Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Me and You

It was my turn to choose a sketch for my team, Scraphappens, over on UKS this week.  Luckily I had just been viewing the Scrapbook and Cards e-mag where I had seen a wonderful double layout sketch designed by Becky Fleck.  Her work among with other designers can be seen on her scrapbooking sketch site, Pagemaps.

This sketch appealed to me as it was a good way of using up all those tiny pieces of paper we Scrapbookers can't bear to throw away but insist we may use.....one day.

I found some photos taken from your trip to the seaside in the summer of Rob in his 'model' pose, me and Rob together, deckchairs and beach huts.  As they were 'seaside' photos I wanted to go with a blue theme and so used a small patterned deep blue background paper by K&Co and a matching title and pre-cut boarders from the same range.  Then I was able to use up loads of  scraps I had been hanging onto either because I loved the pattern or felt it was too large to throw away.  I even managed to use up the teeniest blue spotted October Afternoon paper you may of spotted on my previous posts.

It was a bit daunting at first, using so many scraps made it difficult to 'lay out' the design but soon I was improvising like the best of them and created my 'own' version of the sketch.

So if you are like me and have stacks of 'teeny' scraps and feel like you are going to drown under the mountain of them all, have a go of piecing together your version.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Difficult Boys

It's always hard to buy or make cards for boys isn't it?  So when I saw these cute 'boy' stamps by Lilli of the Valley, I couldn't resist. 

I coloured both the stamps with Promarker pens and then used offcuts of the October Afternoon paper I had left over from a previous layout (see below).  I really enjoy stamping a few images up and then spending an evening in front of the TV colouring them in and I think my colouring skills are getting better too.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Live Bliss Happy Laugh

Over on UKS my team have organised a weekly scrap lift challenge.  So here is the first weeks challenge based on a sketch by Jana Eubank, her sketch blog is here.  Due to time restraints (dam you work) and still recovering from my trip (folding up my Baywatch swimsuit ready for next year Sandra), it has taken me all week.  I used some October Afternoon papers and journalling cards.  Also a K&Co decorative border for the title.  It features a photo of Rob being cuddled by his mum (yes in broad daylight) and the journalling tells of his fondness for cuddles.....but not in public.

Before I go I must show you something so kitch that I couldn't not buy it today.  I like kitch,  especially Christmas kitch.  Yay for Christmas doggie kitch tree decorations, wearing tutus, ruffs and fluff.

If you feel the urge to decorate your tree this year in kitch doggies, head down to Paperchase, they are selling 3 for 2 at the mo.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010


I survived......and that's just the wetsuit!  Yeah I rocked the look, surfing the waves on the Devon coast, sleek, cool and hip.....*cough*.....ahem......well maybe in my fantasy world!

Anyhow back to reality.....washing, ironing and a little scrapping.  I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY like this one.  I love the photo of Rob slurping his milkshake in an American Style Diner that we stopped for lunch in Gt Yarmouth.  I used Jenni Bowlan papers, polka dot felt, Thickers Alphas and American craft buttons stitched to the page. 

Just off to dream of hot instructors in wetsuits!

Sunday, 3 October 2010

I'm keeping my eye on you....

Tomorrow I will be up early and joining forty or so Year 6 children for a six hour drive to Devon.  Then spending the rest of the week surfing, kayaking, climbing, abseiling and jumping from great heights from wobbly telegraph poles.  It's going to be tiring and cold (especially while surfing in a wetsuit) but great fun.  So while I am away I am going to keep my eye on you lot.

See the eye on one of my Zenty Doodle ATC's?  Creepy eh?  But I kind of like it.  I hope who ever receives it in the UKS Zentangle ATC swap likes it too.  It is going to be fun to see all the different styles the ladies at UKS are going to come up with.  Although not on purpose I think mine have defiantly a bold graphic feel to them. 

So behave yourselves while I'm away and I will check in on my return just in case your worried that I may brake something on my adventures.