Friday, 3 July 2020

Forever - July sketch challenge at Scrap Academy

Despite being on lockdown for God knows how many weeks now, I've not really done much scrappin' - lots of CPD, but not much sticking and gluing.

However this month's sketch challenge at Scrap Academy on Facebook was just perfect for the photo of the boys and I.  I'm not really into 'white space' but thought I'd followed the sketch quite well.  I even got my textured paint out!

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Plenty of time to enter as closing date isn't until end of July


Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Up to date...

Well, the world is trying to get back to some kind of new normal.  I'll be honest and say it's been a challenge, but we are all alive, well and still kicking.  During the many many weeks of lockdown, there has been:
 Bike rides,
 Just Dance sessions,
 Home improvement projects,
 Hair changes,

 The acquirement of facemasks (Thanks Janice)
 Water fun in the garden,

 Reading in the garden,
 Pool fun,
Father's Day (Thanks Paul and PL1)
And people added to our Bubble!! x

Life goes on....


Sunday, 10 May 2020

Scrap the Girls - Soul Sisters

So I haven't had any time to scrap for ages, but what with it being NSD and all, I spent yesterday and most of today, entering challenges and I have to say, I think it's done me good to chill and take some time for me. 

Anyway, this photo of Cassandra and her bestie Millie I've had for ages (they were 6, they're now 11) and I just didn't know what to do with it, but the challenge at Scrap the Girls this month was perfect.
The challenge was entitled "it's in the soul" and this was the inspiration picture:
Challenge runs until the end of the month.

Sunday, 15 March 2020


I'm literally drowning in school work at the mo.

What with planning lessons, observations, marking, designing display boards, assignments, subject audits, research projects, tasks etc, I just haven't got time for anything...
Please just know that I am still alive and kicking and miss everyone that I can't spend time with at the just now x


Sunday, 16 February 2020

One photo, 20 words...

Heaven help me, now I've got TWO footballers in the family!

Friday, 24 January 2020


So he's 14.  He's growing older and taller way to fast for my liking.
However, you're never too old to have a home-baked-by-your-little-sister chocolate birthday cake!
 Both Nannie
 and Nanna came round to see Nicholas on his birthday and he had a good day.


Saturday, 18 January 2020

Happy - Scrap with Stacy's January Tic Tac Toe Challenge

Nicholas has always had a soft spot for Cassandra's bestie Millie.  One year Martyna and I took her 2 and my 3 on holiday for a week in a caravan.

All 5 of the kids had a really great holiday and got on really well.  Especially Millie and Nicholas!

Still time to enter Stacy's Tic Tac Toe challenge, I went diagonally and used cardstock, banner, doily.

Star Wars: Into the Void - Sketches in Thyme #403

I'm really not getting much time to scrap as I'm 1/3rd way through my teacher training and it's taking up most of my time.

However, I spent a scrapping day with Mum and Tina the other Saturday and got a few layouts done including this one.  A little out of my comfort zone as I usually only scrap with 4x6" or even 5x7" photos, but this was taken of Alex and Lee when they took part in an interactive virtual Reality Star Wars event for Alex's birthday the other year.

Apparently, it's one of the best things Alex has ever done. Good pressie then!
Jan 1st Sketch #403
I used the sketch from Sketches in Thyme and rotated it.

Still time to enter the challenge:


Friday, 10 January 2020

Rocking for Heroes!

One of my Christmas gifts from Mum was two tickets to 'Rock for Heroes' charity concert at the Cliffs Pavilion.  Lee works Thursday evening and thought he'd be too tired to attend, so Mum and I went instead.

Having grown up and spent much of my time in my room listening to rather loud music, Mum knew plenty of the songs the band were covering
From Bon Jovi, Queen and Starship to Van Halen, Journey and Guns 'n' Roses.  We sang along, joined in and even managed to get up for a boogie towards the end - Mum too!!

Proves that you're never too old to attend a rock concert!!


It's all go!

So it's all go in the Butler household already.

Alexander is hard at it studying for his GCSE exams this year in between leading the Warhammer club at school.  Nicholas is learning to adapt to having Osgood-Schlatter disease and still being able to play his beloved football.  Cassandra is having her best year at Primary school yet, albeit her last one.  She's currently PA to her teacher, on the Fund Raising team, she's a Reading Mentor to the younger years and also a Librarian. 

Lee is continuing to coach futsal in his spare time (?) and as for me, I'm 1/3 of the way through my teacher training.  Feeling quite proud of myself today as my teacher/mentor was not in school, so I taught the class for the entire day!  Now that was a shock to the system.  I thoroughly enjoyed it though.  Bring on Monday!!


Sunday, 5 January 2020


Happy New Year from the Butler's!