A Month Of Challenges!

moc_5_bringitHappy New Year Everyone!

I am very excited to be joining in with The Month Of Challenges at The Lillypad. Every day through January, a new challenge is set. This is my third year doing this and I can’t wait to see what I will learn this year. In the past two years I have been taken well out of my comfort zone and learned so many new digi-scrapping skills. It really is worth checking out and you are assured a very warm welcome at The Lily pad.

This is today’s page. The challenge is called ‘Brought To You By The Letter…’ As you can see, I went with ‘B’ and the story of Poppy Dog’s morphing name. Using Turning Leaves from One Little Bird and Take A Twirl Brushes from Lynne Grieveson Designs.

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One Little Bird Picked Me!

So, back in 2013, I discovered this amazing designer called  One Little Bird. I have used her stuff ever since and,as my style has become more minimalist, I am drawn to her products even more. I have also admired her awe inspiring creative team. Often thinking ‘I wish I could make pages like that’! I love the clean lines and tiny little embellishments and all the gorgeous white space.

So I scrapped away for the next few years, taking inspiration from all the talented ladies at The Lily pad. I learned all about photo editing and creating more realistic shadowing (still a  work in progress)! and just enjoyed preserving precious memories for my family.

Then in November this year, I applied for a spot on the One Little Bird Creative Team. I waited for the rejection email that would surely come. BUT NO! I was chosen by Peppermint herself to be on her creative team… WHAT!!?  #dreamjustcametrue!  I am still pinching myself and am just so thrilled to be creating for such a talented designer. You can expect to see many pages made with One Little Bird goodness from now on.

An added bonus is that Peppermints designs work so well with Lynne Grieveson Designs. So I am extremely fortunate to be creating for 2 designers who’s styles gel together beautifully. Lynne makes the most amazing stamps and brushes which I often use with One Little Bird stuff to soften my pages.

So here is my first ever layout as a One Little Bird Creative Team member 🙂 Using the gorgeous Shimmer Kit with a beautiful brush from Lynn Grieveson’s Iced.

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Tiny Wrens & Sketch Challenges

First up today is this page I put together using a photo Matt took of a wren (mattgouldphotography.com)

Using the beautiful kit, Iced from Lynne Grieveson Designs at The Lilly pad. The soft browns and creams are perfect for the photo. I think wrens must be one of my favourite British birds. They are so tiny and full of character. As I type, I can see one hopping about on the tree outside my window!

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This next layout features my son’s girlfriend who is going through a bit of a rough time at University. Her housemates are being unkind to her and even want her out of the house. All because she doesn’t want to go out and party all the time  she is ‘too quiet’! Can you believe that? Anyway, she is actually coping quite well and has the support of us all. So hopefully she will come through it all unscathed.

I’ve used a kit called Chestnut Lane from One Little Bird. It’s actually a Christmas themed kit, but just called out to me for this photo.

The layout is based on a sketch from Lets Get Sketchy. I discovered their site on Instagram. They provide a new sketch every Monday and I find I can usually adapt them to fit my style. The people on the site are mostly paper scrappers so it’s nice to add my digital take on it. Pop over and have a look if you fancy a go 🙂

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I received a Gallery Standout for this layout. Such an honour and so exciting. Thank you Jana 🙂

Cake Cutting &The Wild

Sorry for the delay between posts. Time is zipping by!

Anyway, my first Layout today is all about hubby Paul’s 5oth Birthday. Sophie made him the most amazing cake. It was a mountain scene from The Tour de France, combined with Star Wars lol. It was perfect for Paul and he was overwhelmed when he saw it. I love Sophies’s face in the photo as she watches the knife sink into her masterpiece ha!

Made using Table For Two from Sahin Designs and the fab paint effect/transfer is from Lynne Grieveson Designs

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This next layout features an amazing photo by my son Matt – mattgouldphotography.com

Using the beautiful kit Starry Night. I’ve used this photo before, but this time I have cropped in closer as I love the way the stag is calling. He is really putting his heart and soul into it!

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Home, Laps, & Lynne Grieveson Designs

I’ve been on Lynne’s creative team for quite a while now and she continues to amaze and inspire me with her gorgeous designs. She is a digital scrapbook kit designer from New Zealand and her kits are available in her store at The Lily pad.

I use lots of different designers kits and they all mix well with Lynne’s products. Her brushes and transfers in particular compliment my clean & simple style perfectly – adding a softness that I adore.

Her most recent digital kit is called Light Me Home, and inspired me to scrapbook all about home. Those colours are scrumptious and perfect for Autumn 🙂

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So this is my house…I don’t think I’ve ever scrapped it before. This layout also uses a kit called Gratitude from Pink Reptile Designs, also at The Lily pad.

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This page is all about Poppy Dog and her favourite lap … Matt’s! Also using Gratitude as well as This Month Captured from Mommyish .

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Perfect Weather for Geocaching

Just a quick post today. We have had some wonderful days out lately, geocaching. The gorgeous Autumn weather has been settled and mild. The trees are looking so pretty too, and Poppy Dog has been in her element!

I felt compelled to put a page together. Using mainly Woodnote from Sahin Designs. I put this page on Instagram, but realised that the writing is probably too small to read. So have put it here 🙂

 

 

Turning Leaves and The Plump Duck Café!

 

I love the Autumn kit ‘Turning Leaves’ from One Little Bird at The Lily pad. This is Poppy Dog messing about in the leaves in our back garden. I also really like that quote. I always try to  look for the good and the beautiful. Sometimes I think we are inclined to dwell on the negative. So go out there and focus on the positive!

So we were out geocaching at Petersfield Lake in Hampshire, UK. We had lunch in a café called the Plump Duck! It really was a welcome haven on a very chilly day. The hot chocolate was so warming and the toasted sandwiches delicious 🙂

So I made a couple of pages. The first one is using ‘Table for Two’ from Sahin Designs and focuses on the hot chocolate lol.

The second uses ‘Cosy Day’ also from Sahin Designs and is all about the little rubber ducks the café used for food order numbers. So cute!

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And this is  Paul (hubby) looking for the cache in the beautiful woodland surrounding the lake.

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