31 January 2009
The crazy hair pictures were perfect for this and with this week being black and white I managed to use the October Afternoon papers from my October Gogo kit. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with paper that had newsprint all over it but some of the adverts fitted well on this LO as they're a bit crazy too. I've also used up some more of the coloured alphas from July's kit. My ribbons were a JBP (Just Because Present) from my Mum who happened to see them in her local haberdasher/craft shop!! Thanks Mum :)
30 January 2009
26 January 2009
When I first started scrapping in 2006 I decided to do an album of Samuel's first year. Now after choosing about a dozen or so photos you wouldn't think it would take too long to finish. Well here we are 3 years later and I'm only up to May!!! My New Years resolution was to finish his album so this weekend I did 5 LOs. I know I've never doen so many in a onener before. Thank heavens for Page Maps!!
25 January 2009
A Mothers Lament for her Dying Son
Fate gave the word, the arrow sped,
And pierc'd my darling's heart;
And with him all the joys are fled
Life can to me impart.
By cruel hands the sapling drops,
In dust dishonour'd laid:
So fell the pride of all my hopes,
My age's future shade.
The mother-linnet in the brake
Bewails her ravish'd young;
So I, for my lost darling's sake,
Lament the live day long.
Death, oft I've fear'd thy fatal blow,
Now, fond, I bare my breast,
Oh, do thou kindly lay me low
With him I love, at rest!
24 January 2009
22 January 2009
One of my favourite things this week.....sketches!!
SCRAP FROM THE SKETCH
Just a few times over the year, our challenge will involve a sketch and this week is one of those!
The sketch is attached here...and all you have to do is use it as the inspiration for your layout! Your layout can be on any topic, any size, any colour...but use this sketch as your starting point. You can turn it, flip it, piece it back together or leave it just as it is...whatever you fancy!
On the brink of a life-changing decision, Alexis Fielding longs to find out about her mother's past. But Sofia has never spoken of it. All she admits to is growing up in a small Cretan village before moving to London. When Alexis decides to visit Crete, however, Sofia gives her daughter a letter to take to an old friend, and promises that through her she will learn more. Arriving in Plaka, Alexis is astonished to see that it lies a stone's throw from the tiny, deserted island of Spinalonga -- Greece's former leper colony. Then she finds Fotini, and at last hears the story that Sofia has buried all her life: the tale of her great-grandmother Eleni and her daughters and a family rent by tragedy, war and passion. She discovers how intimately she is connected with the island, and how secrecy holds them all in its powerful grip...
19 January 2009
18 January 2009
15 January 2009
Week Three...Scrap with chipboard!Your page can be about anything you fancy, just dig into your chipboard stash and put something to work! If you're scrapping digitally, use the equivalent in pixels -- those pieces that look like they are popped up off the page. Your chipboard can be letters, accents, or handcut to be whatever you like! Leave it plain, paint it, sand it, emboss it, layer it...just put your chipboard to work!My page is in the gallery here. I mixed some pieces I still had from my very first chipboard purchase (clearly I was saving it because I thought they wouldn't make any more?! Don't worry...they are still making plenty. Let's use it!) along with a brand new set of chipboard letters I just bought the other day! I always find if I mix a bit of the new with a bit of the old, the old stuff isn't noticed...of course now I've gone and told you so you'll probably all be laughing at all my old stash now!
12 January 2009
The book thief is the alter-ego of a nine-year-old girl called Liesel, whose life history is narrated by none other than the Grim Reaper himself. Now Liesel has both the misfortune to be raised alongside the burgeoning Nazi state in Germany and the good fortune to be sheltered from it by a vehemently anti-Fascist family, the Hubermanns.
11 January 2009
This weeks breath of fresh air didn't take us too far from home. There are loads of walks through the local woods so we thought we'd check out Slorach Woods which is a stones throw from our house. There are two routes but we only found that out when we passed the sign on our way back!! Next week we'll try them again!!
10 January 2009
8 January 2009
This week's challenge:
Scrap with hearts or stars!
Your page can be any size, any subject, any colour, but we want to see what you can do with hearts or stars or both! Maybe one big heart or even a star shaped page...or dozens of tiny hearts or stars. Stamp them, punch them, draw them, paint them, find them in your patterned papers....whatever you fancy!
Happy scrapping! And remember to spread the word about this week's challenge -- have you told your teamies or messaged your scrapping friends to check out Scrap Like You Mean It?
6 January 2009
This weeks challenge is to scrap your favourite colour/s. Mine changes all the time and at the moment I like browns and greens. Next week it might be pink again!!! I've done a LO of Samuel in the leaves last weekend.
WEEK ONE :: SCRAP IN YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR!
Sure, we could challenge you to scrap your resolutions this week but Scrap Like You Mean It is about having FUN, so we're going to start with something a bit more light-hearted! Your page can be any theme at all -- you just need to pull out the papers and embellishments in your stash that are YOUR FAVOURITE COLOUR and get them on a layout!
Make your page any time this week and upload it to the gallery. (I'll come back and edit this post with the updated gallery info ASAP!) As a BONUS for week one, everyone who posts their favourite colour layout before midnight next Wednesday night will be entered into a prize drawing to win a pizza box prize package filled with scrapping goodies!
4 January 2009
We'll go back in the summer as the museum will be open then.
John had fun burying Samuel in the leaves (before it rained!) and as you can see Samuel seemed to enjoy being buried!!!!!
A little bit of info for you......................
Nelsons Tower, situated on the top of Cluny Hill, Forres, was built as a memorial to Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson in 1806. After his victory over Napoleons fleet at Cape Trafalgar in Spain, 21st October 1805, Nelson became a national hero. Nelson was killed during the battle and various memorials were set up around the country, including Nelsons Column in Trafalgar Square, London and Nelsons Monument on Carlton Hill, Edinburgh. In 1806, the community of Forres began building its own memorial tower to Nelson on Cluny Hill. Designed as a monument to departed heroism, it was paid for through subscription which was organised by prominent members of the community. Approximately £610 was raised from 269 subscribers. On the 26th August 1806, James Brodie of Brodie laid the foundation, as part of a ceremony attended by all the prominent inhabitants of Forres and the surrounding district. Coins and a parchment scroll were placed under the foundation stone, and after a speech and a prayer, the Forres Volunteers fired three volleys in the air and the procession returned to Forres for a celebration at Macleans Inn on the High Street. The tower was not actually completed until six years later, and was officially opened on the seventh anniversary of Nelsons victory.
3 January 2009
I spent a lovely afternoon doing the weekly challenge over on UKS. After reading all the questions and getting an equal amount of letters I had to go with Option E.
Use Neutral colours - Black & White
Use a day to day photo - A recent walk at Brodie Castle
Use one of 5 techniques - I chose stamping
Use stickers/rub-ons or a pp embelishment - I used alpha stickers.
I used sketch No 11 from Pencil Lines.
2 January 2009
This prompt is about Christmas....what else? I've decided to do a LO about our family Christmas fairy.
Christmas Day Dreams As its fastly approaching the holiday season I would like you to indulge in some day dreaming and remember past Christmases. How about remembering a Christmas were you got that very special present that your mind always casts back to. How about remembering something really unusual to your usual routine, something unexpected or a funny incident. How about remembering a family tradition from when you were young and try and relive it this year for something different. Think about any of those past traditions that you have now incorporated into your own present day family traditions. This weekI would like you to create a LO that represents one of those memories. Happy Christmas
1 January 2009
Yesterday was the perfect day for a walk around Millbuies. As you can see from the pictures it seems to have it's own weather system. Sunny on one side and snowy on the other. It was still very cold and by the time we got back to the car my hands had frozen completely!! Even stealing John's fleecy gloves didn't help.
The loch is still frozen solid and despite the throwing of stones by quite a few children it didn't crack. You could hear people throwing things on the ice from the other end of the loch and it's quite an eerie sound.