Saturday, 16 November 2013

Saturday Spotlight Wk 8

Welcome to The Saturday Spotlight!

This week's page is 'Charlie' by Joanne Dix (treacletart).

This is such a special page. It's bright, cheerful and bright and such a fabulous celebration of this brave little boy's life. 
More of Joanne's work is available to view on Daisytrail.

"My page was made in honour of my friend Dianne's grandson, Charlie Cookson.
I had only known Dianne for a little while after meeting her at our local market, where she has a fund raising stall for Charlie.
I learned that Charlie was born 2.5 years ago with meningitis and a host of other problems. He had been practically living in hospital since then, and his family was busy raising funds so his home could be made suitable for him...the downstairs needed to be converted as he was getting too heavy to be constantly carried upstairs.
As the weeks went on, I became a regular at the stall, and was keen to start helping. Then just a couple of weeks ago, I heard the sad news that little Charlie had passed away. I started looking through the photos of him on his Facebook page - Cookies Corner, and knew that I wanted to do some scrapbook pages of him...his beautiful smile and amazing spirit just shone out of every photo.
I chose a kit called Little Monsters as Charlie's nickname was cookie...and the blue Sesame Street Cookie Monster was the logo on his page.

As for me, I am Scottish, living in England, and have been scrapbooking for about 10 years now.
I am 42, married, with 2 teenage boys and 6 daft cats.
I got into digital scrapbooking as I was finding paper scrapbooking too expensive...and had a worrying tendency to hoard papers rather than using them!"

Thank you Jo for sharing your page and moving story x

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

More November Pics

Well this is proving harder than I thought it would be! Taking the photo every day is ok, it's REMEMBERING to take the photos every day that's hard. I am having to put notices everywhere to remind myself lol. I am really looking forward to putting a page together using all the photos so I have to keep going!
Anyway, here a few more...

Day 5 - The children at work did some firework pictures. Lots of fun and we all got very messy! 

Day 6 - We are studying Kandinski's work at school and I love the paintings the children did.

Day 7 - I came home to find Matts camera set up in the conservatory. He had been trying (failed unfortunately) to get a photo of a sparrow hawk in our garden.
You may have spotted that this picture is marked Day 6...ignore that, it's Day 7 lol.

Day 8 - Poppy and I took Matt back to Southampton. This is the fir cone that Poppy always pinches out of the fire  place in matt's flat :) 

Day 9 - A refreshing morning walk on the beach in beautiful sunshine. And missing Matt. It always takes me a few days to adjust to him not being around :(

Day 10 - Spent a lovely day shopping and having lunch with Paul at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Self Expression

This is a page I've made for a challenge on Daisytrail. The original image of the girl is from Canstock. I rarely do stuff that isn't using my own (or Matt's) photos as my digital scrapbooking is first and foremost a personal record of mine and my family's life.
However, occasionally I like to simply create something a bit different. When I need an image, I always use Canstock Photos - an online image library. You do pay a small fee for each image, but once purchased I can use it as often as I like and don't have to worry about copyright.

Anyway, I cut out the girl and applied metropolis effect, using the sliders until I reached the subtleness I was after. Then I converted the image to B&W. The BG is a blend of the original photo and a wall effect from Ancestral Tree - a kit by Daisytrail. Oh and the girl also has a shadow added to lift her off the page a little.
The writing, hearts and kisses are simply achieved by adding a stamping effect. Then I added paint splats and voila, this was the end result! 

Used elements from Daisytrail and Amy Wolff x