Monday, 9 January 2012

Long time.....

A belated Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas break, I can't believe we are now into 2012!
2011 ended up being a great year for me & my girls, we are happy and settled at last... I've finally started scrapping again & am really enjoying being creative once again.

This Christmas saw the arrival of our "elf on the shelf" - Santa wrote a letter to Mads & Tigs telling them that he would be sending them an elf to keep an eye on them in the run up to christmas, all they needed to do was name him & sprinkle magic dust on him & he would come to life when they were asleep... the letter did warn them that elves can be very naughty.

3 days later, the elf appeared on our doorstep... he was sprinkled with magic dust and named..... Fred !!
Fred??? Really???

Actually after a few days the name seemed to "suit him" - and so Fred became part of the family, every mornng the girls loved finding him in different places, where he had been up to no good. He was found in the bath, in the fridge, laying on my bed watching tv etc etc.

The girls were a little sad that he left with Santa on Christmas Eve, although he did leave them a note with their presents to say that he hoped he might be able to come back next year....

Here's Fred in the fridge...

I took lots of pictures of Fred... so I have lots to scrap!

I spent the whole of December making my own wreath... it took forever, but I'm really pleased with the results! I used a polestyrene base from hobbycraft, lots of plain copier paper and some gems, and thats about it really, other than lots of blood, sweat & tears!!!

I also made our crackers this year - hobbycraft do a fab kit to make them, you just add a little decoration & your own presents. I got the girls a lipgloss keyring each and Paul some cufflinks, he got my a necklace & put it in my cracker before I tied them up. The decoration was so simple, a journalling stamp, little flower embellishment and a thicker for each of our initials.

I also got on with my mini-book to journal December, I knew I wouldn't be able to keep up with the December Daily project like I had the year before, so I just made the mini-book and printed off my photos at regular intervals... I just need a couple of hours to print off my journalling now to put it all together; bit of a blurry shot, but you get the idea...

A fab photo opportunity arose on new year's eve; my brother had a fancy dress party...

the girls looked fabulous;

I cant believe that I managed to get Maddy's hair to go like that with a bit of backcombing & some coloured spray!

Paul & I also joined in, not sure what I was meant to be but he looked rather debonair!!

And I actually got some layouts done!! I haven't uploaded the photos yet so will share later this week...

My new year's resolution is to scrap more & blog more!!!

Life is good at the moment, just great... my heart feels full and I feel happy. I feel very, very blessed.
Thanks for popping by
Claire xxx


  1. so glad things are going so well for you and the girls. :) You deserve it. Love all the pictures and thought that was a wig Maddie was wearing! great effect, :) You look a little like a punk rainbow bright I think. lol

  2. Great to hear from you again Claire. Sounds as if you had a good Christmas and a happy new year to you all. Jill x

  3. Yey so lovely to see you in blog land again - you look like you had an awesome time at Christmas

    Much Love

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