One of my favourite things to do on a wet winter weekend is to catch up on my scrapping of summer pics.
I am rescrapping and finishing up Daughter-Two's photobook from the year she was three, which included a trip to the beach with cousins:
It was the perfect excuse to use the St Malo Kit, which is new in store at The Lilypad today (and therefore half price for SOSN Wednesday)
Along with a mega pack of ripped elements:
And just a heads up: if you have scrapping to catch up on - and if that includes Christmas photos - watch out for Christmas in July and a celebration themed freebie in the newsletter on Friday! (Pop over to my new website to sign up)
I love all the old photos of my family that I have, but the ones I really treasure are not the studio portraits or the wedding photos, but the ones that capture their everyday lives hanging out at home or laughing on a day trip to the beach.
In honor of that, this week's new template at The Lilypad is called "Everyday Story"
Love this one from Liz:
Plus you can make a splash with the new transfer set:
or dress up your page (or kit) with flowers from New Zealand gardens:
Naming kits is often the hardest part of the design process, and I have a tradition of naming them after places.
The settlers who colonised New Zealand had a similar habit of renaming places here with the name of somewhere in England.
I really don't think the Herne Bay in Auckland had a lot in common with Herne Bay in Kent, England. And it probably has even less in common now, that you need millions to buy there. The settlers couldn't even imagine that.
But ... Herne Bay is also now at The Lilypad ...
Plus a new set of big, blendy brushes/masks:
I used them to create these layouts:
There's nowhere these two like being better than the beach.
And nothing I like doing better than reliving fun summer days by scrapping the photos.
(And nowadays she also likes pretending to be 'cool')
It was fun scrapping with the "Iko Island" kit, which is half price for SOSN Wednesday at The Lilypad today:
I love designing for the monthly "Build Your Own Collection" (BYOC) event at The Lilypad, and this month it was especially fun.
I ended up with a mega collection of messy papers, elements and transfers would work for scrapping lazy summer days at home, neighborhood friends and cycle rides, husbands and handymen and even building projects.
If you are in the Northern hemisphere, I hope you are making the most of your summer and also getting a chance to catch those memories and save them in a layout.
Here in New Zealand it is still unseasonably sunny so I am having no trouble hanging onto that summer vibe for scrapping!
One of my favourite summer kits has just arrived at The Lilypad (half price for Wednesday):
Plus two other element packs, timed for July 4th:
We don't do flags very well here in New Zealand.
The one we have got still features the Union Jack, even though we have long been independent of Britain. And it looks so similar to the Australian flag that most people would be hard pressed to pick between the two in a line-up.
They tried to get rid of our boring old flag a few months back, throwing open the design competition to everyone, resulting in such popular favourites as "Fire the Lazar"(sic), described by its designer as "so powerful it does not need to be discussed"
You can buy it on a T-shirt now, but sadly the NZ Olympic team won't be marching into the stadium carrying it.
Out of over 10,000 entries a panel (selected by the government and including no-one with design experience) chose a shortlist of 5, which included the infamous "hypno-flag".
The final contender was much less controversial, and even its designer said it would make a great beach towel. The public decided that wasn't want they wanted in a flag, and voted to stick with the old one.
The US flag is, of course, much more iconic. And I am looking forward to seeing everyone's July 4th day layouts in the galleries. I have brought to The Lilypad the "Parade Days" kit I designed for our travels to the States.
(I am a little sad "Fire the Lazar!" didn't win our flag competition as I would pay good money to see a parade of people waving that)
Plus a new element pack:
If you want to get from New Zealand to the the other side of the world, you have two main choices.
You either fly for 12 hours (give or take) to Asia and, after a stopover, from there to Europe. Or you fly 12 hours to the West Coast of the USA and stop over there before getting on the plane for another slightly shorter flight (11 hours or so) to Europe.
Which meant that, until a few years back, we were quite familiar with Los Angeles (or, at least, with Santa Monica where we always stopped over for a day or two). And I had been to New York and San Francisco a couple of times.
But what lay between those cities was a mystery to us. Until The Husband suggested we drive an RV across from LA to Florida (where we were meeting up with friends)
I took a bit of convincing.
And it's fair to say it didn't start all that well.
We hit the road out of LA but had only been driving for about an hour before I noticed a suspicious stream of water coming down the RV floor. Investigations proved that Daughter-Two had failed to flush the loo last time she went, and the bumping and resulting sloshing had the obvious result.
We stopped for Bernard to get a coffee and Daughter-Two had some fries. A little further down the road and a little voice from the back seat said "I'm awfully sorry, but I have accidentally vomited". And indeed she had - all over herself. We put it down to travel sickness and instituted a ban on reading and writing while travelling.
So it was 10am on the first full day and I had already had to clean up a flood and vomit. Excellent.
Fortunately it picked up from then and, although Daughter-Two did remain sick for a few days, we ended up having a fabulous trip. We realised that, not only could we now travel with her, her presence made it even more fun. And we haven't really stopped since.
Two red, white and blue kits are coming to the The Lilypad today (and are half price for SOSN Wednesday) - one for 4th of July and one for summer fun:
I love it when I am able to identify the people in one of the many old photos that have been handed down to me from various parts of the family, after years kept in drawers and shoeboxes.
I also love that (hopefully) the photobooks of my girls will be handed down and no-one will need to scratch their heads wondering who the daydreamers in the photos are
Yes, it's the weekend again. It's been a bit of a crazy week around here but despite that, I have three new releases at The Lilypad