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!

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Photo by my very talented son Matt Gould.

Murmuration And Into Spring

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Me & Paul went to Brighton Pier to watch the starlings murmur. For those not in the know, murmurating is what starlings do just before they settle down to roost for the night. In Brighton, they roost under the pier so the best place to view it is on the pier.They flock together in a huge mass in the sky  and move in a shape changing cloud, seemingly moving as one, rather than lots of individual birds. It is mesmerising and moving to watch and we are so glad we stood in the cold for 40 mins to see it!

I haven’t put a page together yet, but I have done this one of the pier. Using Find Peace from Lynne Grieveson Designs. I love the colours in this kit, they really compliment  the photo.

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Now, on to Spring. It really is almost here in the UK and the daffodils in my garden are testament to that. They are the herald of Spring and seem to make everyone feel a bit more cheerful. Love the yellow and One Little Bird’s new kit Duly Noted was perfect for documenting the arrival of these beautiful flowers in my garden 🙂

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Speaking of all things Spring… I have just noticed there is frogspawn in my pond! Which I will duly photograph and scrapbook, and hope that I am not the only one who gets inspired by frog’s eggs lol!

 

 

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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Tiny Wrens & Sketch Challenges

First up today is this page I put together using a photo Matt took of a wren (mattgouldphotography.com)

Using the beautiful kit, Iced from Lynne Grieveson Designs at The Lilly pad. The soft browns and creams are perfect for the photo. I think wrens must be one of my favourite British birds. They are so tiny and full of character. As I type, I can see one hopping about on the tree outside my window!

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This next layout features my son’s girlfriend who is going through a bit of a rough time at University. Her housemates are being unkind to her and even want her out of the house. All because she doesn’t want to go out and party all the time  she is ‘too quiet’! Can you believe that? Anyway, she is actually coping quite well and has the support of us all. So hopefully she will come through it all unscathed.

I’ve used a kit called Chestnut Lane from One Little Bird. It’s actually a Christmas themed kit, but just called out to me for this photo.

The layout is based on a sketch from Lets Get Sketchy. I discovered their site on Instagram. They provide a new sketch every Monday and I find I can usually adapt them to fit my style. The people on the site are mostly paper scrappers so it’s nice to add my digital take on it. Pop over and have a look if you fancy a go 🙂

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I received a Gallery Standout for this layout. Such an honour and so exciting. Thank you Jana 🙂