Wednesday 25 July 2012

WOYWW 164 - Summer is finally Here!

Sorry about the funny angle of shot!  I have a few things on my desk waiting to be put away today (weather permitting!).  I finally got down to a bit of journalling to finish off a couple of layouts that have been sitting patiently on my desk for a few weeks now as you know!  They have had things piled on them several times but here is three that escaped to the put it in an album pile!  You can also see the remainder of the layouts to be finished pile over yonder so I have a way to go yet!  I will intersperse Layout finishing with a bit more of the 101 Course.  The inks are still waiting.  I think I have a colouring with distress inks tag and a sprayed tag using home made distress ink sprays to try next.  That is about it.... oh, except a couple of teeny tiny shells that I have to put away after finishing a tag yesterday and my first 3 Christmas Cards this year.

A few close up shots for the details!

I went to visit my Mum and her sisters (my Aunty Jean and Aunty Margaret) last Wednesday and this is what I ended up making.  I loved using my Mum's snow flake punches.  That punch all over the page one was very cool!  3 down 97 to go!!!

This LO finally has its journalling.  I really like sanding photos and it worked perfectly with these Kay and Co papers.  Me and little Damian at the beach.  Damian is now 29 and a strapping 6 footer!  I am the same height, have the same hair do but I am wider!

This LO is of my hubby before we started courting.  We started dating 32 years ago and celebrate 30 years of marriage in December.

This LO is of our first date which was on my 18th birthday.  We lived in Cyprus at the time and we had a huge Meze with my friends from school - some of my brothers friends and some of my parents friends too.  We didn't know it then but Ivan and I went on our first date with both sets of in laws!

Here is a LO I want to do this week of my Dad who boxed for the Army - these are his Regimental Colours though I think I will do the Layout on White or Cream and just embellish with these colours.

Thanks for stopping by to visit me.  I am going to do a spot of visiting in my PJs (hope you don't mind!) whilst I have my morning coffee then I am out into the sun and the garden for some much needed vitamin D.  Yipee the sun is finally shinning here in the UK!  


  1. Sme great layouts! Have a great's the rockpool?! Trace x. 9

  2. you are certainly on a crafting roll :)
    fab layouts,thanks for visiting me today
    happy woyww
    kay #35

  3. WOW, you;ve been busy. Love the photos of you and your DH.does he still run? And the paper you've used for that LO is lovely, love the printed text. Can't really comment about your Christmas cards...too deeply in shock!

  4. what fab layouts, you have been busy! Helen, 6

  5. What fab LOs and such happy memories to go with them. Thanks for sharing them.
    A x #31

  6. Great layouts. I love how you distressed the photos.
    Your cards are fab. i made a Xmas card this week too. I also do about a hundred so we do have to get started. don't we?

  7. Great layouts I love pages with lots of journalling... fabulous pics to... you have been a busy bee... Hugs May x x x#11

  8. Summer seems to come here too - finally! I´m not scrapbooking myself, but I love your LOs.
    Thanks for visiting!
    Happy WOYWW!
    Tuire #49

  9. You have so many things on the go, how do you keep track of it all. Love your layouts, it's lovely to look at old photos.
    Have a great week.
    Von #48

  10. Wow what great Lo's , Love what you've done with them , jill#32

  11. You certainly are a busy lady! I love all your LO pages and your Christmas cards are so beautiful too. Thanks for the visit, Anne x #21

  12. Good grief - we have so much in common!
    I too started dating my husband at the same age and married young - we celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary in September!! (We get married very young in Wales...I was a child bride, lol....!!) Congrats to you and yours!
    I also have 6' plus sons...
    I am also same height, same hair and wider!! *grin*
    Are you my long lost twin??? Lolol
    Hugs, LLJ ~27 xxx

  13. Your Christmas cards are fabulous and I really like your pages too. Have a fab and creative week and thanks for visiting my desk #44

  14. The putting away will keep. Go out and enjoy the sunshine!
    You have some lovely layouts there. Well done for completing some! Kate #52

  15. Very classy Christmas cards, nice.
    Have a good week,

  16. I am still in my pjs, too.
    Such great projects to share with us today!
    I have to say that I usually save my journaling for last, too :)

  17. such nice pages you have finished and the cards look great too. I am hoping to get a head start on my Xmas cards too.

  18. Happy memories for you - fab LOs. Thanks for visiting my blog and having a go at guessing the number in my scarf rainbow. Jo #50

  19. Wow lovely big workspace, tfs from Lauren #91 x

  20. I can't even begin to tell you how thrilled I am to see your layouts!!! Why, you ask? Because they are of pictures that are older!!! My kids are 26 and 30 and I'm still scrapping their baby pics! I don't feel like I'm so behind and all by myself now!! YAY!!!!

    I have the same Distress Ink colors on my desk this week too! Don't you just love the spring collection shades?!?!

    Amy E. #14

  21. That's a completely crazy angle for that photo. I felt I'd better hold on before I slid off! Love the cards. I am going to have to keep an eye out for that all over the page snowflake. It is very nice and I like the repeating pattern you made with it. Your layouts are really nice. You've been busy doing so many projects!

  22. So much creativity and so much still in the planning stages by the sounds of things Helen. Your LO’s must bring back so many memories and I just love those Christmas Cards, they look so classy!

    Thanks for visiting me today and ………..
    Happy Crafting!

  23. Errr the sun's not shining everywhere in the UK!!
    Thanks so much for visiting my desk and for sharing that fantastic quotation about scrapbooking. There's a little window on the front of my album and i'd been wondering about what to put there.... now I'm putting that quote.. it's perfect!
    Thanks for posting all these layouts for me to eye! THe colours are so vibrant and each page tells a marvellous story! I can't believe I haven't scrapped until now.... it's so much fun!

  24. Lovely layouts - but another scary person getting ready for Christmas!! How's the 101 (I'm guessing it's Creative Chemistry)? I've also signed up for it, but not yet had the chance to get started... very excited. Loving my first WOYWW - thanks for stopping by.
    Alison x

  25. What a lovely desk! SO much eye candy for those wishing to ogle. The Christmas cards are gorgeous! How nice that your mum crafts too ;) And congratulations on your upcoming Pearl anniversary (You don't look old enough). We celebrated 24years in May :0)

  26. Thanks for sharing all your fantastic layouts and trip down memory lane!! So glad you finally have the sun; hope it stays through the Olympics!!

    Have a great week! Darnell #116

  27. Wonderful layouts Helen. And those Christmas cards are fabulous.

    Belated Happy WOYWW, Di xx #13

  28. Ohh, I love the layouts. I haven't done an actual scrapbook page in ages.
    Thanks for the visit and go to bed now and have a rest!
    Michelle #148

  29. Great layouts, Helen. You have been busy! Just had a look at your rock pool tag and have to say... it's totally AWESOME!!! I laughed out loud at your hubby's comment about the loo paper... There is nothing you can't do with gel medium to get the effect you want, and this is absolutely knock-out! Love it!

    Thanks for your visit and your nice comment. Glad you enjoyed my annotated photo this week. Serial killer? I could MURDER a bowl of cornflakes...

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #51

  30. Love your layouts, they must bring back some good times. And 30 years of marriage that something these days, are you doing something special to celebrate it?
    Your starting on your christmas cards which is what I always mean to do but am always so busy that I end up having a bout a month to do them and end up buying some!!! I'm just not organised!!
    Happy crafting

  31. I'm so glad to hear that the sun's finally arrived. I just hope it stays with you for a wee whilie ;D
    Especially with the Olympic ceremony about to happen.

    Your LO are brilliant and so interesting to look at Helen. What wonderful memories captured for safe keeping. Priceless!
    Thanks for visiting me earlier and I apologise for being a little late.
    Happy WOYWW ~ enjoy! Neesie #20

  32. I wish I could organise my photos so beautifully.x M

  33. ooh, some fabulous layouts here. I love your first 3 christmas cards....97 to go!! Wow you are gonna be busy!

    Thanks for visiting my desl also

    kyla #42

  34. Oh what great layouts and fab pictures. Thanks for visiting my blog and giving me info on what you do to the inside of your cards. its been great to see what everyone does. Sandy :)

  35. Hi Helen, lovely post and your layouts are terrific ... one of the joys of scrapping is that you get the chance to revisit times past through the photographs. You are so lucky to have those photos of your dad. My dad also boxed for the army but I have no record of it at all ... in fact, I have no photos of him in uniform - such a shame. I think your idea to incorporate your dad's regimental colours is great. Have a lovely weekend, Elizabeth x #24


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