Wednesday 27 February 2013


The sun is finally coming out on the East Midlands after a series of grey, grey days!

On my work desk today - after I unburied it from my son's art homework are some cards I made for my previous Trash to Treasure post.  There is a 'how to' video if you care to know more and if you like the cards then please leave me a comment on that post as I will be drawing a winner on my next Trash to Treasure Post.

Next along is my finished fairy from last weeks post and one of my first ever scrapbook albums.

You may remember I was wondering how to colour my fairy drawing last week.  I used Distress Inks in the end and I am happier with her face after a little tweak or two before I began colouring her in.  As you can see I am a messy worker and kept dragging my hand through the puddles of ink on my messy mat.  I may have to paint in some foliage although I am toying with the idea of copying her and decoupaging her.  Then I could use one of my strip dies to make a real 3D autumnal leaf background.

This morning I was putting away a couple of layouts and stopped to have a look at one of my first ever scrapbook albums.  Although we make these pages to record and preserve our family memories it is funny how they also become a history of scrapbook products too!!  This one has mulberry paper on it, pre cut Christmas trees well before the popularity of Cricut or Spellbinders!  I remember printing my text onto vellum as I definitely wasn't ready to show my handwriting to the world back then and the title was reverse printed on my computer and then hand cut!  A real labour of love.  I even made the ski embellishments and pencilled in the ski tracks!

What about the papers we bought way back then too!!!!  A bit like the fashions we wore back in the day too!!!  Ripping and tearing was in I see from this layout and I remember buying sheets of printed letters ( I probably still have the rest of the sheet somewhere in this room.  I made pockets from the paper - In fact as I look at my pages I made a lot of my embellishments in the early days and I haven't lost my love of doing that.

Hope you are all having a fun day and I am off now to desk hop for a while so see you soon.  If you happen this way on a Wednesday and haven't heard of WOYWW then follow this link to find out more.

Thanks for popping by x


  1. love your card and scrapbook distress inks are really great to colour an image with. Your page layout are fab so much fun on those pages
    Happy WOYWW hope you have a great day
    Ria #48

  2. Love the cards - and I loved the rainbow one too
    Happy WOYWW

  3. Awesome colouring!!! And I hope the sun will shine here soon too!!!
    Great cards and a very inspiring workspace!

    Have a wonderful WW!

    die amelie x

  4. Your coloring is just wonderful! Lovely crafty desk too! #96

  5. Love how your fairey turned out. I do have the same problem with my hand wanting to paint by itself. LOL Great cards and your LOs are wonderful, love the pics
    Krisha #32

  6. Love your card and how you used the ribbons in such a fun way. Your fairy is amazing. Love the colors you selected, they are perfect. I am looking forward to looking at your videos at home (can't here at the office). I have seen zentangle before and am fascinated,but have to see what it entails as the patterns are amazing! Thanks for the visit!Great way to start the day! Winnie #91

  7. I think you color wonderfully!! The fairy looks great! I love looking at old albums! I agree, it is like looking at fashion from long ago!! As far as ripping paper? I still do that!! Guess it's like that favorite pair of jeans you never throw away!!!

  8. Anonymous19:45

    I love how your fairy turned out, very autumnal and here am I, still working on Christmas cards! The old pages are funny in a way, like fashions and music they're definitely of a time. Great to see though, you were very dedicated to your art!!

    Brenda 112

  9. Wow I wish I couldcolour as good as that, your fairy is amazing. I like your ribbon card to. Hugs Mo x

  10. what a tidy work-space you have :) All the better for clear videos, hehe.
    Your fairy is fantastic Helen! She is coloured beautifullyI love her leaf skirt very much and she is very fashionable with her slouch boots too. I bet she would be incredible, decoupaged.
    Those cards really are fab! TTfn - Enjoy the rest of WOYWW :0) Mo x
    I wrote this HOURS ago, but it didn't publish. I just came back & refreshed the page and it was still sitting in the box, lol, grrr

  11. I have some of those Christmas tree's too!!! Amazing how quickly crafts change huh. Happy WOYWW. Karen 92 x

  12. Love those layouts! They look fabulous :)

    Katie (121)

  13. East Midlands - my home town was Leicestershire before we moved to canada. Wishing you warm weather - we have too much snow! Lovely fairy
    Famfahall 112

  14. I so enjoyed your post today a real step back in time with scrap booking and I am with you on making my own embellishments and tearing paper, also the trees they made me laugh. Love your fairy excellent colouring job, funny I am a real messy worker I get ink and paint on everything.

    Happy WOYWW

  15. Your trash to treasure cards are adorable. Your fairy turned out fantastic. But,oh, to be taken back in time to the earlier days of scrapbooking - of not just products but techinques as well like matting every photo. Your pages are beautiful. And now I'm going to have to dig into my old mulberry stash. Thanks for popping in on me. Have a Happy, Crafty Week. LisaDV #115

  16. That's taken me back to my first scrapbooking page - I only had a few pieces of cardstock (I'm sure I called it just plain old card back then) and I definitely did the old computer print on Vellum trick - tragically I haven't scrapbooked anything since 2009 so suspect I'd be straight back there if I picked up my album again! Thanks for you visit and lovely comments. MM x #97

  17. Love all the variety on your desk, especially the look back at your scrapbook pages. My how times have changed! I need to dig mine out and take a look at them!

  18. I enjoy going back and looking at old pages I've put together. Sometimes they are dated, but other times - they inspire me and I am surprised at how good they look. April #151

  19. I love your fairy she is fabulous and I can see her decoupaged and all glittery -yummy, love your scrapbook pages they are fabulous. Tracy #72


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