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)

Sunday, May 21, 2006


It really has been a blissful weekend. Yesterday I went to the crop in Edinburgh and had a lovely day. I completed 2 LOs and was struggling with a third, so I put it away and just had a chat to the other ladies. This morning I woke about 4 o'clock and the LO came together in my head. Yesterday I had been struggling with the theme/journalling/title, but once it came, then I knew what LO I wanted to do. Emily was away on a girl guide camp (poor thing, it has been raining most of the time), and DH and son went up to Killin hillwalking so I was all alone. this is where the blissful bit comes in. I am rarely alone and I really treasure the peace and the lack of interuptions. So today I did the 4 o'clock LO, cleaned my scrap area, and gardened. I cooked a lovely beef curry and now I am about to have a glass of red wine. Like I said- a perfect day. Thought I would show you the LO I did, and the mess I create when I scrap.

I love these photos of Emily when she was little, even though the quality isn't great, due to being taken prescrapping, and being scanned and enlarged. She just looks so darned cute in her daggy outfit, and struggling to put her coat on (wrongly). For me this is what scrapping is about, capturing those small moments that would otherwise be forgotten.

So here is my kitchen table where I scrap. What you can't see is the desk with the sewing machine and the asociated mess and the floor all around strewn with paper. I know lots of people have craft rooms, but I like scrapping here, usually the kids are hanging out here, watching telly, or on the computer, and even though I have to clean up for meals etc, I like not being shut away in another room. Anyway, it is all tidied up now.

Friday, May 19, 2006

I've been tagged MK2

5 things in my Fridge
1. Muller light Cherry yoghurt (Yummy!)
2. Olives
3. Pepperami
4. Cheese
5. Chocolate

5.things in my wardrobe
1. lots of black trousers
2. jackets
3. Overlocker
4. 3 Canvases
5. Christmas paper

5 things in my bag
1. mobile
2. Australian coins
3. upholstery fabric swatch
4. headache pills
5. purse

5 things in my car.
1. video
2. work diary
3. polo mints
4. pen
5. first aid kit

5 things in my Skyplus
What's that? Sounds kike TV technology and I don't do that- That is what 15 year old sons are for.

Well hoefully I've got that right this time.
and I am going to try to tag:

Thursday, May 18, 2006

New to blogging..

Waltzing through life
Well, I am new to blogging so I think I can be excused for getting confused about tagging! I have answered the wrong questions from Don'swish, but I promise to fix it as soon as I have some time. Right now I am trying to get the Speedscraplift underway on UKS. It would help if all those who signed up checked the threads and followed the instructions, but I suppose Life gets in the way at times. Hubby is getting tired of not getting my attention cause I am glued to the computer trying to chivvy people along. Hopefully though, now that it is finally up and running things will go smoothly from now on. This LO is one that I submitted for the 'Scrapbooker of the Year' competition last year in The Scrapbook Magazine. I was a runner up. This is my gorgeous boy a few years ago. He is now 15 and still gorgeous.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

I've been tagged

I've been tagged by Donna

About Me
When I am not scrapping I support preschool children with Autism and their families,
You've been invited to a fancy ball but the only thing you have to wear is an orange wooly jumper. What shoes do you wear?
Trainers, I’m afraid. Just not into shoes at all!
Scrapbooking of course, and would like to take up stamping too, but there are not enough hours in the day. I love my garden and also enjoy getting out into the remote Scottish countyside
Favorite Movies
· I can’t remember the last film I saw, but from long ago it is ‘Strictly Ballroom’
Favorite Music
· Heaps, mainly female soloists including (I’ll be showing my age here!) Patsy Cline, Janis Joplin, Kirsty McColl, Dusty Springfield. Male favourites include Elvis Costello, Bruce Springstein
Favorite Books
· I used to read so much, then I discovered scrapping. On holidays I tend to read crime fiction- I like a good whodunit. From a long time ago I like ‘Oscar and Lucinda’ by Peter Carey

Monday, May 15, 2006

I won!

I'm so chuffed- I just found out I won the creative writing prize on NGTB challenge on UKScrappers. This course will really challenge me as I am a reserved type of person and I will have to dig deep I think, but it will be great for my personal development. This is my LO-It is not a good LO- I was more concerned with the Journalling, plus I wanted a barren type of LO.

Here is the journalling that won:

Sometimes, as I stand gazing out over snow capped peaks in Scotland, and feel the cold wind on my face, I marvel about how fate has brought a girl, born and bred in the remote Australian outback, to such an alien environment. At such times it is strangely easy for my thoughts to wander back to my beginnings in an environment that is the total antithesis to the one in which I am standing…..

I am five years old. I wake early in the morning to the sound of silence, broken only by the loud cawing of crows. Although early in the morning, the heat is already oppressive and I can tell it is going to be another long, stifling, hot day. I hear my mother and get out of bed. My mother is sweeping up the red dust that has seeped through all the gaps and crevices of our corrugated iron homestead. The dust clings to my nostrils. I sit on an old iron shearer’s bed on the veranda and look into the distance at the flat, red, dusty plain that stretches out as far as the eye can see. It is a harsh and unforgiving landscape, and yet has a beauty all of its own. This is Binerah Downs, the land of my family, my spiritual home.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Waltzing through life

Waltzing through life

It has been a very busy weekend. I decided to try a few of the Not Going To Bonanza challenges on UKScrappers. However the weather here in Edinburgh was idyllic and having a garden full of weeds (and a house badly in need of a clean) meant there was a conflict of interests. Hubby was up and away hillwalking at the crack of dawn on Saturday, so at least I was able to organise my time according to my wishes.
Now I am in the fortunate position of having a 13 year old daughter who loves housework and is very good at it, so with the promise of some extra pocket money she set about cleaning the bathrooms, the lounge, hall and her room, while I scrapped. I made 4 season tags, a LO based on a printed advertisement, and a birthday card, but my heart wasn't really in it. I scrap mainly for myself and sometimes I find these challenges mean doing things I'm not that interested in, although I appreciate sometimes it is good to push yourself to try different things. I am not a fast scrapper, I like to mull over ideas in my head, (usually about 4 o'clock in the morning!!!), so challenges with tight time frames don't really suit me either. Anyway, that was Saturday morning.
In the afternoon I got to work in my garden and pretty well got the weeds under control. As an Australian, used to only minor seasonal changes, it never fails to astound me how the garden bursts into life in May. I must post some pictures of my garden one day as I think it is lovely.
On Saturday night I mangaged three more challenges- an altered alphabet title one, another page for my book of me, and a scraplift of Dawn Evans' gorgeous LO 'a little boy'. Dawn's can be seen at 'A Trip Down Memory Lane' design team gallery for May. My page for my book of me has the only photo I have of me as a young child, when I was about 4 years old so I used a scan of it on my LO. It is not very good quality, but as I said, it's the only one I have. I was the fifth child of seven in my family, we lived in a remote part of the Australian outback, so photos were rarely taken. The few that were taken have been lost and scattered among family members over the years.
This morning we all had a rare sleep in. We didn't get up until around 8:30. Hubby went and did the food shopping, as usual. I surfed the net a bit. I took Emily shopping at MacArthur Glen at Livingstone. I am not much of a shopper myself, I'm not interested in clothes, but love the Next outlet. It is huge and there is always a bargain to be had- I hate paying full price for anything!! Emily came away with 5 tops, so she was happy and I picked up two sweatshirts for Jack too. Went to the papermill shop, but there was nothing I wanted. However at The Bananaroom, (publishers outlet) I picked up 3 sets of unmounted stamps, some water colour paper, 3 canvases, and some pearl watercolour paints. I am looking forward to having a play with them.
Emily and I had lunch in one of the cafes, rather than the food court- she loves that, it makes her feel so grown up- ladies who lunch- and she ordered fruit tea as she has quite sophisticated tastes for a teenager.
When we came home I did another UK challenge, this time the journalling one. I would love to win that one- the prize is a creative writing course and I would like to incorporate more journalling into my scrapping, so a writing course would really challenge me and take me out of my comfort zone. So tonight I have done a bit of cleanig of the kitchen/family room (where I scrap) so that it is not too much of a midden when I go to work tomorrow.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

First Post

Well blogs seem to be the thing to have just now so here I am, setting up my blog.