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!