Scrap the Girls July

This is my favourite moodboard of the last six months.

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When I put this moodboard together I had an idea for a layout but I had no idea what photo I could use or how I could use it.  Then this layout came about.  I absolutely love it so much.

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White with One Challenge – September

This layout I created 2 years ago, it was accepted for published and then all sorts of publishing drama has occured.  I have been advised it may not be printed and I can share it so here it is….

I decided to have another go at this challenge this month.  Last month the Custard Yellow layout I did was pick up for publishing so I was keen to get an entry into this challenge.

The colour this month was Antique Moss. Kahki Green in other words.  All my greens are fairyly bright so I started off mixing my own version of the green that I wanted to use.  My ingredients were – 2 squirts of Kaisercraft Antique Gold, 2 Squirts of Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Fossilised Amber and 4 of Tim Holtz Twisted Citron. This is my colour swatch.  I knew I wanted to write this blog post to I made sure I kept track of what I was adding.


I applied my ink to my pre-prepared cardstock (a layer of gel medium) using a mop brush and plenty of water.  Once it was dry I added some texture paste through a sencil.

I then went through my stash and pulled out everything that was white and green.  I had no idea where I was actually going with this layout but I knew what colours I had to work with.  I found this little felt frame in a box of ‘I don’t know if I will ever use these things’ and I decided that I was going to make it work.  The photo I chose was a black and white photo of my daughter that I had printed out a while ago but hadn’t decided how I wanted to scrap it.  I actually have a few different photos from this day that I want to scrapbook but I love them so much I didn’t want to just scrap them for the sake of it.  Anyways, once I had my frame and my photo I just kept layout out bits and pieces until I was happy then I glued it all down.

Just as I was sitting down one night to write this post I thought I should send this one off to see if I can get it published.  I was gobsmacked when I got the acceptance email.  So now it has been published I can finally share it.


Here are some of the details.

Mixed Tape Friends | Flutterby Designs

This year I am privileged to be continuing on with Flutterby Designs as a member of the Design Team.  And here is my first Layout for the year. This is capturing the 80’s dress up night from last years Scrap and Chat Retreat in Melbourne.  I am currently counting down to this years one…I can’t wait!

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To read all the details – Please head over to the Flutterby Blog and leave some love.

Christmas Special #1 | Seasons Greeting Layout

This layout is featured on this quarters – Creative Paper Craft Magazine.  My second cover this year.  To say I am freaking excited is a total understatement!  Any how I created this one a while ago but now it is finally in print I can share it and all the details.

I created this layout to show case the wrapping paper I saved from one of the kids presents last year.  I am a Scrapbooking. I have a problem when it comes to throwing away beautiful papers even if they are torn and have served their purpose.  This black piece of paper was just trimmed to fit the layout length ways.  I left the torn edge – I things like that.  It’s a bit more visual than straight edges.  I kept the whole layout simple.  One big 5×7 photo simply matted on the same red cardstock the background is matted on.  I then added a bit of embellishment to 2 opposite corners of the frame.

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To the top corner I used two different green coloured straws to create a corner frame and then I added a Kaisercraft Holly wood Veneer to the top and a Funky Flairs Studio flair to the top.  To the bottom corner I made a similar green straws frame and added a Charms Creations Christmas Tree.  I have been hoarding these little guys. They are so cute.

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The title Seasons Greetings is a Diecut that I have had in the bottom of my Christmas box for a couple of years.  I have no idea what collection it is.  To finish the layout I added a little bit of bling.  It is Christmas after all – some Gold Heidi Swapp Colour Shine, Green sequins and a D-lish Scraps Red Sequin bow.  Done.  Simple and it screams CHRISTMAS

Layouts That Didn’t Make the Cut | An honest share.

Just a quick share from me today.  As you know I was a Guest Designer over with Imaginarium Designs for the past six months.  My time there is now finished but I wanted to share a few layouts that I didn’t think made the cut.  They are ok layouts but to me, they are not my best work so I decided to hold them back and create something else in their place.  I guess the reason that I am sharing this is to show that not every layout meets our personal expectations and rather than dwell on it, I just put them to the side and move on.  I tend to think that I am better vesting my energy elsewhere rather than dwelling.

Here is the first one:

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This layout is ok.  I used a darker photo because it told the story.  It is a full family selfie after my husband had returned home from a 10 day work trip.  We don’t get full selfies very often so it was important for me to capture this in a layout.  Because of the photo and the glare the page didn’t photograph very well not matter what I tried so I decided I wouldn’t use it.  Straight into the album it went.

Here are a couple of close ups of the details:

The next layout, I was experimenting with some paper layering of Napkins and a more vintage feel. Flowers are not really my favourite thing and everytime I look at this layout I don’t think it has the finished feel to it but I wasn’t sure what else to add to it.  Rather than wasting time thinking about it I decided to put it aside and I would come back to it one day when I know where I wanted it to go.

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Here are some close ups:

Finally there is this layout.  It is a photo from my daughters first birthday.  Over the past year I have scrapped a few different photos from this day.  This layout is finished, I am ok with how it looks but for some reason I decided it wasn’t quite design team worthy.  I think maybe because gold is such a hard colour to photograph in real life and I couldn’t get it to look right in the photos.

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So, there it is…My shitty layouts that will go into my album but didn’t make the design team cut from my perspective.  I have an expectation of my layouts that I share especially representing the companies that I do. But most of all, I want to be proud of them knowing that they are a true representation of me and my style.

Final Masters Challenge – Scrapbooking Memories.

Today it’s just a quick share.  This is my final Scrapbooking Memories Masters Challenge submission.  Clearly not my best work.  Submitted late and in actual fact the challenge pack still to this day has not arrived.  I was and still am so disappointed to the way this experience has ended.

But enough about that… Here is my layout.

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This one uses the Love Always Collection from CocoaVanillaStudio as my base and then I have layered some mixed media over the top.  There is texture paste, gelatos, gyprock tape, and then thread, washi tape and hand coloured doilies.  The challenge was to use Fiskars punches (which didn’t arrive) I I used a circle punch and a heard punch.

The layout is a little bit cute at the end of the day but I want wanting to work on some new stuff.  The Colour Blast Embossing powder looks amazing on the chipboard title from Which Craft do you do.  And the Charms Creations X goes fantastically with the Flutterby Designs flair. What isn’t to be happy about really?!?

Here are a few close ups:

 

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Scrapbooking Top 50 | Week 4

I am just popping in to share my layouts created for the Scrapbooking Top 50 Block Challenge for Week 4.

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This week it’s Kitchen week.  Both the kitchen inspiration boards are very different and not your typical kitchen so there is a lot to be inspired by.

Room 1 :

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I originally thought I would only have chance to play along with one room and this was it.  I love those background tiles and the wood so that is what I focused on and this is what I came up with…

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I chose to work with Kraft as my base to reflect the wood element from the moodboard and I kept all my wood veneers raw also. For my leave element I used some material leaves and also some hand stamped ones.  I stamped them both on plain white paper and book paper to give some details before colouring them with watercolours and Colour Blast Shimmer Dust in Lush and Paris.

To the background I added heaps of texture behind the hoop.  I used a real doily as a stencil to spread on some texture paste.  I then coloured the texture paste with the same colours I used for the leaves. Behind all that, I clear gessoed a brick stencil and when it was dry I inked over that too.  This makes the bricks stand out.  Over the top of all this I added some script stamp and a brick stamp from Viva Las VegaStamps.

For the dip-dyed elememt, I included a dip dyed tag from D-lish Scraps that I trimmed down to be a similar size to the leaves. I also coloured a Charms Creation heart in a similar way and a Flutterby Designs DIY Flair.  These are pretty cool.  I need to use them more.

This wood hoop was a custom order from Corbett Creations.  I had a few made (not for this purpose) but it worked so well.  I wrapped it in leaves and tapestry twine for more interest.  The wood veneer title is a Corbett Creations veneer too.  This is my One Little Word this year and I have a few of them.  (That reminds me I am behind in that project and I need to get it finished.)

Oh, and I almost forgot, the hanging element is the suede tassels.

I am really happy with the way this one turned out.  I guess you can tell by the way I wanted to tell you about nearly every element on the page.  Here are a few close ups.

There is a process video too.  You can watch it here.

The second room this week:

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I was a bit disappointed that it was about Triangles again.  The first challenge had triangles.  I guess they didn’t have to be used on that challenge but I did.  So, I used the same stamps from week one that I made and clear embossed them then coloured them with a wash of water colour.  To change it up a bit I also added triangles of coloured paper scraps too.

Here is my layout.

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It’s a fairly simple layout for me but to be honest, I have had these photos printed for a long time waiting for the right layout and finally, here it is.

The criteria is pretty easy to see, Triangles, Mixed alphas and small photos.

Here are a few close ups:

There is a process video for this one too.  You can watch it here.