November 26, 2008 – Miriam Thomas

Day: November 26, 2008

Sharing some journalling


I had a nice time attending the Playgroup Fundraiser on Saturday night.  Everyone who attended paid an entry fee and participated in raffles and had the opportunity to scrapbook and enjoy good company- what a great way to make some money for the playgroup-Definitely beats flipping sausages at a sausage sizzle- in my opinion!

I was pleased to be able to donate vouchers to order Stampin’ Up supplies.  Congratulations to the lucky winners!  Most of all it was nice to just get some of my own pages completed.  I managed four pages in total and just now I’ve realised that I only photographed three of them- perhaps the fourth one can wait for another day (otherwise you might end up with scrapbook layout overload!)

All three layouts had a bit of glitter featured on the page.  For Adam’s page- the pieces came already coated in glitter.  For Erin and Jared’ pages I didn’t have any glittery bits that suited so I inked the raw chipboard to colour and than applied a coat of Stampin’ Up! Two way glue and Stampin’ Up! Dazzling diamonds (which is easiest to see on Erin’s page- on the flower in the top left hand corner- the Stampin Up! chipboard brackets and also the flourish)


Journalling reads: You have this ‘thing’ that you can do.  You and Daddy are the only two people I know who can do it.  I’m sure there are many others who can but it is not as though it is a ‘talent’ that people would openly share.  It’s a funny thing you can do with your tongue.  It’s hard to describe but basically you can twist your tongue onto its side reveling the underside of your tongue.  Rolled? Folded? Twisted? I’m not sure which word best describes it.  I wonder whether it is ‘genetic’ or ‘just one of those things’  But either way, I think that is is neat that you have something in common with Daddy that no-one else in the family can do!”

Journalling reads “This photo was taken not long after you turned three years old.  You have had the responsibility of being “big brother” for over 12 months now! You are into all the BIG BOY stuff like riding your bike (with trainer wheels) playing in the monster sized sandpit in the backyard and playing with your mates but… I still see your “baby face”  Perhaps it is the mop of curls in desperate need of a cut or the expression on your face that reminds me of a baby’s toothless grin or perhaps those “big baby blues”  I think that no matter how old you are I will still see your little baby face.”

Journalling reads: “Most parents know how it goes…The room is quiet…you can’t hear the little one babbling in the next room… You know that’s GOT to mean trouble….and yes it was! When I got to the backroom to investigate, there you were with a packet of smarties.  Jared had been to a birthday party and had obviously dropped his smarties on the ground still sealed in the box.  You managed to suck your way right through the box to the chocolatey goodness.  Despite the laughter, I was quietly horrified.  You see, I had barely introduced solids and so far the only foods you had eaten were rice cereal and a selection of pureed fruit and vegetables.  Needless to say you weren’t impressed when I took them off you….but not before I had time to take a quick photo.

I hope that gives all of my visitors to the blog something to look at – and I hope you didn’t mind me sharing my journalling.  It is one of my favourite aspects of scrapbooking…. Don’t forget that I love reading what you have to write too- so I’d love it if you leave a comment to say “Hi” if you drop by to visit my blog!

More layouts for you

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I have some more layouts to share.

For the following two layouts I took the materials with me to the LSS for the fortnightly session.  I planned to complete two more layouts using the “stitch and rip” technique I mentioned in the previous post, however, when I started pushing the paper around- my choice of papers, etc wouldn’t have ‘worked’.  I still included some machine stitching though- and even managed to change the machine settings from straight stitch to ‘zig zag’ all on my own! (No mean feat for a dreadful sewer like me!)

The starting point of this layout was the chipboard “peas in a pod” that I had sitting in my stash and I thought that they would suit the journalling I had in mind.     The pieces came raw- ready to colour and assemble.   I had a few hiccups trying to colour the chipboard to match my layout-but in the end managed to get it to come together

Journalling reads….. “I’ve heard it all- twinnies, double trouble, it takes two, twinadoes (tornadoes), what a pair, twin terror alert, partners in crime, double duty, have fear- the twins are here, seeing double, two peas in a pod!  Nevermind all those sayings! Look at those little faces! We just think you are adorable ~5 months old”

These two layouts are an example of how I will take one photo and scrap separate layouts for each child’s album- in this case one more feminine for Erin and one to suit a baby boy for Adam. 

I have been asked by a few people whether I ‘survived’ the “stitch and rip” technique that we did at my LSS last fortnight.   Geez!  ‘survived’ makes it sound so meldroamatic (and I never meant for it to sound so melodramatic) but to answer your Question “Yes!” 🙂   For those who missed my previous post- The words “Sewing” and “Miriam” aren’t normally used in the same sentence- unless the sentence happens to be “Miriam CAN’T sew!” and at the last session at my LSS, Christine wanted us to have a go at “stitch and rip”.   So what does “stitch and rip” involve?  For those who aren’t familiar with the technique.  You sew scraps of paper onto your cardstock and then rip the edges of your paper scraps.  I’ve seen some fantastic pages where this technique has been used but I haven’t tried it myself as I tend to be a straight and simple scrapper and the thought of ripping something off your layout AFTER it has been stuck on-isn’t normally something I would do. Sometimes I like to ‘play it safe’ but I never said I wasn’t up for trying new things too! and…   Christine was even kind enough to share a clever technique that she devised herself that she calls “Fake stitch and rip” where you adhere your paper scraps with a thin line of wet glue and then use a mat pack, paper piercer and white gel pen to give the appearance of stitching. 

I decided to be brave, step up to the challenge and use the sewing machine.  In fact I was the first to approach the sewing machine and this may well be why only one other person was brave enough to use the machine after me!  (Everybody else did “Fake Stitch and rip”)  After a few minor mishaps with the sewing machine and a few loud exclamations and lots of knotted up thread I finally managed to stitch around my photos and sew on my paper scraps.  I’m not sure whether it was the settings on the machine or the operator (probably the latter) but I did it.  Yay!  I must admit that I ‘played it safe’ with my ripping- It looks really effective to rip right near the sewing- but I wanted to reveal more of the brightly coloured patterned paper.

So here it is….. my layout (again ANOTHER very old photo of my oldest who is now 6 1/2 yrs)


and a close up of one of the sections of “Stitch and rip”


Thanks for the enjoyable time, ladies! I always enjoy attending the sessions at the LSS! For tomorrow’s session I must remember to stop for a moment to sample a piece of cake.  I somehow didn’t manage to try a piece last fortnight!?

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