Thursday, December 27, 2007

Celine Navarrro

This is a scraplift of a Celine Navarro LO. Celine issued a challenge on her blog to lift one of her LOs-the original can be seen here. She has such a bright, fun style, and I really enjoyed making this page. It is the first time I have painted freehand directly onto a page, and I can see myself using this technique more.

Friday, December 21, 2007

A Liitle project

Just a little project I made as a present for a friend who is expecting her 2nd baby boy- a door hanger. Wonder if she will like it?

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Miss December

Well I am the December dreamgirl for Dream Street papers. I was sent a very generous package to make some projects for their Decemebr newsletter, and it is now finally out. You should be able to see the projects in the newsletter here. The mini album has been requested for display at the Dream Street stand at the winter CHA show in America- that's pretty exciting news!

The countdown for Christmas is well and truly underway. I am finding it hard to muster enthusiasm this year. The kids are older, and buying DVDs and computer games isn't much fun. So I must muster some enthusiasm and start wrapping them. I also need to think about what we are going to eat, and go do the shopping. It is so cold here at the moment, with very heavy frosts and fog. it is quite beautiful though and I was leaving for work this morning I spotted this frosty rose in my garden. It looks good enough to eat!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Decorated house

So this is my brother's house. He must also have fond memories of the excitement of driving around town on Christmas eve, because he now decorates his house for others to enjoy. His is now one of the houses that parents bring their little ones to see. It may not be the most tasteful display, but who needs good taste when you are a child at Christmas?
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Sunday, December 09, 2007

Christmas ramblings.

I visited Lisa's blog today, and she was talking about houses decorated for christmas. When I was a kid, growing up in Australia, my parents would take us kids all around town to look at the decorated houses. It was just so exciting- a summer's evening, lots and lots of kids out in their pj's, wide eyed with the anticipation of seeing Santa. Most of the houses had snow scenes, which was really funny considering how hot it was. A couple of the stores had Santa come to visit. He used to arrive on the roof of the store and throw out gifts into the crowd below. We would all go scrabbling about, trying hard to be one of the lucky ones to end up with a gift- usually a ruler, or eraser with the name of the shop on it. Then we would go home, knowing it was time to go to bed to wait for Santa to arrive. When my kids were little I took them to Australia one Christmas, and they too had this experience, although they don't remember. I must find the photos and scrap them. Over here in Scotland you don't see many decorated houses. Many people find them 'tacky'. Well maybe they are, if you are seeing them through adult eyes, but from a kid's point of view, they are just pure magic. My kids will have different memories of Christmas- lots of snowy ones when we lived in Aberdeenshire, and now the magic of Edinburgh at Christmas.

Take a look at the first three photos in my minibooks etc gallery, on the sidebar to the right.

The photos are an idea for a little christmas album to prepare in advance of Christmas. This was a tin of coloured pencil bought at the pound shop. Empty the pencils out, decorate the tin, make a little album. Then on christmas day when everyone has their after dinner slump, all you have to do is download and print off some photos and stick them in. This one was given to an uncle, in his 90's, whose memory is failing- a little reminder of Christmas day spent with us, to take away with him.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007


I've not posted about my scrapaganza experience yet, so here goes.

It was my first scrapbooking event, but will definitely not be my last! I had a great time and it was wonderful to have a little break from my everyday life, and meet some lovely people with similar interest to my own. The event was held in Haarlem, Holland, in a very comfortable hotel. There was a big cropping room and a variety of classrooms. I took 11 classes over the Saturday and Sunday, although 4 of them were the same album. This was a Making Memories class and came with a massive amount of product- gorgeous soft leather album, papers, blooms, ribbon, chipboard, rub ons, brads-you name it, it was in the kit, very very generous. I have not finished the album, but it is all boxed up and will be great to take to a crop to work on. It will be a family album- lots of black and white photos and will look gorgeous when finished. I won a prize during the class too- a MM tag curler, something I would never have bought for myself, but will use now that I own it. It attaches little metal tags to ribbon.

I did the Queen and CO Felt Frenzy class-this was a mini album using felt flowers, a nice class.

Another class was called 3D doodling, and funnily enough I was expecting doodling- but in fact the class turned out to be a double layout using rub ons and layered flowers. The papers used were very nice, but overall, a disappointing class, since there was nothing in the class that was new to me.

I did a calendar class too- this was a technique based class involving paints, masking and other techniques, and I am looking forward to finishing this soon.

The best classes I did were taken by Linda Burniston. What a laugh this lady is-she knows what she wants to achieve, she understands the importance of controlling a large group of women, and is super organised- and BOSSY! and that's great, and what makes her so funny. best of all I learned things I didn't know. One class was an acrylic album. I have not used acrylic before, and from this class I learned how to place elements on a page in a way that works for both sides of the acrylic.

The second class she took was a class with moving elements-I LOVED this class because it has given me lots of ideas about how to take these interactive pages further, and I'm looking forward to experimenting with ideas I have.

On the Saturday morning I went into Haarlem with my roommate, Maggie. It is a pretty little market town, and we enjoyed wandering around, in and out of shops, picking up bits and pieces, for example, felt placemats that can be cut and used on layouts.

The food at the hotel was plentiful and tasty- buffet style for all meals so no need to go hungry. Tea, coffee and soft drinks were on tap all day so it was a very comfortable weekend.

There were 4 shops present, and it was wonderful to be able to see all those products for real. The best part of shopping was the pizza box room. Here we could fill a pizza box with product for 25 euro. I came home with lots of rub ons and chipboard in my pizza box. I actually came back with 8kgs of products and projects. Luckily I travelled light with a large suitcase and was able bring it all back with me. There were lots of raffles over the weekend and the prizes were all fab, including stash, totes and an epson printer. I was lucky enough to win a MM embellishment kit.

Recently on UKS there has been a lot of discussions about retreats, the cost, value for money etc. Well I had always been one of those who thought I would prefer to spend money on stash, rather than an event, but not now. Scrapaganza was a real treat for me- it wasn't just about scrapping, and taking classes. I loved having a break, and I loved meeting so many new people.

I'll definitely be back!

Anyway-I have not finished one project yet, but I will, and when I do I will post here.

Meantime, todays LO is one I did for Little Silver Hat DT, a clear acetate page with machine stitching. The ribbons and sequins were all part of December's kit from Little Silver Hat.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Revamp continued

Well, I am gradually changing my blog and adding some of my favourite links in. I have lost some of those, and need to find them again before I can add them, but I can't insert a slideshow. Anyone able to help? I've got my slideshow in Photobucket ready to go. I click on add a new page element, slideshow, but then when the page comes up it isn't clear how to add in the link. Please help me if you know what to do.

Saturday, December 01, 2007


I thought I would try to revamp my blog... and I lost all my links. I am going to try again, cause I would really love a new look.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Friday, November 09, 2007

Weekend at last!

I'm so pleased it's the weekend- I am so busy at work just now, heaps of assessments to do, reports to write and deadlines to meet. It's all a bit stressful to be honest. Tomorrow my husband and I are off to the Lake District, just overnight, minus the kids. They are no longer interested in tagging along with us,especially if it involves the great outdoors. I'm really looking forward to it. So I won't be scrapping this weekend! But hopefully will get to take some interesting photos. I'll post a LO I did a couple of weeks ago. I'm determined to scrap my older photos, and this LO is one of when Emily was little and woke up to find it has snowed overnight. She was up and dressed before any of us, determined that we should all go skiing.She always was a kid with heaps of get up and go! Although the photos are not great quality, I really like them because of the story they tell.
Next weekend I'm off to Scrapaganza in Holland. I've never been to one of these events before and am really looking forward to it!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Love Autumn

Autumn in Scotland is wonderful. I love to go for an autumn walk when the air is fresh and crisp, and the leaves are turning, and that's just what Emily and I did today. I took my camera, and managed to get a few shots before my camera batteries gave up.

I did some scrapping yesterday- I'm working on a minibook to give to Emily called 'What I'd tell my daughter if I thought she would listen.' The title comes from a Li'l Davis rub on. So I did two pages yesterday about friendship. I also decided to get back to some 'real' scrapping- scrapping my less than perfect photos that I took prescrapbooking when the kids were little. These are not beautiful big portrait photos- rather those amateur snaps that everyone takes when they are trying to capture a moment. Often they are posed, kids standing straight up to show off a new outfit, or photos with more background and tiny little people in them. But they are what I have to record my kids early life so it is important to scrap them and write the accompanying stories. These LOs will not be 'designed', but will be quick and hopefully pleasing to look at.

The one I did yesterday of Emily posing in her Highland dancing outfit. is the one with this post. I will stick a tag under the photo to explain, that although she stuck at dancing for a year, it wasn't her strong point, and it took all that time for her to learn how to do a 'paddybar', a skill that has long since been lost!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

I didn't make it..

Well I didn't make through to the final round of Badgirls top designer. I was really enjoying the challenge, so it's a shame I didn't make it, especially since I really love my LO- it's the one in my last post. I guess it was a bit traditional for the badgirl DT. However, since Iwas enjoying the competition so much, I did a LO anyway, and it's this one. I love this LO too! I adore these papers by Marah Johnson, they are perfect for teenage pages. IRL there is quite a bit of layering on this LO, making the page quite dimensional. Isn't it great when you are happy with your creations? I've actually been quite busy scrapping this week because I am on holiday, and so have a little more time to play. This week I have done some LOs for Dream Street papers, and they will appear in their December newsletter.

Today I went to the art gallery- well two actually. First I saw an exhibition of Richard Long, landscape artist. Some of the work was beautiful, especially the Avon river mud paintings, but mostly I felt that landscape art really needs to be seen in situ- a photograph just doesn't do it justice. Having said that I was able to look at the photos and understand more about the technical aspects, eg depth of field etc. After I went to an exhibition at the City Art gallery, inspired by Edinburgh- can't remember the name of the exhibition- paper, scissors, or some such name that a scrapbooker would be attracted to!. Anyway, I loved it! Some beautiful white porcelain forms inspired by plants in the botanical gardens, a great sewn wall hanging that looked like it was small line drawings, but in fact was machine stitched lines, each based on a photograph around Edinburgh, and some fabulous hats inspired by names of Edinburgh streets. Then there were these wonderful glass hanging cubes, with glass dolls house furniture. On the outside of the cubes there was stamping, (or rub on?) patterns. The cubes were lit so that they cast a shadow, which made the rub ons appear like wallpaper in the shadow, quite ingenious.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

badgirls continued

This is the LO I did for the latest round of the Badgirls challenge. The class was about elements that give a design unity. I have scrapped this picture before, but it was perfect for what I wanted to do. I have to say that this LO is gorgeous IRL, (even if I do say so myself LOL). This week I have also been working on some LOs using Dream Street papers, because I am to be December's guest designer for them. They sent me a very generous package of papers. I was allowed to choose six of their collections, and I received two lots of the the collections. For the gallery each LO has to use only one collection, but I will mix the collections for my own use.
I am off on holiday for a week next week- yea! I will have some time to get a bit of order into my house, tidy my stash area, and, best of all, go to London for 4 days! I love London, I know it's big, busy and expensive, but it is still one of my most favourite cities in the world- love it!

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Badgirls week 4........ school is white space. Now if you look at my LOs you will find very few with blank areas. I like to pile things on, use patterned paper and embellish! So when I saw this week's challenge I was rather dismayed. Friday night I thought and thought but no inspiration came. Saturday morning I looked through my photos and chose 2 quite different ones. I did one layout, (the LOTS one) but I wasn't at all happy with it. The white space was there but it didn't really serve a purpose- it didn't add anything to the design. So I put it aside and tried a totally different LO using the other photo. It's the 'Unwritten' LO. The LO came together really quickly and I love it. I quickly uploaded to the Badgirls gallery because I was afraid self doubt would creep in if I didn't upload there and then. So it's done now, and even if I don't get through to the next round I have to say I love the LO and it was great to do something totally different. Today Emily and I went to the Botanical Gardens. It was such a lovely day- sunny and warm and the leaves are just beginning to turn- so we had an enjoyable time. I took some photos and then on the way home we stopped to take pictures of relections in some of the modern city glass buildings. So I'm a happy bunny tonight- I've had a lovely weekend- just wish it could go on a bit longer though.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

My new bin doesn't help..

Last post I mentioned my new Ikea pop up bin- and the hope that it would make me a tidy scrapper. Well guess what? It doesn't! I get in such a mess when I scrap. I pull out bits of paper, and leave the unchosen pieces on the floor. I pull out boxes of embellishments, and they end up spread all around. I put things aside to use on my pages, then can't find them when it comes to sticking them on. Yesterday I did one LO and my room looked like it had been hit by a cyclone. I scrap in my kitchen/dining/family room, so usually use my dining table to scrap on (mainly because I can't fine my scrap desk under all my bits and pieces). So yesterday I was scrapping, and doing the laundry at the same time. My folded washing ended up on my sofa, and my dining room chairs because the table was covered in paper, glue, ribbons -you name it! The whole room ended up looking like a disaster zone. sometimes I wonder how my family put up with me. Anyway, it was all worthwhile because I ended up making the Round and Round the Garden LO, and I love it. It is the first time I have really consciously 'designed' a LO. usually I put things on a page, move them around, play a bit then stick bits down. But this LO was for Badgirls, and the challenge was to do a LO using a particular design element, and then to write about how the design works. So it required planning and thinking.

Monday, September 17, 2007

I am enjoying the challenge over at Bad Girls Kits.
This is my latest LO. It was for the challenge about texture and dimension. I wanted to do a masculine page, with a limited colour palette, so the interest had to be provided by the textures I've used, which include scrim, copper mesh, leather, felt nylon staockin in the butterflies, wire, metal, inking, stitching-all sorts of things.
I'm really happy with the title treatments- the word 'my' is copper embossed- the letter 'y' is a doctored 'x'. The word 'guys' was a bit of an accident. I was trying for a crackle effect, but it wasn't textured enough, so I UTTE'd it and rubbed some stazon black ink over it. I've ended up with a rather nice metal effect! Again, I was short of the letter 'y' so I just turned an 'h' upside down! I adore that brown lac
e along the bottom. It came from Little Silver Hat, and looks even better on a lime green background.
It is a holiday here in Scotland today, and is pouring down. Still, we are off on a run out to the countryside for a walk. I was hoping to get out with my camera, but if the rain doesn't ease up I can't see my camera coming out. Yesterday I took my MIL to Ikea for breakfast and a look around. I just bought a set of little popup nylon bins, they will be great for putting my scraps in while I'm working on a LO-maybe I can be a tidy scrapper after all!

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Great day

What a fab day I had today- everything I love doing- well apart from the washing that is! This morning I got up and completed the LO you see here. I am joining in the fun at BADGIRLS KITS, and this week's challenge was about using colour to create mood. I thought this sludgy blue paper from Basic Grey 'phresh and phunky' was perfect to set off this photo of one of Emily's dirty looks. I added the pink for a bit of balance and allude to the fact that she does have her sweeter moments too. I really enjoyed creating this grungy style LO, especially after all the bright ones I seem to have done lately. This LO came together very quickly, and that meant I was able to go out into the garden and enjoy some rare sunshine. The weather was perfect- blue skies and sunshine, so I managed to get some much needed weeding done, and all the washing out to dry too! After that Emily and I went cycling along the Water of Leith. It is such a lovely cycle- no cars, through the woods, so lots of shade, which made for comfortable cycling, and as an added bonus the route is flat- perfect. Then after tea we went for a walk, and I experimented with my camera. I am going to start my photography blog to go alongside the Cheryl's course that I am doing on line for 4 weeks. Hopefully by the end of it I will have the confidence to use manual settings as a matter of routine. Today was all about experimenting with aperture and shutter speed and reading histograms. So what a great day- perfect weather- scrapping, gardening, cycling and photography. What more could I possibly want?

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Carole Janson's class LO

Just a very quick post tonight. I wanted to add the LO I did when I was in Australia in July. I was lucky enough to attened one of Carole's Janson's classes, and this is the finished LO (finally!). I didn't have a photo at the time, but have now added one of Emily. This LO looks so much better IRL. The photo is actually attached to a transparent mat, but unfortunately it can't be seen in the photo. I have put the LO in a box frame so it remains nice and dimensional., and I've crackle glazed the frame in toning colours. Carole is such a talented scrapper, and a lovely, friendly lady too! See more of her work here. Thanks for a great class Carole- one thing I learned is don't scrimp on the stash!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Better late than never

I finished a LO! No big deal you might think, but I started this LO in October, 2006. It was a class taught by Anna Bowkis, and I didn't have a photo for it at the time. So I took it home, put it away, and there it stayed. Then the other day, I was looking for paper to scrap a picture of my son, when I came across the LO again. So I decided to use it. It now looks quite different to Anna's class, which was very pretty, with flowers going down the orange strip, I seem to remember. This page is to celebrate Jack's exam results. School work just doesn't interest Jack and we were not really expecting great results, but the boy excelled himself-8 credit passes. it has given his confidence a boost and he has started in 5th year with enthusiasm. I just hope if he can repeat these results when he sits his Highers next May.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Here's one I made earlier.

I was just looking through my old LOs and found this one that I don't think I have ever posted. I really like this LO. I painted the flowers when we were on holidays in Skye August 2006. I didn't take any stash on holidays with me, just some paints and cardstock/paper in case in rained.. and it did. So I did this background. When I came home I found this picture of me and my sister when we were young and pretty. It is such a nice photo- just caught a tender moment between us I think. A little more relaxed than the formal posed wedding photos. I am working on a scrapbook of her wedding photos just now, but this one won't be in it. I called it sisters because I think it is more about the relationship between us than it is about the wedding. We were so close when we were young- oh we used to have our fair share of fights, but as teenagers we were the best of friends. We don't see each other much these days, because we live on opposite sides of the world. But when we do get together it is still a really comfortable relationship we have.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Another LO

Here is yet another holiday LO for the family album. This is about the kids at White Water World, part of Dreamland. Again, there were hardly any people here- The Aussies all think it is winter, but the water is heated, the temperature is around 20 degrees, so we think it is summer! Kids had a great time, as you can imagine. I am enjoying doing these straightforawrd multiphoto LOs so much. Once again I have used my old Colorbok papers. This time I added some rubons that were free with Scrapbook Inspirations mag some time ago. Love this using up of the old stash too! Yesterday I went to the crop here in Edinburgh. I hadn't been for ages so it was nice to catch up with everyone again. It was pouring with rain which is great on a crop day. If it is a fine day, then I don't get to go to the crop as here in Scotland we need to take advantage of fine days to do outside stuff- either the gardening, or most likely a family day out, usually involving a long walk in a remote area of the scottish hills! At the crop I worked on some pages for my sister's wedding album. This is a very restrained album using blue, white and cream. I thought I would get a lot done, because of the simplicity of it, but chatting, eating and admiring everyone else's work got in the way. I also spent some money. I bought some stickles, which a re new to me and I love them. If you like to add a little glitter to your page, especially on letters, then go for stickles. fab stuff. My best but though was a tote- papermania, and just £10- bargain! I have been wanting a crop tote for some time and was undecided whether to get the AMM one or the PM one. they are very similar, so when I saw the PM one at that price in stamper's grove, my mind was made up. Anyway, it is another wet summer's day here, so I guess the best thing for me to do is some domestics. Will do some cleaning, then make some Laksa for tea-YUM. (for those of you who don't know what Laksa is, it is a Singaporean lemony, coconut seafood/noodle soup.)

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Thought I would upload my 'Wet'n wild' LO. I wasn't too sure when I did it, but quite like it now, but not the buttons. However they are so firmly stuck that they have to say. Not to worry- it's not meant to be a work of art- just a scrapbook LO to put in the family album. It's great to do LO's like this and not stress out about whether they are good enough for a design team. The papers I used are from a big pack of colorbok papers I bought years ago when I first started scrapping. You know how when you first start scrapping everything seems so expensive so you're always on the lookout for budget scrap goods? (Well I was anyway) Well this was one of those deals, a big bulk pack. I used to give it to Emily to scrap with when I developed a taste for more expensive papers etc. Anyway, none of my more expensive papers seemed to work with these bright photos, but the colorbok ones have done the trick. So I guess I am saying don't be too hasty in throwing away stash- You never know when you might need it.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

I scrapped!

This is my frst LO since arriving home from Australia. Actually it is my first Lo for ages, not counting Carole Janson's class in Brisbane. I really struggled with this LO because I like my pages to feature people, rather than things. However i wanted to scrp these photos as the kids are there on these rides, and if you follow the little arrows you can find them! I also need to find paper that would complement the overwhelming blueness (is there such a word?) of the photos, and eventually found this very old basic grey paper- I think it is Sophie.. Anyway, I am quite happy with the finished result- I think it does capture the movement, excitement and colour of the day. I did another tonight of Wet'n Wild, but am not too sure what I think of that one. I'll lokk in the morning and see how I feel about it then.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Here are some pictures from Queensland. First, my two beautiful little nephews. Lucas is now 12 months and this was the first time I have seen him- he is so cute, and his brother Noah who is coming up from three. he is really cute too, but for some reason, didnot take to me at all. I don't usually have a problem getting kids to bond with me, but this little guy was just not interested. I think Jack and Emily were such good company for him that I just didn't get a look in. The others are a few snaps of things we did- the beach at surfer's paradise, Dreamworld, White water world, Australia Zoo, view from the big wheel at Sea World, Movie world and Wet'n Wild. Yes, we theme parked lots, but my kids love them, and if they're happy, I'm happy!
Don't you just love those blue skies? I really miss those huge blue skies....

Wednesday, August 08, 2007


Well, we are back from Oz. We had a fabulous time. It was wonderful to catch up with all my family. They are so good to us when we are there, so generous with their time and pockets- they spoil us rotten. We spent about 20 days in Brisbane with my sister, and caught up with two little nephews who had been born since our previous visit. Both are so sweet. We went to Surfer's Paradise- It is pleasant this time of the year because the beach is not crowed- people in Oz think it is winter because the temperature hovers around 20 degrees, but to people like us accustomed to Scottish summers it was perfect weather for swimming and sun bathing. We had a fantastic day at Sea World- my favourite theme park in the area. I do not enjoy thrill rides, and sea world offers lots to do if the rides don't interest you. However the kids loved the rides, all the more because there were no queues. I actually went on the large ferris wheel- very adventurous of me, and guess what? I loved it! and what spectacular views over the coast- just wonderful! We went to Dreamworld. The kids love it as the rides are quite extreme there. jack is in his element on these rides. Where else? Southbank, the markets, Modern Art gallery, shopping, Australia Zoo, Movie world, Wet n' Wild, Outback Spectacular and whale watching too! That is such an awesomw experience- these amazing humpback whale- enormous and playing alongside the boat. After about 10 days in brisbane we went to the Barrossa valley in South Australia to stay with my niece and her lovely family- husband and three gorgeous little girls. This part of the holiday was more relaxed, just hanging about, enjoyinf being part of a big family again. My kids have no cousins this side of the world and they really enjoy catching up with their little cousins. It is great for me to watch my teenagers being so patient with the little ones, who just adore their big cousins. We had a big family reunion and party for my brother in law while we were there, but would you believe it, a sickness bug spread through the family. It hit some of us harder than others and I missed the party altogether and ended up hospital on a drip. So I didn't get to spend any time with my brother and his kids, who came down from Broken Hill for the party. At the time I was feeling so ill I didn't care who I saw, but now I feel so sad that I missed them, and it will be years before I see them again. However, it was a fantastic holiday overall and hard to leave. Leaving all the family to return to Scotland really hit Emily hard this time, so much so much so that it made her sick, and she vomited off and on throughout the 30 hour journey home. Not easy! She is determined to go back to Australia to live just as soon as she is old enough- we'll see.
So I will post some photos over the next few days. One highlight of the trip for me was the scrapping class I did with carole Janson. carole is such a lovely lady, very gentle, kind and attentive to everyone in her class. We did a fabulous LO which I will share just as soon as I find a suitable photo to go in it! Thanks Carole- Oh and it was so nice to Meet Alison Drummond Jones at the class too. Hi Alison!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

48 hours.

Well, we are pretty well packed now. This time on Thursday we should have just left Heathrow for the 12 hour flight to Hong Kong, then a couple of hours there before the 8 hour stretch to Brisbane. I can't wait- well to arrive in Brisbane that is- Hate the flight, how come it is so tiring doing nothing? It is going to be great to catch up with all the family- the big ones, and the litle babies 2 new additions to the family since out last trip, and can't wait to see the other kids and say 'oh my goodness loke how grown up you are now'. Loooking forward to scrap shopping- you know, I think my mojo is coming back already. I am already planning what photos I'll take and how to scrap them. And the most exciting thing is......(scrapwise that is)......
I am going to a class with Carole Janson yeah. If you don't know carole's style, just click the link is my sidebar. then you will know why I am excited!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

I have been a really bad blogger lately. I think it is because I just haven't been scrapping much. I have really lost my mojo lately, and can't get excited about scrapping just now. I am wondering if it is because of being on Design Teams over the last year. The idea of being on a design team is really exciting, especially the idea of being sent regular surprise packages of stash to use. But in reality what happens is you often get products that don't excite, or that you can't find photos to use with, and it can be stressful forcing yourself to do LOs your heart just isn't in. The LOs that I have been happiest with are those that start with a story, where I know what I want the LO to say, and conversely, those that I am least happy with have been DT projects that have started with the product. Anyway my DtTcommitments have dwindled now. I did not reapply for Willowtree Crafts DT, and Jillybeans is closing so that has saved me from making the decision to withdraw from that team. I will remain with Little Silver Hat though cause I find all those ribbons hard to resist! So for the time being a little less scrapping and more going out and about, enjoy the great outdoors, especially over the summer months, concentrate on photography a bit, and maybe some other arty things. I just need a bit more balance in my life just now.

Friday, June 08, 2007


Just been playing with my camera in the garden. Even after all this time living in the UK, I am still amazed by how easily things grow in this country. These photos have all been taken in one of my perennial borders. In just a few weeks this border goes from virtually nothing to this profusion of flowers and greenery- oh and weeds too. I am working hard to keep the weeds under control before I go to Australia. I think now the flowers are winning. I have aquilegias, sage, geraniums, aliums, alchamellia, osteospermum, peonies to name a few (without spell checks!) the rhodedendrons are just past their best now, so haven't photographed those. Heather- these photos are for you. In terms of scrapping I just have a cj entry to do, then that's it until I get back.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Slowing down

I'm slowing down my scrapping this month, well actually I couldn't really scrap much slower than I do already. What I mean is, I'm not really scrapping at all. I'm off to Australia at the end of the month, and am just too busy to scrap just now. the garden has just exploded recently- a combination of light, heat and rain, and everything is grwing profusely, including weeds. So I need to devote a lot of my spare time trying to keep it in order before we leave. It looks gorgeous just now, lots of flowers out, especially rhodedendrons. I know they are big, brash and blousy, but I love them just the same.

I am also doing Cheryl's on line photography course, so that is taking a bit of time. I'm still trying to suss out my new camera. At the moment I only have the 18-55mm lens it came with so I am trying to work out which lens to buy. I am finding the non zoom bit frustrating.

Anyway I will post a LO I did a couple of weeks ago. All the patterned paper handmade by moi.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

so very sad

It is so sad around my neighbourhood just now. On Wednesday a little girl who lives up the street from us was killed by a hit and run driver, and her mother was seriously injured. The car had been involved in a series of accidents in our area culminating in the driver racing up our street before mounting the pavement and hitting Olivia and her mother. Life is so fragile. A mother and child coming home from school, an ordinary everyday event that can never happen again. Too painful to bear.

Monday, May 21, 2007

a whole lot of scrap

Now let's see- what have I been up to? Well I have a new camera and am trying to figure out how to use it before we go to Australia in July. I have joined an online photography course, except it is about photography as an art form, rather than the technical side. Week 1 was about silhouettes, and week 2 is about looking at shapes, and looking at objects from interesting angles. I hope to go out tomorrow to get some pictures.

On Saturday I went to Angelcrafts 12 hour crop at Stonehouse. I didn't get a lot done, but it was nice meeting some new people and having a chat, and spending in the shop. I finished a page for a CJ, and finally did page 1 if my 2007 album. I have been intending to scrap each month so we have a complete record of what we did during 2007, and at least I have January done now.

I have been doing a series of challenges at Scrapitude, and the last one was to design and use at least 2 patterned papers on a LO. I finished this at the crop and will upload it another time. Today I want to upload a LO I did for an earlier challenge- Inspired by Bollywood. The LO had to be bold, brash, colourful& kitsch- lots of glitz and bling. I had great fun doing this LO, and was able to use up lots of scraps and sequins and other bits and pieces that I have accumulated since I began scrapping.
What else? oh yes- I had my 'Learning to Knit' LO published in Scrapbook Inspirations this month. It has been posted earlier on my blog- December 2006-I love this LO.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Back again

I have been a really bad blogger recently- No excuse, just couldn't be bothered really. Actually I have been rather busy- DT stuff, and I bought a new camera! It is a digital SLR, a pentax K100, and it is a real beast! It feels so solid compared to my Lumix FZ5, and I must admit I feel really cool using it!. Trouble is, I don't know how to use it, except on auto, but I will learn. I also need to buy another lens, as the one that came with the camera is pretty limited. I took some test shots today with both the new camera, and my old, and sadly, I liked the shots with the old camera best, so it is even more important that I learn to use the manual controls asap.

Scrap wise I have done some LOs that I love, and some not so flash. It is always the DT stuff that I like least, probably because I am limited to whatever is sent, and as much as I get some lovely stash, sometimes I just want to add more embellishments, or a different piece of paper, and can't. Also starting with the product is so much harder than starting with a photo. Last weekend was the cyber crop on UKS, and the photo I have attached today is one of the classes I did. I actually don't like cc's very much, cause I don't really like to copy other people's designs, no matter how much I like them. But it is a good way to use up scraps and get some photos scrapped quickly.

It is exam time at my house. Jack has now completed English, Maths and P.E., and has French on Tuesday. Emily has only Maths this year. they both found the Maths paper hard, so only time will tell how they went. The exam timetable is really heavy going- much harder than in my day. The maths exams for instance went from 10 am to 4 pm with a break for lunch, because they are required to sit the exams for two different levels. Jack doesn't seem bothered though, and is as laid back as ever, possibly not a good thing.
last week I received some BAMPOP papers from Tracie- I was the lucky winner in her blog draw. They are so cool, and I have some ideas for using them bubbling around my brain. they are not available in the UK to my knowledge, so I want to be sure of what I am doing before I cut into them, thannks Tracie.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Back Home

We had a lovely time at Ullapool. the weather was very overcast and windy for the first couple of days, but the last couple were spectacular- warm, sunny and still. We relaxed around the cottage for the windy days, just taking small walks down to the loch and into town. However for the last couple of days, when the weather was so nice we got up early and set off for some long walks. Emily and I found some streams and picniced by them while Malcolm and Jack did some big hills. It gave me a chance to spend time with Emily listening to all that teenage angst. I am so happy I am not a teenager- they really were confusing times as I remember, and seem to be reliving with Emily. I have spent today washing , trying to get some kind of order back into our lives before I go back to work on Tuesday. It was a gorgeous day here and so in between hanging out washing I did some gardening- just weeding and cutting back, but there remains lots to be done. I have the most spectalular camelia bush- about 2m high and covered with flowers. It is truly spectacular. Anyway I will post a couple of pictures from our holiday- one is the view from the cottage- every morning and evening a herd of deer would come right by the cottage and graze almost outside the door. The other photo is of a boat in the harbour off loading its catch of halibut.
Thought I would post this LO all about Emily at 14. It is all about her fluctuating moods.

Friday, April 06, 2007


Well, we are back from London, and have two days now to unpack, get washing done, and repack for our week in Ullapool. London was a great success. We drove down on friday afternoon, stayed overnight at Cheltenham- my first visit there, but hopefully not my last. It is such an elegant town once you get off the High St, fabulous regency buildings, parks and loved the pumproom too. We went to Stow on the Wold before heading off to London. Stow was very pretty, very cotswoldy- that gorgeous golden sandstone makes the buildings glow. London was very busy, we fitted in lots of sightseeing- The KYLIE exhibition at the V&A was fun, and gave me lots of ideas for scrapbook pages too. We also went to the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. We shopped on Kings Rd, Marylebone High ST (VVRouleaux and Cath Kidson were too gorgeous) and Covent garden, which is always a fun place to visit. We spent time on the Southbank- the London Eye- queues were too big so didn't go on. That wasn't too disappointing as Malcolm and the kids have been before. We went to the Tate modern and the kids had a shot on the giant chutes. Malcolm and Jack went football stadium visiting- Fulham, Arsenal and Chelsea. We ate at the Stcokpot on Kings rd- very cheap, and Wagamama at Earls Court. Love Wagamamma. So just before we head off I thought I would upload two LOs that were published in this months' Scrapbook Inspirations mag. One is the beach at Achmelvich, where we are headed tomorrow for a week, and the other is jack as a baby. I loved doing the doodling on that page.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

My boy is 16 tomorrow. Where has the time gone? He is such a delightful boy- always has been , and hopefully always will be. He has such a laid back accepting personality, with a great sense of humour. He is not the tidiest of kids, but with me as a mother what hope has he? But he is kind, and very innocent for a kid of his age. He has always been a bit of a homebody, which is nice. He has a great group of friends who like nothing better than going to the park and kicking a football around. they don't appear to be interested in girls, drinking, smoking, drugs or other harmful things. He has exams coming up in a month and I do worry about how well he will do. he is a bright boy, but will not push himself, and thinks that near enough is good enough. So Happy Birthday Jack- enjoy your day, enjoy your easter holiday, and get ready for a few weeks of nagging, chivvying, and work at a rate you can't even begin to contemplate! Hope you like the card I made for him- inspired by a card I saw in Paperchase- love that shop!

Friday, March 23, 2007

The Lakes

Last weekend Malcolm and I went to the Lake district. It was so lovely to have time out from the kids. As much as I love them dearly, those teenage hormones can be most unpleasant to live with. If you read this mum, all I can say is well done for surviving those years 7 times over! It was fairly wet so we didn't get a lot of walking done, although we did get a walk around Lowswater. These pictures here are Ambleside and Grassmere. I am sure my aussie friends would love the Lake District- it is about as different as you can get from Australia- damp, green and with these wonderful slate buildings. If you look closely you will see a slight dusting of snow on the hills in the background. Would you believe this is the first snow I have seen this winter- global warming is a reality folks. I did manage to incorporate a bit of stash shopping into the weekend though- at Carlisle (market, a shop in the High St, and Craft Central at Houghton Hall garden centre). Also at Windemere (Lakeland). I am hoping to get a bit of scrapping done tomorrow. We stayed, (as usual) in the Travelodge- can't beat a Travelodge. This was a new one near Kendal

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Great weekend

What more could a scrapper want: Craft Fair one day, scrapping the next. Actually a retreat with shopping would be better, come to think of it! But I had fun in any case. Emily and I drove through to Glasgow to attend the Hobbycrafts and Stitches fair at the SECC. Guess what I bought? A cuttlebug! a bit of an impulse buy to be sure, but I figured if I can cut my own chipboard it would save me money in the long run, and I wouldn't have a collection of letters I would never use from bought sets of alphabets. I also bought some dies- flowers, punctuation marks, and swirls. Had a bit of a play today, and I must say the sizzix dies worked better than Cuttlebugs own. I am now after an alphabet that I can use on chipboard. I also bought some ranger distress inks, so need to get around to using those this week. The best thing about the show was the textile artists. What those ladies produce with their sewing machines is unbelievable, from wallhangings to jewellry and actual fabric. Beautiful rich colours, lots of texture, just wonderful. Today I had a bit of a blitz on the house front. It was in need of a good clean and I feel so much better for it. I gave my scrap area another tidy too, to make a space for the cuttlebug. I completed a cj entry as well as a flap book for Roz at Lippychick

My LO today is one I did for a challenge I set over at Scrapitude. The challenge was to scrap in beige and make it interesting. i have done a very textured LO including corrugated card, paper tearing, crackle medium, tearing, fabric- lots of textures. Funnily enough this weeks speshal dare was to do a textured page. That was lucky eh?

Sunday, March 04, 2007

bad blogger

I have been a bad blogger this week. I am very busy, what with work, house, kids, scrapping.

So what have I been up to scrapping wise? Well, Roz sent me two new FLAP books- these are the newest from the Lippychick range, and are not yet released. I have finished one, ready to send off to Roz for the Lippychick website, and have almost finished the second, These are really sweet little mini albums, with spaces for inserting tags. I think they are my favourite of the Lippychick books, and like the others, come in the plasma protective envelope. This can be altered using products like alcohol inks, but you know what?- I love them the way they are because they offer a tantalising glimpse into what is inside. I have also done a LO for Willowtree Crafts DT gallery. This LO is the one you see on this post, uses PDQ papers from bisous. If you haven't seen this range, check out Willowtree crafts for them. PDQ stamds for Pretty Damn Quick, and that is exactly what they are. The papers are already designed for you- all you need do is add photos and embellishments. They do a fab range of chipboard embellishments too. Although I wouldn't usually go for a premade page, I think if you were doing an album, perhaps as a present, that needed to be finished quickly, then this company would be just the thing. Their range is huge, and unlike many predone scrapbook pages, there is nothing naff about their designs.

Another page I did this week was for the challenge at Scrapitude which I can't show just yet. However, the challenge was to scrap using only beige, and I love my LO, even if I do say so myself. I will post it here soon though.

Also this week I taught my second scrapbook class. I felt better about this week's class because I had met the ladies the previous week, and now have a feel for where they are scrapping wise. They are pretty much true beginners. Week 1 I taught a little about design principles- rules of thirds, dominant and recessive papers etc, and had them create their LOs bearing those principles in mind. I don't want to teach classess where everyone leaves with identical LOs. I want the ladies to learn skills and concepts they can transfer to other LOs. Week 2 we did a very feminine page- pink, florals and spots. I tried to get them to hand draw and cut their titles, but they didnot have the confidence, so most chose to do their titles at home using their computers.

But the great thing is, they are developing confidence to di their own designs, and they all end up with different pages. We look at each others page and talk about the elements that work well, so they learn from each other too. They ask for advice about placement of elements, so we discuss balance and such like together. Hopefully after the 4 week course has finished they will have an understanding of why some LOs look more appealing than others, rather than having made 4 pages that look like everyone else's. See this is the teacher in me surfacing, years of training, and teaching experience coming to the fore. I don't believe in rote learning for kids, have always sought to help them understand and apply knowledge, to take risks, to experiment and discover and the same applies to my scrapbooking class.

Thursday, February 22, 2007


Just a quick post - I need to cook tea and get ready to go out to teach a scrapbooking class at the Edinburgh Craft Shop. I just wanted to upload my 7days LO for this week's speshal dares.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Holiday's Over!

Well, that's my week off finished. I love being at home. I love having time to do the things I want. I love waking up in my own good time, rather than by the harsh sound of the alarm.
On Friday Malcolm and I drove down to Durham via Alnwick and Hexham. They are both lovely towns, but they were unbelievably busy- there were cars everywhere. I had hoped to go to the stamp shop inHexham, but it seems it has closed. Instead I walked around the abbey, and it was lovely. We stayed at the Travelodge, as usual. This one was in the centre of town and was great, especially at £26.
On Saturday morning we were up relatively early, and I was around the cathedral area before anyone else. It was stunningly beautiful, so peaceful, the colours were so intense. The secret of tourism in Britain is to be up early- not only is the light better, but it is possible to get gorgeous photographs with no people in them, as you can see.
Today was Emily's birthday. She was 14. She decided she wanted to go to Frankie and Benny's with some friends, then come back here for profiteroles and other bits and pieces. She phoned Frankie and Benny's herself to book a table- She really is growing up.
This evening I did the speshal dares again, the only time I have taken a photo every day in a row for a week is when we are on holidays, so I chose 7 photos from our holiday in France last year. I will post it when I get a chance to photograph it in daylight, and since I am back at work tomorrow I am not sure when this will be.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007


I did this week's speshal dare today. It was to scrap about the simple things in life, and I wanted to scrap about how little kids get so much pleasure from simple things. It took forever because it just wasn't coming together the way I wanted it. Thank goodness for repo herma! And the mess I made was unreal- I must have pulled every piece of stash I own out, as well as punches, inks etc, but in the end I made a page I really like- I love the red/blue colour combo.

Both kids were out today so that helped. It can be hard scrapping when they are home, particularly if they have friends over. I scrap in the kitchen/family room, and they find my scrapping rather embarrassing so I don't scrap when their friends are here- plus they all take up too much room anyway- I would be tripping over their feet to get at my stash.

Monday, February 12, 2007


I went shopping yesterday with Emily. We went to Ocean terminal and had a lovely day. It is her birthday next week- she will be 14, and she wanted some new vans as part of her present. When she saw the vans she didn't really like them and eventually she found a pair of converse look alikes at New Look for £10 that she loved, so she has money left over to buy other nice things. She did end up with a few new tops as well, so she was happy. She is a very lucky girl as she is now about 2" taller than me (that makes her about 5' 6" and she has really long legs and looks fantastic in jeans. I was happy too, cause I went into Au Naturale and came away with some bargains- see photo. First, the scrapbook album @ £8.99 a real bargain- it came with ribbons, photo corners papers (that I haven't even looked at- bet they're rubbish). But the album looks good, really bright and cheery. I also got some velvet alphabets at £1 each, and I love them- the black is really black. I also got some foam flower things, for 45p for 2, they are really funky- I'm not sure what I'll do with them yet though-they're too big for page LOs. Also got the last large peg, which I'll paper and use for holding pictures or notes.
Today we went to MILs, and drove back via Perth and that meant a trip to the scrapbook shop, and naturally that meant some more shopping. This time it was some SEI papers, and an alphabet, and a DCWV cardstock pack, so once more I was happy. Oh and a blue plastic alphabet, that reminds me of the kind of thing you used to buy to put on birthday cards-love it.
I am going to do the speshal dares this week. I have the photo, the papers and embellishments all sorted- I'm just waiting for inspiration to hit.

Friday, February 09, 2007


I am on holiday for a week starting tonight. I can't tell you how much I enjoy not having to get up and go to work, being able to take my time in the mornings, wake up in my own good time and potter around the house. We don't have any plans, except an overnight trip to Durham next weekend. But I just love the opportunity to spend time at home, catch up on jobs needing doing, and of course to scrap. I have another LO to do for Willow Tree Crafts. This is with Basic Grey 'LilyKate' papers.
I am running out of photos to scrap- well I have heaps of photos but they were all taken prescrapping and tend to have lots of small figures in busy backgrounds and don't make good layouts. I have scanned a lot of them and zoomed in and cropped, and this has improved some, but many are beyond saving. Also I really prefer multiphoto pages just now, and I just don't have
enough photos of the one thing/event to do these.
My LO today was inspired by Lisa, a hugely talented artist and scrapper from South Australia. It is a great way to use up less than perfect snaps, and to cut out the distracting backgrounds. I love this page and it was such fun to do, so thanks Lisa, for the inspiration.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Gorgeous day.

It is such a gorgeous day here in Edinburgh, so I should not be sitting at this computer typing this blog. I really want to scrap too, but need to go out for a walk while the sun shines. I know- I'll take my camera and then I will feel like I'm doing both. Neither of my kids wants to come with me- we've reached a stage where they just want to do their own thing.
I have bought a new printer -HP 6166. I am still not too sure about it though. I need to play around a bit to understand its colour. I have done some experiments and the HP paper is definitely best, but I have stacks of other brands that I will have to use up.
I have been doing some DT stuff this week. Being on a DT has advantages- free stash being the big one, but it can be difficult at times starting with papers and embellishments, rather than photos. Also just keeping to what has been sent can be hard, it can be very tempting to add other bits, but if the retailer doesn't sell them it then you can't use them.
I have been lucky though because I have been sent some gorgeous things though like the wonderful Cosmo Cricket papers that feature in today's page, from Jillybeans. The photo is of my dad as a little boy, and I love it. The original is on a postcard, but I have only used the photo half. I coloured the frame with inks and chalks to knock back the stark white of the original. The lace leaves was cut from a piece of fabric, as was the flower. The dark flower is actuallty leather, The LO is quite tactile IRL.

Saturday, January 27, 2007


Today it was time for a blitz of my scrapping area. Although the area didn't look too bad- cause it is our family room I have to keep it reasonably tidy- I knew that hidden behind doors and drawers lurked chaos and disorder. I was beginning to spend more time looking for things, than actually scrapping. The worst part was under my desk. It had become a dumping ground for anything that didn't have a home. So today I went out and bought a set of 6 drawers that fit nicely under the desk, and began a major sort out. (There is still room behind the drawers for squashing awkwardly shaped bits and pieces though).

It was an unusual day because all the family was out, so I pulled everything out, and proceeded to rearrange the storage and sort out my stash. It has to be said that I don't actually have a lot of stash, but what I do have seems to take up lots of space. Anyway, I actually enjoyed the process of weeding out things, sorting this, that and the other, and replacing it all in some sort of organised way. So I have decided to upload some photos of the process. I now have a lovely clear desk to work at, and, would you believe, some empty drawers to fill..... RESULT!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Work gets in the way of life.

Work gets in the way of Life doesn't it? Notice how little blogging I have been doing since going back to work- just too busy. It is a very busy time of the year in my job, lots of assessments to be done, reports to be written, and just little old me to do it.
So what have I been up to? I went to the local crop yesterday, did 20 'oracle' cards for a swap on UKS. I was doing collage in monocolour, and it took forever. then I did my pages for a cj, then started a LO for the challenge at scraptitudes. It is a look back at 2006, and is another LO that took forever, mainly due to cutting 20 small photos and individually matting each one, then doing lots of hidden journalling. Will upload at some point.
On Friday Emily was in a public speaking competition- she had to make a speech about the EU. Her speech lasted about 7 minutes, which I think is a long time to speak, especially when you are only 13, and then she had to answer questions from the floor. She did really well- talking is her strong point. She didn't win, but the point is, what a fantastic skill to have. last night she was at a guide camp in the Pentlands- It was so cold and wet- no wonder it is called the Brass Monkeys camp. She was very well prepared, with lots of layers, spare clothes, socks, gloves, hats etc. One of the girls only had the trousers she wore, no spares and Emily said the girl was wet and covered in mud very soon after arriving, so other girls had to lend her clothes- how stupid are some people, to let their child go out, to sleep in a tent in the pouring rain, without even a change of clothes. Emily arrived home with overtrousers covered in mud, trackie bottoms covered in mud, anorak covered in mud, and her boots, both pairs, unrecognisable under all the mud. I had to hose down all her clothes before I could even contemplate putting them into the washing machine. She stripped off as soon as she came in and jumped straight into the shower. She says sge's not going to a brass monkeys camp again. Oh, and she was so grumpy she wouldn't let me take photos- would have made a great page.
Anyway, my page today is one I did a while ago, and I love it. It has lots of delicate touches, like tulle, organza ribbon, and glass to because I wanted the page to have a fleeting, etherial feel, just like memories.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

I bought a Tote

Well, I bought a tote today. I have resisted buying a tote until now cause of the cost, and have carried anything I need to crops in a big IKEA bag. This can be problematic though cause if I brake suddenly, the bag fall over and the entire contents spill in the car boot. However, today on UKS I read a post about the tote in the photos selling in Costco for £14, so I went and got one. Ok, I know it is not huge, and won't fit a lot in, but it should take everything I need, and has to be better than the IKEA bag. So I'm happy. Scrapping wise, all I've done this week is a LO and card for Little Silver Hat, using gorgeous pink and brown ribbons. I printed off a couple of photos to start another LO tonight. Scrapping really suffers when I'm back at work fulltime. Oh just realized I've forgotten to say that I will be teaching some Scrapbooking classes for The Edinburgh Craft Shop, starting 22 Feb. These are beginner's classes, but I'll see what develops from there- another one of my new years scrapping resolutions achieved!