Saturday, 4 July 2015

Open Studio Weekend

A fellow crafter Pam, is an incredibly talented artist and she (along with other Warwickshire artists) opened her house and garden last weekend.

 to show her work, and some of the things that inspire her.

 The garden is little, but packed with gorgeous cottage garden  plants,

 and as it was shady many like the foxgloves were still in full bloom.

Pam also demonstrated a little of how she works,

and we got to see her beautiful sketch and note books...

I am just envious of her incredible talent. What a lovely way to spend an afternoon. I enjoyed Pam's work so much, that I bought a watercolour to give as a Christmas  gift.

 When it comes to it, not sure I will be able to part with the painting.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Victorian Grandeur

Mt friend from school is lucky enough to live in a beautiful Victorian house in the east Midlands.  The gardens were open last year as part of open garden Sunday, so we went along to support the charity she was raising money for (and to nose around other gardens in the area!)

I took a few photos of Katie in her garden, and within the beautiful conservatory.  Sadly, there was a fire within it a few years back, but as much was conserved as possible in its reconstruction.

 The papers I used for the layout are by MME (picked up for a song in TK Maxx) and a 12x12 paper by Becky Higgins...

... and all of the embellishments are cut from the papers/

Title letters are by Basic Grey and Amy Tan.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Inspiration Interrogation

On Michelle's blog she publishes a series of questions to get you thinking, and maybe inspire a scrapbook layout.
Inspiration number 3 included these questions, so here are my answers...

1.  When did you last sing out loud?
Today, in preparation for a lesson on the seaside I need to teach Reception children on Wednesday...'The Sun has got his Hat on'!  I think it might be raining by then.

2.  What was your favourite book as a child?
I did love anything by Enid Blyton, but I think my absolute favourite (and I still love it now) was Tom's Midnight Garden by Phillipa Pearce.

3. Roller skates, stilts, bike or skateboard? What did you have, or maybe still have?

Only a bike, and I absolutely loved it.  I used to cycle all over the place in the summer, to Kenilworth with my friends ( a bit of a trip from North Coventry), it gave me real independence as a girl. I continued to cycle into early adulthood as I didn't learn to drive until I was 24.

4. Name of your first pet?

A goldfish from the fair called Fred.  After that a  grey and white cat called Dolly who adopted us (by having kittens in our lounge) called Dolly.

5. What films have you watched more than any other?

A toss up between Beauty and the Beast (Disney favourite of my daughters.. I think I know all the words) and any of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  On a weekend of poor weather we will have a LOTR binge huddled in front of the coal fire.

Why not have a go at answering the questions yourself? They might kick-start a layout.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Project Life Storage

I saw this video on Youtube by Inki Quill about how she organised her Project Life cards, and it inspired me to organise mine.  After my recent de-stash I ran out of time to organise my cards and I think if they are easier to find then I will make more inroads into them. Win-win!

On UKScrappers another crafter recommended a re-purposed tray from Poundland (originally for father's day) to store PL cards, but my local shop had run out when I got there. Disappointment all round.

 Seeking solace I headed to Ikea, and found a couple of 'Tjena' boxes in the sale; reduced as yellow is not everyone's choice of colour.  They do sell other colours too at full price, but I went down the bargain route!

To make the boxes strong enough to hold my cards I used both wet and hot glue to put them together...

...and made use of large amouts of washi tape to secure the edges of the lids and add a little decoration.

I planned to use the smaller of the two boxes for 6x4" cards, but it was a little wide and would waste storage space,

so I made a partition (from a cereal box covered in the wide washi tape) to store a set of 3x2" cards too.

The larger box came with 12 partitions large enough for 3x2" cards... I sorted them mainly by colour, using washi tape on top of each partition so I know which colour is in which space.  There's also a little room for a few die cuts made from the cards.

The smaller box has all my 6x4" cards sorted by colour, and the space at the side holds 3x2" journalling cards.

So now I can find my PL cards I MUST use them on 12x12 pages and pocket pages too! And as the box is still full, no more buying Project Life cards for me :)

Thursday, 25 June 2015

A layout with a story.

My dad's brother, Brian, sadly died last year and I learned many things about my Dad's childhood when Brian's obituary was read. I was totally unaware of manny of the details; like my own Grandfather being invalided out of the service during World War 2 after suffering a fractured skull.

Their childhood was difficult and I decided to include some of the details included in Brian' obituary in this scrapbook page.  For me, this is what scrapbooking is about.  Recording those stories that could be forgotten if they are not written down.

The papers are from First Edition by Trimcraft, a travel set.

I liked their vintage feel to go with this photo of dad and Brian taken in the 1970s.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Another neon layout.

These brightly coloured, fun photos of Katie and her dad made the perfect subject for another neon layout using my winning stash.

I used kraft misted with chalk ink spray; MME Simple Stories cardstock, and toned down the neon a little with white Mr Huey's mist.

Title is die cut with Tim Holtz carnival and Sizzix Wingo Zingo

The hexagons come from an XCut die, I cut it many times and paper pieced the hexgons within the frame.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Father's Day Cards

I made my Father's Day cards this year using a set of papers by Docrafts Papermania called MrMister.

 I started with kraft cardstock, ideal for masculine cards, and used a double sided woodgrain paper, torn to show the reverse.

For my own dad I used sentiments and papers with  crossword motif, he always likes a crossword puzzle.

For my father in law I used maps, as a retired member of the Ordnance Survey I thought he would like them.