Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Jot Magazine November/December Mood Board Challenge

Last month I had a go at doing the Jot Magazine November/December Mood Board challenge, but didn't get it up on the challenge site in time.
This month I am determined it be uploaded.
This was an extremely fun challenge to create for, using the very delicious inspiration board:

I just love the French Provincial feel to this, but, unfortunately, I didn't quite have a French Provincial photo to use to scrap with, but did use a very cute photo of a friends daughter, Charlie. I don't normally do Christmas layouts as a rule, have dabbled, but never created anything special. However, I'm really happy with the way this layout turned out. I used inspiration for the layout, from a scraplift from a layout created by my friend Alison Callcott.
Thanks for the inspiration for this layout Jot girls, and Alison.
First Christmas

Monday, December 1, 2014

D-lish Scraps December Inspiration Board Challenge - Summer Sorbet - Inspiration Team layout

I was very lucky to be chosen by Amanda at D-lish Scraps to be on the Inspiration Team for the next 3 months - yay me - first time ever on a team for design work for scrapbooking, so I feel pretty honoured and priveleged. The first board we got to design a layout for was this months December board, and I am sure you will agree with me, that this is simply delicious. Such cool colours for a summer board, so I am hoping that you all have a go at this board, and create something special.

So for my layout for this challenge, I was inspired by the sketch, but because of my photos, I chose to loosely interpret the sketch. I was however also inspired by the banner and the bows and the very summery colours of the board.
For this layout, I chose photos of my daughter Melanie and her school friends, they felt very summery to go with this inspiration board.
The D-lish Scraps products I have used are: button flairs, bakers twine and mini peg wood veneer, washi tape that I have made into a flag, D-lish dots, journal its monochromatic pack tags, pick and place bows.
I hope you also feel inspired by this inspiration board.
Swimming Carnival


Sunday, November 23, 2014

D-lish Scraps November Cybercrop challenge 4

The 3rd of the challenges that I managed to get done for this cybercrop was the colour challenge by Anna.

This was another fun challenge, nice to experiment with colours I would not ordinarily work with. I chose a photo of our friends daughter Charlie, that was bright and cheery, and it worked well with these colours. For the black of the background, I stencilled using rub on pastels and then some old rubons.
The D-lish Scraps products used were journal its, and the d-lish enamel dots.
Thanks for looking at my layout.
Little Miss Sunshine


D-lish Scraps November Cybercrop Challenge 3

The next challenge I was able to get done for the D-lish Scraps November Cybercrop was the challenge set by Wendy, which was to include something Big on the layout.

I didn't have a big photo as was the example, so thought outside the square a little, and used a biggish title with the word BIG in a biggish font - lol. The photo used is of my nephew Jareth, on his dad's big bike, being a typical little boy, wanting to do what dad does.
The D-lish Scraps products used were the play tag, wood veneer, flair button and journaling tag.
Another fun challenge to do.
Thanks for looking at my layout.
On dad's big bike

D-lish Scraps November cybercrop Challenge 1

The D-lish Scraps cybercrop for November was held on the weekend 14th- 16th. I unfortunatetly didn't get to do as many challenges as I would have hoped to, as my son had his 21st birthday party last weekend. I did get 3 out of 5 challenges done, and the first was the sketch challenge set by Alz. I am finally getting to upload these here now.

For my layout I chose a photo of my son's girlfriend Alex, who was dressed in 60's costume for my 1960's style birthday party earlier in the year. I've been wanting to scrap this photo for a while, and this was the perfect challenge for it.
Amongst the D-lish Scraps produc ts used, were a flair button, paper flowers and a journal it's tab.
Thanks for the challenge Alz, it was fun.
60's girl

Show Us Your Stuff November Challenge

Despite it being a busy month this month, with a 21st birthday to organise and celebrate, and now Christmas shopping, somehow I have managed to get some scrapping challenges done. I thought this one from Show Us Your Stuff for November, was a great challenge to inspire.

For this challenge, I chose the 5 x 7 inch photo, stencilling, the bow, and the word laugh to create this fun layout of a friend and his 3 daughters. This was fun, the photo needed something funky, and despite the paper being a bit old, with a bit of background work, I think it was just right for the layout.
My handmade embellishment is the 3 felt flowers, and also a handmade flair button.
Thanks SUYS for the challenge.
Thanks for looking at my layout.
Laugh out loud

D-lish Scraps November Inspiration Board Challenge

Wow, where has November gone! It's now the 23rd, and this is the first opportunity I have had to get to my blog. With my son's 21st birthday to organise and celebrate, scrapping has gone on the backburner this month. However, there was no way I was going to miss doing the D-lish Scraps Inspiration board - Coral Glitz, it is so lovely.
The colours are just beautiful. So for my layout, I had this photo of a friends daughter Charlie, aged 2, which I thought might work in well for this layout. I was lucky enough to obtain the November Just add paper kit from D-lish Scraps, and had some fun with it. Loved all the sequins, lol. Also from the JAP pack, I managed to use the lovely sequin bow, flair button, glitter border strip,  gorgeous white flower, and some washi tape. I added some sweet petites that I had in my stash.
Sweet girl

I loved playing with this board, it was just so girlie.
Thanks for looking at my layout.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

123 October Challenge

This month I have decided to give the 123 challenge a go, as it was too pretty not to. For October the challenge was to use the following items in a layout:
I love swirls, and the word forever had so many opportunities, the apricot was very nice to work with, who wouldn't give this challenge a go.
I decided to scrap a photo of my daughter Melanie, and a friend Sherrilee, who she has now known for 23 years, since Melanie was a 1 year old. They have always enjoyed each others company, despite
Sherrilee being a bit older.
I created the background using a kaisercraft stencil, ink and then embossed that. I have added a couple of other colours to this layout as accents, but predominantly used the apricot. I have then added some lovely embellishments from Kaisercraft, D-lish Scraps, Heidi Swapp, A lil Somethin, Project Life and Prima - some old things, some new things. I added a wooden swirl to my cluster, and used the work Forever 3 times - in journaling, title, and embellishment. 
Thanks for looking at my layout.
Forever Friends

Thursday, October 23, 2014

D-lish Scraps October Inspiration Board - Scrapping with Tracey

So it seems that what comes around goes around, is very true.
Before I had my blog, my dear friend Alz Callcott was posting my layouts onto her blog, to feature them and link in with challenge blogs. I am now paying it forward, and doing the same thing for my friend Tracey Pirera, who is also having a go at some of the scrapping blog challenges, and I am sharing Tracey's layout for the D-lish Scraps October Inspiration Board Challenge.
Tracey has used the October just add paper kit to create her layout. This kit is available once per month at D-lish Scraps, but be warned, once it's gone, it's gone, lol.
Mel's 50

D-lish Scraps October cybercrop - queens challenge

The 5th challenge at the D-lish Scraps cybercrop was the queens challenge by Renee Iverson, her prize for being nominated queen of the September cybercrop (my privelege for the August cybercrop).
Renee's challenge was to feature washi tape - this should have been really easy, but of course, I fussed over this one as well - not sure why I can't just be happy with where I lay things first up - lol.
Anyway, I featured washi tape in my die cut title and balloons and used washi tape in the background.
Another layout of my very cute nephew Lachlan - gotta love this little guy.
D-lish Scraps products used were the wordfetti, monochomatic journaling tags, and button flair.
Thanks for looking at my layout.

D-lish Scraps cybercrop challenge 4

The 4th challenge at the October D-lish Scraps cybercrop was to use purple - arrrgggggghhhhhhh! This is probably the one colour I dislike working with the most, apart from neon, lol. So, I sat down, set to, and battled that demon that is called purple, and I won the victory - yay! I am really pleased with how this layout turned out, will think differently about purple now.
Photo of my daughter and a dear friend of mine, who used to be my daughters family day carer.
D-lish Scraps products used - paper flowers and button flair, plus monochromatic journaling tag.
Thanks for looking at my layout.

D-lish Scraps October Cybercrop challenge 3

Challenge 3 at the D-lish Scraps cybercrop for October was a background challenge - create your own - well that's something I've been doing a bit of lately - should have been easy - right?????????? Wrong!!!!!!!!!!! Oh my, how this frustrated me to tears, I nearly threw it in the bin. But I didn't, I set it to the side and started on something different - so glad I did because when I came back to it, I really loved how it was looking - lol. A lesson for all of us I think.
I had this new Crafters workshop template, so had to use it, I coloured my texture paste, sprayed the background and also stamped. I also used some really nice paper flowers from D-lish Scraps, and flair button.
Photo is of my cute little nephew and Godson Lachlan, who I don't get to see much as we live so far apart.
Thanks for looking at my layout. 
Love You

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

D-lish Scraps October Cybercrop challenge 2

The second challenge at the D-lish Scraps cybercrop was to use embossing on your layout, challenge set by Cindy.
I don't do a lot of embossing usually, but would like to incorporate it more in my layouts, so this was nice to do. I didn't struggle with this per se, but struggled that embossing my layout was proving a little basic, until my friend Alz suggested something else. I have not embossed using ordinary ink and embossing powder before, have always used versa ink pad for the embossing powder to adhere to the paper. This time I used ordinary ink with the music stamp, and fine embossing powder which was heat embossed, to give this lovely delicate touch to my layout. I also used some embossed cardstock behind my photo.
Photo of my husband's niece and her father, the photo says it all about their relationship.
Thanks for looking at my layout.

My Dad my hero

D-lish Scraps October Cybercrop Challenge 1

Last weekend was another cybercrop held by Amanda at D-lish Scraps, with 4 challenges by the design team, and 1 by queen of the last cybercrop Renee Iveson.
The first challenge was a doozy, to use the attached sketch:

Now I'm not great at maths at the best of times, but dividing up my pie to make equal pieces of paper was far more difficult than I anticipated. However, this challenge did what it was meant, challenged me, thanks Ros, and I really enjoyed it in the end, and pleased with my layout. A photo of myself, my husband and in laws taken at a family wedding. I also managed to use a few D-lish Scraps products on my layout, including the gorgeous after 5's black flower, small paper flowers, journal its, wood veneer heart, and gorgeous sequin bow.
Thanks for looking at my layout.

Show us your stuff October challenge

For October the challenge at Show us your stuff, was to use the sketch designed by Chloe, as below.

So for this challenge, I started with creating a soft background for the photo of my nephew that I decided to scrap. I coloured one half of the background using a template, then added some dress pattern paper, which I scrunched up to create the other half of the background. I then painted this with glimmer glam. It has created what almost looks like a blanket.
I didnt' like my title when I applied it to the layout as in the sketch, so decided to place it as it is on my layout, and added journaling to the other area.
My handmade item includes a die cut and decorated heart, and a handmade flair.
Thanks for looking at my layout.
Tired Baby

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Let's get shabby challenge #59

The Let's get shabby challenge #59 was to create a shelf on your layout. This one really had me thinking, but eventually I came up with something. I have cut a crochet doily in half, which I placed underneath my photo, added some bling and voila, I created a shelf. I think my problem initially was I was taking this too literally. This photo really wanted some shabby chic, I really think I've done this on this layout, also adding some rub ons, and flowers.
The background I created for this layout was inspired by a video created by Fiona Paltridge using different paint mediums, plus rub ons. I think I need to get a bit more practice in to create like Fiona does, lol. 
Thanks for looking at my layout.
Photo booth fun

Scrap the Boys October Challenge

This month at Scrap the boys the challenge is to scrap technology savvy, iphones, ipads, xbox etc. Initially I balked at this challenge, as I thought I had nothing to scrap, and really couldn't get my head around it. Anyway, I went looking, and low and behold, I found some nearly ancient photos of my son Kieran, who will be 21 in 2 weeks time. These photos are from his 13th birthday, when he was absolutley delighted to recieve a particular x box game.
For my layout, I used the colours of black and lime green, typically synonomous with x box, and then stuck a heap of x's over the background - one of those letters we don't always tend to use, but get lots of in our alphas, lol.
In the end I was glad I tackled this layout.
Thanks for looking.
X Box

Saturday, October 11, 2014

D-lish Scraps October Inspiration board challenge

Wow, it's October already, and this month the D-lish Scraps inspiration board challenge is a beauty. So bright and colourful, and the just add paper kit that compliments the board is oh so pretty, one I managed to get, yay.
October Inspiration Board
It's a good thing I had my 50th birthday party this year, which was a 60's dress up theme, as I had some fabulous photos from the night. So for this bright and cheery inspiration board, yes I chose a photo from my party. This one is of my sister and my daughter, being ab fab, how many times did I get the word fabulous on my page? I've lost count, lol. I had so much fun with this layout, being able to use bling, the JAP kit from D-lish Scraps, glitter, colour, flowers, you name it this layout just about has it, lol.
I love this layout, thanks for looking at it.
We are fabulous

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Scrap the boys September challenge

Again this month I have given the Scrap the boys challenge a go, and for September the challenge was DOMESITICATED. I had the perfect photo for this one, showing my two boys - husband and son, having a go at something domesticated. I decided to use a comical slant to my journaling for this one, don't want to get too serious. My boys do actually do the dishes and other domesticated stuff, perhaps not as often as I would like, but they do it.
I really enjoyed this challenge, and had a bit of fun creating my background. The very old Love Elsie patterned paper worked fantastically for my layout, and with a bit of creativity, I've turned old into new again. I love how the current trend of "project life" style cards can fit in with just about anything, and they added that bit of up to date to the old paper. I also used the Irresistables texture spray on my layout, particularly noticable on the arrow, it is really cool spray that has a resist nature to it, but also adds a bit of texture with a glossy feel to it.
This photo was taken 6 years ago, after a Christmas dinner with friends, how lucky was I to have it. Kieran has really matured a bit since this was taken, lol.
Thanks for looking at my layout. 
The Clean Up

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Show us your stuff September challenge

For the September Show us your stuff challenge, the design team have organised inspiration from the following inspiration board:
Spring Mood Board

I love these types of challenges, as there are sooooooo many options on how to create the challenge. This mood board certainly offered just that, and colour selection was certainly going to be fun for this one.
I had these photos taken from our trip to France last year, of tulips that were taken in one of the gardens near our Paris hotel, and were perfect for this challenge, given that we were in Paris in spring.
I really had a lot of fun with this layout, and it came together quite well for me - didn't have to labour over it for ages like I usually do.
My handmade items are some crochet flowers and doily.
Thanks for looking at my layout.
Spring in Paris