Monday, 8 February 2016

National Storytelling Week ~ using scrapbooking to tell my story....

Last week was National Storytelling Week, which I only found out was a thing towards the end of the week.  I wanted to find out a little bit more about it and it turns out there is an actual Society for Storytelling which has been going for 24 years!  It's mission is....
 "....for the promotion of the oral tradition of storytelling, the very first way of communicating life experiences and the creative imagination". 
My niece and nephew love stories and when Auntie Fifi visits they always get an extra story at bedtime!

Anyway, this got me thinking about a craft I have not done for a while, scrapbooking.  You may be wondering where the connection is but bear with me. Scrapbooking is a creative way to tell a story, your story. It's about getting the photos off your computer and sharing your memories.

I have wanted to put together a scrapbook of our wedding since we got married over 6 years ago. So with Valentine's day this weekend what better story to share with you?!....

What I used 
What I did...

I chose to do an 8x8" size, traditionally scrapbooks were 12x12" but they certainly don't have to be. If you are new to scrapbooking and are daunted by filling a large page, this size is ideal.

I used CraftArtist 2 to import my photos and add artistic edges.

If you have not tried digital crafting CraftArtist 2 is straightforward and designed to be used with PCs but you don't have to use software to scrapbook.  

Top tip - if you use your original photographs make sure your adhesive is acid free to protect them from discolouring and disintegrating.

My design from CraftArtist 2
For the background I used a photo of the floral display my mother-in-law created in the church. By using the software I was able to use the transparency to soften it for the background.

The text I added was a poem that I found when researching readings for the ceremony and I came across this one. It's such a lovely poem and described how I felt perfectly so I wrote it in a card that I gave to my hubby on our wedding day. (Sorry if you now need a sick bucket!).

The final image measured 15x15cm and I mounted it onto the pink card and then onto the green card to make it stand out.

I punched a heart design into the printed image before mounting it onto the pink card so the colour shows through.  With scrapbooking don't be afraid to cut or punch into photos.

Gerberas were my flowers for the day, they are such happy flowers, I made my paper flowers by cutting them out with the dies in the green and pink card.

The dies set allows you to make various sizes, so I made one large and two smaller gerberas. I used four of one petal size and then two of a smaller size to create one flower.

Once I cut them out I layered the petals glueing in the centre as I went.  Each layer was slightly offset for a more realistic gerbera.

Using my ball tool I pushed the flower into the mat using a circular motion in the centre of the flower, this adds dimension.

I used creative license to create a gerbera in pink and green!

I added Victorian Velvet distress ink around the edges and added Crystal Stickles to create the middle. I also added a little sparkle on the petals to look like dew drops.

I added a little flourish using the Marianne Creatables dies.

And here is the final page....

You may notice I have also used a green ribbon in the background.  I used this ribbon on our wedding invitations.

I've only done this one page so far, but now I've started my wedding scrapbook I have lots of ideas to create more pages.

Scrapbooking is a great way to showcase your photos and memories so I hope this has inspired you to get your pictures off your camera.

fizzi~jayne x

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Monday, 1 February 2016

It's February already?!....

January has flown by and the year so far has been busy; planning the year ahead, filing my tax return and making new products.

Work has started on one of my goals to grow my business online by making new products and I have recently listed new goodies for Valentine's Day....

Find all my new products in my Folksy Shop
My designs aren't too mushy but made to make someone feel loved and appreciated. 

One of the stamps I used for some of my cards took me back to my childhood as it reminded me of the retro label maker I had back in the 80s (I'm probably showing my age now!).

You Inspire Me

You Are Awesome
You Are My Sunshine
A Funny Valentine
 I also added a coaster design....

You Are Just My Cup Of Tea Coaster

February looks like it is going to be a busy one as well with more new products being made for Mother's Day, a #CraftBlogClub challenge to start and I'll be attending an Enterprise Nation seminar as well as an inspirational trip to the Liberty in Fashion exhibit.

fizzi~jayne x

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show Ticket Giveaway....

#CraftBlogClub have a special ticket giveaway! We are SUPER excited to be able to offer 3 pairs of tickets for the Knitting and Stitching Spring Show at Olympia London. The tickets are valid to the show on Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th or Sunday 6th March 2016. This years show is described as ‘The definitive event for anyone with a love of stitch and crafts’.

There are two ways you can enter the Knitting & Stitching Spring Show ticket giveaway. Each of the below will be counted as one entry so do both and you will be entered twice!

The deadline for entries is 8pm on 2nd February 2016.

​Terms and Conditions The giveaway is open to UK entrants only. The tickets are NOT valid for entry to the show on Saturday 5th March, but are valid for Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th and Sunday 5th March.  Deadline for entries is 2nd February at 8pm. The 3 lucky winners will be picked at random using and announced at 9pm on 2nd February 2016. We will make contact with the lucky winners via Twitter and Facebook. This competition is for a pair of tickets ONLY.

Good Luck!

Monday, 25 January 2016

Lumière London 2016 Light Festival....

Last weekend I went to see the Lumiere London Light Festival.  It was the first time London has done anything like this and it was amazing! The event has been held in Durham every other year by the same organisers since 2009.

I went with the hubby on the Saturday night which was the busiest night of the four, as you can imagine, so we couldn't see the installations that were at a low level because of the crowds.  However, it was good to see so many people of all ages enjoying the art and the city. 

Unfortunately we didn't see all of the installations because there were so many spread out across London, but we saw most of them around Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly, Leicester Square, St.James, Regent Street and Oxford Circus. It was a bit like a treasure hunt which brought out the kid in me and I walked a lot, my pedometer tracked 22,897 steps!

The Light of the Spirit by Patrice Warrener

Garden of Light by TILT

195 Piccadilly by Novak

I Haven't Changed My Mind in a Thousand Years by Beth J Ross

Les Voyagers (The Travellers) by Cédric Le Borgne

Luminéoles by Porté par le vent

1.8 London by Janet Echelman / Studio Echelman

I do hope they do this again in London, I loved it. I would have to plan my trip over two nights instead of trying to do it all in one night.

fizzi~jayne x

Friday, 22 January 2016

Book Review ~ 2016, Your Best Year by Lisa Jacobs....

We're only a few weeks into January and if you're one of the 1 in 3 who have ditched their New Year resolutions, its not too late to plan and make 2016 your best year.

I've recently read Lisa Jacob's book. Well, it is more of a workbook and really gets you thinking about your business as well as yourself, taking a holistic approach to setting and achieving your goals. I've had some a-ha moments that have made me think about my approach to not just my business but all areas of my life.

I like how the book is laid out and Lisa is practical and comes across as being very enthusiastic. She runs a successful jewellery business alongside her consultancy for marketing entrepreneurs and she practices what she preaches.

It is a book that should be used throughout the year as it encourages regular appraisals. I like the 3 month and mid year review and the looking forward and back each month as it keeps you focussed on your goals throughout the year.  I will have to ensure I do this and not put the book back on the shelf to be forgotten about until I plan 2017!  

The only disappointment is the lack of explanation for using some of the worksheets in the "Do" section,  I referred to her blog as a reference for some of it but I would have found it useful to have some guidance to help me complete it.

Lisa's blog is worth checking out, at the end of last year she went through some of the exercises which helped me and there are a lot of helpful marketing tips for a creative business.

It is a useful approach and a template I shall use again in 2017. Overall it is a valuable resource and if you run a creative business I would recommend it.

Have you used this or another resource to plan your goals in 2016? I'd love to hear about your plans and how you are making them happen.

fizzi~jayne x

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