Sunday, 25 March 2012

Some more "me" time

Whilst the boys headed off to watch Perth Glory win the soccer game last night, I got some scrapping time at a local pizza and papercrafting night. Not many scrapbookers go but plenty of card makers so it's interesting to wander around and see the different techniques people are trying.
I managed to complete 3 layouts, all challenges over at Home and Scrapped. The first was a mid week sketch from Scrappy Sketches, number 10-12 with some more photos from just outside Amsterdam.
This is my example for Sarah's challenge to use a magazine front for inspiration. I chose to go with the colour palette, banner and country theme of the cover with a photo of Mitchell at the Yallingup shearing shed on camp. They convinced a group of girls and boys that they had been chosen to learn how to clean up the sheep droppings from the pens and when they came inside to do the job, they let these lambs in that needed to be fed. You should have heard the squeals of delight.
Now this challenge was right out of my comfort zone as I hate, hate, hate to doodle on my layouts as I am just not artistic enough to do a good job with it. Can't draw to save myself. But, Angie wanted us to do a layout with paint on the background, doodling and a photo of ourselves. I decided to use a poem about success as I often question myself as to if I am successful in the things that I do. I decided that yes I am very successful after reading this poem.

Only two weeks till the school holidays so time is quickly creeping away from us. Have to get stuck into some job hunting next term.

Happy craftin' all.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Just some extras......

Must be close to the last of the layouts from the retreat and haven't scrapped since. I headed off to the Year 7 Camp with the boys down to Busselton for 4 days then had a few days home to catch up on washing and tidy the house then Jason and Anna arrived from Adelaide to stay for a few days to celebrate Bruce turning 60 years of age. Yes...... I did really say 60! That was last Friday the 9th of March and on Saturday we had about 30 people over for a BBQ. It was a lovely night with neighbours, family and work colleagues but I forgot to take photos of the whole event. What a bad scrapper I am.......

This is a Mid-week sketch from Scrappy sketches 8-12 and still lots of photos from my trip appearing.

This is a Mid-week sketch from Scrappy sketches 7-12 with some of Heather's lovely flowers from her flower shop.
Whilst at Ingeborg's home in the Netherlands, I could hear band music one afternoon and went outside to investigate. Such a random sight, but there marching along the street was a brass band which Ingeborg had never seen before. I just had to take a photo because it was so random.

This is the last of the photos of the Congo Monument in Vielsalm, Belgium so I used similar tones to the layout I previously made to keep it uniform although not a double pager. The rosette I made all by myself with the use of the Tim Holtz die. The smaller they were the trickier my fingers were to manage them I must say.

I have really enjoyed all my travel layouts I have done and it allowed me to use a lot of embellishments that I have been saving for one day..... that would never have worked on layouts of the boys and Bruce.

Now I just have to stop procrastinating and create some cards for my classes I will teach. So much harder when doing it for a shop and not just for my home classes.

Happy Craftin' all........

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Yes I did do a little more on retreat......

I planned to do at least 10 layouts and I think I achieved them all in the end plus the few cards. I also spent time making some flowers as the lovely Barbara showed us how to make some flowers using a heat tool instead of the time consuming task of using a candle. It's probably a little safer to do it that way too. Then, there was Kim who brought along her Tim Holtz rosettes dies so I got to practice making one or two of those too.

This is a double I finally got around to with the photos of the witches in the windows and restaurants around Vielsalm in Belgium. I included the legend of them from the guide book instead of journaling it all myself. Some more borrowed MS punches and a die-cut witch from the Free SVG Blog and some cats from a Cricut cartridge made a quick and easy page. The title is cut with the Ecraft using "A Charming Font" which I had installed on my PC.

I also completed a Cybercrop challenge from Scrap of Difference - the sketch challenge. I really love how bold this turned out. Again it uses lots of scraps of paper.

Last month at Home and Scrapped the new DT gave us a challenge each. This is Angie's challenge to create a layout from scraps of papers using a quote we love, some "found" items like tickets, doilies etc, and some stamping or sewing. I reneged on the sewing part but there sure is stamping and some found items such as the doily, muslin, some old badges from when I went away as an Exchange student and a sticker from my lovely Adelaide neighbour, Sarah, of the Eiffel Tower. The photo shows a large advertisement on the building to the right of the tower directing you to Australia.com with pictures of outback Australia. So unexpected to see in Paris.

Catch up some more soon, Happy Craftin'........

Some of you know I went on a scrapping retreat....

Well I just realised that it has been weeks since I shared my work as I have been a busy beaver with life just happening to get in the way. How rude!
I had a lovely time with the ladies that I went away with and some interesting times too.... not that I will mention those - you know the golden rule? What happens on retreat stays on retreat....... etc. etc.
I learnt a few new little techniques and saw some interesting materials like Lutradur, fusible film and webbing spray all put to use. Might have to get me some of those items to play with.
I was delayed with the Home and Scrapped cybercrop in February so took the challenges along to do at the retreat. This is Heather's step-by-step challenge which I found some recent die-cuts to work with after practising with some cutting the other week. I also received some little bits and pieces from fellow scrappers at the retreat and managed to make use of some particularly the rosette and off white flower on here. I really love how this turned out with just using scraps of paper.
Joy challenged us to create a layout without using patterned paper so with a touch of sewing, some die-cut shapes and a few Martha Stewart punches that I borrowed, this is what I resulted with.

My biggest challenge came from Amy who wanted us to cut out 25 - 2" squares and use them on a layout. Some cut photos up to use for theirs but I wanted to keep my photo in one piece so I used them slightly layered for a different design. The theme of the CC was "Love" - can you tell that?

Of course Heather likes us to use up our scraps from the layouts we make to create cards so challenged us to make a card for each of the layouts we made on the CC. I like the more masculine ones but not so happy with the other two. Still, I'm sure they will get used eventually.

Happy craftin' all....