Real Scraps & Photo Shoots

I have beenย  inspired to tidy up my craft room and get back to doing some ‘real’ paper and glue type scrapping. I’ve been enjoying experimenting with inks to create backgrounds, with mixed results! I’ve had to adjust from the instant fix type scrapping that digital offers, and accept that paper scrapping is a much longer process. But I am really enjoying getting messy and arty again. This is one of my first pages. I am more or less happy with it but can, of course, see loads I could change. The photo is my step son and his girlfriend. I love how he is looking at her here. So much love between them, it just makes me smile ๐Ÿ™‚

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Anyway, back to digiland ๐Ÿ™‚

My son, Matt did a free photo shoot for me & my mum at the studio where he works. It was so much fun and we didn’t take it at all seriously. This layout is using Between Us from the super talented One Little Bird. I love this photo as it sums up how we are when we get together.

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I also put together this project life type page using Shutterbug from One Little Bird. Matt is a wild life photographer, so far more used to taking pictures of birds and animals outside. Taking that into account, I think he did a pretty good job ha!

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And finally…I couldn’t mention my son’s photography without sharing one of his gorgeous wild life photos.ย  Usingย All Things Considered from One Little Bird. If you are at all interested in seeing more of his photos, you can find him here mattgould22

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Thank you for reading ๐Ÿ™‚ x

 

 

 

 

 

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 hugeย mass in the sky ย 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, theyย really complimentย  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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!

 

 

A Month Of Challenges!

moc_5_bringitHappy New Year Everyone!

I am veryย excited to be joining in with The Month Of Challenges at The Lillypad. Every day through January, a new challenge is set. This is my third year doing this and I can’t wait to see what I will learn this year. In the past two years I have been taken well out of my comfort zone and learned so many new digi-scrapping skills. It really is worth checking out and you are assured a very warm welcome at The Lily pad.

This is today’s page. The challenge is called ‘Brought To You By The Letter…’ As you can see, I went with ‘B’ and the story of Poppy Dog’s morphing name. Using Turning Leaves from One Little Bird and Take A Twirl Brushes from Lynne Grieveson Designs.

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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 timeย  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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I received a Gallery Standout for this layout. Such an honour and so exciting. Thank you Jana ๐Ÿ™‚

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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Home, Laps, & Lynne Grieveson Designs

I’ve been on Lynne’s creative team for quite a while now and she continues to amaze and inspire me with herย gorgeous designs. She is a digital scrapbook kit designer from New Zealand and her kits are available in her store at The Lily pad.

I use lots of different designers kits and they all mix well with Lynne’s products. Her brushes and transfers in particular compliment my clean & simple style perfectly – adding a softness that I adore.

Her most recent digital kit is called Light Me Home, and inspired me to scrapbook all about home. Those colours are scrumptious and perfect for Autumn ๐Ÿ™‚

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So this is my house…I don’t think I’ve ever scrapped it before. This layout also uses a kit called Gratitude from Pink Reptile Designs, also at The Lily pad.

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This page is all about Poppy Dog and her favourite lap … Matt’s! Also using Gratitude as well as This Month Captured from Mommyish .

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚