Gossamer Blue November Blog Hop

Hi everyone! I'm so pleased to be joining the DT for this month's blog hop. November's kits have simply blown me away and made documenting this month an absolute breeze. My pocket layouts practically fell together, thankfully, as it's been a crazy busy couple of months over here with a wedding and honeymoon going on!

I'm going to talk to you today about my pocket layouts - these are always my favourite! Both of the layouts I created this month document special moments from the morning before my wedding; one shows me and the girls getting ready and the other documents a very special surprise for my husband.

For my pocket cards, I used the 4x6 and 3x4 cards from the Life Pages kit and some paper from the main kit that I cut down. There were so many great designs this month that I personalised using puffy stickers, enamel hearts and other little bits and bobs from the kits. Some cards I left quite simple and on others I grouped quite a few small embellishments together. Cork is a firm favourite of mine, so the cork pieces and number stickers this month were a big hit with me! 

I love how I was able to catch the mood of the morning through the photographs I chose and the pastel colours. On the right page, in the photograph in the top left hand corner, my friend snapped me reading a sweet note from my then hubby-to-be. I'm so glad that she caught this moment - I'm equally glad that another friend popped in and lent us his selfie stick! As we took a group selfie, he took a photo of us taking a selfie! 

For my next layout, I used cards from the Life Pages kit and some papers from Amy Tangerine's Fingers Keepers 6x6 pad (which you can find in the bits and pieces add on). I found that there were quite a few cards and papers with a red/blue/baby pink combination so I stuck with that and introduced a little yellow and some natural embellishments to complement those colours. Again, I stamped and layered until I was happy with the look. On the top left card, I stamped a word at a time so that I could change the way the phrase was laid out (which was horizontally). All I did was bend the part of the stamp I didn't want inked over the back of the acrylic block whilst I stamped the word I wanted. Easy peasy! 

 This double spread documents the moment when my husband was called outside, on the morning of our wedding day, because his uncle had turned up unexpectedly in a very special vehicle! The last time this car ran was about 25 years ago and it's the car that drove Mr C's parents to their wedding, so he was really surprised and really touched. We were told the car wouldn't make it, so It was an amazing surprise! 

That's all from me for today. Thanks for stopping by and make sure you check out what all of the Gossamer Blue DT ladies have been up to this month! 


http://amymakesthingsblog.blogspot.com Amy Challis
https://retrohipmama.wordpress.com Andrea Gray
http://sweetpapertreats.wordpress.com Brenda Weaver
http://www.dianepayne.typepad.com Diane Payne
http://justem.typepad.com Emily Spahn
http://www.eyoung-craft.blogspot.com Eunyoung Lee
http://www.bananafishstudio.com France Wisniewski
http://www.jillkeller.blogspot.com/ Jill Keller
http://antilight-craft.blogspot.it/ Kasia Przybyt
http://kelliewinnell.typepad.com/blog/ Kellie Winnell
http://kellyxenos.typepad.com Kelly Xenos
http://michellewedertz.blogspot.com/ Michelle Wedertz
http://playground4life.blogspot.it/ Olatz Garaiyurrebaso
http://mojosanti.blogspot.it/ Sandra Dietrich
http://mybitsofsunshine.blogspot.com Stephanie Buice

New York Travel Mini - Gossamer Blue November kits

It's been so long since I've updated the blog, I half expected it to have disappeared! Between a wedding, a honeymoon and trying find that ever elusive work/life balance, I haven't had a great deal of time for sharing online except for a few pics here and there on Instagram (find me @amychallisuk - new name now that I'm a Mrs!). I've also been guest designing for Gossamer Blue this month which has been such a pleasure. November's GB blog hop goes live tomorrow at 8am EST so make sure you check out what the DT have been up to this month! Before then, I thought I'd get in with a sneaky post and show you the first two pages of my New York mini. 

For these pages, I used papers and embellishments from the Gossamer Blue November kits. I love the candy colours of this month's main kits! They shouldn't work for autumn/winter but somehow they just do. The stripy paper on the right is a 4x6 pocket card and the spotty paper on the left was cut down from a sheet of 12x12 card. I was going to save the paperclip for my planner, but it does a great job of holding these business cards in place. 

I'm not too sure yet how this layout will fit in with the rest of my album, which I've chosen a much darker colour scheme for, but we'll see how it goes! FYI, if you are ever in Manhattan make sure you visit Momofuku's Milk bar (especially if you are a big kid, like me!). The milkshakes are out of this world and I fell in love with the compost cookies (filled with chocolate chips, crisps and a mish-mash of other crumbs!).