Friday, 27 November 2015

More My Story for All About Scrapbooks

Hi everyone

I'm back to share another layout from the awesome 'My Story' Range available at All About Scrapbooks. Last week I did a bright funky page about myself and my daughter, and I was really taken with the gold accents.

So this week I decided to do a monochromatic page, using black, white and pops of gold.


I smeared some gesso over the paper, and then some gold paint.  I then gathered together scraps that happened to be sitting on my desk from other layouts,  from both the My Story range and also the Basic Grey Barista Range.  I also added a Simple Stories Frame - I am really loving the look of frames in the background of my layouts.  I like how it adds depth and layering without 'blocking' everything.  I love mixing up first it can be a little scary, but starting with a monochromatic theme can really help at first, as you are really only searching for one colour to mix.

I added embellishments to the layers - lots of word stickers, which I'm also a little obsessed with!  I cut a few arrows out of a 12x12 paper.  The gold in this paper range is stunning.  I love how it went so well with my bright, fresh layout from last week, but also feels so 'classy' added to black and white.

Of course a layout of mine at the moment wouldn't be complete without a few's a close up...

Back again soon!
I am so LOVING playing with these amazing products!!

Friday, 20 November 2015

Designing with My Story for All About Scrapbooks

Have you seen the gorgeous range 'My Story' by My Minds Eye?  It is divine. 
I am absolutely in love with it!! 
So in love that it sat on my desk for 2 weeks!! WHAT! I know crazy?? But it's one of those ranges I love so much that I just want to look at it....cutting into it seems so wrong.....thank goodness this only lasted 2 weeks and then that itchy feeling took over, and, well, the cutting began!!

Here's a little pic, so you understand what I'm talking about!

Sorry it's so small - but if you head HERE you will find the entire range available at All About Scrapbooks.

Here's the first layout I came up with.....the colours are beautiful -  pinks, golds, yellows and blacks.  I teamed them with a white background and I love the fresh modern feel it created.

And here's a closer look.

I created a watercolour background by using my Prima Watercolour Pencils.  I just use a small brush (nothing fancy), LOTS of water, and I brush it into the tip of the pencil and then apply to page.  For this soft pink colour, I didn't brush for long on the pencil tip - as I didn't want a lot of depth.
It's important to note that before doing any of this, I apply a clear/transparent gesso to my page as this creates a barrier for the watercolour to sit onto.

I then added a few layers of some of the patterned papers - they are gorgeous! I cut a few random triangles as well, added some stickers, a flair, some twine, sequins and a chipboard 2 Crafty arrow (painted black).  The pops of gold throughout this range are simply stunning.

I'll be back soon with another layout created from this paper range soon.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, 13 November 2015

A quick card

Hi everyone.

Today I am sharing a recent card I made.......

I wanted the card to have a vintage feel.  It's a sympathy card for friends of mine who said goodbye to their father/grandpa.  Sad times.

It's not often I find the time to create a card, but when I do I try to treat it like a layout - that's why I like a square card, as it feels like familiar territory!

Thanks for joining me today.......

Feeling Lucky - designing for All About Scrapbooks

Hi Everyone.
Well it's Friday already, so it's my turn to share over at All About Scrapbooks
Today I have a bright layout I created using Bella Boulevard and Simple Stories DIY Boutique.  These two ranges blend together so easily!
I love the little frame embellishments you are seeing everywhere at the moment....there are many available in sticker form or die cut form.  I love using them in layers behind my photos.  These ones from Simple Stories really appealed due to the colours and words on them!  I know they will go with so many different ranges.
As the background paper I chose was really busy, I toned it down a little with gesso, and then stamped with a triangle stamp, to tie in with the triangle paper.  I added the frames, a few painted chipboard stars and a few pops of embellishements.
I loved creating this page and can't wait to do a few more with my leftover bits and pieces from these ranges.
Hope you get to play too.
Bye for now.

Friday, 6 November 2015

Deer and Fawn's November Challenge

Hi everyone

Hope you have some plans for the upcoming weekend.   I really hope some of it includes some time for you......some scrappy time.

To kick start you into the weekend, I've got my Deer and Fawn November Challenge to share.
It's a great one......super cute and colourful and will have you jump started into a layout in no time.
So the challenge use this cute birdy as your inspiration....and create anything you want.... it could be a layout, mixed media or what ever you want to create....please note you can use ANY products you like for this project!!
So cute right? Here's my take on it.....
As soon as I saw the little birdy.....I was reminded of this quote, which is something I say to my daughter, whenever she is feeling a bit uncertain......whenever she needs to be brave.
As I hunted through my stash for the gorgeous colours, I discovered something......I have no purple! I know right?  I'm not a fan of  the colour purple, but I was a bit shocked to find so little.  I had some alpha stickers and a resin bird (perfect!!) but absolutely no paper, so my solution....watercolour paint.  I love this stuff.  I love the arty look....and its pretty forgiving, and oh yeah lots of fun! 
I can't wait to see what you guys come up with.....
So make sure you upload your creation to the side bar before the 30th November to be in the running for the following prizes....

Deer Designer Choice Award -
D-Lish Scraps "Just Add Paper Kit"

Random Draw Award - Donated by Deer & Fawn Designs
Project Life Everyday Edition 6x6 Paper Pad
Project Life Everyday Speciality Cards
Project Life Forever Young Speciality Cards
Project Life Sweet Edition Speciality Cards x 2

These are fantastic prizes!!! I wish I could enter!!
See you next week,

All About Scrapbooks Designing - Hello

Hi everyone
I'm back with another of my designs for All About Scrapbooks.  Yep I am loving this gig!
Vanessa stocks Cocoa Vanilla Studio - an Aussie Brand - whoot whoot! I've been loving playing with the Hello Lovely range.
This is the third layout I've created with this line - it's just so easy to work with!
You may have worked out by now that I'm drawn to black and white on my layouts.  I just find they make a great base to your layout.  I'm also very drawn to words, especially hand-scripted ones, so the ephemera in this range is right up my alley!
For this range I added turquoise, grey and woodgrain to the black and white palette.  I started by smearing some gesso using a very cool circle stencil.
Once this dried I added a few strips of patterned paper, some stickers, die cuts, and wood veneer.  This range truly has everything.  I was really drawn to the butterflies in the die cut pack, and so I punched a few extra out from leftover paper. 

I added some 2 Crafty chipboard, and some sequins to finish off the page.  I really love the colour palette, and this could easily be used to create boyish pages too.

Thanks for stopping by.
Happy scrapping!

Sunday, 1 November 2015

November Scrap the Girls Reveal!

Hi everyone.....
Well a new month is here.....I'm excited to reveal the November Challege at Scrap the Girls.
This month its a gorgeous sketch.
Here it is:

And here's my take on it:

I scrapped a photo of me and my girl, and had a lot of fun adding  all the flowers....there's paper, metal, chipboard, wood, crochet, sequins and plastic flowers in there......even some clear snowflakes....hard to see but add a really cool texture.  I dug out some old stuff from my stash and teamed it with some splashes of new, and I love it!

I hope you get a chance to play along this month.....don't forget there's a cool prize up for offer.....
A $25 voucher from Pretty Pink Posh!! (postage not included).  They have some gorgeous scrappy stuff.

Head on over to the Scrap the Girls Blog to see the other Design Team's inspiration.....those girls are amazing!

I look forward to checking out your entries.
Back again soon!