Monday, 30 September 2013

UKS Weekly Challenge - Sept Wk 4 (Shimelles Sketch) and Inspired Blue Prints Sketch #103

UKS weekly challenge - use the sketch below, everyday pics/blurry pic, stamping, and journaling 
 The large photo of me and Sam is a bit blurry but also I wouldn't normally scrap this photo as I don't like it of me - but these photos show the relationship that both Pete and I have with Sam who is Autistic. 
 I have used Basic Grey True Love paper collection, prima flowers, Tim Holtz stamp and doodlebug letters.

 I have used Inspired Blueprints sketch # 103
 Another photo from the Isle of Wight - I have used Echo Park Harvest Lane collection of papers.

Thanks for looking
Hugs Sarah x x x 

Thursday, 26 September 2013

UKS Weekly Challenge - Sept wk 3 and Inspired Blue Prints sketches

This weeks challenge on UKS was to use the sketch below from Inspired Blue Prints, scrapbook Instagram/intstagram style photos and scrap a season.
 So half way through this LO I realised I was scrapping a season...Duh! These instagram photos are taken on Sam's 12th Birthday and I have used Echo Park Birthday Boy collection of papers, American Crafts Thickers and Purple Pumpkin buttons.

 The stamps are Tim Holtz and the Inks are Stampin Up.
 I then decided to do the challenge correctly! These photos are from when we had the snow in January - and I have journalled about how quickly it fell and how thick it was!
 I have used Fancy Pants Winterland papers and alphabet, the snowflakes are using Sizzix Framlets die.
 The snowflakes are a mixture of Martha Stewart punch, Tim Holtz stamp, K&Co metal embellies and the last few of my fav Karen Foster Burst Brads!
 I loved this sketch so much I went off to find the Inspired Blue Prints blog, and found I loved their sketches and here is another sketch #101
 I have used some photos from our recent trip to the IOW in the summer - I have used Jillibean Soup - Chilled Cucumber papers and embellishments.
 Metal key is Tim Holtz.
 Butterfly from Kay @ Etsy
Thanks for taking the time to look, I love to read your comments!
Hugs Sarah x x x

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

BtCR - September

Another card using lovely new Stampin Up goodies!!
My new Festive Flurry stamp set and matching framelets!

 Of course they are finished off with a bit of bling!
Please pop over to Sue's blog to give the BtCR challenge a go!
Hugs Sarah x x x

Monday, 23 September 2013

New PaperArtsy Stamps!

New  PaperArtsy stamps - I won these and what is even more exciting they are designed by my creative friend Darcy!
So I promised Darcy I would post a pic of me with my new stamps, hopefully I'll get time soon to ink them up and have a play! Please pop on over to Darcy's blog and see her awesome work!!
Hugs Sarah x x x

Sunday, 22 September 2013

DT entry - Right Now

I recently entered for a new DT and the challenge was to scrapbook a layout of yourself.  I have used a recent photo taken on our holiday at the IOW.  I have used Simple Stories papers - Vintage Bliss, love them - so pretty, pink and girly!!
Flowers are from Petal Lu - they are sooooo pretty!!
and butterflies from Kay @ Etsy!
and a little bit of bling from Prima!
I didn't make the DT, still there is always a next time!
Hugs Sarah x x x x

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Basic Grey Page Of The Month!

I've been playing catch up with some of my Basic Grey kits - I am currently in year 4 of this kit!  All of these pages will go in my 40th Birthday album.
First LO is Kit from Dec 2012 featuring Serenade papers - the original sketch/LO is at the top and mine is below, featuring some photos taken by my friend Jules taken soon after my 40th Birthday.

Kit from January 2013 featuring True Love papers - These photos are of some of my fab Birthday presents and cupcakes I made for my Birthday.

Kit from February 2013  featuring Fact and Fiction papers - These photos are all of the children (mine and my nieces and nephews) that all came together for a Birthday party arranged by my Mum and Dad.

 If you are interested in these kits I get mine from Katie @ Cre8tive!
 Thanks for looking
Hugs Sarah x x x

Sunday, 15 September 2013

More Challenges!

A couple of challenges complete - one was a scrapmap on Sue's blog.  I have used an old MCS kit - featuring Theresa Collins Vintage Finds
Photos of me and my boy taken on the IOW by the super talented Nicki Feltham.
 above is the scrapmap and there are a few close up details of the embellishments below.

The sketch below is the UKS Monthly challenge for September.
 Again I have used photos, this time of my boys, taken by Nicki Feltham.
 I have used a kit, but unfortunately I can't remember where it came from, but it is featuring Jillibean Soup, Chilled Cucumber Soup papers and embellishments, with a little bit of Prima bling thrown in for good measure! 

 Thanks for looking
Hugs Sarah x x x

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

UKS September Weekly Challenge - week 1 and 2

Week 1 - Scrap an everyday moment, use 3x4 project life size cards, use stars.
 School is part of everyday life - and these photo's were taken Sept 2012 (Jack with his mop of hair - which thankfully has gone now!!) - very plain LO with some ink and stars!

Week 2 - Bijoux Belles challenge - to use 3 of the listed elements - I actually used 4 which was the sketch below, bling, flowers and sewing.
I've used an old MCS kit - featuring Simple Stories Vintage Bliss papers - they are scrummy!
 Photos are of me and one of my Besties - we went to see Mr Buble in concert at the O2 in London and started off with Pimms @ Canary Wharf.

 Thanks for looking and also thank you so much for hopping by on my blog yesterday - over 50!  Hopefully now as things start to return to normal here and the tribe are back at school, I'll be blogging a bit more regularly!
Love and Hugs 
Sarah x x x

Monday, 9 September 2013

UKS End Of Summer Blog Hop - Project Life!

Welcome to my blog and to UKS End Of Summer Blog Hop, You should have hopped over from Karen's blog! - I decided to talk about Project Life, and how I 'do' project life and the fact that there is no right or wrong way to 'do' Project Life!
I started to investigate PL back in 2009/2010 when it wasn't available in the UK, there wasn't really such a thing as divided page protectors either! At the beginning of 2011 we could finally order PL via  It took forever to arrive and was stuck in customs for weeks, mine arrived in June 2011. Soon after that PL was available via Scrapbookers Inner Circle and their European distribution centre.  Now PL is available from many scrapbooking retailers!  I got started PL using my current photos from 2011 - and now here I am in my 3rd year of PL and I still love it.  I love how you can scrapbook everyday snapshots and journal about them, the photos that probably won't make on to a 12 x 12 scrapbooking page and some photos that are traditionally scrapbooked.
 I don't PL, a weekly set of photos - not even monthly!  Some months like January I take a handful of photos - July/Aug where we have school activties, birthdays, holidays etc I take more photos.  Some days/months have one or two pics from an event, others have lots!  This is a very photo heavy blog post so if you get fed up with my pages - skip to the end!! ;-)
 Sometimes throughout my album I add other pages and different sizes - this photo above is a 6 x 12 page, it could have gone in a different scrapbook, but its my niece so wanted to keep it in PL.
 I use a mixture of PL 4x6 and 3x4 cards, I also use Simple Stories too.
 These pages are Becky Higgins PL page protectors, but I use other Page Protectors too such as WRMK and American Crafts - I love the variety of different Page Protectors.

 This is another variety of page protector - I wanted to include lots of photos from a trip to the Zoo!

 Another page - designed to hold 5 6x4 pages

 None of these photos would have made it on to a 12 x 12 page - but I wanted to record the event, such as flooding in June and Fire Engine visiting the hospital where I work (not that this is unusual, but they were there for our department!)
 A WRMK page - designed to hold 9 3x4 photos/cards - I've filled it with school sports day photos - both there are 16 photos and 2 journalling cards.
 I don't just put photos and jounalling in my album but other important 'stuff' - like the front of the cupcake box of the Hummingbird Bakery cupcake I received!
 An 8 x 8 page - a baby announcement from my cousin!
 A different format of pages. 
 A birthday!
 School shoe shopping receipt! and a trip to Nandos.

 another 6 x 12 page

 This page has the front of a Trollbead gift bag - I've trimmed the bag and used it as a jounalling card to talk about my new beads and why they were so special.
 The original PL albums were bigger than the standard AC 12 x 12 albums and wouldn't fit on my Expedit bookcase from Ikea - so I switched to 12 x 12 black AC albums, however now AC are making PL albums they maybe the same size as AC standard albums.
 The reason I love PL is its a quick way to get my photos and their story in an album, I still scrap 12 x 12 pages very often as I get kits and I complete UKS challenges, I just pick and choose favourite pictures.
My best purchase to date is the PL pens - they are lovely to write with, and the fantastic WRMK 3 x 4 punch - it makes trimming photos so much quicker!  When I'm not in the mood for full on scrapbooking or I've not got the room (like when we go to the caravan on holiday), I can take my current PL album, a bucket load of photos, some page protectors, little guillotine, my new punch and a few cards/papers and fill up my pages - sometimes I fill the pages with photos and go back and finish the journalling when I get home!
Thanks for looking and I hope I've not bored you too much - I just wanted to share how I 'do' PL!
Now you need to hop over to Emy's blog
Love and Hugs Sarah x x x x