Wednesday, 23 July 2014

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 268

Well, there are two ways to think about my desk. One would be to give me a halo.  I've spent the last two days tackling paperwork. Business and private.  I've done an overhaul of Insurances Assurances and Pensions including shredding a ridiculous amount of old stuff.  I've sorted the administration of our teeny section of Spain, I've got the work books back up to date.  I'm feeling as if I'm getting somewhere. The other of course, is to call me a fool for sullying the creative with admin.  I know.
What you see today then is many fold, but in layers.  The ipad, after a Skype convo.  The forms are all to do with an Insurance claim.  Yawn.  On the far right is a Christmas card from a paper designed by my sister.  It's last year's, but was in my inspiration section and is now within my line of vision because yes, underneath all the admin...there's a nacent Christmas card! Me and that Scrap Lady Ally have announced the date and open booking for a September Christmas Card Marathon.  Shopkeeper Gal is talking about Christmas going on in her next workshop schedule.  So I'm belying the sweaty heat and gorgeous sun and getting the love of snow on.  I'm not, but I'm sure the more I do the more I'll feel in the mood! I will treat you to a proper view of two very obscured pieces of artwork in another post.  Honest.
Meanwhile, show me up and teach me not to use my desk for anything other than fun...post a pic on your blog, link it here and we'll trot round for a visit. Please understand though, if I don't get to you one week, I will another!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

The Order of Scrapbooking

No, it's not a newly created award.....although it could be, and we could use the acronym..TOOS. I quite like it!   Gosh, I digress already.  No, this is a serious post about the Order of Scrapbooking.  
Before we move on - here's a glossary for non-scrap bookers:
Layout = page with photos on it, abbreviation for which is LO.

Years ago - 3 or 4 probably, when I was star struck and followed the blogs of celebrity scrapbookers, I remember being surprised by a post or comment made by the unmatchable Ali Edwards.  She was talking about the great piles of Layouts that she had waiting to be put in order and filed in their sleeves, and ergo, the albums.  
I kinda dismissed it as I think Ms Edwards has the most splendid control going on and if she doesn't file her Layouts at the time of finishing then hey, thanks for the evidence of a chink in your order.


The one thing I do in terms of tidy, is finish a LO and file it in the album straight away.  I like the closure.  It gives me a sense of accomplishment to see the album filling.  
And there's a very big BUT:
As previously, and probably often, discussed, I don't make LOs in any sort of order at all and they certainly are not chronological.  Chronological makes me lose the will to live. And besides, back in the day of photo developing, I didn't write on the back of the photos and I'm jiggered if I can remember when most of them were taken.  
Therefore...my eight or nine full albums contain LOs from across two centuries, three generations and are in the order that I scrapbook the photos.  Which is entirely down to my mood on the afternoon before I go to a crop.  Which as any regular reader will know, is an afternoon of torture in the choosing and the packing. Except the choosing of photos part..that's easy.  I flick through the enormous number waiting for me and just select ones which 'speak to me' that day. 
So - how do you?  Are your albums in order despite the un-ordered way you scrap?  Or do you scrap in a particular order anyway?  Or are you the type that leaves them in a finished pile, waiting.  Or...do you like to re-arrange the albums? I can see pleasure in this, re-visiting all your works of art. 
To the scrapbookers eye, from first to most recent, my albums certainly show the evolution of my scrapping style and (I hope) the change in my habits as a consumer of ephemera, embellishments and erm, such.  So perhaps, in a sense, they are in an order.  I don't particularly scrap with an eye to future generations to be honest, I scrap because I like it. As an only child, I'm fairly sure Miss Dunnit will enjoy having the album collection, but if at my tragic demise she decides she can't or doesn't want to keep them, that's fine; see, I've had all the pleasure! But..if she does want them and decides to use them to tell her part of our story...perhaps I should attempt a re-filing session?  I dunno.  I might leave it until I'm in my dotage. It will be something to do, and I can bore the pants of the day care with all the stories.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 267!

Hello!  WOYWW - What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday is explained and there's a 'how to' in the links shown across the top of this page. Other ideas with ridiculous acronyms are probably available.
This taken at twilight on Tuesday.  I'm working on the last of some 'Summer Grunge' cards for a workshop.  I aim to deliver the samples today, so I hope this last one comes together as I see it in my mind's eye!  Glasses abandoned where I can guarantee to find them (!), card with glitter glue on it drying in the open stable doorway, part of my Distress Stain collection standing to attention waiting to serve.  See the weaklings that fainted in the heat!  Two pairs of tweezers at bottom right, and neither of them much good..it's a tool I can't work without but I really need to stop putting up with these and find a really good replacement.  There's double sided tape on my 'stickys drawer'..because the ATG has run out; I guess because of my inattention over the last few weeks I haven't seen the end coming in time to order more...but that's OK, it's not exactly heart breaking or life threatening. The main thing is that in a slow and ponderous way...I'm back at my desk.  If only ideas would transfer from head to card much, much quicker!

Inspire us do, please show us what you're up to this week by photographing your work surface, brag a little about it on your blog and link here so that we can visit.  No blatant advertising please - this is about you and your desk, not about your business, multiple links to products or guest appearances.  Thank you! 

Monday, 14 July 2014

Bubbles and blobs. Blobbles, then.


On my workdesk post last week - indeed, on my last post, I had a sheet of vellum with loads of drips on it.  This is what I did with it.  Funny hting, vellum, it's non absorbent and without a grain, so it never quite behaves as you think it should.  I like it.  For this, I dripped two colours of alcohol ink onto it.  That's all.  The white is actually a pearlescent mixative. From the same range.  If I owned more than three colours of alcohol ink, I may well have spent the whole afternoon creating these backgrounds, I really like the effect!  And better yet, the bits that took a while to dry - heat gun the granny ut of them, they soon dry up and of course, the vellum barely turns a wrinkle.
This card was for a 'backgrounds' workshop, and in the spirit of balance on my blog, I shall add another photo. 
Because I can.  And this features blobbles too.
These squares are coloured with Copics, and then alcohol blending fluid is sort of dribble/come splashed over the sheet.  Then stamped.  Rocket science it is not!  More learning for me too - if you don't use your Copic collection for ages (prolly 18 months), you should expect the odd one to be a bit dry. Ah well.  Learning learning!

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 266

Use the links in the bar across the top if you'd like more information or a bit of a 'how to' - although it's very easy to join in and we're not dangerous!



Well looksee everybody - she's actually doing something at her desk!  Yep..this was taken on Tuesday afternoon at about 4pm.  By 6pm it was such a mess that I was happy to back off and leave it. Honestly, I may want to be stamping and playing, but the inspiration part of my brain doesn't want me to be! You can see my trusty iPad, playing some comedy which I love.  Alcohol inks dripped onto vellum is the blobby mess you see - I like it actually, and will probably show the card off at some point after the workshop.  The stamps are cast-asides that I've picked off the shelf to use and either used and erm, cast them aside, or not even bothered to use them.  The Copics are for an entirely diferent workshop that was postponed whilst I was poorly, and the rest is frankly, just rubbish!

I'm getting there, and there's no doubt that your desks are more interesting than mine, so   join in and inspire - purleeeease!

Monday, 7 July 2014

It's All About Me....

Although y'all know a lot about me because of this blog, there's still a lot you don't know, obviously.  And even on Facebook I haven't filled in a huge amount of detail on my profile. Like the fact that today is my birthday.  This isn't an advert, but it's a sudden and big number birthday, and rather unusually, I have something to say.


You do finally get to that age don't you, where you know yourself.  For me it was certainly through my thirties.  And then in my forties, I started to realise how empowering it was to have a first world life and all the rights and privileges that come with it.  And as my forties ended, so I'm in the bit where I'm more interested in the people in my life and the happiness they bring me.  I'm old enough to accept that there are people who don't like me, and I no longer work to bring them around.  No time.  Don't feel the need.  Unlike thirty years ago.  I'm old enough to know that I make snap judgements, and now wise enough to accept that these are often wrong..and I've learned the art of graciously admitting that.  



I am intimate with my faults (and there are many) and because I can recognise them, I strive to make sure they don't surface.  I am forthright, but I hope I'm at the least a bit tactful about it.  I'm hopeless at staying in touch and I hate that.  I had relatives here over the weekend and I realised that I'm more like my maternal Aunt than I thought - she and I share this birthday, perhaps there's more to it than I thought!
I'm all or nothing: sad or happy, quiet or noisy, grumpy or happy.  Black and white suits me very well in terms of understanding and I'm tolerant.  But not entirely patient.  And although I like to think you could teach me some new stuff, and that I'm open to learning, I also know that I'll never read a manual before turning something on and expecting to be able to use it, and I work better to a routine. I also know enough about myself to know that as much as I like to think that I can, I'm probably not going to change much.  
So now, onwards and forwards. I may be sentimental but I'm not a backwards gazer, I enjoy the memories and am thankful for my past but don't spend any time trying to recreate it or talking about it.  And generally, I have no regrets.  Except that I didn't teach my daughter to have an obsession about tidying up.  But then I couldn't have could I?
So if you're approaching any sort of big birthday....take my advice. Surround yourself with the people you love having in your life and make friends with yourself.  When you've done that, there's a lot less to be serious about.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 265

Oh there's pages to reference across the top of this blog if you would like to know the why and the how of WOYWW.   And then, join in!
So my desk this week is another excuse really.  I've been a bit poorly and so my real craft space is unused and rather neglected.  But, I have a bit of a 'do' coming up and was planning to make props for a photo booth.  I've scaled my plans back rather significantly, but the props were made, and here are the makers, at the table in the conservatory.....meet Laura and Ali.
Sunglasses on heads..because they're very trendy...and it had just finished being sunny and had poured with rain. They are decorating beards, glasses, moustaches..you know the thing. I was doing the strenuous bit and sticking them onto the cake pop sticks.  Honestly, my will to craft is not bouncing back as I thought it would! Note my 'scrap box' on the right - so large and full that really it's hard to distinguish.
I know many of you would love a deep green garden view like this...but in the 10 days we were in Spain and the 2 weeks I've spent sitting in a chair looking at it since we got back, it's turned into a jungle and I'm really at the stage of trying not to look!  

So there we are Deskers - now show us yours please - as much fun but possibly more tidy than this view.  Although - and don't faint...I have cleared and tidied that table top completely since 'we' finished!