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.

January 17, 2016

December this and that

Hello! Hope you have had a good weekend? 

Mine started off a bit chilly, as did most peoples, I was outside taking part in my first park run. If you haven't heard of it before, it is simply a run (or walk) in a large park. It is free to do, people meet once a week and complete a 5k circuit and you are then given your time. It's not a race, it is just for fun. 

I started running in June last year, I have NEVER ever run before... not even as a teenager. So I had a lot of work to do, I started training a little bit at a time and decided to set myself a goal of running in a park run... and that day came! I did it! Unfortunately, I picked the coldest day we have had so far. Typical! It was ok though, I didn't freeze!

Speaking of which, let's move onto day 13 of my JYC album. 

December weather... 

Which, in the UK, was one of the warmest Decembers in 70 years!

I liked the idea of layering for this topic, and used some sequins and foil confetti inside a page protector.

I also used some white star acetate I had in my Christmas stash, it is a small 3x3 page that I adapted to look like a tag. The numbering is on the acetate and then it lifts to reveal the journaling (when I have completed it).  

I finished the back with a cute little die cut from Anna Brimbles collection. 

Day 14: The places we go!

The girls, My Sister, Mum, Auntie and myself, went out for a Christmas lunch to the same place we had afternoon tea in the summer. They had decorated it with a lovely winter theme and a splash of Christmas decorations, it looked lovely. 

Day 15: Deck the halls! 
I love Christmas decorations, especially trees. I had three up this year which I know sounds a lot but we have a living room and a family room as well as one in the hall so they were spread out!

Day 16: Christmas Entertainment... or Nativities ;)
Adam was poorly with a tummy bug a couple of weeks before Christmas, it was gone by Christmas day but it meant that he missed his nativity. 

Steve stayed at home to look after Adam so he missed Emily's, I recorded parts to show him when I got home including the main part where Emily came on stage. I wanted to include it in my album so I created a QR code, I can then scan it with my phone and watch it when I want.

Day 17: I went with a tradition that I like to put in my album every year, Adam and Emily's cute tree creations!

I love the way they evolve year on year!

That's enough from me tonight *yawn* I'm off to bed soon.

Bye for now!

January 13, 2016

A snippet of Christmas

Thank you for your comments and emails regarding my crop post, they were very helpful. I am still thinking about it and researching venues etc but I will let you know if I go for it!

My head is buzzing with projects and ideas, I think it's time to crack open a new notebook and get them written down. I need to plan when I going to start them as I seem to panic if I have too many to do and then a lot of them end up unfinished.. does anyone else do that or is it just me??

I managed to catch 5 minutes today to take some photos of my JYC, I'm going to try and post these so we are not still looking at a Christmas album when it is Spring!

Day 8:

The Christmas Tree! My Main decoration love at Christmas.

This cute little note page is one of Anna Brimbles collections and fits nicely on the back of the tree picture. 

I just wanted to add in something else with the tree picture, it doesn't have any writing on it but I like it that way.

Day 9:

I made Eggnog again!! This year was very different though as I found out in July that I can't have dairy any more, my body simply doesn't tolerate it any more and now I find substitutes... some are delicious and I personally think taste better, others? Well, others are a bit ick! I really wanted my Eggnog so I decided to do test batch number one.... it was delicious and you really couldn't tell it was dairy-free! Naturally, we made test batch number 2 and 3... just to be sure!

Day 10:

Excuse the messy desk, I thought it looked ok until I saw it on the screen! This picture was one of a few taken a while ago when I took them in a random order. Adam and Emily's letters to Santa are in the red envelope...along with some of the cute artwork they sent him. 

Day 11: This years wrapping paper and tags! I do love a doily and it felt like I was doing a little bit of scrapbooking while making the presents pretty.

Day 12: The Christmas magic just gets stronger and stronger with the little ones, it is sad that eventually it starts fading but this year it was heightened. Adam and Emily loved finding Luis and Lilly every morning, they would laugh every day and run around the house until I would hear 'Oh Luis!' 

I am going to write on the blank space, this page protector started off as a 6x8 and I altered it with my sewing machine *Since doing this I have brought a fuse tool and can't wait to try it out!*

I think that's enough Christmas for today, I will be back soon...

Bye for now!

January 09, 2016

January dreams


Have you seen Glitter Girl is back? Today I watched the new episode ad it was so relevant. JYC aside, it has been far too long since I scrapbooked and it was great to watch it and feel my scrapbook bug return. I need to finish sharing my JYC first though, you don't want to see my Christmas album in June!

I've been thinking about cropping a lot lately too, I was always guaranteed to scrap at least once a month then. It is just finding one that is the issue, there does not appear to be many that are close to me. I've often toyed with the idea of setting up my own, not sure how busy it would be though. Do you attend a crop? What makes a good crop? Company, yes. Supplies of Tea & coffee and nibbles, yes. Facilities, of course with all of that Tea and coffee! Anything else? Would you expect a class? or just simply somewhere where you can scrap without having to make someone a sandwich? 

Ok. Now onto some sharing!

Day 6: Warm and cosy.

We now have an open fireplace, we are eventually going to put a wood burner in but until then we are using it for candles and it looks so snug in the evenings. Through Christmas we had the candles going all the time and I loved sitting with a glass of wine watching them glow.

Day 7: My Work's do! 

It's been ages since I went on a works Christmas do! Last year was my first Christmas the company but we didn't have one and before then I worked for myself for three years and didn't have one for myself! It was so lovely to be out with everyone and laugh so much!

I just realised I forgot to take pictures of day 8 & 9 so I will have to stop there for today.

Have a lovely evening!
Bye for now!

January 04, 2016

Hello 2016!!

Happy new year to you all!

I hope you had a lovely Christmas and new Year, we had a lovely day Christmas Day with Steve's Mum and Dad, Brother & Sister-in-Law.

A rest day on Boxing Day and then a second Christmas with my Mum, Dad, Sister, My Auntie and her family and my Uncle and Grandad. 

It was great to have everyone together again as unfortunately we don't do it as often as we like. While we were at my Aunties we managed to skype my mum's brother and then my mum's sister, they both live in Canada. Barry moved out there 7 years ago and I think Jenny moved out there 5 years ago.

Emily was amazed that we were talking to Barry in the above picture, so sweet!

After all of the festivities, drinking and copious amounts of eating I actually managed to scrapbook!!

Day 4:

Adam and Emily's went on a school trip to a Victorian Christmas Museum, they dressed up as Victorians and got to join in with activities from Victorian times. 

Day 5:

Our annual Christmas photo photoshoot for the cards, Adam and Emily made me laugh so much with these this year.. 

 Short and sweet from me tonight, I need to start making some bunting.

Bye for now!