Monday, June 06, 2016

Colours of Summer and Giveaway Winner

Well my "go to guy" has been out of the country for the past three days, a stag do.... say no more.

As it was me and the boys we went to see the new x-men film, we were honoured to have No1 son accompany us. We ate pizza together, we entertained my sister and her two little ones. I caught up on some reading and found some time to make a couple of bracelets, and take some photos.

How was your weekend?

Thanks to everyone who left a comment on my previous post to win an EdieMae bracelet,  I used a random generated and the winner is Ruth at Furrypig. Ruth if you send me your address (scrapbook-me at live dot co dot uk) and let me know what bracelet you'd like from the shop i'll get it in the post to you.

Have a super week and see you all soon x

Monday, May 23, 2016

My "Go To Guy"

Good morning. I hope the sun is shining for you all.

Already I'm at work, it's an early start and a late finish for me today. Luckily my 'go to guy" is at home today so he'll be cooking dinner. At least that's something I don't have to worry about.

There's a story behind my husband renaming himself as "the go to guy". It has something to do with him constantly being asked to fix things or sort things out. For instance my friend pulls up outside the house and she asks him if he can straighten her number plate. My brother in laws calls to ask if he'll pop in to adjust his new toilet seat. My friends son calls around for him to polish out a scratch on his xbox disk. Then my dad gives him his broken petrol lawnmower, he get's it running like new, even offers it back, by which time my dad has already purchased a new one. Bonus, we get to keep the lawnmower.

I've lost count of the number of bike punchers he's fixed, and scooters he's tightened - not just for our boys but their friends too. Then there's the phone and iPads screen he's fixed, for others - not ours, ours are all still in tact. I can see why he felt the need to refer to himself as "the go to guy".

What about you - do you have a "go to guy" ?



Here we all are with our "go to guy"

Even though I'm not feeling the need to scrap at the mo, there are some stories i'd still like to record.

Thank you for your lovely comments on my new venture. Have a good week and i'll see you soon.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

New Beginnings

Hello...

It’s been a while since I was here last, the rugby season has ended and for the first time this year I've had a whole weekend at home. It felt good. i'm now hoping to spend sometime catching up with you all. 

A while back Clair invited me to join the counterfeit challenge team. I loved joining in and had hoped it would get me back into the swing of scrapping again. 

Unfortunately this hasn’t happened, for a whole host of reasons really. As soon as I feel the need to scrap again I’ll be sure to let you know.

Instead I have diverted my energies elsewhere. I have found a love for beads and over the last year my bead collection has taken over my scrap stash. Not really ("Jokes"  ....as No2 son would say). I did read an article though which suggested learning something new can keep your brain active and young. I figured I could do with the help. 

It started here and as I now have more bracelets than i can possibly wear I’ve opened a little Etsy shop ....Facebook page and Instagram account. I’m not too good with all this social media stuff so it’s quite the challenge. 


My shop name is EdieMaeDesigns and as a thank you to all you readers and commenters over the years I would like to send one of you a bracelet of your choice. If you leave a comment telling me what you like in my shop i’ll pick someone at the end of May. 



Looking forward to catching up wth you all 
Louise x 


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Challenge #3

I'm back today with challenge three, to incorporate a little bit of everyday life into a project.

As No1 son opened a kitchen draw to grab a straw, there it was. My bit of everyday life. Since he had his braces fitted nearly two years ago, he drinks most of his drinks through a straw. 

The green straws were a perfect colour match for the layout I was planning. 

My little Scrum Half 

When I first put my counterfeit kit together I was concerned with how i'd use it. Most of my layouts are boy oriented and with a pile of rugby photo's to scrap I wanted to ensure I would try and adapt the kit to include at least one rugby layout.

Keeping it simple with only two patterned papers I used paste and a Tim Holtz stencil for added texture. 
  
It was the 3rd January 2016.  It rained non stop. It was bitterly cold. They were the only club squad to play a game. They put their heart and sole into it and he enjoyed every minute. They won :) and guess who got to take the squad kit home to wash! 

Thank you so much to the counterfeit team for having me and for getting me back into creating. I've enjoyed it all - even after my initial kit shock :) 

It's a super way to use up stash that you may not usually pick out when putting a project together. I 'm very happy I have three more stories recorded and I'm sure I will be forging kits in the future x 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Challenge #2

Today's challenge is to choose a project from the  C'est Magnifique February Kit Post to inspire one of your own. 

I chose this 4x6 spread to inspire a 12x12 layout. The clean simple lines of the top right hand pocket drew me in. 


Here's how it turned out. 


what a difference 24 years makes eh! 


I used another fabric frame around the photo. I've had these frames for over a year and I'm so glad I included them in the kit and have now actually used some. 


What from C'est Magnifique 's February Kits will inspire you to create ? 

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Challenge #1 Shabby Chic Technique:

Good morning and welcome back.

The first Counterfeit Kit Challenge is to incorporate a  Shabby Chic Technique into a project. 

This challenge brought back memories of my early days of scrapbooking were I used a craft knife to distress the edges of paper pieces. I always wanted one of those distress wheels you ran along the edges.

Using the kit, the two techniques I choose to include are distressing and layering. 


My first background paper choice was the sheets of element paper.


Layering up many patterns, all edges were distressed....


...and held together with a staple. 


I love how it turned out. 

What shabby chic technique springs to mind for you? 

and which one will you choose to use on your next project?

He said "It's not everyday a bird whispers in my ear"

Friday, April 01, 2016

Counterfeit Kitting

Hello... and good morning.

Recently I was invited to be a guest designer at Counterfeit Kit Challenge - an excellent opportunity  for me to get back into the swing of scrapping and sharing. A little nervous I awaited details of the kit we would be forging.

...and here it is Cest Magnifique Kits . A very traditional kit.


If blogger allowed us to have emojis, right now you would see lots of shock, horror faces. 

Feminine, florals, fancy frames, flowers, lace.... eck!


Ahhh  but ...you know us scrapbookers we can't be beaten so I started to pull a kit together that would work for me - keeping in mind the elements shown in the above photos.


I started out by selecting my papers. The main thing that stuck me about this kit is the element of Black in it, hence the first paper I chose was:
  • Black polka dots (no pink polka's anywhere in my stash). Followed by, 
  • A bold floral paper (The only bold floral paper I have). 
  • A sheet of patterned elements paper 
  • A sheet of antique style paper (peaking out of bottom left hand corner)
  • 2x bold patterned paper. Red and Pink
  • and some small 6x6 papers. 
I added three sheets of 12x12 plain Bazzill. 
  • Black
  • Dark Grey and 
  • Yellow. 
Next up, I looked all through my stash to find some,
  • Fabric frames
  • Dollies, Twine and washi tape
  • Flowers (using these would be a challenge in itself!) 

To make this kit work I knew I needed to add some things that I could use with boy photos. So if you haven't noticed I included some rugby flair, Tim Holtz Stencil, Mist and Texture Paste. 

Finally, I would't get very far without a selection of Alpha. 


The one thing that kept popping into my mind throughout this was to keep it simple.

For me, a traditional kit is very overwhelming so I needed to create a kit, inspired by C'est Magnifique, that I knew I would want to use.

And after my initial shock, I have a kit I can't wait to use it. 

Thank you Counterfeit Kit Team.

Before I go you'll want to check out all the team members who will have fantastic kits to share.


See you soon x


Monday, January 11, 2016

It started with a .....

.....what's app message.

 From my lovely friend.


I do like a challenge and while I've been cutting and sticking for many years I do like to try out other things. 

"No problem" I said...rummaging for some threads. I wasn't sold on the crocheted bracelets - the wool wasn't doing it for me. So I set about making several macrame versions using hemp, twine and cotton threads. (It's amazing what us scrapbookers have amongst our stash). 

Sitting watching telly with a little basket on my lap, making up friendship bracelets, who knew it wouldn't be long before I was hooked, and like any hobby it wasn't long before I was sporting a colourful stash.


From making the first few plain friendship bracelets, I moved onto beads. And stitching. 
You know your poor family suffer when your brother in law says 
"don't you go making me any of those" I'm sure they dread my new hobbies!

Have you tried macrame? 


Friday, January 01, 2016

A New Year...

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year.

I couldn't see the new year in without saying a few words. For us 2015 ended on a low. Two weeks before Christmas we lost my very dear Great Aunt Chrissy.  She really was a treasure.  A beautiful person inside and outside and someone who played a huge part in our lives up until Dementia took over a number of years ago. When you were with her you laughed constantly. You really did. Nothing was ever too much trouble. Her outlook on a happy life was incredible. With so many memories it was hard to say goodbye.

Those memories are what we hold onto .....

So ..... here's to 2016 and making memories.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Me on Monday

Hello to all you Me on Mondayer's. A whole month has passed since I was here last. I apologise for not visiting you all.

On 1 October I increased my weekly working week. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Coincided with No.3 son starting secondary school and you know a little extra makes all the difference.

After a month I am still trying to find a balance. The work-life balance is working well. It's the rugby balance which seems more full on, more than in previous seasons. As well as weekly training sessions, we have morning games, afternoon games and it seems like an awful lot of tournaments.

This weekend for example... Saturday we left home at 8.30 am in the most horrendous weather conditions. No. 2 son played four games. We arrived home at 3pm. Thoroughly cold and wet through....and that was just me.

Sunday, we leave home around 9.20am for training10-12pm for No3 son with No1 son playing in the afternoon. Arrive home 3pm.

A whole weekend gone - more or less!

The increase in my working days, coupled with full on rugby weekends has left me with very little cutting and sticking time...sob. This isn't a moan. It just a way of me saying how our family life is changing slightly as the boys grow. It doesn't seem that long ago they were bathed and put to bed with a story at 7pm...leaving me to craft for a few hours. Especially when the hubster was on a late shift. These days we all sit together of an evening, it's not going to be long before they are off doing their own things so I mean to make the most of being with them...even if it means cutting and sticking will be a little limited.

Although I've been relaxing in the evenings...I've not been sitting idol... as soon as I can i'll share some pics with you.

I am hoping you are all good and I will get around to catch up with you all very very soon.

Leaving you with a photo from the RWC Fiji vs Uruguay game. Settled in our seats before the stadium filled up. 

Monday, October 05, 2015

Me on Monday

Would it surprise you if I said we had another weekend of rugby. It started with the Canadian team arriving in MK... the Canadian coach stopped outside work and the eagle eyed in our office spotted it. That night our local news covered the game and an interview with our club chairman. It was funny to see him pop up on TV.  It's quite something to have some of the hype on your doorstep.
Did you notice I slipped in a photo of me with England captain Chris Robshaw? :)  
My mother in law came to stay over the weekend. Bet she wished she'd chosen another weekend, one that wasn't dominated with rugby games. That's what happens in a house full of boys. We did pop out on Saturday for a tree top walk before drowning our sorrows after the England and Australia game.

Sunday came, all three boys had games. There were two losses, one draw... two hospital visits (not any of mine...but worrying all the same) ...  a medal and three pairs of achy legs, one sporting a massive and very sore looking bruise. Oh why couldn't they have been dancers or swimmers instead!

Tonight sees me hooking out our tickets for tomorrow nights RWC Fiji vs Uruguay game. We're all excited and i'll be back to let you know all about it.

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Joining Sian and all her Me on Mondayer's. 





Monday, September 28, 2015

Me on Monday

The weekend was one of washing machine buying, extractor fan changing, fifa playing, NCS graduating, pizza cooking and entertaining.

Seeing No1 son with the boys he's known since his first day at school here, makes me smile. They're always laughing. He's around 5ft 10/11 tall and looks like a midget next to the other three, who are all well over 6ft. He's on his tip toes in the middle row right hand photo.
All photos are from another mum who has a massive camera and takes super shots
It wouldn't have been a weekend without lots of rugby watching and playing.

We spent Saturday evening, just the five of us with chocolate, popcorn and beer, cheering on England. I often wonder what it would be like if my Grandad was still alive. With a name like Millwyn, he sure was Welsh. Born in Swansea, moved to West London with my nan (who passed away when I was seven, so I have a very little memory of her) There's no doubt he would have been outnumbered watching the game.

Sunday we rushed from his NCS graduation to his rugby match. Arriving five minutes before kick off. I 've never seen him move so fast. He was out of the car and flying up the stairs into he club faster than we could say "good luck". They played a good game but sadly lost. We arrived home for pizza, friends and the Ireland game. Sian...did you notice? we were cheering on Ireland.
While waiting for No1 son after his game. No2 son took the time to practise his kicking. I always think there's a lot of pressure on the kicker in a game. His determination will take him far.  After watching him, I'm in no doubt he can do it.

So there you have it...another weekend in my world, where sometimes it feels like all there is is Rugby! and rugby kit washing!

Today, Monday I was feeling tired. It might have something to do with all the wine we drank last night. It might have been because it was a fairly busy weekend. Nope....it was the wine! So while I was driving home from work No2 & 3 son...would you believe it, were still at school...for after school Rugby training!

You know sometimes I wonder what it would be like if I'd had girls :)

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