Thursday, April 30, 2015

What do I want to say about this photo?

This is a layout inspired by one in Ali Edwards book "A designer's eye".  It was published by Creating Keepsakes in 2006.   It remains one of my go to books when looking for inspiration and it is still relevant today.   Her challenge on page 147 was to use 7 different prints on your layout - now anyone who can count can see that I have only used 3 different prints - but can you see that I did 7 strips of these old Stampin' Up! designer series papers.  The layout also had the photo/journaling block on it and this is what originally drew me to the layout design.   I placed my journaling on gold cardstock.
Due to gold and light strobing my journaling shows does not show up clearly - so here it is:
"What do I want to say about this photo?"
This photo was taken at my Uncle Bob and Aunty Marie's 60th wedding anniversary on 20th October, 2013.  It was a surprise celebration organized by my cousins, their daughters Julie and Sandra.
A highlight was when they opened this card signed by Queen Elizabeth congratulating htem on their anniversary.  It was truly a surprise organised for them to get this card.  It shows them holding the card - Love the hands.
I was their flowergirl all those years ago - and have always been introduced as 'our little flowergirl' even on this day! Uncle Bob was my mother's youngest brother.  He is the last surviving child of 7 children."
The little tag bottom left says "What I love is near at hand" - T Roethke.  I found it in my stash and it just seemed appropriate. 
Thanks for looking, Margaret :)

Adventure ahead

Have I said recently that I love the idea of Tic Tac Toe (TTT) challenges.  Here is a layout I completed for Soul Scrappers TTT4.  The layout is just waiting for photos from my holiday coming up later in the year.
Here is the TTT board - I used the top right line - vellum (word phrase beyond words), adventure (word and photos of adventure to come) and ticket/s (bottom right):
Thank you for looking.  Margaret

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wise Words

Settle back this is a long post. Soul Scrappers have a song and lyric challenge this month.  Ends tomorrow so I have just made it in time.  The inspiration was Words by F.R. David, come on sing-a-long:
Words, don't come easy to me
How can I find a way to make you see I Love You
Words don't come easy.
The criteria You must use a word....OR a couple of words...OR a sentence OR even the song title on your page. My inspiration was the word "words.  Here is my layout:
These photo's were taken at Winston Churchill Museum in Fulton, Missouri. I have kept the layout clean and simple - as it is the words that I want people to read.  You can see that top right that I have made a flip out tag to record my journaling.  Now what are the words that are have been placed on the image of Winston Churchill in that photo?  A chance to know the man better.
Brain - Keen intelligence
Eyes - Far sighted vision
Ears - Hears different drummer
Nose - Nose for news
Mouth - Roar of a Lion
Shoulders - Bears heavy burdens
Heart - Heart of a Lion
Upper Arm - Humorous
Spleen - Vents vigorously
Stomach - Appetite for work
Liver - Long liver (90 years of age)
Hands - Grasps opportunities
Intestines - Lots of guts
Legs - Stands up to dictators
Knee - Never bent
Foot - Firmly planted

Now, I wanted to end this post with some photographs taken yesterday of Umina Beach during a rather bad storm that we had yesterday. 
 Wild weather has whipped up the waves, the beach is washing away.
 It was wet and windy as you can see - the sea was washing up foam and sand.
The storm clouds.  Even in storm this is still a beautiful beach and I hope that it somehow recovers all the sand that has been lost.
Thank you for staying with me in this post.   The sun has come out today - but more storms have been forecast for this evening.
Margaret :)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Congratulations Heather

My second layout as April guest designer at The Memory Nest.  Here is the sketch for Make it Monday 38:
Click for Optionsand here is my clean and simple layout:
I have used Stampin'Up! (r) designer series paper called Park Lane.  I chose these papers as they closely matched the patterns in the dresses we were wearing.  I did not want a layout that was predominately black as this was a happy occasion and I hope I have captured that with the papers I did select. I have edged the papers in SU Blackberry Bliss for a little more definition..  The glitter chipboard stickers are from Recollections - which has the motto - capturing special memories - so true for this layout.
Here is a close up of the journaling that I did on the layout about my sister, Heather (on right) being nominated for this award.  Congratulations Heather.
Thank you for looking, and thank you to The Memory Nest for the opportunity to be a guest designer this month. Why not head over there and do the challenges this month.   Margaret :)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Sheltering Tree

A card inspired by one made by Helene den Breejan - I have left her some love on her blog.  This card using Stampin' Up! Sheltering Tree stamp set is heading to a friend who is currently undergoing rehabilitation and it is to let her know that my sister and I are thinking of her.
A quick post today.  Thanks for looking,  Margaret :)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Titanic Remembrance Day

What do you do when your inspiration, your mojo, your creative burst etc has taken a holiday? I will Google "Unusual celebration days" and I did this today.   I found that today 15th April, is Titanic Remembrance Day, a day dedicated each year to the memory of the Titanic, and over 1,500 lives lost. Here is my layout (and I just realized I have a spelling mistake in the title!):
My top journalling says :
Fairview Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Halifax sent four ships to recover bodies following the sinking of the ‘unsinkable’ Titantic. One hundred and twenty-one victims of the Titanic sinking are interred at Fairview, more than any other cemetery in the world. Most of them are remembered with small gray granite markers with the name and date of death. Some families paid for larger markers with more inscriptions. The occupants of a third of the graves, however, have never been identified and their markers contain just the date of death and marker number. Surveyor E. W. Christie laid out three long lines of graves in gentle curves following the contours of the sloping site. By co-incidence, the curved shape suggests the outline of the bow of a ship
My bottom journalling says :

A grave marked "J. Dawson" gained fame following the release of the 1997 film Titanic,since the name of Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in the film is Jack Dawson.  Many filmgoers, moved by the story, left flowers

and ticket stubs at Dawson's grave when the film was first released, and flowers continue to be left today. Film director James Cameron has said the character's name was not in fact inspired by the grave. More recent research has revealed that the grave actually belongs to Joseph Dawson, an Irishman who worked in Titanic's boiler room as a coal trimmer.
The Celtic Cross headstone (the tallest at this site) at bottom right is in loving memory of Arthur Gordon McCrae, BE, University of Sydney, Australia.  He was aged 32 years. "Faithful unto death."   I went in search of more information found out he was educated at the Sydney Grammar School and at St Paul’s College, Sydney University, and graduated as a Bachelor of Engineering. He lived with his family in Chatswood, NSW a Sydney suburb. After completing his studies he received an appointment at a gold-mine in West Africa, from which he proceeded to the post of assistant-manager of the Spasky copper-mine, Akmolinsk, Siberia. He became engaged to the daughter of the mine manager. McCrae boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a Second Class passenger. He was travelling to meet friends in Canada. He died in the sinking, his body was recovered by the MacKay Bennett (#209) and buried at Fairview Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia on 10 May 1912.
I have kept my layout simple and largely unadorned in respect for the people who were lost in this disaster.
Thank you for looking,   Margaret

 updated 10.46am - spelling mistake fixed!!!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Scrap Girls at Easter Home Retreat - Challenge 2

Challenge Two was a sketch challenge - see sketch below.
A user's photo.
23rd June, 2013 I applied the SOLD sign following the sale of my home - it was the coldest day for a long time but I was warm in the knowledge that I had sold.  This was my second property purchase and had been my home for 24 years.   It did take some time to sell, however I kept calm and knew that the right purchaser would come along. 
I have taken this photo of my layout at night and it does not really capture that the cardstock is Stampin'Up! Strawberry Slush - a mush more pinker colour than the photo does justice.
Now to complete it's companion page - the purchase of my new villa on the Central Coast of New South Wales.
Thank you for looking and thank you to Scrap Girls for interesting challenges over this Easter period. Margaret :)

A little parcel of treasures

Here is an idea I created to make as donations to my sister's church fete in May.
I have put together a little pack of treasures sufficient to make one small 3" square note card and a tag - see my samples above.  Not all packs will have the same treasures as I am using up those little pieces and pieces and scraps that I save.   The purchaser will only have to supply their own tape or glue to complete - of course they can also distress etc if they so desire.
Here are my samples close up.   I am going to make just not vintage/shabby chic but some birthday and holiday themed as well.
Thanks for looking.    Margaret :)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Scrap Girls at Home Retreat - Challenge Four

Challenge 4 was to be inspired by a layout at Words or Whatever (WOW) and to use a WOW product on the layout.  The only WOW product that I own is a template called Lou's Flowers - here is my layout:
I remember this day 22/4/96 distinctly - my Dad had just picked some of his beautiful roses and I said "I want a photo." He waited as I went and found a black jumper for background and took the photo.  It has taken me 19 years to finally give it a proper home in a scrapbook!!! Now this layout is not really about the roses - it is more than that.   The photo shows my Dad's strong and caring hands and that is even more important given that he passed away Easter Saturday 8 years ago aged 87.
The photo does not clearly show the WOW product I used - so here is a close up of the tag (my journaling is on the back of it) and embellishments I made.
I had intended to use the Studio 490 white texture paste as background for a layout, however it just did not seem right.  So instead I got out the large scallop die and created the doily like embellishment and tag. Smaller circles and scallops complete my vision.
I have used Glimmer Mists to colour the white cardstock (CS). The stickers I have used are very old - they were Life's Journey Embossed Stockers - just goes to show if you leave them in your stash long enough then one day they might just be right for a layout!!.  The background CS has been coloured with Distress Inks - ironically my Dad had beautiful cursive writing that almost matches that on the background CS.
The inspiration for this layout came from Jo Kinder's layout of 18th February, 2015 on Words or Whatever blog, thank you Jo.  I have left a little love on the blog for you.
Thank you for looking and allowing me time to remember my Dad.   Margaret :)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Challenge 5 - Scrap Girls at Home Retreat

So I am doing the challenges out of order - I know.   Challenge 5 was to make something with the scraps left over from completing the challenges. Here is my card - can you see where I got my scraps from?
Yes they are from the pastel challenge.   I had lots of torn scraps, my brad container was still open and my sewing machine was still up. 
A quick and easy card to complete - I did sew the strips onto a green piece of paper, see right to give it stability.  Inside is a smaller piece of patched papers that I could slip a gift card into or a tag or note.
My favourite form of patchwork is doing this strip patching in fabric - I would tear fabric and expose some of the torn edges - so I suppose I am going back to my patchwork days in doing this card.
Thanks for looking.   Margaret :)

Scrap Girls Retreat at home - Challenge 3

Challenge 3 was to take this mood board and inspire you to make a layout:
"It's time for CHALLENGE THREE! Here's a pretty pastel mood board to inspire you.

You have until midnight Friday 10 April to upload your layout in the comments below.

At Scrap Girls Retreats we don't judge you. Every entry for Challenge 3 will go into the draw for a Happy Scrap girls prize!"
And here is my layout:
As a family we would regularly holiday at The Entrance on the Central Coast of New South Wales. This photo shows from left, my mother, sister, me, and my brother at the swimming pool at The Entrance.  The back of the photo has identification of the photographer/photograph number so I can only think that in the 50's they took photos of people enjoying the sun.  I tried to google the photographer but alas nothing there.   My sister and I still talk about those swimsuits - they were shirred with elastic and I tried to replicate that with the sewn down pink washi tape on my layout.
I made the mini pinwheels from 1.5" squares.  I am trying to save a number of old photos from old albums hence the black and white photo..
And some of the detail:
I like a challenge that gets me out of my comfort zone - I don't usually use pastel colours. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

The Memory Nest - Guest designer for April (That's me)

I am a guest designer over at The Memory Nest this month.  Make it Monday No.37             
                                                            Click for OptionsHere is my layout:
I have used photos from a sail on board "Amoeba" in Baddeck, Canada last year.  The sail had been postponed from the previous late afternoon due to inclement weather in the area.  However, we did get to go the next day, it was COLD and the skies again looked foreboding.  It was a fantastic cruise, we had lots of fun.  Here I am rugged up with my scarf over my head (how did Princess Diana look so regal when she wore her scarf like this - remember those photos of her at the Taj Mahal?).  Much laughter and fun during the cruise.  Definitely one of the highlights of my Trafalgar Tour Enchanting Maritimes.
I have included a favourite quote of mine - I did share it in a recent blog entry - as I am nobody else but me - always have been and always will be.   Thank you to The Memory Nest for the opportunity to be a guest designer.  Why not head over there and join in the challenges...

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Scrap Girls Blind Scrap

A blind scrap is where you are given a list of what you need for your layout and then bit by bit the steps to complete the layout are given.   Here is my layout - light not the best at nearly 11.30pm.
These photos were taken in January 2011 when my friends from Missouri visited me here in Australia.   This day we went to The Blue Mountains - and this stop provided them with their first real view of the magnificent Megalong Valley.  Next stop was The Three Sisters and for them a walk down into the valley.  They loved this part of Australia and still talk about this trip to this day.
The papers/alphas and stickers are from the Take A Hike collection by Simple Stories.  The rest from my stash!  I have only just purchased these papers and they were perfect for this long time not scrapped photos. 
Thank you for looking.    Margaret

Layout remake

It is a wet and miserable day here on the Central Coast today - a good day to stay inside and get a bit of scrapbooking done.  I went over to my sister's - she only lives 3 minutes away in the next suburb - and we did some scrapbooking.   Anyway, as we were searching her stash for papers, embellishments etc she found this layout that she completed last year and she did not like and did not want to put it in an album.  I said "if you like I can take it and work on it for you."  So she agreed and I took it home to my stash.
My first reaction was that the photos are in the Andy Warhol style and they needed bright colours to make the photo 'pop'.   Andy Warhol (6/8/28 to 22/2/87) was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art - thanks to Wikipedia for that information. I finished it off with a quote by Warhol, "the world fascinates me".  I hope she likes the final result.
I have been lucky enough to see some of Warhol's work in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York - it was fascinating to see his Campbell soup and Marilyn Munroe works of art.
Thank you for 'popping' in and checking out my work.   Margaret :)

Friday, April 3, 2015

Easter at home.

Scrap Girls is having an Easter At Home Retreat on Facebook - all the fun of a retreat in your own home!  A Tic Tac Toe is the first challenge.   Here is my layout.  My sister was nominated for a Lifeline Central Coast Steel Magnolia award this year - she is in the middle of the photo below.  The award is made to a woman who has overcome adversity and has significantly contributed to the community. She did not win the overall award however the recognition of her nomination is proof enough of her good works.

I have used Kaisercraft Tea Break Collection (rather appropriate as photos were taken at an afternoon tea); Kaisercraft Bubbles template; Studio 490 metallic gold embossing paste; Stampin'Up! buttons. Now a blast from the past I coloured the circles and edge of background paper with CHALK - yes, I still have that old standby from when I first started scrapbooking and cardmaking.
Here is a close up of the embossing paste.  It is a wet Good Friday here on the Central Coast, so rather than let the paste dry naturally, I took my heat gun to it and you know I loved the final result as it bubbled up and gave more a of shine to the circles.
Now can you guess what Tic Tac Toe I choose?   That's right circles, patterned paper and buttons.

We'll start you off with an easy one so nooooobody panic. You have until midnight Friday 10 April to upload your layout in the comments below. 

At Scrap Girls Retreats we don't judge you. Every entry for Challenge 1 will go into the draw for a Happy Scrap girls prize!"Thank you for looking, I am going to have a go over this weekend with their other challenges.   Margaret :)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Good enough to eat?

I was over at Splitcoast Stampers having a look and they had a challenge to make a card just using one colour cardstock - no ink, no stamping, no bling etc etc.   I was intrigued.  So I got out my Stampin'Up! Deco Labels Framelits dies (okay so I may not have used them since I got them!  Surely I am not the only one!) and Tim Holtz Alterations Die Tattered Florals (okay I have used these before).  Here is the first one I made in white cardstock - Love it.  After cutting out the flowers I wet them, curled them, pushed them down in middle, the edges.
So I decided to go with blue for the next one - Love it.   They may not fit into a regular sized envelope (I suppose if I flattened the flowers it would work).   They just look good enough to eat - like cake decorating flowers don't you think.
 Here they are together.
 This is a close up of the layers of dies that I raised with dimensional foam tape.
I might just go crazy now and make them up in several colours.
Thanks for looking, Margaret :)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Greenfield Village, Dearborn, MI

I am near to finishing layouts of my photos from my holiday (vacation) in USA last year.  Today is bought to you by Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Michigan.  The village is part of the Henry Ford Museum complex and it's catchphrase is 300 years of America everywhere you turn.  A great place to visit.
I had paper, Tim Holtz stamps Life's Possibilities, Tea Dye Distress Ink,  Kaisercraft clock template on my table after finishing other projects recently.  I then raided my stash to find other vintage type embellishments - an old round tab that I distressed/added clockface stamp, some wire, Tim Holtz (TH) idea-ology salvage stickers and from the depths of one drawer TH idea-ology tokens! Oh and one black brad that will surely reduce my stock!!!!  Some of the detail is below.
Now my inspiration started with this sketch from The Memory Nest Make it Monday No.36.
I wanted the photos to be horizontal and I knew I wanted the horse and cart as it had the name "Greenfield Village" on it. I think in the end I varied off from the sketch, but it was my starting point.   I think this is what sketches are all about - to get you started and to get your creative juices flowing.  I have just made it in time for this sketch, it finishes tomorrow!
Why not head over to The Memory Nest and look out for the challenges coming up in April.
Thanks for looking.    Margaret :)


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