Thursday, September 3, 2015

A Happy memory - CSI 174

This is my page for CSI's current challenge (174). It was supposed to be ready for the design team reveal but my little son broke his foot jumping from the school playground and I didn't get to finish it any where near in time. So, here it is - better late than never!
This page is a little different from my usual. I was browsing the work of one of my favourite scrapbook artists - Napur Patel and realized how much I loved her minimalistic style. It is really great to showcase a single photo printed in a small size. I was inspired to have a go myself and really like how it turned out - thanks Napur :)
The photo is a single shot of Adam and his lovely girlfriend Isabel taken at his 21st earlier this year. They both look so happy and were having so much fun.

The CSI colours were perfect for the photo. I used chevrons and travel themed ephemera from the evidence list and journaled about Adams special day held at our local village pub - the Malt House. There is more journaling on the back of the page.

Thanks for looking at my page today. Do check out CSI's reveal here. We would love to see your takes on this challenge - there are some really great prized up for grabs (as always at CSI!).

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Tiny Super Stars - CSI September challenge - DT page

Happy September everybody!!!! The first day of spring here in NZ and it is pouring with rain!
On a positive note dont you just love all the new challenges that the first of the month brings? Here is the new challenge for September from 123 Challenge blog and my take on it for the DT. 
The photo that I used is a blast from the past! My daughter Natalie is one of the 14 or so dwarfs in her dance school's recital. It is was taken about 12 years ago. 
I began by creating a burgundy background using my water colour crayons. Unfortunately I then went on to cover up most of the burgundy with my photo stack!!! I hope there is just enough showing to satisfy the challenge :)

Natalie is the third from the left in the front row - she is so cute and always did love to be the centre of attention! A lot of the miscellaneous tags and die cuts on this page are left overs from past October Afternoon collections.

As usual I handwrote my journaling on the background cardstock. This is my 'go to' method of recording the story for no other reason than it is quick and easy!
Hope that you can join us this month in our fun challenge. Hope that you will have a great month!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Good Life - Scrap Around the World August challenge

Here is the August mood board from Scrap Around the World. I was inspired by the beach theme, the colours and the footprints in the sand. It is a really fun board and I have a stack of holiday photos to scrap. I chose this photo of my girls on Brighton Beach. They had never experienced anything like a typical English seasode town before and they were smitten by the sights, smells and new experiences!

I used a scallop mask to apply texture paste to my background paper. It reminded me of the waves but my daughter Natalie said that it reminded her of fish scales. Either way it was a great match for the theme of my page.

The papers and embellishments that I used were mainly from Kaiserkraft's 'Sandy toes' collection. I found the chippie lighthouse in my stash from my days on the 2Crafty design team. I painted it and stamped on the brick design. Here ar some close-ups:

Thanks for visiting my blog today and looking at my page :)

Monday, August 10, 2015

This is What its all about - Scrap the Girls August challenge

I love the gold and pink colours of this months Scrap the Girls mood board, paired with the dark blue. I found this stunning photo of my sons girlfriend Cindy on facebook and I decided that it just had to be scrapped!
The gorgeous background paper is from 13Arts and I splattered some diluted white acrylic paint over the whole page. I used scraps of left over pink and gold papers to make an interesting mat under the photo and added detail with fussing cut butterflies, flowers and other random ephemera.
Here are some close up shots :

Thanks for looking at my page and have a great Monday!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

We Love NEMO - CSI design team page for challenge 172

Check out the newest challenge at CSI - its sketch ime again and this is a really fun sketch to play with!
For my design team take I took the opportunity to scrap some of my hundreds of holiday photos. These ones were taken at the NEMO kids science museum in Amsterdam. We had a fantastic day enjoying all that it had to offer. There was so much to do and see. Some of the highlights were standing inside giant soap bubbles, doing experiments in a real working laboratory and Sophie got to be the scientists assistant and set off a chain reaction wich lasted for about 5 minutes!
I chose 6 of my favourite photos for my grid design. I adhered fairly closely to the sketch and tweaked the colours (especially the blue) a little to match my photos.
From the evidence list I used wet medium and string. I journaled about our day trip to NEMO. Here are a couple of close-up shots of my page :

I hope that you head over to the CSI blog here and join in with our challenge. There are heaps of inspirational pages to browse through and some amazing prizes to be had - check out the prizes here.
Have a fantastic weekend!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Precious Memories - 123 challenge blog's August challenge

The  123 Challenge blog has a new challenge for August. Here is my take on it for their design team. Check out the details and the other DT members awesome takes on the challenge criteria here on their blog.
My son Jaime recently returned from a fantastic holiday in Mexico and took hundreds of amazing photos. These are just a couple from his collection. I received the flowers and chipboard from 13 Arts as part of a prizepack that I was lucky enough to win and they were just perfect for this page. I especially love the pink stems/buds alpng the side of my photos - they look very 'desert like' :)

Here is a close up of my background inking.
Hope that you have time to take part in our challenge this month - we would love to see your take on these criteria!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

New Friends - Sketchabilities #144

Another awesome sketch from 'Sketchabilities' !!! Seriously they just get better each month!
This time I flipped the sketch 90 degrees to suit the orientation of my photos. I really love this batch of pictures that I took in Amsterdam. The kids were feeding the pigeons at the 'Dam' square. There was a guy there giving away free bird seeds to all the children and it really was one of the highlights of their trip. The birds were so tame - they perched on the childrens hands, shoulders, and even heads.
My background paper is from 13 Arts and it was part of a fantastic prize pack that I got for placing 2nd at last month's Scrap Around the World challenge!

Here are some detail shots:

Have a great week and thanks for taking time out of your busy day to visit my blog !

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