Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Discovering the story behind the picture

Following on from Finding my scrapping mojo, journalling on layouts is becoming more important to me of late, as I am discovering how important it is to preserve my memories rather than just embellishing a picture.

When starting out scrapbooking a few years, I was only comfortable adding a few stickers here and there, keeping the layout minimal and just adding a date, place or name of person, and nothing much else. I was happy with that at the time as I was finding my feet, and even now just adding a date or persons name alongside a photo with no journalling is fine by me if the mood takes me and the photo being used speaks for itself. However, no I'm a tiny bit more confident in using lots of embellishments and about highlighting the story behind the photograph.

I want to preserve my memories more, to say how I felt about a particular incidence or place. I want to share my views of the moment (and about the past), and to journal a snapshot of my life now.

The Scrapbooking blog world is full of extremely talented scrapbookers who I admire greatly (and far too many to list individually). Alot of the layouts I like the most have journalling on their pages, beautifully written telling the story of the photograph used. The journalling doesn't have to be long, but they are really engaging and have really inspired me of late to produce my own journalling of late.

Thus, I wish I was this much into the scrapbooking hobby when I was planning and organising my own wedding in 2009. I so wish I had kept a journalling diary so that now nearly two years later I wouldn't be struggling to remember every last detail from my wedding day and all the months of planning etc. Laura of Lazy Dynamics is a scrapbooker I admire and has created many layouts of her wedding, preperations etc from her wedding last year, and her journalling really highlights beautifully how she felt about her special day. She has created her layouts quickly whilst her memories are fresh in her mind. My memories, because I didn't journal and keep a diary at the time are very much after thoughts and in hind sight. There's nothing wrong with that of course, but I just wish I had thought more about keeping these memories for my scrapbook pages now that this hobby has consumed my life.

The same is said for holidays I have taken over the last few years. I've got some lovely photos begging to be scrapped, but I am finding it extremely hard to remember details now. Again, I wish I had taken a scrapbookers view of my holiday and collected more memorabilia along the way and again wrote a travel diary to capture my holiday whilst fresh in my mind. This was expecially noticable when I tried scrapbooking a layout from a holiday in Canada in 2005. It took me absolutely ages to recall the place names and in which part of Canada it was. I can remember certain things, but the memories are becoming more blurred and escaping me more as the years go by.

This year, however, for a forth coming holiday, I am taking inspiration from Ali Edwards, Kelly Purkey, Amy Tangerine and Shimelle Laine to name but a few who all create beautiful travel journals whilst actually vacating so that they have very little to do when they come back home and whilst the memories are new. I have already started to create a travel journal to take away with me so I can make a start and hopefully have a journal complete within a week or so of actually coming home rather than waiting 7 years to remember things to capture on a layout.

I am still finding a happy balance in my journalling (and I suppose writing this blog is a form of journalling too). I know it takes practice, it is about finding my comfort zone and also finding a little confidence too in order to share details of my life with others who may view my layouts.

I'm actually enjoying writing again. I used to write all the time when I was a child and for some reason that is probably so deeply hidden inside me, I just stopped. By making an effort to journal on my layouts and to some respects write on this blog, it has renewed a deep need to start writing again. So by taking the approach of finding the story behind the photograph I'm going to just do that, and killing three birds with one stone. Making my layout mean more to those who may view them ( on this blog or in person), helping me to preserve my memories more creatively and to enjoy writing again. I am so enjoying the journey at the moment.

Good Evening from Pickle Land

Hope to speak to you very soon

Love Lesley xx

Monday, 27 June 2011

Finding my scrap mojo

I would consider myself fairly new to scrapbooking. Even though I've been doing scrapbooking for a few years, it has only been in the last year that I feel I have found my scrapbooking mojo.

I still feel as if I'm not confident in my layout, but here are a few layouts I'm fairly pleased with.

Gretna Green, So Peaceful and Mirabelle Gardens all feature embellishments from various kits from a favourite of mine - The Make and Create Shop. Cinderella, Lake Garda and Peggys Cove all feature parts of various monthly kits from Sarah's Cards.

Good Evening from Pickle Land

Hope to speak to you very soon

Lesley xx

Friday, 24 June 2011

Winner of Colour Blog Giveaway

The winner of my colour blog giveaway is Kirsty.a

Congratulations Kirsty

Kirsty please contact me - either via this blog or my e-mail leslie.clayton1@ntlworld.com

If I haven't heard from you by 1st July, I will pick someone else from the list, but hope you contact me

Sorry, to the other commenters from the Colour Blog Hop. However, thank you so much for all your comments. They were very much appreciated

I am unable to participate in the July Colour Blog Hop as I am not available on the 17th, but I will be participating in August.

Good Evening from Pickle Land

Hope to speak to you very soon

Love Lesley xx

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Fathers Day

Not the best photo in the world as taken on AJ's iphone.

Fathers Day card I made for AJ's Dad. Stamp image from Lili of the Valley, Lettering Basic Grey, musical notes stamp from Dear Lizzy range at American Crafts. coloured in using Pro Markers.

Fathers Day memories of my own Dad too- miss you Dad every day xx

Have been working on a few layouts and cards lately. I will be posting over the next few days or so, so please feel free to visit

There is still time to enter my Giveaway from yesterdays Colour Blog Hop. Please leave a comment after the colour blog post. I will be drawing the winner on Friday - about 8pm BST

Good Evening from Pickle Land

Hope to speak to you very soon

Lesley xx

Saturday, 18 June 2011

June Colour Combo Blog Hop

welcome to the June Colour Combo blog hop

If you have arrived from Stephanie, you are in the right place!!!. If you are here and didn't come from the previous blog, I am listing the hops below my post so you can start back at the beginning if you wish.

I hope you like the layout I've done of myself and my friend Joanne who I have known all my life and we grew up as neighbours, went to school together and continued our friendship all these years (nearly 37). She was my maid of honour on my wedding and I was her chief bridesmaid at hers too. She is married to Chris and AJ and I have the previledge of being honorary Aunty and Uncle to Oliver and Grace.

This blog hop I am also offering a Giveaway to those who comment on my blog. Please leave a comment and I will pick One winner next Friday. The Giveaway is a kit of your choice from here. The Make and Create Shop is a fantastic place for home made embellishments by Anna, and I have purchased a few over the last few months.

Please continue with the blog hop by visiting Jo

Jo is one of my favourite blogs to visit and she has a cat called Willow too

Good afternoon from here in England and Pickle Land

I hope to speak to you very soon

Lesley xx

List of participants of this blog hop are as follows:

I hope all these link work and I apologise if they don't - Lesley xx

Friday, 10 June 2011

10 on the 10th - Kiwi & Willow

For this months 10 on the 10th, I thought I would show 10 pictures of Kiwi and Willow

Good Evening from Pickle Land

Hope to speak to you very soon

Love Lesley xx

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

It's my blog anniversary

I can't believe it has been one year today since I set up Adventures in Pickle Land.

I've loved writing this little blog of mine and sharing with you a little of my life this last year.

I've learnt so much and I am still learning.

I've loved reading the comments I have received and have taken much confidence and inspiration from them.

So to my readers who ever you may be- thank you so much for being part of my scrapbooking and blog journey. I may not be the best blogger/scrapbooker/photographer in the world, but I'm really enjoying this great hobby and being part of a fantastic community.

I hope to continue with this blog of mine and I'm hoping to blog abit more regularly, as I think after a year I have had my period of crawling and is now time to take bigger and better steps.

There are a couple of people who I would like to express special thanks to.

To my most excellent friend Chris- you inspire me everyday with your fantastic cards, scrapbook layouts and artwork, and by being a fantastic friend who encourages me in my scrapbooking and letting me borrow her stamps and various other products.

And to my wonderful husband AJ, who inspires many a layout, encourages me and gives me so much confidence to carry on. And also for putting up with a dining room, living room and spare room crammed full of scrapbook goodies. I love you Mr Pickle xx

I dedicate this post to Peter (AJ's step Grandad) who sadly lost his bravely fought battle with cancer last night, and to his wife Edie who herself is in hospital after suffering a stroke and has lost her husband of nearly 64 years. Thinking of you both with love xx

Good evening from Pickle Land

Hope to speak to you very soon

Love Lesley

Sunday, 5 June 2011


Have realised I never posted the card I made for my brothers birthday, therefore here it is.

I borrowed stamp from my friend Chris (not sure who by I'm afraid). Patterned paper is from the Stella and Rose Mabel collection by My Minds Eye. Lettering is from Cosmo Cricket. Have a Splendid day stamp from Dear Lizzy Range by American Crafts

Good Evening from Pickle Land

Hope to speak to you very soon

Love Lesley xx

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Thinking of You

Materials used are all by American Crafts

This is a card I made for a friend of ours who has just had a major operation. All being well she is now on the mend.

Good Evening from Pickle Land

Hope to speak to you very soon

Love Lesley xx

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Cat in the Box

Today I came home from work and found Willow fast asleep in a box. So cute !!!!!

Good Evening from Pickle Land

Hope to speak to you very soon

Love Lesley xx

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