Monday, March 30, 2015

Scrapping with Tracey - D-lish Scraps inspiration board challenge

This layout was done by my friend Tracey Pirera, who doesn't yet have her own blog, but I'll be working on correcting that, lol. So for now, I will feature her layout here on my blog.
Tracey has had a play along with the March challenge at D-lish Scraps Blog, using the inspiration board featured here:
So for her layout, Tracey has used the Caribbean Skies JAP kit, to scrap some tickets from a recent outing to the tennis. I think Tracey has made good use of the kit  to create a great memory. 
Anyone for tennis

Kim Price class

The other class I did at E2C retreat was one by Kim Price. Kim has such a gentle and relaxed nature, but her style is really cool.
I loved the technique I used to do the background on this layout, and then the very relaxed way of adding the papers and the embellishments. I normally procrastinate for ages on my layouts, with placement of embellishments etc, but this was fun and really relaxed to do.
The photos are of my nephew Lachlan, quite a few years ago.
The kit that was used for this layout is from Basic Grey, and includes Vivienne, Grand Bazaar and 2nd city.
Thanks for the class Kim, it was fabulous.
Thanks for looking at my layout and any comments you may leave.
Super Cute

Fiona Paltridge class

At the E2C retreat, there were 4 teachers, all well known and experienced in their field. All varying styles, which were amazing. I chose to do 2 classes, one was by Fiona Paltridge, current SBM master, and one really cool lady.
I have been a fan of Fiona's for a while now, so really did want to give this a go.
The layout was designed to use a "moody" black and white photo, I didn't have any that were working of people, so I chose this one, which was taken about 3 months after the Black Saturday fires in Victoria.
Firstly we created the background with texture paste, and then added gelatos. We then built up the papers using a variety of papers to add the strips and the backing for the photo, along with some corrugated cardboard. We also had some burlap which was painted and cut into an arrow.
This was a terrific learning experience, thank you so much Fiona.
Thanks for looking at my layout, and any comments you may leave.
Devastation, loss and grief

D-lish Scraps March cybercrop challenge by Katie Howard

This challenge was another of the layouts that I managed to scrap at the E2C retreat, a challenge for the D-lish Scraps cybercrop found in the Scrap Suite on Facebook.
This was a fun challenge, as it gave restrictions. Now ordinarily I would have chosen flowers to embellish with, but I gave myself the challenge not to, and chose the flair. I also chose wire, squins and journal spots. 
The photos are of my sister and her kids from Mothers day last year. 
My embellishments include wire, flair button, wood veneer, and journal spots from the D-lish Scraps online shop. I have also included a Charms Creations heart embellishment
Thanks for looking at my layout, and for any comments you may leave. 

D-lish Scraps March cybercrop challenge by Anna Allen

So at the recent E2C retreat I attended, I scrapped 13 layouts. This challenge set by Anna Allen, who I got to meet at the retreat, was a lovely challenge, from the current D-lish Scraps cybercrop on facebook, found in the Scrap Suite.
I chose this recent photo of my daughter Melanie, and my father, taken on their recent visit to Melbourne. It worked well for the 3 x 3 inch size. 
I included a D-lish Scraps button flair, and flowers and wood veneer heart  -all available online at the D-lish Scraps online shop. The chipboard embellishment is from Scrap FX, and the butterflies and leaf shapes were punched from Maggie Holmes patterned paper. 
Thanks for looking at my layout, and any comments you may leave. 
Mel and Pop

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Charms Creations March Challenge

So a couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be chosen to be on the Design Team for Charms Creations, a little home business run by the talented Charmane Koch.
Charmane has been setting a monthly challenge to use her creations, and for March the challenge is to use this quote by Marilyn Monroe:
I did this layout whilst away on E2C retreat in South Australia, a special retreat where I met lots of like minded and wonderful ladies.
For my layout, I chose this photo of my son and a family friend, who partnered Kieran to his year 12 formal. I have used a Kaisercraft stencil with stars in the background, to create a very subtle star effect.
I used 2 of Charms Super Stars and allowed the page to twinkle a little with the sequins and the bling flourish.
Thanks for looking at my layout and any comments you may leave.
Everyone's a star

Off The Rails March Challlenge

This is the first Off The Rails challenge that I have done, but I don't think it will be the last. The challenge was to be inspired by the following sketch and colour scheme, designed by Fiona Paltridge:
I recently went to the E2C retreat in South Australia, where I met a lot of lovely women, including Fiona, although we've been facebook friends for some time - I think I need to admit I might have been a little star struck - lol - (but it truly was an honour to meet you Fiona).
Anyway, this is one of the challenges I did at the retreat, and I loved it. The colours and the sketch worked well for one of the photos from my recent hot air balloon ride (a 50th birthday present).
I used a TCW stencil and ink to create the hexagon background, then layered a heap of patterned paper together, in a technique I learned at the retreat in a class with Kim Price, and a technique I now call "just stick it down". I have then added a few different embellishments and rubons to my page with some cotton. I think this layout took me about 2 hours to create - a far cry from my usual 7-8 hours of procrastination, lol.
Thanks for looking at my layout and any comments you may leave.
Fly, Be Free

Scrap Around the World March Challenge

Once again at Scrap Around the World there has been an awesome challenge set for the March challenge, to use the following as inspiration:
For this challenge, I decided to use a photo of this vintage carousel (hence the name), taken on our trip in France. I kept the layout fairly simple, as I didn't want to take away from the intricate detail in the photo.
I was inspired by the colours, the image of the horse (the horses in the photo), the linear aspects in the drawing - which I think I have captured in the vertically striped paper. 
I have used a prima stamp in the background, with paper doily and vintage music paper and a variety of mixed embellishments. 
Thanks for looking at my layout and any comments you may leave.
Vintage Carousel

Scrap the Boys March challenge

At Scrap the Boys for the March challenge, there is a sketch to be inspired by. I love sketches.
This was one of the kits I packed to take with me to the E2C retreat, and I had a lot of fun doing this layout. I chose a photo of my husband and his best mate, on a trip away in Tasmania a few years ago. As the title says, they were just chillin. 
I used a TCW stencil with coloured texture paste as one of the layers of the sketch, and then added my paper layouts with  a variety of papers and Kaisercraft PL style cards. I've added a Charms Creations map marker and a button flair, twine and Kaisercraft collectibles. 
Thanks for looking at my layout and any comments you may leave.
Just Chillin'

Kraft+ March Challenge

The March challenge at Kraft + is to use the following guidelines for inspiration:
I recently went to the E2C retreat in South Australia, so this was one of the challenges I did whilst on retreat. I also got to meet Sandra Wallace, the creator of Kraft +, so very thrilled to meet Sandra in person.
I loved this challenge once again, and chose a photo from our trip to Singapore last year. The all that glitters theme worked well for this photo, as this hotel is one rather opulent hotel in Singapore, the top of the hotel shaped like a ship, which is in fact a swimming pool.
I used glitter, glitter washi tape, sequins, prima crystals and bling, and gold paint on this layout. The title is from Bella glitter chipboard alphas.
Thanks for looking at my layout, and any comments you may leave.
Marina Bay Sands

123 Challenge for March

This month at 123 challenge blog, the challenge is to use the following:
This is one of the challenges I decided to take with me whilst on the E2C retreat in South Australia. 
I have chosen a photo of my nephews from last year, and used the word See in my title - I SEE 2 cheeky faces. I have embossed the background with a glitter embossing powder, and have splashed the aqua colour around the page elsewhere. I used a heart embellishment from Charms Creations, some old rub ons, seam binding dyed with glimmer mist, and hand dyed muslin and flair button from D-lish Scraps. I have also used some hand made paper from Sirrah Sarrah, a shop that was at the retreat - this paper is divine, and many different styles. 
Thanks for looking at my layout and any comments you may leave. 
I SEE 2 cheeky faces

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Scrapping Outback March Challenge

This month at Scrapping Outback, the challenge is to be inspired by the following image:
Having been on a recent scrapping retreat in South Australia, I packed up lots of kits, and once again I decided to give the Scrapping Outback challenge a go. These colours were perfect for a boy layout, so that's what I did, and used a photo of my nephew Lachlan, now aged 10, he is just getting too grown up. 
I gave this one a little change up on how I would normally lay down my papers and used strips of paper, and added some washi tape, and rug gripper for texture. I used a new stencil from Kaszazz for the background work and a Prima stamp, plus splatters of ink. The embellishment is leather die cut using a Tim Holtz die. My chipboard piece is the blue bracket. Love how this turned out, a bit more mature now he's getting bigger. 
Thanks for looking at my layout and any comments you may leave.
Growing Up

White with 1 March Challenge

The challenge at White with 1 for March is to use the colour Hemlock:
I don't ordinarily like scrapping with green, but have done a couple of layouts recently with green, so I gave this a go too, plus I have recently been on a scrapping retreat, so packed up a few challenges to do on the retreat. Nice colour of green this is, so I felt ok  with it.
I have scrapped a photo of friends daughters, who are very close in age, and in their relationship, this photo is a few years old now. 
I made up a mixture of irridescent gel medium with a gelato, and used this with a stencil to create the background and colour the white handmade flower. I found a few greens in my stash, some really old papers, but they worked. The white and green triangle of burlap is a leftover from a class I did at the retreat. I have included a Charms Creations heart, as well as embellishments from D-lish Scraps. 
Thanks for looking at my layout and any comments you may leave.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Show Us Your Stuff March Challenge

The challenge for March at Show Us Your Stuff, is to use this quote to inspire your layout:
Wow, so many possibilities with this as inspiration. The photo that came to mind for me though was a photo from my 50th birthday last year, of my dear friend Kate, who always makes me smile, and laugh. We have known each other for the past 14 years, and on many of our escapades together, we usually end up laughing so much, we nearly wet ourselves. Kate did a speech at my party, she made everyone laugh. 
For my layout, I really wanted some pops of colour, to match the theme of the party. I created circles with a paper towel insert, and coloured this with twinkling H20's. I then embellished with a heap of other bright things. 
My handmade items include the hand dyed paper doily's, one from D-lish Scraps, and one I did myself. Also hand die cut felt flowers, and the D-lish Scraps button flair. 
Thanks for looking at my layout, and any comments you may leave. 
So many of my smiles begin with you

Sunday, March 1, 2015

D-lish Scraps March Inspiration Board Challenge

It's March already! Where has the time gone? 
Ok, so even though we know the year is again flying by, and we are all getting a little older, we don't have to be sad, we can have fun with yet another awesome challenge from D-lish Scraps. The March inspiration board is surely set to inspire. I had so much fun with this board, I hope you do too. 
I think the colours are simply amazing, and the sketch is a lot of fun. 
I used the sketch pretty loosely in this layout, using 3 photos of my nephew Lachlan. I knew these photos were perfect for this challenge, the colours stood out so much. 
I used a really old Crate Paper framed patterned paper for the background, and allowed it to become the frame around my layout. I used some bubble wrap and paint to stamp on the paper behind my photos, which effectively became the detail that is in the sketch. A bit of doodling on the frame, then the embellishing. The embellishments I used were glass cabochons, button flair, buttons, enamel dots, wood veneer word bubble, washi tape and journalling strip - all found in store at D-lish Scraps. 
I really hope you will find inspiration in this board - it's a whole lot of fun.