Friday 27 December 2013

Crazy For You

Hi everyone,

I hope your Christmas was wonderful and that you're all relaxed and just enjoying it all now.

In between shopping and wrapping I've been scrapping with the new kit from Scrappy Chat Designs. This kit is a beauty! I love the colours in the papers and I've had heaps of fun with the paperclay.

First up, I have a very clean layout (well, it is for me anyway!) This is a photo of my gorgeous nephew, Archie.

Aww, just look at that face! I can't remember why he looked like that but it was just something minor. And yes, the pic is slightly out of focus. But it clearly showed his expression so I decided to use it anyway.

I had a lot of fun layering those pieces from the kit around the photo. The two 'frames' are actually just the paper from around the 'Rough and Tumble' ticket and the journalling block. I used a punch to punch out some star shapes that were on the papers and I cut out tickets and zigzags to create that clean, crisp look. There are lots of words on the tickets and papers and many of them were so appropriate to Archie's rough and tumble personality.

Those of you who have the kit might be wondering why I've got four of that particular Dusty Attic arrow chippy on there when you didn't get four. Well I didn't get four of that particular arrow either! What I did get though was the negative shape the chippes were in so I took out my paperclay that came with the kit and pressed it into the negative shapes. When they were dry I removed them and painted them. This is a great way to make your own shapes.  You can use anything that gives you a shape but it needs to be around the thickness of chippy to work well. Have a look through your stash and see what you can find.

I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a healthy, happy and scrappy 2014. Thank you all so much for your support and wonderful comments throughout the year. Blogging forges a special connection between us crazy scrappers which I very much appreciate.

Ho ho ho!

Sunday 22 December 2013

A Year in Review

Well, it's the end of another year - and what a year it's been for me! I've had an amazing scrappy journey this year! I've had so much fun being a Master, writing my article for Scrapbooking Memories magazine, working on design teams, teaching and touring. I hope your scrapping has continued to bring you enjoyment.

I thought I'd celebrate the end of the year with a post of my favourite layouts. I like seeing these posts on other people's blogs so I hope you enjoy this one. These layouts were all made and/or published in 2013. I tried to limit myself to ten layouts but I ended up going for an even dozen!

Without further ado, here they are.

In twelfth place:

I made this for my DT work with Scrap Everything. It's a simple page but I really love it. Maybe that's because it's a really nice photo of dad and I. I kept the page reasonably simple to keep the focus on that photo.

In eleventh place:

'Christmas Star' is in the current edition of Scrapbooking Memories magazine in my Workshop Secrets article. I know I'm a little early posting this one but the next mag is almost due.... I love the exuberant photos of my beautiful niece and the recycled Christmas decorations came together so well on this page.

And in tenth position:

This is also a very current layout. It's my entry for the December White With 1 challenge. The story behind it is quite funny - you can read it here. I love these gorgeous pics of my son when he was only two years old.

In ninth place:

This was my first Masters Challenge for the year and I loved how this turned out.

In eighth place:

I made this for my DT work for Manor House Creations.. I love the white on white and the clean look it creates. Pity I photographed it against a not-so-white background!

In seventh place:

I certainly like a mix of styles - this is sooo different from the layout before it! This was made for my Guest DT spot at The Scrapbook Store. I really enjoyed my month of designing for them. This layout was for the sketch challenge.

In sixth position:

This is also in the current edition of Scrapbooking Memories. Sometimes, it's not hip to be square (with regards to layout shapes that is!)

In fifth place:

This is a layout from earlier in the year but I still love it. It was one of my earlier experiments with Dylusions sprays and I'm still addicted to them!

In fourth place:

I made this for Once Upon A ..... Sketch, an online challenge site. I love the way that they put the accent on journalling on this site and the sketches are wonderful to work with.

In third place:

Ok, it's an awful photo of me but I love the layout! This was another play with Dylsuions as well as Manor House Creations flowers. I like the fact that it's a bit different.

And in second spot:

I think I've only ever made two layouts with Leonie in them and they're both in my top 3! I had to use Leonie's pic in this one cos I scraplifted her watercolour technique to make this page. I took the photo at the Manor House retreat a couple of months ago and made the page there as well so this one will always remind me of the fantastic weekend we had!

And, my very favourite, in the number one position:

This is one of my favourite pics of my daughter and I was so glad to use it on a layout I was so happy with. The layout was published recently in Scrapbooking Memories magazine.

So there are my faves for the year! Why not take a look at what you've created and share it on your blog? It's interesting to go back and pore over older layouts and see how much your style has or hasn't changed.



Friday 13 December 2013

White with Bananas!

I have a funny story to tell. I've been participating in the White With 1 challenges over the last few months and it has become a bit of a standing joke that I use the colour somehow in the layout, not just as a colour but as something else. For example, when the colour was watermelon, I used a photo of my daughter eating a watermelon and made watermelon 'slices' as a background. The next month was blueberry, so I made a layout titled 'Under Blueberry Skies'.

I couldn't believe it when this month's colour came up - it's banana. You see I have this collection of photos that sits on my desk, ready to be scrapped. Some are favourite older pics that I haven't scrapped yet, some are new ones that I've printed off as options for other projects then not used them. Among those photos are some gorgeous ones of my son when he was 2 years old. He was talking on a banana phone! Yep - I had to do it!

Here's my layout:

I used some of my new Heidi Swapp purchases for the first time. I haven't even unpacked from doing Heidi's class last month yet! I used her stencil and some Colorshine to create the sunburst pattern. I then layered up the background with stamps, rub ons and cotton thread. I painted the chipboard sun and cloud, the first letters of the title and the little squares in the stamped pattern with acrylic paint. I like this effect of random yellow squares in the grid pattern.

Here are some close ups:

My journaling:

And another closie:

I hope you can have a go at the White With 1 challenge this month. I love the effects I can achieve using these limited, but very interesting, colour palettes.

Happy scrappin'


Tuesday 10 December 2013

A Claytons Christmas Layout

Hi there!

I confess, you probably have to be over 40 and Australian to understand the title of this blog post. To those who aren't both of those, Claytons was (and is it still?) a non- alcoholic drink that advertised itself as being 'the drink you have when you're not having a drink'. Well this is the layout you make with Christmas papers when you're not making a Christmas layout!

This is my third layout for this month's kit for Scrappy Chat Designs. The kit is a Christmas themed one, but my challenge was to make a non-Christmas layout with it. After all, don't we all end up with all those Christmas papers that we don't know what to do with for the rest of the year?

So here's my non-Christmas layout using the Christmas range of Simple Stories papers:

For those of you who are regular followers of my blog, yes that is my daughter on the left. She has dyed her hair black!

When you're using a themed paper range for a different purpose, look for the more general papers or even sections of papers that you can utilise. I cut out sections of papers about 3 x 4 inches that didn't include specific Christmas items. I then decorated each piece, rounded the corners and inked and stitched the edges. Here's a closie of one piece:

I used scraps to make the banner and to decorate the individual sections. On some I added punched borders or flowers and cut shapes such as hearts and arrows. The Liquid Pearls from the kit made great flower centres and added a bright touch as well.

The chipboard flourish was lots of fun to play with. I first applied VersaMark ink to the flourish part only then covered this lightly with Metallic Melts. I heated this to create that gorgeous beaten copper effect. Metallic Melts aren't quite available commercially yet but you can inquire here in the meantime. I then painted the title section and, when it was dry, added a light layer of VersaMark again and sprinkled a very light layer of Metallic Melts on this section. I heated this so I just got that sprinkled effect. I then stuck my title on top.

My letter stickers really didn't like sticking to the uneven surface that I created so I had to glue them down with Helmar 450 glue. They took a bit of convincing but they stuck in the end!

Here's a closie of the effect the Metallic Melts created when I used them in the method described above.

That's all from me today. See you soon.


Wednesday 4 December 2013

Let it Snow

Hi there,

I hope your week has been a good one and you're on top of the demands of the crazy season.

I've had fun scrapping with the November kit from Scrappy Chat Designs. I had these great photos of my family discovering the snow machine last Christmas Eve when we were out looking at the Christmas lights. My son and I knew the machine was there so we planted my unsuspecting parents underneath it. The machine started up and covered mum, dad and Connor in 'snow'. It was really funny. I had so many photos that I decided to go for a double page layout. I added two sheets of white cardstock for the double page background but, apart from that, everything is from the kit.

And here are the two pages individually cos it's a bit hard to see details on a double page:

OK - so here's how I made the "Let it snow" background.

Firstly, I cut the words 'Let it snow' from an old piece of thick paper using my Cricut machine. It doesn't matter what you use to cut the letters - all you need is the negative shape of your chosen letters. These can even be the shapes left over from letter stickers (just add some talcum powder to the back to stop the letters sticking). I then used clear VersaMark ink through the stencil before I applied the grey Pan Pastel from the kit on top of that using a make-up sponge. The VersaMark helps anchor the Pan Pastel to the page.

I applied the Pan Pastel unevenly to create a bit of depth and interest to my words.  I placed the words where I wanted them, keeping in mind that a lot of the background would be covered with photos and embellies. The words can be placed as randomly or as evenly as you like. On a double page, ensure at least one word crosses the two pages to help link them together. When I had finished, I sprayed the background lightly with hair spray to seal the Pan Pastels. It also made my page smell lovely!

I then built my layout on top of the background, letting enough words peek out so the saying was instantly recognisable. I also added the same words using the letters stickers for the title. The saying/song title is so appropriate to this page that I really wanted to accentuate it.

I fussy-cut quite a few items from the papers to create my embellies and stapled the string across the two pages. I glued the string in place where I had to cut it at the join. One of the postcards made a perfect journaling block. My mum's name is Joy so I couldn't resist adding the 'Peace, Love, Joy' words under my pics. I punched some snowflakes from the paper as well.

If you're one of the lucky people with this kit I really hope you have lots of fun with it.

Cheers for now,


Tuesday 26 November 2013

Be Merry This Christmas

Hi there scrappers.

We've had a week of really weird weather here. I hope it's been better where you are.

The new Christmas kit from Scrappy Chat Designs is out and I got to have a play with it. I've had a blast! The kit includes some gorgeous Simple Stories papers, a Pan Pastel and some Liquid Pearls among other things.

For my first layout, I took the title 'Be Merry' quite literally. Here's my layout:

I seem to keep scrapping layouts lately where I have to explain about my very silly family! Aunty Rita is such a joker and always comes armed with a supply of gizmos to make people laugh. As you can see, she has no shortage of people willing to help share the silliness! Those fake teeth were just gorgeous - not!

The chalkboard look is hot right now and this background paper is a fabulous one. It allows colours to stand out so well. I mostly used the 3 x 4 Journaling Cards Elements paper on the remainder of this layout. I fussy-cut some items from the cards to use as features, then layered the leftovers and other whole cards behind the photo as a mat. I inked all the edges to help define the papers.

Included in the kit is a bottle of key lime Liquid Pearls. This is a bright lime green. Normally I wouldn't associate a strong colour like this with Liquid Pearls but I'm so glad I gave it a go. I've fallen in love with it! To make the strands of 'Christmas Lights' behind the photo mat I first randomly glued down handfuls of cotton thread. They're only glued under the photo mat. I then carefully placed dots of Liquid Pearls over the top of the cotton. I had to hold the cotton down at first, but once the Liquid Pearls dries, it acts like a glue and holds the cotton in place itself. I think the result is really effective and this technique would look great on a layout about Christmas lights.

The 'Christmas Lights' forming the border were made quite differently. There was no way I could get cotton to sit like that while I put Liquid Pearls on it to glue it into place so I just drew the white lines on with a gel pen. This is a lot easier way to create the lights and looks almost (but not quite!) as good as the cotton method.

I hope you get to scrap some fab Christmas layouts this year.

Happy scrappin'


Saturday 23 November 2013

Scrap Around The World Layout

Hi everyone,

Gosh I seem to be posting so much more than usual lately. I've been busy!

I've made a layout for this month's challenge at Scrap Around The World. As soon as I saw the mood board I knew I just had to have a go. That mood board is so me! Maybe that's cos it was created by the uber talented Leonie Neal-Dawson, who has a similar fixation with bright colours to me. Here's the mood board and sketch:

I have thought of sooo many ideas from that mood board but sadly, I only have time for one layout. Using the sketch is optional and it didn't work for what I wanted to do, although I did use the circular element. The two left hand pics were the ones that influenced me the most. I used the bright, bold colours of the paint picture but my design feature came largely from the first pic. Somehow, those butterflies kept  making me think of hearts. I was keen on that transparent look too so I used watercolours. I used them strongly though, in keeping with the second image.

Here's my layout:

I spent hours making this layout! This is mainly because I started out with a different idea using the watercolour paints to make the hearts. After much effort I had to accept that it wasn't going to work! I eventually just put it all aside telling myself that I might be able to use it for something else another time. To make this version, I traced some hearts from a TCW stencil with textas then used watercolours to paint the smaller heart inside.

The circle shape is a separate piece of cardstock that I ran dribble lines of Dylusions ink sprays down. I then sprayed white Dylusions over the dribbles to make them fade into the background more so the hearts would be the feature. I stitched the circle shape, cut it out then stitched my hearts to the dribble lines. Here's a close up:

That background paper is an American Crafts Sketchbook paper, which is one of my all time favourite ranges. I added some stamping to it and used watercolours to colour the flowers.

The title is influenced by the third picture in the mood board. I painted the chipboard letters black, and added black Wow! glitter. I adhered this to a section I cut off an older chippie which I painted white. Underneath there's a layer of this fabulous textured ribbon that I found recently.

I love scrapping these older pics of my kids. It's a great reminder of how much has changed in the last 12 years. 

I'm not sure if this was a great time to write this post because about 20 minutes ago that sweet little blond girl just drove herself off to schoolies week! With her hair dyed black, seemingly a year's supply of clothes and a box of alcohol she has just headed down the coast for a week of fun with four other friends. It's the first time she has ventured away on her own and my hubby and I are having a bit of trouble with the letting go thing. We know she'll be safe - she has a great group of friends who are all good kids - but we won't be there with her. 

OK - that's enough emotion for today! Hope you can join in this month's challenge.


Tuesday 19 November 2013

It's Blueberry Time!

Hi all.

It's Blueberry season at White With 1 this month. Yes, the colour this month is blueberry. After my last month's layout where I used a watermelon photo on the layout where the colour was watermelon, I was tempted to use a blueberry photo this time. I didn't though - but I did use the word in my title!

There is an option this month to use a sketch from Creative Scrappers. Here's the sketch:

I flipped the sketch on its side and highlighted the vertical elements in it.

Here's my layout:

I wasn't planning to put the word in my title but I was looking at the photo and the word 'blueberry' was in my mind and it just happened!

To make the word 'Blueberry' that gorgeous blueberry colour I took plain white foam Thickers and coloured them with a new product called Metallic Melts. They create a stunning glossy effect on Thickers. As the name implies, they have to be melted on so they do shrink the Thickers a bit but I found this was fine. Metallic Melts aren't quite available yet but you can inquire about them at the email address on the website here.

Here's a close up:

I created the background of this layout by flipping over a stencil that I had painted gesso through and using it as a stamp to print the image onto the blue cardstock. To create that lineal look behind the pic I added torn cardboard which I painted white and some gorgeous textural white ribbon that I recently found at my LSS. I topped these with a Wow Chippie flourish which I painted black plus a smattering of white flowers. I stitched two random lines around the edges of the layout and painted the gaps inbetween with gesso using a fine brush.

And here's my journaling:

Thanks for looking everyone.


Saturday 16 November 2013

Beautiful Ride

Hi there.

I'm back again with my last layout using this month's kit from Scrappy Chat Designs. I based this layout around the gorgeous My Mind's Eye paper "Beautiful Ride".

Firstly, here's the layout:

To make the background, I first cut out the centre of the Beautiful Ride paper. I left the title in the top left corner, the bike in the bottom right plus the border all the way around. I just used a pair of small scissors around the shaped parts and my trimmer along the straight edge in between. I then lay this border on the woodgrain side of the "Hello" paper for a gorgeous contrast.

I had a fair bit of space around the people in my photo so I made it a bit more interesting by cutting the photo into strips in the blank areas but leaving it intact where my family are. I then used a distressing tool to scratch lines around each piece. I really like this effect. I sprayed the Fireworks spray behind the photo to help ground it.

I didn't want to unbalance the layout by adding journalling in a block anywhere so I wrote my journalling in curved lines across the page and 'hung' my banner from it. The banner is made entirely from scraps leftover from making these three layouts from the kit.

To make the flowers, I again attacked my scraps pile. I tore rough circles from the two papers I used on the layout, wet them and scrunched them up. I then dried them with a heat gun and glued them together in layers. These flowers are so easy to make and are great for adding dimension and interest to your page.I then used a leaf punch and punched the leaves from leftover bar code strips from the other papers from the kit.

Here are some close ups:

I hope you have as much fun creating with your kit as I did!

Happy scrappin'


Tuesday 12 November 2013

A Step By Step for Scrappy Chat Designs

Hi everyone.

For those of you who participated in yesterday's Blog Hop, wasn't it fun! If you didn't join in but would still like to, the blog hop starts at Leonie's blog here.. Once you get to the end, go to the Scrapbooking Memories blog here for clues and the final answer.

Today I have a new layout for you using the November kit from Scrappy Chat Designs. This time I have a step by step tutorial to show you the process of how I made this layout.

Firstly, the layout:

I love this messy, grungy look but I also enjoy keeping the layout reasonably 'clean' so the focus is on the photo. Don't you just love that ombre paper! The colours are gorgeous!

Here's how I made the layout. Keep in mind that I took these photos at night and haven't altered or cropped them at all so, like my layout, they're a bit messy!

Step 1
Cut uneven sized strips from the sheet of Charm "Bliss" Jovial paper and distress the edges. Adhere them in an irregular manner towards the top right corner of the Adorbs "Special" Striking paper. Flip some pieces over so the houndstooth pattern is showing.

Step 2
Roughly paint gesso over the strips, letting the houndstooth pattern show though a bit. Glue strips of the hessian and netting over the top, opening up some parts of the netting so it forms an interesting shape.

Step 3
Paint gesso over the hessian and netting. You could skip this step if you want the natural colours to show through.

Step 4
Add strips of the plasterers tape in irregular lengths and spray the Fireworks spray a few times over and around the cluster plus around where your title will be. Flick a bit of paint or ink across the page around your title and cluster and in the area in between to link the two areas to each other.

Step 5
Cut the shapes from the Adorbs "Hello" Greet paper and arrange them so they hang mostly below where the photo will sit. You can ink the edges of the shapes if you like.

Step 6
To make your title, spray the Fireworks spray through the words on the Crafters' Workshop stencil. Only use a light spray or it will seep under the stencil. It doesn't have to be perfect (it won't be!). When it's dry, outline the letters with pen. Frame the title and your photo with the cardstock in the kit and trim the corners to complement the angled corners on the fussy cut shapes. Ink all these edges.

Step 7
Add plasterers tape behind the title and a word sentiment on top of it, place a die-cut shape beneath the photo and trim a word sentiment to sit above the photo.

Step 8
To finish off, add some chevrons from the sentiments sheet, tuck a scrap of the fussy-cut shapes under the title, add your journalling beneath it and run a hand-drawn border around the layout.

I love it when there are interesting shapes in papers that I can use in different ways, such as the fussy cut shapes in this layout.

I hope this was helpful. Enjoy playing with your goodies!