Hello Spring – Scrapbook Layout

Hi hi,

I’m gradually getting back into the swing of things after my recent blip with my arm (and subsequent mental health). One of the big differences this time is that I knew what I had to do (rest my arm) and try not to get frustrated about it… ahem… Easier said than done I know, but after a few days of total rest and anti-inflammatories, I was able to start doing a few minutes of scrapping at a time. Eventually I managed this layout.

This page was a class at the most recent Go Go Getaway cyber retreat taught by the lovely Lorraine Morris. I hadn’t completed it at the time because my ‘happy’ was already well into a decline and I couldn’t cope with following instructions etc. I completed some of the challenges instead while we chatted in our little on-line bubbles, which was lovely, so while I was sad that we couldn’t be together in person, I was at least able to ‘park’ the classes and come back to them.

The focus of this class was obviously the bunny bow which we had a template for. Miss B soon snaffled that and created an Easter card for a friend – so cute! The bow is painted with 2 Shimmerz paints – Gosh Garnet Inklings and Pink Lemonade spray. I’m such a novice when it comes to mixed media so I love these classes for pushing me on my messy journey.

The papers and die cuts are Maggie Holmes Marigold collection and the sequins are a gorgeous mix from Lucy Abrams. I struggle with these big blooms generally so they’re not something I would normally purchase myself but it’s funny how when someone gives you ‘permission’ to use loads of them, you find it a lot easier!

In our retreat kits we had a pack of Amy Tangerine puffy stickers as a gift. I thought the gold in them worked really well with the lettering, sequins & die cuts and that the dark pink matched the variegated thread and flowers really well too. Using the Hello from the stickers meant I could save some of the precious Garden Grove Thickers too. Everyone’s a winner!

The photo of the daffodils with the fields behind is our view from the sofas in the barn that we usually go to twice a year for our scrappy friends retreat. We sit there watching the lambs, having our morning cuppa, sighing happily and chatting about pretty paper. We normally go at the beginning of March for our first visit of the year so I went with Hello Spring for my title, as Lorraine had in her original. We just about got there last year before the human malware issue forced us all into the first lockdown and hopefully it won’t be long before we are back there again.

Stay safe and keep smiling x

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