Monday, November 30, 2009

Layout

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.
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Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Scrapbook Magazine

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!

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Advent calendar

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!!
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Monday, November 16, 2009

Paper Roses

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!

So here's the layout:
And here's some step by step photos:

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Problem Solved...

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?

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Grrr...

... 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!