Monday, 29 August 2011


If you're anything like me, you miss UK scrapbooking magazines! Okay, there's still The Scrapbook Magazine, but I miss Scrapbook Inspirations and Scrapbook Trends.

So I've been blog hopping a lot to find new inspiration, new layouts, new ideas. And I stumbled across this site: Pinterest. It's like an online pinboard where you can bookmark ideas, layouts - and you can re-pin inspiration that people have already pinned, how cool is that?

Check out Ali Edwards' Pinterest boards - I find them really inspiring, must start my own Pinterest board! Why not take a trip across and check it out. Warning! Procrastination alert!

Friday, 26 August 2011

mini album - living with Coeliac Disease

Being a Coeliac is a big part of my life, it's the kind of thing you always have to be aware of. People often ask me about it - and I don't mind, but I thought that documenting my thoughts was a good record of a big part of me. This mini book was from Boots and holds 2.5 x 3" pages or photos. Here are the results:

The journalling reads:

This is me. I have Coeliac Disease. I am severely intolerant to wheat, gluten, rye, barley and oats. This means that today and everyday I have to follow a strict gluten free diet, avoiding all foods containiing these things, and also any food that could have been contaminated on a production line. This is harder than it looks. It's a daily battle. My biggest problem is cross-contamination. I'm one of the unlucky ones; for me the slightest bit of wheat/ gluten that gets into/ touches my food makes me ill - and quickly. I have to make sure no spoons/ knoves are used for normal and G/F foods, and I try not to show it but it's a huge worry! Warning signs: fatigue, pale/washed out, bloated tummy, severe cramp, introverted, upset. It helps to have understanding friends, to get G/F food on prescription, to do a lot of my own baking. The future: I'll always be Coeliac, hopefully new products will be out, with a greater understanding.

New scrapping space

This summer we repainted the spare room and I got a new desk for scrapping! It's from Ikea and it's 2m long, it's one of those where you can choose the options yourself - legs, shelves, storage etc. I chose a simple white worktop with metal legs and a desk shelf for storing the TV and computer equipment.

There is a small photo shelf which houses my 'One Little Word' reminder (taken from Ali Edwards' blog, a mini canvas I made with a 'V' on and 2 framed photos I love.

Under the desk I have 2 blue plastic drawer units that came from Macro originally, but they fit 12x12 paper in and I have supplies stored there, such as stamps, punches, adhesives etc.

And to the left of my desk is an Ikea Expedit unit which houses, albums, magazines, photos etc.

I love the fact that the area is organised and everything is accessible, yet mostly hidden from sight so it looks tidy! I've been working on a couple of projects lately - will post more soon!

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Back on the blogging track

So I haven't blogged for a long, long time now, but after a scrapping weekend and lots of lovely comments, I've decided to re-start my regular blog!

This weekend was another Cropfest (XXVIII I think, I can't believe we've had so many!) There's really nothing like a weekend spent with incredibly inspiring ladies who scrapped the time away! We had an Alice in Wonderland theme this weekend, complete with afternoon tea party, film night and Alice in Wonderland challenges:

1. Queen of Hearts - scrap using hearts or a layout entitled 'I love...'

2. Caterpillar - Who are You? Create a layout about yourself (not as wasy as it sounds)

3. Scrap a Wonderland - interpret in your own way!

4. Card challenge - Claire's inspiration. Get a set of playing cards and number them 1 - 52. We used Elsie's Scrapbooking Challenges, with each card numbered to correspond with a challenge from the book. This created some pages we really wouldn't have created without prompting!

I always find the challenges inspiring at a crop, it helps to focus you in and create pages that perhaps you wouldn't have done without those prompts.

We also made the most of the light outside in the evening and snapped some lovely shots using bubbles!