A Return

Hi there

We’re now somehow three weeks into the new year, and I don’t know where the time has gone honestly! I had all the good intentions of posting from the beginning of the year, and then a friend came to us for a visit for new years, and then I was sorting and tidying as needed in the beginning of the year! So here we are!

I have been thinking a lot about what my crafting plans are for this year, and how I was going to use this blog, which was great as a pastime for a year, but posting every day began to be a bit of a strain, as life gets in the way. After getting a lot busier before Christmas and failing (yet again) to complete the advent calendar finished (seriously I’m going to be sick of it if it doesn’t get finished this year!) I have decided to simplify things completely. This is a bit of a long post, do feel free to get a nice warm drink and have a sit down!! I’ve added some links and pics along the way to make this more interesting!

So starting now, my aims for 2012:

And aside from continuing the unfinished:

  • Work on the 2 cross-stitch projects I received for Christmas! (I have just about managed to start on one so far)SAM_1537 
  • Finish and send my three pieces for the pay it forward project (by August).
  • Scrapbook my year…as usual. (This year I’m more “smashbooking” my year). I got this wonderful faux leather book towards the end of last year, and can’t wait to start using it: SAM_1538
  • As well as this I am learning to knit… I don’t really know how it came about, but I will share my progress with you as I go! As you can see, I have nearly got a square… I am so proud! SAM_1536

I also wanted to have a 52 week project, as appears to be the trend these days, but wanted something low pressure, so have decided to look into some to start in February and work back on January when I’ve decided what to do. So any ideas do let me know!!

I am planning on posting/updating a couple of times a week, and maybe more depending on news and time!

Hope you had an excellent Christmas and New Year, and that 2013 is going well for you so far! Aside from here I am also on Facebook if you want to visit, “like” and comment at your leisure, share your page, your blog, or just say hi!

Happy Crafting!

I’ve Been Shopping Again!

Hi there!

I had the most relaxing day yesterday. I didn’t get anything done, I just spent the whole day not doing anything, but watch tv and films, play my Wii and spend time with OH. It’s got to be done sometime, and if it’s been a while for you, I would seriously recommend it!

One thing I did do yesterday was buy some bits on eBay for my Scotland mini book. I’ve got no closer to actually making it, but at least I’ve started thinking about it! For under £8 I got: 

Some Travel, stamped fabric stickers from The Paper Loft.

This Travel ABC from P.inc.

Hot off the press Vacation sentiments from Paper Pizzazz.

I did also get some Scotland based stickers the other day but I’ve totally forgotten where from! Typical right. Along with the things I gathered I should have plenty to make my album, my only regret is not picking up postcards, which is SO unlike me! I really don’t understand it! But I have loads of leaflets from where we’ve been as well as photos and tickets and things like that.

I’m quite looking forward to getting started, so now I just have to get everything together, wait for these bits to arrive and then it can begin! At the moment, I’m planning on using it as a side project when I start working on the Christmas stuff next month… Which seems way too close! I have had a bit of stitchers block recently, and have barely picked up my bear project, but I want to get it done by the weekend, so we shall see. I then have a couple of tiny things to do, which shouldn’t take long even if I do them alongside the “Big Project” as it became affectionately known last year!

So, my plan for the rest of the week, is to get everything together. Organise myself, and get stitching! I also want to dig the Big Project out, because it’s been hidden away for a while now, and I want to make sure I know where I am with it!

What have you been up to this week? Remember to add some relaxing to your to-do list!

Happy Crafting!

And Now For Something Completely Different

Hi there!

I’ve spent a few days thinking about how I wanted to scrapbook my Scotland holiday, and for some inspiration OH took me craft shopping at the weekend. I was looking around, and decided I wanted to try something a bit different!

OH’s Mum has loads of craft stuff, which I’ve been known to borrow on occasion, and I’ve decided to borrow some of her things, along with one thing I bought on Saturday: I’ve never used one of these before, though of course I made my smash book, and so it’s not entirely new to me. Now I just need to get started! My motivation has kind-of flagged at the moment, which is a bit of a pain when I have so much to do. I’m sure I’ll get there though – I always do!

What are your plans for the week?

If you want to do something creative, check out this post, still 2 lucky places left!

Have a great Tuesday

Happy Crafting!

Summer Saturday Top Ten – Crafty Blogs

Hi there!

Today concludes my summer feature bringing us to the end of my Summer Saturday Top 10‘s!

Every Saturday for the past Month, (as well as today) I have shared a Top 10 list of creative things from around the net!

This week is Top Ten Free Crafty Blogs…In my blogging journey I have stumbled across loads of blogs, and I wanted to use this opportunity to seek out some more! I didn’t want to let anyone know they were going to feature, so I had them bookmarked (and am now going to follow them!) So, here are some new blogs I have been checking out recently! I’d like to point out, I also check out blogs on Blogspot, because I don’t like the idea of missing out on great blogs just because of the platform they choose to use. So these are from both WordPress and Blogspot.

So without further ado and in no particular order, here are my Top Ten:

1: LulaBelle Handicrafts So much variety! Loads to love!

2:        Stitched Tidbits      A reasonably new blog from a self confessed Cross Stitch addict.

3: Emilies Scrapbook A great scrapbooking blog, with beautiful designs and lots of photos.

4: Scrap Happens Here Card Making, Scrapbooking, lots of other beautiful crafty things!

5: Chasing Cars Cards cards cards, so many beautiful cards!

6: Helen’s Creative Journal In her own words “…I CREATE STUFF….”.

7: You Sew Should… And you should, just check out the amazing Cross stitched jewellery!

8: Purple Stitching Beautiful stitching, knitting and beading!

9:

10:

Yes, indeed, that is 8! I know. I’ve really enjoyed checking out, and following new blogs, and honestly, I didn’t want it to end! So I decided it didn’t have to. I am going to ask YOU to finish the post, and recommend somebody’s blog for me to check out! So leave me a comment! And my favourite two of the recommendations will become 9 and 10!
I hope you’ve enjoyed todays post. I’ve enjoyed them so much, I plan to revisit the Top Tens at Christmas :)
Have a great weekend!
Happy Crafting!

My 2012 Scrapbook Half Way

Hi there!

This is a post I have wanted to do for some time and never found the right place to fit it in, but considering Saturdays post was on scrapbooking, I thought this could be the week. That coupled with going away made it ideal.

My scrapbook last year was simply layouts of all OH and my days out, I posted it HERE.

This year I wanted to try something different. 

I’ve loved Tatty Teddy (Me to You bears) for years, and have quite a collection, and when I saw this scrapbooking set on eBay last year I had to have it! I then set on making bases for a years scrapbook, with three pages per month, and an extra page each for OH’s birthday, my birthday and Christmas. I wanted to incorporate tags and flaps into the book too, so there is a lot of experimentation.

What follows is a slideshow of January to June. (This is a work in progress, I still have finishing touches to do, and some photos to add here and there, I will do a complete showing at the end of the year.)

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Hope you’re having a great week.

Quick reminder, as I am away, I will try my best to approve/respond to comments quickly if I can. If not I’m back on Saturday.

Happy Crafting!

Summer Saturday Top Ten – Simple Scrapbook Layout ideas

Hi there!

Today continues a new feature and brings us to the half way point of Summer Saturday Top 10‘s!

Every Saturday for the past 3 weeks, today, and the next 2 weeks (for now) I will share a Top 10 list of creative things from around the net!

This week is “Top Ten Simple Scrapbook Layout ideas… and I have been looking around for some simple but cool layouts, I’ve tried to make it a varied selection, and hopefully there’s something for everyone. My inspiration for this post was the amount of people who have said they’ve tried scrapbooking but felt it didn’t work out well. So you never know you might change your mind and want to try out some of these!

I found the designs online in various places as diagrams and photos of layouts, and have re-drawn them myself, so like, they’re by me! I then made them up, using as few items as I could, so you could see for yourself in both 8×8 and 12×12. THEY REALLY ARE AS SIMPLE AS THEY LOOK, and please try to ignore the lack of cropping when it comes to the photos – they are the only copies I have and I didn’t want to ruin them, you can of course crop your own photos at your leisure to get a more even finish, I cannot stress enough that the examples are simply examples.

Here’s what I used: (12×12 and 8×8 cardstock, one sheet patterned paper, some small scraps and long strips of paper, a tag, and magnets in the shape of the word love -our title for the duration and 4 heart shapes and 5 photos of a very small me)! 

So without further ado and in no particular order, here are my Top Ten Simple Scrapbook Layout ideas:

1. Single Photo Layout:

2.3. Two photo layout:

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5: Three photo layout: 

6: 

7. Four photo layout: 

8: 

9. Grid layout: 
10. Split grid layout: 
I hope you’ve enjoyed todays post. Next week in the penultimate Summer Saturday Top Ten I will be looking at my Top Ten Free Cross-Stitch chart sites… there will be some old and some new, as I scour the internet finding some fab freebies! 
If you think there’s anywhere I should consider, leave a comment and I’ll make sure to have a look!
I am going away for a week as of today, so next Saturdays post may be a little later in the day but I will try my best to get it done on Saturday. 
All posts for the next week will be automated, if I get a chance to come online I will try my best to authorise and respond to any comments.
Have a great week!
Happy Crafting!

Having a Smashing Time

Hi there!

I wanted to share this yesterday, but I was out all day at an “Assessment Day” including an interview for a new job (so here’s hoping). I was originally going to simply take some photos of some completed projects, and put them into a small photo album, but that seemed boring, so I got my papers out, and gave myself time to do something I’ve wanted to try out for a while. Smash Booking (or, if you prefer, Junk Journalling).

For those of you who don’t know, a smash book is a small scrap-book you “smash” whatever you want into. (Tickets, reminders, addresses, calendars, photos, cards, letters, the possibilities really are endless.) You can buy different products or like me you can make your own! And just to show you how easy it is, here’s mine:I’m going to warn you now, this is a pic heavy post, where I will walk you through my book, so feel free to skip to the end!

The outside: I measured two pieces of thick card to the size I wanted, and covered them with scrapbooking paper. I measured the binding, and lucky for me I used some pages originally part of it, to mark holes the right distance apart, I then used a “pokey tool” to make the holes (you can use a punch, I couldn’t fit mine through a regular hole punch). The covers were put to one side until I bound the whole book together (a time-consuming process) using a coil binding from an old photo album, which has been recycled into the smash book. I threaded some ribbon up through the binding (to make it pretty) and then, as I didn’t want to over-do embellishing or decorating the front, I simply added some chipboard lettering for my initials.

Inside the cover, I have put some inspirational quotes, because I like quotes, and sometimes its nice to read something for a bit of a pick me up! The next page is a sheet from the original photo album, with the plastic removed, I’ve used a few of these, just because I didn’t want to simply throw it away. I have kept some too for when I decide to make another one (which I’m sure will happen). I’ve used a lot of scrap papers (you’ll see punches out of a few bits too, from past experimenting) I’ve tried to use stickers and lettering to keep things interesting, as well as using different sizes, shapes, colours and patterns. All papers were hole punched, using a photo album sheet as a guide.


This is the first page to show any of my work, I printed off some different pieces, and here I have my jubilee mini stitches, they’re just attached to this piece of paper, which I’d decorated with a stamp sticker, with a paperclip.
Oh look, it opens up! Here I’d written a small reminder of dates to myself. On the reverse of the paperclip holding the photos, I attached a book of stamps, so I can always find them!

Not a lot has been done here, I just stuck the note from my diary in, of a list of “crafty goals” I hope to complete this year.This is the first photo album pocket (but not the last) The opposite was just the shiny side of the cardstock embellished with some lettering. The stitching is a piece I did for OH last year.Another cross-stitch photo, this one a little more recent. And again, just some blank floral cardstock.This is a page I really like, I cut the calendar from my diary, and then wrote a list of birthdays on some cardstock. There’s still a bit of room if anyone gets added. The opposite page, has some notes for birthday card messages because I like to write down any good ones I hear.Another couple of WIP pages, I want to use these pages for things that inspire me. Like I really love the decoration on sweet wrappers, as they are usually fun, but quite simple.This page will be another page of notes to myself, which I’m sure will fill up quickly! Opposite are some more photos of cards.Again more cards here. And also a piece of paper I’d doodled on with things I love, from bright colours to buttons!Some more blank cardstock waiting for something, and then my VW campers piece.Another recent card, and a pocket for papers I like, just in case I see them to buy more!I added a paperclip and an address label for notes here, and another blank page.This page was a bit silly, I’m a big fan of Simon’s Cat, and I doodled him in, and then did a version of my cat, and thought, why not stick it in! The opposite page has “craft” in stickers down the side. But is blank for now.I decided to use a bit of measuring tape to decorate, and the opposite page has more general card messages. I’m always stuck for what to write in cards, so now I have somewhere to make notes of any I like!Plain page, and then a squared page.Squared page, and a hard backed envelope page, with some aida, a needle, safety pin and a button. I will add some thread or maybe a sewing kit at some point. For those little emergencies, though I generally have some stitching in progress in my bag.I loved this little rhyme, and again used some tape to decorate. Across is a small piece of patterned cardstock.Some more photos, this time my nephew’s Peter-Pan birth sampler.And the Mowgli sampler, as well as the “Wow you’re a Big Brother” card. And some stamped paper, to inspire me to do that some more!New baby boy card.
New baby girl card. A stamped Xmas tree paper-clipped to a pocket, which just carries a note on a bit of paper at the moment.Other side of the pocket, and blank page.Another blank page, and then on the back cover, I made an envelope from patterned paper, and attached it. This contains scraps of paper, but will also be a handy place to put anything I want to stick in!

To bind this, you hold all the papers together where you want them to “sit” in the book, (I used bulldog clips) and thread the binding through, from one end, until it’s in the right position. It WAS time-consuming, and some bits obviously moved, which was a bit of a pain, but I got there in the end, and I think it looks really good, which makes the effort and time totally worth it. Obviously you could use jump rings, ribbon or anything you like to hold the pages together! You could even cover the binding with another piece of paper or fabric, the possibilities are endless… Well maybe not endless, but many!

I hope you’ve enjoyed todays post, and maybe you’ve even been inspired to make your own.

Have a lovely day

Happy crafting!