Saturday, May 26, 2018

Everyday moments .. with Scrap Matrix

Heh peeps!

The current challenge at Scrap Matrix is a funky mood board from which I created this ..

Everyday moments

The (funky) mood board ..

(I told you it was funky!)

A close up ..

You can find more info about my layout, including links to all the yummy products I've used, and a few close ups on the Scrap Matrix blogHERE.

Fore more inspiration from the Design Team, and instructions on how to enter, check out HERE. Entries aren't due until 14th June so you've got plenty of time! I look forward to seeing what you create.

Happy crafting!!!

Cheers .. Alz  :)

Friday, May 11, 2018

Hold dear always .. with Scrap Matrix

Heh peeps!

I'm back with another Monochromatic Tic Tac Toe layout for Scrap Matrix ..

Hold dear always

This time I went with brown, and the vertical line on the left .. Brads (buttons or flair), Paint and Chippie Shape.

Just one of a few close ups ..

For more close ups, and step by step instructions of how I created my background, you can check it all out on the Scrap Matrix blogHERE.

For more inspiration from the Design Team, and instructions on how to enter, see HERE. There's only a few days left to get your project done but heh, its a lot of fun so give it a go!

Looking forward to seeing your entries.

Cheers .. Alz  :)

Thursday, May 3, 2018

I photograph .. with Scrap Matrix

Morning peeps!!!

So a wee while I shared that I had joined the Scrap Matrix design team. Well I've been somewhat negligent in sharing my first project with you. Only because I've been creating other projects. But yeah. Slack huh?!

Anyways, Scrap Matrix runs a monthly challenge from the 15th of each month, to the 14th of the following month. The current challenge is to create a Monochromatic project using a line from a Tic Tac Toe board. This is what I created ..

I photograph

I chose the far right line .. Pretty Patterned Paper, Lace, Paper Flower and my colour, obviously, yellow ..

This is, I think, my favourite part of my layout (excluding of course the photo and the memory lol) ..

You can find more close up photos of my layout, and step by step instructions of how I made my background on the Scrap Matrix blogHERE.

For more inspiration from the entire Scrap Matrix Design Team, and instructions on how to enter, see HERE.

You have until midnight on the 14th so you'd best get creating!!!

Have fun.


Friday, April 20, 2018

xoxo .. with Kraft+

Heh peeps!

I've recently joined the Scrap Matrix design team and, consequently, have been scrapping up a storm, albeit a small(ish) one. Anyways Scrap Matrix sponsors a couple of online challenge blogs and this month, are one of the sponsors over at Kraft+. I love the Kraft+ challenges and this month's was a whole heap of fun and led to this ..


The challenge is to use something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue ..

As we all know, I love any challenge that tells me what I have to use product wise and this one was no different.

My something old was a Collections 2007 patterned kraft cardstock which I've used as one of the layers behind my photo. I also used some Kaisercraft black pearls. I don't know if Kaisercraft still do the pearl bling thing, but anyways, these were seriously ancient and I got to finish up a pack that was just hanging around collecting dust.

My something new was a Dina Wakley stamp set called Abstract Blooms which I very recently purchased from Scrap Matrix. I used the stamp set to create all my fussy cut flowers.

My something borrowed was the type of borrowing you do when you don't actually return what you've borrowed lol .. a Charms Creations heart (thanks Sandy).

Finally, my something blue .. I've used quite a few bits and pieces of blue here and there but am just going to go with my blue flowers.

What a lot of fun!!!

If this latest Kraft+ challenge strikes a chord, and you're keen to give it a go, you can find all the details you need HERE.

Happy scrapping!

Cheers .. Alz  :)

Scrap Matrix products used
Colour Blast Paste - Snow White
Vintage Lace 3 - Wanda Black
Um Wow Flair - Teal Blooms
Embossed Paper Lace - French Lace White
Faber-Castell Gelatos - Acqua Dolce, Lavender, Iced Pear, Bubblegum
Blue Fern Studios chipboard - Mini Flourishes

Some exciting news .. with Scrap Matrix

Afternoon scrappy peeps!

I have the most exciting news to share with you all ..

A while back now I applied to be on the design team for an online store (which is also an actual store, workshop, studio and generally fun place to hang out) called Scrap Matrix. Although I wasn't successful in making it onto the team, I was asked if I would be a guest designer from time to time.

It turned out that I was like a bad smell they just couldn't find the source of (lol) and so, when another design team member had to step down for a while, Vicki asked me to step up, and this happened ..

Its been a really long time since I've worked on a design team and I am super excited to have joined this one. The products in store are just fabulous; the design team girls are so very talented and diverse; and the boss lady (Vicki Christensen) is not only friendly and warm, but also tremendously supportive and encouraging.

So anyways, yeah, that's my exciting news.

Cheers .. Alz  :)

Friday, February 16, 2018

Exquisite .. with Show Us Your Stuff

Morning peeps!

One of my all time favourite challenges, for the longest time, has been Show Us Your Stuff, who now host their challenges on Facebook in place of a blog. Anyways the thing I've always liked about this challenge is that you must always incorporate a handmade item with their other challenge criteria, which this month, was a sketch. This is what I came up with ..


My handmade embellishments include a Charms Creations hessian heart and a stick pin made by yours truly (a new addiction .. beads!!!!). Here's (just) a few close ups of my layout ..

(my stick pin and the Charms Creations hessian heart)

I hope you can see the sketch in my layout ..

Show Us Your Stuff sketch ..

I rotated it to the left, used one larger photo instead of the two smaller ones, kept my primary embellishment cluster to the lower, right corner of the pic but moved my title. The background stuff sort of became one big 'splodgy' thing you can't really make out that much now its covered by everything else lol. Oh and the circle behind the photo, well I messy stitched that one.

I really enjoyed playing with this sketch. Thanks for the inspiration Show Us Your Stuff! Meanwhile, if you're interested in having a go at this challenge yourself, you have until the end of the month and you can find all the information you need HERE.

Happy scrapping!


PS: I really hope I can get my act together this year and do more scrapping! This is one challenge I'd like to do more of. Meanwhile, stay tuned for a pic of the 40+ stick pins I've made this week. lol.  :O

Monday, February 5, 2018

Winter Road Trip .. with Scrap Matrix

Morning peeps!

Its Monday morning in Melbourne and we are enjoying the most spectacular weather .. balmy, blue sky, light breeze, the sun shining days. I feel like I'm on holidays, despite being at home. Oh for a hammock and a beach right at my front door. lol.

Talking about holidays (lol .. a terrible segway I know), have you seen the current challenge at Scrap Matrix? I'm terribly late with blogging my layout but well you know how it is sometimes when life gets in the way, or you spend too much time swaying in a hammock whilst daydreaming of cocktail waiters plying you with .. see? There I go again, getting all distracted, and I don't even have a hammock!

Winter Road Trip

I blame the Scrap Matrix moodboard ..

.. every time I see it, my mind wanders! Can you blame me???

Even though the mood board is all about summer holidays, this photo of my niece and her gorgeous boy reminds me of summer, perhaps because she epitomises what it is to be a well educated, well travelled, Levy loving, mermaid aspiring, beach bum? But nay, she was on a winter road trip. Nonetheless, it suited the mood board to a tee!

A few close ups .. 

You can find lots of information about my creative process for this layout over on the Scrap Matrix blog HERE, and all the information about the challenge and lots of DT inspiration HERE.

You have until the 14th of this month (February) to get your challenge done and uploaded to the Facebook sharing page HERE.

Happy scrapping peeps. I'm off to my hammock, at the beach, cocktail in hand, in my mind, of course ..


Monday, January 1, 2018

Hello .. with Scrap Matrix

Heh peeps!

How's it all going on your scrapping front? Mine? Not a whole lot of anything is getting done to be truthful, buuuut I do have something I 'prepared earlier' to share with you. The current challenge at Scrap Matrix is all about Paper Artsy so, of course, when preparing my second guest DT project, I've used Paper Artsy stamps.


A few close ups ..

You can find more details about my layout, including my scrapping process, on the Scrap Matrix blog HERE. You can find details of the current challenge HERE and of course the design team have created some seriously awesome projects to inspire, so make a cuppa and have a good look see.

Meanwhile, happy New Year!! May 2018 bring all that you wish for, and more.

Cheers .. Alz