Tuesday, 24 July 2007


I've given my other blog a facelift and now I am seriously considering some options for this one! As it is read by many people with a sense of design style any suggestions will be considered.


Blackle is the brainchild of Australian outfit Heap Media who figured out that a black background for Google searches would diminish the power output required by the monitor to display search results.

Not sure how much power it saves (especially for LCD monitors), but I like the creative thinking! I wonder if using black paper would save scrapping energy. . .

I reckon this blog might get a 'green' power-saving face-lift shortly.

Thursday, 19 July 2007

Scrapping Anthems

Mrs Grendel often likes to listen to music while she scraps. Unfortunately we don't have a stereo in our house, but I recently bought her an iPod for the gym and hopefully we shall shortly have some speakers to go with that.

Do scrappers generally listen to music while they scrap - and does the scrapping influence the music choice or does the music change the way you scrap?

I just suddenly had a potentially incongruous picture in my head of a heavily pierced teenager listening to thrash metal while delicately placing pretty little floral embellishments. . .

Wednesday, 18 July 2007

No Scrap Day

Or in fact perhaps a scrap free weekend.

I predict that no (or very little) scrapping will occur this weekend as I have ordered a copy of the new and final Harry Potter book for Mrs Grendel. In fact out outrageously ordered TWO copies so that I don't have to wait.

Now - can anyone take our children for the weekend?

Tuesday, 17 July 2007

Scrapbooking ALL of your Family

I believe that the following is inevitable.

Scrapbooking is resource intensive, and the movement towards the cycle of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” are even now having an impact on the craft.

However there is much about the family home that could be added in to the mix. Pieces of broken costume jewellery, toys and knickknacks for starters, and eventually home made acid free paper. Now many of the best grades of paper contain fragments of rag or cloth which is bleached and blended with high grade wood pulp.

The home is a marvellous source of materials for making paper and I confidently predict that in the not too distant future we will see thrifty scrappers producing their own paper into which is blended the very essence of their families – their Navel Lint.

Yes, just think of the opportunities – each family member could have their own cardstock made from their very own Navel Lint and it doesn’t end there!

How precious will those family memories become when you know that they are preserved on fibres that originated in the site of the umbilical link between the scrapper and her offspring (in the case of a motherscrapper!). Indeed can there be a more poignant way to preserve the precious moments of your family?

Family Navel Lint is an unlimited resource – but I can foresee a rise in flannelette shirt wearing around the nation to increase production levels. No doubt some will stoop to substituting lint from the clothes dryer when Navel Lint supplies run short, but I am equally certain that such an act will be viewed with disdain by the hard core of the scrapping world.

Saturday, 14 July 2007

Salvation is at Hand

Fear not oh Hordes of Scrappers, salvation is at hand, your expeditions to IKEA need not end abruptly again - IKEA have now opened a hostel for those shoppers who cannot finish their shopping - see the Guardian story here

I expect Mrs Grendel will be making a series of week long visits. . .