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Sunday, 31 October 2010

Journal Prompt 70 and Project of the Day

Dear Scribblers

Here's a special one for Halloween!
"I get scared when..."

Project of the Day: Don't forget your camera today. Take lots of photographs to inspire creative scrapbooking layouts, art journalling and mini-books.

Happy Scary Scribing!

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Journal Prompt 69

Dear Scribblers

Here's the first of two prompts for Halloween weekend.

"The most frightening moment I ever lived through was... "

Happy Scary Scribing!

Friday, 29 October 2010

Journal Prompt 68

Dear Scribblers

"The only rule is no rules... If this was true, I would... The rules I think should exist are..."

Happy Scribing!

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Journal Prompt 67

Dear Scribblers

"I am proud that I have inspired..." 

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Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Journal Prompt 66

Dear Scribblers
"If I had unlimited choice and opportunity, I would spend my days... "
Happy Scribing!

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Journal Prompt 65 and Project of the Day

Dear Scribblers
"These are the people that make me happy"
Project of the Day: Get your list of people, and find photos of them all. Then either make a mini-book with a page for each person, or create a single layout, and find ways to collage the photos together.

Celebrate the people around you.

Happy Scribing!

Monday, 25 October 2010

Journal Prompt 64 and Project of the Day

Dear Scribblers

What's the weather like where you are? Is it turning cold? Do you have snow? Do you live in a climate that gets snow?

Have you ever made a snowman? If not, imagine...
"When I made the best snowman ever!"
Project of the Day: Do you have pictures of your snowman? How about scrapping or art journalling a layout of your snowman. If you haven't got a photograph, draw your snow sculpture.

Never made a snowman? Make a vow, the next time you find yourself in snow deep enough. No matter your age, find your inner play. Get out there and create! Have fun, and why not make a snow angel too!

Happy Scribing!

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Journal Prompt 63

Dear Scribblers
What does the word "Create" mean to you?
Happy Scribing!

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Journal Prompt 62 and a Project of the Day

Dear Scribblers
"I have helped this dream come true for me... and for someone else... "
Project of the Day: Commit a random act of kindness today!

Happy Scribing!

Friday, 22 October 2010

Journal Prompt 61 and Project of the Day

Dear Scribblers
"When I'm all alone, I like to... "
Project of the Day: Find time for yourself today, and create!

Happy Scribing!

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

The Crafty Scribe Communiqué - NaNoWriMo

Communiqué... News Flash... Communiqué...

Dear Scribblers

Guess what I'm doing in November?

Are you going to join me? Go to NaNoWriMo to find out more.

Happy Scribing!

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Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Journal Prompt 60

Dear Scribblers

Today's prompt is a very personal one. It is 20 years today since I lost my fantastic mother to cancer. This prompt is in memory and dedication to her.
"My favourite memory of my mother..."
I'm lucky I have many good memories of time with my mother. There was the times we would howl with laughter over something silly, or the times she held me when I was down, or the times she would feed my friends and give them a shoulder to cry on when they needed it. My favourite memory of my mother is... MY MUM! I give thanks to the time we had together, I was blessed.

Happy Scribing!

Monday, 18 October 2010

Journal Prompt 59

Dear Scribblers
"The greatest concert, play, live performance I went to was..."
Happy Scribing!

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Journal Prompt 58

Dear Scribblers
"What Is Your Life's Work?"
Today's prompt could mean your real job, your dream job, it could be your family or hobby. Think about what Life's Work means to you.

Happy Scribing!

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Journal Prompt 57 and Project of the Day

Dear Scribblers
"If I were a colour, I would be..."
A little abstract one today, but I also thought it would make a great -

Project of the Day - As you go about your business, take a look at all the colours around you. Which colour are you most drawn to? Which repels you? What lifts your mood? Spend the day thinking in colour, and then either write or craft around an idea that comes to you from this different look at the world. 

I'd love to hear about your experiences.

Happy Scribing!

Friday, 15 October 2010

Journal Prompt 56 and Instructions

Dear Scribblers

As promised, the journal prompts are back! If you are new to The Crafty Scribe and wonder what these are all about, please click here for instructions.
 "I feel the most at home when..."
Happy Scribing!

Thursday, 14 October 2010

The Crafty Scribe Communiqué - Scrapbooking & Journalling Your Own History

News Flash... Communiqué... News Flash...

Dear Scribblers

I know it has been a loooooonnnnng time coming, but Scrapbooking and Journalling Your Own History will be returning very soon.

To remind you what the series will be all about please check out the first introductory instalment here.

Part Two coming soon...

Happy Scribing!

Communiqué Ends... Communiqué Ends...

Monday, 11 October 2010

My Layout for 10/10/10 Project of the Day

Dear Scribblers

Isn't it strange that sometimes the simplest image conveys the biggest meaning?

For the special moment of 10:10 on 10/10/10, I caught this:

My cat, Draco sitting on the window-sill soaking in the unusually hot October lazy sun-drenched Sunday.

I hope you took part. I suggested this as a Project of the Day to remind you that, even though we had a perfect binary glimpse at time to focus on, each moment of your life is important and to take a second to appreciate it. I also wrote a poem show this.

The digital layout credits:
Veronica Ponce Cottage Bluff kit
Rhonna Farrer circle overlay and word art
Kaisercraft Messy Tag brush
All available from Two Peas In A Bucket

Happy Scribing!

Sunday, 10 October 2010

LSNED - Final Thoughts

Dear Scribblers

So, we are well into the new month, which has given me time to reflect on Shimelle's Learn Something New Everyday course.

On the last day, we were asked to consider what we had learnt over the entire month. This was my final thoughts.

The course makes you look at the details of your life, to embrace and celebrate life. I would recommend this course to all crafters looking to try something different. Why don't you join in next September?

Happy Scribing!

P.S. Have you remembered today's Project of the Day? It's the 10/10/10. Take a photo at 10:10. Please see yesterday's post for more details.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

10/10/10 at 10:10 - A Project of the Day for tomorrow

Dear Scribblers

Have you noticed the date tomorrow? It will be tenth day of the tenth month of the tenth year.

Project of the Day for 10/10/10 - Take a photograph at 10:10 a.m (or p.m if you prefer). Try writing a journal entry about, or at, that exact time. Create a layout or project from it. (If you want to be even more precise, you could take the photo 10:10 and 10 seconds!)

Celebrate this special time. What was going on at that time? Enjoy these special moments that make up your life.

I'll post my project in the next few days for you to see. Please let me know how you get on, as I would love to see your layouts.

Happy Scribing!

Friday, 8 October 2010

Crafting for Others with LSNED

Dear Scribblers

As much as I love making scrapbook pages and mini-books capturing my own memories and experiences, I adore making things for other people. From cards to keepsakes to home-made gifts, it's always a pleasure to take out the papers, glue and glitter to create something to pass onto friends and family.

I just hope that they enjoy receiving them too!

As well as the previously listed digital products, I've also used Hero Arts 'Friendship' stamp.

Happy Scribing!

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Celebrating National Poetry Day and A Project of The Day

Dear Scribblers 

It's a little different today on The Crafty Scribe. It's National Poetry Day, and the theme is home, so I thought I would share some of my poetry with you. If you like what you read, why don't you check out my other blog - My Year as A Poet to read poems on many different topics, including the brand new one for today.

Before that, here's a Project of The Day for you to try. Get involved in National Poetry Day. Create a journalling page or scrapping layout on the theme of 'Home'. How about writing your own poem and adding it to your project? If you don't want to write one yourself, you could craft using your favourite poem. Please let me know what you decide to do by adding a comment below.

So, here are a selection of my poems which remind me of 'Home':

Sunday Starts
Bacon sizzles in the pan. 
Papers on the mat. 
Lazy waking without the clock. 
It must be Sunday morning. 

... Sometimes it's those that live in the house which make it a home.
Cat Nap
Large monochrome cat curled up on my bed.
I see your white paws.
I see your black head.
You lie there before me pretending to sleep
but through those flat slits,
I see your eyes peep.
The point of your tail swishes back to and fro.
Large monochrome cat in your dreams,
where do you go? 

Home and Holidays
I love to travel, trek and cruise.
Take a trip or vacation, so many to choose.
I want to globe-trot, getaway and tour,
Holidays to explore, an adventurous lure,
But it doesn’t matter where I journey and roam,
There’s nothing like the pleasure of coming back home.

...Here's the reverse. When you feel another place is home.
Oh, Malta!
From the moment I step from the ‘plane,
To diesel scents warmed in salty air,
I breath of the place I need to be,
My escape.
My panacea.
My spiritual home.
Oh, Malta!
I miss your honeyed tones.
Your walks along chic promenades.
I miss your cafe society life,
With ladies who lunch, 
Enigmatic behind vast sunglasses
On fashionably painted faces.
I love to listen to the melodic tongue
Of an exotic language, 
Pleased when half phrases are caught and fathomed,
Like Lampuka caught in nets on in a fisherman’s Luzzu.
I miss people watching in Spinola Bay,
Paparazzi the perfect name for the venue and display.
I want to hear the thumping rhythms into the night
Of Paceville’s crazy club scene, sure to excite!
I miss lazy strolls on battlements of old,
Mdina’s stone beneath my fingertips.
I want to sit in Eddie’s on Republic Square
- I think of it, and I am there - 
And watch the beautiful people strut by,
Boutique bags swinging on designer shoulders.
To dream in cool marble courtyards,
And take solace in churches, resplendent in gold.
To marvel at festas of fireworks and holy figurines.
To understand Shakespeare in Presidential gardens,
And dance at concerts at the old grain stores.
Oh, Malta!
I need run along your sand and rock
And swim in your deep blue waters,
To release my fears and cleanse my soul,
A baptism to make me whole.
Each visit you renew me,
Mold me and bake me in your sun,
And find a better person
Inside this tired shell.
Oh, Malta!
You chip away at my negativity to find
Your sweet haven at my core,
I pine for you when I’m away,
Until I embrace you once more.

Don't Wanna Start The Day!
It’s morn.
It’s warm
In bed.
Don’t wanna get up!
Weird meditations in my head.
I wonder if…
Night nudges Day.
“Time for you to play. 
It’s time to get up,
and take your shift.”
Demands dark to light,
It’s been a long night.
But Day won’t answer the call. 
It causes a rift.
Dawn drawn out.
Day coughs.
scratches, turns over.
“Just another five minutes,” 
comes a murmur and sighs,
“Why am I burdened with an early rise?”
Day drifts,
In sleep - until -
With one big push and a shove,
Night replies, “I’m sorry, my love,
but this is your time and this is the hour.
Get out of bed, and into the shower!”
Day bathes 
in the sun’s rays.
Emerges from defeat.
Ready to greet.
The world and it’s fate.
Days smiles and states,
while resplendent in light,
“Night may have won the fight.
But this time tomorrow,
We’ll do it all a-new.
I’ll win then, you’ll see that I do!”
And me?
It’s morn.
It’s warm
In bed.
Don’t wanna get up!
I’ll lie here instead.

... What about if the same place feels like a prison to you?
House Arrest
Light shines in through the slatted blinds,
To land as segmented rays across the bed;
As thought they’re made prison bars, she thinks.
She looks across to the tray - her morning rations
Tea and toast - bread and water
Next to it lies a row of bottles and packs,
Tablets for this, vitamins for that.
It’s what she’s in here for. Her life sentence.
Her committed carer, her unwavering warden ascents the stairs.
He stays at the bottom of the bed to ask how she is today.
It’s best to stay away. Don’t get too close. 
Detached. Dutiful.
Time for a shower. Her turn for ablutions, now that the rest of the world is done.
He takes her by the elbow, telling her how and when to move.
Don’t run away from me now, he jokes. She smiles in return.
Don’t turn against that screw for he is the keeper.
Bringing her extra treats when she’s good… or sad. 
          Time for a happy meal.
Don’t run away from me, he repeats for something to say.
          She can’t. 
She’s shackled by the pain.
Into the bathroom. 
          in front of another.
No room for dignity here.
The water cleanses away some of the grime of her life 
- for a moment.
She feels almost normal but 
          - don’t drop the soap.
Quick dry, comb raked through un-coiffured hair,
Then into clean pyjamas 
          - regulation wear.
These have flowers 
          - not arrows.
Straight back to her cell for the day 
Spent alone -
  Solitary confinement.
She lies on the bed, watching the light change, through the slatted windows, 
On the world outside she had nothing to do with.
In care, 
  Incarcerated by disability.
                    This is her life - 
  Her prison.

... Not forgetting those without homes.
Without Sense
On bitter tongue I taste the air.
Through icy eyes I see.
My home was not the shielded place,
that I had thought it be.

I touch with hands that do not feel
and hear with sceptic ears.
For my time has not been a cherished one.
Forgotten faith and full of fear.

Though I live and my heart does beat,
misled love was a mistaken feat.
So when you see me, walk on by.
There’s nothing left for me.  For I -

am scum forsaken,
Discarded and out of care.
Exist on pavements.
Violated being on earth.  Unfair!

Happy Scribing! Happy National Poetry Day!

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Tuesday, 5 October 2010

The Votes Are In!

Dear Scribblers

We have a clear winner! With 61% of the polling, Journalling Prompts will be back.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote.

Happy Scribing!

Monday, 4 October 2010

LSNED Paper Project Completed! Carry On Voting...

Dear Scribblers

After showing you the finished digital pages, I felt it was only right to show you my finished paper project too.

These are the finished fronts on the ATC's, along
with the decorated 'Movie Canister' CD case covers.

The backs of the cards with the date and title

And this is what I've done with them!
I've hung them up on my study wall, like bunting,
so that they look like a 'film strip'.
The tin's provide the beginning and the end.
(Sorry for the blurry photo)

Another photo showing more of the finished cards.

I hope you like seeing the finished project. Please click on any of the photos to see enlarged versions.

NOTE: Please carry on voting. There is less than a day left to go. If you find you can not add your vote, please leave your answer in today's comments. Thank you.

Happy Scribing!

Friday, 1 October 2010

New Poll and LSNED

Dear Scribblers

September is over, which means that Shimelle's course Learn Something New Every Day is wrapping up. I've loved every moment of it, and I'm pleased to announce I have finished all 30 days papers in both digital and paper formats!

30 Digital Layouts plus title and end pages completed!

Don't worry, this isn't my last LSNED post. I'll be uploading some more of the pages for you to see over the next week.

So what comes next? As well as continuing with Projects of the Day, Communiqués and 'Your Personal History' which I promise I will be completing this month. Promise! ;-) I've got a few other surprise posts up my crafty sleeves. However, I need your help.

If you look to the left of the Twitter feed above, you will see a new poll. I would like you to choose which of my previous series you would prefer to see back - My Favourite Quotes, or Journalling Prompts. I've linked back to an example of each one for you to look at.

Please vote, as it would really help me decide. The poll closes on 5 October.

Happy Scribing!

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