Thursday, 23 September 2010

Make & Takes and my layouts

Val did a lovely Make & Take at Runways End. Everyone always admires her lovely cards so she showed us all how she does it. She had prepared a brilliant little pack for everyone with all the bits needed and everything pre-cut to size so it was just a case of assembling and voila! Apparently the secret is lots of layering.

I also did a make and take during the weekend teaching how to make cute accordion flowers. We incorporated ours into this card but they look great on layouts too (see Jackie's layout posted yesterday).
There was a layout class during the weekend. There were 4 examples to inspire us. This was my take on the class. Thanks to Caz for the chipboard Beaver and Hayley for the tissue paper ribbon stuff!
I was really pleased to win the stamping challenge (there was only one other entry so I had good odds!) The page turned out just how I wanted it to. I took inspiration from a paper in a stack. I used a paper with an edge as a template to make my photo mat, stamped around it with a border stamp set (like this one). Stamped different colours of Distress inks to match the photo at the bottom starting with the lightest colours first and working up to the darkest. The heart was acetate stamped with brown Stazon (left over from the class page) and then cut into a heart shape and layered over card to match the photo mat.
This was the page I took the inspiration from...
I did a simple a page of one of our holiday snaps!This was our windscreen after it went caravan in tow on the M25 on the way to the ferry and France!
A close up of the windscreen... would you believe Autoglass said we should still go on holiday with it like this!!
 My final page was a double page of Alex's 7th birthday. I had soooooo many photos of him blowing  out his candles because he had trouble doing it. In the end Dave blew them out which made Alex cry so we lit them again and he had another go!

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

More Layouts

Here are some more of the layouts from Runways End. Another of the challenges was to use patterned paper as the main element of your page and if possible to use it in a slightly different way. Here are some of the finished pages...

Jackie won the challenge with this scrummy pink and blue page. She used the accordion flowers that I taught in the make and take and she also did ink blending to colour her card for the base of her page which I taught her a while ago too. Nice to see things I have taught in use!

Caz scrapped her other half in purple... not sure Dave would approve if I did that!
Cathy also used something I had taught her too. At a previous Runways End we had done a class cutting up your photos and this was one of the photos she had done at the time but not scrapped.
Another layout from Caz

And another from Jackie
More photos to come tomorrow!!!!!!!

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Crop Number 2!

I had a wonderful weekend at Runways End Crop in Farnborough. It was a bit scary trying to get there when the satnav tried to take me down a gravel track... I had the trailer in tow so I wasn't impressed! Anyway after driving round for a bit I called Dave who worked out exactly where I was and where I needed to be! Phew!

We had a lovely relaxing weekend of scrapping with a couple of Make and Takes, a crop class and challenges to keep us on our toes. Here are a few of the layouts from the weekend from various people...

Firstly here are some of the layouts from the colour challenge... unfortunately I didn't photograph the winning entry.
This was the most popular colour inspiration...
I'm not sure who did this layout but it followed the colours really well.
Cathy's layout
Another that I'm not sure who did it... I love the fibers wrapped around the blocks
Another colour inspiration

Louise's Interpretation
Another layout by Louise
And another... isn't that an amazing photo! I love the blink and butterflies added to the hair!
Helen's layout of her In-Law's 50th wedding anniversary... congratulations!

I'll post some more of the layouts from the patterned paper challenge tomorrow, the class and the make & takes as well. If anyone wants to e-mail through any layouts I missed or better photos please do and I'll add them in.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Crop Class layouts

I have a manic five weeks with crops every weekend bar one, including two residential weekends. Will keep me on my toes and hopefully I will get lots of scrapping done as well as running the shop. The first event was our crop last weekend which went really well and everyone remembered to bring their own lunch too which was a relief as we have provided lunch for the last 4 years I was sure someone would forget!

Below are some of the great layouts from the class which was based on a Basic Grey class and used Basic Grey and Crate papers. As always I have some spares so if you want to order a kit with full instructions please let me know.

Elizabeth's Layout
Bobby's Layout
Vivien's Layout
Mandie's Layout
Sue's Layout
 Mel's layout
Nicki's layout

I couldn't believe that there were two doggy photos considering I hadn't told the ladies the title I had used. I love all the little variations too like Elizabeth's multicoloured title, Sue's paw instead of a heart and I love the two double page layouts... Nicki despite all the hassle i think yours turned out brilliantly. I hope you all had as much fun as I did!