Sometimes you just dont notice the time flying by you. Over the last few weeks I have had scrapbook Apprentice work to do, a birthday 2 birthday parties to organise and co-ordinate, my dads memorial party, a trip to swansea and 4 out of 5 of us being ill!!! And then you realise you havent even started your xmas shopping!! Wheeeewww ok! But really I dont know where the time has gone!! This layout was the class I taught at Modscraps crop last month- another on a LP - I cant help it I love using them!! Anyhows I am waiting in for my kit stash which will hopefully be ready by the end of the week! I can let you know that its Dream street papers (the Simply Stated range) Am loving black and white papers at the moment- as soon as they arrive I will post a sneek for you :)
The stashaholics team did the team challenge over on uks a few weeks back here was my attempt - did anyone notice the 7inch LP?? The challenge was to use old stash and recycled things! Felt birdies have been another thing I have been working on. I love sitting infront of the tele stitching these little guys these ones are for my grandparents tree Have a good day!
Well I have been busy - my scrapping stash had finally started no taken over my dining room!! One whole sideof the room was covered with boxes full of stash!! I promised James I would sort it, so persuaded him to take me up to Ikea for some new storage.
I spent all weekendsorting through my stash, and sorting my buttons (which have now all been sorted in to jarsby colour- they look sooooo pretty!! I knew I had alot but really I have alot of buttons!!! I find my space in the dining room works so much better now especially for scrapbooking!!
Talking of scrapbooking I have a few sneek peeks for you that I have been working on for the scrapbook apprentice!! I had to make 2 layouts and 2 cards and I really dont like making cards- its just not my thing!!
As promised here is a sneek peek of the class I will be teaching at Modscraps crop on the 22nd nov! Yo uwill need one 8x6 portrait photo or 2 smaller ones (landscape) and you can see the colours we will be using- these papers are lush!!! Ellie made a fab decission choosing these for the class. I really hope you like it. Will figure out what else you shoud bring with you. Oh my boys are argueing!! back in school tommorrow though!! We had a lovely day out on sat, we went down to St Fagans near Cardiff, it is really good the entrance was free so all we had to pay for was getting there and parking. The celtic village was my fave bit (even if I did come out smelling like a bonfire!!)
My only boy that would dress up was Calann, I turned the pics to sepia when I got home. James took this really lovely one of my - do you like my hat?
These huts were great you could see and smeel the smoke a mile off- I coughed when I went in -lol I am a wimp!! I cant wait to scrap some of these with my new stash!!!
I had to show you this pic I took yesterday- hessss soo cute!!! Mr monster got very very muddy!!! lol Have a good day
Today the 12 scrapbook apprentices were announced- I am one of them!!!
I love halloween- its one of my favourite times of year!! (It always helps that my b'day was the day before) We bought 4 pumpkins Well 1 pumpkin and 3 munchkins!! I helped the boys carve theirs but ran out of time to do mine as I went shopping.
I am very fortunate the family gave me money for my birthday which meant I could buy some dresses I have had my eye on (5 in total (but 3 totalled £9) I loooovvvvvveeee shopping for clothes!! James bought me the pride and predjudice (the 90s version!!) I love it!! he also bought me a hot knife!! which is a soldering iron with a craft knife blade to making cutting really easy!! (I am such a cheat!!) This pic of Ev makes me laugh!! - You can just see him saying 'mum stop taking photos!!'The cheeky boy started to knock the munchkins on the grass- the grin!!!
The weekend has to be the most inspiring experience I have ever had- wow what a talented group of girlies we had there, I did a total of 7 layouts which is a 1st for me (I am a slow scrapper!) The atmosphere was amazing and so fun !!! the tables were just covered with scrapping and chocolate the whole weekend!!!! I cant wait to do it again!! Th ehostel reminded me of a cottage from a horror film as it was set in a forest and was beautiful but was scary having to go to the loo (in a seperate block ) in the dark!! I scrapped til gone 3 on the first night- I was so tired the next night I went to bed about 11, but we were all up by 9 scrapping again!!!!!!
I can only show you 4 of my layouts atm , but will show the others when I can!!
Anyone else think this is soooooooo bare for me ?? I was being inspired by soem of the girls and decided to go for the minimal look - there is WHITE SPACE -lots of white space!! I really loved puckering up the fabric for this one of James- I have even used clip on earings on this one!!!!!! SJ took a fab pic of me which I am now using as my profile pic!!! More coming soon - as well as some exciting news about my kits!!!!!
I am off to the New Cabot Circus in Bristol today with my nan- I am not one for shoping in expensive shops like Harvey Nichols but my nan is very excited !! Evan is really looking forward to spending the afternoon with my grandfather- he has planned to do jigsaws with him all afternoon!!!! Cal is most excited about getting some free tickets to go to a Bristol city football match with his dad!!! James was pretty pleased too :) I am going on a retreat in just over a week with 9 women from the lushalishious social group- should be fun!!!! :) Anyhows have a good day.
It wont surprise you the I love the ribbons and frabric and buttons in this kit too!!!! I really enjoyed matching these all together!!!
Ok so the light is so much better now so .... heres a few pics This layout/ home decor piece is made on the base of a 12 inch record, and the big bite just loved biting through it!! (you know me I had to try!!!) I lovvveeeeee all the polka dots in this months kit and whats even better , these gorgeous 3 bugs in a rug papers are double sided!!!!
So I will put some pics of the mini book project up in a bit (I am not happy with the pics I have taken!!!) Enjoy..........
Ok so I have finally got my backside into gear and packed all the kits - this is a fun packed kit!!! With 2 projects to be made!! (pics coming tomorrow!!) Contents include Red glitter lace cardstock 5 x 3 bugs in a rug patterned papers (colour me pink range) Lace print pattern paper Keepsake words patterned paper White card Black cardstock Adornit Alphabet stickers (black) Ribbon Pack- Approx 6 yds of yummy lace, and ribbon Button Pack Text paper Yummy pink corderoy fabric Large piece of Chipboard 12inch Record All for £15 & p&p available from my kits shop Please e-mail me if you have any questions
Yesterday Jayne came to visit with her daughter Keira. We had great fun with the 2 of them playing with playdoh!! (and me and Jayne too!!!) But we didnt expect Evan to do this!! - Evan was playing with Keira upstairs with some beads (hama beads to iron!!) Evan walked down the stairs mumbleing something and the he showed me the bead that was stuck up his nose!! Poor little thing just wanted it out and kept poking his finger up his nose pushing the bead further!! So Jayne held his hands and I got some tweesers!! - It didnt work !! So we had to teach him to blow his nose. And after 3 hard blows the bead flew out shooting my leg which Evan thought was hilarious!!!! He was fine through the whole thing and actually thought it was funny!!! Well just a typical afternoon in my house !!! Jayne couldnt have realised what she was in for !!!
So the kit - I have been working on!!! Here are a couple of sneek peeks for you, as I said before the kit is a double project kit with 2 projects to work on !!!
This one is a mini book to make an A-Z of me and the other is
a layout/ home decor (its up to you to decide which) more pics soon but I do have to say these papers are LUSH!!!!! I hope you like polka dots!!! Right I have to get ready to get up the school for the 3rd time today!!!
Saturday was fab - Great company, venue, cakes and shop !!!
Unfortunately I was having one of those days where I couldn't remember my words!!!! Not good when your teaching!!! So I hope everyone understood me!! :D!! I taught 2 classes a cute and very pink mini book (I will show you a pic asap!!) and this layout. The day went so quickly, but I really do have to mention the cakes - wow what cakes made by Pippa and Karen's mum (mmmmmmmmmmmmm, drool , mmmmmmmm) Chocolate Viennese fingers that melt in the mouth !!! wow!!!! Karen your mum is such a fantastic cook, and those Peanut butter bites (made by Pippa) were trulyyummmmsious!!! Hmmmm I think I gain a stone in weight at that crop!!! But it would have been rude not to sample them (and I am so glad I did!!!!!) I want to say a big thank you to Karen and everyone for having me there and putting up with my lack of words!! (and my constant rambling on!!)
I am working on the kits as we speak so as soon ass I have batteries for my camera (some little person has pinched them and put them in the wii remotes!!) I will take somesneak peeks. Have a good day
Today I had to sort out some of my stash - as the mountain has grown and over taken!!! Arrrgggghhh I spent around 4 hours just trying to sort my patterned paper and cardstock!!! Embellies will have to be done next time!!! I found so many ranges of paper that I haven't got around to using yet!! I realised that I haven't scrapped for myself for ages- and am unlikely too ATM- I have a long list of projects that I am really excited about!!! In october I will be going on a Lushalishous retreat with the lushalishoussg on uks!! I cant wait to meet all the girls!!!! This Saturday I will be teaching at the Artcards 12 hour crop in Somerset, which I am really looking forward too- I will put a couple of extra sneaks on this week to show you :) Ohhhhhh I finally got to watch the Sex and the City film last night- Fabfabfab!!! What more could a girl want- watching a chick flick, eating chocolate and scrapbooking!!!!
I have to say that I had a fab time at the Bellaboo birthday bash. Liberty is so fun and friendly as are her sisters (how fun it must be to have the whole family scrapping). The day went so quickly- I left Bristol at 6.58 and had to go to Newport to change trains to get to Bromsgrove!! (seemed silly to me but hey that's what my tickets told me too do - and who am I to argue with tickets???) The second train was full of me - I mean FULL, all drinking beer at 8 am!!!! And prooowwwwwing to anyone female walking passed them , They were behaving - I just found it quite awkward being there!! I just put my MP3 player on to the Ting Tings and buried my head in Jane Austins Pride and Prejudice!!- I have wanted to read this book for years, and have now been promted by Lost in Austin - which I love !!!! Ahhhh Mr Darcy in the water - Swwwwwwooonnnnnn !!! I taught 3 classes - a mini book , a canvas and a layoutEveryone was so friendly and welcoming :) I love seeing peoples own versions of the classes!! Anyhows I had to leave in rather a hury to catch my train back - so sorry if I rushed you all :) But I can back just in time to watch the Merlin program with my boys!!! and then ordered our sat night curry - yummmmmm !!!
I have been working on my kit and I can say that its going ot be a double project kit with a mini book and a layout- keep watching :) Right I have to go and pick up my little Evan from school
I was so excited last week to recieve my copy of the scrapbook magazine- which had my 1st paid commission!! There ias something really exciting about seeing your work in print!! I know Liberty from Bellaboo was just the same :)!! Talking about Bellaboo- I will be teaching for them in under a week!! I wanted to show one more sneek peek of the mini book I will be teaching!! Evan starts school tomorrow - I cant believe it!!! Anyhows have a good day
I have some more sneek peeks for you :) This one is for the mini book class for Artcards And this one is a sneek of the inside of the mini book for the Bellaboo birthday Bash!!! woo hoo its so close now I cant wait!!! I am getting some mini photos printed today for this mini book (3x2 and possibly in b&w) The boys will be going back to school on friday (silly day to go back on if you ask me!!) so hopefully I should be able ot get myself together to write up all the instructions for these projects- by the time the boys go to bed at the moment my brain is a bit like mash potato!!- not good for instruction writting!! Also I am waiting for a delivery with my yummy stash for my september kit- I will let you all know when it is ready!!!
Starting tonight is that Lost in Austin program which I am sooooooooo excited about (I know its sad) but I loovvvveeeee Jayne Austin programs - so am hoping this will be good too - oh and who do you think you are - spoilt for choice tonight (I think maybe I am a walking tv guide)
I have to wait in this mornig for my new laptop- I have become thouroughly fed up of waiting for my 'TURN' on the pc- I have things to do on here you know- rather than just playing games- like talking to my friends :)!!!! Oh well thats what I tell my boys!!! Right I have to go have a coffee to really perk up for the day!!!! Have a good day!!
Ok So I have a couple of sneek peeks for you :) This one is a sneek peek of the Bellaboo mini book class- get ready to distress!!!! More coming soon!! This on is a sneeky peek of the Artcatds Layout class!!!!
I finally finished this layout a few weeks back- I think I have covered every square cm with some form of decoration - Paint, sticthing, flower lace, bling- you name it its on there.
Right I have to take all the boys to the barbers!!! Fun times eh!!! Have a good day
Hey :) My name is Cleo I am 28, originally from Swansea, mum to 3 boys, living in Bristol with my husband James.
I just love being crafty:D I am addicted to scrapbooking and just love incorporating my textiles background in to my Layouts. I am Cleoism on uks.
I run the online scrapbook shop Bellaboo (www.bellaboo.co.uk) I also teach scrapbooking at various classes and events. I also love photography but am a novice!! I just love anything bright, funky and fun!!
I have a passion for old things, lace, buttons, and costume dramas.