Sunday 25 November 2012

ASI A4 Feature

Hi everyone,

As promised on my last blog, I have tried not to leave it so long between posts this time!

I recently had my first feature in Australian Scrapbook Ideas magazine. The brief was to use A4 papers on 12 x 12 layouts. I was also supposed to keep the A4 papers intact on as many layouts as possible which I found surprisingly hard!

By far my favourite layout of them all was the one where I cut the A4 papers up completely and made stitched circular embellishments with them. Here it is.

This is my bestie. We've been besties for so many years now I don't remember how many! We love going out together and have such a great time. This event was a 60s night and the colours of the costumes were brilliant. I wanted to capture all the psychedelic groovin' that was happening that evening!

I also made another layout of the same evening, this time of the four of us who went together. We were originally supposed to go with our hubbies but a couple of them couldn't make it so the others pulled out. More fool them  as it was such a great night! This group of girls are a blast!

Again, I tried to capture all that groovy 60s knock-your-socks off colour. It was just coincidence that we all had hired long white boots so I had to make a feature of this. The fact that I could use the words to "These boots were made for walkin'" was the icing on the cake.

For a complete change of subject I then chose to scrap about a funny thing my son said. Here's the layout:

My son has a great sense of humour. I was actually looking for a formal photo to go with this A4 paper but I found this photo when I was looking. I thought it suited perfectly! I had fun making the formal shirt on the left of the layout. I wrote my journalling on the handkerchief then tucked it in the pocket. Here's a close up:

 And last but not least is a layout of my mum and her sisters. I fussy cut the flowers in the A4 paper so they formed a floral frame around the ladies. Can anyone work out which is the famous Aunty Shirley from my last blog?

Thanks so much for looking. I hope you all have a great week.


PS - Shirley's second from the left.

Wednesday 21 November 2012

My Gorgeous Aunty Shirley

I'm so sorry for the lack of action on my blog everyone! It's been so long since I blogged that I became one of those people that you check their blogs and the same picture comes up....again..... and again..... I swore I would never do that but sometimes life just gets in the way. I've had 2 kids doing exams (one did her first VCE 3/4 subject in year 11) and a sick hubby as well as a few social outings and heaps of work to do. Oh yeah - and I managed to squeeze a bit of scrapping in!

Here's one layout I made.

I love this photo! This is my Aunty Shirley at my 50th, which had a 50s theme. She came as a frazzled 50s mum, complete with an apron, curlers and a scarf over her curlers. Doesn't she look fabulous!

I used October Afternoon papers. What else would I use for a 50s theme? The papers matched her apron perfectly. I have a bit of a thing about using A4 and rounding the corners on retro pages. I kept this layout nice and simple in keeping with the theme. Those borders are fussy cut from the papers.

Here's a close-up:

That quote is so perfect for this photo!

Thanks for looking everyone - and a big hello to Aunty Shirley who will be looking at this blog for the first time! She will be feeling a bit special this week as she also appears in a layout I did for this month's Australian Scrapbook Ideas mag.

I promise I'll be back in less than a week with another update.


Friday 9 November 2012

Ice Cream

Hi again,

I hope everyone's been enjoying some sunshine this week. It's so good for the soul!

Here's my latest page for Scrap Everything! Like last week, I'm using the new Pickled Pear collection from KaiserCraft. I adore this range - it can be used for so many themes and I find the layouts come together quickly when the paper designs and embellishments co-ordinate in such a gorgeous way.

My layout this week is very different from last week's one. Here it is:

This layout came together really easily. I used Dylusions Ink Spray to make the chocolate ice cream dribbles and the first six words of the title are from the Pickled Pear sticker sheet. It was these words that gave me the idea for the layout. I wanted the words to be "mounted" on something so I cut a couple of strips of the background paper from behind the photos, flipped them over to show the other side and placed them under some of the title. The only tricky bit on the whole page was convincing the baker's twine to stay put! A little bit of Glossy Accents works wonders.

Here's a detail:

My son was only two when these pics were taken. Awww, he was so cute!

This is one of my favourite layouts that I've done lately. I really like the simplicity of the page but it's still interesting and tells a great story. I guess there's a heavy touch of nostalgia too as these photos were taken 13 years ago!

Wishing you all many more ice-creams this summer!


Friday 2 November 2012

Heather's Favourite Things

Hello there! As a member of Scrap Everything's design team, it's my turn to play and have I had fun this month! Katherine The Amazing has managed to get some sensational new products from KaiserCraft in advance of their release so the design team members can have layouts ready to inspire you as they're released! How cool is that! And what's more, the products are fantastic!

This range from KaiserCraft is called the Pickled Pear Collection. It's a co-ordinated range of papers and die-cuts with some beautiful metal butterflies thrown in for good measure. I absolutely adore the green colours in this range. The butterflies and flowers immediately sent me looking for girl photos but you could also easily use them for travel, general and even male layouts (butterflies and flowers optional!)

Here's this week's layout:

I can see now that I should have taken a close up of the title. It reads "These are a few of my Favourite Things." It was the die cut jounalling block with "Favourite Things" written on it that gave me the idea for the title. And of course there's no doubt my gorgeous nieces are some of my favourite things!

The circular KaiserCraft paper is beautiful and didn't need too much in the way of embellishments. I put some cream paint on my finger and ran it around the scalloped edge as well as behind the photo. I also added some black stitching for contrast.

You might have noticed the 12 x 12 paper behind the circular paper. It's another of the Pickled Pear Collection. I have left the strip that runs along the bottom on as it's beautiful. The row of butterflies matches the layout perfectly.

Here's a close up of the main cluster:

That lovely butterfly is one of the die cuts as are the flowers behind the jounalling block.

Here's butterfly number two:

I placed a metal butterfly on top of the one printed on the paper. This gave it a more dimensional effect.

And here's butterfy number three:

This is another butterfly from the die cuts pack. I made a trail using dots of Liquid Pearls. I love this product!

I hope you enjoyed the layout. If it has inspired you to take a further look at this range, it's available here.

Happy scrapping!