Friday, January 30, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
This is a birthday card I made from the scraps of a 12x12 scrapbooking layout I posted on the blog a short while ago. Click here to see the Layout.
It is an A5 size card (roughly 6x8"). I deliberately tried to stay very close to the design of the layout as it was for a demo to my crop group, showing that many, if not all scrapbooking techniques can be used on cards too.
There is more about this technique in the February issue of the SimplyScrapbookingNow.com Newletter, due out beginning of February.
Posted by SundayL at 8:06 pm
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Posted by SundayL at 8:12 pm
Friday, January 23, 2009
Hello! I have been filming a couple of videos today. They are for the February issue of the Newsletter. I also cleared and cleaned most of the house this afternoon, which is only noteworthy because (as my husband would be quick to agree!) I don't "do" housework very often! LOL
Anyway, here is another page I finally managed to finish... one that had been "Half done" for some time! Let me give you a tip... the title to this page shows an example of this tip.
The child's face has been masked at the request of the parents.
You will notice that the letters to the title appear to be printed on acrylic (or similar). Well they are actually rub-ons which I have cut out from their backing. Why have I done this? ... you may well ask. Well basically because I bought these rub-ons from a bargain bin in a local craft/scrapbooking shop and found that no matter how hard I rubbed, there was no "on" going on!
I think as they were old stock (I presume, hence the discount) they had actually dried out too much and didn't want to come off the backing sheet.
So, my tip is that if you have some rub-ons that... frankly, won't "rub-on" then stop rubbing and start cutting. Just cut out each of the letters you wish to use (this is for the bigger sizes of alphabet and for words and quotes really) and adhere them to your project. I have left my cutting "rough" as I wanted that effect, but I could have trimmed in tight to the edge of the letters.
I have used the glue from a glue pen on the back of each letter, but for such things as quotes, you could easily make use of the backing by way of using brads or eyelets etc.
Posted by SundayL at 7:21 pm
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Did you guess where they are? Is this where you meant Dawn? (see comment on previous post).
The two photographs, just with rounded corners and some sandpapering to distress the edges, were tucked under the white-with-black-pattern background paper.
All three photographs were the standard 6x4 size shop printed kind and I didn't cut them down very much. In fact I only cut the front photo down a bit.
Posted by SundayL at 7:23 pm
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Here is a proper photograph of the scrapbooking layout I posted yesterday. As I mentioned, this was made to demonstrate "layering". I wonder if you can "now" see where the other photos might be hiding in this multi-photo page... answers on a postcard please..! LOL - only joking! But you can have a guess and leave a comment if you like!
Anyway, this layout is the subject of an article in the February issue of the SimplyScrapbookingNow.com Newsletter, out at the beginning of Feb.
And here are a couple of close ups. You might like to know that the background to the little frame detailed in the bottom picture (black with white swirls) is actually the top foil of a dessert carton!
Posted by SundayL at 6:18 pm
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Here is a picture of a layout I made as an example of "layering" for a demonstration I gave at the last ScrapBuddies crop this month. I actually took this picture at the crop (as you may have noticed) but I did have a fiddle with it in Photoshop Elements.
Hmmm, does it look all dreamy or just plain weird?! LOL
Anyway, this layout was inspired by a scrapper called Malin (here is a link to a gallery of some of her pages) and I also made a card in the same style - with the left overs in fact.
I shall post the full picture of the layout and the card tomorrow... and I may even put you out of your misery with regard to where in the world the other photos are, bearing in mind that this is yet another multiphoto layout! can you guess?
Posted by SundayL at 8:21 pm
Monday, January 19, 2009
Hello to you!
I have posted here a photo of a Thank You card which I (and hubby and daughter) received recently...
It's from my Mum! and the photo on the card is of my mum holding "yours truly" in the water... oh what fun I look like I'm having! LoL ! Hmmm... I'm not sure about nowadays... blue traquil waters of a beach in Key West maybe!
Thanks Mum for a lovely card!
Anyway, I'm off out this evening to my Dance class... I do "Ceroc" and enjoy it a lot, it's just a shame that at the mo Miles, my husband, can't join me. Still I'm working on that one... a babysitter is needed.
Posted by SundayL at 5:19 pm
Saturday, January 17, 2009
This is my take on the Art Creations Friday theme challenge (for 16th January 2009)for this week. It's a 6x6 digital layout. Very quick (well about 30 minutes) and I will print it out and add it to my "Random Mini Album"
The lovely photograph was provided by the challenge blog, the background paper is a freebie by Cinzia Loosemoore and the elements are by LouCeeCreations.
Thank you for looking!
Posted by SundayL at 10:41 pm
Friday, January 16, 2009
Ok, hubby has "done the thing with the pin" !!! And the winner is....
GINA. Well done Gina! Send me an email with your postal address and the answer to the question (see previous post) and the papers pack will be winging it's way to you soon.
To the rest of you lovely ladies... thank you for your company on the blog... and I hope you have better luck next time?! I shall see what yummy stash I can find for the Feb Freebie Frenzy.
While I was scrapping the buttons on my little album pages the sun was shining... ah it was lovely. My room faces south and I had to hang a piece of gauze across the window to stop me from squinting!
But as usual... my Jack Russell - Toffee - had noticed the beam of sunlight across the room. Toffee can always be found wherever there is sunlight... she is a real sun worshipper!
So I thought, as I had my camera beside me, I would snap the evidence of the little madam trying to catch a few rays. She had moved to the farthest point of the room which is actually the wall of the en suite shower room (yes folks, I pinched the master bedroom for my craft room/office... well let's face it..., all you do in a bedroom is sleep... right? so it doesn't need to be the biggest bedroom, right?! LOL Well that was my argument anyway... and my hubby bought it!).
Anyway... you can see the "slit of sunlight" she's in can't you... bless her!
Posted by SundayL at 7:20 pm
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Hi there everyone!
Posted by SundayL at 6:26 pm
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
So here is my "entry" for want of a better word for this week's challenge on the ArtyGirlzChallenge blog which is to include buttons on creation. I say "creation" because the challenge doesn't refer to only scrapbooking layouts.
Anyway, these are the last two pages in my "In the Mirror" album which is a 5x7 album. It has been half finished for ages and I will be finishing it this week! I am determined to finish my scrapbooking projects that have been "kicking about" for months. Apologies for the "pinkness", but that's the theme of the Album, mostly.
This is the left hand page (below)...
And this is the right hand page (below)...
Posted by SundayL at 10:14 pm
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Well here is the finished page... if you can call it that! I specifically made it as the first of a number of "Artwork Layouts" I plan to make. This one is hanging on the pinboard I have in front of me in my office/craft room.
It's made using the Two Scoops collection from Basic Grey. I deliberately made the words fro a similar colour as the background and just darkened the edges for a bit of extra definition because I wanted it to be subtle... almost mixed up with the background.
Why?... because for a better life I am supposed to be thankful for everything around me. Gratitude attracts more thing to be grateful for and therefore a better life. But although I am much better than I have ever been at saying and thinking "Thank You", old habits die hard as they say and I feel it's mixed up with all the "old baggage" I am carrying (soon to be discarded I hope!) But I wanted to keep this uplifting, with an achievable feel, hence the colour scheme.
The words are cut using my Craft Robo, but the "decoupage" swirls I hand cut and coloured.
I realised initially that the words were lost when directly on the background, so I decided to lift them... bit of a bind that was! cutting up tiny bits of pad off a roll, only to find that the roll is thinner than my usual pads and so I had to double up on every tiny bit... hey ho we live and learn! lol
This is the background before the words were added.
My plan is to make many more (sying Thank You and other words such as Love, Believe, Inspire, etc) and hang them all over the house. I also plan to make some with journaling, ie, an affirmation, so that the words are aesthetically pleasing too!
Wed 14th January 09 - Update
I stumbled over this blog this evening and they happen to have had a similar idea!
Posted by SundayL at 9:15 pm
Sunday, January 11, 2009
I have been keeping this blog completely related to scrapbooking (as much as I can) and at times it can be very restrictive to my creative flow!
I didn't want to just trawl the web and bring you links, and I didn't want to bung a load of "chit chat" or personal life stuff in here like some other blogs, because it can get boring for readers.
But I have made the decision that rather than start a new blog to run alongside... something I don't want to spend more time on, I have decided I will be posting more than just scrapbooking ideas here - more than just ways to display your photos.
I want to explore other avenues and you are welcome to join me on my journey of discovery through my creative potential.
I was worried I would be judged and people would not appreciate my ramblings on such subjects as finding ones true self and inner wishes, whilst I try to find out who I am.
You know all those cliches of "finding oneself", but you get to a certain age where you realise that there is more to life and you just can't smother this undercurrent any more.
I have already started my journey, by listening to audiobooks and videos/DVDs and read quite a few books. I have mentioned "the Secret" a few times already (about the Law of attraction) but I have tried to keep things within the boundaries of Scrapbooking... bearing in mind the title of this blog.
But it is time now for me to lift the lid on stuff, stop hiding and start expressing! It's ok, I won't go into personal details... there is stuff that is much better left unsaid (LOL). But I hope you will find inspiration and some meaning and maybe even talk to me about your experiences.
So just before you fall asleep... I'll leave you with a taster of a small layout I made recently... I'll post the completed page and explanation in the next post!
Posted by SundayL at 11:19 pm
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Here is my first page for 2009!
It's a multi-photo layout and I have made a couple of short videos showing tips for cropping the photographs and for making the "hinged" photograph and they are in the January SSN.com Newsletter.
I wanted to make a page that had a "hand drawn, childlike" feel to it... See below for the pictures of what's behind the main photograph.
Posted by SundayL at 12:41 pm
Sunday, January 04, 2009
As promised here is the link to the article on the SimplyScrapbookingNow.com website which gives you 3 downloadable journaling blocks which I created by my own fair hand.
Not only that, but the article also shows how to make use of them. AND how to print on your scraps!
They are suitable for printing out and using on a traditional layout, and/or for use on your digital scrapbooking pages too.
These appeared in the December issue of the Newsletter.
I hope you enjoy using them.
Posted by SundayL at 8:57 pm
Friday, January 02, 2009
The January Newsletter is now available for subscribers. I published today despite not being able to upload two of the three videos for some reason. Have been trying all day.
So hopefully they will be up soon, but the Freebie Frenzy details and a Freebie Download, plus 6 sketches to use up all those Christmas snaps and other articles are all available right now.
If you're already a subscriber, you will have received the email letting you know, by now. But if you're not, you can sign up in the box top left of this blog (just under the header).
Don't forget there are a lot of articles, videos and freebie downloads available all the time at the SimplyScrapbookingNow.com website. I will be posting a link to one of the freebies tomorrow.
Posted by SundayL at 9:29 pm