Sunday, 31 January 2010
I like February :) For many reasons; including my birthday and the half term holidays from school but also because it is the month when new goodies start to arrive for the shop from CHA and this year it is also the month when hopefully my new neice will make her entrance into the world (she is due on my birthday - 22nd - so as long as she isn't more than a week late she will be a February birthday too and her big sister was three weeks EARLY so here's hoping!
There is lots to look forward to here on the blog for February too. Tomorrow we kick start the new month with a great class by Ann Freeman, here are a couple of sneak peeks to whet your appetite!
Then on the third of February we will announce the winner of our January sketch comp. There have been two sketches added to the blog this month, there is still time to create your own take on either sketch and post a link to your layout in the comments section. We will look and send a prize to our favourite from the month.
Of course there will be more sketch challenges this month, the debut of our ingredients challenge which Ally Bright, Kirsty Riach and Julie Kirk are taking part in (thanks ladies for being the first to give it a go!), plenty of new shop goodies to show off and of course more giveaways, product spotlights and blog offers.
You will not want to miss a GORGEOUS Valentines inspired home decor piece we have coming up, again by Ann Freeman (she has been such a busy lady making some fabulous things for us to feature on the blog)
Make sure YOU come back everyday to see what is going on.
Saturday, 30 January 2010
Friday, 29 January 2010
***Grrrr - Blogger is not playing nicely. I have the screen shot saved of the winning number selected which was number 14 but everytime I hit the insert picture button it causes internet explorer to stop working so you are just going to have to trust me on this one til I can upload the picture!!!***
Hooray - this morning it is being nice again!
Congratulations Sally - drop me an email with your address and I will get them sent out to you.
Thursday, 28 January 2010
Remember that to be in with a chance to win those Hero Arts stamps you must leave a comment on the End of the Month Giveaway Post before 6pm tomorrow. We will use Random Number dot org to pick us a winner and get those stamps a new home!
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
I added some additional sparkle to this layout of Olivia by embossing the frame around the photo with copper glitter Zing
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Monday, 25 January 2010
MAX & WHISKERS
A quick google finally found a few October Afternoon photos which people had taken at the show. From what I have seen it looks good. I have seen several lines (including one from October Afternoon) with kites on - looks like one of the next "favourite embellishment" although there are still plenty of birds (free and in ornate cages) and trees to be had!
As before, any exciting finds you come across on the net from the CHA show do post a link and let us know what you stumbled upon!
Sunday, 24 January 2010
This one I used Ann's sketch posted HERE. i loved the photo placement and grouping in her layout so I used patterned aper to recreate the shapes and positioned the sentiment where she had her journaling space.
They were of course layout sketches but following the idea of pretending my card is a page I used them as my starting point. As always with sketches the end product doesn't always match the sketch exactly but the idea came from the sketch and that is what a sketch is all about - getting a design idea - if your final layout or card ends up identical to the sketch then that is fine, but if you develop it in a slightly different direction that is fine too - it's all good!
How did you get into paper crafting? Were you a card maker turned scrapper? A scrapper first and a card dabbler like me? Or did you wander through a whole host of crafts before settling on scrapping?
Friday, 22 January 2010
Now for the challenge...
When browsing Amazon I came across these books:
Listography Journal - Your Life in Lists By Lisa Nola
My Listography - My Amazing Life in Lists By Nola Russell
They made me think of all the lists we make in everyday life such as shopping lists, to do lists etc... and all the lists of things we have stored in our heads - places to go, favourite songs etc...
So your challenge is to scrap a layout, mini book or other project which includes a list. It doesn't matter what the list is of, just include a list on your project.
Hopefully this challenge will give you some thoughts and ideas to start the creative process - I know I plan on having a go at creating something with a list on this month now!
Thursday, 21 January 2010
The monthly challenges will invite you to work either on a theme or with certain product types to create either a layout, card or other project to meet the challenge. The deadline for challenge entries will be the 20th of the month with the new challenge being posted on either the 21st or 22nd of the month.
Tomorrow we will have our first challenge revealed. To enter you will need to email me a photo or scan of your layout, card or project resized to no larger than 1000 pixels on the longest side to email@example.com - By entering you agree that we can display your work on our blog and \ or our site with you credited as the original designer.
Be sure to check back and see what challenge we have set for you as we head from January into February!
~*~*~ CHA ~*~*~
For the first time in 4 years neither of us will be making the trip across the pond to CHA which will sadly mean no photos from the show floor. We are disappointed not to be attending but the dates did not work well for either of us and we decided to place our orders from this side of the Atlantic this year. We hope to return next winter when the show will be moving from Anaheim to downtown LA.
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
We have been visiting the Websters Pages site and admiring the paper collections and the really exciting looking 12x12 embellishments and letter sticker sheets. Needless to say these will also be finding their way onto our shelves as soon as they are shipping them out!
For those who fancy a little look at some of the sneak peeks here are a few to try:
Here for Prima
Here for Websters Pages
Here for Maya Road
Here for Graphic 45
Oh and if you find a sneak peek of the October Afternoon that has been leaked onto the net do post us a link - we would love to see what we are hoping to order LOL!
Monday, 18 January 2010
Sunday, 17 January 2010
We sent Karen some questions about her and her scrapping and she has given up a little peek into her scrap room and some ideas about the creative processes she goes through. The rest of the Design Team received a questionnaire also so do look out for interviews with them in the coming weeks!
1) When did you discover scrapbooking?
I first saw and heard about modern scrapbooking in 2003. I didn’t have a clue what it was to begin with. I say ‘modern’ scrapbooking because I always kept old fashioned scrapbooks from being a young child and all of my photo albums were journalled and embellished too.
2) What subjects do you scrap?
I scrap anything and everything. We travel a lot and so I make a lot of travel albums and mini books. I also scrap my cats a great deal and love to try and find new and quirky ways of capturing them and their personalities. Although we don’t have children of our own I scrap my god-daughters a great deal. I am a great believer in scrapping the mundane as that is the stuff that actually means so much when you look back years later.
3) If you had to choose one scrapbooking format 12x12 8.5x11, minibooks, atcs etc and only scrap in that format for a year, which would you choose and why?
I think it would have to be 8.5” x 11”. I have discovered over the past 18 months that I am not naturally a square scrapper. I like rectangles – both portrait and landscape formats. Somehow that size and shape really suits me. Plus I love the fact that cutting down the cardstock means some scraps that are very useable on the same page as journaling or title blocks and I love everything to coordinate like that. I would, however, find it really hard to give mini books up for a year. Not sure I could do it.
4) Describe your scrapping style in 5 words.
Gosh – I am not sure I have a favourite but I have picked one I like. I had to pick a cat one and I like this because it is what I mean by a quirky page – writing as if I am the Fiki monster himself. It uses some of my favourite papers – periphery - and is just a daft bit of fun.
If I had to chose one which was meaningful it would be this one. My parents both passed away before I started scrapping and it is perhaps my greatest regret. They would have loved it and I could have found out so much more.
6) If you could take a class or do a workshop with one scrapping celeb or teacher who would it be and why?
I would love to do a class with Tim Holtz because I just don’t really ‘get’ all the inking and aging and layers and things. I love that sort of work and can’t quite get the hang of it. I think if I was taught step by step it might make some sense and I could tinker with the things I have bought a little better.
7) Show us your scrap area (don’t worry we can handle mess!) – attach a photo and describe the area in which you scrap
I am very lucky to have a dedicated scrap room. (Well I share it – Nigel has his own computer and digital editing suite in there so we can be creative together). It was fitted out with furniture Nij altered to suit my exact needs.
8) What is your favourite manufacturer and all time favourite range from them. Why?
It always was Basic Grey in the old days, but they have gone very bright and patterned and some of it just scares me. However, it is one of their ranges that I think is my all time favourite – periphery. I used it to scrap so many of my Canadian Rockies pictures. The colours were just perfect….. very me, very soft and not too patterned.
9) Why do you scrap?
Scrapping is my therapy. I have a very stressful job and it is a creative release. I love any form of creativity but was never much good at painting, though I still dabble. I love photography and am one of those annoying people who likes to write every little memory down. Scrapping fulfils all of those things. It combines my memories, my love of photography and my need to be creative. I can’t imagine ever not scrapping. We don’t have children so when I am gone I expect most of my work to end up in a skip, but that doesn’t matter. I enjoy the act of creating; what happens to it later doesn’t really matter.
10) What technique or style would you like to try or master but have not managed to yet?
I have already said I can’t do the grungy, inky bit and I would love to be able to. I’d also love to be able to make the pages where there is oodles and oodles of stuff and yet they just look beautiful and not cluttered.
11) Do you make cards as well as scrap? If so can you show us some?
I do make cards as well as scrap and I often go through phases where I challenge myself to make a card every time I have some scraps left over. That determination doesn’t usually last long! I make cards from scraps and also use digital kits a lot, printing them out and making layered cards as a hybrid look.
12) How long do you spend on average per layout?
I am a bit of an instant sort of girl. It is rare for me to spend more than an hour to an hour and a half on a page.
13) How often do you scrap?
Every single day. It might be paper or digi but it is something creative every day.
14) What does your husband think of your scrapbooking?
He is very supportive. He takes an interest in what I create, helps come up with quirky titles, sees things when we are out to take photos of saying, ‘ you could scrap that’ and is also my biggest …. kindest …..critic, urging me to take things a step further when I need pushing
15) Do you pre plan your layouts or just sit and shuffle paper til it looks right? Describe the process you go through when creating a layout
I am much better at getting going on the creative front when I am doing design team work because the hardest thing for me is chosing the paper. Coming up with the design/idea etc is the easier bit for me. I can waste hours looking through papers, so to have a kit to work from is a godsend for me.
I have to have a title before I can scrap so my process is normally …. Get the photo, think of the title, find the right papers and card (that can take a while!!!) then plan the design in my head and go. I never really think about embellishments until the end (yes it probably does show). To me it is the photo, the title, the journaling first and foremost and then I think of embellishing it afterwards.
16) What colour schemes are your current favourites?
I love muted tones and soft colours and have a particular fondness for aqua, teal and a sort of brownish pink.
17) What colours do you rarely use and why?
I rarely scrap with yellow or orange . I am not really able to use bright acid colours successfully. I wish I could. I have an aversion to yellow in all aspects of my life …. No idea why!
18) Tell us 3 random facts about yourself.
- I shattered my ankle, broke my leg and damaged my pelvis falling from a third floor window when I was twelve
- I am allergic to banana
- I can still recite the poem I learnt for my Speakers badge in Brownies when I was 7
My albums are all themed, cat albums, Canada, Las Vegas, Emily, days out etc. I have lost count of how many. Dozens and dozens. I recently gave Emily all of her albums (and there were quite a few) as I need more storage room.
20) What is your favourite design tip, style or technique that you use on your layouts?
My layouts always have quite a prominent title because I guess I am an ordered sort of person. I am also quite anal in trying to get my layouts balanced. The technique I guess I use a lot on pages is sewing.
Saturday, 16 January 2010
Take a look at the Prima blog to see their new releases. Also showing some sneaky peeks is the Maya Road blog and needless to say we will be doing an order with them too!
Got to go, I am posting this from Southampton, where I am visiting Elizabeth, but I will be back home tomorrow and will be posting the first "An Intervieew With..." feature on the blog so pop back tomorrow to learn a little more about opne of our ATDML designers!
Friday, 15 January 2010
Next month there will be another two classes, one from me and one from Ann Freeman (who is sooooo organised that hers is done and emailed to me already) I am loving the variety and range of styles and subjects we have got with this talented bunch of ladies on our design team.
Thursday, 14 January 2010
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
Monday, 11 January 2010
Sunday, 10 January 2010
For todays product spotlight I had a play with this set of rub ons - Square Frames.
I made a layout and a birthday card with them and thoroughly enjoyed creating both. The rub on frames were great for drawing attention to the photo in a different way to a plain cardstock mat, on the layout I cut around the bumpy edge of the pattern. On the layout I trimmed the edges straight and rounded the corners.
Here's what I made:
The Luxe rub ons, plus all our other rub on embellishments can be found here and for a limited time only (until Saturday 16th Jan 2010) blog readers can get an extra 10% off items in the Rub On Embellishments category by entering the code: Blog0110Rub into the promotional code box. This discount is only valid if your total order value before p&p is over £5.00
Saturday, 9 January 2010
Friday, 8 January 2010
This sketch and layout is one of mine. I love the crazy brightness of the Scenic Route Garden Grove papers. In fact I love Scenic Route so I was very sad to see them go. Luckily we still have some of their products in stock!
I am also a big fan of circular designs on layouts, I used the handcut flowers from one of the papers around the bottom of the circle to add a bit of extra detail. Because my photo was so large I placed the title on top of the photo, another favourite design feature of mine.
Have a go at your own layout based on the sketch. If you want to play along then post your layout to your blog or in an online gallery and post the link here. I will sort out a little prize for my favourite :)
Thursday, 7 January 2010
The January Design Team Gallery is now online HERE
This month the team worked with Prima papers from their most recent releases. These included Animal Bash, Wink, Blooming Retro, The Tropics, Paradise City and Indeed. Our Guest Designer was Cath Stannard. Below is a sneak peek of the loveliness that is in this months gallery, don't forget to stop by our site and see the gallery in full.
To ensure that it is always varied and fresh we have a guest designer spot each month. The guest designer receives a pizza box of goodies and then has approx 3 weeks to create at least 3 items with the contents, at least 2 of which should be layouts.
The items you create are yours to keep, there is no need to send them to us, just clearly scan or photograph and send in jpeg format.
This month our guest designer spot has been filled by Cath Stannard do take a look at the gallery, which will go up today, to see her lovely work.
However the calendar for Guest DT spots is EMPTY for the rest of 2010!
If you would like a box of free stash and a chance to showcase your work in our gallery please either post a comment here with a link to your blog or online gallery where we can see your work, or if you prefer not to post on here you can email me - Mel@atripdownmemorylane.co.uk with Guest Designer in the subject line.
We obviously have a set number of spots to fill however if you are not asked at this time we will keep your info as we may need additional scrappers for product reviews \ challenges etc...
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
Keep all your comments and suggestions coming - remember it could be you that gets a box of free goodies when the CHA stuff arrives :)
The Design Team gallery will go live tomorrow - it will be going up on the 7th or 8th of each month - and we have some lovely projects for you. With our larger team we are working on a rotation system, each month 5 of the regular DT plus one guest will contribute to the Design Team Gallery, one of the other two designers will create a class for the website and the remaining designer gets a well earned rest!
Our guest scrapper this month is Cath Stannard. Check back tomorrow to see what Cath and the DT girls have done with their kits. This month also sees the welcome return of Dawn Evans to our DT, she took a break last year due to a busy work schedule but she is back onboard with her wonderful style of scrapping.
Right, must go - I haven't quite finished my last DT project... !
Tuesday, 5 January 2010
This year, as always, we are looking out for which companies have exciting new releases and which new companies are set to take the scrapping world by storm!
So here's the thing, the customers desires are, or should be, one of the major driving forces behind any business and we want to know what you would like to see gracing the virtual shelves of ATDML.
Leave a comment here about what new products you would like to see us stock - if you have a link to the product then add it in the comment.
Someone who comments will win a free box of goodies from ATDML relating to the item(s) they highlighted for us.
Obviously the winner of the free box won't get it until the new releases come through so you will have to be a little bit patient, but hey, for some free stash it will be worth the wait!