Thursday, 9 March 2017

Christmas Time - Scrapmatts DT

My second Scrapmatts DT project this month continues my love of the string circles, this time combined with my favourite theme to scrapbook: Christmas! Best thing about this is I only used one sheet of chipboard for all three pieces.

If you look closely at the photo you can see Harrison is holding one of his monster trucks while Santa carefully holds another one. He was so excited in the line to see Santa, and so excited after we visited, but during the actual meeting he was so quiet and wanted nothing to do with Santa. :)

Normally I'm a fan of raw chipboard, because I like to put my own spin on it, but for this sheet I went with the classic white colouring. All I've had to add to it is a touch of liquid pearls to highlight the berries and circles. I've also coated the 'christmas' word in the pearls.

Only chipboard used: CB4068 String Circles 05 Holly.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Flying Fox - Scrapmatts DT

Scrapmatts is a sponsor over at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration and this month the whole team has been invited to participate as guest investigators. While seeming initially complex, these challenges are always a great deal of fun.

I think my favourite part of this layout is actually the photo strip I've hidden in the glassine bag behind the main photo. Both the black and white photos are too close to really show the flying fox aspect, Harrison could just be on a swing. I've printed three progressive colour photos to show Harrison flying from the top of the fox to the bottom about 20 meters down the path.

I had been holding onto that hot air balloon chippie for the longest time and was so happy to finally get to use it. The stars in the background were initially white texture paste but I thought they didn't show up enough so I painted them yellow later.

Scrapmatts used: CB1162 Assorted Words 08, CB1229 Chains 02, CB5035 Hot Air Balloons 01, CB1204, Ribbon Banners 01, CB2008 Page Borders 07. Stencil: ST1006.

This is the case file we had to draw inspiration from. Colours are as close as I could get with a little black and silver added (neutrals are fine to add, an extra colour can be no more than 10%). The inspiration image made me think of my little boy and flying, hence the photo choice. I've used design elements of stars, stripes, something that flies and washi tape. My journaling is about the adventure we had at the park.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Happy 50th - Scrapmatts DT

I am definitely not a chronological scrapper, I just pick whatever photo feels right to me when I sit down. It was my mum's 50th back in 2010 and I've tried to scrap this photo from my mum's 50th a number of times over the years, but her shirt is a very hard colour to match. It's strange to look back at this photo now and remember the happy occasion of the event given that so much has changed since. I guess that's why it's important to include journaling on your layouts, so you can capture how you felt at the time without it being distorted.

My second Scrapmatts DT layout is actually the one I created first, so it used the largest sized string circle and I haven't cut this one. I had a lot of fun creating that background circle with Gelatos but it did warp the page a fair bit. Some chipboard butterflies made the perfect scatter embellishments, I've coated them with dimensional magic to make them shine. I also used the poinsettia leaves tucked under everything because I think they look fantastic and I forgot to use them on the layout that I used all my poinsettia flowers. :)

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Friends - Scrapmatts DT

One of the highlights of my recent trip to Hawaii was going to the Kualoa Ranch. Besides the ziplining being AMAZING, it is also just a stunningly beautiful location. We had this lovely photo taken of us during our ATV tour, with the forest and mountains in the background. I couldn't resist scraping up a nature themed monochrome green layout to match.

I loved the original string circles when Scrapmatts first brought them out. Then Sofie and Andrew made them better by bring out new designs with dots, stars or arrows on the circles. Last month they expanded the range again to release a pack with larger sized circles! I fell in love and knew I had to play with them right away.

My circle for this layout looks a bit more like an oval, because I actually chopped it in half to open up that inside area a bit more. It doesn't go all the way around under the photos or the flower cluster. I love cutting up my chipboard to make it last that little bit longer or get it to suit my layout better. I've done the same thing with the leaves and the diamond background pieces. You can see what I mean in the photo above.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017


In October 2016 I took a short girls trip to Hawaii. It was lovely to have some time out to relax and explore a new location. While none of us are big drinkers, we did get into the holiday spirit by having a cocktail before each evening meal.

As soon as I saw the DLish Scraps Just Add Paper kit I thought of this photo. I just loved the colour scheme, and getting all the embellishments sent to me makes creating a layout so much easier. I also used some beautiful Cocoa Vanilla papers I found hidden away in my stash that matched perfectly.

This layout was created for the Dlish Scraps January challenge.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Just Ride

My mother-in-law is visiting at the moment and she encouraged me to make some more time for crafting while she looked after Harrison, who am I to argue? :) I snapped this photo of Harrison on my phone back in July 2016 and I just love it. It's the view I see so often as Harrison hops on to his trike and takes off down the road. It does matter whether we're just going around the complex or walking to a local park or up the path behind out house, he just loves an excuse to get out and ride.

I tried my hand at creating a messy background but those cool paint splashes just didn't work for me. I think I might need to thin down my paint first? I've used lots of Scrapmatts goodies on this layout: CB5158 Triangles 03, CB1195 Silhouettes 03, CB1162 Assorted Words 08 and ST5018 Stencil Alphabet

The layout was inspired by the current Kraft+ challenge which was a kraft background and you had to use a bike somewhere on your layout.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Fiji Mini Album - Scrapmatts DT

Sofie and Andrew, the lovely owners of Scrapmatts, came to my town to run a day of classes in December last year. It had been far too long since the last time I got to catch up with them, so I took the day off work and signed up to do Sofie's mini-album with a cruise/beach theme. I was doing so well following instructions and got through most of it during the class... but then I got home and went a bit rogue. Before I knew it, there were pockets for hidden journaling, a lift-the-flap photo, even extra pages!

This beautiful cover page is entirely Sofie's design. A stunning mixed media piece, I didn't change a thing from what we created in the class.

For the inside cover I wanted to expand the seaweed at the bottom but didn't have any chipboard left. By masking off the areas I didn't want, I was able to use the frame as a mask and misted some extra seaweed. The photo on the right formed a pocket for a journaling card.

I created a lift-the-flag photo on the left because I had two photos of the jet boating I wanted to share.

The two chipboard shells were raw chipboard I painted with white gesso and then watercolored over the top to get the subtle muted tones.

More hidden journaling in this one. The tree branch is one piece that I've cut to fit across the two pages.

Sometimes the journaling works best without being hidden. 

I used the chipboard to create mini-scenes for each of these pages, continuing the elements from within photo. There are journaling cards behind each photo.

The back page is just to show Sofie I was able to use that beautiful paper as a feature instead of using the reverse striped side like her instructions told me to. :)

Most of my chipboard for this project was specially made in a kit for the class, even taking into consideration the extra pages. Before I was on the Design Team, I would always make sure to take a Scrapmatts class at every expo I went to because there are always lots of extra chippies to play with when you get home included in the kit. If you were looking to replicate this album, similar chipboard includes: CB6062 Shells 02, CB1218 Scrap Words 19, CB6113 Scrap Words 32, CB6103 Scrap Words 21, CB5056 Twigs 02, CB1126 Marine Life 01, CB1221 Nautical Designs 04. I also used stencil ST1004 Stencil Bubbles.

The challenge over at Show Us Your Stuff this month is the mood board above which I saw as I was finishing off my album. I was inspired by the beach theme, the shell and star shapes and the bright accent pink/red colour. My handmade items are all the hand-painted chipboard shapes.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Christmas Advent Calendar - Scrapmatts DT

Back in 2010 I created my first advent calendar, using a MDF kit from Kaisercraft. I figured I would make one calendar which we could re-fill with quality lollies each year, instead of spending $5-$10 on one each year filled with dodgy chocolate. Eventually it would pay for itself, right? The problem was, I hadn't quite factored in the initial costs for materials, the time it would take to make it or the fact that I would enjoy making it so much that I wanted to make another one three years later! :)

My Scrapmatts Design Team project for this month is actually my THIRD Kaisercraft advent calendar. Don't worry, this one is for my sister. She wanted a rustic theme and picked out the papers for me. I went with a different shaped kit to my last two and was surprised to find this one didn't come with chipboard numbers. I never use numbers in my titles though so this was the perfect opportunity to use up a few from spare alphabets I had lying around.

I love the range of Christmas chipboard available from Scrapmatts! They have reindeers, snowflakes, nativity scenes, baubles, trees, bells, words in a variety of different sizes and colours. In all honesty, I think half my collection of Scrapmatts chipboard is Christmas themed. :) I have painted most of the pieces with acrylic paint which really helps bring out the details in the chipboard. The background also has golden stars painted on it using a stencil.

 The decorations around the outside are actually just cheap embellishments I picked up from the local discount shop. The Christmas-themed printed burlap ribbon was perfect to wrap around, and the sprigs make a great finishing touch.

Stencil used: ST1006 Stencil Stars.

If you've interested in seeing my earlier advent calendars, I started with this traditional themed one in 2010.

I then moved on to this White Christmas themed one in 2013.

Last year in 2015 I decided to re-visit my traditional one and update it by removing the centre panel and creating a new scene.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Cactus Painting

This is actually a bit of a delayed post, as I created this cactus painting back on the 12th but the photos were all on my phone so took a while to transfer over to the computer. Two girlfriends and I took part in a Cork and Chroma Paint and Sip pop-up event at The Kitchens in Robina Town Centre. It was a great little event, with really easy instructions to walk you through to this finished product.

The event took three hours which allowed enough time for a somewhat leisurely progression with time for food and wine along the way. 

 I really loved the way we all ended up with very different artworks despite following the same instructions. Now I have to find somewhere to display it.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Wide Brown Land

I managed to find a couple of nights free to whip up a layout that isn't design team related! I have always loved this paper range from Kaisercraft, but struggled to get it to work with any beach papers. I think it worked quite beautifully with these photos from a family holiday to the Northern Territory outback though. I couldn't believe this took place way back in 2005.

Anyway, I have used a sketch from Stuck?! Sketches as the base, rotating it to suit my landscape photos.