Friday, 15 May 2015

Focus your Craft and Soul .... the blog hop



Welcome to Jennifer Grace Creates Craft and Soul Blog Hop

I have dusted down my lonely blog to join in with this fantastic blog hop.
This is the fantastic prize that Jennifer Grace is giving away ...



...a WRK Insta Album Kit - enter to win by commenting on all the blogs in the Focus Your Craft & Soul blog hop! The giveaway closes on Sunday the 24th of May at 10pm BST, and is open internationally.

Jennifer asked us to ''feature some kind of creative project based on the theme of 'Focus'. This can cover a variety of ideas on how to focus your crafting, about living in the moment, making sure you appreciate the little things, or how to use focal points. You could also just feature icons like targets, frames, arrows, triangles, and cameras. Or do anything that the word 'Focus' inspires you to!'' 

Initially I had the idea to try a new technique on a layout, focussing on the word 'love', but as the time approached I changed my mind, almost at the last minute!  On Tuesday Ali Edwards inspired me to join in with 'A Day in the Life' for the first time.

I have never focused on one day before, I used my android camera to take different photographs throughout the day to capture the ordinary moments. I decided to keep my focus simple and use it as a kind of diary.

I took my final 24 photographs and made a 2 page layout...



page 1 focuses on the morning, getting up going to work and returning home



page 2 focuses on the afternoon cooking my son's fave lunch buying petrol travelling to a work meeting, back home, dinner and bed time!


This is how the 2 pages look together and I am really pleased I chose to focus on 'a day in the life', documenting simple, ordinary, everyday things.
I used one collection, Creative Agenda from Echo Park and one other Echo Park sheet of paper.  In honour of Jennifer Grace I added a bit of bling to my pages too!

I hope you are enjoying the blog hop, I hope to join in and visit all the other participants too.  Next up is one of my favourite scrappers who takes amazing photographs from her local area, often featured on her layouts.  So please head over to the talented Daphne here.

If you have missed the beginning of the blog hop or got a little lost, here is the full list of everyone taking part.


Jennifer: http://jennifergracecreates.com/

thanks for visiting xxx

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Testament of Youth




This weekend I was lucky enough to get 2 complimentary tickets from Show Film First to see Testament of Youth.

I rarely go to the cinema so this was a huge treat.

The film is based on the memoirs of Vera Brittain, a true story of her experiences during the First World War. At times I found it hard to believe it wasn't fiction as the harsh reality of life and loss during wartime was so hard hitting.

I really enjoyed this film and loved the Vera Brittain character as played by the talented Alicia Vikander.  Her perspective of life during the Great War and the difficulties and heartbreak she faced were at times very moving.....yes I did cry.

I felt the film portrayed WW1 more realistically than other dramatisations I have seen (BBC1's The Crimson Field was far too 'clean and nice' to be real in my mind, though a good series) I do appreciate wretched scenes of mud, traumatic war injuries and death and dying can be difficult to make into a film that people will want to watch, let alone enjoy.

Despite the underlying theme there were moments when we laughed out loud and the cinematography is simply stunning.  I read several novels and visited the Poppies at the Tower during the Centenary last year, this film is another way for us to remember ...lest we forget.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

1P 20W January 2015



New Year, New Start, Fresh hopes and dreams. Goodbye 2014, farewell Dad, 2015 will be a better year for us.

I am trying to start again with blogging after a difficult 2014 and what better way to start then joining in with friends.  Inspired again by  Abi and one photo twenty words to share my short story. Check it out and join in.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year (though slightly late) and hope we get to see more of each other soon .....  cheers!  xxx

Friday, 5 September 2014

September scrapping

So no blogging from me for all of July and August.... there has been lots happening with summer holidays, work, illness, lots of catching up with family and spending most spare moments with my parents.  My dad's health is getting worse everyday so time really is precious at the moment.

Which brings us to September a season of new starts, a return to school and definitely more scrapping....

This week on UKS we were asked to scrap and journal about a team or group and use 6 of one element.



I have included the second photo just to show that I have really done the journalling and I used both sides of the tag!  This is the judo group from DS's junior school...seems ages ago now especially as he has been unable to do any physical exercise for such a long time.

I took inspiration for this page from the sketch at Scrap 365 which is very similar to the sketch that Miniowner/Sue made for this month too....check them out and see what I mean!

Sunday, 29 June 2014

More inspiration from Shimelle

So today I managed to make a couple of cards plus 2 layouts..... there is a third but currently it lies unfinished in the craft room.... I am hoping I may find some time to finish it before Shimelle's challenge deadline tomorrow night.

So today I used the sketch found here and made this page


I added several layers, 3 different mists and flipped the sketch to suit my photo....loved using a 4x6 PL card as a mat for my photo and title and a matching 3x4 tucked behind for my journalling.

My second page was based on another Shimelle sketch found here


This page came together really quickly as it is so simple, just 3 6x6 sheets and some washi tape ..... not sure I like the patterned paper tilted to the side but I went with it and like the page overall..... loving sea themed papers and embellishments (who doesn't love an anchor..... this one is for you 'The Nonna' so you can see my fetish for anchors put to good use!!)

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Shimelle's challenges

Last weekend over at Shimelle.com there were several fabulous challenges. I was away celebrating my Mum's 80th birthday with lots of family so was unable to take part at the time but have managed to join in since with these pages

Firstly there was a challenge to scrap your significant other so I used this colour combo from  SJ Crafts blog challenge ....


and combined this with the weekly challenge at UKS to use the sketch provided, ink/mist and be inspired by the word 'sun' and made a page about my 3 significant others....


I actually had a bad mist accident and as I removed the top of the ink I poured a lot straight onto my page!  Luckily I have managed to hide it and replaced some of the papers I had originally planned on using. It also fits perfectly with a line in the scrapping bingo challenge#3 at Scrap & Play (use a punch...hearts and chevrons, use mist...orange mist seen on page and chipboard....clouds)

Next Shimelle had a colour palette challenge, it had to include pink (one of my least favourite colours) but it fitted in perfectly with the UKS house challenge using this palette with the pinky coral colour.... (actually the SJ Crafts colour combo also fits the challenge rather well!)


so I used My scraps and more sketches #84


to make this page featuring gorgeous piglets from a visit to a farm at Easter.


Finally I used Shimelle's use ink/mist challenge with an old sketch from My Scraps and more Sketches to feature another pig. He is part of a pair that my friend has bought and is raising them until Christmas dinner.....she has named them Sausage and Bacon!!


Monday, 16 June 2014

The Ever Expanding Blog Hop

No doubt many of you have seen the latest long blog hop all over the place! Posting on a weekly basis, I have read lots about lots of Bloggers and now it is my turn to join in.

I was 'tagged' by my dear friend, the fantastically creative and immensely talented K from K's crafty corner.

What am I working on now?

Firstly I am working on a Summer wish list.  DD finished all her GCSE's on Friday and she is now off school for about 12 weeks and doesn't want to waste all the time.  So far we have planned  a few things like.... try baking cake pops, visit a zoo, go to an outdoor cinema or theatre, go on a boat trip, visit London for the day and complete Rinda's summer photo scavenger hunt.



Secondly I am working on a layout for 'Pass the page' started by Julie I am the first person it has been passed to.  The page is kinda out of my comfort zone so it has taken me a while to try and plan what I am gonna do but it is getting there......sssshhhhhh I can't say anymore...... it is a secret!

The third thing I am working on is my crafting space, I have removed an enormous ugly computer desk and replaced it with a simple wooden table.  I am slowly working my way though all my stash, having a huge purge.... so far I have overfilled the recycling, given 2 bags to the second hand shop and I have 4 bags of stash to give away!  Yet there is still more to do!

How does my work differ?

I am not sure that it does really. I think not many things are totally unique in scrapping as we get so many ideas from pinterest or blogs or current trends or from the  products  available from the manufacturers etc etc. I guess I don't do really fancy stuff....generally I describe my style (and probably me) as simple!

Why do I create what I do?

To keep the memories alive....my memory definitely isn't what it used to be, I forget so much.  I think it is important for the older and younger generations and those that are yet to come.  My wonderful Dad has cancer as many of you know and I have been asking him lots of questions and recording some of his stories. Time is limited and I don't want to forget all the details....ever!

I have just one person to pass my blog hop baton to and that is the lovely Julie over at Letting the Days Roll by.  I met Julie a few years ago at the first Bloggers' weekend and it was a total blast! I loved looking through her album and seeing stunning patients many of her daughter the super cute Puddleduck! Luckily we met up again at the second Bloggers' weekend, sitting near each other again and getting one of my favourite photos of me and my scrapping buddies K, Julie, Jemma.


I am really looking forward to our third Bloggers' weekend in September xxx