Friday, 16 March 2018

ATDML March Mood Board Challenge

Hello Scrappy friends (and others who read my random rambling anyway!)
It's the third weekend of the month again (swung around quickly if you ask me) which means it is time for the ATDML cybercrop weekend which always kick starts with a challenge. I love this board, the colours and the layout of the board itself and drew my inspiration from both aspects (but mostly the layout)

These are some of my favourite photos  from our New York trip last year. 

Hope you play along with this challenge too. 

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Book Club 52 - Week 11/52 Behind her Eyes

A dark page turner with a corker of an ending they said...Oh this one did indeed have the promised twist at the end which you don't really have time to process when another is thrown at you!! Just fabulous and I struggled to put it down.

The synopsis of the book I don't think really does it justice - this is so much more than trying to get behind what is happening in the marriage, I felt the lucid dreaming aspect of the book fascinating.

It’s said that the only people who really know what goes on in a marriage are the couple themselves. But what if even they don’t know the truth?

David and Adele seem like the ideal pair. He’s a successful psychiatrist, she is his picture-perfect wife who adores him. But why is he so controlling? And why is she keeping things hidden?

Louise, David’s new secretary, is intrigued. But as Louise gets closer to each of them, instead of finding answers she uncovers more puzzling questions. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong. 

I was excited to read that this book is in development for television and I for one would tune in for that!

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Book Club 52 - Week 10/52 SHELL

I have skipped sharing a couple of the books I have read this year to one of the most recent ones I finished at the end of February. The front cover drew me in as I slowly walked by the book section on my Tesco shop! I then read the back, was intrigued wondering if it would be similar to The Host or less supernatural? Again I find this book is aimed at Young Adults when I read the reviews on line (after I have read the book so there are no spoilers) but I wonder if perhaps it would be a little upsetting for them, could be wrong.

Amazon SynopsisWhat if you thought you had died, only to wake up in someone else's body? When Lucy, a teen diagnosed with terminal cancer wakes up cancer-free, it should be a dream come true. But she is faced with a life she didn't choose and trapped in a new body that isn't hers.

Don't be put off but what appears to be a horrid subject matter of a teen dying, this part is over very quickly in the book and very little focus given to the illness. It is more about waking up having had a body transplant and the aftermath of that. The book is written so well and one I have found myself telling several friends they need to read! I think this would make a fantastic film as well and was very easily able to visualise the settings of the home, the clinic and even the school scenes.

Really like this book, great read.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

February goals review

I had such a super productive scrapbooking month in February doing over 30 pages thanks to my ATDML design kit being utterly delicious new Kaisercraft papers, a new scrapbooking kit from Mind The Scrap and a month long alphabet challenge with them, plus my own crop pages, a couple of just because pages and mostly I think, due to having sorted out my craft room!!

I have sold off some old unused items and in doing so not only cleared some space but also raised enough funds to buy a second hand Silhouette Cameo die-cutting machine. It is going to get so much use for crop and my own pages of course and I am looking forward to being able to cut some nice 12x12 backgrounds and super-sized titles.

My goals for the month included decluttering which was started in the craft room and also we sorted all of my eldest son's room out too so I was able to make several trips to the Mind charity shop and help them raise funds to support individuals with Mental Health concerns and to raise awareness and help reduce the stigma associated with Mental Illness. There are several charity shops I could chose to receive my pre-loved items but this cause is close to my heart and the volunteers in the shop are so grateful and polite, plus I always get an email from the store manager thanking me for my donation and letting me know the good work they are doing. So win-win, house is less cluttered and I feel I have made a difference.

The first half of the month my making my own lunches for work and reducing my take-outs went well, not so much towards the end of the month but I am sticking with this goal for March too and hoping to improve. I want to make more of an effort to take care of me a little more and I feel like have had a perpetual battle with myself in this regard. I MUST make time and prepare!! 

Come on March then, I am ready for you!

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Feb ATDML Gallery with Kaisercraft

We were lucky to get to play with the new Kaisercraft Documented papers this month for the ATDML Gallery and I made this cute 3" minibook. Nothing new in the design which is based on this template using a sheet of 12" cardstock and scoring at 3", 6" and 9" then cutting along the solid lines.
I folded each square along the dotted line alternating from folding under and over and then adhered some back to back to make pages, and some leaving open at the top to make pockets. I then made a cover to wrap around the book, four small tags for pages and decorated the book in the school themed papers adding stamping an washi tape for interest (without adding bulk)

Monday, 26 February 2018

Book Club 52 - Week 9/52

Week 9 already although I have to confess I am on book 15 for the year and these two were nice quick reads at the start of the month from Heidi McLaughlin and her Beaumont Series.

The first book, Forever my Girl has been made into a 2018 release film as well which I didn't know until I had finished the book and went searching for the second book.

Goodreads synopsis: I was never supposed to be a rock star. I had my life all planned out for me. Play football in college. Go to the NFL. Marry my high school sweetheart and live happily ever after. I broke both our hearts that day when I told her I was leaving. I was young. I made the right decision for me, but the wrong decision for us.

A nice easy read, aimed at young adults I believe but great for escapism, and certainly pleasant enough to make me want to read the second book which is about the drummer and best friend from the first book. The characters were certainly likeable enough to have me wanting to read more.

The second book didn't disappoint either telling the story of falling in love the second time round and my favourite quotes is when the main character, a single dad, is talking to his son about the woman he is falling in love with 

 “I don’t think she likes my tattoos, and I’m very different from her late husband.”  Quinn rolls his eyes. He’s far too smart for his age. “I think your tattoos tell a story, maybe she should learn to read.

Shame I have to wait for book 3 now but rest assured it has already been added to my waiting for release list!

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Few more MTS Alphabet challenge layouts

Sharing a few more layouts from the Mind the scrap alphabet challenge for February.

C is for Circles and Celebrate made using the MTS Feb kit and a few embellishments

D is for Dreams, dotty paper and diamonds (ok just gems!) This was a labour of love after several attempts at cutting the file out on my silhouette and then backing them!

E is for Egg hunt, Explore and Extrovert!

and a heart page for Feb 14th based on the MTS sunday night scrap-a-long sketch of 11th Feb. Using up left over papers from a Mel Hand atdml retreat class here and grabbing a woodgrain background paper from my now newly filed "background papers" baggie!

Few more to share later this week but that'll do for now!