Monday, 29 October 2007
Have a few CJs in the pipeline, another layout for Papermaze's November blog and I think I have some Creative Team stash on the way from Rebecca too, so I've got lots of stuff planned for the next few weeks. God knows when I'm going to get the chance to play with my gorgeous new Back Porch Memories kit - this is a kit from the USA which is lovely - so many papers which I have never seen before, and lovely embellishments to go with them. And yet all they have done so far is sit in the box! Shame on me...
Saturday, 27 October 2007
And here is a link to the shop where you can see more of this gorgeous eye candy.
Thursday, 25 October 2007
A line of sail boats by the promenade:I just couldn't resist this little fella, sitting all alone on the groyne:Lots of inspiration for a good 'seaside in winter' layout!
I'm hoping to go and see my grandad tomorrow, he is still very poorly so it will probably only be a short visit but I want to and give him a big hug while I get the chance.
Just a quick congratulations to Anna who won second prize in the Scrapbook Magazine's scraplift challenge - well done girl! x
Wednesday, 24 October 2007
Tuesday, 23 October 2007
The papers are by Gin-X from the August Sarah's Cards kit, and I made my own paper too by scanning the pages from my copy of Wuthering Heights (I love the idea of using torn book paper, but unfortunately I can't actually bring myself to tear up a book, its like sacrilege). The hearts are part stamped (using Autumn Leaves stamps), and partly chipboard using a Cuttlebug die. The bits of lace and ric rac are from my Little Silver Hat subscription kit.
The journalling reads:
A night to dress up, have fun, and be ourselves without the men!
A night to share our secrets and enjoy a bit of 'us' time.
A night to boost a lovely girl's battered self esteem.
A night to enjoy our friendship.
I am really pleased with the page now it is finally done, though its a bit delicate and I think I will have to come up with a way of gluing some of the bits down a bit more securely!
I am certainly enjoying my half term holidays - Ed is off today and tomorrow too which is great (though we did spend part of the morning arguing over new baths, designs of tiles and underfloor heating!). I'm off to visit mum and dad for the rest of the week, so no scrapping time but it will be great to catch up with my family again.
Saturday, 20 October 2007
We found out about the results so late that I had totally given up hope of winning - I had imagined that they would want our layouts to feature and there wouldn't have been time to send those. So when I got a phonecall from Rosie Waddicor after a long day at work whilst waiting for at the hospital for an appointment I'm afraid I was a bit glass half empty and thought it was something to do with the first layout I had ever sent in for the Reader's Gallery (for the Jan issue I think) - I imagined it had been crushed in the post or something similar. So poor Rosie was a bit suprised by the downhearted way I answered the phone! Suffice to say I was thrilled by the news - I had had a really bad day and that definitely turned it round for me! I've had loads of lovely prizes, not sure where I'm going to put half of them, and its really given me a boost about my work - I have now been submitting for the Reader's Gallery regularly, and have taken on more Design Team work too. In fact, Scrap Paper Scissors (the Papermaze blog) have got a profile of me today - lots of random facts you may never have wanted to know, as well as some information about the way I scrap. Please forgive the appalling pictures of my scrapping space, those who read this blog regularly will know I don't really have one, and I didn't fancy taking pictures of the floor where I scrap!
I will share the layout created for Papermaze recently on this blog later - its one of my faves of the moment, I just love the colours.
Wednesday, 17 October 2007
Tuesday, 16 October 2007
Sunday, 14 October 2007
Saturday, 13 October 2007
The sexy close up....
The shot from above...Ed tryin out a funky camera angle...The 'I think I've had enough now' look...Thanks Colin, I love my new look!
I'm hoping to get some more scrapping done tonight as of course, England are playing rugby and Ed has invited his Dad round to watch. Now football I just about get - I was brought up going to my brother's many Sunday football matches and it can even get exciting. But rugby, I'm afraid not. Maybe I came to it too late - I never attempted to watch it till I was with Ed. But it just makes no sense to me - the brawling, the blood, the blatant attempts to hurt each other - and its a gentleman's game don't you know? Well, I used to work at a bar where there was a regular Rugby lads drinking circle and there was definitely nothing gentlemanly about them! So I have yet to be convinced...
Thursday, 11 October 2007
I have SO much to do - loads of housework unfortunately, layouts to post, school books to mark and DT work to do. I have completed a few projects recently which I can't wait to share but they have to go up on the Papermaze blog first. I may however be able to officially share the layouts I did for Rebecca's Scrapbooking Stash with you soon - you may already have seen them but will be good to get them on my blog too. At the weekend I may even try to scrap something that isn't intended for a DT - that way I get to show it to you first!
Wednesday, 10 October 2007
So its been a very emotional and shattering couple of days, I've spent a large amount of it driving up and down the country and the rest feeling tearful and weepy. But I'm staying positive about it, and have to get back to normal for work tomorrow. Please keep your fingers crossed for him!
Sunday, 7 October 2007
As I said yesterday, I followed the same format as my first CJ, mainly due to time constraints as its difficult to come up with a new idea quickly but I really like the effect and I think its different enough in style and colour from the original to avoid being too samey. It will be great to see what people come up with for each of the months, I'm really looking forward to getting my September pages done now.
I may even try to finish off the pages for my Learn Something New Every Day journal - it kind of stopped about a week before the end because of crazy business at work but I really want to complete it properly. I have lessons for most of the days I missed so its just a case of getting them down on paper now.
I'm suffering from a bit of a mega hangover today - I drank far too much wine last night but had a fantastic evening with my friends. God bless Nurofen!
Saturday, 6 October 2007
I'm finding the postal strike a bit of a pain at the moment - not that I'm against the postal workers making a stand as very few people bother to do that these days and it was annoying to find our local Post Office had shut down. However, it does mean that the little book I'd bought to make a CJ probably won't arrive till Weds if I'm lucky. And seeing as the first swap was meant to be next Thursday this will be a bit of a problem :/. I'll have to see what the other girls say but I may have to drop out of this one :(
I did however manage to make a CJ for another class that I go to (I think EVERYONE is making CJs at the moment - god knows how I'm going to keep up!) and I'm quite pleased with the results. As I had about two evenings to make that one too I decided to follow the formula of my last CJ, but alter the colours and papers. I will take some pictures of it in a bit and upload it to share.
I did manage to receive some lovely goodies in the post from Vanessa at Papermaze - gorgeous papers for my contribution to the Design Blog (if you haven't had a look yet, make sure you do, its fab). I have some SEI and American Crafts to work with so if you like those ranges make sure you check out the blog in November.
This evening I'm off with the girls for a meal out (as all our men are out on a band job - you might remember the marching band that Ed is involved with). We are going to a fabby restaurant in Coventry called Flamingos - its like a modern Indian restaurant which blows the normal curry houses out of the water with its food - its SOOO good! So looking forward to that, and hope to take some good girlie pics too :)
Wednesday, 3 October 2007
Tuesday, 2 October 2007
I don't seem to be getting anywhere near the normal amount of scrapping done either - its not like I've got loads of DT work to do or anything, but normally I will be working on something for at least a half hour each night. Not so this week. I think I really need a break from work. Big time.
I did manage to finish a layout last night however - its been sitting on the floor unfinished for ages, but too dark to photograph now so I will do that tomorrow. In the meantime, I think I need to chill...now where is that bottle of wine!
Monday, 1 October 2007
There will be new posts several times a week too so make sure you add it to your favourites. In the next few weeks you'll get to see a profile of the Design Team members including some very random facts about me which I emailed to Wendy yesterday! Hope you enjoy x
In other news, I had a fabby time in Brighton with my friends and have loads of photos for future scrapbook pages too! I feel like I really recharged my batteries which is definitely what I needed. Off to finish a layout now, but then my attention must really turn to new CJs...