Monday, 23 September 2013

Its been sooo long

since I last blogged!!! No excuse really life, time etc. Anyway thought I would share some pictures of my latest mini-book. pattern courtesy of

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Welcome 2013 and Carry on Crafting

I always find making New Year resolutions difficult. I know what I would like to change or do I'm always full of good intentions but unfortunately they have a habit of not materialising. So this year I'm going to try to be more positive, to stop wasting time, I'm often grumbling that I don't have time for this or that and on reflection if I count the hours I just plonk myself in front of the TV doing nothing well ..... Also I would like to be more determined to scrap, I have let it slip, I blame my lost mojo, whilst that is possibly true it could also be me being lazy. I did find that when I was going to classes and meeting like minded people it helped, I suppose I'm a social scrapper, bouncing ideas off of other people, trying new techniques and sharing what I make to encourage others to have a go.

I had a conversation with a friend from Church the other day about the different artistic and crafty talents that people we know have, from photographers, painters, patchworkers, cross-stitchers, knitters, cake-makers, jewellery-makers and oh yes scrapbookers and papercrafters. We came to the conclusion that making things could be a generation thing, although we did contradict ourselves when she produced a patchwork cover made by her teenage daughter.

I believe that all of us has some creativity within us. So many people old and young think that they are unable to produce something hand-made because they "can't draw" or "I'd never be able to make that" unless you have a go you'd never find out.

I remember as a child my Great grandmother, my Nanny & my Mum trying to teach me how to knit I couldn't get the hang of it at all. My Nanny particular was a fantastic knitter, producing outfits for me that she made without a pattern. Mum loved embroidery and knitting fair-isle jumpers. (she was also good at interior design changes her soft decor according to the seasons) I did eventually master knitting and taught myself cable (I haven't produced anything for ages) but who knows I will go back to knitting at sometime.

I feel that making things for the home, gifts or for personal use will become popular once again. Man (and woman) is naturally creative, and although we have seen an phenomenal increase in the use of technology (which is a part of lives whether we like it or not, can also help with our creativity) our hands are never still, we have to be 'doing'.  You only have to look on the shelves in the newsagents to see the number of craft magazines that are there. Also with todays economic climate as it is, by producing something hand-made may end up saving you money. Although initially it can be expensive to start with, by asking around or scouring boot-fairs or charity shops you may find some equipment or material that is no longer needed, especially if another craft has replaced the one that you first tried out.

So apart from waffling on, I would like to say that in 2013 I will continue to scrapbook, and make things for friends and family and for sale, if I can find the time.

Oh and one last thing I may like to start that novel I promised myself I would write one day....

Sunday, 4 November 2012


I can't believe that my last blog post was made in August, and here we are in November, this year has really flown by, I must be getting old. As for scrap-booking its been difficult for me my mojo comes and goes, I want to scrap I really do, but for some reason my enthusiasm just isn't there as
I would like, although I have managed to complete 8 layouts since my last blog post. I hope you like them.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Catching up

What a busy scrapper I've been, desperately aiming to get the girls albums up to date before I return to work. What a mammoth task it is. (Memo to self: Remember to create layouts as you take the photos, that way you will have more time to blog) ha ha!

The layouts I have completed are dated from Feb 2012 - June 2012 only 4 more layouts to do and I have got the girls albums on track. I hope you like what you see all comments will be welcome thank you for looking.

Saturday, 2 June 2012

June already

my how time really does fly.

I have not kept up with my original intention of updating my blog regularly, the truth is that once I've come in from work I have just felt so tired. I think that the wet April & May then the heatwave has had an impact on a lot of people, as many that I talk to at work feel the same.

Anyway I have managed to do some crafting I created A Memories box, using the pattern from Following the Paper Trail Laura is one amazing lady the projects she designs are fantastic, I really don't know how she manages to come up with so many ideas worth checking he site out. Here is my take on the project, I hope you like it.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Finding my lost mojo

I know I have not updated my blog for quite a while, but I do have a very good reason, my mojo has disappeared, I have desperately been looking for it, and I think I have found it lurking only to run away and hide again.

That is until I was looking through the May edition of  Scrap 365 magazine when I caught the scrap challenge and forced myself to have a go. I had and idea of the photos I wanted to use and started to hunt around for the papers I knew I had ...somewhere hiding, it took me about an hour before I discovered the at the bottom of one of my paper storage boxes, I can't believe how long it took me to create this layout but I persevered, and this is the result. The top flap lifts up and reveals the famous poem by William Wordsworth.

Even though I say it myself I am very pleased with the result. I hope that you like it as well. Perhaps my mojo will come creeping back now I've broken its back..who knows.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Catching up

My challenge for 2011 was to create a layout a month of both of my Grandaughters, unfortunately  I slipped behind, so I'm now attempting to catch up, as well as continuing the challenge for this year. Here are 3 of the layouts so far... Hope you like them.

                                                              Nature Lover
                                                              Sticky Fingers