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10 Things :: Aug (10 reasons) hijack!

10 things :: Aug 2012
Well hello! As you may have guessed, by my ever so cryptic title image there, I interrupt your normal monthly viewing of 10 on the tenth with a hijack post! I hope you don’t mind Shimelle! Mwuahahahah!
I will start by saying a brief hello. “Hello!” I am Sj and I organise the giveaways on, which I LOVE doing (and hope you love too!)

Normally Shimelle would be writing this post with her chosen topic for “10 things” but today I am taking a sneaky chance and hopping in first to share a post of my 10 favourite posts on

cupcake photo
1: Cupcakes. Yup. I really did say cupcakes. I have never known someone make cupcakes like Shimelle does. Epic. My favourite ever recipe of hers is second down here – pumpkin cupcakes. Whenever I sniff autumn in the air and see a red leaf on the ground I get a bit giddy that pumpkin season is on its way. The smell of spiced pumpkin cupcakes the best smell to come out of my kitchen ever. So, that is why my first choice is cake!

2: My second favourite post, is a post that Shimelle created back in August 2011 at the time of the riots. It was a 10 things post, based on London. The post is clearly embedded with her love of the city, but the past that struck a chord with me was the section entitled Sudden community spirit. To read such love for London when the rest of the world seemed to be condemning spoke volumes. I will let you read for yourselves to see if you feel what I felt when I read it for the first time.

3: My third choice is ANY post shimelle writes about cameras and photos – because, there is nothing quite as infectious as reading about how much this girl loves a photo! I love photography an incredible amount, and reading hints and tips from other passionate photographers is always a favourite blog find for me. This is fantastic for getting the most out of the camera app Hipstamatic

Me and Ben Alice
4:Hmmmm is my number 4 too much of an obvious choice? Well – I’m going to choose it anyway! The photos from my 29th Birthday party will always be some of my favourite photos ever. Having an Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatters tea party was more fun than I could have ever imagined – and you can see why by popping by the blog post here. Would you just look at the costumes!

5: Number five for me was an easy choice, especially when singing the famous 12 days of Christmas carol “Five gold rings!” Journal Your Christmas of course! If there is one album on my shelves I would save from a fire gasp it would be my JYC from the year that my son was born. I love it now, and I will love it still in 40 years time, because it was created and written directly to my son, a of diary his Christmas. If you have never joined in with JYC , I urge you to swing by here and see what the glorious fuss is about, you won’t regret it.

6: One of the biggest things I feel I need to mention here, is actually a bit of praise for Shimelle, and her involvement in the Olympics. Not only by day does she wear pink and purple and work as a guide for tourists, but she is also dancing in the closing ceremony! Proud? Yup… me too.

7: Number 7 on my list involves generosity. Shimelle’s classes are all incredibly reasonable (did you know she was the first to offer online scrapbooking classes?) But did you know that she also offers up lots of free tutorials. No? Well you do now!

8: Eighth for me are ALL of the videos on Shim’s youtube channel. How often have you searched for a craft tutorial video, only to find dull, dark and blurry videos? I love that Shimelle’s videos are so bright, clear and informative whilst also being incredibly inspirational.

Wedding shoes
9: Number 9 is a post that reminds me of a very fun day I had at the beach, with a girl in her wedding dress. A day of pink netting, veils, pretty shoes and ice cream.

10: And last, but by no means least – is a post about a page. It’s hard to choose a favourite page of Shimelle’s, it would probably change monthly, but right now, one of my favourite pages of Shim’s is this one:
I love the colours, the theme, the title and the fact that Shimelle went to train as an astronaut one summer when she was younger!!!!!

I can’t think of a better way to end my post on than astronaut revelations, so I will part ways with you now. As always – join in – and add your link us to your post!

10 August 2012

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30 Comments for 10 Things :: Aug (10 reasons) hijack!

  1. Chipper Says:

    Love that you Hijaked the blog SJ. I keep meaning to try those pumpkin cupcakes and even printed the recipe when it was posted. Now I shall DEF have to try them :-)

  2. Cindy Says:

    This post is fabulous! I so enjoyed reading this! How lucky you are to work with Shimelle but vice versa! Thanks for making me smile!

  3. Anne F Says:

    I really enjoyed your hijacked post. I was only introduced to Shimelle last year (or was it the year before?) so I missed out on some of those earlier posts. I loved seeing your Alice in Wonderland party and her wedding dress posts. And I agree, that astronaut layout is one of my faves too! Thanks for the fun post!

  4. Cathy Says:

    Love this! Shimelle is awesome, and so generous to offer so many things for free.

  5. Catherine Shu Says:

    Shimelle is fantastic! I just started paper crafting in earnest three months ago… and I love how Shimelle’s classes reflect not just her crafting philopshy but her attitude toward life. She’s truly an inspiration.

  6. jengd Says:

    What a great array of posts! I’m definitely going to have to go more in depth on some of what you’ve called out as I’ve only recently found Shimelle and I’m not familiar with some of what you’ve posted. Thank you! :)

  7. Crystal Says:

    Such a cute post!

  8. Pauline Says:

    Hi SJ Great Post! How did you mmanage to limit your faves on to just 10?!!! To Shimelle – Good Luck for your Closing Ceremony performance :)

  9. Karen Poirier-Brode (Ladydoc) Says:

    That is a great page and so appropriate as we remember Sally Ride, that great girl astronaught, who was an inspiration to all kinds of women who dreamed of space or science or just dreamed big!

  10. Jenny B Says:

    Great hijack! Shimelle, you got lucky to have such a complimentary hijack.

  11. jane Says:

    great post, I agree about the videos!

  12. Jacky S Says:

    Some great choices.

  13. Allie.Duckienz Says:

    Great pics. I adore Shimelle!

  14. Jennifer Grace Says:

    I love these posts of Shimelle’s. My favourite is probably the hipstamatic post, as it made me get the app, and use it, and I love it! There’s always so much inspiration on here! x

  15. senoritascrapper Says:

    Love everything Shimelle. Thanks for sharing. And good luck at the closing ceremony.

  16. Elizabeth Ashman Says:

    Lovely post, SJ.
    Will be watching for you, Shimelle, at the closing ceremony. Go dance up a storm.

  17. tara Says:

    Love the hijack ~

  18. Carol W. Says:

    Fantastic hijack! Thank you for sharing!

  19. Jimjams Says:

    Definitely ten good reasons to come here :o)

  20. Lynsey Says:

    Loved the hijacked post SJ really made me smile!
    Hugs Lynsey x

  21. Andrea Says:

    Great post SJ!

  22. Gia Thompson Says:

    LOL!! What an awesome friend you are to take over as we know our loved Shimelle is participating in the closing ceremony. As I watched with my family I excitedly told them “shimelle” was performin. I was talking as if I had an old friend I personally knew in London. Guess that shows how personnel some of us take your blog! Big hugs and much love on a fantastic night in your city.

  23. Angela Says:

    I think this post about all that is Shimelle is long overdue . Like many avid followers I wait for a new video or class eagerly. She is very generous in sharing her talent and I am sure like me everyone appreciates all she does. Thank you

  24. Lorraine Says:

    Can you still do the classes noted in the sidebar to the right? I wouldn’t mind doing the love your pictures etc. one, but note that as a live class it was dated in 2010! Can it still be done as a self paced or something?

  25. Robin W. Says:

    SJ, I love this post you created! You must be a fun friend to have. I always like to see the pictures of your Alice in Wonderland party—what a neat idea. Also, though, I wanted to thank you for the free tutorial links as #7. I had had a layout sitting on my desk for ages—I had a great picture, I had already used one of Shimelle’s sketches as the design so the layout looked nice, but I didn’t know what I wanted to say in the journaling. I used the preposition idea in the February journaling days tutorial, and it was perfect. Thank you for reminding me of all the inspiration one can find on Shimelle’s blog!

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