Wednesday, January 28, 2009

do elegant badges even exist?

Yes, they do. I'll get back to that in a bit. I've got tonsillitis for the second time this month and the sixth time in a year. 'Feeling rough' doesn't come close. But I'm still going to do a blog post. It's not like I have anything else to do.

Here is a lovely but incredibly plain scrapbook page:

It sat on that easel for over a week, waiting for that finishing touch. And then it seemed obvious...

...a badge!

It's still quite a plain page, but I'm okay with it, as it does have three photos. This wedding scrapbook of mine is slowly getting there.

I needed a name for these badges. 'Swirly badges' didn't really fit. So I decided to call this set 'the elephant range'. No hang on, that wasn't it either...

The Elegant Range are now available in my Folksy shop, while stocks last.

I would happily pin these to a ballgown. But then, you saw what I did with my last ballgown!

I'm going to go and eat some more jelly.

Monday, January 26, 2009

some custom orders

I had a custom order for some superhero badges recently. And by some wonderful coincidence, my husband was about to throw out some old comics (and by 'throw out', I mean add to my ever-growing stash of magazines that I'm planning on recycling in a fun way). The two requested characters were Batman and Gambit.

Can you see Batman's belt in the background there? I used a Batman advert for the background paper. Subtle, but cool.

For those of you who don't know, Gambit is a member of the X-Men. He has a thing for playing cards. It was Mr Pippa's genius idea to use a playing card in the packaging (thanks!). Frustratingly, Gambit changes his costume AND his hair. Everyone knows that the first rule of being a superhero is to choose a costume and stick with it. Otherwise, how will anyone recognise you?! We managed to find him in one of the comics, but I think his costume looks much cooler over here.

I also had a Folksy order for some badges. You may not be excited by that, but I was quite pleased with the little free gift I made for this order:

It's the Bible... in Welsh. Cool huh?

And, if you're interested, check out this post by fellow crafter Kitschen Sink - it made me smile.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

that necklace I was telling you about

I made this before Christmas, but never really found the time to tell you about it.

I really like it. I might make one for my Folksy shop.

No, my top isn't wonky - neither is the necklace - I was just sitting wonkily. (Interesting fact: my web browser has picked me up on the spelling of wonky but NOT wonkily, which I thought was a made-up word.)

Coming up this week: more badges, more scrapbooking and maybe something else. I'm not sure what the something else might be yet, but you never know.

Hope you're having a splendid weekend.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

scanned or photographed?



I was hanging around in a waiting room yesterday, so used the time to draw. In the future, should I show my drawings scanned or shall I photograph them? I know which one I prefer, but how about you?

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

badges AND scrapbooking

This page actually started with the yellow measuring tape ribbon. I had wanted to use it for a while. Quite a simple page compared to my others, but I like it.

I moaned about Heidi Swapp chipboard letters a while ago (I don't get out much). And I didn't learn my lesson. It quite clearly says 'self adhesive' on the packet. These letters were as sticky as a sticker which had a spell cast on it to never stick to anything ever again. Lots of double sided tape used here. Don't bother with Heidi. Her products may be beautiful, but she's a big liar. 

And as for that wiggly ribbon! Now THAT was a faff to stick down. I think stitching it would have been a better plan.

I think I kind of ruined this page by writing on it though. Or maybe my handwriting should have been bigger - that might have looked a bit better. Ah well. I still like it.

And what is this exciting embellishment on top of those flowers? It's a badge from Pippa's Long Stockings! Yes, the badges have now made it to a scrapbooking page. In fact, I've used two different badges on two other pages. What do you think?

The badges are in the shop. And if you're ordering them for your crafting then they will have a sticky fixer on the back instead of a pin.

I'm really quite excited about these!

Monday, January 19, 2009

hats and ribbon

No, I did not make this hat - the lovely people at Monsoon/Accessorize made this hat. But I did thread the ribbon through it and, since doing that, I've had quite a few nice comments on it. In fact, there was a girl in Staples who stared at it for quite a while before asking me where I got it. So this is why I'm sharing it with you.

See - I wasn't lying the other day when I said I was wearing pink and green. So, have a hat you want to liven up a bit? Thread some ribbon through it. Simple but effective.

[WARNING: Bad quality photo coming up]

Or maybe your hat doesn't have a weave which is open enough to thread ribbon through? How about some little felt broaches? These are so simple to make. I taught my eight-year-old cousin how to make them and we made three for her hat. Just cut a couple of circles out of felt, put a button on the front and a safety pin on the back and sew them together. Easy! We were a bit more ambitious with the one on the right - flower shapes and two buttons!

I might make one for my coat.

I'm sorry about the photo. She was jumping about all over the place and the room was dark and it was before we got our good camera and I had to use the flash... you get the idea.

More scrapbook pages and badges to be posted in the next few days.

How do you feel about unfinished scrapbook pages? Should I show you a page even if it's waiting for the finishing touches? Or shall I wait until a page is done (and not tease with sneak peaks)?

(I must add that we did not choose the wallpaper in our hall and we did not choose the headachey shade of yellow either. We have a different shade of yellow waiting to go on the walls. Just need to get on and do it really. Maybe then I wouldn't feel the need for sunglasses every time I go into the hall.)

Sunday, January 18, 2009

a bit more scrapbooking (but not mine)

(original photo can seen here)

I've never done a scrapbooking class before, but this one is free! So I'm going to do it. Shimelle is hosting/teaching it, and it's online so you don't even have to leave the house! It's here if you're interested.

Get back to your weekend now.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

scrapbooking {his speech}

Remember the sneak peak I teased you with? Well here's the full page.

It reads:
"Your speech consisted of a list you wrote during our meal! But you still managed to get the most laughs."
In fact, he actually got applause at one of his jokes - it was that funny. 

This page was even more thrifty than the last one. I raided my scraps box for all of the layers of paper. The green paper with the heart is an envelope. I didn't even need to cut the heart - the window was there already. Nice, eh? It was junk mail though, so I can't get more. I think it's quite a cool way to recycle junk mail though. If only all junk mail were that versatile. And then there's the orange arrow post-it note. I have so so many post-its. It's nice to finally be able to use it for something else.

On Monday, I shall show you something else. It's to do with ribbon and hats. Nothing majorly exciting, but it is remarkably cheap and simple, but I've had loads of compliments on it, so I'll share it with you then. And next week, I shall show you the necklace I made. I'm very, very pleased with it.

Hope you're enjoying your weekend.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

cutting the cake

This is a new favourite scrapbook page of mine - I'm really loving this colour scheme at the moment. In fact, today I am wearing pink and green. If you've followed my little blog for a while then you'll know that we never actually had a piece of our wedding cake - neither of us had time on the day and then a couple of months later we were burgled. Yes, they took the cake. The uncut, beautiful top layer of our wedding cake was stolen {insert joke here about the cake being stollen}. But just because we didn't get to have any, it doesn't mean that we don't have nice memories of it - it looked great! And everyone else said it tasted amazing.

Anyway, back to the scrapbooking. This turned into quite a thrifty page really. The pink polka dot paper was some used wrapping paper; the corrugated card was a Starbucks sleeve; the green polka dot card was some packaging on a MM product - hooray for recycling. All of my hoarding is paying off at last.

I did originally plan to use buttons {see below} but I had to stop myself. Otherwise, I would have buttons on every page. I love buttons.

I also played around with things this way around {see below} but I prefer the way I went with.

I always photograph my scrapbook pages before sticking them down. When I think I've decided how I want it, I photograph it and then completely mess it up and rearrange it. Then I compare it to the photo and sometimes I find something which works better. Not that you needed to know any of that. I just like to share how I work.

What do you think? I know, I showed you a sneak peak of a completely different scrapbook page, but I haven't finished that one yet. I'll finish it today. I promise.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

sneak peak

I'm all about the sneak peaks right now. I did this one today. Well, it's 1am so technically I did this yesterday. More later...

a custom order

Cool huh? I like them. My first custom order on Folksy :o)

Monday, January 12, 2009

photo blog

For those of you interested in seeing my daily photos, I've decided to set up another blog which will just have those pictures: Pippa's 365. Or you can just see them on Flickr.

I'm off to do some more scrapbooking :o)

Sunday, January 11, 2009

something a bit different

I've actually got three scrapbook pages to show you, but I'll show you one at a time. This was actually the last of the three pages I did and, as you can see, it's quite different from my other scrapbooking layouts. What do you think?

I really wanted this page to look more fun than the others; I wanted it to reflect the mood of the photos. Yes, we are saying our vows and, yes, we are all laughing. It was a funny moment.

I did try out these foam letters but I just wasn't feeling it.

I think what I'm most pleased about with this page is that I was able to use loads of really cheap materials: scraps of paper, paint chips and kids' stickers. Hooray! I knew I'd find a fun use for those kids' stickers eventually. Also, you know I love the colour ordering.

Friday, January 9, 2009

more of this later...

My photo-a-day thing has been going well. By that I mean that it's been happening, which was my only criterion. There have been a couple of days where I realised quite late at night that I hadn't taken a photo for that day, so I ended up just taking photos of whatever was in front of me. Today I actually left the house (it doesn't happen often) and got some great shots of some frozen cobwebs on the neighbour's car (so I really didn't go far!). This is my favourite for today.

The photos haven't been taking up all of my time: the worst bout of tonsillitis ever robbed me of almost a week, but I'm on the mend now. I do have some crafty things to show you though. I've been scrapbooking again! Hooray! My wedding scrapbook now consists of 6 pages instead of a measly 3. Here's a sneak peak at one of my latest pages. It's a bit different...

More of that later. 

In other news, I have created a Whittard of Chelsea group on Flickr. Own anything from Whittard? Take some photos (or draw some pictures!) and add them to my group :o)

Come back again soon - life is returning to normal now.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

a new Flickr fave

Having a really rough week but still wanted to blog so thought I'd introduce you to a new Flickrer. Check out his pictures and maybe leave a comment - he'd like that.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

a new hope

Happy new year! 2009 sees the beginning of my 365 photo challenge. I've got three for you today, but I doubt I'll put all of my photos on here, so if you want to see them all as the days go by, Flickr is where they'll be.

Until today, I had never seen Star Wars. So, as Mr Pippa is a huge fan, I decided that this would be the year I would watch all of them (I would have done it last year, but his first disc is missing so we had to borrow it). "A New Hope" - what a great title. Sums up how I'm feeling about this year in general.