Saturday, 19 September 2015

1st Day at Daycare

Harrison has his first day at daycare last month and I couldn't let the moment go without a photo to scrapbook later. His personalised backpack was a birthday present from his Aunt Kirby and Uncle Leeham. I was more nervous than Harry on the day, he was happy to have new toys and people to play with! He is certainly a social little boy.
This month's challenge over at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge is all about beginnings so I knew this photo would be perfect for it. Papers are by Kaisercraft and hexagon chipboard scatter is from Scrapmatts.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

The Best Gift Ever - Scrapmatts DT

I was going through my collection of pre-printed photos (which currently occupies TWO shoe-boxes, why do I keep printing more?) and came across this series of Christmas photos I took of Harrison last year. The DIY photoshoot was so much fun and I really liked the results but for some reason I haven't scrapped them yet. I couldn't resist this little face though. :)
This is my second Scrapmatts DT layout for this month. I loved the plain string circles Andrew and Sofie released a while ago but recently they made them even better by adding stars, dots and arrows to the circles. I've used the stars version here (CB5138 String Circles 02) embossed in gold, along with CB1097 Floral Spray 01, CB1212 Scrap Words 14 and CB6097 Assorted Words 19.
Kaisercraft has a Christmas-themed mood board as their September challenge, so the photo worked perfectly for this challenge. The layout has to be 80% Kaisercraft products so basically anything that isn't Scrapmatts is by Kaisercraft here. We have cardstock, Mistletoe patterned papers and stickers, lace, stamps, mist, rhinestones and a very old brad.
I used the current sketch over at Stuck?! Sketches for this layout as well, though I did deviate a bit. I rotated the sketch to the right, and then changed the placement of a few things. I think you can still see how I used the sketch as the basis, hopefully. :)
Lastly, Stuck?! has combined with Scrap Our Stash who are a new challenge site for me but I decided to give it a go anyway.
L - lace
A - alpha stickers
Y - yellow (gold)
E - embellishments (brad, chipboard)
R - red
S - stickers

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Escape Hunt - Scrapmatts DT

For my birthday back in May three of my girlfriends took me on a 'surprise adventure', they only told me to get Ben to look after Harry for a few hours and then took me away. We had lunch (at a sadly disappointing Greek café) and then went to Escape Hunt. It's an escape-the-room game where you have to solve a variety of different puzzles to get through three rooms to get the code to get out. It was quite a lot of fun.
This is my first Scrapmatts DT reveal for this month. I have used CB6105 Assorted Words 23, CB6106 Assorted Words 24 and CB5031 Mini Frames 01. The camera embellishment and yellow twine were also left over from a Scrapmatts class I did at an expo.

I used the current sketch over at Kraft Plus Challenges as my inspiration for this layout. I stuck fairly close to it but ended up changing it up at the end with my embellishments. I just feel like I have to add a scatter of sequins to all my work at the moment. :)
Sandra Wallace's photo.

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Little Man @ One

I ordered some photos from Harrison's first birthday shoot (by Divine Life Photography) to put in a frame in our living room, but I accidently ordered the wrong size. I couldn't work out what I was going to do with five 10x8 sized photos, until I thought of scrapping them. Not sure why it took me so long to work that one out, I'm going to blame it on only using 4x6 photos for so long.
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It's hard to believe my little man is already one! He's just a little bundle of energy so lots of fun but also exhausting. :) I really liked that our photo shoot captured some special daddy-son moments like this one.
This is a pretty simple design as I really wanted the photo and information to be the features. Papers and flair are from the Flying High range by Cocoa Vanilla Studio. I'm going to use this layout for challenge #3 over at The Scrap Suite in their cyber-crop, the theme is 'Lets Hear It For The Boys'.

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.