Monday, 21 April 2014

Things to do in Northampton & Cupcakes

Hi Everyone, hope you have been having a Blessed Easter and enjoying the warmer days. Rob and I spent a little time together celebrating our 8th Wedding Anniversary on the Saturday. One of my favourite parts of the day was in the morning when we went to a wonderful Parisian styled cafe in Northampton called Cafe C'est La Vie. It was as though we had been transported away from the bustle of town with beautiful music, shabby chic / Vintage decor and a gentle ambience. We had drinks and relaxed a while. Although we did not eat there on this occasion, we are looking forward to returning and trying the menu as it looked and smelt wonderful. The staff were friendly and made us feel very welcome too.

they have a facebook page if any more info is required

After this we visited St Giles Church which was open to all. We walked around their beautiful Easter themed displays, which depicted the Easter story beautifully. We were then able to talk with some of the members there and their Vicar Steve. Thank you to them too as they surprised us with a gift of a chocolate egg each, which was a lovely and thoughtful surprise.
They have a  web page  all about their church and activities.

We lunched mid-afternoon at the Cordwainer a Wetherspoons pub/restaurant as Rob really fancied a steak! So I joined him and we were pleasantly surprised with the quality, good service and pricing. There was seating upstairs which was a little quieter and we enjoyed a leisurely meal. 

Then it was time to go home...

In the evening  I did some baking, making cupcakes. Then on Sunday I scrapped a recipe page using one of the photos I took. Below is the original photo and the resulting page created in CAP2.

*Please feel free to copy this if you would like it*
Created using my Tea & cake digikit.

Friday, 11 April 2014

PAST THE FENCE - a short story

(A short story)

Jane wondered what lay beyond the fence and dreamed each night of the adventures she might have. If only she could explore beyond its boundary? Being a lady of grace, always dressed immaculately was all well and good, but could be so dull. Jane longed to dress in casual clothes, jump over and see what was on the other side. So one day when no one was paying much attention Jane changed her attire and slipped out of the house quietly. A quick glance back to ensure no one had seen her and off she ran. Jumping as high as she could, Jane just made it over the fence and to her surprise found herself at the start of a most curious journey. 

There were old shoes, parasols and the most interesting items to behold. It was truly a treasure trove to explore and her curiosity grew. It was as though a bird had flown free from its cage, she felt as though she were flying into the unknown. Wondering who had owned these precious things and where were they now? As Jane thought and her mind drifted suddenly out of nowhere she heard beautiful music. It was a melodic tune yet tinged with sadness. Tears flowed down her face as she found a bag full of photos of people from the past. They appeared to stare back at her as though looking into her very soul. Jane now wondered quite what she had discovered, wishing there were names, maybe memories written down, clues to unravel her findings. But to no avail there were only the items, the photos and her imagination. 

Jane carried on looking, she delved deeper into the piles of items, hoping that maybe a letter, a diary or something would appear before her eyes. Then there it was, the clue she had been looking for. The most wonderful thing to behold a Scrapbook full of memories. Jane smiled, sat down and began to read. Each page with dates and photos, moments captured memories recorded. Snippets of past lives to treasure and enjoy. Well Jane was so happy she thought her heart could burst. She salvaged those precious things, bundled them into her arms and carried them all home to keep safe and protected from the elements. 

Jane had many more adventures after that day as it sparked in her a love and passion of  history and discovery, a thirst for finding out about past lives and stories untold. Each day that passed, Jane remembered that first jump over the fence and what lay beyond with fondness. 

The End

Past The Fence  
* Illustrated Page and short fictional story written by me
copyright Algera Designs

Inspired by Natasha's blog article at Escape And Scrap.
where you can read her wonderful story about Lucky and Buttercup

Layout created using Gothic Autumn
Image of lady from The Sum Of All Crafts

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Digital Design & Card Making Ideas

Creating a digital card front with layered dimension in CAP2
How to create this card front:

Choose a page layout to suit you in Craft Artist 2 first...Then add the digikits required. (For the above layout sample Woodland Walk and a sky paper from Divine Angels were used). Working in layers place on a background of your choice and colour it green. On layer one use a sky material and on layer two a further layer of material in a natural colour. On this layer punch out a circle in the centre and then right click the material applying filters / drop shadow and adjusting the sliders until happy with the effect. To this add a coloured line set at 2.5pts for a little added definition. Then intersperse the elements with shadow on some, building up more depth to the clustering. Some of the flowers could be coloured blue and arranged to complete if wished. Finish with text or word art as required.

Credits to Daisytrail - kits used Woodland Walk and Divine Angels
The font I used is called  Bickham Script Pro Regular. 

These kits are available from the Daisytrail shop

Friday, 4 April 2014

Algera Designs - Weekend Sale

I am having a weekend store sale from today until Monday with a Gorgeous 70% off all my Digital products (excluding my newest kit Peaceful). It is a great opportunity to treat yourself to something at a Great price.
Thank you to all my customers xx

You can visit the store to browse by clicking the link below

This layout was created using Peaceful which is on promotion with 50% discount.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Lou Lou's Vintage Fair - Coming soon Saturday April 26th 12 till 5pm (Northampton)

For Anyone who loves Vintage living in or near to Northampton.
Lou Lou's Fabulous Vintage Fair is back at the Guildhall on Sat 26th April 2014.
Situated in the town centre where there will be Vintage fashion and homeware for you to browse through and buy and of course the vintage beauty salon!

The lovely ladies from the vintage hair salon will be styling hair & make up in the style of your favourite vintage icons. Email ENQUIRIES@VINTAGEHAIRLOUNGE.COM for appointments

Once you've enjoyed the market you can grab a spot of tea and cake in our vintage tea party! 

Join the Northampton fan page on facebook -
& or Tweet them @Northamptonfair

Their website:

Their fantastic Vintage Fair visit cities all over the UK with 40+ of the UKs best vintage traders, a kitsch tea party with cake and a vintage beauty parlour.  Expect stall upon stall of affordable vintage clothing, accessories and homewares mixed with vintage inspired handmade jewellery and clothing.