Monday, 22 January 2018

A Resolution?

Looking back through previous journals I know that I rarely -if ever- make a New Year resolution.  This January on Facebook a friend sent me a copy of this postcard about reducing our use of plastics. 

I have had my concerns about the amount of plastic waste in landfill and that much is finding its way into the sea. In addition, plastic is made from the precious non-renewable resource crude oil, what a waste to simply throw it away.

So I decided to make a resolution this year to waste a little plastic as possible by using these top tips, I do need to print a copy and stick to the fridge as a reminder.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Mother's Ruin

Gin has always been a favourite tipple of mine, even before last year's urge in its popularity.

As there are so many types of gin available now (and we seemed to have a range of examples!) I decided to make a page about them for my journal.

Back to Jolly Holly papers, a 6x4" card, embellishments and Thickers for this page.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Harry Potter Gifts

Katie received many gifts from the world of Harry Potter this year: a wooden box for storing quiddich kit (she could use if for wool!), a wand, Hogwarts pyjamas and a lovely glittery Slytherin clutch bag.

We saved some of  the tags that came with this year's gifts, so I used them on this page.  I also included Graphic 45 Halloween papers, as they have green on them along with the purple and orange they do not stand out too much within the journal. 

Tim Holtz embellishments and the Holly Jolly date tie the page in with earlier layouts.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Christmas Visitors

Good friends of ours came to visit between Christmas and New Year, it was nice to have the time to see them.

We had lunch together, my friend's children range in age from 27 to 4, and the youngest four came with her. I took many photos on the day, her youngest enjoyed playing with my daughter's hamster and we made real inroads into the post Christmas leftovers at lunchtime.

The 4 pocket page was ideal for 3 little photos and a quick page as the space for embellishment was limited.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Happy New Year!

A set of 3x4" pockets for my New Year's Day page, but only one photo.

We had brunch after a long lie in, I used the rest of the page for the journalling and date.

The 'hello' die is by Pete Hughes for Sizzix; I used a gold striped card inside another pocket and added striped Thickers on the outside for a change.

Just 5 days to go!

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

New Year's Eve

My sister contacted me on New Year's Eve asking me me if our 'famous New Year party' was on; of course it was!

We had a full house with my sister's family, all my kids along with Hannah's boyfriend and a night of fun planned.

We started with takeaway food; after a week of cold cuts it made a welcome change.  Then cocktails and singing of karaoke, and just after midnight a firework display courtesy of my son.

Three photos on this page and layered tags for the journalling, I tried to use up as many of the die cuts as I was getting so close to the end of the journal, so I also used two of the Tom Holtz die cuts too. End of December, not far to go!

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Review of 2017

I always enjoy making this page, looking back through my photos from the year and choosing 12 to sum up what we have been doing. I used Photoshop to add the dates and adjust the sizes (every year I forget how to do this!) before printing.

To fit on all the photos I made a double page layout, giving me room for the journalling too.

On the first page, I summed up the year overall, the stamp and rubber embellishment are by Ali Edwards 'Review' set.

On the right hand page, I used a dated journalling card from the set to make a brief comment about the photos. The tiny word stickers are also from the Ali Edwards set, ideal for this page