Hello my fellow scrappers!
It's the last day of 2008... when I was younger I was always busy hosting a New Year's Eve party... usually fancy dress. Not done that for a while. Currently at home, but I am not idle!
I have cleared up my office/craft room in order to start 2009 with a clear desk.
As for Resolutions...? Well the main one is to "Go with the Flow" a little more. How about you? what are you planning to start... stop... improve?
AND.... will you scrap about it? LOL
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Hello my fellow scrappers!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Here's a little "heads up" for the January Newsletter!
MULTI-PHOTO Layouts! You just know you are going to have a mountain of photos after family get togethers... and with New Year's Eve on it's way... even more, well maybe for those party goers!
Anyway, in the next Simply Scrapbooking Now.com Newsletter (available early January) there are not one... not two... but SIX sketches for you and all of them multiphoto layouts. So subscribe now if you are not already a subscriber (it's a free online newsletter) and you can be "packing in" those photos to your scrapbooking pages very soon.
Posted by SundayL at 11:27 am
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Firstly Merry Christmas to all, and for those not of the same calendar... good wishes to you anyway and always. And thank you for stopping by whether a regular visitor or if this is your first time visit!
This is a card (front) I created in Photoshop Elements using the "Enchanted Forest" FREEBIE digital scrapbooking kit from Vicki's Blog (it's a collaboration kit with Sweet Blossom Designs too).
This was my card to my husband and I wanted to create something different from the usual traditional or "funky" Christmas cards that are available. I just didn't like what's on offer in the shops!
So I made this quickly on the computer and adhered it to the front of a tall thin card with a white fibre on the spine and little metal wreath embellishment inside the bottom ring of sparkles.
Another Hybrid creation!
So thanks Vicki and Sara for getting me out of a hole!!!! LOL
Posted by SundayL at 2:54 pm
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Look at these photos... aren't they lovely. I think they are beautiful !
They evoke an emotion.. at least they do in me.
I realise that the photographer has "fiddled" with these shots, but still... the one of the boardwalk is fairly true to nature.
Twilight is my very favourite time of day. My hubby reckons Dawn is best, but I'll take his word for it, I am a night person, not a morning person!
Sometimes, on my way home from work (this was before my daughter came along) I would park my car a short way from my house (at the time we lived amongst fields) on a high spot where I could soak up the soft rays of the autumn or spring evening sun. It was a lovely feeling. Sigh.
The pictures here are from the "sunset of the Day" widget on the left hand side of this blog, courtesy of Blogger (scroll down a bit if necessary), so you can all enjoy these lovely photos.
Oh and by the way... it's official, Santa has finally finished wrapping my daughter's presents... wink wink!
Posted by SundayL at 11:48 pm
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Well... as the title asks... Are you Scrapbooking at this time of year? Do you have the time? Do you have the Will? LOL!
My time, probably along with thousands of others, has been taken up with shopping, etc for the festive season. Made even more wierd by the fact that I haven't "been shopping" for quite some time actually.
You see I'm not your average woman... I dislike shopping - especially clothes shopping! Shoes I buy when I have to but find it difficult to buy comfortable ones, so mostly go home empty handed. Clothes shopping... I loathe because of all that undressing and dressing again... "boring" as my 5 year old daughter would say! So I find shopping a bit of a chore at the best of times!
And since my daughter has been born (2 weeks before Christmas) I find myself unorganised in general and getting all tetchy and uninterested in it all, and that's not how it should be, is it?
SO... a News Year's Resolution for me (there are many others!!) is to PLAN, plan, plan.
I shall write my "Plan for an Organised Christmas" and you never know if my plan works well next year... I will sell it as an ebook! LOL
I think I shall make a scrapbooking layout about my New Year's Resolutions, and I'll make a FREE overlay for you, or maybe some word art to add to your Layouts if you'd like to join me?!
Posted by SundayL at 6:51 pm
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Posted by SundayL at 8:27 pm
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Here we are again, middle of the month and so it's Freebie Frenzy time for all you lovely subscribers to the Newsletter.
Just leave a comment on the blog here and by this time tomorrow (8.30pm GMT), you could be a winner of a lovely kit! Doesn't matter where you are in the world... I will post it airmail to anywhere!
The kit and includes:
10 pieces of Dovecraft 8x8 paper (from the Retro Floral collection)
2 pieces of white card
a pre-printed page of quotes and titles and a tag template
6 ribbons approx 12" each
and a pre-printed tag on cardstock.
There are also some (splat type) flowers and colour various co-ordinated brads in the kits too.
If you aren't already signed up for the SimplyScrapbookingNow.com Newsletter you can sign up top left of this blog (just under the header) and then leave your comment. You never know... somebody has to win!And a RAK will be going to a second winner too, so don't delay. Winners will be announced tomorrow evening.
THIS FREEBIE FRENZY IS NOW CLOSED.
Posted by SundayL at 8:10 pm
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Well I am glad that's over...! What am I talking about?
My daughter's 5th birthday party for what turned out to be 16 kids plus a couple of siblings.
Gosh I'm tired, everyone kindly said it was great and the kids enjoyed themselves.
Me... I would call it slightly controlled chaos! I'll be honest and say that at times I felt a little out of my depth... it's over now. Next year... I'll take my daughter and a few friends somewhere and that's it. It's so close to Christmas that December for me, has become stressful.
And I sure don't want to be one of the millions who find this month a stress inducing nightmare!
But, of course, I have some photos... I hope... hubby was in charge of photos and I did have to stage one of daughter blowing her candles out after she had already done it once, but hey... that's showbiz!
I'll be back soon with the SSN.com Freebie Frenzy Alert!
Posted by SundayL at 11:13 pm
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I posted an item late last month all about taking the oppotunity to make Thursday and day to say Thank you to and for as much as possible. This is a life improvement thing!
Well here is a page for my Thank You Album.
I found the quote, by Mother Teresa, over on this blog, and thought it so lovely, it inspired me to make a little page for my Thank You Album. (6x6)
Posted by SundayL at 11:25 pm
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Posted by SundayL at 11:38 pm
Saturday, December 06, 2008
This is an 8x8 layout I made really quickly as an example of how to use one of my free downloadable Journalling blocks.
I printed this one directly onto some Bazzill Basics cardstock and my journaling AND title are incorporated on it.
Very simple, effective page.
This journal block is one of 3 I have designed and is avaiable for subscribers to my newsletter to download (via an article in the December newsletter).
They are suitable for traditional scrapbooking (just print out and use - technically called hybrid scrapbooking) and for digital scrapbooking.
Sign up to the newsletter via this blog (top left) or via SimplyScrapbookingNow.com.
If you have left your name and email address on the EasyRibbonHolder.com (or .co.uk) websites, then you are already a subscriber!!
Posted by SundayL at 8:08 pm
Thursday, December 04, 2008
I am currently sitting in a friends shop (luckily a computer shop!) using his internet connection to check the WWW! I have been offline for nearly 48hrs.
It's getting to the cold-turkey stage, I think I'm starting to twitch! LOL
Anyway... this is just a short one to say... I'll be back soon!
Posted by SundayL at 3:51 pm
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
I've been in conversation with a lovely lady over in the US this evening called Terrie... hello Terrie, [waving].We got to talking about our daughters and I asked for a photo and/or a layout, and she sent me these lovely layouts.
Now you can't tell me that you don't just want to be "in there" getting stuck in with all that FOAM!!
Oh, the freedom of childhood!!! FANTASTIC... it makes me want to get out the shaving foam RIGHT NOW!
Thanks Terrie for these lovely layouts, I just luurve the title and your little one is very cute!!
The lady in the picture is Terrie's daughter's Nanny by the way (carer type, not grandmother!LOL)
And what's more... is that these pictures are of pages in an album which Terrie made for the Nanny for her birthday... what a thoughtful gift! I would have loved to have received such a gift when I was a nanny (for a couple of years!).
Posted by SundayL at 11:30 pm
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Hi there everyone!
I have just uploaded the December issue of the SimplyScrapbookingNow.com Newsletter. Couple of videos in that and a freebie download of journaling blocks.
You need to be a subscriber to enjoy the benefits and you can do that by placing your name and email address in the boxes at the top left of this blog OR by going to the SimplyScrapbookingNow.com website and signing up there OR if you have already visited and entered your name and email address at http://www.easyribbonholder.com/ (or .co.uk) site then you are already signed up!
I have found a great video on You Tube about making your own Prima Lollipop flowers. It's by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and her blog is HERE, there are some great layouts on there too.
So here is the video...
Posted by SundayL at 9:23 pm
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Here is a video showing you a technique to use ribbons. I lurve ribbons!
This video shows how to scunch and sew them for your layouts.
It's quite long, but you can get the gist of the technique by fast forwarding a little!
The video is by "scrappyrachy" on Youtube, there doesn't seem to be an associated blog, etc for this lady, however.
Posted by SundayL at 12:14 pm
Friday, November 28, 2008
Posted by SundayL at 11:17 pm
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Here is an 8x8 page on which I have included no less than 5 photographs !
Very simple page using Basic Grey papers (Two Scoops) and a few bits and pieces.
The title is on the photograph... in other words I printed the photograph out with the Words already on top. There is a sentence of journaling bottom left on the main photo too.
I have made a video showing how to do this. The video will be published in the December issue of the SSN.com Newsletter - due out on 1st December.
If you are not a subscriber, you'll have to wait a month to see it, as Newsletter content is only released onto the main site when the next issue has been published. But as it's free to sign up - so why not?
Posted by SundayL at 10:48 pm
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I have made a little video to show you how I use ink and embossing powder and EVEN clear nail varnish to re-colour brads to exactly match my layouts.
As long as I have the correct ink colour, (and even then I can mix the colours to get the right shade) I no longer have to go and buy more brads to match my projects.
What a money saver!
I hope you find it useful!
Oh and no prizes I'm afraid for spotting the spelling mistake! LOL
Posted by SundayL at 9:47 pm
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Here is a lovely Brag Book which my friend Heidi made recently.She has more pictures over on her blog .
Worth a look, I particularly like the way this album unfolds, check out the other pictures to see what I mean.
I'm currently finishing off a multiphoto (5 pictures) 8x8 layout... yes that's right 5 pictures on an 8x8 page!
I'll show you the finished item shortly!
Posted by SundayL at 9:52 pm
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I didn't have time to shut it all down last night and reboot... I had too many windows open. So I have fired it up again this afternoon and hey presto it's behaving.
So here is the sketch which I drew for the "In Strawberry Fields" scrapbooking layout (see this post). As you can see my layout is different from the sketch, just to prove the point that you don't have to stick exactly to the sketch. And I know a lot of you don't which is great for variety.
Although I have to say that I have seen some resulting scrapbooking pages from sketches are nothing like the original sketch, and I wonder if indeed the creator was actually looking a the right sketch in the first place LOL!
I helped one of my bosses this morning to print a couple of photographs, explaining my way of placing the pictures into word and printing from there. He said he'd forget next time round! Which reminds me that I must make a video of how to do this. I have published an article on the subject, but maybe a video you help too, as I know there are others struggling to quickly print out photos.
Posted by SundayL at 3:44 pm
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Hmmm... I sat here drawing a sketch for you all and then my scanner refused to work! tut (a lot!)
So I will have to reboot and hope that fixes the problem. Or take a photograph. So hopefully will be up for you soon.
An update on Inde... home safe and sound... couldn't get in the car fast enough, bearing in mind his history of disliking cars! But he's bright enough. Does need his "funnel" on (or Elizabethan collar as they call it) to stop him licking the stitches! bless him.
But he's a good boy... I have removed and replaced the funnel a couple of times and he just sits patiently while I fumble and swear and curse under my breath at the fiddly plastic tabs.
Oh and 10 days of no running around?!!! A border collie... I think not! A couple of days and he'll be wired if he can't run.
Posted by SundayL at 11:49 pm
I took Inde to the vet this morning and left him with a bewildered and slightly worried look on his face!
Poor little man had no breakfast in preparation for his operation today... yes he's getting the snip!
And whilst there he is also having a tooth removed, because somehow he has managed to break one already! That was probably done trying to manically grab a flying ball.
So he will hurt at both ends... ahhhh!
On a different note... I am hoping to post a new ScrapBuddies Sketch shortly.
Posted by SundayL at 10:51 am
Monday, November 17, 2008
Number 7 was picked out and the 7th comment was Jean's.
So congratulations Jean, you're November's winner! Send me an email with your postal address and the code from the Email Alert. If you signed up last night or today however, then make sure you use the same email address as you did for signing up to the Newsletter, and I can match up your sub!
Anyhoo... I want to give a RAK as well, this time it is a copy of my ebook (and the bonus ebook) which is available from EasyRibbonHolder.com (if you have already seen the Newsletter there is a special link from each Newsletter, just click the picture of the book)
The book is called the "Fast, Easy and Virtually Free Ribbon Storage Solution", and it is a full colour, step by step guide showing how to make your own ribbon holders, for virtually nothing. And you can make as many azs you want whenever you want. The bonus book shows you how to make the Ribbon Reorder Ring which is an extremely easy way to keep track of your ribbon collection.
So the RAK (picked out in the same way) goes to... number 10 comment... so that's...
Well done, Patricia you need to send me an email just like Jean, but I only need your email address.
I want to thank you all for coming over to the blog and posting a comment, it is REALLY lovely to hear from you... a bit of interaction makes my day.
Posted by SundayL at 11:22 pm
Hi all... thank you to those who have already left a comment on the blog... your names have been entered for the draw... I did forget that I am out this evening "dancing" or should I say "Exercising!!"
So rather than rush to make the draw before, I will do it later when I get home. This means you have a couple more hours to leave a message here (see post below) and thereby be entered into the draw for the kit.
So I will post who the winner is around 11.30pm tonight! Good luck!
I will, of course be huffing and puffing and be somewhat red in the face whilst picking the winner!!! LOL
I'm only kidding... I've usually stopped the wheezing by the time I've driven home! LOL even more!
Posted by SundayL at 6:42 pm
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Well it's the middle of November and time for the SimplyScrapbookingNow.com Newsletter Freebie.
There are Papers, Stamps, ink, ribbon and fibres, chipboard and embellishments.
I've gone for a "winter theme" here which can be used for Christmas, but are suitable for any "chilly" Scrapbooking Layouts! The kit consists of:
- Six 8.5x8.5" Patterned paper from the "Garden Collage" Pad by K&Company,
- Set of six word clear stamps by Studio G (Dovecraft) - of a Winter theme,
- One Blue/turquoise ink pad from Papermania
- 3 chipboard swirls from Maya Road
- 4 metres of blue and white ribbons (over 4m actually)
- 2 metres of fibres (gold and white)
- Plus as assortment of white and clear beads in various shapes and sizes.
Posted by SundayL at 6:57 pm
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Well I have been busy today sorting out the preparation for my demonstration at the Crop in Ditchingham tomorrow afternoon.
The Demo is showing how to make 2 mini-books - which you can use as mini albums or gift cards - I just love mini books.
I have adapted the instructions from a book which I plan to review in the December issue of the SimplyScrapbookingNow.com Newsletter. A particularly "dinky" book with lots of ideas for mini-books.
And talking of the Newsletter... I'm thinking the next Freebie Frenzy Alert will most likely be... ummm... let me see... this weekend!!! Keep your eyes peeled for the email!
If you're not signed up... you can sign up from this blog (top left under the header).
Posted by SundayL at 7:52 pm
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Well parents evening was short and sweet! As I suspected everything is ok, and Honey is a delight in class LOL. I have to say that I am truly thankful that she is a confident child and quickly gets stuck in to projects and is gregarious (spelling?!) so I have never had to worry about her getting on with others. I'm off to peruse her workbooks in a mo before handing them back tomorrow.
Anyway I promised something scrapbooking didn't I? Well I found this video a couple of days ago on my travels across YouTube. It shows you how to make an 8 page (including covers) mini book from one piece of paper, either 12x12 or A4. Incredibly simple.
I think a great idea for kids to make and decorate too (school hols over Christmas period and all that?!!) I'm thinking of making a video to show you a twist on this mini book too, so keep your eyes peeled!
It's from Hero Arts and is by Lisa Spangler.
Posted by SundayL at 8:29 pm
Oh I have my first ever proper parents evening tonight!!!
10 mins with the teacher and a browse of Honey's work maybe? Will be interesting to see what she's been up to in her first half term of school bless her.
Will be back later with something about Scrapbooking...! LOL
Posted by SundayL at 4:09 pm
Sunday, November 09, 2008
I feel as though I have spent the whole day browsing the internet looking for suitable party goods for my daughter's 5th Birthday party coming up soon.
Posted by SundayL at 9:45 pm
Friday, November 07, 2008
Well you know here in the UK, we have Bonfire night, Guy Fawkes night, whatever one wants to call it. Basically nowadays that means lots of people buy a box of fireworks for their garden and every night for about a week either side of the actual night of 5th November, there are sporadic bangs.
Toffee doesn't like bangs... Harley just can't hear them I don't think, because he used to be bothered, but now it's just Toffee. Inde doesn't appear to be bothered at the moment.
On 5th there were more bangs, and coming from clse neighbours too, so I was sitting here at my computer with Windows Media Player blasting out some BonJovi to try to mask the noise, with Toffee curled up in a ball resting on my feet! Poor little mite. It worked though!
I was thinking actually... I know that fireworks this time of year is a very English thing, but there don't seem to be many firework related scrapbooking layouts around, or kits or embellishments, traditional or digital... I realise it's difficult to take photos of fireworks, but surely we can embellish with some simulations. After all we take our kids out on Bonfire night to stand in the cold... oh that reminds me what I'm doing this evening. Honey's first Bonfire Night attendance!
I used to loathe my mum dragging us out for that! LOL Honey seems quite keen at the mo and it's at her school, so she's more keen maybe!
i'll let you know how she feels in a few year's time eh!?
Posted by SundayL at 3:05 pm
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
This is a layout I finished this evening!
Those of you who have already signed up for the Simply Scrapbooking Now.com Newsletter may well recognise the materials used for this one!
They are from the kit I put together from my own stash, for which I wrote an article in the November Newsletter.
And... there is an accompanying video too.
So I started this layout after my demonstration at the October ScrapBuddies crop about making your own page kit from your existing stash.
I did have to put it one side for a while but got round to finishing it today!
Posted by SundayL at 11:11 pm
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Well I actually managed to make my first ever blinkie !! Woohoo... only took one and a half hours, when I really should have been doing something else! LOL (see also earlier post)
Still I have already sorted all Honey's stuff ready for her first day back at School after the half term break, and sorted the packed lunches ('s' refers to the fact that I have to make one for myself too as I work in an ordinary office a couple of days a week!) so I started fiddling and you know what's it's like... "I'll just do this quickly" ha ha!
Well I'm impressed that I managed it in only 90 minutes! Here is a tutorial I found on the web about making a blinkie using PhotoShop Elements (which I use).
So what do you think then? Oh and I've added some other graphics to the side too... scroll down to see... mmmm... lovely sunsets!
Posted by SundayL at 10:32 pm
I was looking into making my own blinkies for this site and my other sites, but thought I should actually sort out putting them onto my own first.
I haven't done so before as I am not a fan of flashing lights, but I know a lot of you like them and they can certainly be colourful!
So I went on a search for instructions as to how to go about putting blinkies on this 'ere blog... and I found a great one here on the GingerScraps Blog. Thanks Ginger for a clear tutorial on how to sort out a blinkie problem! And just for that help, I have added Ginger's blinkie to my favourites!
Have a look on the left hand side (you may need to scroll down a bit!
Now... off to make my own and see what you think!
Posted by SundayL at 8:46 pm
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Well, in the wake of uploading the latest issue (November) of the SimplyScrapbookingNow.com Newsletter last night, I am currently in the process of "clearing the decks"!
Goodness me it is a mess in here! Mostly of paperwork and not of craft stuff unfortunately, but my aim is get stuck into a page or two tomorrow.
Honey has not one, but two birthday parties to go to tomorrow! What it is to be popular eh?!! LOL
Anyway... Have you worked out what the top picture here is yet?
Well it's a photograph from one of the winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the year 2008. And actually the picture intrigued me, but that's not why I post it here... I actually think that the little write up that went with it was beautifully written! It is posted below exactly as I found it on msn news.
The second picture I do post here for aesthetic reasons... such beauty in nature... such superb colours. It is a "Carmine bee-eater"... um I wonder what he likes to eat?!
A fabulous photograph!
Anyway, I give you the write up with that picture as the text is evocative too.
Now would you think to put those colours together in a scrapbooking layout? Nature.... doesn't have any rules... and neither should we!
(For the TOP picture)
Baris Koca, Turkey: Starling genie (Animal Behaviour: Birds)
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2008
Birds are among the most popular subjects for photographers entering the competition, but the challenge is to take a picture with aesthetic appeal that also shows active or interesting behaviour. At Lake Mogan, near Ankara in Turkey, the photographer tried over and over again, day after freezing day, to capture the amazing shape-shifting of the flocks of starlings coming into roost, but none of his attempts did the spectacle justice. Then, one weekend, something different happened. The lake was frozen, and so he was able to stand facing the reeds with the sun behind him. As usual, at around 5pm, thousand-strong flocks of starlings wheeled in over the horizon to merge into dense super-flocks, providing half an hour of incredible aerobatic routines. Then, as the sun set, the birds pirouetted into the spotlight of its rays, and the perfect picture was created. As they descended, their wings sounded like soft clapping. It was ‘so relaxing’ that he stopped taking photographs and just listened. Then the starlings twittered down into the reeds, and the curtain of darkness fell.
(For the BOTTOM picture)
Chris van Rooyen, South Africa: Bee-eater ballet (Animal Portraits)
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2008
This category, one of the most popular in the competition, invites portraits that capture the character or spirit of an animal in an original and memorable way. A boat moored on the Zambezi was the perfect hide from which to observe the colony. At least 1,000 carmine bee-eaters were breeding in this area of riverbank, in Caprivi, Namibia – one of the largest colonies in southern Africa. Whenever a loitering raptor drifted too close, a burst of carmine would explode from the numerous burrows. Activity was constant and the birds never stopped chirruping to each other as they chased insects. “I had the distinct impression some were just having fun,” says Chris. “They would weave around in the wind, hover in the updraft created by the riverbank, and then fold their wings to parachute back into the nest-hole.”
Words By Benjamin Chernivsky
Photographer, MSN UK News
For more information about the photographs visit Natural History Museum: official website
Posted by SundayL at 7:22 pm
Thursday, October 30, 2008
I met a nice lady in cyberspace today! Since setting up the SimplyScrapbookingNow.com site and the EasyRibbonHolder.com, I have had the pleasure of chatting to lots of people from all over the globe!
I was only thinking this evening... whilst cooking the dinner - you know... during those times when you "tune out" of the bubbling pans (well buzzing microwave in this instance!) and the mind wanders - how wonderful it is to make new friends from far flung places. I was talking to someone in New York yersterday and Australia before that, and so on.
Anyway, this lady (in the UK as it happens) is Kathleen and has bought a copy of my ebook for the Ribbon Holder and kindly wrote about it on her blog, for which I thank her.
I am in the process of setting up a an EasyRibbonHolder site for UK payments, as it is currently in Dollars, so you don't have to worry about the exchange rate!
Posted by SundayL at 7:15 pm
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Hello there everyone!
I have been busy putting the final touches to the SimplyScrapbookingNow.com Newsletter which is due out on Saturday (1st Nov).
But for something else - here is the next ScrapBuddies Sketch. Sketch no. 6 in the Series so far.
And below is the layout from whence it came!
The reason I say it "could" be a multiphoto sketch is because of the blocking. You could easily add more photographs where I have used patterned paper. In fact the whole page could be made up of just cropped photographs?!
Would make for interesting cropping, wouldn't it?!
Posted by SundayL at 10:59 pm
Monday, October 27, 2008
Posted by SundayL at 6:26 pm
Saturday, October 25, 2008
You may notice that there are 2 "envelopes" (one on each page) both of which do have journaling inside, but I haven't shown the contents as they are my personal message to the creator of the circle journal.
These pages are pink and blue as per the "rules" at the front of the journal.
Posted by SundayL at 10:16 pm
Friday, October 24, 2008
Posted by SundayL at 9:33 pm
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Here's a little one of my tips!
When I am surfing for Scrapbooking Layout Inspiration I make notes to remind of things I have seen, for later use... nothing new there!
However, when I am in my internet browser, I have my word processor package (Microsoft Word, in my case) running in the background.
When I see a layout I like, I copy the picture and paste it into my open page in Word. I then copy the address bar (the address of the exact page, not just the domain name) and paste that into my document too.
In Word, the links are "clickable" and I can get straight back to the right page directly from the open document.
I make notes, copy and paste text, etc... and I then save the document and can refer back to it later.
This is great for keeping sketches, layouts for scraplifting, etc because you have the information linked so that you can refer to the internet pages to make sure you give the correct credits... especially in my case with publishing on my blog here.
I often place these documents directly onto my "desktop" for easy access. When I have used the information, I simply delete the file! Of course you can print out these pages, but I mainly use this system for the ease of clickable links with which I can write some of my own notes.
Posted by SundayL at 9:47 pm
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Posted by SundayL at 12:09 am
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Brads - Basic Grey
buttons - various
flower - Bazzil Basics
Digi papers, ribbons and bow - by Verena Karolyi "My first flowers" kit.
Title - "Oh Photo Shoot" and "Patterns and Dots"
Journaling - "Cathies Hand"
Posted by SundayL at 7:48 pm
Friday, October 17, 2008
Well the lines are closed... as they say on the TV! LOL Thanks for entering in the spirit everyone! Nice to see you all!
And the computer picked out the winner at random with a highly complicated algorithm which took many technical people months to perfect... oh all right then, the real way this was done this evening...
I wrote a number for each person who had commented on the Scrapbooking Freebie Frenzy post, onto the middle of a piece of paper, in a mixed up fashion. I then took the paper downstairs, with pin in hand, gave the pin to my husband, held the paper up with the numbers facing away from him and asked him to stick the pin in the paper anywhere he liked!
So... all mod cons and hi-tech stuff here! LOL
And the winner is.... Denyze! Denyze your number is up! It has a large pin 'ole through it! So email me your postal address and the kit can be winging it's way to you very shortly!
Actually... hang on a mo.... I will just pop downstairs and ask my man (!) to stick the pin in again and I'll send a little something as a RAK to someone else from the list...!
Ok... update... the pin (which I have to say was thrust rather forcefully into the paper this time!) stuck right through the number which corresponds to Siobhan! So as apparently your fave colour is green, I shall send a green RAK to you!
Well done to you both and a big thank you to all those who came over and commented this month.
Posted by SundayL at 8:15 pm
Thursday, October 16, 2008
It's Freebie Frenzy Time again, middle of the month means that subscribers to the SimplyScrapbookingNow.com Newsletter, receive an email from me letting them know "it's that time again" and to head on over to this blog to leave a comment.
In 24 hours, someone's name will be picked "out of a hat" and they get to win this lovely Mini Album Kit!
But for those who have already received their Freebie Frenzy Email Alerts... you know what to do... post a comment on this post - and to make things more insteresting, this month I would like you to tell me what your favourite colour is please!!!
I have included the following embellishments to compliment the mini Album:
Brads- dragonflies, stars, flowers and butterflies
Buttons - miced selection
'Splat' flowers - selection of sizes in 2 colours
Selection of ribbons (3x 1 metre)
Posted by SundayL at 7:20 am
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I mentioned last week about the fact that today was Blog Action Day. Well this year it's about Poverty.
I said... "I definitely have my views on this subject... but maybe not the sort you might think...! "
Well that's because I'm NOT going to talk about Poverty and ask you to think about giving more and caring more for those less fortunate than others!
"Then what ARE you going to talk about?" I hear you enquire.
Well... I'm going to talk about the COMPLETE OPPOSITE!
"Why?" you ask.
Because all the time we Talk, Think and Act about Poverty it is our focus of attention and the more you focus on something, the more of it you get.
I have talked about "The Secret" (see this post and the link within the post) which is about the Law of Attraction. And the Law of Attraction says that if you focus on something, you eventually get it! Good OR bad.
If we focus our attention on Poverty, we will get more of it! What we should be doing is focusing on the opposite... abundance. That may be very difficult for those who are poverty stricken at the moment, but people have pulled themselves from the gutter, ie homelessness, using this Law.
Even if you don't consider yourself in Poverty, and let's face it, if you are sitting in the comfort of your home, sitting at a computer reading this... then I don't think you are!, you could improve your life by doing ONE simple thing.
Want to know what it is?
We constantly remind our children to say thank you, but why? Because it is polite to do so, right? Well actually there is a LOT more to "thank you" than mere courtesy.
I'm not going to preach to you here, instead I will tell you of my own experience.
Since learning about the Law of Attraction around this time last year, materially I do not appear to be any better off.
But inside... I am a LOT better off. I have much more peace, so much so that people have commented on how much more confident and happier I look on the outside.
Now there are a number of reasons for this, but one of the things up there on the top of the list is that I have learnt to FEEL gratitude.
I don't just enjoy the blue sky and sunshine, or the beauty of a flower, I say thank you for it. And not to God, I am not a religious person, but I just say thank you and really feel it in my heart. I am fully in that feeling, maybe for only a fleeting moment, but it is there.
It was hard for me to know what it actually felt like at first, and I still can't hold on to the feelings for long, but it is starting to become automatic now that I can "really" appreciate things.
I think that one reason I didn't allow myself to "feel" gratitude in the past (and why it's still hard for me now because it is an ingrained habit) is that to feel grateful meant I was to feel vulnerable. It meant that I was weaker for opening up to this feeling. I realise now that maybe I was only subconsciously trying to protect myself from hurt, possibly a childhood habit that no longer serves me.
We are supposed to "appreciate what we have, while we strive to achieve what we want". And now I understand what that means...
Don't forget, or push to one side in your mind, the good that you already have around you, don't begrudge where you are now because it's not where you want to be. Embrace where you are right now, right this minute. Look around you, you will start to see all the things to be thankful for.
Even if you are reading this in a library, because you don't have a home PC, or even a home... be really thankful that the library has a PC for you to use, that you have your health, the clothes you are wearing.
If you know someone who is "on their knees" physically, mentally, or spiritually, ask them to identify something to be grateful for... the clothes on their back maybe, that they have a friend in you? If it's a beautiful day, they can feel "thank you" for the blue skies... if it's a rainy day, say thank you for the beauty in a raindrop. It's all there if we can but see it the right way.
Joe Vitale (Google him he's all over the place!LOL) said that when he was really struggling and in dire straights, he felt he had nothing to be thankful for, then he realised that he could be thankful for the pencil he was holding in his hand, that potentially he could write a masterpiece with it, that he could write his CV with it and get a job, etc. He is now a multi-millionaire... but he had to start somewhere.
When in Poverty there is more of an incentive to focus on improvement, but being "just ok" can be improved on too.
So be grateful today and always that you are not in poverty by being grateful that you are where you are, that you have good things all around you everyday. Be grateful for what you have now and you will attract more things to be grateful for.
And so to scrapbooking..? Time to start scrapbooking those things to be grateful for now. This is a great way to start a Random Mini Album (see SimplyScrapbookingNow.com website for article) because you can be grateful about all sorts of things, using different shapes and sizes of paper and other stash to show the diversification of all things around you.
I may have waffled a bit here, but I do hope it has made you think, even if for just a moment.
Posted by SundayL at 12:01 am
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Here are a couple more scrapbooking layouts created by UK Scrappers Members. They are from the challenge set my my Team last week (see Saturday's post).
A lot of ladies took part and that you to these ladies for allowing me to post their lovely layouts here.
So this layout is by Leanie
I also have to say a BIG thank you to my friend Katy, for recently giving me this award. I'm glad you like the Blog Katy, I hope I can "continue with the good work"! I enjoy your blog too, especially all that "stash" you keep buying LOL! (Katy's Blog)
Posted by SundayL at 10:27 am
Monday, October 13, 2008
Here are 3 more 12x12 scrapbooking layouts based on the sketch and challenge set by our UK Scrappers Team. Again the names are those "handles" used on the UKS forum.
I must say I have enjoyed seeing all the Layouts that my fellow scrappers have created as a consequence of our Challenge. It just highlights how diverse all our techniques and skills and most of all interpretations are when it comes to Scrapbooking. Given the same 4 parameters but the layouts are fantastically different!
And one of the great parts of this challenge is that it is a "multiphoto" challenge too!
Posted by SundayL at 11:00 am