Sunday, 29 November 2009


OK eyes down - here goes - my attempts on instructions for the inside out box. The first one I did I videoed and is here and was based on an oval gift box. This one has been worked on a cylinder which has proved different. It was originally a gravy granules box as you can see from the photo (and yes before you ask I did wash it out first - thankfully it has a waxy coating so it was easy to clean. Remove and dispose of the lid, you then need to cut it in half (this is probably the hardest part of the entire project, trying to get it cut into two equal pieces, on the first one I did, I just had a good guess on this one my other half did some ruler measurements and general mutterings before drawing two lines on it and cutting with a craft knife. Now be warned the knife is sharp and the object is circular - not a great combination - so BE CAREFUL!

Once cut in two, we cut two pieces of grey board to cover the 'halves' and two circles then cut in half for the top and bottom. I adhered this with a fine line of glossy accents and then set too with brown gummed paper (I love this stuff it sorts out any blips), we bought it at an art shop but I have seen another type in a large craft store. You just sponge the gummed side and adhere - alternatively you could do the same with normal paper etc in a paper mache sort of way.

I left it to dry thoroughly overnight and then baby wiped paint onto it all over (two coats in total) but by using the baby wipe it didn't take long to dry!

I then cut three strips of paper, this time I had the sense (and understanding) to use double sided papers, last time I was amazed to find that I could see the white side when I rolled it LMAO and had to do some careful painting, inking etc to resolve the problem - well you live and learn. I cut two pieces at 3cm and one at 4cm (because I liked the fish on the paper - no logic), and trimmed them to seven inches long (yes I know I'm combining imperial and metric - go figure, these measurements will obviously only be any good for this size cylinder). I inked all the edges with broken china ink on both sides so they looked like this. Are you with me so far?

Now this bit might look complicated but its not, the first think to be aware of is that the paper that hugs the circular part of the tube is NOT stuck down to the circular part of the tube as the paper needs to move both ways. Therefore you need to fold over a small edge on the left of the 3cm pieces and on the right of the 4cm piece. Attach double sided tape to the underside and stick down to the pieces as shown below, I'm assuming this is similar to making a Jacob's ladder book as the premise is the same. I did originally consider using ribbon, but to be honest it was slipping too much and I got grumpy with it.

Wrap the paper around the cylinder and fold again, don't fold too tight to the cylinder, give it a little lea way
, my first attempt was a little over zealous and I had to do some adjustments, the second attempt was similar and I ended up with my other half being a second pair of hands to put this together.
Now be aware that on a cylindrical box - the offset is quite noticeable once it's done - but I like this anyway so I don't care - in other words when it's in its normal position from the top it looks like a cylinder when you've rotated it right round it has more of a look of two semi circles slightly offset - I know now I'm waffling however, there are photos below to show what I mean. This isn't as noticeable on the oval box don't ask me why go figure!
Anyway you need to attach the ends of the paper to the other side of the box, this means attaching double sided tape to the opposite side of the paper. If you following what I've done below you'll get it right! The first box I put together I placed the two halves next to each other and stuck the flaps down, this time my other half helped me and we pressed it together like a cylinder, to be honest, there isn't much to choose between them and the first method doesn't need a second pair of hands, so I suggest that one.

Once this is adhered, the outside will look like this

And then rolled around the other way the other way the outside looks like this!

This is the view from the top the way it's made

This is the offset thing I was talked about when it's fully the other way!

You can then decorate the inside with paper (don't go too close to the edge where the paper is stuck if using a cylinder, as the paper needs some room for movement) you can then add photos and journaling, rub ons etc. The key thing to remember is that you can't use any three dimensional embellishments on the rolling part of this - just on the top. I hope you like this project and hope the instructions make some sense, if anyone is struggling and wants my help then leave me a comment and I'll see if I can enhance the instructions. If you do make one, please let me know I'd love to see others interpretations of it!

Wow - it's been a busy weekend, I'm on with loads of Christmas gifts at the moment and today was Christmas pudding day. Every year for the last few years we've made our own Christmas pudding, my other half has started soaking fruit in rum for a Christmas cake so we had that aroma wafting around the kitchen first thing, I on the other hand made the Christmas pudding, a low fat recipe I've had for a few years, it's delicious and takes about ten minutes to put together and fifteen minutes to cook, I only have to add a tablespoon of rum to it over the next few weeks and it'll be fabulous for Christmas day. We've had a better weekend this weekend although it's gone far too fast. I've got a few finished items to put on my blog and I've warned family to stay clear or else, so I'll start putting them on this week. If you pop by to have a look leave me a comment, it's lovely to hear what people think.

Thursday, 26 November 2009


Well it's difficult to try and describe this box, so I've taken some video of it, to try and explain. Originally it was packaging that I just refused to get rid of, I thought I'd sand it and paint it and put something else in it but then I lost the lid so I didn't know what to do with it and it stayed hidden in a box, but then we had a fantastic day out recently and my son bought a calculator, he thought it was really cool (even though the calculator isn't that great) the design of it was fabulous and then a light bulb moment - I'm sure I could turn the box into the same design, so here goes, I have photographed the stages but knew a video would make an awful lot more sense. If you wander along here having a nose and like what you see leave me a message!

Saturday, 21 November 2009


This is the lovely project I did courtesy of Sandy Poppins at my local scrapbook shop, I love doing these projects as they are always really great evenings - even if you don't have time to finish it on the night. The only problem I had with this project is that the original template had pockets and tags on the chipboard pages but I loved the papers so much, that I didn't want to cover them up! So the dilemma was how to use the pockets without covering the papers! My solution - to add more pages in between - which seems to have worked really well.

I love how you can go over the top with Christmas stickles at this time of year and these Blonde Moments papers really do lend themselves to some serious stickling!

Loving Santa, more stickles and more glossy accents!

Inside cover - note stickles on snowman's hat LOL!

Here are the new pages after indexed page, I know they look a little plain at the moment, but once I've added photos and journaling they are going to look awesome! I've put three extra pages after each chipboard sheet in red and green papers, then I've added extra embellishments.

And finally somewhere new for the pockets and tags! The book is already bulky so I'll have to be careful when I add photos and journaling but don't you just love it!

Stickles galore!

Well it's Saturday and it's might grey outside, I hate grey days I feel the need to put on all the lights in the house whilst my other half follows me around turning them off. I've no idea how to get the washing dry, we've already managed a trip to the tip and to the Charity Shop so the pool room downstairs is now almost passable with care!
So what to do with the rest of the day, well my sister is coming over - she's feeling as miserable as me, she's got tickets to go to see Skunk Anansie in Leeds tonight but no-one to go with as her friend who was going has bailed out. She's struggling for Christmas gifts and she's feeling somewhat down, so I've invited her over to see if I can cheer her up - bless her!
And finally, just to show off how talented my little brother us (little he's 6 foot 1 inch - how does that work LOL) - this is a photo of him out at Halloween wearing his Masterchief outfit, all the red pieces you see originally started out as a paper template! The whole outfit has taken months and months of preparation and on it's original outing for a Halloween fancy dress competition it just wouldn't do - but further work on the same led to him being able to wear it out on Halloween night! With the lifts in his boots and the head piece on he measured 6 foot 7 inches tall! Doesn't he look awesome!

Leave him a message if you like what you see - I asked if I was OK to put it on my blog!

Monday, 16 November 2009


White space is one of those things that I don't normally 'do' very well! So when I set to on this one I knew it was going to be a challenge, however I persevered and I'm really pleased with the results. The paper is a K & Company paper, that I've added a Tim Holtz stamp around the edges (couldn't leave it completely blank LOL), I've journalled around the edges of the photos and am overall pleased with the effect.

A busy busy Monday, I've come home exhausted and mentally a little tired so not sure how much crafting is going to be had tonight. I sent a huge photo order off yesterday so can't wait until that arrives as I've got a few projects planned. I'm still trying to finish off my Friday night project as I'm altering it slightly from the original idea and I'm sure I've still got a heap of things on my Christmas list to make and do!

Sunday, 15 November 2009


Well it has to be said that my son and my hubby are like "2 Peas in a Pod" hence the title. In fact at the parent's evening we recently attended the teacher who'd not seen my hubby before was so thrown by it that she lost her thread, she hadn't clocked my other half on the way in, so when she looked up from her notes she was astounded and said how much they look alike! They also have the same sense of humour as can be seen in the photos!

The background paper was duly stamped before I added the photos. I have quite a lot of Vellum papers that could be turned into titles from stacks that I've bought, but I always think I can see the tape even when it's designed for vellum, so with the title on this one I scored it and folded it around backing papers to hide the way it was adhered and it worked lovely!
Had a manic weekend Friday night's project class was fab but hard work trying to squeeze it into the time we had LOL - even though I'm known as a fast scrapper! I finally left at 10pm with a half finished book but it had progressed enough to finish it at home! It was a fabulous class from Sandy Poppins in fact if you want to see the book in question pop along, it's on her blog together with photos of the classes she's been teaching!
Saturday morning was spent trying to sort the upstairs we'd made a huge mess whilst decorating sons bedroom - how does that work - you set to with something that should be simple and straight forward and manage to disrupt the entire house! Saturday afternoon was spent Christmas shopping, then today I've ventured down to my local Scrapbook shop for a good look around - I know I was there on Friday but 10pm was a little late for having a thorough look - so I went down with my son who thoroughly enjoyed himself helping Gill sorting the shop and even did a bit of serving behind the till - in fact so much fun that he didn't want to leave! Thank you Gill he had a great time! So busy busy busy and now a bag of goodies to play with! Mmm what to play with first!

Friday, 13 November 2009


Well this is mighty strange - me posting a single 12 x 12 layout however, I'm really pleased with this one. I used some K & Company papers which I then stamped and coloured in on the edges. The photo was taken whilst on holiday, she was hidden amongst plants in a car park believe it or not and I think she's beautiful, hence a whole page dedicated to the same!

The swirl at the bottom was handcut from K & Company papers, the papers were double sided and the shape was actually on the page, but the colours didn't match the paper or the photos, so once cut out I turned it around and Hey - it works!
Well it's Friday - hurray! I went to work this morning for two hours and came home six hours later! Hey ho, in tray creaking less than it was! Still feeling run down and lack of energy is starting to do me in - well it would if I had the energy to get stroppy about it but I'm off to a project class tonight which means crafting which I love! Hope it's a good night - there's going to be 16 of us - so it'll be busy!

Thursday, 12 November 2009


Another art journal double page, this one was hard work as a prepared it in advance and then didn't know what to do with it LOL. I used images cut from magazines, the 'face' was actually a photo of a planet - but swineflu has robbed me of the memory of which one LOL!

Must learn to stick images down better look at all those ripples - what am I like. The face was the main face from this year's pumpkin, my hubby found inspiration on the internet and I've used some of it to capture this year's 'face' forever in my journal! And yes that is Christmas gold stickles you see - they were on the desk next to me! Maybe the words 'step away from the sparkly stuff'' might be sensible!

Struggled with the title, I pencilled it in, then made it 3-d, then painted over it, then painted over it again, then mixed in some copper paint and repainted it - do you get it now I wasn't happy, then I repainted the 3-d shadow which isn't great but it'll do and finally I made my hubby prize the paint out of my hand!

Basic grey Journey stamp, Blonde Moments star stamp and then a Tim Holtz date stamp! Picture below shows more glittery stickles - maybe I'm just getting festive!

Close up of all those merged stamps, I stamped in saddle brown and expresso and the freehand painted border at the bottom.

Finally returned to work yesterday, not that I'm better I might add but the in tray was full to bursting! So yesterday was a very tiring day, I wonder if my energy levels will return - ever! Still struggling with mojo, but did discuss some new ideas last night with hubby and if we manage to get some chipboard I may just be able to start on them. One idea in particular I'm doing in triplicate so that should prove interesting because although I'm documenting one occasion I'm making it for various people - don't you love these cryptic clues! Mind you I won't be able to make all three the same I never can it just proves too boring so I always insist on varying them! I also need to sort a photo order out so I've got pictures for said present - quite giddy about it though. Also want to do an altered canvas, but want to incorporate a photo, I'm not good enough a painter to paint the contents of the photo, but don't want to make the canvas look like I've simply stuck a photo to it, so having a re-think at the moment!

Wednesday, 11 November 2009


Finally got around to photographing a couple of recent art journal pages in my A3 journal, I really enjoyed this page and love how I can keep returning to them and adding a little more until I feel it is finally done. I used some chipboard letters to create the title by drawing around them and filling them in, I initially wasn't keen on the uniformity of the letters - but they've grown on me!

I used a Tim Holtz time mask on the page and also used some vinyl stickers that can be repositioned so great for using as a mini mask on the page and inexpensive to boot. The large image on this page actually stopped midway up the hair - so I've had to paint in the extra bits - not something I would normally attempt but the growing confidence in art journaling means that I feel able to! Plus I know if I get it wrong I can keep going on it until I'm happy!

I've used both gold ink and broken china distress inks on this page with the masks. I've also painted the outfit as the original image was primarily black

Not doing very well on the mojo front at the moment, it seems to have left the building with the onset of the dreaded swineflu but I'm hoping it's going to return soon - if anyone finds it on their travels I'd love to receive it back! It's so difficult to photograph these pages so I've done a couple of macro shots to show some of the detail - I love it when the pages sparkle - not that you can tell from the photos!

The gold ink although not very strong certainly adds a further dimension to the page.
We had parents evening last night which is always a little daunting but little man's current teacher is great and really made us feel quite upbeat, such a change from the last parent's evening we had when we were told he needed to "toughen up" as he is quite sensitive. His new teacher has taken a different tack and as a result he's stopped being so sensitive and is taking more of an active part in class - just goes to show how important it is to get the right teacher!

Sunday, 1 November 2009


Well here's an altered children's board book, since I've learnt to dismantle and reassemble with my bind it all (courtesy of Voodoo Vixen) I'm much happier with the finished results. I grabbed loads of different papers, in blues and reds.

The original book was quite chunky so I've used inch and quarter wires (which I love) it still needs more ribbons on the wire. I've used red stickles and attached red and white flowers throughout the book.

Together with a few bits of ribbon

I tried to co-ordinate the pages so there was a 'torn' piece of paper on the opposite page to match - if you know what I mean.

I managed to use some papers that I would never think of using with a 12 x 12 layout - particularly the strange random snowmen.

And the presents

Love this page - very Christmassy

After I finished it I stood back to admire the work and then think - who am I going to give it to? Then thought - what about me, a little book for me to document something at Christmas - so this ones for keeps!
I'm currently on with a recipe book and I've just finished another art journal page. So still plenty to keep me busy!
It's the 1st November and I've woken up to a miserable grey sky and rain, other half is supposed to be putting the final shelf inside some wardrobes we've built this morning so I can start filling them, but apparently it's going to be sunny at 3pm this afternoon when said shelf has been scheduled. The room seems to have taken all week (I know it hasn't but it just feels that way) and we're still only part way through.
End of the half term week and my 9 year old has had to suffer the taunts of the kids in the neighbourhood just being mean, he goes to the nearest catholic school rather than the nearest school, so the kids around here don't know him from school and can be quite mean. It's difficult as a mother to stand back but I know he has to learn to fight his own battles - bless him - still doesn't stop me from wanting to step in or give the other kids a dressing down for being mean.
Mind you it's confirmed that my gut instinct to send him to a catholic school was correct with some of the vile comments they've come out with this week, my 9 year old has had to come and ask what they meant. The one that riled me the most and sent me off the deep end was the "Anyone whose over the age of 8 and hasn't got a mobile phone is gay!" - When my little lad came to ask what they meant I explained what it meant to be gay and then ranted that there is absolutely nothing wrong with being gay and that we have friends and family who are and whom he knows. I then went into rant mode about living your life by materialistic items doesn't lead to happiness - don't know how much he took on board but he knew I was cross. When they taunted him again he said "I know what gay means, it's when a man loves another man or a woman loves another woman" that shut the little toe rags up - but then one said "No it means happy" - another moment for me to jump off the deep end. So I asked him "So they were saying anyone over 8 without a mobile phone is happy?" the penny dropped! Honestly it's all just a little too much sometimes. Mind you they all apparently have a mobile phone, including one of them whose 4! I said "who on earth would he want to phone or text at 4!" to which my other half laughed "Can you imagine his texts at 4!" - do parents really think this is appropriate, particularly when we don't know the long term effects of mobile phones - obviously they do! It's definitely been a testing half term. Anyway end of rant - hope everyone's day is brighter than my grey one! Might go and do some of that Christmas shopping today - might cheer me up!