Sunday, January 25, 2015

Today - CSI 153



Sharing my design team take on this weeks CSI reveal. 
I really love this candid photo of Adam playing board games with his little brother and sister on holiday in Omapere this January. The CSI colours were perfect to complement the photo - which i enhanced using 'instagram'. 


From the evidence list I chose labels, drips and border punch. I wrote a top 5 list of our favourite holiday activities to fulfil the journaling requirements 


Hope that you have time to head over to the CSI blog this month and have a try at this awesome challenge. There are great prizes to be won! A2Z Scrapbooking is our January sponsor and we have awesome prizes from our regular sponsors Flying Unicorn and Scrapbook Fantasies

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Great family Pool Jump - Off the Rails January challenge





How could I go past this gorgeous summer mood board from Off the Rails Scrapbooking?  I have so many holiday photos waiting to be scrapped that it would have been a crime not to do this challenge.
The photo of the people jumping into the air together reminded me at once of a family tradition that we have developed over the years. Sometime during our annual vacation together all the kids will line up along the pool side, hold hands and leap into the water together. It makes for a great photo!


I used a background sheet of paper from Crate Paper's DIY collection which I inked and stamped to give a water colour effect. I am loving this new chevron background stamp that I recently acquired - just what I needed - more chevrons!!!


I used lots of ephemera from various maufacturers around my photo - which I printed large (8" x 5.5") as I think that it really needed to be a decent size to show the details in the photo (like the expressions on the boys faces and the way that Benji actually didn't jump upwards at all - rather he just got dragged off the poolside and straight into the pool ).
awesome and make for very eye catching titles!

Now for a page that my little 10 year old daughter Sophie-Kate made. She was watching me do my page using the Off the Rails mood board above and she asked if she could have a go too. Here is the page that she designed all by herself! I thought that her use of my stamps is really cool! She loved the colours on the board and also the summer theme. This year Sophie's adult brother and his girlfriend bought a puppy for Christmas and I think that Loulou has been the highlight of Sophie's summer - hence the page about the new doggie!


Thanks for visiting my blog today - hope you are having a great weekend and enjoying the glorious summer weather if you are here in New Zealand!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Leap of Faith - Kreative Koncepts sketch challenge

Check out this cool sketch from Kreative Koncepts.  I have so many holiday photos to sketch that when I saw a 4-photo page I was immediately hooked!
I chose this set of photos taken from a day that we spent at a water hole in the forest. The older kids had a blast jumping from the river banks into the water.
I used the gorgeous 'Sandy toes' collection from Kaisercraft for my page as the colours were perfect for my watery theme. I layered assorted paper pieces on my background paper then I swiped white gesso across the lot to give a distressed, beach bleached look. I built up the texture using a stencil and texture paste, then inked and stamped over the whole page after the paste had thoroughly dried.


I added my photos, a title using 'thickers' and journaling strips to tell the story of our day.


I added little clusters of rub-ons, stickers and veneers to highlight my photos.


Thanks for visiting my blog - I hope that I have inspired you to try out this sketch and make a dent in that pile of 'to scrap' photos that I know you all have waiting for attention!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Lucky Us! - Sketchabilities and WW1 January challenges




This month Sketchabilities have joined up with White with One for their January challenge. So you get to play with this gorgeous sketch using only white and blue (a little blak is also allowed for accenting.
Here is my take. I love this photo of myself and my younger kiddies taken soon after we arrived in Omapere - the far north of New Zealand where we always take an annual family holiday. The beach and hotel are both stunningly beautiful and we all look forward to our week together in paradise all year round. 
The paper collections that I used for this page were a combination of Kaisercrafts 'Off the Wall' and 'Sandy Toes' - also from Kaisercraft.  The blues were perfect for the WW1 challenge and the embellishments in the co-ordinating 'miscellany' bags were great for a beach/holiday theme.


I had a blast inking, stamping and stencilling my background paper. I think this is my favourite part of making layouts :) I hand-drew the circle elements with my 'Inktense' water colour pencils and liberally applied water over the pencil lines allowing them to dribble and drip down the page.



Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to visit my blog. Hope that your new year is off to a great start!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Life Is: - Scrap Around the World's January challenge




I couldn't go past the January challenge from Scrap Around the World. It was the quote that caught my eye. It reminded me at once of one of my biggest challenges as a mother - letting go of my children and allowing them to become more independent.
I found this cute photo of Mark and Sophie that I took a few days ago at Auckland's Viaduct Park. I chose a wooden pannel background paper to match the inspiration board. I then went to town with inking, stencilling and stamping.


I layered papers and ephemera under my photo - largely from the gorgeous new Kaisercraft collection 'Sandy Toes' tucking more and more little bits and bobs under the photo as I went along - the hard part was knowing when to stop!!!


I used the SATW quote as the basis for my journaling. I even ended up (quite by accident) with a little rhyme lol. It reads:

As parents life is a crazy mix of protecting our children by holding on tight
Then letting them go to watch them take flight!

To balance my main photo cluster I positioned a smaller cluster of items diagonally opposite. Another excuse to use up some more Kaisercraft ephemera :)



Hope your New Year is off to a great start! Thanks for visiting my blog today :)

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Life is Great - CSI 151


Happy New Year to all my lovely scrappy friends out there. I hope this year will be AMAZING for us all :)
I am starting off 2015 with this awesome challenge from CSI. Here is my take on it for the CSI design team. We are lucky to be sponsored by A2Z scrapbooking this month. Here is a little about our sponsor :

"a2z Scrapbooking is proud to be a premier Hero Arts Retailer. Our Etsy store carries an extensive array of Hero Arts  products and we love special orders. Our company, which is run by volunteers, was founded in 2007 in an effort to raise funds for Celiac and Behcets awareness. "

The lucky winner will win a gift certificate for A2Z scrapbooking - how cool is that?

I took the photos of Sophie and Benji a few days after Christmas. We went into Auckland city and had a great time exploring the waterfront. Its funny how we have traveled to Disneyland, the Gold Coast and Europe over the last couple of years but this was the first time that the kids played in the lovely big wading pool at silo park, downtown auckland (about 10 kms from our house!).
I stamped and inked my background - flipping the sketch on its side to suit the orientation of my photos. I have used all the colours on my page - the pink is represented in the subtitle letters and the arrows above the right hand photo.




From the evidence list I chose doodles, and sprinkles,  (I am hoping that the small stamps 'sprinkled' across the page will count). I handwrote my journaling to fulfil the journaling requirement.
Hope you have time in all the mad rush of the holidays to visit CSI and play along with us - we would love to see your take on this fab challenge!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Love This - CSI 149



Here is the new challenge from CSI and my take on it for the CSI design team.
I love these colours - they look so good together. The sketch is a little hard but I used it as inspiration for the design of my page and I as very pleased with how it worked out.
The photos are special to me because Benji has only just discovered the joys of reading for himself. He struggled to pick up the basics of written language, until we had his eyes tested and found that he needs to wear glasses all the time. Since he got his new glasses his reading ability has just skyrocketed. He loves to snuggle up to mum or dad and read his readers aloud.
From the evidence list I chose a multimedia background and string/yarn.


For my journaling I used 'Paper Wishes' for inspiration. I chose to document 'a new beginning' which I interpreted as the emergence of Benjis new reading skills :)


If you haave a little time over the silly season we would love to see your interpretation of our challenge! Have a fantastic weekend!

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