Monday, 29 February 2016


Good morning, another few layouts from me this morning, first up a photo of hubby taken in Conwy which I always seem to spell wrong!  Using up elements from a kit, it probably does need something else, just not sure what! 

Next up an instagram photo of a visitors book, I did a couple of pages in when we were holidaying in Wales last year, giving people a heads up of where to go and what to do etc.  

And then using up heart elements and a kit I'd done, another layout of me and hubby at Swallow Falls last year! 

Hope you have a happy Monday! 

Sunday, 28 February 2016


Good Afternoon lovely people, another double page spread to share today, this one is said 15 year old at Trefriw Woollen Mill.  We did the self guided tour backwards (don't ask), and ended up in the Weaver's Cottage, the lady in there was sat spinning on a wheel and there was so much to look at.  She encouraged us to have a go at each of the weaving looms, from the basic peg loom all the way up to a full blown weaving loom with moving heddles, foot peddles etc! 

We were in the cottage ages and thoroughly enjoyed chatting to the lady who had so much information about spinning and weaving that she was happy to chat to us about. 

Needless to say by the time we left said 15 year old really really wanted a loom - preferably the giant room sized one; what we ended up with was a peg loom but enjoyable nonetheless. 

Friday, 26 February 2016


Morning all tis Friday and only one item on the agenda this morning 

Well this week has been a busy one if I'm honest.  

Last Friday night we headed off to the arena to see Thunder in concert, we also had two support bands King King and Terrorvision (who we've seen before), I really enjoyed King King they were brilliant and Thunder - well they have always and I'm sure will always turn out a pretty epic gig and that is exactly what we were treated to!

It was actually a 'half arena' gig - which we haven't been to before but it really works well, they should definitely do more of those! 

We've also been brave this week and got up at 6am for a walk, I know - mad yes, the thing is we'd realised recently that we can't really afford a whole hours walking at night when we've been at work but both me and hubby lead quite sedentary lives at work so we've got no alternative but to find other ways of exercising, so we decided on waking early and going for an early morning walk to get us off the starting blocks as it were. 

With this early morning walk we've been treated to beautiful night time skies

and within half an hour - beautiful sunrise skies - in the same walk! 

I also realised that I'd not managed to photograph my tiny tete a tete daffodils in the garden that have sprung up so before they disappear completely I managed a photo of them, Kate's photos last week reminded me to take a photograph of them!

Then when I was at home Wednesday as I haven't been 100% I glanced out of the TV room window and saw this guy on the fence. 

And here he is again just under the kitchen window, I've heard him for a few mornings but hadn't managed to spot him until yesterday! 

Parents evening feedback was good, although the need for more revision became the sentence of the night, thankfully said 15 year old has already acknowledged this which was good! 

Thursday found us at the theatre to see Macbeth by a production company called Out of Chaos - pretty much the whole play done by two actors, using a table, two chairs, two torches and two torch boxes as props - all in 80 minutes.  If you get chance to see them in a play I can highly recommend them - an absolute riot to watch! 

And then it is Friday... the kettle is boiling, the washing machine whirring, the blue skies of the week have changed for grey clouds but its dry (although a little cold).  Next plan is the vacuuming trying to get the house ship shape before 9am - best get on with it then. 

I hope you have had a splendid and positive week and that its full of 'rocking' moments, if you fancy joining in pop a post together, pop back link up and leave a comment so we can visit! 

Thursday, 25 February 2016


Good morning all, well another double page layout this morning, more photos from the copper mine on the Great Orme at Llandudno.  I mixed photos of the rock in its natural form 

With a photo of said 15 year old holding said rock as it were. 

And the layout together looks like this. 

I hope you are having a fabulous day! 

Wednesday, 24 February 2016


Good morning, I hope Wednesday is treating you well. 

I've a double page layout to share this morning, I sometimes find that I have a mix of photographs that I can't choose between but were all taken pretty much at the same time - I can see you are all nodding on this one. 

An easy way to include lots of these photos without it being an album all the same is to do a double page layout, which is what I've done with a mix of photographs from Swallow Falls in Wales. 

We made our way down the steps thinking that would lead to the best photographs, thankfully we explored once we got back up the steps and although the view of the water and the sound was amazing at the bottom, the iconic image of the falls was actually fairly easy to get to and near the top!  So we took photos in both areas, some of each other and a few selfies!

Here is the layout when it's in its double page format! 

Hope you are having a happy scrapping day!

Tuesday, 23 February 2016


Morning all, I hope I find you all well, Tuesday greets us with some blue skies which is always a positive in my book. 

First up a layout taken outside the Great Orme Copper Mine, showing the entrance areas into the once bustling mine that was only uncovered in recent years!  I thought the photo worked with the muted colours on this layout!

Then exploring on Anglesey, one of the many burial mounds to be found on the island, unfortunately not very well sign posted, thankfully we found this one relatively easy, but would love to explore a bit more of the island to find the rest!

I cut the chevrons out of a sheet of paper to add to this layout and used the remaining chevrons on the layout below this one! 

The queen of hearts statue in Llandudno, the very last statue we found on the Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass trail.  Fabulous stuff! 

I hope you have a great day!  

Monday, 22 February 2016


Good morning, lovely people, it's Monday already sigh, I'm sure the weekends work on a fast forward button. 

However, on a positive note, had a fabulous weekend, really enjoyed spending time with hubby and said 15 year old.  We've got a busy week ahead as well.  

So first up a layout I did documenting our wedding anniversary last year, I did a double page scrapbook layout to compare where we were when we got married versus where we were last year, the photo is of hubby reading the pages. 

The heart photo is his gift to me from him, it is an ametrine heart and is beautiful, he recently bought me a chain so that I can to wear it.  The layout isn't my normal style, but I had a couple of quirky frame lefts over from a shape I'd cut so decided to give them a whirl. 

The kit is a counterfeit kit I put together this month, but haven't properly documented - but it doesn't really matter as I got layouts done which is the main thing!

Another one from Gainsborough Hall and yes Gina you really should go it is a fabulous day out, much larger than we imagined and fairly easy to find once in Gainsborough, we just went left when we crossed over the bridge and found a car park turned around and could spot the hall from there.  It's also good if the weather isn't up to much because it's obviously all inside and it's got a lovely coffee shop at the end!  The photo is me and said 15 year old in the great hall. 

And another one from Gainsborough, they have replicated a piece of Henry VIII clothing in one of the displays which has detailed goldwork on it.  They've then replicated the embroidery piece from the clothing and put it on a frame, so you can see the detail (both front and back).  As said 15 year old is doing textile arts this was really interesting, but more amazingly is actually hand couching - a technique said 15 year old had recently learnt to do using a sewing machine!  We were both really impressed with the detail and also the fact that the method has been around for such a long time! 

Another bright and happy set of photos.  This time it's from Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the iron tree outside the chapel and then a piece of Henry Moore sculpture that was there last year.  I love Yorkshire Sculpture Park (as regular readers will known)!

So there we have it, plenty of layouts still to share, fighting with a few more last night but almost beaten them into submission.  Have a fabulous Monday! 

Saturday, 20 February 2016


Good afternoon everyone, I hope you are having a good weekend I'm posting another couple of layouts.  

First up said 15 year old at Gainsborough Old Hall last summer we had a great trip out there, on our first visit!

Next up two photos taken last year at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, hubby set the self timer up and then a family came trundling through and we assumed the timer would have captured them on the photo, so hubby set it up again.  We had to giggle when we saw that the first 'spoilt' photo actually had hubby walking back towards the camera!  Definitely worthy of a layout! 

Hope you are having a good weekend! 

Friday, 19 February 2016


Good Morning, tis Friday means only one thing

Well on a week when the weather has been changeable the work days have been long, we don't have quite so many photos to share unfortunately, but I've a few nonetheless!

First up we all went on a walk at the weekend, given that said 15 year old was still getting over the time differences with New York we did wonder whether it would happen, but it was hubby's birthday, so we headed to the local dam to brush off the mental cobwebs and had a lovely walk albeit a little cold! 

These two really are lovely to be around, there is always positive conversations and chatting and I love the natural look of the photo too!

And look it was a blue skies day when we had the walk, sunshine and water and blue skies - really are good for the old mental attitude!

We even stopped at the cafe at the end, it was heaving inside (probably due to it being Valentine's day and everyone was partaking in cakes and coffee after their walk), so we ended up sitting outside, but I didn't mind because, although it was cold we had good company and blue skies to enjoy!

I'm doing some of these photos in reverse - apologies, we had our 'romantic' evening meal on Friday and Saturday night.  Friday night we cheated and had an M&S meal for two (as we normally do), it was lovely and we really enjoyed just chilling out and spending time together.  Said 15 year old was in the TV blatting things on Xbox, in case you were wondering! 

The M&S dessert was lovely - although somewhat lost on the plate, I'm not a big lover of white chocolate but I just about tolerated this! 

Saturday afternoon, my Mum, sister and niece headed over for some family time (it was my Mum's birthday too), we had made cakes and scones so it was more of a tea party.  We had a good few hours chatting which was lovely! 

The rest of the week has been a bit of a blur, work work and a bit more work, on the positive side, the days have flown by and I've been very busy - which is always good! 

I've got another meeting this morning about job number 3 (don't ask) and then some time to myself this afternoon which I'm looking forward to. 

I've managed some scrapping this week and at last count was up to 64 layouts this month so far! 

I've also got another photo order to pick up (not that I don't have enough to be getting on with!)

I hope your week has been positive too, if you fancy joining in, pop a post together, pop back and link up so we can come and visit. 

Thursday, 18 February 2016


Good morning, did anyone just blink and find themselves on Thursday?  Yep me too - what is happening to these weeks at the moment - absolutely crazy! 

Now you may be thinking 'I've seen this photo before' it is a pity I didn't realise that I'd already scrapped a first day at school photo for this school year - sigh, but I'm not throwing it away - so we shall just put up with two of them! 

Next up - was a 'take a seat' in the Chatsworth exhibition from last year, it was I think the only one outside, right at the front of the house, it was there the first time we visited - it was gone when we went next, so this is probably quite a rare photo! 

Once said 15 year old settled himself on the same - all he could say was that it was 'odd' 

And finally bluebells last year in a local wood, they are so prolific when they flower in the area and despite them being near a busy main road and housing estate, once you are in the wood at that time of year you could be a million miles away! 

Hope you have had a good week, see you tomorrow for my Rocking post!  

Wednesday, 17 February 2016


Crikey it's been a while since I joined in with WOYWW but thought I would this morning as a few minutes on my hands 

You should have found me from Julia's desk here a place to meet up and share our productive creative spaces on a weekly basis!

So this is the aforementioned desk - still enough space in the middle to scrap (just).  The pile of paper on the right is for a new kit I've put together inspired by the colours on the CSI blog.  The rest is remnants of papers from another kit I've just finished off.  

If I turn to my right - my main scrapping cupboard is in sight - (yes isn't it a sight! - needs a tidy - I won't show you the floor).  The doors pull out and then slide in so they are above the items in the cupboard, these thin shelf like spaces are excellent for putting completed layouts before I photograph them! 

As you can just about make out here.

Talking of layouts I've a few I've recently finished.

Scrapping an impromptu family get together

Said 15 year old before a weekend team building retreat last year

And a balloon release at school last summer - ooh for some blue skies today! 

Happy WOYWW!

Tuesday, 16 February 2016


Morning all, the photos below are a double page spread (finally), I've played with the photos soooooooooo many times without success.

It was our first trip to Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet and near the end there was an education room showing the process of pouring the molten steel etc (without the steel obviously), said 15 year old (who was definitely said 14 year old at the time) had a go to see if he could manage it and I caught it on camera! 

And here is what they look like side by side!

Hope you have a happy scrapping day! 

Monday, 15 February 2016

Hello Sunshine and Birthday

Morning all, Monday appears all too quickly on the horizon don't you think.  I'm sharing a few layouts this morning. 

First a 'cousin' shot that I've created, I love the expressions on their faces. 

Next up a layout of my niece on her 16th birthday last year, we went to Mablethorpe for the day and hired two beach huts.  She had balloons and water fights and 'frolicked' on the beach, crazy golf, boat ride, dodgems, cake, fish and chips - you name it, she did it! 

And another couple of shots of the cake and niece!

Hope you have a happy scrapping day!