Month: March 2018

Project Life® Catching Up

Here are a few Project Life® layouts from 2017 as promised!

I keep it all very simple if you recall. One side per week usually and Design A page protectors.

Adore those family photos!

Words and photos, words and photos.

Into November and I remembered to keep the cinema ticket from Blade Runner 2049 and slipped it into a pocket.

So many wonderful (and not so wonderful) memories.

I added a three pocket 6 x 12 page with extra photos from our week in Northumberland. It’s a simple way to add more without having to fill up a 12 x 12 page.

And December.

Because of December Daily I usually condense the month down to fit some of the photos that didn’t make it into December Daily or photos that tell certain stories.

And there we go just a quick update from last years album.

Photo a Day – Week Two

Here we are with another week.

Still a little snow.

Proof that occasionally I do clean the house….

Pretty Anenome blanda.

All gone!

My sampler is filling up.

Breakfast out as  local vegetarian cafe. Everyone was jealous when my ‘budda’ bowl arrived.

Gav is still finishing the shelves in the greenhouse. One day it will be all done I’m sure.

And there we go.

The 100 Day Project 2018 – 100 Hearts on Fabric

Can you believe it is almost a year since I began writing 100 Brush Script Quotes? I can’t.

I loved the project so much last year that I have decided to jump on board again in 2018 and have shamelessly plagiarised the project that Elise Blaha Cripe  did last year. But instead of 100 Plants on Fabric I’m going with 100 Hearts on Fabric!

And let me tell you I am about as excited as I have ever been about this! The idea came to me about two months ago during a quilty phase when I found myself wondering how I could do something similar to Elise (because I thought her take on the idea was so cool) without being exactly the same. Then it hit me. I love hearts as a motif so why not do hearts on fabric.

I began by pinning over here to see if I could come up with enough ideas……..

Then I thought where is the challenge if you know you can do it? I was hooked on the idea anyway and now can’t wait to get going.

Although I’m all fired up, which is of course exactly how you need to be at the start of something that is going to last a long time, I’m also realistic and know that I’ll get fed up and stressed along the journey. To help combat those feelings I know I can consult my board over on Pinterest when I need inspiration.

As far as supplies I’ve purchased some fabric markers, fabric inks and dimensional fabric paint.

I’ve sorted out a pile of embroidery floss, sequins and beads and have a small stack of fabric. The salmon linen on the top of the pile is the only one I have purchased so far all the others are from my stash.

I intend to make squares (when I said I’d plagiarised her idea I wasn’t kidding!) and sew them into a quilt so my colour scheme is going to be white, pink, grey and some other neutrals. If I get to the end of the 100 days and manage to sew a quilt I’ll put it our bedroom to go with my very first quilt.

A week today is all begins again!


Here is the post I wrote at the beginning of the 2017 project and here is a post summing up my thoughts at the end of the 100 days.

Photo a Day – Week One

Time is a funny old thing. Memory is also a funny old thing. As I begin this photo project for another year I got to thinking about how many years I’ve been sharing these pictures. After a bit of checking up I discovered that it all began in January 2013! Now I would have said it was further back in time than that hence my comment about time but also when I think about the year of 2013 what sticks out most in my mind was out first trip to Disneyland and that does not seem so long ago at all.

All that to say that documenting is good for the memory and story telling in whatever form is simply good.

Okay onward with this first week.

A pre-birthday night out at our favourite pizza place.

Not sure if I mentioned before but I tried out the free trial at Creative Bug. I did lots of painting and line drawing and also added an embroidery class to my list. The teacher produces these amazing samplers so I purchased one and am really enjoying stitching. Although I don’t really need any more hobbies…..

A completely different birthday trip this year. We went to the Yorkshire Dales and stayed in the hamlet of Malham. We stayed in a lovely country Inn called the Lister Arms that welcomes dogs with home-baked dog treats and a pile of blankets and beds you can pop at the side of your table so the four-legged friends are as comfy as the two-legged ones!

We walked to Malham Cove the next day and even though it was rainy and misty there is nothing like a walk in the Yorkshire Dales.

Cinnamon porridge for breakfast before we headed home.

Crafting was done.

And to round off the week we got four inches of snow!

And that was week one!

Layout Share – Me and that DNA

Here is a story from the Washington D.C part of our trip last year.

Me and that DNA

Here’s the story –

Of all the museums on the Mall this is the one I wanted to take them into because of the Ruby Slippers and Kermit! But no! They were both having some refurbishment. BOO! It was okay in the end though because they saw the amazing US flag, the pottery and dresses of the First Lady’s and then this. Harrison’s or should I say Indiana’s hat and whip from Raiders. It was Gav that made the DNA remark but hey it was so true. In the presence of actual Harrison actual DNA. Wow!

Typing this fun story out I’m wondering how many exclamation marks I can fit into a paragraph? Never really one for proper gramma………. Anyway as I say a fun page that documents some of the other things we saw in that museum as well as the props from Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Also on this layout I have put both photos right next to each other to form one block. I don’t do that very often preferring margins around the photos but sometimes it is good to have a change. It does give a different feel to the page and on this occasion I like it.

Photo a Day – The Missing Week

Last week I shared, according to my calculations, week fifty one and fifty two. I start this project around my birthday week therefore it runs mid March to mid March. Also I generally post a week late so this could be where my ‘year’ has gone awry. Anyway for correctness and in order start 2018/2019 posting photos during my birthday week I need to share another seven days.

So here they are.

My favourite breakfast but not very good for me!

Pretty view and aptly named street.

Adorable book on the counter at the vets.

Three inch snowfall in an hour….. So beautiful.

And the next day? All gone.

Time for a haircut.

She’s crawling……. and poised to put those keys right in there! Bless her adorable heart.

Organising Photos and Thoughts on a Big Holiday Album

Further to my ramblings recently about holiday albums my brain kept on whirring about this subject and I felt I needed to have a plan. As luck would have it I’d just bought a new album that I could designate as a home for the 2017 holiday layouts.

I popped the handful of pages already made into the album after adding the tag to the spine.

Not sure if I’ve mentioned the albums I tend to use so here is a look at them on the shelf.

They are the American Crafts 12 x 12 D ring albums. I have brown, red, red stars and a black and white camera pattern that started as an Amy Tangerine branded product.

For the content of each album I use Stacy Julian’s method of categorising my layouts. She has four categories – All about Us, People we Love, Things we Do and Places we Go. Sometimes after I have leafed through an album I think I should change the categories more to just chronological but so far I’ve just left them as those four story themes.

Anyway, back to the planning….

When I get back from a holiday like the one last year I want to print ALL the photos! I don’t but I do print more than I will ever be able to or want to scrap.

I have a couple of thoughts about this. The first is that a photo is better printed and in my hand than on my computer. That way I have it if I ever wanted it for scrapping but also I have it to look at. And second is that having a big bunch of pictures triggers stories that I might have forgotten about or prompts stories I hadn’t yet seen.

After getting them back from the printers I organise the photos more or less chronologically and into story ideas. You can see below that I have a box for this and I stack them horizontally, vertically, horizontally, vertically…… and keep them all in that box.

Then I grabbed my note book and looked at some of the stories I’d already jotted down and then back at the pile of photos I now have organised. I managed to add several more story ideas to the list.

A word on the story thing. For an album like this one there will be lots of stories that tell the who, what, where, when and why. The obvious so to speak. Here we are at the White House, here we are during the eclipse, here we are with Mickey Mouse. If you have been here a while you know that my quest is to tell the ‘right’ stories. After a few years of making layouts without a story at all (I know… but I was more about the creating then) I hopped on the Ali Edwards bandwagon and try to focus on documenting our stories rather than just a photo and some embellishments.

In the 52 stories posts I tried to get the stories I wanted to tell down on the page. It is a work in progress and that is ok.

For big holiday albums I want to try and capture all the stories. Some of the who, what, when, where, some of the fun, some of the quirky ones and some that are more in depth, more heartfelt.

By planning and looking at photos all together I have found it easier to get ideas down on paper and spark some of these stories.

In past albums that document big trips one way I’ve used photos that don’t warrant a layout but do need to be seen in the album is by adding them in pocket pages. I started doing this in 2013 for our USA adventures and below are some of the pages from the 2015 holiday to America.

Above the photos in the pocket page relate directly to the layout on the right. I realise it is taking up the same amount of room in the album but sometimes I prefer this method to a double page layout.

In the example above and two below the subjects in the pockets loosely relate to the layouts. There are placed in the correct chronological order to help deepen the story without adding another six layouts to the album.

And below are photos of a garden visit that I may yet want to make into a layout. By popping them into the album I know exactly where they are should I decide to make the pictures into a page.

Organising this kind of album may seem like a lot of work and it is. But I’d rather spend some time planning and getting all the stories told than making a lot of mismatched pages that jump about and don’t tell the whole story.

I’m well on my way in the planning phase and I’ve made quite a few more pages that I’ll be sharing here weekly. It’s all good stuff.

On with the story telling!

Layout Share – The Car Debacle

Here we go with another story from last years USA trip.

The Car Debacle

Here’s the story –

When you get in a hire car and it smells of curry and a dashboard warning light comes on and Gav says he wants to go back in and exchange the car…… listen to him. Don’t say ‘oh, we’ll clean it.’ From that first smelly warning to the decision to exchange it and the cancelling of our contract, to the waiting for it sorting at 11pm and getting lost and the double charging…… Yes listen to Gav! 

Oh dear. What an adventure we had with that car! But it did all work out in the end. Of course when I took the photos I didn’t know the woes we were going to suffer I just wanted to capture them and the cars we rented, it’s a tradition. It makes for a good story and I was happy to have the photos to go with it!

Project Life® 2018 Cover Page

I am a little bit late sharing this but better late than never right?

Kept it very simple this year which is all ok. I wanted to make sure I got something in this spot in the album because as I mentioned last year there have been years when there wasn’t a cover page at all.

In this post last February I stated my intention to get all up to date here on the blog……..hmmm. Lets just say that didn’t work out so well, eh? But I really mean it this time…. I’ll be back with some weekly documenting soon.

Someone Loves the Snow and a Little Practice

Popping in real quick today to share this series of fun photos in the spirit of my One Little Word®. When I decided to delay going into work because of the surprise snow fall I grabbed the camera and caught a sweet doggie having some fun.

Not the best photos, that’s why I needed to practice taking pictures in the snow (it throws the exposure out) but still fun ones….

Needless to say that pristine and beautiful snow-covered garden is now trashed with his antics!