A little Mini Album and some Crochet Catch Up

Here we are one month into 2017 already. My little blog hasn't been updated lately so here I am to say hello and show you a little mini album I made using a gorgeous Kaisercraft collection called Ubud Dreams for Merly Impressions, and show you some of my crochet too.
This is a great collection,in some gorgeous colours - they were perfect for me to use some of the photos from one of our son's weddings last year ( wow was it last year already ?! ) 

I enjoyed playing around making this little book and it will be a lovely reminder of the wedding too.
I hope you are all good out there in blogland and if anyone is partaking in the crochet along that Lucy  from Attic24 is running at the moment here is a little piccy of how I'm gettting on with mine. I'm now into a lovely rhythm with it and am so enjoying each lovely colour. Its beginning to really feel like a blanket now as it's growing.

I posted a photo onto Instagram when I started and was amazed at how many other crochet a holics are taking part too - so lovely . 
Have a great week everyone whatever you get up to.


And then ...both weddings were over

It seems like five minutes ago when we were given the news that two of our sons were engaged and had decided to get married one month apart..
That was over a year ago and now and  I find it hard to believe that both weddings have happened and they are now married men

I have started to do some pages with some of the photographs. This one I'm sharing today is using Barber Shoppe Collection from Kaisercraft and is a page I did for this month's  Merly Impressions Design Team blog
The papers are quite masculine and the colours having  blues and greys made them a perfect match for a photo of my three sons from the second wedding. 
I used some texture paste through a cog stencil to add some texture on the background  and also some Tumbled Glass Distress Inks on the paste and to edge the large cog die.
The collection,paste and stencil can all be found in the shop at Merly Impressions.
I think there may be a few more pages to come  !


Recipes with Bon Appetit and Merly Impressions

Hello everyone - amidst all the chaos that is wedding fever here, I thought I would post a 6 x 4 mini book -recipe book I made recently for Merly Impressions using Kaisercraft Bon Appetit Collection.
I'm one of those people who has a little stash of scribbled recipes that I go to a lot stuffed into an old recipe book from when I was at school ( yes that long ago !) 
I used lots of collectables together with papers and stickers 

The collection has lots of little quotes and bits to use. I really got engrossed 
The recipe cards are a perfect size to jot your favourites down

I created some pockets inside the front and back covers to add some more recipe cards 
I had such fun  making this one - do check out the great collections over at Merly Impresions 
Right, that's me all ready for the off now - wedding number two tomorrow .
I''ll be back with some pics of both very soon .Have a great weekend everyone.


One Photo Twenty Words

One of those photos you love when you've taken it -his last Father's Day before he is a married man.


Born to Sparkle

Hello - time for some bloggy catch up . Today I'm sharing a layout I made with the gorgeous Kaisercraft Mermaid Tails Collection for Merly Impressions

I managed to use lots of different papers and stickers and collectables on this layout, and  did some fussy cutting from the 12 x 12 sheets. I matted my photo on to some 6x6 paper pad sheets, punching one along the side to add interest.
I took some of the gorgeous Kaisermist in Wisteria and dripped it over the layout.
I loved the colours in this collection all my favourtites,lilacs blues greens and pinks.Perfect for those lovely summer days - by the way what HAS happened to those summer days ?? !!


Another Little Story

When I was little we used to go to Blakeney in Norfolk every year for a holiday. I have lovely fond memories of those times,and since Mum and Dad have been gone I keep promising myself that i will go back there - I often wonder if it will still be the same.

I used to get so excited when we were going, not only because it was great to be going on holiday but I was going to get to see 'Crispin'
Crispin was a donkey - I loved him so much and really wanted to have a donkey at home. Why couldn't dad have him at the bottom of our garden ? He didn't run about a lot and I could take him for a walk across the road to the field
This layout is all about Crispin - such a lovely cuddly boy he was... I even put my best dress on when I was going to skip across from our chalet to see him ...
Fond memories to keep on a pretty page - this was using Kaisercraft Cottage Rose Collection and was for Merly Impressions 


A Pocket Page a Layout and a Story

Good morning bloggy people
It's been a very busy time here with birthdays and card making and scrappy layouts to make...
I thought I would give you the stories behind these pages today rather than just post them.

A short while ago- himself and the boys  ( well,they're not boys now) went to a family party. Unfortunately I was away teaching at a retreat so I couldn't go. The theme for the party was dressing up party style so himself had this mad idea.He'd seen someone in a tee shirt that looked just like a jacket and shirt and decided they would all be going to the party dressed in one of these shirts... or similar .....whether they wanted to or not they would be doing it !!

So the layout here is using two photos from said party. I loved the colours of this collection - Finders Keepers by Kaisercraft which was my design team kit from Merly Impressions this month.
Although the collection has flowers and yellows in I really wanted to use the photo with it and I love the sentiment 'Live More Worry Less' too..I tried to keep it un florally and simple.
There are so many lovely images and sentiments on these papers I decided to make a pocket page too 

A little bit about the background of this one....
My two eldest sons are getting married this year one  month apart from each other and I was invited to one of the hen dos ...... My first ever ! 
Anyway we had a brilliant weekend in Edinburgh and the following page using Finders Keepers again is all about the weekend..

At a risk of boring you all I think its nice sometimes to tell you whats behind the page - hope you agree !