Saturday, 27 June 2015

First Touch - CSI Guest Designer

My term as CSI guest designer is coming to close as the month draws to an end but I had a lot of fun and really like this layout I finished with. This amazing photo of my husband and son was taken by one of the operating nurses during my C-section and I think it is just amazing!
I wanted the focus to be the photo so kept the papers and embellishments to a minimum. The baby boy chipboard sheet was perfect for my little cluster, I just used some acrylic paint to get them to match the layout.
I solved the CSI case by using stripes in my blue paper and a cursive font on my journaling card as the evidence. The journaling is my husband's thoughts on his happiness at experiencing the birth of his son, so utilising the inspiration words. I have used a couple of Scrapmatts pieces as the embellishments here: CB6105 Assorted Words 23; CB5139 String Circles 03 and CB5135 Baby Boy 01.

I also used the current Stuck?! Sketches challenge as the basis for this layout. I love how quickly the page came together using this great sketch.

Monday, 22 June 2015

The High Line - Let's Get Sketchy DT

The Gold Coast Show has released their competition list for this year and I was sad to see that EVERY scrapbooking category requires a double page layout. I'm really not sure why they feel the need to restrict page design, I think you could compare doubles and single page layouts against each other given their is set scoring criteria. Anyway, it means I have to get my head around creating doubles for the next couple of months and I can't use any of the layouts I had already created this year. Here is the first of (hopefully) ten doubles before the end of August.
I have used some photos I shot whilst walking the High Line, a tourist attraction in New York, in late 2012. It was a fantastic place to visit and I got some really good photos. I love that I finally got a chance to use these Basic Grey papers why have been in my stash for YEARS.

I used the current sketch over at Let's Get Sketchy for this left hand page. Even though I turned it into a double I think you can clearly see the sketch in the layout. The patterned on the cardstock uses a home made mist, hence the slight differences between the two pages.
The second page has some more of the scenery shots I took to show off the views and the beautiful gardens. I really liked that they left some of the track there so you were reminded of the original purpose.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Love That - CSI Guest Designer

Scrapmatts is sponsoring CSI: Colour, Stories, Inspiration this month so as part of the Scrapmatts DT I was invited to be a 'guest detective' for the month. This week was a bit easier than last week for me to combine all the elements. Don't you love when you have some paper that perfectly matches a colour challenge? Of course, I have so much paper I should be able to match pretty much any colour combo possible. :)
The photo is an old one from the engagement photo shoot Ben and I did with Daniel Sheenan Studios in Melbourne. It was such a fun time and so different to our life now, being able to spend a couple of hours wandering around the city without having to worry about feeds, naps, nappies, toys etc.
Are you interested in knowing which beautiful Scrapmatts pieces I've used for this layout? I ended up with quite an assortment on the page. The white heart was the last addition, I thought I was done without it but Ben thought it was missing something to bring the focus back to the photo. I have used CB6095 Assorted Words 18, CB1159 Hearts 05, CB5113 Heart Frames 10, CB1209 Scrap Words 12, CB1087 Birds 02 and CB5128 Circle Mesh 01. 
Above is the case file for #167. How did I solve this case? Evidence: clouds in the washi tape banner, chipboard bird in cluster and just a few circles. Testimony: pop up flap for my journaling. Don't believe me? I hid it under the banners in the top corner. :)

Monday, 8 June 2015

Lori's Hens Party - Let's Get Sketchy DT

I've never been a big drinker or big partier, in fact both of my hen's parties (yes, I had two for the one wedding) ended around 10pm because I wanted to go home to bed. As you can imagine, I didn't really feel constrained by the restrictions imposed by pregnancy and then breastfeeding. However, it was nice to have a chance to go out partying with the girls for a colleague's hens party recently, even if I was the only sober one at 10pm when I went home and they moved on to the next club. :) 
This was one of those layouts that didn't turn out how I was expecting, mainly due to issues with the background. I wanted to create a background of drips running down the page, but the Dylusions ink soaked straight in instead. Despite backing the cardstock with extra paper it still warped. The black ink flicks were not what I was after at all. I actually thought I was finished with this layout but decided to rework it two days later because it had been bugging me. I like the end result better, you can see the earlier one of the Let's Get Sketchy page.

This was created for the Let's Get Sketchy reveal. It's a great sketch and we would love to see your take on it.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Learning - CSI Guest Detective

Scrapmatts is sponsoring CSI: Colour, Stories, Inspiration this month so as part of the Scrapmatts DT I was invited to be a 'guest detective' for the month. I had seen the CSI challenges before but they always seemed a bit complicated to me, having set criteria for colour scheme, design elements and journaling. Turns out it wasn't as hard as I'd thought though. :)
The prompt for this case file showed lots of children drawing. I was initially tempted to go with photos of Harrison playing but decided to focus on the create aspect rather than the children so picked photos from the Scrapbook Expo last year. I took a photo with each tutor after the class and have picked a few of these to include on this layout.

The beautiful Scrapmatts chipboard on this layout are CB5114 String Circles 01, CB1222 Feather 02 and CB1200 Scrap Words 08. I have painted the circle red, pulled out some OLD embossing enamel to use on the feathers and left the word raw.

So how did I solve this case? Evidence: I have a cloud shape in my Scrap Word and have used paint on the circle. Testimony: I went with the inspiration words 'play, imagination, art' and wrote about the fun of taking classes.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Puffing Billy - Let's Get Sketchy DT

Since I'm on maternity leave at the moment I'm trying to scrapbook on a budget. I've found the best technique is to not go into any stores, as my willpower once I see all the pretties is non-existent. The benefit of this though is that I'm going through all my old stash and finding things I'd forgotten I had purchased, like the circle alpha stickers on this layout. Combining this with scrapping older photos has given me a real sense of nostalgia.
This layout features photos taken during a trip with my mum and dad on Puffing Billy, a steam train through the Dandenongs in Victoria. It's such a fun ride and everyone sticks their legs out of the windows as they ride. On the day we went we hadn't realised it was the last day of school holidays though so it was PACKED!

When I first saw this weeks sketch for Let's Get Sketchy I thought 'that is so busy!'. But the good thing about sketches is you don't have to follow them exactly, so I skipped some of the details and focused on the paper background shapes instead. I'm normally not too good at picking sizes for multiple background layers so I cheated and just used up my Vintage Rose Garden scraps by Couture Creations. Keeping the photos and title placement means you can still see the bones of the sketch in the finished layout. Hope on over to the blog to see how the rest of the design team interpreted the sketch.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Ski Camp 2000 - Scrapmatts DT

Despite having so many photos of Harrison and various recent family events, I sometimes like to pull out old photos to scrap and reminisce about. These photos are from my year 11 ski camp way back in 2000 when I only had a film camera so some of the photos are so poorly framed, which makes them perfect for cutting down to smaller sizes.
Scrapmatts sponsors Stuck?! Sketches every month, offering two large pieces of chipboard. The sketches are fantastic and I have used this month's sketch as my inspiration for my design team layout this month. I have used one of the larger circles from CB8001, painting it with gesso then layering up coats of distress stain before randomly stamping over. The snowflakes are CB1180, painted with gesso before being coated with white glitter.
If you want to give it a try too, here is the sketch:

Monday, 11 May 2015

My Little Dude - Let's Get Sketchy DT

I was looking through my paper stash and I discovered that I had purchased a whole bunch of possible baby-themed papers whilst pregnant that I had then forgotten about. The 'Boy Crazy' range really jumped out at me, with it's bright colours and bold patterns, so I decided to create this layout with it. The photos are from VERY early Harrison, with his dark hair that all fell out and came back blonde, his jaundice skin and the hospital supplied wraps.


Chipboard is by Scrapmatts. Sketch inspiration is from Let's Get Sketchy, who have a great sketch up for this week. Check out the rest of the Design Team's work, there is a great mix of graphic and arty interpretations.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Better With Friends - Let's Get Sketchy DT

Have you ever had a layout that just didn't want to work for you, no matter what you did? This was the problem I faced for this week's DT sketch over at Let's Get Sketchy, with the added complication that Harrison had been sick all week so I was already late with my submission. In the end I just chucked it in and started from scratch, first time I've ever completely given up on a layout. I'm much happier with the end result though.
Lots of fussy cutting in this layout. I don't know why my brain gets fixated on fussy cutting whenever I have a close deadline, it seems the closer it gets the more fussy cutting I want to do! Some gesso swipped over the background for a photo matt. I meant to do some stamping them but forgot. Made it much harder as I think had to add it after the flowers and photo were added. :( I like the way the flowers all blend into each other and the background. Ben thinks they would have looked better if they stood out a bit more. What do you think?
Here the sketch number 4 over at Let's Get Sketchy. Check out the post to see the amazing work of the rest of the team. We'd love to see what you can create with it.
Want to see the layout that defeated me? This is how far I had gotten before giving up. If anyone has tips for how I can save it I'm all ears. :)

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Family Picnic

I am a sucker for anything free so when I heard that the April challenge over at Words or Whatever involved receiving free chipboard I had to take part. Upon signing up I was sent a chipboard sheet with two hearts, the 'Family' title, the scalloped journal spot and frame plus a hashtag. I really enjoyed getting to play with a different company's chipboard and the challenge of incorporating the set pieces into my layout was fun.
My photo is from a picnic we went on for Valentines Day. There's no journaling because I've already scrapped this event but I might add some later. There is quite a mixture of embellishments from different companies. I also took some inspiration from Linda Eggleton and did two layers of stencil work behind my photo. It's amazing how adding more patterns to a busy background actually makes it less busy.

I used the April 1 sketch over at Stuck?! Sketches as inspiration. Simple sketches are great for leaving room to add your own touches and extra details.