Friday, March 25, 2016

Scrapbooking Top 50 March challenge

This month I decided to join in the challenge at Scrapbooking Top 50, is to be inspired by the word sweet:
I decided to use a photo of my nephews, when my youngest nephew Ethan was just a new baby, and his bigger brother Lachlan was enjoying a tender moment with him. I really thought this was a sweet photo to scrap. 
For my sweet word, I found an old Bella chipboard word which I painted in yellow, to pick up the bits of yellow in the patterned paper. 
I added a few embellishments from Charms Creations - an x and o and a cute cloud.
I actually had some WOW wood veneer hearts in my stash, which worked so well on this layout. 
Some other fun product I have used on this layout, are flairs and tags from Studio Fourteen40. 
Thanks for looking at my layout, and for any comments you may leave. 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

123 Challenge blog March challenge

The  challenge at 123 Challenge blog is to be inspired by this:
I loved the sound of this challenge, as autumn is my favourite time of the year and I love the colours of autumn. I initially thought of doing a heritage layout for this one, but I couldn't get it to work for me. In the end, I chose this photo of myself and my new friend Tammy, who I met at E2C retreat last year. It was an awesome retreat, and Tammy and I "clicked". So this is the memory that I have scrapped. 
I decided the colours I used from autumn would be the brown, red, orange, and the remainder of the green. 
I used skeleton leaves, leaves from a Kaisercraft collectibles pack. other paper leaves and some metal leaves. 
I also added a Charms Creations terrific tab.
I was inspired by a layout I saw on Pinterest, with the torn papers, which kind of reminded me of old fallen leaves. 
Thanks for looking at my layout, and for any comments you may leave. 

Saturday, March 19, 2016

More Than Words March challenge

The challenge at More Than Words for March, is to be inspired by gesso and the word bliss:
Now as much as I love to do mixed media scrapping, this one threw me. I guess I was overthinking the challenge. Did the gesso have to make a big appearance on the page, or could the gesso be disguised? These are the questions I pondered as I thought about this challenge. I scrolled through the DT pages for inspiration, amazing art, all of it, but the gesso made a feature in so many of them. As I kept reading, I realised the gesso certainly can be used in many ways, not just as a feature. Then the idea for my page came to me. 
I decided to get some scraps of patterned paper, and make a crazy patchwork design onto some cardstock:
I then painted the background with gesso, got a wet wipe and smudged it around the page. 
The next step was to get some old dress pattern paper, apply this with clear gesso and position it roughly over the background. I applied more clear gesso over the whole surface to seal it. 
Then I added some extra colour. with gelatos, which I applied using a wet wipe. 
The last step, was to add some stamping, I used 2 different stamps. 
I then applied some more clear gesso and some cotton thread, before the final stage. 
I completed the layout, by layering the photo of my niece and her son, onto some more scrap paper, adding some chipboard frames, that I coated in white gesso and then applied glimmer glam to.
 I used some Charms Creations music paper embellishments, along with die cuts, wood veneers, flowers, and a handmade "lollipop" flower that I had in my stash. 
I really love the end result of this layout. I loved the creative process, and being able to apply things that I have learned along the way, just needed to get over the hump. 
Thanks for looking at my process and layout, and for any comments you may leave. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Live, love. laugh - D-lish Scraps DT share

This is the last of my D-lish Scraps March shares. This one is using this months super awesome D-lish Scraps inspiration board.
I really loved the colours in this, so bright and fun and funky.
I used a photo from my 50th birthday, from 2 years ago (eek).
I was inspired by the colours, the flowers and I used the sketch roughly.
On my layout, I have used a coloured paper doily, Dusty Attic word titleenamel dotssequin bowwax blossom, star flower, bitty bloom and Dusty Attic page pebble.
I also added Monochrome journal its
Underneath the photo, I have used a paper bag, and above that is a Dusty Attic banner
I love that this is so bright and fun, it goes with the theme of the party. 
Live, Love, Laugh

Monday, March 14, 2016

Scrapping Outback March challenge

For the March challenge at Scrapping Outback, the challenge is to be inspired by the colours in this image, as well as white background, and chipboard.
I chose to go with this one of niece Natalie and her baby. I think the colours in the image, have worked well for this photo. 
I stenciled the white cardstock using 2 different colours of texture paste, created by adding gelatos. I actually wanted the pink area to be purple, but oh well, it still works. 
I have used some chipboard hearts, unsure what brand they are - ??? vintage Scrap FX ??? I threw away the packaging a long time ago, they have been in my stash for ages. 
Yes, I have gone backwards in with the patterned paper I used as well, ancient Kaisercraft, but I cut it up, layered it and cut out the word love from the circle that it was printed in. I am trying to give new life to some of my old stash - there's nothing wrong with any of it, it's just old. I even used some really old paper flowers, lol. 
Do What Makes You Happy

Scrap the Boys March challenge

This month, at Scrap the Boys, the challenge is to be inspired by this moodboard:
I really like the colours in this moodboard, so bright and fun. 
I used this photo of my nephew, who was being a bit fun this day, grabbing some 3D glasses and went up to his parents and said "you wouldn't hit a guy with glasses would you?" So random, and he's only 6 - where do they pick this stuff up? He often comes out with random things that are very amusing. 
Anyway, I thought the photo was perfect, especially with the quote, even though I haven't used it, I still felt it related to my photo, I think this kid is one day destined for big things. I was otherwise inspired by the colours, the cameras and the tag. 
I created the background with texture paste and sprays. I layered patterned papers, and added Charms Creations arrow and terrific tab
Thanks for looking at my layout and for any comments you may leave. 
Funny kid

I Love YOu - DT share for D-lish Scraps

This layout is the second of this months shares.
This time I have a layout, based on a challenge from the February Scrap Suite cybercrop, a challenge set by current master Krisy Podolak.

This is such a pretty moodboard, how could I resist.
I have used a photo from my neices wedding from last year, and the moodboard worked so well for the photo.
On my layout, I used a Journal its tab, and Little Birdie flowers and butterflies.
I also used Dusty Attic word titlesequin bowflair buttonGreen Tara cherry blossomsrosebuds and other paper flowers, plus some wood veneer.
I love the subtlety that comes with this pretty mood board. It really suits wedding photos, but would also suit a baby photo or something similar. 
I Love You

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Anzac Day - D-lish SCraps DT share

I am sharing the first of my D-lish Scraps shares for the month, which is a Project Life styled layout, using a challenge from last months Scrap Suite cybercrop designed by Sue Plumb.
I don't ordinarily do Project Life, but I have found for travel pages, it has been helpful to get in more photos than regular 12 x 12 layouts, featuring 1 photo.
I holidayed in France nearly 3 years ago, and still haven't finished my album. By doing the Project Life pages, I think I will be able to get it completed soon.
On my pocket page, I have used bakers twineKaisercraft alpha stickersDusty Attic mini upper case alphasWashi tape and resin bird.
I also used paper flowers, basic journal spots, which I have attached to a Project Life card. I included some wood veneer chevronsflair button and wordfetti

It's surprising how many different items can be used on a pocket page, to make it special. 
ANZAC DAY Dawn service

Monday, March 7, 2016

Stuck Sketches March challenge

The first challenge for March at Stuck Sketches, is to use this sketch:
I really liked this sketch, although I did struggle a little with my placement of my elements, they just didn't want to sit right for me, so I spent a lot of time fiddling to get the right effect. Anyway, I am pleased with the end result. 
Photos are of a great nephew, who has the sweetest little face, he is quite adorable. 
I love how the Charms Creations embellishments worked for this layout. I used one of the DIY arrows, which I sprayed with dylusions ink, and sewed a button to. 
Hey Max
Thanks for looking at my layout and for any comments you may leave. 

Kraft + March challenge

The new challenge for March at Kraft +, is to use the supplied sketch and a hint of houndstooth:
Current Challenge
It's a cool sketch, and well yes houndstooth, it's not a pattern we tend to use often is it? So I went on the hunt for it in  my stash, and to my surprise, I had a fair amount of it. So I have used just a tad more than a "hint of houndstooth", lol. I've got the package - washi tape, stencil and 2 different types of patterned paper. 
I chose this photo of my sister and her fiance, I thought it went well with the houndstooth papers, as there weren't any other patterns to worry about. 
The stencil is from The Crafters Workshop, and the papers are K and Co and Fancy Pants. 
I have of course also included some Charms Creations embellishments, that work so well on most layouts. 
 Thanks for the challenge Kraft + team, I really enjoyed it.
This is love

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Scrap The Girls March Challenge

This month at Scrap The Girls, there is this awesome sketch to inspire your girly layout:
I really liked this sketch, it is a lot of fun. 
This month, Charms Creations is sponsoring the challenge. So being on the Charms Creative Team, we have each designed a layout using this sketch. Here is my version.
On my layout, I have used some of the Charms x's
and a terrific tab
This layout photo is of my friend Alz Callcott and I, having a relax at the airport before heading off to E2C retreat last year. We had an awesome time, this was just the beginning of it. 
Pure Bliss

Thanks for looking at my layout, and for any comments you may leave. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Show Us Your Stuff March challenge

Can you believe it is March already? 2016 is already flying by.
For this month, the challenge at Show Us Your Stuff, is this awesome sketch designed by Chloe Neilson.
I had some fun with this sketch, I rotated the sketch 90 degrees, which worked better for me with my photos. I used some photos of my nephews having fun with Meccano. 
For my hand made elements, I have used Charms Creations chevronsStudio fourteen40 flair and some die cut cogs from chipboard. 
I really love how this layout turned out, as sometimes our boy pages can be quite tricky. I think that if we apply the same rules to our pages as we do for girly pages, just substitute the embellishments that show boys. This sketch made doing a boy page easy. Hope you give it a go. 
Boys Play Meccano