Saturday, 22 May 2010

All About Me: Blog Hop

Hello and frantic waving, especially if you've stopped by on today's blog hop! Just to explain, Mel organised a group-class-undertaking called All About Me. We all downloaded the class information and now you can jump from blog to blog to see our scrappings and interpretations.

So, without further ado, this is all about me.

I decided to take on this project in 12x12 format because single 12x12 LOs are my favourite. This first page is a self-portrait and the journalling explains how I actually like having my photo taken, and love doing those silly self-portraits with the camera stuck out at arm's length.

Page two is all about my addiction to tea. Addiction as in 8-15 cups a day, withdrawal headaches if I don't get my caffeine, makes me feel and better and I love love love it. Throughout this project, I've stuck pretty much to October Afternoon's Fly A Kite patterned papers, Bazzill cardstock and Thickers. Border and Flower punches make regular appearances as do buttons, brads, ribbons and little pearls.

As this project's aim was to explore the items around me, my third page is about books. This is a layout featuring a slice of my book collection. Most of these pages feature lots of journalling as that's where the About Me bit really comes into play, but this one has the most. It explains my relationship with reading and books from bedtime stories when I was little right up to my favourite reads on the tube now that I'm an independent twenty-something!

No project about me would be complete without some reference to music (classical for preference) and so this is a page about my violin. My poor fiddle has been a little neglected in recent years as my first study instrument is really singing. But that's hard to photograph and I think it was time for my violin to get some airtime. The journalling recalls some of the experiences playing the violin has brought.

Page the fifth features my button collection (because buttons are so pretty and coordinated) while the journalling mentions my current loves in the world of scrapbooking supplies. I know of no scrapper who doesn't adore choosing stash and I am not exception. Currently, I am all about October afternoon, hence my decision to use one of their new lines on this project. I'm saving the Thrift Shop collection for the next project. However, it's virtually all gone so I may have to order some more. How simply dreadful...

The sixth and (currently) final page of this project is about my self-designation as a Filofax girl. I rarely go anywhere without it and that's how I like things. I really get a kick out of making lists, planning, organising and crossing things off lists. I enjoy the process of planning, the anticipation of the things planned and then when it arrives, I can enjoy it without worrying about what I'm going to do because it's all been organised. I know there are people who hate living to a schedule but I love it (hello, teacher=timetable) and get a smug feeling from going to bed with everything ticked off and ready for the approaching more. I even converted some friends to the cult of the Filofax.

What I love about this project is its potential for extension. The original guidelines were for a minibook in a tin, but to me, this project seemed much bigger. My list (yes, I know) of possible pages is still growing - I want to document my love of maths, Doctor Who, the theatre, mac and cheese, baking, London, Yorkshire, teaching, The West Wing, Gilmore Girls, my patchwork quilt, my satchel, my charm bracelet.... and I fully intend to. The great thing I've found is that these layouts can be done any time because I can take pictures of the objects at any time - they're right here. Then off I go, inspiration in seconds. And just because I've done a topic, doesn't mean I can't come back to it. I really loved doing the journalling and have loads more to say about books, my violin and music, my love of tea.... And these are the kinds of things that I'm going to love looking back on in years to come.

So go for it - look up the project and scrap All About You!

Next in the blog hop is A Roof Of One's Own where you'll be able to see another fab interpretation of this idea. And in case that's not enough, all these lovelies have posted even more delicious ideas. In blog hop order we have:

Enjoy the rest of the day, and happy scrapping!

Kisses xxx

22 comments:

  1. Wow! I'm so impressed you have done this in 12x12 format - it really looks sensational!

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  2. What a truly amazing record to have created - it looks amazing in 12x12! The papers and photos are wonderful and your layouts great. Thanks for sharing. Hugs Cherry XXX

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  3. these pages are wonderful and I agree the inspiration for things to add is endless

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  4. I wondered if anyone would take the 12 x 12 format & here you are!! I love it & I can see how much you have enjoyed doing it too. Thanks for sharing xx

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  5. I am in awe that you've picked 12x12 and made so many pages of that size - and all with so much detail! These are stunning layouts, and your 'Book of Me' will be a thing of beauty :-) Plus, it's really interesting to pick out the things we have in common!! Maths, Doctor Who, teaching, baking, books, music, buttons.... And the things we don't (I hate having my photo taken!)

    PS You were right about the Evalicious kit :-)

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  6. Wow...this is great....you're going to end up with a whole,wonderful album....and am totally with you on the 'lists'.

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  7. Wow,I love what you have done,beautiful pages and it will be a lovelly album - amazing xx

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  8. I have some serious LO envy going on, I wish I had the time to do 12x12 LO for this. Great LO so far, I also love lists and made several lists about this project, so you list comment made me chuckle.

    Have a great weekend

    x

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  9. Love, love, love your pages and your style. Almost makes me want to start traditional scrapbooking again!

    Will be bookmarking this blog for the future :D Thanks.

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  10. I do like you, Miss Smith! I'd substitute Edinburgh, Lincolnshire, coffee and clarinet as appropriate but otherwise I so agree. I must look for Elizabeth Peters in the library (I have all of Georgette Heyer including her detective novels and Miss Read). And I do like the style of all your pages.

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  11. Talented lady. Both in the 12x12 layouts and in your love of music too! Well done for a very enjoyable take on the mini book theme.

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  12. These LOs are stunning! Such a perfect beginning for a Book of Me ~ love it!

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  13. Simply stunning Miss Smith :) A wonderful take on the project and so beautifully executed. I just love it (and love the idea that it has sparked more inspiration. I'll be back to see what else you come up with!)

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  14. The first 12 x 12 project I've seen today! Love how you have managed to get so much journalling on by doing it that way. Great ideas for future pages too.

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  15. Wow your LOs are fabulous. I can't believe that you've done so many. I took two weeks to one tiny mini book :0) Amazing!

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  16. I love your scrapping style - I haven't sone a 12x12 page for a while.

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  17. I love that you did this in 12x12 layouts and I love your use of white space!! This is a great start to a "book of me". It's wonderful that you can keep expanding on it! Great job!

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  18. wow you have done 12 x 12 I think it is fab, and I with you over list I use them all the time. I have a filofax and a blackberry and would be lost without either of them s

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  19. I really like that you did this project in a 12x12 format. LOVE your pages and journaling! :o)

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  20. I love how you have stepped out of the box (or should that be tin?) literally and used 12x12 for this project and it looks great! Looking forward to reading more on your blog.

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  21. I think this is one of my favorite projects, and I'm so glad to have found your blog. I especially love your self-portrait layout, and think you might be the only person I know who likes to take a self-portrait!

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  22. i really like ur original take on this idea. i may have to follow suit and adapt some of my pages into something bigger and more substantial. i know what u mean about this project taking on a life of it's own.
    Jo xxxx

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