Monday, April 27, 2015

Sassy Scrapper | Tutorial...

Hello Friends! Up on the Sassy Scrapper blog today I am sharing three quick and easy step by steps on creating Project Life filler cards!
I hope you can pop on over for a visit!  Thanks ...x

Monday, April 20, 2015

Sassy Scrapper | Project Life Week 10...

Hey Friends!  It's Project Life Monday over at Sassy today. Please head on over and see what I've been up to!

Thanks for visiting..x

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sassy Scrapper | Project Life Week Nine...

Over at the Sassy Scrapper blog today, I am sharing my PL2015 Week Nine spread.  Lots of gorgeous Simple Stories I Am in use!!

Please come by and check out the details!  I'd love to see you there...x  Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Bella Blvd | Pinterest Inspired...

Hello Friends! As it is school holidays here at the moment, I've taken a few minutes to sneak away from the kids to post a layout created for Bella Blvd.  This challenge came from a Pinterest Inspired image that Laura found online. Isn't it gorgeous!  And perfect for March.  *ahem*... Yep. I know it's April!  EEEEEK!!  I did mention school holidays.. right? LOL!
Anyway... Here is what I took and created from the image above.
"Mad Skill"
products used: cs - American Crafts; pp - Bella Blvd (Color Chaos, Freestyle Sophisticates); alpha - Bella Blvd; other - Bella Blvd: enamel dots, whatnots chipboard, die cuts, stickers; Mr Huey's mist; tools - sewing machine, typewriter.
Don't you just want to add a "Z" to the title?  I certainly do. But alas, there wasn't quite the room to do it justice.
The star trail was just a fun little element I pulled from the reverse side of the Color Chaos patterned paper.  So I ran with it! But what started it all was the ombre shades of green in a block formation behind the photos.
Don't forget to head on over to Bella Blvd this week to check out the new line up of designers for 2015. Their introductions are currently being made.

Thanks for visiting me today..x


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Scraptastic Club | Scrapping Siblings...

Hey Everyone! Today I am sharing my take on scrapping siblings of both genders. You know, the pigeon pair, boy/girl... *grin* It's not always easy, especially when it comes to the colour palette, but this is how I work around it.  Last month, I wrote this post for Scraptastic.  I hope you enjoy...x
Like most families, my children have both their good and loving moments together, equal to their total disdain for one another! I try very hard to capture all moments and with four children,  I can guarantee there are plenty of moments! But when it comes to scrapping siblings, what do you do to encapsulate them if you have both genders in the one photo? Today I am going to share a few tips on how I scrap a brother/sister combination with colour. 

products used: Scraptastic Club kit - Good Day Sunshine; Add on - Good Day Sunshine; flair/badges - Good Day Sunshine; other - black paint; tools - typewriter.
My eldest two children have a mutual admiration for each other. Most of the time. The photo in the layout above was shot while they were having fun but in the next frame, little brother scratched big sister's new watch on the wall, and then the love disappeared in a flash.  It was a blink and you miss it moment. *grin*
However, trying to be a glass half full person, this is the image I wanted to share today. Using the Good Day Sunshine kit this month, the yellow hues convey their initial happiness.
Yellow has always been considered a neutral gender colour. This is something I keep in mind when I have a photo of both my daughter and son in it. But, I am not afraid to add a strong dose of pink or a flower to my layout, just because my son is in the photo too.

The colours in the photo often dictate the colours that are added to my page. The black t-shirt is punctuated and repeated on my layout with embellishments, to prevent it from becoming too feminine. And even though the bow is classically a girly thing to add, because of its colour I don't have an issue with it being there.

The same applies to the splashes of grey. It too is linked back to the photo because of the colour shirt my daughter is wearing.
But what do I do when the colours they wear in their clothing, is particularly strong? I can always convert the photo to a black and white image. Or I can embrace it.

products used: Scraptastic Club kit - Good Day Sunshine; Add on - Good Day Sunshine; flair/badges - Good Day Sunshine; other - gelatos (grape).
To make a connection with my photos on layouts, I will often create a cluster of layered patterned papers and embellishments with at least one colour from the photo added directly to the cardstock. I then build up the layers once again using a neutral selection.
A "grape" watercolour wash was added directly to the white cardstock background and the cluster stack has been added to one side of the page.  White space on a layout can also help neutralise a gender divide. It gives your eye time to rest and focus in on the photo rather than whether of not your page is boyish or girly. 

In this case, the embellishments used on the page can be singled out to being either feminine or masculine on their own. But used in a layered combination the pieces complement each other and help to tell the story.

Thanks for joining me here today. I hope I have shared a few ideas that will help you prevent a gender dispute on your layouts when scrapping photos of both boys and girls together on the one page.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Bella Blvd | Design Team Introduction Week...

Hey there!  Just a short and sweet note to let you know there's a "get to know you session" happening over at the Bella Blvd blog this week.  Stephanie, Laura and the team are welcoming the new dt for 2015.
I am absolutely honoured to have been invited back for a third term with Bella BLVD.  When I love something, I truly stand by it! Honest!
I am also grateful that Bella Blvd has given me so much opportunity to share my passion of documenting my personal family history. And in such a creative way too!
These layouts were the very first Bella Blvd creations I ever produced.  My initial DT application waaaaay back in 2012.

As you can see... very little product (it was so hard to obtain in Australia back then) and not the most ideal of photography! *grin*
To date, I can happily say, I have shared some of my favourite pages because of Bella BLVD goodies.  I have even said to Stephanie, I don't know how she's tapped into my brain. Because it is exactly as if she designs her brand for me to create tailor made projects! LOL!  Obviously that is NOT the case.  But whatever works right?!

There's been some amazing talent on this team over the past two seasons.  I have had the absolute pleasure of getting to know each of these fabulous designers. And even though it is hard to say goodbye sometimes, I now look forward to learning and growing with a new bunch of creative people. Please head on over to Bella Blvd this week and become acquainted with these wonderful ladies.  Thanks for visiting with me..x
ps - maybe that wasn't such a short & sweet note after all!!!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Jot Magazine | April Mood Board...

Hello Friends!  Have you seen the latest Moodboard over at Jot? This month's challenge is just delightful! Created by the lovely Meghann Andrew, this Moodboard had me eager to create...
This is what I came up with..
"Best Ever"
products used: cs - Kaisercraft; pp - Elle's Studio, Crate Paper, Scraptastic Club; alpha - Dear Lizzy water colour die cut words; other - Heidi Swapp: ephemera, butterfly paperclip, colorshine; gold enamel dots; rub ons; sequins, gold paint; Maggie Holmes hair clip; tools - sewing machine.
I loved the idea of having a dark navy background. From there I easily built up the layered details with gold items and paper ephemera.
Between the layers I added pop dots or foam tape.
And the title work was created by using colorshine on a watercolour word, a technique I shared here.
Be sure to enter your project this month, using the April Moodboard over at the Jot blog.  There are always cool prizes up for grabs.  Good luck.  I can't wait to see what you share...x

Monday, April 6, 2015

Sassy Scrappers | Project Life Week Eight...

Hey There!  Just wanted to let you know that my PL2015 | Week Eight spread is up on the Sassy Scrapper blog today.  I hope you get the chance to head on over and check out the details.
"Project Life | Week 8"

PS - While there, why don't you put in an order with the shop. For every purchase this month, you are going to be put into the draw to win a brand new Heidi Swapp Minc Machine!!! How awesome is that!!!
Thanks for visiting..x