Sunday, 23 August 2015

Do More of What Makes You Happy

The craziness of getting my layouts done for the Gold Coast Show is now over and I wanted to scrap something for myself before I turned my attention to the study I had been neglecting in the past couple of weeks. My friends and I had some fun in a photobooth last weekend and the colours happened to be perfect for the challenge over at Scrap The Girls.
 
 
I pulled out my sewing machine for this layout to add a bit more detail around the border. It's so much fun scrapping on a budget, really makes you get creative with your existing supplies.
 
I have drawn inspiration from the navy/pink/white/gold colour scheme, as well as those beautiful flowers in the insp picture.
 

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Sweet Dreams - Revised

So I first shared this layout back in July as one of my Scrapmatts DT posts. Since then though it has niggled in the back of my mind that is didn't feel quite finished. I had wanted to photos to be the star of the layout but they felt too much like they were just floating on top of the paper. Since it is also one of my Gold Coast Show entries I decided to take another go at it before handing it in today and I'm glad I did.
 

 
 
The left hand page has had a small blue banner removed (why did I stitch that on through the cardstock?!). The brown/cream/gold banner has been added, along with some vellum stars, washi tape and new chipboard border piece.
 
 
This page didn't have as much overall change to it, just the addition of the banner, washi tape and vellum stars. I like the way the banner ties all three photos together now for some interaction.
 
 
Can't go wrong with a detail shot.
 
 
And just for those who are interested, here is what it originally looked like:

 

Friday, 21 August 2015

Lovely Bridesmaids

 
My sister got married in May this year and she was nice enough to give me a copy of ALL her wedding photos when she visited earlier this month! I was getting a bit tired of scrapbooking mine so this has provided a nice diversion and will be my Gold Coast Show entry for the 'wedding' category. 
 
 
There are a couple of disclaimers with this layout: 1/ The dresses are actually a reddish-orange colour but the photos printed them as red so that's what I went with for the papers. 2/ I scraplifted this from a lovely layout by Amanda Melville in Vol 18 No 3 of Scrapbooking Memories. 3/ Yes, I got permission from my sister before I cut apart my bridesmaid bouquet to use as an embellishment in the floral cluster.

 
It was good to break out the Big Shot on this layout, with the title and leaf die-cuts. I literally had to dust it off before use it had been that long.
 
 
Little bit of hidden journaling on the pull out tag behind the photo. 
 
 

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Hens Party

The Gold Coast Show is on next weekend and entries are due tomorrow so I've been rushing trying to get mine all done. They all had to be double layouts this year which meant I couldn't even use any layouts from earlier in the year since I normally only do single pages.
 
 
This is my entry for the 'celebration' category. It is based on the Hens Party I threw for my sister in April this year. I think when I printed the photos I had a certain sketch in mind but then when I sat down to actually do it I went in a totally different direction.
 
 
There is some stencil work, some paint splatters, some washi tape and lots of fussy cutting for the flowers. I'm not 100% sold on it but my partner Ben thinks it is one of his favourites.

 
Lots of different D-lish Scraps flowers as embellishment a little touch of Scrapmatts chipboard and my journaling is hidden behind the large photo. 
 


Sunday, 16 August 2015

First Christmas - Scrapmatts DT

I love Christmas layouts, I have a whole album dedicated to them. Luckily, Scrapmatts makes a HUGE range of Christmas chipboard designs and there are new ones each year.
 
 
This year was a very special one for me, as it was Harrison's first Christmas. After a horrible start, which involved the family dog jumping at me causing Harrison to fall from my arms and hit his head on the floor, it turned into a great day. Harry slept through the majority of it, as captured in the photos.
 
 
I love this cheeky little photo of him peeking out behind his new teddy bear. The little elf outfit he wore was adorable but only lasted half the day, as newborn outfits tend to do. It's hard to remember he was such a baldy given how much hair he has now.

 
The lovely Scrapmatts pieces I have used in this layout are CB1212 Scrap Words 14, CB6097 Assorted Words 19, CB1224 Holly 03 and CB1097 Floral Spray 01. You know what I think one of the best things about Chipboard is? You can paint it to match the colour scheme of any layout, which makes it such a cost-effective embellishment.


Friday, 14 August 2015

Birthday Tags - D-Lish Scraps Guest Design Team

Even though I only needed to create two projects as guest design team member for D-LishScraps I just couldn't help myself and also created these two birthday tags. It's always good to have some extra cards or tags on hand for those last minute birthday gifts.
 
 
From the D-lish Scraps store I used: D-Lish Dots - Ombre Purple, Washi Masking Tape - Hearts, Rose Pack - Blue, After 5's - Lilac/Aqua.
 
Tags, chipboard sentiment and lattice work are all from Scrapmatts.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Delight - D-Lish Scraps Guest Design Team

My second project as Guest Design Team member over at D-Lish Scraps took a very different direction to my first project. I was initially going try and recover an old layout I had started back in late April which I'd earmarked for a lot of D-Lish goodness, but the layout just wasn't working back then and I couldn't save it now so I covered the whole thing in gesso and started over. I ended up with a much messier design which I actually like.
 
 
From the D-lish Scraps store I used: SFX - Delight Mini, Washi Masking Tape - Hearts, 25mm Glass Cabochons, Mini Heirloom Flower - Black, Flair - Love Notes, Wild Rose - While, Wild Rose - Aqua, Wild Rose - Coral, Rambling Rose - White. The blue muslin and sequins come from an old Just Add Paper kit I had.
 
 
 
If you're interested in seeing what the layout looked like before the gesso, here is a reminder. I've outlined the paper layers for texture but removed most of the colour in the finished project.
 
 

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Cherish - D-Lish Scraps Guest Design Team

D-Lish Scraps held a design team call a number of months ago and I just had to apply because I love their products so much. Whilst I didn't get a spot on the team I was invited to be a guest design team member and this is my month! :) You can head over to their blog to see all the projects now or I'll be sharing them here over the next couple of days.
 
My first project uses a photo I've already scrapped, which isn't something I do often, but I love it and I needed a black and white photo to suit the colour scheme of the layout. I like the clean design of this one and the D-lish scraps embellishments really help to lift the piece.
 
 
Can you believe this little man just turned one? I know I can't. I have some photos and craft projects for his birthday to share but I need to find some spare time to do that.
 
From D-lish Scraps I have used: Mixed Leaves - White (LOVE THESE!), SFX - Cherish Mini, Washi Masking Tape - Hello Beautiful, Coloured Paper Doilies - Black, Heirloom Flower - Black, Mini Heirloom Flower - Yellow, Flair - Make a Wish, Wildflowers - Saffron, Mini Roses - Yellow, Rose Pack - Yellow, Bitty Bags - Rainbow - Chevron. The yellow sequins are from an old monochrome kit I had too.

 
Check back tomorrow for the next reveal.
 
 

Monday, 27 July 2015

Love This - Beck BT class

It was a very busy weekend for me! Ben and I left Harrison with some friends and went to see Ant-Man at the movies on Friday night. Quite an enjoyable movie actually. Saturday I spent at the My2Angels scrapbooking retreat, scrapping from 10.30am until around 9pm. I somehow still didn't manage to get much done but it was bliss to have some uninterrupted scrapping time rather than having to do 30 minutes here and there around caring for Harry. Lastly, on Sunday I took part in the Color Run.
 
 
I had great plans for my time at the retreat, I was going to finish Lynda's wedding album (you know the one, it's been on my to-do list for the past three years) and then complete all these unfinished projects I have from various classes I've attended. Unfortunately, things didn't quite go as planned. I got to basics of three more of Lynda's pages but need to re-print two photos for two other pages. I need to go back over the whole album and add embellishments to the basic layouts.
 
I did however manage to finish this layout from Beck Beattie's class at the June Scrapbook Expo 2014 (yes, over a year ago!). It really didn't require much work to finish it off, I'm just so bad at pulling these projects out again if I don't finish them at the class. Anyway, it was fun the play with the textured spackle or whatever it was and I realised I got some new Gelatos in that kit, so I've added them to my collection.
 
Hope you had a great weekend too!
 
 

Friday, 17 July 2015

Sweet Dreams - Scrapmatts DT

This is my second Scrapmatts DT layout, featuring some photos of Harrison, this time from his newborn photo shoot. I have kept the embellishments relatively light as I wanted the focus to be on the beautiful photos. There is some chipboard from CB5135 Baby Boy 01, CB1166 Cupids 01, CB5101 Flags 02 and CB1200 Scrap Words 08.
 
 
The left page has some of the flags, which I painted light blue and then applied washi tape over the top. The stars of the washi tape are clear, so the pale blue shows through to match the layout. I really like the little cupid in the bottom corner too.

 
The right page has a matching cupid and a scrap word cloud which I have embossed with gold powder. The rocking horse comes from the baby boy chipboard pack and has been painted with acrylic paints.