Sunday, 20 January 2008

I'm back!!

After not posting for what seems like ages I am finally back. Only after being reminded that I do have a blog though. This blogging thing is all new to me and I have been treating it too much like a paper diary, I always say every year that I will keep a proper diary, but after 2 weeks I forget what I should be doing and it then sits there unused for the rest of the year.

Well, not this blog, I AM going to keep it up-to-date.

I have been busy at work, well, until I caught the flu bug that is. I have been off work since Tuesday last week and have only been properly back online since today. I have managed to get a couple of LO's done though and I have taken a few photo's of a friend's 1-32 scale tractor, just so I could have a play with my camera as the weather has been miserable outside for the last couple of weeks.

Today I have been trying to find a venue for my darling son's 18th birthday party in March. He decided that he wants a party; I did ask if he wanted jelly and ice-cream at the party, but strangely enough he didn't take me seriously!!! I have been quoted anything from £185-£300 for the venues!! The cheapest includes a disco, the most expensive doesn't!! How do they work that out then???

I am tempted to join my local conservative club though, because if I join then I can hold the party there for a returnable deposit of only £50; which includes music. My Dad would turn in his grave if I joined though! He was a staunch Labour supporter, whereas I have no real political leanings.

Anyway, onto what this blog is mainly about: scrapbooking!

I have received my email about the 'B' page for my 'About me' journal and will get that page done tomorrow, not sure which word/s to use for 'B' yet, but I have a list of words I can choose from, so will sort those out tomorrow.

I have also got the journalling prompt for the 'overlooked' challenge I have joined, I have jotted down my thoughts for the journalling, just need to wait for the LO prompt on Monday then I can get the first LO done. I have decided to do this using a 6x6 album; two reasons for this choice:
1. I think I will have trouble filling a 12x12 page.
2. I have loads of 6x6 albums and papers that need using:)

Also, I have completed my LO for my Crafty Magpies team February challenge on UKScrappers, I won't upload it here until after the challenge has started in February, don't want to give the game away before the event do I!!!

I had better get to bed now, before I go here are a couple of LO's I have done this week, plus a photo of the tractor I took. The 'The cowardly lion' layout is for this week's challenge on UKS; this challenge was from the Ruby Snippers team and I really enjoyed their challenge:)

Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Same old, same old!!

I have been back at work for 2 days now, after having the christmas holidays off and it's the same old routine again- get up at 6.30am, wake Becky up, get showered and dressed, shout at Becky to get up and ready for school, go downstairs to let dog out and make coffee, shout at Becky again, get Becky's lunch ready, load washing machine, feed dog, shout at Becky yet again, have coffee and a ciggie, wake Craig up, walk out of door at 8.05am (after making sure Becky is now ready for school) and get lift to work, arrive at work at 8.15am.
I had a good day at work, luckily all the children came back to school happy after their holiday:) I took down the christmas art displays, after taking photo's of them for my portfolios of work- ready for new art displays to go in their place. This term we are working on texture, so i need to start thinking about what sort of things the children can make and do during art and DT.

Got home from work and had dinner ready by 6pm when Tony came home from work, to be told that he is now thinking about getting a new job, he has had enough of his current job and wants a totally different career, not helping that his new boss is a right pain and everyone has already had a snotty letter from him about their working practises. When i read the letter i was shocked to think that anyone who is new to the post, even a boss, can be this harsh, he obviously doesn't have a clue what his branch can acheive and just what his staff have sacrificed for the company!!
Today has been better though, Tony came home and said that he will stick it out until he finds another job rather than jumping at the first one that comes along (he was offered a landscape gardening job yesterday). I didn't mean to put him off that job, but i must admit that when he said that he wouldn't be taking it I was so relieved, we have too many commitments for him to be jumping into something he knows nothing about and a job that is probably more seasonal than most. How many people want their gardens landscaped in the middle of winter???

I had every intention of doing some scrapbooking tonight, even printed out a couple of photo's, but i am feeling tired and just want to go to bed at 8.30pm?????
Might have to go and have a coffee to try to keep myself awake for another hour!!I will get a LO done tomorrow and I will upload it here when it's done, I promise!!

Sunday, 6 January 2008

It can't be Sunday already!!!

I can't believe it's Sunday 6th January already, I have to go back to work tomorrow after being off for the school holiday since 21st December. I have had loads of time to myself over the last 2 weeks, now it's coming to an end, no more getting up late, no more wandering round town at lunchtime, no more slobbing out on the sofa and watching daytime TV, but worst of all- no more scarpping when i feel like it. I will have to get back into the habit of scrapping in the evenings, that's after I have tidied the house and cooked dinner for the tribe.

Don't get me wrong, I love my job, it's just that I like my holidays as well:)

After not getting out of bed till 10.45 (had to get a lie in on my last day)I popped into town to buy some watercolour pencils and a box frame that i want to alter, both from Poundland. I will put a pic here when it's done.

I also bought myself Russell Brand's booky wook, have wanted it since it came out, but didn't like the price tag, so today when i went into WHS and noticed that it is now half price i just had to buy it. Can't beat a bargain:)

Tony bought me Phil Collins 3 CD set which i have been playing since getting home.

I have done another layout today called Calm Waters. The photo was taken at Brighton beach last year. I painted the cardstock with watercolours and when it finally dried out I completed the layout, for the lettering I used Sizzlit Mango Tango alphabet; which I then embossed using the cuttlebug embossing folder. I love my Cuttlebug and am so glad I bought it, I now have 6 of the embossing folders and want all the rest:)

Well, i better go now, my daughters turn on the pc now!!

Evening all, Well, I had a good day today, I managed to get my first page of my A-Z journal done and this is the result. I am not really happy with the way it has turned out, but i am hoping that the pages will get better as i go along the alphabet. I used loads of chipboard flowers as i am loving chipboard now. This page is about me being so absent minded, i forget everything so easily, I even had to make a planner so that i know what i am doing for this journal:)
I want my kids to know all about me and what i like, how I feel about things and what makes me tick, this journal will hopefully give them an insight into my life and it will also help me when i am grey and old and have lost my marbles and memory:)

Saturday, 5 January 2008

It's soo late!!

I can't quite believe that i am still awake and it's now 1.15am!!

I have been so busy doing a layout that i didn't realise the time, DH has just asked me if i have any intention of going to bed tonight!!

I took me so long to finish because i wanted to do some heat embossing on it, my poor heatgun hasn't seen the light of day for nearly 2 years:( I have never heat embossed on a layout before and i had already stuck the word 'snow' down before i decided that i wanted to add a bit of sparkle to the letters, thank God for the versamark embossing pen; which again has been sittng in a drawer for the best part of 2 years. I don't think the embossed areas show up well on a photo, but believe me it's there, all sparkly looking!!

Well, i had better go to bed now, up early to go shopping for crafty storage:)

Friday, 4 January 2008

Here are a couple of layouts i have completed since the 1st Jan. The bald eagle photo was taken at Groombridge gardens during their falconry display in may '07.
the beach LO is of my son when he was little, he is at Dymchurch beach with his uncle, the book you can see peeking out holds another 3 photo's and the journalling. This one was done as a challenge from a member of my team on UKScrappers.
I am also doing the 2008 target on UKS and my target is to complete 104 LO's during the year (2 down; only 102 to go)!!!
Another project i am taking part in is the A-Z journal; which started today! I am doing mine about me and my life, better get started on the first page then eh!!
I am really hoping to keep this blog up-to-date, bye for now.

my first entry

Well, after reading and looking at other peopels blogs, I have finally decided to get one of my own:)
I will have to decide what i will be using this blog for, probably mainly for my scrapbooking layouts and other arty, farty things i attempt!!