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.