Life As A Guest Polly!

I have nearly finished my first month as a guest pollywog at The Lily Pad. I won my slot by completing the Month Of Challenges in January this year. The Lily Pad is a website for digital scrap bookers to meet up, share their work and shop. It is such a friendly site and I have learnt so much since I joined in 2011. Pollywogs are kind of moderator type people that work behind the scenes and run challenges, chat in the forums and generally ensure the smooth running of the site. They also create layouts to show case the product available in the store. They have so many cool, talented designers there and I have LOVED working with their creations.

So here are a few pages I’ve made as a polly so far;

This is Hubby, Paul & Poppy dog on the beach during our recent heatwave. Using Big Hugs Template – Fiddle Dee Dee Designs and Sugar Sands Beach – Etc by Danyale.

Loyal

This is a throwback photo to when I was 3 years old! Using Summer Picnic – Sabrinas Creations.

Summer Picnic

I took this photo the other day. Of course my request for a photo was not taken seriously! Using Frame Template Snaps Of You – Sabrinas Creations.

My Two Favs

Poppy dog and her beach hair 🙂 I am very proud to say that I was awarded a Gallery Standout for this! Using Seaworthy – Just Jaimee.

Beach Hair

Another using the Big Hugs Templates – Fiddle Dee Dee and Optimistic – Pink Reptile Designs. My nephews & niece having a bit of a giggle 🙂

 

Silly Vibes

Thank you so much for dropping in to have a look 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Polly and Goodbye Skomer

July sees me begin my 2 month stint as Guest Pollywog over at The Lily Pad. Which basically means I get to hang out behind the scenes and create pages using ALL of the fabulous designer stuff. I know, pinch me! So the following few weeks will see me posting pages here using many designers and kits. Can’t wait 🙂

Just one layout today. This marks the end of my Skomer trip documenting. (although I am hoping to squeeze in one more pocket style page summing up the whole trip).

Anyway, those puffins were just too adorable and to be able to get this close to them was truly amazing. This layout uses Ready Set Go from One Little Bird Designs. I love the orange  – perfect puffin stuff!

Totes Adorbs!

 

Photo by my very talented son Matt Gould.

One Little Bird Picked Me!

So, back in 2013, I discovered this amazing designer called  One Little Bird. I have used her stuff ever since and,as my style has become more minimalist, I am drawn to her products even more. I have also admired her awe inspiring creative team. Often thinking ‘I wish I could make pages like that’! I love the clean lines and tiny little embellishments and all the gorgeous white space.

So I scrapped away for the next few years, taking inspiration from all the talented ladies at The Lily pad. I learned all about photo editing and creating more realistic shadowing (still a  work in progress)! and just enjoyed preserving precious memories for my family.

Then in November this year, I applied for a spot on the One Little Bird Creative Team. I waited for the rejection email that would surely come. BUT NO! I was chosen by Peppermint herself to be on her creative team… WHAT!!?  #dreamjustcametrue!  I am still pinching myself and am just so thrilled to be creating for such a talented designer. You can expect to see many pages made with One Little Bird goodness from now on.

An added bonus is that Peppermints designs work so well with Lynne Grieveson Designs. So I am extremely fortunate to be creating for 2 designers who’s styles gel together beautifully. Lynne makes the most amazing stamps and brushes which I often use with One Little Bird stuff to soften my pages.

So here is my first ever layout as a One Little Bird Creative Team member 🙂 Using the gorgeous Shimmer Kit with a beautiful brush from Lynn Grieveson’s Iced.

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Cake Cutting &The Wild

Sorry for the delay between posts. Time is zipping by!

Anyway, my first Layout today is all about hubby Paul’s 5oth Birthday. Sophie made him the most amazing cake. It was a mountain scene from The Tour de France, combined with Star Wars lol. It was perfect for Paul and he was overwhelmed when he saw it. I love Sophies’s face in the photo as she watches the knife sink into her masterpiece ha!

Made using Table For Two from Sahin Designs and the fab paint effect/transfer is from Lynne Grieveson Designs

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This next layout features an amazing photo by my son Matt – mattgouldphotography.com

Using the beautiful kit Starry Night. I’ve used this photo before, but this time I have cropped in closer as I love the way the stag is calling. He is really putting his heart and soul into it!

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Perfect Weather for Geocaching

Just a quick post today. We have had some wonderful days out lately, geocaching. The gorgeous Autumn weather has been settled and mild. The trees are looking so pretty too, and Poppy Dog has been in her element!

I felt compelled to put a page together. Using mainly Woodnote from Sahin Designs. I put this page on Instagram, but realised that the writing is probably too small to read. So have put it here 🙂

 

 

Turning Leaves and The Plump Duck Café!

 

I love the Autumn kit ‘Turning Leaves’ from One Little Bird at The Lily pad. This is Poppy Dog messing about in the leaves in our back garden. I also really like that quote. I always try to  look for the good and the beautiful. Sometimes I think we are inclined to dwell on the negative. So go out there and focus on the positive!

So we were out geocaching at Petersfield Lake in Hampshire, UK. We had lunch in a café called the Plump Duck! It really was a welcome haven on a very chilly day. The hot chocolate was so warming and the toasted sandwiches delicious 🙂

So I made a couple of pages. The first one is using ‘Table for Two’ from Sahin Designs and focuses on the hot chocolate lol.

The second uses ‘Cosy Day’ also from Sahin Designs and is all about the little rubber ducks the café used for food order numbers. So cute!

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And this is  Paul (hubby) looking for the cache in the beautiful woodland surrounding the lake.

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Spooky Crows & A Bird In The Hand

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This is one of the regular visitors to our garden. I don’t actually find them at all spooky, but in this photo, he does look kind of sinister! Photo is by my son Matt of course 🙂

I love to watch the crows, they are so intelligent and have even figured out how to ‘fish’ for goldfish in the pond. They put bread in the shallow part of the water -step back and wait for the fish to come and take a nibble – then they pounce. It’s amazing how they’ve learned to do this and recently, I have watched them teaching this year’s offspring how to do it.

For the above layout, I used the brilliant new Halloween kit Fly By Night from Lynne Grieveson Designs. Template, used as a sketch, is from Sahin Designs.

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When Matt was out taking photos last week, he met a park ranger who had tamed a few birds to come and feed from his hand. So , of course, he took a photo!

The kit I used for this layout is Kohi from Lynne Grieveson Designs. It’s one of my favourites of Lynne’s. I love the earthy, natural colours which compliment Matt’s photos so well.

I got a GSO for this layout (gallery stand out) of which I am very proud 🙂

Well that’s all for today. I am off out with Poppy Dog to find some crunchy Autumn leaves to walk through. The weather is still so beautiful and sunny around here. I love Autumn!