Thursday, 15 May 2014

Throwback Thursday - Summer!

Bringing a little sunshine your way on my Throwback Thursday post this week with a Summer layout I created 4 years ago for a sketch challenge on a Canadian blog. I cannot for the life of my remember the papers used here - anyone recognise them? But I am still fond of the layout style,  the shapes, the journaling around the circles in addition to the extended title too. Might have to scraplift myself here and try this style of page our again - anyone want to join me?

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Inspiration on every corner

Helloooo blog readers! 

I have been a busy little beaver again (indeed when I am ever NOT busy) with my walking training resumed (6 days a week) and twice a week in the gym doing weights and strength training combined with clean eating 6 days out of 7. I am determined to shape up and shift the very last of my weight and having been a plateau for the last six months something needed to change. The last two weeks have gone very well and I reached my happy place walking in the rain tonight, reminding myself no matter what that the time spent along walking is VERY therapeutic and I fell wonderful after.

It means that other than my crop each month and my ATDML design work I have scrapped very little - and I think another contributing factor to this was a messy crop room. So over the weekend I had clean out - phase 1 and sorted a of couple of bags of recycling and put together a few kits needing just the photos printing off. 

I also did a bit of research looking for new inspiration to kick start layouts. Sketches have always been a good starting point for me, and I love the Shimelle starting point layouts too such as this one. I also have found however than I am inspired visually by book covers, album covers, posters, adverts etc. My theory behind this is because there is usually a small army of creative people behind such images who have studied hard to mix elemnts and their arrangement together such that they capture us, draw us in - appeal to our structured selves or quirky selves, or inspire happiness in their use of colour. Whatever it is it works for me and so I thought I would share such images here. This weekend I am planning on creating a layout inspired by this image.. fancy joining in? Let me know with a comment below if you do!

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Throwback Thursday - Scenic Route "Me"

Well this page sure takes me back, created in 2009 as part of a UK Scrappers cybercrop challenge - how can this be 5 years ago - if I remember correctly I won a prize for this too! Papers were by Scenic Route (used to like their products) and I think this might well have been the start of my love of kraft cardstock!

Talking of Cybercrops we are busy planning and plotting in the A Trip Down Memory Lane design team corner of Facebook for a forthcoming cybercrop with classes and challenges from the ATDML team so watch this space for more news!!

In the meantime if you are playing along with Throwback Thursday let me know!

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Throwback Thursday - Canvey Island

My three squishy babies - photo from August 2009 taken in Canvey Island on a splendid day out - seems like yesterday so I can hardly believe it has almost been 5 years! Time sure does fly.  Pretty sure I have scrapbooked this photo but I cannot recall the page so I will dig out my albums and flick through to try and find it - and if I don't I think I may just have to print this off and remedy that!.

Joining in on Throwback Thursday? Let me know if you are below xx