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Sunday, December 30, 2007

2007 is almost over

Can't believe that 2007 is nearly over - yikes!
Soon be time to make some new year's resolutions HAHA! Like I will keep any....but I will make some tomorrow, blog them (so I can't pretend that I didn't make any) and see how many I stick to.

I have been really really terrible at keeping my blog up to date, I have tonnes of things to write about but I think that once one week passes without blogging it is then harder to pick up again.

I will finish today with a picture of the Christmas card I made for this year, it was made digitally.

Thursday, December 06, 2007


I am a bad, bad blogger!! Been so busy recently that I haven't had the energy/time to update my blog! But I'll be back...............!!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Design Collective Sixers Circle Journal

I'm so excited as after many weeks months preparation the Design Collective circle journal first posting is next week. Yay!!
I have still to print out my WELCOME page and add it to my journal but this is what it says:

The title of my theme is "Two Stars and a Wish"
I heard this phrase in my job as a teacher as a formula for commenting on children’s work. The teacher picks out two things (the stars) that the child is very good at
and also picks out something the child could work on in the future (the wish).

For the TWO STARS in my journal I would like you to tell me about two of your strengths, these can be practical skills or something to do with your personality etc
For the WISH I would like you to share with me one ambition that you hold, something you would like to achieve/get better at in the future.

I am looking forward to reading all your stars and wishes, however serious, light hearted or humorous they may be!!!

Here are photographs of the cover and my entry.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Acetate Album

Here are some photos of my acetate album that I made. I bought the kit from Sarah's cards to use in the UKS cybercrop class, which was designed by Sarah and Rebecca.
I love the class and will definitely go on to make more of these. I added a couple of extra pages to my one (the small page at front and the larger page with the star at back) as there was enough acetate left over and it seemed a shame to waste it.

Friday, October 19, 2007

I've actually scrapped !!!!!

Think I will need to lie down....I have actually scrapped!!!!!
Feel as though I am never out of my craft room at moment....and no I am not in tidying!! It actually looks impressively messy which is a good thing because it means I have been productive!!
Anyway I can now post a picture of my UKS Cybercrop Blind Man's Bluff entry, didn't want to upload it until the UKS gallery opened.
I about died when I opened my mystery kit (that I paid 10 quid for) and saw it was pink, infact I think the air went a little blue! However after I thought about it I decided that I would finally make a layout with a photo of my youngest sister Linda Ruth, taken 13 years ago when she was 4. I have always loved the photograph. I am going to add it to my dad's album that we all made for his 60th birthday.

.....I am also delighted because at the moment I have 9 votes, which is 9 more than I thought I'd get!

Next challenge I took part in was the Scraplift Sunday challenge. Anyone who wants to take part makes a post in the challenge thread and has to lift a layout from the person above them. The layout I lifted had a photograph matted off centre on a circle mat, I used this as my inspiration for doing the journaling.

This layout has two photographs of Peter taken when he met Mickey Mouse in Florida last summer. I adore these photographs because they say so much, he will probably forget this meeting in a few years time but I never will. The stressful parts of the holiday -heat, queues, hyper children etc were all worth it just to see his face!

I used a stencil to doodle in pencil on the background which I then painted with pigment pearls and highlighted with white gel pen. I painted a chipboard circle star in silver and filled with glossy accents and beads.

Monday, October 15, 2007

I've been tagged.... the lovely Karen, whom I know from the Design Collective.

Here are the rules which you must abide by if you are tagged.

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.

2. Share 7 facts about yourself: some random, some weird.

3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).

4. Let them know they've been tagged by leaving a comment at their blogs

Ok, so here goes:

1. I can't leave the volume of the TV/stereo etc on a prime number.

2. Infact I can't even leave it on an odd number.

3. I block every visible light in my bedroom before I go to sleep....this includes my radio alarm and any chargers such as camera, phone etc.

4. I walk back to my car every time I park anywhere to check the handbrake is on, I've left it in gear and that I have locked it.

5. I am petrified of forkie tails (earwigs).

6. I am terrified of a ventriloquist puppet that belonged to my cousin. She named him George and he had skirey red hair, googly eyes and a terrifying expression.
He looks very similar to this:

This picture is going in to a link at photobucket as I can't look at hime every day!!!

and finally
7. I love turkish delight, I hate adult feet, I love the smell of cinnamon and I'm addicted to the internet. (okay, okay that is also 8, 9 and 10 but who's counting LOL)

The people I choose to tag are:
Sarah (a different Sarah)

UKS Cybercrop

The UKS cyber crop started last weekend and I really wanted to make Queenie Tree's Birthday Book as I am sure it is something I would use a lot....and of course it was so beautiful. However as usual, even although I bought my envelopes and flowers and prepared my papers etc in advance I didn't start making it until the evening before the deadline!! Stayed up till 1.30am on Sat night/Sun morning and then came back and worked at it all Sunday morning. I ignored my poor boys and stayed in my PJ's till it was done. I uploaded it 5 mins before the deadline at 1pm Sunday.....and discovered this morning that they have extended the deadline to Tuesday 1pm as they have been having problems with the gallery overloading.
Lesson to be learned: ALWAYS check for new information!!
Anyway here is link to the class and pictures of my interpretation.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Global Rock Challenge

The Global Rock challenge is a dance competition that is run in countries all over the world. More details can be found here and details on the UK site can be found here.
Our local secondary school has taken part in the past. They will compete against other secondary schools from the Aberdeenshire area as well as with schools from Aberdeen in February 2008. The schools that gain first and second place go on to the next heat at Grimsby in June 2008. Fraserburgh Academy gained second place three years ago and went on to the next stage in Grimsby. This year's team are hoping for the same success.

Copied from the Global Rock Challenge Website:

Our Vision
The Global Rock Challenge™ vision is to achieve social change through the arts by inspiring creative thinking among young people who will shape our future. This vision is driven by the wish to help young people, worldwide, face complex and potentially life-changing decisions.
With the risk of drugs, unemployment, truancy, crime or poor self-esteem many young people may lack the tools, skills or opportunities to avoid these traps. The path they take affects their lives and those around them - families, schools and communities. Global Rock events are designed to give young people new options, perspective and skills.

Our Mission
Our Mission is to inspire and motivate students worldwide to live healthy, positive lifestyles, attend and finish school and be the best they can be in every aspect of their lives.
Through our events our aim is to provide positive opportunities even in areas where young people may be negatively impacted by the many by-products of poor education, poverty or illness - such as abuse, discrimination, crime or drugs, neglect or destructive behaviour. All events emphasise being alcohol-free and drug-free.

How we do it
All Global Rock Challenge™ events emphasise a 100% drug, alcohol and smokefree environment.
This is the message which underpins the three key focus areas of health, life skills and creative thinking.
All events deliver this message through materials such as posters, event signage and other communication materials distributed to schools during the annual competition period and participating teachers are encouraged to use the event to raise these issues with students and discuss them in an educational setting.

The children give up a lot of their time to take part and are totally committed. My seventeen year old sister has been a part of the GRC for past five years and has stayed on to 6th year so that she can be involved in the team that organises it for their school. The children have to choose a theme themselves and plan the scenes, costumes, music, lighting aswell as choreograph the dances. In our secondary school there are two teachers who advise them aswell as help organise fund raising activities.
This year I am helping them to make costumes and will also help with make up etc. My first task is to make 10 belly dancer costumes for one of the scenes. There are only two of us at moment making the 60+ costumes so I was delighted to hear that my cousin's wife is going to help me out. Fingers crossed we get more volunteers next week!! I dyed vest tops last night ready for altering to make the tops as this is much easier than dress making 10 fitted tops!!! No picture to post as yet - don't think a pile of pink, purple and blue vests will make an interesting subject!! But I will take a before and after shot!!

Two weeks ago I thought I had bitten off more than I could chew when I signed up to be part of a team on UK Scrappers and also the Cyber crop they are running.....Yikes now I am going to have sooooo much scrapbooking to catch up on. On the positive scrapbooking side I will need to take plenty photos of the Global Rock's progress so I can make a mini album.

Monday, September 24, 2007

New Layouts

Just wanted to share two layouts I made at the weekend.
This one is of Andrew taken in April this year, a month before his 7th birthday. I used Rouge De Garance papers (Aile ou Fleur No 1) and a Hambly vintage lime green overlay. I purchased these from Angel Crafts. I had bought the overlay to use as part of a class from the Design Collective so it looks like I'll need to get another one!
I embellished around the circle with various sizes/colours of coordinating buttons. I hand wrote the journalling on to Basic Grey paper from the Obscure range and cut in to strips. I saw the journalling on a layout on the 2peas website and adapted to suit my needs.

The second layout is using photos taken of Andrew and Peter last month playing the playstation together. When I saw the intensity on their faces I had to sneak in and take their picture so I could scrap it. I don't think they were aware that I was in the room! One minute they can be fighting with each other but when they play the playstation together there is total peace and quiet - they get so engrossed!
Papers used are from the Obscure range by Basic Grey. I hand cut the word "Techno" using the font Computerfont, downloaded from

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

My Not-So-Tidy Craft Room!!

It does get messy!!
It's only ever tidied between projects.

Friday, September 14, 2007

I'm not alone!!!

Well for once in my life I can honestly say that I am not alone in being a chatterbox!! The team I am part of over on UKS is now up and running and boy are we going to run up a few hundred posts each week!
Everyone is really friendly and very chatty which is great but not so great if you miss a few hours on the forum.....because then you take about 30 mins to read all the missed posts.
Our new team is called the Glitter Gossips and one of our team members called Kevin made a lovely sparkling logo for our signatures.

Kevin thinks we may be the only team on UKS to have a male member, I am so glad he is part of our team as he brings a refreshing take on things.
We are all still in the process of getting to know each other but already we have found loads of common interests other than scrapbooking. I have got the role of being team leader which means I have to start a new thread each month and collect everyone's points and submit to our house leader, I hope I don't muck up! so far I am enjoying my role. We are in the Blue brads house and can chat in their common room too - gosh it feels a bit like Hogwarts!! :):)

Already I feel so inspired and motivated to scrap more so watch this space......

I would also like to thank Karen Leahy AKA Scrapdolly for all her help in setting us up and her reassuring words of support.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

New Challenges!

I've just signed up to a new team that's starting over on UKS. One of my fellow team members has the most amazing blog, just check out the cakes!! Tasha I will definitely be viewing your blog often!!! Her blog can be found here.

I am very excited about joing a team as I have fancied this for ages, just been waiting for a new one to start as I have missed out a few times in past. It'll be a great way to make new frends and encourage me to scrap more!

Over at the Design Collective I have also signed up to become part of a Circle Journal, we are waiting for two more members and then we are ready to go!
The theme I have picked for my journal is "Two stars and a wish." As a teacher we often comment on children's work by using the "two stars and a wish" formula which means we choose two things we really liked/feel they did well at and say one thing we would like them to improve/work on. For my journal I would like each member to make a layout about two things they are good at/like about their personality etc and one thing they'd like to improve. I feel that too often we focus on what we can't do and never congratulate ourselves on the things we can. Really excited about all my new ventures - only hope I haven't bitten off more than I can chew!!

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Scrap Attack Projects

I found time today to finish off the projects I made at Dyan Reaveley's Scrap Attack class last weekend. I am delighted with everything I made and all the new techniques I learned. If I had to choose a favourite it would have to be the mini album and decorated tin. I recently bought a Bind-It-All machine and can't wait to start making mini albums now that I know how easy it is!

All the projects I made

Christmas Tag Book

Envelope Tag Book

Alphabet Plaque

Mini Album

Decorated Tin to hold Mini Album

Fairy Plaque

And to finish off here is the great mound of stash I bought from Dyan's Blonde Moments shop!