Saturday, 23 November 2013

My Beautiful Boys

Morning all, I have another scrap page to share, this time it's of my boys.
This was actually the first page I ever made but it's 12x12 and I had no idea how to convert it to a jpg.
Luckily, a friend on Joanna Sheen's Forum has told me how and it's so easy. You can always rely on the girls at the forum, they know everything about everything and are always so helpful.

I love this page and of course I'm not at all biased (not much!)

Friday, 22 November 2013

Family Scrapbook

Morning all, I've recently started scrapping following my purchase of CAP2 and thought I'd share a few of my family pages with you.
They are very basic as I'm still getting to grips with things but I wanted my first album to be a family scrapbook. The pages I've made are 8x8 which of course, is the only size scrapbook I don't have, typical! So it looks like another new purchase is on the cards.

I started with my maternal grandparents as they helped bring me up when I was small. My parents both worked, so before I started school I used to spend Monday to Friday with my grandparents. I totally adored them both and I still think my Grandfather was the most wonderful man I've ever known (apart from DH of course)
My grandfather started running his own fruit and veg stall, off Victoria Street in London, when he was about 12 years old! He took it over from his mother and when he married my grandmother she helped him. He remained on the same pitch until he retired at 72 years of age and during all that time he would get up at 3am every morning in order to get to Convent Garden to buy his stock.

Both of them loved to be by the sea and they always had a holiday home in Sussex, right up until my grandfather died.
Don't you think he looks like someone from 'The Godfather' in this picture?
As you can see I haven't done the journalling yet, but I have colour co-ordinated the pages as this will be a double spread.

This is my much loved Mum in a 'moody' pose taken by my Dad, who loved his photography, who could blame him when he had my beautiful Mum as his model? Sadly Mum passed away nearly 4 years ago now but I still think of her and miss her every single day.

No doubt I'll share some more pages as and when I get them done, that is if I'm not going to bore you all?
I did a nice page of my sons but as it was 12x12 I can't scan it, so it will have to wait until I get a photograph done.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Sketch N Stash #126

Morning all, another card for Sketch N Stash where this fortnight we're being sponsored by LOTV who are offering our lucky winner a £10 gift voucher to spend in their store.
This time the optional theme is 'lots of layers' and our wonderful DT has, as always, provided some gorgeous inspiration at the challenge blog.
We'd love it if you could join in with us and someone has to win that fabulous prize so why not you?

I used one of my LOTV die cut toppers for this card, all the papers are from some of my (ever growing) collection of digi-kits as I made the card in CAP2 again. I think I spoilt it by hand writing the sentiment, but other than that it turned out much as I wanted it.

I haven't been about online too much lately as I have re-discovered my favourite PC game and seem to be spending lots of time playing, well that's what retirement is all about isn't it? Apart from that I've been enjoying reading and scrapping some photos, so lots of 'me' time is taking place at the moment.
I expect I'll get bored with all that soon and switch back to crafting and blogging again, what can I say, I'm fickle!

Monday, 4 November 2013

Sketch N Stash #125

Morning all, today's card is for Sketch N Stash, yes it's that time again!
Our optional theme this fortnight is 'Fairy Tale' and we're being sponsored by both Di's Digi Stamps and Fred She Said. Both companies are offering one lucky winner a $10 spend in their shops, so two chances to win in this challenge!

Do pop over to the challenge blog and pick up some inspiration from our fabulous DT and then why not join in with us, we'd love to have you.

I'm still trying to get to grips with Craft Artist Professional 2 so this card was made digitally using items from a digi kit called 'Daydream' and the old Penny Black image attached after.
I have to admit I'm loving digital crafting, you can see straight away whether things work or not and just delete them if they don't. No more trashing cards that you've spent hours making whoopee!!
Thanks to the help of my dear crafting friend Ann I've now managed to transfer all my existing digis to CAP2 so I can now use all my old favourites as well as new kits and mess around to my heart's content.
As I'm gradually learning more I find myself really impressed with this software package. I used to use Greeting Card Factory which was fine but it's quite old now so doesn't have as many options as this new package and although I originally purchased this for scrap-booking I'm loving the versatility of using it for card-making as well.