Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Little Book of Secrets 2

I finished my second Little Book of Secrets tonight. This time the theme was seasons. i really enoyed making this and am pleased with the final result. Just hope my swapee likes it.

Fairy doors

Another swap for UKS this time to make a fairy door. For some unknown reason I signed up to make two! More stress I'd say :) anyway I made two completely different doors - one as part of a mini purple castle with a fence and the other more natural looking one:

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Little Book of Secrets

Another swap for UKScrappers this time the Little Book of Secrets. We set a theme and then were randomly swapped with another person and given their theme. I don't mind admitting I was horrified when I read the email which said, "Dia De Los Meurtos - the Mexican Day of the Dead". I hadn't even heard of it! How on earth was I going to manage this??

Well I did a lot of research for a start and the meaning of the day started to not only interest me but inspire me. By the time I had finished the book I loved Dia De Los Meurtos so much I would even like to go over to Mexico just for the celebration as it sounds amazing!!!

I've learnt a lot doing this book and I've enjoyed making it. Its not perfect - but then what is. Hopefully the recipient - she knows who she is if she is reading - will like it. I just have a teeny little bit more work to do on the boxes. Here's the piccies...

Monday, 16 January 2012

52 Walks Part 3

So yesterday we embarked on our third walk, this time accompanied by two friends and their dog. We walked near sunset which meant it was cold but very beautiful.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

52 Walks Part 2

Every Sunday Im going for a walk with my Panasonic Lumix Fz38, my two dogs and my hubby. Last Sunday we visited Croxteth Country Park. Unfortunately we were not properly attired and we got soaked to the skin! We survived though and are going to invest in some (furry) wellies)

52 Walks

As part of a photography challenge on UKScrappers Im taking 52 walks in 2012. each sunday im going to a different place with hubby and the dogs and here's some pics from walks 1. I forgot to take my camera on and had to use my phone!!!

Walk 1

Monday, 2 January 2012

Crafty Goals for 2012

Like so many others I've chosen to see the start of the new year as the start of new things in my life. Like so many others I have set many resolutions over the year and kept none of them so why keep doing it? Well I don't like to give up and I like making lists and I like the idea of trying no matter what. I have quite a few goals this year but here are my crafty ones:

1. 52 Walks
The aim is as it says to complete 52 walks this year. On each walk we are to take ten photos. its really a photography challenge and there is a group on flickr, but for me I see it more as a getting out of the house to exercise and giving me something (else) to scrap!

2. Bust my stash
Another UKS group dedicated to getting through our mounds of stash and using up all those scraps instead of continuously buying pretty things and then smelling the papers or just looking at them thinking, "ahhhhhh, wooooooow, oooooooh". I haven't agreed like some to not buy a single thing all year - there are some products that come put that need to be bought - but Im making a conscious effort to buy less and use what I've got

and in that vein...

3. Make 10 cards per month
I've lots of toppers, a drawer full of House Mouse decoupage, a drawer full of Glitter Girls Goddess decoupage, two drawers full of Hunkydory kits, numerous CDs... to name but a few. Im going to make my way through that lot this year!

4. Make ten pages per month
This will include the weekly and monthly challenges on UKS, my ongoing "family" scrapbook, my ongoing "me" scrapbook and a new challenge called "Month By Numbers" which I think is a great way to remember your life.

5. Be inspired by those who inspire me
There are two scrapbookers in particular who BLOW ME AWAY - Perfectly Imperfect and Tworzysko Finnabair so with all credit in the right place I will be taking inspiration from these very talented ladies

6. Other Crafts
I'd also like to complete 2 Art Journal pages per month, continue with my swaps and CJS on UKS and finish all the classes I started in 2011!

7. Non-crafty
I had to mention this Declutter Calendar because its FAB and I will be having a go at that too!

If I manage all that this year I will be amazed. If I don't - well I don't! What are your new year resolutions?

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Art Journaling Take 2

I blogged a post a few minutes ago with pictures of my art journal. Unfortunately upon clicking on the photos you could read what I'd written and the writing is personal and private so I've deleted the post. Im going to try again but this time I've blurred them using Craft Artist - with the exception of the first page as it has no journaling on it:

As I said in the last post I've no idea if they are any good. I just know I've written some important stuff (important to me) and its been very therapeutic and I've enjoyed every minute of it!

Happy 2012!