Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Dream Big - Stuck Sketches Nov 1st sketch

 I always love Lauras sketches at 'Stuck Sketches' . This one is a beauty - and great for highlighting one special photo. The girls in my family are ballet crazy. My great grandmother was a ballerina for the Sadler Wells ballet in London many years ago. Both my mother and grandmother were talented at ballet but it skipped a generation with me. My two girls however are passionate about dance. Sophie dreams of dancing for the Royal Ballet in the UK and she works incredibly hard to make her dream come true. She takes ballet classes 6 days a week in addition to Jazz and acro. She gets up at 6am each day to stretch and work on her pointe.
I took this gorgeous photo of her practicing with her big sister natalie for the Xmas recitals coming up over the next few weeks.  I love the way the ray of sunlight cuts a diagonal through the background.
I wanted to keep the page fairly simple to make the photo really shine and I love the way the black background makes the red tones in the photo really 'pop'.

I kept close to the sketch as I really loved it. I even added flowers from my stash (well a ballet page has to have flowers doesnt it?). The wooden butterflies and stars seemed to fit well with the theme.

I handwrote my journaling onto the background cardstock with a white gel pen and added my title to a chipboard heart.

Thanks for visiting my blog today and taking time to view my work. Have a great week and I hope you have time to pop over to the 'Stuck' blog to check out the challenges there for yourself!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Taronga Zoo - CSI 181

Last month I sadly made the decision to resign from my design team commitmnets to spend more quality time making memories with my family  (before they are all grown up!). I have loved working with the lovely Debbie at CSI so it will come as no surprise to see that I couldnt resist joining in with the current challenge (as a non-DT member).
These photos are record a very special day. Last school holidays we made a snap decision to take a weeks holiday in Sydney. My eldest son was playing in a soccer tournament there and it was also his birthday week so I took my two kiddies and my adult daughter Natalie and we decided to surprise Chris by joining him over in Aussie.
Now, it just so happens that my scrappy friend Lizzy lives just an hour away from Sydney - so meeting up was essential! We decided on a day trip to Taronga Zoo - something that both the kiddies and adults would enjoy. It was a beautiful sunny day and we had a fabulous time. I really wish that Lizzy and I lived closer because I think that we would spend a lot of time together if that was the case. As I say in my journaling I think we must have been sisters in a previous life because our likes and dislikes are so similar! Lizzy, you are honestly one of the neatest people that I know and I am so, so happy that scrapbooking brought us together!!!
Anyway, back to my page; I chose a random sel;ection of photos that I loved from our day and arranged them in a cluster on the page. I inked my background then I used a favourite technique of mine - throwing together random paper offcuts, tags and ephemera to make a matt for my photo cluster. It is a great way to use up older stash!

As I had a lot to say about this page I wrote my journaling on a tag and tucked it behind one of the photos. I always staple tags to my page using bakers twine to make sure that they don't accidently get separated from each other.
Thanks for visiting my page - do go over to the CSI blog and check out their awsome DT examples for this challenge here: Have a great week!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

"true love' - Kraft Plus November challenge

The challenge over at Kraft Plus this month is to be inspired by Pink - not the colour pink but the artiste Pink! Cool eh?
These photos of Sophie meeting her puppy, Daisy,  for the very first time just had to be scrapped. I used the song title 'True Love" by Pink as the inspiration for my page as it certainly was 'love at first sight' between Sophie and Daisy. We had told Sophie that she was travelling to watch her brother play in a soccer tournament a couple of hours away from our home. She had absolutely no idea that she was really going to be picking up her 11th birthday present - a much longed for puppy.
When we pulled up outside the breeders house we told Sophie that we were lost and needed directions to the soccer ground. She literally had no idea what was happening until Daisy was placed into her arms and I said 'Happy birthday sweetheart - you have your present in your arms right now! Her reaction was priceless - she was totally overcome with joy and excitement! It was a moment that I will never forget as long as I live!
I used a 'splatter' mask to ink my background for this page and I used a combination of patterned paper scraps and project life cards to matt my photos.

I handwrote the story directly onto my background as I almost always do - I have too much journaling to fit onto most journaling cards!

Ofcourse I used plently of pink in my colour scheme in keeping with the inspiration criteria!
Thanks for taking time to visit my blog today. Have a great week!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Our Xmas Star - SATW November mood board

My second post in as many months! Life is way to busy right now - looking forward to the long summer break, just to kick back a little and enjoy spending time with my little ones!
With Christmas just around the corner I couldnt resist giving this challenge from Scrap Around the World a go.  I love the slightly unconventional Xmas colours  and the fresh white background.
The photo that I picked was one taken at last years Xmas dance recital. Natalie likes this photo of her - which is very rare as she usually hates all photos of her dancing.  (apparently all she sees are her technique imperfections- sigh!).
Anyway I was given the OK to scrap this one and I jumped at the chance. The papers that I used are from Heidi Swapp's 'Marquee Love' collection. I had the idea of arranging the photo and ephemera along a length of bakers twine - like cards pegged up to display at Xmas.

I had fun stamping and misting my backgraund and piling on the festive bits and pieces from my collection. I took the colours from the mood board.

I completed my page with handwriten journaling and a prominent 'thickers' title.
Have a great week - take time to relax and enjoy just being together with family and friends in this crazy season!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Fabulous - SATW Ocober Moodboard

Wow it has been so long since I updated my blog!!! I have been finding it a real struggle just recently to find time to scrap and spend precious time with my kids who are growing up way too quickly before my eyes!
I love this mood board from Scrap Around the World - the colours are so rich and vibrant. I was inspired by both the colours and by the bubble pattern in the centre lower picture.
The photo of Sophie was taken almost a year ago at the Neverland dance schools Christmas show. She really love her dance and I think that this shows on her face in this picture.
I sprayed my background using a bubble stencil and predominently green ink. I randomly splattered and sprayed some blue, yellow and red droplets over the page - taking the colours from the mood board.
The photo mat is made up from project life cards and other ephemera from my project life stash. I often use up excess cards in this way - they are so pretty!

I fussy cut the flowers and heart shaped title from patterned paper in my stash and hand journalled my story directly onto the page.

Thanks for visiting my blog today - do take time to visit Scrap Around the Worlds blog here and have a go at this awesome mood board yourself.

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 !

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