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Wednesday, 31 August 2011

When I Scrapped On A Regular Basis

Unlike the last 2 1/2 months (!!!) I attend a monthly crop organised by the super lovely & talented Libby.  The last time I went to the crop was June and finally I bring you the LO's I did.  The first one is based on a scraplift provided by Deb from a LO created by Theressa.  Do go and have a look at her inspiring blog.  You can also view her work at Scrapbookers Anonymous.  

This was our inspiration:

This is my take:

For this LO I used Echo Park's for the record which I had purchased as I just loved this paper range and added my papers to Sarah's Cards April kit which also contained the same range.  Just love the layering of the patterned papers.

I don't know if it is just me but I pack everything to take to a crop.  I fill, fill and fill my scrap bags to the brim yet I always end up using just one or two paper ranges or kits.  This time I used all For The Record and Sarah's Cards April kit.  These are the other two LO's I completed:

This one is a scraplift from a member of the Sarah's Cards Design Team

The colours of these papers seem to lend themselves so well with the photos taken at Anne Hatherway's Cottage Nr Stratford Upon Avon.  The cottage is the childhood home of Shakespeare's Mother and if you are ever in the area it is well worth a visit as are the other 4 properties owned by the Shakespeare Trust. 

It feels wonderful to be finally blogging some LO's and it really does feel like there has been something missing from my life the last few months when I have not been able to scrap.  Long may this hobby be a regular part of my life.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Look I have scrapped this month

It has been a long time since I scrapped, well, the first Saturday in June to be precise.  This was the last time I went to the Bromsgrove Crop.  I sadly missed July and August as I had Deimante's Hen Weekend and then was away on our summer hols.

As I said in an earlier wedding post I made an instax photo guest book and today I managed to get some photos.  This is the cover:

and a few pages from inside:

A quite simple design of a pp pocket with flower, punched butterflies and co-ordinated embellishments.  Inside the pocket was a tag with twine for everyone's message to be written on.

I have found 3 LO's that I completed at June's crop that I have yet to show and will be back later in the week.  I also scrapped on Sunday, only 1 LO but was just what I needed to get my scrap fix in order.

Hope everyone in the UK has enjoyed their bank holiday Monday.  As per usual the weather was not great but do us Brits expect anything different?

Monday, 29 August 2011


From Bavaria we drove to Bruges where we stayed overnight in Dusseldorf.  We had a lovely suite in a stunning modern hotel where the kids entertained themselves, whilst I did all the packing lol:

We then set off for Bruges:

After spending 89 Euros on chocolate we got on this.....

.....and sadly headed home.

Thursday, 25 August 2011


After 2 weeks of City breaks one after the other it was lovely to finally reach Bavaria where we stayed in a ski resort in the foothills of the German alps.

The clouds cleared and off up the alps we went.  We decided to visit the Eagles Nest which was Hilter's secret hideaway on the top of the mountains.  We drove up a real step hill and at a couple of points I swear I thought we were going to go backwards as the road was that steep.

We parked the car and waited to board the bus up to the top.  From here it is a single track road and buses run up and down the mountain.  At this point the roads are narrow and very close to a steep drop:

At the top we got off the coach and took in the views, which as this point were a little cloudy.

We walked down the 400ft marble lined tunnel into the mountain to the original brass lift which takes you over 400ft up to the top where the building still stands today.  

At this point you are 6,017 ft above sea level with views like this:

After a nice alpine rest we set off for Düsseldorf.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011


Beautiful, gorgeous, expensive Austria.

We travelled from Krakow down to Vienna through the picturesque Slovakia.  I'm not quite sure what I expected Slovakia to be like but it really surprised me and was very pretty.

The majority of this trip we stayed in Novotel and Marriott hotels, all of which are 4*.  As I said Austria was expensive.  We stayed in the Novotel and paid £178 for 1 night in Vienna and I can honestly say it was the most cramped room ever.  Novotel family rooms are all the same but when I am paying that much for 1 night I expect to be able to move around the beds.  The room was that small, even Freya at 8 had to shuffle sideways to get past the bottom of the sofa bed.  Then we paid 95 Euros for a ride in this:

Although the carriage ride was expensive, I can honestly say it was well worth the money as it gave us the opportunity to see the City in its entirety which we would never have done with my leg in the time we had in Vienna.  As with the rest of this trip we had the most glorious sunshine.

And down by the water in Vienna, was this little man made beach.  It was so lovely and sunny but sadly we did not have time to soak up the sun.

Next we set off for Saltzburg with plenty of smiles:

Saltzburg was as expected; Sound of Music everywhere.

From Saltzburg we went to Bravaria in Southern Germany for a bit of Country alpine air.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Poland Part 2

After the wedding we headed back to Warsaw where we went up the top of the Palace of Science and Culture.  This is the Palace from our hotel (31st floor) on a much clearer day:

Warsaw was really not what I was expecting, very modern and the parts of the old town that we did see was not as impressive as I thought they would be.  These are some views of the city from the top.

The tall dark building on the right was our hotel.

After Warsaw we went to the beautiful City of Krakow.  Sadly due to my broken leg we were unable to go to the Castle, however, we will certainly be going back here, hopefully sometime soon.

Then off to Austria we went.


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