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I’m back!

Hi everyone!!

I hope you are all well? I can’t believe it has been quite so long since i was last on here!!

Work has been crazy busy this past year which has contributed in the main to my blogging hiatus. I have been trying to find my groove again with my blogging & have lots (hopefully) to share here.

In the past year, I have re-discovered my love of cross stitch.  I started stitching in my mid-teens, stitched things & then gave up.  I “found” cross sticthing again in my mid-twenties, stitched some things & then gave up.  I then re-discovered this hobby again last year (mid-thirties) thanks massively in part to flosstube.  What an amazing community the stitching community is!! In recent months, i have resurrected my Instagram account for sharing my stitching progress. I have been admiring all of the wonderful projects that  al the very talented flosstubers have been sharing. I felt that I was encouraged to have a go at sharing my progress with the world.  I filmed my very first flosstube video last week now & after a few days of going back & forth, I decided that I would upload.  I am already absolutley amazed that anyone has watched it, let alone getting subscribers to my channel as a result of a (not great quality) video!

After filming my first video, I have learned quite a lot. There are definitely things I would do differently. That’s all part of the creative process, isn’t it? I have quite a hectic week coming up.  Work is only for 4 days this week, but you know how it gets crazy as you are approaching time off? My brother is getting married this coming weekend, so myself & chap have a trip down to London for the wedding.  We then both booked the following week off work, as we weren’t sure how long we were going to be staying in London after Saturday.  Either way, we have some time off together & hoepfully we will have some nice weather to go with it!

I am hoping to make some time in that week off to film another video to be uploaded, hopefully building on my last video & the lessons I have learned from the whole experience. I’m hoping that sharing my progress, haul, finishes and sttiching adventures along the way will be as an enjoyable process as it is for me watching everyone else’s video updates.

I’ve rambled on for long enough, I think! Anyways, I am back.  I appreciate that I have said that before here… and that I did come back (for a little bit) & then disappear again!! Let’s hope third time lucky, as they say!!

In case anyone is at all interested, you can find the link to my YouTube channel here, to view my first ever video – please be kind!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMztmocMPQqJ1CBBTGP1nkw 

Thanks so much for stopping by

Craft · Scrapbooking

Week in the Life progress

Hi there!

As promised, I thought I would jump on here real quick to show you you progress in completing my Week in the Life album for this year.

So, yesterday was spent mainly focussing on choosing & printing my photos for each day.  As I mentioned on Friday, I didn’t take many photos during the course of the week, so I think each day will be quite short.  That’s OK though.  This is my first attempt at this project.

I spent most of yesterday afternoon choosing my photos for my front pages for each day. I had originally decided on just using 6×4 and 3×4 pockets for each day. However, after having a look at Ali Edwards’ final layout, I like the idea of a full page photo to start each day. I’m not sure what the back of each page protector will look like yet. I might mix it up a little thoughout the week. 

I’m really pleased with the final photos for the week.  

 This is my title page to the album. I’ve used my Amy Tangerine alpha stitch stencil kit. I intend to stamp the date underneath. I really like how this turned out. 

          This was my original set-up for each day. I may still end up using some of these pockets, we’ll see how the project evolves. All cards above were included in the Week in the Life 2016 kit from Ali Edwards. 

    I used the This/Was week layered templates available from Ali’s digital shop. I made a blank template the correct size for what I wanted (6×8) and brought in the photo I wanted & also the relevant day overlay. I alternated between was & is throughout the week. I left off the date of record layer as I will be adding this on other places throughout the album. 

Here are the finished photos for the week.


I really like how they turned out.

I had hope to have got my other photos printed out today. However, after getting the food shopping done this morning, I had some work to do ahead of work tomorrow; so I didn’t get as much done today as I would have hoped. 

I should get done time this week in the evenings to get some additional work done on the album. 

You can grab the layered templates I used from Ali’s shop here and the Week in the Life physical kit with album here.

Thanks for stopping by,

Craft · Scrapbooking

Week in the life

Hi there!

I hope you’re well? I wanted to let you know that I’m planning to get started on my week in the life album this weekend.

What’s week in the life? Well, it’s a project that is the brainchild of Ali Edwards. The first week this year was 9-15 May. Ali offered a kit for purchase from her online shop. Ali still has some physical kits available for sale here. You can read all about the project on Ali’s blog.

This is my first year of participating in the project. I bought the kit last year but I never took part. I took some photos during the week but not a great deal. I’m ok with that. I’ve got to get my head around taking more photos, of taking more photos of the people in my life, of taking more photos of myself & of not being afraid to just snap a picture!

So, armed with my few photos on my phone & my album, I will set about printing my photos over the weekend & getting them into the pockets.

Lessons learned for next year? Write down the stories of each day. Don’t stress too much about not having enough photos.

That last thing? Not stressing too much? I’m trying to do that. Not stress. Yes, photos are great. They help capture a memory, a story. But so do words. The two go really well together. But each can work on their own just fine.

Thanks for stopping by,

Challenge · Chit Chat · Craft · Scrapbooking

Hey there!

Hope everyone’s ok? 

Was scrolling through Pinterest whilst on the train home & came across something very exciting!! I thought I would share with you here. Ali Edwards is hosting an event on her Pinterest pages starting tomorrow, 17 June. 

Make sure you follow Ali in Pinterest & you can find out all the details & rules here to be in with with a chance to win an exciting prize!

You can find out more about the very talented Ali Edwards by visiting her website

Thanks for stopping by,