Thursday, 30 June 2011

Field Trip

What do you do when Nursery School is closed because of strike action by the teachers?  Why, you organise your own field trip, of course.  You and your son go here ...
You get there for opening at 10am and soon realise that every mum in London, and then some, has had the same idea.  This shot above was taken in the queue; the entrance is at the bottom of the tower you can see.
Never mind.  Because you know that your son will love the creepy crawlies ...
And the volcanoes ...
And the Earth section ...
And that you get to spend a few hours in one of your favourite buildings ...
What you might call a result.
Back to school tomorrow.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011


The person who invented Crocs should, in my opinion, be locked up by the Fashion Police and have the key thrown away.
They are truly hideous things and I believe that Anna Wintour, editor of US Vogue, agrees with me.  Goodness, who'd ever thought that AW and I would agree on anything fashion-related, given that I am frequently in need of the Fashion Police myself ...
However, put them on the feet of a 4-year-old and they achieve cult status in the world of cuteness.
In my opinion.
I can almost forgive the Crocs' designer for the error of his ways.
What about you?  Are you a fan of Crocs?

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Heat & Thunderstorms

Today's weather is unbelievable!
Earlier it was still 30C up in the loft office ...
but look at what was happening outside ...
Looks like it's an afternoon for tackling the ironing mountain.

Wit Or Wisdom: #24

Monday, 27 June 2011

SAG Challenge #2

Over on the SAG blog this week, Amy set the challenge for adding conversational journaling to your LO.  This is Amy's digi example ...
... and I liked it so much I scraplifted it.
I have recorded how DH and I have changed our approach to our son's behaviour.  In particular, our approach to our son's behaviour when he goes to indoor parties.  He now gets to take the lead and does it really matter if his approach isn't what could be considered mainstream if he says at the end he had a good time?


Check out the temperature in DH's loft office at 10.29 am this morning.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

How Does Your Garden Grow?

My Uncle very kindly emailed DS a photo of the radishes he (DS) helped to plant during half-term.
There's a scrapbook page here, isn't there?

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Shimelle's Sketch Of The Week

This week, a fairly simple and straightforward sketch.
Another page for the work-in-progress album about the time I was lucky enough to work for the Royal Ballet School.  The journaling reads: Glamour?  There's nothing glamourous about backstage at the ROH at all.  Utilitarian is the best way to describe it.

Project Life: Week 12

Week 12 saw the grandparents (my mum and FiL) staying with us.  We had the day that required resolve and strength.  There was time in the coffee shop, just me and my mum.  I worked on the new flower bed.  DS ran around looking very cute.  Our lovely Chelsea Pensioner friend came to visit.  London 2012 emailed to say that we had been unsuccessful in our bid for tickets. 
DS received a thank you card from Miss V.  The school informed us that they will be closed next Thursday due to strike action.  The fox came to visit.  The flush unexpectedly broke on the downstairs loo.  DS listening to this CD.  Roses, just because.
The journaling card has been left blank at the photographing stage, as some of our story from last week is not for sharing. 

Friday, 24 June 2011

A {Not So Private} Nightmare

Of all the things about motherhood that fill me with horror and is enough to make me publicly disown my child, it is the occasion when he chooses to have a tantrum when we are out.
Like the tantrum he had because he didn't want to have a make-sure-wee before leaving the coffee shop.
The coffee shop we'd gone to on the spur of the moment.  Because I wanted to treat him.  Because the sun was shining.  Because the rain had stopped.  Because we could.  Because Wimbledon is on the BBC every afternoon for the next 10 days.
Sticking to the usual collection-from-nursery routine now appears to have been the safer option ...
What's your not-so-private nightmare?

52 In Black & White: Week 25

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Design Your Life: Week 8

Week 8 is a continuation of designs using emphasis as the focal point.The 1st example shows how by placing the focal shot (7x5) on a large mat and positioning at the bottom, the eye is drawn away from where it would naturally fall ~ the top.
Example #2 shows that the drama of a big photo is undeniable.  This is something that I've never really considered before, but it does actually pack a punch.  Paired with a simple design on the opposite page, the eye is drawn exactly to where you want it to be.

My goodness, just how much faffing was that to get the photos uploaded.  I'm beginning to think about Wordpress in a new light ...  

Blogger It!

I had planned to post about week 8 of Design Your Life this afternoon, using 3 LOs of DS as illustration.  Blogger, however, has other ideas and is refusing to upload any images.  I mean to say, what's a post about scrapbooking if there aren't any LOs to look at ...

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Project Life: Week 11

Week 11 turned out to be a busy one.
DH planted out our new flower bed (he conceived the design layout and chose the plants) and I cooked the first of many recipes from the Family Dinner cookbook. 
I used an insert from American Crafts to show all DH's hardwork ~ a three 6x4 double sided page protector.
I used a second insert (Pink Paislee, I think) to show photos of DS from Party In The Park (plus invitation), another party invite for this coming weekend, an email from Oxfam about Gift Aid received from my donations.
The reverse of the second insert holds the list of plants in the new bed and a photo of birthday cupcakes.
The final page shows a moving card from acquaintances who have now left London and photos of highlights of DS's week.

Monday, 20 June 2011

SAG Challenge #1

Those lovely, not-so-Simple Aussie Girls have set their first challenge.
Here's my response.  In real life, this has now been mounted on to a sheet of white 12x12 cardstock and will go in to our 2011 album.

Unexpected Visitor

Sandie's Blogaversary Blog Hop

Good morning and welcome to Sandie's Blogaversary Blog Hop, where we are celebrating Sandie's 1st Blog Birthday and all that is good about blogging.  If you are following the Hop, then you've most likely arrived with me via Lynn, and you are very welcome.
For me, the best thing about blogging is the chance to link up with like minded people.  I'm a scrapbooker and although I live in West London (in a borough of approximately one million people), I've yet to come across many scrappers locally.  By joining online classes, like the ones run by Shimelle Laine, and joining in with online projects, like those favoured by Ali Edwards, I've met loads of women with interests similar to mine.
And I've even been lucky enough to meet two of them in the flesh ...
 ~ Me with Mel of I Speak Melsh blog ~
~ Me with Sian of From High In The Sky blog ~
And I shouldn't forget these lovely ladies from across the globe ...
~ Chatting via the magic of Skype ~
To complete the Hop, you should head on back to Sandie.  Should you get lost at any point during the Hop, head back to Sandie, where you'll find a complete list of participants.   But before you go, if you are collecting letters in order to be in with a chance to win Sandie's giveaway, then you'll need this letter ... G.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Shimelle's Sketch Of The Week

The idea this week is to use an oversize photo.  Thing is, I couldn't get the look I wanted on a 12x12, so I've gone with 8.5x11.  The 12x12 will be looked at again in a few days.  This is another LO destined for my One Little Word album.

This {Kodak} Moment

Worthy of extra large, wouldn't you say?

Saturday, 18 June 2011

This Moment

Yesterday, DH and I had to use all our resolve and strength to get through what promised to be a tough and emotional day.  However, I remembered in time that this day had a place in our story, our Project Life, so I asked mum to take a photo of us.
See my arm?  My Nana used to stand with her arm like that when she was photographed ...

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Design Your Life: Week Seven

This week the design emphasis is all about, erm, emphasis.  The stuff that stands out in comparison to other stuff.  The stuff that tries to grab your attention.  A focal point.
Layout #1 aims to show a basic focal point achieved through size and placement.  Emphasis remains on the larger photo.  Adding the title over the main photo serves to boost what Cathy calls the attention getting factor.
Layout #2 attempts to show a 6x4 photo as the focal point. Because, let's be honest, 6x4 is the most common photo size for the majority of us.  Creating a large mat and gathering the title and the journaling together results in a strong area of emphasis.
 As both of these LOs are 8.5x11, I've put them into my One Little Word album.

** Don't forget that you can check out more Cathy Zielske inspired layouts by hopping over to Simple Aussie Girls ~ you'll find a very warm welcome. **  

Wit Or Wisdom: #22

~ Rain stops play ~

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Party In The Park

It's really great to be four.  You can leave nursery school at lunch time and head straight off to the park with Little Miss V, who just happens to be celebrating her birthday, and five other wee pals. Once in the park you'll enjoy a picnic ...
You'll enjoy running around chasing bubbles ...
You'll sweet talk Little Miss A's daddy into throwing airplanes for you, again and again ...
You'll sing Happy Birthday to lovely Little Miss V ...
And you'll enjoy birthday cupcakes ...
All in all, it really is pretty fabulous to be four.
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