Thursday, 29 April 2010

Home Sweet {Disney} Home

The first time we went to Orlando we were a little wet behind the ears. We booked a package with our local travel agent and didn't put much more thought into it. Shocking - considering what a 'Disney planner' I turned out to be! If only I'd known about ADRs and Dollar Express then... This is the first villa we stayed in. It was a little off the beaten track in Kissimmee but lovely all the same. There were no bells and whistles (I've since found villas with pool tables and games rooms and jacuzzi's!) but if you said I could go back to Disney tomorrow and stay there I so would! We had out own pool and it was lovely just to chill out after a hot day at the parks.

By the time we made our second trip I'd let the Disney planner within me loose and I booked a split stay at Disney's Port Orleans Resort and Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. Riverside is a beautiful resort and we'd stay there again in a flash. This is the view of a quiet pool from our room at Riverside.

Now, you may be thinking that the photo below doesn't look much like the Animal Kingdom Lodge and you would be right. A few months before our honeymoon the Animal Kingdom Lodge started building work on their new DVC (Disney Vacation Club) villas and we were bumped to Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa!! Talk about pixie dust! :) I love, love, love this hotel and would love to stay there again, one day...
I hope you've enjoyed my little stroll around 'The World' ;p xx

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

I know I'm in Disney when...

...we take the obligatory 'the one with all the feet' photo of our paving stone that lives at the entrance of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Orlando.

... when I see 'The Castle'. Each trip has to start and end with a trip to the Magic Kingdom. That first sight of 'The Castle' tells me 'I'm home'. I think I could look at it all day. Swoon.

Thanks for dropping by. xx

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Blogging for Scrapbookers

Taking advantage of Heidi Swapps' Blog Sponsor Appreciation Day I've signed up for Shimelle's Blogging for Scrapbookers class. The first prompt asks why I have signed up for this class. So, why have I signed up for this class... I have no idea what to blog, what's interesting, and what's not, what's too much information, and what's not...? Any help I can get with that would be great but most of all I love the idea that I can add photos and details about my daily life here and preserve those memories so I can scrapbook them later when I have the time from my perspective now and not as I remember it in 1 month, 6 months, 2 years (honeymoon album) from now.

Today... when I asked my little man 'what does the sheep do' he said 'baa', he can also do a cat and a rooster. And if you ask him 'what's your name' he says 'dack'. Swoon xx

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Confessions of a Shop-a-holic

I’ve been shopping my little pink socks off this week. It’s my birthday week – you all have a birthday week right? Hey, me too. So, technically, I started my birthday shopping on Friday but it was an emergency. I NEEDED a scallop circle template for a page that I am working on of my little man. You know when you actually have to stop working on the page, put it to one side and start something else because you need that particular paper/embellie/tool? Well, it was one of those moments. So, I hot footed it over to my favourite place, Craftz Boutique to place my order and you know how it is - a few other items fell into my cart… In my defence, I was mealy being economical and making the most of the P&P – what’s a girl to do. It is my birthday week afterall (well almost).

I’ve been thinking of trying my hand at stitching on pages so I bought some needles and embroidery thread (I’m a sucker for ‘buying all the gear’). I’d like to get my hands on a Bazzill in Stitch’z Template, maybe the circle one.

My Craftz Boutique parcel is sitting at my local sorting office waiting patiently for me to collect it. It isn’t there alone, it’s waiting alongside a yummy print from Little Musings and I cannot wait to collect them both.

My birthday shopping resumed yesterday. I placed two orders, one with Crafts U Love and one with Artbase. Among my goodies are, a Martha Stewart border punch, a butterfly punch (every scrapper needs one), the Fiskars Treading Water border punch and some of cute K&Co Kazoo range that I think will be perfect for my little man’s album. So, postman stalking has resumed too. I’m in the middle of another oder with Craftz Boutique as their stuff is just so yummy but I’ll tell you more about that later.

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Luck be a Lady

Colour me lucky - I won a class pass for I can't tell you how chuffed I am - woop woop. I signed up for Journal your Christmas, I know it's only April but I scrap slow and I love Christmas!!! Roll on December 1st! Tinsel anyone? ;)

And with all this talk of Christmas... here is a page from my honeymoon album, it is about the band at Disney's Grand Floridian resort in Walt Disney World, Orlando - my favourite place in the world.

Supplies are Bazzill, Heidi Grace stickers and rub-ons, gems, wooden star embellie and a Making Memories bell charm. Thanks for stopping by. Kx

Monday, 19 April 2010

5 pages I have not made but feel I should

1. My friends

2. My Grandad and my Great Aunty Peggy who passed away in 2006 and 2007

3. Trips to my Aunty Peggy's in Oulton Broad

4. My Gran's old photos that are still stuck in one of those awful adhesive albums

5. Wedding photos: - my own wedding, family and friends weddings.

Thanks for stopping by. Kx

Sunday, 18 April 2010

My 5 Favourite Pages

The final challenge on Saturday night at was to share your 5 favourite pages so here are mine and why...

My little man is 18 months and I've only just created the first page of his first scrapbook, after months of collecting papers and embellishments, jotting down ideas in two idea books and lots and lots of planning in my head I finally got the courage to make a start - so scared that I would do something wrong. I'm so happy to have made a start and I love this page too.

{Photo is missing in action}

This is a page that I did a couple of years ago. It was the first page I did that I think of as proper scrapping rather than my early scrapping of photos placed pretty much as they would be in a standard photo album along with a few stickers ;p

This page is special to me as I love the musical Beauty and the Beast and couldn't wait to see the version shown at Disney's MGM Studios. I'm pleased to have used those lovely Karen Foster papers and stickers that I have had for years too.

I love this page as is was my first attempt at 6x12 scrapping, a size that I now love. It also reminds me of the first day of our honeymoon and of all the gorgeous christmas decorations and music at WDW in Dec.

I just love this page as it's just so blooming colourful!! ;p Thanks for stopping by. Kx

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Scraps On

I have been dipping in and out of Shimelle's Crop Party and this is what I have done today:

I've always wanted to do a large photo page so I am happy to have given this a bash even thought it is only a 8x8 but shh don't tell anyone ;p I've used Bazzill and a scrap of some very old TLC patterned paper - I love this colour teamed with the traditional red, white and black Disney colours. Other supplies are Doodlebug Uncle Sam, TLC (alphas) and Creative Imaginations stickers, Papermania gems and a couple of red brads.

I am loving all the bunting that is out at the moment so I was delighted to give this a go on a page:

Supplies include Bazzill, scraps of patterned paper (some TLC) ribbon, Papermania gems and some TLC (alphas), Doodlebug and Creative Imaginations stickers. Thanks for stopping by - happy Saturday!

Friday, 16 April 2010

I Heart Alligator Bayou

I've been working on this page as part of a challenge for Shimelle's Something from Almost Nothing class. The challenge was to pick a shape and use it over and over on a page. I picked a house as I thought I'd get some use out of my little house Sizzix die although it didn't quite work out like that but here is the result...

I only managed two houses - the photo mat and the little Sizzix die but I am happy to have finally used up a teeny tiny bit of the 18" little white picket fence I bought in Joanns/Michaels over two years ago and two wooden embellies that I bought it the same time. Some super stash busting I think ;)

I also used two sheets of cardstock that I received in one of my Sarah's Cards Grab Bags so I'm happy to have put that to good use. I added some Thickers (the brown vinyl ones were also in one of Sarah's Grab bags) for the title and added a Doodlebug Home Sweet Home charm aswell.

The photos were taken at Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort in 2007.

Thank Crunchie it's Friday!

Saturday, 10 April 2010

I heart pink

It's no secret that I love pink and I am very lucky to have two neices to create lots and lots and lots of pink pages for. This is my most recent page using K&Co Small Wonders, Bazzill, Sizzix Hearts die and Papermania butterflies. I've left the journalling block free so her Mummy can add her own thoughts.

Friday, 9 April 2010

I've been working on this page for a challenge set as part of Shimelle's Something from Nothing Class. Click here for more information on the class. The challenge is to create a page with lots and lots of colours.

Supplies include DCWV Nana's Kids Boy, Bazzill, Basic Grey rub-ons, Provo Craft wooden cloud and tree embellies, Abbey Road Whirlybird, Thickers, Making Memories alphas, gems and the little rainbow is from Tesco!

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

There's a first for everything

This is the first page of my little man's first album and I've used his first photo ever!! (minus the three scans I had but shh)...

I've used DCWV Grade School and My Little Yellow Bicycle Baby Safari.

What's in a name?

I've picked the name 'it's all about me' for this blog because... when I ask my son Jack (18 months) what it's all about he says 'me, me, me' although it's more like mi, mi, mi. Watch this space for some crafty goings on.