Saturday, 23 May 2015

Jennifer Grace's 'Focus' Blog Event (6)

More eclectic mix of little projects for
First up is inspiration from Ruth (Furrypig) with a LO entitled 'A Day in the Life'
I've never done one of those before and while the camera and remembering to take photos was a little tricky,  I did manage it..... all the day to day incidental, ordinary moments in a day.
I've printed my photos out tiny and individually because I wanted them cut up, only roughly and pasted onto the background a little crooked/ lopsided like they've just been dropped there - hap-hazardly :)
And put little poppy red numbers and a little note on each one
explaining as the day progressed...
This will go into my PL album and found it was a really great thing to do!
Jennifer Grace gave some great instructions on how to paint up a little pot...
which was wooden and had a great shape to it.   
I had a little chipboard, more squarish, round one and it still did a great job all painted up...
I've never been one to measure (only by eye) so its what it is.... perfectly imperfect!
And a great little pot for piling in the things I want at hand
 I love to use when everything else is put away (big smile)
Yes, that's right.... make a project using something you have a lot of.....
Weeeeell, anyone who knows me, knows I LOATHE rubons because they are not my friend!
I don't know how I ever ended up with such a sucky, dreadful relationship with rubons, but they just often go wrong, move so they look 'broken' on the paper, wont stick down or half stick down, or stick like glue with the part or on a part I didn't want it too!
   I do have a stash.... and they are OLD!   Old because I never buy them... only the ones when they first came out as the big trend setters!   Then I won some along the way in challenges, and being on a design team for a shop for a while also saw some turn up in the mail....
Why I never threw them out is beyond me... but the point is - they need to go!
 I've altered this book
LOL it had a  gaudy dust cover on it - 'HOW TO MICROWAVE-DRY FLOWERS'
And once the dust was off - it was plain white underneath....
And set to painting out the printed pages
(tore out the picture ones - you should have seen the size of the microwaves!! 
This was an early '80's book! 
Here we gooooooooo.....
With held breath rubbed on all the appropriate rubons I could find, mostly they behaved for once!This little book will be about one of our three day 'Scrappy Camps'   
You know the saying....'What goes on in Scrappy Camp, stays in Scrappy Camp'!
Weeeeeell, at least it will all be enclosed in this book!
The 'arrival and departures' you might ask?  Travel?  Its not about getting there and leaving!
Weeeell, look done further:
Some scrappy items ended up near the railway tracks unbeknown to the owners!
(railway track only hop, skip and jump away - and here in Tassie, there are no passenger trains)
Can say no more... cos I know one of them looks here on my blog!!!
(quietly though, it was for photo purposes only, but still.... it worked a treat with this photo printed out and placed on their LO's they were working on at the time over the top of another photo, so imagine the surprise when they got back from their walk to see this!!!)
Yes we get up to no good there!
It will ALL be in this little book!
Even a little rubon on the back.....
and the spine too...
Then a couple of coats of modge podge to protect them.
Jennifer Grace created a fabulous camera necklace with shrink plastic and while I don't have
any of that product... I thought it was a really cool idea to make a 'camera' pendant ...
So fully inspired, found the little camera image on a PL Amy Tangerine  'Plus One'  3x4card,
and cut it out to fit nicely into the pendant tray.  I know its nothing like the shrinky, but....
I love this, inspired all the same, it turned out well! 
 Great black and white and I know I will wear it!
It's actually a pewter coloured tray and necklace, not sure how it got so 'rose' coloured and sorry about the reflections, these glass domes are impossible to photograph!
Bokeh???  What's that?
A trick in photography/craft where one part of the photo/area is in focus and the rest isn't to pull attention towards the subject. That out-of-focus area is called bokeh.
I'd never heard of it, and once I saw what it was, I knew I'd seen it many times both in craft/art work and definitely in photography!
It has a name!
Jennifer Grace explained and showed step by step how to achieve this on paper and made a gorgeous card.    I'm not sure that my first time of achieving this technique would be good enough for a card... so to the art journal was the solutions...
what fun!  I had ink and sprays and splotches and colour going everywhere!
It was kind of - an abandonment of any mindful thought LOL!
This was fun...  And it just kept growing past the watercolour page in the middle....
It fits in with my other art journal page inspired by Leslie on the bloghop :)
Now it all becomes one..... and it all does pull attention towards the hand....
No matter how busy the bokeh page is...
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Friday, 22 May 2015

Jennifer Grace's 'Focus' Blog Event (5)

Been working on a few more little projects for
It does end on Sunday so the motivation is there to scrap away till then.
I'd been in such a mojo-less rut for the most part of this year and this
has become welcome relief (big smile)
It kind of reminds me of the old fashioned 'cybercrops' that
would be held over a weekend with multiple challenges, creating
all kinds of crazy and beautiful things..... 
What fun they used to be!
Anyway, here's the latest!
Again, still being inspired by  the blog hop  ...
Daphne made me think about my cameras..
they have a story, and I actually use three cameras!
Yep, they all do something different or better than the other,
I know is seems silly, but it works for me and the way my mind thinks
(which is not always practical) I can grab which camera is needed for the job.
None of them are special or fancy, but they are mine and it works.
The quote is fabulous isn't it!  I've handwritten it.
Annie showed us her first ever video creating her LO for the 'focus' blog event,
and it was fabulous,  though, what I really loved at the end of her blog post was
bringing into focus the left over scraps on the desk.  And the way I've been scrapping since the weekend,  there were a LOT of them!   So she suggested gathering them together
and cut them up into cards for project life or any pocket idea.  Annie's were beautifully
finished and arranged in pockets...  I had to get my head into gear on this one!
Weeeell, why have I not thought to do this?? 
 My scraps get gathered up and put in the 'Scrap Box' only to be sorted through
if I need a scrap and lol - usually for pockets!
   Sooooo all gathered:

I took out the specialty paper, and the large blue one (as it had fish to cut out on the other side)
So the remainder now look like this:

I didn't finish them off with embellishment or arrange them in pockets,
(If I pre-arrange anything, I end up rearranging them!!  I know ....hopeless!)
Yep, all put away for better use than forgotten in a scrap box!
Will definitely be doing this more often!!
Sandie created an art journal page with printing her image on tracing paper,
It looked really cool.  
So out came Hannah's little vintage quote book - great to get another page done!
I printed the little owl out on vellum and found an owl appropriate quote for
my little night owl- Hannah.  It was always hard to get her to sleep, even as a small child.
Daylight saving was the bane of our lives!
There were never any tv's/computers etc in my childrens rooms.... only books... 
and my little night owl hasnt changed .... now 20 - she still reads well into the night.
Jennifer Grace showed encouraged us to make a 'die-cut' for a card.
for this - out came my bigshot to make the frame and arrows.
 Added some splatter and a pop of colour.  I wanted to make a more
masculine card for my dad who's birthday is next week :)
The lettering is a bit hard to see especially the white on yellow
'It's your day!'
Jennifer Grace showed how she captured a lovely photo of her children, and how the 'little' things matter.  She also added quotes to the photo.    It looked very cute.
While looking for a photo to suit this inspiration, there was one that stood out.
There are days I really miss Meaghan, my eldest who now lives in New Zealand.  We are used
to her living away for the past decade, she has lived on the other side of the world and has travelled the world with her career.  I've added an overlay... and it sits in this little easel perfectly! The photo was when she made a surprise visit home from England for my birthday last year... I'll never forget how I felt when I saw her standing in front of me that day!  This now stands on my mantelpiece....

You can check Jennifer Grace's 'Focus' Blog Event out

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Jennifer Grace's 'Focus' Blog Event (4)

Here's more for...... 

Yes, still scrapping away!
On a roll at the moment:)
And still being inspired by  the blog hop  ...
Clare shared her calendar focussed project and it was clear to me
to dress up my 'November' heading page in my little vintage diary...
Why November?  Weeeeeeeeeeeeell, because looking through my diary,
I forgot to do it!  Did all the other months, just not November! 
The spare page (with pencil scribbled lightly 'November') was there ready, just got overlooked.
Any wonder in this crazy busy life!

 Clare had used a image of a female on her calendar, so being inspired found this buried in my stash
a little playing card.... time for its next life!
So cut out the purple background and dressed her hair with a yellow sequin.
Included are some subtle arrows and a little camera with 'snap'.
(Its like this lady was posing for the camera!)
Diary headings are all finished now!

Next was a travel inspired 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun' LO...
by Jacky and I thought... oooh!  time to get another page done for my LONG-neglected
travel album!!!  Searched the photos and found some pics that definitely fit!
My three girls spot the Carousel near the Eiffel Tower.
Even took a pick of the sign and it works a treat pointing the way to the girls crossing the
road towards the carousel....
Definitely they had fun!
Next  became a great excuse to get some cards done!
I've always said, I'm no cardie... but I do like to have some on hand for
occasions especially ones that pop up at short notice
Claire showed three little bird cards all with the same bird stamp with different styles, in  more masculine colours.
And I just LOVE birds!!!
I've done the same thing, one bird stamp, only that mine are styled almost identically,
but used  three colours for all three cards -
only changed around on each.
Black, kraft and off white (just had a bit of fun stamping the white on black!!)

 Now there's more cards in the kitty!
(big smile)

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Jennifer Grace's 'Focus' Blog Event (3)

Back again for another little show and tell for
I'm still partial to what was shown in  the blog hop  ...
and this got the mojo a-hopping....
Sheena created a beautiful quote in gold, framed with a vintage paper background.
And recently I managed to get my hands on another little vintage German book (similar to the one I've been using for 'Hannah's Quote book'.)
  Because it's just being started, I needed to do a front page so being totally inspired by Sheena, I ran with the 'gold' and the vintage pages!  It was the perfect excuse to get it started!
No quote, but there will be plenty inside - filled with encouragement and comfort for Paige when she feels she needs some clarity :)   Just need to fill in now!
The 'For Paige'  is made with a chisel ended glue pen, and gold leaf.
Write the word and then gently press the gold leaf on the glue
Rub very carefully off with my finger..

Then paint over with a thin covering of Mat Modge Podge
and dress up with a couple of little blue birds which act as arrows 
pointing focus to Paige's name :) 
The little birds are edged with Lumiere metallic acrylic paint 'Brass' which
is very much a 'gold' not brassy at all.  The background is light stamped with
a suggestion of script writing.
Now its started... got to gather some lovely quotes!
The blog event is open till the end of next weekend...

Monday, 18 May 2015

Jennifer Graces Blog Event - (2)

Here are a few more scrappy projects inspired by
 Jennifer Grace's 'Focus' Blog Event
Check it out HERE
Along the way on the blog hop were some great ideas
and great new links to consider and try out!
Leslie created a wonderful LO with an anchor point of a girl holding a few strings, each which reached out to a life event coming her way.  
I loved this idea, and began art journaling,
with sketching and inking and dripping with use of arrows, stamps and small titles
Everything at the fingertips.....
Next was an idea that got me a bit more organised
'K' brought this to my bedraggled attention with a spreadsheet of 'to do's!
I lost control of where I was with my 2014 Project Life album about October last year,
then picked it up in December...
Luckily I had printed out this sheet of weekly numbers and dates which was massively useful last year...
The page on the left is for 2014 and the one on the right is 2015
Yep... had this gap and forgot to keep getting to it to get my album finished!
And for 2015 - I even forgot to print out a list at all!!! (had been good keeping up with it
but started to fall in a hole when trying to find the dates corresponding to the week number).
Finally printied one out at the end of March - only to constantly lose both sets of paper. Folded and scrunched, they looked much like any other piece of paper.   Isn't this a lot of extra bother!!
So today, I made a little  'Sigh' booklet with arrows pointing up and down much like the dates to cover in both albums!
It was simple and full of cut-to-size scrap paper (great to use up)
a little page for each week with a plan, the date and ideas of photos...
(so loved doing this)   The 'sigh' card is a 4x3in so yep, this little booklet is small :)
A big change to the scribble all over and on the backs of my printed sheets with rough drawn out plans of pockets - and being so many, it was overwhelming to look at!
The little 'Sigh' booklet is nothing much really but a collection of information in order, tied together with a bit of string, and once pages are used and not needed, more pages can easily be added or discarded when finished

I've planned all my missing PL pages for 2014 now,
and even got this week and next week of 2015 done too!
And what's great is that I feel organised and finishing albums feels do-able!
Plus because the 'sigh' booklet is brightly coloured - I wont lose it so easily anymore!
It also slides into the front sleeve of either album 
A win-win situation all around!
No more scribble!
Oooh and this idea - I super love....
Visiting Jo's blog I found she worked with a few list ideas and gave links..
this is the one I love the most : The Reset Girl where you can find a list for May of prompts to set into your diary (or list book etc) for creative writing or embellishment...
This year I made my own diary by altering a vintage little blue book
and with lovely pages to write the days activities on, I thought I might add a prompt here and there and have a little 15 minutes of creative fun.... :Favourite Snacks:

How lovely is this!!!  I'm going to continue with it...
got to get onto todays - only need 15-20 mins :)
Jo also suggest having a little box to work from full of bits to use handy so its easy and quick to use.
I like this idea,  I've got one full of things I like to use, but the 'bits' (lol) part... needs to happen yet!