Monday, 31 March 2014

First & Only

What's this, could it be? Yes, it is a layout designed just for fun! After spending the whole weekend creating for DT projects I still felt creative so decided to whip together a layout for a couple of challenges before the month ended. It's been a while since I'd done a wedding photo so decided to whip one of those out and pair it with some beautiful Couture Creations papers and Scrapmatts chipboard.

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Had some fun layering paints and washi tape to create the background. Put some of my new muslin to use for a whispy background. End result is actually pretty girls but I still like it, and surprisingly so does Ben.

Inspiration for this layout came from Once Upon A ... Sketch. It's been too long since I last played over there. The journaling theme was this quote:

My journaling reads: I had a crush on Ben since I was 15. He was my first serious boyfriend, first person I lived with, first husband and soon to be father to our first child. He is my first and only true love.

The sketch for this month:

I also loved the colour challenge over at Kreative Koncepts (formerly Scrap Friends), and it worked perfecting with the Damask Delight paper range.

Now that I've been creative all weekend I think it's time for me to head back to the housework and try to catch up. Wish me luck! 

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Beautiful Butterflies Card

I hosted a Kaszazz workshop last week with a couple of friends in the hope of scoring some more free scrapbooking supplies. I know I don't need them, but if I'm going to continue to accumulate more then I may as well try for the free angle, right? :) Besides, it was a good excuse to get some of the girlfriends around and have a good old catch up session.
We had Michelle as our Kaszazz consultant and she did a fantastic job of selecting a card which was able to be completed by my not-crafty-all-friends and also enjoyed by those of use who have a bit more experience. You can see my completed card below.

I'm not normally that big on stamping (despite the mass of stamps I own) as I normally stuff it up but this time it worked out a treat. I really liked the idea of double stamping the title in two colours to get a shadow effect. It was great to see the variation on butterfly colours all my friends came up with as well. I forgot to get a photo of that though.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Best Practice Notebook - Scrapmatts DT

My work recently gave all the staff members notebooks in which to record topics for discussion at our fortnightly staff meetings to further our understanding of best practice principles. My first question was of course 'Can I decorate this?', given they were all the same brightly rainbow striped books.

After a very fun session of getting inky, this is the end result of my new 'Best Practice' notebook. I love this style of mixed media as it looks you use up lots of left over bits and pieces. I used a lot of beautiful Scrapmatts chipboard on this cover: CB5002 Ornate Frame 03; CB4063 Leaf Spray 13; CB6036 Dress Forms 01; CB1204 Ribbon Banners 01; CB1121 Words 26 Best Wishes; CB1145 Flowers 09.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Oh Happy Day - Scrapmatts DT

Here we have the first baby-related scrapbook page! In my true fashion of scrapping things late, this is the 8 week ultrasound and I am currently at 17 weeks. I'm sure I will only fall further behind from here. It feels like ages since the last time I scrapped anything, I think it might have been a full month. Morning sickness decided to ramp up rather than go away in my second trimester so it's still taking me a little while to get through everything and unfortunately keeping the house clean-ish has eaten into my craft time. 


This is a Scrapmatts DT LO so have lots of lovely little chipboard pieces on it: CB1002 Flourishes 03; CB5110 Layered Owls 02; CB5107 Arrows 01; CB1189 Scrapwords 01; CB1220 Ornate Frames 22 (Feb new release).
Close up shots show off the Scrapmatts chipboard, which I have just painted in suitable colours to match the LO. The 'Oh Happy Day' tag pulls out and contains some brief journalling. Papers are from Kaisercraft.
The sketch comes from March Week #2 for Let's Get Sketchy:
Use Your Stuff #126 is to use animals. I figured I'd enter the LO there too since I've used an own embellishment. The orange ribbon is from my stash, I don't even know where I got it from or when.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

I made the Couture Creations Design Team!

Couture Creations
I cannot tell you how excited and surprised I am to be able to announce I have been named as part of the 2014 design team for Couture Creations! You can see the official announcement here. If you're interested in details of the full team, here it is:
Couture Creations 2014 Design Team
Tracey Cooley (Special Projects)
Kerrie Gurney (Design Team Coordinator)
I have just checked out all the other ladies' blogs and they are an amazingly talented team. I am certainly in awe of the projects they created for the DT call. My term officially starts in April so look forward to seeing more projects from me then. :)