Saturday, December 13, 2014

Love This - CSI 14

Here is the new challenge from CSI and my take on it for the CSI design team.
I love these colours - they look so good together. The sketch is a little hard but I used it as inspiration for the design of my page and I as very pleased with how it worked out.
The photos are special to me because Benji has only just discovered the joys of reading for himself. He struggled to pick up the basics of written language, until we had his eyes tested and found that he needs to wear glasses all the time. Since he got his new glasses his reading ability has just skyrocketed. He loves to snuggle up to mum or dad and read his readers aloud.
From the evidence list I chose a multimedia background and string/yarn.

For my journaling I used 'Paper Wishes' for inspiration. I chose to document 'a new beginning' which I interpreted as the emergence of Benjis new reading skills :)

If you haave a little time over the silly season we would love to see your interpretation of our challenge! Have a fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Together as Graduates - Sketchabilities

I am a HUGE fan of Sketchabilities and just couldn't go past their current sketch. I love all the background detial and I tried to stick close to the sketch whilst really going to town with my inks, stamps and paint!
My eldest daughter graduated from high school this month and is officially a young adult! I took this cute photo of natalie and 3 of her best friends at the school leaving dinner last week. These girls have been friends for all of their high school years and I sincerely hope that they remain so for many years to come!

The title word 'Together' is part of the Maggie Holmes 'Open Book' collection. If you haven't seen this collection you should check it out. It is really awesome!!! I have used rub-ons from the same collection on this page.

This is a great challenge to try out if you are looking for a little 'me' time in the hectic days up to Xmas!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Toontown - Off the Rails December Challenge

Life has been crazy busy around here for the last few weeks. My girls are keen dancers and have been rehearsing full on for their end of year shows. I feel like a full time taxi driver! Poor little Benji just has to tag along and make the best of it. He is such a good little man.
It has been a while since I was able to do a challge 'just because'. I had a few spare hours yesterday evening and this morning so I indulged myself with this cool mood board from 'Off the Rails' scrapbooking.
Now the colours are not my usual 'go to' colours but they look so good together and matched my photos so well. The theme is 'something Christmassy' and at first glance this page does not seem at all Christmassy. But the trip to Disneyland was my gift to myself and my kids last Christmas. We booked the trip to co-incide with the Disneyland half marathon weekend (my gift to myself as I love running!) and, ofcourse, the kids got to come along as my cheer squad. I think it is a Christmas present that they will remember for ever!!!
I sprayed and inked my background with watered down white acrylic paint and stayz-on ink. I drew the circle element freehand using an 'Inktense' water colour pencil. I added a spritz of water to the circles and let the resultant colour pool and drip down my page - fun!!!

My papers and embellishments are mainly from Kaisercraft. I love the ephemera bags that accompany all the Kaisercraft collections. They are great for adding all those little details that spice up a page.

Thanks for takoing the time to look at my page today. Do head over to 'Off the Rails' and check out the december mood boards (there are two to choose from) for yourself !

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Really Happy Training with the Big Boys - STBs December challenge

Here is my DT page for Decembers 1,2,3 Challenge Blog challenge. This one could be used to showcase those Christmas photos that we will all take hundreds of this month, but I chose to use it to scrap a few photos that I took recently at my sons' summer soccer game. All three of my 'big' boys play on the same team and their little brother Benji loves to go along to watch them and to join in the warm up. The boys always welcome him into their midst and he just loves being the centre of attention.
Because I wanted to tell the story I used a multi-photo format for my page.

My papers are from the awesome 'Crate Paper - Open Book' collection which I love. I used the challenge word 'Really' as part of my title. 

I tucked several tags behind my photo clusters and added some handwritten journaling to complete the look.

You can see the other DT members pages here - there are some amazing examples for you to admire and to inspire you to join us this month and create your own page with our criteria!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Happy Advent!!! - Cake Art STB's December DT page

This months challenge over at scrap the boys is a sketch challenge. You can use any theme so long as you are inspired by our sketch and you page is 'boy' orientated.
Recently I took Benji to the local cafe to get a hot chocolate. He was delighted when the lady bought him this cute mug decorated to look just like him. He insisted that I took a photo before he drank any.
I used papers and ephemera from the new 'Off the Wall' collection by Kaisercraft. This paper line is gorgeous for all things 'boy'. I stamped and inked over the background papers to add even more 'grunge'.

I used some cool items from the ephemera bag that co-ordinates with the set and a 'Thickers' title. As I usually do I hand wrote my journaling to complete the page.

I hope that you have time over the busy season to join us at Scrap the Boys and try out this sketch challenge yourself. Have a great first week of December!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Our Cute Pirate - CSI 147

Its sketch week at CSI. I love working with sketches and Emma Stafrace's sketches are among the very best! This one is no exception. Here is my page for the CSI design team.
I wasn't keen to cut up these photos into circles so I used other circular elements as embellishments.
I went with a dark background to make my photos really 'pop'. I find that white spray ink is often not opaque enough to give a good covering over a dark cardstock so for this page I used watered down acrylic paint in white and pale blue. When the paint had dried I randomly misted over it with dark blue spray ink, added some strips of washi tape and some of my favourite stamps. I really like the grungy, masculine effect that resulted.

I took the photos of Benji last week. He had persuaded me to buy him a pirate outfit from the local $2 store and played dress-ups with his sister all afternoon. He had so much fun out of this simple purchase - and looked so darned cute!

From the evidence list I used circles, stamps and something stacked. I used 365 questions as my journaling prompt. the question was 'How did you play today?' - perfect I thought!
Do join us for this challenge at CSI - there are some great prizes up for grabs and guest DT spots too!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

All grown Up - Scrap Around the World November challenge

I love the November mood board at SATW is just lovely. I was really inspired by the rainbow of coloured flowers and the vintage music paper.
I had wanted to create a rainbow effect background with my watercolour pencils for a while now and this seemed like a good opportunity to get them out and have a play. I took out a combination of colours - based on the flowers in the mood board and coloured a random rainbow diagonally across my music script background paper. When the colour was completely dry I used a chevron mask and texture paste to add a little detail to the background. A little stamping finished to look.

I built up layers beneath my photo using offcuts of papers and inking the edges. I added some stickers, rub-ons and other details from the awesome Crate paper 'Open Book' collection.

A 'Thickers' title and s little hand-written journaling completed my page. Thanks for the inspiration SATW!

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