Sunday, 29 April 2007
Saturday, 28 April 2007
Yesterday it was my boyfriend's birthday and I wanted to make him a card (especially since I didn't get him a Valentines card, how bad a girlfriend am I?!). I've got to the point where I would rather not give a card at all if I haven't had a chance to make one - wierd I know. So on Thursday night I sat down for an hour or two after he had gone to bed and put together this scrapbook card commemorating his life at 27. Its quite a pared down design - just stamping from Autumn Leaves and Banana Frog and a few buttons. I would have sewed these on but by midnight on Thursday I could no longer see straight!
Yesterday we had family round to eat birthday cake which was fun too - though our lounge was rammed with everyone in it and the cats were a bit put out - they can manage a couple of extra people without getting stroppy but ten is just pushing it! I'm supposed to be taking part in the UKScrappers Cyber Crop this weekend but to be honest this may prove to be impossible as the weekend now looks pretty packed - typical! Still, it should be fun and hopefully I'll get some nice photos to scrap too.
Tuesday, 24 April 2007
Monday, 23 April 2007
Saturday, 21 April 2007
Friday, 20 April 2007
I have managed to find time to do a bit of crafting though. At a crop on Wednesday night I started a layout which I finished yesterday. Again its for my new growing up album and I'm still trying to find a place for all those garden pictures! This one is of me and my little sister digging up the flowerbeds with our miniature spades (and posing quite happily for the camera by the looks of it too!).
I used scraps of paper to draw and handcut lots of flowers to act as a border for the photo. The only other embellishments are small pieces of green and pink ricrac and a handcut title. The photo is not of excellent quality. When I found the photos in the cupboard at home they were getting a bit damp and some of them even had spots of rust on them! I've had to scan them in and reprint them. But hopefully the strong embellishments hide the faults in the photo and produce a fun layout.
Monday, 16 April 2007
Sunday, 15 April 2007
One of the pre-crop tasks you could take part in was the a-maze-ing swap, making a mini book to send to someone else in the swap and receiving one back in return. I've never taken part in a cybercrop before so quite looking forward to it, though its Ed's birthday that Friday so I may be able to take part in less than I'd like.
My maze books are on the theme of Alice in Wonderland and constructed from just one piece of 12 by 12 card - its a really clever design though I have to say I discovered that folding really isn't my forte! I used quotes printed on acetate and some original illustrations from the story and hid some tags in the little pockets created by the folds.
This isn't my usual style of scrapping - for one thing, I usually work in a much bigger format, almost always 12 by 12. I rarely print my journalling, preferring a handwritten look on most of my work. And there are no flowers or buttons to be seen, which are some of my favourite embellishments and found on most of my layouts (although there is plenty of ribbon, my other fave!).
So it was nice that the project gave me the opportunity to do something a bit different and also to finish something - these got done in the same time it normally takes me to complete a layout. I think I will definitely have a go at a few more mini books - I like the look of the Shimelle Laine Fiskars class and I still plan to make her 'I have something to confess' book too, though I know that class was ages ago now!
So there we are. And now I've got to go shopping for cat food and mark those pesky Year 12 exams that I've been carefully ignoring for so long!
Saturday, 14 April 2007
I recently signed up for an online class by Shimelle Laine. The class required us to be 'nostalgic' and think back to what we wanted to be when we grew up at different stages in our lives. Our first task was to produce a mini book written in the form of a children's story, complete with paper dollies to play the characters. I really enjoyed this project, especially since one of the things I had wanted to be when I grew up was a children's book writer! I am quite pleased with the finished result.
Here are the pages from it...
Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin...In this little book I will tell you the story of a little girl who just didn't know what to be when she grew up and how she came to be the person that she is today...
There was once a little girl who dreamed of being in a rock and roll band. She just loved to sing along to her daddy's records and learned all the words she could. One day, her daddy bought here a little guitar to learn to play. But it just didn't sound like the music on the records when she strummed the strings.
When the little girl got a little bit older, she found that she loved nothing better than drawing pictures of the world around her. She looked at the pictures in her favourite story books and decided she would create her own little characters to tell funny stories about. Maybe she would write books for other children when she grew up?
As the little girl got older still, she discovered that drawing and colouring was just one little way of getting all those pictures out of her head. She tried lots of new things like painting little books, sculpting great big dragons, knitting little dollies and taking lots of interesting photos. She thought she might like to be an artist when she grew up.
But when the little girl got even older and wasn't really much of a little girl at all anymore, she realised that finding out about people and places and the way the world worked was such an interesting thing to do. She wanted to talk about her ideas with anyone who would listen! Perhaps she should be a politician when she grew up?
When the little girl was definitely not a little girl any longer she knew that she had to go out into the big wide world and make her own way. She decided that she would try to teach other children about the things she had learned on her journey and help them to do the best they could on their own journey's through life...
But the girl knew that for her to be truly happy, she should always try to be as creative as she could be, because after all, life has no magic without a little imagination.