Saturday, 31 January 2015


Good morning everyone and here we are on the 31st - yes let me say that again 31st of January 2015 - already!  Here are a few layouts I created using the Simple Stories set I got from Jen last year!

First up a photo I got of those two when we were at Beamish trying to get both the moving vehicle and moving tram in the background - mission accomplished.  I love the positive colours of these papers!

Next up the negative of the bracket shape I used on the layout above, plus a strip of the red paper, onto green cardstock, a strip of white paper and a white photo mat to make the photo pop.  This photo was taken on my phone in a Japanese garden - we had a lovely day!

These papers were some Jen sent me that I initially struggled with, don't ask me why I just did, but then once I'd walked away and come back to them (typical), they started to work.  This was a day out on holiday where the rain was torrential, we visited Benthall Hall which was nearby and had a fab visit, they even loaned us an umbrella so we could enjoy the gardens!

Hope you have a happy scrapping Saturday!

Friday, 30 January 2015


Good morning well it's Friday already, blink and it is here again - so what positives do we have this week for our Rocking Your World post?

Well in an effort to put best foot forward and not hibernate last weekend (mighty difficult when there is a teenager in the house I might add) we ventured up to Yorkshire Sculpture Park for a walk, two things hindered us, the first is that they were 'between exhibitions' so a lot of sculptures and areas weren't available to walk in (a shame), it's a bit like the Land at the top of the magic faraway tree, if you go up there before the next land appears it's just a land which is pretty much nothing - do you remember that book - one of my childhood favourites.  The second thing was a lack of walking boots for said 14 year old and his giant feet, so we were tip-toeing through puddles along muddy paths before we had to turn on our heels and return.  However, I'm grateful for the fresh air, the beautiful scenery the lovely coffee shop (where we sat outside to make the most of the blue skies and fresh air)

We also got to see some favourites and take some arty style photos when we were there, this made me giggle as it makes said 14 year old even taller than he looks usually LOL

And one of my favourite sculptures at the park, at this time of year with the trees bare you get to see how amazing this sculpture is up close.

We also got to see the first full scale exhibition of Emily Sutton, an artist and illustrator, I loved her work and her style and was amazed and pleased to see how many of her amazing pieces of artwork had sold!

I also liked the prints on the stairs

Sunday saw us venture to the cinema to see Taken 3, we were undecided as to which one to watch but settled on this.  It was OK and was good to be doing something fun, as a lot of the remainder of the weekend included visits to care home for my Mother-in-law and visits to the hospital for my Mum, so breaking the weekend up with a couple of fun items made us all happy.

Love spending time with the two men in my life, always so funny, in this particular picture they are laughing at the trailer for the new Shaun the Sheep movie I kid you not!

Thursday proved a mighty strange day, we woke to snow, my workplace erred on the side of caution and decided to remain closed.  Said 14 year old's school sent a message saying certain school buses would be late but they were still open and for children to get there as early as possible.  So off he set in the snow, hubby set off and reappeared 10 minutes later having tried and failed to get off our road, not off the estate but off our road.  So he took my car and this is when things started to go a little pear shaped.  As the snow got worse 

and worse

I grew more worried about said 14 year old getting home.  Apparently I could collect but if school was open then he would be marked absent, plus I didn't have my car - grrrr.  Anyway I digress at 10am we had a text from school saying they were closing, no school buses so either collect or the kids had to make their way home on service buses.  Said 14 year old had no option, but there were little to no service buses servicing the bus stops so he set off with a few friends from school and walked into town - no small feat in the dreadful weather, taking just under an hour.  Then hopped on a bus that was only servicing the main roads, before another half hour walk at the end of the journey and here he is arriving home.  New school shoes bought only a couple of weeks ago saturated and rain jacket in his school bag (I give up), so why the grateful; well he has never had to do that journey in those circumstances before and thankfully he was sensible, came straight home and kept me informed of his travels which meant I wasn't stressing.  

and his grateful when he got in

Hubby returning home safely too at the end of a tiresome snow day. 

And my very last happy today is by far my happiest happy for quite some time.  In this magazine not one, nor two but three of my scrapbook layouts have been published in the budget challenge, never had any of my scrapping published before and it's all down to the amazing Jen at Wear Crafts and the lovely Lindsey at Scrapbook Magazine - thank you ladies you made my year!    

Other fab things this week 

My slimming world leader appreciating that life is just a little crazy at the moment and being really supportive. 

Work listening to all our family trials and tribulations - they really are lovely

Getting an unexpected letter from a very dear friend and old work colleague, it was lovely to receive and I'm hoping to catch up soon with them! 

Options hot chocolate after 9pm 

Central heating

Scrapbooking - it makes me happy 

Having a lovely compliment from the lovely Gina that I'd inspired her to get scrapping again! 

Hot porridge with rhubarb for breakfast - nom! 

Mum finally getting home, even though she's still got issues that need resolving and might need further investigation - just the fact she is finally home is brill!

And finally the lovely Kate for letting me know my Rocking post hadn't posted last Friday - no idea what happened there - but soon got it sorted (albeit a day late) thank you Kate!

Now my lovely people if you fancy joining, it's easy pop a post together with your happies (it doesn't have to be a long list, just a few happies if that's what you've got, or if you've got loads let us know them all it's lovely to read), pop back here link up - nudge me that you've joined in and we'll come and visit.  The therapy from doing a happy post each week - really is a blessing - don't believe me give it a whirl - it gives you a whole different perspective!

Thursday, 29 January 2015


Good morning, well the crazy white weather has returned which is causing unknown grief at the moment, I hate snow when it means my hubby, son and myself have to get from A to B and back again safely.  This morning hubby can't even get his car out of our road - crazy stuff!  So he's trying again with mine (gulp).

Sharing some more Simple Stories - layouts, from a kit from Wear Crafts - I've just been looking and Jen has some lovely sets on there at the moment, so don't forget to check them out here.  I like these kits because the are all co-ordinated and you get extras to make the layouts really pop.

First up a 360 degree photo on the floor, making it look like you were at the top of a boat mast, we took photos on it looking down as if we were really on the boat, but also wanted to document what it actually looked like.  This was taken at Hartlepool's Historic Quay.

I used some ink to break up the background of the white card stock and add some red card stock to make the papers and photos pop.

Next up one of those project life style layouts, I cut down some of the cards from a big sheet and then layered them over a white card stock, simple idea but really quite effective.  The photo documents said 14 year old and hubby managing to squeeze into a priest hole at Boscobel House, the tour guide said although they knew it was big enough, they had never had two people climb inside it!

Finally photo of hubby, I left plenty of white space on this and he wasn't aware when I took the photo which means it's a really natural shot!

I have been playing with some new Simple Stories papers that Jen has sent me and oh they are really beautiful, elegant and gorgeous, I'm having great fun with them at the moment, managing 8 layouts last night with plenty of them left to make more.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015


Good morning, well I'm working my way through my blog folder and have several layouts where I used the fabulous Simple Stories kit from Jen at Wear Crafts known as Summer Paradise, at only £8.99 for the kit it was great fun to use and proved really good value for money!  I managed 4 layouts from the kit and had lots of elements left over to add to future layouts - fabulous stuff!

First up a photo taken on my phone when we arrived back at a holiday cottage after a busy day out.  The sun was setting and we were enjoying a glass of wine and some reading - bliss

Next up a photo taken near of dear hubby on the beach, I enjoyed adding the circles of arrows on this one, this kit really is in my comfort zone for colours!  Lots of torn edges and a strip of white to make the papers pop.

Another one of those camera phone photos, it's fun to capture the little things in life and this was perfect as one of the elements within the kit had ice creams included, I was enjoying my circle cutter when I created this layout!

Finally Hartlepool's historic quay I made up a simple square of papers to create a natural border on the page, hand written journal card, another paper element included in the kit and a photo!

If you want to find out more check out Wear Crafts page of Simple Stories goodies here

Tuesday, 27 January 2015


Hello lovely people, we are on Tuesday and the week is proving varied and problematic again but hey - let's focus on some positives.

These papers are from Jen at Wear Crafts that she sent a while ago, I enjoyed using the 'negative' element of the sticker summer when I came to put the layout together.  Photo taken at RAF Cosford last year before a swarm of bees made us scarper quickly!

Photo taken at Hartlepool's historic quay, again using paper from Jen at Wear Crafts, adding some plain cardstock.

Sunday, 25 January 2015


Over the last couple of weeks I've been emptying the blog folder with some of the older projects that I've had in there.  Today is the turn of tags - in 2013 a group of my friends got the chance to meet up for the day at Ally Pally, unfortunately I wasn't one that managed to get there but enjoyed the fact that they got to meet up.  We agreed as part of that meeting to exchange a Tag in our own unique style; these are the ones I received.

First one from Sarah

This one from Sam!

This one from Jo

This one from Susie

This one from Carmen

I also received an 'extra' one from Jo's daughter Hope

In return I sent a bundle off to the girls, what they won't have realised at the time of receiving them is that they all interlocked in design, to represent our closeness despite living far from each other and many of us having never met in person!  These are the individual tags

And here they are together showing the interlocking cogs that make this friendship so strong


Good morning well believe it or not I've still not quite finished with this kit (although I did 'top it up' once around the time I did the challenges for the blog hop).

I've managed a shed load of pink layouts this month which I've really enjoyed, probably because I rarely use pink!  First up a layout using the wavy boards again (thank you Karen), another one of those 'almost done' pages was subjected to the wavy line and then I added a mix of paper behind.  Zig zag sticker along the bottom and some hand stitching.  The photo is the first time I got to meet one of my best friends, we'd only ever met virtually before!

Next up a page of torn pieces (literally), I broke the script up by blending a neutral paper in between.  I used up one of the journal cards and got to use two fairly appalling quality photos from when we went to the Maize Maze last year - great fun when you go at night but much harder on the photography front!

Next up another pink page - look at me go.  A mix of torn strips and leftovers from the kit, simple title and journalling in between torn pieces.  The photo was taken in the 'fairy grotto' at Chatsworth Luminere last year, it was mesmerising I could have stayed there all night!

And the final layout is a blend of all the left over pieces from the kit.  The photo is the top of the Cascade at Chatsworth's Luminere evening last year, it looked so different with all the colours on it!

So 28 layouts from the kit - had a fab time and thoroughly enjoyed and although I swore I wouldn't be doing the 365 layouts in 12 months again at this rate I might just end up doing just that!  Now hurry up 1 February 2015, I want to see the next kit!

Saturday, 24 January 2015


Good morning, well I've had such fun with my kit this month (having to top it up over the weekend) that I thought it would be good fun to join in the fantastic blog hop, showing off a few layouts linked with the Challenges set through the month

You should have arrived from

Challenge #1 Was to use a list on your layout, this one could also have met the criteria for challenge 3 as well which was to use a negative, as the list is using the leftovers from a sticker sheet that I'd fully used.   The photo was the 'before' shot on the day of the colour assault course.

Challenge #2 Was to use book print, which was quite apt as I still had some book pages lurking from another challenge I'd done so I didn't even have to go searching.  This shot of a beautiful cobweb was taken at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Challenge #3 The official use of a negative, I'm enjoying the leftovers when I punch the butterflies out, this is the second layout I've done using this method this month using my kit!  Finally this photo was taken on the Trans Penine Trail that we ventured along one day in search of geo-caches.

Thank you for visiting, now you should hop over to Jemma to see which challenge she tackled.

If you get lost around the hop then this is the full blog hop list


And finally don't forget to leave a comment to let me know you were here - enjoy the hopping and thank you for popping along and having a look!

Friday, 23 January 2015


Good morning here we are on Friday morning and it really has been a blink and miss it kind of week.

Saturday night saw us venturing to an Ice Hockey match, and said 14 year old declared it was a really tense game, it was nil nil at full time and then nil nil after extra time which meant penalties which we unfortunately lost on a 0-1 basis.  Such a shame but a good match nonetheless.

Monday was a busy day my mother-in-law has finally reached her final destination in a care home, but it also saw me visiting my Mum in hospital again, she fell at the weekend and broke her leg in not one, not two but three places, so within 2 weeks of being out after a mastectomy she's back in with a broken leg and an operation to plate her foot due to the damage.  And Wednesday night/thursday morning saw her returning after coming home with other issues.  So why the grateful - well grateful we have a National Health Service that are there to help and assist in times like this, as this is now her third time in hospital in recent weeks I'd be grateful if this could also be her last, what we want now is a fully functioning mended Mum, so if you can offer up some positives that would be lovely my wonderful people.

Wednesday grateful was work being practical with the atrocious weather and not opening the office up, the roads were treacherous but the snow kept falling - not fun!

I'm also grateful that said 14 year old didn't submit to the weather, but went for the school bus and managed to get to school, see out the day and make his way home.

Next grateful is school having the sense to cancel parents evening, the evening we'd had the snowfall, it meant we didn't have to venture out again once we were all home safe and sound.

Hubby managing to get to hospital for his pre-op was another grateful, when that snow started we were all a bit worried and you don't really want to cancel hospital appointments, but he managed to get there, we are just waiting on the appointment now.

I'm also loving the documented life project, I was going to join in last year but didn't manage it, this year when my journal finally arrived I set too

Here is week 1 - relating to Goals

then week 2 - which was to use gesso - I had great fun playing with the gesso that Karen bought me as part of my UK Scrappers Secret Santa

And the last week which was around colours

I'm planning on making the heart shape an integral part of every page I do.

The lovely post lady managing to struggle through the snow to get to us on Wednesday meant a fab pile of photos arriving that I'd ordered so let further scrapbooking commence - yay!!!!!!!!!!!!

That my lovely people is my list for this week, there are a few items which whilst aren't great are just life and we have to deal with what it throws at us, however, in amongst the detritus there are positives which is why I do this post religiously week in and week out.

If you fancy joining in this just pop a post together, pop back link up leave a comment to remind me to come and visit and that's it!

Hope you have had a good week