Sunday, 25 May 2008


....Ok so I was playing and trying to get 3 columns into my blog and as I am useless at this stuff I have managed to wipe out half my favs list and none of the links work!! I will have to sweet talk Mr IT to fix it for me! I did actually get my 3 columns but didn't like the style so reverted back to this one whilst still playing about! Wish me luck my heart is pounding as I'm petrified of ----ing up!!
Goodnight xxx

Sitting Pretty

I adore this photo of Georgia. It is a re-enactment of one of me when I was about 3 years old, (one day you might see the original in a heritage or comparison page!).

When the uber talented Tracey Jackson aka "runningwithscissors" set up a stitching class on the Paperparadise forum I immediately knew that this was the picture I had to do. I'd been waiting for the right design and Tracey provided one which was perfect. I have stitched on Lo's before and sometimes you just forget you can do these things!!

The flowers have diamond glaze/glossy accents on them to look like dew drops and the Basic Grey undressed alphas were painted and glossed, the corner thing is papermania (.99p from Boyes) and was covered in horrid paper!! So out came the trusty paint to get a perfect match!!

Still loving that Basic Grey range and am pleased I bought the whole set, I think I'll do that more often in future as you definately get your moneys worth!!

Take time to smell the roses.....


When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours
in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 glasses
of wine theory...

A professor stood before his philosophy class with some items on his
desk in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a
very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the
jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas
between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was
full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.
Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the
jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous 'YES.'

The professor then produced two glasses of wine from under the table and
poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty
space between the sand. The students laughed.

'Now,' said the professor, as the laughter subsided, 'I want you to
recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the
important things; your family, your children, your health, your
friends, and your favorite passions; things that if everything else was
lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house,
and your car. The sand is everything else; the small stuff.

If you put the sand into the jar first', he continued, 'there is no room
for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend
all your time and energ y on the small stuff, you will never have room
for the good things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play
with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner
out to dinner. Play another 18 holes. Do one more run down the ski
slope. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the
disposal. Take care of the golf balls first; the things that really
matter. Set your priorities . The rest is just sand.'

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the wine

The professor smiled. 'I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that
no matter how busy or full your life may seem, there's always room for a
couple of glasses of wine with a friend.'
Share this with someone you care about... I just did.

Thursday, 22 May 2008

The Fox catches the Pox!!

Having successfully avoided the Chicken Pox for the last few summers, Georgia has finally caught them! This means no school for two weeks and plenty of fresh air. The poor thing has them in her eye-lids, lips, ears and unimaginable places!!

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

All Dogs Go To Heaven

I know this photo is painful for Mark to see because it was taken just before Sam went to the vets to have a long sleep. Hopefully having scrapbooked it, he will be able to look back in years to come with happier memories!!

I made this LO for the May colour challenge on The rules were a black or white background a B&W photo and more than 5 colours.

The title is taken from one of Georgias films, and I really enjoyed actually using my ribbons for something other than just covering rings on mini-books!!!

TFL xxx

Saturday, 10 May 2008

Golden rule.......

.....never put a red head in an orange top or they will look like a carrot!!!

It doesn't matter what colour top my son wears he still looks gorgeous!!!!!

Thanks Sarah for the lovely clothes, must photograph the sandals they are too cute!!


Friday, 9 May 2008

Altered Bingo Board

I have made this for Sarahs birthday, which as is typical of me as it was a few days ago!!! And it has to get to Australia so maybe it will get there in time for Xmas!!

The board was about £2.00 and I painted it with black gesso, then pasted and sealed the papers with mod podge glue. I really wanted it to be prettier than this but flowers didn't seem to work and would get squashed by the photos so I have left it plain in the hope it is covered with photos and added to over the years!

PS: Thanks for the baby clothes Sarah they arrived yesterday and he is wearing them today!! Love Ya xxx

Wednesday, 7 May 2008

White space and doodling

I had run out of photos to scrap and was browsing through a pile on the side when I came accross this one, it being smaller than I usually scrap with I decided to have a go at doing a white space page!

For some reason the Lo instantly popped into my head and I started straight away by making my own photo mount and matted it. Then the next day when Ben was asleep i carefully stamped the words with Making Memories foam stamps and pigment ink, I normally use paint but didn't have any red in the house!! WARNING although the ink dries it does smudge at the slightest hint of moisture!! I happened to lean my left hand on it and the sweat has caused marks, but I wasn't going to start again!

The black and white border is made by using a marker pen and putting stipes along the edge of a peice of 12x12 and then cutting random widths from the sheet. I then simply cut an inch off the white paper and mounted it on black so the stripes would show up!

The doodling was helped by using a stencil that came from scrapbook inspirations but I wanted some smaller flower heads so i drew onw then cut it out smaller and traced around the edge, the dots were addittional to create movement and I just liked the Basic Grey Rub-On.

Georgia and Milly are cousins and I have always noticed how they both have the same cheeks. This photo was taken especially to capture their likeness so I am pleased I have scrapped it so soon after taking it.

TFL xxx

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

101 ways to use Acetate

This photo is of Georgia in her school nativity play. She was an angel. I lost all of my photos so had to order this one from the local newspaper!!
I wanted to make it on clear acetate but you can't buy it so I had to choose one with a title already printed on it.

I filled in the word LOVE with stickles and painted the dots with a Sakura Pen. To create a matching number 2 I used a stencil and a black marker pen to get the outline,then again stickles and white dots.

The flower is an idea taken from this womans work is mindblowing!!!!
I cut the petals and dotted around them, poked a hole through the end of each and a brad through the middle and voila!! Very easy and effective!

TIP OF THE MONTH!! When ruffling ribbon to put on a LO attach it to a piece of double sided tape stuck onto a strip of acetate, then you can move it around the LO to get it right and you can't make a mistake, once you have figured out where it looks best simply add another piece of double sided to the bottom of the acetate and peel both ends slightly, position on LO and pull the ends back!

Sunday, 4 May 2008

playing with photos

I went to Venture today for our viewing!!! It was such an amazing experience...the photos looked incredible!!!I just love how they make you look washed out yet vibrant at the same time. Mark and I even looked skinny in one!! It was so hard to only choose one, because I mean how often do you really go to all that effort to do a family portrait?

In one I was kissing Ben and my skin looked flawless, in another Mark was laughing so hard I have never seen him look like he's having such fun, and a really cute one of Ben looking over Maks shoulder....
..oh and the one where Mark and I are looking into each others eyes!!

But in the end I hurriedly chose all four of us with Georgia in the middle kissing Ben.

If I won the lottery I'd have them all put into one of those bound books that they do!!

Anyway I wondered if I could recreate that type of photo at home on my simple programme with a cool shot that I took yesterday under the blossom tree, and here are the results!!

Not quite up to venture standards but I like them! Does anyone know how to get them printed onto Canvass Frames at home? I have a few ideas like printing them onto my canvass paper and gluing it onto a frame or printing onto cheap A4 and gluing and sealing it on or printing onto iron on t-shirt transfer and ironing it onto the canvass frame.....I was just wondering if anyone has done it themselves yet?
I might google it.......

Goodnight xxx

Saturday, 3 May 2008

Fun Photos

Georgia was in her dance show at the local auditorium on Friday night. She had to dance in front of a full house of 900 people!! Scared? Not a bit!!!!!

I wish we had spent longer getting photos but I only grabbed a couple before we left and the light was fading.