I've been seeing my boyfriend for just over nine months now, but I haven't really scrapbooked about him at all; initially I wanted to see if our first few dates would turn into a relationship. I hoped they would but didn't want to tempt fate! I journalled about our early dates and then put that journalling aside for later. Over the last month or two, I started to read back over that journalling and there's a lot of good scrapbooking material there!
This page documents the transition from the awkward, clumsy explanations and phrases like 'he's-this-guy-I've-been-seeing' to the much simpler 'he's-my-boyfriend'.
Most of this page is again constructed from project life cards that I ordered from Studio Calico. They often have a good selection from a range of designers and they're all very usable. I particularly love this set called Taylor's Card set; I think if I had my own bespoke set designed, they couldn't be any more perfect (they even have square corners!!!!)
I'm putting little pegs on everything at the moment. I can't get enough of little pegs. In fact, I had a pack delivered to school (saves a trip to the post office to collect packages) and then took them to my classes that day to show my students. Who were all resoundingly unimpressed; what on earth did I want tiny pegs for? I told them it was to peg out my tiny washing. It seemed simpler than trying to explain scrapbooking.
I also tried a new method of incorporating the date and a short sentence of journalling into the border by writing in one continuous line, connecting the words as I went and then just continuing into the hand-drawn border. It was fun! Note to self: do this again.
So now all I need is an endless supply of pretty cards and mini pegs and I think I could be happy for life. Could little pegs be the new paperclips?
P.S. I knew I was onto a winner on our first date when, for reasons that are not clear to me, I was expressing my fondness for paper trimmers. He not only agreed, but shared his appreciation of the ones that cut crinkly edges.
If you've read my blog posts over the last couple of months, you may have noticed that I've gone from a beng a self-confessed phone-camera hater to a raving Instagram addict. No one is more surprised than I am. So I wanted to make a album to put all those random Instagrams in that don't really have a place in my normal albums. They don't tell a particular story in most cases; I just think they're pretty or interesting in some way and I want to prise them out of my phone!
With a new album in mind, I need a new album title page. Enter the little project life cards. Again, readers over the last month will notice that I tried the project life thing before rapidly concluding that it just aint my thing, darling. But I do have an abiding love for scrapbooking with the little cards. Because they're lovely, and just made for layering. And so I put this page together like this:
All that remains is to add a touch of journalling about my recent Instagram conversion, and now I have my title page I can think about getting my little square pictures into a album.
I think this project will be more photo album than scrapbook, but I look forward to working on it :D
P.S. I LOVE half term - my goodness I was in need of a break!
I'm very excited to share a tutorial over at Shimelle.com today! I love Shimelle's blog and jumped at the chance to guest post. My tutorial looks at a creative way to use text paper as a background to a scrapbook layout... and that's all I'm giving away. I know; I'm such a tease.
P.S. School trip today! I love it when going to work feels a bit like skiving.
One of my missions to complete before I turn 30 was to make a multi-coloured layer cake. So I did!
I love the look of these cakes, but I wanted to make something with a bit more flavour than a standard sponge cake. So I decided to make autumnal-coloured carrot cake with cinnamon cream cheese icing.
I used this recipe by Mary Berry but I made a couple of changes. First, I used on and a half times the quantities given, to make 3 layers instead of two. Then I added ginger (lots), cinnamon (lots), nutmeg and cloves to my own personal taste, instead of the recommended mixed spice. One the cake batter was mixed, I split it into three and added yellow, orange and red gel food colouring respectively. The red was very effective, the orange and yellow less so. So I added a bit of red into the orange layer. The cake has a lovely golden brown colour by itself, so the colour needed to be quite strong.
Finally, I adapted the frosting by adding LOADS more icing sugar and quite a healthy dose of cinnamon. I wish I'd made slightly more as I was running a bit short by the time I came to ice the sides of the cake. It looks like an apprentice plasterer did the icing. And apprentice plasterer who is about to be told to give up because they'll never make it as a plasterer.
But it tasted good! Really good, but as it's a Mary Berry recipe, I expect nothing less :D And the pictures don't show how monumentally HUGE it is. One slice could feed 6, and that's from yours truly who is a firm believer in big portions when it comes to cake. I kept it in the fridge, mainly to keep the icing reasonably firm, and it lasted a good week without drying out. YUM.
So ambition achieved!
P.S. Little news flash: I've now spent so much more time playing with project life cards on non-project life pages that I've completely abandoned m project life project plan. It's just not for me. So I'll share some layouts soon and stick to working with those lovely little cards that way!
This Project Life spread takes me up to the 6th October. It covers an evening with a friend doing cake, dinner and a film (logical order), Friday post-school pub and Guides, cake making and crafting, a weekend to-do list and Sunday brunch at the Diner.
So I've almost done a week. Hmmm... and it's virtually half way through the month... Here are a few thoughts then on the epic amount of progress that I have made.
I don’t know how anyone keeps up with this on a
week by week basis!I find it hard to
fit in at random moments here and there and I’m just experimenting for one
month! If you’re doing this regularly,
you have earned my respect, my friend.
As expected, I do feel I’m giving up my regular
scrapping time to do this. Right now I don’t see myself doing this for longer.
I LOVE the little cards. They are AWESOME. But I also think it’s telling that I’ve been
picking out my favourites to use on 12x12 scrapping. So I think I will continue to pick up the odd
kit of 3x4 and 4x6 project life cards, but I will be putting them to splendid
use on pages.
I like doing 3x4 pockets more than 6x4 ones.
Did I mention that the little cards are SO GOOD?
I don’t feel I’m really recording much more in
the way of stories. I often write down little anecdotes anyway, so all
I’m doing is spending a bit more time making them pretty in an album. But I’ve found myself doing quite a few bits
and bobs on the project life spreads simply documenting “and then we went to the
pub” or “and then I had a cup of tea and it was brilliant”. I keep a record of what I do in my diary, so
I’m not sure I’m getting ay more value from putting it in Project Life.Am I glad I’m doing it? Yes.
Because, y’know, the little cards.
But I also think doing this has made me appreciate my 12x12 more and
want to make more pages about little things. So definitely lots of positive outcomes :D
P.S. Lastly, a question. I've got to a point with PL where there are events I want to make big pages about. I don’t want to leave it out of PL as it’s
part of the week and helps put the month into some sort of chronological
perspective, but I feel weird then duplicating some of the stuff. What do other Project Lifers do in this
This is my first Project Life spread! It documents the first few days of October from welcoming Autumn, popping out for a post-work pizza, and the conker saga.
I tend to think in terms of single pages even for Project Life. I know it's more usual to do a double page spread for a week, but I don't want to have to fill out a quiet week or contract a fuller week, so I'm just going to go page by page.
It took longer than I thought and I think I'm still finding my way with it. I do like working with the little Project Life cards, and Instagram prints make the perfect size photos. Score!
It's Storytelling Sunday over at Sian's blog and she invites each of us to choose an object of item that's precious to us and share its story - you can head over there and read lots of wonderful contributions. My items today are free and readily available, beautiful, shiny and they won't last. But they evoke Autumn like nothing else and my little collection is now sitting on my kitchen table.
It’s conker season and the playground is heaving with
them. Unfortunately, snowball rules
apply: no throwing, picking up or even touching of conkers is permitted on
school grounds. Punishment is swift and
undiscriminating. Detention. So of course the day after this rule is
proclaimed, I find one of my Year 7s squatting in the playground between
lessons, shuffling and scuffling and grubbing around on the floor looking for
prize conkers. I waited until he
straightened up which put him face to face with me. Or it would have done if he
were taller. And his face was a picture.
He accompanied me to my office and I asked him if he was allowed to pick up
conkers? No. And what happens to boys caught picking up
conkers? Detention. So he knew the rules. Did he understand why I was so
disappointed? Yes, because he had been
breaking school rules and he had been collecting conkers when he should have
been going straight to lessons. But he
liked to collect conkers and like any small boy, he couldn’t bring himself to
leave such riches strewn about the ground going to waste.
Tears were streaming silently down his face and I felt like
a conker Nazi kicking a baby squirrel. In the end, I didn’t have the heart to
give him a full Head of Year detention (1 hour after school, parents informed
by formal letter) and I gave him a scant 20 minutes at lunchtime. Damn school policy. Conkers are lovely and
autumnal and are irresistibly shiny and ripe for the taking and I’m surprised
that more of my little lads haven’t succumbed. The seven pretty specimens
nestled in my desk draw gathered hastily during a free period attest to the fact
that none of us are immune to the allure :D
Project life has never really appealed to me, if I'm completely honest. I LOVE making scrapbook pages, but I can't escape the idea that trying to work on a Project Life project would take away from my scrapping time and I would miss my lovely big squares. Having said that, I'm a great believer in trying anything once, I've challenged myself to work on Project life pages throughout October.
I hope I will enjoy it and prove myself wrong, but if not, I've got nothing to lose. And I'm still going to make big pages because they're my favourites and there's nothing I enjoy quite like pushing little bits of paper around until they look pretty and then writing about it.
So far, I have recorded a couple of observations which I've shared below. One thing that I think I will like about doing Project Life this October is the chance to journal about little everyday moments!
It’s definitely time for snuggling up under quilts, watching the Great British Bake Off and Downton Abbey and wearing scarves.
Ah, statistics! Thou art a cruel, heartless, wretchedly time-consuming and fiddly mistress. The advantage of being the teacher and not the student though, is that they have to do all the legwork. The PMCC and I are not destined for friendship.
I spent a lovely lunchtime in my office with two Year 7s and their Raspberry Pi machine. We decimated my computer, chopping and changing all sorts of cables and buttons and they took turns sitting in my swivel chair and pretending to be head of year, Bond-villain style. We didn’t get it to work but in amongst all the naughty culprits I deal with, it was lovely to play engineering with those two little chaps!
Popped out for pizza after work with F to put the world to rights. Shocked to discover that they put olives on their pepperoni pizza, but the Messicana , replete with pepperoni, jalapenos and onions made up for it at the bargain price of £6
P.S. The Project Life kit I bought was from Studio Calico. More on that another time, but suffice to say I love it and I think lots of it will find its way onto my proper scrapbook pages as it's so pretty!
This month, school has been a bit off-the-charts crazy. But in amongst it all, it's lovely to find little moments of calm to make pretty things and play with my scrapbook. There's been baking, paper piecing, Polaroids, photography, Instagramming, layering, painting and journalling. And even when it hasn't all worked, I love it.
P.S. I have a new crafty endeavour to play with for October :D
I can't finish the paper pieced cushion cover I'm working on the moment as I don't have anything to stuff it with yet. So I did the logical thing and started a second project. For this one, all the papers are sewn into the fabric and I have enough squares to knock together two pillow cases. But which design do I go for? Opinions much appreciated as I no longer have the brain space to think things like this through.