Sunday, 27 May 2007

Call Me Fran

Thursday, 24 May 2007

Challenge Me

When Mr. Mojo goes missing, which he has been lately, I do challenges for motivation and to try to entice him back. This week I completed three such challenges. The first is the One Little Word Challenge. This week's word was GO.

Second in line is a challenge set by my dear friend Marci when she was the Visiting Chef at Scrapbook Takeout in April. To make a purse book using the Fancy Pants cards in one of the kits. Last, but by no means least, the latest Scrapjack challenge, a lift of the fabulous Ashley Wren.

Friday, 18 May 2007

Les Puces du Canal

That's the name of the flea market we went to yesterday (marche des puces means flea market in French). It was a little disappointing because most of the stalls were closed, and those that were open were mainly antique furniture. Beautiful stuff but way out of our league at the moment (who am I kidding, unless we win the lotto they are way of our league indefinitely). Usually there are box sellers in the yard, but with the bad weather only a few turned up. We did score a few treasures though. Lucas fell for what we think is a cake frosting spatula for the grand price of 1 euro. I eventually found what I was looking for, vintage trim and buttons. She had a good selection, it was hard to control myself!

I can't wait to start using these in my projects! I'll definitely be going back one weekend, when the weather is good and more sellers are there, because I am sure I can find lots more goodies.

Lucy cleaned up as well. You can read about her finds here.

Thursday, 17 May 2007

I make cards too

Played with some ink last night and made this card for the yahoo Ranger Group.

Will follow up soon with the instructions! It involves Distress Inks, Alcohol inks and embossing.

Thursday, 10 May 2007

I've got to see it, to use it

I've been doing some reorganising of my studio the last few days. As the title suggests I came to realise that I don't use things I can't see. When I scrap for the most part I will use whatever is out in the open and close to hand. I found some neat organisational goodies at a Big Lots type store on Monday and I have been rearranging my space all week to be more efficient.

The first two photos are an overall view of my space. We have a mezzanine bed (or as I like to call it a bunk bed for grown-ups) and my studio is below. It's a very compact space consisting mainly of a table (a laminated board on two saw horses), an armoire type desk, and two bookshelves.

On the two bookshelves I keep the majority of my paper and cardstock, unmounted stamps in CD cases, ribbon, flowers, paints, chipboard, tools and adhesives, paint, stickers, embellishments, fabric and found items.

On the left are some of my foam letter stamps, in the painted wooden boxes and the green document folders. I have four other sets in metal tins on a lower shelf. I still need to alter them, hence no photo. The green and blue tins are actually empty. I'm not sure what I will put in them, any ideas?

The yellow/green plastic drawers to the right hold random embellishments organised by colour.

I got those CD cases for a steal! I wish they had more than three since a lot of them don't fit!

The blue "creature" is actually a child's wooden book that I plan to alter. Although it does look pretty cute the way it is!

All my paints, brushes and related items.

Cardstock and patterned papers in Cropper Hopper holders. The cardstock is organised by colour, and the patterned papers by manufacturer cause my brain works that way. I found these great 12x12 accordian holders at the supermarket here. Another steal! They hold both 12x12 and 8x12. One holds my letter stickers and adhesive chipboard letters, the second paper scraps, and the third flat embellishments in packs and other stickers. All my chipboard is in various containers on the shelf below this.

My sewing machine off to the right.

Ribbon and flowers by colour in jars from Ikea.

Fabric and found items in plastic bins and recycled glass jars

A close up of the armoire type desk. All my magazines are there, along with other flat items

The chalkboard is my attempt to remember what projects I want to work on (this doesn't always work). The green trays were actually part of the plastic bins I use for fabric.

Wood mounted alpha stamps in wooden bowls. I plan to paint the bowls!

A closer look at the green trays. Mainly metal embellishments that I use often.

My main work surface, with cutting mat, paper trimmers, and pots with tools and pens.

Close up of pens on my main work surface. Only because I like this photo! I had them in a drawer thingy but I think I prefer to have them out like this. More aesthetic!

Thanks for taking the tour with me. I'm not finished, I have other plans for the space, but that will be over time. But I'm happy with where it is right now, I think I will be more efficient!

Tuesday, 8 May 2007

Christmas for Scrapbookers

Saturday was National Scrapbooking Day, pretty much as my title says, it's Christmas for scrapbookers. All the stores, online and brick and mortar, have special sales and events, including lots of free goodies. I was able to celebrate a bit online at Two Peas. Their Garden girls (i.e. Design/Inspiration Team) were holding hourly chats, issuing challenges and giving away prizes. I managed to get two layouts done.

This one was a challenge called Simon Says. Every 10 minutes an item was called that you had to use on your page. The first was a non-scrapbooking item (I used the wooden bingo number). the second was stamping, and the third was your own handwriting. Then we got another 15 minutes to complete the page and post it.

This challaenge was to scraplift yourself. I flipped my 10 Things page (see post below) to the side and lifted that. I did this one between 1:00 and 2:00 a.m. my time and I thought my head would explode before I got it finished! All in all a fun day, and to top it off I won two prizes!