Friday, August 31, 2007
I started out with about 500 photos. How on earth do you get 500+ down to 10? 10 photos that tells the story. Tricky! But once I started it wasn't half as tricky as I first thought. I basically went through and picked one photo - the one that told the story best or brought back most memories - from each "major event". Maybe going somewhere, seeing someone etc. Once I got the idea in my head to think: "which photo would be most relevant in my book when I look at it in a few years?" it got a LOT easier.
So my photos were picked. I chose my format and printed my photos. I cut my pages for the book to the right size, and... Here's a little sneak peak of the cover so far.
I hope to have all the pages inside finished by tomorrow so I can show you the rest then.
I'm so looking forward to tonight. We're going to have pizza night and watch the final of Big Brother. "Who wins - you decide"...
Thursday, August 30, 2007
And below is the finished card which will be sent off to Sweden next week. And for those who are wondering, time for a language course ---> "grattis på födelsedagen" is Swedish for "happy birthday". I used mainly scraps for the card so I have forgotten who makes the patterned paper...anyway the turquoise paper is by Basic Grey, the flowers are by American Crafts and the brads by Junkitz.
Last night I signed up for a class by Shimelle. It's called "A Picture Is Worth More Than A Thousand Words". It was run at the end of July when we were in Sweden (=no stash!). I really wanted to take it. So I e-mailed her and asked if I could take it now instead. I could - yay! I downloaded all the prompts yesterday and now I'm going to start going through them. I have already picked my 10 photos :)
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
This is another layout which I made as part of my Design Team work for Make The Moment Last. Photo is of my brother and his girlfriend and it's taken in Sweden last summer. Supplies: Bazzill cardstock, Dream Street papers, Hambly transparency, Making Memories metal embellishments, Maya Road ribbon & ribbons slides, Making Memories glitter sticker and Fontwerks journaling stamp.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
I want to share with you this Flower Birthday Card which I did as part of my Design Team work for Make The Moment Last in July. May I suggest a visit over there as they have some yummy Basic Grey collections (and individual papers!) in stock. Not to mention some gorgeous Dream Street papers, including the Cinnamon & Sugar collection that I used as part of my DT work. Tell Jackie that Anso sent you. :)
Anyway, time to make some order in my stash. Or at least attampt to...
Monday, August 27, 2007
Supplies for layout above: "Love Elsie - Lola" papers, epoxy stickers & alphabet stickers, black Bazzill card and jewels. The title box I have made myself with the Elsie letter stickers and a black Slick Writer.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Love Elsie – Toby – “Go” (embossed) paper
Love Elsie – Toby – “Carry On” paper
Love Elsie – Toby – “City Blocks” paper
Love Elsie – Toby – “Basic Mix” alphabet stickers
Love Elsie – Toby – “Blocks” chipboard sticker shapes
Love Elsie – Toby – “Big Ribbon” pack
Black journaling pen (I use Zig Millennium)
Autumn Leaves “For The Record” journaling stamps
Doodlebug “Paper Frills” in lilac
Black inkpad (Colorbox chalk ink is great in “Charcoal”)
Herma (or scrapping glue of your choice)
White embroidery thread + needle
Glossy Accents and a few jewels (optional)
Start by cutting your “Go” paper to size. I scrap in true A4 size, so I cut mine to 29,7x21 centimetres (cm). You can of course adapt the class to another format if you like.
Cut a piece from the “Carry On” paper that measures 11x17,5 cm (we’ll use the stripy side for this piece so pick a part of the paper that you specifically like). Then cut one piece that measures 11x11 cm, we’ll use the lilac side with the lime dots for this piece, which will now be referred to as the “lilac piece”.
Use scalloped scissors to cut ONE edge of your lilac piece of paper and edge both pieces of patterned paper with your black inkpad. Attach the lilac paper, with the scalloped edge at the top, approx 2 cm from the top and 0,5cm from the right side of the layout. Now attach your stripy paper, level with the right side of the layout, 10 cm from the top of the layout. Put your chosen photo in place (I have used a 15x11 cm photo).
Pick one piece of the “paper frills” (I chose a scalloped one to match the scallop at the top of the layout), cut it about a cm shorter than your stripy paper and attach right underneath it. Pick a ribbon from the “big ribbon” pack (I went for the brown with the coloured stripes) and cut it slightly shorter than the width of your layout. Attach just overlapping the bottom of your photo. Then pick another ribbon (I went for the one with the words) and cut to 15 cm. Glue in place half overlapping the previous ribbon. Use a few staples for decoration and to keep in place.
Use the alphabet stickers to spell out your title. I split mine and put it in two places. Outline with the black pen to make the letters stand out a bit more (do this slowly so you don’t slip and go over your letters with your pen).
Stamp your chosen journaling stamp, vertically, half overlapping the stripy paper on the left side of the layout. Add your journaling. Now pick a square from the “City Blocks” layout and cut out. Glue in place, half overlapping the photo on the left side.
I added some white dots and stripes, some blue little jewels and covered the square in Glossy Accents – this is of course totally optional – just go with what you like.
Finally finish off by doing a few cross stitches, half overlapping the photo, using white embroidery thread. A good tip is to use a paper piercer first to pierce the holes – this makes your stitching look a lot neater. Then add some of the chipboard blocks of your choice to the top right of your photo and use your embroidery thread to make little knots.
I hope you enjoyed my class! Wishing you lots of fun creating your own version!
Friday, August 24, 2007
Got a few bits and pieces that I need to get done now (like take advantage of the nice weather by drying washing outside etc!!) but I hope to do a little more scrapping later...
Here's a box which I have made using "Love Elsie - Roxie" papers, lots and lots of little buttons and a few jewels...
Thursday, August 23, 2007
See the swirly transparency stars? You'll find step-by-step instructions on how to make your own too! Honestly, they are really easy and quick to make :) Go on, have a look - you know you want to. LOL!
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Supplies for my layout: "Love Elsie" - "Riley" papers, chipboard stickers and epoxy stickers, blue ric rac, staples, jewels and a colorbox black chalk inkpad.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
I have been scrapping with my new "Love Elsie" papers (the "Riley" collection) this afternoon, but there's no way I can get a photo taken of it now so that will have to wait until tomorrow... Will be back to show you then :)
Monday, August 20, 2007
And what do I think? Looooove it!! The "Lola" collection is soooooo "me" at the moment - I just love the colours and brightness of it!! It just makes me smile and makes me want to create something there and then. The "Riley" collection I love too! The combination of blue/turquoise, green and orange is something I can't resist at the moment (and that comes from someone who used to hate the colour orange for most of her life until about a year ago). I wish "Riley" was a little bit brighter if anything, but it's not like I can really complain because it's not totally muted either.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
And look ----> staples in the middle of the page!! Yay! Thanks to my new long reach stapler - that just wasn't possible before. Supplies are: Cosmo Cricket and Love Elsie papers, Maya Road (I think?) ribbon, Love Elsie alphabet stickers, Autumn Leaves stamp plus some staples and jewels.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
But in the meantime I have been scrapping. I did the layout above this morning. Supplies: "Love Elsie" - "Roxie": papers, cardstock stickers and ribbons. Bazzill cardstock and Autumn Leaves stamp + buttons.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
And then one hour later the postman turns up with July's Scrap-Room kit - Double yay!!
Guess who might just be in stash heaven today?! :) I'd asked them to please hold my July kit due to going to Sweden for three weeks so that's why I only got it now. No sign of my long reach stapler yet...but hopefully tomorrow. Also I was told that my Bejeweler should be posted today so I guess that means it's a pretty good chance it will turn up tomorrow. Fingers crossed!!
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
But I guess it's just one of those things to buy ...like glue. How boring is it to buy glue?! It feels like such a waste of money when you can buy some beautiful yummy stash instead. I really, really dislike buying glue LOL! So I buy about 6-7 packs of Herma at a time so I don't have to do it so often...yet spending double figures JUST on GLUE seems like madness LOL! Still it's a necessity to use yours stash. So it's been just as hard for me to actually buy a long reach stapler. I just wish I had done it earlier because I know I will use it sooooo much :)
Sunday, August 12, 2007
I used our boarding cards stapled to the side of the layout (I have just digitally added the black lines to cover names etc for uploading on the net), and then lots of items from the "Toby" range by Elsie: patterned papers, cardstock stickers, alphabet stickers, chipboard buttons etc.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Anyway time to start packing our bags as the plane leaves this afternoon...
Kerry - the beach photo was taken on the south east coast of Sweden (my parents have a summer house there only about 600 metres walk from the beach - it's paradise!)
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
I'm sitting here trying to keep cool in front of an open window while I type this. Fortunately there's a bit of a breeze coming in through the window. I'm not sure why but we have made the crazy decision to go to an outlet centre right now. Well...hopefully it won't be too busy because people might be put off by the heat...or so you can hope at least LOL!
Monday, August 06, 2007
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Friday, August 03, 2007
I stamped the flower petal in black ink on each little paper piece and cut out around the pattern leaving a small border. Then I stamped the stem onto the card blank, glued my petals in place, stamped a title (Hero Arts stamps), drew around the petals to create a "stitched effect" and finished off with a button in the centre of the flower.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
So I felt very honoured when I was asked by Bev at Banana Frog a little while back if I wanted to design a few things for them. Banana Frog stamps!! I love Banana Frog stamps!! I won't admit to how many sets I have, but we are talking double figures.
Anyway, I was sent a few sets to work with and the first one was the "Build-A-Bloom" stamp set which is really fun to work with and I can really recommend it! Here's the first layout I made using this set...