Monday, 15 August 2016


Hello Everyone!
I know I haven't posted for a while and I am not sure I want to continue with my blog. There is so much social media and stuff gets posted on facebook, instagram and blogs and it is just so much to try and get to all of it to comment on and I feel so bad when I just can't get to it all. I am still trying to figure out what I want to do and how I want to do it. I do know that I want to get back to creating layouts that tell the stories. I have become so sucked into creating beautiful layouts that I have forgotten my primary purpose for scrapbooking, which is journalling AND... I want to start using my stash. I know!

So I have been watching videos and reading books and I just know that CAS is my style and that the journalling comes first followed by the photo/photos and I don't care if they are not so good if I want to tell the stories. This journey I am enjoying so... we will see where we go from here.

I am back teaching... Only once a month for now and I don't know if I will do more I just know I don't want it to be a chore, I want to enjoy it and share what I have learned. I am going to be doing two sessions on one day and I had my first one a couple of weeks ago and it went really well.

In the morning I did a double page layout.

I used papers from the new Lady Pattern Paper range and chose to work with the blue and gold on white card stock.

I added some strips of gold glitter ribbon and gold paper and the chipboard title and flowers were painted with gold ink and stuck on.

My journalling (on the back) says...

Storm was so worried that her dad showed so little interest in her pregnancy no matter how many times I told her that it just wasn't his thing and that he would be fine once the baby arrived and just to accept it for what it was. 
 Of course I was right, I am always right :D He is totally besotted by this gorgeous little thing, even though she is not doing much right now. He is not really a little baby person, he is much happier once he can play with them and chase them around and talk to them but he does love to see her and get his snuggle time and you can see by the look on his face that he adores her. Already she is engaging with whoever she is with and smiling and gurgling away capturing hearts all along the way.
I know from being a mother that there is always more than enough love to go around and it is the same with your grandies only better. <3
I can't wait to see how this relationship develops and the bond that she will have with her grandpa. It will be strong and happy, and it will be forever.

In the afternoon I did a single layout using the same paper range.

I chose to use a white background for this one too and used the left over bits of paper and some washi tapes to create this layout. The title, heart, arrow and book plate are all chipboard that I painted with the gold ink.

My journalling (on the back of the layout) says.

I have so enjoyed this journey to motherhood with Storm and I was so lucky to have been with them to so many of the scans, which still fascinate me. We didn't have scans when I had my kids. :D There was so much that I had forgotten and it was so interesting for me to see how Storm coped too. I had not doubt that it would be with the same resolve that she tackles most things. I am so excited to be a 'Glan' again and I love spending time with this little doll. It is so different to having spent time with the twins. Now I get to focus all of my attention on this one little being and I love it. No trying to soothe two crying babies or rock two to sleep or change two. There is just one who gets the whole of me. I can't wait to watch her grow and develop and see her little personality. I love you my Scarli <3

We also had a card to do. Also with the left over pieces of paper.
A 15 x 15 card with a couple of mats and banners and some flowers. The heart is a chippie painted with the gold ink and the title and the butterfly are punched from gold paper.

I finished off the inside of the card too.

Easy peasy!

Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave me a comment. It is really very much appreciated.

Till next time - Happy Scrapping!



  1. I am amazed of your journal pages, wow. I wish you a good and blessing day :D

    Kind regards

  2. Oh Valerie, it would appear that we both went MIA and decided to return to blogland on the same day! I must be honest and say that Instagram and FB does not "tell the story" like a blog does. I am in awe of you teaching your craft to others....and your pages are so beautiful that I am sure that your class will be a delight.

  3. So nice to see you back creating Val. I really hope you continue the blog because, although these were posted on fb, we just don't get the same amount of detail. I always love reading the stories behind your makes .. your journaling is a delight .. and that would be missing if you just posted on fb or Instagram. Having said all that, I love these pages and your card and wished I lived a bit closer so I could take your classes too. Although I'm not really a CAS person as far as my own work goes, I really adore your work .. it is absolutely gorgeous!! Hugs and Blessings xx

  4. Welcome back to the Blogosphere Val. I love the read your stories; you know that's why I scrapbook too. Stories first, photos second and everything else is just a by product. What a wonderful legacy you will leave for these little people and for your Son and Daughter. Little snippets of happiness and joy, as well as some of the funny things kidlets say and do. Your clean and simple style is so classy and when we feel we've found our style, that's a great thing. I have not taught classes despite being asked, because I think it would become a burden. I want to scrap, because I love it, not to meet a deadline, or a challenge criteria. Love, love your work and you know I love anything to do with Grandies. I shall miss your posts if you decide to quit blogging, but you must do what is right for you. If it's not giving you JOY, its not worth it. Thus endeth the sermon! xo

  5. Hello nice to see your posts. You don't have to post everyday and you don't have to show each and every project you's about posting, because you really want to, on a certain day, and share your love and creativity. You are so right about all the social media and trying to find time to respond to it all, but just remember that everyone is in the same boat and you don't have to feel bad if you don't get round to everyone or every post. It's about finding joy and inspiration in those visits.
    Do what you want, when you want and do what brings you joy!;-)
    As Helen said endeth the sermon! LOL
    But loving your beautiful and precious. The natural colours are fab on both pages. This little girl has been blessed to be born into such a loving and caring family! ;-)
    Beautiful card great that you are diving into your stash!
    Take Care Val and enjoy your classes too! xxx

  6. Hi Val, totally gorgeous pages, I love your style and I agree, telling the stories is the most important thing, but if you can do that with beautiful pages like these then so much the better! It's always good to read your posts, I think you should carry on blogging, but just do it when the fancy takes you or you have time - it should never be a chore and you shouldn't worry if you can't always leave comments either, we all feel bad about that from time to time I guess, so we all understand when life just gets in the way for a while - we just need to remember that it's meant to be fun :o)xxx

  7. LOL..... all these girls are so RIGHT!! And I think at heart everyone who has commented here is a story teller;) Funny how we 'find' each other because of those types of connections across the world! So, of COURSE you should do what you feel like scrappy wise. But I DO like reading your journaling & I REALLY like seeing closeups...& these are just delightful projects. Especially the top double.... & I think you're right, clean lines are more 'you'. Although you do MM really well! And I am also in AWE of you teaching. AND thanks for passing on by my blog, too:) I must say, this Grandparents gig is pretty darn cool, as you've journaled! LUCK with whatever you decide:)

  8. Welcome back to blogland. I so understand where you're coming from. I'm almost at that stage too. But chooding between social media, FB etc, I prefer the blog as it is more personal and tell the story much better. So please don't stop blogging. I really enjoyed your post today and your layouts are so gorgeous. (as is your granddaughter). I love your style. Don't feel that you have to follow the latest trends and buy the 'in' products. I agree with everybody else that it is the story that counts. Whoever looks at your albums in years to come won't know what was in fashion in the scrapbook world at the time.

  9. So tender and beautiful!! I adore your style!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

  10. Go you Val for understanding how caught up we can get in the social media side of things when all we really want to do is scrap! I'll be following your progress with interest! What amazing creations you've made - absolutely wonderful!

  11. Gorgeous projects Valerie! Love all the photos featured and the CAS style! I can relate to your crafty feelings. I'm no longer on any design teams, just creating what I want, when I want and with what I want. When your hobby becomes a chore, it robs the creativity and fun right out of it. I understand the social media need for companies but I'm just happy doing what I do :) I hope you continue to craft and share whenever you are able :) It's fun to connect with friends around the world all whom share the same passion: creativity ;) hugs

  12. Great to read a Val story again and to see what you have been busy with .Enjoy your teaching , crafting , children and grandchildren!