Long time no see!

SorryI have been absent for a while. Life has been keeping me busy. Here is what has been happening:

Kids back to school – P6 and P4 this year. Sam has started playgroup this year too, so I have a few mornings to myself for the first time in 3 years. I have been able to return to the gym, which is good (but in a painful sort of way!).

As I have a little more time (!) I am investigating doing some digital scrap booking for others (also known as Scrap for Hire or S4O – Scrap for Others). I am continuing to make all my cards and most of my gifts now using digital scrapbooking, and have had some interested expressed in creating for others. I will keep you posted on how I get on, and of course if you are interested be sure to get in touch.
We went to an airshow in Portsrush last weekend, the highlight of which had to be the Red Arrows, the RAF display team of 9. They gave an amazing performance, although proved a bit too noisy for Sam.
So on to my latest layouts, here they are
First one using my fav photos of the girls on the beach this summer.
Next a layout I created for a friend as a 40th birthday gift, using Amid Memories, the first digital kit I ever purchased (available here ) – I always love to come back to this kit.
This photo of the kids was taken on the evening of my 40th birthday. I found the colours in the photo tricky, but was really pleased with the outcome. In case you are wondering, they are standing in the middle of a sculpture of a fish/boat thing (!) near the harbour in Portstewart.
Finally, just for comparisons sake, here is one of my very first layouts (as you can see I knew so little – I cringe just looking at it, not quite sure I should be including it) beside a recent one, using basically the same photos. I hope you consider I have improved!!!
All credits at my gallery at DST
So that’s me up to date.
Remember how I love those comments (and I am still waiting for Louise to comment – go on Mrs A, give it a go!).
If anyone has anything they would like to know about life here in Northern Ireland – go ahead – I will do my best to answer!
Take care

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  1. I love your pictures! Your redhead is so CUTE not that your others aren’t cute, how proud are they in their school uniforms! Good luck on the scrapping 4 hire!

  2. Love all the photos and pages team-mate!! Looks great! It’s a good thing to have some time for yourself, right? and getting back to the gym is positive…hope the muscle pains slowly pass as you work out more…:)

    Have a great weekend! Hugs!

  3. Love your photos, especially of the planes, your layouts are wonderful as usual, and while yes I like your second version using the photo’s you used in your first layout better, your first layout isn’t anything to be ashamed of!!!!

  4. Hi, couldn’t be mentioned in your blog and not attempt to leave a comment! All the latest layouts are lovely, especially the “Sisters & Friends”. It’s a lovely photo of Sam’s ‘first day at playgroup’. Your S4O will go well – you’ll need those free mornings!

  5. wow these are such wonderful LOs, JanMary!! i love that photo of your girls on the beach, too ~ such happy times for them 🙂 i also love the photos of the kids ready for school (and playgroup!) ~ so cute!!

    S4O should be so much fun for you! your customers will be so lucky to have you doing their pages… good luck to you!!!

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