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
Wednesday is SOSN day at The Lilypad, which stands for 'something old, something new".
This week, included in the half price SOSN sale from me is a favourite template set that I first brought to The Lilypad earlier this year, and which I used to scrap that old photo of me that I mentioned last week:
I have created printed photobooks for my Dad, my Mum and even myself with the set.
Some featuring somewhat unauthorised behaviour:
All featured treasured family photos:
Also included in the half price sale are two favourite element packs:
That's my sister and I with our Dad climbing up to the Castlepoint lighthouse.
We spent most summers there when we first moved to New Zealand, as my Dad's boss had a tumbledown beach cottage that they lent us.
I haven't been back for (cough) over 40 years but The Husband insisted on getting out of town since it was a beautifully sunny holiday weekend: Queen's birthday weekend in fact.
The path up to the lighthouse is now less rough and rocky - though no less steep - but the landscape still incredibly dramatic.
I scrapped the photos with the new Messy Pockets templates No.04 and the Blue Skies journal cards, new in store at The Lilypad today
Plus I scrapped the insistence of The Husband and Daughter-Two on hot chips whenever we go to the beach. (In this instance they proved so drastically disappointing they ended up in the bin!)
I used the other new templates:
Daisy and Tom is a shop in London where I wandered in and fell in love with this cardigan when Daughter-Two's sister was little. It was a sad day when, after nearly 20 years of use, it was finally outgrown by the youngest.
Who knows, maybe one day it will be used again by a family member - and I will be able to make a page about that!
It was the perfect use for the Shine On kit which has arrived at The Lilypad (and is half price for Wednesday):
And for the pocket scrappers, some journal cards:
After the 'Month of Challenges" at the start of the year, a number of wonderful scrappers have the chance to be 'guest Pollys" on the creative team.
June's guests include the very talented Iowan, and I know it's going to be very exciting seeing what she creates. I love the combo of the heritage photo with the bold colours in this fabulous page with the new kit:
I hope it's 'blue skies ahead' where you are.
And if not, like me you could always escape by scrapping some older photos and reliving happy times. It's the cheapest therapy around, and you get a layout at the end of it.
The Husband's happy place is definitely the beach so I have lots of photos through the years of him and Daughter-Two there:
Meanwhile, Daughter-Two is now loving her independence, reluctantly letting me take a photo before heading out the door for another adventure:
I've been using the new "Blue Skies Ahead" collection which is part of the June BYOC ('Build Your Own Collection') at The Lilypad.
You can combine my papers, elements and transfers with co-ordinating sets from all the other Lilypad designers.
Yes, incredibly it is June already.
That marks the official start of winter here in New Zealand, although it can't quite make up its mind this year. (It seems like it has arrived, then it changes its mind and we get a lovely hot sunny day again).
If you have spring pictures to scrap (or just some pretty girly pics to scrap), this week's kit, Blossom Festival, is half price for "Something Old, Something New" Wednesday.
And, because it is June, here's the Junie mini-kit as well: