Monday, June 29, 2015

You're just Plain Wonderful - csi 168

Check out this awesome challenge from CSI. This page was supposed to be my DT page but I had computer trouble and did not manage to load it on time. So, better late than never - here it is :)
The photos were taken on Adam's 21st birthday in May this year. We had a family celebration on the actual day and delayed his big celebration until just recently (to avoid university commitments). The pictures that I chose for this page were just a few of my favourite candid shots taken on the day. I thought that a grid design would be a fun way to arrange them

From the evidence list I chose balloons and stripes in addition to the grid pattern. I journaled about the happy family celebration that we had (extra journaling is hidden on a tag tucked under the main photo).

Hope that you have time to check out this challenge - there are some really great prizes up for grabs!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Everyday Love - Sketchabilities 141

Again 'Sketchabilities' have come up with a fantastic sketch challenge. I LOVE the sketches that Karan creates - they re so detailed and I feel they complement my scrapping style so well.
I took this candid photo of my eldest son and youngest daughter at  my other son, Adam's 21st birthday celebration at our place. I love how happy and relaxed they look just enjoying the evening together.
I love the look of white paint on kraft cardstock and for this look I used watered down acryllic paint in an old ink spray bottle. I inked and stencilled on top of the paint for a 'grungy' look. I kept the rest of my papers and embellishments neutral except for the one pink flower at the side of my photo. I accidently dropped this onto my page as I was putting it together and really liked the way it drew my eye to the photo. So I left it there :)

Thanks for taking the time to visit my page today. I hope that you are all enjoying that 'Friday' feeling and looking forward to the weekend :) Tomorrow is going to be busy for us. Sophie is taking a master class with the Royal NZ Ballet at 8am and Benji has his first soccer tournament at the same time. Talk about being torn in two directions!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Its Homework Time! - Scrap the Boys June Challenge

As most of you who visit my blog will know I am a sucker for a good sketch - and this months challenge at Scrap the Boys is a great multiphoto sketch. How could I go past this one? 
The photos that I chose are an adorable trio of candid shots that
I took recently whilst Benji was doing his homework. He is the sort of kid that wears his emotions on his face and these photo really did tell the story well.
I love making grungy arty backgrounds and I had a blast with this one! I combined some of my favourite spray inks with a couple of my favourite masks. My papers and stickers are exclusively October Afternoon - mainly 'Treasure Map and 'Public Library'. 

I love these black brushstroke 'Thickers' for a bold title - they are so striking and seem to match this mixed media style of scrapbooking well.

Hope you are having a great start to the week - Its a wet Monday here in Auckland :)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Love, Love, Love - CSI #167

The newest CSI challenge went live today. Here is my take on it for the design team. I have to admit that these colours were a challenge for me. I dont usually scrap with purples and I was tempted to pass on this. Im glad that I didn't though as I really liked the colour scheme once I got started on it. 
These photos from the 'Disney Dreams' laser and firework show in Disneyland Paris were begging to be scrapped for this challenge. I used my trusty starburst stencil and purple spray ink and set about on the background. 

To fulfil the evidence requirements I chose circles and map elements which I punched out to make embellishments.

One of the journaling options was a lift up flap to hide journaling. I used a brad to create this effect - the journaling circle simply rotates around the brad. 
Hope you have time to try out this one yourself - there are a ton of awesome prizes to be won !!! Check them out here
Have a great weekend :)

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Smitten - Kraft Plus June Challenge

Here is my take on the June Kraft + challenge - It is a bit of a tricky one in that one of the criteria is 'animal print' which I have absolutely none of in my stash. I really liked the rest of the challenge though so I thought outside the square and raided my little son's origami box. I found the perfect piece of zebra striped paper in a book about paper plane making. The hardest part was trying to hide what I had done from Benji - who is very protective of his origami papers!!!
Anyway I chose the only 'wild' (ish) photo that I could find in my recent stash. benji is cuddling a big stone lion statue on the Champs Elysee in Paris.
I used white acrylic paint watered down in a spray bottle to splatter across my background cardstock. I kept to a black and white colour palate because I wanted my photo to remain the focus of the page
 and the pattern in the paper was already very busy.

The funky chippie circle element was left over from my time on the 2Crafty DT. I used gold paster to colour it and inked the edges a little to give it an 'antiqued' look.

Have a great weekend - we will have a quiet one this week as we have a sick little boy (poor Benji has croup and is a bit miserable this morning).

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Believe - Scrap Around the World June Challenge

Check out the new mood board from Scrap Around the World. It's filled with potential! I was inspired by the chevrons - I adore chevrons -  and the gorgeous pastal colours. I also love the brush-stroke letters in the quote and tried to reproduce them in the card that I used for my title.
I used up the last pieces of my gold velum paper to add a gold chevron background to my page. You will probably notice that it is similar in design to the LO below - multi-tasking :) I often 'scraplift' my own pages when I want to put together a LO in a hurry of when I particularly like a design element (in this case the gold striped vellum paper!).  I chose one of my all time favourite photos of Sophie and Benji in front of Sleeping Beauty's castle in Disneyland Paris. Look at the colour of the sky - it was a glorius spring day. The kids were dressed up as Elsa and Peter Pan and were so happy to be at their favourite place on earth.  Looking at the picture brings back a flood of happy memories for me - as well as a little nostalgia. I know it has only been two months since we were there but already I miss Europe. I have lived in NZ for over 25 years now and I really do love it. But, a piece of my heart will always be in England.
OK enough rambling back to my page. I used lots of ephemera from different collections and my project life stash to matt my photo. I found a perfect title - 'Believe' brush stroked in gold on a project life journaling card.

The two gold stars are a nod to Benjis Peter Pan outfit - the second star to the right and all that!

The Scrap around the World blog has an amazing design team with heaps of inspiration to be had -  and much eye candy to drool over. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Littlest Family mamber - CSI June Challenge

If you have a little spare time to craft and want to try out an awesome challenge look no further than 123 Challenge blog's June challenge. Whats not to love about gold, stitching and a 'family' theme.
I love this snapshot of my son's puppy Loulou about to 'kiss' Sophie. The look on her face is priceless. Little Loulou has bought such a lot of joy into our home - she really has become part of the family.
The papers and ephemera that I have used for this page are mainly from 'Crate Paper' and 'Studio Calico'. I love the gold striped vellum that I used for my corners (it looks much better in real life as it is very hard to photograph it without reflections).
Here are a couple more close ups:

Hope you are having a great Wednesday - it is a gorgeous sunny, crisp winter day here in auckland - perfect running weather!

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