Thursday, February 22, 2007

quickie


Just a quick post - I need to cook tea and get ready to go out to teach a scrapbooking class at the Edinburgh Craft Shop. I just wanted to upload my 7days LO for this week's speshal dares.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Holiday's Over!





Well, that's my week off finished. I love being at home. I love having time to do the things I want. I love waking up in my own good time, rather than by the harsh sound of the alarm.
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.
Today was Emily's birthday. She was 14. She decided she wanted to go to Frankie and Benny's with some friends, then come back here for profiteroles and other bits and pieces. She phoned Frankie and Benny's herself to book a table- She really is growing up.
This evening I did the speshal dares again, the only time I have taken a photo every day in a row for a week is when we are on holidays, so I chose 7 photos from our holiday in France last year. I will post it when I get a chance to photograph it in daylight, and since I am back at work tomorrow I am not sure when this will be.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Speshal


I did this week's speshal dare today. It was to scrap about the simple things in life, and I wanted to scrap about how little kids get so much pleasure from simple things. It took forever because it just wasn't coming together the way I wanted it. Thank goodness for repo herma! And the mess I made was unreal- I must have pulled every piece of stash I own out, as well as punches, inks etc, but in the end I made a page I really like- I love the red/blue colour combo.

Both kids were out today so that helped. It can be hard scrapping when they are home, particularly if they have friends over. I scrap in the kitchen/family room, and they find my scrapping rather embarrassing so I don't scrap when their friends are here- plus they all take up too much room anyway- I would be tripping over their feet to get at my stash.

Monday, February 12, 2007

shopping


I went shopping yesterday with Emily. We went to Ocean terminal and had a lovely day. It is her birthday next week- she will be 14, and she wanted some new vans as part of her present. When she saw the vans she didn't really like them and eventually she found a pair of converse look alikes at New Look for £10 that she loved, so she has money left over to buy other nice things. She did end up with a few new tops as well, so she was happy. She is a very lucky girl as she is now about 2" taller than me (that makes her about 5' 6" and she has really long legs and looks fantastic in jeans. I was happy too, cause I went into Au Naturale and came away with some bargains- see photo. First, the scrapbook album @ £8.99 a real bargain- it came with ribbons, photo corners papers (that I haven't even looked at- bet they're rubbish). But the album looks good, really bright and cheery. I also got some velvet alphabets at £1 each, and I love them- the black is really black. I also got some foam flower things, for 45p for 2, they are really funky- I'm not sure what I'll do with them yet though-they're too big for page LOs. Also got the last large peg, which I'll paper and use for holding pictures or notes.
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

holidays


I am on holiday for a week starting tonight. I can't tell you how much I enjoy not having to get up and go to work, being able to take my time in the mornings, wake up in my own good time and potter around the house. We don't have any plans, except an overnight trip to Durham next weekend. But I just love the opportunity to spend time at home, catch up on jobs needing doing, and of course to scrap. I have another LO to do for Willow Tree Crafts. This is with Basic Grey 'LilyKate' papers.
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

Gorgeous day.


It is such a gorgeous day here in Edinburgh, so I should not be sitting at this computer typing this blog. I really want to scrap too, but need to go out for a walk while the sun shines. I know- I'll take my camera and then I will feel like I'm doing both. Neither of my kids wants to come with me- we've reached a stage where they just want to do their own thing.
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.