Saturday, July 15, 2017

Be brave .. with Scrap the Girls

Afternoon peeps!

Who's scrapping this weekend and what's on your agenda? I'm hoping to get my scrap on a little later and will definitely be hitting up some of our fabulous Aussie challenge blogs for inspiration.

Talking of fabulous Aussie challenge blogs .. "wowsers" was my response to the Scrap the Girls "Dark Moon" mood board this month. It was to die for. Literally. This is what I was inspired to create.

Be brave

Wowsers indeed right?!
"Dark Moon"

I was instantly inspired to scrap my niece Mia, to use feathers in a cluster type arrangement I've been wanting to trial for ages, and to draw out those beautiful burnt umber tones. Then I just ran with it. Truly divine (the mood board that is lol). Way to go Scrap the Girls!!!!

A few close ups of my layout ..


If nothing else this weekend, you seriously have to check out the "Dark Moon" mood board challenge at Scrap the Girls. You can find all the details HERE.

Happy scrapping!

Sweet boyz .. with Scrapbooking Top 50 Australia

Heh peeps!

This is my first time giving any of the challenges at Scrapbooking Top 50 Australia a go. I remember them from years and years ago when they had a forum (?) and didn't even know that they were still running challenges, but as a blog!! So check them out peeps! Anyways this month they have a fabulous mood board challenge and this is what I created ..

Sweet boyz

Here is their fabulous mood board ..


Admittedly I had a few false starts because I was super inspired by so many of the elements but am so glad I persevered. Here are a couple of close ups ..


If the mood board inspires you too, why not check out their challenge HERE and take it for a test run yourself?

Happy scrapping peeps!

PS: Yeah I know, the mood board features a puppy so I kinda had to scrap it didn't I?! lol.

Family .. with Kraft+

Heh peeps!

Its been a long time between drinks. My mojo didn't just leave the building, it up and quit. As in packed its archive box with its pot plants, mug and picture frames and walked out. With the help of my girlfriend Sandy I'm trying to convince it to come back. lol.

Re the mojo, I'm not kidding. It took me almost 10 hours to do this layout ..

Family

I know right?! Almost 10 hours!!  :O

I blame Kraft+. I've very quickly becoming a tad addicted to their challenges, when I'm scrapping that is. Anyways this month their challenge is to use roses three ways.


As in three different ways! I'm sure I spent about nine of those ten hours scrapping scratching my head trying to think of what roses I had in my stash. Noice one Kraft+! lol.

Seriously but, what a great challenge! If you fancy giving it a go yourself, check out all the details HERE. Oh and here's a quickie close up of my layout ..

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Contented spirit .. with Kraft+

This is my last share from the weekend scrapping with my girlfriend Sandy. We decided to do the Kraft+ challenge together. Sandy, because she does every, single challenge Kraft+ puts up. Me, because I need to push my boundaries and this month's challenge was about paint swatches and it just sounded like fun!!!

So off Sandy and I went to raid my local paint store. Oh and when I say 'raid' I mean as in the pillaging type. I justified our excessive amounts of paint swatches to us as we left with something like "you know, they get those paint swatches from the paint manufacturers so we're not really doing anything to the shop". lol. Oh I hope that I was right about that one.

Anyways, this is the layout I created.

Contented spirit


Although I thought this was an uber cool challenge, I didn't want my layout to become all about the paint swatches with them taking over the rest of my page. Does that make sense? But I definitely wanted them to be the inspiration for my page. So I took some quite long swatches with neutral white colours and trimmed them down to thin strips. I was then inspired to create a layout with my elements  long and thin and off to one side. Whilst raiding the paint store for swatches, I also found some neat, kraft coloured, textured swatches, one of which ended up in my layers.

Some close ups ..


I'm not sure which was more fun. Zipping out with Sandy to the paint store where we discussed building houses and renovating 'blah blah blah' (wink wink) during our paint swatch raid, or creating the layout itself. Whatever. Thanks so much for the inspiration Kraft+!

If you want to give the Kraft+ challenge a go this month you can find all the details you need HERE.

Happy scrapping!

special thanks to ReseneDulux and Paint Spot
no paint swatches were harmed during the making of this layout. actually that's a falsehood. lol
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Love this .. with Show Us Your Stuff

I pretty much love any challenge that tells me what to do. This month the challenge at Show Us Your Stuff did exactly that with a recipe challenge. This is what I came up with.

Love this

My handmade embellishments include .. a vintage Charms Creations crocheted doily, a vintage Chelley Bean Designs crochet flower, D-lish Scraps hand dyed muslin, and a Flutterby Designs flair.


Some close ups ..


My background came around in a somewhat serendipitous (?) way. My girlfriend Sandy loves her Ken Oliver Color Bursts and as I hadn't used mine in a really long time, I figured I should drag them out and have a play. My initial result was far too bright and vivid for what I wanted to do. I figured I could tone it down with white gesso but worried about the wet gesso activating all the little particles dotted around the page. But then I figured that would kinda add to the background in a good way so went for it. I love the result!

Fancy giving this month's Show Us Your Stuff challenge a go yourself? You can find all the details you need HERE.

Happy scrapping!
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I love us .. with Scrap Our Stash

Whilst scrapping on the weekend I found myself yet again seeking inspiration from Scrap Our Stash. Their challenges always get me digging deep into my stash to find things I'd forgotten I had.

I love us

I'm enjoying their Tic Tac Toe Stash Challenges. There are so many opportunities for inspiration that really, one would be hard pressed not to come up with something. I've used the middle, horizontal row .. stitching, flowers and ephemera. Whilst digging through my stash I came across a super old 'ephemera' pack (K&Co) which belonged to nothing else in my stash, which is super weird. I was a huge devotee of K&Co back in the day and would always buy the paper pads with lots of matching accessories. I'm not sure what I was thinking when I bought this pack!


A few close ups ..


I tried a new technique for me when creating this layout. For a while now I've been wanting to heat emboss template and texture paste backgrounds. But how was I going to do that without getting embossing powder all over my page? Can you imagine trying to clear the excess off with wet texture paste everywhere? So anyways, my girlfriend Sandy was sharing some layouts she had created with texture paste and Ken Oliver Color Bursts. She told me she added the powders whilst the template was still in place. Hmm. So yes I would lose some embossing powder in the process, but I would get the effect I was after. So I gave it a go with some Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powders on this layout and it worked! You can expect to see more of that technique being used on my future layouts.

Anyways, you can find all the details you need for the current Scrap Our Stash challenge HERE.

Happy scrapping peeps!

(remember this) .. with Stuck?! Sketches

Last weekend I got to scrap with my girlfriend Sandy, which is always fun and, for the both of us, productive. Whilst Sandy works her way through scrapping commitments, I generally plod away at a few challenges. This layout was inspired by this month's challenge at Stuck?! Sketches.

(remember this)


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Some close ups ..


Although I look at this layout now, above, as I'm typing this blog post, and can see lots of ways to add and/or improve it, you know, take it to the next level, I'm really quite happy with it. In some ways it was a cathartic layout to create. I think, although cannot be sure, that I've avoided scrapping photos from 'the chubby years' (lol) until now, so that in itself was liberating. Plus I started to feel a lot of love, and sadness, for the very, very, (very lol), much younger version of myself and the journaling and title came about quite organically as a result. Thanks for the inspiration Stuck?! Sketches.

If you want to give the Stuck?! Sketches challenge a go, you can find all the details you need HERE.

Happy scrapping!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

You .. with Kraft+

I have been playing with this layout for, I don't know, a week maybe. Not a lot to show for a week right? Lol! In my defence, I struggle using kraft cardstock as a background. But I also struggle with a stubborn streak wider than the Pacific, and this month I desperately wanted to do the Kraft+ Denim Revolution challenge.

You

A couple of close ups ..


I heat embossed some stamped flowers on denim and then 'fussy cut' them. Yep that's my version of 'fussy cutting' lol! But that's pretty much where it stopped. Thank god I'm stubborn!

If you fancy playing with denim and challenging yourself to use kraft cardstock or, like me, you have a stubborn streak wider than the Pacific, head on over to Kraft+ and have a go at their challenge this month, Denim Revolution.

Happy scrapping peeps.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Wonderful girl .. with Scrap Our Stash

I am now starting to have a lot of fun getting back into my scrapping and checking out what challenges are around each month to help get the creativity flowing. This month's challenge at Scrap Our Stash was right up my alley.

Wonderful girl

The challenge is a Tic Tac Toe one ..


On first glance I was like "oh yeah this will be an easy one". Nope. I had already gathered the materials for my next layout. As in prior to finding a challenge. Gold was not amongst them. If anything, I had a lot of silver products out lol. I don't have any charms, nor shamrocks, so, lol, I could only use the one line, the bottom one. Now, I'm a reformed Crate Paper junkie. Seriously. I have friends who can attest that I used to religiously buy every single collection as they were released, whether I liked them or not, and one year ended up with three of the one Christmas collection and I don't even 'do' Christmas! Thing is, I have started having a huuuuuuge clean out of my stash and have culled more than two-thirds of my patterned paper and what is remaining is, for the most part, now colour co-ordinated. So I had to dig on in and just start hunting me some Crate Paper!

Some close ups ..


My mini alphas are Echo Park, the flairs are Flutterby Designs, and the Crate Paper is my brown strip of patterned paper. I wanted to give it a lift and texture so die-cut one of Tim Holtz's rosette flowers to get the accordion, scalloped, perforated look.

If you're interested in giving this challenge a go you can find all the details you need on the Scrap Our Stash blog HERE.

Happy scrapping!

PS: Photograph courtesy of Lauren Ninness, Little Red Door Photography.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Leave her wild .. with More Than Words

I've just recently taken my pity party for one to Facebook and have received the most wonderful outpouring of support and encouragement. Amongst it all a friend (heh Gnomes) challenged me to scrap a page by Friday night (last night). I only had Friday to actually do it which might seem a lot of time to some, but I am among the world's worst procrastinators and fiddlers. Seriously. So on Friday when I woke, it was with purpose and, because I'd dreamed it, a layout in mind.

Leave her wild

I used this month's challenge at More Than Words when creating my layout.


This was one of those challenges that I just knew I would be scrapping this month. Beautiful + scrapping = my niece Mia. Plus I have a surplus of butterfly products so that would take care of itself.  

Some close ups of my layout ..


I don't know what it is about this layout, or more particularly creating it, but I feel like I'm finding my way back home. I wonder if its because I've scrapped a photo of my niece who I find extremely inspiring or whether its that I haven't scrapped my dogs? Maybe my next challenge should be to scrap my dogs in this style? Anyways whatever lol!

You can find details of this month's More Than Words main challenge HERE.

Happy scrapping peeps!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Bz .. with Show Us Your Stuff

I've lost my scrapping way. 😞 Taking an essential six months off to care for our puppy with behavioural problems 'coming out the wazoo' (so to speak) seems to have killed my scrapping mojo. In my humble opinion anyways. My old 'arty farty' (again so to speak) 'mixed media mayhem style' isn't coming out and when I try to get it happening it looks bloomin' awful. I'm fast losing my confidence and don't know what I need to do to get it all back. I'm thinking maybe I should skip the mixed media stuff for a while and just focus on whatever I happen to come up with. Maybe, whilst I have the time, I should just force myself to scrap every day? Maybe I should focus on flinging as much mixed media as I like at canvases, and then keeping my scrapping clean and simple? Maybe I should toss in the towel and sell my mountainous stash? No, I don't think I should take the last approach. The husband might just kill me given the money I've spent on accumulating the said mountainous stash. lol. What do YOU think? Has this ever happened to you?

So, I'm desperate for inspiration yeah? Well first off this month I hit up a favourite challenge blog of mine, Show Us Your Stuff. They had a fun 'this or that' challenge a-happening and this is what I came up with.

Bz

A few close ups, especially of my hand made items including .. vintage and current Charms Creations, a couple of D-lish Scraps flair buttons, a crocheted heart, a chipboard arrow 'photo matt' I made with a template, thin chipboard and patterned paper, and then finally a wee circle embellishment which appears at the top left of the photo. The circle was from an ephemera pack in Photoplay's Cooper & Friends new pet collection which I mounted on some chipboard and then (very badly lol) applied glossy accents too.


Maybe I should add some journaling to my layout? Perhaps that's what's missing. Hmm I think I'll do that. Then at least I'll be happy putting it in Bear's album. Oh and heh guys I'm sorry about the pity party for one above. Yes I could delete it and start again but (a) I can't be bothered lol and (b) I think sometimes we should keep it real yeah.

This is the Show Us Your Stuff 'this or that' challenge ..


I went with the hearts, buttons, ribbon and stripes. It was actually kinda tricky. I went to add sequins then realised I had used buttons. Same same with the spots and stripes. Kinda tricky, but lots of fun. If you'd like to participate in the Show Us Your Stuff challenge you can find all the details HERE. Just don't forget to read all the details about using a hand made item on your layout.

Whatever you do, have fun!