Artful Readers Club
"You're Having a Laugh" CJ
Desert Island Discs CJ
101 goals in 1001 days
Find at least one geocache in all 72 UK counties
Sketchbook Project 2012
Seeing all 30 NHL teams play
Visiting all 30 NHL arenas
Project Runway CJ
Artistic Licence CJ
Rock Resurrected CJ
Take Ten CJ
UKStampers CJ #3
Fabric Round Robin
UKStampers CJ #2
Thanks to some bloke marrying some woman, we all got the day off work and school today - woohoo! So I spent some time this morning playing catch up in my 2011 trip journal... I'm trying to document all our day trips and holidays this year, so we'll have something to look back at in the future to remember all the fun times.
So here's the page about our day out at Blenheim Palace - all very posh and regal, and rather appropriate for a day like today!
None of us had ever been there before, and we weren't sure what to expect, but it was a fantastic place to visit, both the house and extensive grounds, not too stuffy and snobby and boring, if you know what I mean - and we barely had time to see everything there was to see and do everything there was to do.
Not very "arty", these pages, more just a download of memories. But I did enjoy using my new Copic airbrush system (a birthday pressie from t'other half) to make the backgrounds, and doodling the little maze.
And yes, that's my third orangey/yellow based page in a row - I'm afraid I made up a little too much paint the other day, and I'm too tight to waste it! But that's it all gone now. No more yellow for a while, I promise :)
And so, this is the end of the Take Ten CJ - and what fun it has been!
The theme of this last journal was board games, can you guess which game I chose to interpret?
Mousetrap, of course :)
I used to LOVE that game, must dig it out, haven't played it in years!
Actually, I say I chose Mousetrap, in actual fact it was chosen for me - as I am the last to work on this CJ and therefore the other nine games had already been taken. But I think I would have picked this one even if I had gone first, I really enjoyed searching for just the right real-life imagery to represent all the game pieces - the old boot, the rickety stairs, the bath tub, and my favourite, the diving man :)
Here's the layout back in the book, with my sign in tag:
It goes home to its owner next week - and that's when my own book should come home also - can't wait!!!
Thanks to everyone who took part in the Take Ten CJ - it's been a pleasure to host, no drop outs, no delays, no drama - perfect :)
The song: Tell Me Something I Don't Know by Selena Gomez (lyrics HERE)
Product/technique: speech bubbles
And it fitted right in with something I'd been wondering about recently....if I had the chance to go back in time and talk to my younger self, before my disastrous marriage, before various other mistakes I've made, what would I say to her?
The more I thought about it, the more I figured that she wouldn't believe a word I was saying anyway - especially if I told her some things about my life in 2011 - I've ended up a very different person than perhaps I would have predicted back then! But I'm happier than I've ever been, so hip hip hooray for unexpected diversions from the plan :)
This page took much longer than it looks like it took - I spent hours making a lovely, involved, woven book page background, and then promptly covered it up so much you can barely see it, pah! :)
Luckily I took a photo of the background before I stuck and wrote stuff all over it, I love the look (inspired by Maryanne's cards here) - I must try this again, and next time maybe I'll leave a bit showing!
....she's the reason I've been AWOL from my blog (and from paper-crafting of all kinds) for a little while.
This young lady is a 12" x 12" quilt square, made for a very good cause - and she has taken me a looooong time to make!
I'm SO slow at sewing! It's not only the hand stitching that takes me forever, it's the machine sewing too...at least twice I managed to sew the material on back to front and had to unpick the seams stitch by stitch, doh! And the pieced starburst background? You have no idea how complicated I managed to make that, and what a pain it turned out to be.
But never mind, it's finished now! yay! and will be winging its way to Richmond, Virginia tomorrow to the Skull-A-Day HQ (oooh, my pal Jennifer lives there too, hi Jennifer :) )
I hope this project raises tons of cash for Becky's Fund - and if anyone reading this would like to get involved, it's not too late - you just need to get your square to the organiser by the end of May, plenty of time yet....
THE PROMPT: Love
THE SONG: Not Broken by the Goo Goo Dolls
Everything fell into place pretty quickly from that point....I had the silhouette.....a "love" themed page seemed to fit the dancers, plus Jay and I have now been together two years so the timing is right....and "not broken" made me think of not breaking step - dancing in unison - a relationship in perfect balance.
I couldn't be happier, or luckier, to have found my perfect partner for the dance. Happy anniversary Jay xxx
....just keep trying to get a little better, said a little better than befowah!
Yay! I've been waiting for this CJ ever since we started the Take Ten circle, the Guns n Roses theme!
As I am the ninth of ten to work in this book, I wasn't sure which songs would be left for me to choose from, so you can imagine how excited I was to find that my favourite G n R song ever ever ever was still available - squeeeeeee!!!! I got Mr Brownstone!!!!
I really enjoyed putting this layout together, mainly because on at least two occasions in its evolution it went HORRIBLY wrong, but I still managed to salvage it.
And that somehow is more fun than eveything going smoothly from the get go :)
The song is about the cheery subject of heroin addiction, hence the poppies.
I have just one more journal left to work on in this circle - with a board games theme - and then I'm all done. It's been a LOT of fun, I'm going to miss it when it's gone!
... the best 2010 projects from the best UK artsy crafty magazine, that is
Craft Stamper, which is the only magazine I religiously buy every month (I really ought to renew my subscription one day, but I'm still waiting for the perfect sub gift! :) ), has released a FREE downloadable e-zine with twelve of the best projects from last year.