Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Once Upon A Time... this was me

Here are the first 12 pages of my This Is Me album I am making as part of the class over at SC. This was an old class, I bought in a recent sale. I have decided to do it as an album of me from birth to marriage, so I can focus on who I was before I was a wife and mother.
 Confetti pockets stitched in a page protector. I used the SC lemon Lush line.

Friday, 28 March 2014

A Barney mini album from scraps and frames

I made an album by stitching together some trimmings of papers i had left over after making an album for a friend's baby. I stitched two strips together with zig zag stitch on my machine to make each page. I made other pages out of frames and envelopes and glassine bags with tags and stitched them all to each other with pockets etc in between. I love this kind of mini album with the mix of page sizes and types. The dogs are the digital stamps from Studio Calico that I coloured and used as stamps to cut out. 
I'm still adding to it now! i have added some of my favourite dog quotes from Pinterest. TFLx

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

World book day outfit in a night! Spit spot!

So you take a Pinterest pin as your start point, and sketch a brolly handle on card stock, then you add Heidi Swapp colorshine in teal and mint, Pink Paislee Mistables, black card white card and glitter paper. Stitch and staple it together with some white ink to add shadows and a big glossy brad and hey presto you have Mary Poppins' umbrella handle for the start of the outfit! I just covered the handle of my big brolly and taped it on!
 You take a black dust-cover bag from your favourite Debenhams designer handbag, you gather it up roughly and hand stitch it here and there to an old hat. You use your Cameo to cut some daisies and add them to a large brad and a pipe-cleaner stem, then stitch them to the brim. You take some red tissue paper and scrunch it into balls and hot glue gun it them to the brim for the cherries and hey presto you have a Mary Poppins' hat!
You take a Julie Andrews picture from the web, you find your navy coat, grey gloves and salmon pink scarf and add some cherry red lipstick and "Spit Spot!" you are Mary Poppins!!
Happy World Book day you all!!

All this for my half day!! Lets just hope I don't get stopped driving to school tomorrow!! Ha Ha!! Now where are my hat pins!! TFLx

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Project Life pages update

 Week seven Project Life completed before we lost Barney. Lots of hearts and stitching here for Valentines day. Also made a confetti pocket out of the Studio calico die cut in my kit.

 Amy Tangerine stitching template with a Studio Calico cut file on this card. TFLx

Monday, 24 February 2014

A light went out in my life last Monday

I have tried three times to write this post and I find it so hard. Last Monday morning, I lost my dear, old companion and friend of the last sixteen years, Barney.
If you know me, you will know just how important he was to me and just how bereft I am feeling. I am grieving, my heart is broken and it hurts. He was more than just a dog, he was my baby. I would not swap any of the last sixteen years at all and I knew at some point this would be the difficult part, the worst part for me was deciding when it had to end and I am struggling to forgive myself for making the ultimate decision to end his life. That's the bit that really hurts. I so wanted him to drift off in his sleep, but it just didn't happen and I'm left with the guilt.
I could not have had a better friend and companion through the last 16 years. I will love and miss him always and I have a hole in my heart just for him. 
RIP Barney Jan 1998 - Feb 2014 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Altered book, an unfinished symphony

This post is about how to turn some unloved, ruined layouts into a mini album inside an altered book.
I came across some old layouts where the colour had bled out of the photographs and onto the page protectors. It was from when I used to print my photo's on an old printer. The layouts were ruined so I decided to find the old photographs on my hard drive and re print them and then trim down the best bits from the layouts to add to an altered book.
I prepared the pages in the old book in exactly the same way as I have done in the past. Trim 6 pages out, then stitch the next 6 pages together etc.
 Here are a selection of the pages I made. I think it is a great way to recover things that are ruined.I like it much better like this, as I always do holiday mini albums now, not layouts.

If you want to look at some other altered books I have made, or are inspired to make things from old book pages, check out my Pinterest board here. TFLx

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Project Life 2014 Week 4

 Week 4 Made with the Studio Calico Copper Mountain Project Life kit. The veneer below was from the Scrapbook kit.
 I selected the orange and blue card combination to go with this week's photographs. TFLx