Friday, 30 November 2007
First up, Looby's challenge to have a celebration theme - the photos here are of a leaver's day assembly at Fish's playgroup for the kids off to 'big school' (taken back in June) - I reckon that's a celebration. Of course, as this kit is chock full of yummy crimbo papers and embellies, a quick switch to a christmas pic & it's a different kind of celebration!
Next, the sketch is by the fabulous Wendy Rago, for this week's Pencil Lines challenge (sketch #60). It is also a DT sample for this Saturday's challenge over at Journaling Junkie - but I'm not letting on what the actual challenge is! You'll have to visit the journaling junkie blog on Saturday to find out! LOL
Wednesday, 28 November 2007
The second layout, featuring yet more photos of my gorgeous baby boy, uses the stamps on the oversized photo mat. I've also stamped a spare piece of the plain cardstock and die cut the letters from it. I've just got one of these gorgeous new tool bags (at 40% off!), which come filled with fabby tools - & the trimmer is PINK!!! - anyway, the point is that it comes with a fastenater. I hadn't bothered getting one as, well - it's a stapler! LOL Anyway, turns out that you can get tons of different bars for it - and obviously they're alterable (what isn't?). I've just used a plain one (at the top & the bottom of the strip), which come with it but I'm gonna be getting loooooads more!!
Papers are American Crafts; poinsettia from the poundshop bargains a couple of weeks back; HOTP Big Brad & rub on.
Oooooh! Only three more posts 'til blog candy!!
Tuesday, 27 November 2007
I find it much harder designing cards for the little ones to make. There's so much more to consider and I end up using lots of materials that I'd usually avoid - think sequins, epoxy stickers and printed greetings (still not a peel off in sight! LOL). The other thing is I'm a bit of a fan of the little touches that make a card 'pop' so keeping it simple means no ink, penwork, minimal layers - nightmare!
Anyway, Di comes to the rescue (again!!) & the bottom two piccies show a couple of designs made from this week's sketch (Nov. #3) - I have to say that even without the ink & the fabulous,
Monday, 26 November 2007
Will have stuff to share later today - lots of stuff. But right now I have to go clear my craft space ready for the big move!
Friday, 23 November 2007
Tuesday, 20 November 2007
First: remember this calendar? The top photo shows the board as it is now. There's still lots to do with it until it's finally finished tho'. All supplies, including the ribbon & flowers are by Daisy Ds but they are a mix from several, mostly old ranges. I keep all my old papers organised by colour rather than manufacturer - these happen to mix really well together.
The second photo is of a layout that I should have finished today. I got distracted by the yummy new HOTP Winter Swirls stamps & didn't get it finished. Of the 10 stamps in the set, I have so far used 7 on this page. The title & journaling, plus a few accents, still need to be added but I thought I better get it on to give tomorrow night's class an idea of what we'll be doing! LOL. Maybe I'll get a full post on tomorrow night!
Sunday, 18 November 2007
AND I get to keep this fabulous blinkie - forever - so much better than a Blue Peter badge (do they still have those?)Fabulous huh?
Made loads today but nothing I can share. I'll be back tomorrow with something tho'.
Friday, 16 November 2007
So there it is! On time (early, in fact!!) The sentiment doesn't show up so well in the photograph, it says 'Wish'.
The second card I made for Di's October #5 sketch challenge but I didn't get around to blogging it in time (are you seeing a pattern here yet!)It's just a couple of paper scraps from the Snowflakes & Holly kit& a cardstock sticker - Daisy D's again. I've sanded the paper edges & inked everything up. Really quick & easy! LOL.
Thursday, 15 November 2007
The journaling reads: This body is almost forty years old and has been through six pregnancies. It has been sizes 10 to 20 and everything in between. It has a crooked smile and a nose that's a little too big. This body is mine and it fits me perfectly. I love the skin I'm in.
The papers are from HOTP & Bo Bunny's Homespun Holidays - so it's another non-Christmas layout using Christmas papers! I used EK success retro flower punches to make the flowers, doodled the edges with a black vellum writer & a white sharpie. the flower centres are red buttons & twinkle gems. I don't have any journaling stamps (yet!) so I made the dotted lines with a white sharpie & a ruler & stamped brackets from the HOTP Thinga-ma-jigs clear stamp set - I think it's pretty cool! LOL.
Cards coming next!
Wednesday, 14 November 2007
Tuesday, 13 November 2007
*What is your ideal atmosphere to scrapbook in?
I am fortunate to have the biggest classroom above the store & I scrap there in the same amount of space that 8 students use. There's a store room that joins it & I keep all my stash there. The amount of light is amazing so I only use artificial lighting at night.
* What inspires you to scrapbook? (a color, a photo, certain paper, particular people or subjects, books...)
I'm gonna be predictable and say all of the above. I have to scrapbook for classes anyway (it's a tough job but someone has to do it! LOL) but I find the more I do, the more inspiration I have to do more.
* Where do you go to seek creative inspiration (websites, magazines, etc..)
My DT always inspire me, so does Di Hickman. I blog-hop a bit too & visit challenge sites - checking out the blogs of other challenge participants always throws up something inspirational - there's a lot of talent out there. Manufacturer websites are great too!
* How do you keep track of the pages or projects you want to copy? (I hate spending an hour flipping through a magazine trying to find that picture I saw 2 months ago that now I want to copy.)
I don't scraplift - apart from once, when I based a layout on one of Kirsty Wiseman's. But that was over a year ago now. I do keep a selection of A4 ring binders with altered projects etc and techniques that I want to try. I do tend to find though, that if I don't do it straight away (within a week or so) then I've forgotten about it and moved on to the next thing. The binders are one of the things likely to go in my current clean up!
* What do you do to jumpstart your creativity when you've got scrapper's block?
I do quite a lot of online challenges but that can be a double edged sword. I use a lot of sketches in challenges, so coming up with my own designs is sometimes hard. Also, you have to be careful what you use the sketches for. Some designers don't allow theirs to be used for magazine, class or DT work - others, like Di, do so long as the proper credit is given.
So when I'm stuck, I might turn to one of Di's sketches but I'll often just take a bunch of stash & play. The secret is to give yourself permission to create something really awful - you can always bin it & no-one need know! LOL. I tend to find if you work through it like that, the end results are not as bad as you think & you do get inspired to do something else. The biggest obstacle to scrappers block (or any block - I used to suffer terribly from writer's block!) is sitting thinking about what you're gonna do - you have to just get on with it, have a play & wait for it to pass - & it will pass, I promise!!
Monday, 12 November 2007
For this one, the card front is folded back, so that half the front & the inside are decorated. DCM's challenge is to use corrugated card - the die cut stocking is cut from the mini corrugated, coloured craft card & the white is simply trimmed & stuck over the top of the red. It is then mounted on the front with foam tape so that it hangs over the folded edge. The papers are DCWV - all the other bits were scraps from my stash.
Sunday, 11 November 2007
But this is more than a one-challenge layout, oh yes indeed!! I have fitted in all 3 Sisterhood of Scrap challenges - the Monday challenge (use 10 pieces of chipboard); Saturday's sketch & the Texas Hold 'Em challenge! AND, it also works for Arty Girlz 'bling' challenge; Shary's 'buttons, bows & brads' challenge; GPP Street Team's 'Muse' & MagikDiva's 'Use a Word'. It would also have qualified for the OLW challenge but I'm about 36 hours too late! Never mind, it'll have to be a seven challenge layout! LOL.
- Thursday challenge - as explained!
- Sister's Monday Challenge: 10 pieces of chipboard. I could have just used a longer title (10 letters) but that seemed a bit obvious, so I raided my stash & I used a mix by heidi swap, karen foster, TLC, & a few die cut bits. The clock is a piece cut from a whole one, inked red and a black hand (seperate piece) inked black & stuck on top. There are two arrows - both inked & written on, three alpha charms - I inked the white one & doodled on all three. The title is mounted on a chipboard tag, covered with co-ordinating paper & the black circle is mounted & painted with black acrylic (I found that in my stash left over from a previous project), the last piece is the heart buckle - die cut, covered with mulberry paper & inked black & red. I hope they like it - I REALLY want to be their sister! LOL
- Sister's Saturday sketch - self explanatory - the examples on their site are for cards but I like it for a LO.
- Arty Girlz - use bling. It might be subtle bling - but it's there nonetheless. 2 sizes of red twinkle gems (I use these soooo much cuz they are self adhesive!) on the clock hand & the curved arrow - plus the two brads securing the initials at the top - red metallic - I count that as bling!!
- Shary, from my own DT, set this week's challenge to use at least one button, brad & bow - brads as mentioned above, square buttons on the flower to the bottom left and a larger one at the end of the curved arrow. I have a faux bow (hope that counts) tied through the hole in the chipboard alpha charm that's the first letter of my title.
- GPP's Street Team Crusade #14 - what or who inspires you? this didn't have to be a piece of artwork - it could have been a regular blog post - but my little man inspires me every day & that has to be worth a layout!
- MagickDiva's use a word - my word is 'delight'. Fish (DS4) delights in everything he does, all the time, every day. That is why he is my constant source of inspiration & that is why I delight in him!
Hope you like it!!
I had hoped to get a photo of the Heron that sits on the roof of the house opposite mine - but Fish (DS4) kept squealing and scaring it away! So that story will have to wait for another day!
I took this photo about 6 weeks ago. DH was working nights and there was just me & Fish at home when I noticed this most fantastic sunset. So we grabbed the camera & rushed outside to get a photo. My camera is a dead basic 'point & shoot' job - cost about £30, so it's nothing flash & has no functions to speak of. And I'm no photographer - just a point & click snapper! LOL. Neither do I have anything but the most basic photo editing software - I can crop photos & pick a size to print - but that's it.
You know what? I like it like that! It does mean that when I take the occasional fabulous shot, I appreciate it all the more. And I love to scrap bad photos - there's a down to earth 'real' quality that I love about them! LOL.
Anyway, I digress! I took the photo, showed it to Fish on the PC - and then scrapped it in the same week, which almost never happens! The spooky thing is that a friend came into my store & recognised that sunset - they had taken a photo too!
Gotta go to the store now to do Thursday's layout challenge - and get it posted today, so I'll definitely be back later! LOL
First up: my fave tip. Ooooh! this is sooo hard! You kinda assume that everybody knows the same stuff you do, so what to put?
My Tip is TEA BAGS!! A definite must for every crafter! LOL. Not only can you drink tea, but a solution of cold tea is great for ageing ribbon & lace. You can also rub them directly on to papers for some fab ageing effects - just make sure they aren't too wet if you don't want the paper to wrinkle.
Next: My top blog links. Limiting this to 3 is kinda tough too - but these are the places I visit most (other than Sisterhood of Scrap - y'all have that bookmarked, right?)
Di Hickman - I love her blog & there's plenty of challenges & inspiration there. She's an expat - so I like to see how she's doing across the pond. Weekly card sketches & a monthly scrap sketch - & free digi downloads if that's your thing!
Pam Sandy - a fellow tutor at My Creative Classroom. She has some amazing stuff on her blog & has links etc for free places on her acrylic ornament album online class & a free wall hanging class. There's a great ribbon RAK too, if you get over there quick! I love Sandy - she's a fun & supportive buddy - soooo lucky to know her!
You'll want to sign up for the MCC newsletter too - there'll be a whole bunch of new free classes during our official launch week in January 2008 (not long to go now!)
Not sure whether this is cheating - but I reckon you'll want to check out Blog 'Til You Drop too! This is my store blog, where my DT hang out & issue a fabulous challenge every Saturday. We have a monthly prize too & our challenges are open to all crafters. The DT post new projects every day, so there's always some new & fabulous inspiration there!
OK, so that's two of the challenges sorted - 3 done, 2 more to go!!
Wednesday, 7 November 2007
The second card stands up as shown in the photo - but folds flat for posting. Papers, rubs & tags as for the accordian card but with one of these bargain poinsettias & a button from this pack.
Look out for news of some free online classes coming in the next day or so!!
Tuesday, 6 November 2007
This layout is for Texas Hold 'Em, which I'm playing over at Sisterhood of Scrap all week (& there's even more yummy Daisy D's to win there!). It's a new challenge every day to get extra cards to make your winning poker hand - so fun!Today's challenge was to use a two word title & a round embellie! Had I thought, I could have got an extra 2 bits of chipboard on there & completed the Monday challenge too! but no matter - I have managed to fit in another challenge or two.
Anyway, the papers are from the Sugarplum Paisley collection, which although Christmas themed are mostly just Christmas colours - so great for all those pics of my little angel! I've also used flowers, rubs & a button from other Daisy D's packs. On top of that, there's a whole bunch of buttons from my stash, micro dot twinkle gems & I made my own glitter chipboard by die cutting letters & dipping in ultra fine glitter (which I'm still dusting off my jeans! LOL.) The 'bling' satisfies the challenge at How Much Is Too Much - but I need to join Two Peas first (& I'm tired, so it'll have to wait 'til tomorrow!) & the number (top right) qualifies for MagickDiva's Thursday challenge. I've used a date stamp vertically on the #1 to give the full date - I don't use it often: it's one of those old fashioned things like they used to use in libraries - one of my 'pound shop' finds from last year!
Monday, 5 November 2007
Anyway, all the papers were inked up with plenty of black ink - this is the one I prefer - I covered the whole thing with green paisley & then attached the strip of snowman paper - I tore the edges so that the white core was not visible. The lace is threaded with a strip of plaid paper & attached with DST - I trimmed a 'v' over each screw hole so the lace didn't snag when re-attaching the pegs. I've sandwiched a small flower between each peg & the board & then added small poinsettia & snowflake rub ons to the top of each one. The tag cluster is a large chipboard tag (I die cut my own) decorated with papers and rubs, the ampersand is a cardstock sticker (I doodled the edges to look like stitching and the other tags are from the die cut sheet. I journaled 'Dear Santa please stop here, I've been very good this year, love from Auryn' over 2 tags ('Santa' is a rub on), threaded with a thin plaid paper strip and then attached through the bottom hole in the ampersand. A tiny strip of the lace is knotted through the tag hole & then the tag cluster is attached between the first and second pegs. Finally, the poinsettia is attached in position.
Sunday, 4 November 2007
My mum took this photo of Auryn & the boy next door a few weeks ago - such a lovely shot that I've been dying to scrap it for days!! I like to use a lot of embellishments on my personal stuff (can't do it for classes where budget comes into play!) and I find the easiest way to do that is to add lots of layers - like the flowers on the chipboard letters and the bits that overlap the photo. You can get lots on like that without it looking too cluttered. Hope you like it.
Friday, 2 November 2007
So here's the story: In the hundred years or so that I've been scrapping, I've never done a layout of me & my four boys - and mostly there are no photos of us all together, save for the odd group photo at weddings etc., (and they always have loooooads of other people in them too). So I picked my fave photo of each of my lads & one of the few photos of me as an adult (there are few photos of me - full stop!) This is the result.
You may notice that me & my lads all tend to prefer darker colours, black mostly, which is great for putting this page together - it makes it so much easier to pick your background colours. I love these autumn shades & the blocks, stripes & jade give it a sense of fun I think. It did go against the grain a bit cutting strips for the woven background (I'd usually use scraps!) but I wanted to have a bit of fun with layering - both the papers and the embellies. The felt flowers are from a strip of Queen & Co. Felt Fusion, which cuts apart beautifully. I've used a strip to underline my title & individual flowers as accents. If you click on the picture you can get a better look at the two embellie accents: the layered flower at the bottom & the sticker embellie in the top right. I don't often use stickers but they were in the kit, Daisy D's ones (to die for) - so what the hey! LOL
I also got to play with my newest acquisition - white Sharpies! This is simply the best white pen I have come across - fabulous for journaling & stays soooo white - I guess I'm gonna be using it alot! LOL. Can't imagine how I managed so long without one.
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