Sunday, 29 March 2015

Scrapbook Workshop - Return to the Collection - Part 4

Hello Everyone,

Hope this finds you well. I'd like to warmly welcome my two newest followers, Lesley and Karen ... I appreciate you joining me here and hope you will find good reason to keep coming back :)

This is the last of the series of posts showing layouts completed with the help of Shimelle's Return to the Collection workshop. It's the second of two double-page layouts created with materials from the kit. If you are a regular reader you will recall that it's the double-page layouts I've been having trouble photographing - here's the proof!

As you can see, I was running out of 12x12 sheets so couldn't use two of the same for the background. Instead, I cut some of the leftover patterned papers, using two Kiwi Lane templates to create the wavy effect, to decorate the turquoise and pink dotty background sheets in an attempt to pull the two together.
I was scraping the bottom of the barrel by the time I got to this layout so I  made most of the embellishments using punches and dies, circles, butterflies and hearts, from some of the leftover snippets of paper. The photos were taken on a visit to Sorrento in June 1998. The first photo shows me looking over a very hazy (caused by the amazing heat) Gulf of Naples from the Park of Villa Communale. The second is of a wonderful statue of St Francis of Assisi. 
The third photo was taken in the cloisters of the Church of St Francis. I've journalled about how the cloisters are renowned for the acoustics which make it perfect for the outdoor concerts held throughout the summer. Our tour guide, Maria, was so keen for us to appreciate the sound quality for ourselves that she gave, there and then, an unaccompanied rendition of Ave Maria in the most beautiful soprano! Being treated to that completely unexpected performance will be one of my most enduring memories of Italy. 

The pink silk flowers were added because they reminded me a little of the bougainvillea that can be seen growing in the cloisters. 

I think I may have made a mistake adding the last photo ... I thought it was taken in one of the streets of Sorrento but now I'm not so sure - it could be Amalfi, where we were based ... 1998 was a long time ago! 

So that's it ... the kit is all but finished, just a few bits and bobs left over. Most of the cardstock and paper will either be put in the snippet drawer or consigned to the bin and leftover embellishments returned to their respective drawers/boxes to be used on another layout, another day.

I've started to make up another kit from my stash - got to use it up! I have a ton of photos to scrap and so conscious of the fact that I'll have live another 30 years or so if I'm going to ever catch up :) Not entirely an onerous task to contemplate though, those photos bring back some very happy memories ... and that, I think, is why I keep scrapping!

Hope you have all had a wonderful weekend.

Happy Scrapping,

Friday, 27 March 2015

Friday Smiles

Late again! This time it's to join in with Annie's Friday Smiles.
And I've had much to smile about this last week or so.

Because I'm feeling so much better my husband has been taking me out on jaunts. After being confined to quarters for so long getting out and about is building my strength up with fresh air, even though it's been a tad too fresh at times , and walking ... not far and mostly round shops :) Here's some of my favourite photos from these jaunts.

 This Wednesday we took a shopping trip to Gardenwise Garden Centre in Dumfries, recently awarded the title of Best Garden Centre in Scotland (we've been there before - you can see the first post here) and afterwards we carried on down to Sweetheart Abbey at New Abbey.

We've been to visit the abbey before too - I'm sure I did a post on it but haven't tracked it down yet - but anyway it was well worth a second visit.

This is called The Warming Room - the only room on the site that had a fire. The poor monks ... this is the only place they could go to warm themselves up ... I can just imagine how cold they must have been at times ... it was decidedly chilly on Wednesday!
After leaving the abbey we took a stroll down through New Abbey's main street and I couldn't resist taking a photo of this old sign. I thought the artists among you would enjoy an 18th century blacksmith's tag line: By hammer & hand All arts do stand :)

On our way home we stopped off at the little town of Thornhill for a cuppa and discovered a World Champion Pie Maker. Of course, we just had to buy a couple to try. I'd like to show you how good they looked but I forgot to take a photo. However, I can assure you they were every bit as tasty as claimed! The the old butcher's bike brought back some happy memories for my husband ... he actually rode one when he was a butcher's delivery boy back in the day :)

Final photo for this week is one taken last Wednesday when our jaunt was to Castle Douglas, my personal favourite town in county. I spotted this herd of strikingly marked Belted Galloways on our way down and made a point of stopping on the way home to take this photo. They are a rare breed of cattle that originated here in the South West of Scotland and because of this they are particularly well adapted to living on the poor upland pastures and windswept moorlands of the region. Spotting them really made me smile :)

And now the joke for this week:

One day a kindly Grandmother offered to look after her eight year old granddaughter. Whilst in the middle of a game the child turned and asked Granny, 'what do you call it when one person lies on top of another person?'

Granny could not believe her bad luck in having this question asked and decided to explain all about the 'birds and the bees'.

The next day, her granddaughter came round again and said 'Mummy says that it's called Bunk Beds and that she's coming round to see you later!

Hope that made you smile too :)

Have a great weekend.

March Rudolph Day Card

Hello there, thanks for popping in! It's a late card for ScrappyMo's March Rudolph Day I have to share today.
As I've been finding it difficult getting back into the crafting groove of late I thought I'd give myself a challenge that might just flick the switch again! That was to try the layering technique I normally use on photos when creating a scrap page on the LOTV Cute Square for this card. I think it worked quite well. All the papers are from Kaisercraft Christmas Collections 6" paper pad ... it's an old one so I'm not sure it's still available. I cut the scalloped edge and berry printed strip from one of the sheets of patterned paper to add a bit of decoration to the layout.  The greeting and the holly embellishments were die-cut from snippets of red and green cardstock using Tattered Lace mini dies.

Off-cuts of the patterned paper were used to decorate the inside and back.

Having used a couple of teeny tiny snippets of red and green cardstock I'm submitting this to Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 169 too.

And as it was the first outing for those Tattered Lace Mini Dies I'm submitting it to Darnell's NBUS challenge #4

I think this little exercise might have revived my crafting groove ... just :)

Wishing you all a lovely day.

Happy Crafting,