Saturday, 8 January 2011

A big crafty catch up

Today has been a busy day crafting wise. I spent the day with my lovely WCC friends in Binstead working on finishing my JYC and catching up with 'Scrap With Us' challenges. So I have a few things to upload and show you this evening (and a few other items I've been working on that will be uploaded on January 23rd for a blog hop I am taking part in!).

First things first, here is my first Sale-a-bration sample! I have seen so many beautiful projects out there on blogland using the SAB sets. Mine only arrived yesterday so I've been itching to get on and have a play with the lovely sets (which you can receive for free with any £45 Stampin' Up! purchase!). For this card I used Sweet Summer. This is a card inspired by Pam Morgan's presentation on stage at Convention. She demonstrated the white crayon/brayering technique and i've been searching high and low for a white crayon (you really wouldnt have thought it was so difficult would you?) so that I could try my own version of her card. I used the Colour Coach for my colour inspiration- Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze & Peach Parfait. I love the extra touch with the PP Poly Ribbon and gemstones in the centre of the flowers. I will be teaching this card in next Saturday's class for all my lovely card class ladies. If you'd like to come along and learn this technique also, I have a couple of spaces available for my Wednesday January 19th class (7-9.45pm) so please get in touch ( or 01983 609249).

 And now on to the final pages for my Christmas Journal. The prompts ran right up until January 6th but sadly my folder just couldn't fit any more pages in. Plus the week between Christmas in New Year was so chilled that I am pretty sure I would have fallen behind with the daily prompts anyhow. I will however be joining in again next year and I will be working on using some of the prompts I missed then.

I summarised Christmas week in just 2 layouts. I included info on all the things I got up to with my family and Sam including a trip to see Burlesque with my sis, a trip to see Paul O'Grady in Panto with Sam, a walk on the beach with my family and lovely dog. Its all a bit jumbled but captures all the important info and emotions of the time I spent with loved ones over Christmas. I tucked my journalling away behind the Burlesque postcard (I just kept running out of space on my pages for everything I wanted to say- note to self for next year- focus more on the words!).

 I printed out a long piece of journalling (a sort of letter to myself about 2010) which I placed in the envelope on the 'Year in Review' page. I had a lot of things I wanted to say and sort of emotionally close the door on and leave in 2010. So I poured it all into my letter and placed it in there just to round off my journal. When I was younger I always kept a daily diary and found it quite therapeutic writing everything down. I havent done that for years. But doing JYC taught me quite a lot about remembering things and the therapy in words. So I am starting up my own weekly journal for 2011 to help me remember what is going on (and encourage me to take more photos too!).  My final final page of the journal is a digital layout I completed the other night with my new scrapbooking programme. Its quite basic as digital scrapbooking goes. But I made it with a view to printing it for my final page. A look ahead to my hopes for 2011.

 So here it is. The monster that became my Christmas 2010! Thank you for all your lovely comments over the past month. I look forward to keeping up with all your blogs through the year now too.

Got a couple of challenge layouts that I completed today. I will upload these tomorrow. In the mean time, Happy crafting ;0)


  1. Love the card Sarah, especially the crayon highlights!! Your JYC looks fab! x

  2. Your JYC looks great finished :) I'm really pleased you enjoyed doing it even though at times it's hard to take time out and craft over the holidays it's well worth it! I really like how you completed the last few pages as a weeks journal rather than trying to fit more pages in that lovely Kraft folder (I still have a trip to paperchase planned) see you in two weeks for our "post-Christmas" trip to see Joseph.

  3. Your thank you card is an absolute stunner! Isn't Sweet Summer a great set for that technique. Think I'm going to have to go on the hunt for a white wax crayon now! Your Christmas Journal has been a real inspiration to me. I haven't scrapbooked for a little while but this project will be a must for me this year.