Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Oh Happy Day - sept 15th reveal Stuck? Sketches



Check out this awesome multiphoto sketch from Stuck? sketches. It was perfect for getting more of my holiday photos scrapped. The page above is my take for the Stuck design team. One of the highlights (at least for Natalie - my 17 year old daughter and myself) of our vacation was a trip to Hollywood and Santa Monica beach. These photos were taken as we strolled along the Santa Monica pier area just soaking up the sights.

My papers are a mix of Echo Park and October Afternoon. The midway ephemera were from an older OA collection and were perfect for this theme.

I cut my title from a piece of patterned paper - love the brush stroke look. I kept the embellishments to a minimum as the page was quite busy anyway. 


Hope that you can join us this week over at 'Stuck? sketches and we would love to see you take on this cool sketch. Have a great week :)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

We're Off! - Once Upon a Sketch Sept Challenge





Once again I couldn't go past the 'Once Upon a Sketch' challenge. I love this cool sketch and the challenge to use handwriting on the page was 'made for me'.
I chose these two photos from the very beginning of our trip (hard to believe that it was less than 3 weeks ago!) Benji looks so cute on the travellator with his little wheelie suitcase and pillow-pet. He didn't walk for very long though - preferring to travel in leisure in the stroller with Natalie pushing and Sophie pulling both his and her own cases!
I used Kaisercraft's 'Now Boarding' collection for this page as it was the obvious choice for airport photos.


I had the little 2Crafty Mickey Mouse chippie pieces in my stash and as we were travelling to Disneyland they made the perfect embellishment. I simply painted them black and outlined them with white gel pen.

I handwrote my story directly onto the background with a black gel pen.
Hope you are having a great weekend - the dreary Auckland rain is a bit of a shock for us after the beautiful California sunshine! Hmmm I wonder if there are any jobs going at Disney - I know that Natalie would love to be a 'Princess' :)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Dream Come true - CSI 139 and Scrap Around the World






Another three photos (out of the 1500+) that I took on our recent Disney trip scrapped!! The kids were enchanted by 'Pixie Hollow' and were thrilled to meet Tinkerbelle and Iridessa
I used the CSI colors and gorgeous sketch for this page and took my inspiration from the current mood board at 'Scrap Around the World'
I loved the CSI sketch so I kept fairly close to it. I used a mix of older papers as well as some current October Afternoon ones. I sprayed blue ink onto baking paper and laid my page on top to soak up the ink. This gives a soft, water colour effect.


From the evidence list I chose clouds and butterflies and I used the inspiration word 'two' for my journaling.


 I had fun adding lots of little magical bits (sequines, stars, glitter etc) to complete the page. My title is a 2Crafty phrase that I modified to suit my page.
Hope you have time to try out both these challenges for yourself. There are lots of great prizes to be won!

Monday, September 8, 2014

He is One of a Kind - STB's September challenge


This months challenge at Scrap the Boys is to make a page showing the 'domesticated' side of the men in your life. Cool eh?
My son Adam loves to cook and he (and his lovely girlfriend, Isabel) treat us all to a gourmet meal during our annual summer holiday together. This has become a bit of an anticipated tradition in our family. This photo that I took of him making his delicious apple crumble was perfect for my design team page for the STB challenge.
My papers are a combination of Echo Park's gorgeous 'Capture Life' collection and some October Afternoon remnants.


I used a mix of different alphas to spell out my title in an interesting way - this is also a good way to use up some of those left over letters that we all have in our stash!


Hope that you have had a good start to your week and that you will find time to check out our challenge at STB's.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sweet Memories - 'Stuck' sketches Sept 1st sketch




Well, a little late but we just got back from out fantastic trip to Los Angeles last night - but here is my page for this months 'Stuck' sketches.
We were lucky enough to receive some gorgeous product from 'ScrapMatts' to work with. The gorgeous chipboard circles that I received matched the sketch perfectly and the beautiful butterflies were a pleasure to incorporate into my design. I coloured them with gelatos, inked the edges and added a coat of dimensional magic for that glossy look.
Here is a wee close-up:


This sketch is such a fun one to use - great for using up all those strips of patterned paper that we all have lying around in out stash!
Hope you can join us this month over at Stuck - do check out the inspiration over there it is truly amazing!!!
Off to unpack and start on the mountain of post-vacation washing :(


Friday, August 22, 2014

Intro 1 Today - GD for Crazy Monday Kit and 'Sketchabilities'



Here is my final page for 'Crazy Monday' kits. I used the current sketch over at 'Sketchabilities' as the basis for this page. I took the photos last weekend when my little son Benji did his first ever jazz dance exam. he wasn't a bit nervous (as you an see) and enjoyed showing me his 'air guitar' technique for his main dance!!! 
 I can honestly say that I have used up every scrap of paper from the kit but I still have some embellishments left for future pages :) I sprayed my background cardstock  through a Tim Holtz sunburst mask and added some blotches and drops.  Once again I piled up left over pieces of patterned paper and vellum to mat my photos.
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I created a title using a miscellaneous collection of die-cut letters from the kit and mini-alphas that I had in my stash. I mounted them all onto a tag from the 'Crate Paper' miscellany bag. I painted the word 'today' from the 'Studio Calico' wood veneers with black distress paint then drew on faux stitching with a white gel pen.


Finally I hand wrote my story onto a journaling card and added a little stamping to complete the page.
I hope that I have managed to inspire you to have a look at the awesome 'Crazy Monday' kits - they really are crammed full of goodies - easily enough for 3 or 4 layouts (more if you don't layer elements quite as much as I do!). A huge thanks to you Annelie for the opportunity to guest design for you this month!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

& Dreams do Come True


 Here is the third page that I have done using Annelie Maddock's awesome August 'Crazy Monday' kit - Stars & Words & Things. 
I really love the look of the triangle Kraft paper and used it as my background - with a few ink splatters and stamps added for extra interest.
Again I used the ephemera pack to build up clusters of interesting elements, both in the corners of my page and around my photo. This really is a quick and easy way to pull a page together. All the mixing and matching has been already done - all you have to do is choose what you want to put on your page and where :)


I used a journaling card from the ephemera kit to hold my story. I changed the sentiment on it to match my page. I often cover irrelevant pre-printed words or phrases with mini-alphas or other stickers/die-cuts to personalise tags to match my page.


I made my title using a combination of elements. The word 'dreams' was cut from patterned paper. I used gold thickers washed with white distress paint to spell 'true' and the cool wood ampersand was coloured with a gelato pen.

Hope you are having a great week.

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