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.

agenda-sneakAnyway, I will be back more regularly, promise!

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….

*sigh*

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:

Craft with Cat

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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South Hill Designs

South Hill DesignsI have some very exciting news to share with you today! I have signed up to become an Independent Artist with South Hill Designs! It is a wonderful concept which I just fell in love with right away. You build your own charm lockets to suit your personal mood/feelings/life. So it’s like scrapbooking but for jewellery! You can see why I love it!! Here’s some examples of the sort of thing you can create:

South Hill Designs

South Hill Designs

South Hill Designs

Aren’t they just the cutest thing? I’m so so excited about this and I can’t wait to share all my creations and ideas. I plan to have a separate blog for them, I just need to get it all set up. But for now I wanted to let you know all the details. You can shop online 24/7 for these gorgeous lockets and charms, and if you’re interested in joining up then I have some fabulous news! There is an extra special offer available through the end of May to celebrate our UK start up! However, that doesn’t mean you have to be in the UK to join my team, we accept people from the US, Canada and the UK!! How cool is that?!?! Be sure to check out my South Hill Designs site and ‘like’ my Facebook page :)

So here’s the three countries info:

UK:

South Hill Designs USA:South Hill Designs Canada:South Hill Designs And that special offer I mentioned, well here it is:

UK:South Hill Designs USA:South Hill Designs Canada:South Hill Designs

Cat xx

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Hello There

Welcome along today :) I am here sharing a layout I created using some of the Neo Colour II’s and I absolutely love it! I definitely stretched myself here and took a leap of faith that it would work, and it did!

I just love this patterned paper that came in the Studio Calico April Bluegrass Farm kit. and I decided to colour in the flowers – this is what I wasn’t sure would actually work. So I took my time colouring them in, not too neatly as it would be difficult to do so with these crayons. So here’s my layout, called Hello There:

DecisionInspired.HelloThereAfterwards I used my water brush to add water to the areas and blend the colours. I just love how it ended up! I then cut a strip down and added it to some white cardstock, and this was the point at which I knew I had to add some colour to the white too. So I played some more with the NeoColours :)

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Have you tried the NeoColours? Or colouring in on your layouts? I’d love to hear about it!

Cat xx

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Project Life Week 12

So being a Saturday I thought it a good idea to share a new Project Life week – I know lots of people like to share Project Life on Saturdays. Well that makes sense in my head at least haha! So this is my Project Life week 12:

Project Life Week 12

Project Life Week 12You can see that there is barely any journalling this week, and I’m OK with that. I feel like my pictures tell the story well enough. For example on the right hand side you can see we’re doing some sort of fitness activity, that I saw a Katie Price type of carriage taking people to a wedding, and that I was at my Slimming World Quarterly District Meeting :) Well, OK if you don’t know anything about my life you may not get those things, but I’m doing this for me, and I do haha!

I hope you’ve enjoyed a quick peek into my life :)

Cat xx

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Re-Kindled Love

So here’s a new mixed media layout I wanted to share with you today. I used some Moulding Paste (also known as embossing paste) after listening to some of the Paperclipping Roundtable’s recent podcasts I have a re-kindled love for the stuff! Not that it’s been that long since I last used it but sometimes it’s good to be reminded why you love something :)

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Anyway I decided to get out a stencil and used that to create a fun background for my layout. I like adding layers in this way to my background paper, especially when it’s coloured as I feel it tones it down a little. You can see I also added those two bits of ruffled paper as well. I wanted to add some more texture and when it’s ruffled like this it makes me think of fabric.

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re-kindled love

re-kindled love

Have you recently discovered a re-kindled love for a technique or a product? I’d love to hear about it :)

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Project Life Week 11

Here I am with another Project Life spread, in fact I have a quite a few I plan to share soon. As always I have used the Studio Calico kit as my main focus and thrown in some extra bits and pieces from Freckled Fawn’s Oh Deer Me kit and some from Elle’s Studio. So here is my Project Life week 11:

Project Life Week 11

Project Life Week 11I really love the colours! I hope you enjoy having a look into my week :)

Cat xx

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{Inter} National Scrapbook Day

So it was National Scrapbook Day on Saturday and I was lucky enough to be asked by Studio Calico to host a challenge on the message boards! I had an absolute blast and between myself and Amanda we came up with the idea of trying something new. This is because I have been enjoying trying new things I’ve learnt in the Mixed Media class over there. So I wanted to share with you the layout I created:

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So what was new for me here? Well to start with I used Gesso underneath my water colouring, which I’ve never done before. I also used Neo Colour II’s to add the colour instead of my usual watercolours. It was a lot of fun!

DecisionInspired.Smile-1 DecisionInspired.Smile-3 DecisionInspired.Smile-2I’d love you to go check out the challenge and see what wonderful projects were linked up!

Cat xx

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