Friday, 31 July 2009

GLIMPSES OF A GIFT IS ALL I CAN GIVE YOU

Well today I can only post little snippets of what I've been up to this week, this is because it's a gift for one of my fantastic cousins who has just had her first baby. I was unsure what to make because I'd made her sister a gift who also had a baby recently and didn't want to make the same so I just started playing with paints one afternoon and then bits of paper and before I knew it the gift was done. Its currently sat on my worktop but needs some careful wrapping and then sending off in the post today so it gets to her. I hope she likes it, I must admit I'm really pleased with it! And I love the blue - it's out of an acrylic paint set of my son's that he doesn't use any more (because he finished the canvas he got to use the paints on), it is such a positive colour! So other than the colour what else can I tell you - well there's glossy accents and ink.

Bead and wire work!

Die cuts and torn paper

Home embossed chipboard shapes

And all sorts of other delicious items! I promise to post full pictures once it's received

Anyhow I'm going to toddle off now! Hope everyone is having a great day!

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

LITTLE MAN'S TRAVEL JOURNAL!

Well as promised the other travel journal I've prepared in advance of our holiday, this one is based on a folded paper bag book, with hard covers and bound with my trusty BIA on 1 1/4" wires which means we can add plenty to the book and it should still close!

My little one's only request is that it be blue and turquoise, I've used an inking brayer inside with some Tim Holtz distress inks to take the card stock from plain to unique! Then added strips of an old pack of papermania paper -think this is the first paper pack that my other half bought me and i've still got bits of it left although supplies are now getting officially thin!

Inside there is a single sheet of card and then you turn over to the folded paper bag, with card stock on the outer covers and a tag inside, I've opened up both ends of the paper bag book so it takes twice as many tags, I've used three paper bags in total!

The little embellishments are out of a pack I've had forever and never thought I'd use they were in a travel pack of papers I bought, it's amazing how by cutting them, inking them and popping them on the page they really make a difference!

I'm really pleased with the front page, I wanted it to look slightly grungier and make it look like the stamped parts of passports where the ink is never quite the same, overall really pleased with it - although he refuses to let me put ribbon on the wire! I'll take away a writing pad, let him write up on that and then stick with DST that I'll take with me, we'll probably add some postcards as well!





Tuesday, 28 July 2009

OFFCUTS AND MATCHING BOX

Well I posted a lovely mini project the other day which was a landscape take on Voodoo Vixen's organiser (two days ago me thinks - scroll down to find it) and got my dear husband to make a matching box for it to sit in - which he kindly did, so after some pink paint, distress inks, a little stamping here's the finished article. The first shows the box inside and the top of the lid...

Then this one shows the inside of the box and the inside of the lid, I did a row of stamping on the inside of the lid which I didn't like so an extra piece of paper and a bit of ric rac sorted that little issue out!

But then I'm always left with a load of offcuts, which usually just get put into my scraps box - but this time I thought I'd try and use some of the scraps up - now anyone who knows me knows I don't profess to be any good at card making - this is primarily because I only ever use offcuts from my scrapbooking LOL but I'm quite happy with these, the first is an anniversary card.

I haven't decided on the second one as sometimes I put a greeting on it and then decide it would have suited a better purpose LOL.

Then a group shot of the four finished cards, like i said I'm really quite pleased with them, but now I've run out of the gorgeous Blonde Moments pages - feels like the end of an era - I've always had some Blonde Moments in my stash - mind you word has it the gorgeous Dyan is on with designing new papers - can't wait!

Got a few other things bubbling in the scrapping pot at the moment, so I'll post as they are done - trying to up my total postings before the end of July LOL - mind you off to work today - boo hoo - figures and numbers only - no pretty paper!

Sunday, 26 July 2009

TRAVEL JOURNAL - ONE DOWN ONE TO GO!

Well - late posting on Sunday night again! This is getting to be something of a habit! I usually take a big notebook away with me on holiday and spend two weeks craving some scrapping time but not this year, taken a leaf out of other scrappers books and made myself a travel journal.

Amazingly the first challenge I set myself was to use lots of papers that I don't like, now don't get me wrong I don't normally buy papers with my eyes shut, but sometimes those little thumbnails on the internet simply don't show you the papers to the fullest extent, I remember getting most of these papers and being so disappointed, I thought they'd possibly been designed for a 6" x 6" paper and then enlarged to make the 12" x 12" papers and therefore lost their clarity - to say I wasn't happy with them was an understatement. But I truly believe any paper no matter how old, or disappointing can grow from the ugly duckling so that was my challenge - now its done how do I feel about it - well I think having added a couple of co-ordinating papers I've managed to make a more than presentable book!

I've stamped some blank cream card stock offcuts with swirls and flourishes and edged the papers in black soot distress ink (one of my new favourite inks by Tim Holtz) throughout the book to write down things that happen.

I've used an assortment of stamps throughout the book - pretty much whatever took my fancy!

Lots of offcuts and a little bit of ribbon!
Some fabric flowers bought in one of those cheap pound shops and dismantled!

Found a cool 'journey' stamp that I'd forgotten I'd got and used lots of ribbons that I'd cut out of new tops I've bought for the holiday - I never see the point in those ribbons in tops - apart from providing us scrappers with embellishments LOL!

The inside back cover's got a pocket with extra tags inside! So all done - just got to make one for my 8 year old now - trying to encourage him with the writing side of things!

Saturday, 25 July 2009

I LOVE HOW DESIGNS EVOLVE - DON'T YOU?

Well my statistics show that I've only done two postings in July, now I grant you that they were massive postings but two! - weekend to catch up me thinks! Feeling quite reflective at the moment, not sure why - get like that sometimes - then I look for a bit of inspiration in the world around me. I've a couple of inspiring blogs that I follow that always lift my spirits and I love to look out for life's little prods - you know the ones - they arrive in front of you and you knew they'd be there to teach you little lessons in life. We seem to run full tilt all the time from one day to the next, from one week to the next - never quite grasping the need to slow down and chill out. A school friend asked on facebook the other day how to feel less 'middle-aged' and most of the answers were alcohol related which made me giggle but then got me thinking - how do we feel less stressed out, how do you take life slower, how do we stop ourselves growing up! So I stopped just for the day, to notice the little things, the blue skies above (between the grey rain clouds) I watched the enjoyment in my 8 year old to explore an interactive museum, I watched giant lady bugs on a huge screen and was amazed and that little tiny lives that go on round us, I witnessed a new structure in the local city and was impressed, I wandered a foreign market and listened to the chatter, I saw a lady with an umbrella sing to all those around - why because she can! I met my hubby for lunch and had a coffee. I came home and scrapped, yesterday was a good day!

Now for the scrapping - not sure if it's just me but I love to take designs and alter them to fit a new requirement, the book below is based on Voodoo Vixen's organiser (Annette) http://scraphappenshere.blogspot.com/2009/06/instructions-for-organiser.html which was a fantastic project. However, the first time I made it I knew I wouldn't get the full use of the notebook so changed mine to a mini book! This time I'm dealing with loads of landscape photos and to do them justice I really needed to spin the book around. It took some thought to get my head around it - but hey it worked. So front cover

Inside cover showing the blank minibook, I love the pink, black and white colour combination!

Right hand side of the book consists of pockets, with two pull out tags and two tags in the front pocket.

The minibook in all its detail - forgive the BIA offcuts and pedometer in the picture LOL - it was very late at night that i finished it!

The whole book

Off for a bit of blopping now before I start my day!

Sunday, 19 July 2009

SCRAP LIKE YOU MEAN IT - THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE

Well I haven't been involved in the scrap like you mean it challenge - not sure why I love UK Scrappers, I love Shimelle's website and I love challenges I think I just got intially behind and decided it wasn't for me - so on week 27 I decided I needed yet another impossible challenge - the challenge TO CATCH UP - so for all of you out there saying you can't and it's not possible, just grab your photos and paper and basically get on with it! Just over a week ago I joined the challenge, I hadn't picked up a photo, a sketch, an idea, a piece of co-ordinating paper - nothing - one week on - I'm caught up - so you think I sit at home not working, or a stay at home Mum (with an incredibly well behaved child!) - nope none of that, this last week, I've done 30.35 hours of a 25 hour week, taken child to school, breakfast club, after school club, football practice, water polo, taken the car for an MOT, dropped husband at tram station, been to cinema to watch latest Harry Potter, etc - generally had the usual mad week that we all have to deal with. So here goes - eyes down no confering

Week 28 - needle and thread - my favourite - no excuse!

Week 27 - Scrap a happy story - you can't get much happier than a wedding! Congrats Clare and Paul the day was awesome! -When do I get the invite to discuss what you fancy for a wedding album?

Week 26 - Stickers - Believe it or not but the title, and additional flowers are stickers - love this photo - love it I tell thee!

Week 25 - Blue and Green - easy - love the colour combo

Week 24 - Using felt - bit of the felt ribbon going on with this awesome layout!

Week 23 - Self Portrait - one of me with a bit of quirky journalling!

Week 22 - Sketch - Minamilisitic - I love this photo of my sister and niece absolutely beautiful! As always!

Week 21 - Song Title - my husband and and son are simply amazing!

Week 20 - Using a pen - not a problem with the recent layouts I've produce but with this one - not a problem at all - love it! love it! love it!

Week 19 - Lift a page from SLYMI - now I know the idea was to pinpoint but I've been catching up so I'll link later - but love it anyway!
Week 18 - Outdoors - an outdoor fire that we had early summer - absolutely awesome

Week 17 - Lace and layers - no lace in stock - so layers will have to be your lot!

Week 16 - Scrap in the morning - a complete lie, I scrap morning, noon and night whether I'm sat at my scrap table or not - so Scrap in the morning - not a problem

Week 15 - Scrap on the edge - didn't think this would work but work it does - love these challenges Shimelle - even when I'm on catch up

Week 14 - Scrap something hidden - a couple of photos hidden under the main one

Week 13 - Stamps - when a layout might seem lost and doomed a stamp can resurrect it like a pheonix from the ashes!

Week 12 - Sketch - love sketches -completely awesome

Week 11 - Fabric - not very good at yo yos, not very good at yo yos sticking to the page - but hey another week done!

Week 10 - Funny Face - love this photo from Clare and Paul's wedding!

Week 9 - Punch - used a subtle punch on the edges of the embellishment on this layout - completely awesome!

Week 8 -Cut a photo - one of the last on my catch up and one of the hardest, I'm used to cutting photos to centre subject but to cut to the image - completely alien - still love the finished effect!

Week 7 - Old Photo - I know it's only a couple of years old but its great to document something I've been meaning to document for ages!!

Week 6 - Use Ribbon - never a problem - love using ribbon

Week 5 - Black and White - using a paper I haven't really liked since I got it - but hey - to meet the challenge, cut the paper, stick it down and then you love it!

Week 4 - Sketch - love it love it love
Week 3 - Chipboard - the little sensible line along the top really made this!

Week 2 - Stars - not a trouble! - love stars

Week 1 - Favourite colour - black and pink at the mo!

So there you go - scrap like you mean it from week 28 - not a problem, a few photos, some cool papers and a little time and before you know it its done! Hope you enjoy - I had a blast! See you soon