Sunday, 26 June 2022

Scrapbook Layouts 2022 - No's.25-27

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are well and having a lovely day wherever you are. I have three more pages to share.

No.25 - Spring Blossom

Nothing lifts my spirits more than to see our cherry trees in blossom. This year has been a better than average year and, lucky for us, there was no storms and high winds to blow it all away. I foresee a bountiful harvest. 

No.26 - Tulip Time

Another welcome sign of Spring, the tulips. I particularly like this one with its striking colour because it's usually the first to make an appearance. I'd love to name the variety but I can't find my book of labels. 

No.27 - Egg Hunt

My husband's great-great niece and nephew, Freya & Josh, enjoy the egg hunt in their garden every Easter. 

All three layouts were based on Lisa Sikorsk's first three sketches in her month long 4 Seasons challenge on her Facebook group, Scrap A Sketch.  The beautiful patterned papers used for No's. 1&2 were from Mind The Scraps March kit and the cutfile on No.3 is from a Shimelle collection, as is the frog and dragon sticker. Flair from another Facebook group, Dotty About Flair, all other embellishments from stash.

Sticking down all the sequins around the cutfile was a labour of love!

Thanks for looking.

As always, take care and bye for now,


Saturday, 25 June 2022

Rosa 'Douglas'

Hello Everyone,

The roses are doing spectacularly well now. Today's red rose is the Douglas.

I'm forever grateful to my two lovely friends, Jan and Julia, for the gift of this beautiful rose to mark the sad loss of my brother Douglas four years ago. He's never far from my thoughts but when I look at these blooms I smile at our memories.  

Thanks for looking.

As always, take care and bye for now,


Thursday, 23 June 2022

Scrapbook Layouts 2022 - No's. 22-24

Hello Everyone,

I'm back again with another three layouts to share. I hope you are all well and enjoying some crafty time too. 

Here's today's pages.

No.22 - Sunbeam on Book

There was nothing quite so welcome as this first sunbeam lighting up the page of my book, promising winter's end was on its way. The photo frames were die cut using a new set of dies and from scraps of patterned papers.

No.23 - Simply Stunning

The photo is of my youngest granddaughter. Hard to believe she will be nineteen in a few days. For this layout we were challenged for a Scrap Backwards cyber crop challenge to make a layout with no photo in mind. This took me right out of my comfort zone - I find it much easier to have a photo as a starting point. 

No.24 - This Photo

This photo of my husband was taken the day after he came home from hospital following his hip replacement. He was cheerfully learning to get around on crutches as he recovered. Little did we know he'd shortly be back in hospital, with Covid19, and fighting for his life. 

The title is a Peartree cut-file, the layouts are based on sketches from Scrap-a-Sketch, flairs from Dotty About Flair, and I have ScrappyMo to thank for the die cut pennants included in a happy mail received a very long time ago. 

Thanks for visiting. 

As always, take care and bye for now.

Bye for now,


Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Rosa 'Pride of England'

Hello Everyone,

I couldn't resist sharing this, my husband's favourite rose. It's a stunner!

The deep red petals look like velvet, are delicately perfumed and the blooms measure a huge 5"-6" across. About the size of a side plate. 

Lovely, isn't it?

Thanks for looking.

As always, take care and bye for now,


Thursday, 16 June 2022

Albertine &:Black Beauty

Hello Everyone,

Spotted this beautiful combination of plants through the kitchen window today and just had to share it. 

The rambling rose, 'Albertine', with golden hop foliage against a backdrop of the elder, 'Black Beauty', which is looking particularly fabulous this year. 

Thanks for looking.

As always, take care and bye for now,


Tuesday, 14 June 2022


Hello Everyone,

Just because it's so beautiful, here's a photo of one of my self-seeded foxgloves. 

Such a pretty combination of colours. A real bee magnet. 

Take care everyone. 


Friday, 10 June 2022


Hello  Everyone,

Just because they are so beautiful, I thought I'd share these orange poppies today.

Luckily, I popped out to photograph them this morning because the heavens have just opened and I dread to think what damage the downpour has done. Nature can be so cruel and flowers so fleeting.

Tuesday, 7 June 2022

Scrapbook Layouts 2022 - No's. 19-21


I'm back to share three more layouts. 

No.19 - January Week 4

Not much to say about this PL style page except that it's interesting to look back and remember how pleased I was to get a new kettle! Sad too, to remember my two lovely aunties - one my dad's sister and the other my mum's - and I loved seeing the photo my cousin posted of Muriel and Cyril on their wedding day. The Prima Madeline rub-ons I used here were old but still worked which is not always the case. 

No.20 - Selfie Fun

This photo is of my daughter and granddaughter fooling around taking selfies during one of the many lockdowns. I'm sure my inspiration for this layout was another scrapper's work but I can't remember whose. The clusters are built on a base of punched circles in various sizes - possibly my favourite base for all sorts of embellishments. In this layout it's butterflies (fussy-cut), flair (DAF) and bees (Bramble Fox). 

No.21 - Little Minnie

A recipe from the cyber crop on the Scrapbackwards FB group together with sketch No.12 from Scrap A Sketch provided the inspiration for this layout. I think I've used the photo, from 2015, of my great-granddaughter on a page before but why not - she looks so cute in her Minnie Mouse outfit! I'll make sure it goes into her grandmother's album this time. The papers are from an old Disney collection, the Minnie Mouse sticker was from a set found in a local shop and I couldn't resist the ladybird flairs from DAF. 

Once again, that's it from me today. I'll be back, hopefully, soon with another layout share.

In the meantime, take care and have a lovely day. 

Bye for now,


Monday, 6 June 2022

Scrapbook Layouts 2022 - No's 16-18

Hello Everyone,

I've slipped back, again, with sharing layouts made this year so far. My only excuse is that there are not enough hours in every day when you are a carer. Alan is still struggling to get well. There are days when he seems to be making progress followed by days that are not so good. We're learning to take each day as it comes.

That was something of a long-winded explanation as to why I'm not blogging regularly but I still intend to keep it up whenever possible. So here are the next three layouts made. 

No. 16 - Our Meg

This photo of my lovely sister was taken before she moved into a care home in Aberdeen to be near her daughter and granddaughter. She has MS and I miss her so much now she is so far away. The layout was based on sketch and prompt on the Dotty About Flair FB group and it's made almost entirely with scraps and leftovers 

No. 17 - January Week 3

This page is another week recorded in a style that mimics Project Life using leftovers from various Mind The Scrap kits. The labels and viewfinders were downloaded from NicoleJones911. 

No. 18 - A Sparkling Night

Photo for my grandson's wedding album. The firework display was the perfect end to a perfect day. The layout is based on Scrap A Sketch FB group's sketch No.21. 

That's today's three pages but there's more, so many more, and I really must try to catch up. 

Take care everyone. 

Bye for now. 


Monday, 30 May 2022

In a Vase On Monday - Mrs Scott-Elliot

Good Morning,

We're up bright and early this morning, that's Silver and I. She's always an early riser - up with the dawn chorus - no chance, therefore, of a long lie these light mornings. So I thought I'd share what's in my vase today.

Aquilegia caerulea 'Mrs Scott-Elliot looking fabulous massed together in a vase. There are several different colour combinations in this variety but this one of orange and yellow is by far the most striking. 

The Denby vase was chosen for its colour too. Dark green decorated with a not too showy leaf pattern seemed just right to showcase these brilliant blooms. 

As has now become the norm, the vase is displayed on the kitchen windowsill, safely away from the paws of a very curious kitten. The window looks out onto Alan's blue painted shed, where he has his model railway set up, and our back garden. 

If you've filled a vase today and would like to share it, why not join Cathy over on Rambling In The Garden. Leave her a comment and she will be sure to check out your vase. There's a link to her In A Vase On Monday over in the left margin. 

Whatever you have to do and wherever you are, have a lovely day. 


Sunday, 29 May 2022

My Garden Now - Aquilegia

Happy Sunday Everyone,

I thought, because it's such a beautiful day, I would share some of the many aquilegia that have self-seeded around my garden. 

Aquilegias are notoriously promiscuous and happily cross-pollinate whenever possible then self-seed wherever the wind takes them. I now have a stunning white flowering one down in the woodland area that I'm not responsible for. It is, nevertheless, very welcome. 

Looking at these two photos, it's just possible I'm well on my way to being the keeper of the country's largest collection of aquilegia! 

Seriously, I think the time has come to get out there and sort out some of the wildness before the weeds takeover completely. Maybe later! 

Have a fabulous day wherever you are. 

Bye for now,

Monday, 23 May 2022

A Few Early Layouts - 1996-2007

Hello Everyone

I began making scrap pages 26 years ago during a year studying at a women's college in Massachusetts, USA. My fellow students were delighted to show me the albums they had brought with them. I was fascinated. And hooked. 

On discovering there was a shop nearby that sold scrapbooking supplies, I just had to visit it. I left the shop armed with a couple of books on the subject, several small scrap kits, a black inkpad and some rubber stamps. The kits contained just enough to make one page, two at most. I used an Anna Griffin kit as the basis of this wedding page. Looking back, I think the design, which required weaving strips of paper together, was a bit ambitious for a beginner. No surprise then that it took about two years to complete ... in my defence I should say it was a busy period in my life what with being in the last year at university and then first year in a new job. 

The materials available to us 20+ years ago were very different from those of today. And they were limited here in the UK. Looking back, 12x12 paper was scarce but it was possible to buy by mail order, and I did. I discovered through the internet Two Peas In A Bucket, a US shop now sadly closed, which became my go-to supplier in those early years. For embellishments we relied quite heavily on sewing haberdashery, e.g. buttons, lace, ribbons and fancy trims. I can see there was a  heavy reliance on paper flowers, hatpins and brads to decorate pages.

Prima flowers were a great standby embellishment. I've since learned that the rosebuds are too bulky for storing in albums ... most are squashed. If I were to make this page today, the top cluster would be placed over to the right rather than the left. This layout looks too one-sided for today. 

This page was made about 15 years ago (2007) and not much has changed from 1996. Prima flowers and ribbon still feature. Use of brads had evolved to be used to fix metal embellishments like the word 'giggle'. Googly eyes made a fun feature on the frog patterned paper ... there's still an almost full box tucked away in my stash to this day! 

All the titles were either computer generated or stamped and hand cut. I don't remember seeing sets of adhesive backed letters/numbers for sale and dies for crafters were possibly in their infancy back then. 

Clearly, scrapping materials have come a long way in the last decade or so. And because of this I've noticed a trend for scrappers to go back to their earlier pages, to criticise them, and plan to either create a new page or, worse still, throw them away altogether. 

What do you think? Would you change you're earliest pages? Me? Considering these pages just part of my scrapping story, even though I can see how old-fashioned they are, I've no intention of changing a thing today. 

Bye for now,


Friday, 20 May 2022

Friday Smiles

Hello Friday Smilers

Joining in with Annie's weekly smile meme over on the A Stitch In Time

This last week has been a bit of a mixed bag, blighted by illness for the three of us on the one hand and, on the other hand, our garden has simply burst into flower and looks amazing. So, I'm sure you know what's coming - loads of photos. 

We had a new patio built just outside the kitchen door. to make it safer and easier for Alan to get access to his mobility scooter. 

My granddaughter's partner, Kyle, has done a great job in what was a very uneven surface. There's still some finishing off to do but first he had a wee accident to sort out which delayed the work.

Oops!!! Great-granddaughter Lacie stepped into her dad's beautifully smoothed cement work. It was getting late too so dad doesn't look at all happy. Much to my shame, I couldn't stop laughing. 

Later, after they had gone home, this happened. 
Silver left her mark too. We've decided to keep those paw prints for posterity. 

Before I move on to the garden, I just have to share these pics of our Callum. 

It was mad hair day at school and he opted for green ... I think he looks fabulous. 

And now a trip round our garden. 

I think that's enough for today. We have more changes planned for the garden, all intended to make it easier for me to manage in future. As it is now, it's very labour intensive and good gardeners are hard to find, so changes need to be made. We're very fortunate to have a handyman like Kyle in the family, able and willing to help with what needs to be done. 

I hope you've all had a lovely week with plenty to smile about.  And for more reasons to smile do pop over to Annie's and check out both her's and other Smilers posts. 

Bye for now

Thursday, 19 May 2022

Christmas Card Club Challenge - Cards 17-20/2022 - Sentiment as the Main Focus

Hello Everyone,

Apologies for being late with my cards this week, especially as I got to choose the theme. I'd actually got my cards made in advance but, because I became ill, I hadn't managed to take photos. Yesterday, when I was feeling much better, I did set up the lightbox, still learning, and took the photos so here are the four cards I made. 

No. 17

No. 18

No. 19

No. 20

Each card base was made from cardstock that I've had in my stash for years, purchased from Create and Craft. 

The plaid patterned paper is from a Stampin' Up's Plaid Tidings 6x6 pad. 

The blue/white check patterned paper, labels and sentiment stickers from three scrapbook collections - Vicki Boutin's Warm Wishes, Carta Bella's Home For Christmas & Photoplay's Frostival.

Gems also from old stash. 

That's me for today. I hope you're having a lovely weekend. I hope also that you will pop over to see what my teammates have created this week. You'll find a list of their names and links on my right sidebar - as always they are so much more creative than I will ever be.


Wednesday, 18 May 2022

What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - The 13th Anniversary Week 676


On a never-to-be-forgotten Wednesday, 13 October 2010, I plucked up my courage and decided to join in with WOYWW for the first time. I'd been lurking for a few weeks, as you do, and thought it would be fun to 'meet' the many crafters already contributing to this weekly reveal of crafty desks. From that first week I was warmly welcomed by Julia on The Stamping Ground and many other Deskers too. It was such a vicarious treat. Over the years I really have made some wonderful friends through WOYWW, and it's been my pleasure to meet many for real too, for that I am eternally grateful for Julia's continuing to host WOYWW . Happy 13th Anniversary, Julia! 

Having said all that, there's not much going on my desk today. Just these albums. One of the scrappers on a Facebook group I'm involved with has asked us to show some of our earliest layouts, hence the albums. It's quite an eye-opener looking back at pages made 25+ years ago. So much has changed in that time. I will share a few photos in a post once I've got some photos to share. 
I can't not show Jan's fabulous ATC received yesterday morning. She sent it even though I doubted I'd be able to join in with the exchange. I was wise to doubt it too. I'm just beginning to feel almost human again after a week or so in bed, poorly with a bad chest and throat infection. 
And now, here's Silver. Of course. It wouldn't be a WOYWW post without her making an appearance and she's not one to miss a celebration!

Thank you for your support each week, your visits to this blog and for all the lovely comments you leave. They are very much appreciated, especially through the difficult times Alan and I have been experiencing since April 2020. Your kind thoughts have helped enormously, Long may WOYWW continue and many thanks again to our lovely host, Julia.