Each year I buy a Gingerbread house from Ikea, and Emily decorates it-with a little help from me. So I decided to do a layout to record this tradition, using the wonderful 'Christmas Past' papers by Graphic 45 from Scrapbook Sisters. That cute little date stamp is from Kaisercrafts. This year Ikea had run out of gingerbread houses, and after searching around, I found a different style at Lidl. It turned out pretty cute I think:
...to everyone who comes by this blog. I hope you all have a lovely festive season filled with peace and happiness. Here is a mixed media canvas I did for Scrapbook Sisters' using Graphic 45 papers, Kaisercrafts stamps, and other bits and bobs. I loved making this. Click for a close up. See you all after Christmas!!
... and I'm getting busy-well aren't we all? We have had gorgeous snowfalls over the last couple of days, and it's so pretty! Getting around is not easy though. We are lucky we live on a bus route, so out road is regularly cleared and gritted, but the pavements are lethal! I would love it to keep snowing so we have a white christmas, but I don't think that will happen.
So here are a couple of Christmas layouts just to keep with the spirit of Christmas. This one is using the 'Dear Santa' range of papers from Kaisercrafts-great for traditional christmas layouts. These pictures were taken at the Christmas market that takes place each year here in Edinburgh. Edinburgh is just wonderful at Christmas time.
The next layout uses the fabulously cheery and bright 'Christmas Carnival' range from Kaisercrafts. These are great for scrapping pictures of kids-they are so colourful and modern. I think they would be great for aussie christmas photos.
This is the last of the three layouts I did using Lily Bee 'Vintage Poppy'. Again I used one of the large diecuts for a photomat. This was a nice quick layout with just a bit of lace, some chipboard and rubons to embellish. I covered the chipboard flower with paper, and glimmer misted the chipboard leaf/flower.
Here's another layout I made with Lily Bee 'Vintage Poppy' papers from Angelcrafts. The circle is one of the big diecuts from the range-there are four of these in different shapes and patterns on one 12x12 page, and they make really nice mats to sit a photo on. The butterfly rubons are from Kaisercrafts, as is the wooden flourish along the side of the photo. I LOVE those wooden embellishments. You can paint, ink or cover them in patterned paper, but I love them in their natural state best of all!
Recently I did some layouts using Lily Bee papers from Angelcrafts. These papers are Vintage Poppy, and I love them. The colours have a retro fifties feel to them and the designs are modern. This layout is about Emily's excitement at getting her Standard Grade Maths results back when she was in Third year. I have a couple of more that I'll upload over the next few days. Right now I should be writing some christmas cards. Having actually made some, I really should make the effort to post them!!
...is the name of one of the latest paper ranges from Kaisercrafts. This is a lovely range of papers in subtle, blues, creams and brown. It comes with travel themed diecuts, transparencies , brads, tickets and other lovely bits and bobs.
I have used it here for a travel layout, but I it is such a versatile range that it doesn't necessarily have to be used for travel layouts. The papers are quite masculine so I reckon they would be great for boy layouts too!
I have actually done quite a bit of scrapping recently-mainly DT projects which I will put on the blog after they appear on the Dt blogs first. Meanwhile, here's a layout I did a few weeks back using 'Lilac Ave' papers from Kaisercrafts. It's Emily taking photos on a walk in the Trossachs last year. It's funny that this range of papers was voted most popular of the new Kaisercrafts ranges on the KC blog, yet I find it the hardest of the new ranges to work with. Much of the range is Lilac (the clue's in the name!) and it's not a colour I particularly like. However the reverse sides (if there is such a side with double sided papers) are green and yellow, and I am more partial to those.
I have an article in this month's edition of The Scrapbook Magazine. It's about the process of creating layouts from one of the Gauche Alchemy kits. I LOVED that kit-it was full of things I would never have thought to use on a layout, and so I needed to stretch myself considerably to come up with my layouts. It was great fun!
Sadly, The Scrapbook Magazine is now the only UK magazine left, since the demise of Scrapbook Inspirations. It's the only showcase for UK scrappers, so I do hope scrappers will get behind the magazine, and that it goes from strength to strength! Speaking of which, there is a great subscription offer on just now: Save 40% on the subscription price. Go here for details. And if you live on the other side of the pond you can buy a downloadable version too!
Tonight I thought I'd share the Advent calendar I did for Kaisercrafts. The calendar comes flat packed and has to be assembled before decorating-and let me warn you -that takes some time (Well it did me!) Mine was made using the 'Dear Santa' range of papers. These are gorgeous-very vintage, very nostalgic papers. As you can see I made a kind of scene for the centre of the calendar using the postage stamp paper cut into pictures for the wall. Don't you love the nutcrackers? I do!!
I just though I'd share the class I designed for Angelcrafts for the cyber crop on UKS this last weekend. it was a technique class, the technique being making paper roses. These are so pretty-really lovely for a romantic, or heritage layout.
The class seemed pretty well received, although some people seemed to have trouble forming the paper roses. You need to play with the paper a bit to break the tension of the paper, and
when rolling the spirals just show the paper who's boss! Don't be afraid to roll, and bend and squash the paper into shape!
I have a new printer! I cancelled the order for the printer that was taking so long and ordered another instead- a HP C8180. I got a great deal and it arrived the day after I placed the order. I am so pleased with it-it's so sophisticated compared with my last one. It can scan negatives and slides, it has a slot for a memory card, basic editing facility, but best of all-it's wireless!! No more unplugging and moving my laptop-and the kids can print directly from their computers too! Well, actually, the best thing is the quality of the prints-thay are great-so clear and the colours are true.
Now I can start scrapping again!
Meanwhile, I have a layout published in the latest edition of The Scrapbook Magazine. This was a comissioned layout on the theme of 'first'. And here's Jack in his first ever football strip. Wasn't he cute?
... So I ordered a new printer from HP on 16th October-only after the order went through did I get an email to say it was out of stock and wouldn't be back in until the end of the month. Well that was a pain, but as I was going to Rome for some of that time, I could live with that. -3rd Nov, and no printer. I tracked my order-expected date of arrival back in stock now 13th November. I am tempted to cancel the order-after all, who knows if that date will be put back again? Trouble is I have a stock of ink cartridges-(and they are not cheap), so I want to get a printer that uses the same cartridges-and I'm struggling to find anywhere else that sells printers that use this ink-especially at the price I ordered at.. what to do..
I know I could get some photos printed elsewhere in the meantime-but that is quite inconvenient for me too. Work is frantic at the moment and I just don't have time to stop off and print photos! (It was after 6 when I got home tonight). Guess I'll have to though as I have DT layouts to do and don't like to keep people waiting too long!!
Anyway, here's the last of the layouts I did with the Prima Animal Bash papers from Scrapbook Sisters. I think this is my favorite of the three!
This paper is Animal Bash, by Prima, available from Scrapbook Sisters-I found it tricky to use to be honest, so I kept it simple!-Some brodiere anglais trim, stitching, and cutwork on the flowers. The photo is Emily as a baby-she really was very chubby! I don't have many photos of my kids as babies-it was pre-digital, and I knew nothing about photography. In most of the photos you need a magnifying glass to see the kids. I had no idea about closeup photos. So I try to scan my old photos and enhance them a bit in PSE. They still leave a lot to be desired though. My printer gave up last week and I'm still waiting for a new one from HP to be delivered. It has put a stop to my scrapping for the time being, as I print all my photos at home as I need them. I'm just not organised enough to get them commercially printed. So tomorrow is Saturday, thank goodness. Work is frantic at the moment and I really need this weekend to relax!
....from Rome. Emily and I had a wonderful time. We walked and walked and walked. We climbed the dome of St Peter's. We explored the colesseum and the Roman Forum. We hung about the Trevi fountain and sat on the Spanish steps to watch the sunset. We ate pizza, and enjoyed being in each other's company. It was great! As far as scrapping goes, well I have been very busy doing my DT projects for Kaisercrafts (which I can't show yet). I love the new ranges, particularly REWIND and DEAR SANTA. I've also done some DT work for Scrapbook Sisters, using Prima 'Animal Bash' papers. These papers are bright, colourful and lots of fun. here's one layout I did: And the new prompt is up at THE CREATIVE TYPE. I didn't have time to do a layout for this prompt, but check out what the other girls did.
.... is back-holidays are over and the new prompt is up. If you love words, type, fonts and trying new techniques, then why not join in with the challenges @ The Creative Type. Here is my take on the new prompt-loving glimmer mists just now... You should see what the other DT girls have done...
My back pain has subsided, thank goodness. It was a portent of things to come I think, as age starts to wear down the body. It's not just my back that reminds me of the passing of time. Mostly it's that the kids. Jack has finished school and is embarking upon the next chapter of his life-as a student at Edinburgh University. It's fresher's week, and tonight he is out at a freshers do. It makes me feel very old when he talks about Uni, rather than school. So it's fitting that today I post this layout, which was done a couple of months ago for The Scrapbook Magazine.
.I And yes, I really do have the same feelings as I did when he started school all those years ago. In some ways I am even more anxious for him. At least school was a structured, and pretty secure environment, where he was known to the teachers. He is on his own at University and he really will sink or swim. Let's hope it's the latter!
...I have a sore back-well sore is an understatement! It's really excruciatingly painful. Not all the time. Just when I'm sitting, or bending. If I sit I struggle to get up. And bending is out of the question. I blame the vacuum cleaner. It first felt a twinge when I was cleaning on Saturday, and as the day went on, the pain increased. It was bad on Sunday, and is still bad today, so I am unable to go to work.
And bending-you don't realize how much you bend in a day until you can longer do it, For example in the shower-where's the shampoo?..on the floor..help! getting dressed, getting plates from the cupboard, putting something in the oven, plugging in a computer. It's driving me-and the family- nuts!! But I am most comfortable standing or walking, so guess what? I can scrap! So today I made this layout: Heidi Swapp letter masks, glimmer mists, Kaisercrafts papers and rub ons
I love this week's Saturday Sketch on the Kaisercrafts blog. For my layout, I rotated the sketch and used 4 photos instead of the one photo on the sketch. I used the arrows instead of the journalling blocks. The paper is from the K Bots range-fantastic paper for boy layouts!! Also if you go to the blog the Sunday Scrapspace features my scrap space (looking tidier that usual, because I had just had a tidy up when I redecorated last month, AND the month of competitions starts! AND you will see some sneak peeks of the new ranges which will be launched very soon!!
..then these are the papers for you. The PinaColada range from kaisercrafts-great for kids layouts, and summer holiday pages. The range is very versatile, but the embellishments have a tropical feel with parrots, toucans and flamingos. So I thought the range was fitting for this photo of me and the kids at Southbank in Brisbane. For all the UK readers of this blog, I must point out that we were there in winter-if only our summer this year was this warm!! I thought the colours in the photo, including the bougainvillea in the background were well suited to this range. And the banner adds a fun, holiday atmosphere, or at least that's what I was aiming for. Don't forget the month of competitions that starts on the Kaisercrafts blog on September 1st! I've been back at work now for two weeks and boy am I looking forward to the weekend. Roll on Saturday!
Kaisercrafts is having a whole month of competitions and prizes during September. Click on the image above to take you to the blog which has all the details.
And speaking of Kaisercrafts, here is a LO I did for last Saturday's sketch, which is here.
The sketch has a shield shaped paper, but I changed it to this scalloped circle. I used papers from the Duchess range which are soft subtle colours. I used some of the papers to make these lovely spiral roses.
....from Gauche Alchemy. I think this is my favourite layout from the kit. I love the Kraft tissue paper the kit was wrapped in, and have used it as the background of this page. The blue is the inside cover of an old book, and the little pictures are cut from the pages of an old camping guide book. But the best thing is the photo of Jack-he hasn't changed a bit over the years. Even now, the first thing he does when he walks in the door is remove his shoes and socks! Remember you can click on the layout for a close up peek!
..so my summer holiday is over-well it wasn't much of a summer to be honest. The weather has been just awful for weeks on end, and I feel a bit cheated!! Well quite a lot cheated! Dry days with sunshine for a few weeks is not much to ask for is it?
Anway, I did get some scrapping done, which is a bit of a consolation. I have to say I am really enjoying my scrapping right now. I'm loving the Saturday Sketches on the Kaisercrafts blog.
So you can see that instead of the scalloped paper across my photo I've used a photo strip. The photo strip is hinged at the top and lifts up to reveal the photo underneath and some hidden journalling. You could also add more photos underneath if you have lots of photos of the same event. My favourite thing about the LO is that dinky scalloped grid stamp around the edge.
The papers are the PinaColada collection-great papers if you love bright colours!!