New Stationary Goodies

So last weekend hubs and I took a trip to Bicester Village, I wanted to visit the Kate Spade shop and have a peek in Smythson as I always do. It’s not too far from us so it’s quite a nice thing to do, plus now they have some other new shops there’s more that appeals to Mr B (Barbour for one!).

Anyway, I thought you might like a peek and the goodies I came away with. Yes I totally went over the top, of course. And yes they are to die for!

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So in Kate Spade I got this cute rose gold iPad mini case which I just love. I did spend some time mulling over my choice here, and what I had really wanted was an iPhone case, but they had such a poor selection for iPhones I didn’t get one (I did however win one on Ebay which I’ll share with you guys soon). Also I totally feel in love with this gorgeous orange and gold bow bracelet. Isn’t it super cute?!?!

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In Smythson I bought a gorgeous notebook case which will be perfect for work (and other things) and I love the A5 size so I can then punch the note paper and add it to my filofax – perfection!

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And man…. that colour! It’s like a corally orange, with almost a pearly look to it. It is pure perfection! Love at first sight!!

So here is everything together:

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Cute hey? So what have you been splurging on recently? I’d love to hear about it!

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Project Life Weeks 19 & 20

As you know I am on a mission to be caught up with my Project Life both on my blog and in real life ;) So here I am with weeks 19 & 20, they both have inserts which most of my weeks tend to at the moment…. I hope you like them :)

Week 19:

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Week 20:

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DecisionInspired.PLWK20RHThanks so much for being here today and I hope you have enjoyed seeing these two weeks. May was a fun month and I loved the Studio Calico kit, it’s funny how the colours just went so perfectly with my photos.

Cat xx

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Project Life Weeks 17 & 18

 

In the spirit of continuing to catch up with my Project Life I am posting a couple of weeks at a time. I am actually done until Week 27 so hopefully by the time I have posted them all here I will be caught up and sharing more on time ;) That’s the plan at least! So here is Week 17:

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I love Spring & Autumn the most when it comes to the seasons, and here in the UK we had a fantastic Spring this year, and I am hoping for a great Autumn! So I take more outdoorsy photos at this time of year, playing with the sun, and where we walk Mabel (or dog). So some weeks can look kind of samey I guess, but I’ll see what you think ;)

So next up is Week 18 and I’ve got an insert here:

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I go to thinking that seeing my Project Life spreads really does give you guys a good insight into my life, and my personality I guess too. I think it’s fairly obvious, for example, that humour is a huge part of my life, and Mike and I like to laugh A LOT. We are always mucking about, sending funny things to each other via iMessage or whatever it might be. My sister joins in most of the time too which is great fun. The three of us just have such a laugh together, you know where you really belly laugh, until your insides hurt? Yeh it’s awesome :) I am so blessed to have those two.

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Beauty Box Comparisons

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I thought I’d start off my new type of posts with a good one ;) Well I think it’s a good one at least! I decided to subscribe to a couple of beauty boxes to try them out and see if there was one I wanted to get long term. A few years ago I joined Birchbox and got a few months worth but got a bit bored of it and decided I’d rather have some extra £ to spend on scrapbooking supplies hehe! The reason I suddenly got interested is because I guess my interest in make up and beauty has grown. Not that I wasn’t interested before, but I didn’t really do much other than buy the same brands and often seeing & trying new things either in department stores or at the airport in the duty free shop! I actually saw some interesting beauty posts on some lifestyle blogs and started watching YouTube videos with hints and tips and now it’s safe to say I’m hooked ;)

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So I signed up with three boxes to start with, I chose Birchbox again as being one of the biggest names both in the UK and the USA I figured it was worthwhile giving them a second chance. Plus I liked the idea of getting some lifestyle products too. You can find out all about Birchbox here.

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I also chose Glossybox, again they are a big name and quite a few people seem to get both these two boxes, or at least for a few months to then choose between which one. I like the idea of more luxury brands, and I liked what I had seen on other blogs and YouTube videos. I also think their website branding is more to my taste, it’s cute. You can check Glossybox out here.

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My Little Box is a new to the UK beauty box which I thought looked really cute. I’m not really sure how I first came across it, I think it was on another blog when researching which beauty boxes to try out. First off I loved the idea of it being new and being one of the first to try it out – I always love an exclusive ;) Also the website was just really well designed and super cute, and I figured if the box is anything like this I am bound to love it. The aim here is to get samples of beauty items, and some from My Little Box themselves who appear to have their own brand My Little Beauty. Also you get some lifestyle products too which I like the idea of. There is also a different theme each month, so September was Parisienne which was sooo cool! Though throughout my video below you hear me call it My Little Parisienne Box instead of My Little Box, sorry! You can find out more about My Little Box here.

So I figured the best way to accurately compare them was in a video. Now please bear with me as this is my first non scrapbook related video and there are a ton of things I’d do differently next time but I really didn’t want to re-record. First off I’d use a different lens so that I was in the shot, I am aware that at a few points I hold the items too high, and it does feel a bit weird not to see my face. But I am planning to record a video for next month too, and I’ll plan to have made a load of those changes for then :)

 

So I’d love to know what you think, which of the three boxes looks the best in your eyes? Do you already subscribe to one/all of these? Which is your favourite? Oh and any tips on which lens would be better then please let me know ;)

Cat xx

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Project Life 2014 Weeks15 & 16

Hi guys, here I am with a few more Project Life spreads. Haven’t heard of Project Life? Where have you been?!?! Hehe only joking, check out Becky Higgins’ site and all will be revealed ;) I subscribe to Studio Calico’s official Project Life kit and also have some Stampin’ Up! kits so you can see what I work with.

Here’s Week 15:

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And Week 16:

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DecisionInspired.PLWK16RHThanks so much for being here :)

Cat xx

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Studio Calico Camelot Kit Scrapbook Layouts

I wanted to share some layouts I created using the Studio Calio Camelot kit. It’s an old kit now, from June, yes I am pretty far behind with my kits. They are starting to pile up and I want to seriously make an indent into them. I still have bits from a few months before, they’re on my list to finish up and any leftovers I want to go into my stash.

Anyway, here they are:

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There’s a few more, which I’ll share soon. I have some fun things coming for the blog though, and am trying to make this more of a lifestyle blog, so something for everyone. I hope you like what you see, and please, as always, let me know your thoughts.

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Some Changes…

Hi guys, I just wanted to check in and let you know where my head is at with some changes I am thinking of making here…

I would like to try and integrate all my websites. So as you know I am also a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, and I want to try and add the blog I use for that here… I am thinking it might be with just a tab at the top to start off with and see how I go. I am debating what to do with the design of this site though. Currently it is very blog like, but if you check out my SU site CraftwithCat you’ll see it is more like a ‘proper’ website. I am thinking of having a similar design on the front page here – what do you think? Maybe with a tab for the blog and other sections at the top…

I also want to re-design my header… I just don’t like it any more. I need to think about that more… For now I will continue with my plan to post more regularly while working on ideas for those in the background. With regards to the content I mentioned the other day some of the other things you’ll start to see here as well as Scrapbooking, so here’s a list of the sort of thing I want to cover:

  • Scrapbook Pages
  • Project Life Spreads
  • Planner Pages
  • Planner Resources
  • Beauty Reviews
  • Stationary Reviews
  • Lifestyle/Recipe ideas/reviews/resources

I just want this place to be more like me, so not just about the scrapbooking. I think it will take the pressure off photographing and uploading all the time. I would like to have some sort of schedule, so certain days of the week, or dates of the month, a certain thing happens. I also intend to do more YouTube videos, on the subjects listed above, and already have some ideas here.

I hope those of you who are dedicated Scrapbook fans won’t be too disappointed, you can always skip the days that have posts not scrapbook related, and I hope you understand that scrapbooking isn’t the only thing about me. That’s why I want to expand this a little…. to be more me.

Anywho I guess that’s the end of the rambling for today… I might try adding a top tab and see how that works for a while to link to CraftWithCat – let me know what you think. Oh and if you have any ideas, suggestions, thoughts etc, please do add a comment and let me know :) I just LOVE to connect with people :)

Cat xx

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Project Life Week 14

I know, I know, I said I’d be back posting regularly… I am, I promise ;) I have lots of fun things to share with you guys over the next few weeks. I am trying to actually plan blog posts ;)

First off, let me share with you my Project Life Week 14:

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As always I have used the Studio Calico kit for the month. I am planning on photographing the rest of the spreads I have completed (up until July I think) and sharing them here as quickly as possible to get up to date :) I also want to add a tab for this years PL like I have for last years :)

In other news I am getting back into being more organised. Not that I purposefully stopped, I just didn’t really keep up with the online planning community and I wasn’t always up to date with my planner too. Now I have lot’s of other things going on I definitely need to keep it all organised and working. I am still playing with the right set up in the seek for planner perfection (yes I know this doesn’t exist hehe). But I am currently in my black A5 Amazona and using printable inserts I bought from Etsy from OrganisewithKatie but am looking to change it up a bit. I have bought some very exciting things, including a brand new beautiful gold planner from Kikki K and I can not wait to share it with with you guys :)

lilac_gold_leatherI actually purchased two planners, as well as the gold I got the lilac with gold mini diamond detailing – LUSH! I am thinking that I’ll have one as my everyday planner and one for my Direct Sales businesses. So I am studying YouTube videos and the such to get some ideas. I have also signed up to the new Agenda class over at Studio Calico. It’s all about decorating your planner and looks set to be awesome in my mind.

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Cat xx

 

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Project Life Week 13

As promised, I am here sharing my Project Life Week 13 spread:

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I really love the colours of this week’s spread. I used mostly the Studio Calico Office House Project Life Kit (and some of the other kits & add ons from that month). You can see I added in some quote images too. I love to save ones that mean something to me, or touch me, to my phone as well as Pinterest (of course!) and I think it’s nice to print these up every now and again. It’s a good way of seeing how I was feeling at that moment, by seeing what was appealing to me :)

Do you add print outs of quotes? I like these because I like the images too, sometimes I’ll just write a cool quote I’ve heard, but mostly I will do it this way. I’d love to know if you do something similar.

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It’s been a while…

Phew… I am not sure I can even remember how long ago my last post was (without looking at the date of it of course hehe). So I just wanted to fill you in on what’s been doing on around here in the meantime. I am planning to be back up to regular posting from this next week onwards :)

I did mention before that we were having major renovation work done on the house, well it felt major because we had a leak and then the bathroom needed doing, and with only one bathroom that sure is major! Hehe! So that all got finished in the spring, and we re-decorated the dining room. However I haven’t moved all my crafty stuff back in there as our lodger also moved out this month and now we are debating about whether to turn the spare room into a dual purpose room so I craft in there. We are undecided. I guess the main reason for this complete lack of a decision is that we would like to start a family soon, maybe next year some time. So that means the spare room will become a baby room…. Which makes me want to move. Not because the baby can’t have it’s own room (obviously) but because this house is already feeling a little small for all our stuff. And you know what’s super annoying, everyone just telling you to get rid of stuff, like we don’t know that will help! Unfortunately we both like to keep a lot of ‘stuff’ for me this entails crafty goodies, magazines, brochures, books, stationary and the like. For hubby this includes, computer games, both x box and x box one consoles and all the gubbins to go with them, anything his parents have given him (furniture, books, anything, he just won’t throw away anything they have given him), oh and clocks. The boy has a weird obsession with clocks… I think I need to make my peace with it and am thinking that when we do have a bigger house that one room could be a ‘clock room’ and have lots of them in there….

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Yeah so I’m feeling totally in limbo with my crafting space, which doesn’t prove for anything productive. Also as you know I did start a little crafty business and became a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator back in February, so any crafting I have done has mostly been with those products – you can check out my projects here:

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Also, as I mentioned in my last post I signed up with South Hill Designs…. So yeh I am super busy at the moment. And I’m kinda burning the candle at both ends, hoping that some scrappy relief will make me feel better, but finding no inspiration or motivation once I actually get a chance to sit there and create.

Wow what a lot of blurb…. OK so let’s round this up. I am back and determined to get crafty and get sharing. I actually have 2 or 3 more PL weeks photographed ready to share, so I will pop those up over the next few days. I also have about 10 more to photograph, and half a dozen layouts… So I have been doing something, just not very much haha! So I will endeavour to get photographing this weekend and sharing soon! Though I do have a pretty busy one ahead of me, I work Saturdays (always) until 4pm, then I have a South Hill Designs party at a lovely ladies’ house in the evening, followed by a fair local to me in Berkshire on Sunday where I will be promoting South Hill Designs, Stampin’ Up! and Scentsy…. yeh I joined Scentsy too. I am mad, this I know ;)

Much love,

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