Friday, 25 April 2008

Save your day!

Shimelles challenge on UKS for the cybercrop is to Scrap your what are you waiting for?

See here for details

So I have been snapping away all day...all the important and not so important things that have caught my eye. What a fabulous challenge? I am definately going to scrap the people in my house each month because with a hubby who works away and two children at uni I can have any number of combinations of people living here at any moment! I also want to get shots of my garden and anything that is in bloom (or not) and is looking particularly photogenic! There are also a number of other things I want to capture for example what I am eating for my lunch, what diet I am on at the time, what I am reading...oh so many options.

Here is my first page and there are a number of others in the last post.

And just a couple of shots which will be in my first month!

Thursday, 24 April 2008


By Kelly Matthews...

Ahh revenge is sweet Kelly :lol:

1. If a movie was being made of your life who would you like to be cast to play yourself? And why?

Michelle Pfeiffer - cos I think she's a great actress...and my hubby has always fancied her!!

2. You are spending a whole month on a desert island for charity and you have to choose your favourite celebrity to spend the first two weeks with & your least favourite celebrity to spend the second two weeks with, who would they be & why?

Have to agree with you Kelly, its Johnny Depp all the way for me...why? cos he's a pirate of course and would be able to find all the I think he's fab! My worst celeb would have to be posh spice...can't stand the woman. As I see it she is fame obsessed and has no talent whatsover.

3. What are your three favourite crafting products?

I am very into my Bind-it-all for making mini books. I also love covering chipboard so chippy shapes would be next followed by paper, paper and more paper...I love paper!

4. If you could invent something to do anything what do you think it would be?

ummmm...something to actually dig and weed my garden sounds good right now...its a chore I despise especially this time of year.

5. What are the last three books that you read?

The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho (love his books)
The Lovely Bones - Alice Seebold

6. Qvc or create and craft?

Don't watch either but have been known to look at QVC on line occasionally.

7. Docrafts or Dovecraft or DCWV? Not sure really...I do have some DCWV stuff and have recently reviewed the EZ runner for Docrafts...see below

8. What is your claim to fame?

Jogging round the deck of the QE2 with Jimmy Saville :lol:

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

I have been so busy the last couple of weeks but have managed to get a couple of layouts done. The first one is done from a sketch put up on UK Scrappers for the cyber crop coming up this weekend. I really do like the Write Out papers that I used as its always so difficult to find nice papers for boy layouts especially when they are older. The other one I did at a crop on Saturday and its just a really nice photo of my daughter and parents.

Thursday, 10 April 2008

EZ Runner

I have been asked to review the 3L Scrapbook Adhesive EZ Runner for Design Objectives. This handy little tool applies little double sided tape tabs from a dispenser and so is definately a quick and easy adhesive to use.

Everytime I go into a craft shop I buy adhesive so I own all shapes and sizes including bog standard PVA glue, glue sticks, double sided tape, and the herma dispensers of either permanent or repositional glue. I tend to use different types for different jobs. For sticking photos I always use the herma repositional, and for covering mountboard to make mini books I always use PVA, most other jobs get left to the double sided tape of varying widths. For this project though, I pretty much used the EZ runner for all of the little book (not the box as that was already done and I think it would not have been tidy enough anyway, I like to glue things right to the edges when altering them).

The EZ runner was easy to remove from its packaging which I was very pleased about, I hate having to fight with vacuum packed items...and am often lucky to escape with my fingers still intact!

I have to say I really liked the EZ runner mostly because it can be used to apply adhesive to curves which was extrememly handy since I tested it on a circular minibook! This wasn't intentional but it was good because it made me realise that this is definately one of its biggest selling points imo.
My biggest problem was that a couple of times I picked it up and for some unknown reason had it upside down so of course the little rollers didn't work. This was soon rectified though but I dont know why I kept doing it.

This runner was supposed to be permanent but a couple of times I decided to remove the paper embellishement and had no problem doing so as long as I was careful. On one of these occasions a good ten minutes had elapsed. This was good for me since I wanted to remove the items but whether that is detrimental long term remains to be seen.

I did like this product but would not pay £4.99 for it. It would have to be a little cheaper for me to buy it...that said if I was doing a particular project with lots of curves there is a good chance I would buy it specifically for that reason. What I would like to see is a refillable option and perhaps even a thinner one which could be used for smaller embellishments like chippy alphas and scrolls and paper lace.
Anyway, here is the the project I used it on which I am very pleased with...more pics in the next post.

Sunday, 6 April 2008

I did this layout for the Basic Grey fibre competition. It was hard trying to come up with a different idea for the fibre but eventually I decided to use the fibre to make the grid in the background and assemble the layout on top, raising it off the page...quite different for me but I am very happy with it.

Wednesday, 2 April 2008