Tuesday, December 30, 2014

When you can't print photos...

I hope everyone had a great Christmas day. We had a lovely (quiet) day with family. Perfect.

I've managed to scrap a little in between all the cooking and cleaning for festivities but at one stage, our computer died for a couple of days and I couldn't print photos. Argh!

Anyway, to keep the creative juices going, I made embellishment tags and pockets ready to add to my pages. One of them made to it to this page of my kids in the final days of school this year. I love this photo so much. The top left-hand piece is my ready made embellishment so this layout came together very quickly.


I was very happy with the result. I'm making a point to simply write my journaling without thinking my handwriting is awful. And I dared to use Bombay black ink again. Oh boy, that stuff is messy. I managed to get it on the floor and then stepped on it. It all cleaned up quickly but seriously, I'm scared of that ink!


It was really fun being able to select an embellishment from my small stash to add to the page. I made them all very general so it could suit any page.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

A different kind of Christmas layout

As I've mentioned before, I'm not crazy about creating Christmas layouts but I was so excited about this one. The idea came along very easily from the papers I used which was Maggie Holmes Open Book collection. Who doesn't love those amazing papers!

Unfortunately, our desktop computer just died and I have to show you poor quality photos :( Sorry about that.

I had a beautiful Wilna Furstenberg cut file for a little while but couldn't find the right layout for it until now. It was torn in a couple of places because I'm still working out my gorgeous Cameo so I stitched those torn bits with red zigzag stitching.

I added three book spines from the Maggie Holmes collection.One of the spines was a travel them and lots of empty space so I covered the travel title with my own title and printed my journaling on the blank space. I debated on whether to add any embellies - and I didn't.

I love this layout to bits. It's not very Christmas-y with regards to the papers or elements on my page but the story is very Christmas-y and hilarious.

I'm joining in with Off The Rails Scrapbooking challenge again this month because this is definitely 'off the rails' for me :)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas layout

To be honest, I don't really like creating Christmas layouts. I know. Scrooge, right? It's not my cup of tea but that certainly doesn't stop me from creating them.

I joined in over at Jot Magazine with their challenge - the mood board is beautiful indeed. I was very much inspired by the wreath.

December 2014 Mood Boardsmall


I love using this diagonal design for my layouts - clean and simple. I added enamel dots all around the doily to simulate the wreath.


I added twine to a bauble die cut for a little fun.


I included my journaling on a patterned tag hidden in a D-Lish Scraps pocket. These photographs aren't just about trimming the tree. Something happened that hadn't happened in a long time and I needed to document it. This layout means a lot to me. Christmas layouts are not my cup of tea but it's all about documenting life so that's fine with me :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Scrap The Boys challenge

I very much enjoyed creating a page for the Scrap The Boys challenge this month.

I love mood boards but this sketch was super fun for me - I think it suited my style of scrapping perfectly.

This was the sketch...



And this is what I came up with...


Texture paste is my 'thing' at the moment! I love it to pieces. I mix glitter, paint, embossing powder, anything to it :) This particular WOW star stencil is amazing because it creates such 3-D stars.


Monday, December 15, 2014

One Little Word challenge

So I thought I'd sneak in an entry to One Little Word challenge today :)

The one word is AGLOW. To me Aglow means radiating with colour. And during the summer months, our roses radiant a rainbow of colours. Just love it. It's not just about colour but that time of year. We know that when the rosebuds appear, summer is coming! And of course, this word gives me an opportunity to create a very bright layout :)




Thursday, December 11, 2014

Catching Up

Hi there! It's been a little while since I've blogged but I still have been scrapbooking :)

So much excitement over the last couple of days with the announcement of the 2015 Scrapbooking Memories Masters team. That team is so awesome!

I've joined a couple of online classes too. The pocket scrapping class over at Jot Magazine and art class with Wilna Furstenberg. So amazing. I'm learning lots of good things in both classes.

I've not participated in too many challenges recently but I thought I'd share a few of my latest layouts.

I had super fun creating this layout of my son and his best mate :) Lots of colour and I just love that wood grain paper.


I used some gorgeous stickers from Flourish With A Bling - the mushroom and gate.


I used the awesome Any Tangerine embroidery kit to sew a heart on a journal card and lots of D-Lish Scraps goodies.



My layouts don't seem to be complete without a tag somewhere! And I loved using some very boy specific stickers by Simple Stories.

The next layout was a little different because I used a photograph that is pretty old. I don't often do that. I tend to scrap very current times of our family.


Who doesn't love a bit of gold? Okay, maybe a LOT of gold!  I used mainly journal cards for my papers


And there's nothing like a flower cluster with a dash of flourish. I'm still trying to get the hang of flower clusters. My next goal is to try to apply some mixed media to my clusters. Nothing like a good challenge!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Love U Summer

I joined in on the challenge over at Flourish With A Bling this month. I love their products and have a modest stash of their flourishes and bling. This is the first time I've used their Up In The Sky puffy stickers - they are absolutely divine!

This layout is definitely getting me excited for summer days ahead. I used lots of bright colours. I don't use Simple Stories papers often but it suited this page perfectly.



I received the ultimate gift from my family for my birthday recently - a Silhouette Cameo! And of course, I've been going mad cutting anything and everything! Love it to bits :) The background design of this page is a silhouette cut.

Go over and check their lovely blog at FWAB.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Mixed Media card for Off The Rails challenge

I joined in over at Off The Rails Scrapbooking for the first time. I took the time to read the About Us section of the blog and was definitely inspired. There's nothing like a good challenge! The idea is go outside your comfort zone - off the rails, so to speak! So I did.



I created a card with a little mixed media. I definitely got messy and I went through waaaaay to many baby wipes and paper towels. 

I really loved creating the background. 
I applied gesso with a stencil and then heat embossed Copper Tinby Metallic Melts.
I added a felt doily and made a tag. 
I used gelatos in Gold Champagne, Tangerine and Metallic Melon on a gorgeous Scrapmatts chipboard heart
and stamped with Distress Ink in Tea Dye.

I feel the flower cluster is probably a bit too 'clean' for the card but I too scared that I might ruin the card - so I left it at that. 

This is Off The Rails Scrapbooking mood palette for November that inspired my card. Have a go!

Monday, November 10, 2014

My final layout for D-Lish Scraps inspiration team

I have been scrapping - just not a lot of posting! I was away on an amazing scrapbooking retreat recently. I was asked to do a few demos during the weekend which is always great fun but the nerves do get to me beforehand :/ Lots of inspiration and I did manage to get some pages done (in between the vinos).

This month is my final month with D-Lish Scraps inspiration team :( I've had an amazing time with the team and D-Lish Scraps owner Amanda is simply lovely. I've had a ball.

D-Lish Scraps November Inspiration Board is divine! Glitter and gold and coral. So beautiful. Do go over and join in with this month's challenge.



And this is my interpretation. What better way to close it out than with a page about my first experience with a scrappy team :)

I matted the photo with tissue paper, a doily and glitter paper and then coloured wire, for lots of texture. I cut three strips of patterned paper and added to the bottom of the page but adhered them in a way so I could tuck lots of elements between them.


Lots of gold and glitter elements. I'm mad for tags at the moment. Don't you love that D-Lish Scraps pink girl button! I finally found a use for coloured mesh! I ruffled it and tucked it behind the paper strip.


Staples, brads, some flowers and a short journaled piece. It came together quite easy. Loved doing this page. I don't feel so awkward scrapping about myself anymore :)


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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Heroes

This page was a tough one to get through. Lots of emotions. I guess that's what memory keeping is all about. I've made an effort lately to journal more, to make my layouts more meaningful.

I heard a particular song lately. Now, I'm not over enthused by the fact that it's a bit of a pop song but the words absolutely hooked me immediately. The song is called 'Heroes (we could be)' by Alesso featuring Tove Lo. It's popular and it's on the radio all the time (too much, really). I love using quotes as titles on my layouts. So why not words to a song?



I wanted to journal the roller coaster ride my husband and I have been on. I've included the journaling behind the photo. There is a hopeful sense to the words on this page and it felt good to get this out in a creative way.

I've submitted this to Jot Magazine's challenge this month. Their mood boards are always beautiful.


Monday, October 27, 2014

D-Lish Scraps Cyber crop

I decided to get stuck into D-Lish Scraps cyber crop this month. Five layouts in a matter of days. Phew! It was exhausting but soooo much fun.

So the first challenge was to follow a sketch - which included a pie chart. My first go at this kind of design and I loved stitching the pie slices.


Another challenge involved embossing. I made some tags from Kraft paper and embossed them with a gorgeous folder with a dragonfly design. I love the thickers I used on this layout.


I was inspired by this on Pinterest to create my own background in the next challenge. I used black pen and Gelatos. Anyone recognise the title? It's Winnie The Pooh of course :)


This layout is a real departure for me. I used Gelatos with water and smeared white cardstock with a plastic bag. I printed out my journaling (because I really don't like my handwriting) and gold embossed the chipboard word.


The final challenge was all about washi tape and I have to say the hardest for me. I don't have much washi and not much of it works together. There are a lot I own that I don't actually like too. In the end, I made some washi tape feathers - not original but pretty on the page nevertheless.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sequin love, pocket scrapping & D-Lish fun

I've been busy scrapbooking but not posting so I thought I'd get you lovelies up to speed :)
I have made good use of sequins lately! This page was about taking my kids to the museum these last school holidays. Their favourite section was the crystals. They were fascinated. I've taken them so many times to the museum and they are always astounded. I love that.


I made a vellum pocket, filled it with sequins and a few wood veneer stars and then stitched it up. I stitched a few hexagons down (who doesn't like a hexagon, right?) with a sequin. I saw that on Pinterest somewhere...The glittery thickers were the perfect lettering to complete the page.

A big addition to my scrappy pasttime is that I've embarked on pocketing scrapping for the first time. I've resisted for so long but I love it now! 
I joined an online class run by Jot Magazine's Kim Archer called Jot Pockets and it's pretty awesome.
Okay, so I've only created two pages so far but it took no time for me to develop an addiction to date stamps!!


So this is my cover page. Simple, I know, but it's a start. I didn't want to get picky. The focus is to simply get stuck into pocket scrapping.

I also participated in D-lish Scraps Cyber Crop this month. I churned out layouts for 5 challenges and my little girl participated in the kids challenge. Too cute, right? I'll post those pages soon - overall, I was pretty happy with what I created. If you like, join in the cyber crops by joining The Scrap Suite community on Facebook here.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Me...again

Lately, I've scrapped lots of photos of me. Very unusual indeed. In the beginning, I felt a little silly scrapping myself but it's getting easier. I joined in over at Scrap The Girls for their challenge this month. Loved the mood board. Lots of my favourite things, especially sequins. I've been on a sequin kick lately :)



And here is what I came up with. Lots and lots of sequins. I was also inspired by the glassware on the right of the mood board. I used a couple of chipboard frames that were part of a fab freebie pack I received from the lovely Debi at Feeling Sketchy.



I applied a layer of gesso on the frames and then used two colours of Tinby Metallic Melts very randomly. I didn't want it to be perfect (that really does go against every bone in my body!)  This is definitely a departure for me but I'm happy with the result.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Book heroes

Show Us Your Stuff challenge this month is a lovely sketch. I really liked using the diagonal feature of the sketch.



I followed the sketch pretty closely and am super happy how it turned out. I think a combination of reasons made this layout so easy. I loved the topic of this particular memory. I'm an avid reader and my son has turned out to be one also. When we found out one of his favourite authors, Andy Griffiths, was coming to town, he was over the moon.

I managed to get some splatters on the layout that I was pleased with (that's a rare moment for me!) and my handmade item is the flair by D-Lish Scraps.


I loved using the Dear Lizzy typewriter sticker! Perfect for this layout.


I lacked the right coloured thicker so I pulled out some 7Gypsies chipboard letters from my stash and sprayed them with Mr. Huey's in Little Boy Blue which is quite a deep blue colour.


I wrote the treehouse series books along two edges and his favourite as part of my journaling.


And lots more journaling hidden inside the chevron bag secured with an arrow clip. I'm making much more of an effort to write extensive journaling whether it be seen or hidden because lots of my recent layouts have been light on.


Saturday, October 4, 2014

D-Lish Scraps Inspiration Team

D-Lish Scraps has a gorgeous inspiration board this month. Hope you get a chance to join over at the blog.



Beautiful bold colours with a some black contrast. Love it. As part of the current Inspiration Team at D-Lish Scraps, I came up with something inspired by the colours, the polka dots and the framed flowers.


I used the 'plastic bag' technique or whatever it's called! I smeared some Gelators on some plastic, sprayed some water over it and pressed it down over the cardstock to create a splattered look. Then applied some gesso over a polka dot stencil.


The D-Lish Scraps sequin bows seemed to go with anything I do these days!


I also dared myself to colour cut words and wood veneer with Gelatos to coordinate. I was pretty pleased with how it came together. I also enjoy using the Stapler these days. I use a regular stapler but I wouldn't mind those lovely mini ones with assorted coloured staples.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Sassy Scrappers & ARTastic challenges

The first layout is something different from me. I have scrapped one of my wedding day photos. I haven't done that since I started scrapbooking - that is, 8 years ago.

I am really happy with the end result and I think it has to do partly with the colours of this month's Sassy Scrappers mood board...

September Moodboard Challenge

Now, I'm not ready for summer just yet. Melbourne weather is terribly temperamental and even though we've had lovely spring days, the cold days are still around at the moment.

I took inspiration from the first photo - of the bouquet of flowers with the wood panels in the background. And as I've already mentioned, the colours are just beautiful.


I was particularly happy when I finally found a use for the Amy Tangerine black script phrase. I am in love with that script! And I added a small stamped phrase next to it that came from Blue Bazaar. Many of their wood-mounted stamps are absolutely divine. 


I added pops of yellow across the page. I also added a bit of a messy gesso border around the photos since I decided not to mat them.


The floral strip is washi tape care of D-Lish Scraps.


And because I'm a HUGE fan of Lizzy Hill - and when she says 'go and try out this fabulous challenge' - I listen!!! I participated in ARTastic challenge this month. I really love the premise of this challenge blog. This time the criteria was twine. Now, I use lots of twine but usually on cards, not pages so this was going to be fun.


And I reminded myself why I prefer machine stitching to hand stitching....I printed out the title, which is our favourite Italian restaurant, and I pierced holes as guidelines for the hand stitching. I actually used white twine with red sewing thread together. Not sure if that was a good idea but I'm happy with the result.


I loved the green patterned paper on this layout. It reminds me of checkered tablecloths in restaurants! And I thought pops of red across the page worked well too. I had fun doing this page even though the photo is not the best quality. That's never stopped me :)