Friday, 19 December 2014

December Daily: Days 5-8

Hi All!
I'm back with the next few days in my December Daily album.  As I am pretty much up-to-date with it I want to do all my posts for it actually in December if I can.
So without further ado:

Day 5: Presents for the grandchildren
I took a photo of the whole stack of presents bought for our 6 grandchildren.  I am using Stampin Up's Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla for any add-in pages I want to make.  I made a little tab card and stuck my photo on.  There are lots of little word stickers in the Cosy Christmas kit, so I put on: Santa Claus/He's making a list/No peeking.  The number 5 is made with the circle from the Clockworks kit and the numbers are from a Hero Arts journaling set.  There will be one of these for all 31 Dec Daily days, but if I just want to put in something general that happened I am using my regular date stamp.  The picture with the santa hat was so lovely I decided just to leave it as it is.

Day 6: Today's temperature

The left hand page describes an act of random kindness that happened at work that totally made my day so I wanted to include it in my album.  The right hand side shows a photo of the car dashboard as it was -2 and flippin' freezing! I added a sticker that says, 'Jack Frost nipping at your nose,' and another one that says, 'Bah humbug!' There's one at the top that says, 'Let it snow,' so I've put 'no!' next to it. (I don't do winter!)
That's why, underneath there is a picture of my first Costa hot chocolate for December, as I needed it to warm up!  Yes, I am a Costa-babe and proud!  I am taking it as a personal challenge this month to try all of the festive drinks they have on offer.  I looked at the little card bottom right for ages, debating whether to tick 'naughty' or 'nice' and then decided it had to be both!

Day 7:  In Town
So here's the story.  We go to town to go to church and it just happens to be the day of the Santa Fun Run.  The entrance to church is surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of Santas.  It is quite surreal!  Of course I have to take some pics, it's a gift to anyone doing Dec Daily really.

Yes, there is a picture of a Santa with her dog!  Who knew? 
But we'd actually gone to church for the Christingle service.  I realised I've been doing this all my life and have probably never missed one.  I decided not to take a photo until we got home. I got a sheet of acetate and wrote 'The real reason for the season - Jesus, the light of the world,' rather than writing it on the actual photo.  I challenge myself to have at least one 6x8 photo each month, because they just look fab.  I also include one acetate page and one vellum page if it's at all possible.

Day 8: Secret Santa

We do a Secret Santa at work every year.  We have to pick one member of staff and one resident and buy a present for them. I don't think it's particularly secret this year, to be honest, I think we all know who's buying for who, but never mind!
The resident I picked likes her sleep (almost as much as I do!!)  I knew I wanted to buy her pyjamas and when I saw these with 'I love sleep' on I realised they'd be perfect.  Then the next thing I knew, John had bought a pair for me as well!  I used some Teresa Collins Stationery Noted paper for this, that has little grey dots on.  The bauble at the top is a long sticker from the Cosy Christmas kit.  Very happy with this page.

So that's it for now.  I should be back soon with the next few pages, but I'm at work for the next couple of days.
Happy crafting everyone!
Jane xx

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

December Daily Part 2

Hello there everyone!
I'm back with the first few pages of my December Daily album.  You can see my cover here.
I've never done December Daily before but I was so impressed with what I've seen on Pinterest I just had to have a go this Christmas.
I trawled the internet and decided the papers I liked best were by Simple Stories and they're called Cosy Christmas. I am totally in love with the colour scheme.  I ordered the 6x8 papers, plus loads of stickers and journaling cards. I got mine from Craftie Charlie and I just want to give them a shout-out because I've ordered from them a few times now and I am always thrilled with how quickly they deliver, which totally makes my day.
Anyway, I gave myself a set of prompts, one for each day of December, which I am to fall back on if nothing better happens.  But by the time I did this, I knew I'd be going to a panto, going out for a skittles evening with my Bible study group and that I had two works' parties to go to, so I scheduled them in as well.  I took account of which weekends I'd be off and which weekends I'd be at work and around this I crafted my 31 journal prompts.
So here are the first few pages:

Sorry there's a bit of glare on the pics, I'll swap them for better ones asap, but the light is so bad every day at the moment, it's difficult to get nice bright pics of anything.

Anyway, Day 1: Advent calendar.  This is a little wooden tree, that has 24 drawers in it, all numbered.  We've had it for some years now.  I fill each drawer with tiny sweets and John and I take turns in opening ones each day.  Back story:  The first year, we didn't realise how small each drawer was, so I bought tiny jelly babies to go in them.  Unfortunately they were too big to fit the drawers, so John and I bit all the heads off and rammed the bodies into each drawer.  Not very appropriate for the season of peace and goodwill to all men, but there we are!!

Day 3: Christmas Card List:

I really wasn't sure how to do this at first, as I wanted it to be an actual working list that I can refer to again next year.  I have a lot of people to send cards to.  I asked for any tips on the December Daily Uk fb group and one lady said to write them and put them in a pocket.  In the end, this is what I did:

Each flap lifts up to show the names of the people on each list, work/church/family etc.  I was so pleased with how this turned out.  I've actually started ticking them off.

Day 4: Pantomime

Every year the am dram society puts on a panto in the village hall.  I managed to avoid it last year but this year I volunteered (and the hubs!) and actually we thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm really glad we went (that doesn't automatically mean I want to go again next year though!)
So as you can see, things are coming along quite nicely.  I have never been behind, but I do have to be organised as I print my photos off at a shop in town so I'm going twice a week in December instead of only once, so I don't get behind.
Back soon with some more.
Thanks for looking in today, your comments are really encouraging.
Back soon
Jane x

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Christmas Is Coming

I am finally able to pop on with some Christmas cards.  I have been making some every day.  I am NOT going to take such a frantic approach next year and you can hold me to that!  I need about 200 cards a year so I have got to make some every week next year.  I could easily do it if I gave myself enough time.
Anyway, on with the cards:

I am finally using up the last of my Holly Berry Bouquet papers, which I must have had for about 3 years.  The colour scheme is real red, wild wasabi (although the ink I've used here is gumball green) cherry cobbler and chocolate chip (with very vanilla obviously!)  I've bought brand new inks recently so I could make lots of cards and the cherry cobbler is stunning to work with.  I kept some silver thread from a gift box earlier in the year knowing I was going to make cards like this with it, so I was very pleased to discover this in my stash.

I've used various stamps that I've acquired over the years.  The actual postcard is the newest, which is from Urban Stamps.  This is so versatile I'll be using it all year round.
I am sad to be saying goodbye to these papers, they're so beautiful and one of the first dsp's I ever bought.  A nostalgia moment for me, then.
Back soon with some December Daily I think.
Jane xx

Friday, 12 December 2014

Card For Lesley

It was a birthday for one of the card swap group members earlier in the week and this is what I made for her:

The cardstock is crumb cake and the stamp is from the Faith In Nature set, which I think was a hostess set a while back.  I also got to use my jewellery tag punch, which is something I wish I could use more often, it's so sweet.  I popped on some pearls, and Bob's your uncle!  A really fun card to make actually, I might make another one soon.
I will be back soon with some Christmas cards as I've finally posted ones to the card swap group so it doesn't matter if they appear on here now, so watch this space.
Happy crafting!
Jane x

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Card For Eric

Hi there!
Popping in today with a card for one of the residents, who is in his 90's.

I still struggle with masculine cards, but mostly for younger men, and have to admit, this card came together very easily.  I am never going to go off this SU Sail Away stamp, it's just too beautiful.  The colour is Midnight Muse, cardstock and dsp.  A quick and simple card.
Back soon y'all!
Jane x

Monday, 1 December 2014

December Daily: Day 1

So are you doing it?  Huh?  Huh?!
Yes I have succumbed to the attraction of December Daily for the first time ever.  Actually I'm throwing myself into it.  I've got my folder, I've got my journaling cards.  Now I just need to take some photos!
I'm going to show you the cover, but before I do, I need to tell you I'm not very keen on it, so don't expect a work of art, because you'll be disappointed!!

I'm using Simple Stories Cosy Christmas and it's really lovely stuff. The colour scheme is very close to Very Vanilla (used here on the cover), Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke, which are the colours I'm using to make my Christmas cards this year, so I ordered some extra cardstock just to be on the safe side.
The little postcard is from the Cosy Christmas set and the washi tape is from Hobbycraft, as is the little wooden stag on the post card (wooden embellishments with everything, right?!)
I know it's hard to believe, but I actually played around for two hours, as I had so many possibilities, yet this is the best I could come up with! I just think it looks like a school project folder or something, so I may change it towards the end of the month, but for now it will have to do.
The folder is £5 from Staples.  It has a plastic sleeve on the cover, so I've made this and slotted it in.  I will show you the inside, but I'm desperate for some sunny weather, to try to get some decent photos, as this wet, miserable weather is dreadful for trying to get a worthwhile picture.
Oh well, I'm off to get my advent calendar out.
Back soon
Jane x

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Card For Joan

Here's a little something to show you:

Sorry the picture quality's not all that great, and unfortunately I've given the card to the recipient so no chance of taking another pic now.
I had such fun making this, but I'm going to be honest.  The SU tulip embossing folder is a very strange size (unless I'm doing it wrong!)  If you used it on a card it would be very small, and I'm really struggling with this.  In the end I embossed a piece of Pool Party cardstock and cut the whole thing out and mounted it on a white piece of card stock as the only good way of doing it.
The stamp I recently bought from a woman on a facebook group (which I will never do again as long as I live - what a saga that turned out to be!) and it is truly lovely.  I'm going to be using it for my Christmas cards this year, which I'm very pleased with too, but can't show you yet.
The stamps are from the old Fresh Vintage stamp set, which I still love.
All the staff signed the card and the recipient was very pleased with it, which always makes my day.  One lady has still got the Christmas card I made her last year in her drawer, isn't that lovely?
Back soon, m'dears!
Jane xx

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Project Life Pages

Hello, I'm back again with some more from my new mini album. I love the fact that this is basically an A5 book, so any sheets of A5 paper fit into it perfectly.
I always used to do The Simple Woman's Daybook, which is actually a blog, but it's great for journaling prompts too.  I try to do it every month.  Here are a couple of pages of what's been going on:

This is actually a pad of writing paper I bought from 'the book man' at work.  It's got lots of sticky notes with it and the colour scheme is perfect for my pool party/more mustard combo.  I love owls anyway, they are always welcome in my crafting!

We've had a bit of a saga with sofas this year, so I decided to take a photo of our new one.  It's such a relief after having two chairs that were really uncomfortable and awkward.  I've photographed my dressing table as John ordered it as a surprise as I've never really had one and it's perfect.  I've used Spice Cake paper again and made my own journaling card from my Technique Tuesday stamp.  I love playing with this and love the fact that you can use whatever ink you want to match it to your colour scheme.

And then I came over all arty-like!:
I've seen this done on Pinterest and thought I'd do my own version, so I went outside with my conkers that we'd collected in Stratford and took a photo. I've stuck it on vellum and just put a piece of pretty cardstock behind it.  It makes me smile every time I look at it.
So that's it for this week.
Back soon with more.
Jane xx

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Card For Anthea

Evening everyone!
I'm gradually working my way through my card list for November and December.  Here's the latest creation:

I've managed to use up some Everyday Enchantment dsp for this card.  The stamp is one from the Simple Soft stamp set.  I still adore these.
I do love my days off work, where I get lots of time to craft.

It's a good job really, as I've recently got my eldest daughter into Project Life. We are both doing December Daily this year.  I've made some cards for my daughter to use in her album.  Hope she likes them.
Back soon
Jane x

Friday, 14 November 2014

Style Change

Hi everyone!
I hope you're all well and getting plenty of time to craft - whatever form that takes!  I was invited to do a demonstration of art journaling to my church group on Wednesday night.  I wasn't nervous but I didn't expect people to think much of my paltry efforts, but actually when I explained what had lead me to make each one, they were very well received.  I demonstrated different inks and what they do, plus masks, spray inks etc and everyone really seemed to enjoy it.
I've noticed in my own crafting a shift in style recently too.  I think I've been influenced by Project Life and some of the funkier designs around at the moment.  Because I work in a care home and mainly make cards for the residents there, they tend to be very pretty and nearly always have some kind of flowers on them.  But there is another side of me that's really appreciating some of the more funky creations I'm seeing on Pinterest recently.
This has been reflected in my own card making, as you can see below:

This first card uses the SU woodgrain embossing folder.  I loved the colour scheme.  People have used the SU hostess set, but I had so many similar stamps that this came together really easily.  I even hand-drew the arrow.  Very brave of me, don't you think?
This card was for the same recipient:

 I challenged the Card Swap Group in October to reflect the Autumn season in their creations, and this is what I made.
The dsp is the old SU Spice Cake paper, which I truly love and am rapidly running out of as I am using a lot of it in my Project Life folder as well.
I had a ball making this, using my Polaroid dies, my lovely foxy stamp (free with a magazine last year) and some lovely leaf die cuts (Sizzix).  I have a Dymo label printer, which I used for the word Celebrate.  This was a card I wanted to keep, rather than put in an envelope, so I'm really glad I took a photo of it.  I have seen some fab ways of using the Polaroid die on Christmas cards, which is something I'll definitely be exploring soon.
The final card is the one I've made for the November challenge (to use a die or a punch) for Aileen Skene.  I've used my new SU file tabs die.  I am so obsessed with this, I can't stop playing with it, it is such fun.
I'm also loving the Tap Tap Tap stamp set and want to stamp the typewriter on everything!

I can't see either of these items being hidden away in a cupboard any time soon.  Of course I'm using the tab die in my PL folder and having a ball.

So no, not every card I make has a flower on it, does it?  I think I have a quirky style, but it really makes me happy.  And that's what card making is all about, isn't it?
Thanks so much for looking in today.  I really appreciate that there are so many fantastic blogs out there but that you've made time in your hectic lives to come and have a look at my little corner of blogland.  Your visit has made an old lady very happy!
Back again soon.
Jane x

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Card For Sadie

Hello all,
I seem to be spending every spare minute making something at the moment, whether it's cards or stuff  for my PL folder (or my daughter's!) or preparing my first ever December Daily, my desk is never clear.
Don't you  think we have the best hobby ever?  It's perfect because it doesn't depend on the weather (speaking as someone who had a horse for years, being able to stay snug indoors and craft means a great deal to me).  It's a hobby that doesn't depend on anyone else for enjoyment.  When you have a horse, unless you have your own land, there is always someone telling you to bring your horse in, sweep up, tidy up, don't let your horse do that, you can't go in the school because so-and-so got there first etc.  I love being able to craft what I want, when I want, for as long as I want, that's what makes this hobby so special for me.
I need to make loads of cards for residents in November and December.  Here is the latest one:

I've seen several cards in this style (look out for some Christmas cards coming in December).  It's a great way to use up dsp.  I got the flower dies out and added 3 different styles.  I'm grateful to a friend of mine for reminding me the recipient is 90 otherwise I would have just put Happy Birthday.
The colour scheme is Raspberry Ripple and Gumball Green.
I've realised I've been a twit and sent out two cards without photographing them, silly woman!  Never mind, plenty more where that came from.
See you soon

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Hexagon Fun

Hi guys!
I've been very, very busy on the Project Life front and have joined two brilliant groups on facebook, but I have made some changes too.  As soon as I've got some piccies ready, I'll update you on my progress.
In the meantime, I've been extremely busy on the card-making front as well.  I work in a care home and I make a card for each resident on their birthdays for all the staff to sign.  I had no idea there were so many in November and December.  This is partly why I haven't been on here so regularly, I've actually been making the cards and thoroughly enjoying this amazing hobby.
As well as that I run a card swap group.  There are ten members and we make a card for one other person in the group each month.  This is the card I made for Aileen Skene's birthday in October:

I saw something similar on Pinterest (if I ever find it again I promise I'll credit it) using a different dsp of course.  I am actually winning the battle to get through my dsp supplies, largely thanks to Project Life usage, so this was a great way to use up some of the smaller pieces I have left.  I had to really study it to work out how it's made, as the base layer is white, then a layer of Island Indigo card stock.  Then I cut the white top layer out and cut out the hexagon with my dies.  I cut out a small piece of white cardstock to stamp the sentiment on and stuck that onto the back of the top piece.  Then I die cut some little hexagons from the beautiful Twitterpated dsp.  I started with the bottom hexagon first, stuck that in place exactly where I wanted it, then trimmed off the bottom before adding  the rest of the hexagons.  I added a few little punched out flowers and there we are!  This was a really fun card to make and I was captured by the cleverness of it.  I'd definitely make some more as they're a great way to use up those last bits of dsp.  And once you've done that, you've got the perfect excuse... to go out and buy some more!
Happy crafting everyone
Jane xx

Monday, 20 October 2014

Project Life - Loving Autumn Colours

I'm really enjoying my 6x8 album now and getting into the swing of things.  I can't believe how much dsp you use up by doing this (which gives me the perfect excuse to go and buy some more!)
I've been able to make use of the old, but beautiful Spice Cake papers by Stampin Up, and this way I get to keep them!
Have a look:
The colour scheme is Pool Party, More Mustard, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla, so I've interspersed the patterened papers with plain matching cardstock.
My camera is never far from my side these days, and a visit to the grandchildren reaped some great photos that I had to add to my album.  The stickers are all from October Afternoon, which are becoming increasingly difficult to get hold of in the UK and I absolutely adore them.
The little wooden frame was a find in T K Maxx.  I go in there every week now and always come out with some treasure!

This folder isn't all about photos, though, as I love to journal as well, and I love fun and innovative ways of doing it.  These papers are made by Stephanie Ackermann, and they're wonderful.  I wanted to promote 'thankfulness' throughout October and November and Stephanie has designed some wonderful journaling sheets on this theme, but this is one of her 'to-do' lists that I love using.  The background cardstock is More Mustard and I've coloured the wording to match.
Back soon with more, thanks for looking in today.
Jane xx

Monday, 13 October 2014

Downsizing... and loving it!

Okay, let me explain!
There I was, using my Project Life album, taking lots of pictures, documenting everything and thoroughly enjoying myself.
Then things started to get difficult.

  • The size of the album became too big for me.  It takes up a lot of room on my desk and it's quite heavy to lug around.
  • A light came on in my head.  I actually lost sleep over this!  I realised, by looking back at my previous journal, that I am primarily a journaler and use pictures to help tell my story, not the other way around.  The thing with 12 x 12 is that it's great if you've got kids and they're doing different things every day for you to take photographs of.  My problem is that I spend a lot of time at work (including weekends) my children are all grown up and gone and I only get to see the grandchildren once every six weeks, so there aren't lots of things to photograph.  BUT that doesn't mean I don't like my life and I still want to document what goes on.
  • So I started looking around at alternatives and at first I thought a Smash book might be the way forward, but after a few weeks of trawling Pinterest, I realised that wasn't quite what I wanted to do either.
  • So a plan gradually began to form, by taking the best bits from each style of life documentation.
  1. I wanted something smaller than 12 x 12, something I could keep open on my desk all the time.
  2. I love the pocket journaling idea, just not so many on one page.
  3. I wanted it to be in a clip file so I could re-arrange things as often as I needed to.  And I do this a lot as it turns out.
  4. So my first 6x8 file was born.  I know you're going to think this is mad, but once my mind was made up I actually slept properly for the first time in a week!
So in September we went on holiday for a week, and when we got back I started on my new baby clip file (about £3, from W H Smiths!)

Here are the first couple of pages:

I decided to make use of my Project Life Blush papers, so I cut them to 6x8 and slotted them into the page protectors (very cheap in Staples, no expense spared here!)  I thoroughly enjoyed doing mini spreads.

Is it a bit sad that I felt like crying with happiness once I'd worked out how I wanted to do it?!  Finally finding the size I wanted and being able to write in it to my heart's content have made me unbelievably happy!
More to come soon, I'm sure
Jane x

Thursday, 14 August 2014

A Walk In The Park

I have finally given in and been to Hobbycraft and bought the Project Life Blush edition.  I've bought the card set and the 12x12 paper and today my 6x4 plain cards arrived.  It is such beautiful stuff, I was so excited to play work with this!
We took our granddaughter to Twin Lakes last weekend.  We bought a photograph after John and she had been on the log flume, so I knew I was going to start with a full page spread.  This is what I did:

I have liked the look of the Blush colours for a long time, they're very feminine.  I had to wait for my 6x4 cards to come so I could put in the wording 'braver than me!' with my die cut letters (braver than me because I'm too scared to go on anything!)  I've drawn a pen line all the way around the outside, I don't know if you can see that.  I've added some lovely October Afternoon stickers.  The one with the butterfly says, 'Walk in the park.'  How perfect is that?

This is the right hand page.  I loved picking out the cards.  There are so many to choose from I found it quite overwhelming at first.  Then I was nervous about writing on them in case I ruined it, whereas if it's my cards I can throw it away and make another one.  The top right space is cut from a 12x12 sheet as well.  I love it all so much, it's everything I ever wanted to do with paper!
Thanks for looking in today, your comments are much appreciated.
Jane xx

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Anniversary Card

Hello all,
I realised I never got around to posting the card I made John for our anniversary this year.  I'm so pleased with it.  The writing in the background is 1 Corinthians 13, which is the Bible verse we had at our wedding, and it's all about love.  It took several attempts to get it to the size I wanted.  After that it was a doddle, I die cut two hearts and hand cut the banner and added it on.  It came out exactly how I wanted and is nicely masculine.
Happy crafting everyone!
Jane x

Monday, 11 August 2014

Card For Brenda

This is the card I made for one of the residents for her birthday:
I signed up for a magazine called Get Stamping, which was brilliant, but it stopped after about 6 issues.  I must say I noticed there was hardly any advertising in it and I wondered how they were making any money, and sure enough, it folded.  So the owners wrote to me and asked me if I'd like an alternative magazine instead, so I said yes.  This was one of the stamps from the new magazine.  It's really pretty so I decided to go with it.  The lilac strip at the back is made from my SU wheel, but I've actually just taken all my wheel stamps off the roller and now find them much easier to use.  The colour is Wisteria Wonder, by the way.  It's a colour I hardly ever use and yet when I do I realise how pretty it is.
I can't believe this is the third card I've made for Brenda and she's now 92!  All the staff signed it and she really liked it.  I quite often find my cards are the ones that get kept and I see them in their rooms for months and months afterwards, which is lovely, don't you think?
Back soon
Jane xx

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Card Swap Group, July

The challenge I set for July was to use black, white and either pool party or bermuda bay.  I was amazed at how quickly everybody has made their cards this time around, and they're all fab.  Anyway, here's mine:

I used up my last piece of pool party cardstock for the base so I couldn't afford for anything to go wrong!  (No pressure!) The base paper is from a black and white set I've had for ages (docrafts I think).  Then I had to play with my new toy tool which is my Sizzix polaroid die.  It really is the most awesome thing.  I bought it primarily for my Project Life folder but I went on Pinterest and saw some fab cards made with it and just had to have a go.
The stamp is, of course, Summer Silhouettes, in black and pool party and the flower is a Marianne die.  I stamped the sentiment and was thrilled that it came out perfectly on the frame.
I had a lot of fun making this and got loads of ideas for more cards.  This challenge just reminded me why I love this colour combination so much.
Back soon
Jane xx

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Project Life Progress

Hello all!
I'm still having loads of fun with Project Life.  I've kept a diary all my life but I'm also a woman who likes a lot of paper and PL definitely satisfies that side to my character.  In fact I've decided that PL is the place to keep all those little stickers, notes, leaflets and postcards that you just can't live without.  So instead of tucking them away in a box somewhere, they'll be in my album where I can look at them and get pleasure from them every day.


This is a spread from early June.  I am dithering now as to which layout I prefer, because at the time it was this one but now I think I prefer Design A because I've learned to treat all the 6x4 pockets as mini scrapbook pages, but it took a while (and many, many hours trawling Pinterest!) to work out how to do those.

The colour scheme for this page turned out to be Calypso Coral and Pear Pizzazz but I didn't plan this at the outset, it just worked out that way.
I wanted to use photos of my garden as we've just started really working on it and it's looking pretty good.  I also used some stamps from various stamp sets.  Can you see the little hedgehog mowing the grass at the bottom?  It's a cute little stamp from Little Claire's Designs that I've had for ages.  Another one is of a woman peeking out from the grass and the wording says, "I fought the lawn and the lawn won!" a sentiment we can all identify with!
This is my favourite two page spread so far.  It followed a trip to the beach a  couple of weeks' ago.  We had quite a giggle (especially playing crazy golf, we won't go there!)
By now I'm starting to get a little bit adventurous with each pocket.  I have used some of my Tim Holtz letter stickers actually on a photo (top left).  The word 'Seaside' was in a Tesco catalogue.  It's in white on a grey background and that helped me decide my colour scheme as I have some lovely grey MME paper to use up. 
Also in the middle is a bottle top with a bucket and spade on it.  I've had these for years and years and never had the nerve to run them through my Bigshot, but it actually squashed like butter, I was most impressed.
I've kept the golf score card in the bottom left pocket.
Sorry these pictures aren't great, but I think you can see the seals in a couple of the pics.  The sweetest things turned out to be the Meerkats in the Seal Sanctuary.  We went through the tropical butterfly house too and got some good photos in there.  I've had fun putting little stickers on some of the photos.  I've ordered loads of new ones from October Afternoon.
I'm having so much fun with PL.  I've actually ordered some 12x12 pockets as I want to do a couple of full page spreads, so when they're done I'll show you.
Clearly I'm going to have to improve my photography skills if I'm going to show you any more!
Thanks for looking in today.  Your comments are much appreciated.
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Friday, 6 June 2014

Beginning Project Life

I've recently decided I can't stand it any longer and have succumbed and bought a proper Project Life folder and some inserts.  I've been working towards this for a long time and it's made me so happy to finally have one instead of sticking photos into a book like I have been since last August.

So why do I infinitely prefer Project Life?
1.  Because you don't need to stick anything down if you don't want to.  This is a massive bonus because I've changed my mind about this first double page spread about 8 times! 
2.  You can be as creative as you like or keep it really simple and everything still looks really good.  I've done everything here from using die cut letters and numbers, typing my words and printing it out, using my own handwriting, using proper photos, using parts from magazines, using free printables from the internet, the list goes on.
3.  PL folders enable you to scrap book, art journal or use it as a smash book, it's all down to how creative you're feeling.  You can buy 12x12 see through pockets and do a full page spread as the mood takes you.

Some thoughts for future pages:
1.  In future I will start with photos first.  I've been to the photo shop today but I had to draw a page layout in my notebook and state which photo was going where, because I've printed out photos before and not thought about which were portrait and which were landscape, and whether they were going to be 4x3 or 6x4.  This suddenly becomes important with PL so you don't waste money printing off photos that then aren't the right way up for your layout.
2.  I will let the photos dictate the colour scheme for the whole double page spread.  I'm going to use SU dsp for inspiration for what works well together, but some challenge blogs have good ideas as well, don't they?
3.  I've bought some PL dies so I can cut things out of magazines and print things off and cut  them out using the dies.  This turns out to be amazingly clever and time saving.
4.  I like the idea of secret journaling in PL.  I'm going to make some folded over sections and write on the paper underneath so I can be honest but secure that no one else is going to read it.
5.  I'm going to use up loads of dsp this way and will not be using any official PL cards.  There really is no need.  I've got loads of stamps that will be great for PL and I can use them with my SU inks because I can't stand it if the page isn't colour co-ordinated!
That's all for now.
Happy crafting everyone,

Thursday, 27 March 2014

St Patrick's Day Birthday

I made a card for a resident who's birthday is on St Patrick's Day.  Here we are:
I started off with a Lucky Limeade base (it had to be green, didn't it?)  I've been wanting to play with a couple of embossing folders that I have that you would place over a card.  Now I can do this without creasing the surrounding cardstock I just had to have a go.
The other thing is that I've just got a new set of Sizzix dies in tag shapes.  I cut a piece of Fresh Vintage dsp in the Lucky Limeade and Pool Party colour, then drew around the same die and cut it out, to make a border.  I popped it on, lined up straight at the top.  Then it was just a case of using up a few Pool Party scraps to make butterflies (I actually have a drawer full of these in lots of different colours and sizes).

Et voilĂ 
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Happy crafting!
Jane xx

Monday, 10 March 2014

February Creations

I've looked in my photo folder and have realised there are several photos I haven't blogged yet, so here are a few.  This first one was for a resident and uses one of my favourite stamps, Postage Due.  This is quite a 'go-to' stamp for me and I am never disappointed with the results.  The colour scheme is Soft Suede and Crumb Cake.  I love the linen ribbon, too.

This second card was for a resident with a February birthday.  The flower is in one of my Hero Arts sets that I mostly use for art journaling, but it was perfect for this card.  The colour scheme is Primrose Petals.

Finally, this masculine card was also for a resident.  I love the stamp.  It's actually from Get Stamping Magazine, which comes out every two months.  I got a subscription for Christmas and I love it.  I was very pleased with the colour scheme and the simplicity of the card.
Hope you like my recent creations, they were fun to make.
I'm off to plan a card that the residents can make in our craft session tomorrow.
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Jane xx

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Card For Aileen

I had so much fun making this card.  I challenged the card swap group to make a card using bright colours this month, as it's so dark and grey outside.  I wanted to use a big, 'In your face' stamp as well as bright colours.  I soon settled on this tangerine tango. and garden green.  (The original card was by Julie Wadlinger, but Blogger won't let me add a link any more). 
I really enjoyed making the card.  The base is kraft and it's 5"x7".  Then I put a piece of Tangerine Tango through the Bigshot with the hexagons ef.  I cut a piece of white card slightly smaller and decided how much I wanted to tear off, then stamped the dandelion image on the card.  This stamp is from a magazine called Get Stamping, which comes out every two months.  John got me a subscription for Christmas, which I'm really pleased with, as the stamps are fab.
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Happy crafting everyone
Jane xx

Friday, 24 January 2014

Card For Marjorie

Okay, I'm going to confess:  I was actually going to stop blogging at the end of 2013, but I find I can't resist it.  I realise this is the first post of the year, though.  This was the card I made for a resident in December.  The colour is Blushing Bride, which I really love.
I am delighted to say that everyone in the Card Swap Group wants to keep going, so we will, which has cheered me up no end.  I am going to be more organised this year and send my cards off as early as I can.  I don't go into work on a Thursday until 5pm so I am going to use the whole of that day to craft.
1st Thursday: Card Swap group card
2nd Thursday: cards for residents
3rd Thursday: Christmas cards
4th Thursday: Art journaling.

I am carrying on with my journal/smash book several days a week as well.  I'm finding it quite addictive.
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Jane xx