Monday, November 30, 2015

Scrapping Clearly challenge

It's been a little while since I've completed a scrappy challenge. And it was great to sit down and do it because let's face it, this time of year is busy to say the least.

I chose the Scrapping Clearly sketch challenge because I LOVED the sketch. So beautiful. Butterflies and lacey bits - gorgeous.

November Sketch

And this is my take....

Because I knew I was going to use lots of colour, I chose to print my photo in black and white.

I added florals and painted some chippy. Instead of using a doily behind the photo, which is what I initially thought I would do, I painted some flourish chipboard green and popped it in behind the top and bottom of my photo.

The Kaisercraft spray mist has such a shine to it - I love it. Final touches were a flair and some sequins (of course!).

Thanks for popping in. See you next time :)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Geez Louise!

So I've been a little absent. You know the drill. Work, family, life.....

I've still been creating but in a different form lately. If you follow me on Instragram then you know I'm a little obsessed with collage and paint at the moment. I've enjoyed letting go and just making some mess on canvas. Very liberating!

But here I am again with a scrapbook page. I approached this one a little differently. I applied some of the things that I've learned about collage to this page. They are subtle differences but it made a big impact for me.

This page is about the day I met an incredibly creative and inspiring woman. A most amazing day spent creating with products I've never used before.

I approached the page messily, NOT me at all!

Staples, scrunched up tissue paper, half-hidden embellies, ink splats (with Bombay India Ink which I am happy to say I'm not scared of anymore!).

As with the tissue paper and tassel, I tried to include lots of texture, adding muslin as a layer, a doily and stapled vellum over one of the patterned papers.

More staples and zig -ag stitching adds further interest.

I've done lots of these things before but this time it was a little more deliberate, thinking of the layers and textures I was choosing.

I had so much fun creating this page. The colour palette I used was inspired by Scrap The Girls challenge this month:

Thanks for popping in!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

My Creativity Notebook

Hi there!

I'm showing something a little different today - my Creativity Notebook.

I recently bought a very pretty A4 notebook with sections from Typo.

I don't know about you but I have small bits of paper everywhere with notes, lists, inspiration and more. So I thought it would be nice to put them all in one place. (I do have a separate smaller notebook for materials lists for my pages).

I didn't have to do anything to this cover. I simply added my name with thickers :)

The dividers for the four section have pockets also.

I take out my Scrap My Stash boxes of papers and embellishments to use them in this notebook. I created these two boxes because I found that I was buying lots of goodies and forgetting about the stuff I already had.

The first section is for sketches, mood boards, journaling ideas and any kind of paper inspiration.
I stamped the heading and added some embellies to make it pretty :)

The next section is for art and collage inspiration. I am nuts over collage at the moment.
I stamped and cut letters from paper for my heading. Then added some washi tape.

The next section is for general scribbling that I do sometimes. For example, quotes I love, books I want to read and any kind of list. I am a list-taker, that's for sure!

The last section is for organisation. Not necessarily for crafty stuff but for any kind of planning and organising.

This is an example of journaling ideas. I printed out a list I found online, stuck it in and decorated it a little. 

Another example is this page where I included my fave D-Lish Scraps mood board and I simply embellished the rest of the page. 

So there you have it. My creativity notebook. Here's to being (and staying) creative!

Friday, August 28, 2015

SUYS challenge

Hi everyone.

I'm popping in to share my interpretation of the gorgeous mood board up this month for Show Us Your Stuff challenge.

Lots of bright colours and wood features....

I was particularly taken by the coloured pieces of wood with flowers attached to them so I went with that.

A grid format to my page and machine stitching - both pretty familiar things to me!

Backed onto woodgrain paper, I mounted my photo onto cork which I recently bought in a pack of 6x6 sheets. Very handy. I will definitely try my hand at punching and cutting shaping from these sheets soon. My handmade item is a gorgeous flair button from D-Lish Scraps.

The title was inspired by the writing on the mood board. Placing the title down the left hand side of the photo  also covered a lot of distracting stuff of the photo (let's face it, I'm not a great photographer!)

I added some hidden journaling behind the photo and secured it with a peg - also inspired by the pegs in the mood board.

Mounted onto a strip of distressed patterned paper, I wound a flower stem around some wire and then stapled it the page. I really loved how this turned out.

Thanks for popping by!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Kaisercraft challenge

Hi everyone!

I joined in on the Kaisercraft challenge this month - my first time and it was lots of fun. It was a sketch...


And here's my take...

I absolutely LOVE Kaisercraft iridescent spray inks and I'm building a nice little collection. On this page, I used the mists to colour the wood veneer and then added some splatters for good measure :) I also machine stitched for a little more interest on the page.

Products used:

  • Papers - Time Machine, Botanica, Base Coat
  • Wood veneer - Roamn Clock Face, Leaves - mixed designs
  • Rub-ons - After Five | Borders
  • Collectables - Fly Free butterfly
  • Spray Inks - Antique Gold, Yellow, Lime Green and Turquoise

Thanks for popping by :) Hope you have a lovely scrappy weekend.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

D-Lish Scraps Design Team shares

Hi Everyone!

Just popping in to share my recent layouts for the D-Lish Scraps design team.

My go-to design is definitely grid formations :) I love it. I'm really enjoying using dark blues at the moment and have a slowly built a small collection of papers and embellies in navy blues.

This layout came together quickly and easily. I added die cuts and muslin for interest and texture, breaking up the squares on the page. I also added thread and ink splatters. I really liked using grey for my background - giving a sutle but interesting look.

I attempted another canvas. This is definitely not something that comes easy to me. I started this one twice over. Initially I used red ink spray and let it drip down the canvas. Yep, you guessed it. It looked like dripping blood. Out came the gesso and I started again. The end result is a far more subtle background. I love using muslin but this time I used more than I usually do, almost using it as a substitute for pattered paper. Actually, I didn't use any patterned paper on this at all! Very unlike me :)

This final layout is definitely one of my favourites. This layout could easily be called masculine but me, this is a reflection of my girl - loves shades of blue (like mum!), outgoing and fun.

A messy background using Gelatoes and paint, lots of messy stitching and some black embellies to finish the page.

Thanks for popping by!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Scrap The Boys challenge

Hi everyone!

I'm excited to join in with Scrap The Boys this month. I've been sifting through older photos and came across a large printed photo of my son. So I couldn't resist scrapping it :)

This was the inspirational image this month.

And here is my interpretation.

I added texture by folding up the edges of all my papers. There isn't a lot of embellishment since the photo is so large. I really enjoyed adding pops of cork too.

I created my own large 'shaker' embellishment. I stamped and embossed a jar onto vellum. I then added another piece of vellum and stitched on three sides. I added multi-size sequins and small wood veneer and finished stitching the top of the jar image to enclose all the bits.

Thanks for stopping by!