Friday, 16 November 2012

The Frosty Festivities Blog Hop


Hello! Are you ready for some real winter weather? It's Jennifer's Frosty Festivities Blog Hop today, so I'm thinking about snow..

...which means I need to offer you a very warm welcome! Maybe you have arrived from Sarah's? Come on in! You'll already know about the big blog event over at Jennifer's Jumbles. But if this is your first frosty stop of the day, I need to tell you about the Grand Prize. Comment on every blog in the hop, finish up at Jennifer's and let her know you have done a full round - then you'll be in with a chance of a frostily fabulous prize pack. And while you're there, you can check out her weekend of activities. she has a lot planned!

So, back to that snow..



We're not famous for snow round here. we don't get a lot. But two years ago we were hit by a series of heavy, heavy blizzards: the worst in living memory. It was crunchy underfoot as The Accountant and I set out for the city centre and some last minute Christmas shopping; so it wasn't long before we were holed up in Starbucks and not shopping at all. With our first sip, the snow started to fall again; and, in the half hour we sat there, the streets emptied, the shoppers disappeared and the storm settled in. 


We knew we had to get home fast. But, before we left, I took one simple photo with my phone. We were almost completely on our own, in the middle of the city, and we could barely see our hands in front of our faces. It was magical.

Bicycle from Crate Paper Storyteller;bird from Studio Calico; papers from Pink Paislee and MME. Journaling on pull out tag.

And now I've scrapbooked it. Thanks to the Frosty festivities! I'm getting ready to check out the rest of the frosty goings on while you head straight to Jennifer's. Remember, there is a gorgeous prize of Basic Grey and Carta Bella to be won and a lot to see along the way...

The Prize


54 comments:

Cheri said...

I've always loved the real blizzards - the ones where you know you have no choice but to settle in for the duration and it is so quiet and beautiful outside... until the snow plows come around.

Louise said...

an amazing photo Sian...and a gorgeous layout, the bicycle looks great too. i so hope we don't have snow like that this winter!! x

hotpotato said...

fab layout.

Mel said...

Love this layout - I remember this and how Christmassy is made everything feel. I loved it cos we got a whole week off school! Love the white space on this layout!

humel said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous layout, Sian! I love the little pops of stronger colours, and the layering, and the distressing - and the story, of course! Yes, we're not known for snowfall here either, so it's always exciting when we actually get some :) Until the novelty wears off, that is....

Fay aka Beautifullily said...

Gorgeous LO, love how the design of it reflect the design in the photo

alexa said...

I love your snowy page, with its distressed, torn-edge look, and a great photo! Makes me (almost) look forward to the blizzards we will inevitably get up here in the next few months. A great introduction to Jennifer's weekend and hope it's all a great success. :)

K said...

Fabulous photo, and the page just reflects the icey cold snow beautifully, and I really love the pop of red

Lesley G said...

Beautiful page, I love the way you've copied the right hand side of the photo onto your LO...

Ladkyis said...

What a picture for a Christmas card! That's your eye for a good composition that is.... Just so darned good!

Jane said...

there's something magical about snow!

JO SOWERBY said...

I remember taking photos at the same time roughly. It was like Narnia here.
Love the distressing and colours you've used on this LO,
Jo xxx

furrypig said...

this is when I particularly love the snow just as it is falling, coating the earth in fluffy clean sparkling white stuff...... magical, your page and your journalling totally reflected this xxx

scrappyjacky said...

That is an absolutely wonderful photo,Sian.....and you've scrapped it beautifully.
I love seeing snow falling...it's the aftermath I hate.

Elizabeth said...

I figure if we are to be disabled with a snow storm, it should be a really big one. The first day of snow is wonderful but as the days go on, I want the snow gone.

Lisa-Jane said...

I bet it was like the "olden days" of Christmas shopping with no cars about and just the odd few people dotted about. Magical as you say. I hope you got hope okay!

Jennifer Grace said...

Stunning layout Sian! I love the distressed edges. And the pops of red really help draw your eyes to the bus in the photo. It really does look magical! I don't think I've ever been in a snowy city, maybe one day!

Thanks so much for joining in with the hop! x

Jackie said...

Love the layout!! I like snow best when I am indoors looking at it out of the window!! LOL

Mary B said...

That is a truly magical photograph and I really like the way you have scrapped it.

Lizzie said...

Yes, that page really does work! A fab little photo and such a pretty page to showcase it. A lovely way to keep a special little memory.
Love that little red bicycle, Sian!

Barbara Eads said...

I love a good snow. We don't get much around here either. But I can still remember all of our white Christmases growing up in St. Louis. Snow days from school were the best!! Thanks for the reminder.

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

A beautiful layout and a lovely story ~ so very Sian. xo

Alinor said...

gorgeous layout, as usual! can't wait for snow, i'm in Canada so shouldn't be an issue ;)

Sandie said...

As always, a gorgeous layout Sian. I love a snow blizzard but they can be scary. Last one I was caught in was on the way to work. I had travelled about 35 miles in good time, then the snow fell. The last 5 miles took me hours!

Julie H said...

Thanks for sharing that special memory!

KraftyKaren said...

Gorgeous layout - love how the little hints of red make it all pop. I remember that snow - I ended up marooned in the house for nearly three weeks as it took forever to disappear round here. I know lots of people love it but hope it is a long time before we have snow like that again.

Jimjams said...

I love blizzards - when I'm cosy and warm INside and have nowhere I need to be and with everyone else home safe with me! I do love being out in the snow when it's deadened all the sounds - there's a thick cotton-woolly silence that's special to wintry weather!

Jimjams said...

Sorry - meant to say what a lovely page - that birdie is cute!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Lovely details, as always Sian.
Happy hopping!
Rinda

Julie said...

Nothing like a blizzard to get you in the spirit! I like the way the colors in the pic look colored in and the rest like a black and white pic. Neat looking.

scrappymo! said...

I love newly fallen snow...but loose the glow when it becomes rutted from footprints and then freezes over into impassable, icy paths!
Drat.

This is a lovely photo and an equally lovely layout!!!

Kirsty.a said...

I do love this. Somehow you've made it seem as if we're viewing your page through a blizzard. Gorgeous

Irene said...

Your page reflects the stillness that snow often brings with it. a Beautiful layout, Sian. Have a great hopping weekend.

AnnieC said...

Love your snowy page - very evocative :o)

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

So very magical. It's the quietness I love. Beautiful LO with all the distressing.

S said...

Cool pic for sure, but it was the bicycling bird that warmed by heart!

Margie said...

Wow, this is stunning!!

Karen said...

Great photo, great story, great layout---as usual, I might add! It reminds me of a photo I took with my phone last winter that's worthy of a page.

Scrapdolly said...

That is a stunning page. Love the bike
We were caught in a blizzard when holidaying with my BIL in New England - it was amazing

Missus Wookie said...

I think that was the year that Wookie & I drove through a blizzard to get home. Hmm, haven't scrapped that - although I did blog it.

I too like the repetition of the buildings and washi tape/paper layers along the right hand edges. Such a pretty page.

Jennifer Shaw said...

An amazing photo and I love the layers and distressing on your LO. It is lovely!! The paper choices are great and I love the border effect! We have settled into an early winter here. We are trying to embrace the season although I have to admit to feeling jealous as I watched our national news the other night and saw that one of our eastern provinces had beautiful weather and lush green grass. ;) We have been spending more time at Starbuck's hugging a hot latte and enjoying the new Christmas decor.

Zahra said...

I just love your LO! Beautiful! And the photo, too - you had so much snow, am just a touch green!

Sarah said...

Gorgeous layout!! love the story too! x

Tracy said...

Wow, that photo is beautiful. I love the flashes of colour through the white!

Alison said...

Love your LO Sian...that's the snow I love....though Am hoping it's not too ad when U'm doing the Christmas visits in Dec!!
Alison xx

Sally said...

Lovely page - may have to scraplift.

dogmatix said...

Love the LO and the muted colours.....it actually makes me feel cold just looking at it :-)

Jo said...

I love that layout with the splashes of red and the picture is beautiful.

Craftgirl83 said...

Wow, that's some serious snow. Love your layout!

Susan said...

Beautiful layout! We missed snow last year, not a drop fell and we usually get our share. It felt really weird and I have a feeling that Mother Nature will make up for it and I will have a blizzard photo to scrap.

Melissa said...

What a wonderful frosty layout!

Candace said...

Love your snowy LO

gayle said...

Wow, loving this LO :) the distressing around the picture is gorgeous

Gail said...

What a great looking layout Sian. I remember those types of storms - in fact you've given me an idea for January (if we do story telling next year).

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