Friday 2 September 2011

Every Day's A School Day

Well yesterday kicked off Shimelle's Learn Something New Every Day class and I'm signed up.

The first day was great, I'm off work this week so had the luxury of reading the prompt when it arrived.  After that I went for coffee with a good friend and, yes, I did learn my first lesson of the day.  We went to a lovely coffee shop that also sells a range of sweets from bygone days:
The decor was beautiful and everywhere I looked there was a reminder of my childhood:
The lesson learned ~ I am much happier when I'm a lady of leisure :)

Later that evening I went off to a crop.  I had a layout with a deadline, a scraplift.  The only trouble was I was uninspired by the layout I had to lift.  I thought long and hard and, with the help of the Gotta Craft crop kit I'd just bought, came up with this:
Lesson learned ~ Push yourself and you'll get there.

I also added a bit of texture to my layout:
Lesson learned ~ I love my crimper again.

Now on to my album.  Another thing I've thought long and hard about and this is what I've come up with.  I have an old Sizzix die of a pocket and, as I only intend to do a sentence a day and maybe include a small photo, I'm going to make this into my album.  I'll cut the pages from cardstock, add some patterned paper and embellishments to the front and write my sentence on the back.  When I'm finished I'll bind it together with ribbon and, voila, I'll have my pocket book :)
Probably won't be using yellow cardstock but just wanted to make sure the pocket would be big enough.  I may even stick some together so I do have an actual pocket to put things in :)

Can't wait to blog hop later and see what lessons everyone learnt yesterday but, for now, I'm off for another coffee morning :)

Have a good Friday
Jo xx


Jo.C said...

That is so true - I had a similar day yesterday but I concentrated upon friendship. I'm back at work Monday and dreading it :)

Ali said...

Great lessons learned, love the look of that coffee shop, and your LO was so inspired, especially given what you had to work with! Liking the idea of a 'pocket book' too - keep the inspiration coming :)

Donna said...

Love the pocket book idea and I'm so with you on the lady of leisure!

Alison said...

That coffee shop looks amazing...I miss places like that! Great LO and the 'pocket' book idea is fab!
Alison xx

Sian said...

Very, very true Jo! Push yourself and you'll get there should be my lesson for today too :)

Sandra said...

Your photos of the coffee shop came out really well. And I must say I've learnt I'd like you to be a lady of leisue too :)

I love the idea of your pocket book, it's such a great idea. And hey, you KNOW how much I love this layout, it's truly gorgeous

Anonymous said...

Wow what a lovely layout. Genius idea to make a pocket album, can't wait to see what you do with it.

Jane said...

I'm lucky enough to be a lady of leisure but can remember that awful back to work feeling

Sarah said...

I love the look of the coffee shop, my kinda place!! Great layout too! x

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

That coffee shop looks lovely and so does your LO. I am lucky enough to be a SAHM, but I can't say the last 6 weeks have felt very leisurely!!

Ginger said...

Lovely post with some good lessons learned :) I would enjoy that coffee shop too:)

Becky said...

I really like the look of that coffee shop and your layout is gorgeous!