Monday, 23 February 2009

All The Gear? Absoloutely No Idea...

Have you seen Julie Kirk's work? Her blog is here, she's a fellow Ordinary Treasures member and makes great use of unusual items in scrapbooking. Infact it was this project that she created that made me start looking at clothing labels in a whole different light.

Ok so that mini book looks absoloutely nothing like this LO, but it totally inspired me to start saving interesting clothing labels, which resulted in the creation of this!

Don't you just love those labels? The little label showing the different types of fit with the little men with measuring tapes was just perfect for this LO about some new clothes for me and who could fail to completely fall in love with that one of an open zip with the snowboard cartoon scene inside? They are both from a snowboard gear brand called Burton that make very cool clothes, and have very cool clothing labels to match!
The phrase "All the Gear, No Idea" was given by one of Mark's friends and I must admit it's just oh so true. I can't snowboard to save my life but will be giving it a go (again) when we go away.
Oh and the measure tape was something I found on the internet - a sight which offered a free printable tape measure to help you work out what size you were. Printed onto kraft cardstock I thought it looked pretty nifty!

Monday, 16 February 2009

Yet More Scrappage...

...Am I ill you may wonder? What yet more LO's from the person who hasn't scrapped in an age. Yes my mojo is back with avengence after being missing for rather a long time. I'm loving being able to pick from the photos I'm taking for Project 365 and scrap my favourites for each week. Here are the next two for weeks three and four.

Week three saw me documenting another past time of mine. I do like cross stitch, it's really relaxing but I just don't have enough hours in the day to do it very often. This one is coming along (slowly!) and it's nice to pick up of an evening when I want to do something that doesn't require too much effort.
Used a variety of different October Afternoon papers I've had for a while along with Heidi Swapp letters I've had for ages (one of my first ever purchases infact!) and some cute wooden buttons from my Stash that I believe came from my dear friend Anna if I remember correctly.

I couldn't not document Mark's birthday for week four could I? This rather yummy looking cake was actually from his Mum but I couldn't resist snapping a picture of him cutting the cake. I've used Sassafras and Pink Paislee papers, Pink Paislee letter stickers and Making Memories Tiny Alphas along with a HUGE number of buttons from my stash.
And just to prove my mojo is well and truely back, I've just printed out another set of photos and am about to settle down infront of the TV and do some more scrapping. Happy days!

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Snowboard Love

You may or may not know that we are very soon off on a trip to the Alps... Yes really. Me, the person who neither skis or snowboards is going to the Alps in winter. But I did have other motives for wanting to go, it's just stunning scenery and I'd planned a "photography holiday". Well, problem was I didn't have anything I needed to go over there so it was time to go shopping for a jacket, pants, snow boots, gloves and a hat! Yes ok I admit I didn't really need the hat or the gloves but well, might as well get everything while I'm at it...

My biggest fear though was that I wouldn't get anything I actually liked, most of the cheap jackets just aren't my cup of tea. I wanted something retro and cool, and well a snowboarders jacket really rather than a skiers one! However, most I liked were over £150 which was well out of the budget... We went to Chill Factore in Manchester today for a look round to see if we could find anything and imagine my delight when I found this jacket by Bonfire in Snow and Rock reduced to just £77.

It's so cool, a moss green colour with these vintage winter snow queen fairy tale type sketches all over it. I'm totally in love with it and it really appeals to both the scrapper and the (wannabe) snowboarder within me!

Also notice the new hat! It's by Volcom and I don't dare tell you how much it cost... But it's way cool and was the only hat I really liked.

The pants are Mark's old ones that he's said I can wear... really just an excuse for him to buy some new ones but I'm not complaining. I love these, and the braces (not worn up but hanging down of course) look ace. To complete the look are some white snow boots and I'm all set to go! Ok so I haven't actually got the snow boots yet, the shoes I'm wearing are actually some new trainers I got today. Subvert had these Etnies reduced in the sale from £62 to £25 and I couldn't resist...

However, at this point a certain phrase that one of Mark's friends uses springs to mind... "All the gear and no idea" and I'm rather ashamed to admit that it completely is true! Mark reckons (and so do I) that I look just like a snowboarder in all this new stuff. Fact is I can't snowboard to save my life. So what do you reckon? Would you think I was a boarder if you saw me? Hopefully the answer is yes as that's the whole point!

Well actually at this point I should admit I couldn't resist and I persuaded Mark to buy both the trainers and jacket for me (and the soon to be purchased snow boots). He's so lovely and so good to me! But in all fairness he just wants me to look like a snowboarder so he's not alone, apparently 95% of people where we are going are Skiers! And he reckons they don't like snowboarders but I don't see why not. Ah well, we can't complain. It's our friends challet so we don't pay anything to go there, just flights and car hire. I can't wait!!!

And now to slightly more normally blogging, my fabric from a few posts ago finally arrived... It's just as gorgeous as I thought it'd be and I can't wait to get going with it. Just need some other fabric to go with it and away I go. The other scrummy fabric underneath is just lush too, soo touchy feely it's really soft and I just love the little balls all over it. It's going to form the main part of my album cover for my upcoming trip to the Alps. I think the little balls look like little snowballs.
In other news I've been scrapbooking again! Didn't get chance to photograph them today in the daylight but I'll be back tomorrow with pictures.

Monday, 9 February 2009

Yes really, I've actually done some scrapbooking...

Ok you can pick yourself back up off the floor now. I've not only been scrapbooking but I've also actually got photos to share as I had chance to photograph them in daylight. So without further a do...

The tree nobody wanted, all about my £1 Christmas tree. Bo Bonny dotted cardstock, Anna Griffin PP and a cool paper bag I got from a cute little shop near me. Journalling spots are from Making Memories and the letters are K&Co. Plus assorted ribbon, tickets, blooms etc from my bag.

And then one all about my beautiful roses that Mark bought me for no reason inparticular. The "Love" card is from the Living Room Floor on Etyd, Bazzill cardstock, Hambly birdcage overlay, Woodgrain Dymo Tape, Making Memories journalling card and the super cute birdcages by the journalling card are cut from a fabulous sheet of wrapping paper by Paperchase. I love Paperchase...
Both of these Layouts are done using photos from my Project 365. I got this fabulous Kraft scalloped 8.5x11 album by Making Memories from my super duper crafty friend Jenny for Christmas and wanted to use it for something special. As I don't want to forget about my scrapbooking in 2009 I also realise I won't do as much as I did last year. I don't have the time anymore. So I'm going to do atleast 1 LO a week, picking my favourite photo from that week of my Project 365 so at the end of the year I'll have a Project 365 Scrapbook Album to go alongside the Photo Albums.
I still need to decorate the album, I'm waiting to be inspired as I want to make it something special as it was such a lovely gift from Jenny. I'm thinking maybe something fabric, but I'm not sure yet. I'll leave it for now, I know inspiration will strike soon!
Oh and yes I still have been keeping up with Project 365 if you're interested, I've just been really lazy about uploading them. I'll be back soon with a HUGE update post to catch up.

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Tweet Tweet!

A little break for 365 uploads today to my blog... I'll catch up with them tomorrow hopefully as I haven't had chance to upload them from the camera over the weekend.

I'm feeling a little blue today so thought some retail therapy might help cheer me up a bit. I wanted some bird cage fabric for a project I have in mind and whilst browsing the internet came across this absoloutely gorgeous fabric by Michael Miller from the Tweet Tweet range... It's just scrummy!

Anyway, many frustrated Google searches later and I just couldn't find it from a UK seller in the quantity I wanted. It appears to be somewhat of a hard to find item! So I turned to Etsy and it's not all that common on there but thankfully I have managed to get hold of some and it shall shortly be winging it's way to me all the way from America. I can't wait to get hold of it so I can match it up to some other fabric and turn it into a lovely bag!

Well that's about it for tonight, but I just had to share that gorgeous fabric with you. It's just too cute!