Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Multi challenges with one page!

Time for a bit of doodling methinks!

Well, I entered the UKScrappers monthly house challenge, the sketchabilities sketch no. 59 and the Once Upon a Sketch November 15th challenge with pretty much the same page.

Now, for the UKS one I did it last minute and could not get a good photo and I also wasn't completely sure I was happy with it but you can find it HERE. I like the basic structure but it didn't feel quite finished.

So, I had a little play with it, rearranged stuff, did a bit more outlining and here it is for the lovely people at OUAS. I did play a little fast and loose with the sketch and I'm still not sure of the blue felt butterflies, but I had some fun doing it.

The focus was about being a woman, and for me the greatest part is being a mother. It's a rollercoaster ride emotionally, but one I never want to get off!

Finally I stumbled upon the sketchabilities sketch HERE and the small photos/white space and the sketch pretty much fitted in with what I had just done so, what the hey, it's up there too.

This is the first time I've done a hybrid layout - the doodling elements came from everydaymomideas from a free digikit which can be found HERE so thanks to her for that.

Thanks for looking.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Once Upon a Sketch

Thank you to all of the fantastic design team at OUAS. If you head over to their site HERE you will see why. My entry for the November 1st challenge got a special shout out. It means so much to me, particularly as it is not an easy subject. And congratulations to all the entrants, there were beautiful layouts there and a well deserved winner!

And thank you to all the lovely and caring people who took the time to comment. They all made me cry (not difficult at the moment) but they are all appreciated very much.

Finally, they are doing a giveaway at the moment so what better time to head over if you've never checked it out. It's one of my favourite inspiration sites. I love the fact that it has a focus on the importance of telling a story and not just creating a beautiful looking page. My layouts don't always work but they mean something to me and that's what matters.

The giveaway is HERE if you want to check it out. It's a gorgeous looking Melissa Frances kit (see below).

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

November 1st Once Upon a Sketch challenge

I love Once Upon a Sketch and I always find loads of inspiring examples on there. I've never entered the challenges before but this one really sang to me so here goes.

It follows the sketch pretty closely (it was a lovely sketch) and it does have journalling on it, but in Braille. The subject of he page was about when and why you started scrapping. Well, it was because of my dearly beloved youngest daughter. She was an incredible girl who lost both her sight and eventually her life to an optic glioma. For those who don't know Braille the journalling reads "Why do I scrap. It started when I found out you were blind as a way to make photos interesting for you. Now it allows me to spend time with the photos and memories I have of you Isabelle." The photo of her hands is her reading.

The page has lots of texture - there are embossed bits, scrunched ribbon, fabric flowers, buttons, intricately cut chipboard, glossy accents - everything but the kitchen sink. I still always add lots of tactile things to my pages and when I do scrap it always reminds me of her and how she loved to play with mummy's scrappy pages.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Time Flies layout

Well, I did this for a weekly challenge over on UKS and I was going to publish all of it here (you'll see what I mean in a minute) but I haven't been able to take it outside to take a photo as it has done nothing but rain for the last 3 days! Anyway, the challenge was time, bling and patterned paper so I came up with this.

I made a clock using SCAL, used some MME and October Afternoon papers, some old Anna Griffin stickers and Bazzill edges. When you turn the hour hand of the clock it reveals a little pic of my eldest at that age, There are a couple more views here but there are 12 photos altogether on the page. I think the most I've ever used before is 4 so really piling in the photos on this one!

Thanks for looking, and happy scrapping.

I won the monthly challenge on UKscrappers!

Thanks to all the lovely people who voted for my Carnival layout on UKscrappers I won the October challenge. It really cheered me up, especially as there were some extremely lovely layouts as competition. I have only ever done one crop and I have no IRL scrappy friends and I'm no good at judging my own stuff, so it was a proud moment for me. Thanks again.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Happy Halloween

A bit late I know. I just wanted to share the little treat bags that my daughters made for the local trick or treaters - aren't they cute and aren't my girls just so talented. Special thanks goes to svg shop for the treat bag svg which can be found at http://svgshop.com/blog/2010/09/22/free-svg-file-135-ghost-halloween-treat-bag/