Projects in the pipeline

Because catching up with the twins scrapbook is not enough (*sarcasm!!), I have several projects in the pipeline that I want to start soon too.

  • Glynn Barton Cottages holiday Mini Book: I started working on this a tiny bit during the retreat in Bracknell last month. I had printed a few photos to scrapbook anyway, but before starting I decided that I would make a mini album instead. I picked a Simple Stories “I am” mini album kit at the retreat shop and chose my favourite pages to use. I also created a front page with cardstock and alphabet stickers, but I didn’t do any more after that. So I have now chosen quite a few more photos to print and I want to make a list with the titles I want to put on my pages. This will make it slightly faster when I am creating each page! (sometimes I sit there and look at the photo for minutes trying to come up with a title… Having the title already will give me extra minutes to scrap!)
  • Kids’ playroom rules. This is not scrapbooking related, but I still want to do it! I already talked about it before the retreat. I want to buy a canvas and use some large glittery chipboard alphas that I have to create a “subway art” style canvas for the playroom. I have the alphas, I have spray inks… Now I just need the canvas!
    Before I buy the canvas, though, I want to come up with a list of the words and phrases I want to use and fish out all the alphas to see how it all looks together and roughly how big it’s going to be!
  • The book of Me. This is something that I’ve seen recently in the scrapbooking facebook group. There are going to be weekly prompts to scrapbook about you and your life (rather than the kids and pets like most scrapbooks are!). A lady has already started making her own one, and the way she is doing it is using the letters of the alphabet as the prompts. For instance, A for Achievements, B for Believe, C for Childhood, etc. I really like this idea, but I think I am going to wait to see the weekly prompts before I make up my mind about which idea to follow!
  • First communion order. And I mustn’t forget that I have to have this crafty order ready for the new year! A couple of months back a lady got in touch with me to make a couple of buntings and cupcake toppers for her daughters’ first communion celebrations. As I will be going to Spain in the new year, we agreed that I would take them with me to save on the high postage costs. But now the pressure is on, as my craft room is still a mess due to the loft extension and I only have a few weeks to get started (and finished!)
  • Oh, and did I mention that I must keep catching up with the twins’ scrapbook? I’ve got a feeling that I am always going to be a year off… but hey, that’s life!

Throw Back Thursday – Personalised bunting

Once upon a time I tried to build a crafty business. I knew handmade cards were not really the way forward for several reasons (already a saturated market, especially with all the stampin up people out there, and also my style was not really ideal for making “cheap” cards to sell to the mass market). So instead I thought for a long time and came up with Personalised Bunting as my star product. And for a while it was kind of successful, I made quite a few buntings in a year! But sadly the “business” just died away. I stopped advertising, offering all kinds of discounts and offers, doing any giveaways, and it just died. It was way too much work for the few benefits I was getting.

However, just the other day I got an enquiry from a lady who had bought a bunting from me a couple of years ago. She has just had another baby and wanted another one! Repeat business! Yay! It made me feel really warm inside, I tell you. There isn’t a better feeling than seeing your craft being appreciated by other people!

Here are some examples of buntings made during the time I had my tiny, short-lived business:

millie2

julieta

alberto

george

charlotte2

chris

Paige Taylor Evans and BoaF event

On Saturday I attended the first Birds of a Feather event in Coventry, with the gorgeous Paige Taylor Evans as guest designer.

The day itself was beautifully organised. I arrived at the hotel (the lovely Ansty Hall) and I was greeted by James, who ticked my name off the list. I went into the room and I was shown to my seat. On the table there was a bag with the included kit and some extra freebies. The kit included for the workshop consisted in quite a lot of goodies from the Paige Evans newest collection for Pink Paislee “Take me away”. I must admit that from all her previous collections, this is probably my least favourite because it features a lot of violets and I am not keen on violet for scrapbooking at all. However, there are lots of other amazing papers, so I am happy to work with it.

Kitansty hall

Paige designed four layouts exclusively for this workshop and we were given photos and instructions for every single one. In addition to this, Paige also gave more detailed instructions and other tips on design, composition, etc.

The good thing about being given almost a full collection with papers, embellishments, etc, rather than just the exact materials that we would need, is that if you didn’t like a certain element of the layout or you wanted to personalise it a bit more towards your own style, you had plenty of papers and other bits and pieces to choose from. For the second layout I had chosen a photo of Eric, and the layout that Paige had designed used lots of “girly” papers, so I was just able to pick my own papers to make it a bit more boy-ish. I like having done this in a couple of the layouts, because now my layouts are kind of more unique than everyone else who followed the layout to the T.

I tried so many new techniques on the day! I did stitching (which I struggled with at the beginning, but it got easier towards the end), I did lots of fussy cutting (I’ve done fussy cutting before, but not to this extent!), a die cut piece with lots of different patterns underneath… Things that I don’t normally (or ever!) use on my layouts but that look so stunning!

I also enjoyed working with 12×12 layouts. I have said in the past that I struggle with 12×12 because of the amount of space to fill, but Paige’s technique is about filling the background with big, bold patterns and elements, so it is not so overwhelming.

Another great thing about the day was the the ladies who run Hey Little Magpie set up a pop up shop at the event! And it wasn’t just a small table, no… It was a huge display, organised by collections, with tons of papers, embellishments, inks, stamps and so many more things! I must admit that I have never bought from their online shop before, just because their prices are just slightly higher than Papermaze. The difference is that HLM are official American Crafts distributors and always have the latest collections straight away. As I have mentioned in the past, I don’t really care that much about the latest must-haves and always buy what I like and what I can afford. But we were given a £10 voucher to spend on the shop so I felt like I needed to spend a bit more! I ended up buying some thickers, embellishments and some 6×6 papers. I think I spent around £30 in the end… Naughty me!

shopThere was another bigger table on the other side of the room

I attended alone, although I did recognise some of the ladies as the organisers had created a private facebook group for all the attendees, so we could interact a bit before the day. To my right was a lady called Leisa, who I already kind of knew from the scrappy groups on facebook and next to her were Mimi and Rubina, who I got on quite well with too. To my left was Lisa, who came with her sister. I didn’t talk much to her, but she seemed like a great laugh. She had this very contagious laughter… I had no idea what they were talking about half the time, but when she laughed, I laughed too 🙂

room  room2

So, finally, here are my four layouts! My favourite ones are number 1 and number four (Elisa and Pepper), however, I must admit that I love all of them. I am specially happy with Eric’s layout, as I much more prefer the colours and papers that I used than the ones that Paige selected for hers.

Too Cute

Awesome

love this

pepper

 

The ladies of Birds of a Feather are organising another event in May. This time it will be a full weekend retreat but the are also bringing a special designer… Wilna Furstenberg!!! This is specially exciting as Wilna uses lots of mixed media and I would absolutely love to attend one of her classes, however, due to the fact that it is a full weekend retreat, the price for the event is quite high (over £350 – that includes accommodation, obviously, but a bit pricey!). I have enquired about coming for a one day only to attend the workshop with Wilna, and apparently several other people have asked the same, so they are going to look into it. Or I could start saving now!

And a last couple of photos:

Paige and the ladies Paige and me BOAF and me

Another mixed media project

Hello all! This post is being written from the lovely Ratley, the village where my in laws live, as we’ve come to spend a few days.

Today I wanted to talk about a new mixed media project that I have started. I took inspiration from these two layouts, and somehow I want to combine them both into one:

lets-do-this-again1  collectbeautifulmoments

Basically I want to take the design on the right (popped up smaller square in the middle of a 12×12, with elements underneath) but use watercolour as well as cut out elements underneath the the popped up square.

This project is going to be unique as well because I am going to scrapbook about ME! I made a page with a photo of me for National Scrapbooking Week back in May, and I have a page with Jon and me from back in the day, pre-kids. But other than those two, there aren’t any photos/layouts of just ME!

As I didn’t have any watercolours, I had to pop into hobbycraft and buy a set, as you have to 🙂 I am quite pleased with it, as it has got plenty of shades.

So, so far, I have cut lots of small flowers to use as the elements popping out of underneath the central square. I cut tons, but I am not sure I am going to use them all. I may end up only using a third of them! I will have to play and see what quantity looks better:

Flower elements

To the left of the photos are the watercolours that I originally chose to go with the flowers. The photo of me that I am going to use on the layout is in black and white so I am happy that these colours are not going to clash with the photo.

And here is the watercolour applied to the cardstock (previously primed with with gesso):

watercolour background

At the beginning I wasn’t sure about it… I thought the watercolour had gone a bit too over the place, however the more I look at it, the more I like it, so I am sure it will be fine in the end.

And this is all I have got for now! I still have to print the photo and I want to either type or print the journalling, which most probably will be hidden behind the photo in a tag of some sort.

I can’t wait to get it finished! It’s been in this half-done state for far too long 🙂

Birds of a Feather event

Apologies for the lack of content lately! This weekend I am going to be away and hopefully I will get a chance to write a couple of extra posts that I have in the pipeline…

But, most importantly, on Saturday I will be attending the first event organised by “Birds of a Feather“. This is a UK company, just formed, that create events like scrapbooking workshops, retreats, etc. Their first event is a workshop with renowned designer Paige Evans. She currently designs for Pink Paislee and her collections are super cute.

She has created four exclusive layouts for the workshop, which at the moment are top secret! We have only had a small sneak peek and the whole layouts won’t be revealed until the workshop starts. All the materials for creating the layouts are provided and the only thing we need to bring (apart from basic tools like trimmers, glue, etc) is the photos.

The workshop is taking place in Ansty, near Coventry, so the whole family and I will be spending the weekend near Banbury with my in-laws, which is only a little drive away from the hotel (around 45 minutes drive)

So, I’m really excited and I can’t wait to see what I create on the day!

Birds of a Feather