Sunday, November 30, 2008 December Newsletter and a Scrapbooking Video

Hi there everyone!

I have just uploaded the December issue of the Newsletter. Couple of videos in that and a freebie download of journaling blocks.

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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...

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Scrapbooking Ribbon technique - Video

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.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Saying Thank You on Thursday

It was Thanks Giving in the States yesterday, so best wishes to all of you who celebrated (and who are still celebrating!

I received a newsletter from "The Secret" Team (see archive label "The Secret" in the left margin for other posts) and it was all about gratitude... of course.
In that when we are grateful, and that means when we genuinely "feel" thanks for something and not just say the words, we attract more of what we want and therefore more reasons to be grateful.

Well the team are bringing out a new product (a daily teachings book) and to promote it, they quoted an excerpt.

It refers to "Thank You Thursday" recommending that you make every Thursday a day where you spend the whole day saying thank you for things, people, experiences.
I won't go into detail here, but I thought it was a good idea to adopt! So I have decided to start a "Thank you" Album - something I have been wanting to do for a while - but every Thursday I will put something in it.
The album will be a "Random" Mini Album, (see this post for more info and the videos about it are now available to everyone by clicking on the link(s) on THIS PAGE on the website).
The main reason for that is that some weeks (like this week for instance) I would not have much time to make a full blown scrapbooking layout, but I could make a quick 6x6 or a tag, or just embellish a photo which may say it all. So I may well be able to "keep up" with this weekly committment.
How about you?

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

That's five more photos on a layout then!

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 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?

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Scrapbooking Video - "How to easily re-colour brads"

Hi everyone,

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

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Christmas Brag Book - mini album

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!

Friday, November 21, 2008

The Old Timer has gone

It is with a heavy heart that I post tonight.

Harley, our nearly 14 year old labrador was put to sleep this evening. It was time for the The Old Timer (pictured here) to rest his weary limbs for good.

Sweet Dreams Old Boy. x

Thursday, November 20, 2008

ScrapBuddies Sketch Series Number 7

Well the scanner seems to want to play ball now!

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.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Scanner Trouble!

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.

Inde's in for THE op!

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.

Monday, November 17, 2008

The November Freebie Frenzy Scrapbooking Kit goes to...


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 (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.

Freebie Frenzy - little extension!

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!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

It's Newsletter Freebie Frenzy time!

Well it's the middle of November and time for the Newsletter Freebie.

There are Papers, Stamps, ink, ribbon and fibres, chipboard and embellishments.

Here's a photo of this month's Freebie Frenzy Kit!

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.
Don't forget that this kit will be shipped anywhere, so you can take part no matter where you are in the world.
You do have to be a subscriber of the Newsletter to enter, but you can sign up from this blog or from the website.
This is my way to say thank you to all my subscribers.
Just leave a comment here and then a name will be picked out at random this time tomorrow (so around 7.30pm GMT). Oh and maybe this month you would like to tell me what size Layouts you like to create most... or maybe you make more mini albums or even cards.
Good luck everyone.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

A sense of Humour!

I found this over on a blog -

I think it is funny too!

I hope you can read it clearly enough!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Preparation for the ScrapBuddies Crop tomorrow

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 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).

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

How to make a instant book or mini album

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.

Parents Evening

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

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Party Planning all day! oh and some Bonfire Night photos

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.

I really wanted to give it a break... there are only so many party bags and party plates you can take in one day... but I made myself finish and ended up ordering £60 of stuff from to online shops!!!
Still I'm hoping now that apart from the food and drink (which will be extremely simple!), oh and the cake of course, I have sorted the expense side of the party and just (she says rolling her eyes) work out how to entertain 20 kids for 2 hours! LOL.

Actually I do have a "cunning plan", but need to sort out the games and time table... military operation and all that, what what!!
I might set up a Kid's Party Planning Business !LOL

Anyway, other things... It was lovely weather for the fireworks on Friday evening, and the weather has not been good since, so in true "English" fashion... I'll say ... "we were lucky with the weather" LOL

I took some photos, before my batteries gave up... on the camera you understand... not mine! LOL

Friday, November 07, 2008

More Bangs and Hisses

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!?

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Finished multiphoto layout - made from own scrapbooking kit

This is a layout I finished this evening!

Those of you who have already signed up for the Simply Scrapbooking 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!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

It's you Mummy!


is ME????!!!!!

I don't look too good do I?! LOL
Honey drew this last night and came bounding upstairs...
"This is for your Mummy.... it's YOU!"
"Lovely!" I said, "I'm obviously having a bad hair day!"
Well at least I'm smiling... I think!

Sunday, November 02, 2008 Blinkie !

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!

Scrapbooking Blinkies for blogs

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!

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Would you combine such colours for a Scrapbooking Page?

Well, in the wake of uploading the latest issue (November) of the 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