Monday, 27 July 2015

Love This - Beck BT class

It was a very busy weekend for me! Ben and I left Harrison with some friends and went to see Ant-Man at the movies on Friday night. Quite an enjoyable movie actually. Saturday I spent at the My2Angels scrapbooking retreat, scrapping from 10.30am until around 9pm. I somehow still didn't manage to get much done but it was bliss to have some uninterrupted scrapping time rather than having to do 30 minutes here and there around caring for Harry. Lastly, on Sunday I took part in the Color Run.
I had great plans for my time at the retreat, I was going to finish Lynda's wedding album (you know the one, it's been on my to-do list for the past three years) and then complete all these unfinished projects I have from various classes I've attended. Unfortunately, things didn't quite go as planned. I got to basics of three more of Lynda's pages but need to re-print two photos for two other pages. I need to go back over the whole album and add embellishments to the basic layouts.
I did however manage to finish this layout from Beck Beattie's class at the June Scrapbook Expo 2014 (yes, over a year ago!). It really didn't require much work to finish it off, I'm just so bad at pulling these projects out again if I don't finish them at the class. Anyway, it was fun the play with the textured spackle or whatever it was and I realised I got some new Gelatos in that kit, so I've added them to my collection.
Hope you had a great weekend too!

Friday, 17 July 2015

Sweet Dreams - Scrapmatts DT

This is my second Scrapmatts DT layout, featuring some photos of Harrison, this time from his newborn photo shoot. I have kept the embellishments relatively light as I wanted the focus to be on the beautiful photos. There is some chipboard from CB5135 Baby Boy 01, CB1166 Cupids 01, CB5101 Flags 02 and CB1200 Scrap Words 08.
The left page has some of the flags, which I painted light blue and then applied washi tape over the top. The stars of the washi tape are clear, so the pale blue shows through to match the layout. I really like the little cupid in the bottom corner too.

The right page has a matching cupid and a scrap word cloud which I have embossed with gold powder. The rocking horse comes from the baby boy chipboard pack and has been painted with acrylic paints.


Monday, 13 July 2015

My Little Man - Let's Get Sketchy DT

This is one of my favourite photographs of Harrison. I just snapped it while he was playing on the lawn next to me as I hung out the washing but his smile is perfect and the colours really pop. I couldn't wait to be able to scrapbook it and I'm really happy with the end result of this layout.
I took some inspiration from the amazing Linda Eggleton for my embellishment clusters. I've pulled out some very old chipboard frames and paired them with some awesome new D-lish Scraps flowers, washi and flair. Chipboard circles and title word are from Scrapmatts.

This is my DT project for Week 2 over at Let's Get Sketchy using this fantastic sketch. It is so versatile and easy to work with. Head on over to see what the rest of the DT created and please share your own creation with us.

Monday, 6 July 2015


The Gold Coast Show has ruled all entries to the scrapbook section need to be double-pages this year, which is a challenge for me as I normally scrap singles. Still, being challenged to use a different design perspective is a good way to get out of a rut so I'm trying to be open to the challenge.
This layout has been created for the heritage category and features photos of my Nana which my aunt sent through to me. I had Nana complete a survey back in 2009 and have been waiting for an opportunity to include the information in a layout since then so I've used some of it for the basis of my journaling.

The layout features Kaisercraft's Blue Bay collection, which I had selected after winning a competition. Initially I wasn't so keen on it, but it is really such a versatile collection and I've found myself reaching for it again and again. The title is hand cut (no fancy machine for me), the white roses are also fussy cut from a 6x6 paper pad. Chipboard is from Scrapmatts of course.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Sparkle Card

I have a friend who recently underwent exploratory surgery and wanted to whip up a quick card for her to go with some flowers. Since I only had the length of one of Harrison's naps to create in (roughly an hour on a good day) it had to be something quick and simple. I started with a 4 x 6 Project Life type card from Kaisercraft and went from there. A cardstock matt, some die-cut leaves, some Glitzin' Glam and some mini-blooms later, we have one completed card. :)
It was so nice and easy, I might need to whip up a couple more cards like this. Especially since I have HEAPS of these cards for some reason. I was going to give pocket scrapping a try but decided I was already fall enough behind I think. Anyway, here is the original card I started with:

Saturday, 27 June 2015

First Touch - CSI Guest Designer

My term as CSI guest designer is coming to close as the month draws to an end but I had a lot of fun and really like this layout I finished with. This amazing photo of my husband and son was taken by one of the operating nurses during my C-section and I think it is just amazing!
I wanted the focus to be the photo so kept the papers and embellishments to a minimum. The baby boy chipboard sheet was perfect for my little cluster, I just used some acrylic paint to get them to match the layout.
I solved the CSI case by using stripes in my blue paper and a cursive font on my journaling card as the evidence. The journaling is my husband's thoughts on his happiness at experiencing the birth of his son, so utilising the inspiration words. I have used a couple of Scrapmatts pieces as the embellishments here: CB6105 Assorted Words 23; CB5139 String Circles 03 and CB5135 Baby Boy 01.

I also used the current Stuck?! Sketches challenge as the basis for this layout. I love how quickly the page came together using this great sketch.

Monday, 22 June 2015

The High Line - Let's Get Sketchy DT

The Gold Coast Show has released their competition list for this year and I was sad to see that EVERY scrapbooking category requires a double page layout. I'm really not sure why they feel the need to restrict page design, I think you could compare doubles and single page layouts against each other given their is set scoring criteria. Anyway, it means I have to get my head around creating doubles for the next couple of months and I can't use any of the layouts I had already created this year. Here is the first of (hopefully) ten doubles before the end of August.
I have used some photos I shot whilst walking the High Line, a tourist attraction in New York, in late 2012. It was a fantastic place to visit and I got some really good photos. I love that I finally got a chance to use these Basic Grey papers why have been in my stash for YEARS.

I used the current sketch over at Let's Get Sketchy for this left hand page. Even though I turned it into a double I think you can clearly see the sketch in the layout. The patterned on the cardstock uses a home made mist, hence the slight differences between the two pages.
The second page has some more of the scenery shots I took to show off the views and the beautiful gardens. I really liked that they left some of the track there so you were reminded of the original purpose.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Love That - CSI Guest Designer

Scrapmatts is sponsoring CSI: Colour, Stories, Inspiration this month so as part of the Scrapmatts DT I was invited to be a 'guest detective' for the month. This week was a bit easier than last week for me to combine all the elements. Don't you love when you have some paper that perfectly matches a colour challenge? Of course, I have so much paper I should be able to match pretty much any colour combo possible. :)
The photo is an old one from the engagement photo shoot Ben and I did with Daniel Sheenan Studios in Melbourne. It was such a fun time and so different to our life now, being able to spend a couple of hours wandering around the city without having to worry about feeds, naps, nappies, toys etc.
Are you interested in knowing which beautiful Scrapmatts pieces I've used for this layout? I ended up with quite an assortment on the page. The white heart was the last addition, I thought I was done without it but Ben thought it was missing something to bring the focus back to the photo. I have used CB6095 Assorted Words 18, CB1159 Hearts 05, CB5113 Heart Frames 10, CB1209 Scrap Words 12, CB1087 Birds 02 and CB5128 Circle Mesh 01. 
Above is the case file for #167. How did I solve this case? Evidence: clouds in the washi tape banner, chipboard bird in cluster and just a few circles. Testimony: pop up flap for my journaling. Don't believe me? I hid it under the banners in the top corner. :)

Monday, 8 June 2015

Lori's Hens Party - Let's Get Sketchy DT

I've never been a big drinker or big partier, in fact both of my hen's parties (yes, I had two for the one wedding) ended around 10pm because I wanted to go home to bed. As you can imagine, I didn't really feel constrained by the restrictions imposed by pregnancy and then breastfeeding. However, it was nice to have a chance to go out partying with the girls for a colleague's hens party recently, even if I was the only sober one at 10pm when I went home and they moved on to the next club. :) 
This was one of those layouts that didn't turn out how I was expecting, mainly due to issues with the background. I wanted to create a background of drips running down the page, but the Dylusions ink soaked straight in instead. Despite backing the cardstock with extra paper it still warped. The black ink flicks were not what I was after at all. I actually thought I was finished with this layout but decided to rework it two days later because it had been bugging me. I like the end result better, you can see the earlier one of the Let's Get Sketchy page.

This was created for the Let's Get Sketchy reveal. It's a great sketch and we would love to see your take on it.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Learning - CSI Guest Detective

Scrapmatts is sponsoring CSI: Colour, Stories, Inspiration this month so as part of the Scrapmatts DT I was invited to be a 'guest detective' for the month. I had seen the CSI challenges before but they always seemed a bit complicated to me, having set criteria for colour scheme, design elements and journaling. Turns out it wasn't as hard as I'd thought though. :)
The prompt for this case file showed lots of children drawing. I was initially tempted to go with photos of Harrison playing but decided to focus on the create aspect rather than the children so picked photos from the Scrapbook Expo last year. I took a photo with each tutor after the class and have picked a few of these to include on this layout.

The beautiful Scrapmatts chipboard on this layout are CB5114 String Circles 01, CB1222 Feather 02 and CB1200 Scrap Words 08. I have painted the circle red, pulled out some OLD embossing enamel to use on the feathers and left the word raw.

So how did I solve this case? Evidence: I have a cloud shape in my Scrap Word and have used paint on the circle. Testimony: I went with the inspiration words 'play, imagination, art' and wrote about the fun of taking classes.