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!