02 May 2016

Foo?

When we were kids, we used to doodle "Foo" in our school exercise books.  My husband (who has never really grown up) likes to play "Foo" when we take photographs on our day trips.

I had some fun with this layout, based on the sketch at Scrap the Boys this month:



Materials
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Edition patterned papers
Echo Park For the Record - Borders patterned paper
American Craft Thickers - Sprinkles vinyl alphabets
Charms Creations Arrow embellishment
Green Tara Lime Green mesh ribbon
Metallic craft thread

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01 May 2016

Flowers that bloom at midnight



When I saw the Pixels and Paper inspiration photo for this month, I couldn't resist a fun and funky take on the FLOWERS theme. I took my daughter to see the Yayoi Kusama exhibit at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art a few years ago, and we loved the Flowers that Bloom at Midnight sculpture installation.  I mixed up the patterns a bit, and used a striped base like the cake in the inspiration photo:


I am sharing my layout at Simon Says Wednesday for the Anything Goes theme.

Materials
October Afternoon Sasparilla - Rustler patterned paper
Fancy Pants What a Wonderful Day - Astounding patterned paper
Simple Stories Carpe Diem - Bits & Pieces title die cut
MME/Breaking Free Best Buds - Nothing But Dots scalloped patterned paper
Bazzill Basics Fourz - Grenadine cardstock
Journalling card

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30 April 2016

Saturday scrapping

My recent order from Charms Creations arrived yesterday, so I put together another layout for the Charms Creations April scraplift challenge.  This is the layout by Sandra Brimelow that I liflted:


And this is what I came up with:



Not quite the monochromatic look of the original, but I was able to work with the scraps on my desk and I'm pretty happy that.

Materials
Charms Creations Mixed Set - Set K Heavenly Heart, wood veneer, twine, paper clip
Prima Free Spirit - Perceptions patterned paper
Bazzill Basics Starmist cardstock
White washi paper
Autumn Leaves Scribbles - Graffiti ribbon
Green Tara 4cm Petals - Sky Blue flower
American Craft Thickers - Sprinkles vinyl alphabets
Buttons from my habby stash
My Mind's Eye Collectable - Unforgettable decorative tape
Rose Moka Equinoxe - Blue alphabet letters

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29 April 2016

Pub lunch

The April challenge at Charms Creations is a scraplift challenge... and I lifted this gorgeous layout by Katie Howard:


I flipped the orientation to suit my photo, and I used one of Charm's gorgeous chevrons, and this is my layout:





Also sharing at Simon Says Wednesday for the Anything Goes theme.

Other materials
The Crafter's Workshop Flourishes, Dots, Circles - Strawberry Lace patterned paper
Elle's Studio You & Me - Mixed Dots patterned paper
Simple Stories Carpe Diem - Bits & Pieces die cut
Basic Grey Micro Monogram - Pink alphabet stickers
Prima E-line - White flower
Green Tara 2cm Petals - Turquoise flower
Pink pearl
Pink wooden button flower
Painted wooden butterflies

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28 April 2016

Come fly with me

So... I really liked the butterfly card I made yesterday,  so I made another one.  Different colours and a bit more girle...



> More Than Words ~ FLY


> Simon Says Monday ~ Show us your metal
I've used a metal filigree butterfly, which I gesso'd and painted and gilded.



> Mixed Media Monthly ~ Dimension
Corrugated card, butterfly and ribbon bow... lots of dimension!


Materials
Kraft cardstock
Kaisercolour Candy acrylic paint
Imagine Crafts CM Metallic Gold creative medium 
Maya Road Soho - Romance Bloom ribbon
Metal filigree butterfly
Pearls
Green Tara 1.5cm Petals- Turquoise flower
Kasiercraft Antique Pink paper flower

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26 April 2016

Fly Away

I was prompted by several different challenges to push my mixed media boundaries again... and this is what I created:



I'm sharing my card at:

> More Than Words ~ FLY


> Simon Says Monday ~ Show us your metal
I've used a metal butterfly embellishment, which I gesso'd and painted and sprayed.

> Mixed Media Monthly ~ Dimension
Using corrugated card is one of my favourite ways to add dimension.




Materials
Kaisercolour Spearmint acrylic paint
Ranger Dylusions - Ground Coffee ink spray 
Imagine Crafts CM Metallic Gold creative medium
Rose Moka Appel de la Nature - Brown alphabet stickers
Prairie Bird Boutique Shabby Wrinkled seam binding ribbon

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25 April 2016

Pixels and Paper - team training

This is a copy of the post that I created for Pixels and Paper - team training feature for April.

This year I succumbed to popular culture and bought myself a pretty planner.  A really nice Kikki K one.  (I am going to be more organised.  I am.  I hope.)  We're well into the year, and I'm still using it and loving it. So far, so good!

But I've discovered I don't have enough dividers to categorise the information I want to keep in there. I know lots of people use mobile apps for this stuff, but there are some things I find easier to deal with on paper.

So I decided to make my own dividers.  It's super simple AND cost effective because I'm using up my old scrapbooking stash.  Here's what I did for my first one:

1>  I took one of the original dividers that came with the planner, and used it as a template.

I traced the design onto my chosen patterned paper, and cut it out.  (Does anyone know how just old this Cloud9 paper is??)  I also added some penwork around the edge, but that's just something I do. For this one, I added a strip of washi tape to cover up the product information strip, and it also helped to reinforce the edge.



2> Next, I added a little title to my divider.

This section of my planner will contain the J-girl's school timetable and extra-curricular activities so I can keep track of my taxi-service commitments.  Another opportunity to use up some old stash (Arctic Frog alphabet stickers - and I even used two Z's!!)



3> Here's what it looks like, inserted in the planner:



4>  I've written "JAZZ" on the tab since taking this photograph:



I enjoyed customising my planner, and I especially enjoyed using up some old stash in the process.  I hope I have inspired you to think differently about your old stash, and find new way to use it.

Here is a FLASHBACK to the team training feature I did last year.

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24 April 2016

I spy...

Another layout scrapped for the 2014 winter vacation album:



My layout design was inspired by the April sketch challenge at Kaisercraft... patterned papers (and tag) from the Offshore collection.


The April cyber crop challenge at Mystical Scrapbooks inspired me to use a quote on my layout.  On the tag I have written a quote from a piece of Robin Dance's amazing artwork (which I came across online while searching for some information about humpback whales!)  

And the subject matter... perfect for the FLORA/FAUNA theme at Unstampabelles.  Whales are the largest of all fauna!  For the texture twist, I've used foam dots to add dimension to the waves, and lovely smooth texture with the satin ribbon.

Materials
Bazzill Basics cardstock
Kaisercraft Offshore - Breaker patterned paper
Micador Collected & Co - Text Type White alphabet stickers
Satin ribbon from my habby stash

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23 April 2016

Shine (2)



I created this page in response to the journalling challenge at the Mystical Scrapbooks cybercrop.  My colour scheme of orange and teal and olive green was inspired by this book cover prompt at Scrap Our Stash:


A close-up of the clouds:



This layout is a companion page to this one.  I didn't set out to do a double page spread for these photographs, but I had one last scrap of the Kaisercraft paper left over, and I played around with some other scraps from my offcuts stash.   I'm thrilled with how the pages look together:



Materials
Kaisercraft The Looking Glass - Tweedle Dum patterned paper
Echo Park Victoria Gardens - Blooming Blossoms patterned paper
Washi tape (x3)
Paper clip
Crayola Golden Yellow watercolour pencil
Notebook paper
Micador Collected & Co - Clouds stickers

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22 April 2016

Song my dog wrote

I had fun creating this layout:



The photo had been sitting in my to-do pile for a while, and I was pretty sure I'd use this background paper, but I would never have considered adding vintage music score paper... UNLESS I'd come across the April challenge at Creative Embellishments.  I was inspired by the music theme - with a twist to include a song title.  I also used a CE chipboard frame in the background.

I heard a really fun song online ~ SONG MY DOG WROTE by Brendan Biondi ~ which captured everything I wanted to say. {If you're a dog lover you should take a listen and check out the music video too.}

I'm also joining in at the Mystical Scrapbooks cyber crop for the Words, Words, Words theme.  I've included some of the song lyrics as my journalling.

I think this is one of my favourite layouts of the year, and I hope the ladies at Clique Kits like it too.  I'm sharing there for the Anything Goes theme.

Materials
My Mind's Eye Cut & Paste - Adorbs - Hello - Greet patterned paper
Vintage music score paper
Studio Calico Classic Calico - Geometry patterned paper
Creative Embellishments Fancy Circle Frame chipboard (large)
American Crafts Thickers - Jewelry Box alphabets
Making Memories Tiny Alphas - Black letter stickers
Green Tara 1cm Roses - White flowers
Kaisercraft Rhinestones - Silver gems

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17 April 2016

Coffee Break

How pretty is this April inspiration board at D-lish Scraps?


This is what I created:



I used all of the colours, and drew inspiration from the coffee mugs and circles.



Materials
Elle's Studio You & Me - Mixed Dots patterned paper
Studio Calico Classic Calico - Geometry patterned paper
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Edition patterned paper
Paper doily
FWAB Elise - Pink flower
FWAB Maddison Small - Pink flower
Fiskars 1.5" circle punch
D-lish Scraps Coffee Break flair
Bling border strip (RAK from a friend)

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16 April 2016

XOXO

This layout was inspired by the second April sketch at Stuck?!



I am sharing my layout at Clique Kits for the Anything Goes theme.

Materials
Sassafras Lass In a Stitch Blossoms - Purple flowers
Dear Lizzy Watercolour Words die cut title
Prima Say it in Crystals - Pink flourish

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14 April 2016

My hero

The prompt at Scrap the Boys this month is so striking that I couldn't resist:


I took inspiration from the 'my hero' words and the strong contrasting black and white imagery, and this is what I created:



Materials
Core'dinations Black Tie cardstock
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Edition patterned paper
My Mind's Eye Boy Crazy - Seeing Stars patterned paper
American Crafts Thickers - Jewelry Box alphabet stickers
Autumn Leaves Scribbles - Graffiti ribbon
Paper clip
Washi tape
Buttons

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13 April 2016

Wanna do a selfie?

Such a pretty mood board at Scrap the Girls this month...


I took inspiration from the colours to create this layout:



The photo montage was swiped from my daughter's Facebook page - some selfies she took with our dog.  {I suspect she used an app to compile the montage, but I don't know which one.}

A little close-up of the gold texture paste detail, which is really hard to photograph!



I'm sharing my layout at Unstampabelles for the Flora and Fauna theme {flowers and the world's best dog!}

Materials
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Edition patterned paper
Elle's Studio You & Me - Mixed Dots patterned paper
Dusty Attic Mini Captions 1 chipboard title
Kaisercolour Candy acrylic paint
Imagine Crafts CM Metallic Gold creative medium
Paper doily
Green Tara 7cm Petals - Turquoise flower
Wooden butterfly button
White satin flower (RAK prize)
Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type alphabet stickers

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12 April 2016

Shine

I'm joining in for the first time at Scrapping Clearly, inspired by the April moodboard:


This is the layout I created:



I focussed on the colours of orange, aqua and gold.  I used an image of the quote that I located at sayquotable.com and printed it on photo paper, adding washi and paperclips to make a tag:


Materials
Kaisercraft The Looking Glass - Tweedle Dum patterned paper
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Edition patterned papers
Washi tape (x3)
Paper clips
Portacraft metallic alphabet stickers
Micador Collected & Co - Clouds stickers

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11 April 2016

So peaceful

This is my entry for the April 123 Challenge:



The criteria are: WHITE, PEACEFUL, and FLOWERS.
(I've also added a touch of grey.)

Materials
Prima Meadow Lark textured canvas alphabets
FWAB Elise - White flower 
Petaloo Mulberry Street - Embossed Daisy flower
Paper doily

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10 April 2016

Wanderlust

Another layout from our road trip vacation in winter 2014:



I'm submitting my layout in the following April challenges:

* Clique Kits Anything Goes theme.

* Funky Flair Studio WANDERLUST and moodboard:


* Mixed Media Monthly DIMENSION theme:


My mixed media element is the texture paste stencilling; it also adds dimension to the page, along with the flair and the wooden buttons:




Materials:
My Mind's Eye/Collectable Remarkable - Day patterned paper
Basic Grey Micro Monogram - Pink alphabet stickers
Echo Park For the Record 2 - Doily patterned paper
Funky Flair Studio Blue Hearts flair
TCW Mini Moving Vines 6x6 stencil
Texture paste

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09 April 2016

Pelicans

I created this layout using the April sketch at Kaisercraft.  Everything (except for the twine) is from Kaisercraft's The Looking Glass collection:



I'm also joining in at UnstampaBelles, where the theme is Flora and Fauna, and the twist is texture.  I've added texture with the twine, layering, distressed edges and stitching.

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08 April 2016

The sweet life

Joining in at Scrapping Outback, for the White with a Twist challenge.  This is the April prompt, with colours of creamy orange/tangerine, white, and a touch of grey:


This is my layout:



I used some chipboard flowers which I painted up, outlined with a fine marker, and dressed with buttons.  I also used the negative (circle)... waste not, want not...





Materials
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Collection patterned papers
Collections Elements - Florals chipboard flowers
Kaisercolour Mango acrylic paint
Chromacryl White acrylic paint
Crate Paper Maggie Holmes - Shine roller stamp
Stazon Black ink
Buttons from my habby stash

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07 April 2016

Caution, firefighters ahead

This layout is my response to the sketch challenge at Scrapbooking Top 50 Australia:



I don't have hands-on, "action" photographs due to photography restrictions and privacy considerations, but I still wanted to document this day in my rural fire brigade album.  This sketch was perfect for my needs.

Materials
Cosmo Cricket Social Club - Manhattan patterned paper
Baker's Twine

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