Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Silly Gifts from Holiday - Stuck sketches mid-month challenge

As soon as I saw this sketch from Stuck? sketches I knew that it was meant for me. Sometimes I see a sketch and I can immediately envision what my page will look like when finished and this was one of those occasions. Laura's sketches are always fantastic!!!
Anyway, I had this series of photos waiting to be scrapped and they were perfect for this layout design. Jaime, my adult son, bought back these brightly coloured animal whistles for his little siblings when he visited Mexico earlier this year. The kids absolutely loved them and spent many happy hours in the garden trying to mimic birds and other animals.
I kept very close to the sketch - after all why change something that works so well? The papers that I used are from October Afternoon. Here are a couple of close-ups:

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog today - have a great week!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Jazz Exam - CSI 176 and Kraft +

This month I combined my design team take on CSI 176 with the awesome September challenge sketch at Kraft Plus. Here is my page for both.

The photo was taken a couple of weeks ago at my little sons jazz dance exam. He was the only boy in his group and looked really cute sitting with the little girls in his exam class. 
I think he really enjoyed the whole experience ! 

From the CSI evidence list I used a mixed media background.I stamped my triangles in two different shades of brown to give them a 'corrugated cardboard' look. I also used music paper, and tearing. I journaled about Benjis hobby 'dance' - which is 'something that he does for entertainment'

The Kraft + sketch was great for this page design and I used Kraft music paper for the background.
Thanks for visiting my blog and have a great weekend !

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Love is all you Need - SATW September challenge

Above is the new mood board at Scrap Around the World and my take on it. I loved the wood elements and the brown and pink colour scheme which I incorporated into my page.
The photo that I chose is a favourite of mine. Benjis best friend at school is a little girl called Ariana. They adore each other and both say that they are going to be married when they grow up. So cute! This snapshot was taken at the kids soccer match. They play on the same team but this week Benji was sidelined with a broked foot. He still insisted on going down to the club and watching his friend play. 
I chose a woodgrain background paper and stamped, inked and splattered with white acrylic paint. I find that watered down paint gives a more opaque finish on dark backgrounds compared with spray ink. 

I used a plethora of random tags and miscellany to matt my photo an make it 'pop' from the page. I was inspired by the twine on the mood board to make a feature of the coiled twine attached to my 'girlie' tag. 
I wanted to tell the story of this photo - (it will be great to bring out on Benjis 21st I think ) so I used strips of patterned paper and handwrote directly onto them. 

Thanks for a great challenge SATW - I really enjoyed this one!

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!

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