Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Newbie Mini Book Swap

I have just taken part in my first swap on UKS.  It was a minibook/album swap organised by Vicky.

I had to make a mini book for Hazel (Zaraandmax) and she had to make one for me.

My brief for the one for Hazel was that it was to be 8 x 8 and be in speia tones as she wanted to use this for piccies of her dogs.  She emailed me a piccie of her doggies and wanted this on the front cover.  I found it quite a challenge trying to make up blank pages with spaces for journalling etc without knowing what photos were going to be used.  I included some hidden journalling spaces on pull out tags and behind tabs.  I think Hazel liked it and I hope she posts piccies of it on her own blog once it is filled with piccies.

My brief for Hazel was for a shabby chic book and the one she sent me is beautiful.  I have just realised I haven't photographed it yet so will get piccies taken and post on here shortly.  I think I am going to use mine either to hold photos of my forthcoming retreat with the girls from the Kaleida crops crop in Uddingston or possibly as a design/ideas book for when I move house.

Monday, 7 February 2011

A day's cropping

Had a lovely day yesterday at the crop in Uddingston.  I had missed the January one as I wasn't well and the December one was cancelled due to the heavy snow so it was fab to catch up with everyone.

Picked up Audrey and Sally so we got to have a good chat in the car on the way there and back.

We are all getting quite excited now about the retreat which Muriel and Mhairi (they organise the crop) are running at the beginning of March,  Its in Lower Largo in Fife and the Hotel looks lovely and overlooks the sea - bliss.  You know how much I love to be by the sea.

I only managed to do two layouts as I had one of those days where nothing came together and none of my photos seemed to match any of my papers.

It was my fault for not being as organised as usual and matching phiotos to papers in advance.  I also managed to leave my collection of sketches behind and that just made me realise how much I have come to rely on sketches for kick starting a layout.  I don't always follow the sketch but it does at least give a starting point

The first layout is of my cousins wee girl - Eve - doesn't she look cute and innocent - NOT.  Truth is she is a little devil - well a loveable devil really.

The second one is of my daughter Fion and her Grandpa.  We were down in Beadnell for Easter and I snapped them both sitting on this old bench following our customary walk on the beach.  Cannot believe that was almost five years ago.  Doesn't time fly!

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Lost Girls CJ

I just realised that I had never blogged by very first CJ which I took part in whilst I was a member of the Lost Girls.

My theme was My Happy Place.  The first pic is my front cover

The next pic is my own dlo. My Happy Place is in and around Beadnell in Northumberland where my parents have a caravan and where I have been holidaying since I was a toddler.  I just love the peace and the rugged beauty of the place and in my introduction I narrated that it has been a real place of healing for me in the last five years whilst I recovered from the shock of my 20 year marriage falling apart.  There is just something about being by the sea in a fairly quiet but natural environment that never fails to lift my spirits

The following pics are the fab layouts done by my former teamies who took part in the CJ - all of them are absolutely excellent

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Mojo Busters CJ

I have joined a new CJ on UKS and I must say the people taking part are turning out to be the nicest bunch of people you could meet.  We are only at first posting but already we seemed to have gelled together and are having so much fun.

My subject for this one is Vintage Chic and I have struggled to translate what was in my head onto the page (as usual!).

The front cover is not exactly as I would have liked it but I have some charms and other bits and pieces to add but think it would probably be better to add these once it comes back home.

In the meantime I will leave you with a piccie of my front cover, layout and sign in pages.

I am looking forward to seeing everyones take on this subject and must thank Dan99 because I had this old Tim Holtz stamp I wanted to use but it just didnt look right when I stamped it up and then I spotted Dan had used it on his blog and I contacted him and he had used promarkers to colour it in.  I didnt have the colours Dan did and wanted a paleish effect so I am pleased with it but it just isnt a patch on his.