Friday, July 31, 2015

And still she Smiles - Off the Rails Scrapbooking July challenge

Just a last minute page to end the month! This is the July mood board at 'Off the Rails Scrapbooking' and my take on it. How could I resist those gorgeous girlie colours? 
My little girl recently broke her nose and on Monday she had surgery to fix the deformity.  She was such a little trouper throughout and  never lost her smile - except when she had the drip put into her hand! Her biggest concern was that she would have to miss her ballet classes for a few days and ofcourse no diving either! 
The mood board colours went perfectly with my photos and I managed to make a square photoblock from a montage of 4 instagram photos. 
Here are a couple of close-up shots:

I used the tiny stamp set that I got with my last Studio Calico PL kit to spell out the phrase 'You are Awesome' I think these will become a favourite 'go to' set in my collection!
Hope you have a great weekend :)

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Take the Plunge - CSI #171

 The new challenge at CSI went live this morning and it is a really cool one! Here is my take on it for the design team.
I took a series of photo of Sophie at dive class and wanted to make a page to show them off. This design worked well. The CSI colours went well with Sophies swim suit even though it did feel a bit strange to do a pool LO without using blue :)
From the evidence list I used chevrons, labels, wood (well chipboard anyway) and something transparent (the word 'believe')
I journaled using the inspiration word 'celebrate'. here are a couple of close up views :

I hope tht you can join us with this challenge - there are lots of great prizes to be won! Check out all the details here.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

July in Mexico - Sketchabilities #143

Once again I couldn't go past the current sketch at 'Sketchabilities'  - multiphoto sketches are my absolute favs! My son has taken so many gorgeous photos during his trip to Mexico and I really wanted to get a few of my favourites scrapped.
I chose my colours from the background of the photos - lovely blues and greens for a seaside theme with a splash of purple to tie in Jaime and Cindy's clothes!
The July chippie piece was in my new Studio Calico project life kit - which arrived this morning! I really liked it as soon as I pulled it out of the box and it was a perfect match for my page!

I built up the rest of the page with inks, stamps and various ephemera (as I usually do!)  A lot of the miscellaneous bits and pieces on this page are from October Afternoon. Once again I used my trusty brush-stroke thickers to spell out the rest of my title and hand journaled on part of a PL journaling card.

Have a great week - and do try to check out this challenge if you want a mojo boost!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Hello Paris - Scrap Around the World July mood board

Check out this awesome mood board from Scrap Around the World. The colours are so vibrant and the pictures so beautiful. There is so much inspiration to be had from it. I was drawn to the steps and sentiment in the main picture and immediately thought of this photo that I took on our Paris trip. It was so exciting to be stepping up out of the Metro into the centre of Paris. I used the upper right image (the butterfly on a flower) as the basis for my colour scheme. I inked, sprayed and masked my background cardstock before using some of my favourite stamps including my  'Prima' stitched circles stamps to emhance the background.

I matted my photo with a variety of left over die-cuts and washi tape strips.  I used my favourite 'brush stroke' thickers to spell out my title and handwrote the journaling.

Hope you have time to head over to the SATW blog and check out this challenge yourself. As the lucky recipient of a fantastic prizepack from 7 dots for my 2nd place layout last month I can really attest to the fabulous prizes up for grabs !!! Thanks so much Aida, 7 Dots and SATW!!!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Fun Times - Kraft + July Challenge

I loved this new challenge from the Kraft Plus blog. Yellow is one of my favourite colours to scrap with so this was an irrisistable challenge for me!
I took the photo of Natalie and Benji last week. We were at the Wave Pools watching Sophie's dive class when I snaped this cute shot. I knew at once that I wanted to scrap it and the yellow colour scheme seemed to bring out the colours in the photo really well.
My papers are mainly from October Afternoons 'Treasure Map' collection which I love.

I love these black 'Thicker' words for titles. I think I have bought about 3 packs of them already! They seem to match almost any design.

Have a great week wherever you are. If you are in New Zealand I hope that you are keeping snug in the freezing weather that we are having lately!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Kind of a Big Deal! - 123 challenge blog July DT page and sketchabilities challenge

 Welcome to yet another month - July - more than half way through the year already !!!
The great think about a new month is all the brand new challenges that are live! Here is the July challenge from 123 Challenge Blog and my take on it for the DT. I also used the new sketch from Sketchabilities as the basis for my page. I always love the fantastic sketches on the 'sketchabilities' blog!

I love working with bright colours so i enjoyed this challenge. I used my brightest yellow and green inks for the background. I rarely use ribbon in my designing but here I used it as I would use washi tape behind my photo. I think I have found a whole new way to use my ribbon stash!
I took the photo last weekend at Auckland airport. My son Jaime as leaving on a dream trip to Mexico to meet up with his girlfriend and travel for a month together. It really was 'kind of a big deal' because Jaime has never travelled on an aeroplane alone before and he was a little nervous about it. To add to his anxiety his flight was overbooked and he had to wait 12 hours for another plane! Luckily we live 40 mins from the airport and could take him home again to wait!

Here are a couple of close-ups of my page:

Hope you find time to join us this month - we would love to see your take on this challenge which really is a lot of fun! Have a great weekend :)

Monday, June 29, 2015

You're just Plain Wonderful - csi 168

Check out this awesome challenge from CSI. This page was supposed to be my DT page but I had computer trouble and did not manage to load it on time. So, better late than never - here it is :)
The photos were taken on Adam's 21st birthday in May this year. We had a family celebration on the actual day and delayed his big celebration until just recently (to avoid university commitments). The pictures that I chose for this page were just a few of my favourite candid shots taken on the day. I thought that a grid design would be a fun way to arrange them

From the evidence list I chose balloons and stripes in addition to the grid pattern. I journaled about the happy family celebration that we had (extra journaling is hidden on a tag tucked under the main photo).

Hope that you have time to check out this challenge - there are some really great prizes up for grabs!

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