Tuesday, 28 August 2012

WOYWW - Holiday Scrapping (and Shopping)!!

Hi hope you are all well - I'm looking forward to seeing what you are up to this week !

Well, today was back to work after a week & the bank holiday off - always a dreary state of affairs !

Yesterday it lashed with rain morning noon & night - typical bank holiday !
So we huddled in the house & didn't step a foot outside the door !

But they were clouds with a silver lining as - having done 7 post-holiday washes & over 3 hours of ironing on Sunday - I was able to have a play day at my desk !!

First up was dragging the best of my holiday snaps into Powerpoint & printing them out onto photo papers - and I even got a couple of layouts scrapped too !

So here is a double page layout & a pile of photos ready to cut & scrap.

Then I have some new goodies - I had seen in the adverts page of Craft Stamper that there was a craft shop in Bude called Moments, so whilst I was in Cornwall on holiday I thought I should do my bit to support a local shop as so many have sadly closed in the past few years (well that's my story & I'm sticking to it !!)
They had a nice cross section of products & were very welcoming.

I particularly liked their stamp selection - I hadn't seen these stamps by Cherry Pie Art Stamps before & really liked them ! Plus a couple more that insisted they wanted to live in Wales jumped into my basket !!

At the back are a couple pages from the calendar on my desk at work - they have little quotes & thoughts at the bottom & these are fun to use as inspiration for my art journal - one of these says "Happiness is what happens to people who are too busy to be miserable" - think this is a thought I can relate to - so will plan a page around this !!

Also having time to browse a few blogs whilst on hols I have ordered a couple of books - the "Page After Page" one had great reviews & arrived today - as did the new Cloth Paper Scissors magazine.
We are away again at the end of September - so I'm saving these to read then !

And as the rain kept on lashing down I moved from scrapping to a bit of journalling - playing with drawing round my hands & messing about with the idea of my inner life (left hand) & outward life (right hand) - just a bit of fun !

Then finally here's my August attempt for the challenge that my friend Jan (Jan S on WOYWW) in Spain & I are doing - this month we each pulled out our challenge idea from our pots & we have to combine them ..... I really struggled with this one !
My prompt was "use something you have had in your stash for over a year & not used" - and Jan's was "a recipe".
Trying to do this on the little cards we have chosen was a real challenge !!

Even a simple recipe like this takes the whole side of card - so not much room for embellishing !!
So I had to keep it simple - ink sprayed on the card then heat gun dried, the recipe (one of our favourite supper dishes) was added (I messed up the first one - so that went in the recycling !!) and then my "over a year old" bit was these cute "Chook" stamps from Artemio & the chicken peg.
Not very inspired but a bit of fun !

Well I've rambled on enough - thanks for visiting & have a fun crafty week !


  1. The hand stamp is fab, as is your journal idea for drawing round your hands, we may have to do a paw page in our journal. It looks like you've been very productive since returning from your hols. Enjoy the next one too.

  2. Love your hand journal page, such fun when the rain is lashing down outside! And that little hen stamp is so cute!

  3. I agree, we must support the little shops whenever we can! Good for you - and what great stamps you found.

    I love your journal page - very cool. Using one page for the internal you and then the outer you. Very clever.

    Oh the chicks on your recipe card are just too dang cute!

    I'll be joining WOYWW but will more than likely be in the triple digits.....


  4. Love those hands!! Well done you for helping the local economy... with you on that one! Have a good week, Helen, 40

  5. Well I salute your effort at the shopping, it's true, the B&M shops need support, and when they're home to such lovely stuff, why not! Like the CPie stamps you chose, and then you went home and used them! Impressive!

  6. Nice new stash, but I really like the little chicken stamp you used on your recipe.

    ** kate **

  7. Very cool! I love seeing all of the photos. The new stamps look wonderful.


    Terry #60

  8. Oooooo I love new stamps and yours look wonderful.I especially like the hand stamp.

  9. Ok! I wanna come to your house to play, those stamps are lush, and cloth paper scissors, yum :)

    Happy WOYWW x

  10. Hi Ali lovely new goodies. DH and I went to Bude in June ( revisiting for the first time since honeymooning there) and I was unable to find a shop that sold crafting goodies and I tried!!! Boohoo. Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog. Anne x #134

  11. Loving your new goodies particularly that hand stamp! You have been so busy - your desk is full of lovely creativeness. Thank you for visiting my desk and have a fab week xx #80

  12. You are showing such restraint saving the new book and magazine for a month! I like your concept for the art journal pages -- the two hands representing your inner and outer life. Thanks for visiting my blog already. Happy WOYWW from Laura #122

  13. What a great bunch of good stuff, happy creating.


  14. Cool stamps and really fun projects!!
    Karen 123

  15. Love those new stamps, especially the hand stamp, it looks like it has zentangles on it!

  16. Hi Ali!

    Thanks for coming round to visit me! Your post was chock full of good things. Your layouts are fantastic, as are all your new toys that needed a home!! Enjoy!! Darnell #125

  17. WOW lots of fun things to look at! LoVe those stamps and all the fun things you have made. Great journal pages and I am going to give that recipe a try! Thanks for sharing and thanks for visiting my blog! Vickie #67

  18. So much to see this week and all of it fun to look at. The stamps look great!
    Happy WOYWW!
    Tertia #49

  19. Thanks for dropping by Ali. Love your new stamps - as you say they are so different and I love what you have done with them. LO's are great and you have done really well with the recipe too. A real challenge, I agree. Hugs, Buttons #66

  20. Thanks for stopping by my desk. Love your new stamps, and those books look like they will make interesting reading. x

  21. Hi Ali, made it at last, you amaze me all the stuff you manage to do, makes me feel lazy.
    Love the challenge, must get started on mine.
    Jan S 152

  22. Well, you have been really busy. Your photos look like lots of fun. Sorry, I am so late getting here, no time for blogging last night after work, had to make 2 cards, 1 for a birthday and the other for my boss who is home sick all week. #27

  23. Yes I have now had my e-mail from Shimelle for LSNED 2012.

    ** Kate **

  24. You've got some lovely ideas on your desk, I especially like the hands journalling.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such nice comments. The glossy coating on my dominos is Glossy Accents (except in the case of the dragon and that was crackle accents only it didn't crack properly) and it's one of the Ranger products. I love it, but you have to be careful not to apply it too thickly as you end up with it going foggy/cloudy... Hope that helps!

  25. Hi Ali, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I'll be sure to share my layouts. :-) You've been busy with holidays, scrapping, etc...the hand idea was really cool.I like how it goes from inner life to outer life!! Brigita #124

  26. I didn't get to post this week, but wanted to visit a few workspaces anyway. Glad I got to your's. So much to look at. Fab shopping trip and your book/magazine combo wouldn't wait until next month to be read! Ali x

  27. Those hand pages are a Great Idea!!! love how you played with your stamps there too!!!
    Such a FUN blog to vist always something different to see!
    Thanks for stopping by and seeing my soggy pooch in the craft room..... and yes that Coffee was the best!!

  28. Wow fab goodies and you have been busy! Take care Zo xx 118

  29. Love your blog name... made me giggle!! Love the space and love love that hand stamp and the book you made with it! Thanks for the well wishes for my Cruise to Alaska I am leaving today and so excited about it. and Thanks for coming by my desk and saying Hi!! I am going to start following you!!

    Shirley Pumpkin #75

  30. Your desk looks like the perfect creative mess, great stamps!
    Thank you for your nice comment on my blog.

  31. I am really REALLY late getting back to WOYWW this week. Thank you for visiting! You have so much delicious things going on. I love the hands. Warmly, Tracy #121

  32. thank you very much for your kindly comment on my blog! I love your desk, it look so creative. your new stamps are great! :-) mano