Wednesday, 11 July 2018

WOYWW #475 - packing for Art Journal Summer School!

Hello Fellow Deskers and Bloglanders!

It's Wednesday, time to link up for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday over at Julia's Stamping Ground and see what everyone's been up to in their creative spaces all over the world.

Mine's a bit different this week. I've signed up for an online course called Art Journal Summer School - the idea is to pack a limited amount of art supplies into a small bag to take on holidays with you, and then over the course of six weeks, there will be lessons with different teachers to inspire you to work in your art journal every day.

I'm not actually going anywhere this summer, but I loved the idea of being able to work outside in this gorgeous weather we're having in the UK right now, with an easily portable art kit. So here's mine, all ready to go, on a table under a shady tree in our garden ...

To the right you can see hubby's crossword and orange squash - he will be glad when I join him outside instead of going off to my craft room all the time! I made the actual journal myself, using covers from an old children's book and a stack of heavy watercolour paper, all joined together using my Bind-It-All so it will lie nice and flat to work in ...

I love that cover!! I added a few pages from the original book to the inside ...

And just about squeezed everything on the supply list and a FEW tiny extras into my craft tote ...

It makes me itch to get started whenever I look at it - now I just need to make a little bit of time every day ...

I'll be at work when this posts itself,  but I'll be back later to see what other Deskers have been creating this week. See you at Julia's :o)

Love Annie xxx

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

DIY Pen Clips and Photo Corners from Paper Scraps


I have some fun ideas for using up paper scraps to share with you today, with a video tutorial and a sneaky peek at a project I'll be making with some friends later in the year when we get together for a Craftathon for Breast Cancer Care in September.

The kit I put together to make a mini album included 18 sheets of double-sided patterned paper and I ended up with one full sheet and quite a few small scraps left over. Here's the prototype mini book, with some DIY photo corners, pen clips and paperclip flags I made with some of the leftovers ...

If you would like to see how I made them, check out my YouTube video ...

I'll be doing a tutorial to make the mini book a bit later, along with some instructions and templates you could download if you would like to make the mini book. Maybe you would like to join us for the craftathon - check out the Facebook page to find out what it's all about.

Thanks for visiting me today, see you again soon!

Love Annie xxx

Monday, 2 July 2018

CSI #257 - Wild at Heart

Hi Everyone,

The latest Case File #257 went live yesterday over at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration ...

I love the combination of pastels, zingy yellow and black/white patterns and there are lots of fun details to pull out of this inspiration image to create a scrapbook page. Hop over to the CSI blog to find all the clues you need and see how the CSI Detectives and Guest Designers cracked this case. 

Here's how I did it ...

The photo shows my gorgeous niece, Alice, who is ten going on fifteen, very beautiful and growing up so fast, but still a little girl who loves to play. I was so lucky to capture this brief moment during our holiday in Cornwall a few weeks ago. 

I used all the colours in the Scheme, from the Evidence I chose several items (leaves, glasses, black/white pattern, stripes) I also pulled out some tiny poms and instead of tiny brads I used enamel dots - I loved the contrast in texture between the fuzzy pompoms and the shiny dots. My journalling is written on the postcard and documents a happy summer moment. 

Why not have a go at solving this Case yourself and maybe win one of the fabulous prizes on offer - you have until the end of July to make a page and link up over at CSI.

Thanks for stopping by today, see you again soon! 

Love Annie xxx

Saturday, 30 June 2018

My Top Ten

Hello Everyone,

The challenge for June over at GoGoGetaway was to be inspired by a story and create a layout documenting ten of your favourite things ...

Be Inspired by a Story Kirei June 18

I have JUST finished my page in time for the deadline - this time it's a no-photo layout ...

Inspired by the idea of telling a story, I tried to recreate the feel of a cartoon strip, and I chose to celebrate ten of my most favourite scrapbooking goodies -
  1. Stickers
  2. Enamel shapes
  3. Tiny letters
  4. Thread
  5. Pretty papers
  6. Big Alphas
  7. Chippies
  8. Diecuts
  9. Wood veneers
  10. Patterned paper 

Yes, I counted paper twice - well, you can never have too much patterned paper can you?! :o)

Thanks for visiting my blog today. Check out the GoGoGetaway blog or FB page, there will be a new challenge up tomorrow and there are temptacious prizes (temptacious totally SHOULD be a word).

See you again soon! 

Love Annie xxx

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

WOYWW #473 - Pom-Pom Pile-up

Hellow Fellow Deskers and Bloglanders,

It's Wednesday again already - how on EARTH did that happen?! So it's time for "I'll show you mine if you'll show me yours" - hop on over to Julia's Stamping Ground to read all about it and join in if you dare! :o)

Here's mine today, not my usual desk but the dining-room table which I've commandeered for pom-pom production ..

My mission is to turn all the accumulated stash of yarn into pom-poms for a party garland. As you can see, I'm doing pretty well - at least half, if not two thirds of the yarn has been transformed into pom-pom gold. I feel like Rapunzel.

It's good to have something easy to dip into when I have a few minutes spare though.

I'l be working when this is publishes itself tomorrow, but I'll catch up over the next few days - can't wait to see what everyone else has been up to this week :o)

Thanks for popping in to see me today, see you again soon!

Love Annie xxx