Saturday 26 May 2012

Truly Great Village Parties

Hello Partygoers.  Are you enjoying the party ? Are you here to see another Jubilee Project ? I have a 12x12 Scrapbook layout to share with you.

As someone who isn't even British, I am perhaps too overly excited about the upcoming Jubilee celebrations. We managed to get some tickets to the Diamond Jubilee Festival at Battersea Park in London through being online subscribers of The Times {happy dance}. I am looking forward to some music, some art&craft, some cakes and my particular favourite, some vintage shopping {yippee}. But there is still a week to go before the celebrations start.

I would like to share with you a layout that I made about my excitement.  I love a village only complain is the copious amount of hog roast!

I have used a photo of an "egg & spoon" race that my boys participated in at our village party a few years ago.

1) I started by identifying three areas on my layout, the photo area at the top, the title in the middle and some journalling below. I am going to use a doilly to mat my photo, so I stamped two further doillies to echo in the title area and the journalling area. The stamps are by October Afternoon Farmhouse collection.
2) Working on the cluster under the photo,  I add some flowers that I cut out of Crate Paper Pretty Party Invitation. From the same range, I added a couple of strips of paper from Confetti and Accent Cuts. I also added a small strip of salmon lace.
 3) Next I worked on the cluster at the bottom. I haved added another flower cut out from Crate Paper Pretty Party Invitation, a small Tim Holtz vial label and a die cut from Pink Paislee London Market Ephemera Pack.
 4) I strung up a few flags from Pink Paislee London Market Ephemera Pack to hang across the layout.
 5) I cut out some Thickers for my title and arrange them under the flags.
6) Once I am happy with this arrangement, I attached everything to the cardstock.
7) I added a label, a used stamp and a strawberry brad next to the photo.

 8) I added a chipboard crown and a fabric covered button to the bottom.
9) And a bit of journalling to complete my layout.

Here is the layout again.

I hope to be back with a lot more party layouts after the Jubilee weekend. If you leave a comment on this post, I will do a draw on 4th of June for you to win a set of handmade-by-me Jubilee buttons.

Why don't you join us and find more inspiring Jubilee makes at  The Making Spot.

Monday 14 May 2012

Sketchbook365 June Sketch

Did you play along last month ?  Hope so.  Good luck if you did.

I hoe you will join us this month. A new challenge is up at Sketchbook365. This month's sketch is provided by Wendy McKee.

This is what I made.

I have used products from Dear Lizzy Neopolitan range...I love this so much, you might have seen it rather a lot in my work lately. You'd be pleased to hear, I think I am now left with only 2 chipboards pieces.

Wednesday 9 May 2012

Exam fever

J finish school at lunch time today after which he is officially on study leave. He starts GCSE tomorrow afternoon with English. A nice gentle start, I think. On Monday it will be English Lit, followed by RS on Tuesday.  All three are long ( 2-2.5 hour) single papers so by Tuesday he would have finished 3 of his subjects. After that we have some biology, physics and chemistry and right at the end Latin and Greek. Both Latin and Greek requires 4 x 1 hour papers...a bit over the top, I think!

He is thinking about what he wants to do. He is fascinated with The Apprentice. He likes to talk about his business ideas. They are not worth repeating...mostly they are a good laugh at dinner time. I think he might turn out into a businessman.

I had to record this period of his's "You have a plan".

 I initially did this layout as a tutorial on IACW...You don't need patterned paper.

Sunday 6 May 2012

Sian's Storytelling Sunday - I wish I was there.

On the 1st of May, every year, my old school holds an Old Girls day. This year 40 from our batch of approximately 120 went back to visit, with their broods, they totalled 100+.  I wish I was there.  This is the last year the school as we know it will be there. The school is relocating.

I remember 1st of May from my own time there. We always had a lot of fun.  The Old Girls were always an inspiration.  Wow, Kak K is a chartered accountant. Some times, their sons accompanied them.  We always enjoyed the eye-candy...the excitement when we spot a new, unknown boy.  I can only imagine what went on last Tuesday.  I wish I was there.

My own year group are fortunate to have a vibrant FB group. Everyone who went last Tuesday posted photos. I don't feel too left out but I still wish I was there.

This year, they said goodbye to the last of our teacher, Mr Tan who taught me biology. I wish I was there to extend my own good wishes.

I wasn't there so I resorted to a pile of old photos. I have a precious stack of about 10 that I treasure.  The rest are still back home with my mum.  The rest should ( or could ) be a substantial pile.  I was in Photo Society and we used to take photos of each other, A- LOT! Thankfully, I could purchase school photos at a discount (I think). 

Here's one I am sharing. I think we've just taken over from the fifth former as Photo Soc committee. We have the camera and we sure know how to use it LOL, and frequently. A few of us, outside Block A lounge.  I will miss this place.