Thursday 22 May 2008

Another 2 layouts...

...completed whilst listening to the footie last night LOL.

More photos from New Zealand....

This is us on the luge at Rotorua - think of sledging, and then transfer it to concrete "racetracks" on a tea tray with wheels ....

I used a November 2005 pagemap, and bazzill card, Sassafrasslass papers and foam thickers :)

This is the kids at One Tree Hill Domain in Auckland - on a roundabout we call a Witches Hat, cos it looks like one LOL

I used an August 2006 pagemap for this one, and dug out my Basic Grey for this one :) Foam thickers make the title again :)

Almost finished the first album for New Zealand - a couple more LOs I think using photos from North Island, then its on to the South Island :) and another album.....


Wednesday 21 May 2008

I reached my target...

... of 52 LOs in a year - I planned at the beginning of 2008 to endeavour to do a LO a week, and in reality I have achieved so much more :) This is the 52nd LO - another one for the New Zealand album :)

Tom at One Tree Hill Domain in Auckland, playing on the train with complete strangers, but so happy to push them round :)
The patterned papers are Creative Imaginations, the train is handcut from the reverse of the spotty paper and I used foam pads to raise it up a little on the LO. The title is foam thickers - how did I scrap without them ROFL :)

I have revised by target now, and my plan is now to have completed 100 LOs before the end of 2008, and to have 40 heritage LOs done too :) For me, heritage means anything pre me and Mark, and seeing as I have been with him now for 18 years I am regarding the first half of my life as "heritage" material LOL :) Mum, Dad and Kathryn are coming to visit next week, and they are bringing with them a huge box full of photos and documents that I "inherited" from my Gran - I don't think anyone else wanted them LOL. No idea where I am going to keep this huge box, but I am sure I will work something out. At this rate, I am going to need my own personal external hard drive just for my scrapbooking photos LOL. Mum will get her 60th Album too, and when that has had all its journalling in, I will scan in the pages and make a slide show ;)

I have added a couple more Slide shows at the bottom left of the blog - one has all my New Zealand LOs in it, and one has a selection of other LOs I have done this year :)



Monday 19 May 2008

Bad blogger..... A long post ....

... I can't believe it's over 2 weeks since I updated the blog - life just has this annoying habit of getting in the way :P I have been busy scrapping wise too - finding that trying to be creative a little bit everyday is helping me de-stress, which is no bad thing. I got Ali Edwards "Life Artist" book a couple of weeks back, and one of the things she advocates in her book is to try and incorporate creating stuff into your everyday routines. I can't say I've gone that far, but I'm trying LOL.

So here are my layouts from the past 2 weeks...

First up is a LO of Tom - yes it is that park in Levin AGAIN, and yes there is some orange, and yes I used Scenic Route papers and foam thickers LOL. And yes, it is a pagemap - from March 2007 :)

Next, a DLO featuring my DH Mark - seeing as he moaned that he isn't on enough of my pages.... These photos were taken on our holiday to the Dominican Republic in 1995, pre scrapbooking too, but I think I captured the demise of our lilo quite well LOL. A January 2007 pagemap this time, and the papers are Creative Imaginations, and not sure about the sand one. More foam thickers, and PM buttons, and a large prima blossom:)

Another LO of Mark, using recent photos this time :) Used a January 2008 pagemap for this one. Again, I used up very old papers, not sure of the makes, but used felt and foam thickers for the title :)

Last of the Mark only LOs (I think 3 is enough to keep him happy for now LOL). Used a May 2008 pagemap for this LO, and once more its photos from Levin, and using Scenic Route paper :P Added a collection of buttons from my stash, and the title is done with Scenic Route alpha stickers :)

Reading Ali Edwards blog a couple of weeks back, she did a series of posts about words and photos. I love telling a good story, and I love having a load of journalling on my pages - I have never shied away from journalling, for me the words are the most important thing. Her weekend creative for that week was to make a LO using just photos and words, and an odd embellishment if we liked. So I did this LO of my Dad. I added a strip of patterned paper too (SassafrassLass) but it is mainly words and the photos :) Oh and foam thickers ROFL, and a little prima birdie too :) I drew the border using a pencil crayon :)

Now it's my turn LOL. A LO I did for the May week 1 team challenge on UKS - the remit was to use a photo of yourself, use ribbons, have some visible journalling, and to either use a flower or a colour in the setting team's multicoloured blinkie :) Which I did, so claimed full points :) Paper is Rob n Bob studio, and the ribbon, rikrak, flowers and buttons all from my stash.

This one uses a particularly flattering photo of me - NOT lol. I used a sketch from week 2's challenge - see further down for the other LO I did for this challenge - and I turned it 90 degrees to do this LO. I used Sassafrasslass paper, the lace is from a Little Silver Hat kit, the flower is one I picked up in Au Naturelle, and the buttons are paper mania. The title is cut using Sizzlit Nouveau alpha :)

This is a heritage LO, with me, Grandad, Gran and a newborn baby brother :) I used an October 2006 pagemap for this one, the papers are Junkitz and Sassafrasslass, a Hambly frame overlay, and I used those pesky velvet thickers for the title - they don't stick very well, and they shed everywhere :(

This LO is the one I did for the May week 2 challenge on UKS - me doing 2 weeklies on the trot, now that must be a first LOL. They provided a Pencillines sketch to use, and also stipulated to use ribbon, stamping and doodling :) I doodled round the edge, stamped some lines to journal on, and used ribbon :) Full points claimed again... The paper I used as a background is Sassafrasslass - seem to be having a run on using their papers this week LOL.

Another LO using Sassafrasslass :) I went back and did the Stuntman class again from the Oscars cybercrop on UKS, as I loved it so much :) I used the KI memories lace card again, and the title is done with foam thickers - my 2 really are like Tiggers on acid when they get on our trampoline....

Finally, I did this LO last night. I used the LHS of a DLO pagemap from Novemver 2004 - this was one of the first pagemaps I ever used, and I loved it... then the love affair truly began LOL - and it was good to revisit it too :) This is us in our hard hats ready to go into some caves to look for glow worms :) I used Chatterbox and Crate Paper patterned papers, papermania buttons, and the ribbon is American Crafts, as are the thickers ;)

Now if you have got to the end without falling asleep, then give yourself a clap... I did warn you it would be a long post....

Hopefully I shall try and post more regularly, but I'm not promising, but thank you for stopping by my little piece of blogdom....



Saturday 3 May 2008

Happy National Scrapbooking Day, and a big catch up..

... as I seem to have been missing in action for a couple of weeks..
I have been a busy bunny, both scrapping and non-scrapping wise. I bit the bullet and made a start on Mum's 60th album, which I managed to finish in a couple of days - I used a simple sketch and repeated it throughout, using a BG Sultry 6x6 paper pad, and foam Thickers and a couple of sets of Autumn Leaves stamps :) I am waiting for Mum to visit to help me finish off some journalling on it, and then I will probably scan it all in - and maybe share a couple of LOs, but I am very happy with how it has turned out :)

I have done some other scrapping aswell, and used up all the page kits I had sorted...

This LO uses a September 2007 pagemap, and I used my March Scrapagogo kit - the papers are K& Co and Fancy pants :)
I used 2 differed fonts of foam Thickers for the title, and the journalling is on a MM journalling pad page.

This LO uses an October 2007 pagemap, and it is a pagemap I have used before, but I love the sketch, so I can see me using it again and again. I used Sassafrass Lass papers, and the circles are cut from a Scenic Route Loveland paper. The journalling is on a MM journalling pad page again, and the title uses Thickers again LOL.

This LO I scraplifted from the May/June 08 edition of Simple Scrapbooks, the original is by Margaret Scarborough. I used BG and MM papers, some scalloped bazill, and the title is Scenic Route alpha stickers, and Scenic Route chipboard letters which have been painted yellow and then stamped usinf Autumn Leaves swirls v2 stamps.

For this LO I used an August 2007 pagemap, and used up lots of scraps :) The papers are Scenic Route and Sassafrass Lass, and the flowers are silk ones I have had in my stash forever. The brad is a cord covered one :) Title is Scenic Rout alpha stickers and felt Thickers :)

Last weekend was a Cyber crop on UKS, with lots of great classes. I didn't get a chance to do anything during the weekend, but I did download and print off the classes I fancied doing, and I have done a couple of them over the past week :)

This class was designed by Cleo Jarvis, and was called Holes, and involved "cheeseholing" - ie using my cropodile to punch loads of holes in card stock and papers LOL. My wrist really ached after I had done this, but I am soo pleased with how it turned out.

The papers were old papers - Paper Adventures papers that I have no idea when and where I got them LOL, and I threw in a sheet of Scenic Route aswell ;)

There was a mini book for journalling made out of folded cardstock, here it is opened up :)

This class was designed by Gertie (UKS name) and was called "the Stuntman". I used Fancy pants and Scenic Route papers, and some KI memories lace cardstock. The title uses Scenic Route alpha stickers too :)

Looking back on this long post, I realise I have a thing about Scenic Route LOL. But my stocks are depleting, so it'll be interesting to see how I cope without any Scenic Route papers in my stash... I also have had a run on using Kraft card, so much that I have had to reorder some... I have a huge box file of card, but have been reaching for the kraft more and more...

I did sit and make up 8 more page kits last night, so that should keep me quiet for a while.. Mark is away next week, so plenty of chances for guilt free scrapping! He moaned the other night that I never do any pages of him, so I might dig out the 8x8 I have started on him, and see what I can add to it. Might have to scan in some more photos....