Happy 3rd birthday AlexaJade…

Happy Monday guys. I can not believe that it was 3 years ago that I started my blogging journey with AlexaJade.co.uk. They do say time flies when you are having fun. Well for me blogging and life have been a rollercoaster of emotions not just ‘fun’. I have not written a birthday post for my blog before but I was so shocked to realise last month that this year was 3 years of AlexaJade blogging. So this post is just a short message appreciating my blog as well as expressing happy birthday to AlexaJade.

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Happy Birthday, AlexaJade.co.uk.

In the past 3 years, I have had so many ups and downs in my life. As I was reminded that my blog birthday was coming up I took some time to look back over my posts.

If you are one of my regular readers you will know how that the last year and a half I have struggled with my health. Meaning I had to leave my job. I thought I was gonna be depressed and have to start a job I didn’t like. However, as I reflect on my health the things that have been going on have encouraged me to really focus on what I want out of life. The actual want to be my own boss is slowly becoming a dream come true.

It is so funny how much life changes and how you grow with your hobbies and passions. Some would say it is impossible! However, the more you work on your passions the further you will get in life! Stop fighting for what you don’t need in life and fight for what you want in life. Oh, and you are never too old to start something new! I hate to hear people using their age as a reason not to step outside of their comfort zone!

Blogging has given me Fabulous new opportunities and a way of thinking as I definitely feel that since I have been blogging my blog has had a positive effect on my mental health!

My top 5 favourite blog posts from the blog yet!

Our Disney trip.
Welcome to our home.
Crafter life – you know you’re a crafter when…
Talking confidence into 2020.
Why I think Cricut is every crafter’s best friend.

So hopefully in a few years time I will have celebrated tons of blog birthday’s and plenty of milestones! I hope you guys are working just as hard on your dreams! don’t let anything stop you! you are amazing.

Have a lovely week guys!

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Cricut crafts – 3D flowers in 5 simple steps.

I am really excited to be sharing my first of hopefully many more craft how-to posts, especially when it comes to the Cricut. I recently shared an Instagram post of a shadow box I had filled with 3D flowers, and a few people have inspired me to write by asking how to make these.

You may of reading my post recently about my excitement of being brought the Cricut explore air 2 recently, why I think the Cricut is any crafters best friend.
my opinion is still so strong on how much I love this crazy crafty machine.

Since I have been playing around in the world of Cricut I have absolutely loved creating shadow boxes full of colourful 3D flowers. As much as I love playing with vinyl, this is one of my favourite projects to do. These flowers are so very simple to make.

What you will need:

  • Card stock
  • hot glue gun
  • Your Cricut
  • tweezers

The time needed to make:

depending on how many flowers you are intended in to make. I would allow a few hours for this project. Individually each flower takes approximately 5 minutes.

Step one:

Cricut mat, 3D flowers

You will need to print your flower swirls from the Cricut projects. You can use the flowers guide that’s available in the projects here. I have opted to only print this one of the three in the project as it makes rose flowers, which is my favourite. For this shadow box, I have used A4 card stock, and fitted 6 swirls to a sheet, this did result in the flowers being quite small, however, you can make these any size that you like. Why not try experimenting with sizes?
If you don’t own a Cricut you could try making a stencil and cutting these out with scissors, unfortunately, it will take some time though.

Step two:

Cricut craft

Remove the excess paper from your rose swirls. So that you are left with just the cut-outs… now it’s time to turn the swirls into flowers! I keep a craft knife by me ready to cut anything that may not have cut completely with the Cricut. It depends on the thickness of the card most of the time.

Step three:

Cricut Craft

I prefer to use slim tweezers to start turning. Grasp these to the very end of the swirl. (Leaving the centre bit for last) twist the card around the tweezers basically rolling up the card until you read the end.

Step four:

Cricut craft, 3D flowers

Once you have finished turning your swirls, You will need to position the centre at the top so that you can secure your flower together.

Step five:

Cricut Craft

Add a pea-size amount of hot glue to the bottom of your flower and press this down with your fingers for about 20 seconds…

My top advice would be to be careful with your fingers. I have burnt my fingers making roses many times.

What to do with them…

there are plenty of things you can use these beautiful flowers for. As I mentioned before my favourite is a shadow box, and then vinyl on the glass. But you could also use these to decorate the outside of frames and mirrors.

I have recently started an Instagram page for me to share all my crafty shenanigans on called crafty hearts corner, so if you would like to see more of what I am up too with craft, give this a follow.

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Meet the bloggers – Talking with SarahTradeMark

Good morning guys! I’m very excited to be starting a variety of posts to meet the bloggers. The blogging world has such a big place in my heart. I have made so many friends and learnt so much of the community that I wanted to give back by sharing these amazing people with my readers. So I’m starting off with a fantastic blogger from Oxfordshire, Sarah who blogs at SarahTradeMark.

I won’t lie. I am absolutely envious of Sarah’s beautifully coloured Hair. If you are into vibrant colours as well I would highly recommend you take a read of this post. Which is one of my favourites from SarahTradeMark.

you can also find SarahTradeMark on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

SarahTradeMark

I asked Sarah to share with us some advice from her blogging experiences…

1) SarahTradeMark, What made you start blogging?

It all started when I was using a new face mask and liked it so much that I wanted to share my views with others, I created a blog and started sharing short reviews on my current makeup and skincare products.

2) And What advice would you give to a new blogger?

Don’t compare yourself to others. There will always be people better out there but everyone is unique and you should concentrate on finding your own style.

3) Where do you see your blog ‘SarahTradeMark’ in 5 years time?

I hope to still be blogging and hope to be posting more good and household products as well as fashion. I want to keep the same style of writing but want to post about a larger variety of products.

SarahTradeMark

I’d love to say a massive thank you to SarahTadeMark for taking part in my meet the bloggers segment.

If you would like to take part, please pop me an email too thealexajadeblog@gmail.com

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Photograph ideas you need for your blog

So you have finally finished writing that amazing piece, you have spent hours on this, and its all ready to go. well, the words are ready, but what about the photos? What are you using to catch the attention of your readers? Remember as bloggers we are all still learning all the time.

Your media is as important as your words!

We all know that your writing content is the most important, however, As much as your writing is so important when it comes to posting your blog post, photographs are just as important. Especially images that are relevant to the subject you are talking about. I mean would you really have photos of food when your talking of fashion? or anything else that’s a complete opposite to what your writing about.

Planning is important

What should I be using to take my Photograph?

Firstly if you are under the impression that you need a fancy camera before you are able to take a decent photo, you are literally incredibly wrong. I mean in this day and age all you need is your phone or your tablet. Your smart device is the perfect tool you can use, to be able to take pictures on. Let us face it. who doesn’t have their phone pretty much 24 hours of the day?

Personally, I own both a DSLR and an iPhone, I am happy to admit that I use both.

If you are lucky enough to own a DSLR camera (because I know they can be really expensive to get your hands on). You may prefer the photograph this takes. One of the reasons I use both, however, is it is not always practical to carry a bulky camera 24/7. However, if I’m staging my own photographs at home. I’ll be on my Nikon.

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So what can I use as a prop?

There are so many things that you can use as props, Below is a list of just some ideas:

Gift wrap
Wallpaper
Postcards
Confetti
Washi tape
Stationery
Mugs
Drinks
Sequins
Foam Shapes
Photos
Notebooks
Flowers
Fairy lights
Phone case
Candles
Books
Leaves
Coasters
Keyboard
Cards
Magazines
Plants

Did I mention there is a lot of things that you can use to set up photos for your blog? Hopefully, this list will be able to inspire you to think of more ideas!

There are always more ways to find the perfect Photograph:

Don’t forget not all blog media needs to be staged either. I’m a constant photo taker. I can’t help it. It’s like taking photos is just in my blood.

My favourite pots have pens on them.

I’ve started learning how to create my own blog images as much as I can. But don’t forget there are still so many amazing websites that you can find free stock photographs from, and you won’t have to worry about copyright issues with these.

All you need to do, a simple google search for free stock images and tons of useful sites come up. Plus if you are using canava, their image library is huge! a lot of phone editing apps will have the same things.

I would love to hear, what your photo process is, and how you set up your photos. If you found this post helpful check our 7 must-have apps for bloggers, here.

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’90s girl: Thinking about the ’90s

I was born in 1992, therefore I am a 90s Child and the ’90s were the best, so when I found this on thesmurfygamersblog and literally within minutes I was reminiscing, I knew I needed to do a similar post, this tag is because I still love the ’90s now!

So here are the questions! and they are fab!

'90s
1. Favourite Disney Film?

Seriously? I’m not sure I can answer this question, Only because I love all Disney films and characters so it is impossible for me to pick!

2. Favourite Music Artist?

Ok, it has to be the spice girls! They were still at the top as I was growing up! and I loved all their songs! I even still own their video somewhere at the parent’s house.

3. Favourite Sweets?

My Favourite sweets were Rainbow Drops, those little colourful almost like rice crispy things.

4. Favourite Game? ( Boardgame/school game)

Buckaroooooooo!

5. Favourite McDonald’s ‘Happy Meal’ Toy?

The TY bears, all the different animals you could get, I had a mini lobster for ages in my school backpack!

6. Favourite Book?

This is a toss between the Tracy beaker series and The Princess Diaries books.

7. Favourite Clothing Store?

GAP

8. Favourite TV Show?

Sabrina The Teenage Witch!

9. What Show Would You Watch After School?

All of CBBC. Especially Goosebumps!

10. What Was Your Favorite 90s Game Show?

I actually don’t think I had one?

11. Did You Own A Virtual Pet?

Yes! of course, who didn’t have a Tamagotchi as a kid?

12. Favourite Video Game And System To Play On?

I didn’t really play many video games/systems! But I did have the Pokemon Pikachu edition of the Game Boy Colour!

13. Weirdest Fashion Trend? 

those colourful bands, that had a million silly meanings, that no one really cared about. They were just pretty, let’s face it.

14. Favourite Toy?

My Betty Spaghetti collection, and Polly Pockets!

15. Favourite Nickelodeon Show?

Rugrats!!… and it still is!

I could write so much more that I loved about the ’90s, Like Groovy Chick bedding, mood rings, and Kennan and Kel runs.

What do you guys remember about the ’90s? What were your favourite things?

Want to learn more about me? How about reading the A to Z of me post here.

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35 things that make me happy!

So the best thing about the blogging community has to be being inspired by other amazing bloggers. Like Mxrshmarshmellows blog. Who just created a very similar post. It really made me question what makes me happy and got me thinking.

So I thought it would be great to share what makes me happy with you guys.

So what does make me happy?

  1. My Emmy.
  2. Bright colours and lots of pinks.
  3. Coffee (I literally just got some llama love vanilla). I live off coffee.
  4. Makeup. Even when staying in.
  5. Papercraft. Whatever I can get my hands on.
  6. Seeing my friends and family.
  7. Music.
  8. Camembert days. Yes, these are actually a thing with our friends!
  9. Happy planners. (Actually any planners!)
  10. Disney anything. Have I mentioned that I love Disney??? I really do love A bit of Disney. Read about our Disney Trip, here.
  11. Matching socks. Actually cute socks. I mean any socks.
  12. Glitter. A lot of glitters. And it has to be everywhere.
  13. Friends. The tv show. (I have quite a bit of friends merch now)
  14. Going to the zoo. Marwell, as well as around the country.
  15. Flowers around me.
  16. Taking lots of photos.
  17. Unicorns
  18. Primark hauls. Probably shopping in general.
  19. Watching musicals.
  20. Receiving happy mail.
  21. Spending days just watching films.
  22. Writing my blog.
  23. Reading books.
  24. My love for all animals.
  25. Pinterest.
  26. Wearing oversized hoodies.
  27. Adult colouring books.
  28. Giving gifts to my favourite people.
  29. Pretty mugs. I’m addicted to mugs.
  30. Daddy daughter days. These do not happen often enough.
  31. Summer and being in the sun.
  32. Adventures to new places. and planning the adventures to come.
  33. Overspending on stationary and notebooks.
  34. Blossom trees. Seriously they are beautiful!
  35. Making new friends. even when it’s scary!
want to know more about me? how about reading my 21 random things about me post, here.
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I’d love to know what makes you happy? it is important to have these things. So what makes you happy? Leave a comment below telling me.

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The A to Z of AlexaJade. Get to know me.

I have been spending a lot of time recently networking with other bloggers and spending time to read their blogs, one I really love is Jemma’s DorkFace, I recently read her A to Z of me post, which inspired me straight away to write an A to Z of myself, so you can get to know me better. So here it is, the A to Z of AlexaJade.

A to Z of AlexaJade

I often find writing about myself a massive challenge so I have done my best here…

A is for ALEXA JADE

OK, so the first bit is easy. Hi, I’m Alex, for short. Alexandra-Jade for long. BUT I hate being called my full name because it feels like I am being told off. (I’m not saying I hate the name. I just hate feeling told off)

B is for BROTHER

I have 1 sibling, and 1 is enough hey. My younger brother, Matthew. What can I say about him? well, As brothers go he is pretty awesome.

C is for CREATIVE and COFFEE

I couldn’t just pick one for C. In fact, 2 words is just the shortlisted version because I can think of tons of words beginning with C that relate to me and I kept changing what I was going to write about so I’ve kept 2 that I think are most relevant.
Firstly I am a very creative person, I love crafts, photography, writing and drawing. Pretty much anything creative and full of colour gets my heart pumping.
Also! Coffee is a massive part of my life I can’t cope till I have had my cup of coffee in the morning. Doesn’t matter what kind of coffee I love exploring new choices and socialising with a brew!

D is for DISNEY

I absolutely love Disney! anyone who knows me will know that! I couldn’t even tell you my favourite character or film, because there’s just too many! I wouldn’t even know where to start! and that’s the truth! at the beginning of this year, we took a trip to Disneyland which was a dream come true, you can read about that here.

E is for EMMA

Emma is my partner, she is my world, so she is definitely part of me. Next year we’re planning on getting married! and this year is a very busy year for us too! We can literally spend hours and days together and we don’t fight. I love the fact that I found love and a best friend in her.

F is for FRIENDS

I am actually referring to the TV show. I literally can’t seem to get bored of watching Friends. I seem to somehow manage to watch this daily. I’ve probably watched the reruns 100 times per episode! and I am not ashamed to admit it. Oh, and yes, I am one of those people who quote Friends.

G is for GLITTER

Glitter is definitely a passion of mine. It does not matter whether it is glittery nails or a phone case, I love to have a bit of sparkle in my life.

H is for HEALTH

Health is a good word for me, my health sucks! Im constantly in hospital, I have LPHS, IBS, PCO and some. My health is something I’m always fighting and it gets me down a lot. But I keep going.

I is for INK

So far I have 4 small tattoos, but I definitely have the buzz for getting inked up! and I am planning to get some bigger ones in the future! Ironically I am shit scared of needles!

J is for JOURNALING

I am a deep thinker. In fact, I overthink, so journaling is a big part of me as well. I love to blog (obviously) and bullet journal and memory keep! which all link well together so I’m passionate about writing my thoughts.

K is for KNOWLEDGE

I am one of those annoying people who always want to learn, in fact, I love to learn new things. Trivia question quizzes are my favourite.

L is for LLAMAS

Ok so it is a toss between llamas and alpacas so I am cheating here slighting because I class them in the same category and I would love an alpaca.

M is for MUSICALS

and I mean broadway baby! I love musical theatre and used to take part in a musical society performing on stage. My favourite musical is RENT!

N is for NAILS

One of my biggest obsessions is my nails! I love my nails looking nice! I own my own gel lamp and I’m constantly ordering new colours on eBay. Hopefully one day I’ll do an official nail gelling course.

O is for Original

Original is something I see myself as I’m pretty certain you won’t meet another me. Well, I bloody hope not.

P is for PINK

One of my favourite colours, of course, it had to be PINK!

Q is for QUIRKY

ok I admit it. I couldn’t think of another word for Q. But quirky is a cool word. I wouldn’t say I’m normal. Or average. I’m just a bit quirky.

R is for READING

I love reading. I can literally have multiple books on the go at once! and that’s not including the ones I have downloaded to my iPad!

S is for STATIONARY

If you have read any of my other blog posts you should know already I am a stationery hoarder and proud. I love my paper and pens with a passion.

Check my post on signs to see if your addicted to stationery like me, here.

T is for TESTS

When it comes to things that I hate Tests are at the top of my list. I have pretty much phobia of tests which has always affected me through school and work! especially the kind of test where its pen and paper. I have total freakouts.

U is for UNICORNS

I have a special unicorn teddy named uni!

V is for VAMPIRES

From unicorns to vampires, That works right? well it does for me, I love Vampire films and stories!

W is for WAITING ROOMS

I feel like waiting rooms are a big part of my life! I’m constantly at the doctors, hospital and other places that have waiting rooms. The bane of my life.

Read my post of how being Ill affects me, here.

X is for ….

Ok, so I have failed for the letter X. There really aren’t many words beginning with x now is there?

Y is for YANKEE

As a candle lover it is no suprise that I have a passion for Yankee

Z is for ZOO

The zoo is one of my favourite places to go to especially as we have Marwell annual passes. Any excuse to go see Rica the sloth.

And there we go. The alphabet of AlexaJade.

If anyone else can think of a word that would relate to me I would love to hear what it is in the comments below.

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