Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Let's December Daily and Our Beautiful World

The daily pages have just begun
for our December Dailys!
Here's a snippet of my day 1  found HERE
and my day 2 & 3 found HERE
Hop on over and see all the dec daily's!
the theme this week is..
Share your PEACEFUL photography stories here

Monday, 28 November 2016

Our Beautiful World

I've had such a busy year... and most of it has seen my scrapbooking mojo missing,
but that seems to have gotten over itself!
Mostly I've struggled getting things up on my blog, let alone going to visit and comment on my favourite people, blogs and challenges (been very missing from the latter!)
 Its been due to a heavy workload with exams, choreographing for 'Wicked' and now my own 'Peter Pan' is is about to start.  This means that this time next week it's all over and I'm on holidays till February NEXT year!!!
Oh, oh oh.... I'll be back here!!  
 By late late late Saturday night - I will have a glass of wine in my hand!!
In the meantime, its about getting through this week (grimace)
Anyway, lets look at
the theme this week is..
Share your 'WHITE' photography stories 
 and see what the rest of the  design team have photographed

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Let's December Daily and Our Beautiful World

Over at 'Let's December Daily' 
I've shown how my pages have come together in readiness for December 1st... here's a bit of a peek...
based on Basic Grey's Jovial collection
Hop on over to
to see the rest!!

join in on the photography action!
the theme this week is..
These old Egyptian columns have seen  a fair bit of wear over the centuries.
One cant help feeling intimidated by their majestic presence
Share your 'WORN' photography stories 

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

December Daily 2016

2016 December Daily

Number eight! 
 And every year I never get tired 'with what to do next'.  In my basket of December Dailys brought out with the decorations each year, what has ended up an eclectic group of albums colourful and inviting,  family and friends tend to paw through them!   I love hearing 'I remember that!' and 'Look at us!'  So each year, a different style in colour or size, orientation and ideas seems to fit us around the coffee table!
Sigh... I was such a fan of Basic Grey in its glory days and to think they are no more is just sad.
SO, why not base my 2016 December Daily on Basic Grey - like a tribute (or something) and this ONE paper set the stage....
It's Basic Grey's Jovial 'Coal' and the colours just POP, and set about collecting
 'Jovial' papers,
but also other Basic Grey solid colour paper...
There was already quite a bit in my stash! Must have loved it way back when the ranges were released!  And some embellishments  (of course there will be some non-basic grey too)
Paints, stamps and embossing powders - oh my!  Yes, and a little bit of 'Jovial' fabric!
Got some ideas on that!
Set up ready to use:
Hopefully, with my bases being black, the use of black and white photos will be enhanced by all this colour.  My fingers are crossed that I stick with this plan!  Let's see what happens!


This cover is so different to anything I've played with before.
I love 'doors' and the thought of using actual wood (balsa) was one of those moments of it will either turn out out okay or be an epic fail (along with the ideas) being flung to the far back of a forgotten cupboard!   Weeell it did turn out, better than expected!   Even moreso, it was REALLY easy!!!

 Off to the hardware store (did have dh with me, he loves Bunnings and handy for advice too!)
And home I came with some balsa wood 'planks'  They dont weigh anything!

 I didnt even know what size I wanted by this time, so with an old steak knife (yep..worked a treat!) sawed through and it's turned out 11x8inch, so the inside pages will be10x7"  Not really convensional though it doesnt matter much to me - just liked the look of the size :)
 (You might have guessed by now, I'm not a 'measure-er' but rather an eyeball over it and yep...thats-it kinda scrapper! Not that I like tardy or close-enough-is-good-enough... I guess I have a good 'eye' which makes up for numbers doing my head in!)

Also didnt want the 'planks' to be all the same size either, so split one up 

 Placed together, you might notice I've cut some little chips out the ends too, for a rustic, old type of look.  Also didnt want the edged of the wood fitting 'tidily' together - so scraped them abit scrappy!

 Paint fun!  I actually used  Viva 3-D Stamp paint for this (Scrap Therapy has it)- it had a good thickness to it and that blackboard look.  I love it.  It also need a couple of layers of Glaze sealer

 And some Kaisercraft blackboard card (its quite thick and solid) to pack the covers and hold the wood together.   Also repeat the whole process for the back cover too :)

Punched out some holes with my Crop-A-Dile - punched through as easy as paper! 

 Next the brackets for the door... chipboard covered with Stampendous Frantage embossing enamel in the Aged Silver

The result: before and after....  oh and I'd already measured the brackets against the cover holes and punched out the same holes for the binder rings with my Crop-A-dile too before embossing.

 This time Shabby White for the year - chipboard numbers   ( LOVE this stuff!!!)

 The photos really dont do it justice ...
It was just a matter of dressing the number plate, some stamped little cardinals and foliage diecut (both done from Basic Grey's Jovial paper) 
  Weeeeeeell, thats the covers done....
next are the pages!  I'm really looking forward to constructing those!!
Get out those lovely poppy colours of the old basic grey backgrounds!
  Its time to prepare my pages, and have to say, this came together quite easily.
I've been asked why I go to the trouble, but I really enjoy making my own. 
And this year is an added treat for me, something I've always wanted to dooooo....
 will reveal just a little bit further down!
 (So excited!)
Now, back to the pages!  
It's just straight stitching with these, yes, its fabric but by all means... 
the pages still can be constructed by using strong glue and paper.
I'm trying to stay with a black base and a strong pop of colour! 
Really, really  need to add more blue and yellow yet 😊 and will!
 So its starts by measuring, cutting my Basic Grey (mostly Jovial) paper to the size of my covers (its not a standard size - its a 'I like the look of this size' and cut it so) 
 Using the good ole Crop-A-Dile, placed some eyelets too
Okay... we need to do a little detour...... (did I say I was excited!)
 The fabric is Basic Grey 'Jovial' and it appealed because of its lovely bright colours with a black base in some of its patterns and this is something I've been wanting to do for a very very long time... 
 Make a quilt!!!!
And keeping in mind that I'm a complete beginner at this, I made the easiest choice possible.....
with a Basic Grey 'Jovial' jelly roll!  Isnt it gorgeous!

 Look at it's lovely patterns and colours!

 And sewn up!  YAY!!!!  (omg!! in love, in love!)
 So its left me with some wonderful bits of fabric to go on my December Daily
and the inspiration for my page edging and the 'Jovial' paper to go in my December Daily
Oh gosh... imagine that ... I'll have a matching quilt and December Daily!!
 But great to do something wonderful with the scraps!
OKAY... back to the pages!! (again) LOL
Firstly, to make the pages stronger, I decided to 'back and front' them.  The stripey pattern will be on the inside.  This paper is Basic Grey's Oxford 'Letterman' it was a great 'light black' (is that a good explanation???)  for my 'hopefully' black and white photos later on!
 and then the blacks are on both sides of the pages

Time for the edgings... (those snowflake strips I actually took out of my quilt pieces cos I didnt like them and replaced them with black. They seemed too stark next to the rest of the patterns!  But I think they 'might' be okay in my Dec Daily... we'll see :)
So pick a piece of fabric, and iron over some of the edges of the fabric - the selvages were fine
and glue the paper and fabric edge together so they stay put while sewing....

And through the sewing machine a few of the pages go!

Even did a transparency (will definitely be doing more of these!)
This is an old Hambly Screen transparency that every now and then you could be lucky to pick up!

Even, cut out the 'Jovial' paper doily to form a page
Here's the covers and pages spread apart.
Just got to make some more pages with blue and yellow edging and some more transparency ones and it will be all ready to go!


I've got my first page done, and I couldnt resist going straight for the transparency!
The transparency looks great with the black inside cover behind it!

Even though old Blackie isnt well, he gave me this lovely expression this morning,
perfect for the first page(dont forget to include your family pets in your December Daily)
 So added the wording with my photoshop elements. 
 He obviously couldnt see what all the fuss was about !

I actually had a great run this morning with photographing the transparency, 
I usually have a grand battle with reflections and glare!!  With the latter always winning!
Placed the photo in the middle of the page.......

 I really love this Basic Grey Jovial Doily diecut and decided that this will be the cover page. 

 I'm not at all sure what to do with it yet, but the 1st of December transparency page will sit behind it.
Do you see something peeping through?????  That was accidental!

 Here's a closer look....LOVE it!  Blackie is so shy, this is perfect for him!

 Because I'm basing most of my December Daily on Basic Grey's 'Jovial' Collection, out came a great Star die because this will make a lovely group of various sized stars to go under the photo.
There is only two sheets of 'Jovial' (Merrymaker, Nice) here - the photo shows the reverse sides of the paper too which I've used four different patterns for the page.

 The 'Jovial' paper matches well with the 'Jovial' strip of fabric on the page's edge.
The stickers are from the 'Jovial' Elements sheet too. Then, its a matter of adding a number!
For the reverse side of the transparency, I'm pretty sure I'll match up another photo on the other side, use some more stars, the tag and number shape so that there arent any odd bits sticking out looking unfinished when viewing through it either side

Just lifted this up to get a 'see-through' look and the reflection has arrived! UGH!
But you get what I mean! LOL
 Whoohoo!  Day One done!
(does look better with the black under it :) )


is the reverse side of the transparency from Day 1,
so need to fill those white spaces
Instead of one photo, there are two smaller photos here

I also wanted to do a flip photo over the top because there were a couple more photos to include and only one concentrated place to put them.  These flip stick-on inserts are fabulous - but the size I needed was a lot smaller than this 6x4"size I had.
Out came the fuse tool - and ... no time at all, zipped around where it was needed.
The great thing about these flip pockets is that you can also add another photo on the flip side as well.  Got to love that!
All in place with the white patches all covered 
(sorry about the reflections - the bain of my life!!)
 The reverse side of the flip
The almost the end of a busy week

 Lifting up the transparency page so you can see the 'see-through' bits
(s'cuse my scrap room bits sneaking into the background!)
I was going to put some more stars onto this side as well and let them sit over the photo, but when adding the flip pocket - weeeell, that was not practical! 
 Luckily the Basic Grey Jovial paper had great reverse sides!

 I love the 'see-through' page revealing what may lie underneath!


 DAY 3
This page was pretty straight forward on black Basic Grey paper.
a line of photos to represent the day.  I love to draw squiggly lines to journal on too!
 Ugh and did you notice?
I just couldnt revert to black and white photos like my plan was!!!
I soooo wanted to do that!
I've tried but it felt like I was taking all the colour out of Christmas!
That idea has been well and truly flicked to the side!