Thursday, October 30, 2014

Jillibean Soup | Ukulele...

 Hello Friends!! I am back again today to share a layout created for Jillibean Soup.


products used: cs - American Crafts; pp - Jillibean Soup (Cool as a Cucumber, Soup Staples II); alpha - Jillibean Soup (alphabeans); other - Jillibean Soup: enamel stars, pea pod parts; tools - typewriter, foam tape, stapler.

 Plenty of fun peapod parts, enamel stars and sequins!  And I am still loving the Cool as a Cucumber paper collection!  If you get a chance, head on over to visit Jillibean Soup and see what the other DT members are creating.  Thanks for visiting...x

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Scraptastic Club | Heart It Races...

Hi Everyone!  Today I want to share two layouts I've created using this month's gorgeous Heart It Races kit from Scraptastic Club!  As soon as I saw this kit I fell in love with the colors! And when I teamed some of the papers from the kit up with this silly photo of Cam, a crazy idea "popped" into my head.  Yes! That's right, pop culture references immediately started gathering and I couldn't go past the look on my his face and "uber male model" Zoolander.
products used: Scraptastic Club Kit - Heart It Races; Add-on - Heart It Races; Flair Badges - Heart It Races; other - Jillibean Soup wood sprinkle; paint; tools - typewriter.

Cam has absolutely no idea who Zoolander is... yet.  But with pop culture so prevalent, as he grows older, he will no doubt discover why I linked this particular photo with this title.
I've layered many of the embellishments found in the kit, to form a cluster at the bottom of the page and created a countdown "3, 2, 1" above the photo in subtle reference to getting ready to have a photo taken (or posing to have a photo taken!!) which is what he did here.
To balance the white space at the top of the page, I've added a few embellishment strips in colors that also create a visual triangle with the rest of the layout.
My journaling has been typed directly onto white cardstock and tucked behind the embellishment cluster.
Zoolander references may be 'old school' now but the same idea of using pop culture sayings or memes can apply to almost any scrapbooking situation.  This second layout has been created with a more recent pop culture phenomenon - The Hunger Games.

products used: Scraptastic Club Kit - Heart It Races; Add-on - Heart It Races; Cut Aparts - Heart It Races; Clear Stamps - Sentiment Series October other - paint; tools - typewriter; machine stitching.
The quote which inspired me to create this layout has been included in the journaling.
"May the odds be ever in your favour".
I've just added my own twist to the sentiment, linking it to the "foodie" photo.  The title reference has been used to reinforce the "food" message and also link to the quote I originally started with.
One of the patterned paper borders, had the word "scrumptious" written on it and so I trimmed it to suit my page.
And the rub-on arrows have been used as another reference to the title origins.
Finally I've added extra layers from the embellishments in the kit and trimmed the cut aparts to include the dart image.

There are so many pop culture references that apply to photos I've snapped of my children, I'm sure I will be using more in the future. What are some of your favourites? Thanks for visiting..x


Monday, October 27, 2014

Sassy Scrapper | Project Life Week 40...

Hi Everyone!  I just wanted to share that my PL Week 40 is up on the Sassy Scrapper blog today.
"Week 40"

I would love to know what you think.  Thanks for visiting...x

Friday, October 24, 2014

Jillibean Soup | Halloween Treat boxes...

 Hello Trick or Treaters! Today I have a little 'Off the Page' project to share.  And when I say little, I actually mean matchbox size, little!

Our Designer Challenge this month for Jillibean Soup, was to create some Halloween D├ęcor.  I've been playing with the wonderful 6x6" mini paper pads and suddenly, like magic!!!, I had created a little box for treats.  I will use these to give to the rare visitor who comes knocking on our door at Halloween.  *grin*
products used: pp - Jillibean Soup mini paper pads (Owloween Stew, Witches Brew); other - Jillibean Soup: wood veneer (Halloween), enamel stars, pea pod parts (Halloween), beanstalks; ink; tools - matchbox template via Pinterest.
They are quite easy to make, especially if you like origami.

I found this free template online from Pinterest, printed it out and followed the instructions (download and instructions found via the link above).

After creating the boxes, you can decorate using all the fun bits and pieces from Jillibean Soup's Halloween collections! I've used the enamel stars, miniature tags from the peapod parts and the perfectly sized wood veneers!
All that's left to do then, is to fill them with something yummy... or scary! LOL! That's your choice, but I'm thinking a fake finger could be funny, especially if they were given to my prankster sons! HA!

Finally wrap the boxes with some beanstalk twine and keep out of reach of children (or husbands) who want to eat the treats before they should!  Thanks for visiting..x
ps - How cute would these little boxes be, created from Christmas themed patterned papers and all lined up as an advent calendar!  The ideas are endless!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bella Blvd | Project Life...

Hi Everyone!  I just wanted to share with you my Project Life spread | Week 39.  It is up on the Bella BLVD blog today with a few details as to how and why I chose to use the Candid Cards and Paper Pieces from several Bella collections.
"Week 39"
products used: pp - Bella Blvd; alpha - Bella Blvd (High Five Alphabets: Black-White); other - Bella Blvd: Candid Cards, Trinkets, Paper Pieces; Treasures & Text; Miniatures, Chipboard Icons;  Ciao Chip Elements: Stars & Hearts; tools - machine stitching, typewriter, photo flip pocket.

Of course, my Project Life is never complete without a weekly run-through of journaling.  But with this week being the start of the September school holidays, I had a high number of photos to include in my spread and no place to add my words.  The simplest solution is to add hidden journaling with a flip pocket.

Don't forget to visit Bella Blvd to check out what the team has been up to lately.  Thanks for visiting..x

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Jillibean Soup | Minecraft...

Hello Friends!  I don't know if I've mentioned it before, but my sons are crazy (and I mean car-razy)
about minecraft.  Especially my eldest boy.  And it is just about doing my head in, trying to keep up with this phenomenon.  So while I am trying to understand it, I decided to create a layout about this latest obsession, using the gorgeous new collections from Jillibean Soup.

products used: cs - American Crafts; pp - Jillibean Soup (Soup Staples III, Sightseeing Stew); alpha - Jillibean Soup: beanboard alphas (wood plank); other - Jillibean Soup: wood sprinkles, mini placemat, Mix the Media ephemera, sequins, label stickers, wise words; paint, mist, ink; tools - Jillibean Soup: clear stamp, xoxo stencil; typewriter.

I am loving the stencils, stamps and those wood plank beanboard alphas!!! SO what have you spotted lately that's caught your eye over at Jillibean Soup?

Thanks for visiting..x


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Bella Blvd | Spooktacular...

Hi Everyone!  This week over at Bella Blvd we are creating all things Halloween!  This caused a bit of a quandary for me, because even though Halloween is becoming more and more popular in Australia, as a family, my kids aren't bothered about celebrating it.  Of course this is bound to change as soon as I type and publish this blog post! *grin*
As you will learn over at the Bella Blvd blog, I chose to create a layout about Cameron being inspired to dress up as a "mummy", thanks to endless episodes of Scooby Doo!  Sheesh! Can you relate?  I'm just glad he grabbed actual bandages rather than a roll of toilet paper!!

products used: cs - American Crafts; pp - Bella Blvd (Halloween Magic); Alpha - Bella Blvd (High-Five Alphas); other - Bella Blvd: stickers; embroidery thread; tools - machine stitching, typewriter, foam tape.

Halloween Magic is versatile enough to help me capture this memory without too many heavy references back to Halloween!

As I mentioned before, this entire week over at Bella Blvd is going to be dedicated to all things spooky!  If you need some inspiration, don't forget to check out what the creative DT have put together.  Thanks for visiting..x

Monday, October 13, 2014

Project Life | Week 38...

Hello Friends!  I just wanted to let you know that my Project Life spread, Week 38 | Sept 15 - 21, is up on the blog over at Sassy Scrapper today.

If you get a chance, I would love to see you over there.  Thanks for visiting...x

Thursday, October 9, 2014

17 Turtles Guest Designer | Cut Files...

Hi Everyone!  I just wanted to share with you today that I am guest designing for Juliana Michaels: 17 Turtles and her etsy store - 17 Turtles Digital Cut Files.  She has a lovely collection of digital cut files to create with and I am very excited to help her spread the word of her new venture.
I have been playing with two of these cut files and created a layout for each file individually.  The first layout features the "Roses" digital cut file.
products used: cs - gold glitter, American Crafts; pp - Scraptastic Club Kit (Worth Wondering); alpha - Jillibean Soup (beanboards) ; other - embroidery thread; tools - silhouette  portrait, typewriter.

Right from the start these blooms reminded me of my daughter's dance solo where she was Mulan.  Isn't it funny how certain images can trigger memories!  *grin*  I cut the "roses" from gold glitter cardstock and instead of using a traditional green leaf to go with them, opted for brown instead.  These colours not only support my photo but lean heavily towards an Asian influence.

You can find this cut file and many more over in Juliana's etsy shop.
Roses Digital Cut File | Perfect for a variety of craft projects including paper crafting, scrapbooking and more.
My second layout is up, over at Juliana's blog today as well.  I think I drooled a little bit when I saw the "Pie Chart Love" cut file!!! Here's a sneak peek..  ps - I've used the Scraptastic Club Kit "The Girl" to create this layout.
If you get the chance, head on over to 17 Turtles and discover what I've created with this awesome background cut file!  Thanks for visiting...x

Monday, October 6, 2014

Sassy Scrapper | Project Life Week 37...

Hello Friends!  I am currently away camping with the family but I just wanted to let you know that I have a Project Life spread up on the Sassy Scrapper blog today.

I hope you get the chance to go and check out the details.  Thanks for visiting...x