Monday, September 29, 2008

Scraps and crops

Ok, I didn't get time to pop on and show you the stash I bought at the Harrogate Papercrafts show, but really there wasn't that much. I was a bit disappointed as even my favourite stalls were stocking the same stuff as last time, and there were no new releases. I still managed to get a few bargains, but nothing really exciting. I think a trip to Ally Pally is in order next year - will have to save up for that one though!

On Saturday we had our first little Paper Chasers crop in Leeds and it was lovely. I even managed to sit and complete this double LO, although it did take me all day as I was tired and just couldn't get going to start with. Anyway, it's about the new nursery (which is finally complete, hurrah!) and will go in the pregnancy album I'm trying to keep up with. I'm 35 weeks now so better get a move on really!

I'm not sure how much more scrapping I'll get done before the new baby is born now as I'm working from home during the day and then am too tired on an evening to even think about getting anything out and started. Hopefully once I go on maternity leave in a fortnight I might have a burst of energy and can set my mind to it - once I'm done nesting and have got the house in order that is!

Bye for now. :)

Natalie x

Friday, September 19, 2008

Nursery projects... and a warm welcome

I promised I would be back soon with photos of the projects I've finished for the baby's nursery, using my new sewing machine. The cushion covers were put together really quickly. The cot bumper took a little longer, but was simply a case of covering a plain white Ikea one with fabric I bought to co-ordinate with the rest of the neutral decor (yes, we know the sex but I just prefer these colours!). I have a matching 12x12 scrapbook and can't wait to get started on scrapping pictures of our new bundle.

Now the nursery wardrobe has finally arrived I'm hoping we can get it finished in the next few days. In the meantime, here's a quick sneaky peek.

Last, but by no means least, a warm welcome to anyone visiting from the pages of Scrapbook Inspirations magazine. I'm delighted to have my blog featured in the 'Blogs we love' section this month. I haven't seen my copy yet - I can't wait though!

I'll probably be back tomorrow after a little jaunt to the Great Northern Papercraft Extravaganza in Harrogate for a few scrapbooking goodies - it's well worth a visit if anyone's in the area.

Catch you soon.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Branching out

This final layout (see my posts below) was created using our first family photo in, well, a long time, and also marks the last official picture of the three of us as we count down to becoming a foursome. I have thrown together a whole bunch of stuff to complete this, but my favourite has to be the 'family' button I picked up in Walmart while on holiday in Florida last year. I'm so glad to have finally found the perfect use for it.

I'd like to buy some 12x12 and 8x8 frames and hang some of my favourite layouts on the walls of our new home - and I think this one must go up.
Right, dessert and bed I think. I have some photos to share of the cushions and cot bumper I have made for the baby's nursery, and hopefully photos of the finished nursery very soon, so I promise to come back soon. :)

Babies, babies, babies!

I have been trying (and failing miserably) to keep up with my pregnancy album and also catch up on scrapping Harry's young baby photos before this little one arrives. I was getting there slowly, although I've developed a pregnancy-related condition called SPD, which makes sitting and scrapping quite painful after a short while. This means I haven't done as much scrapping recently as I would have liked.

But here's what I've done so far:

I've also used the yummy new Crate Paper range to spruce up this bargain basement baby keepsake box I picked up in TKMaxx for about £6 (including a baby foot/hand casting kit - bargain!). It was a bit grubby and plain, but I soon sorted that out. I already have my scan photos, CD and DVD in there and can't wait to fill it full of cute little baby things like I have with Harry's keepsake box.

And finally, here a few of Harry's baby layouts, which I made using a Crate Paper boy-themed kit.

Ok, I'm now off to create another new post as I have one final layout to showcase and it's not letting me upload any more photos to this one! Be right back. :)

Introducing... our baby!

Well, not exactly! We had a 4D scan and got to see what our unborn baby looks like, a lot like Harry I think! It was so amazing, we saw the umbilical cord, thumb sucking and even hair in 2D mode, and then facial features up close and a smile too in 4D mode.

Here are a couple of pictures and I'll see if I can work out how to post the video clips.

I can't believe this baby will be here in our arms in about eight weeks, yikes!

Right, back in a while to upload my recent pregnancy and baby layouts as I've got a bit behind, sorry!