Wednesday, 31 March 2010

The Clock House

2 Scrap Ladies
proudly present

The Clock House Project

Saturday 15 May 2010
Tidworth, Hants
10am to 4pm

£40 per person

It's a house shaped blank, about 12" at it's highest point, with pre-determined 'windows' for photos and a clock on the roof - obviously. We've both done a sample and have plans to show you a couple more on the day - having finished one, we've come up with a kerjillion ideas for others.

We've thought long and hard about the format for this day. You'll need to dress down or bring a pinny and be prepared to get painty, inky, gluey, glittery - OK, you get it. We'd like you to come with some idea and a handful of photos - or a completely open mind - and use the resources we supply to make up a Clock House that makes you happy. Of course, if the idea sparks something in you and you have something that you HAVE to use - bring it! Scrap Lady Ally will provide a step by step guide to help you get the photos you want to use to the sizes to fit the windows. (Scrap Lady Julia has other manipulation skills).
The emphasis of the day will be on the creative process that brings you to a finished Clock House. Apart from lunch and any amount of beverages, we won't be adding gifts and goody bags or games with prizes to the agenda. You'll be too busy and we'd like you to think of it as money really well spent.

To book a spot, please email Scrap Lady Julia (click button in left margin).

We'd like a £20 deposit with your booking; the balance will be payable on the day. Payments can be made via Paypal or by cheque or cash of course. Once you've booked your spot, we'll confirm, and by email provide you with further details - route directions, what to bring - and Scrap Lady Ally's photo guide.

Please read the small print:

- your deposit is not automatically refundable. If we know in advance that you can't come, we will do our best to fill your space and therefore return your deposit. (7 days in advance, minimum)

- Your deposit can be transferred to benefit another attendee if you gve us notice that you aren't coming. (7 days notice, minimum)

- Your deposit is entirely safe and 'ring-fenced'. We will not be using it to buy resources or pay costs in advance. In the unlikely event that we have to cancel the day, your deposit will refunded within 48 hours of our cancellation announcement.


Tuesday, 30 March 2010


Watch this space - another version of the house coming up any day soon. It was going to be just a colourful version of my previous one, but it kind of changed. The Cricut wanted to join in the fun, so there are some die cuts on it, and then I had some scraps of patterned paper....and you get the drift. Its more colourful, and completely different to the vintagey looking one.

Dont eat too many Easter Eggs!

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Getting your photos ready

Its not long to the big day, so for those who want to use the apertures cut in the clock, here are the sizes you need your photos cut to:

The three square holes down the left hand side are 55mm x 55mm (5.5cm)
The terrifyingly large on in the middle is 185mm x 55mm (18.5cm x 5.5cm)
The two holes down the right hand side are 75mm x 55mm (7.5cm x 5.5cm)
The round hole in the chimney is 50mm in diameter. (5cm
The filmstrip pictures are 17x12mm (1.7cm x 1.2cm) - see told you they were tiny!

Now, if your photo printing programme won't let you tell it what sizes to print the photos, then you can do is in MS Word.

Open a Word document.
Go to the 'Insert Menu' along the top menu bar
Select 'Picture'
Then select 'From File'
Then go to the document that is your picture.

If you are wanting to do the filmstrip so using a lot of photos it may be easier to put them all in a special folder before hand.

If you have more than one photo in the same folder, or all of them in the same folder, then you can click on the first, hold down the shift key and click on the last one to select all of them. Alternatively you can click on one item, hold down the 'Ctrl key' and click on other items to just select a few.

Finally click on 'Insert' and the photos will be copied into your word doc.

Now you can individually resize each photo.

Click on you first photo little edit marks will appear round the edges.
With the picutre selected, click with the right mouse key and select 'Format Picture' from the drop down menu.
In the box that will pop up, click on the 'Size tab' along the top
Here you can put in the size you want the photo to be. Remember if your photo isnt square its no use telling it to be or it will be mishapen. This box also uses centimeters rather than mm.
Click on 'OK' when you are finished and the changes should appear to the photo.

If your photos are a little jammed together make spaces between them, by clicking with your mouse between a photo and then tapping the space bar to make a space.

Repeat the above for all your photos so that they are size you need for your clock project. Then just print them as you would normally in word, but select the approprate quality and paper type if you are printing them onto photo paper.

Have fun!

PS Don't worry, if you sign up for the class then these instructions and more will be sent out to you in time to get your photos ready.

Saturday, 13 March 2010

...and now for something completely different!

This is my version of the Clock House.

As you can see I have used vintage photos, some stamping and painting, and its all just a little bit distressed. To satisfy my need to have something fiddly to do I have a strip of the tiniest photos with some of Tim Holtz filmstrip ribbon.

Panic not though dear scrappers, I will let you all know how to make your own photos turn black and white (if you dont already know) and what size you need them to fit the film strip.

There will also be a version not using the filmstrip for those who don't wish to go blind at an early age, and like Julia I am already thinking of other versions - like a colourful one - so watch this space.


Scrap Lady Julia's Clock House

Here it is, and I have to admit that it will be the first of many! You'll see from Ally's pictures that I flipped my house over and used the flat side; avoiding the 'window' shapes.
My photography is pants and I'm sorry about that. But you'll certainly be able to tell what we mean when we say gather an idea and come along ready to play!
By way of a story, the title is a double value one - for this clock is for my sweet English Sissy and she excels at spending time with her family - and she's had some hard times, so it is a double about time that they're all happy! I hope she'll get it.

And I hope you like it.

Scrap Lady Ally will post her first today too, and we'll follow up with others as the days draw on!

Monday, 8 March 2010

Its nearly time...

So book Saturday 15th May in your diaries and start looking at your photos, the next 2 Scrap ladies event is coming!

Watch this space for more teasing, sneak peaks and maybe even a look at the whole thing soon.

edited to amend the date - doh! (wheres the slaps head moticon?)