Sunday, 7 June 2015

BR (Blog response as opposed to a video response LOL) to Kitty Scrapper's TAG video

Happy Sunday my scrappy friends.  This is one of those days when I really wished I was tech savvy enough to make videos.  I have had such fun watching all your lovely responses to Nancy's TAG video!   (aka Kitty Scrapper on You Tube, if for some reason you have been under a rock or on Mars and don't know her, stop reading and head on over to her You Tube channel - you will love it - and her).  Nancy made a wonderful video last Sunday I believe, where she came up with 7 great scrappy questions which she answered for us (with a cocktail of course ... and I watched with a martini of course LOL) and then she tagged everyone to respond.  I have been watching Nancy's videos since she started making them and she is my friend so I really wanted to participate in her TAG.  So, it will be a Blog response.  But, my friends I promise that the next one will be a video... Yes, you read it here (more about that when I answer question 6 below).

YES THERE WILL BE A PROMISE .....

So, let's get to it LOL .... before I bore you to tears, or keep you here all day ;)

Why did you start your channel (in my case blog):  It is a two-fold reason really.  I have family and friends that live far away from me (elsewhere in Canada, in Ireland, Spain and France, mainly) and they asked me to start a blog where they could see my scrapbook pages but where I could also tell the story behind the layouts.  After a false start in early 2013 (three lame posts, and then a year hiatus), I finally got it up and running in early 2014 and I would say that the real reason was to participate in this lovely community we have on YouTube and Facebook.  I wanted somewhere where I could give a little more detail about my layouts, from the supplies I used to the stories behind the layouts.  I also wanted somewhere where I could participate in all the lovely challenges that we have. And one of my very first posts was a response to one of Nancy's early challenges!

What is your scrappy style and how has it changed.  I love this question, and it got me looking back through a few albums of the week, which by the way I don't do often enough!!

Like many of you I don't know if I can easily put a word to my style - fairly clean I think, a little eclectic since I like to try new techniques that I see a lot of you doing so beautifully. Someone made me notice lately that I often do "detached embellishment clusters" as opposed to the layered style.  I also cannot make a page without wood veneer, flair and enamel dots.

Probably the best way to show my srappy evolution (LOL), is in photos.  

My first pages, after taking a class at my local LSS in 2007 :



Then I discovered Two Peas and took Shimelle's Hitchhikers class .... and many of her other classes.  Here is my Shimelle phase (see the butterflies Nancy?) : 




I still love Shimelle's style and love taking her classes.  Her style still influences my basic style (one or two photos, rules of thirds ....) but then the YouTube world exploded and so many of you started making absolutely beautiful layouts, using fun techniques and all sorts of media.  My scrappy world opened up !!!  Thank-you to each and everyone of you.  I am a total You Tube addict (I don't own a TV, my TV is process videos, with the occasional foray into the tennis watching world LOL).  Thank-you Nancy, Nicole Jones, Irit, Victoria Calvin, Hannah, Jenny Box, Lisa, Sandra, Jen Stokes, Mari Clarke, Alicia Tillman, Crystal, Jen Schow, Juliet Sherriff, InkieQuill, Suse Fish, Tanya Hubbard, Elisabetta, Gretchen, Sue, Sarah, Iliana, Sheri, Mandy, Missy, Tuesdae, Robin..... and so so many more.  I know I forgot to mention many of you ... I subscribe to about 250 channels and love them all.   

 Here are a couple of my latest layouts : 




What project have you been meaning to start :  In my case, it is more a case of projects I want to finish :

  • My backpacking trip albums 
  • My December Documented 2014 (not even close to being done with this one LOL)
And then there are a couple of projects I want to start :    A book of me, or rather documenting my life before I started scrapbooking.  That is a bit of a daunting project since I am almost 60 years old LOL .... as you can see I will have a long retirement and live to a ripe old age to finish that.  Since I am divorced, at least I won't have to do (rather redo) the wedding album ... that should save a little time ;)

What collection new, and old, would you save from your burning craft room?  Which collection, or paper, do you regret buying :

For the favourite current collection, until this morning, I would have answered Crate Paper Craft Market, but I got a few pieces from Shimelle's latest collection, True Stories, this week and absolutely fell in love.  It is brighter and bolder than my normal style, but it is so cheerful.  I think I will have such fun with it this summer.

As for an older collection, I loved the My Mind's Eye, Lost and found 3 - Oliver collection.  I was one of the first for me that used all shades of blue with a lovely golden yellow and a taupey (yes that is a shade) brown/grey.  I bought at least 2 of the 6X6 pads, and I don't really want to say how many of the enamel dot packages.  

Now, I was "talking" with Crystal, after watching her video response, and we both had the same opinion about Basic Grey's Grand Bazaar.  It is a beautiful collection, great patterns and colours BUT it is so very hard to use.  I had bought it thinking I would use it to document the few months I lived in Andalucia, Spain.  But in the end, I really could not figure out how to use it at all and wound up giving it to my great-niece, who had no qualms about cutting it up and having a grand ol time with it.  I on the other hand, felt I should just frame the paper itself LOL.

Now I am going to switch the order a bit and answer the last question :  Who would you like to collaborate with :

That is easy .... any, and all of you.  I have made such lovely scrappy friendships!  I do so enjoy participating in all of the challenges that I can (in fact, I do need to catch up on some of the fun challenges on the Victoria Marie Facebook group).  But  a few of you have already mentioend me so of course I am on board with you Hannah, you Megan ....  

Also, in the near term, I want to try and do a few tags like Jenny Box is doing on her channel recently - I love them

I would like to try my hand at a 4 X 4 album like Nancy did as well - looks like fun

OK SO NOW DRUM ROLL ..... TA DAH DUM DUM DUM TEE HEE LA DEE DAH!!!

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO TAKE YOUR CHANNEL:    I, MOIRA O'REILLY, YOU TUBE ADDICT, LOVER OF ALL MY SCRAPPY FRIENDS,  SOLEMNLY SWEAR TO HAVE A VIDEO UP BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR - YES I WILL START MAKING VIDEOS .... I WILL LEARN.... I CAN DO THIS .... I WON'T LET A MACHINE BEAT ME!!!!  WITH WINE AND CHOCOLATE (PLUS THE OCCASIONAL MARTINI :) I CAN DO THIS !!!!!!  I WILL, I PROMISE, YES I DO

Climbs off soap box and makes a martini .....

So there you have it !!!  My BR  (because I am a doinker and can't yet do a VR LOL).  Before I leave you for the day, I just want to take a moment to thank-you all so so much.  You Tube and our facebook groups are just such a lovely community, filled with great talent, creativity, respect, fun and games.  I feel blessed to be part of it.  And, even though I don't make videos yet, you have taken me into the fold.  So many lovely comments on my pages, and so many of you have mentioned me in your videos (I always feel like a little girl ... "that's me, that's me she is talking about" LOL)

Hugs to you all xoxo

20 comments:

  1. Hurray!! Looking forward to watching many videos from you in the future. I love your pages and your style and it will be fun to actually hear your voice. I've been scrapbooking for a very long time and it took me a few years to get up the courage to start a blog (which I did last week), so I understand your courage in taking this leap. You will be great Moira!

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    1. Thank-you so much Susan; what a lovely comment!! Can you post a link to your blog so I can go on over and take a peak, and follow of course :)

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    2. Here it is: http://littlethingsbigdays.blogspot.com/
      It's still a work in progress as I try to figure the blogging thing out!

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  2. I enjoy your blog posts as much as I enjoy watching YT. You are one of the only bloggers that put so much detail and fun into your posts. Either way, blog or video, I look forward to continuing seeing your great layouts.

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    1. I have to say, because I am all the way on the other end of Canada, I drink coffee reading your posts. Too early for martinis. LOL

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    2. Thanks so much Melinda!!! I sometimes wonder if I put too much in my posts and have people rolling their eyes at my ramblings. So double thank-you for your sweet comment. I must admit that I cheated since I wrote the post last night (martini) but posted it this morning (coffee) time. But I am an equal "enjoyer" - coffee, tea, chocolate, cupcakes, wine or martini LOL

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  3. What an awesome blog post, you write beautifully....really looking forward to seeing you on YouTube...yay!

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    1. Thank-you so much Tanya!!! what a lovely compliment particularly since, next to scrapbooking, writing is my favourite hobby!

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  4. You know that you will be held to this oath. I now have it in my diary for 31 Dec to come back and chase you if I don't see a YT vid ;-)
    You will do great, we all love your posts and comments on FB. You are a great cheerleader for everyone that makes videos and posts Layouts. I'd love to see you do a video. Even if it is just a Layout share to get you started lol.
    hugs caroline xx

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    1. What a lovely comment Caroline.... thank-you so much :)... I knew the moment I wrote it down, that I would be held to it ... so I will have to run away with the circus if I don't come through LOL.

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  5. Lovely post, so fun learning a bit more about you! This is an impressive blog post, so much more work than a little video. lol I have faith in you and will be watching for your videos. :)

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    1. Thanks so much Sherry! and thanks for taking the time to pop on over here and read my ramblings LOL... Writing comes fairly naturally to me but technology ... oh my not so much. So hopefully my videos won't have me standing on my head LOL

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  6. What can I say, Moira?! I love reading your blog posts - and this one was no exception - but I am SUPER excited that you are going to take a foray into the video world. Your rapturous welcome awaits you! Thank you for your sweet mention - I felt so honoured to see my name in the list *blush*. Love the visuals on your journey through scrapbooking. I can see how your style has evolved, but I think it's lovely that you still give a nod to your early Shimelle influences. Something you certainly have is a flair for scrapbooking and good page design. It's right there in your writing too - you have a very engaging style!
    One thing's for sure: if the video endeavour doesn't work out (but it will) I would still love your gorgeous postings, whether over on Facebook, or right here on your inviting blog. Thank you!
    ~ iliana x

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    1. What a lovely comment Iliana, as always! I am really touched. I feel quite honoured that everyone is so supportive of my eventual foray into video making. A tiny part of me though wants to run away with the circus LOL. It was natural for me to mention your name as I do so love your channel. Your pages are always so lovely, as are your videos. The titles on your layouts always bring a smile to my face, I love your use of the English language and could listen to you for hours. Thank you for always being so very supportive, whether it be here on the blog, or over on Facebook :) Thank you my friend xoxo

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    2. Moira, if you ever run away with the circus, just make sure it's one of the London ones - I'll be sure to come and find you, LOL! Thank you for your kind words. I do love playing with the English language. It has to be said, your eloquent blogging does make this a lovely place to settle in with a cuppa. It's just like a well-written, beautifully illustrated favourite magazine. Thanks for all you do Moira, my lovely friend!! x x

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  7. Great blog post Moira. I really enjoyed reading your scrap journey and seeing some of your earlier work. I really like the LOs you do and am glad to finally have your blog bookmarked. I look forward to adding your YT channel to my subscription when you create it. Your YT subbie number sounds like how many I sub to. So many to watch so little time. TFS Cheers

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    1. Hi Fiona!! Thanks so much for taking the time to pop on over here and read my ramblings. Thank-you also for bookmarking the blog. I do so enjoy your channel and videos as well. You are right ... so many lovely channels to watch. I don't own a TV so that does give me a little more time. I tend to catch up in batches with everyone. Cheers

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  8. I have only just found your blog because you started following me on Instagram and I'm so glad you did because I have just read some fantastic blog posts!
    I have only been posting process videos on my YouTube channel and blog for a short time but I really recommend it! I kind of feel that even if no one watches, it don't mind too much because I had such fun during the process πŸ˜€
    I really hope to see you on YouTube soon, you would have an instant subscribe from me 😊 thanks for sharing!

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    1. What a lovely comment - thank-you so much Emma!!! Well, the countdown has begun for my foray into video making LOL... First up, find a tripod, second up, upgrade my phone (that will be in July) ... so baby steps but I will get there (or I may run away with the circus instead ;) ...
      What is you YouTube channel. Hopefully I am already subscribed but if by any chance not, I will hurry on over. Have a wonderful weekend

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  9. Love your take on the tag Moira! And seeing your process scrapping. (looks a lot like mine, lol) I love reading your Blog, if only I could write so descriptively. I can always picture you making your layouts. However, I do look forward to watching your videos! Hang in there, I never thought I would make one myself. My family was very surprised when I did. Gosh, since you posted this so long ago, you should be getting close now....:)

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