Guess WHAT!!??!!! To my huge surprise and great chuffedness I've been selected as a Runner Up in the Scrapbook Magazine Scrapbooker of the Year Competition 2012 - wooHOOOOO!!!!
Can you imagine how excited I was when Lindsey Hopkins, the Editor, emailed me a few weeks ago to let me know ... I got even more excited when my fabulous prize arrived a couple of days later (a HUGE box of scrapping goodies) ... and then can you imagine how difficult it was to keep the whole thing under my hat until the official on-sale date which is TODAY!?
In order to enter the competition, you had to send in three layouts, along with instructions and list of materials. These are the pages I sent in (with a lot of encouragement from my friends!)
This is the one which is in Scrapbook Magazine issue 69 - it shows a tiny me wearing a jumper which Granny probably knitted (I've coloured it pink with a Cut 'n' Dry Nib and some Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry). I love this photo - in the background there is a fab vintage tv, one of those classic Hoovers and my little wooden horse).
You can see I've used one of those vintage PG Tips cards I got in the charity shop a while back, one of the flowers I crocheted to decorate the favour bags for the ladies at our wedding last summer.
This part was a bit of an experiment, but it worked out quite well so I will use this idea again - I added a rub-on to a clear disc which was part of the packing for some CD-Rs. After adhering it over the title, I covered the sticky dots with one of my favourite Cuttlebugged bottletops (I posted a tutorial a couple of weeks ago)

This one shows John and me during one of our walks in the beautiful Norfolk countryside - we often take a picture like this with with the camera held at arm's length and I like the way they turn out.
I had lots of fun with the background on this one and again used several "rescued" items and home-made embellishments. Here are some close-ups
Another Cuttlebugged bottletop, spiral rose made from Grunge Paper, another crocheted flower, butterflies cut from pp...
Rub-on applied to white-painted wooden garden label ...
More butterflies, this time created with a Stampin' Up! stamp
And last but not least, my old mate Archie Boy, peeping out from a hidey hole as he was wont to do. The corrugated cardboard folder at the bottom opens to reveal more pictures...
.. of some of Archie's favourite spots!
I love this pointing finger stamp. The rose was made from old book pages, as were the leaves, which were created by cutting around a stamped image. The little key was made by die cutting Shrink Plastic, then applying embossing powder and using a heat gun to emboss and shrink simultaneously - big fun!
Butterfly die and tab punch were both from Stampin' Up! Corrugated cardboard packaging distressed by tearing and inking with Distress Inks in Black Soot and Walnut Stain.
Part of the grunged-up background - I started with kraft cardstock and went mad with gesso, collage tissue, stamping, inking and so on to create an interesting background.
I see you Archie boy! x
Can you imagine how difficult it was to write instructions for this one without going on and on ... I know, it's hard to imagine me going on and on .... :o)
I will do another post with pictures of the amazing goodies in my prize parcel ... I was very good and put them back in the box to bring out after Christmas but I'm itching to play now!
Well if you're still reading this extra-long post, thanks for your perseverance and thanks again to friends (especially Trina and Sally) for all the nagging and cajoling and to my long-suffering husband John for all your support and enthusiasm :o)