In total I’ve now sent 52 postcards out into the wide wide world, and have received 46
Here’s my sent and received map so far:
It’s so much fun to see where my little friendly messages have gone, and where my own equally lovely missives originated. Both Connor and I get so excited when we get home in the evening to find a new postcard sitting on the mat. My postman must think I am everso popular! :)
My favourite received cards since my last update (click to see them better):
Until next time, Happy Postcrossing!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
As you will discover, one of these letters was a big fat FAIL, but we did enough in the other two, I think, to take up the slack.
We were a little bemused by the lump of sugar on the nose of the scapegoat statue in the great hall. I googled it when I got home - apparently a mischievous student placed the original sugarlump there back in 1919, and the tradition has been observed ever since - nice touch :)
The following day, we went Letterboxing. Or, at least, hybrid-letterboxing.
Letterboxes are very much like geocaches, in as much as they are waterproof containers hidden in remote locations for people to find, but they are found with maps and clues, not with a GPSr, and as such they pre-date geocaching by over a century.
As well as the standard log book, they also contain a rubber stamp, with which letterboxers can stamp their personal journal as a record of their visit.
Being a keen rubber stamper, then, you can imagine I have a particular interest in letterboxes – and their geocaching equivalent, the letterbox-hybrid geocache, which is found via GPS co-ordinates or a combination of co-ordinates and clues, but does contain the required rubber stamp. And L-fortnight seemed like a perfect excuse to go out and look for one.
Connor was at his dad’s, and I didn’t know when he would want picking up, so we couldn’t go too far afield - that made our decision for us, as there are only two letterbox-hybrids within 10 miles of Swindon, and they are both up on the Marlborough Downs. So the Downs it was (never sure why they are called Downs when they are high Up?)
|can you even spot Reece? :)|
|not sure who that posh house belongs to...|
Thursday, July 15, 2010
I've been working on this CJ every night for a week and a half, desperately trying to get it finished by tonight, so that I can hand deliver it to its first recipient tomorrow on my way to Wales....and it's finally all done! yay!
This is my book for a new circle called Take Ten, over on UKScrappers.
The theme of the CJ is prompts and inspirations. Each participant has chosen a type of inspirational material, and has provided ten examples of such for the other circle members to select in turn, and use their choice to inspire their their artwork.
Clear as mud? :)
Well, the inspirations I've chosen are postage stamps - each person will choose one of the stamps I have provided from the lil' pocket at the back of the book, and use this as a prompt to make their entry - they might use the same colour scheme as the stamp, the composition, the subject matter, something inspired by the stamp's country of origin, etc etc.
Hopefully I'm starting to make some sense now.
The book's a fairly basic affair, and everso dinky, just over 4" square.
Inside, the instructions for the other participants are on various differently sized tags:
What I'm asking each person to do, is put their actual entry inside one of the wage envelopes, and use the outside as a kind of sign in tag.
And on the back, I'd really like to see a photo of each of my fellow circle journallers, in the postage stamp frame that I've provided (courtesy of the Cricut and Sure Cuts A Lot). But I understand that not everyone "does" photos of themselves, and so I don't mind at all if they put a photo of something else in there.
I chose the "icon" stamp you can see on my envelope above, to use as my inspiration, partly because I LOVED the colours, the deep blue shows up the rich yellows and oranges so well. And partly because, despite not being in the slightest bit god fearing, I really love religious imagery (see an upcoming blog post on graveyard angels for a case in point)
I've taken a fairly literal interpretation of my stamp, but I'm happy for the future participants to be a little more obscure with theirs if they wish.
(the gold writing says "illuminate!", as a nod to the wonderful Acey Deucy rubber stamp used inside, called 'Illuminati', and also becuase of the illuminated writing at his feet)
And here is what it unfolds to:
'Illuminati' was stamped on white glossy card, and coloured with yellow, orange and red Distress Inks and then cut out. The background is blue card sprayed with midnight blue Glimmer Mists. The writing at the bottom is stamped and gold embossed, the halo is gold leaf, the rays were drawn in by hand with a gold gel pen, and the border is copper tape from a stained glass supplier, marked with the edge of my scissors.
I think that's everything, I hope the other ladies have as much fun re-interpreting their own choice of postage stamps as I did mine.
I look forward to getting this book back in June 2011 :)
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
But here’s something I actually finished 3 weeks AHEAD of schedule – whoot!
This is Disney CJ entry #9 of 11 …..it’s heading towards the end now. I just have “Villains and Sidekicks” and “Vintage Disney” to do after this one, and then my own book comes home, can’t wait to see what everyone has added to it!
The theme of this particular book was “earliest Disney memory”, and I must say I struggled with this one more than any other so far. All the other participants have done lovely spreads detailing all the Disney movies they saw as a child, the Disney toys and books they owned, the Disney songs they listened to…. but I genuinely can’t remember Disney being a part of my childhood at all.
I do have a very vague recollection of a 7” single with a song from the Aristocats on it. But that’s not really enough to base a 16” x 8” double page spread on, is it?
So….in the end, I decided to give up on trying to wrestle charming but long buried Disney memories from deep in my subconscious, and decided that my entry should be about the very fact that I don’t have any.
So here it is….I’ve called it “late to the party” as that’s kind of how I feel – most people seemingly discover Disney as a child, I didn’t really give it a thought (other than in a condescending “oh, how terribly twee in a corporate American multi-national sense” way) until I was an adult and had my own children. Even then, as I planned to jet off to Florida for the first time in 1992, I thought that the Disney parks would be something to be endured for the sake of the kids, not something I would myself enjoy.
I guess I was proven wrong :) 13 trips to WDW Florida and 5 to Disneyland Paris later, I guess I have to admit that I am rather fond of the Disney experience after all! And, having been so late to the Disney party, I’m a little envious of those others who discovered “the magic” in childhood, and got themselves a huge head start.
As for the layout itself, much use has been made of Tim Holtz products on here, aptly so as he is a well documented Disneyphile himself. The background for both pages was made with TH masks, oversprayed with various shades of Glimmer Mist. The White Rabbit was stuck onto black card, cut out with a slight border using a craft knife, varnished and then mounted above the page with foam tabs.
The title was cut on a Cricut and then stickled. The shadow behind the writing was made by sponging ink through the waste left behind after cutting the letters, and then sticking the letters down over the top but slightly offset.
And then the whole thing was finished off with the journaling, some extra large Making Memories grommets, and various bits of Tim Holtz hardware (the cogs and spinner thingies).
I really enjoyed working on this one, once the ideas started flowing. I do love playing with paper. It’s fairly pointless in the grand scheme of things, but hey, it keeps me off the streets :)