Wednesday, 5 March 2014


Do you know that I laughed so much at my scrapbooking retreat over the weekend that my tummy still hurts?! We had a wonderful time and I'll be sharing some pictures very soon.  

I've not been able to get into my craft room for any actual crafting since then so my desk is basically a half unpacked crop bag!  Sarah brought my order for 4 new American Crafts albums so I can file that stack of layouts that I completed even though I nearly forgot to pack any photos!  I keep a not of the layouts before I file them so I know which ones need putting on the blog so that's what I'd been doing here having just photographed them in the garden... in the dry... in the sun!!!
The layout on the right there was finished a few seconds before I left on Friday morning and so that one needed photographing too.  This one was for the S J Papercrafts challenge for March which involved us all using a set of photographs as inspiration.  If you fancy a challenge thn pop over and see what inspires you from the pictures too.  There is also another prize on offer this month from another WOYWW-er, the lovely Annie.  Personally I was inspired to use the colours and textures from the pictures to create this windy beach layout using Crate Paper's Pier collection. Louis was just over a year old in this picture from his first beach trip in Newport, Pembrokeshire. Even then we knew he'd love it more and more as he got older and he certainly has! 
It was great fun to rifle through my stash and find old bits and bobs like the sandy coloured flowers, veneer birds and green ric rac to accentuate my theme along with the woody tones of the papers.
When I saw the inspiration photos I immediately thought of this collection and once I had got the papers out I realised they were perfect for scrapping about this rainy weather we've been having here since Christmas.  I ended up using this collection a lot over the weekend for various photos of drizzly walks and windswept beaches.
I guess I really need to finish putting all the rest of the stuff away *sigh*... But first I'll grab a cuppa and have a peruse around all the other desks that link up on a Wednesday for the biggest creative gathering of the week.  Please do join in - its easy, free and very enjoyable and you're sure to receive a warm welcome from our host Julia.

Bye for now


  1. Oh how sweet - I love the ,utiple offset matting of the photo LJ, you really are too clever. Unpacking is the most hateful thing isn't it..but if you try to do anything before unpacking, it just gets spread out and is unsorted as you pick through it to find stuff you need. Brace yourself, cuppa, chocolate, and...unpack!

  2. Lovely LO. The one with the rainbow background also caught my eye.
    Happy WOYWW
    Laura 69
    p.s. *deep breathe* it's putting away time now!! :)

  3. laughter and wind swept beaches....lucky you

  4. hehehe Unpacking is always a pain - as is re-packing to come home, what came out SHOULD go back in, but it never wants to .... love your page for the challenge, the little tag clusters are fab and the colours are perfect :o) happy WOYWW Annie C #70

  5. Left a comment and it disappeared!! I love the LO - so many creative bits and bobs there! Now watch - it will come up twice I suppose...x Jo #60

  6. Hi Lisa-Jane, thanks for your coment on my blog - I've replied to the email address I found on your Blogger profile, hope that's the right one? :o)xxx

  7. Put stuff away? nah, that's for wimps..leave it out, root around in, seriously, news of your big album order has made me even more determined to do the same. I need to put my pages away.

    Love that beachy look

  8. Great layout love the muted colours.
    Jenny x

  9. SUN? I seem to remember that, but not lately. You have a lovely spread there, and of course, I still like those two cake plates I saw just two days ago (grin). What was it I said to someone about packing being fun, unpacking not so much. Hope it goes well, though. Happy WOYWW from #1.

  10. Beautiful Layout! Lovely to be reminded go summer!
    Have a happy week
    Lynda B No 40

  11. Well, I'm sure you know by now I'm a lover of kraft and the sea, so your page is a win, win for me. Glad you had such a wonderful weekend away. I'm sorry I couldn't make it over.

  12. What a wonderful LO!! Don't you just love to have belly-ache from laughing?? Happy WOYWW!
    no. 33

  13. Great layout, I love all of the little detail. I'm so jealous of your weekend away, it looked like you all had a great time xx

  14. Your layouts look wonderful and that retreat sounds as though it was great!

    Sherry x
    WoYWw #87

  15. Add me to the list of those that need to file pages away, I have no excuse, plenty of albums here. I like your page, and the use of the tags. Well done.

  16. sounds like you had an enjoyable weekend away. Look forward to seeing the photos. I love this page and that cheeky chap certainly looks like he's enjoying the beach x x


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