Craft · Scrapbooking

Project Life

Hi there! I hope you’re going ok? I have been really getting into Project Life style scrapbooking in the last year or so. I really love it. 

I want to give you advance warning of the length of this post… You may want to get a cup of tea before you continue! 

My love for this style of scrapbooking started a couple of years ago when I was finishing my Japan scrapbooks. I was lucky enough to get to visit this amazing country over 10 years ago. I had started to scrapbook all my photos shortly after my trip, but then I lost enthusiasm for traditional scrapbooking & put my album away. It gathered dust for many years until I decided to revisit my layouts. 

I don’t consider myself to be any kind of scrapbooker, I have learnt what I have been doing for the last couple of years by watching YouTube & soaking up all the amazing spreads very talented people put together. When I flicked through the pages I had already completed, I did not like them one bit! They seemed so basic & I felt the need to pull the photos up from the layouts & start again. Reflecting back now, perhaps I was a little too harsh on myself. My origins layouts had been completed about 10 years ago… Things were different back then. 

I spent a good chunk of time pulling up the photos I had already stuck down on these completed pages & tried to salvage them (I had no spare copies of these photos!) for use on new layouts. About this time, I discovered Project Life & was delighted to see that you could purchased digital versions of the journaling & filler cards to be able to print off as you liked. I started to collect these cards & was itching to use them. 

Here’s a look at some of my pages before they were re-designed:


As you can see, some of my photos & memorabilia had been cut into weird shapes. This would prove to be a challenge. Here’s a look at how I transformed some these pages:


I really liked how these turned out. I embraced the strange shaped photos & went with it! I added journaling to some of those cards later from what I had written down on the original pages & referring to my journal from my trip. 

I am so glad that I kept a journal whilst I was there as it helped massively when it came to writing the stories down from the adventure. 

As I was working through this album, in chronological order, I was starting to find the odd day where I had too many photos for one layout & not enough for 2. Or my photos were the old style panoramic ones which wouldn’t fit without really chopping them up. 

I found myself starting to incorporate the odd pocket-page/project life style page protector & just found it so much easier & quicker. I then started to add more & more to my albums, until I ended up completing this style for every layout going forward. 

I just love it so much & still can’t believe the simplicity of it. I don’t say that to belittle the style of scrapbooking at all. As someone who was not a scrapbooker, I found 12×12 layouts more than a little daunting. The idea that you can slip photos into pockets & write the story of the photos of the day into a small card to sit in the pocket next to it is amazing. If that’s all you wish to do, you can. If you want to embellish your cards or add things to your photos you can do. You can do whatever you would like to do. You can read all about Project Life here

I then embarked on a proper project life style scrapbook album, but choosing to document the highlights of my month rather than the weekly format preferred by most. I started that project last year & am onto my second album! I made the switch in April to the weekly format to see how that works. So far? It’s working out well. Some weeks, it feels as though there isn’t much to document but that’s ok. I can fill the empty spot with a filler card. 

My completed albums now sit on the bookcase in my front room so they can be pulled out & flicked through. 

If anyone would be interested in a video flip-through of any of my albums, let me know in the comments below. I’ve never filmed anything before, but willing to give it a go!! 

Sorry once again for the lengthy post. 

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Chit Chat · Craft

A little bit obsessed…

Hi there! Hope everyone’s ok? It’s been a really horrible last few days here in the UK, not summer weather at all!!

I came home from work today to find a parcel through the letterbox. I just had to pop on here & share!


My latest Chic Sparrow notebook cover. I absolutely LOVE Chic Sparrow’s. This is a sidekick, & I was so do lucky to get my hands on one. You can find out all about the notebooks the very talented Jennifer Harvey has to offer, head over to the Chic Sparrow website here.

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Chit Chat

I’m Back!!

It’s been a very long time since I was last here.  Almost 2 years. That’s scary.

A lot has been going on during that time, personal circumstances and life have all prevented me for popping on here to share projects with you.  After a while as well, I seemed to have just got out of the habit of posting here.

I have been creating projects along the way, although I have very little to share with you. However, I thought it was high time I got back on the preverbal horse and just get back into the swing of things.

I am going to try actually scheduling time to post on my blog to share my crafty makes or just to chit-chat.  Reflecting on my last attempts at blogging, I think this might be where I have been going wrong.

If I actually take the time to plan my blog posts out during the week, I might actually stand a chance at sticking to this.

Anyone else, found themselves in a bit of a mojo lull? Not really sure where to start again? That’s what I am going to use this opportunity for – a chance to start again. A renewed chance at my blogging adventure.

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Baking · Chit Chat · Family

Creations in the kitchen

Hi there! The weather here in the UK has been a bit changeable of late… feeling more like autumn on occasion rather than late summer!

However, this weekend has been dry… it has not rained at all…. even being a brilliant day today…. So, what would be the best thing to do on a glorious day, I hear you cry?? Of course, the obvious answer would be…. do some baking in the kitchen!!! (I know that’s what you were thinking I was going to say, right?)

Yesterday, for lunch we had some American-style pancakes. We never got to experience these when we were in the States, but I’ve always wanted to try and make them. We had some eggs to use up – in our house we don’t eat eggs, they only ever get bought in order to make something… That something was Yorkshire Puddings… which we ended up not making… hence surplus of eggs… Natural solution was to make something. My other half searched the internet and came across this recipe here. They were absolutely fab… the batter made so many.

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I put yoghurt on top of my mine… they were so delish!!!

I’ve got a confession to make…. I’ve got a hit of a obsession at the moment with Pinterest. I love looking at other people’s ideas for gifts, cards, food, clothing. It’s an amazing resource for everything. I have several boards, one for each type of thing that I’m interested in. So, due to my fascination with all things Pinterest, I came across this recipe for pretzels. So, guess what was for today’s lunch? (Now, I know you may be thinking, that we do have some strange things to eat in our house – and you would be right… on occasion we do!!) I have never made pretzels before but I would do again now… It was a bit strange to boil the pretzels in water…this seemed to make them really slimy and I thought they were not going to turn out well. Apart from catching a little, hey turned out pretty well. What do you think?

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The picture above shows only one pretzel on a plate… That was pretzel number two (although I ended up not being able to eat them both!) I had mine with a little chilli cream cheese. Yum yum.

What have you been up to this weekend.

Enjoy the rest of Sunday, friends. Monday is waiting to pop it’s head around the corner for a new working week!

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Craft · Home Decor

Memory Box

Hi there

So, if you know me or follow this blog, you’ll know that I went with my other half to America a little over two months ago.  We had such an amazing time and so many photos that I don’t know about you . . . but sometimes it’s hard to decide what to get printed.

I did have a thought about getting a canvas printed – there are so many companies out there that offer this as a way to capture your favourite memories on canvas.  I may still get this done, I’m still undecided.

I bought a few weeks ago, a very big deep boxed frame from Hobbycraft.  It’s natural pine finish means that you can customise it to whatever colour scheme or finish you would like.  I’ve not done anything with the frame finish yet – I think that I would like to live with it hanging on the wall . . . and then make a decision about what colour / finish to make it.

As to the contents of the box frame . . . that I have done something about it! I just couldn’t decide what photos to print at home of our USA trip, so I thought I would make a bit of a collage of photos within the frame.  It’s a huge size – 16″ square frame. As our trip was in two halves – New York and Boston, I kind of wanted to reflect this when I was putting together my layout.

Here’s what I came up with this:

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To show off the details of this a little better, here’s some close-ups as well.

I used my Silhouette Portrait machine to create the USA star and the t-shirts in the frame.  I bought my machine from Create & Craft. It’s the smaller machine to the larger Cameo machine.  I would still love a cameo machine as you do not have the limitations of the smaller mat like you do on the portrait machine.  Maybe I’ll keep my eye out on ebay for a second-hand one . . .

Anyways, the shapes I used for my photo box layout are available from the Silhouette online store.  I used the USA star which can be found here and the I heart tees which are here.

I really love how this frame turned out.  The photos I took into Picasa which is free and can be found here and added effects to some of them before printed off.

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