WOYWW with a story

I just love my sister.  We don’t agree on much – she’s a Republican, I’m a Democrat, she’s a bit religious, I am SO NOT,  she is a confirmed digital scrapper and I am firmly in the paper and glue world – but it doesn’t matter at all.  We talk almost every week, thanks to a US phone number that rings here in the UK, and she is at once good and bad for my ego.  She reads my blog and tells me I am a “scrapping goddess” which is nice to hear but sometimes leaves me in danger of believing her, making my head swell to unreasonable proportions.  Combining that with a comment on one of my YouTube slide shows this week, which is possibly the nicest thing I have ever had posted as a comment, my feet had left the ground, a bit.  Now SI has stopped, I don’t even have the regular smacks downs telling me how old hat and rubbish I am to ground me LOL!

So yesterday I was starting a project that was mostly an experiment based on a few templates I found online.  Printable paper dolls and mermaids to cut and decorate here and a load of differently sized and shaped angels wings here really sparked my creativity.  Although I am totally in love with mini-books nowadays, I consider myself primarily a scrapbooker – I often say I am no stamper, but I can manage a decent effort if I concentrate.

So I was playing, not really intending to have something keep-able, just playing with techniques and my new Distress Ink bundle and made something I rather liked.  I realized I had mis-spelled GOD(D)ESS but as I didn’t intend it as anything other than a creative exercise  (it was on plain printer paper for a start) I didn’t let it bother me.

The more I thought about it the more I really didn’t want to start the whole thing over again, as I was liking how it was progressing.  This morning I finished it and decided where the whole thing was heading – I will be making more of these, and string them as a little banner at the top of my window. Each one will be something I need to remind myself.

This one is clearly a reminder that I have to take what my sister says with a grain of salt!  She loves me so her opinion of my work is coloured by that.  And I know I am no angel and definitely no crafty goddess, as nice as it is to occasionally hear.  And the reminder will, hopefully, make me strive to be better – or at the very least less careless, more attentive, and to “check my work”


Was it unrealistic?

I avoided blogging for ages, given that UKS and the Scrapbook Inspirations DT work kept me quite busy. When SI shut down I thought I might actually have the time to maintain a frequently updated blog so decided to give it a go. Well, I feel like I was doing OK till all this snow hit. Between the whole family being home and underfoot (and competing for meager internet resources, what with DH working, DS streaming YouTube magic trick videos and Moodle work for school, and DD playing endless pop videos online) it just got too hard.

Perhaps I’ve put too stringent conditions on blogging – I was determined that the blog would contain a very high crafting/scrapping v personal babble ratio and I think that was the real problem. Whereas on a normal day everyone is out of the house by 7:45 and DD not home till 4 pm I had plenty of time to scrap, blog, do UKS work, clean the house, do the laundry, etc. These past two weeks (and DD has spent only a single day in school since about 17th December!) it’s been all about the shovelling and keeping her amused. Priority work was UKS work and the few times I did manage to play at scrapping it was not productive – I spent two days pushing photos around for one layout then printed others only to be quite disappointed in the resulting attempts at a 2nd layout. Both are sitting on my desk and being ignored while DD and I have been watching The Sleepover Club videos and making bagels and repairing dolls and cleaning. Oh and fighting over the fact her school is FINALLY open tomorrow and she insists she WILL NOT GO, she needs one more day off.

So perhaps this will jumpstart my creativity again and I can finally make something worth posting – wouldn’t that be nice?

and maybe I will have to re-think the “only crafting/scrapping” posts. Not sure which is preferable – a post that isn’t scrappy or no posts at all. It remains to be seen……

Because text only posts are boring, here is an older layout – I actually quite like the crayon resist technique (applied to the white areas on the stamped swirls, then inked over and the waxy crayon rubbed off) and the title COLD just about sums up the last couple of weeks in the UK!


Arrrgh! Technology bites.

I use two side by side monitors, linked so they operate as a continuous screen. iPhoto is set to open on the left. The left monitor is dead. It was fine, I was browsing UKS, and popped off to make a cup of tea and when I got back, one big white screen, one perfectly normal screen.

Yes, I did check the connections. Yes, I rebooted. No, nothing helps. Anything set to appear on the left opens but I can’t see it. And since I can’t see it I can’t drag it over onto the working screen.

So while I have quite a lot on my desk at the moment, including a fabric covered birdhouse book inspired by Linda_E’s adorable house here, you won’t be able to see it as nothing I do will let me force that iPhoto window onto the right hand monitor.

UPDATE-ok, so somehow I managed to make iPhoto come over to the working screen (lots of fiddling and 3 re-boots and it finally accepted that there was only one screen, which is madness and the Mac KNEW there was only one since when I asked it it could only detect one!) and I have some WOYWW photos!

The house opens up completely and there will be a minibook inside, eventually. The house is made from fabric covered cardboard – I’ll add more photos as it progresses.