I haven’t been Idle

You might be surprised to hear that, even though I’ve been very bad about updating my blog, I have NOT been idle.  What have I been up to?  Well… I’ve made two extended trips back to the UK.  (Some of you know I lived there for many years.)  I’ve been to Oregon to visit one of my bestest friends on the planet.  I added a new member to my family (my Linni, Sprocket… unless you ask my 2 year old nephew, in which case he’ll tell you her name is Rocket Ship.)  I’ve applied for a zillion jobs (still waiting to hear on most of those.)   And… lots of creativity has been happening!

Several years ago my good friend Jenny and I decided that trying to figure out what to get each other for Christmas and Birthdays was a bit ridiculous.  Particularly because our birthdays are only a few days apart, so for both it’s a bit silly.  Instead, we started going places or doing things together.  Way more fun.  (Besides… meant nothing to clutter my mantel piece!)  Since I was visiting near Christmas, I suggested to her that we would go to the Harry Potter Experience, at the Warner Brothers studios north of London.

Jenny and I will be the first to admit, we’re geeks.  Well, that’s hardly surprising, is it?  We met whilst studying for our Masters Degrees (her first, my second!) and bonded over PhD Dissertations.  So, when something lights our fire, we do the Quintessential Academic Thing.  We Obsess.  No, really…. that’s what “research” really is.  Obsession.  So it’s not surprise that we had an absolute ball!

Anyway, here are a few of my recent LOs from that visit.  Proof positive that I’m a serious geek.

Tri Wizard Cup

Memorabilia from The Goblet of Fire.

Chapter 1:

The Privet Drive interior and exterior sets. PS – I did the calligraphy for the title. I really wanted it to say, “Chapter 1: The Boy Who Lived”, but there just wasn’t room 😦

Flying Car

Seriously, this was one of my favourite parts. Not only do you actually get to set in the (well, one of the) actual Ford Anglias, but then they throw you around inside and take your photo! Brilliant.

Gryffindor Tower

I mentioned I’m a Geek, right? So, yes, if you’re wondering, I am on Pottermore (SpiritEcho19025). And Yes, I have been sorted. Into Gryffindor. I actually registered a second time to see if, still answering the questions honestly (because I was torn on some of them!) I’d get a different answer. Nope. Still Gryffindor.

Mirror of Erised

Really like how this one turned out. Very Hybrid page. The frames are all digi elements that I printed separately.

Have You Seen This Wizard?

Funny story, Jenny and I picked the wands we liked the look of the best, without knowing whose it was. Turned out, I’d chosen Ginny’s. Kind of made me happy. I love Ginny. 🙂


This is NOT all I’ve done.  And I’m nowhere NEAR done.  Yeah, that’s how many photos I took that I can’t bear not to scrap.  Uh huh…. Geek.


Happy Christmas

I hope everyone is enjoying the Christmas Holiday Season.

Happy Christmas 2011

My mom did the painting special for me.  She’s a very talented lady!

Winner Winner!

And the winner (randomly drawn) for my part of the Christmas Blog Hop is…


Jennifer D who said:

Sorry to hear you’ve been under the weather and sure hope you are feeling better soon. My husband get pink eye all the time so I know what it’s like :) The house is such a cute idea. Sure hope you are feeling better soon and are able to finish it :)

Jennifer, be sure to fill out the form below with your address, so I can send you your prize!  It goes ONLY to my email address, so you won’t be displaying it to the general public.

Thanks for playing, everyone!  I had so much fun making the template for you.  Hope you all had a fabulous Christmas!

Christmas Scrapping Struggles

Do you ever have trouble with a theme? I really have a tough time scrapping Christmas photos. I find it really tough to use those photos of everyone opening gifts. I don’t know why. In fact, I’ve only ever managed to do 1 LO about Christmas, and it wasn’t Christmas morning, but rather, Christmas Eve!

I sometimes wish I were like the big name scrappers and could just whip out page after page… but I’m not, and I probably never will be. That being said, not only do I not expect to ever be “caught up”, I never really want to be! After all, then what would you scrap??? I just don’t have enough things in my daily life to take photos of that it would keep me busy. Maybe if I had a family and children, but I don’t. So, even if I never get around to scrapping Christmas in any year, I guess they can always be my “backup” plan if I accidentally get caught up!

Christmas Bloghop!

Hello hello!  If you’ve come from Amy’s blog, you’re in the right place!  If not, go to Amanda’s blog, and find out what all the fuss is about.  I do hope you’ll enjoy this blog hop, and maybe get some fun inspiration for Christmas this year!   There’s a reward for getting all the way through my post… go find it.  And, I’m offering a Giveaway.  The details are at the very end of the post.

Well, in the run up to this blog hop I had a few mishaps and adventures.  “Adventures” in my family is code for, it didn’t go according to plan.  Namely?  Pink Eye.  Yep, I had a raging case of conjunctivitis.  So, I didn’t get a chance to finish constructing my item.  But I DID get the plans all done. So, never fear, even though only the basic house is put together, ALL THE PLANS are there for you!

House?  Did I say house?  Hmmm… maybe I”m getting ahead of myself.

If you’re anything like me, you don’t have huge blocks of time in which to do things.  You do your Christmas chores in dabs and bits as and when you have time.  Including the dreaded Christmas Cards!  And, pretty soon you have quite a pile slopping all over the place, waiting to get posted off.  Well, never fear.  I have a darling little solution for you!

A Christmas House Card Caddy:

Now, I had originally planned for it to be all decorated like a gingerbread house, with a darling little door and windows and a chimney…. and then my “adventure” happened.  But, you can make yours much cuter than mine!  In fact, the plans have two different chimneys.  One that sits on top of the roof, the other that goes along the side of the house.  I’ve also drawn up optional windows.  My suggestion for how to use them is to cut them out, then cut out the inside panels, (leaving the window frame and cross section) and fill the “panes” with yellow card stock for light “shining” through the windows.  Oh how I wish I’d had the time to get that done so you’d have an example to see!  *sigh*  Never mind.  At least you have the plans.  And, hopefully you’ll get to see my finished product in a couple days.  (In other words, check back!)

Here are the designs for the house.  They’re in JPG, ready for 8.5 x 11 printing.  Click on the photo to download the full res.

You’ll need to print off two copies of the Front/Back and two copies of the Sides.  Everything else prints enough copies that you won’t need to print additional copies to get enough pieces.  The door is designed to be 3D, but the windows are not.  If you want to make them 3D, add a popdot behind them when you mount them on the walls of the house.

I chose Kraft Paper because it looks like Gingerbread, but any good heavy Card Stock will do.

Now, you’ll notice, when you print these out, they have fold marks.  I used my cutting board and a pen to score the lines.  If you have a score board, lucky you!

By the way, it’s MUCH easier if you score everything before you go to add the adhesive.

When you put together the roof, you will have a gap at the top.  The roof will NOT meet.  That’s intentional, because it’s where you put the cards once the house is finished.

For the tiles, I chose a 1 inch paper punch and white Card Stock, but you can do whatever decoration you want on your roof.

Have fun!

Now, your reward for making it this far….. The word for my post is MOST.

And the promised Giveaway details!  I’ll be pulling a random name on Christmas Eve, 11.59pm Mountain.  If you want to win, there are several ways you can get an entry.  You can have up to 4 chances to win:

  1. Make a comment here.
  2. Become a follower (and leave a comment telling me.)
  3. Post a link (on your blog, on Facebook… wherever) to my blog (and leave me a note saying you’ve done so.)
  4. Make a Card Caddy and post it on your blog/Facebook… and link back to my blog!  (Don’t forget to leave me a note telling me you’ve done so!)

Can’t wait to see what you come up with!  Don’t forget… the deadline to enter is MIDNIGHT on Christmas Eve!

Merry Christmas!!!!!  Now, head off to visit Briana!


Yeay!  I’ve finished mine.  Here you go!

Awesome Surprise!

Every week over on ClubCK the fabulous editors pick 10 projects from the previous week to highlight.  I love that day.  Most of the time I’ve seen nearly all of the projects in the gallery (because that’s where they’re chosen from).  But, it’s always fun to see which of the fantastic projects have been selected, and there’s always one or two that I hadn’t seen when they’d got posted.  Twice my own layouts have been selected, and that always give you a big thrill of excitement.

It happened again today!  One of mine was featured!  Oh, I do love that feeling.

Here’s the original LO.

It’s part of a project I’m working on for my mom, for Christmas.  In June we went to Jersey Island, in the English Chanel.  It was an absolutely fabulous trip.  I highly recommend anyone to visit.  If you’re interested in the details of the trip, you can read all about it here.  Since I’m in the process of moving (Eeek!  Wednesday!  5 days!) I don’t have any of my scrap supplies, so I’ve been doing some digi scrapping.  So, that’s what this project is part of.  My digi learning!

The designer information:  Papers and wave shapes are from One Little Bird at Oscraps.com.  Fonts are The Kings and Queens Font, Middle Saxony Script and Honey Script all from Dafont.com.  I made the frames for the photos.