Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Snap an Elfie - D-lish Scraps DT

I was feeling in a bit of a rut with my scrapbooking, like every page was starting to look the same. So for this layout, I decided to take things in a totally different direction: multiple photos, absolutely nothing in the centre of my page. I love the result and feel refreshed. Don't be afraid to try something new every now and then, you might just like it. ;)


As soon as my son got invited to an 'elves and fairies' birthday party, I knew I was going to want to use this flair on the layout! Just when I thought enamel dots couldn't get better, I find there are GLITTER D-lish Dots, I was in heaven. I have used Kinder Kreations frames on the smaller photos, inked in charcoal ink. You can't go past a basic white doily, or two, in the background.


My title comes from Corbet Creations chipboard and originally read 'selfie', but I love a good pun. ;) The wooden star buttons matched the wooden/natural feel I wanted for the layout. The green leaves came from a mixed grab bag, but they seem to be out of stock at the moment.


Thanks for having a look. Please share your project with us at the Scrap Suite if you do decide to create something out of your comfort zone.


Sunday, 16 July 2017

Sweet Child of Mine - D-lish Scraps DT

Good morning everyone! It's time for a new cyber-crop over at D-lish Scraps facebook community, The Scrap Suite. I've created one of the challenges for this month. I LOVE scrapbooking Christmas layouts, so I've gone with the theme of  'Christmas in July'. You can create a layout, card or OTP project to enter.


I used a photo from Harrison's first Christmas, some Cocoa Vanilla Studio's papers and a few Kaisercraft pocket page cards. Plus, the all-important D-lish Scraps embellishments! This Christmas Elf flair was too perfect to pass up. I've also used some D-lish Dots and the wood veneer stars which I've inked in green then coated with Dimensional Accents. Perfect sized white doily hiding in the background too.


Another D-lish Scraps flair and a 'sweet' chipboard title.

 Hope to see an entry from you soon!

Monday, 10 July 2017

Today Was Good - D-lish Scraps

I'm not sure about you, but for me the majority of my layouts generally go somewhat according to plan. There are the rare unicorns where what I create looks EXACTLY like the image I had in my head, and then there are the layouts that turn out NOTHING like I had imagined. My reveal today is one of those: when I sat down I was planning on scrapping a photo of my son in an elf costume. A couple of hours later, I had this layout instead. :)


I love to scatter some D-lish Dots around my page and have a range of packs so I can always get the perfect matching colour. The wood veneer stars were a recent purchase for me and I've already almost used up my pack of ten, the combination of hearts and stars is just too cute. I wasn't sure I'd use the pip berry stems but I like the extra movement they add to the page. I've just stuck mine down with strategically placed staples. 


I picked up this bike flair from an old Just Add Paper kit because I knew it was perfect to go with this photo. I was so excited to have a chance to use one of the tassels, I got the vibrant pack but there are more subtle colours too. You can't go wrong adding a white doily to the background of any layout, it adds detail without being distracting. D-lish has a variety of designs and sizes available too.


Thanks for having a look today. Hope it inspired you to use some products you haven't tried before. 

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Always Remember - Scrapmatts DT

This is my second Scrapmatts DT layout reveal for July, using a family photo from my sister's wedding a few years ago. I wanted to go with a bit of a rustic feel due to the farm location of the wedding, with gold bling highlights because you can't go wrong with gold accents. ;)


The chain pieces (CB6109 Lamps 11 and CB1229 Chains 02) were all cover in chocolate embossing powder. I love the effect of the gold texture paste through the ST9006-A5 stencil in the background. I used 'Bling' from Colour Blast Australia and it just goes on so smoothly with a wonderfully thick coverage. My title comes from the CB6112 Scrap Words 31 pack. The flairs are from Accent Scrapbooking, who make the most amazing metallic flairs.


The new CB4069 Ornate Frames 26 set was perfect for my flourishes and stunning frame. I've embossed the frame with gold embossing powder but left the smaller background flourishes raw.


My flower cluster is a mix of quite a few different companies. Most of them come from D-lish Scraps because they have such an amazing range. I've also used some old Prima flowers and the black mini roses are from Kaisercraft. 


Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Baby Girl - Scrapmatts DT

I'm posting this one a day early for my Scrapmatts DT reveal, because it has actually already gone live over at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration. Don't be confused by the title and photo, I still have my darling son and haven't popped out a second baby. :) The baby in the photo is actually me and I still have that CareBear at my parent's house. It was the perfect colour scheme for the CSI challenge so I couldn't resist using it, even though now when I look at it I have all the warnings about never letting a baby sleep on a bean bag flash through my head. 


I had been wanting to use the gorgeous rocking horse chipboard piece (CB6057 Rocking Horses 01) for such a long time, so was very excited to finally get the chance. I have left the horse itself raw and painted the darker brown parts with a watercolour pencil, then used a gold pen to highlight the metallic details. The title comes from the CB5135 Baby Boy 01 set (or the baby Girl Set too). I have scattered words across from page from CB1191 Scrap Words 03.


I have used background stencil ST9006-A5 and painted Tinby Designs Color Crush powders mixed as a watercolour through it for a more subtle effect. My flourishes are actually from CB2003 Page Borders 02, but I've cut it into two quarter pieces to use either side of my photo.


If you're interested in playing along with the CSI challenge, the Case File is below and it's open all month. I'd love to see what you create. From the scene I was inspired by the thought of napping in a hammock on the weekend, so went with the napping photo. For my evidence I used text print, flowers, puffy stickers, wood and watercolour. My testimony using the inspiration words. I stayed fairly close to the sketch, just swapping the two top photos for a single one, and the circle photo for my horse chipboard. 


Monday, 26 June 2017

Sweet Pumpkin Spice - D-lish Scraps DT

I just realised I never shared my inspiration layout for the June D-lish Scraps mood board! The board had some amazing colours and inspiration images, plus was perfect for this photo I had been saving.


I loved the deep indigo colour of the mood board, but didn't have any embellishments that hue. I used my Tim Holtz faded denim ink to die some mini-paper flowers and the tulle flower. The chipboard circle frame and flourishes are from Scrapmatts.


Sunday, 25 June 2017

Champs - D-lish Scraps DT

Hello hello! I took part in a basketball tournament this past weekend and it made me a bit nostalgic for my junior playing days. You know, the ones where you wouldn't hurt so much just waking up the day after a game? ;) Anyway, just because D-lish Scraps have such a beautiful range of flowers doesn't mean I need to include them in every layout. So here is a no-flower Design Team layout featuring my favourite colour - Orange!


I also put together a really quick tutorial on how to create this layout.

1. I loved how busy this Simple Stories background paper was, but also wanted to tone it down a bit. I swiped some gesso randomly across the page, the gave it a spray with some orange Colour Blast Shimmer Spray so it has an orange sheen to it.


2. I then wanted to add some more interest and texture to the background. It's important to have a general idea of where your photos will be going before you start this step. I stamped a few different sizes of a Craft Queen stitched circle stamp around the page, knowing they would all overlap my photos. For the texture, I mixed texture paste with some seed beads from an old D-lish Scraps Just Add Paper kit and some added some orange ink to colour the paste. I swiped this through a Scrapmatts star stencil (one of my favourites!)


3. The background was completed by tearing up an orange Bitty Bag and placing it behind where my photos would go. The stars were die-cut from black card stock. The court piece is from the journal cards sheet of Simple Stories paper.


4. Because my paper was a bit warped, I mounted by photos on cardboard to make them a bit more stable and lift them up. I also sanded the edges of both photos so they stood out from the background a bit more.


5. The last step is just to add all the embellishments as you saw on the final layout. I chose blue as an accent colour because it pops against all the grey and orange, plus draws attention to the winners pennants in the photo.


The washi tape also comes from a past Just Add Paper kit. My title is made from puffy alphabet stickers.


I couldn't go past the 'memory' flair button, given these photos are now 16 years old! I feel so old myself now. The orange coloured wire was really easy to shape into a star and provide a bit of extra interest. The pennant sticker came with the Simple Stories basketball paper pack.


I really like using these arrow paperclips as an accent and the blue resin glitter dots just finished it off perfectly. I hand-made that basketball pin a number of years ago but never had a chance to use it until now. The sentiment is from the top of the court journal card I used on the background.


Thanks for checking out my work today!

 

Thursday, 15 June 2017

A True Love Story

This layout is the result of my second class at the recent Brisbane Scrapbooking and Paper Expo. This class was taught by the amazing Krisy Podolak for Colour Blast. Krisy was an amazing tutor, providing a concise and information colour-theory information session before we got started on the layout


This is a heavily mixed-media layout, with gesso, ink sprays, stamping, texture paste, paint flicking, paper, material, chipboard, string and stickers. I know some people don't like mixed-media because of the drying time but we actually completed this whole layout within the two-hour class (with a bit of time to spare!). Krisy is a girl after my own heart who embraces a 'just stick it down and move on' approach to scrapbooking and is happy to create for the art of it, not always the memory. 


It was a great deal of fun and even my mum, who is traditionally a card-maker who shies away from mixed media, was happy with the result of her layout.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Photo Op

So this layout isn't part of my Brisbane Expo classes showcase, I've just been very late in blogging this layout. A new scrapbooking store recently opened near my home (so lucky!) and they had the amazing Beck Beattie come to teach a class demonstrating how to use her Color Crush powders. I love Beck's work, enjoy her classes and have wanted to learn more about using watercolour effects on layouts so even though I had to organise a babysitters I couldn't pass this class up!


Beck had stamped the squares on the background for us and then gave us a lesson on 'layered stamping' where we got to add the script, checked and hexagon stamps ourselves to build depth. She also provided a simple but really effective colour-theory class before we picked out our colours and starting painting the background. I was originally planning on having a blue theme to the layout, but I'm so much happier with this bright red/orange/yellow layout with pops of blue for accents!


We used the Tinby Designs Color Crush powders for all the colour in this layout, so we got to learn how to paint them on like watercolours as well as sprinkle the dry powder on the page and activate it with a mister. Lastly, I splodged some yellow over the page via some scrunched up plastic.


Once I got the layout home I couldn't resist adding the blue stars, some black foam * shapes and a small title. I was also lucky enough to have my friends buy me a selection of 7 different Color Crush powders for my birthday, so now I just need to find time to play with them! :)

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Cocoa Vanilla Studios Expo Class

The Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo is wrapping up in Brisbane today. I have previously gone 2013-2015 as part of my design team responsibilities with Scrapmatts and Couture Creations but have never gone just for the sake of going. This year my mum suggested she fly down from Gladstone and we go together, which was an offer too good to refuse. We went on the Friday and Saturday, completing 5 classes (and a bit of shopping). I'll share the projects as I actually manage to complete the mall. :)


Our fourth class, the first on Saturday, was with Zoe Pearn who is the founder and designer of Cocoa Vanilla Studios which is one of my favourite scrapbooking companies at the moment. We got to do two pages using the beautiful Wild At Heart paper range and I actually managed to get ALMOST all the way through both during the class! Expect to see a few may layouts from this range, because I now had a HEAP of papers and embellishments to match but also because I love the watercolour feel to it.


The printed chipboard in this range is wonderfully thick and sturdy, with a peel off adhesive background which makes it very easy to use. I also fell in love with their glitter dots because I'm easily distracted by sparkly things. :)


Zoe told us she created the second page just to 'use up the scraps' we had left over from the first page. I wish all my scraps could turn into something so beautiful! When you have such a beautiful background paper to start with, you barely even need to add anything more. 


The embellishment pack has a huge variety of designs, with a great mix of words and shapes including butterflies, hearts, stars, arrows and frames.


I had to do a bit of fan-girling and get a photo with the lady herself after the class. Unfortunately, my mum is not the best photographer and this was the only photo that wasn't blurry. I look so grumpy because I'm still in the middle of talking. Anyone know why all my crafting inspirations are short? :)