Welcome to my blog! I never really thought I would create a blog untill hubby set up a family one. I started posting to it and was told off for "hijacking" it with my "craft rubbish!" And so the Nerdbird Blog was born! Not sure how much I'll post but I understand that this blogging lark can be addictive!

Friday, 27 March 2009

Mini books Galore

Had a mini book fest!
Firstly I finally finished off my 2008 book. I saw it on It's a creative world (I think!). It's made from shaped 12x12 paper, folded in half to make the pages. I made double pages and used some thick acetate as the cover We went to the farm last week and Ollie is really into his animals so I made him a little chipboard book with the photos in. This book is our holiday last year, it is made from BIA covers. The front and back are 7x5 and the pages are 4x4, sort of gate fold! but the front cover like a normal book (IYSWIM!)

Bad Girls March Kit

Finally got my Mar kit - customs GRRRRRRRR

Lisa made a fab LO around her birthday with random things and I thought it was such a good idea I did it cool!

When I put the boys to bed I always say:
Nighty Nighty
Sleep tighty
See you in the morning
Love you!
Ollie has started to repeat it, whenever he happens to lie down on anything! Scrapped the photo of Will and I

Saturday, 21 March 2009

Scarlet Lime

I got my March SL kit this week and had a big scrap session last night!
Reality of a newborn babyWill and I - Will is 10 days old!

Mother's Day - never going to be the same. With Mothers Day this week I have been thinking about Mum alot. I know I am a Mum now but I still that mothers day is about me being the child. I miss looking for gifts for mum, seeing all the adverts makes my heart ache, makes me feel like I am having my nose rubbed in the fact I don't have Mum anymore.

CUGGLE Ollie can't say cuddle, he says cuggle!

Fun at the Farm Had a spur of the moment trip to the farm yesterday, just the 3 of us - it was great.

Sunday, 15 March 2009

SFIO and some LO's

This months theme over on SFIO is SPIRIT. First challenge was music
I created my LO about music that will always life my spirt if I am feeling low
Anything by Abba
Build me up buttercup - foundations
She's so lovely - Scouting for girls
Feeling Good - Nina Simone
Walking on sunshine - Katrina and the waves
Lollipop - Mika
I don't feel like dancing - Scissor Sisters
Relight my fire - Take That

2nd was is there part of you that you hide that you want to show peopleFor me I think that I don't really have anything hidden - what you see is what you get

Others are random!
Firstly Dad and GlennMike and I Ollie is obsessed about trying other peoples shoes on!

Friday, 13 March 2009

Bad Girls Feb Kit and another Challenge!

So another Challenge blog! Category Stories. The challenge was to create a LO using the idea of Precious things. I decided to go for those little things that really mean something to me.
Broomus: mum's teddybear
My comfort blanket: I have had it since I was 3
Bumbalion: The last christmas present from my grandad before he died
My earrings: Dad had the diamonds from Mum's engagement ring made into earrings for me for my birthday the year after Mum died
Grandad's blanket: He had this over his legs the last time I say him.
Thumper:He was my Nan's and for as long as I can remember I have loved him. He plays Brahams Lullaby,
Used the Feb SFIO kit

My Feb kit from Bad Girls finally arrived (Customs GRRRRRR!) Anyway Wendy (the Boss!) had made a lovely little Mini Book using one of the sheets of card and it inspired me to do mine. It's all my favourite stories and photos from my 3 years at University I practically used the whole kit! Now that is unheard of for me. I added the acrylic covers, cut the pages to different sizes. The ribbons sticking out of the top are all tags that are inbetween the pages with journalling on.
I had a great trip down memory lane and I am glad that all the photo's and stories and in the one place.

Sunday, 8 March 2009

Art journal - Lots of layers

this weeks lessons have been about layering and image altering. Homework was to create pages with at least 10 layers. I thought it would be hard to do - look too messy etc, having said that I had great fun and got quiet a few done!
This first one I haven't finished yet but I don't know how to finish it off yet
This one started with the image transfer in the middle (which didn't come out as well as I would have liked but there are no mistakes right!!!!
Another image transfer, I have been thinking about Mum alot and this page is about that
Another lesson has been how to paint over a photo to give it a different look this is my first go which didn't come out so well but I am much happier with the second attempt
Here's the orignal next to the painted/altered one
I have never considered myself artisitc (creative yes, artistic no, can't draw for love nor money!) But I am really enjoying learning to play with paint and ink!!! Will have to try some of these things on a LO!

Saturday, 7 March 2009

I recognise that face!

I was looking for some old photo's today and when I saw this one of me I couldn't believe how familiar the look was! Check it out for yourselves!

Thursday, 5 March 2009

More Scarlet Lime and Art journalling

Another LO with my SL kit. Photo is of Kate and I. Kate and I have known each other for 23 years! Very scary!Have also done a few pages in my art journal
Feeling Blue : image transfer using Gel Medium Everyday : never ending chore of washing See : How I am learning to like what I see in photos and the mirror (inspired by current OLW challenge)

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Challenges Galore!

Spent a fab day with Lisa and managed to complete loads of challenges! (you know me I like a good challenge)
Firstly, The Design Experiment which was to scrap either red or yellow and what they mean to you. I went with red. I thought about all the things the red makes me think of and realised that alot of them were kind of opposites
Next, Dreamgirls. They have an advert on their website to use as inspiration, and we had to add a non scrapbook item and a safety pin!
I used the title in the advert as my inspiration
Non scrapbook items are strip of masking tape painted green (under the word "little", and staples. The safety pin is in the nose of one of the monsters!
Journalling is about how Ollie is going to be trouble! and that that smile of his is going to get him into and out of alot of trouble! He is just too cheeky!

The first challenge is up on Punk rock scrappers, "For this challenge, scrap about YOU! What makes you different, unique, or unexpected? What are your personality quirks?" I went for the angle of my parents and upbringing make me who I am, the good, the bad, the crazy and the sad.
Title says
they're crazy and there kooky,
they're sometimes a bit goofy,
they're altogether loopy,
the Rumbol family!
(sing to Addams family theme!!!)
All made using my first Scarlett Lime kit

This one not a challenge but is using the Feb SL kit, Ollie having fun with Auntie Carly's 30th Bd hat.

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Art Journalling 101

Found this course online and it was just what I wanted! A basic, start at the begining, 101 course! So I have spent the last couple of days getting messy with paint and making some backgrounds