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Friday, November 9, 2012

Scrapbook Remix.....

I have been following along with Shimelle's Scrapbook Remix and have eventually completed a Scrapbook page for prompt 1.  Prompt one was all about colour.  So I was being very inventive and picked pink and followed along with one of Shimelle's layouts.   This layout is of my darling daughter Chloe when she was very young.  Her older cousins decided to play with her hair and by the looks of Chloe she wasn't too happy.    

Monday, November 5, 2012

On my wish list.......

You just have to love this couch from Kelly Rae.  Isn't it a real scrapbooker's couch.  I wonder, Christmas is coming and if I drop a few hints!!!!  I don't suppose they do international shipping.  Anyhow I can always dream.

Kelly Rae

Kelly Rae

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Learn Something New Everyday.....

Here's a few more pages from Learn Something New Everyday with Shimelle.  One thing that I have learn't doing this is, that I have 'more ideas than time'.  I've signed up to do LSNED for the last few years.  The first year I got to about day 4, the next year I read all the prompts, the forums and browsed the galleries and didn't start an album at all.  This year I was determined to start an album and complete it.  Well I've got to Day 19 and only have 11 more days to do!! 

So for day 5 the theme of my page is all about Time - so I based it on Mark Rohan, who lives not too far from us, an Olympic Gold Medalist at the London Paralympics this year.

Day 6 the theme was all about gratitude - so I based my page of my family who I am so grateful for.

Day 7 is all about what you do with your 'in-between-time'.  I am totally addicted to Pinterest, so when I have a moment or nothing much is happening - I start browsing and drooling over food, lovely crafts, fashion, photography inspiration - the list is endless.

Friday, November 2, 2012

A Halloween Birthday.....

It was my sister's birthday on the 31st October. Imagine having a birthday on Halloween - I bet you can guess the theme of my sister's birthday parties. Here's a quick card I made and of course it is a Halloween theme...

Thursday, November 1, 2012

GBCE 2012.......

.....was a 3 day event held in Athlone Springs Hotel a couple of weeks ago for crafters from scrapbookers, cardmakers, felters, jewellery - basically anybody who loves crafting.

Kerry of An Siopa Bui organized tutors and demonostrators for the classes and demonstrations.  Also a shopping village where we were all able to stock up on craft supplies - loads of retail therapy!

Unfortunately I couldn't attend any of the fabulous classes that were on at the Great Big Craft Extravaganza this year.  But I got to attend some of the demonstrations and did a lovely make and take with Louise and then of course I had to get the supplies she used from Create with Kate.

Here's my make and take:

I also had the chance to alter a lovely set of mini drawers with Graphic 45 papers - more shopping with  Create with Kate.  Kate had a sample of a couple of altered mini drawer sets and now I am totally hooked. 

Sunday, October 28, 2012


I have had this Halloween theme paper for a few years now and only finally using it now.  I made this wall hanging using K & Co Halloween papers and Tim Holtz dies (House, Lamp Post, Graveyard).

Monday, October 22, 2012

Scrapbook Remix.....

A New on-line scrapbooking class with Shimelle - Scrapbook Remix. Scrapbook Remix starts today, 22nd October, 2012 which is an online scrapbooking class that shares the secrets of mixing patterned papers of all kinds and then creating a range of pages with this combination. Shimelle will cover things like colour, pattern, scale, size, technique and more. It is all about why some patterns do and do not work well together. So looking forward to this class.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Autumn has arrived....

.....Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. ~Albert Camus

Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn. ~Elizabeth Lawrence

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Learn Something New....

Day 4.  Today's prompt is all about learning within the walls of your own home.  So I based my page on my daughter with a cup of tea and a picture of a seat in our back garden.  There's nothing like a nice cup of tea in your own home after a long day at work!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Learn Something New.....

Day 3.  Today it is all about goals - setting goals, achieving goals.  Today I based my page on photography - I love photography and one of my goals is to improve my photography.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Learn Something New......

Day 2.  The prompt today is all about learning, teachers, and role models.  To me my most influencial role models/teachers would have been my parents.  It is only when you have your own children you realise how much they do for you over the years.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Learn Something New.....

....Day 1 is all about 'MAKE EVERY DAY AN ADVENTURE'.  For this prompt I based my page on my son Ciaran who will be heading off soon on his own big adventure to college.  As his mother I'm not looking forward to it but I am excited for him and hoping he'll enjoy this chapter in his life.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Crafting Ireland.....

Back in May (yes May), Crafting Ireland held a fun crop in the Athlone Springs Hotel.  There were spaces to crop, fun demos throughout the day, and a raffle for some fanastic crafty prizes.  There was also a shop brought along by Create with Kate.

On the day the lovely Felicia gave a tutorial for a stunning Mini Album.  I made one on the day and just have to put the final touches to it.  I also made a second one as a birthday present and I used Graphic 45 papers which gave it a very vintage feel.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Learn Something New.....

Everyday.   Yes it is that time of the year again when Shimelle's 'Learn Something New Everyday' online course starts again.  This year I am determined to complete this course.

"Learn Something New is all about being aware of the world around you and taking away one little lesson from that world each day for a month. You can approach it in terms of gratitude. Or patience. Or steps toward a goal. You can then take on the documentation in any style you want: write in a journal. Make a minibook. Write daily blog posts. Take a daily photo. Use pocketed page protectors for a one-month addition to your albums or a September focus for an on-going Project Life album. Work with paper or pixels. Write a little or a lot. Total creative freedom to make it work for you."

For my mini album I am using a small sketch book which I have altered.  I have a couple of Amy Tan's Day books but there wasn't enough pages in them so I decided to use this sketch book based on her day books.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Cliffs of Moher.....

We recently spent a few days in Clare where the sun actually came out.  One of the evenings we headed off to the Cliffs of Moher.  Here's a few pictures.

Monday, August 27, 2012

A Day at the beach....

When we were in Clare we spent a couple of days on Fanore Beach near Ballyvaughan.  The weather was glorious so we took full advantage.  I'm looking out the window now at the rain and imagining lovely clear blue skies.....and wishing we were back at Fanore beach.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Burren Perfumery........

Spent a lovely morning in The Burren Perfumery in the heart of the Burren, Co. Clare a couple of weeks ago.  A tradtional soap and perfume making centre where you can visit the soap making and still room where soaps, creams, oils and herbal teas are prepared using traditional methods.

They also have an extensive native herb garden with information on their traditional uses.  The garden also contains a number of small areas where people can sit and relax in the quiet of the Burren.

After our ramble around the gardens and perfumery, we then relaxed in the rose covered Tea rooms, which serve a mouth watering selection of organic cakes, scones and pies.