My Greatest Wish
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My Greatest Wish
I must admit altho I LOVE the look of art dolls I never really understood them. Until I saw the creations the fabulous altered art team started coming up with. I was brave enough to try one of my own and then it all kinda fell into place.
Do you ever have a layout you'd love to scrap but you don't have the right photo? It happens to me all the time and now I'm brave enough to add an art doll to the layout. It's really opened up a whole new world for me and I've completed several journaling layouts that I never would have completed.
So if you're interested or just curious hop over to the ScrapArtist shop. The zine is free for the first 100 downloads! I hope you have as much fun with your altered digi-art dollies as me! :-)
Downloading the zine will give you access to a private forum to chat with the designers and creative team and give you a chance to enter the monthly challenge!
I just LOVE her style and it's so nice to learn a little more about her.
If you're heading over to ScrapArtist take a peak at the colab with the ScrapArtist Designers - Dreams take Flight. It's HUGE and really beautiful. If you're like me and like your pages to look like they've been paper scrapped you won't want to miss it...
Now I enjoy the early mornings. Of course, I now wake up to Californian sunshine rather than a London chill, so getting out of bed is easier.
Today I make Joshua's lunch. Today is one of the last days I'll be preparing cream cheese bagel, yogurt, bananas and grapes for him. From next Monday he will start his new school. I pack the last things away. Over the breakfast bar I see a tiger costume folded over a chair waiting for a fix under the chin and crutch (why do they never make those things long enough in the body). A variety of arts and crafts stuff clutters the table. Some of it is Joshua's some of it is mine - we've been making Halloween party invitations all weekend.
A giant Halloween glow in the dark spider sits on top of Joshua's artwork. Right now it's being used as a paper weight but I'm sure it will still be on the table long after the artwork has been put away and Halloween is over. Last year we had a skeleton head with flashing eyes that stayed on our table well past Christmas and into the new year.
When I was single the clutter was all clothes, make-up and magazines. Today's clutter of dinosaurs, and Matchbox cars reminds me that there is a little boy in the house - as if I could forget - as if I would want to forget. I want my house to stay like this always - a cluttered magical mess waiting for a little boy to wake up and come and play...
'Okay Joshua, where have all the dinosaur's gone?'
'Mommy, a big rock fell from the sky and it hit the ground and it killed all the Dinosaurs. Both the good and the bad. The iguanadons, the triceratops, the T-rexs...'
And I thought you was gonna say they were behind the sofa!
You are 3 1/2 years old and amaze me every day.
If you don't hear from me for a while it will be because I'm gazing at her amazing art journals...
Go get it HERE! :-)
Now, Carl and I try and use the correct American-English with Joshua as we don't want him to go to school confused. So it's normal in our house to say cookies, truck, trash, etc. But one word neither Carl or I can get comfortable saying is 'sneakers', so Joshua's trainers have always been just that - his trainers.
When waterplay came to an end and it was time to change back into dry clothes, Joshua asks Miss Sharma for his trainers. She replies with a blank stare. He asks a little louder but Miss Sharma still doesn't understand what he's asking for. According to Miss Dj a full on tantrunm followed, and Miss Sharma called her in for help. Thankfully Miss Dj understood Joshua's English and was able to find his 'trainers' for him and help him get them on. Poor Miss Sharma she had a crash course in English yesterday - Joshua style! And I guess Carl and I will have to add a new word to our vocabulary too and get used to using the word 'sneakers'!
All by Rachel Young Designs @ ScrapArtist
BG Paper: Fundamentals (warm)
Blue Damask Paper, Photo Corner: Love in the Rain Colab with Traci Murphy
Peg & Tag: Glee
Kraft zigzag Frame and Note Paper: All That We Need
Brad and String: Daylight
By Edeline Marta Designs (EMD) @ ScrapArtist
Metal Date Plate: Every Moment Counts
Also Used:Pressed Flower: Shabby Beach Shack by Shabby Miss Jenn
Daily Birdy by Audry Neal
CK Ali's Hand
Today (day 7) Jessica Sprague introduces House of 3 who have provided free brushes, etc. I don't know why I was surprised to see it's a group of three made up from Heidi Swapp, Rhonna Farrer and Janet Hopkins. You can read about them here. Thier style is very beutiful and unique. I think you may see thier influence on some of my layouts shortly.
Have a happy Sunday.
Strawberries and potato chips always taste better sitting on the sand.
Thank you for looking!
All available @ ScrapArtist
Yellow Starburst Paper: Happy Place Sunshiney Paper by Danielle
Hearts, Staples, Paper Swirls, Journaling Strip and Paper Pieces: My Happy Place by Danielle Donaldson
Blue BG Paper & Green Ribbon: Daylight by Rachel Young Designs
PinPokes: PinPokes by Rachel Young Designs
Kraft Paper: Tweet Heart by Rachel Young Designs
Template: Scrapbox I by Lili
From The LilyPad
Alpha: Deckchair Alpha by Kate Hadfield
Bucket, Spade, Seashell & Starfish: Sandy Toes by Kate Hadfield
From We Are Storytellers
Font: Daily Birdie by Audry Neal
It's funny, something magical seems to happen when little children get thier haircut and they seem to mature as if by the magic of the scissors...
It all happened too fast for me to think about my camera, but I will try and get an 'after' photo on her.
Happy Thursday everyone.
Lyn and Melvin arrive tonight and still so much to do, but at least the champagne is chilling in the fridge, that's the important thing, huh?
I hope you like them too!
For ages now I've had a yearning to go home to England to my parent's house and get copies of all the old photos I know are stashed away and take some new ones of the streets and houses where I grew up in London. Unfortunately, I know this won't happen for some time. I know I should be concerntrating on where I am now. It's so beautiful and we are so fortunate to live by the beach. I want Joshua to remember it all...
My challenge to myself is to take four photos in the next week of an everyday object from around the house and publish on the blog..
Thanks for looking!
Everything is from Art and Soul the A5D colab. I also used Weathered Frames by Catherine Designs also at A5D. The little girl standing back admiring the artwork is an illustration of Alice in Wonderland. She was a freebie from Scrapping Indgie's blog. Despite doing a google search I've no idea who the original illustrator was. If any one does know I'd really appreciate an email.
Thanks for looking!
Mom: Putting away the laundry. What are you doing?
Joshua: Painting my toe nails. They are dirty. I've been playing in the sand box.
Happy Mother's Day every one!
I need that reminder...
BUT, saying that I did indeed indulge...
All You Need is Love by Natali at ScrapbookGraphics (My first buy as her sale started on the 29th!)
Composure by TaylorMade at CatScrap (I'm trying to discover my style and I know this isn't really it but got sucked in by the beautiful papers and wordart - I'm gonna give it a go!)
Being Home by Laurie Ann HGD at ScrapArtist (REALLY had to exercise control here - I LURVE all her stuff!)
Get Creative Paper Pack by Gina Miller at ScrapArtist (Again, had to control myself here as I wanted ALL the Creative kits - I just love the colour. It was the lined notepaper in this pack by Gina that won me over!)
My Dream World by NLD at Shabby Pickle Designs (I just have to do something with that top had and cracked mirror!)
I Dream of Poppies, At One with Nature, Mangus, and A New Story all by Brene Boone at ScrapOrchard for only $1 (that was my best bargain of NSD and all thanks to Kate Hadfield who pointed me in the right direction with her blog post)
Bloom & Grow at Songbird Avenue (Okay, I know this one wasn't a NSD bargain, but Ali and Jessica pledged an extra $2.00 to charity for kits brought before May so I grabbed this one on the 30th - it's for a good cause, right? lol)
So, I'm guessing I spent about $40 in all over the weekend. Hubby hasn't got a clue it was NSD so he'll wonder what all the spending was about but hey, it's now where near those girls spending $$$ right!? At least I can still feed and clothe my kid - lol!
So no more spending for me until the 11th? Right, who am I kidding, it only takes one beautiful kit... :-)
So what am I going to scrap? Well, I have some great action shots of Joshua jumping off an exercise ball onto the sofa at the weekend. I want to extract them first and then I just need to find the right kit... :-)
I shopped already but there's still more on my list.
I'm off to -
Hopefully, I'll be back later today with my purchases!
I had such fun creating My Happy House layout with it
'Who do you think brought you all of those presents?' I asked.
'Erm... Nanou... Zoozie... Grandad... and Batty Barb!'
I was so pleased with his answer. I try and speak to them all every other week on the phone but he's only met grandad and Barbie once in his life, so his answer couldn't have been more perfect for me!
Of course, I have photos to post. Hopefully, later today I'll get them on here...
It's now 7.45 am and he's still not awake...
Everything from the wonderful Pele Mele Carnival version by Catherine Designs @ A5D
Font: CK Ali's Hand
In the evening the neighbour's cat came into our garden and Joshua was like 'I have a cat now,' as if the cat has passed over into his yard and magically became his. When the cat left we had to go into the kitchen to hunt for cat food to tempt it back. I think Joshua needs a pet...
Thankfully we got to SeaWorld on Friday but poor Joshua missed lunch with Shamu on Saturday and we never really celebrated his birthday. Thankfully he didn't even realise it was his 3rd birthday on Easter Sunday so we are going to celebrate next Sunday instead and I'm going to make sure it involves a lovely big cake with candles and lots of 'happy birthday' singing! I've got to make it up to him somehow!
Here's my Easter layout that I've been itching to post. I hope you like it...
Everything from Happy Easter by Sausan Desings available at http://www.sausandesigns.com/
Flower Brush: Cinzia Losemoore
Font: CK Ali's Hand
Thanks for looking!
Carl, Joshua and I are all off to San Diego for a long weekend and to celebrate Joshua's 3rd birthday on Sunday but I will definitely be downloading this kit as soon as I get back.
Hopefully, I'll have plenty of new photos to scrap after a weekend at SeaWorld and the Wilderness Park. Especially, as Carl came home with a new lens for my camera last night! A 70mm-300mm lens! Yep, I danced a little jig around the kitchen when he handed me that baby! It was a complete surprise I can't wait to get some great close-up shots over the weekend