Friday, 31 December 2010

Goodbye 2010

I had a very lucky scrapbooking year in 2010. I was lucky enough to be part of some really great design teams and enjoyed a number of guest designer spots too. I was published in Scrapbook Inspirations and Scrapbook Magazine and I won a competition and a UKS cybercrop prize. The year has ended with the wonderful news that I was chosen to be a GoGo Girl on the ScrapaGoGo design team which I'm so looking forward to. I also had lots of fun running The Studio summer cybercrop and earlier in the year my Birthday blog hop and I enjoyed teaching a couple of classes in real life too. So I thought I'd have a go at applying for the Scrapbook Magazine scrapbooker of the year competition. Lord knows I don't need the prizes, but I would so love to be on the Desgin team :) Sadly, my luck ran out but I did have great fun creating the three LOs I needed to apply and I thought that I'd share them with you today as we leave 2010.

Thank you to everyone who's read and commented on my blog over the past year. It makes my day to know that someone is out there :) I hope that you all have a fabulous New Year's Eve and an even more fabulous 2011 x

Sunday, 26 December 2010

More Cybercrop Creations

This year during the cybercrop there was a choice of classes each time slot. The first challenge was to produce a layout that depicts the perfect Christmas. I used some of Tessa's gorgeous flowers for this one.

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Elf in Training

Happy Christmas Everyone! I hope that you all have a terrific day and create some wonderful memories xx

I was determined to get my LaplandUK photos scrapped before we got to Christmas and I have another set of photos. I only got around to scrapping last Christmas during the cybercrop earlier this month after all! One of the activities we did at LaplandUK was a visit to the elf factory where they were making puppets for good children. Connor helped to make a puppet and this photo depicts the experience.

From the ScrapaGoGo December Kit 'Winter Warmers'
Bazzill Cardstock Candle Glow Medium
Bella Blvd Lovey Dovey Circle Of Love
Maya Road Kraft Collection Bulk Mini Tickets Strips
May Arts Ribbon Apple Velvet
American Crafts Thickers Grasshopper
Crate Paper Sew Brads 'Snow Day'
From the ScrapaGoGo January Kit 'Elementary my Dear'
May Arts Ribbon Fuzzy
Crate Paper School Spirit Home Room

Crate Paper Snowday Phrase stickers
American Thickers Nutmeg
Doodlebug designs inc. Loopy Lou Ladybug
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Cranberry Zing

Friday, 24 December 2010

Bucket List

In the January Kit 'Elementary my Dear' from ScrapaGoGo there is a set of Maya Road frames. I'm not usually a big one for frames but I thought I'd perhaps use them for a review of 2010. When I sat down to do the LO though I found myself thinking about the future rather than the past and decided to do my Bucket List; a list of things I'd still like to achieve be it this year or next, or the one after that :) Each frame is different and I've inked, papered and painted each one before adding a photo or some journalling. I used photos from Google so need to credit
Rowan Watson, Amelia Critchlow & Seapics.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Slip and Slide

One of the interesting things in the ScrapaGoGo kit each month is the hybrid collection. I made it my mission to use as many hybrid elements as possible on this LO 'Slip and Slide'. This photo is one of my favourite of 2010 and was taken at Legoland. Connor is having so much fun! In the January kit 'Elementary My Dear' there are wooden veneer stars. I used these to draw around before sticking a few on too. I folded the paper up with double sided tape to give it a 3D feel and then added other elements with 3D foam squares to give more dept and texture too.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Handcutting happiness!

Handcutting can be a real pain, but if you have something good on the TV in the background you don't even notice that you're doing it I find. For me, it was 'Miranda'. How funny she is!! Anyway, I used the January kit (Elementary My Dear) from ScrapaGoGo again to create this LO 'Legoland Lad'. I used some hybrid stars, some letters and a Maya Road frame as masks for my glimmer mist and then cut out more elements and letters and stuck them on top of the misted areas for effect and depth. I'm pretty pleased with the overall effect.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

ScrapaGoGo the details :)

ScrapaGoGo kits are just wonderful. One of my Uni friends recently sent me a message via FB to say that she liked my LOs on my FB page and wanted to know how to get started. I recommended to her that she get the basics and that a kit is a great way to get started, try new things and work out what you like and don't like. That holds for seasoned scrappers and card makers too I reckon as it's so easy to get set in your ways and miss new interesting products.

The January kit is full of cool products that I hadn't noticed on the market, let along had a play with. The first product I'd like to highlight is the Maya Road Bingo Markers. In the January kit you get a set of 31 numbers. I used them in this LO 'Special Gingerbread Ingredients' I used them to highlight what went in to the gingerbread at Lapland UK to make them extra specially yummy!

Monday, 20 December 2010

I'm a GoGo Girl!

You may remember that I recently reviewed a 'ScrapaGoGo' kit for Scrap That! reviews. I was so impressed with it that I instantly signed up for a monthly kit. Not long after that ScrapaGoGo put out a DT call and I applied. I am delighted that I was picked to join the team, and am now a GoGo Girl! Yippee :) The first kit I got to play with in the role is the January Kit 'Elementary my dear!'. It's so so yummy. You can see it on the ScrapaGoGo blog right now, and you can see my four designs along with the other designers work here. I hope that you'll be able to see why ScrapaGoGo is the UKs No. 1 kit club :)

Sunday, 19 December 2010

ScrapaGoGo Blueprint

ScrapaGoGO has a fun extra on it's blog. It's called 'Blueprint to Go' and there is a sketch each month, along with some examples of how to use if from the designers. Why not check out the January one today and don't miss the sale either :) Here's what I did with the Blueprint x

Sunday Challenge at 'The Studio'

My term with 'The Studio' is almost up and the DT call went up at the beginning of the month. I've had so much fun with the challenges over the last year and I'll be sad not to be part of this great team after January. This week was a nice quick pre Christmas Challenge:

I know that most people are ultra busy in the run up to Christmas, so this week your challenge is to take a photo of something that puts you in a Christmassy mood! Then, once all the festivities are over, you'll be able to go back and scrap the picture at your own leisure.

We visited LaplandUK earlier this month and my favourite photo of Christmas so far is taken in Mother Christmas' kitchen where Connor decorated a gingerbread man.
Check out what the other DT members are finding Christmasy right now x

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Snow day!

It's snowing today so my plans have been cancelled and my little one isn't interested in going out to play in the snow for some reason. So, it's time to catch up on my blog I reckon :)

Since I last wrote there's been a cybercrop on UKS. I enjoyed it and thought that the classes were well spaced. The challenges were a bit samey by the end of the weekend but I played along as much as I could and have some LOs to share with you.

The first LO was my precrop challenge and I created it using the Silver 1045 sewing machine that I had on loan for this review. I love the machine so much that I asked my Dad to buy me one for Christmas/Birthday and I've not been disapointed. The precrop challenge was to use a card as inpiration. This is the card I used and the LO I created as a result.

It's a little bit different for me :)