Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Inspire Journal Cover and Christmas Tags - Scrapmatts DT work

Scrapbooking Creations is an Australian scrapbooking magazine I subscribe to. This month they have started a new feature where all their Design Diva's showcase new techniques in an art journal. The whole project looked like so much fun I decided it was finally time to start my own art journal. I have copied Angella Peardon's technique for my cover using texture paste, mists and salt to create that very funky background.

I had the watch hands left over from the large fob watch piece so I painted them with Perfect Pearls and used them as a feature piece. I have also painted some leaf sprays and the Inspire word the same way. 

 And here is just a side view to show off the funky washi tape I put down the spine. This is also my mid-month example for UnstampaBelles challenge this month, which was to use us your scraps/stash. The journal book has been sitting in my draw for years without being used and was originally silver before I gesso'd it. The texture paste and mists are also something I have had for years.

Our second brief for this month was to create a couple of Christmas themed tags. I had never created a tag prior to joining the Scrapmatts team so I still struggle a bit with them however I like the challenge.  My first tag has a very traditional theme to it, using papers from the Kaisercraft Just Believe range.

 I went in a bit of a different direction with my second tag. This one has some gesso applied over the chipboard before adding some mists and water. The textured/speckled effect was hard to capture in a photo.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Baptism Day - ScrapFriends Guest DT

My two friends babies turned one and were also baptised recently. I managed to get some fantastic photos of both of them on each of their special days and took the opportunity to scrap this one from Harvey's day in May. I spent ages getting a funky background happening with mists and gesso, but then ended up covering most of it up. :(

I was in the Top 5 for ScrapFriend's YummyScrap #15! I am so excited by this, as I love all the sketches and colour combinations over there and they have some amazing entries each fortnight. They invited me to come back as a Guest Designer for Yummy Scrap #17.

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The colour palette for this month is fantastic, I loved the bright yellow with the green/grey/red accents. I had to alter a few of my embellishments to match the colour scheme though. The doily was originally white, I misted it with yellow and green then washed it out to fade the colours. The flower was originally a light pink which I misted with a new bright red Dylusion mist.

I would love to see what you come up with for this colour scheme.

Monday, 2 September 2013

Hello Friend Card - UnstampaBelles DT

It's a new month and time for a new challenge over at UnstampaBelles! This month our challenge is to use your scraps (or at least something that has been in your stash for a long time). If you are anything like me this should be a very easy challenge, as I have LOTS of scraps and old products sitting around.


I decided to go with the left over paper scraps from my last scrapbooking layout. It was quite simple to use the same design and techniques to create a quick friendship card and better than throwing away the left over strips. So easy in fact I might need to consider making more cards with left overs.  The odd shape of the card is because I used a cardstock scrap for the base too.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Gold Coast Show Round Up

It was beautiful weather this weekend for the Gold Coast Show. Ben and I normally go on the Sunday so we can stick around and pick up my scrapbooking layouts at the end but this year the Gold Coast Suns had their last game of the season on the Sunday, so we went on Saturday instead. This meant we had the opportunity to see the dog competitions and wood chopping for the first time in a few years, as they only run the first two days (Friday and Saturday).

I always enjoy getting to check out all the visual arts entries and this year there was some incredible artworks entered. Unfortunately, a lot of the other competition sections were pretty light on entries this year, including paper tole and cakes. I also didn't see ANY cross-stitch entities. There were only a few scrapbooking entries this year and it is safe to say that the judge and I had very different ideas on what constituted good scrapbooking. The entries which followed a clean Azza style scored very highly, while I prefer a more mixed-media style. Still, I enjoyed the challenge of having to create some doubles and themes I wouldn't normally document. 

Here are my results:

First place - Christmas

Second place - Open Theme; Celebrations; Children/Babies; Weddings; Heritage.



Third place - Off the Page; Pets


Did not place - Teddy Bears; Seasons/Holidays.