equal weight with his sister in my albums.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Documenting Oliver!

R's week of performance in Oliver! was just amazing. It was produced by the local Am Dram company (an adult group who don't usually have a junior cast) but it was truly professional. Performed in our town's studio theatre, R quickly got used to being called to the stage by tannoy and revealed in the backstage activity. He was genuinely very good in an outstanding cast and I would have been blown away by it even if he hadn't been performing. It's like being a good footballer - you want to play for a good team - and this was a million miles from the children's drama shows he's done previously.

I have ordered a CD of professional show photos -of course-but I was too impatient to wait for them so I made a 12x12 page and a PL spread of the photo I took while helping to chaperone the boys. I also used PL to keep the memorabilia like tickets and flyers.
 
I can't wait to scrap the professional ones of the actual show.
The black and white picture was on the boards in the theatre bar. That's 'proper' theatre! I really was incredibly proud of him. So exciting.



Monday, 3 November 2014

How can I be back at work again? I'm sure that Half Term week wasn't as long as a week at work!
Having said that, we did lots of fun stuff:
Monday- playdate with M's schoolfriends, whose Mum isn't lucky enough to have Half Term off. Baking and making all day long.
Tuesday - riding with my oldest friend (and M's Godmother)
Wednesday - pumpkin carving, a spooky (and wet) woodland walk
and homework - the long-dreaded Taj Mahal Project. What do you think?
Thursday - lunch with a friend and her kids, and swimming to disco music.

Friday - 'Light Party' at the Church and a bit of light, local Trick or Treating
 
Saturday - cinema trip to see 'Book of Life'. P came home on Saturday evening.

This week looks fairly routine - except for Wednesday when M will be getting enrolled as a Brownie. What about yours?
Waving to Sian here.