Thursday, 1 October 2015

October at Gossamer Blue

It can't be October! Oh, but it is. And that means it's time to show what I made for Gossamer Blue this month. I always look forward to scrapbooking at this time of year: lots of the colours in the pictures I want to take and the subjects I want to write about inspire me to cut and stick more than ever. And these kits! I don't think I've ever cut faster. I made five pages in five days: by my sadly slow standards I think that's a record.

I have three layouts today. The first ? 

From High In The Sky October at Gossamer Blue

I used some of the My Mind's Eye in the Main Add On for a layout about the moving statues we saw on our weekend in Scotland. It turned into a page about more than some tourist attractions, though, as I found myself writing about how we seek out things to do on that last day before we deliver our boy to his student flat for the new term. The stamp in the Life Pages kit seemed exactly right: Linger a little longer, it says 


Next up? A page about World Beard Day. Did you know about World Beard Day ? No? That would be two of us. But as soon as I read about it in the paper I went chasing a beard or two. I found one set of cooperative whiskers:

From High In The Sky October at Gossamer Blue

and I can't thank him enough for giving me the chance to use a title I've been saving up for a while now. The grey background happened when I discovered that, while thinking about a plan,  I had idly popped out all the shapes from my sheet of  Simple Stories chipboard (Add On#2). I saw I had the remains of "We Are" at the top and thought that would be a good way to start my title, so I used my emptied backing sheet as a mask.


And finally, another page about our weekend away; and the fun we had starring on the front of our personalised copy of the new Ikea catalogue. The teenagers (one of them isn't a teenager anymore; but what do I call them? I can't say "the children") fell about laughing and decided they wanted no part of the plan. But actually it turned out to be the nicest picture of the two of us we've seen in a long time. And we get to keep it on our coffee table..

From High In The Sky October at Gossamer Blue


I have a couple more pictures of that visit to Ikea and I think I'd like this page even more if I make it a double: maybe repeat the stitching, add more of that cute Simple Stories chipboard? I could be coming back to this one.


Everything I've made has been with the October Gossamer Blue Main and Life Pages kits, and the Main and #2 Add Ons. Couldn't you just fall for those colours?

26 comments:

scrappyjacky said...

Love the pages....and the colours.....and especially the vintage feel to that first page.

Patio Postcards said...

Lovely layouts. I like the soft colours of the first layout. I like men with beards. I am often surprised by what each day brings of a National ______ something or other. All good because it means I don't have to search to long for cake reasons!

alexa said...

Super stuff - I smiled at the beard page and your neat title, and I'm a little green with envy that you got yourselves on the cover of Ikea :). But that top page with its soft peachiness and deeper autumnal tones has really stolen my heart. Just gorgeous ... Such a pity Gossamer Blue doesn't do their kits in digital!

stephanie said...

Love those layouts! The green on the ikea one is so eye catching!

Sandra said...

What is meant to happen on World beard day? I get national coffee day, but eerrr not sure what I'm meant to do about a beard lol

I must admit the snippets you shared on IG got me super excited about your page, I just loved the look of your photo in the first. It all appealed to me very much x

Julie Kirk said...

We had some of those floaty type statue people [sounds like something from Dr.Who!] near us when we stayed in London and, while we were up and about early one morning, we saw them setting up. We saw behind the curtain! [just some sort of metal stand ... no magic].

I do love that IKEA photo and your page - that green is a great touch.

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

I've said it before, but I'll say it again. That IKEA catalogue cover is just the coolest thing! Clever titling on the beard page. I like it :-)

Barbara Eads said...

i love your haphazard painted background. I've noticed that you've done your journaling over the top of the paint before. I like the look and really need to give that a try. I don't usually mess with paint---although I have every color under the sun. Perhaps if I jot myself a note as a reminder, I'll remember to do it. Thanks for the nudge.

Ruth said...

I love seeing how you put your pages together ... so different from me. I also love that TA's beard had a honour of a page of its own (and was paired with a very clever title).

Lea Lacoste said...

love. I might try and scrap this Sunday, cutting and gluing things is just the kind of therapy I need right now!

Louise H said...

Fantastic pages. I love the paint on the first one, and the misting through the negative on the second (not to mention the fab title and wobbly 'e') and the speech bubbles (did you paint the blue one yourself?) on the third layout. They are all fabulously beautiful x

KraftyKaren said...

Three fabulous layouts - especially love that you got to star on the cover of your catalogue,

I Will Bloom said...

Beautiful, Sian. Love all of them. The giant speech bubble is a brilliant way of journaling! So many wonderful details (as usual!)....(I've been showing your LO's to my scrapbook ladies and they love them as much as I do!)...Helen xx

Jennie Hart said...

Stunning Sian, My favourite is the first one, it makes me want to have a go :-)

Lizzy Hill said...

Absolutely fabulous...love the beard one, and then the Ikea one....such a great story to document & the top one with your handwriting.....lovely touch AND the bearded one's bg .....yup! Happy accident, that:):) FIVE in that time is pretty amazagobs!!!

Karen said...

Goodness! What wonderful pages! I can't tell you all the things I love about them. I'd be here all day, but your creative genius shines through all three of them. And you got me this time; I just order the Day in the Life kit. Couldn't resist.

Sian said...

Thanks Louise..no, I cut the speech bubble from a piece of Dear Lizzy paper in the Main Kit

Sian said...

You'll love it :)

Missus Wookie said...

I picked up my catalogue this week and told Wookie about your posing for the cover. He correctly surmised I'd have been happy to do that too.

Around here the now-over-21-year-olds are called, 'the youth'. We've not decided what we're going to do once the top couple hit thirty in a couple of years.

Melissa said...

Wow - these are fabulous - such a variety all from the same kit! I do think turning that last one into a two-pager would be FUN. I guess you'll have to start calling them "the younger generation" or something now that they are getting so grown up!

Becky said...

These are great layouts and I love the story behind the IKEA catalogue - what fun!

alexandra s.m. said...

Beautiful Layouts Sian!
Thank You~

Gail said...

The pages all look great! I especially like that first one and got a chuckle about the wine bottle and glass - that would definitely be in a picture of the two of us. :)
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Jo said...

Really great layouts and I love the title on the beard one :)

Julia said...

All brilliant ages. How fab to be on your own IKEA catalogue. But the best bit for me is that insanely brilliant title! Made me chuckle!

Cheri said...

LOVE the title for the beard page - how totally clever!

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