Thursday, 14 September 2017

The Scrapbook Room - Freaky Fast Formula challenge - Bundle!

I've never done this before, but I just absolutely LOVE this idea of being given paper measurements - makes things soo much easier and fun!
So the idea is to use the measurements on papers given and then create a layout with them.
I really enjoyed doing this and will so be taking part in the challenge again.

Details of the challenge found on their blog

Entries have to be uploaded to The Scrapbook Room's Facebook page


The Scrapbook Room: Jump Start Sketch challenge - Cheeky

So this is layout is a sketch challenge that's from The Scrapbook Room.

Gotta love my cheeky girlie!

Sketch n Scrap sketch challenge 136 AND Archiscraps "Use Lots of" challenge - Plait!

So another day spent scrappin' at Mum's meant that I managed to complete a few more challenges..

I used the sketch from Sketch n Scrap for this layout of Cassandra.  I'm trying to fill my scrapbook gaps and this one goes back to 2012 - when she was only 3!
I was quite pleased I managed to colour co-ordinate the papers and flowers to her dress!

Closing date is 30th September


I'm also entering this layout into Archiscraps September challenge to use "Lots of something" - mine being the flowers on my layout!

End of the month is closing date for this one

Monday, 11 September 2017

Stuck? September Challenge AND Scrap our Stash Tic Tac Toe Challenge - Let's hear it for the boys!

More scrappin!

Stuck? have a sketch challenge that I really liked (I do like a tag or two) and below is my take on it...

Closing date is 29th September 2017.


I'm also entering this layout into Scrap Your Stash's Tic Tac Toe challenge as I used wood grain paper (background), arrows (left hand side) and a circle (the target) - so bottom line.
Again, closing date is 29th September 2017.


Saturday, 9 September 2017

Lee's birthday...

Today was Lee's birthday and I know my hubby well, although Alex nearly fought me in giving this awesome Lego set to Lee as he wanted it for himself!
After the football team's match this morning, and Cassandra's new dancing, we all ventured into town to have yummy dessert at Creams.

Me, I had a cup of tea!

Happy happy birthday Lee, love you lots!!


FB Hey Little Magpie Border Challenge - 3rd Day of Christmas

Sam Ball has a challenge up on Hey Little Magpie's Facebook group to create a layout using a border of some description.
I'm running a little behind on my layouts - really need to get more up to date, but this is my entry - a Christmas one!

Closing date is 15th September 2017.

FB Paper Issues (Friends & Fans) Take 5 Tuesday - Ice Ice Baby

I am so on a roll!  The Paper Issues group on Facebook have lots of challenges and I've entered their Take 5 Challenge which is obviously to use 5 items from the list below..
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I used patterned paper, cardstock, stripes, bow and the date.
 Challenge ends end of the month!

Friday, 8 September 2017

Let's Get Sketchy AND The Scraproom Colour Challenge - Nicholas SOS Winner

I've been meaning to scrap this photo of Nicholas for ages, he did amazingly well whilst he was swimming with SOS and picked up two trophy's in the Club gala.

I used Brenshevia's sketch and flipped it on its side..

Again, challenge doesn't close until end of September.


I'm also entering this layout into The Scraproom's September Taste of Colour challenge
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Paper Issues Sketchy Saturday - Hen night fun

One of the challenges over at Paper Issues, is a sketch challenge as below.  I'm not normally a minimalistic kind of scrapper, but I loved the background paper that I had specifically bought for this photo of my good friend Kelly and I to use for her Hen Night photos.
I was quite pleased with the result!

Challenge closes on 1st October 2017.


Grandiva Rewind Sketch Challenge AND Scrap & Craft Inspirational Challenge 7 - Cassie & James

So I was on a roll today and managed to complete this layout of my daughter when she was younger. Her best friend at the time was the little boy that lived across the road...  I used the sketch from Grandiva...

I'm entering this into Grandiva's Rewind sketch challenge which closes on 29th September 2017


I'm also entering this layout into Scrap & Craft's Inspiration Challenge 7 - to use autumnal colours: red, green, orange and yellow.
This challenge closes on 30th September 2017.

Sketches in Thyme - Sketch 291: Winner at swimming!

So I haven't scrapped for quite a while, but after spending today scrappin' with my Mum, I think I've got a little of my mojo back.

I do like a sketch, get's my creativity flowing, so I thought I'd try a layout using the sketch 291 by Shawn Lahr over at Sketches in Thyme.
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I've been going through my scrapbooks (as I scrap in date order) and trying to fill in the gaps, and this is what I created today of my middle child - Nicholas.  He's an awesome athlete and I took this of him when he got back to school after representing Blenheim in the Interschools Swim Gala.
Challenge doesn't end until end of September, so plenty of time to get crafting

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

1st Day part II

So yesterday Cassandra went back to school.  Her first day in Year 4.
She was rather excited to say the least and was looking forward to seeing all her friends and settling in with her new teacher Miss Newham.  I'm glad to say she had a great day!


Monday, 4 September 2017

1st Day ...

So today, the boys went back to school....
 Alexander started Yr9 and 3 years of working towards his GCSE exams.
Nicholas, my cool dude started his first day in Yr7 - Secondary School.

God how I hope they both had an awesome first day....


Sunday, 3 September 2017

Emotional time..

So it's Sunday night and I'm sitting here after saying goodnight to both Alex and Nicholas a little while ago and I'm feeling old.  And very emotional.

BOTH my precious boys will be at Secondary school as from tomorrow.  Where has the time gone?

I really hope that Nicholas has an awesome first day and his journey through Eastwood Academy is a good one.

I'm also hoping that Alex settles quickly into Yr9 and enjoys being with the friends his made so far.


Weeks 4, 5 AND 6

I'm a little behind with the ole up-to-date blogging, but before I can blog other stuff, I'm going to get the school hols out the way...

So week 4 was pretty un-eventful really.  The kids had various friends over, they all went with other friends to shoot each other at laser, they had people to sleep over and they slept over at other people's houses.

Friday then arrived and we all set off "up north" to the Lake District for a week of climbing, walking and hiking the hills....

It rained.

I don't like hiking in the rain.

Still the views were amazing, although after a while one mountain looks like every other mountain...

Was very impressed though, all 3 boys hiked and survived Helvellyn!!!  So proud of them.  I even bought them a t-shirt saying so!

We finally got home after a very tiring 7½ hours on the road.

Week 6 (almost there) was to catch up on what else needed to be done for back to school next week. We all had a lovely day out with Natalie and her boys, Louis came over to stay, Alex (a different one to mine) came over, Zarah came round, Millie popped in.. It was lovely to see people.  Always loved having an "open house" so to speak.  Who needs an appointment to see friends..?

Friday saw us taking a ride along the seafront with Mum on an open-top bus!  It's the one thing Mum had said she would like to do with the beasties, and we just got to fit it in. We got on at Adventure Island, got off in Leigh for a cuppa and a slice of cake, and then back on again to return to the seafront.  Happy days.

Saturday saw me FINALLY getting my hair cut and coloured - quite pleased with the results although the boys couldn't believe how long it took..
Sunday then saw Nicholas' team in their pre-season tournament over in Wickford.  Was nice to see the football family again!
Great picture of the team with Derek centre back as his company Del'sTiling are sponsoring the team again this year.

So YES!!!! we all made it through another school summer holidays!