Friday, 27 January 2012


I have fancied having a dabble in art journalling for a while but given I am not "arty" in the slightest as I have no drawing skills whatsoever and all the art journalling pages I have looked at on blogs are absolutely fab I never felt brave enough to have a go.

This year however there is a six month art journey on UK Scrappers led by the lovely Leanie who is a CJ teamie of mine

I have decided to join in but having a limited budget at the moment and not being sure how I will get on with this I havent gone for a fancy journal as a base just a small A6 watercolour paper pad picked up in the pound shop near my parents caravan. I am also trying to use inks, paints and pens I have and not spend any money on more stash so we will see how that goes. If I get into this then I may venture into a bigger and a better journal but we shall see.

At the EK crop last weekend Sally brough the art journal she completed last year in to show me and I decided to be brave and made a start with a little title page. I was pleased with this and thanks to Sally for the use of the stamps I used.

From the first prompt on UKS I came up with this double spread - I am not really very pleased with it - its lacking something and I will probably go back and do something else on the page but its a start at least. Im looking forward to seeing how this journey progresses and hope to do my next page for this weeks prompt at the Stewarton Crop on Sunday

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Chinese Whispers Round 5

Well another month has rolled round and its Chinese Whispers time again. This time round I was copying this layout of Heathers. I decided to use this beautiful die cut sheet of Websters Papers which was part of my Secret Santa pressie from my lovely teamie Dee - thanks hun - I love it all. The picture is my Dad with his sister, Mum, Dad and my Great Grandpa and a couple of other family members. I made the flowers using a spellbinders die and inked the little white carnations to match. Thanks to Heather for the use of her Stampin Up Bird punch for the wee bird and the the branches and the Cuttlebug die for the title. I also used Dee's Ornamental Iron Cricut cardtridge for the wee corner which just finisheds it off I think. All in all it turned out quite well

Just two more rounds to go I think and then I will blog my original layout and all the various takes on it to let you see how it evolved each round.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

A Fabby Dabby Scrappy Weekend

Just back from my lovely friend Heather's near Newcastle. Had a great weekend, we were scrapping, chatting, eating and drinking the pink stuff - much the same as we ever do.

Went to the Frozen North crop on the Saturday and thanks to Dee flying all the way from Donegal and our new lovely teamie Clare coming along it was a historic day as seven of our UKS team the Rik Rak Ravers were all together at once and the previous record was six, thankfully Pam was on hand to take some pictures so here we are

Me, Jules, Lesley, Clare, Debbie, Dee and Heather.

Roll on March when we will all be together at the crop again as Dee and I are once again wending our way down to the crop.

Will be back soon with some layouts from the weekend

Monday, 9 January 2012

Photo Fifty

As some of you may know I am embarking on a year long album project as a celebration of the year I will be fifty.  I am doing conjunction with Suzies 365+1 photo challenge and I have set up a seperate blog for this called Photo Fifty where I am posting the photos from the.different prompts.

My album is along the Lines of a Project Life type thing and is filled with a mix of plain qnd divided page 12 x 12 protectors and some 6 x 12 and 8 x 8 ones.

Here is the introduction page and the first page I have done for.January using some of the photos from Suzies prompts.

I just hope I can keep the motivation going for this one all through the year.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Sketch and Scrap December

It was my turn to set the sketch for the Group for December and this lovely sketch from Scrapbooks etc. caught my eye

Here is my version of it. Photo is my son Fraser and his girlfriend on their recent Venice trip.  Fraser commissioned this to go in a frame for part of Emma's Christmas so Im glad they both liked it.

Apologies for the poor quality of the photo but the light wasn't very good and Fraser wanted to take it away to get it wrapped up.

Its Heather's turn for January so looking forward to the 5th to see what sketch she has chosen.