Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Zoom In Zoom Out #40

I still haven't caught up with Helena's ZIZO schedule ... but here's my week 40 from a recent trip to Italy!  Hubby and I were out walking to clear our heads after a 6am flight to Rome, two hours driving, a quick supermarket shop and some lunch ... the path to the cemetery is steep enough to combat excess pasta ...

Jimjams - ZIZO #40 Chestnuts

... about half way up we spotted that the ground was littered with chestnuts! Far too spiky to handle, but we did come back another day armed with thick gloves to collect a few to roast. Yum!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Lost & Found

Jimjams - Layout detail - home-made tagsToday's challenge over on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog is to use confetti on your project.  I had fun punching out some tiny butterflies with a Martha Stewart punch to scatter over my page, featuring photos from my trip to Derbyshire with fellow Master Forger Lesley. 

I blogged here about how lost we kept getting thanks to my inability to cope with the Google maps directions printed by Lesley - and I decided that these photos on top (?) of an elusive "castle" were a great place to record the details in my scrapbook.

Jimjams - layout - Lost & Found

My October Counterfeit Kit included ledger paper, great for a lot of journalling and the bakers twine was perfect for some home-made tags from grey scraps of patterned paper.

Thursday, 9 October 2014


Jimjams - Layout detail - stamping
I'm not quite sure why it took me a whole month to complete this simple layout using my September Counterfeit kit.

I attacked the photo and journalling card with a border punch back at the beginning of September at my monthly crop.

A week later, at my Bloggers Retreat, I stamped the background and title letters and stuck the saved punched stars down onto the page.

It took me another couple of weeks before I found time to add the journalling, but now it's finally finished!

Jimjams Layout - GC1W5ET

Another page for our Scandinavian Road Trip album: Visiting Stockholm without my GPS, an Earthcache was the only way to grab a Swedish geocache badge but it also meant that we explored an interesting area of the city off the normal tourist track.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

ZIZO Catch-up #39

Our Indian Summer has meant that the garden is still teeming with weeds and wildlife and there's still plenty to do.  Whilst tidying up some borders I spotted two creatures in our Plumbago bush who were having a late feast on the nectar.

ZIZO #30 - Plumbago Wildlife
I'm also late with my ZIZO for week #39 - hoping to catch up with Helena's schedule soon.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

ZIZO Catching Up #38

We've been a little pre-occupied here recently thanks to the departure of Child No.3 to university and regular blogging has been interrupted.  I hate it when I fail with a regular meme, especially when the photos are sitting there, waiting to be processed!  So today I'm playing catch-up with Helena's ZIZO - with photos from week #38 - when No.2 Son had kindly mowed our mossy lawn:

ZIZO #38 Moss

My apologies if my blog-reading and commenting has also been a bit lax, normal service will resume shortly!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Pretty In Pink!

Welcome to October's kit counterfeiting with the Counterfeit kit Challenge Blog.  This month our Counterfeit Queen Laura chose the kit-to-copy which was the Vintage Floral Kit from Hey Little Magpie in the UK.  Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your POV) the kit proved very popular and is already sold out, but that doesn't stop us from creating our own ... in fact it's what we counterfeiters do best!  Hopefully you've already visited Laura and Julene so you'll know that the original kit looked like this:

Hey Little Magpie Vintage Floral Kit - Oct K2C

And here's my take on it - concentrating on the pinks (shock horror) and the greys with a nod to the dots, delicate florals, geometric shapes and stickers:

Jimjams - Oct 2014 Counterfeit Kit

Mustard Moon Grandpa's Overalls Stripe
Echo Park Ombre Essentials in pink and grey (plain ombre reverse)
Little Bo Peep Matilda  from Crate Paper (pink chevron)
MME Stella Rose Mabel Love Letters (vintage script)
KI Vintage Charm Blue Ledger (blue & brown filigree)

Jimjams - Oct 2014 Counterfeit Kit - reverse papers

Jimjams - Oct 2014 Counterfeit Kit - embelliesJenni Bowlin Studios Element Stickers
Jenni Bowlin Studios die-cut tags
A selection of pink and green buttons from my stash
A large dress pin
A pink chevron glassine envelope
A kraft/white tag
A selection of toning bakers twine
A selection of trims

Jimjams - Oct 2014 Counterfeit Kit - trims
It's quite a small kit, but my scrappy time is limited this month so it should be easy to use it all up ... and there's only so much pink I'm willing to use LOL! Now let's see whether Lesley has struggled to include pink or not ... she's next on our hop this month (the complete list is published here on the CKCB).  Happy hopping!

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Final Scavenger Shots

I was a bit disappointed with myself as Rinda's Scavenger Hunt drew to a close ... too many last-minute photos and too little time :-(

Here are the final two shots that I managed; neither are particularly remarkable; both were taken in my local town: the pedestrian precinct in the town centre:

Jimjams - Scavenger Hunt #19 Public Garden
#6 An Urban Street Scene
and the landscaped gardens around the war memorial on my way to work:

Jimjams - Scavenger Hunt #19 Public Garden
#19 A Public Garden
Despite a large Polish population in the town and several shops catering for them, I somehow didn't manage to get a photo of a sign in a foreign language (#16) and there were certainly no jugglers (#15) spotted.  A mascot (#12) seemed impossible and I never had a camera in my hand near a horn (#11). I didn't even manage to snap the substitute bird house (in my Mum's garden) all summer!

Still that's not a bad haul out of 21 objects, and I have had immense fun interpreting the prompts on my trips to Scotland and Derbyshire - plus I loved seeing all the fellow scavengers photos around the world.

If I include this attempt at a sort of sunrise one sleepless July night ...

#13 Sunrise
... and combine my holiday hunt with my everyday hunt, I did, in fact, manage the lot which isn't so disappointing after all! :-)