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.