Tuesday, 30 September 2014


Good morning, still sharing some Simple Stories layouts from the gorgeous bundle kit I got from Wear Crafts it was such fun to play with.

This layout using a strip of paper with the world's biggest title but I didn't want to break it up - so decided to use it as whole.  I added some strip of blue polka dot either side of the main strip.  Matted the photo, added some elements and hand journalling and finally to make the title pop I added some hand stitching through the word day and the heart! 

Had so much fun with this layout! 

The photo documents said 14 year old at Beamish Museum (having raced along at 3.20 - knowing they close at 3.30pm) and being successful in his pursuit of a portion of coal fired range cooked chips!  It's the little things! 

Monday, 29 September 2014


Well my second layout from the kit is most definitely one of my favourites from the year.  I loved the polka dots in the papers and cut a wave of the arrow papers for the left hand side.

I cut contrasting elements to go on top and some hearts on foam pads to make it pop.  A strip of the tartan paper and a project life style piece from the back of one of the sheets.

I added some hand stitching to get the photo and the wavy bit to stand out and I did some cross stitch too.

A favourite photo of hubby from the summer and the layout was complete!

So you'll be asking where to get this kit from - well head over to Jen's Wear Craft website and see what's she's got available - be warned these kits sell fast!

Fancy some more inspiration then check out fellow DT Lesley's blog posts 

or our leader herself - Jen's blog 

Saturday, 27 September 2014


Hello lovely people, well here we are at the end of September and time for the next fantastic 12 pledges kit release from Jen at Wear Crafts.   These papers are absolutely gorgeous as always and I've enjoyed making some varied layouts for September.  First up is a picture I took on my phone and played with, I've a great free app that allows me to write on the photos really easily, I download them and get them printed off!  The photo documents some mail art I created when doing the summer of colour challenges.

I used one of those giant 12 x 12 plastic templates to cut out the shape (my sisters idea).  Then popped a strip of alternating papers across the bottom third section.  I mounted the photo on white to make it pop and mounted the cut shape on white card stock that I had.

I then did intermittent stitching around the shape.  A quick journal block and the layout was complete!

So you'll be asking where to get this kit from - well head over to Jen's Wear Craft website

Fancy some more inspiration then check out fellow DT Lesley's blog posts 

or our leader herself - Jen's blog 

And did I mention the cost of the kit - £5 - that's right £5, fancy a few extras, Jen usually has some fab add on elements you can buy too - so what are you waiting for! 

Friday, 26 September 2014


I swear these weeks are speeding up, it really doesn't seem two minutes since I was sat preparing last weeks post!

Without further ado let's take stock of the last 7 days and reflect on what positives I have from them.

Hairdressers last Friday, there is some sort of therapy in getting your hair cut, even if I did need a time turner to get there!

Dry autumn days - there is something about blue skies and dry days that is good for the soul.

Wandering around a local shopping centre with hubby we don't do that sort of thing often but I was four-walling it so escaping for an hours wander was quite nice.

Sunday brought a pre-planned visit to Harewood with my sister and niece as a belated birthday celebration as my sister had been working the weekend of my birthday.  Unfortunately we didn't check out their 'what's on' before we set off and arrived on a triathlon day - which meant unusually we were parked absolutely miles from the house!  However, as the day was dry and quite pleasant we didn't mind so much.  We had a wander around the courtyard and had a cuppa, visited the birds in the zoo like area (it is actually just birds but the penguins that you see first always remind me of a zoo).

Played on the stepping stones!

Enjoyed the gorgeous Chinese Room in the house (one of my sister's favourites)

Loved the modern art in one of the rooms - the lenses in this created little mini pictures in their own right).

This is Adam - a sculpture done by Epstein in alabaster and always makes you wonder - what was he thinking to make the statue like this?

And finally a natural shot of us taken by hubby - after lots of huffing and puffing by niece! Why I've no idea because she really is the prettiest young lady!

We also got to admire the flamingoes and had a walk to the water fall, where we found kids wandering around in the water collecting the pennies people had thrown for wishes - strange thing to see if I'm honest and we had a debate about whether the wishes would come true if someone stole the pennies, we thought it might make for an interesting story.

My sister was in her element in the second hand book store.  We had a wander around the gardens at the front which are gorgeous, we could see the triathlon from a distance and had seen cyclists coming up the hill all day.

We then made our way to the fish and chip stall for a portion of chips, the guy who serves on there is so chatty and happy!  We ordered chips and he gave us free sausages - crazy man!  But they were lovely not very good for my healthy eating plan but lovely nonetheless.

Cuddling up on the sofa with hubby, feet up covered in blankets - bliss.

Managing to get the grass cut one evening when it was dry and a couple of blowy days to sort the washing out.  It was as if God had read my to do list and decided to help out by providing a couple of perfect drying days.

My boss for allowing me to leave a bit earlier when said 14 year old wasn't well.

Hubby sorting out the printer issues after spending hours and hours on the issue, he is a star!  Finally got it sorted by ringing the helpline we pay for - worth it's weight in gold as don't think we would ever have fathomed it!

Chat's with old school friends on line and sorting a meet up.

Milky coffee when I got home from work on Thursday, I needed something to pep me up and it did the trick!

So this week has been good - some truly positive moments to enjoy and look back on!  How was your week?  Did you enjoy it, did you have some silver linings in the week to look back and enjoy?  If so why not pop a post together, come back link up and we'll come and visit.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014


Now stop throwing cushions at the screen, I know that's not what you want to hear when we are still in September, but having learnt from the last few years, the key to a decent journal at Christmas is to plan ahead, my first journal the first year was lovely, I spent weeks and weeks on it, but the subsequent years have been more and more rushed, so I decided this year it had to change.  First of all I had to identify why the first one worked so well and why the others hadn't!

It came down to planning, so rather than prepare some of the elements in advance this year (as I did the first year, I've gone the whole hog and created the mini book ready in advance).  I mentioned this on UK Scrappers recently and was asked to share, so here is what I've created up to now.

This is how the book currently looks.  I've used a First Edition paper pack bought by hubby last Christmas to create the entire book (I loved the papers)

The inside cover you can see on the left hand page that it looks like it's split half and half, this is in fact a giant pocket to house Christmas cards and letters that I save - now I don't save all my letters and cards, but the ones with the personal heartfelt message in them, the homemade ones etc, they get saved and I always struggle to house them - not this year because I've done the same giant pocket in the back of the book!

The right hand 'page' is how the book is going to work throughout, there is a flap that folds up!  And a piece that pulls out (because it's a pocket).

The pull out then folds out too!   My intention is to use every surface in the book as it were for documenting my Christmas.

You can just about make out the pocket in the front cover (which is repeated in the back cover).  There is plenty of room for 'growth' in the book too!

Then I've die cut circles that I've printed with the days of the month and die cut some scalloped circles to back them onto with foam mount pads.

I'm sure I'll do more preparation in the coming months before it all commences, but for now the journal is ready - yay!


Morning all, well Wednesday morning already, apparently the first day of Autumn yesterday here in the UK and can't I tell - the mornings are darker and the sun is struggling to get above the horizon!

Thought I'd share another layout using the 'A Charmed Life' bundle kit I got from Jen at Wear Crafts.

I went really simple on this one, I punched a load of hearts from different papers, used a strip of the polka dot paper, added the photo, a bit of stitching around the edge and a cluster of embellishments over on the left.

Documenting hubby and said 14 year old stood inside a lighthouse light at Souter Lighthouse (fab place to visit).

I add a few glossy accents to the little navy blue polka dots on the page and a bit of journalling and it was done, I love a quick layout!  If you want to see more of the Simple Stories range, check out Wear Crafts website here.

Monday, 22 September 2014


Good evening, well this is the first time I've had chance to sit down and write up a post, documenting a layout using the fabulous bundle kit from Jen at Wear Crafts from the Simple Stories range.  I've had loads of fun with this kit if I'm honest.

This one was seriously simple but effective (well I think it is).  I used a shaped border punch to cut the scalloped shape, I added a piece of vibrant cardstock from my own stash.  Put the main strip of paper across and replicated this with a thinner piece at the top.  Matted my photo and then had fun putting a running stitch along two of the scalloped edges with some yellow embroidery thread I had left from my cross stitch days.

The photo was from a recent holiday, we had a gorgeous seating area outside to enjoy the setting sun, hubby set the camera up on timer and raced back to his seat in time for the shot.  I think we look fairly relaxed bottle of wine and some reading, great company and some sunshine - nothing finer!