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11:25 and still smiling…

SO, its 11:25 on a Saturday night and here I am working away at my desk…now that’s what I call commitment!

We’ve had some fantastic weekends of late and we have really been trying to make the most of this precious time together as a family, but with deadline looming this friday and the kids in bed, I am furiously¬† working away throwing every last ounce of energy into this brief. I desperately wanted a weekend away at the Clothes Show Live (Birmingham NEC) this weekend (surely armed with a student ticket could have been grounds to call it ‘educational?!’ or a ‘research’ trip?!) but with commitments it just really wasn’t possible. On the upside though, I’m pretty sure I have just about convinced Leon that a trip to the ‘Victoria & Albert’ Museum (hark at me, the one who usually HATES museums) would be fun!

So, back to the project in-hand…Now, this colours this project lends itself too, are not necessarily colours I am naturally drawn too or even actually appear in my designs very often, however it’s no secret I love to play and this design, with the colours changed really made me smile ūüôā


It actually changes the design into something else completely! Love this! So me ūüôā

Happy Weekend everyone!


Red Lines

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So back to the London trip, as part of my design process, I have had to create three boards on texture, colour and content. These sum up my trip to London in a nutshell. The colour board is predominately red as in london, red seems to be everywhere…on the tube maps, on sign posts, on the road, on the buses….the list is endless. Outside there was obviously, lots of references to structural and organic colours such as browns, greys, greens and blues. A hint of yellow also creeps in, appearing on the tube map and as you can see on the picture above, on the edges of platforms.

colorboard2With all the pictures I took, my content and texture boards were easy to create. I have designed each of these boards in keeping with the style of the overall project, which is why the photos are all in linear lines as I see London (and this project) is all about the lines (be it on the tube map, the buildings and the structures….lines are everywhere!)




So, today was largely spent whittling down those photos to 244! Followed by lots of sketching and researching all the inspirational things I discovered over the weekend.Where do I start…so much to show you and I was only there for little over 29hrs!

We stayed at a pub in Wembley and although I’ve driven through I’ve never actually stopped and explored wembley before. So, we decided to have a little wander around on our arrival before heading over to Camden. Our accommodation was very close to the stadium and¬† the stadium in itself was just full of inspiration, so many curves and lines all the right places.

Just look at this wonderful lettering I found just day the hill.

Fabulous shapes!

Lines EVERYWHERE within the city….

We then took the long tube ride over to the treasure of Camden…a place I’d never yet made it to…but wow, we were in our element, the place was full of atmosphere and individualism, a unique hub of London.

Totally inspired by this place and the mass of people within, so many cultures and ideas brought together in one place.

I really couldn’t have spent a day in a better place. It was buzzing. After a while of exploring, we had the most a.mazin.g starbucks by the canel and it was getting late so we decided to head towards the tube. As we were coming out of starbucks, we spotted a band that was setting up earliar, playing on the side, with a crowd gathered round. This encompassed everything I love about London!

We got back to the tube, but you what…we were enjoying the ambiance of Camden so much we decided to just keep on walking. Exploring the streets ahead and seeking more inspiration on our adventure.

Just LOVE the boldness of that ‘Madness’ poster. Look at all those people…on a sunday evening…where we live you wouldn’t probably even pass this many of a Saturday!

After walking on, we ended up at Mornington Tube, where we looked at the map and ended up heading towards Covent Gardens and Leicester Square. If we thought Camden was busy, that was nothing….

We have both been to central London many a times, so we wandered around for a while absorbing the city, but we did have an ulterior motive in finding some food! We found a lovely traditional pub in Covent Garden with proper ‘homecooked’ food (I really wanted the lasange) but for one reason or another when we went to order they weren’t serving. Gutted wasn’t the word! As we aimlessly left, we passed a couple of ‘Leon’ restaurants, which been his namesake, Hubby was eager to go in! The menu was on my favorite kraft paper and there was a strong history to the brand with many old photographs displayed on the wall of ‘Leon’s’ childhood. Kept him happy!

After our food we were pretty knackered so we headed back to Wembly on the tube….even just walking through Wembly was busy, busy, busy.

The next morning, we headed back East to try and find Brick Lane. To save us changing tubes so many times, I decided we would get off a couple of stops away…DISASTER! We had no clue which way we were going or where we were. Typically the direction I *thought* we were going was the wrong way! But on the upside, we stumbled upon a paperchase. Anyone that knows me KNOWS how much I LOVE paperchase! I could spend (actually I think I probably do) hours and hours wandering around, ‘stroking’ all the gorgeous products!

We passed lots of fantastic architecture..a real mix with the area incorporating many old structures been surrounded by  new building sites

Again, just like the day before lines and geometric shapes featured heavily in the designs.

LOVE how many of these pictures have leaves and organic elements creeping into the viewfinder. This photo is a perfect example of that.

After wandering for a little longer, we finally realised that we both have smartphones with sat nav apps…why didn’t we use that in the first place to find our way. We found brick lane but I must admit after our challenge in finding it I was dissapointed at the quantity of street art. I had a preconception from the hype that is Brick Lane, that the place was filled head to toe with art, but this sadly was not the case. The Street Art we saw was amazing, really wonderful and as a viewer does make you intrigue and wondering what each image stands for, however selfishly,I just wanted more!

We had just a few precious hours left before we had to head back home to reality, so we decided to hop into the centre one last time on our way back to Wembly. We got off at Charing Cross and exited along the embankment. Bea.uti.ful.

(and theres those leaves creeping in with the geometric shapes again!)

For lunch we tried out Nando’s (I swear I came back with my trousers feeling much tighter than before we went!) and¬† totally fell in love with their interior design.

Sure they thought I was some mad woman snapping away, but all the wonderful design in there and the art on the walls was just so inspirational.

As always, I totally wanted to stay…so many places to go…so much to do….but hubby was having none of it..though I know we’ll be back very soon.

P.S – that’s not bad going from over 1000 photos to 244 to just 27 in this post!

Family bloghop

I am so excited to be joining in with the lovely Margies family bloghop this month. Margie has been running this fantastic bloghop for a few months now and I have admired it from afar,¬† as I absolutely love the idea and look who’s taking part this month….MOI!¬† Thankyou so much Margie for having me and a big welcome to all you new readers!!! Just one thing you need to know about me…I love to talk ….so comments totally *make* my day and I am a BIG fan of twitter so follow mee!

The idea behind the bloghop is to post a picture of YOU with your family, as typically us scrapbookers are the one’s taking the pictures and are always missed out the shot!

So, after what was probably close to a million attempts, here is ours! This was one that I was determined to nail using the self timer on my camera inspired by the shots Karen Russell often shows on her blog….she has the most PERFECT knack of capturing¬† everyday shots.

You wouldn’t believe how many shots it took to get to this and it is still far from perfect!!

Here is the complete listing of all the others taking part in todays hop, if you haven’t already then you must pay them a visit…they have some wonderful photos and I am already feeling inspired for next months picture!

Margie   Р     http://xnomads.typepad.com/blog

Carol Anne  Р  http://www.scrappingthoughts.com

Monica    Р    http://questtoperfectimperfection.blogspot.com

Jo       Р     http://www.mrsbeee.blogspot.com

Ruth     Р     http://www.chattycraftyartypig.blogspot.com

Jill     Р     http://jillconyers.com

Claire¬†¬†¬† –¬† ¬†¬† http://www.clairesmillie.wordpress.com

As you can see, I am the last blog for you to visit on this months hop, but before you log off make sure you complete the full circle and head back to Margie’s wonderful blog if you haven’t already…..did you notice she has a GREAT giveaway from Ella Publishing to win a photography ebook. Jeez, I could sooo do with winning that! Still not quite rockin those shots.

Before you go, if you haven’t already make sure you check out the Passion4Pattern bloghop that started from here on Saturday! It was sooo much fun. I joined together, with over 20 surface pattern designers to showcase some fabulous design’s……… think i’ve got a little thing for all this bloghopping now!

10 things rockin’ my world right now…

This post was actually meant to post on the 7th however for some reason or another ended up been today!! Which must have been fate as co-incidentally Shimelle is hosting a ’10 things on the tenth’ today so head on over to her blog…..