Thursday, 27 December 2012

WOYWW - Back to Work Blues !

Where did Christmas go ?
One minute it was 5.30am on Saturday morning & I was heading back to Sussex to my family all full of anticipation - and then suddenly it was time to go back to work at half seven this morning !
But I did have a fun weekend with my family & a lovely Christmas Day with Rich's family too !

Just a very short post today - to show you the crafting goodies that Santa brought me - clever of those Elves to know just what I wanted !!
Hope that you enjoyed your Christmas & wishing you all Peace, Good Health & Prosperity for the New Year of 2013 !
See you in the new year xxxx

Tuesday, 18 December 2012


Well not much time for crafty things this week - so a rather bare desk !

But amongst the shopping & wrapping I have managed to keep up with my Journal Your Christmas !

It has been a big help to have everything collected together into one Project Box - it has top spot in my new storage unit !

As you can see by Day 18 my box is looking well rummaged !!

And in the background my Christmas CD which keeps me company whilst I am JYC-ing and wrapping presents too !

And I have found some stitched reindeer in Hobbycraft - we are having "Festive Jumper Friday" at work this Friday - wear something Christmassy and make a donation to our local hospice !
One of these chaps will be pinned to my red jacket !

And I picked up the Winter limited addition Promarkers in the sale - really soft pretty colours !
So will be decorating these cut out canvasses for my Journal ..

And here are my JYC pages
Last weeks Scrap Club Christmas get together ...

Our Food Safari  & night out at the Glitter Ball at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane.
My friend, who invited my colleague & I to the ball, sadly lost her Dad very suddenly on Sunday - so my thoughts & prayers are with her this week.

This was a prompt about the weather this month ...

And pretty Christmassy things ..

Well - wishing you & your loved ones a very Merry Christmas - looking forward to seeing all your projects & desks in the New Year !

Have a lovely Christmas !
Ali xx

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

WOYWW - JYC So Far !

So hello everyone - hope all those of you who celebrate the season are starting to feel suitably festive !!
The week seems to be careering past at a rate of knots ! (Well the whole year has - so why should I be surprised !!)

So just a short post today as the only crafty project on the go on my desk this week is Journal Your Christmas ! Check out Shimelle Laine's blog for more details of how to join in !

I thought I would show you where I have got to so far !

The pages are a bit plain & functional at the moment, but I have evolved my own little way of keeping up !
As a minimum each day I try to read the prompts - both the Journal Prompt & the In Focus Photography challenge one as well.
I endeavour to type up my thoughts about each day's prompt into a PowerPoint presentation (I use these all the time at work so it's my comfort zone for writing & printing out !) and save them.

Then I try out a few of the photography challenges when I have a camera in my hand & capture Christmas images too - I drop all those photos into the PowerPoint too & size them to what I think will fit nicely onto a page.

When I get a spare hour I print out a few days at a time & get the basics done on each page.

I'll go back at a later date & add embellishments & a bit of Christmas bling for good measure.
But not getting much time off this Christmas plus away for most of that so this may be a bit of a challenge !
After it is all done I bind the pages onto book rings, add festive ribbons & trimmings and pop it somewhere safe for future years of looking back !

Anyway - here are the front cover, welcome page with my 2012 Christmas manifesto & pages 1 to 3

Here we go with the next 4 pages

And the last one's up to the 11th ...

Anyway - that's it from me for this week !
Looking forward to seeing what you are all up to & hope you have a fun Christmas-sy week !

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

WOYWW - Cards & Masks !

Hi hope everyone is well & not too stressed with too many things to cram into life before Christmas !

Just a short post this week as, although I have been busy crafting, I can't show you too much until my Christmas cards are received where they are headed !

So just a few photos to show you all !

 This was me crafting away on Saturday afternoon, Christmas songs CD on the player & making cards for my family & my friends at Scrapclub !

This is my desk now - with a whole flurry of card stuff still under way & the new masks that arrived from Stamps Away today ...

 These cards for for my nephews - cute découpage & papers free with a card making magazine !

And my new masks - I love poppies as you may know - so that one was irresistible -
! Loved the leaf border too & think that will be great for garden & nature type scrapbook layouts as it is 12" long.
On the left are the new aperture masks for inking frames and things - these will need to be played with - they looked good when demo-ed on the telly though !

To get you in the Christmas spirit - here is a house in the next village who go mad for the festive lights - raising money for charity - by the way that's Welsh for Merry Christmas written in lights over on the right !

And I couldn't resist showing you the photos I took of these teasels on a misty freezing morning on Sunday !

Have a great week & look forward to seeing you work desks this week !
Ali x