01 October 2016

Framed!

Happy October!  This is my DT reveal post for Pixels and Paper.  I'm scheduling this one because I'll be on holidays so I hope it works.

This is the fabulous inspiration photo:


Lots of gorgeous frames ~ and coincidentally, the design criteria this month is also FRAMES.   I liked the idea of using more than one frame on a page, and using overlapping layers. This is what I created:



I also learned a lesson with this layout ~ painting vellum with watercolour causes it to curl up!  One drop of water and it looked like a live sea anemone curling into itself.  I dried it with a heat tool and gently flattened it out, but it's not quite as smooth as I'd like.  Nothing a bit of stitching didn't fix!



Materials
Bazzill Basics Kraft cardstock
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Edition patterned papers
Portacraft Metallic Gold alphabet stickers
My Mind's Eye Collectable - Unforgettable decorative tape
Studio Calico die cut vellum frames
LuminArte Twinkling H2Os - Garnet watercolour paint

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06 September 2016

A little bit rustic

Another pocket page for our Longreach album.  It's a companion page to this one.



I'm entering my page in September challenges at ~

Mixed Media Monthly ~ Rustic theme


Mixed media of paper, twine and fabric + rustic themed photographs.

Archi-scraps ~ Windmills.  I used a fabric windmill embellishment.

Materials
Simple Stories Sn@p! Insta-page insert
Echo Park Victoria Gardens - Blooming Blossoms patterned paper
Bazzill Basics Pinecone cardstock
Bazzill Basics Kraft cardstock
D-lish Scraps Rustic Charm twine 
Sullivans Crafty Bitz fabric windmill
Washi tape

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05 September 2016

Pelicans

Another gorgeous colour at White with 1 this month:


I can never resist yellow, and I created this layout to add to our winter 2014 holiday album:



The layout is imaginatively titled, Pelicans:



Materials
Echo Park Victoria Gardens - Cheerful Words patterned paper
MFT Die-namics - Little Letters alphabet dies
Crate Paper Toy Box - Explore patterned paper
Green Tara 5cm Petals - White paper flower
Satin flowers - pale yellow
My Mind's Eye Collectable - Unforgettable washi tape

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04 September 2016

Happy Father's Day

It's Father's Day in Australia today.  This one was a fun layout to put together:



I followed the fabulous September sketch from Stuck?!   My layout theme was prompted by the September challenge at ARTastic:


The layout features my hubby (father of our teenager).  The elements of the painting that I drew inspiration from were the man and dog by the water, and the spots!  Lots and lots of spots...

Materials
Kraft cardstock 
Echo Park Victoria Gardens - Garden Gate patterned paper 
Echo Park Birthday Wishes - Birthday Floral patterned paper 
Vintage book page 
FWAB Elise - Cream flower 
FWAB Silver adhesive rhinestones 
Green Tara 1.75cm Petals - Caramel paper flowers 
Green Tara 1.75cm Petals - Salmon paper flowers 
Green Tara Lace Pearl - Red flower
Sullivans Crafty Bitz - Cotton Circles fabric circl
D-lish Scraps Rustic Charm kraft tag

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03 September 2016

Quandamooka

I always enjoy the colour challenges at Scrapping Outback, and this month is a lovely combo:

WHITE + Strawberry Red/Pink + Mango/Orange 
and a little Lemon/yellow 

Here's my layout, which features some mosaics from the Quandamooka Jetty in Wynnum, on Brisbane's bayside:



I used two different chipboards.  I inked both with archival ink, which turned out a deeper red than I expected.  For the 'seaweed' I dabbed on some mango paint to lift the colour.  For the fish I mounted the chipboard onto patterned paper to add some definition:




I made the other little fishie embellishments myself, just cutting out some simple shapes from patterned paper scraps and outlining with black pen.

Materials
Echo Park Victoria Gardens - Delightful Doilies patterned paper
Creative Embellishments Branches chipboard
Words or Whatever Summer Mini Pack chipboard (fish)
Dew Drops Brilliance - Poppy ink
Kaisercolour Mango acrylic paint
Glitz Designs Teeny Alpha - Yellow Block letter stickers

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02 September 2016

Tally Ho..

This layout is my take on the sketch at Show Us Your Stuff this month:



The extra criteria is to use mixed media (fabric, stencilled texture paste and acrylic paints) and something handmade (layered paper stars):



Materials
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz - Stars layered template
Kaisercolour Navy Blue acrylic paint
Kaisercolour Spearmint acrylic paint
Texture paste
Fabric scraps
Patterned paper scraps
Gold star sequins

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01 September 2016

Bee-utiful

How lovely and spring-like is this month's image at Pixels and Paper?


This is my take:



I've taken the inspiration very literally, going with the bee theme.  I took a bunch of photographs on an outing to the park earlier this year, experimenting with my camera settings and not really intending to print the photographs.  I'm so glad I kept the photographs now.

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

Materials
Bo Bunny Jazmyne - Mist patterned paper
Bo Bunny Jazmyne - Combo Stickers alphabet
Bo Bunny Jazmyne - Verdant patterned paper (fussy cut)
A4 copy paper (pink)
Kaisercraft Rhinestone Strips - Silver gems

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30 August 2016

Man's Best Friend

Probably my last layout for August, and I'm making progress in smashing another bag of green scraps and leftover bits.  Mixing it up with some fabric too:



Participating in these challenges:

* More Than Words ~ FRIENDS + CIRCLES


* Simon Says Monday ~ Stitch Up.  I love machine stitching and used lots on this layout.  The border, of course, but also some random stitch patterns to secure pieces to the page:



Materials
Cosmo Cricket Material Girl - Measuring Up patterned paper
Denim fabric
Buttons
October Afternoon Mini Market - Green & Cream alphabet stickers

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27 August 2016

Sydney 2014

Today I scrapped some layouts for our Sydney (2014) holiday album:

1>  I used a bit of mixed media ~ paint, fabric and some handmade flowers and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out:



Sharing this layout at:
* Mystical Scrapbooks - Pink & Blue Cyber Crop ~ sketch challenge
* Creative Artiste ~ Anything Goes

Materials
Kaisercolour Navy Blue acrylic paint
The Crafter's Workshop Balzer Designs - Mini Art Deco Leaves stencil
Denim fabric
Bella Blvd Sunny Happy Skies - Borders patterned paper
Pink Paislee Color Wash - Shine patterned paper
Cocoa Vanilla Flight Path patterned paper
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Edition patterned paper
Buttons
Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type alphabet stickers
Chipboard letters (unknown manufacturer)
Tsukineko Versacube - Polar Blue inkpad

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2> This one is a pocket page:



Sharing this layout at:
Mystical Scrapbooks - Pink & Blue Cyber Crop ~ monochromatic pink
* Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge - Use a souvenir from a place or event.  I included the fragrance cards from the department store.
* Sketches in Thyme PL Style - Sketch #40


Materials
Simple Stories Sn@p! Insta-page insert
Basic Grey Perhaps - Julia patterned paper
Elle's Studio You and Me - Mixed Dots patterned paper
Basic Grey Micro Monograms - Pink alphabet stickers
Manor House Fairy Floss - Pink blossom
Crocheted lace trim

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This is another pocket scrap page:



No patterned paper or product on this one... just some black and white napkins from the cafe, and a smidgen of colour added with the cafe loyalty card held in place with a paper clip.  This spread was done on the back of the one above - you can see a peek of the lace.

Sharing at:
* Lasting Memories ~ Black & white with one additional colour

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24 August 2016

Best Dog Ever

I had fun making this tag:



Inspired by the August mini-challenge at More Than Words:


AND submitting at Creative Artiste for the Anything Goes theme.

I didn't have the right shade of green in my patterned paper stash, so I used a lime green paper napkin, a technique I haven't used for ages.  I really like the way the kraft cardstock shows through.

Materials
Bazzill Basics Kraft cardstock
My Mind's Eye Boy Crazy - Seeing Stars patterned paper
Cosmo Cricket Material Girl - Measuring Up patterned paper
MFT Die-namics - Little Lowercase Letters alphabet dies
Doodlebug Simply Sweet - Limeade alphabet stickers
Wood veneer heart
Gem flowers
Celebrate grosgrain ribbon
Francheville grosgrain ribbon

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22 August 2016

D-lish Scraps birthday cybercrop

I'm cyber-cropping with Scrap Suite, and these are the layouts I've made so far:

Colour challenge ~ WHITE + YELLOW + GOLD + TURQUOISE



Materials
My Mind's Eye Boy Crazy - Seeing Stars patterned paper
Prima Free Spirit ATC card
Crate Paper Flea Market photo overlay
Petaloo Botanica Mini - Teal blossoms
Green Tara 4cm Petals - Turquoise mulberry flower
Flying Unicorn Victorian Garden - Rays of Love yellow roses

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Birthday bingo challenge ~ SONG LYRICS + TWINE + FLAIR



Materials
Corrugated cardboard
Denim fabric
Cocoa Vanilla Flying High - Journal Cards patterned paper
Cocoa Vanilla Flying High sticker and cork stars
Baker's twine
Fancy Pants What a Wonderful Day flair

Font: You Are Loved by Kimberly Geswein

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18 August 2016

Colour, colour, colour

I *love* the gorgeous, bright colours of the August mood board at Scrapping Clearly:


This is what I created:



I took inspiration from the wood panels, and created simple panels of colour as my LO background.

Materials
Echo Park Sweet Summertime - Flower Garden patterned paper
Echo Park Life is Good - Happy Borders patterned paper
Collage Press Margot - Cherry Blossoms patterned paper
Echo Park Victoria Gardens - Cheerful Words patterned paper
Prima Sprites 2 - Green embossed paper flower
D-lish Scraps Wildflowers - Candy Pink blossoms
Bumble Bee Crafts large satin flowers
Button
MFT Die-namics - Little Letters alphabet dies
American Crafts Thickers - Smoothie foam alphabets

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17 August 2016

Kraft Plus... a tassel

I think I can honestly say I've never used tassels on a layout.  So the August challenge at Kraft Plus was a fun one:  Tassels!  I actually started with the tassel (played around with making one from baker's twine) then built the layout around it - kraft cardstock and some simple layers:



Materials
Bazzill Basics Kraft cardstock
Prima Free Spirit - Sonnet patterned paper
Prima Free Spirit ATC card
Green Tara Damask - Ivory blossom (pulled apart)
Yellow baker's twine
Kaisercraft Cream 5cm paper flower
O'Scrap I've Got Wheels button
Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 - Garbo patterned paper
My Mind's Eye Collectable - Unforgettable washi tape

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16 August 2016

Roma

Another few pocket pages for the January album, about my overnight trip to Roma.

This pocket page was inspired by sketch #39 at Sketches in Thyme Project Life Style:




Detail shot of the top left banners:



Materials
Simple Stories Sn@p! Insta-page insert
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Edition patterned paper
Cocoa Vanilla Flying High - Little Star patterned paper
Cocoa Vanilla Flying High sticker
May Arts Herringbone - Red ribbon

23/08/2016 Edit to add: My page was featured at Sketches in Thyme PL Style


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Roma is known for its bottle trees:



I'm participating at Scrapbook Fantasies ~ Weekly Challenge #33/2016 for the ribbon theme.  This is a close up of the bottom photo panel, using ribbon scraps:



Materials
Simple Stories Sn@p! Insta-page insert
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Edition patterned paper
Rouge de Garance Sylvestre 4 patterned paper
Bo Bunny Our Lil Monster - Tough Guy patterned paper
Creative Imaginations Winter Garden - Winter Vine patterned paper
CSI Coordinates 106 digital printable (arrow)
October Afternoon Mini Market - Green & Cream alphabet stickers
Ribbon scraps
Paper clip

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15 August 2016

How do you like to go up in a swing?

This layout was inspired by the August challenge at ARTastic:



This is the inspiration picture, a fabulous woodcut piece by Australian artist, Thea Proctor:


I used the first August sketch from Stuck?! as the foundation of my layout.  I focussed on the swing for my layout theme, using yellows for the girl on the swing, a blue cloud background, and red patterned accents. I used black pens to outline each of the papers, to outline the cloud motifs and to handwrite directly onto the layout.



The title is borrowed the children's poem, The Swing, by Robert Louis Stevenson, and I've included the first two stanzas too. When I was little I absolutely adored A Child's Garden of Verses, and I could recite all of the poems from memory.  I still have the book somewhere in my library.

Materials
October Afternoon Sasparilla - Cattle Drive patterned paper
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Edition patterned papers
Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety - Sweet Pea patterned paper
Such Sweet Tierney Let's Fly Kites hand painted buttons

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14 August 2016

Street musicians

Another pocket scrap page today:



The title card was inspired by sketch #38 at Sketches in Thyme Project Life Style:





And I'm also sharing again at Unstampabelles for the Anything but a Card theme.  I don't have a tutorial because it's a very simple pocket spread, but I do have a tip:

Music (score) paper is easy to come by in secondhand stores (try your local Vinnies)... just head to the book section and most places will have a box somewhere.  I usually get mine at the Lifeline Bookfest (under $2 for a bundle) and use it for all kinds of craft projects.  It also makes fabulous gift wrapping paper!

Materials
Simple Stories Sn@p! Insta-page insert
Vintage music score paper
Cocoa Vanilla Flying High - Journal Cards patterned paper
Cocoa Vanilla Flying High - Flight Path patterned paper
Lil Davis Away We Go sticker
MFT Die-amics - Little Letters alphabet dies
MFT Die-amics - Little Lowercase Letters alphabet dies

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13 August 2016

BFF

I scrapped another photograph that I swiped from J-girl's FB page (yes, she knows I do that...)  This page was inspired by the August challenge at More Than Words:




The photograph is my daughter and her BFF.  I used a transparency for the background with lots of circles, and a circular flair button for my title. To add a little sparkle and fun, I also adhered some gold sequins.. more little circles!

A close-up shot:



Materials
Basic Grey Porcelain - Chatsworth patterned paper
Hambly Screen Prints Mod - Brown transparency
Cocoa Vanilla Sugar & Spice flair button
My Mind's Eye Sundress - Sweetness die cut 
Gold sequins

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12 August 2016

Nudgee Beach... continued

Another few layouts for the February day trip album:



This simple one was inspired by the August combo at at 1-2-3 Challenge ~

Colour: CHOCOLATE ~ Lots of delicious chocolate brown in the background
Word: EXPLORE ~ Title
Technique: SQUARES ~ I chose a patterned paper with decorative squares

Materials
Pink Paislee Queen Bee - Honeycomb patterned paper
EK Success Whale of a Punch - Retro Flower punch
Buttons
Twine
Metal leaf from a Scrapbook Fantasies embellishment prize pack
Portacraft Metallic Gold alphabet stickers

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This one was inspired by the August sketch challenge at Scrapping Clearly:



Materials
Bazzill Basics Kraft cardstock
Creative Imaginations Narratives - Melonberry patterned paper
Vintage book page
Pink Paislee Queen Bee - Flip Notes journal page
Cre8tiv pearl brads
Prima E-line - Brown paper flowers
October Afternoon Mini Market - Gray & Cream alphabet stickers

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11 August 2016

Nudgee Beach

Scrapping some photographs from February this year... a summer afternoon walk with the hubby and the dog.

This layout was inspired by the colours in the Scrapbook Boutique August mood board - green, grey and charcoal:



The design is based on the August sketch at Kaisercraft.  The papers are from two older collections, and I did LOTS of fussy cutting:



Materials
Kaisercraft Pickled Pear - Thyme patterned paper
Kaisercraft Lil Primrose - Fancy Dress patterned paper
Kaisercraft Rhinestones - Mint Green gems
Carolee's Creations AdornIt - Rugged alphabet stickers

10/09/2016 EDIT TO ADD:  Thrilled to be selected as the winner at Scrapbook Boutique!

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This layout was inspired by the colours in the Summer Hideaway mood board at Berry 71 Bleu... some nature shots this time, from the shady part of the wetlands walk:



I used a sketch that I found at En Liten Butik.  The lovely Anna Uhras (who used to be a team mate at Pixels and Paper) is a guest designer there this month, so I linked across to take a peek.  I included the extra criteria too:  misting (masked edges), stitching (sewing machine) and three patterned papers (I used more).

A little detail shot:



Materials
Kaisercraft Pickled Pear - Thyme patterned paper
Kaisercraft Lil Primrose - Fancy Dress patterned paper
Crate Paper Crush - Kelp patterned paper
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Edition patterned paper
Vintage book paper
Green Tara 38mm - Lime Green mesh ribbon
Carolee's Creations AdornIt - Green Foam alphabet
EK Success Whale of a Punch - Dragonfly punch
Ranger Dylusions - Ground Coffee ink spray
Baker's twine
Gold sequins

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