Monday, 8 February 2016

Memorandum Monday

Hey Monday! I think I'm ready for you, after a car based weekend which found us getting up at 7am on Saturday to take our elderly Land Rover to be MOT'd. It passed, which is an Excellent Thing. We need it next week, for a trip. Meanwhile, the little white car, the Learner's car, our Fiat 500, was out and about on an intensive training programme. Go on, ask me what I did for the first time this weekend. ..

I took our girl out for a driving lesson. 

It's been an interesting one, this learning to drive. When her brother was starting, I took him out right at the beginning. We had one rule: what happens in the car stays in the car: and it worked. We didn't fall out, although it does mean that - sorry - there's an embargo on the double decker bus incident; and I'm going to have to redact the bit about the roundabout drive round it, not over it!

Once, when we were out on a lesson, we bumped into (no, no: you are letting your imagination run away with you. We were parked up, just running into Boots for some toothpaste) one of his school friends, and her Mum, who expressed her interest in the fact that I'd been allowed anywhere near the role of driving instructor. My girls were having none of it, she said, for everyone's safety.

And, see, there's the thing: she has girls. Girl power is all well and good; but when that power translates into a heavy foot on the accelerator, and a mother with her hand hovering above the turns into some kind of inverted  battle of the sexes played out over a pair of "L" plates. 

So that's probably why it is now, several months after The (Not So) Small One first got behind the wheel, that I am finally able to report that I have given her a driving lesson. 

And I'd like to have it on record that no person - either inside or outside the vehicle - was harmed in the making of this blog post.

So, that's me. How about you? What did you do for the first time this weekend? Or maybe you learned something new? We'd love to hear!

Last week  Deb, Ruth, Fiona, Mardi, Stephanie, Helena, Barbara, Jane, Miriam, Mary-Lou, Maggie, Louise H, Sandie, Krafty Karen, Julia, Karen, Ladkyis, Susanne wowed us with their curiosity. You can click on the links to find out more. Or maybe get an idea for a post of your own? Have a good week!

Friday, 5 February 2016

Peek Inside My Head

Hey blog friends! How's the day treating you? I managed to get out to my early morning Pilates class, for the first time in weeks, and it has energised me enormously. I have rushed round doing everything I needed to do so that I'd have a little time this afternoon for some scrapbooking.

Peek inside my head...

It's been an interesting scrapbooking week. I've been spotting a word I haven't seen around for quite a while: "inspiration". It can't be coincidence that it has been reappearing in the week Shimeele and her (I think I'll say it) inspirational band of designers have announced their intentions to stir up our creative thinking. Inspiration: encouragement, spur, stimulus...

When I first started blogging I used to keep a list of intriguing ideas I'd come across, links to pass on and posts to point you to. Maybe the advent of Pinterest stopped me, maybe I'm not even sure how many of you are interested in scrapbookng anymore; but over the last couple of weeks I've spotted a few things which made me stop and say Good Idea! and I thought I'd offer them up in case one or two grabbed you. More personal than Pinterest, don't you think?

  • First up I have a new blogging friend I've been getting to know. Alexandra of Art Scrap & More makes some of the loveliest round up pages I've seen in a long time. it's a Life Project, weekly digest she calls 2016 in 52 Pages and it's such a neat plan I wish I'd started weeks ago. If you don't Project Life, you'll enjoy following along with this one
  • When I saw two of my favourite bloggers designing for  the same challenge site with such beautiful results I thought I should check it out. The Kraft Plus Challenge asks you with Kraft (and some other things besides: this month's postage stamp suggestion brought gorgeous pages from both Lizzy and Mardi). I'm going to be keeping my eye on this one.
  • I'm sure many of you will already have seen Julie's post about her new blog (and instagram) feature Private Patterns. It's by Julie, so it'll be fun and  a good read and certainly worth a think. You might have a pattern or two of your own to reveal.
  • Or if photos are your thing, what about Helena's Snap! Every Wednesday you can join the other photographers to post " a visually linked set of between 2 and 4 images". There have been some fiendish Snaps! ( and some thoughtful ones) already and I'm getting pulled in by the thought of how much fun it would be to scrapbook a few sets of pictures. I just need to get out there and take some.
I've been inspired by all four of these, though if you follow me on instagram you'll know that I have some desk tidying to do before I can even think of joining in. I posted my first very very quick video yesterday. It's a horror movie. So maybe before I start I'll put my feet up with a good book..

..which I found through a book review on Melissa's blog.

 And that's what's going on in my head today. Have a good weekend and I'll see you on Monday?

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

February Projects at Gossamer Blue

I'm laughing at myself here. I was just about to type Finally, February when I realised that it made no sense. I was only saying it because it sounded like a good way to start. Because January disappeared in a puff of smoke, or at least here it feels that way,, and I'm finding it a little hard to get my head round the fact that I have my February Gossamer Blue pages ready to post today. But ready they are,: two smaller sized layouts this time, both 8.5x11. 

The first has some Little E action going on. It's been a while since he made it onto a page!

From High In The Sky for Gossamer Blue

Here he is causing mischief by snapping pictures of his big cousin after he had been warned not to bother. The photos are a couple of years old now; but I'm glad I went back to them, because when I showed the page to the other main character, she said she couldn't remember it happening at all. That's the power of scrapbooking. 

Instead of patterned paper this page relies on a selection of Life Project cards to add colour and pattern. That top one, I know, is a phrase more usually associated with "love": but I think it works just as well to describe the activities of a six year old rascal.

I actually had three bigger photos printed; but I went back and made them smaller so my photo strip looked more energetic and a little more comic-book-y. Why did they give that different effect? Maybe simply because it doesn't take the eye as long to move along them. But it's one of those trust your instinct things.Try it, but don't be afraid to change it!

I made changes to my original version of my second page too.

From High in The Sky for Gossamer Blue

First time round, I wrote my journaling straight onto that beautiful green Basic Grey paper. It was a touch dark, but I was fine with that (because sometimes that's a good way to pull a reader in a little closer): no, what I didn't like was how flat it looked. So I decided to echo the speech bubble shape by gutting the green and slipping more white underneath. That's more like it! The little house stamp is included in the Main Kit  in February, as is the speech bubble veneer, which I managed to use on two different layouts. There'll be another one to see in the Inspiration Blog Hop later on in the month.

Both pages put together with items from the Main nd Life pages kits, and the Life Pages Add Ons available here

Monday, 1 February 2016

Memorandum Monday

Hi Monday! Fancy flying a kite? It's so blowy here today that I've just run out into the garden to check my rubbish dump lawn flamingo hasn't blown away (please don't ask; because he doesn't look as if he'd need much encouragement to have his photo taken). But I'm glad of the wind: it's time to get rid of a few cobwebs. I've been stuck in the house for too long!

I'm itching to take a trip

So eager to encourage myself in my day dreaming that yesterday I did something I've never done before: I bought a travel magazine, just so that I could look at the pictures, and wish. Does that sound daft? I'll be honest: I picked it up during the week, and told myself I didn't need it. I put it back on the shelf in the shop and walked away. But yesterday I changed my mind. I looked out at our grey sky, and the wet pavement, and I thought about blue sea and a far away horizon, and I went back and bought my magazine.

I've been flipping through the pages ever since, so it was worth going back for it; though it's all pie in the sky (that was "pie", not "high"), we don't have any big trips planned. But simply looking at those photos has felt like a journey in itself. AND I learned something new. I found it in an advert, so I've just googled it to make sure it's true. Sure enough: did you know that one in five of us has the so-called "curiosity gene", DRD4 - 7R, which makes us look for adventure and want to discover new things?  I guess you might have it, too: if you are here at Memorandum Monday to tell us what you did for the first time at the weekend. And that would also include:

 Becky, Melissa, Deb, Ruth, Jane, Mitra, Mary-Lou, Fiona, Karen, Mardi, Maggie, Rinda, Helena, Alison, Ladkyis, Cheri, Louise HSusanne and Krafty Karen

Go on, tell us what you learned that you didn't know before. It's in your genes. Oh, and have a good week!

Saturday, 30 January 2016

February Sneaks From Gossamer Blue

I've been looking for bright spots this week, as you know, and it doesn't get much better than the box of fresh scrapbooking supplies which hit the From High In The Sky workroom on Tuesday. Thanks Gossamer Blue! I've been cutting and sticking with as much speed as my sniffles can muster since then so that I have a few sneaks for you today. I'm seeing Spring around the corner

with these colours. And, yes, there is a little Basic Grey in there: let's enjoy it for one last time. Full reveal is 1st February and you can find more sneaks in the Look Book here
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