Thursday, December 27, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Well I am the December dreamgirl for Dream Street papers. I was sent a very generous package to make some projects for their Decemebr newsletter, and it is now finally out. You should be able to see the projects in the newsletter here. The mini album has been requested for display at the Dream Street stand at the winter CHA show in America- that's pretty exciting news!
The countdown for Christmas is well and truly underway. I am finding it hard to muster enthusiasm this year. The kids are older, and buying DVDs and computer games isn't much fun. So I must muster some enthusiasm and start wrapping them. I also need to think about what we are going to eat, and go do the shopping. It is so cold here at the moment, with very heavy frosts and fog. it is quite beautiful though and I was leaving for work this morning I spotted this frosty rose in my garden. It looks good enough to eat!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
So this is my brother's house. He must also have fond memories of the excitement of driving around town on Christmas eve, because he now decorates his house for others to enjoy. His is now one of the houses that parents bring their little ones to see. It may not be the most tasteful display, but who needs good taste when you are a child at Christmas?
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Take a look at the first three photos in my minibooks etc gallery, on the sidebar to the right.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Friday, November 09, 2007
Next weekend I'm off to Scrapaganza in Holland. I've never been to one of these events before and am really looking forward to it!
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Today I went to the art gallery- well two actually. First I saw an exhibition of Richard Long, landscape artist. Some of the work was beautiful, especially the Avon river mud paintings, but mostly I felt that landscape art really needs to be seen in situ- a photograph just doesn't do it justice. Having said that I was able to look at the photos and understand more about the technical aspects, eg depth of field etc. After I went to an exhibition at the City Art gallery, inspired by Edinburgh- can't remember the name of the exhibition- paper, scissors, or some such name that a scrapbooker would be attracted to!. Anyway, I loved it! Some beautiful white porcelain forms inspired by plants in the botanical gardens, a great sewn wall hanging that looked like it was small line drawings, but in fact was machine stitched lines, each based on a photograph around Edinburgh, and some fabulous hats inspired by names of Edinburgh streets. Then there were these wonderful glass hanging cubes, with glass dolls house furniture. On the outside of the cubes there was stamping, (or rub on?) patterns. The cubes were lit so that they cast a shadow, which made the rub ons appear like wallpaper in the shadow, quite ingenious.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
I am off on holiday for a week next week- yea! I will have some time to get a bit of order into my house, tidy my stash area, and, best of all, go to London for 4 days! I love London, I know it's big, busy and expensive, but it is still one of my most favourite cities in the world- love it!
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
This is my latest LO. It was for the challenge about texture and dimension. I wanted to do a masculine page, with a limited colour palette, so the interest had to be provided by the textures I've used, which include scrim, copper mesh, leather, felt nylon staockin in the butterflies, wire, metal, inking, stitching-all sorts of things.
I'm really happy with the title treatments- the word 'my' is copper embossed- the letter 'y' is a doctored 'x'. The word 'guys' was a bit of an accident. I was trying for a crackle effect, but it wasn't textured enough, so I UTTE'd it and rubbed some stazon black ink over it. I've ended up with a rather nice metal effect! Again, I was short of the letter 'y' so I just turned an 'h' upside down! I adore that brown lac
e along the bottom. It came from Little Silver Hat, and looks even better on a lime green background.
It is a holiday here in Scotland today, and is pouring down. Still, we are off on a run out to the countryside for a walk. I was hoping to get out with my camera, but if the rain doesn't ease up I can't see my camera coming out. Yesterday I took my MIL to Ikea for breakfast and a look around. I just bought a set of little popup nylon bins, they will be great for putting my scraps in while I'm working on a LO-maybe I can be a tidy scrapper after all!
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Thought I would upload my 'Wet'n wild' LO. I wasn't too sure when I did it, but quite like it now, but not the buttons. However they are so firmly stuck that they have to say. Not to worry- it's not meant to be a work of art- just a scrapbook LO to put in the family album. It's great to do LO's like this and not stress out about whether they are good enough for a design team. The papers I used are from a big pack of colorbok papers I bought years ago when I first started scrapping. You know how when you first start scrapping everything seems so expensive so you're always on the lookout for budget scrap goods? (Well I was anyway) Well this was one of those deals, a big bulk pack. I used to give it to Emily to scrap with when I developed a taste for more expensive papers etc. Anyway, none of my more expensive papers seemed to work with these bright photos, but the colorbok ones have done the trick. So I guess I am saying don't be too hasty in throwing away stash- You never know when you might need it.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
So I will post some photos over the next few days. One highlight of the trip for me was the scrapping class I did with carole Janson. carole is such a lovely lady, very gentle, kind and attentive to everyone in her class. We did a fabulous LO which I will share just as soon as I find a suitable photo to go in it! Thanks Carole- Oh and it was so nice to Meet Alison Drummond Jones at the class too. Hi Alison!
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
I am going to a class with Carole Janson yeah. If you don't know carole's style, just click the link is my sidebar. then you will know why I am excited!
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Friday, June 08, 2007
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Saturday, June 02, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
Monday, May 07, 2007
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Friday, April 06, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
My boy is 16 tomorrow. Where has the time gone? He is such a delightful boy- always has been , and hopefully always will be. He has such a laid back accepting personality, with a great sense of humour. He is not the tidiest of kids, but with me as a mother what hope has he? But he is kind, and very innocent for a kid of his age. He has always been a bit of a homebody, which is nice. He has a great group of friends who like nothing better than going to the park and kicking a football around. they don't appear to be interested in girls, drinking, smoking, drugs or other harmful things. He has exams coming up in a month and I do worry about how well he will do. he is a bright boy, but will not push himself, and thinks that near enough is good enough. So Happy Birthday Jack- enjoy your day, enjoy your easter holiday, and get ready for a few weeks of nagging, chivvying, and work at a rate you can't even begin to contemplate! Hope you like the card I made for him- inspired by a card I saw in Paperchase- love that shop!
Friday, March 23, 2007
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Sunday, February 18, 2007
On Friday Malcolm and I drove down to Durham via Alnwick and Hexham. They are both lovely towns, but they were unbelievably busy- there were cars everywhere. I had hoped to go to the stamp shop inHexham, but it seems it has closed. Instead I walked around the abbey, and it was lovely. We stayed at the Travelodge, as usual. This one was in the centre of town and was great, especially at £26.
On Saturday morning we were up relatively early, and I was around the cathedral area before anyone else. It was stunningly beautiful, so peaceful, the colours were so intense. The secret of tourism in Britain is to be up early- not only is the light better, but it is possible to get gorgeous photographs with no people in them, as you can see.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
Today we went to MILs, and drove back via Perth and that meant a trip to the scrapbook shop, and naturally that meant some more shopping. This time it was some SEI papers, and an alphabet, and a DCWV cardstock pack, so once more I was happy. Oh and a blue plastic alphabet, that reminds me of the kind of thing you used to buy to put on birthday cards-love it.
I am going to do the speshal dares this week. I have the photo, the papers and embellishments all sorted- I'm just waiting for inspiration to hit.
Friday, February 09, 2007
I am running out of photos to scrap- well I have heaps of photos but they were all taken prescrapping and tend to have lots of small figures in busy backgrounds and don't make good layouts. I have scanned a lot of them and zoomed in and cropped, and this has improved some, but many are beyond saving. Also I really prefer multiphoto pages just now, and I just don't have
enough photos of the one thing/event to do these.
My LO today was inspired by Lisa, a hugely talented artist and scrapper from South Australia. It is a great way to use up less than perfect snaps, and to cut out the distracting backgrounds. I love this page and it was such fun to do, so thanks Lisa, for the inspiration.
Saturday, February 03, 2007
I have bought a new printer -HP 6166. I am still not too sure about it though. I need to play around a bit to understand its colour. I have done some experiments and the HP paper is definitely best, but I have stacks of other brands that I will have to use up.
I have been doing some DT stuff this week. Being on a DT has advantages- free stash being the big one, but it can be difficult at times starting with papers and embellishments, rather than photos. Also just keeping to what has been sent can be hard, it can be very tempting to add other bits, but if the retailer doesn't sell them it then you can't use them.
I have been lucky though because I have been sent some gorgeous things though like the wonderful Cosmo Cricket papers that feature in today's page, from Jillybeans. The photo is of my dad as a little boy, and I love it. The original is on a postcard, but I have only used the photo half. I coloured the frame with inks and chalks to knock back the stark white of the original. The lace leaves was cut from a piece of fabric, as was the flower. The dark flower is actuallty leather, The LO is quite tactile IRL.
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Sunday, January 21, 2007
So what have I been up to? I went to the local crop yesterday, did 20 'oracle' cards for a swap on UKS. I was doing collage in monocolour, and it took forever. then I did my pages for a cj, then started a LO for the challenge at scraptitudes. It is a look back at 2006, and is another LO that took forever, mainly due to cutting 20 small photos and individually matting each one, then doing lots of hidden journalling. Will upload at some point.
On Friday Emily was in a public speaking competition- she had to make a speech about the EU. Her speech lasted about 7 minutes, which I think is a long time to speak, especially when you are only 13, and then she had to answer questions from the floor. She did really well- talking is her strong point. She didn't win, but the point is, what a fantastic skill to have. last night she was at a guide camp in the Pentlands- It was so cold and wet- no wonder it is called the Brass Monkeys camp. She was very well prepared, with lots of layers, spare clothes, socks, gloves, hats etc. One of the girls only had the trousers she wore, no spares and Emily said the girl was wet and covered in mud very soon after arriving, so other girls had to lend her clothes- how stupid are some people, to let their child go out, to sleep in a tent in the pouring rain, without even a change of clothes. Emily arrived home with overtrousers covered in mud, trackie bottoms covered in mud, anorak covered in mud, and her boots, both pairs, unrecognisable under all the mud. I had to hose down all her clothes before I could even contemplate putting them into the washing machine. She stripped off as soon as she came in and jumped straight into the shower. She says sge's not going to a brass monkeys camp again. Oh, and she was so grumpy she wouldn't let me take photos- would have made a great page.
Anyway, my page today is one I did a while ago, and I love it. It has lots of delicate touches, like tulle, organza ribbon, and glass to because I wanted the page to have a fleeting, etherial feel, just like memories.