Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Project Life is still on Holiday

And so am I. Hurrah.
I'm trying to ignore the fact that I'll be back at work this time in two weeks, although I did have to do some marking yesterday.
We have been super busy and I  have lots of fun things to document. I'm printing direct from my DSLR with my 6x4 hp Printer. For some reason it will read my camera memory card but not a saved image from my PC so I can't use Photoshop or cameraphone pictures. But I'm happy to swap that inconvenience for the enjoyment of scrapping things almost immediately. There are only a couple of cards that I know I'll want to redo when I get home. I'm doing lots more journaling too than normal, probably because the events are so fresh in my mind so I need to keep that up when I get back.
 A 12x4 landscape across 2 pockets. This is one I'll have to reprint at home as the colours aren't as defined as I'd like. The embellishments are all on top of the Becky Higgins  transparencies though so it'll be easy to do. 
A random beautiful snap of M.
Goat cuddling and cheese tasting at a local goats' cheese producer.
The first week in August.
P and I ate at the local Michelin-starred restaurant, just the two of us, while our kind friends watched the kids. I've wanted to go there for the past 6 years, but resent paying that sort of price for dishes I know the children won't eat. I wasn't disappointed.
An open-air concert in the sunshine.
Sunset over the village church.
A visit to the national pottery museum.
Barbecue and karaoke with the neighbours. I like the series of single portraits of the 4 of us singing. I'm trying to include more pictures of myself this holiday
More pictures from the pottery museum, including a demo.
Our guests went home so we had a slightly quieter week:
R watching films on my laptop
Another BBQ with other local Ex-Pat friends.  It was never our intention to become part of the Ex-Pat crowd, but they are nice people and this was a very funny night.
A friend M made at the second open air concert.
A game of Jenga
Journalling about the books I've read so far (on going) and about the fact that we have actually made French friends as well as English. We spent all of Sunday speaking French with our village acquaintances.

We had one big day trip this week, to the Zoo. This layout is the result of a lot of selection from the 100 plus pictures I took. I placed the paper-pieced giraffe and lion on top of the page protector so they crossed several pockets.

I made 12x12s of the highlights - for the kids that was the chance to feed the giraffes. The layout was inspired by a colour  combo in 'Esprit Scrapbooking' magazine. I'm short on tools and supplies here so I added interest by tearing the papers and distressing them with white chalk. I 'hung' the title from a piece of Baker's twine.

 The highlight for me was managing to capture these bat pictures. They were shy and extremely fast and I took a lot of rubbish snaps. In the end I waited until the crowd had moved on to watch the otters being fed, set my camera to Sports mode and continuous burst and succeeded in getting these.
The background papers were layered and then doodled. As the story was about taking pictures of bats rather than the bats themselves, I drew attention to the camera print paper by doodling over 3 cameras with black pen. To give the title extra interest, I used the letter stickers as stencils to draw the black 'shadows' before adhering them offset.
I had more photos from the goat farm which I wanted to use, and I didn't want a whole PL page about it so I made this 12x12. The lovely paper had complementary patterns (white/aqua, aqua/white) on each side which gave me the idea of folding back the corners. As I obviously didn't have any farmyard embellishments to hand, I cut the kid out of a 6x4 print and had him peeping out from behind the fold.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Birds on a Wire.. and lots of other animals

We had a fab trip out to the zoo yesterday. I love photographing animals. If I was a more patient person, I'd have been a wildlife photographer, but I would rather not wait for 3 days for a glimpse of my subject. I took hundreds of pictures and then spent a pleasant evening sorting through them.

Here then are my birds on  a wire for Rinda's Summer Scavenge Hunt. Much more beautiful than my previous pigeon on a phone line, I think you'll agree.

We saw lots of other very unusual animals too. It's a good breeding zoo with an excellent educational programme. If you're not an animal lover then you're welcome to click away now. I am, though, and I'm quite proud of some of these pictures. The highlight of the day for me was snagging a photo of fruit bats in flight - very very quick and hard to photograph. For the kids it was the chance to feed the giraffes.

As we left through the gift shop I grabbed another from Rinda's list - a rack of postcards.


Sunday, 3 August 2014

Sharing a couple of layouts

I've had a bit of holiday scrapping time this week. I only have a limited kit with me, but I planned out these too layouts before I left and had the supplies ready to go.

The 'stage' paper and stickers come from Scrapping the Magic, my favourite online store for themed supplies. I ordered them some time ago as I knew I would have plenty of shoe-related photos. These are R playing Mike Teavee in Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. I didn't need to add much to the detailed paper except some journaling. I made a pocket behind the photos for the programme from the show.

My second layout was of M looking particularly gorgeous and grown up after a friend's birthday 'Pamper Party'. I love this background paper by MME. Just pink and pretty, like her. The embellishments were fussy cut from patterened paper and enhanced with Glossy Accents


Friday, 1 August 2014

6 in 6 minutes

Join the Scavenger Hunt!

This isn't a new meme (although it could be) but the number of items I ticked off Rinda's Scavenge Hunt list in a 6 minutes stroll around the village
1. A sign welcoming you to my holiday town and 16. A sign in alanguage other than English

2. A garden gnome on a neighbour's window box

3. A bird on a wire - just the one, hoping I'll do better with this one

7. A rural landscape.I 'll share a few more I took from this favourite spot later

9. A bakery. Not the best or the prettiest, but the one I can walk round the corner to for my morning croissant
 I'm quite pleased with this little hoard. How are you getting one?

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Project life goes on Holiday

My Holiday front cover. this will start a new album as I work in academic years, Sep to July. It just makes more sense for our family. Hydrangeas are a feature of the Normandy landscape in all shades from palest blue to deepest red. I spent last summer photographing as many as I could but didn't end up doing anything with the pictures so I decided to use them for my title page os this year's holiday.  The edges are painted with white acrylic, I stencilled the title with a white gel pen and added a PL transparency in the corner.
This spread covers our first 4 days. As I am on holiday I have the luxury of being able to work almost in real time, printing and documenting the days as I go along. Most of the photos will be printed directly from my camera without any computer titivating.
The Good, the bad and the ugly is my attempt to keep it real as P accuses me of only documenting the good stuff in my Project Life. R was sick on the ferry (bad) and M had the mother of all tantrums the first night (ugly). But it has been mostly good so far - a barbecue with friends and a trip to the local adventure park. I used blue & aqua cards from the Coral kit with orange accents from Jade. I have only brought a limited stash with me so that all of the holiday weeks will be colour co-ordinated, as I like to do.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Reasons to love teaching

Reasons to love teaching:
Half term

Wishing every teacher and parent the happiest of summer holidays.

Monday, 21 July 2014

A large number of numbers

The last few weeks have been full of exciting but tiring 'big events'. The sort of things you spend months preparing for and feel sad about when they end.
This weekend saw another one - the end-of-year show for M's dance school.
She was in 2 choir numbers and a ballet dance. Some of her friends do more classes and were in 4 or 5 numbers. There were over 140 children involved aged from 3 to 18.
Raggetty Anne - in The Toy Box

They did 2 dress rehearsals and 3 performances. I  watched 1 and helped backstage at 3 of them. Saturday was a very hot day - we were there for 8 hours.  I was put in charge of the Nursery and Pre-Primary group. Out of  30 children, I knew 4 of them. In total I think I made 24 trips to the toilet, organised 70 plus costume changes and dealt with 7 tantrums and 1 pair of wet knickers.
Actually, these figures in no way convey the emotions of the weekend. Backstage management was poorly managed and I felt extremely stressed by my responsibility but watching my 7 year old performing made me immensely proud. The standard of dancing and singing was exceptional. M was excited, hyped up, hot and exhausted. She coped brilliantly, until we got home on Saturday night, when she had something of a meltdown.

I was relieved and shattered by the time we had finished. But there's no peace for the wicked. R was reading at church, so we had to get up in time for that on Sunday morning and then M went to a 'Princess Pamper Party'  for her school friend and came home looking crimped and made up and beautifully grown up.
The kids have 3 days left of school. My only jobs in that time are washing and packing, jam making and eating up what's left in the freezer before we go away.