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.
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Monday, May 29, 2006
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
Thursday, May 25, 2006
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
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
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
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
1. Muller light Cherry yoghurt (Yummy!)
5.things in my wardrobe
1. lots of black trousers
4. 3 Canvases
5. Christmas paper
5 things in my bag
2. Australian coins
3. upholstery fabric swatch
4. headache pills
5 things in my car.
2. work diary
3. polo mints
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
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
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
· I can’t remember the last film I saw, but from long ago it is ‘Strictly Ballroom’
· 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
· 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
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
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.