Friday, December 29, 2006

I'm a Dream Girl!

I can't believe it. I entered a manufacturer's DT call for Dream Street Papers, and no, I did not win, BUT I am to be next December's guest designer. That makes me a Dreamgirl of the month- Just call me Miss December! I am chuffed to bits, that's pretty exciting news for me. I will see if 2 of my LOs are in my slide show-'Blogging Big Time' and 'Cousins'- take a look and see what you think- I'm off to celebrate.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Tough as Old Boots

Tough as old boots- that's my mum. I spoke to her today and she as as chirpy as can be- insists that her injury is nothing. She slipped on the concrete step leading on to the gravel in the back yard, and caught her arm on the edge of the step, ripping a flap of skin on her arm, gravel rash all over her knees and hands. She got herself up and went to the bathroom to clean herself up, realized she would need to go to the hospital when she saw her arm bone! She phoned my sister to come and take her to the hospital. It took them 2.5 hours to clean it up and straighten out the skin flap which had become all bunched up. Anyway, she still had a great christmas, and had no problem eating her dinner. She thinks the whole episode is quite amusing. Quite a contast with my husband who woke uo today with a sty on his eye- ok it is unpleasant, but this really is a mansty- we haven't heard the end of it. We had a pleasant christmas, quiet and the food was lovely, but too much as usual- we'll be living on turkey for a while to come. I made two canvases that sit on easels for my MIL, and she was delighted with them. the one of Emily uses Dream St papers and WAMK ribbons, and the one of Jack uses Rusty Pickle. these are my first canvases, and I am happy with them.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Too far from home.

I always been very aware of how far away I am from my family at this time of the year. Christmas here with my little family is lovely, but not the same as being with my big noisy aussie lot. But just now I feel so far away. I have just received an email from my sister- all it says is 'here are some photos of mum after her fall on Saturday.' Now I spoke to my sister, and my mother on Saturday morning, so my sister may have been mixed up and thought that she had spoken to me after the fall, but she didnot, and I knew nothing about any fall when I opened the email. To see photos of my mum in the state she was in came as a shock, to put it mildy. She has a massive v-shaped tear in her arm, all stitched up, and severe bruising on her hand and around the wound. It looks like the type of injury you would get if savaged by a dog. I have not been able to get any further information, noone is answering at my mother's, sister's or brother's so I still don't know what happened. The wound looks like she must have caught the arm on something sharp as she fell- It is such a mess and sooo many stitches. So here I am, on the other side of the world, wondering what is going on, and feeling totally useless. I will now have to wait another 12 hours, because of the time difference, to see if I can get hold of one of them to find out what happened, and how mum is.
One thing is for sure- she is going to need some help to eat her christmas dinner!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Still haven't...

Still haven't wrapped the christmas presents... but I have done a new layout. Oh, how much this scrapping lark interferes with real life. I am by nature a procrastinator- in fact I think I'll do a layout about that flaw in my character for my BOM... maybe in the new year. However I do get things done eventually, and always by the deadlines, especially if other people are depending on me. I would hate to let people down through my procrastination. I guess I'm one of those people who thrives best under pressure. I am also by nature pretty laid back, so I don't usually get stressed, even when time is running out, I know I will get things done on time. It is just that I am not super efficient- definitely not a MONICA. I don't make lists- I just rehearse in my head what needs doing, until I reach the point where I actually do it. Actually, when I think about it, scrapping is one area of my life where I don't procrastinate. I enjoy it so much (and rehearse in my head so much) that I am usually ahead of myself. I have had one DT project for Willowtree Crafts ready since the beginning of December. I love receiving the kit, stroking it, thinking for a couple of days, then doing it. It is just the more mundane areas of my life that I procrasinate with. Anyway, after all that rambling, the layout I am posting is sketch #11 of Pencillines. I love that site because it brings together scrappers from all over the world, and that can only be good from a friendhsip and inspirational point of view. I also love the Dream Street papers I have used for this page. Thanks for looking, and if you do pop by my blog, I'd love you to leave a comment.

Monday, December 18, 2006

I still have not wrapped the presents. Somehow scrapping gets in the way. On the weekend I had a clear up of my craft area, and it looks lovely. I also did the pencillines sketch 10, but it hasn't been uploaded on the site yet. I don't know why that would be, but antway, I have decided to upload it here. I have used Chloe's closet, and Dream Street papers.Unfortunately we don't have much daylight here in Scotland at present so the colours are not true. The page looks a lot better IRL.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Christmas tree

We put our tree up last Saturday so I thought the least I could do was post a picture. I love our tree. The decorations are mainly gold- baubles and bead ropes, and a few little traditional wooden decorations. There is no tinsel, it just doesn't do it for me I'm afraid. Oh, and white lights- very simple. It does take up rather a lot of room though and I have to admit that whilst I love the tree, I am always relieved when it comes down in January..oops did I say that? I must start to wrap presents tomorrow so that I know what we have and what is still to be bought. The problem is I haven't done the shopping this year- DH has done it, mainly from Amazon, so I am out of the loop somewhat. So I need to get everything out, see if the kids have roughly equal amounts, that there are enough little things for the stockings, and to see if anyone has been forgotten altogether.-me probably! At least this year I managed to get cards written, and actually posted them too! I have been guilty in the past of writing but not posting them.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Love this LO

This is one of my all time favourite pages. I love it mostly because it started with the journalling, and so it is very meaningful in terms of family memories. As you can see it is all about Emily learning to knit. The colours were chosen to reflect the setting- a wool shop on Skye, and the colours are also very scottish -heathery, tweedy, scottish hills. The page is very textural, again to reflect the topic- fibres, ribbons, felt, velvet, lace and the mini scarf out of the actual wool used by Emily. Behind the photo is a piece of knitting pattern and the twill tape measure down the side of the main photo was added because scarves are all about length. I added hand sewing on the felt flowers to add to a home spun feel. For me this process is a more intellectual approach to scrapping- I hope that doesn't sound pretentious, what I mean is I gave this page a lot of thought about how to convey an event, a memory and every element was chosen to add meaning. It is a different process than those pages where I start with a photo, choose paper, usually on the basis of colour, and then gather embellishments to enhance that scheme, where the emphasis is on designing something that is pleasing to the eye, rather than a page that preserves memories. What a ramble, but I hope you understand what I am getting at.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Monday musings

I had a nice day today. I went out for a long lunch with my work team, then mangaed to pick up a few things for the kids christmas stockings. I am struggling though with ideas for my son. His main presnts are CDs abd DVDs, but just what do you get as stcoking fillers for a 15 year old teenage boy? All ideas gratefully received.
I have joined a CJ team, my first and today the first one arrived. The theme is 'pink' and I have been sitting here pondering... think pink.. Pink Floyd, Pink, Breast cancer awareness, paint chips, barbie, Barbara Cartland, Shocking Pink, Pink Panther, pigs, baby girls.....I have printed off some small photos of different pink flowers in my garden, so might do something with those... not sure yet.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

I created a Slide Show! Check it out!

Scrappy weekend

It has been a busy weekend. Friday night was my work night out, a meal and disco, had a lot of fun, can't dance for peanuts, but I'm beyond caring what I look like on the dance floor, so had a great time fooling around. I had two glasses of wine. Now they were large ones, but surely not emough to be responsible for the headache I woke up with on Saturday? So Saturday I started the day with headache pills, but managed to finish the LO I had been struggling with, plus 2 others. One was very clean and simple, and guess what? I loooove it! I don't usually do clean and simple, cause I enjoy creating bits and pieces to add to a page, but this page is lovely. In fact I will try to upload and you can judge for yourself. It features fab papers from Dream Street that I bought from Rebecca's Scrapbooking Stash.
Also had to go out to B&Q to buy new roofing felt for the garden shed,because we lost the old felt in all the wind last week. Everything in the shed is soaking, so have been trying to dry that out as well. My DH managed to fix the roof, a feat I am very impressed with because he is no handyman.
Today I did some house cleaning and we managed to put up the tree. It loooks gorgeous too, so I will upload a picture to share with you soon.
Oh, and to top off a great weekend- I won the photography competition on UKS!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

photography competition

I'm in the final of the UKS photography competition for November. The theme for the month was 'home', and I took a photo of our gorgeous open fire in the living room. Anyway it made the final, which is nice, cause I'm no photographer (although I'd like to me, it is one area I'd like to develop)So anyway, if you are a UKS member and would like to vote for my picture, you need to go to the November voting thread in the photography forum. I will upload the photo here if I can find it. For the last two evenings I have been struggling with a LO. I am such a slow scrapper sometimes. This one is lacking dimension. I think it needs some big chipboard letters, but I don't have any. I hand cut a title but it is too flat, so I have a problem I need to solve...

Saturday, December 02, 2006

craft fair

Today I went to the craft fair at The Royal Highland Showground here in Edinburgh and it was very disappointing. At least three stallholders that I loved last year were nowhere to be seen. it wasn't very busy so I don't know how well the other stall holders did, and therefore whether they will be back next year. There was one lovely scrapbooking stand- Clearly Creative, selling little minibooks and kits, but I didn't need any, so only bought a magazine there. My favourite stand was one selling saris and indian ribbons and braids. I only bought three bits of ribbon/braid from there, cause it wasn't cheap, and if blogger lets me you can see a little picture here, and I'm sure you will understand why I loved it so much. I was also inspired by the work of a textile artist who machine embroiders bits of plastic bags, and things like plastic drinking strwas and makes wall hangings and book covers from her creations, She makes dragonflies, flowers, fairies as well as abstract richly coloured designs.I would love to try this art form.
My other picture today is a LO I did based on the sketch. I have been wanting to use one of these sketches since the site started and this week I finally did. It is a plain, simple page, but I like it.

Monday, November 20, 2006


I went to the Edinburgh crop on Saturday, and as usual did very little. I am no good at scrapping at crops. I forget things, and end up with incomplete pages. However I do like the company, and on Saturday I learned a lot from Heather about stamping and twinkling H2Os, and Yvonne brought along a couple of cjs for me to look at too. I have finished all my DT work for Jillybeans, but am finding it hard to take decent photographs of them because of the poor light- too dark before and after work, so I have to wait until the weekend before photographing them. I have finished all my projects for Lianne at Little Silver Hat and emailed them off tonight. I loved using all those gorgeous ribbons she sent me.
For some time now I have enjoyed blog hopping, especially those of Australian scrappers, cause there is so much talent there. However a scrapcritic blog, that was supposedly set up to allow anonymous constructive criticism has turned into an outright nasty bitch, and venting of petty jealousy has caused a great deal of hurt and upset, so much so that some of my favourite scrappers have shut down their blogs, and resigned from DTs. So sad, because they were so inspirational and I will miss peaking into their galleries so much.
Talking of Aussie scrappers, Carole Janson left a comment on my blog yesterday, so thank you Carole for taking the time. It is much appreciated.
The LO uses Rhonna Farrer stamps, aren't they fantastic, and a close up of the vellum, embossed butterfly. I love this page. I love butterflies. I love quotes too.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Want to win a goody bag?

Willowtree crafts is running a series of competitions over the next months. I have set the first challenge, and you will need to go to the site (see link on my sidebar)every day this week to have a chance to win. All the details are on the forum, but basically you need to leave a comment on the forum about one design team member's blog over the next 5 nights. Then you will be entered into a draw to win the goodies. Keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks for more chances to win. Amy is trying to build up the community forum side of the site, so hopefully these challenges will entice more visitors to the site. It is well worth visiting the site- there are lots of articles, reviews and of course the gallery if you need a little inspiration.
This weekend I went shopping- I am am in need of some new clothes, but as often happens, I came away with nothing, and Emily, who accompanied me, and needed school shoes, ended up with new jeans and a new top as well, and Jack ended up with new pj's. So I still need new clothes. I really don't enjoy clothes shopping at all, and now I have to do it again some time.
Scrapping wise, I worked on the Lippychick Flip book. I am really happy with how it is progressing- just need to but some nice soft olive green ribbon for tying it closed. I also did some more bits and peices using the lush ribbon and blossoms from Lianne at Little Silver Hat, so now I have nearly finished using all the ribbon up.
but all too soon it is Sunday evening and it's back to work tomorrow. I really enjoy my job, but find Mondays hard cause I love my weekends more! Today's photo is the LO I did for Jillybeans using Daisyd's paper.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

I won a set of Dream St papers from Rebecca's scrapbooking stash. Rebecca ran a competition on UKS to scrap something and upload it while UKS was down yesterday. I made a peace sign for Emily's christmas. Emily is just a hippie at heart, (as you can see from yesterday's post), so I think she will like the sign. If not I can always use it as a christmas decoration. I love all the Dream St papers and had a hard time choosing but eventually settled on the 'Paint Your World' set.
The LO I have uploaded today uses Pebble Inc double sided halloween papers, sent to me by Willowtree Crafts for the design team gallery. I love double sided papers- they are such good value. These papers are really great quality heavy papers too. The word 'witch' is made from Junkitz peel off letters and the rest of the title is Basic Grey. I've outlined all the letters with my wonderful white uniball signo (Rebecca sells them)pen to make them stand out. Have you visited Willowtree craft's site lately? it has been revamped and has lots of interesting articles to read as well as the DT gallery to view.
What else have I done...Workwise I did an inservice presentation today to teachers and nursery nurses about ways of working with autistic kids, and received very positive feedback. Hopefully I have made a little bit of difference towards increasing understanding of this complex and disabling condition.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

another scrappy weekend

I've had a very productive scrapping weekend. Emily was at guide camp (first one she has been to where it didn't rain all weekend)so the house was pretty quiet. I did the International Dare, and I have uploaded it here. What a great dare it was. I really wanted to do a childhood memory one but my printer is out of ink, so I couldn't print off one of the two photos I have of me as a child. I'm not sure why we have very few family photos- probably because we lived in the outback, hundreds of miles from the nearest town to buy film, get photos developed etc. Also I am the fifth of seven children, so I think the novelty had worn off somewhat- there are lot more photos of the two eldest, than of the rest of us. Also over the years the photos have been lost, albums raided and split up, with the result that I have only two very blurry childhood photos. Well my kids won't have that problem will they? Anyway, I loved doing the dare, and am happy with my page. I think it is all self explanatory- the paint was used on the flowers, title on photo, my daughter's dreams (well a couple of them)and all the cardstock covered. I also have nearly completed a Lippy Chick flip book, with great Halloween papers from Willowtree Crafts- just two more triangles left to do, but I have to wait for my printer ink to arrive. I know it makes sense to order spare inks, but I have had my printer for so long I can't believe it is not going to break down, and I don't want to be left with a pile of useless cartridges. Hope you like my page.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Friday nights- love 'em!

Don't ya just love Friday nights, knowing that a whole weekend lies ahead? I'm sitting here surfing the net, blog hopping- love to do that too. Glass of red wine.. too good. Emily has gone to guide camp, Jack is playing computer games in another room, hubby has lit a lovely coal fire- just great.
One of my colleagues at work went off on maternity leave today- another Aussie, what you see is what you get with her, and I will miss having her around. We had a baby shower at work- love those too, such cute things for babies around aren't there.
Scrapping wise what have I done this week? A halloween LO for Willowcrafts, and am starting on using some of the lush ribbon from 'Little Silver Hat'. Lianne sent a gorgeous selection of christmas ribbon, so I have made some cards this week. I have also completed a LIPPYCHICK flop book- it is of a Halloween party my daughter attended last week while I was at the retreat. I can't believe how bad the photos were though. She took the camera with her, and most of the photos were so blurred they were useless. Even the ones taken at home by DH were terrible. They were using the little automatic point and shoot camera and still couldn't get it right. I am beginning to think there is a problem with the camera, the blurry hand is always on, even when set to off. I am going to get another one for Malcolm for christmas I think.
Antway Blogger has let me upload the LO from last week. I really like it, hope you do too.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Fantabulous weekend!

I went to the Luxurious Angels retreat!. I have never been to a retreat before, and I can only say, if you ever get the opportunity to go to one, then DO! I don't know if other retreats are as good as this one was, it was fab. Everything was so well planned. The classes were interesting, the teachers, Kirsty, Anna and Roz were fun and all the ladies there were great too. So thank you all for making my first retreat so worthwhile. It is lovely to be able to put faces to all those names that appear on UKS too. There were some very talented scrappers there, I can tell you. I loved walking around having a peek and seeing what everyone else was up too. Roz found her niche as an auctioneer and managed to sell off a whole heap of stuff to raise money for MS, and amuse us at the same time. The shop was very well stocked, there was some gorgeous stuff, anf now I'm kicking myself for not getting some of those gorgeous velvet letters. Unfortunately I had to go home Saturday night, so I missed out on what sounds like a lot of fun!
If you are ever around Kirsty, DON'T throw your scraps away! She gave me a good talking to, in the nicest possible way of course, then used my scraps to make the gorgeous card you see on this blog- So now I own a Kirsty Wiseman original!!!! (worth throwing my scraps away for). The other picture on this post is a LO I did on Saturday. (well it will be if blogger lets me)Emily has started her own blog, and what a rich source of journalling it is. I intend to lift slabs from her future blogs to scrap, so that I will end up with a fantastic insight into the mind of her at thirteen. I haven't put photos on any of the class LOs that I did at the retreat, but when I do I will post them here too.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

I'm in Love!!

Yes I am in love- with my new Rhonna Farrer scroll stamps, I used them last night on a LO I was struggling with, and what a lift they gave it. I have posted a picture of a little of the LO here, but can't post the whole thing cause the LO is for something that can't be shown just now. But those stamps- fantastic! I can see I am going to need more.... might take a look at the banana frog stamps next...
Emily and I went for a walk in the Pentlands today. We are very lucky to be able to walk from our house into the hills. It was such a gorgeous day, and unseasonally warm. I didn't take many picturs, cause the autumn clours are not quite at their best. I am about to look at some photos Emily took of me today. I hope she managed to get one or two flattering ones!

Friday, October 13, 2006

A good scrappy week.

The lovely Miss Lippy Chick has chosen me to be on her design team- how exciting is that? I am looking forward to seeing all the new and exciting books she will be launching soon. I have been scrapping mid week- unusual for me cause I usually get home from work, get the meal etc and then pop onto the computer for a quick look at UKS, Willow Tree crafts, and a few other forums, then the next thing I know I'm just checking a few blogs, and then I realize it's bedtime, and I haven't even tidied the kitchen. But this week I really did scrap. I did 2 pages for the October gallery at Jillybeans using DaisyD's gypsy harvest papers. The papers are such strong designs that I was struggling at first, but finally I produced two pages I was happy with. I am attaching a sneak preview of one of them. I am also attaching a LO done for Willow Tree crafts. Their website is beginning to take off, with DT blogs, product reviews and short scrapping articles. Pop over and take a look.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

In the beginning...

I thought I would write about how I got into scrapping. Let’s start at the very beginning….
In August 2005 I visited family in Australia. Two of my nieces were scrapbookers. I looked at their albums and though they were very nice. I visited scrapbook stores with them and watched them spending what seemed like lots of money on pretty papers, rub ons and embellishments. I thought they were mad. Then my daughter, who was 11 at the time, wanted to do some layouts. I watched her and started giving her advice- it went down like a lead balloon. In the end, exasperated she said ‘mum, just do one of your own and leave me to get on with mine!’ So I did. It took 2 hours and consisted of two matted photos on plain paper with a sticker alphabet title. I left Australia hooked! I did not bring back any stash with me because I assumed there must be scrapbook shops all over the UK, just like there was in Australia, but I had just not noticed them. How wrong I was!
What I did bring back was two Australian scrapbooking magazines, one of which had web addresses, including UKscrappers. UKS opened up a whole new world- a gallery, advice, friends and importantly ONLINE SHOPPING! It really has added another dimension to my life, and that is something most scrappers can identify with. I am going to attempt to add a photo of one of my earliest pages to this blog, and you will see for yourself how far my scrapping has developed. How did you get into scrapping, and how has your scarpping changed- I would love to read your blogs to find out! Blogger won't let me upload my LO I'll keep trying.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

On a Roll!

I'm on a design team roll just now- I've just been chosen for The Little Silver Hat team, along with my blog buddies Maria and Roz- well done you two! Little Silver Hat sells ribbons and braids, and I loooove ribbons and braids, so I am over the moon to be on the team. Ribbon is such a great embellishment- economical, flexible, and pretty, and I looove ricrac especially. a piece of ricrac can save the most mundane of LO's. So I will not be applying for any new design teams just now. I have more than enough to keep me out of mischief for the time being.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Super Saturday.

I had such a great day yesterday. DH went hillwalking, DD went out, and I was home with just DS. He is a lovely 15 year old who just gets on with things- he has always been undemanding, right from the day he was born. I recall having to wake him to feed him because he slept so much. Anyway yesterday I was able to scrap to my heart's content, in between hanging out loads of washing! I can't believe how many socks my kids get through in a couple of days,and how big my bag of odd socks is growing! So I completed my Lippy Chick book from Angel Crafts. I used it a bit like an art journal, and tried to make a little 5x5 work of art for each page- the inside 5 are in shades of blue and the outside 5 are reds/yellows. I have never done an art journal and now I am inspired to start one, cause I really loved experimenting with collage, inks, doodles etc. I made the book for a friend who has just been diagnosed with breast cnacer and will give it to her when her treatment starts. It is full of inspirational, positive quotes. I really hope it helps her. I have posted a couple of pics to give you an idea!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

tagged by Heather

The rules are: List 5 weird things about yourself or your pets.Tag 5 friends and list them. Then, those people need to write on their blogs about 5 weird things, and state the rules, and tag 5 more people.

Well, actually I don't think I am very weird, but here goes.
1. I eat a Mullers cherry yoghurt every night before bed and like to carefully peel off the foil lid (I HATE it if the lid tears!)then I fold the foil into ever decreasing triangles.
2. I made a decision about 10 years ago never to wear a dress or skirt again. Buying only tops and trousers makes clothes shopping soooo much easier.
3. I HATE shopping, especially for clothes. Hubby does the food shopping. The only shops I like are........ You guessed it- craft shops. Actually I love DIY stores, but not DIY. I used to do alot of DIY but it eats into my scarp time so I am right off DIY now.
4. I really like weeding my garden. Those of you who love gardening will probably not think that is weird though.
5. I love living in Scotland and one reason is I love the weather! people often ask me if I miss Aussie heat and the answer is defintely NO. I love the seasons here, especially Autumn.

So who will I tag? Lauren, Jane, Maria, Angela, Tamar, Karen

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Wet Sunday

What a miserable wet misty day here in Edinburgh. Actually it looks very atmospheric, but I wouldn't like to be out in it! Perfect day for scrapping though! Today's LO is one I started at the Edinburgh crop, but couldn't get inspired. I used a border punch around the edges, and didn't know what to do next, so I put it away for a while. Then when I got it out again I decided to doodle, and the LO just grew. I am really happy with the result- it looks like one of those henna tattoos. I used a white uniball signo pen- I love those for doodling!
I went to Ikea this morning to get a bookcase for my son's room, and have assembled it with no damage, unlike the Argos dresser last week. Ikea furniture is so much easier to put together. Having said that the Argos one was just what I needed in terms of size and storage cpacity. I will upload some pictures of where I scrap one day. I am now going to start my inspirational quotes book for my friend with breast cancer- think I will use the Lippychick book from Angel Crafts. Hope you like my doodled LO as much as I do!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Design Team!

I am so excited- I have won a place on another design team, WILLOW TREE CRAFTS. (see the link on the right). Take a look at their site and register to join the forum. This forum is new but we are hoping to build it up into a really interesting place to visit, with design ideas, product reviews, a blog and all sorts of other interesting bits and pieces. So come on over!

Monday, September 18, 2006

Great weekend

It has been a really busy weekend- the crop on saturady, then yesterday down to Manchester. Sadly for Jack Man U did not play well, and were beaten by Arsenal. that boy is jinxed-it seems everytime we manage to get tickets Man U get beaten. Emily and I went shopping at the Lowry outlet. There is a new craft shop opened there, but nothing to get excited about. It is next to Papermill and sells similar things. I did buy some ribbon though, and some more ribbon (actually they were chokers) from Mikey jewellers. We also went to the Imperial War museum. The audio visual display about children and war so very moving- from WW2 evacuees, to jewish recounts of their war time experiences, and to the child soldiers in Africa. It was like an AV scrapbook. We stayed at the Travelodge at Preston. We love Travelodges- you always know what you are getting and no-one fusses or bothers you- great. It is really pretty around Chorley too.
Today we had a fabulous walk near Ambleside, Fabulous views from the hills and afterwards Malcolm and the kids had a little adventure rock climbing into a cave. But next time we go out it would help to a) make sure the camera battery is charged and b) make sure the memory card has been placed back in the second camera, and not left in the card reader. I did manage to get a few pics though not half as many as the weekend warranted.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Can't believe what I did!

I bought a new sideboard thing, with lots of storage to put the Telly on, and keep some of the DVD, craft overspill in. It is only from Argos, but it was just what I wanted. Anyway it was flat pack of course, and when I put the wooden dowels in the underside of the top, I thought they were sticking out too much, so I showed them who was boss my giving them a whack with my hammer. Antway, when I turned the top over I had whacked so hard that they had cracked the top, and in one spot had actually come through, so my brand new sideboard has 8 damaged spots on the top. I've put the TV and video over the worst of it, but I am so annoyed with myself.
I went to the edinburgh crop today. I made a waterfall crad- dead easy and very effective too. trouble was, that's the only thing I did, just couldn't bring anything else together. But it was good to catch up with Lisa and Kat. Lisa did a fab multiphoto LO. Met some new people too -Emma, who would you beleive grew up a couple of streets from where I lived in Adelaide- small world eh? Also great to meet Roz and Angela, who would not spill the beans on any of the Luxurious Angels retreat at Lockerbie!! I 'll just have to be patient I guess. We are off to Manchester tomorrow- the boys to Old Trafford, and Emily and I to the War museum (and maybe a little bit of shopping at the Lowry centre. Then on Monday we will come up through the Lake district and do a spot of walking.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Productive weekend

I have had a good weekend- gardening and scrapping- my two most favourite things in the world, well except food and travel, oh and my family....
Anyway I did two LOs for Jillybeans October gallery. I can't post them here yet but I will post one from this month's gallery instead. It is using K&Co papers, they were perfect for this photo. Click on the Jillybeans link to find the gallery and see all the great work by the other DT members. I also altered a tin jug I bought at ASDA for £1. I thought I would put a jam jar in it and use it for flowers, but Emily has decided she wants to have it in her bedroom, so that's that. Also went to Ikea and bought an office chair for son's room. It is truly awful- big, black leather look, but it is his room and it was his choice..
Did the regular haircutting of son and hubby. That sure saves a lot of money. I also do Emily's, but I imagine she will soon realize that hairdressers can cut better than me, and then she will become even more expensive to keep than she is now.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

busy weekend

It has been very busy this weekend. Emily went to guide camp on Friday night (poor child always ends up getting rained on at guide camp, and this weekend was no exception)and DH and son were away all day Saturday. But did I scrap? No such luck. I spent the day putting an IKEA flat pack chest of drawers together, putting a new curtain rail up, and hanging curtains in my son's room (the one that was flood damaged). It has been redecorated, after the replastering. We are still waiting on new carpet, but I moved him in today, and out of our kitchen/family room, where he was blocking access to my scrap stuff!! Today was spent working through the heaps of washing, and general cleaning. Tonight I have assembled a whole lot of stash that I might use on a LO that has been rumbling around my head for the last few weeks. Now I have to go through the process of selecting which of the stash will end up on the final LO.
I am posting a picture of the tins I bought at Dunelm Mills last week for £1.99. they are so pretty I am thinking of going back for more, and no, I am not going to alter them- I love them just the way they are!

Thursday, August 31, 2006

I' ve been tagged

I've been tagged by Maria- sorry I've taken so long to do this.

1. If you could build a house anywhere, where would it be?- A beach house on the north coast of NSW, Australia, and another in the Perthshire countryside –don’t want much eh?
2. What's your favourite article of clothing?- My M&S pyjamas- don’t wear them to bed but love loafing around in them!
3. Favourite physical feature of the opposite sex?- must be a twinkle in the eye.
4. What's the last CD that you bought?- I don’t usually buy CDs- I’m a great lover of silence. The last one was Norah Jones.
5. Where's your favourite place to be?- love my bed!
6. Where's your least favourite place to be?, in an indoor swimming pool.
7. What's your favourite place to be massaged?- feet
8. Strong in mind or strong in body?- Mind, I am pathetically weak physically- couldn’t move a piece of furniture if my life depended on it.
9. What time do you wake up in the morning?- Usually about 7.00 am
10. What is your favourite kitchen appliance?- kettle, although I do like my smoothie maker too.
11. What makes you really angry?- People who blame others for their own shortcomings- irresponsibility.
12. If you could play an instrument what would it be?- I would love to be able to play the piano.
13. Favourite colour?- Love them all, but blue probably
14. Sports car or SUV?- Not into cars, as long as it gets form A to B I don’t mind, so I suppose SUV
15. Do you believe in an afterlife?- No
16. Favourite children's book?- The gruffalo
17. What's your favourite season?- Autumn
18. What is your least favourite household chore?- All of them, but I suppose cleaning the oven is the one I avoid most.
19. If you could have one super-power, what would it be?- to make everyone tolerant of differences.
20. If you have a tattoo what is it?- Don’t want one
21. Can you juggle?- No, but DH can!!!!!!
22. The one person from your past that you wish you could go back and talk to?- My brother
24. What's in the boot of your car?- a recipt from IKEA, first Aid kit, towel
25. Which do you prefer, sushi or hamburger?- sushi

Monday, August 28, 2006

I finally scrapped

I scrapped yesterday. My daughter at Disneyland Paris over the summer. My DH took the kids while I had a day out in Paris. (BLISS) he took about 6 photos in total. Can you sense that he is no scrapper? I struggled with this LO, it was all the pastel colours that threw me, but in the end I just decided to go with pretty. I am reasonably pleased with the LO though. I think it looks better in real life. I went to dunelm Mills yesterday to buy curtains for my son's room. (I used to make all the curtains for my house, but then I discovered scrapping!) Anyway I found a set of three blue painted tins on a little tray for £1.99, to keep my pens in. They came in lots of other lovely colours too.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

I love my daughter

I love my daughter, even more so on nights like this when she is not getting irritated by how I breathe, or how her father eats, or how her brother taps on the table, or numerous other things that seem to irritate her constantly these days. No, on nights like these she is a delight. Look what she did tonight- she saw a dessert on ready, steady cook a few weeks back, and tonight she made her own version for us. She cut the top and bottom off a tin of something or other to make a mould, and made this yummy mango, cream and spiced peach dessert. It looked so pretty I just had to take a photo of it (might even scrap it- what a surprise! AND she even cleaned up afterwards. What a good girl- not bad for a 13 year old eh?

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

I've been tagged

I've been tagged by Roz:

Four jobs I have had in my life.

1. Teacher
2. Laboratory assistant
3. Chambermaid
4. Barmaid

Four Movies I would watch over and over:
1. Strictly Ballroom
2. Grease
Sorry- I can only think of these two, I haven’t seen a film in such a long time.

Four Places I have lived:
1. Broken Hill (NSW)
2. Adelaide (SA)
3. London
4. Edinburgh

Four TV shows I love to watch:
1. Desperate Housewivws
2. Pop Idol
3. Friends
4. Neighbours (sad but true- I like to think it is so that I can talk to my 13 year old daughter about it)
Actually, since I started scrapping I don’t really watch much TV at all!

Four places I've been on vacation:
1. Queensland- love Noosa
2. Skye
3. Turkey
4. China

Web sites I visit regularly:
1. UKS
2. Aussie Scrap source
3. National Autistic Society
4. Amazon

Four of my favourite foods:
1. Ice cream
2. Meusli
3. Mullers Cherry yoghurt
4. Kettle Crisps

Four Places I'd rather be right now:
1. A US scrapping retreat
2. Brisbane to see my new nephew
3. In the Barossa valley to see my other sister and her family
4. In my house, but all alone!
That sounds horrible, but I am almost never alone anywhere!

Four things that make me smile:
1. Babies
2. Chatting with friends
3. Getting a cup of tea in bed in the mornings
4. Wine

Saturday, August 19, 2006


I did my first LO in ages tonight, and my nerves are frayed. Firstly, it was my first DT LO for Jillybeans, so I wanted it to be good, so found it hard to make up my mind about anything. Secondly, my house is still a midden, and I was having to walk across my son's mattress on the floor to get at any of my stash. Thirdly, my stash is in a mess and I can't find anything, and I can't tidy it because of Jack's stuff being all over the room as well. BUT the main reason is my HUSBAND!!! He kept coming in and looking over my shoulder and telling me that my LO wasn't working, it was too basic, colours didn't work etc etc,. Now he normally isn't interested in my scrapping, thinks I'm nuts for doing it, spend too much money on it, have too much stash etc so for him to come and start telling me how to scrap was the last straw.He has no idea of design, is colour blind, couldn't hand cut a title if his life depended on it, yet he has the cheek to tell me what I'm doing is wrong!! No wonder I'm fraught! I wonder if anyone else has had this experience? If he continues like this I will end up in prison for murder- 'No your honour, I wasn't suffering from PMT- but he did criticise my scrapping!' Do you think the judge will understand?

Monday, August 14, 2006

First day back

Well my first day back wasn't so bad, but I still want to be a SAHM, well actually I want to stay at home and try to be creative, and not with housework and packed lunches! As I was leaving for work my daughter said 'have a good day mum, I'll think of you when I'm having a frappichino at Starbucks.' Oh, to be 13 again. Well not really, I wouldn't want to go through all that teenage angst again. The painters began work on the house today, but say they will need a week to get the work done, so meanwhile we are still living in a state of chaos, which means not much in the way of scrapping will get done in the next week. I received my first kit as a Design Team member from Jillybeans Scrapyard today and I am so pleased because I have had a photo of Emily, aged about 2, rolling around in a whole lot of heather, that I have wanted to scrap for ages and have been unable to find paper for, and this looks to be perfect. I popped into Lakeland today and bought 5 A4 stationery cases, which I know are going to be just perfect for storing my foam alphabet stamps- oh and I bought a tin of Forever Flowers too- well I needed a reward for going back to work!

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Don't want to go back to work!

My holiday has finished- back to work tomorrow and I don't want to go. I am doing an inservice presentation all day tomorrow and I just can't get into it at all- I just haven't got my work head on. I just want to stay home and scrap! Of course in reality I can't scrap because my house is still a shambles- Jack is still camped in the family room, and I can't easily get to my stash. The plaserers have finished at last, and once the plaster dries, the painters can start, then we need new carpets laid, and only then can Jack move back into his room. I have started getting new furniture for him- a trip to Ikea today for chest of drawers and bedside table. I have just finished putting the bedside table together. The plumber is coming to replace the kitchen tap tomorrow, so at least now I can stop carting water from the bathroom, and I'll have no more excuses for a dirty kitchen.Thought I'd upload some pictures of the damage caused by a leaking pipe. Believe me it is a lot worse than it appears in the photos- for one thing the photos don't stink!

Friday, August 11, 2006

Back home

We came back from Skye today, a day early because the weather was so poor while we were there, and wasn't really suitable for hillwalking. Having said that, we did manage some lovely low level walks. It would have been nice to get a glimpse of the tops of hills though. I took Emily around some craft shops and ended up buying some gorgeous handspun wool, and teaching Emily to knit- garter stitch only. She is 13 and struggled at first, but now has managed to do some rows independently. It makes me think though, cause I knitted my first cardigan independently when I was 10- it was a Brownie cardigan, and I have knitted ever since (although not in the last 10 years)These skills will get lost in the modern world I fear.
Anyway we were keen to get home and see what progress the builders had made on our water damaged house. Well, we should have stayed in Skye. The rooms, which were meant to have all the plastering finished, are nowhere ready, and there is fine dust over every surface in the house. I go back to work on Monday, and can't bear the thought that I am leaving such a dirty chaotic house behind. I am going to have to go out all weekend- hate the thought of being in this mess.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

I Scrapped!

I am living in the middle of a midden as a result of the flooding, but yesterday I decided I had to scrap- it has been nearly 5 weeks since I had done a LO, and I needed a fix. Yesterday my tag along and dies, that I won as part of the Best of British prize arrived, so I had a play with it and ended up doing this LO. I wasn't sure of it at first, but I think I like it now. What do you tnink? I must say that I have never been interested in owning a die cutting system and would never have bought one myself. I think I might splash out on an alphabet though- I'll have to think about it. I quite enjoy hand cutting titles, but there are times when a bit of speed is in order.
Work starts on the house, to remove the plaster from three rooms on Friday, so we are having to move furniture, pack belongings etc- almost like moving house. We are going to Skye on Saturday though, so hopefully most of the work will be done while we are away.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Forgot to mention

What with being in France, and all the drama of coming home to a flooded house, I forgot to say how thrilled I am at being chosen as one of Jillybean's Design Team. It is an awsomely talented team, so I am feeling slightly daunted at the company I'll be keeping! Anita McDonald has been one of my fav scrappers ever since I began a year ago, and she always encouraged me with kind comments on my LOs on UKS. Everybody knows Karen (Scrapdolly) of course, mainly due to her committment to UKS, and my blogging pal Heather too. There's Sue Roberts too (Doogle 007)whose LOs have appeared consistently in my favs in UKS. I must confess that I don't know of the other DT members, so I am looking forward to getting to know them and their work.
I still haven't done any scrapping since I arrived home. Today we have broken the back of the clearing up from the water, and are just waiting for the loss assessor to visit so we can begin to get rid of all the damaged goods. That should be on Monday. Then we have to pack up the study and move everything into the living room to allow repairs to the walls and ceilings to begin, but as yet I don't know when that will be. We can't get a plumber to replace our broken kitchen tap for another week, so I will be carting water into the kitchen all next week. Ain't life grand?

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Woe is me!

I've just arrived home from a three week camping holiday in France. I should feel relaxed, refreshed and ready to take on the world, right? But I don't, I feel under immense pressure and highly stressed- eveything is going wrong....
First, and foremost, my house is a disaster. The water leak has done more damage than I had imagined. My son's bedroom is a complete no go area. It needs a new ceiling, and complete redecoration, and he is not helping by wandering around annoying me asking questions about how he is going to replace all his football posters. The hallway is growing mould, as is my husband's study, and the whole house reeks. We knew the carpet in Jack's room was ruined, but the water has seeped into the hall carpet too, creating a big stain, and I bet the insurance won't cover a new carpet, and will just want it cleaned. The carpets have only been down for 7 months too, and I spent so much time over the new year painting the hall and now it is all ruined. We have to now deal with insurance and I just know that won't be staightforward.
I have spent today washing, washing, and more washing, and sifting through anything that can be salvaged from Jack's room. I am amazed at how much damage has been done- even the clothes in his drawers were wet, some I have tossed out, others are ok after washing. It stills feel like we are camping. Jack is sleeping in the family room, the lounge is heaped with stuff from his bedroom, and for some reason the tap in the kitchen is not working so I have to cart water from the bathroom to use in the kitchen. Scrapping is off the agenda for the time being-

Sunday, July 16, 2006

I did it!

I went on a telecabine! me, who's so afraid of heights, who vowed never to go on a cable car, went on a telecabine so that I could get a view of Mont Blanc1 And what a view, a monster of a mountain in a range of steep ragged peaks, covered in snow, even though it is in the 30's down in the valleys. We did a 5 and a half hour walk today up to Mt Joue, and down to the beginning of the telecabine, and I am now completely stuffed and hot, even though it is now 6 in the evening. We had a Big Mac after our walk, much to Jack's delight, then the kids had a few shots on the Luge at Megeve, followed by an indoor swim at the campsite when we got back. We are struggling to think how we are going to spend the next 4 days as the forecast points to it getting hotter and hotter, so walking is really out of the question, and to my great shame, the kids got burnt yesterday swimming at Lake Annecy, and need to stay out of the sun, having had various skin cancers removed I should know better then to let them swim for so long. We were under a shady area for the time we were at the Lake, so the sunburn happened when they were swimming. Hopefully I will get to post some more pics soon.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Lazy day

Had a very lazy day today- it is amazing how tiring holidays can be! this morning we had a lie in , then after breakfast went to the weekly market here in Le Grand Bornand. Yummy stuff, bought cheese, ham unlike the watery stuff we get back home in Edinburh and salami, baguettes etc for lunch. This afternoon, swam in the pool, this evening we have been for a walk along the river. It is cooler today, much more pleasant. Forgot to say that we watched the world cup on a big screen in the village square the other night, the first time I have ever sat through a football game, but the atmosphere was very friendly and exciting, although eventually disappointing when Italy beat France during a penalty shootout.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

We woke to balloons over our tent the other morning, a fab sight as you can see. Today was another scorcher- 33degrees. We were up early for a mountain walk, then this aftrenoon went swimming in the glorious fresh water of lake Annecy. will post pictures later with a bit of luck. short entry only today.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Ups and downs

The downs first. Had an email from my friend who has been checking our house while we're away to say that a water pipe in our attic has burst and has gone through the ceiling, saturating my son's bedroom. She says it is a mess, we will need new bedding, carpet, possibly a new ceiling, so that has dampened (pardon the pun) our holiday somewhat. We have had to organise someone to strip out the carpet to stop rot while we are away- what a pain, not looking forward to going home to the mess at all.
The up is that the weather is fab,the views are out of this world and despite the news I am feeling very relaxed. hope to post some pics soon.

Friday, July 07, 2006

snatched moments in internet cafes

Tuesday, Paris.... so hot!! 35 degrees and most unpleasant, ended up with a thumping headache. Wednesday was better, a bit cooler and the kids were at Disneyland paris with DH so I wandered around paris by myself and that was lovely. had lunch in Galleries Lafayette. Thursday was a long drive down to the Haute Savoie, after getting stuck in a traffic jam coming out of Paris, we finally got moving.We are staying at Le grand Bornard and it is gorgeous, camping ground in the middle of an alpine village, wanting to run up the mountains singing 'the hills are alive'. Today we just chilled, organised our tent site, went inot Thones to get some shopping, swam in the pool- lovely. There is a ballooning festival on here so right- masses of balloons fill the sky, hot air balloons, that is, what a spectaculer sight- oh and today in a amll village shop I bought, would you believe 3 whit uniball signo pens, so elusive in the UK, the best white pens, at about £1.80, half the price of those in the UK if you are lucky enough to find them. Scrapping is never far away! will update this blog whenever I find the opportunity.

Saturday, July 01, 2006


Been very busy today, packing for France. Packing to go camping with all your own gear is not easy, and added to having bad hay fever today, I am left feeling drained. England was knocked out of the world cup by Portugal today.I am not particularly interested in football, but I am aware of the bad feelings it can evoke. Living in Scotland I am chronically aware of what I believe is baltant racism- (or maybe Nationlism) the attitude of many, many Scots to the English is appalling. I had a debate with someone at work about it, and they said it was all in jest, and that Australians have the same attitude to New Zealanders. I don't believe this to be the case at all. Although there is rivalry between Australia and New Zealand, especially with regard to sport, most Australians would want New Zealand to win an sporting event if Australia was knocked out. Here in Edinburgh a child was assaulted for wearing an England strip. The racist attitude of Scots to the English is appalling.


Been very busy today, packing for France. Packing to go camping with all your own gear is not easy, and added to having bad hay fever today, I am left feeling drained. England was knocked out of the world cup by Portugal today.I am not particularly interested in football, but I am aware of the bad feelings it can evoke. Living in Scotland I am chronically aware of what I believe is baltant racism- the attitude of many, many Scots to the English is appalling. I had a debate with someone at work about it, and they said it was all in jest, and that Australians have the same attitude to New Zealanders. I don't believe this to be the case at all. Although there is rivallry between Australia and New Zealand, especially with regard to sport, most Australians would want New Zealand to win an sporting event if Australia was knocked out. Here in Edinburgh a child was assaulted for wearing an England strip. The racist attitude of Scots to the English should not be tolerated, and for that reason I cannot support Andy Murray at Wimbledon- his attitude is typical of what I witness here in scotland constantly and it truly appals me.

Friday, June 30, 2006

good news

Happy today! My summer holidays have begun whoo hoo!, AND I am being published in Scrapbook Inspirations- a LO about Emily at Glen Nevis. So I am particularly cheery tonight.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Very busy just now getting ready for our camping trip to France- am I ever gonna need this holiday! Trying to get my teenage son to pack,aahhh!!! well tonight I made him get out all the clothes he wants to pack, and most of them needed washing before we could start, so they won't be dry til tomorrow, putting the packing a day behind. I have been telling him for days to put his clothes out for washing!! Work has been frantic too, and I still have heaps to do on my last day tomorrow. On the scrapping front, I am really pleased with the tonight's LO. Used a technique from Emily Falconbridge on the photo and just love the effect- It's in the FREESTLYE book. I wish I could go to Emily's and Elsie's workshops when they are in England, but can't afford the time, or the travel. Emily and Elsie, if you read this, LOL, come to Scotland. It is gorgeous.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Aussie Dares

What a day I've had. I thought I had been a victim of identity theft, and seem to have spent all day on the phone trying to get it sorted out. Turns out it was a case of a misspelling and someone who didn't want to admit making a mistake and subsequently I have had a wasted day, and my work has piled up. I'm going on holiday on Friday, so now have to squeeze 4 days work into the next three, not happy! I am happy, however, to have found this Aussie dares site and I intend (as a displaced Aussie) to complete as many of these as I can. I hope to do the 'Speshal' dares too, when I get back from my holiday. We are going camping in France for four weeks- lots of preparation, and I'll need a holiday to get over getting ready.. When we get back we are home for a few days, before heading off to Skye. So I will not be scrapping for at least 6 weeks. Will I cope? Anyway the Aussie dare was HOW DARE YOU? and I have done a LO about how, since my children became teenagers I have turned into a horrible nagging fishwife!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Published and prizes

Today I came home from work to two pleasant surprises. Firstly, a parcel to supplement the Best of British prizes- a minialbum and an alphabet. Secondly, Scrapbook Inspirations arrivedand I am mentioned at the beginning in the article about the 'Scrapping the Scraplift' competition on UKS. My Best of British LOs are also published this month - 5 in the magazine at once! Funny how old fashioned they look now, but I am still fond of them anyway.

Monday, June 19, 2006

A great day out

These pictures are of Braemar in the Scottish highlands. We had a family day out there on Saturday. We used to go there quite a lot with the kids when they were young and we lived in Aberdeenshire, but we haven't been for a while and I am asking myself why not? It is the most beautiful place. The scenery is out of this world, and best of all -no people! There is a duck pond in the village where we used to take the kids, and unlike the well fed ducks of Edinburgh, these ducks are hungry and appreciate the bread we feed them. They are really cheeky and come right up and take the bread from your hands. I got some great pictures too. My all time favourite picture of my kids was taken at this very duck pond about 11 years ago, and is of the two kids hugging. This photo features in a LO I did for the Best of Britain comp, and so should be featured in next month's Scrapbook Inspirations. I no longer like the LO though- my scrapping has changed quite a bit since those LOs were submitted.
I urge anyone who appreciaites nature, walking, peace and quiet to visit Braemar, and the surrounding countryside. It is truly awesome.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006


The first lot of my 'BEST OF BRITISH' prizes arrived today, and I am sad to say they were very disappointing, especially after having waited so long. They were mulitples of paper- like 8 sheets of some designs, and quite old fashioned at that. There was a bit of Basic Grey 8x8 paper, an K&Co 8x8 album, which is quite nice, and assorted stickers, the worst of which was a naff set of wedding stickers. Also quite a bit of Life's journey heritage stuff. I know SI was trying to negotiate vouchers so that we could choose our own, but instead we have been offloaded with out of date, end of range stock. I only hope the do crafts and Elison part of the prize is better.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Latest LO

I am posting a picture of my latest LO. I am so pleased with it. It is a rare photo of me with my daughter, taken in 1994, long, long, before I started scrapping! Like a lot of women I was always the one holding the camera, so I am very happy that on this occasion, someone else grabbed the camera and took this photo of us both. Ever since I heard the Paul Simon song 'Father and Daughter' I knew I wanted to use the words on a LO, and I felt it had to be a photo with me in it too, so I chose this picture. I wish I knew clever things, like how to change the background in a photo. Anyway I have really been struggling with how to scrap it. I knew I wanted it to be fairly serious, simple and sentimental. None of my patterned papers went, so I eventually decided to use cardstock only, and to add texture I doodled with the sewing machine (used a triple stitch to make the sewing stand out more.) I cut the flowers freehand from white card (after discarding other tonal variations), and journalled with my beloved Uniball signo white pen that my niece sent over from Australia. Why can't WHSmith stock these? They stock other colours. I tried asking in my local shop but the woman was so unhelpful and really quite rude, so I gave up. Maybe I'll try sending an email to head office. Anyway, if anyone sees this, I hope you like it. It was quite hard for me to be this restrained, and to leave white space (well brown LOL)

Friday, June 09, 2006

I love Fridays

This morning DH was up at 6 to go hillwalking. He brought me a cup of tea before he left and I sat in bed drinking tea and planning how I would spend the day- scrapping, gardening, generally relaxing. Then like a bolt out of the blue I realized it was not Saturday, but Friday and DH had taken a day off work to take advantage of the great weather. So I had to get up and go to work!! Boohoo. But now it is Friday night and I have Saturday to look forward to all over again. Last night was glorious. It was so mild that we were still sitting out in the garden at 11:30. It was almost a fullmoon and was so light. The big rhodedendron blooms caught the moonlight and glowed, and the various scents of the plants wafted around. I could have sat there all night. (but of course I knew then that I had to get up for work, so I sensibly went to bed instead).

My LO tonight is inspired by Pod's ad challenge. I am not at all happy with it. Firstly, I couldn't really remember the ad and blogger was playing up, so I couldn't check. Secondly, I forgot the you need to draw in mirror image on the backs of paper, so consequently the spiral is not going in the direction I wanted. Thirdly, the photo doesn't really grab me, and there is no story to go with it, so I didn't have any journalling. I went onto some quotes sites looking for inspiration but couldn't find anything that clicked. Fourthly, I don't like the colour combination because it looks too much like a christmas card. However I do like the machine stitching! Anyway I do these challenges, for exactly that reason- to challenge myself to try different things, and if they don't work, then tough- it is only a bit of card and a couple of hours of my time, and I always learn something, and that can only be a good thing! My favourite LO at the moment is still the MOODY one I posted last week. I love it!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

I'm sad!

I am feeling very sad this evening. I have been digesting the news that Canny Crafts is no more. It must be devastating to work so hard at pursuing your dream, then find that it wasn't working, for one reason or another, so my heart goes out to Anne and James. On a more selfish note, I had recently been chosen to be on their design team, and was to receive my first project this month. I was so looking forward to the challenge. So does anyone out there want a design team member- very enthusiastic, hard working, can work to deadlines and likes the challenge of trying different things?
So right now I am working on my speedscraplift challenge for UKS, and am waiting for paint to dry on my title so I can start some sewing.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Super Saturday

.What a fantastic day I've had today. First my sister from Oz phoned this morning to tell me all about the latest addition to our very large family. My niece has had a little boy, called Lucas John, born 4 weeks early by emergency section. He needs a little oxygen but is doing fine. He was 7lb 14oz, so was destined to be a big boy, if he had gone full term. At times like these I find it hard to be so far away from my family. I have seen a picture of the baby and he looks so sweet, but I want to feel that baby skin and to smell that baby smell.
I did my first ever effer dare today. It was to use a less than perfect photo. Well, the photo I used was a little out of focus, but actually wasn't that bad, so maybe it doesn't really count as an efferdare after all. Anyway I am really happy with the LO. It is the first time I have scrapped 8.5x11.5, and the first time I have tried to make my own rubons from a transparency. I love the effect of the lettering-it looks nice and grungy, which is what I wanted. here it is, what do you think? After that I went to the Art stamps fair here in EDinburgh and spent far too much money. -Bangers and Mash papers from Art from the Heart, and chatted to Dyan as well. Tim Holtz ink applicator cause despite what some people say those felt chair leg thingys just don't work well. Also papers-crate papers, among lots of others, some gorgeous brads, friendly plastic, which DD has been playing with all night, some Sonja Jo stuff from Auscraft, A sarabinder type thing that I will use as an Art journal, and lots of other stuff too. I don't feel bad about spending so much cause we don't have a real scrapshop in Edinburgh, so I have to buy when I can (or so I keep telling myself haha)

I came home and spent time in the garden, and had tea sitting out- first time this year I think, then this evening I have made a little flag book, which I will use to document Jack's obsession with Man U. Well, I couldn't thinkof a better way to spend a saturday- scrapping, garden, family and shopping, could you?

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

I love my garden

I love my garden. To come home from a day of indoor meetings and sit in the peace of the garden is bliss. Everything is growing so well. The perennials are well on the way and many have flowers. There are some great big alliums out, the aqueligas are flowering, and so is a deep ruby red peony. The ferns are bursting into life, with fresh green growth overcoming the brown shrivelled fronds. These are interspersed with lovely bluebells and pinkbells? Is there such a thing as pinkbells? These look like bluebells but they are pink. And the Solomon's seal is looking very pretty too. yes my garden really is a haven of peace. At twilight all I can hear is the birdsong, and all this five miles from the centre of Edinburgh.

My LO tonight is another one inspired by the ad challenge on Paula's (POD) blog. It is only 6X6, because it will go in my 6x6 BOM, so I had to fit a lot on a small space. I would have liked to handwrite the diary entry, but needed to fit too much text into a small area. The papers are DCWV Retro. Orange is not a colour I use, but I like this spotted paper. I am quite into drawing lines around things at the mo. Hope you like it.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Thank goodness for scrapping!

It has been a full on day at work today. People just don't like change much, do they? Thank goodness I can come home and think scrapping. It really takes my mind off work, egos and other related issues. I have been flicking through 'Scrapbook Answers'. I really like that magazine, and must look at the CD tonight. I have also been browsing 'Clean and Simple - the sequel'. It is a great book for learning about design principles, but I don't think it is my preferred style. It is rather like a classic tailored suit- You know it will always look good and stand the test of time, but it is rather grown up and not a lot of fun. I enjoy the challenge of something a bit more funky, and fun, which brings me to 'Freestyle.' I am loving that book! I love that scrapping freestyle allows your personality to come through. I love that scrapping freestyle challenges your creativity and I love that scrapping freestyle gets away from commercial, and somewhat cliched, scrapbooking. However I think there is a place for both styles, and am thinking of making a 'clean and simple' album for my husband to show off his beloved scottish hills. They are so gorgeous, that they do not need a lot of embellishment (which he hates anyway).
Anyway, I have decided to post 'SAND', my first attempt at a 'freestyle' LO. I don't know if it would be considered freestyle by the style police, but it is for me, cause everything is kind of homemade. And I am very happy with it.
What do you think?

Saturday, May 27, 2006

A Day Out

We had a family day out today. We were up early and drove to Alnwick. We went to Barter Books, that is one of hubby's favourite places-the largest secondhand bookshop in Britain. The kids and I went into town to Morrisons to buy the things for our picnic lunch, and on the way back I bought 'Scrapbook Answers' in the newsagents, so that is a bit of reading for later. Then we went to the gardens. The walled garden will be at its best in a few more weeks. At the moments is has lots of green foliage, but generally few flowers- too early in the season. As usual the kids enjoyed all the fountains. The new visitor center is fantastic, and the toilets are cool- glass washbasins with coloured lights so they change from green to blue. After that we went over to the tree house. It really is fantastic. I would love to live in a house like that. We came home via Ford and Heatherslaw. Ford is the prettiest, quietest village in the whole of England, IMO. After tea, I downloaded my photos and printed some off. I wanted to do the ad challenge from Pod's blog, even though I am a week late here it is:

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Good and Bad

I don't usually scrap during the week, mainly because by the time I get home from work, get the tea, clean up and do other domestics like putting washing away, I just like to chill and watch TV, surf the net etc. I did make a card today tonight though. It was for a work colleague whose sister died suddenly on Tuesday. It was totally unexpected and so sad, especially as she leaves a thirteen year old daughter.
On a brighter note, I received something nice in the post:My new books, the 'Freestyle' one and 'Clean and Simple'. have had a quick flick through and they are so different from each other. Can't wait to settle down for a good, uninterupted read. Scrapbook Inspirations arrived also, so I have plenty to read for a while.
Now I am about to listen to another saga in the school conflicts of my thirteen year old daughter. Life is such a drama when you are thirteen!
That's her on the LO. this was created for the 'Flowers by Pam' class I designed for the last cyber crop on UKS.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Woo Hoo!

I've just had an email from The Scrapbook Magazine and they are going to publish one of my LOs. It is one I completed at the edinburgh crop of my gorgeous son on his first day at school. It will probably be in the August edition. I am really chuffed because I haven't submitted to a magazine before.
What I have discovered is that journalling is becoming more and more important in my LOs. When I first started scrapping in August last year I could hardly bring myself to have words on my LOs, except for the who, where, when statements. I was embarassed looking at all those packaged sentiments in scrapbooking shops, and to a large extent I still am. But now I struggle putting my LOs together unless I know what the photo is telling me, and the journalling comes from there. Once I know what I want to say, even it is just a title, then I find the LO comes together much more easily. This LO is one that I did quite a while ago and was one of the 5 I submitted to BEST of BRITISH new talent competition. I was thrilled to be one of the winners, but still disappointed after all this time not to have received my prize. (nor have any other winners it has to be said.)

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

What a production!

Waltzing through life

We all had a laugh at work today. It was an inservice day and we were 'teambuilding'. Now I normally hate team building, but today was different. There are about 50 of us and we were set the task of producing a play, ready for performing, by 2:30 in the afternoon- costumes, make up, publicity, sets - everything. I worked on publicity. My scrapping skills came in useful for producing a poster, fliers, advertisments etc. the teams doing sets and costumes excelled, as did the actors. Overall, it was a fun day, and showed how much can be accomplished when everyone has the same objective.
When I came home the sun was shining and I had the chance to sit in my garden for a short time. The garden is really starting to take off just now, and I love seeing all the plants changing day by day. I am watching chelsea just now, and while my garden doesnot compare to the gardens at Chelsea, I love it anyway. Here are a few pictures of mine:

I like to have a lawn in a garden, especially with kids. They need somewhere to run about, squirt each other with the hose etc. (We don't have a hose pipe ban here in Edinburgh)