Monday, 1 July 2019

And So The Adventure Begins - Scrap The Boys DT

This is my first layout since giving birth to Lily back in April (the other design teams ones were completed ahead of schedule and revealed at the start of each month). I'm a little bit rusty and it took ages to complete as I could only work on it in 10 minute gaps of time. Still, it was good to be back creating and I'm happy I finally got these photos scrapped. I even used some old rub-ons from deep in my stash!


The theme for July at Scrap The Boys is roadtrips/adventures. We used to live in an estate which didn't have a back fence, it just opened out into some parkland. One morning Harrison decided to just hop on his trike and ride away to explore the park. Given he was only two at the time I was keeping a close eye on him so just followed behind as he went exploring. :)


I've used some cut files on this layout, from the July sponsor Cut to You. I found out my mum has a cutting machine, though she didn't know how to use it so got dad to cut the files for me. There are some great designs available at Cut to You, check them out!


Saturday, 1 June 2019

Fun Can Happen Anywhere - Scrap The Boys DT

I took these photos in December 2016 and have been meaning to scrapbook them every since but somehow never got around to it. I'm so happy to finally have them done! Does anyone else do this too or are you much more organised when it comes to your scrapbooking?


The challenge for Scrap The Boys this month is 'Me and My Best Friend'. It doesn't have to be a dog, just the special male in your life and an animal.

Harrison loves reuniting with Josh, his grandparent's dog, every time we visit. They live in a different state so we can only catch up a couple of times a year. At first, they are both way too rambunctious and have to be closely monitored to make sure neither of them get hurt. The longer we stay though, the more they settle into a routine and by the time we leave after 1-2 weeks, they are normally perfect companions and follow each other around like shadows. 


Lots of Kaisercraft products on this layout. I'm using up some OLD paper stash, the stencil and cracked open a newish embellishment pack. I'm not normally one to use lots of the die cuts on the one layout but I like the way this has turned out. Some washi tape, buttons and a flair were the finishing touches.


Wednesday, 1 May 2019

His Mumma - Scrap the Boys DT

With Mothers Day coming up this month, Scrap the Boys went with a 'mother' theme for our inspiration this month. I really enjoyed getting to create a more girly layout after the run of boy layouts.

I've used photos from Harry's 1st birthday photo shoot. Papers are an assortment of Kaisercraft ranges and single sheets. I love creating mixed media layouts but I started scrapbooking at a time when I was just about layering paper and I can't quite move away from that entirely. 


Just a simply little embellishment cluster in the top right to balance out the page. Ignore the black smudges, that's what I get for working on a messy desk. :(


Lots of goodies in this embellishment cluster. Most of it came from the D-Lish Scraps JAP kit Slice of Summer which I won for taking part in one of their cybercrop challenges. 




Sunday, 7 April 2019

Pregnancy Glow

My husband commented the other day that professional photos was one of my 'weaknesses' and I think he's right: I'm up for a photoshoot for any occasion. Because I browse so many professional photographers I have pretty high standards too, which leads to choosing more expensive photographers. Still, as I look back on the memories we've captured as our family I still consider it to be money well spent. 


This layout celebrates the photos I had taken during my two pregnancies. The dark background photo is from 2014 and I think I was around 33 weeks pregnant. The light background photo is from this year and I was 36 weeks pregnant.


I received a Kaisercraft paper pack a few years ago with 12x12 papers, mini paper pad and collectables but never opened it for some reason. I found them again during my recent craft room clean up so decided to use them for this layout. It's got a mix of pre-printed wreath, collectables and fussy cut flowers. 


I also added some texture paste through a stencil and some Kaisermist in green for added interest in the background. 


This layout was created for the Scrap The Girls challenge this month, which is 'Knock Your Socks Off' along with the below image. I married my high school sweetheart so don't really have an ex-boyfriend but the image and the theme made me think of self-confidence. Both these photoshoots made me feel so confident and beautiful so I thought they suited the theme well.


Monday, 1 April 2019

4th TMNT Birthday Party - Scrap the Boys DT

My son had a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles themed 4th birthday party. It was so much fun watching him interact with his new friends from daycare, seeing how they have progressed from playing next to each other to actually playing together.


The theme for April at Scrap the Boys is 'Lets Eat Cake' so featuring any celebration or event. I went quite literal with my photo choices, featuring the amazing cake my husband created for Harry's 4th birthday.
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 I'm trying to include visible journaling in my layouts recently, as I've realised I've created too many layouts without capturing the story behind the photos and now can't remember the context. 


I love his smile in this first photo. Oh, and check out the embellishment cluster. :)


Friday, 1 March 2019

Reach for the Stars - Scrap The Boys DT

Welcome to my layout for the March challenge over at Scrap the Boys. This is a photo from the newborn shoot we had for my now Mr 4.5year old. It's a bit weird to think that in another 1-2 months I'll be having another one of these shoots for our baby girl.


If you're interested in joining in this month, here is the lovely inspiration image. I obviously went with the stars theme and blue colour scheme. The rest of the team has interpreted it in a variety of ways so make sure you check out the blog to see them all. 
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The lovely scribble star stamps and 'Reach for the Stars' stamp are all from a Paper Roses set. The textured background stamp is Kaisercraft. The 'have big dreams' stamp is from Uniquely Creative. The flairs, sequins and star stencil come from D-Lish Scraps.


 I really like overall effect of this layout, though the blue/grey background stamping hasn't really shown up too well in these photos. If you look closely, you can see there are also white gesso stars through the background area. 



Thursday, 28 February 2019

Mindset of a Queen

My entry to Scrap The Girls Feb challenge. I loved the bright colours and the quote reminded me of my sister, who doesn't always appreciate just how strong she is. 😘

Does anyone else leave the layout on their desk overnight and check it in the morning just to make sure they're really done? The last photo is where I left it last night. Turns out it had a LOT more work to be done this morning. 😂 Wish I hadn't added the paint splatters but I can't take them back now.
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Friday, 1 February 2019

Fun Times - Scrap the Boys DT

Super excited to be sharing my very first layout as part of the Scrap the Boys design team! I've following this challenge site for a while now and they always have amazing challenges and inspiration. Hopefully my work encourages you to come join in too!


Here is the inspiration mood board for February. I ran with the colour scheme and the overlapping rectangles as my design inspiration for the layout. Most of the materials are from Cocoa Vanilla Studios. Photo shows my little man after being awarded his blue medal at tennis, which represents attending 36 lessons. He is loving learning this sport and his teacher says he is a dedicated student.

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I really loved the clear stickers that came in this release and used them to make my title.


Cute little embellishment cluster in the top corner was made easy with the die-cut packs.


Had to include the journaling. Each of the papers were edged in black to make them stand out against themselves and pop a bit more. 


Sunday, 20 January 2019

You Are Strong - Romanian Woman Canvas

It has been quite a while since I've uploaded anything to this blog. I'm still creating, but most of my stuff is only being displayed on my Instagram account. I feel that not too many people are actually reading full blogs anymore. If I'm wrong, leave me a comment at the bottom and I'll start sharing more here too. 


So this canvas was created for a friend at work, who had asked for a similar piece to one I've done before with a Romanian woman to reflect her heritage. I love doing these canvas pieces and am running out of room to keep them in my craft room so was happy to make one to give away. I thought I'd whip up a quick tutorial as well while I was at it.

My top tips for mixed media work:
1. Don't fall in love with the first couple of layers - realistically you're just going to cover most of these up.
2. Ensure you have contrast. Whether that's highlights of black/white or a pop of a different colour, you need something that stands out.
3. Don't be afraid to make mistakes, you can always cover them up if you really hate the effect 


First step for me when creating any mixed media piece is to lay down the background texture. Here I've used a book page, builders tape and crackle paste through a stencil. Because I'm working on a canvas, this was already primed with gesso. If you were creating on paper it's normally a good idea to give it a coat of clear or white gesso first to minimise warping.


I covered the whole thing with three shades of red/orange acrylic paint, blending them together as I spread the paint by spraying them with water to thin them out a little. This has actually blended them a bit more than I would have liked but I wasn't going to stress about it.


I applied some of the lightest orange acrylic paint to create circles on the background. I used a gelli plate to do this, with some ghost printing to create the lighter impressions. You could just as easily apply it directly through a stencil though.


This photo combines two steps. I drizzled some blue misting ink along the top edge of the canvas, letting it pool and drink wherever it felt like. I decided the blue didn't suit what I was going for, so went over it again with a brown ink which has a blue shimmer to it, just to tone it down and create a few more drips. 

Once that was dry, I applied the grey paint through a stencil. I wanted a really crisp design though and unfortunately my paint bled under the stencil. I just grabbed a baby wipe and whipped off all the grey paint. :)


Using the baby wipe to remove the paint gave me two lovely effects. Firstly, the grey paint stayed on the builders tape and highlighted that texture. I decided I liked the effect, so spread it around to the other areas with tape too. Whilst I was wiping the paint, it also took off the red paint from the top of the crackle paste, which made the stencil designs stand out more too so I repeated that over the whole canvas. 


I added a lot more interest to the background in this stage! I repeated the mist/ink drizzle at the bottom with a dark brown ink which I also flicked over the whole canvas, as well as some white ink. I've used white and brown pencils to highlight some of the orange circles. Lastly, I've applied some silver wax highlights to the crackle paste.


Once you're happy with the background, it's time to start building up the mid-ground. I used a paper doily, some cheesecloth and a ribbon off-cut. They were all glued down with matt gel medium.


The last step is to add your focal pieces. For me this was the Romanian woman after cutting her out and inking the edges in brown, along with the motivational stickers. I used a aquarelle pencil around the stickers to make them stand out a bit more too. Lastly, I added a couple more ribbons to the mid-ground as it was a little bit too plain otherwise. 


Hope you enjoyed the tutorial. If it inspires you to create something I'd love for you to share your project with me!

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Is it my fault?

A quick art journal page I whipped up. This one has my musings on Mother's Day as the base layer, and then I've built up a range of stencils and freehand designs over the top of it.


While I like the end result, I think the purple was too dark to really capture the detail in the flowers.


I liked trying a new technique with my stencils. I painted patches of acrylic paint and then used a baby wipe to get rid of the colour from the open stencil areas. it kind of creates a reverse stencil impression. 


This image is just for me to upload to Instagram.