Monday, November 30, 2015

Scrapping Clearly challenge

It's been a little while since I've completed a scrappy challenge. And it was great to sit down and do it because let's face it, this time of year is busy to say the least.

I chose the Scrapping Clearly sketch challenge because I LOVED the sketch. So beautiful. Butterflies and lacey bits - gorgeous.

November Sketch

And this is my take....


Because I knew I was going to use lots of colour, I chose to print my photo in black and white.


I added florals and painted some chippy. Instead of using a doily behind the photo, which is what I initially thought I would do, I painted some flourish chipboard green and popped it in behind the top and bottom of my photo.

The Kaisercraft spray mist has such a shine to it - I love it. Final touches were a flair and some sequins (of course!).

Thanks for popping in. See you next time :)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Geez Louise!

So I've been a little absent. You know the drill. Work, family, life.....

I've still been creating but in a different form lately. If you follow me on Instragram then you know I'm a little obsessed with collage and paint at the moment. I've enjoyed letting go and just making some mess on canvas. Very liberating!

But here I am again with a scrapbook page. I approached this one a little differently. I applied some of the things that I've learned about collage to this page. They are subtle differences but it made a big impact for me.

This page is about the day I met an incredibly creative and inspiring woman. A most amazing day spent creating with products I've never used before.


I approached the page messily, NOT me at all!

Staples, scrunched up tissue paper, half-hidden embellies, ink splats (with Bombay India Ink which I am happy to say I'm not scared of anymore!).


As with the tissue paper and tassel, I tried to include lots of texture, adding muslin as a layer, a doily and stapled vellum over one of the patterned papers.


More staples and zig -ag stitching adds further interest.

I've done lots of these things before but this time it was a little more deliberate, thinking of the layers and textures I was choosing.


I had so much fun creating this page. The colour palette I used was inspired by Scrap The Girls challenge this month:


Thanks for popping in!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

My Creativity Notebook

Hi there!

I'm showing something a little different today - my Creativity Notebook.

I recently bought a very pretty A4 notebook with sections from Typo.

I don't know about you but I have small bits of paper everywhere with notes, lists, inspiration and more. So I thought it would be nice to put them all in one place. (I do have a separate smaller notebook for materials lists for my pages).

I didn't have to do anything to this cover. I simply added my name with thickers :)


The dividers for the four section have pockets also.


I take out my Scrap My Stash boxes of papers and embellishments to use them in this notebook. I created these two boxes because I found that I was buying lots of goodies and forgetting about the stuff I already had.


The first section is for sketches, mood boards, journaling ideas and any kind of paper inspiration.
I stamped the heading and added some embellies to make it pretty :)


The next section is for art and collage inspiration. I am nuts over collage at the moment.
I stamped and cut letters from paper for my heading. Then added some washi tape.


The next section is for general scribbling that I do sometimes. For example, quotes I love, books I want to read and any kind of list. I am a list-taker, that's for sure!


The last section is for organisation. Not necessarily for crafty stuff but for any kind of planning and organising.


This is an example of journaling ideas. I printed out a list I found online, stuck it in and decorated it a little. 


Another example is this page where I included my fave D-Lish Scraps mood board and I simply embellished the rest of the page. 


So there you have it. My creativity notebook. Here's to being (and staying) creative!

Friday, August 28, 2015

SUYS challenge

Hi everyone.

I'm popping in to share my interpretation of the gorgeous mood board up this month for Show Us Your Stuff challenge.

Lots of bright colours and wood features....



I was particularly taken by the coloured pieces of wood with flowers attached to them so I went with that.


A grid format to my page and machine stitching - both pretty familiar things to me!

Backed onto woodgrain paper, I mounted my photo onto cork which I recently bought in a pack of 6x6 sheets. Very handy. I will definitely try my hand at punching and cutting shaping from these sheets soon. My handmade item is a gorgeous flair button from D-Lish Scraps.

The title was inspired by the writing on the mood board. Placing the title down the left hand side of the photo  also covered a lot of distracting stuff of the photo (let's face it, I'm not a great photographer!)

I added some hidden journaling behind the photo and secured it with a peg - also inspired by the pegs in the mood board.


Mounted onto a strip of distressed patterned paper, I wound a flower stem around some wire and then stapled it the page. I really loved how this turned out.

Thanks for popping by!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Kaisercraft challenge

Hi everyone!

I joined in on the Kaisercraft challenge this month - my first time and it was lots of fun. It was a sketch...

KAISERCRAFT AUGUST 15 SKETCH

And here's my take...


I absolutely LOVE Kaisercraft iridescent spray inks and I'm building a nice little collection. On this page, I used the mists to colour the wood veneer and then added some splatters for good measure :) I also machine stitched for a little more interest on the page.



Products used:

  • Papers - Time Machine, Botanica, Base Coat
  • Wood veneer - Roamn Clock Face, Leaves - mixed designs
  • Rub-ons - After Five | Borders
  • Collectables - Fly Free butterfly
  • Spray Inks - Antique Gold, Yellow, Lime Green and Turquoise

Thanks for popping by :) Hope you have a lovely scrappy weekend.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

D-Lish Scraps Design Team shares

Hi Everyone!

Just popping in to share my recent layouts for the D-Lish Scraps design team.

My go-to design is definitely grid formations :) I love it. I'm really enjoying using dark blues at the moment and have a slowly built a small collection of papers and embellies in navy blues.

This layout came together quickly and easily. I added die cuts and muslin for interest and texture, breaking up the squares on the page. I also added thread and ink splatters. I really liked using grey for my background - giving a sutle but interesting look.


I attempted another canvas. This is definitely not something that comes easy to me. I started this one twice over. Initially I used red ink spray and let it drip down the canvas. Yep, you guessed it. It looked like dripping blood. Out came the gesso and I started again. The end result is a far more subtle background. I love using muslin but this time I used more than I usually do, almost using it as a substitute for pattered paper. Actually, I didn't use any patterned paper on this at all! Very unlike me :)



This final layout is definitely one of my favourites. This layout could easily be called masculine but me, this is a reflection of my girl - loves shades of blue (like mum!), outgoing and fun.

A messy background using Gelatoes and paint, lots of messy stitching and some black embellies to finish the page.


Thanks for popping by!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Scrap The Boys challenge

Hi everyone!

I'm excited to join in with Scrap The Boys this month. I've been sifting through older photos and came across a large printed photo of my son. So I couldn't resist scrapping it :)

This was the inspirational image this month.



And here is my interpretation.

I added texture by folding up the edges of all my papers. There isn't a lot of embellishment since the photo is so large. I really enjoyed adding pops of cork too.


I created my own large 'shaker' embellishment. I stamped and embossed a jar onto vellum. I then added another piece of vellum and stitched on three sides. I added multi-size sequins and small wood veneer and finished stitching the top of the jar image to enclose all the bits.


Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Scrapping the simple things

Okay, so the amount of scrapbooking I've done in the last month is exceptional! I'm really happy that I've spent time on this very therapeutic activity :) 

The following two layouts definitely go along with how I like things - in grid-like order. Don't judge me ;)

The first layout documents my love for baking. It heavily focuses on the schools snacks and lunches and I've listed some of the goodies that I make for my kids. 


The second layout uses one of MANY photos I have my two lying on the floor. When my daughter was a baby, my son spent a lot of time next to her. A simple sentiment but worthy of documenting I think.


I used a gorgeous vellum piece that says 'Live in the moment' over a piece of patterned paper. I think the phrase is very fitting for this page as kids do remind us that we need to live in the moment more often, just like they do.


Thanks for popping by!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Jot Magazine challenge

I'm back with another challenge. Jot Magazine have a very bright mood board this month with the likes of oranges and turquoise gorgeousness :)

smallJULY2015BESHKA BOARD
And this is what I came up with....


Mind you, I had a major accident with a Heidi Swapp mist that spilled over my page and the floor and everything else...So the page is a little different to my original idea since I had to hide the accident!

I added some contrast stitching in black all over the page.


I thought it was fitting to add some florals and a butterfly to my garden-themed page. When it comes down to it, the page is very simple but I loved how it came out.


I added this gorgeous cut file I bought from the Silhouette shop. Since then, I've done a lot of experimenting with my Cameo and now I can recreate this cut file! I understand more about working with text - welding text and creating compound paths. I'm so happy about that. It was super fun to do.

Thanks for popping by.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sassy Scrappers challenge

Wow! This month's Sassy Scrapper mood board blew me away. It was bold and the images were amazing.

July Moodboard Challenge
I was very taken by the face artwork image and so I tried to focus on recreating that look on my page.


Unfortunately, I look like I want to punch someone (it was my wedding day and it's probably not too far from the truth!). A very stressful day indeed. But this photo showed my hair and veil which is what I wanted to focus on.


The face artwork in the mood board became this cluster in my layout. I painted some chippy red and added Flourish With A Bling rhinestones and small flourishes. I added some beautiful florals and finished with some sequins. I'm very happy with how it turned.

Thanks for popping by :)

Monday, July 20, 2015

Scrapbooking Top 50 Australia challenge

Today, I've joined in on a new (for me) challenge - Scrapbooking Top 50 have a sketch up this month and I thought I'd give it a go.



I flipped the sketch to come up with a fun layout.


I used my recently purchased silver thread to machine stitch in a couple of places on the page. I was happy to finally use these very bright blue thickers! I did my journaling on two tags using silver pen but I think it's too shiny and you can barely read it. I really do need to buy a grey, rather than silver, pen for journaling on my pages.


I'm on a little bit of a hand stitching kick at the moment. I hand stitched this gorgeous ampersand which is from an Amy Tangerine embroidery kit.

Thanks for popping in!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Scrapping Outback challenge

Hi again.

The layouts are coming along very nicely, thank you very much! I'm really enjoying the time in my craft space.

This page is for this month's Scrapping Outback challenge. I really like the inspirational pictures as part of the challenge (and you need to include at least one chippy).



I want one of these drinks! Right, back to scrapbooking....Here is my take on the image...


I used Heidi Swapp Color Shine mist as well as gelatos to colour the gorgeous feather chippys.

I also love using skinny tape - I only have four of them! They are from Close To My Heart and they are solid colours which is lovely.


Now, about this embroidered feather. This embellishment is the one reason the layout took me FOREVER to finish. I have one of the Amy Tangerine embroidery kits but I don't use them often. I attempted the feather and boy, it was tricky to do. I started twice over :/ But I was determined! And I love the outcome. Don't you?!


I really enjoyed using these colours. They were a mix of dark yellows, orange-but-quite-orange, corals and light reds. A really interesting combination.

Until next time :)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Sketchy Boards Challenge

Hi everyone!

I've been catching up on my scrapbooking lately and I'm very happy with that :)

I've joined in with Sketchy Boards Challenge this month and their inspiration is lovely.





And here is my take...


I've used very subtle papers, something I don't normally do anymore. I love using gold doilies - care of D-Lish Scraps. I framed the photo in an oval frame chippy that I embossed with gold.


I pulled out from my stash a small supply of metal embellishments. They are definitely not used very often. I added this gorgeous metal key to the flowers cluster.

Thanks for popping by :)