Tuesday, 20 January 2015

~ South India Trip 2015 ~

We arrived safely in Cochin, Kerala after a long journey. We have started to get our bearings and know our way around a little. After 2 days of relaxing, tonight we start a 2 week tour of South India with G adventures. 

We managed to find a bar and relaxed playing a card game called Fluxx last night after eating dinner at the Mangotree Restaurant. The portion sizes are way too big for my appetite but my other half does ok.

Before coming to India I made a travel journal from Stampin' Up's new large Kraft notebook. It's decorated using the retired traveller stamp set, a tag from my stash and current patterned paper. My aim is to try and keep notes along the way. Probably just bullet points and I'm going to stick in business cards, receipts etc... to create a unique but interesting journal.


We have just come back from a fantastic cookery class. We saw it signposted and then checked it out on Trip Advisor. Maria's Cookery Classes get a great write up, if you are coming to Cochin I highly recommend them. Here is her dining room table covered in most of the ingredients we need to make 4 vegetarian dishes.

We both loved the beetroot curry! So unusual. We will definitely try to make it at home. She explains why they put the different spices in and about some of the culture. We sat and ate as much as we possibly could and have had to come back to the hotel for a siesta.

After our group orientation we went for a walk along Fort Cochin's front to see the Chinese Fishing nets as the sun started to set. It was great to see all the locals buying and selling fish. We then enjoyed our first group meal together.

~ Where did 2014 go? ~

Hello there!

I can't quite believe where 2014 has gone! It did all get abit silly for me just before Christmas as we decided to have a city break, buy and move house all in December on top of Christmas and working full time!

I didn't stop crafting in 2014 I just didn't remember to blog it, so part of my New Years Resolution is to blog more often (fingers crossed!).

Here's abit of a round up of some crafting I did last year that I remembered to photograph.



A couple of scrapbook pages I did. The first one shows the girls I took to India in 2013 and the leaders in Costa Coffee in Agra. Then the second is a photo taken at a colleagues wedding in 2012. I love this photo of us. 

A couple of cards made using some of last years Stampin Up' supplies. I'm loving making cards at the moment as they seem so quick and easy. 

I along with my mum went on Monica Gale's Paperie Retreat. Where we made so many wonderful items. We crafted late in to the night and ate way too much yummy food! Here are some of the projects we created.

I used the beautiful decorated fairy lights to brighten my bed up. Although they are now decorating my craft room in the new house.


I can't wait for the next retreat it's going to be amazing! Just waiting for the dates to be announced. 

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

~ Such a cutie pie! ~

My two cats are my pride and joy (except at 2am when they decide its playtime!). They can be so photogenic and I'm really pleased with this Instagram photo of Oscar relaxing by the radiator.

I am proud to say that I have used up quite a few scraps of paper and left over bits of ribbon. I've never really picked a single colour to focus on but love the different shades of blue used in this layout with a few kraft/brown pieces added in to break it up.
I've realised I'm a lover of layers. I can't help but put lots of different pieces of paper/stickers/tape overlapping each other! On this layout I also used mists and stamps to create added colour and decoratio to the layers.
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, 19 June 2014

~ A few spare GoGoGetaway Classes ~

When I was at GogoGetaway in March I managed to pick up a few spare class kits. Mum and I had a scrapping day a few weeks ago and completed a couple of pages.
The first is a Project Life style page designed by Sheena Rowlands. However, I did alter it slightly from her original and used a few different sides of the journalling cards to fit my trip.

Travel is one of my favourite subjects to scrap and I have piles of photos frm lots of trips left to create with. Last year alone we went on 4 holidays abroad.
Then next class I did was by Sam Ball. I haven't added any journalling yet as I'm still trying to think of things for each number that happened last year.

I love this photo from our trip to Italy last October. So far for my journalling I have:
1. 30th Birthday Celebration
2. Crafting retreats attended
3. Engagements for friends and family (me included)
4. Trips abroad (India, Krakow, Italy, Budapest)
(I'll add them as I think of more!)
Happy Crafting!

Saturday, 14 June 2014

~ Time is flying by ~

I can't believe we are already in the middle of June. This year is flying by super quick. May was mostly taken up by a lovely holiday in Tunisia. We had a lovely time although it now seems like an age ago.

I've been enjoying doing quite abit of crafting recently but just not got round to blogging it to be honest. I don't really like using the blogger app on my ipad as the options for your posts are very limited.

I've been continuing my Project Life layouts although I'm over a month behind. I really enjoy the speed at which you can create something which documents the everyday happenings. In April we had quite a busy month. My Other Half ran the Sheffield Half Marathon in aid of Crohn's and Colitis UK. I went to York twice, once for a Girlguiding Senior section Teams Day and then for my ward manager's retirement celebration. We had a great time at Jamie's Italian and then 2 of us queued to get in to Betty's Tearoom. The coffee and cake was devine!
I'm really hoping for some fantastic weather over the summer as I want to get out and about as much as possible.
Happy Crafting!

Saturday, 19 April 2014

~ Project Life - take one! ~

Wow! I can't believe it has been so long since my last post. No idea where the time has gone. Since Gogogetaway I have been having a little play around with my Project Life Stash that I bought. So here goes my first attempt at documenting March:

What I found great about this concept was the ability to scrap everyday life as well as outings and events. I was able to encorporate some souvenirs of things as well. I will certainly be doing more of this but I'm not sure it will overtake my love of creating layouts. I have found it easy to work on this in a spare 15mins where as I never used to do that with layouts. April will be coming soon!

Another reason I haven't been around is that I have been on two weeks of nights with a night away in between. Then there is the fact that we decided to decorate our bedroom. It's been needing doing for ages as the cats took a liking to the previous owners wallpaper. So, knowing what the walls in the house are like we decided to have our first go at wallpapering. I'm really pleased with the outcome.

So the other half is off playing cricket so I'm leaving the mess and heading to my craft room. I hope everyone is enjoying the Easter bank holiday.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

~ Welcome to 2014 ~

As I mentioned the other day I have a lovely new American Crafts Album for my 2014 Scrapbooking. So I decided to create a cover page for the start. I wanted it to depict 'thinking about the future' so I actually used a photo taken of a Buddha in Cambodia in 2012 and a quote I found online.

When I saw this paper I new it would be perfect for the front of my 2014 album as it had lots of 'daily' bits already printed on it. If you haven't already realised I love to layer matts, stickers and embellishments. 

I've been on 2 long days at work so I'm rather tired. Got a busy weekend coming too. My other half is running the Sheffield Half Marathon on Sunday. I'll be there snapping away with my camera. Been on a fantastic guiding training day in York today, feeling really enthused.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

~ A bit of fussy cutting! ~

Good Morning,

Maybe some of Sam's love of fussy cutting has rubbed off on me after the weekend as I find myself looking at which bits of a patterned paper I can now cut up. I must say I'm really pleased with this layout it's very pretty.

All the flowers and tickets around the photo frame were cut from the same piece of patterned paper. I loved the map background paper so didn't want to cover too much of it up. Pete and I love to travel and this photo was taken in Krakow, Poland. I spent ages playing with my camera and timer to get it to take a nice photo of us together. I have had the studio calico wooden hearts for ages and this was the perfect layout for them.

I'm really enjoying getting some crafty time at the moment and I'm planning to start doing some Project Life style scrapping as I get very behind on my everyday scrapping. I bought a lovely pink American Crafts D-ring Album for my 2014 scrapping. 

Hope you are managing to fit in some crafty time.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

~ Mojo back on track ~

Since GogoGetaway I've had a surge of mojo and enthusiasm for crafting. It made me realise how much of a big part of my life it is and I must make more time for it. So today I tidied my craft room and sorted the stuff I took away with me. I then sat down and got some scrapping done.

I have had these papers for ages. They were from an old ScrapaGoGo kit I had lying around. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the photo frame strip. The photos are from a charity ball I attended last year where they had a fun photo booth. We really enjoyed having a laugh with the photos. This was easier after a few glasses of wine.

Might even get back in my craft room this afternoon for round two of crafting.

Monday, 31 March 2014

~ Day 3 of GogoGetaway ~

Sadly, the final day of the Gogogetaway weekend came round all too quick! We had a fantastic time!

The Classes

Fussy cutting seems to be on trend at the moment with a lot of the classes including at least some. The class above had lots of cutting. We had to cut out all the flowers from patterned paper. I have quite a lot of patience but it was a little tedious, but I love the effect.

I love this layout! There are lots of embellishments stuck all over it. We made tree embellishments from cinnamon sticks and paint sample guides. I just need to add some journaling.

The Challenges

This was the final sketch challenge that I needed to complete in order to have finished all challenges for the weekend. I love this layout, it documents how Helen and I took to wearing our hair in a French plait whist in India as it was more comfortable.

I was one of 4 people who managed to complete all the challenges at the weekend and I won a scrapbook as my name was pulled out. I also won a paper stack as my name was also pulled out for one of the challenges. 

On the Sunday one of my friends who had been at the last 2 retreats came to visit and do some shopping. She had a baby about 11 weeks ago so we got to meet Nathan and have a cuddle.

Hope everyone at the weekend enjoyed it as much as I did! Big thanks to the GogoGetaway team x

Saturday, 29 March 2014

~ Happy Mother's Day ~

Happy Mother's Day!

What a fantastic thing to be away with your mum for the weekend on today of all days. It wasn't planned that way as we have been coming to March Gogogetaway for a few years now. I have treated her to some lovely stash from the Sarah's Cards shop which is here.

Here is the card-a-lope I made for her:

I've not made one before and it was so simple using the Stampin' Up Envelope punch. I'm sure you will see more of these over the next few months. I love the inside too.

Hope you are treating your mum to something lovely today as they deserve it. 

~ Day 2 of GogoGetaway ~

So after only 5.5 hours sleep I'm up back ready and raring to go! We have done 4 classes today and I love them all.

The Classes

Busy day with the classes but I must say Janice's Class tonight was very steady and laid back. Lived it.

Sheena's class above was very sticky indeed! We created lots of felt flowers for our layout. (Note: Bostick glue removes nail polish!).

This class by Sam included lots of fussy cutting which was hard going at times. We created this ombré background using beetroot juice, it will change colour as it dries.

I love this piece of home decor created in Eileen's class.magain lots of cutting out by hand in this class. I was ready for a glass of wine by the end.

This class by Janice was lively and laid back. Gentle cutting and sticking. We made our own bobby pin embellishments to adorn the page. It's not a brilliant photo as it was taken on my phone but it suited the layout perfectly.

The Sketch Challenges

So today I have done quite a few sketch challenges and I have lost track as to which design team member they belonged to. So here we go.

I'm really pleased with everything I got done today. I tried to aim to get all the classes and challenges done over the weekend. I love working from sketches, it always gives me inspiration. I was up until 1.30am again (technically 2.30am with the clocks going forward) Saturday night crafting away with some lovely ladies.

Place booked for next March's GogoGetaway! Yey!!!

~ Day 1 of GogoGetaway ~

So the fun begins!

I can't believe how creative I feel when I'm here. I suppose it's because I don't have to think about all the household stuff.

So here is tonight's class:

'Take Two' 

I have used a photo from our trip to the Harry Potter Studio tour that Pete and I went to back in November. We made the clapper board using chipboard and patterned paper.

Sketch Challenge - Sheena

I have been wanting to scrap this photo using this paper for ages but not had the inspiration. Sheena's sketch challenge was just what I needed. The photo is of a monk in Cambodia hitching a ride to the temple in Siem Reap on a motorcycle.

Sketch Challenge - Janice

Last year mum and I went strawberry picking at a local field and then had a cream tea at the cafe there. They used the strawberries to make homemade jam which was delicious! I'm feeling really pleased with myself as all the papers used had been in my stash for ages!

Make & Take - Journal Jar

Final last night I decorated a mason jar and filled it full of challenging ideas for if you get scrapbook word block.

We finally decided to call it a night at about 1am.

Monday, 24 March 2014

~ The Day has finally arrived! ~

We have finally arrived here at Theobalds Park for Gogogetaway, the excitement in the car on the drive down was off the scale! But the traffic was rubbish.

So here we go, full photos of all the pre-getaway challenges:

Challenge 1 - 12 elements sketch challenge 

Challenge 2 - 2 pretty tags using Gogogetaway colours

Challenge 3 - 'Sublime' layout

Just having a drink in the bar waiting for the weekend to start!