Tuesday, January 27, 2015

D-Lish Scraps Cyber Crop

Just a quick share of my layouts for this month's D-Lish Scraps Cyber Crop.

I haven't joined in for a while so I thought I'd make the time this month. It was lots of fun and the challenges really pushed me to create in many different ways.

This challenge asked to include digital pieces in a summer themed layout. It was the first time I attempted a print and cut on my Cameo. Oh boy, was that fun!

One challenge asked to include pockets and no photos. I've created layouts like this before so it was an easy one for me. It created a double-decker pocket for mementos from my birthday.

Another challenge asked us to pick a triad of colours from a mood board to create a layout. This was super fun. I've mentioned before that I'm not a big fan of Christmas pages and I enjoyed breaking the rules for this Christmas Day page. My triad of colours were red, blue and yellow. I did a little mixed media on a fairly neutral background. I rarely do multiple photo layouts so I was very happy with this one.

This challenge asked us to follow a sketch. I cut some pretty awesome circle designs with my Cameo for my background. It also required a number in the title so I used the end my journaling as my title.

The final challenge was about an everyday thing where the photo did not include people in it. I've been meaning to scrap my blogging journey so far and this was a great chance to do so. I printed my blog header as the photo and I journaled heaps on the back of the page. I've never done that before.

Did anyone notice I added three sequins on my page! ;)

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Show Us Your Stuff challenge

I was determined to scrap a couple of photos from New Year's Eve just gone. The photos were pretty awesome and it was the first time that my kids made it to midnight! Something to celebrate. They had such a good time with friends :)

I decided to use this month's sketch at Show Us Your Stuff challenge. I flipped the sketch anti-clockwise.

Because the photos are night shots with crazy fluoro effects from their glow wear, I knew I had to approach this a little differently. I remembered an article written by Heather McMahon about scrapping music concert photos that had dark backgrounds and bright colours. I found the article very helpful which was in Scrapbooking Memories Vol 17 No 2.

Using a black base and bright colours was the key, I think.

I used white ink and gesso to stencil in the background. Then I added a bright yellow paper bag as the backing to my photos. 

A number of handmade items include the black pocket with a journal piece inside and the flair badge. 

Lesson to be learned - pay attention to those articles!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Happy/Sad moments

I recently subscribed to Scrappy Canary kits. I try to keep my stash to a minimum because I don't have a great deal of space for my crafting. I like to keep it manageable and I'm certainly not one to keep tons of my favourite paper to use one day. I really like to use the stuff I have.

But my stash is running a little low. And I thought I'd give Scrappy Canary a go. The run a monthly challenge and January's challenge is a simple sketch.

I used a lot of the kit and some of my own papers and products to create my layout. I did flip the sketch. I ran some stitching along a vellum banner and around the border of the page.

A happy coincidence - I wrote my journaling and then found a sticker that had an identical phrase! 'Happy/Sad' moment it was indeed!

I made a little embellishment using wood veneer, paper and stickers.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Back to challenges...

Getting back into challenges for the new year and I've started with one I haven't participated in before - Sketchabilities.

A gorgeous sketch indeed:

And this is my take:

I had too much fun cutting shapes from my Silhouette cameo...

And this sketch gave me an opportunity to stitch on my layouts. I may have actually found something that might be called 'my style' with the stitching! Yay!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

A random tweet + my current read = my word for 2015

Okay, let me explain the title...And a warning, this post is very introspective.

I read a random tweet on Brain Pickings. It resonated with me:

"When you recognise that pain - and response to pain - is a universal thing, it helps explain so many things about others, just as it explains so much about yourself. It teaches you forbearance. It teaches you a moderation in your responses to other people's behaviour. It teaches you a sort of understanding. It essentially tells you what everybody needs. You know what everybody needs? You want to put it in a single word?
Everybody needs to be understood.

And out of that comes every form of love"

An hour later, as I was reading my current read, 'Wild Cat Falling', I read this...

"Only sometimes I get this feeling I want to talk and make someone understand the way I think. Of course people never do. Mostly they cut me off after the first few don't-care words and start handing out stupid advice and I just freeze up inside. Still, I have this tiny hope that some day someone will listen and nearly understand."

And that's when it stopped me in my tracks. Pure coincidence and serendipitous.

I tried to do Ali Edward's One Little Word in 2014 but it just didn't work for me. I could not find a word that fit. So instead I set some goals and scrapped them. I talk about this in the November 2014 issue of Scrapbooking Memories magazine (Did I just give myself a plug??!)

But there it is was. Within an hour of each other, I saw a word that could help me this year. I've been struggling lately with the big stuff and the small stuff. If I try to understand, then I could stop judging, stop getting frustrated, stop worrying. 

So I've scrapped my word for 2015...UNDERSTAND.

It is a simple layout. I've been embellishing very little lately...
I've written some thoughts on a tag that sits behind the photograph of me.

I cut strips of some pretty Glitz Design papers as my background on Kraft paper. 

I printed out the two quotes and boxed the word understand to highlight them even more.
Some wood veneer and Crate Paper ephemera pretty much completes the layout.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Sketchy Board Challenge

I'm delighted to tell you I'm part of the Sketchy Boards Challenge design team from this month :)

Join us over on Facebook here.

The January sketch is pretty awesome...

and the mood board to accompany it....

And this is what I came up with...I focused on lots of texture. And of course, I had to cut some shapes from my Cameo :)

I tore strips of paper and then applied gesso over the top.

 I added blue glitter to texture paste and used a Tim Holtz stencil. The shells are Silhouette cuts that I painted with watercolour. Then I stamped with a Kaisercraft stamp that has a bubble wrap effect. The blue droplets are from Flourish With A Bling.