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

White with 1 September Challenge

This month the White with 1 September challenge is to use Marshmallow with white, pink marshmallow. Nice challenge, but getting the right shade of pink to obtain marshmallow is slightly tricky. I think I overdid it a little with my background colour, mind you I have made marshmallow that has been that colour, lol. The colour went well with my photo though.
The layout is of friends daughters, photo taken nearly 15 years ago now. The original photo was not great, so I've played a little with it as well, to make it a bit arty.
I teamed my layout with the D-lish Scraps new "after 5's" flowers, very very pretty flowers, which funnily enough sell out quickly.
Thanks for looking at my layout.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Lets get shabby challenge #58

The current challenge #58 for Lets get shabby is to use wood - your own interpretation of that. Nice challenge, and for this layout I decided to use a wood grain designed paper.
This is a layout of my daughter and one of her best friends.
I used some really pretty after 5's fabric flowers from D-lish Scraps.
Looking at the end product here, I'm not sure I should have used the glimmer glam (brownish areas) on the layout  - it seemed like a good idea at the time, but I think the layout could have done without it. Oh well, we live and learn from our mistakes don't we.
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D-lish Scraps September cybercrop queen of the crop challenge by ME!

At the D-lish Scraps August cybercrop, for all who completed all 4 layouts, there was the opportunity to be crowned queen of the crop. I was the lucky queen to be crowned, which meant winning a lovely prize of D-lish Scraps goodies, and getting to set a challenge at the September cybercrop. Wow, what an opportunity, and I had to think long and hard about this, many ideas going through my head.
Anyway eventually, I came up with the idea for my challenge to be based around photography - I mean isn't that what we are doing anyway, scrapbooking our photos? So guidelines for the challenge were to scrap a series of photos, a photo shoot, someone being photographed taking a photo or photo booth pics - really the ideas are endless. A camera embellishment needed to be included on the layout.
For this challenge, I decided to use a series of photos of a friends daughter, Charlie, posing with her hat, on a daddy and daughter date. She really looks like she is posing for a photo shoot in these photos.
The D-lish Scraps products used here are paper doily, sequins, wood veneers, resin shapes, sweet petites, violas and felt flowers.

Hat photo shoot

This is an example of my camera embellishment, for which I used a die cut vellum camera which I covered with embossing powder and heat set, then added a D-lish Scraps flair button to the centre.
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D-lish Scraps September cybercrop challenge 4 by Agnus

Challenge 4 at the D-lish Scraps September cybercrop was by Agnus Kasprzak. The challenge was to use tags. I love making my own tags, they can become small works of art in their own right, so for this challenge, yes I made my own tags.
The layout is of my daughter, who has just started studying nursing - yep she is in for the long haul, and it's taken a while for her to get to this step, but she is doing very well. This photo was taken on her 24th birthday.
For this layout, the D-lish Scraps products used are one of the new after 5's fabric flowers (gorgeous), flair button, sequin bow (gorgeous), sweet petites paper flowers. I love how this layout turned out, and I actually went back to the rub-ons stash and included them on the layout - funny how the old is new again - well that's how I'm going to look at it anyway, lol.
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I believe in you!

D-lish Scraps Septmeber Cybercrop challenge 3 by Leanne Nankervis

Challenge number 3 for the D-lish Scraps September cybercrop was set by Leanne Nankervis, and the challenge was a shapes challenge - to use at least 3 different shapes, and numbers. I reaaaaaally struggle with shapes challenges - I reaaaaaaally overthink them. Yes, again, I overthought this challenge, and it was the last one I tackled for that reason. However, after giving myself a good talking to, I sat down and tackled it, and created this layout with the very retro photo of myself and my siblings. Weren't we gorgeous looking kids, lol. All clothes made by our mother, and photo of us wearing our "Sunday Best" - times were tough for our family back in the 70's, but we never went without.
I was really happy how this layout finished up. The D-lish Scraps products used on this layout are journal its, flair button, resin button, paper bag, sweet petites and violas paper flowers.
Thanks for looking at my layout.

70's kidz

D-lish Scraps September cybercrop challenge 2 by Wendy

Challenge number 2 at the D-lish Scraps September cybercrop was created by Wendy Smith, with the challenge being to use the colours orange, aqua and green. Such fun colours to work with, and because I have still got plenty of photos from my 50th birthday party to work on, I had no problem in finding one for this challenge. I had a lot of fun with this, and although it is a simple layout, I really don't believe it needed anything else on it.
The D-lish Scraps products used on the layout include crochet flowers, resin heart, camera paper clip, freckled fawn dew drops (supplied by D-lish Scraps), monochrome journal its, flair button, resin buttons, paper violas flowers.
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D-lish Scraps September Cybercrop challenge 1 by Alz

Amanda at D-lish Scraps has run another successful cybercrop this month, with 5 challenges. The first of these challenges was set by my dear friend and very talented Alz Callcott, in which the challenge was to upcycle something, whether it be for a layout, card or OTP. I chose to do a layout.
Over the last few months, I have been successfully submitting layouts for publication to Scrapbooking Memories. Many of the talented scrapbookers who are sending in layouts are decorating their pizza boxes, and I received a decorated pizza box recently decorated by Fiona Paltridge, yet another very talented artist. This pizza box was so battered, it was beyond using again for sending any more layouts in, so I decided to upcycle the box lid for my layout. Most of the work was done for me by Fiona, and it was an amazing piece of art, far too good to throw away. I added a little to the intial artwork, by adding some stamping, and rubons. The D-lish Scraps products used on the layout are button flair, monochrome journal its, coloured paper doily and small paper roses.
Thankyou Fiona for the fantastic artwork.
These photos were taken in one of the Victorian goldmining towns called Castlemaine, a great place for some goldfields history, photos taken in the historical botanical gardens.
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Botanical Gardens

D-lish Scraps September Inspiration Board Challenge

This month at D-lish scraps, the challenge was to be inspired by the inspiration board titled Pink Lemonade, as below:

                                                                     Pink Lemonade

So for the D-lish Scraps September Inspiration Board Challenge, which I am sure you will agree, is absolutely gorgeous, I created the following layout. I had started the background for this layout a few weeks ago, and it was going to be entirely different, until I made a happy mistake with it. The mistake I made, allowed the colours of the background to meld, and form the lovely colours that then inspired me to keep creating the layout for this challenge. On my layout, I used one of the new After 5's flowers (the beautiful big pink one), along with the crochet flowers, some forget me nots paper flowers, a flair button, coloured paper doily and some of the monochrome journal its. I love how my happy mistake turned out. The photo is from my 50th birthday, depicting a gift I was given for a hot air balloon ride, something I am yet to do.
Thanks for looking at my layout.
Up, Up & Away