Wednesday, 30 December 2009
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
This layout is one which shows exactly the dilemma I often have about certain photos. I got my photos out (with a small mountain of patterned paper - I figured one of these would go with the dark background photos). But I did that thing where in the end I needed something to give the page a lift. And that lift came from the red stripe across the turquoise pattern.
In the end, I like the white polka dots that frame the page and match the spotty letters, the sclloped edge seems to lift the square edges that were everywhere, and I tried to break this up more by cutting out the blck flowers to overlap the red card too. I'm pleased I didn't give up on these photos - all too tempting when it just doesn't quite work the way you hope!
Monday, 16 November 2009
For me, blogging is about being brave - about publishing my own work, sharing my thoughts and ideas to the creative scrapping community. Blogging is something I've wanted to 'properly' do for ages, whatevr proper blogging is. So my aim now that I have made a start is to make some time each week for me to log on and share my ideas, thoughts and layouts.
Here is a recent LO of mine:
I am a member of GirlguidingUK and run a Rnger group (aged 14 - 26). I've just had my 26th birthday and this means that I cannot wear this uniform anymore :( I love the turquoise, the vibrance and it just shows that everything must come to an end. I can still wear the navy uniform though.
I wanted this page to jump out at me from my album, to reflect the youth of the Senior Section, and I wanted it to be fun!
Sunday, 15 November 2009
Forgot to mention in my last post that the papers were from the gorgeous Scrapagogo kit (thanks for pointing that out Emilie) as was this piece. I didn't have the heart to cut it up so instead continued teh stitching in gel pens over the black strip I added. The word was Robo'd by a friend and I used the scrap as my title! Recycling at its best. Photos taken at Hyde Hall, same as Miss You one.
Beacon of hope:
I LOVE sunflowers, they're so cheerful and always look for the light. I was so pleased to find a whole patch of them growing on a visit to Hyde Hall (yep, same place!) And despite the windy day I'm so pleased with this snap. I spent ages looking for paper that would do it justice and in the end I found a polaroid style frame and label worked best gainst a deep but vibrant backing. The mini flower embellies are hand made and the title made from yummy thickers and mini MM stickers.
Thanks for looking!
This layout is a photo of my sister and I on a day out when I went to visit her new house (all the way in Essex!)
I love these papers and felt they had exactly the right vibe for the photo. The journalling is disguised on the beams of sun and reads:
Dear Becca, even though we didn't see all that much of each other when you lived at home, I miss the fact that you are no longer close by, but in Essex... I'm happy for you - but miss you!
ps: I promise to be a better blogger!
Thursday, 20 August 2009
I often read the blogs of other scrappers, here are some of my favourites to help your inspiration!
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
The 2 of us
I like this photo of my sister and I, there aren't many. This layout is rather busy for me but I like the overlapping-ness of the elements and the bright colours.
Sunday, 9 August 2009
Friday, 7 August 2009
Laughter:This layout was created from a page kit challenge that we all took part in. The papers and card are so not what I would have chosen but I like the way the page has turned out - the photo was taken on the scrapping weekend and printed on a one hour service!
A Few Things:
Birds of Paradise:
Thursday, 6 August 2009
And there's nothing wrong with the space (except it really doesn't quite work for me anymore). I find that it's always messy and I can't put my hands on the things I want when I want it. I re-read The Organised and Inspired Scrapbooker by Wendy Smedley and Abi Garvey, if you haven't read it you must get a copy, it's fab!
So I decided to re-think the way I work. The first step was to take everything (and I mean everything) out from drawers, shelves, baskets. And what amazed me was how much space I had:
So I started by sorting all my stash into heaps (it covered the whole of the spare bed and the floor - I didn't realise how much I did have). I found some things I love that I had forgotten about and at the same time got rid of some of the stash and tools I no longer use. Well worth the time factor!
But the bit I thoroughly enjoyed was putting everything back together - I put all my pens in my favourite mugs within easy reach and I took a lot of stash out of my larger AMM tote that is too heavy to lift and put the bits and pieces in smaller jars and into my little AMM tote that is more portable.
Here is the finished result: tidy, organised and all in easy reach when I'm scrapping.
I'm so pleased with the result. Even though I couldn't change the furniture and storage I had, I could change the way it was all arranged and it inspired me to get scrapping!
Saturday, 14 March 2009
Sunday, 8 March 2009
I always try and make a title page layout that reflects my thoughts for the year. This year I'm looking forward to the year and want to make the most of it.
Some of the elements on this page were from last month's Scrapagogo kit, the swirl is something I've been saving up for something 'special'.
Live life to the full
I love these pics I snapped of my boy at Wisley, I had asked him to simply smile at the camera, but in true Dave style he pulled silly faces, so it seemed as though I just needed to scrap them!
The patterned paper is from the new Basic Grey Moroccan range and letter stickers are also BG.
I like the fact that both these layouts are bright and vibrant! Here's to many more this year :)
Saturday, 7 February 2009
So I thought I'd post some of the techniques I use to combat this scrappers block!
1. Scraplift a layout
I tend to add LOs to my favourite's gallery on UKS and go back to these when I get block.
2. Inspiration book
I get a scrapping mag each month (SI) and after I've read it, go through and cut out any articles, sketches or LOs that I like and stick them in a book. Look back through this for ideas, I haven't yet not found this helpful!
3. Complete a challenge
If you have ever been to a retreat/ crop I'm sure you will have come up against challenges. When I feel as though I can't make something work I will turn to these. Here are a few challenges below to get you started:
a. complete a layout from start to finish in under an hour (harder than it sounds)
b. make a layout in monochrome
c. use song words as a title
d. include 100 words or more on your layout
e. scrap using only 2 sheets of paper and a pen
f. use an old piece of clothing somewhere on your layout
(thanks to the SA girls for some of these ideas)
If anyone has any challenges they have enjoyed doing, I would love to hear them!
4. Inspirations jar
Keep a challenge jar - get a (clean) old jam jar/similar and decorate. Inside put slips of paper with ideas you collect or challenges you would like to try then when you are stuck, pull out a challenge and do it! This always creates some interesting results.
5. Old albums
Look back through your old albums, even old stash, it's amazing because I always find something I had forgotten about or see an old technique I want to re-use. I could also recommend looking though other people's albums if you can get your hands on them.
6. Blog hop!
How could I leave this one off? If you need inspiration, look on the many scrapping blogs out there, there's always loads to inspire and get you over that scrappers block hurdle.
But it meant that I had a day at home so I made the most of the time by scrapping of course! I made a mini book for Dave in prep. for Valentine's day and a layout about my blog (so I shall post a photo of my blog LO on my blog for you to see!) But I managed to leave my camera at school so it will have to be next week.
Tomorrow I will be posting ideas to combat scrappers block, we all get it, so I hope these coming ideas will be helpful.
Thursday, 5 February 2009
Although th edriving hasn't been so fun this week - very icy and slippy, I must be getting old as I'm looking forward to the roads being dry again! Although if I'm wishing I wish that I didn't have to drive to work in the snow and could enjoy it at home!
Tuesday, 3 February 2009
This layout was inspired by a magazine LO but it turned out nothing like the original! All of the colours are scraps except the backing card, I love the vibrancy of this layout, it's unusual for me to do a double but I think it works!
You mean I can choose?
This is a layout I have been trying to complete for ages. It tells the story of me finding a gluten free Italian restaurant in London. I really like bold colours at thw moment.
I had a play with some busines card pockets this weekend - I like the way you can slide embellishments in to give the page a more flexible look. These cost me about £1 from Asda for 50 - bargain!
This layout was completed as part of a challenge we had this weekend. The challenge was to onclude 100 words or more on a layout. The papers came from last month's Scrapagogo kit.
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
Sunday, 25 January 2009
I thought walking in the dark would be hard work but it was fun.. we kept to the lit paths and as you can see used the crossings.... I live near a pretty big roundabout and we have to cross ut using 4 sets of lights... but I love the way the red and green man photos turned out!
Saturday, 24 January 2009
Friday, 16 January 2009
So I've been playing a bit... I've had a go at printing out words and titles and I've also learnt how to 'trace' the outline of an image! Woo. But I feel a little lost... I know it can do all these amazing things but I'm a bit worried about learning how to do them. I guess I need to spend some time on the UKS Robo forums... photos to come soon.
Thursday, 15 January 2009
It's been over a MONTH since I last blogged! But it has been one busy, busy month. I went back to work full time which was (as you can imagine) exhauting, especially with the run up to Christmas in a primary school - Christmas plays, carol concerts and we took teh choir to sing at some old folks homes. It was a fabulous but truly exhausting week.
And then.. just when the Christmas holidays arrived so did the visiting of relatives, meet ups and wonderful, busy days.
Now I've been back at school for 2 weeks and feel as though my life is a little more under control.. and that means the blogging can be done once more!
So hello lovely blogging ladies - I'm really looking forward to a blog hop :) Just think of all those inspiring projects that have been going for a whole month!