We took a boat trip up the local river to a pub, had lunch (eventually, service was dreadful!) and then returned on the boat.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
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Sunday, July 27, 2008
About a week ago I posted a little item about a site called "Tag Your It" (see this post).
Well the theme for that particular tag was "fairies".
Well my take on the theme is a bit off the wall! Twee colours (with the pink and green) but not your usual fairy picture!
So I have gone for a "journaling tag" and the journaling reads...
“What are those Mummy?”
Honey asked pointing to dust particles sparkling as they floated in a beam of sunlight through the lounge window…
“Dust Fairies!” I replied!
Now she’s eager to spot “Dust Fairies”… there are millions in my house… you just need a ray of sunshine to see them!!
Now then.... where's that duster??!! LOL
Posted by SundayL at 11:11 pm
Friday, July 25, 2008
Blog surfing again!
I'm away again! yes, so not done much of my own work recently!
So... stumbled across this blog which was highlighted by Scrapbook Inspirations Magazine, which was waiting for me when I got home on Monday afternoon.
I haven't had much of a chance to read it, but I will!!
Anyway the picture here is of a project which includes some really bright colours! There are lots of pictures to take a look at, so great for inspiration for vibrant, "freestyle" albums.
The blog is in French, but the pictures do speak for themselves.
Posted by SundayL at 10:17 pm
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I found a blog that is just about "multi photo layouts"!
It's called http://scrapbooklayouts.blogspot.com/ and is full of lots of lovely layouts to inspire pages using 3 or more photos on single and double page layouts.
The layout pictured here is by Renata Moni Bidin and is on the site under the post dated 28th June.
Definitely worth a look, and possibly worth scraplifting a few, just make sure if you publish your layout anywhere you give a suitable reference to the original layout.
Posted by SundayL at 9:41 pm
Monday, July 21, 2008
I have subscribed to FotoJojo.com... a fun website I have mentioned before. They have some great, sometimes weird ideas for your photos!
Well today's newsletter was all about a website where you choose a scene and then upload a photo (of yourself or anything else) and voila...!
You on a 50ft bill board!!! Fantastic fun... here are a couple I did really quickly!!! Great fun... go on have a go!
My first Vogue cover!!!!!!
Even Posh endorses this blog!!! Allegedly!
This should prove the phrase...
"Never believe all that you see!"
Posted by SundayL at 8:35 pm
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Well, here it is... or should I say, there they are at last.
The double page layout of my daughter's 4th Birthday Party... Pirate themed as you can see!
The inspiration for the design of these pages was from a layout by Jodie Armitage... see this post from Monday for a picture.
It did take me more than one hour, but I didn't use many materials.
The background paper is "Treasure Map" by Sandylion Sticker Designs.
So far I have made a Double page scrapbooking layout for 2 of my daughter's 4 birthdays... strangely year two and this one which is year 4.
I am making one double layout for each event and eventually they will all be housed in one "Birthdays" Album together.
And as for multi-photo pages... there are 22 pictures used across these two pages!
Posted by SundayL at 10:33 pm
Friday, July 18, 2008
There's a blog called "Tag Your It" and itis just for challenges for making tags!
The tag you see here is by Anne and you can see her blog here. I can't seem to find any more information about her on her blog, maybe I can't see for looking.This is what they say on the "Tag Your It" blog...
"Hello everyone and welcome to the wonderful world of Tag Art! This is a challenge blog dedicated to tags and the people that create them. Each Friday a brand new challenge will be set ... simply create something wonderful, upload it to your blog and leave a comment! If you don't have a blog, please leave us a comment and we'll upload the photos to Photobucket for you :)"
Anyway, I post this information because sometimes, tags, cards and other one-off small items are a good way to free any "mojo blocks" you may have... you know, when you just can't get motivated or...
on those occasions when you're really missing being able to do some decent scrapping because life is getting in the way...
it's good to "do a quickie"! ooh er!
Right now where did I put my tags!
Posted by SundayL at 10:27 pm
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Well I did start the double page scrapbooking layout of Honey's 4th birthday! Here are the bits I had collected into a folder which has been hanging on my "To do" hook, or should I say hooks (plural!) for some time.
I have actually almost finished the pages, the right hand side is finished, but I have to adhere everything to the left page and add a few alphas and then I will post the finished pages here... as soon as I can. I will say however that these are definitely multi-photo pages with 22 photos over the two pages!!
However, I have got a lot on at the moment!
And, you may be interested to know that the main thing I am occupied with at the moment is launching a new website (possibly taking my blog over to the new site), making my scrapbooking ebooks available for you all and posting lots of great information.
I teach a lot of beginners and they almost always tell me how overwhelmed they are at all the information on the internet.
Well I want to cater for those of you who would like a simple, easy to use website that gives you nuts and bolts details of scrapbooking know-how, tips and tricks... and I would love to have any input from you all.
For the moment you are welcome to leave comments here as to what you would find useful, what things you would like to know more about, etc.
I will also be setting up a newsletter to which you can subscribe.
So all in all fairly busy time for me and a steep learning curve. But you will be the first to know what's happening as I will post all the latest news here first!
Posted by SundayL at 7:55 pm
Monday, July 14, 2008
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Sunday, July 13, 2008
Well I have finished my course now and I am a little "mind numb"!! LOL
I have lots of work to do on that now before I forget it all!
Anyway, revisited a sketch site recently - The Little Book of Sketches site and there are some new sketches up.
I particularly like this one because of the swirls intertwining the the journaling blocks and going over the small photo at the bottom.
There are also some card sketches.
Posted by SundayL at 10:37 am
Saturday, July 12, 2008
I'm still on a course in London today!!
No, I'm not a slow learner... it's a 2 day course!! LOL
So here is another quicky post.
For those of you into digi scrapping, you already know what a "quick page" is. This is a lovely download for you from Creative Escapade Nathy's blog.
For traditional scrappers, you can still download it, print it and add your picture.
Although frustratingly I can see whether it is jpeg file or not, cos it's in a zip file that I can't test download because I am not using my computer! How frustrating!
So, if it's not a jpeg (it may be a .psd file which is for use with photoshop or PSE) then you can just use it as a page to scraplift.
I just liked the lovely softness of the page.
Posted by SundayL at 9:15 am
Friday, July 11, 2008
I'm on a course in London today!! So this is a very short post!
I found this template on the scrapmatters.com site... it's from last Tuesday's post.
It is actually a downloadable template for those of you into digital scrapbooking, but I thought it made a jolly good sketch for traditional layout too.
It would be great to layout the photos (and or journaling blocks/page accents) as per the sketch and then doodle around each to make the sketchy frames!
Posted by SundayL at 9:09 am
Thursday, July 10, 2008
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Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Posted by SundayL at 8:55 pm
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
I mentioned a short while ago about a website/newsletter call Photojojo.com (see this post)
Posted by SundayL at 11:15 pm
Monday, July 07, 2008
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Sunday, July 06, 2008
I was looking through my "Blog feeds" recently and noticed a post from the Paper Pesto blog.
Unfortunately I clicked on the link for more information, in other words to take me to the post on the Paper Pesto blog, but for some reason it couldn't manage it.
So I copied the small amount I had on my blog feed (it takes a copy) and I post it here. The reason I do this is for two reasons. One is for the layouts, I thought they were a good example of some very simple, but effective scrapbooking layouts.
Ideal for scraplifting!
The "green" page entitled "She seeks" I thought was a particularly clever title. Says enough about the photograph. Is it part of the "She seeks sea shells on the sea shore" do you think?
Both photographs are not your "standard" portraits, and yet portray enough to make a lovely scrapbooking page... don't you think? Nicely understated I think, and great inspiration to attempt the less rigid and predictable portrait shots.
This link will take you to the Paper Pesto blog - to a post with a number of lovely layouts to admire!
Anyway the text with these two pages is below...
Love these layouts from Fi using the May kit. She’s brought a little of the outdoors inside using that lovely cherry blossom twig on her ’seek’ page. She’s also wrapped her felt butterfly in thin wire to create the antennae and body shape.For ‘cheeky’, she has used the bright blues and yellows from the kit( Sassafrass lass and double-mates cardstock) to reflect the feel of the photo. She has also placed a piece of basic grey elephant paper from her stash down the side and stitched everything together to help tie everything in.
Posted by SundayL at 11:24 am
Saturday, July 05, 2008
I was in the front garden recently taking photographs of roses for my recent Circle Journal pages and my four year old daughter came out to join me.
She was admiring the different flowers.
"Look Mummy," she said, "Red Bluebells!!"
I frowned for a moment as I didn't understand what she meant, till I looked up and she was admiring the Cape Fuchsias, or Phylegius, although I can't remember the correct spelling right now! (anyway, they are pictured here).
"Oh yes," I said, "They are a bit bluebell shaped aren't they?!"
I love the little expressions children come out with... I realise it's only because they don't have the wide knowledge base to draw from in their vocabulary, but all the same, the simple thought process are delightful!
Posted by SundayL at 10:39 am
Friday, July 04, 2008
Here is a link to a blogpost by Marni Telford, an Australian Scrapper.
This particular post is about this page (Pictured right) ... it has a mini album on it!
Check out the link to see how the main picture on the page layout is actually the cover of a couple of flaps showing different pictures and journaling.
I like Marni's work a lot because it is 'free and fresh'. She has a lovely way of designing her pages so that they look "Freestyle"... do you know what I mean?
Well take a look at her blog, it's fascinating and well worth book marking for the purposes of scraplifting one or two of her designs.
Posted by SundayL at 12:02 pm
Thursday, July 03, 2008
This is a close up of the hybrid page I made recently - see Monday's post.
It's to show the word "Deep". As you will notice, it is shiny!
I thought that in the printed copy of the digital page the black words did not have enough contrast so I used some 3-D Gloss over the top to just lift the letters and give more definition.
I used a thick needle to "paint" the gloss onto the thin image.
It's a quick and easy way to Darken any printed graphic or text.
Posted by SundayL at 10:39 am
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
When the term "gutting" is used by us scrapbookers, you know we are not referring to fish... right?!!!
Of course not! What it refers to is the fact that you are "gutting" a piece of card or paper by taking the middle out of it.
Why would you want to do this...?
Well it's a means of economics really. If you "gut" the mat of a photograph or, in the case of the one in the photos here, a whole layout... you get to use the bit in the middle for something else. It makes your stash "go" further.
It would be a waste to leave almost a whole sheet of card which isn't going to be seen.
The reason I wanted to mat the layout here, was because it is a digital A4 layout that I printed out and, of course, my A4 printer can't quite print up to the edge of a whole piece of A4, so there were margins.
I wanted to make the layout up to a proper A4 size and so matted it.
However, before adhering it to the page I used my steel rule and scalpel to gut the card first and now have almost a whole sheet of A4 to use for something else too!
P.S. If you are wondering why I haven't shown you the front of this scrapbooking page, it's because I am submitting it to a magazine for possible publication and so can't publish it here until I know whether it will be published or not! But will as soon as possible.
Posted by SundayL at 12:14 pm
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
I, like a lot of people, like to put ribbons and fibres on the book rings of my projects.
Pictured is a paper bag book album.
Some ribbons, such as rikrak and some of the cheaper ribbons are happy to be tied once and stay put on the rings. Others, however, (the better quality, double sided ones) quite often untie themselves.
I had to re-tie a number of ribbons which had fallen off on a recent Circle Journal!
So, some tips for keeping the ribbons, etc, where you put them...
1. Try knotting the ribbon twice, sometimes this is all that's needed.
2. Once you have tied the ribbon, you can use a bit of pvc glue "inside" the knot, using a clip of some sort to hold it place whilst it dries. The thin precision nozzles on a number of crafters pvc glue bottles makes this easy.
3. Tie the ribbon once and then use a brad to hold it. Can make for nice decoration if you use a contrasting colour.
Happy tying!! again
Posted by SundayL at 11:52 am