- Val Thorpe
- Compulsive crafter and official hoarder of supplies, pathalogical picture taker, wannabee artist and lover of life.
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Life ends when you stop dreaming...
Hope ends when you stop believing...
Love ends when you stop caring... and...
friendship ends when you stop sharing.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
4:42 PM | Posted by Val Thorpe | | Edit Post
I don't know why I have so few photos from my childhood, but I do. Last week I sat and sorted them all out as best as I could, as I don't have anyone to ask about them anymore. I also really want to scrap them and this is going to force me to do single pages AND to have them in an album. I am already starting to hyperventilate, but maybe I will get over it.
While I was sorting them I found these two photos of me on my first day of school. I remembered the school uniform then I started to remember things about the school I went to. So I am going to scrap single pages because there really are not enough photos to do double pages.
It's blowing a gale outside and so for me it is a perfect day to scrap.
Monday, August 22, 2011
10:53 AM | Posted by Val Thorpe | | Edit Post
I have really been struggling with creativity, or a lack of creativity, for some time now. I sit in my studio and arrange and re-arrange stuff instead of just diving in and doing something. So last week I decided if I couldn't do it on my own I would just scraplift a layout that I loved and so I did and this is the result. I saw this layout by Kirsten Casey in the Scrapbooking Memories magazine and I loved it. I had such fun scrapping again.
After completing this page I felt really inspired to do some more and managed to come up with one of my own.
I have so many photos to scrap and so much stuff in my studio and I think that can be totally overwhelming. I spent the weekend gathering all of my photos and sorting them into piles either by event or by person. I have filed them all and I am going to put them into sleeves with paper that matches and a sketch of something that I want to do. I also realise that with some of the photos from my childhood where there are only one or two I am going to have to get over my "thing" of doing single pages. Happy scrapping or rather happy crafting.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
10:31 AM | Posted by Val Thorpe | | Edit Post
I really love the new Washi tape and I have not seen it anywhere here and this is what happened when I tried different mediums on normal masking tape. First I cut strips of masking tape and put it on my teflon craft mat.
The top one I chalked with a pink. Although it has got a slight pink tinge to it it did not cover very well at all. I think that the chalk is just to powdery for this, unless of course you just want a very subtle colour. The second one down I painted with a peachy water colour, and although this one was also pretty light I think that the effect is quite nice and would change depending on what colour you used. The third one down I painted with a green acrylic paint. This for me was the best coverage, and finally the last one I used one of the new Adirondak spray colours that I have. I think I sprayed this from too close and all I got was a very blotchy, unattractive mess, so I just used a paint brush to even it up. Next time I will try it from higher up and hopefully will get a fine spattering. All in all not bad results.
Next I transferred the tape to paper so it would show up better and then I stamped onto the tape. Well the top one I used a pale pink gel pen and ran two lines of fake stitching on either side. On the peachy one I stamped some hearts in a slighlty darker orangy colour.
I stamped darker green cross stitches onto the green tape and then I used black leaves on the aubergine tape.
I am quite happy with the way they turned out and although you would have to play with patterns and colours I think they will look fabulous on a page.... I think I am feeling a bit of mojo coming back.
Happy Women's Day to all you fabulous women out there.
Monday, August 8, 2011
3:12 PM | Posted by Val Thorpe | | Edit Post
Any one of you that looks at my blog may have checked out Pinterest and those that know me know that I am absolutely hooked on Pinterest. I love my boards they make me very happy and I have discovered stuff on there that I would not otherwise have found and one of those things is "washi tape".
Here is an example of washi tape and I have no idea what it is, whether it is like cello tape or more like masking tape or something in-between but I have to find it somewhere. In the meantime I bought some masking tape today and I am going to play with some mediums on it. I will let you know how it pans out.
For all you lovely women out there I hope you have a wonderful women's day tomorrow.
Friday, August 5, 2011
5:35 PM | Posted by Val Thorpe | | Edit Post
This is a page I did before I went away on my knitting endeavours. I loved the paper and it went really well with the photos. I used a single sketch layout and then flipped it on its side for the other page.
When I learned to crochet the flowers a friend told me she wanted a granny blanket for her studio in her studio colour and this is what I came up with. I was really happy with my attempt and loved the little red flowers that dotted it. Now I only hope that it lasts...:D
I took a close-up photo of one of the squares that had the flower on.
Now I am going to make one for myself and my daughter has been hinting that she would like one for her bed. Loads of stuff to do to keep me out of mischief. I just wish I could get my scrapping mojo back.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
3:56 PM | Posted by Val Thorpe | | Edit Post
And puppy makes four. :D I love my yorkies and while we were away last week we saw some in the pet shop. We left with a strong resolve not to buckle. Three days later she was still there and we took her, and named her Karma. We met at the vet to get her chipped and vaccinated and to collect her papers and she was ours. She spent three days with us at the coast and then flew home with us yesterday. What a little cutie she is - so much spunk.
I took this one of her with my hand so you can see how small she still is. She is 12 weeks and weighs 1.5 kgs.
To say that my other three are a LITTLE put out is an understatement and she took over the house like she owned it and they are not sure how to handle her. We were totally ignored last night but today they seem to have come around a bit but I am still getting the cold shoulder. She, however, is totally unfazed by everything going on around her. We now have 4 dogs and one cat. :D You have to fill the empty nest with something. Hahaha
I am hoping that I get my mojo back real soon I am tired of not producing anything exciting.
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