Just to say first I am very excited to be a member of the Craft Den Design Team. I am really looking forward to it and want to thank Lynne for asking me and also for being such a great crafting mentor over the past year. I have so enjoyed myself and always feel really inspired every week by everybody!
Well, Dan and I spent an Emma free weekend this weekend as it is our anniversary on Thursday (5 years, can't believe it!!). We spent a lovely 2 days just chilling in the garden and relaxing, neither of which we can do when Emma is around. We also had a lovely meal out on Saturday and saw Wolverine at the cinema (watching the lovely, lovely Hugh Jackman, what better way to spend the evening, lol!). Well you can guess what I did while in the garden! No gardening, no reading, no sitting and chatting to my husband: I scrapbooked!! 5 pages!!!! Here we go....
The first is actually a really lazy page, using some lovely K & Co Blue Awning embossed paper and the related chipboard words, flowers and swirls from my stash. This is me and my mum and dad on my graduation day, way back in younger and thinner days. Check out the 90's poodle hair, I miss that hair!! I have also added a journaling tag as I am trying to push myself to journal more, but I haven't written on it yet!
The next is a piccie of my sister Liz with Emma on her shoulders a couple of weeks ago in Scotland. Actually I finished this on Friday morning after getting carried away and scrapbooking until late again after scrapbook class at the CraftDen. I took the colours from the woodland background, and really enjoyed cutting out the little trees. I actually did some journaling on this one and hid the tag behind the photo.
Number 3...For this layout I was still sewing at nearly midnight last night! Once I get going, obsessed is not the word! I used really lovely glittered My Minds Eye papers, Mulberry flowers and stickles all from Craftden. The buttons and crosstitch thread are from stash. This is the first time I have used so much stitching on a layout and I love the effect. It will be used more often now! Once I get an idea I really run with it (see the CraftDen special flowers on previous layouts... due for a reprisal I think..)
Number 4.. I decided to do some paper piecing as the scalloped edge paper on the left hand side is actually the other side of the green stripe background, so I have pieced two more pieces on the right hand side to make it 12 x 12 and to create a framed section look to the layout. The flowers are cut out and glossy accented from another piece of coordinating paper. Paper is Bo Bunny from stash, the Tim Holtz grungeboard letters, Bo Bunny ribbon, acrylic paint and stickles from Craftden.
Finally, last one! I have wanted to do a giant photo layout for a while and finally found the ideal photo. She sooooo bootiful!! There is a quote that there is only one beautiful baby in the world and every mother has it. Well that's wrong - I have the most beautiful child in the history of people!! In my humble opinion anyway, lol!
I created a frame around the photo using acrylic paints and added rub ons, both from the Craftden. I have never tried that technique before and actually it looks quite good. I thought it might look too grungy. Sei paper and flowers from stash.
Right, I need more stash now, off to Craft Den, lol!!