Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Another Studio effort

Continuing with the classes from The Studio's recent cybercrop I was inspired by Ifa Zainon's class to have a go with acetate image transfers.  Ifa had provided travelling words to do this with, but they didn't fit the photos I wanted to scrap from a day out at Hawkstone Historic Park & Follies, so I typed some appropriate words into Wordle and hey presto!  I chose a colour scheme that fitted in with a day in the open air and saved a couple of wordles with slightly different word frequencies to get a variety of word sizes; these were printed out (in reverse) onto transparencies and then rubbed onto my cardstock to transfer the ink.  I wiped the transparency clean and it's now ready for more of these wordles another day (will I be able to find it when that day comes though?).

Acetate printed "wordle"

Ifa's class was a single page, but I had so many photos to include that I flipped the basic design and produced a vaguely symmetrical double page.  I've used my favourite Autumn Leaves swirly stamps with some old shadow inks to echo the rather patchy wordle transfers.  The Funky Vintage chocolate alphas are brand new (to me) stash from Making Memories; I've just re-read the packaging and find that they are self-adhesive!  Oh well, they're sewn on securely now!!

Lace-covered chipboard button
and securely sewn acetate letters

Three things that I am grateful for from this day:
  • our sat nav which allowed us to tell the RAC which middle-of-nowhere-layby we had pulled into once the smell from the engine had become rather worrying.
  • the RAC man who spent ages in the increasing dark and cold, cobbling the broken bits of the gear box back together again.
  • Child No.3's mp4 player which allowed the three smaller people to huddle together watching the whole of  "The Incredibles" while we waited!

Monday, 30 August 2010

Scrapping with scraps!

It is a good job that you cannot see the back of my LOs because I am terrible for gutting my CS and PP in order to make everything go further.  I'm not quite sure why I do this as I have enough stash to keep me scrapping for a decade without resorting to such measures ... I guess it's just part of being me!
I reached a whole new level of parsimonious behaviour last night as I had a design in my head and the PPs weren't complete sheets but I felt sure that I could manage anyway!  In the end the red "Learn" PP is 3 separate pieces from one 12x8 piece and the "Inspire" PP is two pieces from a 12x9 sheet.  Can you see the joins????

Here's what it looks like on the back:

The photos are ancient snaps from 1997; I was practising with face-paints in anticipation of a Mother & Toddler fund-raiser while we were staying with my father in Woking.  I had to ask No.1 Son what the green face and the red mask represented because I couldn't remember ~ apparently he was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, which also explains the stance: that's not a salute, it's a martial arts pose!

The LO also has another example of chipboard decorating ready for the Pink Booby Charity Crop - I'm nearly ready with the necessary photos for my instructions.

And multi-tasking (as ever) the LO earns me some points on UKS as it fits in with last week's challenge and the framing was inspired by Lisa Saunder's recent CC class over on The Studio.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

More Cybercrop Inspiration!

As if I needed another excuse to avoid housework, The Studio are having a CC this weekend.  The pre-crop challenge from last night was to frame your title.  I'm still playing with chipboard in anticipation of my class at the 5th Pink Booby Crop so I took the opportunity to photograph a few step-by-step images too.  As I love to multi-task with my scrapping, the LO is also meeting the criteria for the August Week 3 challenge over on UKS (3 photos, celebration, blue and bunting - a bit cheeky with that last one I know).  I made a little dent in my BG Archaic collection pack and a big mess on my scrap desk.

No.2 Son's 18th birthday celebration at home - fairly low-key in advance of the big day as he was about to go skiing with his 6th form mates!

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Internet Inspiration and Sharing

I'm always amazed at just how much scrapbooking goodness there is available on the internet - and how willing people are to share ideas, techniques, their own LOs and also PRIZES!!!! I've been the lucky recipient on a few occasions (not necessarily on merit - sometimes the random number generator is kind to me) and as I'm unable to afford much new stash at present, I'm having a try for a few freebies this weekend. Shimelle has a CC packed with interesting challenges and also Tracie Hudson has been giving stuff away too. I've had visitors this weekend, so have only just got my scrapping time ... watch this space!

Here's the only LO I managed - but a useful addition to my BOM nonetheless:

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Third Time Lucky

While I'm on a roll, here's another layout I did in anticipation of the Pink Booby Charity Crop - for a challenge over at The Studio to use old and new stash on the same page: some Colour Me Silly papers (my first collection from Basic Grey) from  2006 along with some Buzz & Bloom Shelby chipboard letters from 2010.

This time I used black UTEE and a sprinkling of holographic embossing powder.

Monday, 2 August 2010

Keeping keen!

OK while I am reasonably enthusiastic and have some spare time I'll have a go at uploading a layout.  This was for last week's challenge on UKS to scrap in a different format (my first circle), use scraps (ancient Doodlebug stripy paper), ribbon and visible journalling:   
"All set to go to your first music festival with Mum's rucksack, brother's tent, brand new T-shirt, ready mixed drinks, peanut butter and high expectations!!"
There's extra journalling on the blue tag describing what actually happened at Wakestock!

I have also covered some Lollipop chipboard letters in some of the Kaisercraft Offshore Swell paper, maintaining the pattern - a technique I'm planning to include in my class at the Pink Booby Charity crop in October.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Hey ho here I go!

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em ... so here's the first post of my blog. 
What will I use it for?  No idea!  Probably just the odd layout or photo.
Will I post regularly?  Highly unlikely!
Will anyone read it?  Not if they've got any sense!