Saturday, February 15, 2014

Totally Addicted to Books





Getting the creative juice on the go again with some challenges.
The first a sketch challenge from Once Upon a Sketch which I have interpreted replacing the one photo with four depicting my daughter reading in her hammock strung between 2 palm trees, at a restaurant ( when i popped to the ladies), at the kitchen table and in the back seat of the car.. The journalling about my daughters book addiction is on a fold out concertina journaling piece folded up behind the "READ THIS" spot.

I used a bo bunny paper for the back ground and nearly all the embellishments are from CSI case file no 109. I have punched and inked some book pages too and used a template cut by Scrappy Suzi on her robo to ink circles on the back ground with distress ink.


Monday, October 14, 2013

A moment in Time

Ok so I have not been a good blogger being absent from the blogosphere for over a year, however in that time I have managed to locate, buy and renovate a house. I have been hard pressed to find time to play along with Counterfeit Kits challenges and UKs challenges. I have managed from time to time but when I did I had no time at all to blog about it. I was just happy that I had enough time to scrap or play with my camera.
Last weekend my UKS friends all went to a retreat; being in Australia I wasn’t able to attend. Mary was kind enough to post me her sketch challenge which I mixed with the CFK jewellery challenge and have just completed.


I love to feature ephemera on my los and before the house move had a major sort out and placed all the ephemera I had saved over the years into envelopes in year order. I also wrote a list of the stories I wanted to tell using the ephemera. In October I have had a slightly different approach to making my CFK in that my friend Scrappy Sue came over a couple of weeks ago with a stack of papers she was disposing of, mostly old free papers from magazines. My kit this month is that pile of papers together with a box of bits and bobs I haven’t found time to pack away properly in my new craft studio and a happymail gift from my Sweet Marie in Canada which arrived this month.













































It was simple once I had decided to tell the story about my watch to find the receipt, jeweller’s business card and very out of date warrantee card that I had saved in 1998 before I had even heard of scrap booking! 




Hidden journalling


Now whenever there’s a challenge I can check my note book and hopefully there will be some story just waiting to be scrapped and I’ll be on my way...

.Do you like to use ephemera on your los? If so how do you organise it? 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Last bits of CFK from.... when?

Oh my goodness that'll be June. I really need more time to scrap! 

Inspired by Katie Scotts lo idea here I made this quick and easy dlo (it only took me 2-3 evenings!)




As usual the amount of journaling I wanted to get down was too great for the space Katie used for her journaling but inspired by Jim Jams tags here  and because in my CFK  scraps swap kit Scrappy Sue gave me were some plain tags I dressed them up and used them to make mini journaling books. Perfect for all those words.



I added to the CFK with some extra papers and the red flowers were from a paper ribbon received from my not so secret Santa 2011 Pat.I added "Cheap as chips" black diamantes and layered the whole thing up to give it some dimension.

Just so you know i have done February too but theres too much personal journaling on show to share :)

Help

I haven't posted any creative work bar my photoscavenger hunt photos for too long.

Heres the latest prepared for the next weekly challenge on UK Scrappers no clues as to the criteria though!











A captured bullet split in half for scrap booking purposes!



Thursday, September 20, 2012

Everything else on the list - scavenger hunt round up

So here we have it, One giant post of everything else on the Scavenger Hunt List. 
Are you sitting comfortably? then we'll begin.

My son's favourite shop in Adelaide, where he was able to test drive a $105,000 grand piano, thank goodness he didn't break it eek. Sadly the shop has gone just into receivership which means there is currently 40% of said piano... the answer is still no 
(in other news this weekend he took and passed Grade One Piano Yay)

A very ordinary picture train snapped from the car window on my phone on the way to the piano exam, but a train nevertheless.


and the train just in case photo oh how I wish I had dusted it before I took the photo (shame on me!)


One of the churches we attend with a great message



A horse (or 2) at the farm we look after from time to time which we did for a week during the time period of the hunt


A colour coordinated washing line


The library my children treat as home from home


A swing and son hanging from a tree



The outdoor stair way where hubbie and I go for our walk to get some fresh air and check that the sea is still there.


Although I photograph weddings professionally and have several thousand shots I could choose from I thought it a little rude perhaps? to use one of "my brides" so here's one of "someone else's" bride we spotted on a day out in the middle of Adelaide's North Terrace


A Trail through rain forest in Queensland on Tambourine Mountain


A movie poster IceAge 4D at Movie World in Queensland the 4D aspect involved being hurled around in the seats and sprayed with Dino snot, which I hope was water? it clearly wasn't genuine Dino snot, I can spot that stuff a mile off.


 Someone (daughter) dancing and me experimenting with a very slow shutter speed at a home disco


Me with something to represent my nation ... but which nation, British or Australian?
There is a long standing argument between us Poms in Oz and the Aussies as to which is tastiest Marmite or Vegemite.
Having been brought up with Marmite it wins hands down for me; I'm trying to go the Aussie way to adapt and embrace my new home country, after all in a year I will become an Australian Citizen so long as I can learn the words to Waltzing Matilda.



Thanks for setting the hunt Rhinda I have so enjoyed playing, using the opportunity to look around me, see things somewhat differently to usual and to record some aspects of our life we would have otherwise missed. To boot I have some photos of my family I love and from now on will get my "big" camera out more often for my family, and not just for clients. Looking forward to next year already!


A border and someone playing with a ball and lots of shadows

Three different categories here, but all photos involving shadows. The border is between Silver Sands Beach  where cars are not allowed and Sellicks Beach where they are.


My son in front of the setting sun playing footy ( or soccer if you're an Aussie)


And the shadow photos taken simply for their shadows



A Heart Shaped Stone and the inverse of


A walk on the beach and we discovered a heart shaped stone (to replace a pier) and ....



 and the inverse of in the sandstone cliff face...





A Historic Landmark (it's the building not hubbie)


The Victory Hotel was opened in 1858 when it was named the Sellicks Hill Hotel. In 1859 it was known as Norman's Victory in honour of John Norman, Chairman of the Aldinga District Council, who had fought a long battle with the Central Road Board to have the Sellicks Hill Road constructed.

However I thought The Victory Hotel which we drive past every day needed a little window dressing; cue hot hubbie...


 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

We found a fountain (well 3 actually)

Found Fountain x 3
I thought finding a fountain would be tricky we could only think of one in Adelaide city centre and I didn't fancy an hours drive into Adelaide just for the photo. However while on holiday on the Gold Coast we saw this at Harbour Town whipped out the phone and ticked our first find off the list only to then find...

A FUN Fountain with on and off jets at Marine World which we chased each other around until we all got wet and then.....


...  in August we went to Adelaide to show our Japanese exchange student "Kitchi" the city and saw the FOUNTAIN WE FIRST THOUGHT OF. I got  Kitchi to photograph me and the love of my life here. It was a real challenge to explain through the English Japanese language language barrier what I wanted him to do but, with sign language and several attempts he did a super job.



Friday, September 14, 2012

Faeces for sale- 2012 PHOTOGRAPHY SCAVENGER HUNT

I signed up for the Gallo Organico photo scavenger hunt in June.That evening I took the family out for dinner with the list to see if they would join me and we could make it a family project and chatted about where we might find the things we needed.


2012 PHOTOGRAPHY SCAVENGER HUNT LIST

1. A pier
2. A clothesline
3. A border
4. A roadside stand selling something
5. A train
6. A historical landmark
7. A person playing a musical instrument
8. A person dressed as an angel or a statue of an angel
9. A fountain
10. A horse
11. A shadow
12. A maze, labyrinth, or trail.
13. A library
14. A person playing with a ball.
15. Someone dancing.
16. A bride.
17. A church, chapel, cathedral, mosque or temple.
18. A movie poster
19. An outdoor stairway
20. A swing hanging from a tree (or a hammock)
21. A picture of you standing with something that symbolizes your nation.

During the time between then and now we have snapped 20 of the required things substituting a heart shaped stone for a pier. 

The only item left is no 21. Not going to be too difficult if I can catch a kangaroo.

First up is 
Faeces For Sale 

Number 4 
It being the middle of winter there were no roadside stands selling mangoes, oranges or figs which there are at other times of year, merely Faeces; but such a choice. There were so many to choose from but I just snapped four.





Saturday, July 28, 2012

Brightly bold

It started with a sketch but looks so unlike it its not worth comparing with it, the only resemblance is that the photos are all square.
I used some tie die pp for the background as it looked firework like and the glasses were from Australia day celebrations with diffraction grating lenses for viewing the fireworks.
I coloured the theatre ticket and the card stock and journaling strips which were from my swapped June cfk to make them fit the colour scheme as they were too peachy. Hurrah for distress inks.


Friday, June 22, 2012

Final Free Friday For 14 years; and a lesson in aliteration

Noun -alliteration - use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse; "around the rock the ragged rascal ran"

And so this is why i have now have a letter sheet without a single F left in it!

Made with "Sue's Shared and Swapped Scraps kit"
I made this for the UKS weekly challenge
to use blue, swirls (I made ribbon swirls), delicate papers, and a quirky cluster of elements, my title!









Share nicely or swap it

I used to have to tell my toddlers to "share nicely" all the time. I'd now like to "share" what  happens when you do.
Here is the lovely kit made by Scrappy Sue which she gave me when I shared my June Counterfeit kit with her.
There were lots of lovely scraps (she puts much bigger pieces in her scrap pile than i do!) and it was such fun to play with some new (to me papers)

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Being British (a tale of British Brainwashing, eccentricity, thunderstorms and shorts)


Being British, even though I now live in South Australia I lived in the UK for the first 39 years of my life, I set about thinking what British aspect I wanted to record on my lo. Having watched the highlights of the Jubilee celebrations I realised exactly what I should do, inspired particularly by the choir on the musical barge belting out Land of Hope and Glory in the pouring rain with their hair stuck to their faces. The British really are eccentric they have to do things in spite of weather or they really would do nothing at all.

I found these photos of us standing in a thunderstorm preparing to run a "Fun Run" in Manchester and realised how the British are (fortunately) forcibly brainwashed to "Make the best of it" whatever the weather.




I had lots of small paper pieces and lots of them were very busy so I used them to make bunting and I added the CSI Printables to my kit too. I covered the hideous "bikini babe"  bottle top and used it for a centre piece. 





I have completed this for the CSI challenge and the evidence I have used is corrugated paper (I dug out the little machine from the back of the cupboard) and the Chevron pattern which I hand cut from some "plaid" paper.


My journaling includes childhood memories obviously for my kids but also for both me and my dh of enforced walking in the rain when we were young as part of the British brainwashing process!

This lo also meets the criteria for the weekly UKS challenge (lots of Journaling, red white and blue more than 2 photos) and and so I am happily claiming 30 points for the Scrappycats Team.