20 April 2014

Around Here

Enjoying the peeks of sunshine, painting up a storm, eating our share of mini-eggs, adding colour where ever I can.

18 April 2014

100 Happy Days!

Last month I heard about 100 Happy Days from A Beautiful Mess and decided it was exactly the mood-boosting, photo-challenge I needed. I even managed to get a few people from work in on the act.

Certainly some days are easier than others but I definitely find myself looking for more positive things during the day, rather than focusing on the negatives.

Although 100 days seems like a long time, I'm now on day 26 and I'm starting to feel like it is becoming a habit. Plus I love being able to look back through all my photos and remember all the happy!

You can join in at any time, for more information and to sign up visit 100 Happy Days.

15 April 2014

Project Life :: Week 15

Struggled this week to get going on this layout and to like what I was actually doing, but I carried on using my motto: just get it done. And in the end, I don't hate it. Which is good enough for me. Some weeks are just like that.

11 April 2014

Pinboard :: Getting Cozy

Credits :: clockwise from top left

08 April 2014

Project Life :: Week 14

I LOVE my Polkadot Party Mini Kit! The colours are so me. What isn't me, however, it the lack of daylight around these parts. It makes it so hard to get decent photos of my pages. Sigh, how many months until spring?

06 April 2014

Around here

Watching the mornings get darker and darker, enjoying the last moments of summer, not being the only one who is sad about all the rain, relishing the light when I can, finding ways to sparkle in the dark.

04 April 2014

Turning my Winter Woes into Winter Whoa's!

Daylight Savings comes into effect here this weekend and it brings with it the inevitable winter blues. I always struggle with the cold and the darkness of winter, already dreaming about next summer and waiting for the days to start lightening again.

So instead of wishing the time away, I'm going to attempt to enjoy this season as much as possible. Here's a list of things I can look forward to:
  • Eating dinner by candlelight.
  • Turning on our twinkle lights in the evenings.
  • Spending the afternoon reading by the fire.
  • Hot baths after work.
  • Getting outside on bright, clear, frosty days.
  • Sleeping in while it rains outside.
  • Delicious hearty meals (and puddings).
  • Rushing in from the cold and having my glasses steam up!
So far it's a short list but I'm hoping to add to it as I go. Anything I missed?

01 April 2014

Project Life :: Week 13

I definitely didn't have the same problem as last week with too many photos so it was back to my less-busy style. I did manage to include a weeks worth of Happy Photos in a grid which really helped to save space. I spent quite a bit of time printing and cutting new labels and embellishments since my stash was getting so sparse. Finished up with a quote I found on Pinterest this week.

27 March 2014

Project Life :: Week 12

Unusual situation this week in that I ended up with WAY more photos then I normally had. I didn't really want to edit it down to fit so I decided to attach some extra pockets in the form of a fold out insert. All I did was cut a page protector down and then used clear tape to secure it to the right-hand side of my existing page.

I love the fold out effect and the fact it allowed me to have a little see-through pocket to add some sequins and wood veneer too. So much space allowed me to do two enlarged photos and I also cut down a 6x4 transparent overlay to fit one of my 4x3 pockets.

I find the whole layout quite busy but a nice little change to the routine.

25 March 2014

Sketch :: Painted Stones

I loved Kristina's idea of using a pin as inspiration from a card, so I picked this awesome image of painted stones and ended up with this. I'm definitely going to use this idea again, a perfect place to start when you're feeling less than inspired.

21 March 2014

Pinboard :: Cat Nap

Credits :: clockwise from top left

19 March 2014

Sketch :: More cards

Lawn Fawn had a really cute card on their blog and an accompanying video last week and since I was stuck for a bit of inspiration I decided to use their card as a bit of inspiration. Above is the first card I created and I loved how it turned out so much I made two more different versions.

I had so much fun using lots of embossing powders, distress markers and different stamp sets. The perfect way to use a rainy Sunday afternoon.

18 March 2014

Project Life :: Week 11

I went with a less-is-more approach to photos this week by only putting in the ones I loved as opposed to trying to cram in every photo I took. And I really like the result. It even left me with a bit of room for a fun calendar card and a bit more embellishment than normal.

I also got some of the Project Life Photo Overlays, which I love. So easy to add something fun to a photo.

16 March 2014

Before & After :: Feature wall

When we first bought our house it had this brick red feature wall in one of the bedrooms. It wasn't hideous but red isn't one of my favourite colours and I felt like it made the room very dark and heavy. Fast-forward two years and I had had enough. Thanks to four coats of white paint and some silver Silhouette Vinyl, I now have a light, bright and fun feature wall. I smile every time I walk in!

Now I love the white so much, I'm thinking that the whole room would look great white. Hmm, I feel another project brewing...
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