Thursday, 23 October 2014

I'm so excited to share.........

Autumn is here and I am excited to tell you we are expecting a new four legged addition to our family! 
As you may know, if you have read this blog regularly over the years, I lost my faithful dog, aged 16, back in February and I was devastated! He will forever be in my heart (and on this sidebar.) However, as the months have gone on,I have found the house very quiet without a four legged friend, so we have decided now is the time!
Here he is the tiny scrap that is my new hound! born two weeks ago! Sergio! A miniature Dachshund!
I loved documenting this momentous step in our lives, exactly how it came about and I can't wait to meet him! To say I am smitten is an understatement. You can see more pics on my Instagram account! let's just say he will be featuring heavily in my crafting from now on! Roll on December when he comes to live with us! Even the boys are excited to come home and meet him! TFLx

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Including a recipe in Project Life

This week seems to be all about food!
I always take photographs every day if I can and keep them well organised into date folders on my PC, so that if I get behind on Project Life it is easier to find things. 
I have a month folder and sub divide it into date folders. 
I mostly take my pictures with my iPhone or iPad and transfer them to my PC using Dropbpox. It works for me!
When I get to the week I am starting in project life, I create a week folder and transfer the relevant 7 day folders to it before I start going through them. You can see here I am up to week 40 so I have made a week 40 folder and put the dates 28th Sept - 4th Oct in it. (I work Sunday to Sunday)
What I'm getting round to saying is, when I went through the photo's for this particular week, they were all food!!!!! Maybe it had something to do with getting a new oven a few weeks ago, but I had been cooking and baking a lot that week and had made my best cake ever! I decided to include the recipe! In future generations I think it will be nice to look back on! The recipe card slides out and there is a photo of the cake underneath too. 
I also included a picture of another dish I made from Pinterest! Like many people. I have Pintgerest recipe ideas boards, but had I made any? No had I heck! My resolution, is 'don't just pin it, make it!'

Monday, 20 October 2014

Inspired combination for Project Life catch up

When I saw the diamond shaped puffy stickers in Studio Calico's Underground kit this month, I could not wait to combine them with this diamond paper from last months Poet Society kit 6x4 paper pad . They just go together so well!
Usually my Project Life is very much based around using the kit until it's all used up before I dip into the next one, but when I had a sneak peak at The Underground kit when it arrived, I had to take these out and use them straight away!!
As you realise I have been behind with Project Life recently and have tried hard to catch up, particularly with December Daily just around the corner! This spread came together really easily with two collage photographs made in Picasa and then some journalng by numbers!
I liked the numbers on the 3x4 card but there was not enough journaling space for me, so I trimmed the numbers off the side and used them on a piece from a 6x4 paper pad and added stitching for journaling lines. Yes I do find it hard to cut up cards, but I always use the other pieces somewhere else! I just have to! Another part of that same 3x4 card appears on the title card too.
So how quick was this page to do??? Very!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Using a 12 x 12 spread in Project Life

 There have been as lot of layouts using lots of tags together on a page recently on Pinterest, so I wanted to have a go at my own version, using 3x4 Project Life cards, interspersed with some small photographs.
These two weeks in Project Life, were all about my two boys final steps in their education; one son is going back to Uni to study for his PGCE and had been getting stocked up with books and school supplies; the other son had been getting his photo taken for head shots to use with his agent, to get work in his final year at dance school. The only way I could use the cute little girl card, was to detail my thoughts, as their mum, on the final steps of their journeys through education.
Once I had arranged the cards and photo's in a patchwork effect, I filled the gaps with labels and embellishments, some I stitched in place and some I used my tiny attacher to staple. I really like the overall effect.
This is the opposite page, which came together really quickly using cards and embellishments from my Project life kit. This was just so easy whilst I am in Project Life catch up mode! TFLx

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Week 36 Project Life - use that 'Fall' clip

Surprisingly I have caught up Project Life to week 36! Considering I was way behind, I have simplified it and stuck very much to using my Project Life kit to get the job done. 
I once remember reading an article by Becky Higgins saying how her product was initially designed to get the job done with minimum fuss for those with busy lives. With this in mind, I grabbed my Project Life kit boxes and tried hard to get the spreads done by printing off photos and collage pictures, then putting them in with some appropriate cards and of course adding some journaling to explain.
I cam across this Fall paper clip from the Poet Society kit at Studio Calico and it  happened to fall in the week when I was writing about being out of work now and how strange it felt on September first, not to be going back to school. I had pinned this quote from Pinterest when I first handed my notice in and it seemed appropriate to use the clip on this bird card, in this way.
 Other details include a hand cut number and some stars sewn into a cellophane pocket.
I love the colour scheme of this kit.
The only bright photo was my new iPhone 5C but I wanted to catch the coral pink of it. TFLx

Monday, 6 October 2014

December Diary from your own stash

Each year I make a December album, since I discovered it on Ali Edwards blog in 2009. It has taken many forms. In the first two years I made it from recycled items and bound it with book rings, then in 2011 I made it from a recycled board book with extra pages. The last two years I have used a Studio Calico handbook. This year I fancied a change.
After the success of my two most recent handbooks in a minimal colour style and having really enjoyed my Sicily album having black and white photographs in it, I have decided that this year I will do my December album in black and white, with gold.
I ordered these new.
 I pulled these paler white and grey papers from my stash.
And these darker grey and black papers from my stash. 
 I added a tiny pop of colour with these.
 And highlighted this paper with a wink of stellar gold brush pen.
I then collected some vellum, gold foil and sticker paper.
And finally pulled these embellishments from my previous Studio Calico kits that were in my stash. (More details on my new Pinterest board here.)
It's all coming together nicely!
If you want to check out my previous December Daily albums, search this blog or click on the tab at the top of this page. 
I also have a December Daily Pinterest board for inspiration here and details of the kit I made myself for last year's album is on this Pinterest board here, along with all the techniques I used.
I am a big believer in using the stash I have. i would love to order a kit, but just feel it would be too extravagant when I have all this here. It is also a great way to use up leftovers and I like the challenge of designing it myself. More about the album and process coming soon. TFLx

Friday, 3 October 2014

4x4 Mini album of Instafaves

I just finished up a 4x4 mini album from We R memory keepers in this gorgeous coral colour, inspired by the Mini album class over at Studio Calico, with Marcy Penner.
I've had my eye on these albums since they came  out but only just purchased one.
There were some printables and cut files included in the class and I printed some out on card, and enlarged some to print on vellum. I also cut out some page dividers in card and page pockets in vellum.
I used a tag die from Studio calico to cut some tags in various sizes and don't forget you can embellish the tags by die cutting shapes out of the inside at the same time.
I decided these papers from my 6x6 Lemon Lush paper pad went well with this album. I overlapped the scraps of paper I had left over and stitched them across the top and bottom. I then stuck this onto the front of a card stock page divider I had cut on my Cameo. This gave me a set of pockets I could tuck the tags into.
It's great to use up all the scraps! 
I added some hand stitching 
and some frames cut in vellum that I backed with page protector plastic fro strength.
 Top tip here is to cover the plastic with copy paper to stop it sticking or slipping.
I cut some slide frames on my Cameo in gold foil card stock. 

And added some 3x4 project life cards and stitched them into page protectors with sequins.
 I added journaling by typing on vellum but make sure you back it with copy paper when you run it through your typewriter.
More machine stitching 
 Tiny slide mounts resized to 2x2 so you can see through them to the page below.
two 3x4 project life cards, one cut in half and sewn behind the other to make a page that is 4x4 for the album.
I hope a few of these pages have inspired you to have a go at few things and make a mini! TFLx