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Monday, June 30, 2008

UKS Team Challenge

My team "The Glitter Gossips" is hosting this week's challenge over on UKS.

Hi and welcome to the Glitter Gossips’ first weekly challenge!
~This week sees the USA celebrating Independence day on the 4th of July and one of our team members is also moving to America next month.
Therefore we have decided that as part of our challenge we want you to use something American in your layout. This can be an American landmark, an American movie/song as your title, the colours red, white and blue, cowboys/indians, etc
Let your imagination be your guide here! We are looking forward to seeing how you interpret this.
~Sticking with the American theme we also challenge you to use stars or stripes in your layout.
~As we are called the Glitter Gossips it goes without saying that we would like to see you use some glitter and also quotation marks, speech marks or a quote too.
~Sketches are a great way to get the creative juices flowing so as the final part of our challenge we would like you to use the sketch in planning your design.

So to summarise:
Use something American: 5 points
Stars or stripes: 5 points
Use glitter: 5 points
Use quotation marks: 5 points
Use the sketch: 10 points
We are all looking forward to seeing what you come up with so let the Herma sparks fly!!!!!

The sketch

My layout

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Karen Burniston's Arch-i-tecture class - Scrapaganza 2008

This was a great class and very clever - I would never have thought of arching my photographs and making a "floating" title!
Karen Burniston is an ingenious teacher, she sells kits online here.
I didn't want to use the papers provided in the kit (Basic Grey Two Scoops) as I felt that my photographs were too bright. Instead I used Fancy Pants papers from the About a Boy collection which I just LOVE!

Click on the photo for a larger view.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

I've been tidying!

Here's a photo of a layout I made recently. I am a tad late in making it as he started school in 2005! I figured I'd better get a move on as his younger brother starts school in August!!

Papers used are Scenic Route Metropolis, there is a little pocket for holding the "checklist"
Covered chipboard in paint and patterned papers.

Since I came back from Holland I decided to have a good tidy out before I could start on my new projects. I wonder how long it will last!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Scrapaganza Kits and Shopping!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


I am back!!
Had a great time away, I thoroughly enjoyed EVERY class that I signed up for and have come home with enough projects to keep me busy for many months!
I am still very tired as we were going to bed at 2am and getting up at 6.30am! but wanted to post quickly about the classes I took and also a slideshow.

It was brilliant getting to meet so many pople that I have "met" online too.

Lida’s On the Road Again – absolutely fantastic!! We made a beautiful acrylic mini album with the pages opening in different places. Not to mention an adorable chipboard “suitcase” to hold the album. Lida is an excellent, enthusiastic fun teacher.

Words To Live By – Scenic Route – this class was taught by Layle Concar, another enthusiastic teacher. We made a beautiful album all about friendships. It was great seeing how to incorporate this paper (Providence) in to a mini album without the paper being overpowering.

Karen Burniston’s Arch-i-tecture – What a great lady! Fantastic teacher, everyone could hear her and her instructions and templates were brilliant. The layout is superb, something that could be adapted in mini books etc. I would never in a million years have thought up such an ingenious way of paper engineering. This layout featured photos that arched and floating titles.

Teresa Collins’ Bound To Impress – Here we made a great mini book, the end product is fantastic, her paper range is so versatile.

Dyan Reavley’s Extra Texture - Another fantastic class, if Dyan could bottle her energy she would make a fortune!! She is a brilliant teacher and taught fantastic techniques which we could go on to use in other projects.

Melodee Langworthy’s Pieces of Me - I was very impressed by Melodee’s teaching and her class. She is so organised and very helpful. Here we made a mini book using a 7Gypies chipboard album and the 7gypies Nottinghill papers

Melodee Langworthy’s Family Favourites - Another great class, a mini book all about your family's favourite things.

Lance Anderson’s Colour My World – This was a great class and I got a lot done in an hour despite it being a big class. I took this class as an extra once I arrived at Holland and would have been disappointed if I had not signed up for it. Great to see how to use the lovely Pop Star papers – I need to thik outside the box more!! Lance was another fantastic teacher.

Lance Anderson’s Treasure Box – WOW!! What else can I say!! This class was fabulous, so glad that I signed up for it. There were no instructions so I decided after 30 mins to just watch and listen to him teaching and noted down important points as I didn’t want to miss anything important. I can’t wait to finish this project at home.

Scrapaganza 2008 projects

The slide show features photos of the finished examples. I will probably still be finishing mine in 2009!!