Friday, 31 August 2007
Thursday, 30 August 2007
The depressing thing is that all these creative ideas have come just at the time when I am going to have very little opportunity to make the layouts. I'm happy because my weekly Wednesday crop will be back on and I'm looking forward to seeing the girls from there again and to having a dedicated 2 and a half hour stretch to work on pages. But unfortunately a little thing called work is going to get in the way of a lot of my time. Now why do I have to earn a living again??? ;)
Wednesday, 29 August 2007
Tuesday, 28 August 2007
The paper is BG Lollipop Shoppe, the buttons are by Doodlebug Design and the other embellishment bits are from various Little Silver Hat monthly kits (I love the little Summer Days stamp!) I made the little felt flowers using my Big Shot - def a technique I will be trying again!
I'm not sure if I'm totally pleased with it - perhaps I would have done the title differently if I started again but overall I think it achieves the effect I wanted which is the most important thing.
As for the living room, I think I will wait until it is totally finished until I post the piccies of that - just a few more jobs to do now :)
Monday, 27 August 2007
My two Creative Team layouts are up on Rebecca's website so check them out if you like - the link is on the right. And tonight I finished another layout - I'm obviously going through a really bright phase because this one is another one of my 'inyerface' style layouts - I can do more toned down ones, but sometimes I just love piling on the embellishments until the cardstock is groaning :) I will upload it to share tomorrow.
Sunday, 26 August 2007
I may try to do a little scrapping this evening although to be honest I'm so tired I can barely type properly but at least scrapping relaxes me. I've got a few photos printed out which it would be nice to work with so I may just sketch some layouts tonight for them.
Hope to have more to share soon, other than the DIY blues!
Friday, 24 August 2007
I'm pleased that I've acutally got around to starting my cat album which I bought AGES ago! And working in 8.5X11in was different too - you use up SO much less paper that way and you seem to fill a page so quickly. I think thats why I was able to get two layouts done in a day, gotta be a total first for me!
My best friend from uni and her boyfriend are coming to visit this evening which I'm really looking forward to as I haven't seen her for ages. She lives in a gorgeous flat in Brighton right near the sea (jealous? Moi?) and I love visiting her there too. Not sure what we are going to do yet, I'm hoping that the weather might hold and if so risking a barbecue but hey, come on, this is August in England and the minute I start planning something like that the law of Sod will dictate that the skies will open. So plans are on hold for a little bit longer...
Thursday, 23 August 2007
I received my first ever Sarah's Cards kit today which is really exciting - similar colours to the Dream Street Papers I have been working with infact but at least it means I've got plenty of ideas. Can't wait to see what the next kit looks like. I'm really getting into the idea of kits at the moment - while it might not be the cheapest option overall, at least you get to try out a range of different papers and you don't have to search around for matching cardstock either. And I'll just take this opportunity to say thankyou to the lovely Debra who is sending me some unwanted parts of a Cocoa Daisy kit so I can try before I buy if you know what I mean! Been umming and ahhing over whether to sub so we shall see!
This afternoon I also finished another layout about me and my sis, appropriately titled Sisters. I used a sheet of BG Lollipop Shoppe paper and put it together with some bits and pieces from the Little Silver Hat ribbon kit which I subscribe to each month. Its definitely bright but makes for a nice change for me.
The journalling on the strips around the page lists various things about me and my sister that make us who we are but are decidedly different. At the bottom of the page it reads: I love all the differences between us.
I just love this photo of the two of us together taken at the pub a couple of weeks ago and I knew that it was strong enough to carry off the bright colours of the ribbons and flowers.
I'm off to a crop this evening so I'm going to work on some more layouts for the Creative Team I think, if I can get the photos printed off ready. Still got a fair bit of the kit left so should be enough for at least two layouts in there. I'll see what I can come up with!
Wednesday, 22 August 2007
Tuesday, 21 August 2007
Saturday, 18 August 2007
This evening me and Ed went out with my mum and dad to celebrate my mum's birthday which is on Monday. We went for a Thai meal (my favourite) at the best Thai restaurant I've ever been to - if you live anywhere near Sutton you should visit it, you won't be disappointed! I like the fact that the meals are light so you don't get bloated but totally full of flavour - the garlic and pepper beef was my fave :)
We will be driving back to Coventry tomorrow. I had started working on a mini book for the design team before we left so I've got that to finish as well as quickly getting my CJ entry done - I'm SO behind! It shouldn't take too long though as I've printed my photos out and I know what I'm doing - just gotta actually do it! I'll post that on here in the next few days, though the DT mini book will be up on the Rebecca's Scrapbooking Stash website before it appears on this blog. Its based on a trip to the Isle of Wight we took earlier this year and should give people some ideas for scrapping in a very small size.
I still haven't started my book for Shimelle's class but the trouble is I'm enjoying a bit of a creative flurry - I've got all these ideas for layouts in my head and I just want to make them reality before I forget them :)
Wednesday, 15 August 2007
I used Scenic Route Newport papers (which, as with all Scenic Route, are absolutely gorgeous) to cut out random blocks for the background, based on an initial rough sketch. The title is part handcut, part printed on acetate. The stamps I have used are a See D's set, Hats off to You! for the little teapots and a Lil Davis one for the journalling stamp. I've obviously got hooked on the 'embroodling' effect because I decided to use it again here, accentuated with the pearl brads.
The journalling reads:
Sometimes, the only thing that will do is a nice cup of tea! Eastbourne, August 2007
I have now really got to get on with my CJ entry, which is all planned out but needs to be put into action - and then I can work on my mini book for the creative team, which I also have some good ideas for. And I suppose I really ought to find time for some planning for the next school year too at some point! :(
Tuesday, 14 August 2007
Suffice to say, my layout uses some of the photos I uploaded on here recently from our trip to Eastbourne as well as some yummy Scenic Route Newport papers - gorgeous! I also tried out one of my new L'il Davis stamps too. But it looks like you'll have to wait till tomorrow to see it now :-(
My design kit for Rebecca's Scrapbooking Stash arrived this morning and what can I say - the papers are fabby and there are some great bits and pieces in there to make use of too - I've already got started on a little mini book from Sugar Red...
Monday, 13 August 2007
...its going to be a busy week as I get ready to go back down to London to go to our friend Nicola's wedding. Its my Mum and Brother's birthday the week after too so we are planning on going out for a meal to celebrate - I'm hoping for Thai! Or perhaps a nice meal at the Ramblers pub (see pics in post below...). Whatever happens, there are going to be a lot of celebrations, lots of photo ops and plenty of pages to scrap when I get back too :)
Sunday, 12 August 2007
Saturday, 11 August 2007
The layout is about the barbecue we had last Sunday when my brother was visiting. I chose to use some SEI Winnie's Walls papers that I've had for ages, pretty much since I began scrapping in fact! The summery colours are perfect for the layout. I also used some orange paper that I picked up at a class but can't remember the brand.
The little butterflies are stamped using Autumn Leaves and Docrafts stamps, and the main decoration other than that are my beloved pearl brads and TONS of stitching to make the little butterfly trails. All the journalling is handwritten onto orange cardstock and the title is handcut (apart from the bit printed on acetate). I chose to use some of the Small Faces lyrics on my page (I am a massive sixties music fan!) because I thought they summed up the feel of a lost afternoon.
I've got to admit, I don't think I'll be attempting another double layout straight away - they take ages! But they are perfect for when you have a lot of photos to tell a story and you don't want to leave any out.
Friday, 10 August 2007
Thursday, 9 August 2007
I drove down on Tuesday with my brother and was unfortunately unable to avoid traffic jams on the M25 (there are three certainties in life - death, taxes and traffic on the M25) but eventually arrived. That evening I went out for a drink with my sister and friend Nicola who is getting married next week and who I'm helping to do her wedding make up (so no pressure there!). We had a lovely evening at a gorgeous pub called the Ramblers Rest, though unfortunately it started raining so the beer garden was a no no.
Then yesterday my parents, brother and me went down to Eastbourne for the day. I have lots of lovely memories of this seaside resort from my childhood - its so traditional and quaint. The beautiful Beachy Head is just close by, though we didn't get time to go up there yesterday. We enjoyed fish and chips on the beach and a walk on the prom.
When I got back, I went round to visit a school friend of mine for a lovely dinner and catch up over glasses of wine. I hardly get to see my old school friends these days so I really love it when we do get together - no matter how much time passes they still seem familiar to me.
I have been watching the classes on UKS homepage with interest though of course being without stash I have been unable to take part...yet! Will try to do a few when I get back. However, I did start a rather ambitious double layout about last weeks barbecue before I left and I'm desperate to finish that when I get back - I left strict instructions with Ed not to move it and to defend it from the cats till I get back! So hopefully will be uploading that at the weekend too. TTFN!
Monday, 6 August 2007
I used blue cardstock and some Scenic Route Laurel papers which I arranged around the layout to draw the eye around the page. I stamped using my Autumn Leaves Flourishes and Gypsy stamps. The title is created partly using my Ransom Note Alphabet by See D's, partly using a Free Font called Rough Linen which I printed onto acetate and arranged across the top, attaching in place with a few safety pins. The journalling is written into a journalling box stamped using an Autumn Leaves Doodle Tag stamp. Other than that, its just a few red buttons to add interest.
I'm quite pleased with the layout - I may go back later and have a play with the top corner, but the overall effect is what I was after - a bit grungy, a bit funky and full of interest.
Elmo was almost beside herself with the smell of the food and in the end I had to sit her on my lap to stop her from going after the barbecue!
A really lovely way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon, I think you'll agree.
I started another layout yesterday too, the patterned paper and photos are all in place but I'm trying to make some decisions about the title and just can't decide what I'm going to do with it yet. I think printed acetate might be involved somewhere but its going to take some playing around with. So check back later today or possibly tomorrow as I should have finished it by then!
Sunday, 5 August 2007
However, I have promised Ed and my brother Steve to do a barbecue today (it might be the only chance we get!) so I doubt it will be finished tonight. I just spent an hour wandering round Sainsbury's trying to buy barbecue supplies that everyone got to first. Oh well, I'm sure I can improvise! Perhaps I will even post piccies on here of the finished results...
Friday, 3 August 2007
I thought I would just share this tag book I made as part of a swap with my team mates on UKScrappers - I posted it today and it will be divided up to be shared out but this is it in it's entirety. I used some of my Autumn Leaves Gypsy stamps, some Prima daisies and some gorgeous green paper (I'm not sure of the make). A cute little project if you don't have enough time to make a page.
I've had a good idea for my project for Shimelle's class and bought some card for it today - gonna wait and see some of the other ideas before I go ahead and make it though, just in case I change my mind!
Thursday, 2 August 2007
Wednesday, 1 August 2007
I've had a pretty lazy day but have managed to complete a new layout, which is a little different for me being a bit of an odyssey in gold embossing powder. I know, embossing is not my usual style but it was inspired by the gallery of AnitaM over on UKScrappers who is a very talented scrapper and who has a gorgeous gallery - if you're a member, take a look. I will have to upload it tomorrow as unfortunately day to day life gets in the way as I have to go and do some washing and put the dinner on soon.
Still chomping at the bit for the first prompt from Shimelle in her latest class - really want to know the format for our books and choose some photos. So that should be anytime today...