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Sarah Youde (aka monroegirl)
Plymouth, UK.

I love to scrap and I love to stitch. I also love reading, eating and the odd glass of red wine! I only wish I had more time to do all the things I love. Most of my time is taken up looking after a couple of other things I love and they are my two gorgeous children Ben and Charlotte. They ARE gorgeous, I am not biased, I have been blessed with beautiful children which is a good thing because I have such wonderful subjects for my scrapbooking addiction.

I am married to Mark and we will celebrate our fifteenth wedding anniversary in July - we are just as happy now as when we first met. He would rather I didn't spend any money on scrapbooking or cross stitch stash but if I didn't do that I would be perfect and surely that would be really boring! Anyway, this blog is a sort of diary / gallery and I enjoy updating my blog for myself and my family but any visitors are welcome :o)

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Well all my work for next issue of Craft Life & Home magazine is winging it's way to Scrapgenie! I hope they like it. I got a little bit carried away with all the lovely stash they sent me and did a little bit more than my commission asked for so I hope they can use it all :)

I also did this layout for Mojoholder this week. All I can say is wow, you really need to check the site out this week as the DT have come up with some amazing layouts based on a lovely layout by Cheryl Mezzetti. If you want to take part this week don't forget to link your layouts in our comments section, they will then be added to the readers gallery and you will then be in with a chance of winning a RAK each month.

My Layout

Cheryl Mezzeti's Layout

I am concerned that readers don't really know what Mojoholder is all about! We are an inspiration blog and by this I mean you use the layout of the week or one of the DT's layouts as a springboard for your creativitly. There is no need to scraplift entirely you can just use the layouts as inspiration and take one or two elements from it to create your layout. For instance, this week I took Cheryl's use of an overlay and the her flowers as inspiration. Notice that I didn't use a circlular frame as Cheryl did. Actually I used one of Kirsty Wiseman's fab free digital overlays which I changed the colour of in Photoshop. I resized the overlay to 8" x 8" so that I could print it onto an A4 transparency. I made the acetate flower by drawing around the Queen & Co large plastic flower and cutting out, the pink edging is pebeo volume touch and the center of the flower is a pom pom cut off some Rusty Pickle Grinch-Mas trim. Anyhow, have a go it really will get your mojo up and running :o)

I also did this layout this week. I wasn't sure about it really it was a very quick one but when I put it in my album it looks really striking so I am pleased with it now.

I am half way through another layout and I am going to finish that one today, it is one I have been wanting to do for ages but I just needed to get the appropriate photographs for it so I am excited about getting it done.

Mark has just gone off to play golf and I think I need to to make sure all of Charlotte's school uniform has name tags in it as my baby girl starts school on Tuesday!! I can't believe it.

I am really enjoying Cheryl Johnson's photograph course, it is great fun and really gets you thinking about different ways to use your camera. I am still taking part in HS:MS too but not everyday at the moment because I just don't seem to have the time. However, I will be doing the new challenge they have set to take your self portrait every Saturday because I think it will be great to have weekly photographs of yourself so you can see how you change over time! I do have a separate blog for my HS:MS photos which is Sarah and the Camera but for those of you who don't visit that one here is this weeks Self Portrait which was taken yesterday with my self timer. The colour didn't come out very well so I altered the levels in Photoshop and then applied a couple of free actions to get the different effects. If you want to know which actions go to Sarah and the Camera.

♥ Sarah blogged at 09:16


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