Monday, 29 August 2011

Back to School

Hi, and welcome!

Sorry I've been a bit lacking in posts for the past few days......been one of those times when life gets in the way of crafting, lol.

Had a few things to deal with.....firstly, let me say thank you for all the sweet comments about my mammogram.  I went and did the deed, and am now waitin' with bated breath for the result.....should be in about another week.

Secondly, my brother-in-law, Kevin, is back in the hospital.  He has a nasty form of Muscular Dystrophy, and is now completely immobile....his lungs are packing up, and he has pneumonia.......his wife is my baby sister, Roseanne, and she depends on me to help out with her almost 12 years old son, and also to spend time with Kevin, so she can get a little respite.
He always needs somebody with him, as he can't feed himself, drink unaided, urinate unaided, or even ask for help unless you are used to the way his voice is now sounding....very whispery and low.
Roseanne knows that she'll be widowed, and it's so hard to watch her struggling with everything that is thrown at her.....but she copes....for now.

Because things have been a bit manic around here, I've not had much time to myself, so am going to show you a little something I made earlier.....Ha!

This is a little project that I made last year, around this time, as my grandson, Finlay, started his first day at "big boy" school.........

I think I found the template for this cute ickle rucksack on Splitcoast Stampers, and it was really easy and quick to put together.
This version is in colours suitable for a boy, but I have made girlie version, too, for grandaughters, but didn't take pics...oops....

I used sturdy cardstock from my stash for the outer part of the rucksack, and coordinating paper for the inside pages.......a length of grograin ribbon, threaded through eyelets, and knotted on the inside cover, serves for the handles......

I made a couple of digi pages to fit, and inserted photos of Finlay in his new school uniform....sorry about the photography a hurry, as usual, lol........

I'm ashamed to admit that I haven't got around to finishing all the pages, but they are there....ready and waitin'.......

It should look pretty good when I finally get around to finishing it.....haaaa!

Challenges: Anything goes (2nd entry)

Anne-Marie x



  1. AM you are an angel, your family are so lucky to have you, and I hope they appreciate you as much as I appreciate your friendship.

  2. I am so sorry to hear about your brother in law,and yes your family are lucky to have you to turn

    Your project is gorgeous.

  3. My, your family certainly are going through a tough time. You are blessed to have such a close family. {hugs}
    Your ruck-sack is lovely. It will be fab when you are finished.

  4. This is an AWESOME mini scrapbook. I love this project it is so versatile. Thanks for joining the Heart Song challenge this week. Good Luck. Hope to see you again next week.
    Debbie HSI DT

  5. Such a clever project! So glad you shared it with us at Heart Song Inspirations this week. Keeping you, your brother-in-law, and your sister in prayers.
    NanaConnie HSI DT

  6. AM, the project is cute but little Finlay in his outfit is the cherry on top. Still praying for you (yes you)and Roseanne, Kevin and son. Never far from my thoughts at all...

  7. Beautiful card.
    Thanks for joining us at kretaive Stempelfreunde.
    Hugs Stine (GD)

  8. Goodness, so sorry to hear about your Brother in law. Sending big hugs and prayers for you all.. Love your sweet Mini scrapbook! so clever! Thanks for joining us at Stamps R Us! 8-)


  9. AM, love the project. Don't worry about it not being's an ailment all us scrappers seem to have.
    Sorry to hear that your BIL is taking a turn for the worse. If you'd care to send me their postal addy, I'd love to send a card over.

  10. hi ya, I saw your rucksack on MIM and just wanted to say its brilliant! love it :0)

  11. oh i love the rucksack design - its fab

    Thanks for linking up at Make it Monday this week
    Lisa x

  12. That's so creative! Thank you for playing with us at Heart Song!

  13. Oh what a cute scrapbook project! I love the backpack shape!! Thanks for playing along with us at Stamps R Us!
    Tammy :)

  14. This is so sweet and professional! A really cool idea. May have to lift it...:)
    Don't know how you always keep in such good spirits, but glad you do!

  15. So clever Anne-Marie - love it!

    Thx for linking up to the Make it Monday party! See you again soon!

    Mary J x

  16. Just found your work on MIM and loved it.

  17. What a wonderful keepsake. Saw your lovely work on MIM.
    Liz xx