Saturday, December 31, 2011

December Daily 2011...completed!

So I have finished up my December {not} Daily for 2011.  For the first set of pages, click here. I am really happy with the way this has turned out, really simple which made it achievable. So much easier doing this hybrid version than traditional scrapbooking. And I don't know about you, but once Christmas is over, I don't really feel like ever finishing this off, do you? Anyway, here are the rest of the pages, and the front cover:


 








Friday, December 30, 2011

11 favourite layouts for 2011...

I did this last year as well, you can see my faves for 2010 here.  So for 2011, here goes (remembering that some faves are off to {hopefully} be published!!) and in no particular order:

A recent layout for the sketch at Challenge Heaven (love this photo of Kiara)
Said this was an all time fave at the time, using a sketch (I think Sketchy Thursday's???)

A never before seen layout, and a double to boot...anyone recognise what this may have been created for??? (Hint: the colours may give you a clue)
For the 1,2,3 Challenge, a winning entry! Such a classic Kiara page.
And just to even things out, a classic Alexa page, this one was for Kraft it up.
This was a just 'cos, but went for a trip with to the Craft Expo's Papercraft Showroom with Scrapbooking Memories
A challenge at Scrapz Biz

Another challenge at Scrapz Biz, that also was also selected in the top 20 traditional entries for the Scrapbooking Memories & Expertise Events Express Yourself competition
For the Easy as 1,2,3 Sketch feature in Scrapbooking Memories. Clean and simple.
Possibly Scrap the girls?
 So there you have it. I think I may see some kind of a trend happening, maybe there could even be a "style" developing? What do you think?

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

More exciting scrappy news...

I am very excited to announce that I am now a new Design Team member of The Scrapbooking Haven.  Come and say g'day and join in some great challenges at the forum here and click here for a great range of scrappy goodies at such CHEAP prices (you won't believe it!!).  This will take you to the facebook page, and click here for the blog.  So many places to chat with us!

In other good scrappy news (it is all happening at the moment!!) check out the Scrapbooking Memrories Masters edition, my single layout with a 5x7 photo has received an Honourable Mention.

Phew, I think that is all the good scrappy news I have up my sleeve!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Challenge Heaven Design Team

Super excited to announce that I am joining with a team of super talented scrappers on the Design Team at Challenge Heaven.  I have been joining in with their December challenges (scroll down) and they have heaps of great challenges to participate in every month - with 2012 set to be even bigger and better.

I would love to see you all come along and join in!

Monday, December 19, 2011

December Daily 2011

So this has been in the back of my mind for a few weeks. I didn't put any foundation pages together. But I have been taking photos...so yesterday I had a play on Photoshop Elements and came up with my album (so far) for 2011.  Now when I say December Daily, I don't really mean "daily" - mine is more of a December {whenever I have appropriate photos and stories to tell}. But that is really a bit long to put on the front cover. Not that I have done the front cover yet!  I am really happy with how it has turned out, it hasn't been a lot of work, and is completely achievable with everything else that is going on.

So without any further ado.......










I was very inspired by Ali Edwards, just love the way she puts things together and I have a few of her brushes from earlier in the year with my Project Life. So I just adapted the way she was doing it to suit myself, changed the orientation as I mostly have landscape photos, popped on the photos first and then the journalling.  I printed them here at home on my Canon printer and they seem to be of high enough quality to last.  Originally I wasn't going to mat them at all, then I realised I had a whole packet of Stampin' Up A4 cardstock in the perfectly coordinating colour, and this also makes it far more sturdy overall.  Then I just grabbed any matching bits and pieces from the magic Christmas embellishment box and away I went.

I have also pulled out my December Daily's from last year and 3 years ago, it is great to look back at what we were doing then, the girls just love it.  And this is a really simple way of getting to the end result quickly.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Sketchabilities Number 60

So I thought I would play along for December before my official DT term starts!

Here is my layout:



And here is the sketch:
Okay, okay. So I tried to put the photos on an angle, I really did! But I just couldn't do it, so they kinda ended up straight. Looks much better, trust me!

Very excited to announce

That I have been chosen as one of the new Design Team members of Sketchabilities!

Just look at this:

Introducing our new Design Team for our next term
January1-March 30th 2012
we have 4 returning designers-and 15 new Design Team Members

Aki Iinuma - Japan
Helen Tilbury-South Africa-returning
Kim Kendell-Austrailia-returning
Leah Cameron-Australia
Linda Eggleton-Austrailia
Marilyn Rivera-Puerto Rico
Nina Stenzel-Germany
Regina Castillo-Philippines-returning

Monday, December 12, 2011

Another sketch down...

This one from Challenge Heaven. Just love the way this one has come up.  When I first saw the sketch I thought "Oh no, banners!" (not a huge banner fan here), but then found this paper and thought it would be perfect to count up to number 7 for Kiara's birthday. All these bits and pieces are from My Scrapbook Nook's November kit.



And here is the sketch:

Sunday, December 11, 2011

A layout showcasing the bond between two people....

Could only be between these two, couldn't it?
I have discovered a great new challenge blog found here Challenge Heaven with a heap of challenges monthly (with some pretty nice prizes available too). What more could one want?
So I have decided to play along, and this is what I came up with for the theme challenge:


Friday, December 9, 2011

For the love of CHIPBOARD

This layout features chipboard that I have coloured with markers to match the papers and photos.

Painted black for emphasis.

Raw chippy on the left hand side...

I think I really like to paint my chipboard black!!

See, I told you!

Sometimes simple is all it needs - painted chipboard hearts.


He he he, this is one of my favourites!

And this is Kiara's favourites - all embellishments chosen by her!

And a double! What??? And purple to boot...

December Once Upon A............Sketch

The first challenge at Once Upon A...Sketch for December is to use the sketch provided and the criteria is Something I look forward to in December. What better excuse to use up {some}of the massive pile of Christmas scrappy supplies that I seem to have accumulated!  Here is my entry:



And a close up of me getting all messy (well, as messy as you are likely to see, anyway (I guess other than my house he he he))

And the journalling.