Monday, 22 September 2014


Good evening, well this is the first time I've had chance to sit down and write up a post, documenting a layout using the fabulous bundle kit from Jen at Wear Crafts from the Simple Stories range.  I've had loads of fun with this kit if I'm honest.

This one was seriously simple but effective (well I think it is).  I used a shaped border punch to cut the scalloped shape, I added a piece of vibrant cardstock from my own stash.  Put the main strip of paper across and replicated this with a thinner piece at the top.  Matted my photo and then had fun putting a running stitch along two of the scalloped edges with some yellow embroidery thread I had left from my cross stitch days.

The photo was from a recent holiday, we had a gorgeous seating area outside to enjoy the setting sun, hubby set the camera up on timer and raced back to his seat in time for the shot.  I think we look fairly relaxed bottle of wine and some reading, great company and some sunshine - nothing finer!

Sunday, 21 September 2014


Morning all, crikey Sunday already - crazy stuff!  Anyway wanting to share another layout I've created using the Simple Stories bundle I bought from Jen at Wear Crafts

I love this bundle so much - the colours just me and they are really bright and fun to use up.  I've added some white cardstock to this one and then layered up pieces of paper.

I added some journalling, and some yellow stitching on this layout and if you look closely a little bit of glossy accents on the navy blue dots paper at the top!

The photos were taken on the beaches you could access near Souter Lighthouse, the crashing waves were mesmerising! 

Hope you have a happy scrapping day! 

Friday, 19 September 2014


Evening all, well over the last couple of days I've been sharing some layouts I've created using the Simple Stories 'A Charmed Life' bundle pack that I bought at a bargain price from Jen at Wear Crafts.  The kit had so much going on, paper, journal blocks, chipboard, brads - you get the drift.

Now the layout documents the first time me and Jen actually met in person.  We were holidaying in the area and I made contact to see if I could pop in and visit her Creative Space at Langley Park.  She was so happy to see us, (hubby and son came along as they went on a geo-cache walk whilst we had tea and talked crafting), I got to meet Jen's Mum as well.  The Creative Space really is fab, a lovely friendly atmosphere, some scrapping goodies to buy and lots and lots of creative inspiration - fantastic stuff!  If you live local then I strongly recommend getting yourself over there for some of the fabulous classes!

The meeting didn't last nearly long enough but I was so glad we met up and how fabulous does Jen look!

As you can see I've used blocks of the paper to create the layout, I layered up the 'makes me smile' title on foam pads to give it some dimension and then added some navy blue and yellow stitching in places.  Hand journalling and the page was done!  These papers are brilliant and I've had the pleasure of seeing some of the other ranges that Jen has too and they really are fantastic to use, if you want to know more pop over to the Wear Crafts website and take a look.


Good morning one and all, it's that time of the week again when I take stock and step back and give thanks for the positives over the last 7 days.

First up a family meal out last Friday, twas lovely we went to a restaurant and ordered some lovely food and lots of buy one get one free cocktails!  This photo of my sister and my niece was one of the few that was taken on the night.  Hubby also arranged for a birthday cake to be brought out and people sang Happy Birthday - it was slightly surreal but lovely!

I also got my pressies early as it were as my sister was due to work the weekend, so I opened up a gorgeous top and a little weekend handbag from my sister and niece, from my Mum I got a beautiful new bag for every day use, with a pale inside (so I can see what's in there) and lots of pockets.  I also got a pack of 12 x 12 My Mind's Eye papers which she was surprised to find I didn't already own!  So I was thoroughly spoilt!

Saturday, (when it was my birthday I don't know what it is about birthdays but I don't look forward to being a year older and they seem to not have a set format so they don't always feel like birthdays!) However, we set out with best foot forward taking my Mum and my niece with us to have a wander around sculptures at Chatsworth's Beyond Limits.  Here we are and (hubby taking photo) wandering up by the cascades.

First sculpture turned out to be our least liked if I'm honest

 We liked this bronze sculpture

We thought this one was strange!

And this one a little odd

The hands seemed a bit low - strange

This one seemed to change shape depending on where you stood!

We've seen one like this before

I like the bees and the rock I think it was called rock swarm

This one was quite small although you can't tell from the photo

Weeping willow which is normally at Chatsworth

And this one - my niece said it looked like a graduation - I did say not to tell my sister as she recently graduated LOL!

These two kept needing a rest.

Strange curly rusty sculpture

We liked this one made from five pieces of marble.

These two historical characters

I liked this one.

This one was called hoop-lah

This one was rather strange

The last sculpture we had to queue up to have a proper look - it was done by a Chinese artist and they'd arranged it on the private lawn area of Chatsworth around the circular pond.

It had steam coming from it to make it look like mist - it was called Lost Utopia based on a Chinese fable where a man found Utopia but then tried to return with friends and could never find it again!

We really liked it however, I'll warn you now - avert your eyes if you are of a prudish disposition!


Yes this part of the sculpture (actually there were quite a lot of these type of statues amongst it).

I loved the green and the colour of the stone

And a fab view  of the house (up close we don't normally get to see it this close).

So a fab day

I got some lovely gifts from friends, this from Sarah

And this from Sam - which I love - my colours too!

Jo's card arrived (eventually after Royal Mail stopped being silly) and she sent me a fabulous hand made postcard which I love - check out Jo's post here to have a proper look.

Hubby treated me to some scrapping goodies and a gorgeous cup and saucer neither of which I've had chance to photograph.

Sunday was said 13 year old's birthday - he is now said 14 year old.

He was pleased with his haul of lego, nerf and Xbox games, we went to watch Guardians of the Galaxy which he enjoyed and then had an hour at Lock N Load with his Dad whilst I prepared tea.

And all too quickly Monday arrived and back into the working week, however getting chance to make some layouts was lovely.  The warmer weather (even though it's been somewhat cloudy) has been quite nice too.

Autumn has definitely started to make it's presence felt, I've seen so many fallen leaves recently that made me do a double take, I actually fancied picking them up, painting the leaves and trying to reglue them back to the tree if I'm honest, I'm sure I've not quite done with summer yet, however, the Beyond Limits visit at Chatsworth definitely marks the commencement of Autumn and therefore maybe I should just embrace it!

So that's my positives for the week, the weekend was full to the brim, the week was a mix of some positives but they are the smaller ones but overall it's been good.  The therapy of looking back taking stock and embracing the positives is something I've done for several years, it's a therapy I love to do, it's a therapy that I think others should do and enjoy and I think the world would be a far better and happier place if more people followed my lead, so don't dwell on the negatives but on the positives - you might be surprised at how good life feels when you do it that way.

If you fancy joining in, then pop a post together pop back and link up, at the moment it's just me and Kate that are joining in weekly, but we always love a new rockette on the block, or an old one returning - you are always welcome here.

Thursday, 18 September 2014


Good morning, sharing another layout from the A Charmed Life range of Simple Stories bundle that I bought from Jen at Wear Crafts recently, if you want to learn more then check out the Wear Crafts website

If you want to see other ways of using the same kit - then check out Jen's blog it's been fun to see how the two of us have been using the same papers and embellishments in different ways!

So this layout was fun to put together, I used some of the chipboard flag pieces, I cut out the frame for the photo from a journalling card, I actually cut it slightly in so that it created a decent border next to the photo. 

The cut out piece was then turned over and used as a shaped paper piece behind the photo.  A journal blog and title and a few flower stickers off the sticker sheet and it was done.

The photo was taken when me, hubby (taking photo), said 14 year old and sister visited a Japanese garden earlier in the year. 

Hope you have a happy scrapping day! 

Tuesday, 16 September 2014


Hello one and all, well I've been having fun with the bundle pack I bought from Jen at Wear Crafts from the Simple Stories Range, this one in particular - 'A Charmed Life'.

This is the second layout that I created from the kit.  Using elements from the pages, stickers, chipboard, a bit of hand journalling and away I went.

I tend to enjoy mixing papers and photos that 'go' and the fab thing with these papers is that the bright green in the papers is a perfect reflection of green grass, add a green t-shirt being worn by said 14 year old and it made for a great combination.

If you want to learn more about the Simple Stories collections then head over to Wear Crafts and have a look!  Happy Scrapping!

Monday, 15 September 2014


During the summer I was lucky enough to secure a bargain pack of papers and embellishments from Jen at Wear Crafts for some Simple Stories goodies as part of their 'A Charmed Life' range.  I was not disappointed when I received them, lush greens and blues, loads of extras included.  I've finally managed to start playing using the same, adding in some plain card stock I've really pushed this kit to it's limits.

First up a panoramic picture we took when visiting Barnard Castle - a fabulous ruined castle literally in the middle of Barnard Castle!

This seemed like a strange place to start, using the strips that you cut off the bottom onto a sheet of plain yellow card stock.  I added some hand stitching, stickers and a title with a brief amount of journalling.

I'll be sharing more of the layouts I've created using the kit over the coming days.  If you fancy getting your hands on some great kits then don't forget to pop over and to the Wear Crafts website and take a look for yourself - you won't be disappointed!