Saturday, 28 February 2009


The neighbours had three cats that they never seemed to love. They were always at our house for food and warmth - the cats, not the neighbours. This was Angie, although I called her Kitty.

Plum Heaven by Nicole Young

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Baby Laura - again!

After being washed in a washing-up bowl at the camp site this is me being dried by Mummy!

A Work in Progress - Primary Grunge
Font - a handmade one called Laura's Scribble

Another trip over to France in a jumper knitted by Nanny!

A Work in Progress - Breakfast at Tiffany's
Font - Roadway

Ferry Trip

Playing catch up with some old paper layouts that I've not uploaded. These are two from a ferry trip I went on in Scotland last year.

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Glastonbury Abbey?

I'm pretty convinced that this was taken at Glastonbury Abbey, it certainly looks Abbey-like!

A Work in Progress -
Fired Earth

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Couple More Baby-Digis

Getting out the papers is just more trouble than it's worth at times, so I turn to the digitals instead. I still haven't managed to get real copies of my "baby" pictures, must get on with that! Anyway, in the meantime, I'm very happy to digi them.

Toddling up the garden path!

Boho Chic Add-On and Autumn Dream - A Work in Progress

I don't think I was enjoying this ferry crossing one little bit. I do remember that I loved that jumper, though.

Blue Jeans - A Work in Progress
Font - Fashion Victim

Friday, 20 February 2009

The Palace Hotel

Just a paper layout for fun!

The Palace Hotel in Silver City, New Mexico. They had a very attractive lobby with this logo/artwork on the wall, which just had to have its photo taken. It's a rough take on Pencil Lines sketch #122.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009


Couple of layouts that I forgot to photograph. They're both road trip pictures. The first one is a statue of a burro (donkey) in Santa Fe and the other is me in the Tucson Botanical Garden.

A scraplift from Scrap, Paper, Scissors.

The paper for this is Rusty Pickle. It was one of the papers that came with the UKS Mystery Kit and I just had to colour it in, which wouldn't be allowed in the UKS contest. So I just went ahead and coloured this one in. Now the CyberCrop is over I can post the layout - I just forgot all about it for a while there!

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Baby Laura!

My father has been busy scanning slides of me as a baby / toddler / young person. At the moment I only have them as digital copies, so I've started going a little crazy with the digi layouts of them!

Using this one as this weeks weekly challenge. It was supposed to have a minibook attached, but I've lost my paper layout mojo so far this week, so I went digi. I'm admiring my estate at Longleat!

Pinku Pixie's contribution to the Zoo Spirit Collab
Fonts Willow and Arial

We used to "budgie-sit" for a family around the corner. Eventually we kept the budgie full-time and finally it lived out its days with my Grandma. The budgie was called Joey, but, as you can see from this picture, it's clearly a girl!

Summer Cocktail by A Work in Progress & Bright Eyes Alpha by A Work in Progress
Font: Nutshell Library

This little outfit was for Sleeping Beauty at Primary School. I was the Good Fairy who made her sleep rather than die after she got her finger pricked. I don't remember much else about it!

Enchanted Forest Collab: A Work in Progress & Sweet Blossom Designs

When my front teeth fell out I hated smiling for the camera - so this is a really rare shot!

Country Liv's contribution to the
Fall Splendour Blog Party

Monday, 9 February 2009

Digitals from the Cyber Crop

I didn't do all my layouts as paper ones, there just wasn't the time (or the Bazzill!), so here's some of the digis that I made:

Katie Pertiet's Challenge using some of her Little Forest Friends papers. John and I before the party last Christmas.

Wild Child by Vicki for Scrap 'n Art. John and I at the retreat in Bath last year.

Down by the Lily Pond by Mel's Lightbulb Moments. Willow Beach, Arizona.

Cyber Crop

Some of the layouts that I did at the UKS Whodunnit Cyber Crop:

Shimelles's Challenge: A Saguaro cactus! I love how this one is posing.

Spider's Web: Wupatki National Monument

Black & Blue: New Year's Eve at Sir Beville Grenville's monument.


A quick digi for the latest UKS challenge:

Scrap a Milestone - Abby's Wedding
No patterned paper - done
Use Red, White & Blue - done
Gold embellishments - done

Pamela Weiss Vintage Paper
Scrap Girls Freebies - Love Deco
Bon Scrapatit - Fall Splendour Embellie
Love Theorie - Brushes
A Work in Progress - Gold Circle Embellie

Saturday, 7 February 2009

Mystery Kit and Pre-Crop

Can now put up the two UKS Cyber Crop layouts. This first one is for the Mystery Kit, lots of black and white Rusty Pickle papers and some red cardstock. Have to say I wasn't really happy with the kit. All the inspiration I was getting was telling me to colour the papers in, which is illegal under CC rules! The other teams seem to have had alphas included in their kits, ah well, I'm not complaining too much.

So I finally just made this one layout. I'll be using the rest of the papers the way they were designed to be used.

Meteor Crater visitor centre.

For the Pre-Crop Challenge we were given an X-Files poster for inspiration:

Another Road Trip shot, this time of my Dad in a toy plane at Pima!

Thursday, 5 February 2009


Another layout for a weekly challenge. For this one we had to follow the sketch, use black/white, stamping and flowers. All bases covered on this one, although I'm not that keen on the result. I was able to use some of my Teamie Sue's flowers. Luckily she'd made them from the same BoBunny papers that I was using on this layout! They actually look deliberate, which is nice!

Saguaro National Monument

My father doing an impression of a Saguaro Cactus. I didn't post my last Saguaro layout, so, in the spirit of catching up, here it is:

Not a great picture, sadly, but you can see me doing my own impression. It was quite a popular spot, a lady in a car in front of us stopped and did the exact same thing. My inspiration for this came from this layout* that I saw before I went to America.

*You may need a UKS account to view that.

Updating the Blog - New York

I've been back through the last 100 posts adding on labels and I can now see how many layouts I've left off of here. I seem to have gone through phases of posting nothing but digital layouts and then nothing but challenges. However, my Photobucket is full of paper layouts that I've done and then not put up anywhere. Well, perhaps they're tucked away on my UKS gallery, but that fills up and has to be pruned. So. Now and again I'm going to do some posts of layouts from the past. Now I have labels enabled I can keep track of them.

So, I'm starting off with layouts about my trip to New York

Times Square and the Manhattan skyline.

A UKS weekly challenge. I think this might have been something to do with not using patterned paper and using stars.

Up the Empire State Building and looking out at the City all lit up.

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Just for the Donuts!

Thought I could multitask today by doing another 6x12, collecting some extra donuts and adding to my Road Trip album.

So I've picked up donuts for small embellishment, something to do with time and making a journalling block. Made from Crate Paper: Static and I really seem to be going through a phase of stitching swirls onto everything I do. I won't have time for that this weekend at the Cyber Crop. I'll have to leave gaps and stitch onto them later.

This is my 100th post! :)

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

North Rim

Made this for the latest Scrap Like You Mean It challenge. This week the theme was black and white - so I decided to use a b/w picture and lots of Crate Paper: Lemongrass. It's a lift of this - I love that blog, always full of gorgeous layouts and inspiration.

Of course, I later realise that it's worth a cybercrop donut because it includes tearing and therefore - something I've not done for a while!

It's a Magic Gourd

Bought myself some Basic Grey: Boxer in the DoCraft sale and couldn't wait to use it. I just threw everything I had at this layout, which is why it's so busy, but I like it.

I love that the papers have these intricate little details that you can cut out and stick on - although the white lacey bit did take a while to cut. Had also bought myself some new embroidery thread that I hoped would match some of my new paper collections.