You & Me – Scrapbook Layout

Hi hi!

Big day at Pretty Towers – I’m finally getting my first jab this afternoon! I’m very prone to reacting to any sort of medication or treatment so I won’t be surprised if I feel like poo on a shoe tomorrow. Luckily Mr Pretty will be on hand to look after me, as he does so often when any of my conditions make life tricky. I’m so lucky to have him in my life and despite the passing years, 29 years in July, we’re still totally besotted with each other.

Such romantic pictures, huh? We don’t normally “do” romance and as a result, I very rarely purchase any Valentine / love themed stash so this class by Nicki Rowland at the March Go Go cyber retreat was a nice break from the norm. We used a paper from Simple Stories Sweet Talk that was made up purely of tags – blank on one side with a patterned top and then the other side has icons, sayings and patterns on. I’ve subsequently purchased every one of these types of papers that I could find.

The mixed media background was quite a wet start and even with the Bazzil Marshmallow cardstock it still warped a lot by the time it dried. I sprayed the back of the layout and sandwiched it between two Silhouette mats and then weighted it down to dry and this really helped to flatten it a bit before I carried on.

I really love how this turned out with just small pieces of 2 patterned papers and lots of stickers. Like with the blooms on the bunny layout the other day, ordinarily I would feel almost guilty for using so many stickers but when you have a kit for a class like this I have no such qualms!

With the Shimmerz paint in blocks in the background, then the layers of tone on tone tags and then the same tone of stickers on top, it creates a cohesive layout that doesn’t feel overwhelming even though it has loads of “stuff” on it. It’s definitely a style I’ll be trying to recreate in another layout – I just love Nicki’s layouts and I’m so happy that she chose this collection to work with so I could document a rare romantic scene, including this very pertinent phrase “I only have fries for you!”

Mr Pretty, Miss B, Luigi and myself, once restrictions lifted in the very first lockdown, decided to go out for dinner because we were all desperate to go somewhere other than walking distance of our house. Restaurants were open by this point but we didn’t fancy eating where people were serving in masks and gloves (we’ve since changed our minds of course!) so we decided to do a doorstep visit to my Dad who lives near the sea. We got some fish and chips and sat on the sea front watching the paddle boarders as the sun was setting – perfect. Simple things isn’t it? Simple things…

Stay safe and keep smiling x

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