Back again after a fortnight and as the UK gears itself up for the promised heatwave this week, I'm getting in a supply of blackout curtains and checking that all my fans are in good, working order. Not being a fan (no pun intended) of the sun or the heat, I shall be anxiously scanning the skies for signs of thunderstorms to break it up. Sorry! Oh well, at least there is Wimbledon to watch while the UK burns.
One of the problems I have trying to work during the summer is that the upstairs of my house which contains my craft room and office gets extremely hot. It is certainly several degrees warmer upstairs than down, possibly because it is quite an old house with no cavity wall insulation. As you go up the stairs in the summer, you can feel this wave of heat coming towards you but then after you've been downstairs for a while, you need a jumper.
I love my house though and this week, I incorporated a photo of it into a piece of home decor using the fantastic CraftScapes English Town digikit from DaisyTrail. I love this amazing kit and although I've now bought some more of the CraftScape kits, I've got a feeling I shall keep returning to it again and again. I don't very often design in landscape or portrait mode, preferring a square work area but the CraftScapes lend themselves so well to doing "scenes" that it's easy to design something that will fit into an A4 frame.
The other thing about these kits is how incredibly quick and easy it is to put a design together. I placed the photo of my house on a blank page in CraftArtist Professional2 and then just built up the digital elements around it, resizing etc to get the perspective as accurate as possible. It was great fun to do and seems to have really enhanced my house and garden. Also, the beauty of digital software is that if you feel your garden needs a bit of a boost, you can do things like adding extra roses to the rose bush! You don't have to be too "realistic" either but just let your imagination take over.
No doubt I shall be back with more CraftScape designs before too long. In the meantime, enjoy the summer, while it lasts.
Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2015