Saturday, 25 February 2012

thrifting dreams

It might have been her eighteenth birthday, but Luu still got a go-to card. Although, Mark did help with choosing what went on the card - with my ultimate design choice, of course.  And the good news, is she got an offer of a place from her favoured university, subject to her grades. But, they are really do-able, so she should be off in the autumn.
 And, talking of birthdays, and the money that came with it... We're going thrifting today. Which reminded me, I haven't shown this little project that I did over the Christmas break. I saw a few last year around the blogosphere, on my favourite Dottie Angel and on Decor8, to mention just two, and wanted to have a go myself.

With few thrifting opportunities, it took me until December to find a likely shade that I could pull apart, wind strips of fabric around, and hang a motley selection of items from.
Not the best photos, probably why it's taken me two months to show, but you get the idea... Anyway, I've seen a few more around lately - being used as actual shades... So, now I want one as a shade, for my dressing table, here's hoping the thrifting gods look favourably down on me today...

Sunday, 12 February 2012

the card making plan

I've been making quite a few cards lately, for birthdays and such.  However, I usually forget to take any photos, or, more honestly, they're usually put together at the last moment and I literally don't have time to wait for some half-decent light...

But, last week I made one for Luu, a good luck card for a Uni interview.  So, I've managed to get a photo. 

I like making cards, and giving cards, but I don't really like that moment (or ten) when you sit down and think - yikes, what shall I do???  So, when I got this Octopode stamp last autumn, I came up with a sketch for my cards.  I put some cards, papers, ribbons and whatever else I came across that would work on this style of card into a kit bag, and hey presto!  No-stress card making. 

Oddly enough, since I started this method of card making, I've had no male birthdays.  But, I have a hot air balloon stamp that will work for the boys.  And, actually, I should probably get a male Octopode.  Yes, I think I will...

And, did the good luck card work?  Well, yes.  She's had an offer from that Uni, but has also now had another interview at her favourite University, and should hear from that one by the end of this week.  Fingers crossed...

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

No photos!

Ages ago, I won a giveaway on my friend Lisa's blog of a Bite Sized Scrapbooking Bundle.  Basically, scrapbooking in bite sized chunks, sounds good to me.  Especially when I'm trying to move from the right-hand side of the page.  So, I pulled a photo, used the Scarlet Lime kit, and scrapped another story.

If you're interested in the journalling, it says "How am I supposed to become a world famous scrapbooker, when my children do this to me?"  Total irony on the world famous bit.  But seriously, this is about the usual standard of photos of my girl's - so that's the story that gets scrapped.

At the moment I'm really trying to get into scrapping the stories, there are so many of them still to do...