Monday, 10 November 2014


Hello Everyone

Well it has been a pretty hectic couple of weeks but I am happy to say that things will calm down to a trot now until the end of January. My whole families birthdays are between December and March except for my son who is in May...but there will be no more BIG celebrations. 

The engagement party was a huge success and I will post some photos once I have edited them all.

Today I have my layout for the CSI/Scrap365 collaboration.

I also used the sketch from Sketch Challenge #38 over at Scrap Africa

Here is my take on it all.

Here is how I solved the case.

Scheme - the colours are all there.
Evidence - leaves, transportation accents (the pic), music elements (paper), mist (one the doily and the flowers), heart, metal (title and the car), scatter something (the patchwork pieces are scattered over the page)
Testimony - document a trip or adventure. Handwrite on your background.

The quote on the layout says:
A good traveller has no fixed plan and is not intent on arriving. Lao Tzu

My journalling on the back of the layout says.
I love to travel with Willie - he is my late aunt's husband and we have always been really close to them and we stayed close to him after she passed away, and see him every year. Either he comes here or we go there or we meet somewhere else in the world We always used to joke about the fact that he would have made a perfect Nomad. He loves to wander and he takes great delight in getting in his car and just driving, finding quaint places to go, wonderful markets to visit, and lovely places to eat.
When I go to Ireland to visit my brother I split my time between them and Willie and because Willie is retired it is easy for us to get into his car, pick a direction and just drive. I think that I have covered most of Southern Ireland with him and we have had many adventures and lots of laughs and I have captured it all on camera. I have trained him to stop on a dime if I make a sound which translates as PHOTO OP! and he is very good at it now. My better half likes to plan, I like to just get up and go and I may not get to see what I should have seen but I sure as hell get to see lots of things I would have missed.
On our way to Dingle we drove through Ballinascarty which was where Henry Fords parents came from and they have one of his cars at the entrance to the town. Of course we had to stop and take some photos of us fooling around in the car which is all silver and just gorgeous. The quote was perfect for this trip and I hope that he never changes and I hope that I get to have many more trips with him.

Here are some close-ups.

I used a beige cardstock for the background and I finally got to use these beautiful papers from Lemon Owl that I won for a challenge a while back at Scrap 365 - they were perfect for this palette.  I wrote the quote onto cardstock and stuck it onto one of the squares. 

I cut hearts and attached them to one of the squares. The stitching is a stamp from Prima which I just love.

I used a white doily for behind the photo mat and sprayed it with a Lindy's Stamp Gang mist - Clam Bake Beige and I also misted the flowers with a pearly mist so they have a lovely shimmer to them

The flowers are Prima and Petaloo and the leaves is a die cut.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave me a comment. I really appreciate it.

Till next time...



  1. Oh so happy and joyous! I love the feeling the page has! And lovely composition, too!

  2. happy, colorful page! I love it!
    xoxox, Asica

  3. Oh my, Val! THis is gorgeous! LOVE the colors!!!

  4. Fabulous! What a great subject for a page...your U Willie sounds one of a kind. Wish I'd trained my man to stop like that. He gets in the car & drives. No thought of stopping.....sigh!!! Love your colour scheme & I'm salivating over that stitching stamp.....looks so real!!! Aaah - for all the traveling & family visiting we've been doing this past fortnight....I am REALLY glad to be home. Unorganized, but at least at home!!!

  5. What a gorgeous piece! I can't believe that's a sticking stamp :) My first thought was how pretty you sewed! I gotta get me that stamp,,it looks great. Such a lovely story Val. How nice to have a sweet relationship and a travel bud to boot <3. My dad hated that kind of stuff. Back in 94 my parents came out and we took a car trip up north to San Fran and Monterey, by the time we got to Carmel he didn't want to stop, he said look from the window! My mother would say to him, "Tom you can take the smell out of perfume." ;)

    Love ya, Paula xoxo

  6. Congrats on the wonderful engagement party! Had a look at the photos on FB and all of you folks are just beaming with joy. Nothing like adding another precious member to the family!

    That is a fabulous take on the sketch by the way! The stitched stamp is my favourite as well and now you've inspired me to bring it out again. And thanks for sharing your story too. Like you, we travel a lot with my aunt and her husband - before I got married I would fly over to wherever they were living and they would bring me on road trips with them (my uncle was an air force pilot who gets moved around a fair bit). We even did our honeymoon together with them, to a place where they spent their honeymoon.

    It's not easy to find people that we can get along with, let alone explore and share so many adventures together. This is just a most precious way to remember Willie :)

  7. Love the lemon owl papers and of course the stamp stitching. Your travel story is such fun and just the way I like to explore - just set off and see what's around the next bend. The quote is perfect and everyone needs an Uncle Willy as a travelling companion. Looking forward to seeing the engagement photos :)

  8. Till I looked at your close ups, I thought you had stitched your page! This is a great take on the sketch, I need to use sketches more. Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. Fabulous page Val!!!
    Lovely composition! And Love the colours you have used!
    Thanks for playing with us at Scrap Africa!

  10. Wow...this is the citrus colours on the beige background and those stamped stitching gives it such a lovely quilted feel. You and Willie are kindred spirits xx

  11. wow val , this is pure delight , what a fab way to solve this case xoxooxo
    love your home, I showed Tara yesterday she loves it just like I do xooxox

  12. Beautiful page, I love all the details!!! Thank you for joining our challenge at Scrap Africa!

  13. Glad to hear that life has calmed down a bit and also that you guys had a wonderful engagement party! Such a big year for you all....all good stuff!!!!!! Gorgeous page Val and I love the bright and sunny papers, along with your beautiful styling....Val's touch! A great photo too and happy memories recorded! ;-) Thanks so much for playing along with us at Scrap Africa! ;-)

  14. Val, thank you for sharing this beautiful layout with us at Scrap Africa...always nice to see your work here...xx :-D

  15. You have created a wonderful layout, Val! And I love that color palette! Thank you so much for playing with us at Scrap Africa!

  16. Ooh I love this mix of papers and what a gorgeous photo. Nice to see you playing along at Scrap Africa.

  17. Lovely layout & great use of the stamps! Love them too!!

  18. Love, love, love your take on the case file and the sketch! great papers and the stamping stitches are awesome!
    Love the story here. sounds like great fun.
    So happy you joined us at Scrap Africa :).

  19. Wonderful fresh page. The colours remind me of Spring, which is far off for us Scandinavians at the moment. The sketch is so bold and fun and you nailed it!

  20. Love your take on the sketch & the gorgeous bright colours you've used. Oh how I'd love to take a trip or 2 with you & Willie!!!

  21. Those papers are just to die for, such wonderful colours! Brill take on the sketch too. Absolutely loved reading about Willie! and how wonderful with the engagement party, am a sucker for romance. Be good sweet Val! xoxo