Sunday, 5 March 2017

3 years

My Nan passed away 3 years at the end of February 2017. It hit me harder than I expected, as for the past six months it has felt like she's not here anymore; she is elsewhere.

When I saw the Pixels & Paper Challenge for March 2017 I thought - wow.. could it be more perfect? Everything in the challenge picture reminded me of Nan - the tea cup - it was Nan who introduced me to tea - the only beverage I would ever end up drinking, the flowers in the cup - the colours reminded me of her purple and purple/pink Poor Man's Orchid and Livingstone Daisy, and the tiny white daisies on her Erigeron daisy, the yellow reminded me of the lemon and citrus trees in her back garden. Of course, this is the garden I remember growing up, that Nan only left after Pa died in 1999. She then did several stints in various retirement homes until she reached the ripe age of 98.

I shaped my page based on the tea cup in the photo - and used the chain to 'hang' my photos of Nan on. I recreated the flowers in the cup as best I could from my digi stash.

3 Years 2017 - Pixels & Paper Challenge March 2017
inside the journal spot says : "Dear Nan, I still have such strong memories of you. Good times and bad. Some days it feels like you're been gone for years and years, whilst others it just doesn't feel like 3 years. I feel you about when I need you, but mostly now I feel you are gone with friends and family (those you could stand of course) but still looking down on me from time to time. March 2017"

On the page says : "you introduced me to tea - under 6 yrs" and "you got older year by year but I didn't notice. You were always my Nan, and I love you still." and "these colours remind me of the flowers in your garden; Poor Man's Orchid, LIvingstone Daisy, and Erigeron Daisy you clipped into a hedge around the citrus trees."

Ingredients: Basic Grey Black Tie Patterns 118 Ashton patterned paper, Frou Frout Craft Lovely Birds paper kit - no 15 Gift For You, Akizo Wishing And Hoping Kit journal spot no 2, CSI #55 digi kit ‘teacup’, Far Far Hill Freebies Kit ‘Nocturne’ el4 (viola), Feli Designs Inner Peace fabric flower no 4 (purple flower), Feli Designs Gentle Spring Flower 2 (Yellow daisy), Rachel’s Designs Flowers 2 - no 4.2 (easter daisy), [Laitha’s Designs ‘Nocturn Whispers’ Elements e64 (leaves - turned them to dark red), e45 (twigs)], Paper Garden Projects Sweet Anemone digi kit- leaf2, Lara’s Digital World Inner Peace Elements - Flower 3 (turned into lime green), K Cronin Barrow Christmas Wish Joyful - Ribbon1, Laithia’s Designs Back In Time Elements e21 (chain), Wendy Page Digital Designs - Not So Back To Basics Stitches 2 - no 10 (stitching)

Pixels & Paper Challenge March 2017

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Magnificent March 2017

I seem to have a bit on this month. Besides taking up the March challenge with my fitness group (where each day I do a series of exercises including skipping rope and various weird positions to accomplish things with odd names like 'superman'), I have also found my digi scrapbooking groove and am popping out pages again.

I was inspired by the February 2017 challenge from Archiscraps to bring together this page, which I wanted to feel fun and bright. Course, I missed their deadline - but I don't care!

Archiscraps Feb 2017 challenge - "powerful' digi scrapbooking page

Frou Frou Craft ‘The Bright Side’ patterned paper kit no 6 | Cilenia Curtis ‘Changes’ frame 2 | Kimeric Sis Brad no 2 | Akizo Wishing And Hoping Kit buttons no 1, 2, 3, 7 | PreslestnayaP Shades of Love el17 (button purple), Aliya Because Of You el15 (twine), fonts: AlwaysForever & Maiandra GD.

I also discovered Frou Frou Craft over Xmas online, and I've finally got to use one of their amazing background papers.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Love My New Camera Feb 2017

OK.. now this is just ridiculous. Months of no scrapping and here's another page! The Pixels & Paper challenge with the cute little hearts really spoke to me and I really wanted to give that a go. I ended up tossing the colours but re-created the heart concept on my page. It was great to finally use almost every single heart in my digi collection that I rarely use, which inspired me to use others that I never use - the patterned paper, ribbon, and stitching too!

The birds from top left are (clockwise) : Pacific Black Duck, Sacred Kingfisher, Darter, Australasian Grebe, Eastern Yellow Robin. With the new camera I can get up close and personal with most birds, all I need is practise now to get the perfect shots.

Love My New Camera 2017 digi scrapbooking page - Pixels & Paper Feb 2017

Pixels & Paper Feb 2017 inspiration
Will come back and put the ingredients list in.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Remembering My Auntie Edna Feb 2017

It's been 3 years since my Nan passed, and almost 12 months since her sister, my Auntie Edna, passed away. Following vivid dreams of them all still being alive, I decided to scrap a page about my Auntie Edna and what I loved most about visiting her.

I used the CSI case file no 224 to create my page. I loved the colours and the inspiring Scene. Things on it reminded me of my Auntie straight off; the cactus - how I would trade her a succulent or cacti she didn't have and she'd give me one I didn't have, the scissors - how she introduced me to my current hairdresser as she used to get her hair set every week and coloured it blonde right up to her late 80's, the watering can and her love of some of the things in her garden that reminded her of her husband who she outlived by more than 30 years, the rabbit - reminds me of easter and the time I would drop in and see her with an easter gift, and the acorn - often found as decoration on tombstones or graves of dearly departed.

How I solved the case : Testimony: use an item from The Scene as inspiration (see above) & Mix of Lettering, Evidence : plain cardstock, animal icon, other plant (pansy), food element (berries), flags & triangles, scissors, diecuts.
My Auntie Edna 2017 digi scrapbooking page CSI #224
The journaling in the triangles reads : M - I'd bring you a succulent plant and you'd trade one of yours I didn't have, I - You were always interested in what I was doing and in seeing my scrapbooking pages, S - I'd drop in for a catch up and you'd always give me a cuppa and a biscuit, S - You loved playing card games for money - Solo and Bridge and going on cruises Y - You loved your cricket and Home and Away and had the biggest TV I'd seen at the time, O - You knitted some amazing throws and cardigans that looked like a machine had done it, U - When I was little you talked more and faster than anyone else I knew. You excelled at gossip. Feb17 - You got your hair permed every week, and I've been using your hairdresser for over 20 years.

Oh, and I was inspired by this page from CSI 223  to use a little bit of black or dark colour in behind the photo to help ground it to the page better. :)

Vero Hello Autumn - Rosettes And Assorted buttons (button)| Sweetly Scrapped - Bunting pink 550193, Jelly Bean Lab Owls In Nature, Indigo Designs Shabby Rose kit (29 white/silver flower, 31 white/silver flower square frame, | Indigo Designs Simply Beautiful - no 2 (pansies), no 13 (white frame) | Tiramisu Designs Capture The Moment - el 3 (forget me not scatter), el13 (butterflies | Old Fashioned Floral Illustrations CN Grafton no 073 (acorns) | Websters Pages Modern Romantic Fabric Buttons (rose button) | Far Far Hill Happy Easter no 008 (rabbit) | M Sweet Boutique - Chrismas Silhouette Horse Clip Art Set 0435 no 15 (horse) | Fayettes Designs Time 4 Dreams - staple prongs (white staples) | Far Far Hill Spring Love kit 001 (patterned paper)

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Still Loving February 2017

OK I know. Two pages in one month. What is going on? And similar topics too. Oh well, all my good vibe energies are coming from the one main thing ATM so that is what I seem to want to celebrate in diary form whether it be in my fitness journal or digi scrapbooking pages.

Based on CSI's case file 223 and sketch, I wanted a fun page inspired by the word "outside" in the testimony, as all my training sessions with my group are outside as apposed to the competition which is mainly indoors.

How I solved the case: Sketch - yes,  Testimony: put your story in speech bubble/s, inspirational words : friendship & outdsite, Evidence: stripes, speech bubble, ribbon, something curly or loopy, transparent stuff, distressing, fabric.

Fitness Fun 2017 digi scrapbooking layout for CSI 223 with sketch
Ingredients :

[Helly Leaves This World Behind - crystals, flower4], American Crafts Digi City Park EP Delights - GreenDots, [Akizo Wishing and Hoping -Flowers no 8, talkbubble no 4], Lara’s Digital World Shades of Love - flower2,  Far Far Hills Feast Love (Skimersan) 0013 (ribbon), Laitha’s Designs Nocturn Whispers Elements e51 (ribbon), Sugar Plum Paperie Heart Art On the Edge (border), American Crafts BH Olive Seafoam Papers no 2 (stripes), Cilenia Curtis Fly With Me Moving Forward Card 4 (background), Far Far Hills Vintage Ornaments Kits no 009,  Feli Designs Gentle Spring glitter splatter


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