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In the pink


This one makes my teeth ache it’s so sweet. If Barbie was a geisha, this is the book she would choose. These papers are Japanese Chiyogami papers. The cream one, I bought in the UK, Falkiners I think, and the green one, I think I got from Paper Mojo in the States. It has just occurred to me that it would have been sensible to mark each sheet of paper as I bought it so I know where I bought it from, in case I need to re-order it. Too late!

I found this very nice link to the part of the Canon web site called the Creative Park where you can download a whole host of goodies to print out, including 3D models, greeting cards, calendars, scrap book kits and best of all Chiyogami paper and other patterned papers. They are in the scrapbook section. I’m not sure how large they can printed out but I intend to find out!

The other good news of the day is that Kim at Laketrees has finished the portrait of me which I won in her last competition (I think she is holding another one before Christmas). I have seen it on her blog but have not seen the original yet – I can’t wait! This is it (stolen from Kim’s blog!)


It is so good, especially when you consider what she had to work with. She asked for some photographs to work from (as unfortunately a trip to Australia was not on the cards). By the time I had discarded photographs of me wearing sunglasses, with other people (so too small to be useful when cropped), with double chins, too much make up, shiny face or pulling a weird face (a surprisingly large number – what if the wind had changed?) there were only a few left and Kim chose this one. Didn’t she do well? She is a very talented lady and I highly recommend entering her next competition or if that fails, commissioning her to do a portrait for you!

12 responses to “In the pink

  1. strugglingwriter October 16, 2007 at 9:05 pm

    Very nice, and nice portrait. Definitely pink!

  2. Diane October 16, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    Next one is going to be dark and minimal to counteract this one!

  3. laketrees October 17, 2007 at 8:34 am

    oops …I will send you a copy by email Diane….
    thanks for the lovely write up……. :)
    I love the pink barbie /geisha look ……so cherry blossoms….and so appropriate….seeing it’s breast cancer month…….

  4. Diane October 17, 2007 at 8:42 am

    You did send me copies by e-mail (I think) but I was being lazy and by stealing the one off your web site I didn’t have to play around re-sizing it for my blog – sheer idleness!

    Gosh, I hadn’t thought of that! I must have subliminally (not sueblimely) picked up on the breast cancer theme – especially the pink bows.

    Congratulations on your award, by the way!

  5. Holly October 17, 2007 at 6:16 pm

    I like the Geisha Barbie book…cream, pink, & green: my favorite color combo. Thanks for the tip on the Creative Park site. Love it.

  6. Diane October 17, 2007 at 7:30 pm

    It’s cool, isn’t it? I’m going to try and print some out tomorrow and see how it goes!

  7. Creechman October 17, 2007 at 8:07 pm

    That’s a very good likeness, from what I know.

  8. Diane October 17, 2007 at 8:22 pm

    It is indeed. It is from a mugshot I had to have taken for work purposes and I wasn’t allowed to smile!
    Kim has actually made me look a bit more cheerful! I look a right old misery on the original!

  9. clara October 18, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    Hi Diane!
    Very nice you new books.

  10. Diane October 18, 2007 at 10:16 pm

    Hi Clara glad you like them. I like the books you have been making with your French paper too!

  11. cotojo October 19, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    The Geisha Barbie book looks really cool :)

    As for the portrait…..Kim is just so talented and to be able to do a portrait like that from a few photo’s is awesome. I’m sure it will look even better when you see the real thing.


  12. Diane October 19, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    It’s in the post as we speak! I am really looking forward to seeing it.
    Glad you like my book!

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