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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Pockets with Pizzazz

Good morning, I'm really hoping you enjoyed last weeks Pockets with Pizzazz, I certainly did, its so nice to see fresh ideas for our pocket pages. I'm slowly catching up with mine, summer holidays are great to spend time with children, but we take more photos and have less time to actually put them in the pockets. But as long as I've got the photos, even in a few weeks time, I'll still remember what we did, where we were and how we felt, so it'll be no problem to go back and start/finish my pages. Are you all up to date, or like me behind a couple of weeks.
I do tend to get the photos sorted out in spare minutes, first in folders on the computer, I get them from a variety of cameras, Facebook and some the children send me, they all go in a temporary folder, named by the week. I then look through them and print out the ones I like best, because I mix my pockets up I usually have a variety of landscape & portrait pictures to work from. I print them out and stick them in a marked
envelope, and then when I have time, I grab the envelope and get working. All my Pocket page stash is in these two boxes if you remember, so I just plonk them down wherever I feel like working and I'm good to go! It still takes a good 1 1/2-2 hours to complete a week, but I embellish quite heavily & chat too much & if at home get disturbed many, many times. I'm sure you could put a page together in under an hour very easily if you wanted ! How long does it take you?

Week 26:

Another weekend retreat, and the National Road Bike Championships held in our town, that was exciting and a great photo opportunity! The rest food, children and animals as always! Older children going to a festival in Croatia, it looked like fun.

Week 27:

The weather has actually been very nice the last week, we've had sun ! One still on holiday, new onsie, winning a trophy in a Pinball competition (her Dad would have been so proud). More scrapping and some lovely fluffy animals.....what more could you ask for?

Well I hope you enjoyed this weeks effort, next week another designer will be showing off her Pocket Pages, I can't wait....till next time Elaine x

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Pockets with Pizzazz

I seem to be doing a lot of apologizing lately !!!! This week I had my first Wedding Shoot, I loved it.....I came home and processed most of the photos. My new computer arrived, I re-installed all my photo software, started processing the remainder of the photos and my helpful 18yr old son, somehow managed to delete all the photos I'd been working on !!!! Of course I had backups and copies of the original images, but it means I've got to process them all again, and as I took 1,500 photos it may take a while !
Its also the start of the school holidays in the UK, so the first week or two is always chaotic, but it does mean there are usually a lot more photo opportunities, and maybe a holiday away?
I've also not been too well, so I've only managed to get week 25 done - I'm Wayyyyyyyyyyyyy behind, but it does seem that lots of other people are too. This weekend I've got an all day crop, so hopefully if I can get the photos printed out I should manage to do 3 or 4 weeks worth ! (That's after doing all the wedding processing first of course, the Bride & Groom are desperate to see the photos!)

WEEK 25:

A pretty average week again - this is what life is really like, and the children still wait excitedly to see my pages - a good sign!  Hopefully its the start of summer, the flowers in the garden are looking spectacular. I was away for the weekend on a retreat and had some new pj's....and we're trying to eat more healthily, well apart from the big jar of cookies !

I'm using some of my handmade cork embellishments and some funky foam arrows I made from my Sizzix Tim Holtz artful arrow die....its a whole mixed bunch of arrows that are perfect for using on these pages, I used card stock, funky foam and cork to make a pile of them !

I believe for the next Pockets with Pizzazz you're going to have a new volunteer designer, it'll be really nice to show you even more styles of pocket pages. There's a lot of talent on the Scrap365 design team and they are slowly starting to embrace this style of memory keeping.

Hope to be back soon, Elaine