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.

Real Scraps & Photo Shoots

I have been  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 🙂

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Anyway, back to digiland 🙂

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.  Using 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 🙂 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 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!

 

 

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 🙂

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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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!

Wild & Free

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So this post is a bit of a shout out to my talented son, Matthew. He is passionate about wildlife and a very keen, self taught wildlife photographer. He studied Conservation & Wildlife Management at college and since then has honed his photography skills. He is now a volunteer wildlife photographer for The Wetlands & Wildfowl Trust and is building his photography business along side his job in a camera shop.

I love the fact that he is passionate about our wildlife and natural environment and often gets up at 5.00am to capture the sunrise and accompanying birds at our local nature reserve. I share his love of all things natural and the great outdoors and love to use his photos in my layouts.

I don’t see many layouts featuring wildlife. Most pages seem to focus on family and pets, which is GREAT and lots of my pages also have that focus. But I enjoy the fact that my wildlife pages are a little more unusual (and can also be more challenging to put together)!

The page at the top of this post is a fallow deer that Matt photographed this week. I found it hard to scrap due to the dark, unusual photo style, but hope I have done it justice . Kit is Woodnote & Joyful Noises from Sahin Designs. The page below features Matt in his natural habitat lol.  This is when he is at his happiest – at the nature reserve and with a camera round his neck! Kit is Woodnote from Sahin Designs. I’ve loved using this kit. It really works well on my wildlife layouts.

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Thank you for reading my blog. If you are interested in seeing Matt’s photos, please visit his website mattgouldphotography@squarespace.com