Saturday, 23 September 2017

Spotlight Saturday - My Week

This week has been a bit stressful, but we had some fun times too.

Saturday ...
Penny found some jeans from her 'before healthy eating/exercising' and was thrilled to see how much weight she had lost (and continues to lose!).

Sunday ...
Hugh and I were relaxing doing our crafting when I realised how lovely and sunny it was outside so we went for a walk in the park.

Monday ...
Penny and I try to go for a 30 minute walk every day when I get in from work. It was raining but it didn't stop us! We just used a brolly and wrapped up warm (it was so cold too!).

Tuesday ...
Ben is working in Cambrdige and living in temporary accommodation so he tried commuting back to Wickford to see if it would be possible for him to do that until he and Amy sell their house. So I got to spend an evening with him which was lovely!

Wednesday ...
Penny had a job rejection this week and her depression kicked in. To make herself feel better she bought ME some crafty goodness from the £1 shop!

Thursday ...
I caught up on some reading. I have nearly finished this book. It is missing the corner but I got it for £1 in Waterstones sale so I am not complaining! Only about 75 pages to go now - didn't want to put it down and go to sleep!

Friday ...

Penny got her MA results last week - she got a distinction! We are so proud of her. We wanted to take her out for a meal to celebrate but unfortunately I was poorly last week, so it got postponed to this week! We took some photos in the garden before we went to our favourite Chinese buffet and had a wonderful meal.

So that was my week! Hope that yours was a good one and that you have a relaxing weekend. I am off to see my parents - taking books and chutney - and looking forward to spending some time with them. See you next week!

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Spotlight Saturday - Scrapbooking Weekend

So, to continue from last weekend's post, I did do a LOT of scrapbooking over the Bloggers' Weekend - 16 layouts to be exact! I won't bore you with all of them though!

Our first challenge, before we even arrived, was a pass the page challenge - a bit like Chinese Whispers. The first person created a page and sent a photo of it to the second person - they scraplifted it to create their page then passed it on to the next and so on. However I forgot to take photos of them when they were all layed out on the table! Here is my layout though!

 My favourite of the whole weekend actually came about from one of Jemma's challenges. This was the 6 challenge - the layout had to include a title of just 6 letters, exactly 6 words of visible journalling, we had to use 6 different shades of cardstock or patterned papers, include a 6" strip of somthing, feature 6 embellishments and use either 6 photos or include the digit 6 on the page!
Another challenge we had was a page kit which Jemma had put together for us all. We all had the same kit and were only allowed to add photos, adhesive, ink/paint, tools and creativity. The differing pages were fantastic!
All the different layouts
Karen's layout
Ruth's layout
Kirsty's layout

My layout
The third challenge was a sketch challenge - we could take what inspiration we liked from it but there had to be something recognisable in our layouts from the sketch.
The sketch
My layout
I had such fun joining in with the challenges - they really made you think especially the '6' one!

Here are a few of my other favourite layouts from the weekend.

And finally, here are the great group of ladies whom I spent the weekend with. I really hope that they invite me again next year as I will be there like a shot!

Photo courtesy of Jemma
Photo courtesy of Jemma

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Spotlight Saturday - Bloggers' Weekend

Back in February I was thrilled to receive an email from Alison asking me if I would like to join her and other bloggers for a weekend away in Cirencester scrapping. Of course I said yes!

So last Friday I packed up the car with page kits and bags of other scrapping goodies plus an overnight bag and set off for the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester to join a group of lovely ladies some of whom I had met before, some whom I knew just through their blogs and others I had never met either online or in real life! I had a blast!
My first stop was actually at the station where I picked up 3 ladies who had come by train, Jacky (who I had met in London at the meet up with Deb), Kirsty and Mrs Wookie, neither of whom I had met, but I recognised them immediately!

Arriving at the university we unloaded all our goodies and took them up to the room. Jemma (our wonderful organiser) arrived shortly afterwards and we were soon helping to organise the room ready for 20 scrapbookers to have plenty of space to work!
Most people had arrived by 4pm and we all settled down to start crafting. Dinner was at 6.30pm and this was a great time to chat and properly meet everyone. After dinner it was back up to the room where we crafted away for hours! I gave in at 10.30pm and went to bed!

Rising early Saturday morning I had time for a walk before breakfast and time to take some photos of the lovely grounds we were staying in.

After a delicious breakfast (I'm dreading the scales at Slimming World today!) we all met back up in our crafting room and spent the day crafting, chatting, laughing, eating cakes (thanks Karen!) and sweeets and getting to know people who were new to us.
Jemma had organised some challenges for the weekend which were great fun - more about them next weekend.

Here is my table of lovely ladies, Karen, Kirsty, Liz, Kay and Tracey. I had only met Karen before but soon felt as if I had known all the ladies for a long time! We got a lot of crafting done, but had SO many laughs!
It was so nice to spend some time with Ruth and have a good chat and a catch up and the same with Alison. And it was great to meet Alexa at last - such a lovely lady. I have been reading Mrs Wookie's blog for years and it was fun to finally meet her irl too!

We scrapped until late again on Saturday - I went to bed a bit earlier as I was SO tired! Sunday dawned rainy, so I had a quick walk before breakfast and then returned to scrapping. We had to be out of the room by 3pm so at about 2pm we all started to tidy away our stash and help Jemma clear the room.

I had such a FUN weekend. I got a lot of scrapbooking done too! I'll share that next week though!