Monday, April 30, 2012

Some layouts to share

I got the most gorgeous "Fabrications" kit from Leanne at Mad About Scrappin' to play with from Teresa Collins. When I last checked there were still two left, so if you would like one you can check them out here. The kit is only $10, and you get 4 sheets of the gorgeous Teresa Collins Fabrications Pattern Paper, 2 x cardstock, Chipboard from WOW, Lace, Silver Metal Corner and Micro Beads and there is easily enough papers left over for more layouts and cards. Such great value, especially when you get to feel the quality of this paper, it is just gorgeous. And beautiful colours too.  Here are my layouts:

One thing I love about getting kits is there is usually some items that really get you out of your scrapping "rut" and make you think outside the square. This kit includes some black "micro beads" (I didn't even know that's what they were called - I called them tiny bead thingoes which is an equally good name, I think). Of course, I have never used micro beads before, and I love the way they came out on the chipboard. I painted the complete piece of WOW chipboard, then dimensional magicked it when the paint was dry. While the DM was still wet, I sprinkled on the micro beads, attempting to get them in the middle of the flowers. I love the effect this has given the chipboard.

The kit comes with a silver photo corner, but I felt the silver didn't really match in with the rest of my layout, so I just painted it black. The paint covered the corner perfectly and dried really well, so there is no problem in changing your embellishments to suit your page.

My second layout showcases off all these beautiful papers, I have fussy cut out some of the larger flowers and used them as features on the background piece.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

KJC @ 7

The colour challenge set by my friend Charm at Scrapbooking From Scratch is to use mustard yellow, teal, kraft and white. I took some snaps of Kiara yesterday and they just needed to be scrapped so this was the perfect challenge to do so!

With just some dot points about the girl right now.

Friday, April 27, 2012

My Mind's Eye April Sketch

Since I am loving all the My Mind's Eye products at the moment, and I had a full sheet and some scraps left from the March My Scrapbook Nook kit, I thought the April sketch at My Mind's Eye the perfect challenge.

It's not exactly how I pictured it in my head (they rarely are I guess) but the idea is there. I have written some hidden journalling on the pull out tags about how these three different aspects of my life make "me". Family, Create and Work. Without getting too deep, it's an interesting thought process and I realised that all three of these things bring different, but maybe all important, things into my life - but also how I am different in all three of these aspects too. Hmmmm.

Anyhoo, I think I can safely say I have now destroyed this kit - I don't think there is one layout left in it! But it has been one of my all time favourite scrappy kits (and that is a big call, I have tried a few!!) and I love every one of the layouts I did with it. Hope the May kit is equally inspiring!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

And with he is!

Well, at least I think I got permission...permission via proxy perhaps. So here he is, my nephew Dan. There is so much I could write about what this boy means to me and my family, but I don't want to make everyone gag so I will just show the layout!  PS. My layout the Jumping Pillow won the challenge in the CC - yay!!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Some Scrap Sanity Cyber Cropping

The cyber crop at Scrap Sanity is on, and I have managed to complete all the challenges (albeit with my own spin on one or two!!). Here they are:
First up was the early bird challenge, which was an inspiration pic challenge. I went with the colours and the whole earthy tone thing that was going on. These cork circles actually have things printed on the other side, but I think they look better plain. I have had these for ages, and really like the dimension they added to this layout.

The next challenge was to complete a layout using the colours in the photo. I had these great pics of Kiara rolling down the jumping pillow in Warrnambool, with some great orange and blue going on in them. This was an interesting layout in the way it evolved - I cut out some strips of orange and blue patterned papers and had them lying randomly on the page, then that was stressing me out so I lined them up (ahh, better!) then I snipped in the banner look and spaced them out evenly (even better again!). I like the way this has turned out, and will be doing this again.

Here's where I went a bit off track...this was a colour challenge, only I *may* have misinterpreted the colours was meant to be brown, burgundy, aqua and cream, only I thought it was pink not burgundy so blazed away with my DT kit which coincidentally matched perfectly (I thought Tiff was looking out for me and matched the challenge to the kit). Or not, as it turned out!!!

 There was another layout, but I won't put it up here without permission as it has a gorgeous picture of my nephew Dan on it and I would hate to embarrass him (actually, I quite enjoy embarrassing him, but perhaps not on such a widespread scale). But Dan, if you are reading and you would like to see it just give me the nod and I will pop it up. Kay?

Friday, April 13, 2012

Featured on My Mind's Eye blog!

You can imagine how excited I was to receive an email from Stephanie asking if they could feature my layout on the My Mind's Eye blog...well, sure!

The post has just gone up, you can check it out here.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Step by step creating a background with 7 Dots Studio and Mad About Scrappin'

Mad About Scrappin' have a great inspiration challenge on at the moment - you can purchase a "pack" here which contains all kinds of goodies that you can use for inspiration on a layout, which can then be uploaded for the chance to win an imaginisce d-stress tool valued at $62. This is what is in the pack:

Pretty scary stuff for a plain and simple scrapper like me! The best way I know how to use "stuff" like this is to create a background for my layout. So I grabbed out my texture paste, some paint and went to it!

I don't know if it is just me, but I find creating this way is a whole lot of trial and error - usually with me more error than trial! I thought this would look great with a subtle orange texture of dots over it, but the orange paint I have is too bright. The solution to this would be to add just a tad of black to darken it off, right? Yes, with the operative word being "tad"....obviously I added way too much, so have ended up with brown. Oh well, trial and error! I just mixed the paint in with the texture paste, then used the orange rubbery dotty thing (yes, that is the technical term for this item) as a mask and painted the paste mixture over.  It took a little while to dry, but the texture and effect is great.

I had some of the mixture left over, so grabbed the bottle lid and pressed it into the paste and used it as a stamp randomly over the background. This works well with just paint or glimmermist as well.

It is amazing what you find in your stash that matches certain papers when you go delving through...I found some silver paint that I thought would look great with the 7 Dots Studio Elise Rebel Collection papers I was using. I dabbed the bubblewrap in the paint and just pressed in a few areas around the page.

A trick that I often do is to frame my background paper in a contrasting colour. I find this really lifts a layout and can make the difference between a so/so layout to one that is really eye catching. To save paper, I often cut out the background of the base piece of paper to use on another layout. I usually cut the middle square 11" x 11" or 10 1/2" x 10 1/2" (depending on the size of the photo I am using).

I am not sure if I should admit this in blogworld or not, but I am not a real big glimmermist fan. There, I have said it. The way I like it best is to just do a very small portion of it, not let the whole layout be squirted. To do this on this layout, I mask out the majority of the paper, leaving only a small portion that I want the glimmermist to be able to land on. I used the meshy stuff (you see, I am good at this!) to use as a mask. This actually came up quite well, but I was probably a little too subtle with this as it is difficult to see in the layout. A good technique to use another time, though, I think.

I also sanded the edge of my photo with the sandpaper from the inspiration pack, and I distressed and inked the papers to suit the grungy style of the layout.  I printed out some journalling, added some washi tape, stamping and some rub-ons from my stash which just happened to match perfectly.

The 7 Dots Studio Elise Rebel Collection papers from Mad About Scrappin' are great to work with. They are a very thick paper and were great to distress. The other interesting thing, which I believe is a great idea, is the way the different papers in the range co-ordinate together. I like that the back side of the papers don't necessarily match best with the other side, but with other pieces in the range. I think this could work really well to get the most out of your papers - I don't know how many times I have wanted to use both sides of the one piece of paper but just have to choose one or the other. The Elise Rebel Collection overcomes this really well, and you can still contrast the pieces if you want. Very clever.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Daring you to scrap April challenge

Now, when I saw the sketch for the April sketch at Daring you to scrap I had a serious moment of deja vu...I could simply have re-entered my March layout for Crafty Sketches and I'm done! But of course this isn't allowed, so what better opportunity to do a similar layout but featuring photos of Kiara!

Here is the original sketch by Page Maps:

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Guest DT at Scrap Sanity using some gorgeous Little Yellow Bicycle

I am super thrilled to have been asked by the ultra talented Tiff Sawyer to be the guest DTer for April at Scrap Sanity. My kit was chock full of Little Yellow Bicycle Paradise goodies along with lots of other coordinating embellishments.

So far I have done three layouts, and there is plenty more to come.

I have had this photo of Alexa skipping through Ma ma's garden cut into a circle for a while, must have been going to use it somewhere and never got around to it! It is perfect for this range of papers though, so I just continued on with the circle theme and love the way this one has turned out. I used the cardstock stickers and cut the verses up so they would go around in the circle and am really happy with how they look.

A lot of pieces in this range are just crying out to be chopped up, particularly this one that I have used bits for the top and bottom of the next layout. I also layered the bottom strip with some stickers to add a little bit more dimension to the layout.  I also got a bit creative for me with some texture paste butterflies. I left them clear, and added some pearls to the centre. To make these I simply punched the butterfly shape using a Martha Stewart punch into some scrap cardstock, then painted the texture paste over the mask I have made. Then I just left them to dry. I love how this adds a little extra to the layout, but is still really subtle.

And finally for today, I just want to mention another thing that I love about this range of papers - and that is that it doesn't have to be all pink and girly and flowery for the Alexa's of this world. No, the papers work equally as well for those not so girly girls or boys in our lives! So the final layout is of Kiara, nice and simple, but showing off this gorgeous photo of Kiara just as she is.

If you've got this far, well done, and I hope to see you over at Scrap Sanity soon. There is a great forum, challenges, a cybercrop coming up and lots more.

Some sketchy inspiration

There is a great sketch up for the April challenge at Mad About Scrappin'. You can find the sketch and upload your entry to the facebook page here. Here is my example layout:

And here is the sketch designed by the ultra talented Emma Stafrace and lots more can be found on her sketchy blog Page Drafts.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Featured on Aussie Scrap Source using some Bo Bunny

I am very excited to show off this post from Aussie Scrap Source, which features a couple of layouts I did using the Bo Bunny Enchanted range of papers.

Check it out here!

It is also my last reveal for Sketchabilities. Here is my layout which is one of my favourites of the term:

You can see the sketch and the other DT layouts here