Friday, 27 May 2011

My little reader and March Summary

She loved that we read stories to her every night before going to bed. Since both her parents love to read too, I assumed that as soon as she became a proficient reader, she'd read books too.

But it wasn't the case, we'd buy books for her, go to the library with her. And occasionally, if we insisted, she'd read a book. One of the thin, silly ones, about fairies and the likes. It drove me insane, how could a girl with a pile of books to read say she was bored and had nothing to do? Surely, you have a BOOK??!!!

Then I found some books I thought she'd like, her goodmother gave her one. And she liked them. Then I bought her a book, the first from a series, to bring with her for our Easter break. She devoured it and we had to go to a bookshop to get the next one from the series. She finished it in one evening so the following day my husband got more 3. During the 5 day break she finished the whole series  but one which we couldn't find .

Going from one extreme to the other in a matter of months.

March's summary layout - I misted the border, I seem to be in a border phase. I think all of my recent layouts have a border, even if it is only implied like the one above, where I left a thin white border around the whole layout.

The pen sketched grid is a digi by Ali Edwards - very simple, one of the things I like about Ali Edwards is that most of what she does are simple and anyone could easily replicate (apart from her fabulous handwriting) but she has an eye to put things together that makes them special and original. I haven't put the list of supplies because I've been  lazy, but Ali's digi is available at Designer Digitals.

Have a good weekend!

Tuesday, 17 May 2011


When he started school in September, he discovered an interest for numbers. On occasions he'd actually ask for "sums", that is, easy addition and subtraction questions. And he says his favourite number is 199. He thinks it is hilarious to start counting 1, 2, 3.. and then to drop 199 in the middle of it. I am not implying that he is gifted or anything like that, just that he likes numbers. And that's cool.

Also cool is that 199 is a prime number.

Done for a Studio Calico challenge.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011


The title should have an exclamation mark, but when I tried to add it to the "p" it looked awkward. For an Studio Calico challenge.

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Decomissioned photos

This two photos were hanging on a wall at home for ages and finally got around replacing them for more recent photos of my children. But I couldn't throw them away.

One of my favourite photos of all times, it is the first time I scrapped the same photo twice.

And my son's photo. My husband can't understand why I like this one so much. I know is mouth looks funny but the mischievous look in his eyes are so him.

TFL and have a good weekend!

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Best Mates

My son and his best friend. I remember my daughter and her best friend at the same age; they fought almost as much as they played and I always felt like UN personnel in a peace keeping mission. Not those two, they hardly argue and they never had a fight. And if they don't agree, they seem to find a way around the problem without having to require my diplomatic interference... :-)

Monday, 2 May 2011

Birthday Layout and a digi freebie

My little girl was 9 in February.  This year she went for a small party, only a few friends over for a DVD, popcorn and pizza - she loved every minute of it. I was in a complete non-photographic mood on the day, so I used a photo taken a couple of days after.

* Patterned paper, mist and buttons: Studio Calico
* Pen: Uniball signo
* Font: Century Gothic (journaling)

While I love experimenting, I still find that when I look back at the old layouts, the ones I still love are the simple ones. Like this one. The only thing I am not sure about it is if it suitable for a birthday layout of a 9-year-old. It might be a bit .. how do I say ... not girly enough, maybe?

Now I have a great idea for a girly page, which I might try for something else. I wish I had thought of it when I was doing this page.

Now a complete change of subject. If you have this punch - Photo labels large punch by EK Success - you might be interested in what I have to offer:

The "large" is a bit misleading, the punch is big but not the labels. Anyway, the labels always looked a bit bare when punched them into plain paper, I was always wishing for a border around. Studio Calico has suitable stamps, but I am a lousy stamper, so I thought I'll make a digi with all of them in the same position as the punch so I can print and them punch the 3 labels together. Easy, right?

No so, at least for me, it took ages to get the shapes right and then to position in the same way as the punch. (Yes, I punched and scanned the "left over", but still it took ages). To spare someone the same grief I'm sharing my labels here.

and in blue:

Click on the image to increase it, then save it. Print it and trim the paper on the printed line so you can align it easily with the punch. It's not perfect but good enough.

I just realised now you'd like to see how it look once punched, so I quickly scanned this: