Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Project Life Goes on Holiday

I took PL cards to France with me, as they don't take up much room and did most of this layout out there.
That is definitely my preferred way of working - I choose a kit (or three) for the month and then I can work on 1 or 2 cards as and when I have time. I print at home so I don't have to wait and do the whole month in one go.

I didn't take many embellishments with me though so I have only just finished off the spread.

Most of the cards are from the Family themed pack. I cut black and white labels and titles from the Midnight edition. And I also used one other-the first PL set I ever had, which I received as a blog gift.  Anyone know where these cards are from?
Most of my journaling is handwritten but I like the variety of a typed 'review' card and the Tim Holtz word stickers.

The 'Happy Place' die cut is by Dear Lizzy and I punched out the extra circles so the photo of our holiday home showed through then used the circles as tags

The name of the circus was handcut from a promotional flyer to layer over my photo.

I like the variety of portraits of my children with some scenery and close up shots. I often forget to take pictures of things like the yummy French croissants and our (shocking!) 10 Pin Bowling score.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Easter holiday in France (lots of photos)

We spent a lovely 10 days in our holiday home in France. It felt great to be there again after 6 months and took no time at all to settle in. We were pretty lazy - lots of books to read and films to watch- but I also feel as though I spoke a lot of French as we socialised with our friends there.
Kids' entertainment on the ferry
French bread and the open fire

The circus was in town so we took the kids for their first ever circus. I have to admit - it was really good.

This was the finale - the giant hamster-wheel thing was rotating as the acrobat  turned somersaults inside and out.
Not everyday, but it has to be done!

The assault course at this chapel is always a fun way to spend an hour.
Bowling - I'm going to demand the barriers up next time (for me, as well as the kids)

The trees have recently been cleared to reveal this statue so I took my camera for a walk. I did some research - although I thought the figure was male it turns out Notre Dame et L'Enfant.

Meeting our friends' new baby

This is L'Abbaye Blanche and I was lucky enough to find the chapel open for the first time

The ruined chateau at Vire

16th Century thatched cottage in Vire

So nice to know the neighbours - both English and French-speaking. M played beautifully with them

Not the best way to meet the neighbours! The young couple opposite came over to apologise for bashing our car. On the upside we got to speak car insurance French and invite them in for a cup of tea

Watching the kitesurfing at Caen

Waiting to board the ferry home

More socialising - we invited our friends over for dinner  nd it turned into quite a late night

Our garden

Saturday, 12 April 2014

12x12 scrapping with 4x3 Project Life cards

 As I do Project Life monthly I have plenty of photos and don't use many of the 3x4 filler cards. However they are way too cute to languish in my stash so I thought I'd share a couple of 12x12 layouts  using them.

I am in France at the moment for the Easter holidays so I don't have my full stash with me. In fact, Ipacked quite lightly for this trip. I brought the PL cards I'd chosen for April, but as for 12x12  I knew I had a bag of scraps out here so I limited myself to some sheets of neutral-coloured cardstock and black and white alphas. I threw in 3 of the themed card packs - summer,  family and girl at the last minute because they were on offer in Hobbycraft when I went to get some adhesive (well. you know how it is!) and take up very little space.

The Balloon Fun photo was taken on the ferry and I was largely inspired was I found the balloon card in the Summer themed pack. I used that one whole as an embellishment then picked 3 other 3x4 cards to cut up as patternede paper. I had some co-ordinatincg scraps which I layered onto a plain cream background. The flowers gave been hanging around from a cardmaking kit for ages. I threaded them with embroidery thread and layered them over flowers cut from another scrap of patterned paper.

This second layout really used only 6 3x2 cards,  The DCWV tree bark paper gave an interesting base. Apart from a couple of strips of Smash tape and some coloured alphas I found I'd left here, all the embellishments and paper layers were cut from Family themed cards.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Project Life March

March was a long and busy month at work but there were certainly some highlights as well - and everything came in pairs!
  • I had 2 lesson observations - one of an ESOL lesson and one of me doing tutorials. I scored a high 'Good' and an 'Outstanding' respectively, which I was pleased about. The latter was particularly flattering as I am new to the tutorial system.
  • I went to both kids' schools for parent consultations. R's was brilliant - lots of really nice comments and no real worries. I a so happy we have found him a school which can see past his disability. I had got so used to hearing the same negative comments at primary school.  In a reversal of fortunes, M was told she needed to push herself more. Although I was initially disappointed, this is actually quite a good thing as it means she is finally, in Yr 2,  being stretched. She has been so used to finding things easy she's never had to push herself.

  • P and I went out twice as a couple- a theatre trip to see Derren Brown's live show which was his Christmas present to me (absolutely amazing BTW) and a meal at the local 'posh' restaurant which was mine to him.

  • I made 2 trips to the tip to dispose of 14 bags of garden rubbish as I embarked on a long term project to sort out our garden.
  • The kids both took part in special assemblies - R with the Anti-Bullying Committee which he is part of and M for Mother's Day. I was pleased to find a picture of R on his school's  Headteacher's Blog, because of course parents are not invited to secondary school assemblies. Just as well, probably. I cried at M's!
  • I did 2 sessions of Speaking exam interlocuting.
  • M had 2 dress up days - for Book Week and Sport Relief. I'm glad that R is too old for this now, though he did wear mufti for Sport Relief.
  • We also celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary, in a fairly low key way but it merited a selfie to show off my new Svarovski crystal earrings. Actually, you can't see them very well, but they match the necklace.
  • It was Mother's Day too, of course. Again, pretty low key but I received 3 handmade cards and a paper bouquet from M. I'll have to wait for my gift from R as he wasn't able to bring it home from DT last week.
  • I also included a piece about the loss of Malaysian Air Flight MH370. I didn't feel it was appropriate to embellish it in any way so I just left it plain with a black border.

This whole month was created using the Kraft Project Life kit. I  bought a 1/3 kit on Amazon and I haven't completely used it up. The black accents were cut from Midnight Edition (again a 1/3 kit) and the alphas are from Pebbles and Hobbycraft. A bit of yellow washi tape and I think that's it.