24 April 2015

Inspired by Gustav Klimt

What a fabulous challenge at Scrapki  Wyzwaniowo ~ to be inspired by any artwork by Austrian artist, Gustav Klimt.


So spoilt for choice! I eventually settled on this one:


And this one too:



This is my layout, inspired by the serene pond setting and reflection, the spirals and the gold tones:



I combined this one with a challenge over at Mystical Scrapbooks cybercrop, using a cardstock base and no patterned paper or other paper products.  

Materials:
Bazzil Basics cardstock
Provocraft Cuttlebug - D'Vine Swirls embossing folder
Moon Glow King Midas Gold embossing powder
Gold trim
Yellow rhinestones
Prima Zephyr textured canvas alphabets

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17 April 2015

Day tripping

I broke out the bright colours for this layout about our day trip to Karragarra Island:



I was inspired by sketch #25 at Scrap Our Stash.

* Sketch:  I flipped the sketch to put the stripe down the opposite side.
* Inspiration board:  I used the elements of multi-coloured polka dots, and splashes of hot pink.

I couldn't resist extending the layout into a double pager, to accommodate the other photographs from our trip:


(Click to enlarge)

I am submitting my double page layout at Picture This for the THREE PHOTOS + TRAVEL theme. 

Materials:
Bella Blvd Sunny Happy Skies - Borders patterned paper
Echo Park Sweet Summertime - Sunny Days Border patterned paper
Echo Park Sweet Summertime - Sunny Spots patterned paper
Echo Park Sweet Summertime alphabet stickers
Cosmo Cricket DeLovely - Elements journalling cards
Kaisercraft Rhinestones - Hot Pink gems
Bumble Bee Crafts Celebration Pink gem flowers
My Memories butterfly punch
Carolee's Creations AdornIt - Tiny Woopsey Teal alphabet stickers

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12 April 2015

White with sand

I love the April White with 1  challenge, a versatile neutral:



This is my layout.  Super simple, but I like it:



Materials:
K&Company Blue Awning patterned paper
Flourish with a Bling Maddison - Latte flower
Trinket Track wood veneer frame
Trinket Track white flower
Kaisercraft Mini Alpha - Latte letter stickers

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11 April 2015

c. 1870



This layout was inspired by the April sketch at Blue Fern Studios.  I used BFS Tweet Friends chipboard, which I painted with texture paste and heat embossed:



I'm also submitting my layout at:

* Clique Kits ~ Anything Goes.  The sponsor this month is Fancy Pants; I dug into my stash and used a Fancy Pants Creative Cards designer trading card as my photo mat. That card guided my embellishment choices for the rest of the layout.

* Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge ~ Use old stash.  The oldest stash item I've used is the above mentioned FP card.  The Prima embossed flowers are a 2007 release (just checked the packaging), and the Kaisercraft paper is from a 2012 collection.  And then there's the layout theme ~ a beautiful old house built circa 1870.

Other materials:
Kaisercraft Lil Primrose - Fancy Dress patterned paper
Prima Belle Fleur - Gold Embossed poinsettia
Chic Tags Autumn Days - Tabbed ATC journalling card
Flying Unicorn Victoria Garden - Rays of Love mini roses
Prima Zephyr textured canvas alphabets

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10 April 2015

Baby quail



Super simple layout - nothing too technical with this one.  A bit of machine stitching, a bit of fussy cutting, a bit of edge punching...

I'd like to enter the following challenges:
* Scrap it Girl - Black, white and one other colour
* Scrappy Friends - Kelly's word challenge.  {I included the word eggs in the journalling.}
* Clique Kits - Anything Goes

Materials:
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Collection patterned papers
Pink Paislee Indigo Bleu - Burlap patterned paper (fussy cut flowers)
Carolee's Creations AdornIt - Tiny Black alphabet stickers
Buttons from my habby stash
Martha Stewart Floral Lace border punch

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09 April 2015

Yi's Cafe

I frequently scrap with 'old stash' because I have so much of it.  So, I love "stash" challenges - they provide me with extra motivation to use up my 'even older stash' that I am somewhat embarrassed about hoarding.  Over at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge the April challenge is right up my alley, and this is what I created:



I emptied my 'red scraps' ziplock bag, cut up the patterned papers into strips, and painted over the lot with white gesso.  It's a particularly useful technique when the patterns/colours don't appeal so much anymore, or don't quite match. The papers are now very muted but the patterns still show through.  I used some of the larger rectangular scraps make a layered mat, and I added some red mesh (onion bag) to add texture. I am also guilty of hoarding kraft envelopes - the "Reply Paid" ones that come with some bills and art union brochures.  I cut up an envelope to make my journalling strips, and a few freehand hearts too.

I hope this also fits the bill for this month's challenge at LESSology for the Typeface challenge. Instead of a photograph on this layout I used a loyalty card from a cafe that I visited (where the logo consists of a distinctive script).  No need for a separate title!  My journalling tells the story, and I've mixed in a few alphabet stickers to add interest.

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08 April 2015

Explore

It's been a while since I joined in a challenge at Scrap Around the World(Actually, I always feel a little intimidated ~ the entries from around the world are so truly brilliant and I am WAY out of my depth.)  However, April mood board caught my eye and I really wanted to try it:


I was inspired by the nautical theme and the calming bleached-driftwood-and-aqua colour palette, and that big rope coil immediately brought to mind a random photograph that I took on a tall ship last year.  I decided to give it a go, and this is the 8x8 layout that I came up with:



In keeping with my personal scrapping style, it's very linear and simple.  I added hand stitching for the border and machine stitching for the papers and photograph.  I was going for a 'sea spray' effect with the paint splatters but it was a bit of a disaster!  I used a pipette to 'splat' the spearmint colour; it looked a bit odd on its own so I added a few texture paste splotches and aimed for a 'sea foam' effect instead... still not terribly successful.  My last ditch attempt to salvage the page involved a tiny amount of glitter and hoping for the best:



Over at Picture This the first April combo is ONE PHOTO + SPLATTER + PHOTO CORNERS - I checked all the boxes!  {I made my own photo corners with corrugated cardboard.}

Materials:
Webster's Pages Allison Kreft - Recorded patterned papers and journal card
Plain twine
DMC embroidery thread #422
Prima Cartographer wooden embellishment
Kaisercolour Spearmint acrylic paint
Carolee's Creations Adorn It - Tiny Worn Navy alphabet stickers

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07 April 2015

Trying something new...

Last year I followed a cool mixed media tutorial by Riikka.  I made a few tags, and tossed my other practice pieces aside for 'another day'.  I came across the colour challenge at Studio Fourteen 40, and knew straight away that I wanted to use those pieces to create a layout.

First, this is the mood board:

This is my layout:



And a close up of my mixed media dabblings:



Materials:
K&Company Blue Awning patterned paper
American Crafts Thickers - Marquise chipboard alphabets
Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type alphabet stickers

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06 April 2015

I'm back!

Another layout for our Sydney 2014 trip album...



I included four items from the April challenge list at Mystical Scrapbooks:

* washi
* twine
* ink
* stickers

I used black, white and one other colour (red) for the April challenge at Scrap it Girl.

I'd also like to submit my layout at Clique Kits for their Anything Goes theme.

Materials:
Cocoa Vanilla Flying High - Little Star patterned paper
Bakers twine
Up-cycled tag (from a Slazenger backpack)
Creative Embellishments Nautical Set 2 flair 
Herringbone washi tape
Carolee's Creations Adorn It - Tiny Whoopsy Red alphabet stickers

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05 April 2015

Aztec Dreams

The inspiration board at D-lish Scraps this month grabbed my attention:


I was inspired by the 'Aztec' colours, triangles and pops of gold, and I created another layout for our Tenterfield winter break album:



A little detail shot showing my doodling and the sparkly photo corners:



Materials:
Webster's Pages Allison Kreft - Recorded patterned papers and journal card
Bella! black satin flower
Green Tara 2.5cm petals - black paper flowers
My Memories Glitter - Bright Gold cardstock

Buttons from my stash

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04 April 2015

More D-lish Scraps cyber cropping...

This layout is for Katie's This or That challenge:



A bit of a bold choice for the background, perhaps, but I'm pretty happy with the result.  Another one for the Evans Head album, winter vacation 2013.

My selections were:
_ Twine (not wire)
_ Journal spot (not strips)
_ Flowers (not flairs)
_ Sequins (not enamel dots)

Materials:
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Collection patterned paper
Jenni Bowlin Diecut Label - Navy sticker
Sequins
Baker's twine
Hydrangea paper flowers
American Crafts Thickers - Rainboots glitter foam alphabets
Carolee's Creations Adorn It - Tiny Whoopsy Teal alphabet stickers

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03 April 2015

Another double

I'm making great progress on the skydive album.  For this layout I used a sketch from Stuck?!   

Click to enlarge:


Photo credit: Peter Brierley (GoPro 3, stillframe from video)

I made it mirror image and stretched it to fit two pages. The large cloud on the right page will be used as a journalling spot - for J-girl to write about her experience in her own words.

 I also used the criteria from the Scrap Our Stash April stash challenge:

Stars, stickers
Tim Holtz journalling ticket
Arrows
Mini Alphas
Patterned paper

I can't resist a little close-up, to show Zoe Pearn's gorgeous little arrow stickers and mini star wood veneers:


Materials:
Bazzill Kraft cardstock
Cocoa Vanilla Flying High - Little Man patterned paper
Cocoa Vanilla Flying High - Journal Cards (reverse side) patterned paper
Cocoa Vanilla Flying High wood veneer stars
Cocoa Vanilla Flying High stickers
Tim Holtz Idea-ology journalling ticket
Kaisercraft Mini Alphas - Latte letter stickers

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02 April 2015

Play all day

The Retro Recipe challenge at Kraft + inspired me to create another double layout for J-girl's skydive album.  First, the criteria:


My layout (click to enlarge):


Photo credit: Peter Brierley (GoPro 3, stillframe from video)

I'm pretty sure you can see each of the ingredients clearly on my layout.  My stamping is the date stamp. Journalling will be added by my daughter when the album is finished.

Materials:
Bazzill Kraft cardstock
Cocoa Vanilla Flying High patterned paper
Cocoa Vanilla Flying High stickers
PortaCraft Sticky Glitter foam stars
Bakers' twine
Date stamp
Tim Holtz Idea-ology journalling tickets

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01 April 2015

Pixels and Paper - April reveal

First of the month, and time for my DT reveal for Pixels and Paper.  This is the inspiration picture:


The bike had me thinking about wheels and gears and circles.  I raided my stash to see what I could find to work with, and I then I rummaged through my photo envelopes to find some suitable pics. This isn't how I envisaged scrapping these photographs, but I am pleased to add another layout to our 2014 family trip album.



This page is about as clean and simple as it gets... and I was pretty happy to use the negative sheet from the chipboard shapes.  Just a bit of gesso, a bit of penwork, a few odd buttons... voila!   I love the flair in the middle too... instant title!

I'd also like to submit my layout at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge, for the Anything Goes theme.

Materials:
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Collection patterned paper
A2Z Scraplets Shapes - Cog Set 3 chipboard
MME Jubilee Mint Julep - Wild flair 
Buttons from my haby stash

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26 March 2015

Scrapping with a flourish

What a great theme for a cyber crop!  Despite my late start, I'm doing some of the challenges at the Mystical Scrapbooks cyber crop.

This is my entry for Jane's challenge ~ use pearl flourishes on a layout:



It was a super quick layout, made easy by sketch #141 at Sketches in Thyme.
I'm also submitting at Scrap it Girl for the Selfies theme.

Materials:
FWAB Chloe - Red pearl flourish
October Afternoon Sasparilla - High Noon patterned paper
October Afternoon Sasparilla - Pony Express patterned paper
Basic Grey Sublime - Cinnamon patterned paper
Cre8tiv alphabet stickers

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This is my entry for Tracy's challenge - use two different flourishes, and one must be handmade:



1> Stamped flourish frame (I can't remember the last time I used this stamp set!)
2> I made my own flourish by embossing a piece of cardstock and fussy-cutting the flourish motif. Then I inked the embossed design to make it stand out, and used it as an embellishment.



I also created this layout with the LESSology Ribbon Fantasy challenge in mind.  I used recycled corrugated cardboard to mat the photograph for this layout - it's one of my go-to materials.  It's zero-cost, and it always adds the right amount of texture or dimension.  As for the ribbons ~ I have a huge stash of dyed seam-binding ribbon, and I thought it would be perfect for the vintage-y feel of the photograph.

Materials:

Kaisercraft Lil Primrose - Fancy Dress patterned paper
Prairie Bird Boutique wrinkled ribbon
Prima Iron Orchid Designs - Build-a-Frame Collection 1 stamp
Stazon Timber ink
Provocraft Cuttlebug - Victoria embossing folder

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This is my entry for Donna's challenge ~ use a chipboard flourish:



I painted and heat embossed the chipboard to give it some shine.

I'm also entering this layout at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge, for their Anything Goes theme.

Materials:
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Collection patterned paper
RW Laser Cuts Scroll Corners 3 chipboard flourish
Kaisercolour White acrylic paint
Clear embossing powder
Bazzill Basics cardstock offcuts
Spiral paper clip from my stationery supplies
Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type alphabet stickers
Cotton thread

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22 March 2015

Cyber cropping with D-lish Scraps

I had some messy fun with this layout {paint smears and a 2-word title}:

 

This one will be for my family trip album for summer break at Tin Can Bay. I know I haven't finished any of our 2012, 2013 or 2014 trip albums AND now I've started the first 2015 one...

Materials:
K&Company McKenna - Pink Swirls patterned paper
Basic Grey Two Scoops - Spumoni patterned paper
KI Memories Holey Cardstock 
Kaisercolour Coastal Blue acrylic paint 

20 March 2015

High up



Super simple layout, but I'm really happy with this one!

Flourish with a Bling has a fun challenge to alter a FWAB product and use it on a project.  I altered a laser flourish by applying texture paste with a stipple brush, to create a 'wave foam' effect:



I'm also submitting at Clique Kits for my third monthly entry in their Anything Goes theme.

Materials:
Kaisercraft Loire Valley - Osmunda patterned paper and journalling spot
FWAB Jasmine - Teal laser flourish
American Crafts Thickers - Jewelry Box chipboard alphabets

EDIT 04/04/2015:  Thrilled to be selected as a winner at Flourish with a Bling!


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19 March 2015

Blue skies

I made another double layout for the J-girl's skydive album.  This is one of the freefall photographs. Click to enlarge:


Photo credit: Peter Brierley (GoPro 3, stillframe from video)

I used sketch #142 from Sketches in Thyme.  I flipped the sketch and put my own spin on it (as I frequently do!) to make it fit the double spread.   The journalling card has been left blank for J-girl to add her own thoughts

I'm submitting at Another Freaking Scrapbook Challenge for the BLUE theme.  Nothing but blue skies...

Materials:
Bazzill Kraft cardstock
Cocoa Vanilla Flying High - Journal Cards card and patterned paper
Cocoa Vanilla Flying High - Flight Path patterned paper
Cocoa Vanilla Flying High - Stickers
Gold sequins
Gold stars

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18 March 2015

Cousins

Back to some layouts for our Sydney 2014 album - I've almost finished the birthday party/family shots!

This layout was inspired by several different challenges.  I started with the sketch from Scrap our Stash, using some gold:



I used shades of purple for the inspiration challenge #10/2015 at Scrapbook Fantasies.  Purple is still not my favourite colour to scrap with, but I'm not so intimidated by it anymore.

I followed the criteria for the March challenge at Funky Flairs:



* Colour of the month: GOLD {I used glitter cardstock}
* Add any FUNKY FLAIR {I used a button from the Chalkboard set}
* Include embossing {I used Cuttlebug - Jamara embossing folder}

Materials:
Bo Bunny Jazmyne - Terrace glitter embossed patterned paper
My Memories Glitter - Bright Gold cardstock
Bazzill Basics cardstock
Funky Flairs Chalkboard flair button
Buzz & Bloom Rusty Alphabet - Teensy chipboard letters
Fiskars 1.5" circle punch
Prima Mini Me - Black/Grey flowers
Green Tara Mini Roses - Black flowers
Green Tara 2.5cm Petals - Black flowers
Beads and brads

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17 March 2015

Hello...

I have no shortage of "Peter with his chooks" photos and I came across another one that I wanted to scrap.  I used the March sketch and colour palette from Off the Rails:



I dug into my "brown scraps" stash for this one - it's amazing how much can be done with just a few scraps :)  To add some vintage elements I used metal filigree embellishments, which also tied in with the colour palette without needing to paint or otherwise alter them.  Lots of bits and pieces clustered and layered:


I also incorporated elements from the second March challenge at Mystical Scrapbooks -
* 6 circles as embellishments (metal, button, wood veneer, 3x punched patterned paper)
* 3 squares (square doodled frame, photograph, tiny patterned paper)
* 5 rectangles (photo mat, rectangle doodled frame, 4x paper strips - VERY skinny rectangles!!)

I'm also submitting my layout at Clique Kits for their Anything Goes theme.

Materials:
Words or Whatever Hello Circle wood veneer
Fiskars 1.5" circle punch
Metal filigree embellishments
   
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