March 01, 2017

Crafting and Catching up


Well, come in,  put your feet up! I know it’s been a while! So much has happened since we last spoke, let’s start with the Crafty Catch up.. ‘The what?’, I hear you cry. Well let me explain it, got  your cuppa? Ok good.
In November last year there was an evening which involved wine and discussions about crafting and meetups within the planner and scrapbook community. I was explaining, no I was actually moaning, to my dear friend Emily. I’ve always wanted to attend local events where I can sit and make things and chat and learn… the list goes on. Emily quite simply stated that I should stop moaning and do it, ok she didn’t tell me to stop moaning, that part is in my head but she should have!

Things started happening quickly and before we knew it, the Crafty Catch up had a date, it had a venue and it had plans of unlimited tea, sweets and cake.

It was a ticketed event and all the monies used from ticket sales went back into the day. Venue hire, decorations, raffle prizes, goody bags etc. The Facebook group for the event was full of energy leading up to the day which was amazing, we posted sneak peeks of goody bag items and raffle prizes and the ticket holders kept communicating through it and have made good friends.

On Saturday 18th February, ticket holders travelled from all over the South. We started preparing the hall for their arrival so they could unpack their crafts as soon as they arrived and begin  their projects. It was fab to see everyone in person after a few months of talking to each other in the group.
We had the amazing Suzy from Suzy Stick it attend with her shop, it was so nice to meet Suzy in real life and also the wonderful Joey from who is a bit of a handwriting rock legend in the planner community.
Joey was kind enough to run a handwriting workshop which was very popular. Joey’s handwriting is so beautiful and has recently added find mini brush lettering guides onto her blog.


The goody bags were handed out in the afternoon along with a surprise challenge that no one knew about…

We had mini scrapbooking kits waiting for everyone, they consisted of three scrapbooking patterned papers. 12×12 in size and the challenge was to complete a scrapbook page using only these papers, no embellishments! Which is enough to make any scrapbooker gasp! Of course, not everyone there was a scrapbooker so of course could use the papers for any craft. We saw some gorgeous layouts, and since I have seen the papers used in a planner and to make an amazing folder storage binder! You didn’t have to complete the challenge on the day and I love that I am still getting tagged in the amazing creations. It’s so fantastic what these bunch of creative ladies came up with.

I completely forgot to take a picture of the papers but this was taken on the Friday night while I was wrapping them up.
Here’s my take on the challenge!
…and here are the leftovers from the three papers:

It was so much fun to organise and I loved every minute of the day, I didn’t do any crafting of my own as I was too excited. I wanted to meet everyone and see what they brought. We had crochet lessons, some fantastic coaster making and a mini book binding workshop among many other tips and techniques shared.

Thank you all for making it amazing, I can’t wait to do the next one!
I’m just going to leave you with the fantastic Grace who did a youTube video of her goody bag and purchases from the day.

Speak soon

June 12, 2016

Hello again

I know it's been a while again, it's nice to pop back. 

Emily turned 6 while I was gone, I know.. 6! I've been blogging {on and off} since before she was born and now my little girl is growing up. Emily is a very funny, happy little girl, her personality is flourishing everyday and we've lost our first tooth. That was an exciting day as Emily had been asking when it was going to happen for over a year! Anything big brother does, little sister wants to do!

Adam is also changing daily, he is more confident and he is working out humor now which has been quite funny. As they discover their sense of humor they either get it spot on or quite wrong, he laughs pretty much all the time, even when something isn't funny but I think thats lovely. We laugh with him regardless. 

I've been the same with work, I haven't scrapbooked in ages but I have been making things. I started making things for my planner {not sure if you remember Kate} and after a while I ended up opening my own etsy shop which is quite fun. I also have another blog that I've only just started but that one is stationery and planner focussed I'm still going to share papercraft type things here.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

I am also quite behind with catching up on reading all my lovely blogs I follow, thats something I need to do soon. I might start reading them before bed actually..

How have you been? 

March 13, 2016


We are slightly Shopkins obsessed in our house, Emily discovered these about a year and a half ago and has been collecting them ever since. If you haven't heard of Shopkins, they are little figurines that come in collections - housewares, bakery store etc. and you can get playsets too. We are currently on Season 4! Emily LOVES anything Shopkins.... yesterday's project was turning a pair of white leather pumps into Shopkins shoes!!!

Aren't they pretty? We have one very happy little girl and I keep thinking of awesome versions for high heels! The possibilities are endless!!!

Bye for now!

March 12, 2016

Well it wasn't on the list

Lists, I love them! I have many, around the house, in diaries, on my phone, I have daily ones and weekly ones, sometimes monthly ones. Work ones, ones for the kids, one for crafting, ones for blogging and even one for planning my planner! 

So how do I occasionally miss something when I have lists for my lists? In this post I said I would be back with the rest of my JYC... That didn't happen and I forgot about it until now. 

It turns out, it wasn't on the list! There's a glitch in the system!!

So here it is, the final (I promise) instalment of my JYC.

Day 30: My year in review

I've ordered this collage from Photobox so there isn't a page to look at yet. I will label it though and write a description for each on a 6x4 journalling card.

Day 31:

New Years Eve! Our Prosecco cocktails and quiet evening in.

Day 32: New Year's Day, another family dinner means another dinner selfie!!

My final page is the difference that taking down the decorations makes.... that's where my JYC ends this time around.

Apart from this cute picture Adam drew of the Grinch.

Bye for now!

March 06, 2016

A bit of traditional scrapbooking

It's Mothers Day here in the UK, I hope you have had a lovely day. Mine started with breakfast in bed and lots of cuddles, a cute selection of handmade cards and then a lovely roast dinner. We visited Nanna and Grandma today too to give them a special hug, their cards and a present.

I sat down to do some scrapbooking as I wanted to catch up on Shimelle's online crop. I only managed two layouts as I started today after the children went to bed. 

Challenge 1 - I chose the Monochromatic colours...

I loved this, I've never stuck to one colour palette before and I loved it. I will definitely try this more.

Challenge 2 - Something that is dear to me.

I was in the zone for using these colours so decided to stick with it!

That's it for today, just a quick one.

Be back soon, bye for now.

February 21, 2016

The final instalment of JYC15

It's half term... Well it was! 

I feel it's been a productive week. I've sorted/cleaned/tidied Emily's room - gosh it needed it! I've kept up to date with my housework (this is a big achievement for me in half term week, it usually crumbles half way through the week and I spend the Sunday before they go back doing it all!) I've managed to get some scrapbooking done... I will share soon. Which made me think about my JYC and how much I didn't want to be sharing it into March!! 

I decided to share some today and put the remaining pics into an online album which I will share during the week. 

This already feels hugely better, I can carry on sharing things without thinking about that album. I must admit it stops me sharing more when I feel like I just need to share it! 

Day 24: Christmas Eve

Saying goodbye to Lilly and Luis Snowsparkle. 

Day 25: Christmas Day

Day 26: Boxing Day

Day 27: I didn't get a picture so need to add my journaling here. It was a day of picking at buffet food and building/playing with toys.

Day 28: Second Christmas!

Day 29: Favourite December moments.

Note to self:
Try and share JYC earlier next year!! 

Be back soon,
Bye for now!

January 29, 2016

Awards and all.

Well this week has gone quick!! It's been a busy one, busier than usual. Steve has been off this week but for some reason it has still been hectic. Emily won a headteacher award today for completeing her word pot and is so excited, she has worked so hard to learn all the words in it and is a fantastic reader now.  How does that happen? How does my gorgeous little baby suddenly read perfectly? Obviously I am thrilled to bits that Emily is learning and growing (well maybe not thrilled about that last bit), it just tugs at any Mother's heart strings doesn't it? 

This photo is a bit fuzzy but I love how proud Emily looks.

So I think we left at Day 17?

Let's hop and jump to Day 18...

 Instead of writing about Christmas dinner, I decided to make this page about our special Christmas Eve dinner and what was on the menu.

Day 19: 

Meeting the main man. 

Day 20: Something special...

Adam and Emily love writing and drawing and didn't have to think twice when I asked for special Christmas drawings.

Day 21: This is the second Eggnog page in my Christmas album, the first has the recipe but no writing. I made this page to give me space to write about my new recipe that I shared here.


Day 22: Favourite memories, of which there are many from this Christmas so I decided to include a gold envelope/pocket to include these.

...and I wanted to include a picture of the kiddies Christingle oranges too

Day 23: My annual page dedicated to Starbucks!! 

I changed it this year as I usually include the cup in some form, instead I added the band from the cup and a picture.

Plus this cute little gift card tag!

Phew, we are getting there. Hope you have a good weekend!

Bye for now.