Wednesday, August 15, 2012

There goes the sun

We had a brief hint that we are in August on Friday. Then because I planned to go and sit on the beach and read my book - just because I can - on Sunday, it was horrid until about 4pm. I decided I still needed to go out so Phil and I went down to Torquay harbour (a short drive. we could walk but only one way. We have walked back up the hill once. Never again. Until I forget just how punishing it is and end up having to say never again, again). Once we had arrived at the harbour - about 10 mins later, the sun came out again.

(photo by Phil. I'm standing just behind the black post on the far right!)
We had a fantastic walk and boat watch, planning where we should take our great nephew Max when he comes to visit next Summer. (We need a beach with real sand and not just pebbles. Torre Sands should do the trick)

I made the mistake of dreaming that I could go and sit on the beach this Sunday afternoon as Phil said it was going to be sunny. Phil had been reading the weather for where we used to live - the South East, rather than where we do live - the South West. Which is apparently going to have rain, rain, rain and a side order of rain.
Still I can do some house cleaning and crafting instead (oh joy) (that is in reference to the former and not the latter) (although I could say it twice, once with sarcasm and once with feeling) (yes, lets go with that)
which is kind of what happened this weekend

This follows (fairly slavishly) the August 1 Sketch n scrap sketch. I used a rather lovely peacock feather stencil because that is a constant motif in Harry Potter.
OK, I used it just because I wanted to. But I did add some glitter to the feathers which is magical
The papers are a mix of MME Andrea Victoria, some Prima and Echo Park For the Record. The stickers are from loads of different companies (aka didn't write them down) and I added more glitter to the most important word in the title (at least if you are Carys)
It truly was one of the best experiences we have ever had as a family and looking at the photos brings back such happy memories. I can't rate it highly enough (as you can tell.) But go early if you can
The other layout brings back memories of another day out as a family that has already become an infamous part of the canon of Nevard circular walks. Even before I became a Nevard these walks that turned out to be much longer than they should have been, were the stuff of legend. I like to think we are just passing on the tradition. There will be more layouts from this walk at some point!

I used another sketch - this time a page maps one featured on the kraft it up site. Obviously I won't enter it as it doesn't fit the criteria at all - what with the total lack of kraft! but I did like the sketch
I used more of the Echo Park papers and spent hours finding letter sticker sets with the right letters left on. The tree is a Simple Stories sticker and I grabbed lots of other random ones to use as well.

 Here's a close up of the writing

All this is displacement stuff as I am starting to get nervous - A level results tomorrow! Emrys and Phil are trecking off at outrageously early in the morning in order to get to Grays before 12 to pick the results and phone them back to me. Good luck to all students - and nervous parents!


teacakemake said...

Cute layouts Lythan! Good luck with the A Level results, hope the desired grades are awarded!

Lisa in Texas said...

These are both so lovely! I love how you used the peacock stencil with the glitter, it is really striking! Thanks for joining us this month at Sketch N Scrap!

Martine said...

beautiful pages! love how you do your titles! the stenciling on the first one is wonderful!

SueH said...

Aww, I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t get to sit on the beach and read but at least you’re not just down there for a two week holiday and I’m sure you’ll have many more times you can indulge yourself.
Love the LO’s, especially the Harry Potter one. I actually saw the Night Bus in London when they were filming….we were on a sightseeing trip with my cousins daughter who was over from Australia at the time.

Happy Crafting!

Kathy said...

These are just FANTASTIC!

Debbie P said...

Lovely layouts! Love all your little details!