Sunday, 21 June 2015

Getting back into Project Life.

No one likes a procrastinator right? Well I think I'm the biggest procrastinator of them all. Last year I boasted of keeping up to date with my Project Life pages but then real life got in the way and I just sort of let it slip. I gave myself several deadlines to finish it up to the end of the year but these came and went and since January I've not looked at it.....once!  SHAME ON ME!

Well, this weekend I've put that right. Woo hoo week 34 here it is.





To be perfectly honest with you, once again I'd totally under estimated how difficult it would be to keep the momentum going throughout the year. It would have been easy if I had nothing else to do but with other projects on the go and family life it just became impossible.

I will say though that originally I poo pooed using the whole photo cut into a journaling card shape but now I can see the sense to keep it simple and easier to manage.

I'd love to hear from you if you're still keeping it up or are you a year behind too?

Have a good weekend.

Jaine x

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Out in the garden.



I thought I'd brighten things up a bit for this journal layout. The bright green and pink gave my book a lovely summery feel so I went with it and added a few clusters to the bottom so as not to cover up my background too much. 

The new challenge is up on the ASOI blog this week if you fancy having a go. The prize is £10 to spend in the shop so it's well worth entering.

This week I'm spending as much time as possible in the garden keeping up with the weeding and dead heading and we're starting to pick salads and strawberries too.

Have a good week what ever you're doing.

Jaine

Friday, 12 June 2015

Gelli mini.


It's Friday and it's that time of year again when the weather is scorching, I'm trying to keep cool while getting my Christmas groove on. It all feels a bit odd.

Anyway, I posted a quick mini journal project up on the ASOI blog the other day after getting carried away with Gelli prints and ending up with a massive pile of background papers without a home.


The obvious thing to do was to put them together as an album. It may only be instagram size but it's all ready to go for a mini project at some point in the future.


Some of the smaller bits I've die cut and used on the front here and the pink duct tape just keeps the spine tidy.


I hope you're enjoying some good weather where you are?

Jaine x

Thursday, 11 June 2015

All at sea.

I love the sea side, who doesn't?  I miss it too living in Luxembourg where we're totally land locked and the nearest sea is 4 hours away.

Originally my childhood holidays and getaway days were the inspiration behind designing these stamp sets for Sarah Hurley's Special Editions range. 






I thought I'd put this card together for my Dad to remind him of the great holidays we had in North Wales.


Jaine

Monday, 8 June 2015

The big Austrian adventure.

I've been back home from Austria nearly a week now and what an adventure it was. Lena and I walked 172km in 8 days which I'm pretty proud about.  There was a slight wobble mid week on my part when I was just too emotionally and physically tired to carry on but some TLC from some lovely people there and a day of rest was all I needed to carry on.

Here we are at the start of our journey in Luxembourg. Still smiling, still looking fairly  unruffled and trying not to look like the backpack was an issue.


We took an overnight train from Koblense to Munich and tried to get a bit of sleep before we arrived in Innsbruck.

Sadly the weather was horrid when we got there but that wasn't going to stop us from looking around. We'd arrived just as they were commemorating the end of WW1 with a parade. We thought they'd put it all on just for us, I felt quite emotional.


We had to visit the Cathedral where we found our first sign for the Jakobs Way.  That might have been the easiest sign we saw all week.

We thought we'd take a trip up to the highest point in the city which is the Olympic ski jump. From the bottom it looked absolutely awsome but from the top the view was amazing. Those ski jumpers must have nerves of steele to do what they do. From the top they don't see the bottom of the jump only the massive view of the city. It was just sad the weather was so bad that we didn't get to see the view too well.


Back in the hostel for the night we had to rent a tv so we could watch the Eurovision song contest. We're obsessed about it and hold Eurovision party's just for a laugh.  We're a bit mad like that.


The next day we left Innsbruck and set out in some drizzle but even so, the mountains were spectacular. However, we did miss our first signs and took a bit of a detour which ended up taking us down a main road and quite a few km further than we really wanted to be.


Anyway, back on track again and the sun came out so we started to feel hopeful again.


We reached our overnight stay and awoke the next morning to this view.


What a difference a day makes. The sun was out, at last we could see the tops of the mountains and all I could say was "wow".



Another morning and another view.



Tuesday was a really tough day for me, so having been rescued by one of Lena's relatives who lived near by, we got to the hotel and decided to stay there for two nights, meaning we could have a day off from hiking.




Thursday and off again, heading for this monastery on the hill.


This was  quite a climb up here but totally worth it.



Another morning view.


We climbed almost to the top of this mountain to look back at where we'd come from.


This is my Julie Andrews moment.


It's a 'thing' to have Schnapps at any time and for any reason. This one was offered to help us up the last bit.


We were happy to take the boots off on Saturday I can tell you and mine are still wrapped in a plastic bag.


Looking forward to doing it all again next year.

Jaine x

Friday, 29 May 2015

Going Dotty

As you read this I'm coming to the end of a week long trek across part of the Tyrolean mountains with my besty Lena. You'll have to wait for the full report here as I won't be able to blog on the go but rest assured there'll be photo's no matter how unflattering.

Anyway, I've scheduled this post to coincide with my blog post with ASOI today.

I've used one of Magda's stamps with Stampotique called Romek.

Hopefully I'll see you soon otherwise I'm lost!!!

Jaine x

Friday, 22 May 2015

I'm off

My bags are packed and I'm ready to go.......

 To Austria that is.

Actually I leave this evening with Lena on an overnight sleeper train to Innsbruck then we start our 100km trek along the Tyrolean countryside. That bag is seriously big and fat but I think I've managed to fit it properly so I don't end up in casualty with a deformed back.

I won't be able to blog while I'm away but there will be a full report on my return with embarrassing photo's.

See you soon (I hope)

Jaine x

Getting ahead for Fathers Day

It's good to get ahead and this is a little project ready for Fathers Day which will come around quicker than you can say "make a card".

On the Sarah Hurley 365 bog I've gone into a bit more detail but the main focus of my little projects have been the use of my own stamp set In the Garden from the Special Editions range.


I decided to make one large decorated background sheet and turn it into three projects, this card,


a matchbook,



 and a little matchbook of promises.


Jaine x

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Paper bag recipe book

Is this a problem of yours? A whopping pile of recipes collected from supermarkets, magazines and friends?

For ages now I've had them floating around the kitchen, getting dirty, crumpled and torn so I had to come up with some novel way of keeping them. As Canvas Corp have some really pretty papers called Farmhouse Kitchen, I thought I'd use these to make an album to keep them in. What better way than with a paper bag album as it has sturdy pages and pockets which hold so many papers.



I started out with two large gift bags and folded up the bottoms.


Next, with the two bags bottom to bottom so to speak, I taped front and back together.


I also used three ordinary paper bags for my pages but made the edges tidier by punching along the edge.


With the bags on top of one another, (I reversed the middle bag so I wouldn't have all edges the same) I made three evenly spaced holes.


Finally I sewed through all four of my layers. I also put a blob of glue on the knot for extra security.


So this is how it ended up. Decorated with the Farmhouse Kitchen papers and a few bits of tape.



On the inside, that folded up bottom flap made a nice pocket to keep blank recipe note cards.


The bags hold so much, I've now got plenty of room.


I also created some tabs for my pages so I could organize everything better.


I hope you liked it. The Canvas Corp blog at the moment has lots of other ideas for keeping recipes so stop by and take a look.

Jaine x