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A Pre-Christmas Dinner 

16 Dec 17

On Sunday, we braved the snow to travel up to Leicester and see our in-laws.

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15 Dec 17

When was the last time we had snow before Christmas? A good few years ago I’m sure, and in the Midlands snowy days are very rare.

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The Ballet 

14 Dec 17

As Christmas approached last year I took my eldest to see The Nutcracker for the first time.

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Classical Flashmob. 

13 Dec 17

While in Birmingham at the weekend, we were in Grand Central shopping centre when we heard the sound of glorious singing.

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A Handmade Card 

11 Dec 17

Every year I have to choose one of the cards I have made to go into my journal.

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The Plan 

10 Dec 17

The plan for December is always a really quick and easy page.

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Click and Collect 

9 Dec 17

The prompt for today was about how Christmases have changed over the years.

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Cosy Jumper? 

8 Dec 17

Day three of the journal was about getting cosy during the winter months.

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December Second 

7 Dec 17

Another JYC page.

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December First 

5 Dec 17

A bit late getting moving with my journal this year, after a very busy weekend I managed to complete two pages tonight.

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JYC Number 10! 

30 Nov 17

The tenth year I will be making a Christmas journal, I’ve made a start on the album cover, adding papers and decorating it.

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Wood slice backgrounds 

28 Nov 17

One of my favourite issues of this year by Tim Holtz is the Wood Slice Bigz die and embossing folder.

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Stitched Decorations 

26 Nov 17

Every year I make a new decoration for the Christmas tree from felt.

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Stag Set of Cards 

21 Nov 17

Lots of stamping on this set of Christmas cards.

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Stamping onto Fabric 

19 Nov 17

At the NEC earlier in the month, Hannah and I visited one of our favourite stands ‘The Arty Crafty Place’.

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Autumn in York 

17 Nov 17

I’m sharing a double layout about a rainy day out in York earlier in the autumn.

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More Christmas Cards 

15 Nov 17

When I saw this ‘Home for the Holidays’die set by Tim Holtz, I really wanted to make a few of my Christmas cards using it.

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Stamped Christmas Cards 

13 Nov 17

I have been playing with inks and stamps to make cards for Christmas this year.

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Tim Holtz Mini Dies 

11 Nov 17

I spent a Sunday die cutting gluing pieces of card to make these very cute little embellishments to add to both my cards and possibly my JYC later this year.

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Anne Bronte 

9 Nov 17

While we were away in Scarborough I wanted to visit the grave of Anne Bronte.

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So Happy 

7 Nov 17

My daughter’s boyfriend has been working zero hours contracts for nearly two years despite having both a BSc and an MSc, at last he has managed to find a permanent job, so this layout is about this success.

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5 Nov 17

Another layout from our visit to Apple Day, when the kids found a few apples on the trees and picked them, rather than letting them become windfalls.

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The Green Man 

3 Nov 17

On Apple Day back in October in Castle Bromwich there were lots of things to see and entertainers on hand.

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Fond Memories 

1 Nov 17

The photos on this layout are of the donkeys on the beach at Whitby seen during our recent half term visit.

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Pumpkin Patch 

30 Oct 17

Firstly, sorry about the quality of the photo of the layout today, it was dark when I took it and with it being dark it was tricky to get the camera to focus.

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Northern Trip Part 2 

28 Oct 17

This post follows the one from earlier in the week about our trip to the North Yorkshire coast earlier in the week.

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A Few Days Up North Part 1 

26 Oct 17

We booked a last minute trip to the North Yorkshire coast at the weekend, staying in Scarborough and visiting various places on our way there and back.

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Die Cut Cards 

20 Oct 17

I made a start on a few Christmas cards last weekend using a couple of sets of dies and some fun foam.

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Another Old Photo 

18 Oct 17

I found this photo of an evening out for my sister’s birthday when we were in our thirties.

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Apple Day 2017 

15 Oct 17

Castle Bromwich Hall hosts a day to show the harvest of the gardens every year, we didn’t make it last year as the weather was so bad, but this year it was a lovely autumnal afternoon.

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A Pre-Scrapbooking Photo 

13 Oct 17

I had a sort out of my old photos a while back and found this old one of mine taken back in 2000.

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Girls Night Out 

11 Oct 17

I’ve been loving the Papermania Capsule Pigment collection, and used it to make this layout about our summer holiday.

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Hardy’s Inspiration 

9 Oct 17

While wandering around Dorchester back in August, I noticed a blue plaque on an imposing Georgian house.

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The Gilded Teapot 

7 Oct 17

In Dorchester, the county town of Dorset, there is a quaint little tea shop selling loose teas and coffee.

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5 Oct 17

What other title would be appropriate for this layout, two gorgeous rescue kittens we looked after a couple of year ago? Again I used up more of the Paige Evans Oh My Heart range (trying to make use of it before the next kit -Turn the Page- arrives …

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More Kitten Layouts 

3 Oct 17

Having found a few more kitten photos and wanting to use up more of my Paige Evans Oh My Heart stash, I decided to make two layouts using them.

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Beautiful Girl 

1 Oct 17

Here is Hannah looking very pretty at the start of the summer in Castle Bromwich Hall gardens.

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Him and Me 

29 Sep 17

Here is the layout that faces the pocket page in featured in my last blog post.

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Another Pocket page. 

27 Sep 17

I still had lots of small photos from a day Kev and I visited Arbury Hall so I decided to make one pocket page for the small ones, and a facing layout with the photo of the two of us.

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Ready to Fly! 

25 Sep 17

Another amusements layout today using Shimelle’s Glitter Girl collection.

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23 Sep 17

Looking back to my childhood, the bumper cars were my favourite ride at the fair or amusements.

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Birthday Bowling 

21 Sep 17

Bowling is the ideal birthday activity in the summer, especially if the weather is poor, so our whole family headed for the bowling alley back in August to celebrate my nephew’s 15th birthday.

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A Feast! 

19 Sep 17

On the harbourside in Weymouth, there is a restaurant we have been visiting for over twenty years while on holiday.

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A Project Life Style Double Layout 

17 Sep 17

As I had taken so many photos this year, I wanted to scrapbook some a little more quickly, so I chose a pocket style page for this layout about the beach.

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Our Spot on the Beach 

15 Sep 17

Every year we go to Weymouth, we always use the same spot on the beach.

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High Tea 

13 Sep 17

Back in 2016, the girls and I had a day out together in July just before the end of term.

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Dreaming Big 

11 Sep 17

I love these photos I took of Hannah last summer at Castle Bromwich Hall gardens.

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Wedding Card 

9 Sep 17

A friend of ours from church was married in Ireland over the summer.

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Seas the Day 

8 Sep 17

Back in the summer, the boys made use of a calm, sunny day to get out on the inflatable canoe in Weymouth Bay.

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6 Sep 17

Now we are back at school, it saddens me to see this photo of the beach taken back in August.