Sunday, December 31, 2006
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Tomorrow we're going to my mum and stepdad's to put up their Christmas trees and also have some Christmas pictures of Harry done as well as a few family portraits. They're both photographers, which is handy! It's been so long since we all had a photo taken together so I can't wait, especially as I know they'll be lovely.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Next up is the Kraft Stop design team kits I received last week and then I must test out the scrummy papers, chipboard and primas my postman brought me this morning from Little Cottage Crafts. I loved the paper layering class in last weekend's CC, and I'd love to experiment a bit more with that technique.
Right, best go catch some zzzzz, busy day tomorrow!
Monday, November 27, 2006
There's talk of starting up a new crop in my area especially for classes and I really hope it gets off the ground as I've only ever done classes online and I'd love to do more in real life. I feel I still have so much to learn. But in the meantime there's all the challenges and the Christmas presents I have to make and they are certainly getting me doing something a little different. Plus I get to see the look on people's faces when they open them and realise I made it especially for them :)
Got to go complete a CJ, it's already a day late because I forgot about it in all the excitement of the CC! Seeya later :)
Friday, November 24, 2006
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Friday, November 17, 2006
Sunday, November 12, 2006
To date I've got 5 double pages done, so there's just 5 left to do as well as the cover and an introduction page. I started off quite slowly, and soon picked up speed, but I wish I had got more done as I'm acting up as news editor this week at work, which means harder work and longer hours, leaving less time to scrap on an evening. I'll get there though, I'm determined to finish this project as I'm enjoying it and it's looking great and I've promised myself I won't get bored of this one and let it slide!
I'm not going to post pictures yet as I want to post them all together once it's finished.
Today's UKS blog prompt is a good one: "Where do you find your inspiration? Especially when going through a dry spell? Do you remember a specific moment when a light bulb went on "click" and you knew you had to get home to scrap?! What common day objects do you now view with a scrappers eye?"
Well, I find my inspiration in the strangest of places sometimes. Just tonight we were looking for a film to watch when a trailer for a film called Pretty Persuasion inspired me. The ad was black and had gorgeous pink and white text and swirls. Most of the time, especially when I'm suffering from scrapper's block, I find inspiration in scrapping books (Elsie Flannigan's book is amazing for inspiration), magazines and online, whether it be a LO, a sketch or an ad. Every so often I will get an idea in my head for a LO and I'll be itching to get home and scrap it. That happened with my Things I Love LO (which I previously posted) and I was thrilled it came together on paper so well from my own original idea. I have the start of an idea in my mind for a holiday LO, combining hot blues and reds with a girly theme, which I can't wait to get started on. That idea came to me just as I was drifting to sleep one night and luckily I remembered it the next morning (I should have put it down on paper just in case!). I view so many common day objects with a scrapper's eye. I could be walking round the supermarket and my dh will see a biscuit tin but I will see a fab tin for altering and scrapping to my own style! He thinks I'm nuts, I think I'm inventive!
Right, well that's me for today, I'm off to get another page done and get an early night to prepare for a long week ahead. Catch you soon, I hope!
Thursday, November 09, 2006
I'm so glad it's the weekend for me now, and boy do I need it, this week has been long and I feel as if I've been burning the candle at both ends (well I have really! Working and scrapping is tiring!) But Saturday is the monthly Leeds crop, which I'm really looking forward to as always, and then I must relax Sunday as I'm taking over the newsdesk again at work next week, which means really long hours and lots of stress for peanuts more than I'm getting now, but I guess it's worth it for the experience at least!
Anyway, if you see me on here tomorrow uploading LOs, kick me off and tell me to get my Robox packed!
Byeeee for now :)
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
The LO is of Harry on holiday last month and how he loves to play on the slide. And below that is the original ad.
Anyway, so what else is new? I received my next CJ today, called Beautiful Planet. It's just stunning and I'm quite looking forward to getting on with this one sooner rather than later using some of our holiday snaps.
On the shopping front I stumbled across a pack of 50 small brown envelopes, which will be perfect for making a minilope. It's hard to describe but it looks absolutely lovely. So that's another one for my massive to do list!
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
I popped down to my local Book Depot today, or more commonly known as The Works, and picked up a lovely rose-coloured album and kit for £4.99. I also found some more lovely stickers, which will be great for scrapbooking and the occasional card I make too. I also bought the cutest reindeer soft toy in the Gap Outlet store, which will make a perfect present for my friend's new baby due early next month. Gosh I can't believe I have started my Christmas shopping so early this year. (I bet you lot have got all yours' done already haven't you?!)
One last thing before I go and watch the fab The Amazing Mrs Pritchard. A UKS blog prompt, which sparked a few thoughts. So my fascinating family history snippet of information is that I'm almost directly related to Dick Turpin the highway man! Honestly, my mum has researched our family history quite far back and it turns out a direct family member married his brother. If I could go back in time I would ask more questions to my Nana. She died seven years ago and I was too young to think to ask her about her family and about her life. I don't have a family history scrapbook, I leave that side of things to my mum, but I think I might be more interested in it all when I'm a little older. For now I have enough to do catching up with scrapping the here and now!
Bye for now :)
Monday, November 06, 2006
Anyway, I really wanted to share this LO, so if you are in my CJ group look away now. You have been warned!
P.S. Sorry for the poor picture, taking it at an angle was the only way I could avoid flash spots!
I don't know about you but I'm really feeling the cold, dark nights getting to me now. I just seem to be so sluggish and not so upbeat. I hate being cold and driving home in the dark. I'm sure I'll snap out of it soon though, and in the meantime I'm sure scrapping and playing with my new stash will cheer me up - once I find room for it all that is!
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Anyway, it's coming together a lot better than I thought it would and I'm really pleased it with it so far. I haven't got much left to do either, just print and stick down the photos, add a tag with some hidden journalling and scatter a few blossoms to finish. That's the plan anyway! I wonder how mine is coming along. But then that's the best thing about creating a CJ, the surprise at the end! I probably shouldn't, but I'll post a picture of my latest CJ LO when I'm done on Sunday - it won't be tomorrow as we're all going to my Mum's fireworks party. I can't wait, last year was so much fun, although Harry slept through most of it somehow. This year I'll definitely be taking the camera for some fun sparkler shots!
Right, better go catch some zzzzzs!
Thursday, November 02, 2006
I am in awe! I haven't scrapped in almost a fortnight because of the holiday, but this has reallly got my creative juices flowing. I can't wait to try it all out, although I'm still at the admiring and stroking stage for the time being!
So what else is new? Not much, I've finally got sat down at my desk tonight and have almost finished one of the PDSA Clippykit cosmetic bags, which will be one of my middle sister's Christmas presents. It wasn't really top of my priority list, I still have Shimelle's project to finish and I want to make a start on my holiday album too, but as they just arrived in the post this morning and are so lovely I couldn't help myself! I'll post a picture as soon as it's done.
Better get back to it. Chow for now!
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Anyway, I just wanted to post a piccie of this year's pumpkin effort. I try to do one each year to place in the window, although this was a bit last minute and went a bit wrong. I don't think it looks too bad though, even if his teeth are chipped and the whole thing is being held together with cocktail sticks! Lol!
We had a lovely time, mostly, although poor Harry wasn't too keen on Mallorca. He whined almost non stop. I don't know if it was the heat, being in a strange place or just boredom but he wasn't a happy bunny. Still, we managed to get some nice pictures of the three of us during the week, which I can't wait to scrap. Here are a couple of my favourites:
I hardly managed to get any scrapping done on holiday. I'd planned to scrap on the balcony while Harry slept at night but there was no light out there and by the time Harry did finally go to sleep each evening I was ready for bed too. So I'm way behind with my You Think You Know Me project now, I've got happy, sad and now confused done, but hopefully once I'm back at my desk later this week I should be able to get on with the others quite quickly. I'd like to get it finished as it's not very often I complete a project, most of mine are on-going like my Book of Me, or albums or Harry. Although I need to do one on our holiday too now!
Right, better get back to work, that is what I'm being paid for after all! See you all soon. :)
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Anyway, there was a reason for the title of today's post and that is my son's latest nursery picture, which we received today. He looks so cute but so grown up with that "I'm about to do something naughty" look on his face! I've just compared it to last year's, when he was just 8-months-old and I can't believe how much he's changed and grown and developed. He's no longer happy to sit and grin for the camera and unable to stand or walk because he knows he could be off doing something much more interesting like emptying the cupboards or eating scraps of food he's had stashed away for the last three days, yuck! My little boy is growing up and the time is slipping through my fingers.
And yes, I do realise he needs a hair cut! LOL!
Bye for now :)
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Tonight I finished my first LO, about being happy. I was only meant to prepare the stash I needed for it so I could take it with me on holiday on Saturday and do some on an evening while ds is asleep, but as usual I got carried away and suddenly it was done! But hey, I can do that for the rest of the album can't I? I'm glad I did finish it, it means I have something to admire in my lovely album and follow when completing LOs for the other emotions.
I'm so excited because I've just been speaking to my mum on the phone from Florida and I love her so much right now (EVEN more than I do anyway!) because she has taken my scrapbooking wish list into Scrapbook Boutique, Michael's and Jo-Ann's and bought pretty much everything on there! I only gave her a list so she could pick a few things out on her travels! I can't wait until she gets back on November 1 to see and stroke it all, although I don't think I can wait that long!
Better go, I promised dh I wouldn't be on here all night again! See you soon you crazy scrappers you :)
Monday, October 16, 2006
Just received the second prompt for Shimelle's You Think You Know Me project and the examples are just gorgeous. I'm hoping to make a start tonight as I want to keep up with it, but I feel so zonked after staying up late last night to decorate my album I don't know if I should scrap or curl up on the sofa with dh for a bit (do the good wifey bit!) Anyway, here is the fruit of my loins:
I'm really pleased with how it looks. Although now I've seen the examples I almost with I had time to make my own from scratch. Still it's not bad for a bargain find in Poundworld, and yes it cost just £1! I've covered it in sticky-back plastic and added strips of pattened paper, some blossoms, monograms and a book plate. Need to do the inside and add some ribbon though to finish off.
I also completed this layout from a Little Cottage Crafts cyber crop class by Eva, which is just stunning. The picture is of me and a friend dressed up for ladies day at the races for my mum's hen do last summer. I'm impressed that the page uses only papers and a little (homemade) chipboard accents and yet I love it. Less really is more!
Work is hectic, as always, although I only have another 3 days to go before my week off and before we go to Mallorca for a week. I can't wait, it will be our first holiday since our honeymoon two years ago and our first with Harry. And boy do we need it after the last month with this nightmare kitchen (which is still ongoing, it's n but now we're waiting for an upstand, pelmet, tiling and painting!) and other things getting us down too.
But then that's why I scrap, to sit at my desk with the pc on, a magazine or book to hand and to just forget about my day while I get my latest idea down on paper. I seem to be on a bit of a roll lately, so long may that continue please!
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Anyway, despite the madness I've finally got some scrapping done this week, thanks to the Leeds crop (in aid of breast cancer awareness month) and the weekend cyber crop at Little Cottage Crafts (which reminds me, I need to go check on today's classes). I've done my CJ entries, altered a tin (a UKS cyber crop class by Lianne at Little Silver Hat) and completed a couple of layouts too, one of which I'm really proud of. The idea just popped into my head and I was actually able to get it down on paper as good as I imagined with no help or inspiration from books, magazines or the internet. I've been trying to break into this style for a while and I'm so pleased I finally did it!
I've also signed up to Shimelle's You Think You Know Me class, which is looking very exciting. I'm looking forward to this and I hope it will help me kick start my Book of Me, which I've been meaning to make a start on for a good while now. I must get my workbook finished asap and get on with choosing/making an album for my layouts to go in.
Right, better go get on with things, lots to do, lots to do, as always! Happy scrappin'!
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
I haven't done this since it started really, partly because I've forgotten about and partly because the prompts haven't really struck a chord with me. But today's did. Here it is:
Q: Are you a scrapbook evangelist? Do you want to convert your non-scrapper friends/families into scrapbookers? Do you try to find friends that scrapbook? If so, how? Do you show your pages to anyone who doesn't scrapbook?
A: I would love to convert my friends into scrappers, but sadly none of my close friends are particularly into crafts, except one who lives hundreds of miles away and I don't see her too often. Although I have made some new friends too through scrapping, which is great and I look forward to my monthly crop to chat to them all and share ideas and inspiration. I do try to encourage those who are new to scrapbooking too through UKS and if I can help anyone get started then I will.
I do show my pages to people who don't scrapbook, although usually only family members as they're most interested in my work and particularly of the photographs I have scrapped, like my son or hubby. I do occasionally show the odd friend if I'm particularly pleased with a layout, but I wouldn't show my work to my colleagues, they just wouldn't be interested!
Now all I need to do is find Colin's wife! LOL! Where are you girl?!
Tattie bye! :)
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Now all I need is some time to read the ideas books and use all this lovely stash - anyone got any they can spare please?!
Bye for now :)
Sunday, September 10, 2006
The new kitchen is coming along well, too fast actually as we are having it fitted in just three weeks! That means we have only 21 days (or just over) to strip the walls and plaster any patches, all that while I'll be working late nights. I have no idea how I'm going to fit it all in. I don't think I'll be doing any scrapping for a little while, other than my CJs and design team challenge of course.
Luckily I did get a bit of scrapping done this week - this one I did at the Leeds crop yesterday and finished with a little machine stitching today.
It's of my ds and niece playing in our garden and exploring a new outdoor toy. Harry must have been down the slide 100 times already, but as he can't quite climb the stairs by himself yet this does get rather tiring!
Ah well, I better go get a bath, lay out my clothes for tomorrow and get some sleep ready for a mad day ahead.
Bye for now :)
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
And then it was back to work for another two mad days before my week off this week. I'm really enjoying it so far. My husband is back at work and our son is back at nursery, so I'm enjoying a bit of 'me' time at last! Yesterday I finally got some scrapping done and completed the two LOs below. The first was my own design, although it's turned out looking like my usual simple-ish style, which I'm trying to get out of a bit (hurry up Amazon with my new scrapbooking books!) and the second is a class from the UKS Mardis Gras cyber crop by Debbie70 and absolutely lovely.
I've also been doing a bit of shopping, or should I say window shopping for lovely new accessories for our lovely new kitchen, which I have found and am going to order tomorrow. I can't wait for it to be done, although I'm sure it will be a major headache before it's finished to perfection! It was one of the first we saw and I knew I wanted it exactly like in the showroom, so that's what we are getting, within our budget too :)
So I have two days left to myself and plenty to do. I'm meeting a friend for coffee tomorrow and so Harry and her daughter can play together, then it's out to order the kitchen, and then I need to get back and start giving the living room a lick of paint. Then Thursday I need to fly over to Sheffield to pick some albums up from a fellow UKSer who kindly picked some up for me in her local Costco. It's going to work out cheaper to collect them than pay for postage, and I get to check out where I went to college more than five years ago and see how much it has changed. And somewhere in between all that I have to finish decorating my Robox, again. All the paint is chipping off really easily, so I've decided to cover it all in a lovely light card in shiny turquoise. The bottom half wasn't too tricky to do but the top half is not going to be fun!
Oh well, Lost is on in five minutes so I'll say night night. Catch you all soon :)
Sunday, August 27, 2006
I didn't manage to get any scrapping done last night again, although I did make it to my desk! I got busy organising my first swap, a hot and cold ribbon swap, which I need after dh let my 14-year-old sister loose on my stash. She has used loads of my best ribbons, but the worst thing is that most of it she just cut up and didn't even use. Aaaarrrrghhh! And I've also been having a mini clear out to raise the last few pounds I need to buy a Craft Robo. My birthday money and commission from selling a story to a magazine hasn't quite covered it, but I'm not far off. I can't wait to get it though, I need it now!
Tomorrow is our second wedding anniversary, which we are celebrating with a party in my mum's new garden. She has so many people coming where as we just have a few close friends coming. I'm really looking forward to it though and taking lots of nice photos to scrap :)
Friday, August 25, 2006
It's my day off today and I'm off to meet a friend for coffee soon. She lives in Paris so I don't see her too often and I'm looking forward to it.
Hopefully I might get some scrapping done this weekend and then I can get back on topic!
See you soon!
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Right I'm off to get some scrapping done so I can start posting some photos of completed LOs as well soon!