Saturday, February 6, 2016

Our Summer - Stuck? Sketches Feb 1st

The kids are back at school this week and I finally have a little time to scrap. I have a huge pie of gorgeous summer photos - I have used most in my pocket scrap book but a few of my favourites deserve a page of their own. 
I love Laura's sketches over at Stuck? and this one was no exception -  plus I could fit 3 photos on my page using the design. The main photo that I used is a 'selfie' that I took on the beach. I love the way the kids are caught in the background making a sand pool. The photo of Daisy is a little special as it was her very first holiday with us. 
I used papers from the Kaisercraft 'Sandy Toes' collection (one of my all-time favourites).

Most of the ephemera and tags are also from this collection. I kept the design very close to the sketch and the page fairly simple to not overshadow the photos.

Do check out Laura's challenge - it is really a fun one. Thanks for visiting my blog and have a great weekend:)

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Day 6 and 7 Project Life

Here are day 6 and 7 of our holiday. Seriously I have so many photos that I love and want to include that I find the hardest part of creating these spreads is choosing which photos to leave out and which to include! I love journaling directly onto the photos or using plain white stickers from the office supply store.
Thanks for looking at my pages. Have a great week!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Day 3 to 5 of our Holiday - Project Life

Slowly plodding on with our holiday!
Here are days 3-5. I had to do a double spread for day 3 because I couldn't cut down the photos to fill just one page!
Hope you are having a great summer (if you are in our half of the globe )

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Project life 2016 - first three pages!

I haven't been doing many conventional pages recently - instead I have been concentrating on my project life pocket albums.

I feel that these are the albums that my family love the most. They record our day to day lives in detail and my kids adore leafing through them re-living our memories.

This year I have decided to cut back on my conventional scrapping to spend more time with my family who are growing up at an alarming rate! But I do intend to keep up to date with my pocket pages and I would like to continue to share them here on my blog.

These first three pages begin my 2016 album. We have just returned from our family vacation so I am catching up with all the photos that I took !!! I usually try to stick to one double page each week in these albums but special occasions obviously require more! My albums are very photo-orientated. I usually have a hard time deciding which photos to include - they all tell our story! Decorated pockets with no photo are a rarity in my albums! My pages tend to end up very busy with a lot of journaling. I love to write directly onto my photos or use journaling cards and stickers.

Hope you enjoy this little peak into our family life at the beginning of 2016. I hope it will be a great year for us all.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Jump - 'Stuck?' Sketches Dec 1st

Another cracker of a sketch from Laura and her team at 'Stuck?' sketches. Here is my take on it.
I took the photos at Benjis school junior athletics day. He really enjoyed all the events but the long jump was his favourite - and he was really good at it considering that he is the smallest boy in his class :)
I used some October Afternoon nautical themed papers for this page - I just selected the less-themed papers and embellishments. I kept to a green/yellow/brown colour scheme which always seems to enhance outdoor photos. Here are a couple of close up shots to see the details and journaling.

Have a great week - can't believe that it is already december and a month away from a brand new year! I love this time of year - especially the long summer days of January when the kids are home from school and we head off on our annual family holiday together! Got to survive Christmas first though!!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Dream Big - Stuck Sketches Nov 1st sketch

 I always love Lauras sketches at 'Stuck Sketches' . This one is a beauty - and great for highlighting one special photo. The girls in my family are ballet crazy. My great grandmother was a ballerina for the Sadler Wells ballet in London many years ago. Both my mother and grandmother were talented at ballet but it skipped a generation with me. My two girls however are passionate about dance. Sophie dreams of dancing for the Royal Ballet in the UK and she works incredibly hard to make her dream come true. She takes ballet classes 6 days a week in addition to Jazz and acro. She gets up at 6am each day to stretch and work on her pointe.
I took this gorgeous photo of her practicing with her big sister natalie for the Xmas recitals coming up over the next few weeks.  I love the way the ray of sunlight cuts a diagonal through the background.
I wanted to keep the page fairly simple to make the photo really shine and I love the way the black background makes the red tones in the photo really 'pop'.

I kept close to the sketch as I really loved it. I even added flowers from my stash (well a ballet page has to have flowers doesnt it?). The wooden butterflies and stars seemed to fit well with the theme.

I handwrote my journaling onto the background cardstock with a white gel pen and added my title to a chipboard heart.

Thanks for visiting my blog today and taking time to view my work. Have a great week and I hope you have time to pop over to the 'Stuck' blog to check out the challenges there for yourself!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Taronga Zoo - CSI 181

Last month I sadly made the decision to resign from my design team commitmnets to spend more quality time making memories with my family  (before they are all grown up!). I have loved working with the lovely Debbie at CSI so it will come as no surprise to see that I couldnt resist joining in with the current challenge (as a non-DT member).
These photos are record a very special day. Last school holidays we made a snap decision to take a weeks holiday in Sydney. My eldest son was playing in a soccer tournament there and it was also his birthday week so I took my two kiddies and my adult daughter Natalie and we decided to surprise Chris by joining him over in Aussie.
Now, it just so happens that my scrappy friend Lizzy lives just an hour away from Sydney - so meeting up was essential! We decided on a day trip to Taronga Zoo - something that both the kiddies and adults would enjoy. It was a beautiful sunny day and we had a fabulous time. I really wish that Lizzy and I lived closer because I think that we would spend a lot of time together if that was the case. As I say in my journaling I think we must have been sisters in a previous life because our likes and dislikes are so similar! Lizzy, you are honestly one of the neatest people that I know and I am so, so happy that scrapbooking brought us together!!!
Anyway, back to my page; I chose a random sel;ection of photos that I loved from our day and arranged them in a cluster on the page. I inked my background then I used a favourite technique of mine - throwing together random paper offcuts, tags and ephemera to make a matt for my photo cluster. It is a great way to use up older stash!

As I had a lot to say about this page I wrote my journaling on a tag and tucked it behind one of the photos. I always staple tags to my page using bakers twine to make sure that they don't accidently get separated from each other.
Thanks for visiting my page - do go over to the CSI blog and check out their awsome DT examples for this challenge here: Have a great week!

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