Friday, 3 July 2015

Dusting off the cobwebs

Hello? *taps microphone* Is this thing on? Can anybody hear me?

Gosh. It's been a while since I visited this little corner of blogland. 
You may (or may not) have noticed that I took a break from scrapbooking for a while - I became so immersed in my PhD that there wasn't much room for anything else. Especially because scrapping and academic work share the same desk, and it was getting harder and harder to move my work to scrap, and vice versa. Knitting became my creative outlet - I found it easier to pick up and do for five minutes and then put down again, and I didn't have to move any paperwork to do it. 

But ... I'm not a very fast knitter, so it doesn't give the same sense of immediate satisfaction that scrapping does. Plus, not that long ago we spent an incredible two weeks in the US (where I discovered the joy of Hobby Lobby) and I now have a pile of photos just looking at me, begging to be scrapped. 

So watch this space...

Half Dome through the grass, Yosemite Valley, California

Monday, 15 April 2013

UKScrappers Spring Blog Hop

Welcome to the UKS Spring BlogHop! 

Hopefully, you've come to me from Scrappyjen, but if you've dropped in on me directly and want to follow the hop, or if you lose your way, you can see the full list with all the links here: UKScrappers Blog Hop Thread.

I've gone way out of my comfort zone for this, and have made my first ever process video, showing how I use standard scrapbooking supplies to create a Project Life spread. It's a little rough around the edges - you can hear my creaky floorboards and the traffic outside at one point - but as a first attempt I'm pretty pleased with it, and I hope you enjoy watching it :D

Here's the finished spread:

And here's the video:

And that's it! I hope you enjoyed our blog hop :D

All that remains is to hop on back to the UKScrappers Blog Hop Thread, and if you haven't already, make sure you check the UKS Blog Hop Thread for information on how to be entered into the prize draw! 

I'll leave you with a few close ups of my Project Life spread:

Monday, 25 March 2013

Chocolate Lace

Lots of snow over the weekend meant lots of crafty time for me - I'm more likely to reach for my crochet hook at the moment, so I took advantage of the time to work on my first laceweight project, and I'm really pleased with the result!

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Crochet Triangle Cowl

I thought I'd pop in on this cold and blustery Wednesday morning, to show you how I'm keeping warm these days! If you've been following this blog for a while, you'll know that I've picked up a crochet hook in the past, and made the odd little thing here and there. About six months ago I started on a blanket, which is still only half done, making me realise that maybe I'm not a blanket crocheter! I prefer smaller, quicker projects - one of the reasons that I like scrapbooking so much (apart from the creative outlet) is the sense of satisfaction and pride in a completed page. So, with that in mind I put the blanket down, and picked up some lovely, squishy Rowan wool to make myself a cowl to keep warm :)
I found the pattern for this Triangle Cowl on Ravelry. I left the tassels off my version, and I love it! It's so soft and comfy to wear, and very warm. 
I will finish my blanket eventually, but I do think I need little patterns like this every now and then, just to keep me going!

Friday, 15 February 2013

Special Girl

So, here is my third and final layout using the February club kit from The Scrapbook Garden. I used a homemade template to dab some of the distress ink through, which is definitely my favourite of the three techniques that I've used. 
As soon as I saw the 'Labeled' paper I knew that I wanted to use the 'Special' label as part of a title on a layout of Mojo, so all I added were the Thickers for the rest.
If you follow Ann's blog you'll know that this really is my final layout for The Scrapbook Garden, as this is the last kit that I'll be designing with. I'd just like to say a big thank you to Ann, I've loved working with all the shop products, and then kits that she's sent over the past 2 years (and no, I couldn't believe it's been that long, I had to check my emails to make sure!).
All the best Ann, and thanks for everything :) 

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Let it Snow

This is layout number two with the February kit from The Scrapbook Garden. The colours in the kit couldn't have been more perfect for all the snow we've had recently, so I picked two of my favourite photos for this page.
I'm in love with the sheet of tape stickers that came as an add on to the kit - they could have  been designed with me in mind! They come in 12" lengths, so I trimmed two of them down for the bottom of this page.
Thanks for stopping by, I'll be back tomorrow with my third, and final, layout from this kit, and then I'm planning a crochet share over the weekend :D


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