31 October 2007

Inspired by sunsets

Lesson Six of the 'Stop the Moment' photography competition over at Crafting in Style, involved tips and techniques for taking photographs of sunrises and sunsets. This is my layout entry:

I was a little bit stuck on how to scrap the photograph, since I take so many sunrise and sunset photographs, and I have already scrapped my favourite ones. So in the end I went with a simple design and hoped for the best. The journalling is written on the notepaper tucked in behind the photograph, and this is (partially) what it says:

I have always had a weakness for sunsets - there is something romantic and mesmerising about the sun slipping below the horizon and leaving behind a sky full of burnt orange tones.

On this particular evening I must have taken 20 or 30 photographs of the setting sun. In our part of Australia there aren't many locations where we can see the sun setting over the ocean, so it was not surprising that I had my camera on hand every evening throughout our holiday to capture whatever sunset colours that nature had in store.

Sunset #11... one image of many, that evoke some very special holiday memories.

This layout combines a lot of my favourite things - sunset, orange and lime, Crate Paper, spots, flowers and buttons, machine stitching, ribbon, simple design - so it is very much a reflection of where my 'comfort zone' scrapping is at right now.

For more sunrise and sunset layouts from the other CISters... head over to the CIS gallery.

29 October 2007

Seven random facts

I have been tagged by Jolene, to share seven random things about me:

1> I love orange gazanias (I took this photo at the beginning of spring this year)
2> My favourite colour is blue - any and every shade
3> I would love to travel to Venice... it's my dream holiday destination
4> I can't touch my toes, never been able to
5> My first pet was a Siamese fighting fish called Cousteau
6> I am bilingual
7> I am, and always have been, a night owl
And I tag...
Liz and Dee

27 October 2007

1,2,3 Challenge

This is my entry for the October 1,2,3 Challenge blog:

The criteria: 6x8 photograph (mine is a touch larger), pink chipboard alphabets (I used 'Bella') and hearts (handmade from an album insert and doodled with a pink gel pen). This was a really fun layout to do, mostly because of the subject matter :)

And I just realised... no patterned paper!

October Scrapjack

This is my October entry for Aussie Scrapjacked:

It's a really loose interpretation of the original layout by Megan Stephenson, but I just love how it suited these photographs, which I printed out ages ago and never got around to actually scrapping.

Thank you Megan for the inspiration.

09 October 2007

Cyber cropping

Busy last weekend cyber cropping (amongst other things). Things did not run smoothly on the work front so I didn't finish many of my planned layouts - I have more incomplete ones than complete at present. Note to self: I really need to make myself do just one thing at a time.

Here are some of my favourite layouts from the weekend - I focussed on some of the men in my life for a change!

My 'Big Softy' - for a challenge over at Scrap with V, set by Kerry. The criteria was to scrap about a man (not a child), include flowers, butterflies and transparencies. I had a play with the transparencies - stamped out some flowers then highlighted with KindyGlitz - something a bit more arty than I usually do:

And for the Crafting in Style cyber crop I did some pages featuring my gorgeous little nephew, can't believe he is one year old already.

06 October 2007

Scraplifting Julie

Last month's theme challenge over at Crafting in Style was to scraplift a layout and use at least three different patterned papers. I scraplifted this layout by Julie Dudley and came up with this:

Tonight I found this layout was a winner, so I'm going shopping again...
Thank you Julie for your challenge and for the inspiration.

And I also found out that my red 'Winter at the Beach' layout won a prize over at the 1,2,3 Challenge Blog. What a fabulous week.

Sneak peeks

My next Scrap with V kit contains three single layouts. Here is a sneak peek...

The kit should be up in the store sometime in the coming week.

04 October 2007

Creative Blogger

Thanks Lea, for nominating me as a Creative Blogger. My blog is just my own way of recording my creative inspiration and endeavours, so it's nice to know that other people enjoy my creations too.

Hmmm... I know quite a few creative bloggers myself, but I nominate Jolene, because not only does she have her own personal blog, she also shares her creative talent on her fabulous sketch blog: CISters Stylish Sketches.