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I finally had a chance to sit down with some paper and photos and make something this weekend, it was lovely!

I made this layout as part of February’s 6×4 challenge, this month we need to use two photos (here’s my January one-photo layout) – I couldn’t find two portrait-oriented photos that I liked so I picked two landscape photos and cropped them down instead, which works much better I think.

Decided not to go with any journalling on this one, I think the title says it all :)

As you may have read in one of my previous posts, I stumbled across an amazing paper shop in Prague and ended up buying a bunch of vintage Czech stamps, so I wanted to incorporate these into the layout somewhere. I’m pretty happy with the end result, I was skeptical about whether glittery thickers and vintage stamps would go together but I think they look OK…

And that’s it!

If you want to find out more about the challenge you can read about it over on Shimelle.com or Two Peas.

Have a wonderful week!

N x

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So this year I’ve decided to take a break from any daily scrapbooking classes – I’ve been doing a few a year for the last couple of years so I want to take some time off in 2011.

Then I saw this one-layout-per-month challenge that Shimelle Laine is running and when I saw they all use 6 x 4 photos (which 99% of the time is the size I print) I was definitely sold. One layout per month is definitely do-able for me and having not used sketches much in the past it’ll also be something new and challenging.

You can see the original sketch & find out all about the challenge at Two Peas

Journalling reads: “We had the most perfect weekend away in Amsterdam in November ’10. Spent the days wandering the canals & browsing the beautiul shops in the 9 district. When we got tired we found a gorgeous little bar & enjoyed a pint of dutch beer, cheese & olives. Heaven!”

The grey patterned paper that’s been cut with a scalloped punch came from a gorgeous sheet of paper that I bought at an awesome boutique in Amsterdam – one of my favourite paper shop finds so far & I’ll be blogging about in the coming week!

Let me know if you’re taking part in the 6×4 photo layout challenge too, I’d love to see what everyone else is doing!

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And in other news, I’m off home to New Zealand in LESS THAN A WEEK (can you tell I’m excited?) so this weekend I will be doing two of my favourite things: writing lists & packing. yay!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend too!

N x

One thing I adore about living in the UK is how seasonal the weather is. There is a very distinct Winter, Spring, Summer (albeit short) and Autumn. Parts of New Zealand are very seasonal as well, but in Auckland (where I come from) you definitely get Summer and Winter but the in-between bits are often just a quick interlude.

This is my third Autumn in the UK and I have fallen head-over-heels for this season. I never thought much of it before, so I’ve been thinking – why do I love Autumn so much?

…Although I love Summer for obvious reasons, Autumn is cosy! It has the chill of Winter but with more crisp, blue sky days and less rain.

…Autumn always feels like new beginnings to me. I think it’s because Autumn was the first change of season I saw when I first moved to the UK (as I arrived in Summer) and it reminds me of such an exciting time in my life.

…and of course, if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, Autumn means Christmas is just around the corner and mulled wine, pine trees & thick woollen scarves aren’t too far away.

Autumn 2009 Layout

Last year I spent a bit of time in London’s glorious parks taking photos of all the lovely leaves, so I wanted to share a page featuring some of my Autumn 2009 photos:

A pretty simple layout, but I like it.

What is Autumn like in your part of the world? Do you love it as much as me?

Before I sign off, a big hello! to all the new friends made during the blog hop – it was so much fun and I’m so happy to have a heap of fresh, inspiring blogs in my Google Reader.

N x

Hi there!

If you’ve popped over from Liberty Cottage as part of the Celebrating Blog Friendships party, welcome!

Firstly, a little about me: I’m from New Zealand and two years ago I moved to London to fulfill a lifelong dream to travel and see the world (and lets be honest that’s much easier to do from the UK than the middle of nowhere!) I’ve been scrapbooking about 3.5 years and I love having a creative outlet that lets me combine my love for photography, travel and paper goods :)

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I started this blog almost exactly a year ago, mainly to connect with other crafty people out there in the world and I’ve discovered so many amazing, inspiring like-minded people by doing this.

But I was surprised to learn that as well as meeting new people, blogging would help me reconnect with Leah, one of my dearest friends from back home in NZ. When you live on opposite sides of the world, precious time spent on the phone or skype is usually spent catching up on all the big news of the last few months – but blogging gives a whole new dimension to our friendship:

  • I love reading the little stories from the weekend trips she takes around my beautiful home country.
  • I love seeing what she’s been scrapping lately and knowing which are her favourite products at the moment.
  • I love waking up in the morning to find an encouraging comment she’s left on my blog post from the night before.

And most of all I want to thank her for her generous heart and for going out of her way to help me out with a little project last month :) I have a sweet little gift for her on my coffee table right now (which will be in the post on Monday!) and I wanted to add a little personal touch to it…

…I realise I’m ruining a little bit of the surprise here but I wanted to share something crafty with you today!

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If you’re taking part in the competition for the grand prize, here is your letter to collect:

I had so much fun taking this photo today! (and I should probably take this opportunity to confess my complete addiction to Thickers)

Now head on over to Chatty Crafty Arty Pig to continue the party and to get the next letter in the phrase!

Have a great weekend,

N x

I saw so many Beatles song-titled things during my trip to Liverpool a few weeks back – I had to buy a ‘Ticket to Ride’ for the ‘Magical Mystery Tour’… well, you get the picture. I tried to restrain from naming this post after a Beatles song-title but turns out I just couldn’t help myself – and considering the fleeting nature of our visit to Liverpool it’s still relevant. Hey, I could have called it ‘Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey’ (it’s off their White album in case you’re wondering…)

So, getting to the point, I took Elise’s Big Mini class last month, and I was hanging out to try some new techniques. My trip to Liverpool was the perfect subject for a new album: themed paper, fun photos and some awesome bits&pieces collected along the way.

I picked up a sheet of wrapping paper in Liverpool with the Beatles’ Hard Day’s Night album cover repeated over and over. So I used that a few times throughout the book, and after realising I still had heaps left over, I also used it to cover the front and back of my book too.

One of the techniques I used for the first time (that I picked up from the class) was using transparencies in the album with various bits attached (hmm that’s not very descriptive is it?). Here’s the title lettering I used, and I also attached ribbons and tickets to some other transparencies throughout the book.

I picked out a bunch of yellow, red & green patterned papers to alternate throughout the book – my absolute favourite was a yellow sheet of paper patterned with 60s style chairs in a shiny (almost vinyl) yellow texture. So awesome. (yes, I get excited over cute paper)

If you’re interested in visiting Liverpool, I definitely recommend staying at the Hard Day’s Night Hotel (yep that’s another awesome use of a Beatles song-title). Each room has a huge piece of artwork, and I thought it was hilarious (after a twinge of disappointment) when we walked in and discovered a HUGE portrait of my least favourite Beatle, Ringo, above our bed…

That’s all from me for now…

Hope you all have a great weekend! It’s very rainy in London so I shall be keeping indoors as much as possible :)

N x

More photos of the mini-book here

Now that Summer has definitely come to an end over here in the U.K, I thought it would be fun to look back on the season in photos and take note of what was going on at the time. I think it will be a great record in years to come when I’m looking back on these wonderful years living overseas. So here we go…

I travelled to:

Australia
I went over to be Maid of Honour at a friend’s wedding in Brisbane and ended up going to visit a good friend down in Sydney for a night on my way home as well – I miss them both a lot and who knows how many years it will be until I see either of them next. The photo above was taken at Taronga Zoo in Sydney.

Ireland
We hired a car and did a short road trip around a bit of Ireland – from Dublin across to Galway, down to Cork, then back to Dublin (via Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone!). We stopped into our favourite pub in Dublin on the last day for a couple of pints of Guinness – yum!

Greece
Our proper ‘summer’ holiday was a trip to the islands of Santorini and Paros in Greece. We had hot weather, amazing scenery, lots of swimming, cocktails and such delicious food. – the perfect holiday!

I listened to:

My most-listened to new album was ‘Sign No More’ by Mumford & Sons, who I also saw at the Hop Farm Festival in Kent along with Bob Dylan. It was such a fun, laid-back festival and all the music was great…must remember to bring a hat next time – it was so ridiculously hot!

I read:

Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse & Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer – OK it was inevitable I was going to have to read these. As I mentioned in another post I read them on my flights to/from Australia and was completely addicted straight away. Oh…and I’m Team Edward in case you were wondering :p

Apathy For The Devil by Nick Kent – this is one of Matt’s books but I really like rock & roll biographies as well so I read it after him. Kent was a music journalist with NME in the 1970’s, so it has lots of very interesting behind-the-scenes stories from one of my favourite eras in music.

I watched:

I saw Eclipse and Inception at the cinema this Summer – Inception was great (I love Christopher Nolan’s movies) and I can’t wait to get it on DVD when its out. Eclipse was fun, it was the first Twilight movie I’ve seen at the movies and I went along with a girlfriend. I thought it was hilarious when the girls in the audience started cheering when Jacob took his shirt off and booing at Edward…I think I’m a little too old for this!

In terms of TV, Matt and I are watching the final season of The Sopranos. We started watching about one episode a week from the beginning awhile ago, as neither of us watched it when it was on TV. We’re nearly at the end, and I’m going to be so sad when it finishes – I realise I’m about 10 years too late to the party on this but it’s the BEST television show ever!

Early in the summer we started watching Six Feet Under from the beginning as well so we’re about a season into that, which I’m really enjoying too…at least we’ll have something to watch when Sopranos withdrawl kicks in!

I wore:

A really cheap pair of leather sandals from Primark were my absolute favourites this summer – they were so comfy from the first wear, I think you can see them in the photo of me in Australia above. Other than that, I could be found most days wearing either shorts and a stripy top, with a light scarf in the evening or a summery dress. My favourite summer evening dress to wear was a gorgeous maxi dress I got back in NZ. I never got round to buying the hat I said I would buy about a billion times. Oh well.

I scrapped:

My favourite layout from the Summer

As well as finally finishing 2009’s Learn Something New Everyday album, I scrapped photos from Santorini (above), Marrakech & some pics of me for a challenge, made a layout with photos I took on my Diana camera, and made a few layouts with some favourite papers I’d been hoarding.

I planned:

Matt and I have been contemplating some big changes to our wedding plans. And by big I mean big – we’re thinking the other side of the world and about 5 months earlier than originally planned. I think we might be crazy! We’ll know for sure whether we’ll change our wedding plans this Autumn, when we visit the country we’re thinking of having it in to do some venue research. Very exciting, I’ll keep you posted!!

I dreamed of:

I’ve been dreaming of Autumn and thinking about where we might go this Christmas – although we won’t be spending it with our families it’s fun knowing that we can go anywhere we like. We’re throwing a few ideas around at the moment and tossing up between somewhere warmer or going somewhere very European and wintery.

Summer 2010 in numbers:

1 change of job

1 new bikini purchased

2 guests came to stay

2 30th Birthdays celebrated

10 cocktails consumed

10 swims in the pool/ocean

35 hours spent in the air flying

Well I think that sums up Summer 2010, It’s going to be so fun collecting four of these posts each year to look back on one day. I know some of these details won’t be interesting to anyone else but they’re a great record for me.

So how was your Summer 2010? Would love to know what you got up to!

Nx

As the 2010 class is about to start, I spent the long weekend putting some finishing touches on my 2009 album that has been hiding away. I can’t believe it was a year since the last class and I’m completely embarrassed that it’s taking me this long to finish last year’s book!

My 2009 album was quite introspective and a lot of the lessons I recorded were little life lessons or things about myself that are important to remember. I didn’t intend for it to turn out that way but I love it because it’s the first real ‘Me’ album I’ve done.

As well as LSNED 2010, I’m doing Elise’s Big Mini Workshop which started today and i’m super-excited about that class too!

Aside from a lot of scrapbooking, I had a wonderfully relaxing weekend at home by myself (my Mr was away) watching lots of chick flicks, drinking wine, listening to all my favourite music and sleeping in. Bliss!

Have a great week!

N x

I’m so glad it’s Friday! And even better its a long weekend here in the UK and the last public holiday before Christmas, which is another reminder that Autumn and Winter are on their way (actually I think Autumn may already be here).

Although the mornings are getting darker, I’m not too bothered. I love Autumn and up until Christmas Winter is such a lovely season (from January though it’s just plain depressing).

Last Autumn

I have a relaxing “me” weekend planned – I’m going to do lots of scrapbooking, get lots of other things done that I’ve been wanting to do in ages and listen to all my favourite music along the way . I think it’s going to be fun :)

Here’s what I’m doing:

– Finish the last few pages of LSNED 2009

– Start planning out my LSNED 2010 album (hopefully my box of goodies arrives by Saturday!)

– Attend a dance class (this will be my first in about 5 years, so excited!)

– Do some baking

– Go to the library – I desperately need some new books to read, any suggestions?

– Go running again if the weather stays dry

– and I have a few blog posts planned, including an end-of-the-month update on my 4 Goals




What are your plans for the weekend?

N x

This weekend I took part in Shimelle’s online crop, which was my first time doing something like this. I didn’t get to complete as many of the layouts or take as many of the photos that I wanted to, as I had a full day photography workshop on Saturday (and had to work on Friday unfortunately!). However, Sunday was my designated scrapbooking time and I got a few layouts done that I’m very happy with so it was a success.

And here they are…

1. The First Sketch

The photo in this layout was taken during my recent trip to Greece. Taken in Thira, Santorini just before sunset while we sat out on a terrace drinking cocktails, it was such a dream come true!

Surprisingly, this is actually the first sketch I’ve ever done and it’s my favourite layout from the weekend. I’m loving the navy blue, pale pink and white ribbon combo – I think I’ll have to do a whole layout in these colours soon.

2. Scrapbooking with Quadrants

The photo in this layout was taken in the Souks in Marrakech during our holiday to Morocco last year. I don’t think any description I write would do this place justice, it’s like nowhere I’ve ever been before. So much colour, intricate patterns, a mix of scents and flavours and a crazy yet perfect clash of cultures. A truly beautiful and exciting place!

The Basic Grey Marrakech papers were an obvious choice and it was perfect for this challenge which was to use a quadrant of papers.

3. Second Sketch and A Little Pink

I’m not sure if this is in the ‘rules’ or not but I combined two challenges here. I interpreted the second sketch and used a fair amount of pink at the same time. Oh well!

A little about the photos: the one on the left was taken in Barcelona at Park Guell, the photo in the middle was taken in the local park near by old flat where I spent a lot of time in the first 18 months I moved to London, and lastly the photo on the right was taken in Greenwich Park during a snappy outing with Shimelle and a few other girls last Autumn.

I hadn’t scrapped in ages before this weekend so it was fun to get back into it and get inspired again.

N x

So, the inspirational Elsie from A Beautiful Mess has motivated me to do something I should have done a long time ago:

Start setting a few goals! 4 goals to be precise, to be accomplished by the time 2011 comes around.

I’m definitely a thinker (probably a little too much), but I rarely set real goals for myself. I might think about something I want to achieve but I often get distracted, de-motivated or life just gets in the way.

So here we go, my 4 goals for 2010:

1. Discover a form of exercise that I love

I’m the first one to admit I don’t exercise as often as I should and a big part of it is that I’m not a gym person and I’m not a runner (shudder). I think exercise should be enjoyable though, not a punishment so I’m going to try some new things until I find something I really enjoy and want to do. Not only for my physical health (I am getting married after all!) but for my mental health as well :) My reward? Well I think the reward will be in the results in achieving this goal.

2. Blog more. Like…every week?

There’s so many things I want to share on this blog but for many reasons they don’t all come out. Trying to fit it in around a full-time job, my fiance who needs my attention too, catching up with friends when it always seems like forever since you’ve seen each other, life in general and the fact I like to keep some things private…well my little old blog often comes further down the priority list than I’d like it to. So how about aiming for once a week? I think that’s do-able! My reward? I’ll book a girly weekend away with a friend, that way I’ll have some more blogging material and I will have had a much needed catch-up with a friend.

3. Take time to become a better photographer

OK, I don’t know if this one counts because I’m already booked on two photography courses this year (one is this Saturday, can’t wait!) but taking a course doesn’t necessarily mean becoming a better photographer, so I think it’s still a valid goal! My focus will be on using what I learn when I’m photographing my travels or photographing around London, and using my Diana more often. My photography has come a long way over the past year but I want to get to the next level, so here I go :) My reward? Well it’s got to be camera related and I think a new lens for Christmas would be a good reward (I do work for a photographic retailer after all).

4. Finish my Learn Something New Every Day album

This is just getting ridiculous. I can’t even remember when I started this album but I’m about half way through. I wanted a scrapbooking/craft related goal as I’ve been a little un-inspired and quiet on the scrappy front, so finishing this album might be the kick-start I need. I’m hoping my little purchase of some goodies from Two Peas today will help inspire me too :) I think my reward for this one is easy: I’ll start a new online class but only once I finish this one.

Watching the sunet in Oia, Santorini...and possibly thinking about goals?

To be honest I could give myself another 4 goals but I think I’ll keep it manageable (god, I hope this will be manageable!).

If you want to join the challenge hop over to Elsie’s blog and read her guidelines for the challenge. I’ll be posting again to let you know how I’m getting on. Would love to know if you’ve set any for yourself too?

Wish me luck!

N x

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