Monday, 12 December 2011


Errr, 2 months since my last post? Hmmmm. I promise to do better! I just haven't done much crafting recently... I've stepped down from Artgal Style's CT, I was struggling to find the time to do a layout each week and, because of that, it was beginning to feel like something that had to get done each week and that's not why I started crafting.
Anyway, onwards and upwards!
I have managed to make a card recently - for one of the Circle Journal ladies, Leanne. Would you believe this was the first handmade card Leanne ever received?!!!

The image is one of the new ones from Lili of the Valley, which I managed to get at Hobbycrafts in Birmingham (surviving the scrum at the Lili of the Valley stand!). She's coloured with ProMarkers and the papers are Basic Grey.

I also have last months Circle Journal page to show - this was actually finished at the end of October, our next page isn't due until the beginning of January - we gave ourselves a month off for Christmas!

This was Jackie's journal - her favourite film is "Pretty in Pink" so I used that as my inspiration. The girl is another Octopode Factory image and the quotes are from the film and the song. My next journal is Leanne's - still thinking what to do in her journal!

Right, off to do some Christmas cards and finish my Secret Santa present for one of the Circle Journal ladies!

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Circle Journal - Becca's Journal

So, Becca's journal arrived at the beginning of September. I was extremely nervous about doing my pages - what if I totally cocked it up? After all, this is someone else's artwork I'm potentially ruining! My fears came slightly true when I got some spots of bright pink paint on the following page - eeek! I was quickly reassured by the other ladies that I wouldn't be the last person this happened to...they were right, Janey followed soon after ;)

Here are my pages and tag...

When asked - Becca said her favourite song is "These Dreams" by Heart. I picked a couple of lines from the song that I liked and that I thought I could use in the journal. The angel image is from The Octopode Factory - I liked the idea of her being a fallen angel so made her halo look a bit rusty and lay it down next to her. The moon is from Tiddly Inks and I drew the stars to match.

The tag also has a line from the same song - I cut the bird out from book print, sprayed it and doodled on it to match the moon and stars from the page.

The back of the tag with a little message to Becca.

Friday, 7 October 2011

Transit City

Here is a layout using Artgal Style's latest kit "Transit City". The photos are from our trip to Orlando, years ago now. They are scanned in from original photos (actual photos - what are they?!) so the quality is a bit pants but hey ho...

"Heart Strings" is also re-released this week. I haven't had a chance to make a layout with it yet but will be soon as it's lovely!

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Na na na na na na na na na...


Photos from the Batman Live tour. Kit is Comic Book by Artgal Style.

And a page which is part of a scrapbook for some friends - a secret but I'm pretty sure they don't read this blog!

Kit is Sarasota by Artgal Style.

Short and sweet tonight!

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Exciting yet a little bit scary...

I thought I'd already blogged these, but whoops, no I haven't!
Remember my MIMM book? Well, a few of us (10 to be precise) who took the class have got together and decided to do a circle journal. We each bought a Moleskine book, OK, more than one - shhhhh, and decorated the cover, first page and a tag. Each journal got posted on to the next person for them to decorate the next two pages and a tag. It then gets posted on again and, well, you get the drift. Eventually our journals make their way back to their owner, filled full of unique artwork to treasure. It's a lovely thing to be part of, though slightly terrifying working in someone elses journal. A couple of us (me included) have already panicked by getting a bit of paint on other pages!
I've asked the girls to give me their favourite song, book and film - the intention being that I use a quote from one of these for their pages, making them a bit more personal.
So, without further ado...

My cover

My first page using a line from my favourite song "Enter Sandman"

Tag - side 1 using a quote from Harry Potter

Tag - side 2 - a little bit about me

I currently have Becca's journal, it's due to be posted next week so I can show some pics once it's been received by Catherine!

On a separate note - Little Musings have some new images coming out for Christmas - you can check them out by clicking on the button on the right ------>

Monday, 5 September 2011

Me in my Moleskine

A while ago I signed up for Kirsty Wiseman's Me in my Moleskine (MIMM) class. Well... it's finished! Kind of. I just need to do my journalling on the tags (which are all decorated to match the pages), but since that journalling will be kept private I'm ready to show my pages!
So here we go...

Front Cover - kept nice and simple to emphasise the gorgeous bright colours within

Page 1 - About Me

Page 2 - More of me

Page 3 - More and more of me

Page 4 - Hair

Page 5 - My Skin

Page 6 - My mind during a good day

Page 7 - My mind during a bad day

Page 8 - My Heart

 Page 9 - Love

Page 10 - My Hands

Page 11 - My Feet

Page 12 - My current status

Page 13 - My current status continued

Page 14 - My bag

Page 15 - Cosmetics

Page 16 - My handwriting

Page 17 - Music

Page 18 - My family

Page 19 - My friends

Page 20 - Food

Side on view of all those brightly coloured pages!

I really enjoyed doing this class. It was a perfect introduction to art journalling covering different ways of applying paints and inks to the page and different colour combinations.
So now I've moved on to the Feel class which is another Moleskine book, filled full of different textures and lovely bright colours.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

5 cards in one day...

Well, kind of - 5 cards in an evening and Connor's nap time! My friends' mum asked me to make them for her friend to give to her friends (convoluted?) and although I actually got plenty of notice I left it til the last minute as usual. I've signed up for Shimelle Laine's "Learn Something New Every Day" (LSNED from hereon in) so I think this may be my first lesson!

Pretty pleased with how the cards turned out though - I've been very inspired by Kirsty Wiseman's cards lately. It's her first day demostrating on QVC this Wednesday (4pm) so tune in!

Most of the papers have come from my Scrapagogo kits - I definitely prefer digi to paper scrapping but love the papers and embellishments so much that I don't want to stop getting the kits! I figure they're my monthly treats ;)

As for LSNED I'm fully aware that I won't have time to do a page/tag/whatever I decide on, each day so am just making a note of my lesson learnt each day so I can do it in my own time...

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Dandelion Dreaming

Artgal Style's latest kit "Dandelion Dream" was released yesterday at Plain Digital Wrapper. Here's my layout with photos from our recent trip to Anglesey. Connor had a great time exploring through all the grasses at the nearest beach, even though it was pretty windy and drizzling!

Go and check it out along with all the other lovely kits!

Sunday, 28 August 2011

I finished a project!

Yep - read it and weep - I started a project and actually finished it (with only 3 hours to spare but I still finished it...)

This scrapbook was for my friend Susanne who has just taken voluntary redundancy from work. We'll all be sad to see her go but I know she'll be much happier elsewhere!

Here are the pages - there are quite a few photos so I'll forgive you if you stop reading here!

Kit = Scrap That Idea "Fun of the Fair" Collab

Indie Chic - erm, not sure where this one is from

Kit = A Work in Progress "Jolly Christmas"

Kit = A Work in Progress "Christmas Time"

Kit = Scrap That Idea "Four Leaf Clover" Collab

Kit = Artgal Style "Old Glory"
Kit = Artgal Style "Lavish Green"
Kit = A Work in Progress "Love Yourself"
Kit = A Work in Progress "Doodle Happy" & "Doodle Love"
Kit = A Work in Progress "Doodle Happy" & "Doodle Love"
Kit = Artgal Style "Moody Retro"
Kit = Summertime Designs "Bubblegum & Liquorice"
Kit = Plain Digital Wrapper Collab "Color Me Cool"
Kit = Mel Hains "Joyful"

Kit = A Work in Progress "Boys of Summer"

Kit = Sweet Blossom Designs "All Fired Up"

Kit = Sweet Blossom Designs "All Fired Up"

Thankfully, my efforts were gratefully received - now on to the next project!