Friday, 30 September 2011


Hello all - i am so excited as today sees the launch of a new venture of mine called the "all about me" book group. This group is a gathering of crafters who have come together to create an "all about me" book in monthly stages, taking part in the challenges for theme, style, colour, sketch layout etc.

We all want to create a book at some point whether it be about ourselves, a family member, a pet, an event or a person or thing in our lives - and why not start now !

There are  10 members at present in this group and what we are going to do is at the beginning of each month i will be posting a theme,style, sketch etc for the month's challenge then throughout the month we all create our page and then link it up to my Mr Linky below for us all to see - simple. We will then over time start to build up our book with a page a month.

Our group starts today and for our beginning challenge it is to decide on what our book is to be about, source a book, create  a page, work out a plan for our books and give our book a title . There is no particular challenge theme for page one - just get creative

My book is  simply "All about Me" - kinda like a red book of my life (except its pink) and it is plainly called GILL.  This is the book i am going to use - it is a fabric 12x12 album

and this is the title for my book - i have created it with punches and alphabet letters cut from the big shot. It is mounted onto craft card and then laminated to preserve it.

This is my plan for what i want to see in my book - I am going to do about 5 pages on my early baby toddler years, 5 pages on teens and growing up then concentrate the rest of the pages on my 20's,30's and now my 40's

Here is my initial page for my book - hope you like it. It is the first ever photograph of me and my family on my mum and dads side.  My journal entry says - The Mackenzie and Maclean families welcome their newest addition. Gillian was born on 1st July 1970.

Its over to the group now to get creative and show me what they can do.
Each member will create their blog post similar to what i have just done above - showing the album, their first page, a title for their book and describe  their plan for the book,  who it is for and why, then link it up below. I am excited to see what everyone creates.

The Linky below is for the 9 other group members only and is available for one month until the next challenge begins.. Thank you.
If you are interested in joining this group then please contact me from the ME tab above.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

50 states blog hop 16 17 September

Welcome to the 50 States Blog Hop!!

Welcome to the 50 States Blog Hop! Most of us would love to travel but are having staycations this year. What better way to travel but through a blog hop. This hop was inspired by our hostess Shawnee's journey across the United States as she traveled with her family to their new home. The United States is truly beautiful with many wonderful places to visit and see.

If you've hopped along from *Michigan*, then you are in the right place!! If you are just browsing around in bloggerland and would like to hop with us then please be sure to start with the first state in the union, Delaware, because you won't want to miss out on any of the fun (or any of the blog candy!!)...

There is an AMAZING Grand Prize Package for one LUCKY hopper (winner chosen by Rafflecopter)!!
To be entered to win, please do the following:
So what's the Grand Prize???
Cricut Cartridge - Destinations, beautiful handmade flowers from Shannon at Creative Chaos Flowers, and a $20 Gift Certificate to Scraptastical Kreations.
Now on to my state and my project....

The state that i have created my projects on is the sunshine state of Florida - i hope you enjoy what i have created.

Florida is renowned for its beaches - here are 2 simple digital beachy layouts i created.

I have now created layouts depicting some of the areas of Florida that i would love to visit one day.

and now for a history lesson

Florida Facts

·         Capital: Tallahassee
·         Statehood: March 3, 1845 (27th state)
·         Population: 17,789,864 (year 2005 - ranks 4th in nation)
·         Gross State Product: $599 Billion (2004 est)
·         Land area: 53,927 square miles
·         Highest elevation: 345 feet, Walton County in the Panhandle
·         Mean elevation: 100 feet - half of Florida is less than 100 feet above sea level!
·         Coastline 1,350 miles
·         Rank among states in total area: 22nd
·         US Territory: 1821
·         Taxes: Florida state sales tax is 6 percent with counties allowed to levy up to an 
additional 1 percent.
·         Time zones: Eastern except in the western panhandle which is Central. 
Florida adopts Daylight Saving Time.
·         Dominant trees: pines, oaks, cypresses, palms and mangroves
·         Rainfall: ranges from 40 to 60 inches per year
·         State nickname: Sunshine State
·         State song: Suwannee River
·         State animal: Florida Panther
·         State bird: Mockingbird
·         State fish: Atlantic Sailfish (saltwater), Largemouth Bass (freshwater)
·         State flower: Orange blossom
·         State tree: Sabal palm

My next projects are what  i have created on Orlando as i visited there in 2001 and am returning again in 2012 to visit some of the places that we didnt get to first time around.

This is a layout i created with a postcard from my trip.
I have used this as page one of my Orlando holiday memory scrapbook

The next few pages are just some that i have created from that holiday.

I am also entering this Animal Kingdom LO into the Die Cuttin Divas Challenge #32 Zoo Crazy.

My next project is a money savings jar that i have created to start saving for our 2012n holiday.
 I have used an old coffee jar and decked it up with papers and embellishments.

Well thats all my Florida projects for this hop.

I would appreciate you leaving me some comments to tell me what you think of my creations. If you would like to see more then why not become one of my regular followers -  i run a RAK, a birthday club, bi weekly challenges and regular blog candy.

Now you can hop to the next state in the Union which is TEXAS !!
Remember to leave a comment on each state to be eligible for the GRAND PRIZE!!

50 States Hop