Saturday, 24 May 2008
May08 Week 3 Team Challenge by the Alphabetties
We are the Alphabetties, so the theme for our challenge is the alphabet.
You can use a song title, children’s rhyme or any other clever way you can think of to include the alphabet.
We have drawn a diagram (see below) for you to base your LO on and we’d like you to use an ‘abc’ of embellishments …
A = alphas, acetate, accents or arrows, for example
B = buttons, brads, bling or blossom, for example
C = chipboard, circles, charms or chalks, for example
read on to page 2...
So, to sum up …
Alphabet theme -10pts
ABC of embellishments – 10pts (5pts for using only 1 or 2 of them, full points for using all 3)
Use the drawing – 10pts
We hope you enjoy our challenge.
And here's my take...'There's no 'i' in team'
Thursday, 22 May 2008
I loved all the classes that I did over the weekend of Skrapztacular. I did the 'Write it Down' class with Shimelle and took an intake of breath when she showed us the area that we'd be journalling on, along with everyone else :) She talked us through the LO with great instructions and then taught us how to write our thoughts down in steps. In the end if was easy to write down my thoughts about Connor, and the time when this photo was taken of him.
Tuesday, 20 May 2008
Right, now it's time to share the projects from Skraptacular. There are a few. Mum and I arrived about 9am on Saturday 3rd May. She went straight into a class so I got into a simple LO to get me started.
My First House
I used more of my K&Co wild saffron for this LO. I made the 'Home Sweet Home' sign from lolly pop sticks and used a bloom from the UKS swap. The swirls are Bazill Basics.
I then did another simple LO using more K&Co but this time Baby Boy.
This one records the fact that Connor didn't sleep! 'It sleeps' is what my husband and I used to say to each other in utter relief when it happened :) The alphas are American Crafts Thickers in foam. The tag is K&Co and the Zs O'scrap.
I did a couple of classes for the remainder of the day (which I'll share at a later date) and then a challenge.
The challenge was to scrap someone else's photos. I was lucky enough to get three beautiful pages from Penny. I really wanted to do the photos justice and I spent hours on the LO. I was really pleased with it. I was really pleased with Penny's LO she did for me too based on my photos of a trip to Prague. In the end we both won the challenge :)
The Eyes Have It by Me
Prague by Penny
And here we are getting our prizes :)
Monday, 19 May 2008
The challenge this week was to use the sketch they'd attached (10 points), use ribbons (5 points), use stamping (5 points) and do some doodling (10 points). I almost forgot to do it so did it very quickly tonight but was fairly pleased with the result.
This is 'My Big Acheivement' and celebrates my becoming Head Girl back in 1994. It uses more of K& Co Wild Saffron and a tag, with the photo attached to the back. The stamp I used is Technique Tuesday.
The blue alphas and the min alphas are both from Doodlebug and the blue square is from fontworks.
I cut a couple of slits in the paper and stuck envelopes behind to house my application letter and my Head Girls welcome from Foundation Day that year.
Simple, but I like it and I used my Fastenator for the first time too.
Yesterday Julie (Nabview)'s CJ 'Saying Yes' arrived. It's beautiful but I don't know where to start. I'm going to have to think a bit about this one. It might be a good time to show you my last CJ effort though. It was Audrey's 'Strong Women' CJ. I wanted to choose someone from the world of science since I am a scientist and after a lot of research and findings (did you know that Rosalind Franklin discovered the doble helix for example and not Watson and Crick??) I went for Marie Curie. My pages are here:
Again the pages use K&Co Wild Saffron paper, which I've inked. It also uses K&Co felt flowers from the same range. I printed out pages of her notebook and stuck them on using foam pads for texture. The rub on words are me braving the rub on world and surviving it.
My favourite feature on the second page is the journalling block 'Daily Dose'. It ties in well with the theme. And the finishing touch was of course my tag for the back of the book;
And now I must get to bed ready for the start of another week. Have a good one all x
Monday, 31 March 2008
My favourite tag is this one. The journalling reads 'Mothers and daughters are closest when daughters become mothers'. I thought that that was a lovely quote and apt in this case. This is my favourite photo of Connor and I.
The whole book opens up to reveal the word mother. I used Maja Road Chipboard with bazil basics card stock to create the tag book. Thank you to Voodoo Vixen for the inspiration and instructions.
Sunday, 30 March 2008
Yes, it's true. I'm a drama queen. Looking forward to my first UKS Cybercrop. Will have to get organised though. At the moment my stash is all over the place. I have so many projects I want to get finished, perhaps that will be a good time to do it?
Saturday, 29 March 2008
Firstly, I had an offer accepted on a house- yay. And it has a pretty entrance so the photos for the moving LO should be nice. Lol!
Secondly, I had an email today from Silly Monkeys to tell me that I'd been short listed to be part of their design team!! I'm really chuffed about that.
And lastly- the UKS Cybercrop information was released :) I'm a drama queen! Anyway, off to make some button fairies now. More tomorrow.
Sunday, 23 March 2008
Because I wrote it when I was young I've tried to give it a 'young' feel with the pastels and buttons.
To balance that out my second LO is an Emily Dickson poem that I love. It's a grown up's poem, on a grown up page. The ribbon paper is fab and meant that I didn't have to add too many embellishments to make the page look complete.
I hope that you like them Karen!
It's 12:18. It is no longer my Birthday. But I actually had a pretty nice time tonight. We went to the dogs in Reading and I won a little bit of money. I don't know why I like going really because I hate to lose money and because I hate to lose money- I never bet :) Tonight I did though and it was 6/1 so I won some money. Anyway, I wanted to share my LO before I go to sleep. I wanted to capture the colour that comes from all of Connor's toys. That and the colour that he brings to my life. I notice it a lot at the moment. I am pleased with the LO. I love the colour!
Finally got to sit down to share my CJ with you all. I sent it on its way at the beginning of the week and I received my first one yesterday too :) I've already done my DLO in Karen's 'Poetry' CJ and I'll share them with you later in the week. But today I'd like to share my CJ. Here are the covers, the LO and all the sundries I sent to Sarah. I'm not sure what I think about the outside of the CJ. I chose the paper because it had lots of travel/journey words but the colours are a little dull. But then I've tried to make up for it by using super coloured paper inside. I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else does in it.
Saturday, 15 March 2008
Not much time for blogging this week! Have been having fun though :) On Thursday I went to The Scrap Cafe crop and discovered that Lorraine has a Cricut! OMG! I want one :) Cut the circles for this LO and some cars for my CJ. I will post some photos of my CJ later.
This LO is my weekly challenge for UKS. We had to include a freindship theme, metal and circles. I'm really pleased with the LO. The paper is fantastic and I love my new foam thickers and the autumn leaves journalling stamp I won at Papermaze too. Think they work well with the photo- which I also love.
Friday, 7 March 2008
What a gorgeous day it turned out to be after a wet start (although some of you might have missed that since my day starts at 5.30am every day!). A perfect day for being out and about and feeding the ducks :)
Today's LO I'm sharing with you is my UKS weekly challenge which had to be nature based, use green, use a sketch provided and have a recycled element. It shows my Mum and Son feeding the ducks. They love to feed the ducks together and, as the journalling says, Connor quacks all the way to the pond which is very cute. I'm pleased with the LO, but wish the photos were better quality. It really pays to use a good quality photo paper. The paper is Basic Grey Phoebe and I've just overlaid ribbons and threads where they were on the page to give it dimension. It's nice to add some pink to LO, as it's something I don't get to do often being the Mum of a boy.
I've been looking at houses to move to today. I can't help seeing life in LOs though. As I walk up to each house I'm thinking about what a photo might look like of us walking over the threshold and is there enough natural light in the house etc etc. I'm pretty sure I can't choose a house on that basis!
Thursday, 6 March 2008
Here is the promised LO! I really love this Bohemia range and think it works really well with the photo- a bit of glamour. The LO is based on Pencil Lines Sketch #74. No time to write anything else tonight.
Bohemia 'My Mind's Eye' Paper (both sides)
Bohemia blooms with Making Memories velvet brads
Making Memories Shimmer Black Alphabet
Fab ribbon and thread selection from Lorraine at The Scrap Cafe.
I've joined a Newbie Circle Journal! I'm not sure what I've let myself in for with topics amoungst the team such as 'Super Women' but it's bound to challenge me and I do like a challenge. My first challenge is to come up with a definite theme. I had thought of making a book for my sisters 30th next year all about 1979 but I've been advised that I won't want to give this CJ away! My next idea was to make a recipe book with everyone's favourites in, and this is something that I may come back to (I already have a picture of my favourite starter- see!). But yesterday I was driving up the M3 after dark and there were a surprising amount of blue glowing backs of cars! It made me a little sad to think that these children are missing out on the fun that was childhood car journeys, playing simple games like i-spy but also more complicated and longer running ones like 'Pub Cricket' that I can't really remember the rules to, but remember being a lot of fun. I would hate to forget to teach that to my children and that got me thinking that I should ask my Dad for the rules and then include it in a Car Games for Kids CJ!! Now I just have to check that my CJ team have some games that they could include.
Tonight, I have to say, I am loving Bohemia. I bought a great collection from The Scrap Cafe on Saturday and have put together a yummy page that I will share with you tomorrow using the Pencil Lines sketch #74, which is another beauty. I've also nearly completed my weekly challenge for UKS but need to print the main photo at Boots because the quality isn't good enough. It's all very green in Reading this week, I have to say!
Sunday, 2 March 2008
I wanted to make up one LO to record my year in America but that involved a LOT of journalling. I found the Scenic Route Lined Paper and used this for this purpose. Using acetate, I added a second layer with my report card decorated with some blooms and more scenic route paper, a third layer with a pocket enclosing my graduation announcement and a top layer with a photo of my year book photo, some scenic route charlotte quincey paper and MM blooms. I'm really pleased with the result.
Saturday, 1 March 2008
I have been to my crop in Caversham today. I actualy achieved a lot and am pleased with all the LO I've done today. The first I'd like to share with you is my take on Pencil Lines Sketch #73 which I thought was just gorgeous. The photos is of my 8 Year old second Cousin. The materials I've used are Basic Grey papers- Romani and Phoebe and alpahbet- Perhaps, with DCVW textured cardstock and Makes sense supplies chipbase from deluxe designs.
Wednesday, 20 February 2008
Tuesday, 19 February 2008
Pencil Lines Stetch #72 is a really good one. I combined it with the UKS weekly challenge this week. I origianlly used white cardstock behing the green but I didn't like it so changed it to burgundy to match the other bits of the LO. On the whole a pleasing LO though, and I love that I got to use some of my thread ribbon that I got free from the lovely people at Craft Obsessions.
Have been up all night with Connor's teeth playing him up and have to go to school to do some planning today, even though it's half term.
Hopefully the day will pick up though! Happy Tuesday everybody.
First draft with white cardstock:
Monday, 18 February 2008
I really liked the Mojo holder sketch this week and thought it worked perfectly with my new year page. I've hidden the journalling because it's a little bit more private than usual, with my hopes and dreams for the year on it. Love the spring colours of the Basic Grey LilyKate collection and they worked well with my photo which I took using the self timer being unaware that I had a little person lurking in the background!
Thursday, 14 February 2008
Here is my latest sketch. It's a really busy page but enables you to include lots of photos and journalling (or quotes etc). I would only use a few colours in this layout so that it's not even busier! Why don't you give it a try and please send me your designs so I can see how inventive you've been. Happy Scrapping.
Sunday, 27 January 2008
The challenge from Papermaze was to use some of the new line from KI to create a LO. After looking at the collection I chose the KI Memories Pop Culture Lace Cardstock - Hangman Navy as my starting point. This lead me very quickly to the decision to scrap my son's first words because he pronounces them in such an amusing way. The title is cut from the letters of the lace cardstock and I also used them to journal the words that Connor said first, mounted on red to make them stand out more. I like the effect and will definately us KI Memories lace cardstock again in future.
PS: I received my cardstock really quickly from Papermaze!