Monday, 1 June 2015

Watercolour Love!

The last page, with the watercolour card gave me an idea for this layout.
It's our second time to Shearbarn Park in Hastings. It sits right on top of a huge hill (very steep) and is surrounded by a big country park. You can see the sea and beach (shingles) from up there and it really is a pretty and peaceful park (except when the Lucas family is there ;) and my two noisy monkeys).
The green is just perfect for the background to portray the greenery around bur the watercolour 😍 oh my!
I used a sheet of thick watercolour paper and used the past card as inspiration. I soaked the paper with water and let it saturate it. I then added my colours. I started with red and worked up. It's magical seeing it spread out! You could use sprays (with a brush), inks (such as distress inks) or watercolour paints... any would work well.
I think the blue matching the sky in the photograph is just perfect. I half backed the photograph with a 6x4 websters pages card and used the today poking out at the bottom.
I used a white pen for my journal long and stamped my title with some mini stars in a diagonal and spotted some sequins too that complimented the colours I'd used.
I want to do some more watercolour layouts now. I loved the unpredictable but prettiness of it!

I've also been doing this! My 12x12 layouts are lovely highlights to my project life. My project life layouts are just the small and ordinary details of our days, weeks and year.
So far this year I've not journo'd or embellished any of it BUT I know I will. It's not about being up to date. It's about enjoying life!
The photos are there. It will get done.

Oh hi. Squidgey dog face.

These cards are perfect for a page without using a whole sheet (although we probably have enough scrapbook paper to wallpaper our houses inside and out) -what a pretty thought!)
I used a lot of brown inks sprayed and brushed to give some texture to the back cardstock and the stamped a few times too.
I love the water coloured effect websters pages card - so pretty and it gave me an idea for another layout!


Ben will probably cringe in years to come looking back at this. But this was him and one of the twins... Lily walking into school holding hands. Theat term of her being there. Ben really has always been a ladies man!
I love this ombre effect woodgrain paper (Websters Pages) with the small title card (totally not just for pocket scrapbooking).
Along with the tiny title stickers they make and a 3x4 card cut in two. The picture says it all...

For the love of lemons!

 Emily loves lemons. In fact anything sour,  the more so the better!
This lovely bokeh style paper is from Websters Pages, along with small paper squares that make a collaged line across the page. I then searched through my embellies to fill it up with texture and variety, I love paper but sometimes you just need a little more!
There's puffy stickers, acetate pieces, enamel dots, and stickers. All from different ranges which proves how use able these papers are!

Saturday, 28 March 2015

You are loved.

 This is my second layout from the Websters Pages - Growing up girl paper kit (see previous post for what the kit contains).

This is the next layout to be added into my year album, documenting my families life through the year, alongside my project life layouts.

Documenting year on year can seem like an enormous task but really it's not. It is as difficult as you want to make it! It is a lovely project to look back on year on year and see what has changed or stayed the same!

Documenting the everyday is so important. If I look back at photographs of the past, I like looking at the details. The story behind the story. I like seeing how things have changed. How things are the same. I love the everyday.

I joined this range with some stickers from my stash and flairs, joined with some cord I had on my desk. Because the colours are muted, the range is easily combined with other ranges.

I stamped on the map print too in a pale grey ink that worked well with the vintagey paper feel.

The map print was ideal for the subject too... sending selfies to one of my besties in Australia!

Thursday, 26 March 2015


Things that have happened lately.

Happy mothers day mum. One day early but I came. Since the events of last June the feelings I have for mum have changed. I am not sure if that's fair but it's how I feel right now. 
Maybe it's helped. I feel I have let go. I no longer need her back now. Not to say I wouldn't like that... but I don't need it. It's taken 13 years. 13 years. That's a long time. 

And then I love this. Scandal. Huck. Oh my. Hubba hubba.

And I've been contending with the worlds messiest desk for weeks now....

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

You & Me

Here is my first make for the Jones Crafts Design team! I got chosen to work with Websters Pages which is okay by me..... I love them! 

As you know I am an avid project lifer but can't do everything so my project life album is mixed with 12 x 12 layouts of important things I feel warrant a large layout. 
My project life album is usually mixed cards, I don't worry so much about using one range for a whole album... how could you do that?!! And I don't care about the mix match of page protectors/rounded or square corners etc... I just care about the memories! 

So here is one layout I worked on with the Websters Pages range - Growing up girl paper kit. It comes with 12 papers and 10 mini cards and 5 file folders.  The papers are beautiful and delicate and quiet vintagey.... not forgetting very floral and girlie!

They were perfect colours to match with these bright stickers and the instagram print I had of Emily and me in the cold!