Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Digital stamps, digital LO

Brrr, it is soo cold here, I hope everybody in nice & cosy in their warm and cosy homes.

First, I'd like to invite you to invite my check my new blog, there's a digital stamp giveaway.

And talking about digital, Shimelle Laine has 4 new releases in Two Peas. They have a Christmas/winter feel but a soft look with burgund/pink/blues and greys, and I can see lots of uses for paper pack. I am planning to use her page templates to document our Christmas, in the meantime I used all the 3 remaining packages in a single layout.

* Patterned papers: DigiKit - Wrap it Up Christmas Papers by Shimelle Laine.
* Word Art: Penned Words :: Christmas by Shimelle Laine.
* Snow Flake: Snowflake Stickers by Shimelle Laine.
*Brush: Cluster Brush set by Mary Wise.

Friday, 18 December 2009

She writes

More than anything, I like to scrapbook about the present time, specially the little things that might get forgotten or lost if I don't.
Like the page below, about a story that my daughter wrote. I made the layout soon after, but I intended to photocopy her story and include it in the layout. When I finally came down to it, I couldn't find the book nor could she - so at the end I copied another story she wrote, it's OK, but I'd rather have her first one...

Monday, 14 December 2009

Check out my new venture!


I have taken the plunge and started making digital stamps. Please check it here!

Sunday, 13 December 2009

PaperPlay and punches

I'm late to post it in my blog, but Kate set the challenge for last Thursday's PaperPlay Challenge. I loved this one, it got me to work on a layout that I have been thinking for a while but never got to do about my son's favourite books.

* Patterned paper: scraps from different sources.
* Chipboard Letters: Basic Grey
* Font: Times New Roman

I have some punches and they are rarely used, so I challenged mysef to use them for this layout. I used my oval punch to create the decoration on the left, and the circle one to create a little spot for the mouse.
Something was missing, so I added some stitching afterwards, I'll try to take a photo tomorrow and update it.

And while were are in the PaperPlay subject, Sandie is setting the challenge this coming week and she's also sponsoring the challenge, and she won't say anything else that it is going to be a BIG SURPRISE!

So don't forget to check the PaperPlay blog Thursday, 17th. See you there!
"Every night, at bedtime, we read him a story.
Here’s some of his favourites this year, the ones he asks to read again and again.
The Gruffalo He loves it and I love to read this one to him. I didn’t understand why this book about a mouse and a monster was in the bestsellers list, until I read it aloud. The beautiful rhyme, the perfectly chosen words makes this book a must for a little boy.
Charlie and Lola The adventures of a very small and very funny girl and her ever so pacient big brother. A favourite of Lucy’s when she was small, now loved by her very small and very funny brother. Mamãe loves the illustrations too.
Meg and Mog A book series featuring Meg the witch, Mog the cat and Owl. Cute drawing, simple and concise wording. Still in his favourite list.
Thomas the Tank Engine Liked little boys all over the world, Luke is no exception. His mother thinks it is boring and still can’t tell which engine is which.
In the Night Garden Babyish, very babyish, based on a TV series, lots of nonsense like “Makka Pakka Akka Wakka Mikka Makka Moo”. Anyway, a bedtime story that finishes with the line “time to go to bed” ain’t bad."

Friday, 4 December 2009

Calendar Photos

Every year I make handmade cards for my extended family. This year I decided to be lazy and make a calendar instead, I thought that I could select photos, upload them in photobox and order them a matter or an hour or so. Not so. Took me ages, I found that I couldn't customise it as I wanted regarding language and national holidays, and it cost me over €80 for 6 calendars.

In retrospect, I should have bought a bind-it-all machine, printed the calendar (a freebie), printed the photos and put the whole thing together myself.

But at least I got a LO out of it, with a simple design plus a bit of softness added by the handwritten month names. Handwritten by Shimelle Laine, that is, not me :-)

*Digital paper: Starburst Mini Kit by Shimelle Laine @ 2Peas
*Month words:
Digi Kit - Penned Words::Dates by Shimelle Laine @ 2Peas
*Butterflies: PSE brush

*Font: Times New Roman

To be honest, not all photos were taken in the month as labelled, but they're the ones I used in the calendar.
TFL and have a good weekend!

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

My boy is changing :-(

My darling daughter is a diva. Bright, talented and definitely high maintenance. After her, it was a relief to have an easy going - bright and talented too - little boy. He's just this little easy going, always happy kid. Or should I say, he was. Lately he started to show his other side, he now knows that he can be loud and high maintenance too.

It's definitely a part of his growing up, as they are other symptoms too, like all the "why"s that peppers any conversation with him, and his interest in his origins, so overral it is a good thing. But must he be so loud?

* Patterned Paper: Sassafras (Hot air ballon and border), Karla Dudley @ The Digichick shop (digi paper with pebbles)
* Chipboard letters: Pink Paislee
* Font: Adobe Caslon Pro
* Also: Acrylic paint, thread and black pen