Saturday, 29 April 2017

Best Friend

Sometimes people come into our lives and just make it sweeter.

As a  mother, my scrapbooking is mostly almost about my kids...and very rarely have I created a page about my husband (except, of course, when he was included in the kids' scrapbook pages)...
So when I saw one of the testimony prompts for CSI Case 228 was to 'journal about your husband'...it made me realise how I rarely scrapbook about him.



Our journey began almost 28 years ago when two independent beings with strong personalities collided. So it isn't any wonder that there are times when we drive each other insane....I think me more than him...but who's counting?

Although we have our moments, we are actually great together. He is my best friend and the one person in the world that knows me better than anyone else. He always jokes about saying how he knows me more than my mother does....and he's not wrong!

And so today through Case file 228, I celebrate him for the wonderful person, father, husband and friend that he is.






I was excited about the colour choices in this case challenge....especially the blues because blue is one of his favourite colours...

For my evidence I used a solid background, frames, chevrons, flowers, silver metal and puffy stickers. And besides journalling about my husband for the testimony, I also used the inspiration of home.

I had recently purchased a FabScraps kit which had a bunch of awesome chipboard words and frames, which were perfect for this layout. I used the word chipboard piece as my title and cut one of the house shapes from the other chipboard piece to create a frame. I covered these with gesso, then mixed some grey mica powder with embossing paste and covered the chipboard to create some texture on the chipboard. I really like how it turned out.


My title and frame during the gesso process


A close-up of the finished version of my title























I really enjoyed doing this challenge and look forward to the next one.

Thank you for stopping by...

Take care
Penny

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Happy Mail

Hello friends,

Now who doesn't like receiving happy mail...especially when you've just returned from holiday....

Happy mail sure does have a way of making us go a little bit crazy and beaming with excitement...or is it just me? Well, this lovely parcel greeted me when I got home and boy was I excited to get that paper ripping so I could see what was inside?!

So this altered shoe swap was hosted by the lovely Jessica at MSR (MyScrapRoom.ning.com) and she was also my swap partner. 

She altered this shoe so beautifully and I love how she 'blinded' it up...
Have a look to see what she sent me...





Love me some happy mail....any day!

Thanks for stopping by and checking this out...

Take care and craft on...
Penny 

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Altered Shoe Swap

Hello again,

Every month I tell myself that it's the last swap I will be participating in so I can do some of my other projects...and every time, the hostesses at MyScrapRoom.ning.com (MSR) add these really awesome challenges that just call to me...and then how can I say no? 


So yet again....I signed up for one of the challenges at MSR hosted by the lovely Jessica...

She had the Altered category and set us the challenge to alter a shoe using bling, flowers and lace...

My swap partner, Samantha, gave me some her likes...she wanted something edgy, black, red, skulls, etc.


I must admit, this did take me way out of my comfort zone some...but I thoroughly enjoyed making the pencil holder for her from a shoe I had bought from a Charity shop. 


I first painted the entire shoe with black gesso before I covered the bottom and inner soles of the shoe with red rose floral paper. I trimmed down kitchen towel inners to form the holders for the pencils or whatever else she wants to place in there and added black lace around the tops, although it's a bit difficult to see it because of the colour.

I then added spikes to the heel and around the top of the shoe. I added red and black flowers around the shoe and added a length of chain to add something dangly. I finished off with skulls in three places...

I love how it turned out and you can see the finished product on YouTube...where hopefully you can find some inspiration for your projects...




Thanks for stopping by and sharing in my meraki moments...


Take care

Penny

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Scrapbooking Life

Hello friends,

Over the last few months, I have been busy with a personal project that I want to share with you.

So I started scrapbooking in 2002..well, it wasn't really scrapbooking but it was some sort of memory keeping...because I didn't really understand what I was doing...and didn't have a clue about the products or process required for scrapbooking...
But these humble beginnings set me off on a journey of discovery that I've found both rewarding and challenging...and in which a forever kind of love and passion were born...

When my nephew was 16 years old, he lost both of his parents, so we adopted him....
In 2005 for his 21st burthday I presented him with my first ever "real" scrapbook album...filled with memories of his life and time with his parents...
A gift that touched his heart and brought a tear to both of our eyes.... 

This was the start of a new tradition for my family...because my children also wanted one when they turned 21 and is something they all looked forward to...

This March, my last baby girl turned 21, so it was with bittersweet emotion that I completed this last album...no more babies to scrapbook...but maybe the tradition doesn't have to end here and can carry on with the grandbabies...
For now though...I can focus on creating an album for my husband....he's the only one without one...

Anyway....even though I had all the time and notice to prepare for the creation of this scrapbook album...I still found myself run out of time and album...she just has so many photos...and time was against me so I tried to keep it simple...

Join me now on YT for a walk through of the album I have created for my daughter's 21st birthday...




I'm not very good with the whole YouTube recording thing....so forgive the crazy talking and the fumbling words or lack thereof...

But thanks again for stopping by and sharing in my meraki moments...and hope you find some inspiration...even though it was rushed...

Take care
Penny

It's a gift...

Hello again,

Everyone is born with a natural talent, right? 
For a long time, I have always wondered what my 'gift' was...and for a long time I hadn't realised that I was born to shop...I mean, I know how to shop for those special deals...
It has to be a gift!

Anyway...I can spend a lot of time searching through stuff until I find exactly what I'm looking for...and I have to tell you...getting my parcels through the post really excites me...it's like getting presents...even though I already know what I had bought...
Is it just me or does anyone else identify with this odd behaviour?

So for the past few weeks I have been a bit 'naughty' and bought all sorts of scrapping goodies...but I used my 'gift' to find some amazing deals...

Have a look at some of what I have managed to source....so exciting!




Thanks for stopping by and sharing in my crazy shopping ways...

Take care...
Penny