Monday, 12 March 2012

Digital Scrapping ... dealing with crafting withdrawal symptoms

Hello Dear Blog Friends,

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and that Monday didn't come as too much of a shock to the system.

Here in Ayr the weather has been not bad at all ... I only know this because I had to drag myself away from the organising of the craft room/sort out of stuff ... a seemingly never ending saga task ... for a quick visit to the Post Office.

Finding the ideal place to stow stuff has been quite a task but I'm getting there and hope that tomorrow will see the craft room looking spic and span and so crafting will resume :)

I didn't have this problem with the original craft space, small though it was, but then I didn't start off with all the stash, etc., I have now ... I only had a couple of stamps, a few sheets of paper, a craft knife & cutting mat, one black ink pad, some adhesive and that was about it. Everything else has been acquired slowly ... well, alright, not so slowly, over the last couple of years ... admittedly creating the occasional need for reorganisation but somehow everything got shoehorned in somewhere. Moving, on the other hand, has been rather like opening a new box of gilding flakes ... it expands and can never be returned to the original box ... likewise my crafting stuff!

Needless to say, after a day or so of not being able to craft ... sob, sigh, sob ... I had to do something! So I've been trying out the Serif Craft Artist programme I got free with Complete Cardmaking with your PC some time ago. It fills a need :))

This was my first attempt - love this photograph of my daughter, her husband and her five children. I added a few embellishments and a title to a template layout just to get the feel for the programme and find my way round some of the buttons.

This was the third attempt ... can't show you the second, it's dire and not something I'm proud off. Love this fun digi-kit, British Street Party - it's free which is fabulous and I can see it getting a lot of use this year for recording the Queen's Jubilee visits and the Olympics, etc., the elements lend themselves to all sorts of other occasions. This layout records an Easter visit when the children all piled into Granddad's car for a spin round the block :))

And lastly, a double layout - the left page was taken when the three oldest went back to school after the long summer holiday and the right is of the two youngest on their first day at school. The digi-kit is aptly called Back to School and has all sorts of fun stuff in it, pencils, sharpeners, crumpled notes, pins, etc.

Right, I'm off for a bit of R&R in front of the TV for an hour and then I plan to read the scrapbook magazine the postie delivered this morning before turning in for the night.

Goodnight all and happy crafting,


Craftychris said...

You will be so glad to be in your craft room!! Your pages are fab! I haven't managed ordinary scrapbooking yet so digital scrapbooking seems way too scarey! xx

Jackie said...

Lovely pages Elizabeth. You seem to have got a grasp of using the new software so well.
Just had a tidy up in the craftroom myself, couldn't belive how much stuff I found that hadn't seen the light of day for aeons :o)
Jackie xx

Marie-Louise said...

Fantastic pages Elizabeth. I have never tried scrapbooking but this certainly nakes me want to try.

Jo said...

Oh, it will be worth the wait when you get back to crafting! I've been trying out Serif too and as you say, it fills a need but i think you can't beat the feel of real paper and ribbon lol!
Hugs Jo x

CraftygasheadZo said...

Great pages, I'm not a scrapper but I do love seeing what people do. I'm hoping to get some pictures from ages ago (before digital camera) and scan them in and try to come up with some LO's of my own. Fingers crossed. Just got to wait for someone to go up in the loft! Take care Zo xx

Karen said...

Great pages Elizabeth! I hope all goes well and you can get into your new craft room very soon :) Luv Karen xxx

scrappymo! said...

You are so brave...I am hopeless
with the computer stuff. Your layout looks great and hope you get through sorting your room!