Monday, June 22, 2009

Photo heaven!

I have died and gone to photo heaven! Not only have I received my stunning boudoir pictures by the fantastic, lovely and talented Cheryl Johnson at Feel Good Photos, but on Sunday we went for a family photo session with Amanda of Whitebox Photography. These beauties cost us only £30 for more than 100 copyright-free images on a CD (anyone in Leeds and free on Saturday, get yourself there!) Those above are some of my faves, and there are more here:

I have already started work on a hand-made mini album to showcase my boudoir pictures, as well as ordering some enlargements for my bedroom wall (Photobox has a BOGOF offer on right now, all photos 7x5" or larger are included, go check it out!). So I'll show you just one tame photo and the rest you can see once I have finished LOL!

I have also ordered some family prints - although I'm not quite sure where they are going yet! I have finally started printing, framing and hanging my favourite photos and they look great on the wall together - much better than being hidden away on the pc anyway.

Back soon with some layouts!

Natalie x

Friday, June 19, 2009

And in other news...

Well it has been a busy kinda week, so I haven't seen much scrapping action I'm afraid. I do have my excuses though! For one I have been busy making a nappy cake and card for my neighbour, who had a little girl on Monday. I so can't wait to meet her.

I don't normally make cards, because it takes me too long to find inspiration (I seriously lack it with cardmaking), choose the elements and put it all together. But seeing as Harry had lost the one I'd bought I had no choice in the matter! But I'm really pleased to say I literally just pulled out a few bits and pieces, stuck it all down, and 20 minutes later I had this pretty card (which looks better in real life than in my poor photo by the way!). I also got to use one of the pretty new punches my lovely mum brought me back from Florida, along with lots of yummy Scrapbook Boutique goodies. I must get started on those.

I have also been finalising my back-to-work plans and today I've had confirmation that my flexible working request has been accepted, so I'm really pleased about that. I have seven more weeks left at home and then it's back to work, which I'm not really looking forward to, but thankfully my revised hours will allow me to earn a decent living to give the kids a good lifestyle while also being around to give them their dinner, bath and bedtime story and watch them grow up. I'm still going to miss them so much, especially little Alex, and I just hope he gets on ok with our childminder and without me.

Right, hopefully the next time I update I'll have a layout to show you - I'll try my best anyway!

Natalie x

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

It's a Nod!

And another...!

Harry was drawing his little monster friends yesterday, and created a lovely, friendly-looking monster, which apparently is called 'a nod'. I have no idea what that is - can anyone shed any light?! Anyway, of course I had to grab the camera and a little doodle of his for this layout, finally using these cute Crate Paper Orbit papers. I'm not sure the colours show very well (the pitfall of taking photos at night with only artificial light) but you get the idea. I'll retake and replace it hopefully tomorrow.
This layout, and the fact we have just been to visit Harry's school for the first time before he starts in September, remind me that he really is growing up so fast, Alex too. I can't believe he's about to start school already, sob!
Natalie x

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Inspiration still flowing

Still feeling inspired by all the fantastic talent that surrounded me at the weekend, as well as being pleased with my own work, I'm feeling really motivated to scrap more again. I have so many lovely photos and milestones I need to record, and of course I'm enjoying doing it too.


So tonight I sat down and scrapped these summery photos of the boys splashing about in the garden during last month's mini heat wave. It took me an hour to decide on a background paper (seriously) and whether it matched. I nearly didn't buy splash paper, as I wasn't keen on the background colour, but a little hand cutting later and it looks lots better. I also finally used some ribbon I picked up for a dollar in Florida a couple of years ago - it just happens to match Harry's shorts (which I also bought a couple of years ago, but being the skinny minnie he is they only just fit him!).
I already have the next layout in mind, another one of Harry, bless him. So watch this space, I will be back.
Natalie x

Monday, June 08, 2009

GoGo Got Lots Done!

I'm so pleased with my finished projects and layouts, both from the GoGoGetaway classes, workshop and challenges, but also those I did during crop time.

Just Hanging by Mary Anne:

Stickers? Fascinating by Fiona Beckman:

Get Framed make and take challenge by SJ:

There's No-one Quite Like Grandma:

Watch the Birdie:

Nature's Beauty (scraplift from Scrapbook Trends):


Little Sprout (Page Maps sketch):

I can't believe it's all over for another year, well, 9 months as next year's event is in March - less time to wait, hurrah!
And hopefully I might manage a few more layouts in my own time soon, I might even complete Jane and Shimelle's class projects if I get moving!
Natalie x

GoGo Gone!

Well that's it for another year, but what another fabulous weekend at GoGoGetaway! I had a great time enjoying the classes, workshops, challenges, lovely food, meeting old and new friends, taking pictures and even posing for some beautiful boudoir photos with the fantastic Cheryl (Feel Good Photography), ooh-er missus!

Here are some of my favourite photos:

Will be back shortly to upload photos of my layouts and projects from the weekend. :)
Natalie x