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.