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

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Koolest Kids .. with Scrap Matrix

Heh peeps!

I'm so excited to share that a little while ago Vicki at Scrap Matrix asked me to do a guest DT stint for the shop when the monthly challenge would be running. For something different (I love different), the challenge runs from the middle of the month; you can find all the current challenge details HERE. Anyways the current challenge is to feature PaperArtsy products.

Koolest Kids

I've had a heap of fun playing with some JOFY (Jo Firth-Young) and EDY (Darcy) stamp sets. The Darcy butterfly is my new favourite and I will admit, just this once lol, that I've got a serious scrappy girl crush happening on Jo Firth-Young. Her stuff is amazing. Always has been. Love, love love.

Here's a few close ups of my layout. Did I say "a few"? My bad ..

How seriously fabulous is this Darcy butterfly??? I mean seriously?!

I tried something different .. a mini tutorial on stamping with masks .. which I've shared on the Scrap Matrix blog. You can find a link to my post right about HERE.

I'll be back down the track to share another special project I've done for Scrap Matrix and in the meantime encourage you to check out this fabulous store and all its yummy, yummy, yummy mixed media goodness.

Happy scrapping!


Sunday, November 19, 2017

You run I'll herd .. with Kraft+

Heh scrappy peeps!

So Ed and I are scrapping today and figured we'd catch up on some housekeeping stuff like photographing layouts, editing photos, unpacking copious online orders, you get the drift yeah? lol! Anyways some of my housekeeping stuff is secret squirrel business which I can't share just yet, but I can share my latest layout which I created for the Kraft+ challenge which is to Think Big!

You run I'll herd

The challenge could not have been more perfect for this photo of my ratbag doogles playing at the beach. I printed it in 6x12 and mounted it on kraft corrugated cardstock by Fancy Pants. This pic was taken at our local, dog dedicated, dog beach. As in all year round, all hours of the day and night, this beach is 100% dog friendly, off lead and all. We are so, so, so lucky to have this beach just down the road, around a few corners and through a few roundabouts lol!

Here's a few close ups ..

I'm loving participating in the Kraft+ challenges again. They really stretch the imagination and push my boundaries. I would never have scrapped this photo this big ever but its the perfect way to have scrapped it. Does that make sense or am I a bit too distracted singing back up for Ed as we chill to make sense? Incidentally, we've just started "Bloodstream" so I'd best be on with it.

If you fancy thinking big with kraft this month you can find all the details you need HERE.

Happy scrapping!


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sit .. with Scrap Our Stash

Morning scrappy peeps!

So I've been scrapping again. I started playing with this background a few days ago but it wasn't really going anywhere. Then November first arrived and with it, a host of new challenges. First off the cab for me was to finish this background with the Scrap Our Stash Tic Tac Toe challenge.


I chose the vertical strip on the right ..

I already had lots of the colour brown covered with my background. I punched my ovals out of scrap watercolour paper I had done some plain colour washes on, and then pierced them around the edge. I used scraps of burlap (or as us Aussies call it, hessian) I had hanging around, as well as a Charms Creations hessian heart. Some close ups ..

I so enjoy the versatility of the Scrap Our Stash Tic Tac Toe challenges. Mid month they have another challenge, a sketch with a word, such as 'stencil', and you need to use a product starting with the alpha of each letter in the word. For example .. Sewing .. Template .. Embossing powder .. etc. Lots of fun.

Anyways, if you fancy giving the Scrap Our Stash current Tic Tac Toe challenge a go, you can find all the details you need HERE.

Happy scrapping!