28 May 2015

Falling apart

Getting through a few more travel pics this week, this one another single photo page, inspired by Jane's cybercrop challenge at Mystical Scrapbooks ~ use ink and stamps:



I created the background by stamping with corrugated cardboard, and I used distress ink to stamp the leaves and journal spot.  A little close-up of the stamps:



I'm also submitting at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge for the Anything Goes theme.

Materials:
Kaisercolour Spearmint acrylic paint
Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type alphabet stickers
Kaisercraft Doodled Frames stamp
Kaisercraft Flora & Fauna stamp
Vintage book page
Ranger Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass
Kaisercraft rhinestone 

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27 May 2015

Storm

We've had our share of some extreme weather events in this part of the world; back in January one of the storms had everyone talking about the sudden black clouds that rolled in from nowhere... (Photo credit: Sue Streek)

This layout is based on the May sketch at Anna's Craft Cupboard, although I did simplify it a little:



Materials:
Pink Paislee Spring Fling - Rain Shower patterned paper
Kaisercraft Esperance - Summer Breeze patterned paper
Prima product packaging
Echo Park A Walk in the Park - Element Stickers flowers
Echo Park Sweet Summertime - Alpha Stickers letters
Bella! Bling turquoise gems
Crayola watercolour pencil - green

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Over at Scrapki-Wyzwaniowo there is a fun BUBBLES theme:



I thought that would be perfect for some more of the storm cloud photographs I wanted to scrap, and maybe even bring to mind the rain and hail that followed!  I added acrylic paint to the texture paste, and created my background with a stencil:



This layout was also for the May cybercrop at Mystical Scrapbooks ~ Using texture paste and paint.
And I'd like to submit at Clique Kits for their Anything Goes theme.



Materials:
Kaisercolour Spearmint acrylic paint
Stencil Girl Striped Circles 6x6 stencil 
Websters Pages Allison Kreft - Recorded patterned papers
MFT Die-namics - Little Letters alphabet dies
MFT Die-namics - Little Lowercase Letters alphabet dies
Trinket Track birdie button
Washi tape

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13 May 2015

Raspberry wine

I love the beautiful colour prompt at White with 1 this month:


This is my layout:



Materials:
LuminArte Twinkling H2O - Garnet watercolour paint
LuminArte Twinkling H2O - Apple Blossom watercolour paint
Tim Holtz Stars layering stencil
MFT Die-namics - Little Letters alphabet dies
MFT Die-namics - Little Lowercase alphabet dies
Recycled mesh onion bag
Beads

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12 May 2015

Lots of blue, lots of texture

13Arts has a fun Selfie challenge which I'd like to join in.  My daughter took this photograph of the two of us while we were at a cafe earlier this month.

I'm also playing at Kafe Scrapo Mama for this fun challenge:


The requirements are to use BLUE as the primary colour, and to use TEXTURE:



Blue ~ Well, as you can see... there's LOTS of blue.
Texture ~ I used textured cardstock and thick, textured watercolour paper.  It feels really nice when I touch it, but unfortunately it was really hard to photograph.  I also added some sequins for a contrasting smooth texture:



Materials:
TCW Balzer Designs - Mini Art Deco Leaves 6x6 stencil
LuminArte Twinkling H2O - Majestic Blue watercolour paint
Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type alphabet letters
Gold sequins
Paper clip

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11 May 2015

Live with Promise

I created this layout based on the May sketch at The Scrapbook Store.  The sketch was perfect for the series of shots I took at my daughter's Year 7 class concert:



I added lots of stitching around each photograph for the stitching and sewing challenge at Scrap it Girl.  I also had some fun with paints and stencils:



I'm submitting my layout at Clique Kits for their monthly Anything Goes challenge.

Materials:
Pink Paislee Color Wash - Shine patterned paper
LuminArte Twinkling H2O - Indian Copper watercolour
Gold sequins
TCW Zenspirations - Live Laugh Love 6x6 stencil
My Favorite Things Mix-ables - Winged Beauties stencil

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10 May 2015

And another...

Another layout for our Lightning Ridge vacation album.  I used the sketch from Show Us Your Stuff:



I flipped the sketch (vertical mirror image) and included some handmade crocheted flowers:



This layout is a companion page to this one.

Materials:
CTMH Silhouette patterned paper
Kaisercraft Pickled Pear - Chartreuse patterned paper
Echo Park A Walk in the Park - Journal Cards patterned paper (reverse side)
Carolee's Creations AdornIt - Tiny Black alphabet stickers
Prima Zephyr textured canvas alphabet stickers    

Chic Tags Vintage Note Stamps journalling card
Diecut journalling card (unknown maker)
Crocheted flowers by Robyn
Green Tara 5cm petals - white paper flowers
Martha Stewart Arch Lattice edge punch

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09 May 2015

Passing through



I've been working on some more pages for my Lightning Ridge album... progressing SO slowly!

This layout was inspired by two different online challenges:

1> Mystical Scrapbooks ~ May challenge ~ black & white with one bold colour, with b&w photo

2> Picture This ~ 2 photos + black & white + doily + yellow
{I cut the centre from a vintage crocheted doily to use for one of my flowers.}

Materials:
CTMH Silhouette patterned paper
Kaisercraft Pickled Pear - Chartreuse patterned paper
Echo Park A Walk in the Park - Journal Cards patterned paper (reverse side)
Carolee's Creations AdornIt - Tiny Black alphabet stickers
Prima Zephyr textured canvas alphabet stickers
Prima Essentials No 9 - Water Colour paper flowers
Diecut journalling card (unknown maker)

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08 May 2015

Playing with watercolours

Not a lot of scrapping happening here, but I've been playing around with my old stash of Twinkling H2O watercolours and seeing how they work with stencils. Probably my poor technique, but I ended up with lots of blobs and probably too much water on the brush, and a big mess!

These were the most successful attempts:

Watercolour paper + Twinkling H2O (Majestic Blue) + TCW Mini Art Deco Leaves stencil + paint brush:


There was quite a bit of leakage but it doesn't look too bad... I have an idea forming about what kind of project to make this into.

Smooth white cardstock + paint-stained stencil lifted from previous page:


Still a bit of smudging, but I was reasonably happy with this.  I don't have a Gelli plate or brayer, so it was all done with my fingers!  I decided to use this one as a simple background for a layout:



I'm submitting my layout at Studio Calico for the National Scrapbook Day challenge ~ use watercolours.

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07 May 2015

Skydive layout #6

Another double LO for J-girl's skydive album, using Cocoa Vanilla - Flying High collection of papers and embellishments:


Photo credit: Peter Brierley (GoPro 3, stillframe from video) 
~ Click to enlarge ~

I'm entering my layout over at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge for the Let's Get Sentimental theme.  I love using journalling cards on my layouts to make a quick, simple title/sentiment.  This one is big and bold and I thought it was perfect for the photograph.  Once again, I've left off the journalling so J-girl can add her own thoughts when the album is finished.

And speaking of BOLD, I'm still playing along with the National Scrapbook Day challenges at Studio Calico; this one is for the Go Bold theme.  Big photo, primary colours and bold geometrics...

Here's a little detail shot of the wood veneer aeroplane, just because it's so cute!



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06 May 2015

Lots of layers



This layout is another for J-girl's 2012 graduation album.  I used the sketch from Scrap the Girls, and added LOTS of layers.

Materials:
Echo Park Victoria Gardens - Rose patterned paper
Basic Grey Perhaps - Julia patterned paper
Kaisercraft Enchanted Garden - Rapture patterned paper & journal card
Kaisercraft Enchanted Garden - Entrance patterned paper
Studio 75 Rosalie in the Garden 03 patterned paper
Manor House Minuettes - Pink Mix paper flowers
My Memories butterfly punch
FWAB Rhinestones - silver gems
Printed paper bag from Scrapbook Fantasies

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05 May 2015

Abandoned rail line

I am drawn to all kinds of trains, particularly the heritage variety.  Wherever we travel (usually by car, not by rail!) we seek out railway stations, railway lines, rail bridges... there's always something interesting to explore, or at least a place to take some photographs.  I've still got a bunch of shots from our trip to Tenterfield last winter, and I made a fresh start on getting some more of them scrapped over the weekend:

This layout was inspired by a National Scrapbook Day sketch at Studio Calico:



I made my own tag for this one, using coordinating patterned paper, and I machine-stitched around the edges to bring it all together.  Stitching?  I'll submit at Scrap it Girl for the May stitching & sewing theme.



And to top it off, I'm also sharing this at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge for the Anything Goes theme.

Materials:
Kaisercraft Enchanted Garden - Rapture patterned paper
Kaisercraft Enchanted Garden - Entrance patterned paper
Echo Park Sweet Summertime journalling card
Washi tape
Prima Cartography wood veneer
Crate Paper Farmhouse - Alpha Labels word stickers

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I based this layout on the sketch from My Creative Scrappers:



I used lots of scraps and added some fun penwork for the National Scrapbook Day doodling challenge at Clique Kits.

Materials:
Paper scraps: Chatterbox, Cherry Arte
Echo Park For the Record - Noteworthy patterned paper
Crate Paper Farmhouse - Alpha Labels journalling sticker
Crate Paper Farmhouse- Alpha Labels letter stickers

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04 May 2015

Devine Miss M

Created a super quick layout for J-girl's 2015 album, using some paper scraps and a chipboard alpha:



I'm submitting this layout at Studio Calico for the National Scrapbook Day Keep it Simple challenge ~ don't think I could go much simpler than this one!  Also submitting at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge for Anything Goes.

Materials:
Basic Grey Perhaps - Julia patterned paper
Basic Grey Two Scoops - Strawberry Smoothie patterned papaer
Spellbinders Shapeabilities - Butterfly die
Raw chipboard alphabet (unknown manufacturer)

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03 May 2015

Something wonderful

This month's mood board at Scrap Around the World is so lovely!


I couldn't resist joining in the challenge, and I took inspiration from the basket of flowers and the lovely pink tones:



Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge has a fun 'use flowers' theme this month.  I tend to hoard my 'best' flowers but decided to break into an unopened pack for this layout:



I'm also sharing my layout at
* Simon Says Wednesday Challenge ~ Anything Goes theme
* Rochelle's Scrappy Friends ~ Tic Tac Toe challenge with anything pink, flowers, butterflies.
* Kelly's Scrappy Friends ~ Colour challenge, using two shades of pink + green

Materials:
Kaisercraft Enchanted Garden - Entrance patterned paper
Kaisercraft Enchanted Garden - Rapture patterned paper
Basic Grey Urban Prairie - Bonnet patterned paper
Basic Grey Perhaps - Julia patterned ppaer
Petaloo Flowering Vine Spray flowers
TCW Balzer Designs - Mini Art Deco Leaves 6x6 stencil
Spellbinders Shapeabilities - Butterfly die
My Memories butterfly punch 
Basically Bare felt heart
Pink pearls

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02 May 2015

Lightning Ridge 2013

Catching up on a few more 2013 vacation layouts...



This layout was inspired by the challenge at Scrap the Boys:


I kept a simple almost-monochromatic grey palette, and used the 'pound the pavement' words to inspire my title.

Materials:
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Collection patterned papers
Cre8tiv Sand & Stone patterned paper
K&Company Blue Awning patterned paper
Dymo labeller
Cog charms

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This layout was inspired by the stash/word challenge at Scrap our Stash.  What I used:
Echo Park element sticker (title)
Marker pen
Buttons, brackets
Orange
Stripes
Spots

I'm sharing this layout at Simon Says Monday Challenge for the Anything Goes theme.

Materials:
Echo Park Sweet Summertime - Elements stickers
Echo Park A Walk in the Park - Blissful Days patterned paper
Echo Park Victoria Gardens - Garden Gate patterned paper
Bo Bunny Alora - Leaves patterned paper
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Collection patterned paper

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01 May 2015

Pixels & Paper - May DT reveal

1st May already... what happened to April?  Time again for my DT reveal for Pixels and Paper Challenge Blog.   Here is the gorgeous inspiration pic:


I wavered a LOT when thinking about what I'd create this month.  My initial thought was to use bluebirds.  {My mother each had one of those little bluebird brooches and gave it to me when I was a child. I still have it kept in a safe place.}   In the end, I decided to go with the dress patterns:



I used some vintage dress pattern tissue paper, lace, and stitching:



(I used some chipboard birdies too!)  I'd love to see how everyone else is inspired!

I'm submitting my layout at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge for the Anything Goes theme.  The focus is on Prima this week ~ I used Prima alphabets and crocheted flower.

Materials:
K&Company Blue Awning patterned paper
Vintage dress patterns
Dusty Attic Song Birds chipboard shapes
Prima Rondelle textured canvas alphabets
Prima Sweet Taffy - Blue crocheted flower
The Craft Queen crocheted lace (dark brown)
Trinket Track white flower

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26 April 2015

Weekend cyber cropping

Got motivated and did some more weekend scrapping at the Mystical Scrapbooks cybercrop:

Cybercrop layout challenge #2 ~ Use cardstock to double-mat a photograph.  Took me back to old-school scrapping; haven't done that for a long time! I combined this one with the April challenge at Creative Embellishments, using the pretty inspiration picture and a CE flair:





How I was inspired by the picture:   I used spring colours (shades of pink with soft greens), a spring photograph (Spring 2012 at our local Botanic Gardens) and included some butterflies.

Materials:
Studio 75 Rosalie in the Garden 03 patterned paper
My Minds Eye Wild Asparagus - So Pretty - Floral/Dark Pink double-sided cardstock
White cardstock - smooth
Craft Queen crocheted lace
Making Memories Noteworthy glitter die cuts
Creative Embellishments Butterfly flair
American Crafts Thickers - Giggles foam alphabets
My Memories butterfly punch 
Adhesive pearls - pink

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Cybercrop layout challenge #3 ~ Use cardstock to create your title.  I cut the title from plain white cardstock using an alphabet die set.  I used Brenda's sketch to create my layout.



Materials:
Studio 75 Rosalie in the Garden 03 patterned paper
My Minds Eye Wild Asparagus - So Pretty - Floral cardstock
White cardstock - smooth
Gold trim
MFT Die-namics - Little Letters alphabet dies
MFT Die-namics - Little Lowercase Letters alphabet dies
Crayola Watercolour - Peach pencil

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Bonus card challenge ~ Use two different cardstock:



This is the first card I've made this year.  After all these years I'm still not a confident card maker, so I sought some extra inspiration.  I used this mood palette from Off the Rails Scrapbooking:


Materials:
Bazzill Bling - Bankroll cardstock
Coredinations Black Tie cardstock
Provocraft Cuttlebug - Moroccan Screen embossing folder
Cosmo Cricket DeLovely - Elements journal card
Forever in Time Dainty - Diamond Look button
Green flowers from my stash - unknown manufacturer/s

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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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16 April 2015

His story



This layout was inspired by the colours in the April Scrap the Boys mood board:


I was also influenced by the creative work of Canadian scrapper Chantal Philippe -  I really admire her quirky, minimalist style.  This is my first attempt at trying to simplify things a bit and I found it kind of tricky to strike a balance between simple and interesting. Used up lots of little scraps and random items from my desk.

Materials: 
Echo Park Life is Good - Grandma's Quilt - patterned paper 
K&Company Blue Awning patterned pape
Chic Tags Autumn Days - Tabbed ATC journalling card
Cre8tiv alphabet stickers
My Memories butterfly punch

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14 April 2015

Lately I've been saving these boxes



... because I love the mottled silver on the inside of the packaging; it has a nice subtle shine to it too... no misting or mixed media treatment required!

This is what I used the cardboard for today:



And the layout I created, based on the April sketch at The Scrapbook Store:



My paper choice was inspired by the Typeface theme at LESSology.  My upcycled item is described above, and I used a mixed font title:



Materials:
Little Yellow Bicycle Traveler - Orange Bloom/Orange Wide Stripe patterned paper
Maya Road Jonathan chipboard alphabets
Martha Stewart Arch Lattice border punch
Creative Embellishments Seaweed chipboard shape
Ranger Dylusions - Squeezed Orange ink spray

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