Friday, May 29, 2009

24 Weeks - Layout

This week's SLYMI challenge is a very minimal sketch
I wanted to keep to the sketch as much as possible but not make the layout look like something I had thrown together in 2 minutes flat.
Luckily I had this paisley pattern paper from Doodlebug and some paisley brads that just matched Gemma's dress. So ended up with a layout I am pleased with.
The upholstery braid and the brads give it a tactilness (I know, I know, a made up word) and the stitching around the edge gives is a complete look

Sunday, May 24, 2009

These boots were made for walking

This layout was done for the Scrap Like You Mean It (SLYMI) challenge this week which was to scrap a song.

Gone Ginger - The Layout

Here is the layout to go with the poem really enjoyed doing this, in fact as much as I enjoy my ginger hair.

Now that I older I have gone ginger

Now that I’m older I have gone ginger
Dying my hair to match my mood
But I still like to wear
The deep pinks and purples
That don’t go with my hair
But I really don’t care

I go out into the lane and lay down on the grass
Taking photos of daisies and other small flowers
Giving the neighbours
Something to stare at
But I really don’t care
It matches my hair

I’ll take photos of building from different angles
Picking out a pattern that gives me a thrill
I get curious glances
From the folk who are passing
No I really don’t care
For it matches my hair

My own version of when I grow Old I will wear purple by Jenny Joseph

Colour My World White

Lovely and sunny today and I thought I had better capture my Snow Ball plant (really must find out what it's really called) before it goes over. OK found the name it is a Virburnum
Then I went out into the lane in the hope of photographing a cabbage white butterfly but they were too quick flitting around and never settling long enough.
My neighbours were out in force with their dogs and all of them white so I took their photos Hamish the westie and Molly the staffie, though Molly is very difficult to photograph because she prefers to come and practically push me over in her attempt to be fussed. Then two more westies arrive and Hamish goes off to meet them.
Daisies and cow parsley from the lane, aquilegia from my neighbour's garden and dandelion clock from mine.
The three items from indoors, my scales, slippers and my kitchen high chair which I thought may help me to scrap sitting down .

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Punctuation Marks

Here is one of my silly poems hope it makes you smile

I'm not good at diction
Spellings not my strongest point
But worst of all by far is seems
My punctuation marks

I know where to put the comma
And maybe the full stop
But where oh where do I use
These other funny marks

I use a little curly thing
between the I and m
And when I shorten certain words
That help to make them scan

I've found it's best to never
Use any other sign
Then it's up to you to put them in
When reading through my rhyme

So here's my little ditty
done to make you smile
I hope that you can find the time
To answer in this style

Friday, May 22, 2009


Having done a layout of Borders I thought it was time to do one of Starbucks as the two go together in my book. This one was inspired by one of the pictures on the wall in the coffee shop inside Borders that I frequent, probably more than I should, but I love going up there with a magazine to read, one of life's little luxuries.

Some two or three years ago I wrote this poem

When I’m feeling blue
This is what I do
Take myself to Borders
In Starbucks place my orders
A coffee and a muffin
A mag. with lots of stuff in
Add an easy chair to sit in
What could be more fitting
To while away an hour or two
Till I’m no longer feeling blue

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Today I walked into town so that I could be at my son's place to take delivery of a baby carriage, I got to his house at 8.15 am to find a card to say that they had tried to deliver at 7.45 so they had taken it to the local post office. OK I could collect it from there but I have no transport so needed to get a taxi.
What's the betting if I had got there at 7.30 the delivery would have eventually come at 5.00 in the afternoon.
still never mind I decided that as I had prepared to spend the day waiting in for it I would stay there and do a layout.
I have been taking photos in Borders for some time now so when I found a design in a magazine that used lots of photos I thought it was the perfect one for this.
The patterned papers were a free gift at the retreat I went on two weeks back and were the perfect colours to go with the photos.
Being at the top of town meant I could get to a craft shop very easily so just had to go and spend some money and I think for the very first time I have used something I bought on the day I bought it, the star brads

Monday, May 11, 2009

Colour my World - Blue

Today has been a blue day.

Lynne Aka Retired Nana has inspired me with her collages especially the colour ones so I have decided I would do a mini book of colour collage here is the first one Blue.
I took all these photos today and it is surprising how much blue I found when I went looking for it.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

In Real Life Layouts

I have set myself a challenge to only do in real life layouts this month no digital ones allowed, so far I have managed to do 9 and all but one of them I am really pleased with. Plenty of texture and height and even incorporating torn and curled edges in one (something I find difficult because of the lack of control)

No they are not in the bath in this last one its the border I have used but it does look rather like bubbles

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

I so often see things that amuse me, when I am out and about; today it was a man with a baby's dummy in his mouth, for sure he had a baby in the pushchair but he was walking along with the dummy and not giving it back to the baby in fact the baby seemed to be asleep. Perhaps he used to smoke and this was something to do with his mouth to compensate for giving up the weed.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Another layout that I am really pleased with and it is done with paper and glue and bits and bobs including patterned paper that I've torn inked and rolled the edges that is really taking me out of my comfort zone but I have enjoyed it so much and produced a page that I can be proud of. To bring me back into my comfort zone I have added buttons lol
A place for me to put the pictures of layouts I have done that I am pleased with, to put in the poems I write and to add snippets of things that have caught my eye