Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Eli's been seeing a music therapist to help with his communication and independence skills. Eli has been working with his therapist for a year and was making great progress. Unfortunately for us, she got offered a job elsewhere and today was Eli's last session with her.
I made her this music box with a mini book inside made out of CDs as a leaving present. She really really loved it. You know how sometimes you make something for someone and there is a serious lack of appreciation which leaves you thinking "why the hell did I work so hard?" Well, this was totally the opposite, she LOVED it!! It was totally worth all the work.
Thanks for looking. BTW you can find the pattern for the box in my archives for September 2011.
Wednesday, 21 December 2011
We went to a really beautiful firework display on 5th November. I managed to take a few pictures but was not overly pleased with the results and I didn't think that the pictures would ever be scrapped. Then I received the Jan issue of Scrap 365 and saw the gorgeous layouts made with not-so-perfect pictures and was inspired.
So here's my effort.
The big photo is of my DH with my DS with fireworks exploding in the background. The photo has an acetate overlay with a leaf border. On the LHS are a few passport size images of some of the actual fireworks. I stickled a border on each one.
The embellished centre is an amalgam of bits and pieces. Some firework patterned paper, Bazzil edges, ribbon, stickers and lots of bling. I made a couple of rossettes with Tim Holtz rossette die and a lollipop flower from scraps of paper.
Thanks for looking
Friday, 18 November 2011
So when an old picture in my hallway started looking tired and in desperate need of replacement, out came my creativity to create a whole new look for that patch of wall.
And this is what I came up with....
Now for the details. The three frames are from Kaisercraft Beyond the Page either 12 Photo Frame or 9 Photo Frame. The train is made up of 2 Beyond the Page Filmstrips and the train engine that I purchased off craftshapes.co.uk. I got the wheels for the "carriages" from them aswell.
The "Boys will be Boyz" title is a Dusty Attic chipboard and I UTEE'd it with several different colours of UTEE. I then added a bit of sparkle with different coloured stickles.
The "Uniquely You" sticker is from one of the My Minds Eye Lost & Found 2 collections (can't remember which).
I painted the frame with brown Kaisercolour and then inked it a little with a gold ink pad. I sealed the paint with Mod Podge. The paper used is from Kaisercraft Chanteuse collection. The clock embellishment is Tim Holtz and the small frame embellishment is also Tim Holtz with a memory capusle (or whatever he calls them) and inside I put a lock of Eli's hair. The title is a Kaisercraft Wordlet, painted gold and then covered with a dimensional glue.
The engine is covered with a glittery Best Creations paper. The wheels are a fancy black velvety paper with holographic dots and the blue is a shimmery transparency - I bought both of these from JJD cards when I was at the Stamp and Scrapbooking Show at Alexandra Palance. The funnel and the buffer is self adhesive red felt contact paper and the brads on the wheels are really old - I've had them for ages. I connected the engine and the carriages with Tim Holtz Ideaology link chain.
I loved using the Kaisercraft goodies, but I had a big problem with it that it doesn't come with a string or anything on the back to hang it up. And I only thought of this once I had finished all the decoration so I couldn't stick anything into it because I didn't want to spoil it. After some very helpful advice on UK Scrappers I bought Command Strips for Picture Hanging from 3M Select. They are easy to use with no holes in the walls - no muss no fuss.
Phew - this turned out to be a really long post, almost as long as it took me to actually make the frames :D
Thanks for looking
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
With my dream trip being exactly that ... a dream I decided to have make US landmarks the theme for my latest CJ. This is the favourite CJ I have been in so far - not only because of the beautiful end result but because of all the fantastic members in the group. I can't wait to start the next CJ with them at the end of the month.
Well, here are the beautiful pages created by my fellow teammates to take me on a vicarious tour through the United States.
First the cover, the welcome page and the sign in page.
Thank you to all my amazing Circle Journal participants who have allowed be to take a virtual trip through the United States whilst sitting on my couch. The only problem is that it has now whetted my appetite even more for this fantastical trip .... ah a girl can dream :)
Sunday, 2 October 2011
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
I created a jewellery box with a mini book inside. I used the gorgeous Bo Bunny Garden Girl collection for this. Here's a few pics.
This is the outside of the box.
Inside the box with minibook
A sample of one of the pages.
Once this was finished I decided to do a masculine version. I did it in the style of a poker table and it is this version that I demonstrate on my videos below. The box is so versatile that it can be turned into anything; a school desk for students or a writing table for the literary aficionado. The possibilities are endless.
I am a complete novice and actually demonstrating making something on video. I was really terrified because it's a one take job - you can't undo what you've done if the video goes wrong, so I apologise in advance if the camera work isn't all that nifty or for any other recording errors. I had to do it in three parts because it took longer than anticipated.
First a few pictures of the poker table. As above the pics are of the outside of the box, the inside and a sample of one of the minibook pages.
For some reason the last picture insists on displaying the wrong way and I don't know how to fix it.
The mini book in this version is from Laura Denison's Envelope Pocket Mini Album. Here is her youtube video.
Here are the videos. The videos are a demonstration of how I made the box rather than what one would call a class. I did a lot of preparation in advance so as to keep the videos short ... well... shortish.
The written instructions are below. They show pictures of the girls version and the instructions on how to make the mini book inside the box are also included:
Now for the Competition
Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win the Jewellery Box together with the mini book. I will pick a comment at random on 01 October 2011 and send the box to the winner. Make sure to check back here on 02 October to see if you have won!!
Tuesday, 13 September 2011
The photos are of my gorgeous little Eli going to school for the very first time without his wheelchair. Many of you will know that Eli was born with Spina Bifida and he has limited mobility. He started walking independently about 6 months ago. We were informed by the school that he never uses his chair in school and is very happy to walk to the different rooms he needs to get to, so basically his chair was his vehicle to and from school. As he goes to school with a van, we discussed witht the school the idea of him going without the chair, so as to give him a greater sense of independence and the idea was leapt upon. Eli's doing great without his chair and he loves the freedom of being able to walk around on his own.
When I saw this sketch on the Bo Bunny blog I loved it and was immediately inspired to get scrapping.
Skech was created by the gorgeous and talented Carin McDonough. Her layouts are awesome!!!
I interpreted the sketch very loosely so I'm going to say that my layout is inspired by the sketch rather than fully based on it, if that makes any sense at all.
I had sort of decided that I was going to use the Bo Bunny Cambridge collection for these photos, but then, considering the subject matter, I liked the symbolism of using the Liberty collection.
My initial idea for the title was "Look! No Wheels", but the combination of the freedom theme and the USA style Liberty papers made "Independence Day" the perfect title. It seemed very serindipidous that these papers came out around the same time that we made the decision to give Eli his independence.
Here's the layout