Thursday, May 28, 2015

This is Gorgeous You - Scrap the Girls May challenge

My little girl is ballet obsessed. She dreams of one day being a professional ballerina and she works really hard towards her dream.
I took this photo recently at one of her privates. She was going through one of her Grade 4 centre exercises with her teacher and I thought that she looked gorgeous holding this pose.
The sketch at 'Scrap the Girls' this month is a great one for highlighting a special photo. I printed out my photo at a larger size (5x7) and stuck fairly closely to the sketch - adding the circle element at the end to really highlight the focus of my page - Sophie-Kate.

My papers and ephemera are mainly Kaisercraft and Crate Paper. I kept to a neutral colour scheme so as not to overwhelm my photo.

Thanks for looking at my work - hope you are having a great week !!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Run Paris! - Stuck Sketches May 1 sketch

Multiphoto layouts are the best way to scrap that pile of  holiday photos that seems endless!!! I loved this sketch from 'Stuck? Sketches'  and it was perfect to record this special memory of our time in Paris.
Mark and I ran the Paris marathon together to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. The day before the race there was a kids event which Sophie and Benji were keen to run. There were hundreds of kids participating and the atmosphere was awesome. Benji ran his 1km holding dads hand and beaming all the way. Sophie (who is a great little runner) ran a lightening 2km race and came 5th place in the girls - she was so proud of herself! After the race we asked the kids what they liked best. Sophie said her medal and running beside the Eiffel tower. Benji said his medal and having a hot bubble bath back at the hotel!!!! (boys!!!!).
I used the new Kaisercraft 'All that Glitters' collection for this page. I love the colours in this collection - they seem to go well with a wide variety of photos.
here are a few close-ups of my page:

Have a great week :)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

So Lucky - CSI 165

The new challenge is up at CSI. Here is my take on it for the CSI design team.
The photo is one of my favouries from our recent Europe trip taken in front of Notre Dame a few weeks ago.
From the evidence list I chose tags, pen work and frames. I journaled using the inspiration word 'brilliant'.
Here are some detailed shots of my page:

Have a great week and do check out our challenge at CSI - we would love to see your take on the mood board!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

This moment captured - Sketchabilities challenge 139

I LOVE the sketches at 'Sketchabilities'. This one really grabbed my atention as soon as it went live. It is such a great design to highlight a larger photo. I like to print out my group shots 5 x 7 " so that each person can be clearly seen.
I took this photo a few weeks ago in London. It was one of the few group shots where we all look good so it had to be scrapped! The Kaisercraft 'Now Boarding' papers are not only the perfect theme for travel photos but the neutral colours seem to blend in well with most shots. I stamped and inked my background papers to pick out the hues in the pictures even more then I layered on paper pieces and ephemera.
Here are some close-ups:

Have a great week and thanks for visiting my blog today!

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Story of Today - Kraft Plus may challenge

Have you checked out the new Kraft + challenge blog yet? It is a really fun site with a very talented design team and some gret challenges to play along with. Here is the May challenge board and my take on it. The row of books reminded me of this sheet of paper from Kaisercraft which made a perfect kraft background for my page 'the Story of Today'. I was also inspired by the 3-up photo frame and the colours in the board.
The photos were taken when my daughter and her best friend were kayaking together. Sophie had spent the night at Emmas house to celebrate Emmas 10th birthday. When it was time for me to pick her up neither girl had had enough so Emmas dad offered to take them kayaking. As you can see from the photos they had a great time and it really was the perfect end to the birthday party.

When I use a kraft background I love to contrast it with very bright colours which really pop from the page. These oranges and yellows were perfect.

I hope that you have time to visit the Kraft Plus blog this month and try out this awesome challenge. Have a great weekend !

Monday, May 11, 2015

My Girl - Scrap Around the World May challenge

Here is the May challenge board from Scrap Around the World and my take on it. I was inspired by the girlie colours and beautiful pink roses on the board which reminded me right away of this paper from Kaisercraft's 'All that Glitters" collection. The black trouser pattern also lead to the black lace background of my layout.
The photo that I used was inspired by my good friend Lizzy Hill. It was one of her favs from the photos that I took on our recent trip to Europe. I love it too. My little daughter Sophie is all dressed up for dinner in Paris. She bought the hat from a street vendor at Sacre Coeur earlier that day and begged her big sister to loan her the coat (which matched to hat so well). She looks like a real little french girl. The porcelein doll (Mary Margaret) that never left her arms for the entire trip just added to the effect. Aren't little girls just adorable?

For this page I wanted a very girlie, romantic look. I stamped and inked my background papers then fussy cut and layered elements from various papers in the 'All that Glitters' collection. I painted the chipboard frame black - it reminded me of the black wrought iron railings that are such a feature of Paris.

I used a variety of tags, labels, string and a polaroid-style frame offcut to make the fun banner in the upper left corner of the page.
Thanks for taking the time to look at my page today. Do check out the Scrap Around the World blog and have a go yourself at this cool challenge. They have an amazing design team and there is a ton of inspiration to be had over there. Have a great week!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Our Eurostar Day - CSI DT 164

Check out this awesome case file from CSI.  I have a stack of photos waiting to be scrapped from our recent trip to Europe and these are the first of them - perfect for the transport theme of this challenge.
We took the Eurostar train from Paris to London. The kids were a little disappointed that we couldn't see out of the tunnel as it went under the sea but otherwise we had a great trip. From the evidence list I chose wet media and clouds and I journaled about our transport choice to satisfy the testimony criteria.
Here are some close ups of my page:

Have a great week - and do check out our challenge over at CSI. We would love to see your take on this weeks case file :)

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