Monday, 24 October 2011

Look what Shimelle made me do!!


I'm not sure I've fully recovered yet! *hyperventilates*

As a bonus for those of us attending her party, Shimelle made a True Scrap video available to us for a couple of days. In this video, she instructs us to first gather together some co-ordinating papers (I can just about manage that - though most of them were from the Crate Paper Farmhouse collection!):


And then - *hyperventilates again* - she tells us to cut the papers up. Without much of a plan, without knowing how we're going to use them, without photos in mind.... Just cut them up.

I always do what Shimelle tells me.


But oh boy, it wasn't easy! At one point I started to wonder why my paper cutter was making an odd, high-pitched, whining noise - I realised it was me, keening softly under my breath!

The point of the exercise though is to get all these pieces ready for a full-on scrapping session. And you know what? With Shimelle's video guidance, that's just what I did :) Plenty of layouts to share with you all in the near future! So yes, I guess it was worth it....

This post was brought to you by Shimelle's Pretty Paper Party

27 comments:

Linda said...

well done Mel! see it wasn't so bad in the end! I had a go this weekend and boy did it speed up my scrapping!

Karen said...

Good for you! I gathered, but I just couldn't cut!

Sue Althouse said...

I'm with you on needing to take a deep breath before cutting up a bunch of paper without knowing how it's going to be used! Great job, looking forward to seeing your layouts.

Mary B said...

Well done indeed Mel, I haven't joined in this time but if I had I would be panicking too. I like to choose pps to go with photos not t'other way round

alexa said...

Arrrgh! Admiring you from afar - not sure I could take this sort of contagion. :) Looking forward to seeing how it all develops ...

Beverly said...

ohhh how stressful, cutting without knowing!! I would have really struggled with that, maybe afte I see what you accomplished I will be able to consider it...maybe ;) The images arrived over the weekend and I am coloring today!

jo said...

Very brave - I have yet to take the plunge!!

Kirsty.a said...

Now you're making me regret not taking the PPP class. It sounds so exciting

Sarah said...

I'm still trying to get up the courage to face up to this challenge!! Gathering papers I can do but cutting up before I have chosen my photos and before I have some idea of how/where I will stick them is the tricky bit! Look forward to seeing your pages! Thanks for visiting my blog earlier today!

Scribble Monster said...

That's just how I felt Mel, I am so glad I did it though, I really like the kit I ended up with :)

Maya said...

What?? You just cut up your new beautiful paper??
LOL Can't wait to see the layouts! :)

scrappyjacky said...

You've been soooo brave,Mel....I've managed [just] the papers before photos....but the cutting before photos is still making me hyperventilate!!!!

Maria Ontiveros said...

I"m sorry I missed the video. It looks like it would have been right up my alley!
rinda

Lizzie said...

Oh well done! I am yet to do this, but I think it will be both hard and also very empowering... if you can see what I'm getting at? If the paper is cut up already, then I won't mind using it... Wasn't that what Shimelle was saying?

I love your comment "I always do what Shimelle tells me."! I was laughing very loud!

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Sounds like it might involve scissors, so I can't do it

Alison said...

I've just done the same Mel..the pages are made(photoless!!) and I'm now off to print some pics, which I'm hoping will 'go'!
Alison xx

Sandie said...

I know exactly what you mean Mel, I always save my papers for that 'special' project. I am way behind and haven't done any of the prompts yet, but loved reading this post and being able to relate to it so well. Look forward to seeing some of your pages. I'm still whincing at the thought of cutting up those sheets!
Brave you!!

Ginger said...

Fantastic job Mel!! I cannot wait to see your layouts :) I'm really wishing now I would have signed up for class!

Melissa said...

Great papers Mel - great job cutting them up! Can't wait to see the layouts.

Amy said...

Well done! I'm looking forward to seeing the results!

The Creative Beast said...

Glad you moved through the 'hyperventilating' phase of cutting up your papers! It all looks pretty great so I know the end result will be fabulous, from those talented hands of yours =-)

Fiona (angelfish) said...

Wow! I just know I couldn't do this, so I'm in awe that you could :o)

Emily said...

LOL, I got a kick out of reading about your noise as you were chopping up the papers. I did the same thing!!! I'm glad that you did it!!! Way to go!! It wasn't easy for me either... but I am loving the class!!!!

Missus Wookie said...

LOL- I'm taking a break whilst a corner of the table is being used for lunch... but except for that corner it is covered with my trimmers, favourite punches and big shot plus the drawers of dies & scraps. I'm cutting with out knowing what I'll use it for - but have learned that if I cut/punch/stamp and have them ready they do get used.

Looking forward to seeing what you use them for - Crate Paper is a favourite here - I've just done half a dozen birds from some :-)

Miriam said...

Oh I love this post Mel! She made me do it!!!!

Jimjams said...

Very brave - might try that with my next Counterfeit Kit - scary stuff though!

Lisa-Jane said...

Your comment about the funny noise made me laugh! I gathered a lot of papers ready for tomorrow but I think I failed at the first hurdle by putting too many papers in the pile "just in case"! You've made some great layouts there so it obviously worked for you.