Saturday, March 14, 2015

Smile be Happy - CSI 158

Its time for a new challenge at CSI. Here is my take on case 158 for the CSI design team. 
The colours are really soft and sweet. I knew I wanted a girlie theme but this photo of my little girl taken over two years ago just jumped out at me. She was lying in bed one evening waiting for her bedtime story. When I came into the room this is how she looked. She was totally in her own little world enjoying her music! So cute!

From the evidence list I used misting/splatters, string and stitching (those faux stitched circles).  I journalled directly onto my background to fulfil the journaling criteria.

Do hop over the CSI blog here and enjoy the work of the other DT members. We would LOVE for you to play along this week.

Oh and dont forget that CSI are holding a design team call right now. Why not apply? we'd love to see you on the team!!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

I Love to see you so Happy and Captivated - 123 Challenge Blog design team page

The new challenge from 123 Challenge Blog is live here. This is my page for the design team.
The photos that I used are not especially 'good' photos but I really love how they epitomised a big part of summer 2015 for Benji. At almost 6 he was going through a 'remote controlled vehicle' phase. He will play for hours with his collection of cars, trucks and remote controlled insects! The 'amphibias vehicle' in the photos is one of his favourites. It will go on land and in water too. He loves to 'drive' it in the play pool that we bought for Christmas. I love how these photos capture the concentration on his little face as he sits cross legged on the outside dining table to control his truck!

The colour and the word 'see' are easy to find in my page but the embossing is a little trickier. Can you find it? I heat embossed the blue colour onto the arrows and little sail boat for that lovely glossy finish.

I used some of my 'project life' cards instead of patterned paper for this page. I like to save some of my favourite designs for my regular scrapbook pages.
Hope that you can come along to 123 Challenge blog and try out our challenge some time this month. Have a great week!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Happy Days - Scrap Around the World and Sketchabilities

New challenges for a new month YAY!!!! Here is my take on the awesome Scrap Around the World mood board combined with the new sketch at Sketchabilities. I LOVE chevrons so I was immediately inspired by the chevron coat hooks on the SATW mood board. I recreated the look on my page using chipboard chevrons from 2Crafty painted the same aqua colour. I also loved the mood board colours and incorporated them into my page along with a lot of purple to tie in my photo. Finally I love the pencil line 'robot' plans on the mood board and I added some pencil and gel pen details to my background work.
The photo of Jaime and his gorgeous girlfriend Cindy was taken a few weeks ago at the 'Color Run'. We had a great day with the whole family getting covered in paint and thoroughly grubby! This photo was one of our favourites from the day as it really reflects the mood of the event. 

I had a blast making this background! I used masks and texture paste, spray inks, stamps, water colour pencils, gelatos etc... The photo mat is mainly washi tape and patterned paper strips with a variety of embellishments added for interest.
Do check out both these challenges - there are fab prizes up for grabs. Have a fantastic weekend :)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

This makes me ridiculously happy! - CSI 156

Check out the latest challenge from CSI. Isn't it a lovely feminine colour combo? Here is my take on it for the CSI design team. 
The photo is a favourite of ours from this summer. My son and daughter are in the kiddie pool together having a laugh. As my background is quite busy I printed the photo out in a larger size and used a mass of tangled black thread to help make the image 'pop'.

From the evidence list I chose text print, leaves, stamps, and a mixed media background. I journaled on a hand-made journaling spot to fulfil the journaling requirement. 

Hope that you have time to play along with this challenge. There are lots of great prizes up for grabs from 2Crafty, Cherry on the Top and Flying Unicorn.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Kraft Plus Challenge - Guest designing for Chantal Vandenberg

Its a new month again - seriously didn't we just have Christmas? Time for new challenges and I was lucky enough to be invited to guest design for the awesome Chantal Vandenberg over at the fabulous new chalenge blog 'Kraft +' 

Chantal sent me some of her cute embellishments to use on my page - I used her denim hearts, felt balloon and that adorable little Xmas tree. If you enter the challenge over at K+ you too can win this pack of Chantals goodies:

The photo on my page is very special to us. My son Adam and his girlfriend Isabel bought a puppy for Christmas. Little Loulou is just adorable and already very much a part of our family. She really was the best Christmas present ever! Here are a couple of close up shots showing Chantals embellishments a little clearer. Aren't they cool?!

Have a fantastic week and do check out this new Kraft + challenge here and Chantals blog here and her etsy store here So much inspiration to be had!

Friday, February 27, 2015

You Make my heart Sing - Stuck? Feb challenge

Loved this sketch from 'Stuck? sketches' and couldn't resist giving it a go! I was on the 'Stuck' design team for a couple of years and when I stepped down earlier this year (because of family comitments) I really missed Lauras awesome challenges!
I flipped this sketch to match the orientation of my photo. It is just a happy snap taken on our summer holiday in Omapere a few weeks ago but I really love it. I 'went to town' inking, spraying and stamping my background before layering on my papers and embellishments. I kept the colours light and bright to match the mood of the picture.

I used a mixture of stickers and 'thickers' for my title - I really love these black 'brush stroke' thickers from American Craft. They make each title a feature of the page and seem to match most layout styles.

Have a great weekend - thanks for visiting my blog today!!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Week 8 - Life Zesters

Project lifers out there have you discovered the challenge blog 'life zesters' ? It is a fun challenge site where you can share your pocket pages and enter them into great monthly challenges. This month the challenge is to 'use wood' on your spread.
I have lots of wooden embellishments and this was an excellent opportunity to crack into them. here is 'Week 8' of my 2015 album:

If you like clean, uncluttered project life LOs then mine are probably not your cup of tea. I tend to use as many photos as I can for my spreads and journal about all the little quirks and adventures that make up our day to day life. I don't spend too much time stressing over colour matching and finding the perfect embellishment because I know that when I look back on my albums it is the photos and journaling that I love to reminisce about. My PL albums are also a great place to use up those odds and ends that are too cute to throw away but which probably wouldn't get used on a traditional page.
Here are some close-ups of the wooden items that I used:

Hope you have time to head over to the Life Zester's blog and check out their challenges!

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