Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Whats on my bookshelf?


I am a real fan of coffee table books. If you don't know what I mean then it is a book which is mainly pictures or a short amount of words which you can pick up and dip in and out of rather than reading a whole story. My first ever coffee table book was PostSecret by Frank Warren which I got in 2007 when it first came out.


PostSecret  was a project founded by Frank Warren in November 2004. It began by Warren inviting people to submit postcards anonymously with a secret on that they had never told anyone before. Soon enough decorated postcards began flooding in and he started a blog, uploading 10 new postcards every Sunday. It was then that the postcard collection was turned into a book.

 
The secrets are loving, sad, dark, funny or just down right strange. The ones that strike me the most are the saddest. People pour their heart out onto a postcard and anonymously submit it, knowing that at least one person will know their secret. There have been postcards about suicide and murder and one that have made me laugh out loud. You never know what you're going to get on the website but the books are a collection of what was, I imagine, the best mix. It's amazing to read some peoples secrets, knowing that you will never know who the secret belongs to. Many of these secrets will go with these people to their graves and some of them should! Maybe putting them out into the world, even anonymously, makes us all feel a little bit more connected and I would be lying if I said I hadn't seen some postcard which I can relate to.

Check out the website which is updated every Sunday with new cards!


Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Getting started with Scrapbooking


After my last post on my most recent scrapbook, I was asked by a few people where I get my supplies from and where to start. It's a bit of a minefield starting a new hobby and you can easily go out and buy lots of things that you probably will never use or need. I thought I would show you some of the thing that I think are essential to start scrapbooking! 


1. Good quality scrapbooks

In order to fill your scrapbook with lovely photos and journal cards, you need to have a top quality scrapbook or album with thick pages. I can't stress this enough! I have bought a couple of scrapbooks without feeling the pages inside first and they can't hold the weight of everything I want to stick on them. I would also recommend hardback and spiral bound so that they can expand and still hold shape when they are full. The best ones I have found are still Paperchase ones.


2. Stamps

This might not seem essential but this gives you a really nice uniform look to your pages. It also helps it your handwriting isn't great and you can't do hand lettering! (If you can do all of the things I've just mentioned, skip to the next part!) The set in the wooden box is my most recent set which I got from ebay and it's really helpful having numbers for dates. The top right was from Paperchase about 2 years ago and I know they don't sell it at the moment. The ones I used the mots are the Dovecraft sets (bottom left) and they are so cheap off ebay that I bought a few different ones. The two at the front are both my Amy Tangerine and I got them from TK Maxx which is a bit hit of miss (I've not seem them in there for a long time!) but you can get them off ebay or in Hobbycraft I think.


3. Mod Podge

If you plan on doing a lot of sticking then Mod Podge is your new best friend. I am yet to find a glue that is as strong which dries clear, quickly and spread easily. I used to think just plain old PVA would do but I bought some Mod Podge off of ebay when I started my Etsy shop and since then I can't use anything else. A must have!


4. Scrapbook Paper

I bought my first Amy Tangerine scrapbook pad a couple of years ago when I wasn't even into scrapbooking, simply because it was so pretty! Since then I have become mildly obsessed with these paper pads and any decorative paper for that matter and to me it is an essential. Without these lovely papers I wouldn't have nice backgrounds, borders or themes to my pages. They really do make everything so pretty! In the picture above I have a variety of small and large ones which are Amy Tangerine, Studio Calico and DIY Shop. There are also some ones from a UK shop called The Works which have really embraced crafts and scrapbooking in the last year and you can often find their own brand versions which are great too.  Check out Hobby Craft, Amazon, TK Maxx and Ebay.


5. Washi Tape

Washi tape is great for lots of things but scrapbooking is what it was made for. It's helpful to add details and also if you have quite a few layers and the glue isn't holding the corners, you can used it to hold it down while being pretty at the same time. I also couldn't do without plain masking tape. It's great for laying up and you can tape photos down without it being seen too much.


6. Journaling cards

Now these might not seem like an essential but I can't do without them now! The ones pictured above are Project life cards which I got off ebay. I would love to do project life but at the minute I can't afford the initial outgoing of buying all of the basic supplies. If you do fancy it I know Claireabellemakes did a geat blog post of getting started with Project life. However, I use them for either the phrases like you can see above or to add my own notes with a nice border or illustration. Other crafting companies like Studio Calico, Smash and Amy Tangerine also make journaling cards or various sorts which you can pick up on ebay or if you're in England TK Maxx often has them.


7. Collect everything!

I have a little plastic wallet where I collect lots of little bits of paper or anything interesting I could use for my scrapbook. If you've been away for the weekend, keep the train ticket. If you've been to a gig, keep the ticket! All of these little bits make it very personal, they usually have the date on and it's a nice way to keep sentimental things in one place. I also keep off cuts of larger bits of paper, leaflets, old birthday cards etc and they all come in handy when you a have a little space to fill.

I hope this has been helpful and if you are thinking of starting scrapbooking. Don't panic, it takes time to build up supplies. Don't rush out and buy everything all at once other that some decoration, a good scrapbook and some Mod Podge! Happy Scrapbooking!

Monday, 9 February 2015

Month in Pictures



I haven't done a month in pictures for agesssss! It's mainly because some of my months I didn't take any pictures other than of craft things and then as I put it off the months snowballed. I am hoping to get back on track now and the month of January wasn't filled with the usual blues!

1. There's nothing better than starting a new diary on the 1st.
2. School trips are a perk of the job
3. It's been a while since we have been on a country walk together like we used to.
4. Finally finished my scrapbook of the last 3 years!
5. Using my new Oh No Rachio book with the perfect sentiment. It's about moments and people not things and money.
6. This month has been a major scrapbooking month!
7. The first time I visited Emma at uni 6 YEARS AGO!
8. Starting early for Emma's 25th birthday.
9 Nottingham girls!