Friday, August 22, 2014

Intro 1 Today - GD for Crazy Monday Kit and 'Sketchabilities'

Here is my final page for 'Crazy Monday' kits. I used the current sketch over at 'Sketchabilities' as the basis for this page. I took the photos last weekend when my little son Benji did his first ever jazz dance exam. he wasn't a bit nervous (as you an see) and enjoyed showing me his 'air guitar' technique for his main dance!!! 
 I can honestly say that I have used up every scrap of paper from the kit but I still have some embellishments left for future pages :) I sprayed my background cardstock  through a Tim Holtz sunburst mask and added some blotches and drops.  Once again I piled up left over pieces of patterned paper and vellum to mat my photos.

I created a title using a miscellaneous collection of die-cut letters from the kit and mini-alphas that I had in my stash. I mounted them all onto a tag from the 'Crate Paper' miscellany bag. I painted the word 'today' from the 'Studio Calico' wood veneers with black distress paint then drew on faux stitching with a white gel pen.

Finally I hand wrote my story onto a journaling card and added a little stamping to complete the page.
I hope that I have managed to inspire you to have a look at the awesome 'Crazy Monday' kits - they really are crammed full of goodies - easily enough for 3 or 4 layouts (more if you don't layer elements quite as much as I do!). A huge thanks to you Annelie for the opportunity to guest design for you this month!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

& Dreams do Come True

 Here is the third page that I have done using Annelie Maddock's awesome August 'Crazy Monday' kit - Stars & Words & Things. 
I really love the look of the triangle Kraft paper and used it as my background - with a few ink splatters and stamps added for extra interest.
Again I used the ephemera pack to build up clusters of interesting elements, both in the corners of my page and around my photo. This really is a quick and easy way to pull a page together. All the mixing and matching has been already done - all you have to do is choose what you want to put on your page and where :)

I used a journaling card from the ephemera kit to hold my story. I changed the sentiment on it to match my page. I often cover irrelevant pre-printed words or phrases with mini-alphas or other stickers/die-cuts to personalise tags to match my page.

I made my title using a combination of elements. The word 'dreams' was cut from patterned paper. I used gold thickers washed with white distress paint to spell 'true' and the cool wood ampersand was coloured with a gelato pen.

Hope you are having a great week.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

My Sunshine kids

Here is the second page that I have created using the awesome 'Crazy Monday' August kit. I based it on the current sketch at Creative Scrappers:

I had intended to use a large star element as in the sketch but somehow I couldn't get past adding layer after layer of gorgeous embellishments from the 'Crate Paper' ephemera pack in the kit. They truly are gorgeous and co-ordinate so well together!
I love this photo of my youngest kiddies having a blast together at the local playground. They look so happy. I chose a primarily yellow and blue colour scheme to reflect the mood of the day. The cute cloud paper, which I sprayed with yellow ink using a sunburst mask, made a perfect background for the page. I journaled on a tag which I mounted on top of this cute clip-board die-cut (both also from the ephemera bag). The word 'laughter' was cut from another sheet of patterned paper.

I adhered to the sketch for my title - keeping it large and spread along the bottom of the photo block. I used the gold 'Thickers' from the kit. When I had adhered them to my page the colour was a little too bright for the look I wanting to create so I swiped a little white distress paint over the top of each letter to tone down the glitz a little. This is a great way to lighten the colour of most elements and make them blend into the page a little better.

I completed the page with a little stamping and inking.

Thanks so much for taking the time to view my page today - and once again, I hope that I have inspired you to try out this awesome kit for yourself! 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

So Loved - CSI 135 and Once Upon a Sketch August Challenge

I am running short of time this month since I am taking my girls and Benji on to California for two weeks in just over 10 days time (we are counting down the days). My daughter Natalie and I are running in the Disneyland half marathon weekend then we are having a  Disneyland holiday with the little ones. We are all so excited!!!
Anyway, back to my page. I combined my DT take for CSI's current board (135) with the Once Upon a Sketch August challenge. This is what I came up with.
The OUAS criteria was to create a page about 'the men in your life'. These two are my youngest and eldest sons enjoying a puzzle story book together. I used the awesome October Afternoon 'Public Library' collection for this one - with a few odds and ends from my stash.
I loved the OUAS sketch and adhered quite closely to it.

From the evidence list I used triangles and speech bubbles and I journaled in a speech bubble to fulfil the testimony criteria.

I added a little extra hidden journaling to my boys tucked behind my photos.
I hope that you are having a great weekend and that you will find time to check out both these challenges yourself!

Friday, August 15, 2014

All Boy - Stuck Sketches mid-month reveal

It's time for the mid-month reveal from Stuck? Sketches. Look at this awesome sketch - 5+ photos scrapped in one go. What's not to love about that? Here is my page for the Stuck? design team. I managed to squeeze 6 photos onto my page by flipping the sketch orientation and adding an extra photo with my title on the left hand edge.
The photos that I used were all taken on different school days in June and July. Benji is a real little character and often has his own quirky unique look that makes us smile. I took these photos when I picked him up after school. They were all cute enough to scrap but putting them all onto one page really highlights my son's sweet personality and the fun that he has at school.

I used a mix of papers for my background. The cute tags and die-cuts are mainly from Kaisercrafts school themed collection. I added a few ink splats to give a little extra interest to the background but otherwise I kept it fairly plain to keep the emphasis on the busy photos.

Thanks for looking at my work today. Do head over to the Stuck? blog to see the other DT pages - they really are inspirational. We would love for you to join us this month and play along with our sketch.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Shine - Guest designing for Crazy Monday Kits

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This month I have been lucky enough to be asked by the lovely Annelie Maddock to guest design for 'Crazy Monday' kits. The August kit 'Stars & words & Things' is just amazing to create with - overflowing with all my favourite manufacturers - Crate Paper, Studio Calico, American Craft to name but a few.
Here is my first page:
I fell in love with the background paper as soon as I opened up the box. Usually I go for white card stock backgrounds but this time I was inspired to try something a little different. 
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Because the paper is so bold and bright I needed a close-focus, eye-catching photo to take centre stage. I also felt that the paper needed some black (stamping and inking) to add depth and draw more attention to the photo. A little black is often all that is needed to ‘liven up’ a ‘flat’ page.
I matted my photo on grey card stock that I ran through my paper crimper to give it a ‘corrugated’ look and to further lift up and separate my photo from the page. I layered all my favourite papers from the kit underneath my photo and added die-cuts and tags from the awesome Crate Paper ‘ephemera’ pack (my absolute favourite part of the kit).
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I used the word ‘Shine’ from the Studio Calico wood veneer pack as my title. I was planning to paint it but when I laid it on my page I loved the look of the ‘raw’ chipboard and settled on leaving it natural.
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A couple of buttons and a few lengths of bakers twine to thread through my tags and the page was finished.
Thanks for looking at my page today. I hope that I have managed to inspire you a little – have a great day and do check out Annelie's 'Crazy Monday' blog here.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

An Awesome night - CSI #134

Hi everyone! Today is reveal day over at CSI. Here is my take on the new challenge. I made the layout for my daughter's beautiful friend Charisse who stars in the photos. She and Natalie starred together is their high school's production of 'Return to the Forbidden Planet'. They had a lot of fun together at rehearsals, workshop weekends and production week itself.
The CSI colours were great for these photos. The sunny yellow reminded me of the stage lighting and the blues were reflective of the space theme of the show.

I used a mix of October Afternoon, Echo Park, Crate paper and Kaisercraft offcuts for my background and built up the layers adding transparencies and die-cuts for interest and variety.
I kept to the general layout of the sketch, replacing the circles with square photos. From the evidence list I chose space elements (the star) and clouds. I journaled in different colours to fulfil the testimony requirements. Here are a couple more close-ups:

Thanks for visiting my blog. We would love for your to join in with our challenge this week. Check out the CSI blog here if you are is need of some inspiration :)

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