Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Week 9 The Original Documented Life Project

Week 9 of The Original Documented Life Project was about using five layers and the journal prompt was "Give me a High Five".

I used a napkin as a base on one side and gesso over the top. I then added some ephemera like lace and buttons and coated them with gesso. I was inspired by a Finnabair blog post here. I used texture crackle paste through a punchinella stencil and finally some Dylusions sprays as well as an Adirondack one as well. 
I don't use the term high five really but it does always make me think of this quote which I thought suited my Stampotique girls who always have some attitude.  


Pop over here and see the prompt and inspiration for the week nine prompt. TFL.x

Sunday, 8 March 2015

One Little Word Vision Board

The February prompt for One Little Word was about creating a vision board. I mulled it over for February but it wasn't coming together and I was considering not doing it. Cath Kidston had other ideas however. A catalogue came in this morning and as I flicked through it I found myself thinking how it would cut up really well for a vision board. 

So the scissors came out and along with a Grazia and an Instyle magazine I snipped away the things that caught my eye and then mod podged them down. The girl holding the tulips was my initial image I saw and then I worked around it cutting out various things that I thought would work with it or I really just liked such as the fish patterned  notebook. I used my larger art journal which is where I put January's prompt as well and March is already coming together on the page next to it. 


It also inspired me to reconnect my poor Cameo which has been sitting since last year when I changed computers over and never got around to hooking it up. I also did my first weld which I have been meaning to workout how to do instead of just cutting store files etc. It's fitting then for revitalise that my Cameo got the dust brushed off of it and I'm planning on using it more and actually experimenting with my pens and stamp materials I have for it.

The really spooky thing was that as I was cutting I was thinking I must get some flowers as I really like tulips my Mum popped in with some tulips, she must have got my vibes.



I have been doing well with my word overall and I'm slowly getting back to various things like reading and watching TV.  I've done some new recipes and been crafting as well. I just need to work on the exercise front and I'll be doing really well. TFL.x

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Cocoa Daisy Winter Lift Me Up Challenge

I participated in a new challenge for me over on the Cocoa Daisy forum this month. It was called "Lift Me Up" and you were sent a LO to scrap lift . The twist was that you were in a chain and each person got the LO from the person before them but couldn't see any of the others until the big reveal. We had 48 hours each to do the challenge and there were two teams competing against each other.

I really enjoyed the challenge and it really boosted my mojo and I actually completed two LOs based on my original LO supplied for Lisa O. I can't find a blog for her to link to but I loved that she scraps 8.5 x 11.

Her LO is this one.


You also had to have some journaling as the Cocoa Daisy kits this month have a journaling theme. These are my two LOs here.
The first one I rotated the LO and used the strips, arrows and colours as inspiration for my LO.


The next one I stuck closer to the original LO and used some wash strips this time like the original.


Pop over here and see the LOs produced and the original starting LO to see how the challenge changed as it passed down the chain. TFL.x

Monday, 23 February 2015

Sian's Valentines Postcard Swap Arrivals

My last post was about the postcards I sent for the Valentines Postcard swap over at Sian's blog From High in the Sky and this post is about the ones I received in return.


They were lovely and the senders had told me why they chose their cards which was really nice. I even got an envelope that was decorated on the outside that must have brightened up the mail rooms on its travels. So pop by Cheri, Ruth, Barbara and Rachel and say hello. Thank you ladies I really enjoyed the swap. TFL.x

Friday, 13 February 2015

Sian's Valentine Postcard Swap

Sian over at From High in the Sky is hosting a Valentines postcard swap and I decided to join in this time as part of my OLW motto of revitalise. 

What I didn't anticipate was how hard it would be to get Scottish/nice postcards in Aberdeenshire in February I was a bit disappointed to be honest as none of the local towns had anything and Haddo House is shut just now so nothing there either. 

Luckily Papermaze came up trumps and I had trouble choosing from their selection as they were all bright and colourful as well as parting with them. I may have bought doubles for some art journal pages. 


These two went away first as they had the furthest to travel.


Followed by these four.



I hope they have reached their intended destinations and have brightened someones day. Pop over to Sian's blog to say Hello.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Week 5 The Original Documented Life Project 2015

Week 5 for The Original Documented Life Project was all about the under paper and "What Lies Beneath?"
I had stuck some under paper from a Dina Wakley class I took a few years ago into my journal and promptly forgot about it. It was too nice to throw away and I just wasn't sure how to approach it without losing the ink colours. This is one I still have left as I forgot to take a photo of mine before I started.


I used some Gelatos to colour in the space where the Maya Road canvas album had been sprayed and then built up some more Gelatos and oil pastels.
I added ripped up Washi tape to the edges and on the page as well. There were also some stamps I had got from Michaels the last time we were in Florida, some Cocoa Daisy stamps as well as a magazine image from my collection. The quote " I am so much freaking more than what I look like" was from my Pinterest collection and I wanted to use it with my girl who has a bit of a stroppy look on her face. It all fitted my mood this week. 


Here is my finished page. Pop over here to see this weeks challenge and the fab inspiration provided. PS I'm going to another Dina Wakley class next month as well as Kate Crane, it's going to be a great weekend! TFL.x

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Simple Scrappers LOs

I decided to join Simple Scrappers after seeing Alexa's LOs here. I love her LOs and I thought the community would be a good jumpstart for the year to get back my crafty mojo. 

The first two LOs use the sketches for January 2015 and the others were just me using up the paper I found in a kit. I'm very much wanting to stash bust and use supplies so all these LOs fit that ethos.

The papers for this first LO are from an old MME kit that Kirsti gave me. I actually do use my Halloween stash up but this set had escaped somehow. When I saw the sketch I knew these papers would work really well. 





These LOs all are destined for my Project Life album and I only have December outstanding now so I'm feeling pretty pleased with myself. My challenge each month is to do four LOs and I have managed that already. I have a double LO lurking on the dinning room table so I should manage to get that finished this weekend hopefully. TFL. Pop over here if you want to find out about Simple Scrappers membership.