Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Scrappy Dappy Doo Day

Lou, Helen, Lianne, Sarah and I had another of our fabby crop days on Sunday (we missed you Vanessa). Along with Percy Pigs, Naughty Nibbles, Hot Chocolate Jen Style and some soup that is best left unmentioned (bleurgh) we did actually .... GOSSIP! Yeah, ok, we scrapped a bit too - well some of us did!

This was my last page of the day which i finished at home. I used Bella Blvd " Finally Fall" papers and a strip of woodgrain mix tape.
This one was actually from before our mini crop. I used some old scraps of basic Grey "Marrakech" that I came across when looking through my papers doing Nat's mix it up challenge. I added some Elle's Studio, a WRMK journalling tag and some digi print offs I think I found on UKS.

This "Josh is 5" LO uses My Mind's Eye Alphabet Soup along with a couple of Elle's Studio bits.
This last one was actually my first of the day. I used Bella "Paper Boy" papers with some reeeeeaaaaally old Cherry Arte paper - still "mixing it up" see?

Thanks for popping in for a look.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Colour me blonde and call me Welsh!!

Lovely Miss Natalie's last post on Sarahscards encouraged me to mix and match some paper ranges. It's easy to scrap with a complete range because everything coordinates already - and that is what I usually do. But over the weekend I had a go at Nat's "mix it up" style. I used Bella Paper Doll "Nostalgic" for the border, Cosmo Cricket's The Boyfriend "Homework" using the lined side for the main base; a random spotty piece of PP behind the photo along with a 6x6 piece of Dovecraft Christmas paper (the pink piece). I matted the photo with Pink Paislee "Think Big" from the 365 Collection and also made a heart with this PP with a smaller heart in the pink Dovecraft again. I stole Nat's idea of sticking punched circles together to make a scallop detail and Lou's masking tape idea to sit the title on.

Whilst I had all those papers on my desk I moved onto another picture of my gorgeous niece. The base is Bella Paper Doll "Jot"; the hearts sheet is American Crafts "Craft Fair" as is the pink woodgrain. The words come from Bella Paper Doll "Collage" and the blue piece behind the photo is Pink Paislee "Think Big" again. I much prefer the first LO to the second. The second is a bit "in yer face" colour wise I think, but I did enjoy stepping out of my coordinated range box!
So, feeling a bit PP'd out, this was my next page. No PP at all, just a piece of that lovely chalkboard paper from American Crafts that Sarah has in stock, along with loads of different mix tape and masking sticker tapes. I wasn't sure how I was going to use the chalkboard sheet in A4 format but I'm liking the result. The black thickers on black background looks quite funky in real life too.

As it's Tuesday today I have a little "me" time so I'm off to play with pretty paper some more.


Say hi if you stop by :)

Tuesday, 15 November 2011


This month's challenge on Sarahscards is to think NEGATIVE. Nat suggests interpreting this word however you wish. I've interpreted it several ways.

1) You may look at this LO and think - "That's a layout? Really?" There are NO embellishments NO patterned paper (shocking for me I know) and NO fancy paper folding or other techniques.
No=negative right?

2) The main part of the title is made by spraying over masks leaving a NEGATIVE space.

3) The subject matter could be seen as negative. It's not about how lovely my son is. Nor is it about what a lovely day we had the day we ..... etc It is all about his speech issues - or lack of speech. The journalling explains it all. You may see this as me being negative about Sam, but I feel it is an important part of his life, especially if his communication issues continue as he gets older (which unfortunately I was told yesterday they possibly will). Last year when Josh was in hospital some people may have thought it was odd to take photos of him so ill and then to scrapbook them. I wanted to do it to help him remember what it was like and how brave he was. Plus it is important to document some of the NEGATIVE as well as loads of the POSITIVE.

So take a look, have a read, but focus on the positive for me would you? Because he is gorgeous and lovely and we do have lovely days the day we..... etc

Friday, 11 November 2011

Layout catch up

I think I sorted the scanner problem. It makes a very poorly noise but at least it scanned!
This was my last LO before the retreat - Joshy climbing on the rocks in Kippford. I always have good intentions of telling you what papers I used..... I had it written down.... but now I don't...SORRY :)
 Retreat Layouts:
This is my Helen-esque page. I printed a photo strip in Picassa then chopped it in half; stuck it down with mix-tape then added some alphas, thickers and a chalkboard pumpkin.
This is my version of Lou's class. Lou's was 12x12 so I did mine in A4 to show it was easily adaptable. The pic is Sam posing like James did on the rocks.
 More Halloween pics - James this time. I was pretty tired when I did this so it's a bit unfinished! I may add something... a donkey maybe, or the eiffel tower (tee hee).
 I tore this one apart and started again at one point! I have a tonne of the WRMK Teen Angst papers still to use.
 These are Stella & Rose papers with a little bit of the new AC "Chap" chucked in - plus Amy Tangerine Mix Tape and a bit of bakers twine. The photo is from Joshy's birthday with his "bestie" Harvey.
 Yet again I can't remember what these papers are - answers on a postcard......
The retreat was FAB was always - roll on March !!! There are still places left you know - come along. You KNOW you want to.

Monday, 7 November 2011

A little bit of awesome.

I made these little pretties for my little dudes whilst I was away at the Sarahscards Retreat this weekend. The "Jubbly" gift box was one of the make-n-takes we were teaching over the weekend. Each one is super easy to make from just a piece of 6x4 and some adhesive. I added some Amy Tangerine washi tape just because I love it. They had sweeties inside waiting for the boys to rip them open without really looking at the prettiness that mummy SLAVED OVER!!!!!!! haha ;) If you didn't come to the retreat a) why not? b) poor you c) let me know if you want a "how to" and I'll type one out for you.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Testing testing 1,2,3....

Even though I am so tired I can hardly see straight after a FAB weekend away, I have just downloaded the blogger iPhone app. I'm going to hit publish to see if it works ........