Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Expanding Blog Hop!

The other week my friend Gemma tagged me to take part in this blog hop and with a mad busy week I had forgotten all about it until our other friend Fiona posted about the fact that Gemma had tagged her too!  So it's home from work, tea done, jobs done and out with the lap top to complete my post!

What are you currently working on?
I only have time for scrapbooking and a bit of card making.  I am trying to keep up with the 52 card challenge (but failing miserably) but mostly I do pages based on challenges I find around the blog sphere...the UKS Challenge, an online sketch group I am part of (The Sketchy Scrappers) and anything else I have time for.  I also have an idea for my neice's birthday for a heritage album. Right now I need to finish off a 6x12 page to go next to this one...

I am also working my way through Rinda's list for the 2014 Summertime Photography Hunt which you can check out on her blog here.

2. How does your work differ from others of its genre?
I'm not sure it does except it features photos of my family and friends. lol!  I get inspiration from blogs I follow including the lovely Louise, from Shimelle and Mercy Tiara videos, and from the manufacturers blogs on any new product I buy.

3. Why do you write/create what you do?
I love to record our family life, from the small things to the huge. From major milestones to little moments.  I also love to play with paper, glue & sparkly things and it is a great way to lose myself for a few hours in the midst of a stressful life.  I am learning to write more from the heart and have captured a few things now that I am pleased with such as being reunited with my brother after 18 years, the birth of my daughter 5 weeks early and a painful divorce which meant losing the majority of photos from my late 20's 

4. How does your writing/creating process work?
I am lucky to have a room I can keep my work out all the time so how much I create depends how much we have going on in the family that week.  I can spend 10 mins playing with something or sit down for over an hour.  I can get up early before the rest of the house is awake or stay up late when all have gone to bed.  I have no real routine I just try and fit it in when and where I can.  I usually start with a photo and story I want to capture and try and use up some old stash (an ongoing battle!)  Here are a few pictures of my very tidy room from a couple of years ago!

I have seen quite a few posts about this blog hop now like Fiona I have left it too late to ask anyone if they minded me tagging them. Instead I am going to throw open an invitation to anyone reading this post. If you haven’t yet been asked to take part and would like to, please leave a comment below and I will pick the first three people. Your post would need to go live next Monday, the 16th June

Thanks, as always, for stopping by :)

Monday, 2 June 2014

Title help needed...

No, not the title itself (although I have been known to ponder this for days on some of my pages!) but how to do a title on the cheap. 

I am planning on hosting a little scrap class for some friends as a fundraiser for Alex's international trip with Girlguiding UK this year. I have the page planned mostly using the items below and some bits from my stash and have kept the price down to a reasonable price. But the the title is causing me trouble...

I realise how easy it is to reach for thickers (my first love when it comes to titles) but this would wipe out any funds we might raise! 

So I'm opening the suggestion box up to my friends in blog land. So far I've thought of stamping (but I don't own much in the way of large letters) and stitching. Anybody else out there got a great suggestion I could "borrow" that is cheap and easy to teach?

Answers on a post card please (or preferably in the comments section below!)

Thank you all!