Monday, 30 June 2008

My First BABY Layout!

Awwwwww, well as I can't hug and love them physically yet I will just have to scrap them until I can.

I enjoyed doing this lo as it is not at all what I usually do, I wanted it clean and simple as these are the first ever picture taken of them at a few hours old.

Thursday, 26 June 2008

Blog Candy!!!!!

Madhattermillie has some fab blog Candy up for grabs, go check it out. HERE

Friday, 20 June 2008


First, and top of my gratitude list is to whoever it was that RAK'D me the RUSTY PICKLE ticket, I can't express how grateful I am. This can't of come at a better time either, as I have a great deal of personal stress and a day of scrapping and having fun was just what I needed. Your generous gift will never be forgotten.

A close second on my list is my Pal Helen, who has been a real support and a total star, thank you so much for picking me up, keeping me sane, making me laugh and being a great pal.

Thanks to Bex for the planning of the whole event and the really nice chat we had, and how much you made me laugh. it really helped hun. xxx

Thanks to Lance for 2 great classes, for helping me and making me feel better when I was being a slow dumb ass and also for being so very generous.

So now I have finished what felt like an Oscar nomination speach PMSL here is how my day went.

Well it started off very strangely. I got to North Queensferry train station very early almost an hour and a half early, WHY OH WHY??????????? do trains and buses only run on time when you DON'T want them to. So I wandered just outside the station and sat and a concrete slab, there is no one in sight, no taxi rank and no staff, so I text Helen to tell her I am an idiot and just planned to sit and ponder life. Suddenly a police car with 4 policemen arrive, so I think maybe now I can ask someone how I could make my own way to the hotel. I ask one of the policemen where it is and he stands up straight to tell me and I see he has a HUGE rifle in his hands. OMG I thought, I only wanted directions. He was very sweet and told me it was too far to walk and there were no taxi ranks so it would be better to wait for my lift. So I sat quietly and watched what was going on, 3 more lots of armed police arrived and had arrested 2 sets of 2 men and were asking odd questions, I just kept my head down and my face out of range of anything that looked like a gun lol. It can't have been anything too bad or they would have asked me to move on or hide, so that begs the question, did they really need about 15 policemen at one point and arms ones at that. LOL.

So anyway before I knew it with all the excitement the time had flown by and Helen arrived to pick me up. I was so excited as this is the first Professional class I have ever attended. Helen's friend Vicki was in the back of the car, it was great to meet her, she is a total sweetie. So we arrived at the hotel and went up to the Room we were using and met lance and set up. I have to confess that when we first arrived it did have the feel of an exam room but I have also must confess having my own table made things very easy and I didn't constantly feel I had to worry about encroaching on another scrappers table area.

I will need a bit of retreat practice to really get the hang of these fast paced classes but it was soooooooooo much fun.

I don't yet have any pictures as I did not finish either project, the techniques were fab though and I will be sure to use them again on all different projects in the future. I am really looking forward to working on them very soon, Maybe at my crop on Saturday. The first class was an interactive book with a pop up section which is so brilliant and other interactive pages, which look fantastic and the second was a gorgeous book with round pages with insert pages, it will be easier to show you when I have finished the kits.
Here is Helen pleading with me to stop taking her picture lol, I had the happy snapper demon in me lol.
Here is Bex, deep in concentration, I really love this picture.

Here are some of the fab ladies, that I met, I will certainly not forget them in a hurry, they really made me laugh and I know for sure I will never forget Pam, who is the lady in the middle, who pulled a pair of surgical gloves out of her bag to use for painting and Lance asked me if I watched the show DEXTER about the serial killer, which I do and it made me want to wee I laughed so much.

Great atmosphere and 2 fab classes, I will take so much away from this day, I really loved it.

Lance in the throws of give aways. It was brilliant he was giving stuff away all day long, I got rub-ons, chipboard, a full kit and papers all for free. Rusty Pickle Rub-ons are to die for, they go on like butter.
The man himself, Lance Anderson, great teacher, funny guy and really nice and helpful. I would deffo. do more classes with him, and I do love my Rusty Pickle, A totally fab day. It freaks me out how much Lance looks like my younger brother lol.
Having giggles with Bex.

Bex appears to be doing her impression of a well known 1970/1980's wildlife TV presenter called David Bellamy LOL
This topped the day off, these 3 pictures where the views from the huge windows surrounding our class, it was really gorgeous.

Well done Bex and Lance, what a fantastic day. I am going to save a few pounds a week in a Lance pot so if he ever comes back to a town near me I will deffo book myself this time, to go again. Thanks again to my secret RAK'ER I had such a wonderful time.
I will post pics of my freebies when I get a chance and then of my mini books from the classes as and when I finish them.
Hope you are all well. XXXXX

Sunday, 15 June 2008

Vicki!!! WOOP WOOP and a night with Katy!

My pal Vicki came for a visit this weekend and we have all sorts of fun, including a stroll down the beach, scrapping, cooking and chatting. Saturday night was a great laugh, we spent the night blogging and girlie giggling on speaker phone with my BF Katy. Brilliant night girls. WOOP WOOP!!!!!

I have had such a laugh this weekend. Here are 2 pictures I just took of Vicki in her Nightee, I think she may kill me as she has no idea I am putting these on here as she is still downstairs scrapping lol.

"OI!!! Not fair, I'm in my NIGHTEE!!!"
"GRRRRRR I said no Pictures I'm scrapping!"
Tee Hee! What a fab and funny weekend. xxx

Great Auntie Billie and BLUE AWNING!

K&Co papers don't often rock my world but I have to say I am LOVING!!! The Blue Awning Range. It is great to work with and nice quality too, the foiled and emboseed papers are yummy as well as are the rubons, chipboard and beaded brads, we may as well just say I love it all.
I cut out some of the flowers from one of the sheets of papers and 3D mounted them with silicone glue.
The hidden journal was fun to make, I made the pocket from the spotty paper in the range.

The journalling folder was inspired by my friend Lori, who did a recent layout with a file folder like this full of pictures of her naughty cat with a camera strap, it was fab. So thanks Lori hun, your an inspiration as always.
I miss my Great Aunt, I really had a bond with her and admired her so much, I hope this pays her the respect she is due.
Thanks for looking. xxx

Sunday, 8 June 2008


Wow loads of creative fun today, my first layout was of pictures taken along the shore line at Ravenscraig park, I used BG Archaic and Bazzill cardstock and had some fun with all different lettering for the title.
The buttons are Felt Microchips from Maya Road, they are really nice to use and give a lo the touchy feely quality I like at the moment.
After that I went a little Rusty Pickle crazy, all the other 3 layouts are RP, this first one is the RP Mayflower Range, it is not strictly finished as I want to journal the story about the dog but I want to research the most famous version before I do that.
As I have said so many times before, I am a total THICKERS addict lol and these Jewellery box ones just seemed to work so well with the layout, then I just inked over them so they worked with the RP fluffy trim.
The last 2 sort of go together, they are both black and white using RP Popstar papers and Rub-ons, I created the butterfly accents on both lo's by cutting out 2 butterflies for each embellie, then adding Gems and doubling them up to give a 3D feel.
All quite simple yet they seem quite affective.
This second one is deffo, my fav. of the day. I think it may be because it took a long time to scrap my dad and now that I can I enjoy it and it brings back fond memories instead of the more negative ones that haunted me for so long.
I never intended for the Mummy and Daddy lo's to be a DLO but they will work well in the album together.
Thanks for looking and I hope your all having a great weekend. xxx

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

A few newish lo's

Just thought I would pop these recent lo's on, they were done as demo lo's for a class I was teaching at my crop. The class was to show how a simple recipe could create so many different lo's.

Thanks for looking. Have a great evening all. xxx

Tuesday, 3 June 2008


I say someone because I don't know who the wonderful individual is who made my day!

I got an email from our Scottish Rusty Pickle chef Beckie who is also a member of my crop and this is what it said:

Hello Jay!How are you today?
I hope you are sitting down and holding on to something firmly.
I have been asked to email you and let you know that you have been sent a
all you need to do is get yourself to North Queensferry! So girlie stop screaming and yes it's true! See you on the 19th for some Picklelicious Fun! Love Beckie xx

Well after I had picked my jaw up off the floor and danced around the room sing Rusty Pickle Rusty Pickle Rah Rah Rah!!! and rung my mum (she is staying with my brother for a few days) and screamed down the phone, I mailed Beckie back to thank her and she told me she was just the messenger and that the person who RAK'D me was remaining ANON.
I was a little sad that I could not thank them in person but I totally understood.
What an amazing and selfless thing to do, to be honest I am not used to receiving gifts, I tend to be the giver not the receiver so I am still a tad in shock.

I hope the person who has done this for me is reading my blog.
Whoever you are, your SWEET, KIND, CARING, WONDERFUL, SELFLESS ACT has made my entire year.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. There not enough words to explain how much I appreciate this massively generous gift.