Saturday, 14 May 2011

Kickin Back

What do you like to do in your free time?  How do you relax?  If your a crafter like me then one of your answers is probably indulging in your crafts.

Apart from crafting I like nothing better than a country ramble.  The peace and quiet, fresh air and enough exercise to help you sleep soundly.  Just as well the other two like walking too as we have just booked to go to the mountains in Slovenia again.  It's a wonderfull area for walking (we may even get Robert on the chairlift this year).  The food is a mixture of Slovenian, Italian and Austrian as the borders are very near to our resort, you can even cross the three borders in one days walk.....I think we will try it this year.

Anyhow.....walking, fresh air......teenagers.  Not really a good mix.  Rob does like our holidays (as long as a cool drink and a cake is at our destination) but I would have as a guess that he would prefer to surf the net or play computer games (if he had a choice) So this leads me to the next layout.  Chilling out Robert style.  Sprawled on his bed, watching You Tube and eating Jelly Beans.  I love how I have captured his wonderfull smile while laughing at probably something us parents would only tut and roll our eyes at.

I followed another Shimelle sketch, again using October Afternoon and Cosmo Cricket papers.  My layouts have been lacking in embellishments recently (because I refuse to pay out for pre-made flowers and the such that look easy enough to make).  So I made my own embellishments using Nestabilities circle dies to cut card and felt into discs.  I then layered them up and topped with a sequin star.  I found some turquoise netting in my material scrap box (where old clothing goes to be recycled into something if not fantastic then useable) and cut this into strips to stick ruffles around the edge to form a rosette.

The rosettes really seem to make a difference and add depth to the page.  They are a good alternative to flowers so good for a male layout.


  1. LOVE that layout . well done on getting him to let you photograph him.. very rare in my house. At least he is eating "proper" jelly beans ..the boy has some taste :D

  2. lol!! this is what is slowly happening in my house, yesterday they were chillin on you-tube watching the annoying orange!! I have also resisted buying flower embellishments far too expensive me thinks xx great layout x

  3. Lovely LO, colours are so vibrant!

  4. Great layout, hope you have a lovely holiday too.

  5. Beautiful embellishments - you could set up shop!

    We have booked to go to Norway, which everyone thinks is an interesting choice, but with the secenery and fresh air, I think we are thinking along the same lines again

  6. Love the layout, he looks very happy bless him. :) Love how you make so many of your embellishments. I never have the patience to do it myself!

  7. Great LO! Love the "flowers" on a boy LO. In fact they look more like starbursts than flowers.

  8. Great LO - nice vibrant colours!

  9. Lovely balanced layout. Thanks for sharing :)