Wednesday, December 31, 2008
The first one I did for The Scrapbook Magazine as part of my article on White Space. I love the paper-again 3ndypapir from Norway. I love the limited colour palette. I love the different textures: lace, transparency, and the embossed stamp from Autumn Leaves. But most of all I love the photos of Emily!
In the second layout I love the colours and the bunting. The bunting is made from ribbon. I love the wee pictures and the text from a children's book, and I love that red hibiscous tape. I love how a splash of red gives everything a lift!
And finally this Layout of Paris. I love the graphic design of this one. I love the focal photo and the way the eye is drawn around the page by the striped paper. It is Scenic Route paper.
I said they would be different from yesterday's vintage collection!
So, It's New Years eve, and I'm on taxi duty! I'll be hanging around here waiting for Jack to call for a ride home from his friend's house.
We have done our top ten highlights from 2008. We always sit at teatime and each go through our highlights for the year. Jack's almost all centre around football, Malcolm's around hillwalking and Emily and mine around places we've been.
So all that's left of 2008 is for me to wish all my family and friends a very happy 2009!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Both the next two layouts use papers from a Norwegian company 3ndypapirs, and I love them. Again, the photos are poor, so I scanned them and fiddled around a bit. The photo of Jack in my hat is just so cute!
Monday, December 29, 2008
Remember to click on the pictures to see details.
As you can see these are very different from the three I posted earlier. I do like to try lots of different styles, depending on the photos, and these photos deserved a soft, vintage feel. The first one is about the flea market we visited in France. There are lots of flea market finds used as embellishments. I also embossed bits and pieces to age them, eg the key.
I love the photo of Emily in the next layout. There are lots of techniques in this layout too-crackle paint, embossing, stamping and paper napkins. I LOVE using paper napkins-love the translucency! This is such a pretty, tactile layout in real life!
I was going to upload another tonight but I can't locate a photo of it just now, so I'll leave it until tomorrow!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
This is my most favourite of all! There are a lot of techniques on this LO-collage, decollage, embossing, image transfers, and most of the images in the background are my own artwork, so I think this is a truly unique layout-and it works well in portraying the urban feel that I was after!
This one of Jack is simple-just a few paint techniques and rubons-and a few bits of chocolate wrappers stapled on for good measure. And I Love the quote-it comes from Storypeople.
And finally tonight, this one of Emily in York. I love the way the papers pick up the colours in the photo, I love the crow rubon-I think it suits the medieval pillars of the church, and I love the cluster of embellishments at the bottom.
Tomorrow I will choose some more of my favorites-the ones I have in mind are totally different to these!
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Friday, December 26, 2008
On Christmas day this year we had out meal in the evening. This is so much better because it meant we could go out in the daytime. After we had opened some presents Emily and nanny went to visit Uncle Jackie in his nursing home, while I took Jack for a driving lesson. The roads were quiet so it was a good chance for him to practise on real roads. It was still quite nerve wracking though! After lunch we all went for a drive to Yellowcraigs beach and had a lovely walk.
Emily, Jack and Malcolm had fun on the climbing frame-you are never too old for a play park!
Monday, December 22, 2008
I can't remember the paper I used, but it is a lovely script and number paper, well suited to a school layout.
Click on the image if you want a large view.
The poppies are table napkins. I love how the napkins are translucent and allow the patterned paper to show through. You get the complexity of layers without the bulk.
The photo is matted on some torn graph paper, again fitting for a school layout, and also adding some texture. I collaged on some vintage school images-after all, this story took place a long time ago! More texture is added with the mesh, lace and pearls.
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Friday, December 19, 2008
So I'll just upload a LO I did for Scrapbook Sisters using fabulous papers from Graphic 45. I did a couple of layouts and a cute mini book using this line. The minibook is going to be taught at Scrapbook Sisters in January. I'll upload pictures of it after that. Anyway, this paper has a vintage feel, but I wanted to try to use it in a modern way on this layout. It is my very handsome boy! Oh dear-just realized I don't have a picture of this LO so if you want to see it you'll need to go to Scrapbook Sisters blog and scroll down to December 10th entry.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Then Emily asked for yet another birthday card. I wanted to use stamps again as I find stamps to be quite challenging for some reason. The cupcakes stamp came free with a magazine, if I remember correctly. It is embossed with black then painted with twinkling H2Os. Anyway, here's the card. As I said in my earlier post, cards really aren't my thing, and this one took a lot longer than it should have,
The scrapbook Magazine is out I believe so I need to go and find myself a copy. I shoud have another article in this month. This one is about using bubble wrap.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
These little wooden ornaments were bought in Rome when Jack was a baby, way back in 1991.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I'm not sure why I find cards so difficult- I'm not really motivated to make them, maybe because they invariably get thrown out. I know that stops me from using my best stash!!
here's the blog award that Emma sent. If you want some scrapping inspiration make sure you go over to Emma's blog-that girl has talent to burn.
Sunday, December 07, 2008
After lunch we wandered through the fun fair:
to the German market-so many pretty things:
Emily tried on some german felt hats:
We went for a look in Cath Kidson:
We came home and did the crowabout collage challenge, Mine:
and Emily's-this is the first time she has ever done anything like this-and I think she's done well. She kept asking-'am I allowed to-....' and found it hard to get her head around the notion that's there is no right and wrong, it's just about having fun, problem solving and thinking!!
It was a pleasure to spend time together today-no teenage moods, just a lovely, happy, fun girl!
I've been playing along with Tim Holtz's 12 tags of Christmas -which is a bit of a problem because I don't have a lot of the kit required for all the different techniques, but I try to improvise! Anyway, tonight I combined Tim with this weeks Mixed Media Monday prompt, which is HOME. I've got a way to go with this mixed media business, and with stamping in particular, but I enjoy having a go!
so what a great weekend I've had!!
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Monday, December 01, 2008
This award states that:This blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY- nearness in space, time and relationships.These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends, they are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers.
I am passing this award on to:
The Inspirational Blog: because it's-well inspirational!
Jakey: because I love her style.
Paula: because her blog is so full of variety
Angela: cause I love her Twiddley bits-you really need to take a look at her blog to understand!!I can't believe how long all those links took! Think I'll do the other award another day!