Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Continuing the Art Journey

I am still very much enjoying following the UKS Art Journey, Im learning all the time and when its finished my Art Journal will be full of techniques for me to use and lessons in what not to do lol.

Here is my page for the layering prompt, I had a lot of fun with this one and am pleased with the result

This one is the result of playing about with the image transfer prompt. Its not finished yet as I want to put some wording on it but havent quite decided what yet.

Looking forward to the next prompt now. I do so love getting inky, painty and messy

Monday, 27 February 2012

EK Crop Challenge

This week on UKS my crop is setting the weekly challenge

This is the sketch we have asked people to use and we have also asked for hand made blossoms, butterflies and stitching on the layout

I have just realised this one might count for an inclusion in the "Month of Sunrays" which Julie Kirk (Nabview) has been running on her fab blog here

Here is mine

I did this one for Laura, who is my daughter Fiona's friend, I gave it to her in a box frame as a present for her 18th birthday. My DD and her friends all love looking through the scrapbooks to see layouts of themselves

Im hoping we get a lot of folks joining in with our challenge

Friday, 24 February 2012


I have just taken part in a great swap on UKS run by Chrissie. You started with a block of wood and made a Chunky ATC. Many thanks to Karen and her lovely hubbie Tony for cutting and supplying the wood. My swappee was Viv and she specified a flowers and fairies theme

Here are pics of the ATC I made, I hope she liked it. I certainly enjoyed making it

I specified a beachy theme - no surprise there then for those that know me and Melissa made me this cute little beach hut which now has pride of place on a shelf in my bathroom with some other beachy themed bits.

I cant wait till Chrissy runs this swap again.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

UKS Art Journey Step 5 - Doodling

I am still loving following the UKS Art Journey. My AJ is slowly filling up with colour. I hope at the end of it it will provide a useful reference as to what and what not to do and have shown me that I can try out different things but that I wont necessarily want to continue with all of them

The prompt last week was about doodling, now doodling on a piece of paper whilst on the phone I do but on a page hmmmmm well that was not quite so easy. My first page here developed more into a journalling page than a doodling page and is full of works about the sea.

My second attempt wasnt much better. The question in the middle of the page is Do I doodle? and the words around the edge say - Good question .... and the answer .... yes at work whilst on the phone ... but .... just rubbishy scribbles ..... but deliberately on an art journalling page .... hmmm the jury is still out on that one .....

And yes the Jury is still out lol. Time will tell if doodling is for me. I love all the pages people produce with lovely doodles but when I try to replicate it just looks rubbish. Maybe in time I will improve, who knows

Next Step is about layering up on your pages and Im looking forward to seeing what I can do with that one

Monday, 13 February 2012


This month I joined in the House Challenge on UKS for the very first time. I think its because there was no voting this month that tempted me

The challenge was to scrap to a colour challenge which was in iteself a challenge for me as firstly Im not a great lover of pink and secondly I usually start with a sketch and photo and then pick the colours

Here is the colour palette Sandra chose for us

And here is my take on it

Photo is my daughter and I coming down a flume at Center Parcs - She is 18 now so you will see I have a lot of scrapping to catch up on lol

Friday, 10 February 2012

A Rabble of Ravers

I finally got round to scrapping one of the photos of the seven members of my UKS team The Rik Rak Ravers which I posted on here following the Frozen North Crop at Holystone.

I did it for this weeks weekly challenge on UKS, the criteria was to scrap woman/women - check, an achievement - check (well we feel it was an achievement getting all of us together at one and use sewing on layout - check

I used a sketch I put up for our team to use this week but I cant remember for the life of me where I got it from, all I know is it says on the sketch by Julie Bonner.

Monday, 6 February 2012


I wasnt in a very creative mood to scrap this weekend but I must say I am enjoying dabbling away in my art jounal following the UKS Art Journey. This week the prompt was from Julie Kirk (Nabview) and was all about cutting out words from magazines to kick start your pages. I started with the blue left hand page using words cut out from a Liz Earle Newsletter. I had rather helpfully just thrown away all my mags etc into the recycling but now I will chop them up first!

As anyone who knows me knows I am not a winter girl at all and the words winter and blues jumped out at me. Once I had done that page I thought of Julies post on her blog about Month of Sunrays encouraging people to use yellow, now although I am a summer girl I am not a fan of yellow but I boldly set off and the second rather yellow page emerged. I didnt have any suitable words from magazines so I used a correction tape runner to make the white strips and hand wrote the words on.

If you have never tried Art Journalling before you should give it ago and follow the Art Journey.

You should also pop over to Julie's fab blog Notes on Paper as it is always full of great inspiration.

Friday, 3 February 2012

Sketch & Scrap - January

The sketch for the Sketch and Scrap Challenge this month was set by Heather. I had these two photos of Fraser and Fiona in my to scrap box - they were taken in 1999 (can you tell I have a lot of catching up to do - only having been scrapper for about two years!!) We were on holiday in the North East and we were walking along the dunes at Bamburgh. I have used up a mixture of papers mostly from an old Cosmo Cricket kit with a few bits of Lilybee. The Seaside rock badge on the embellishment came from a Quirky Kit.