project life week two + insert...

Hi again :) I've already fallen a bit behind with my album but recently made some time to get week two complete, and even manged to put together a double paged insert while I was at it!

I am still playing with watercolours and using the same products that I began January with, but I changed out the teal accent colour with a vibrant blue from the reverse side of one of my patterned papers and love the way it worked with this week's photos. 

You can get a better look at all the details on my original post over on the Sassy Scrappers blog along with a full list of all the products I have used. 

Same products but with a slightly different feel for an insert to document one of our summer adventures. 

We had a wonderful time at the coast and even brought a little bit of the beach home with us!
I used my fuse tool to create a fun sand shaker pocket . 

As always, you'll find all the details and product listing on my original post over on the Sassy Scrappers blog. 

Thanks for stopping by xx

february @kraft+...

A new month and a brand new challenge from Kraft+ Challenges.

Criteria: Kraft + Sketch + Colour. 

We have a great sketch with a 'coastal chic' theme this month and even though your project doesn't necessarily need to have a beach theme, I decided to go with some photos of my boys from a recent fishing trip.

I kept things simple with a subtle coastal colour palette, and used the sketch as a guide for my page design. 

I dry brushed some white acrylic paint onto the kraft background to help it to blend in with my paper layers and used some white netting to give my page some added depth and texture. 

Be sure to check out all the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the team and our guest designers over on the Kraft+ blog, and don't forget to upload your entries by the end of the month for a chance to win one of this moth's prizes!

Thanks for stopping by xx

project life week one...

Hi there :) I am excited to finally make a start in my 2017 album and have enjoyed recording all the details from our first week using a mix of lovely products from the Sassy Scrappers store.

I couldn't decide on a single range to use, so mixed it up with products from several different manufactures and really like the way the colours and patterns worked together. 

I had some fun creating a few custom made cards with watercolour paints and have shared several tips for using watercolours in your albums over on the Sassy blog

If you are looking for more ways to use your watercolours, then be sure to check out my watercolour resist post where I take you through a few fun and easy resit techniques using items you may already have on hand.

As always, thanks for stopping by xx
and I've gotta say that I'm loving that my new blog signature matches this week's post!

goodbye December...

Hi again, I decided to make some time to finish up the last of my December pages from my project life album before moving onto 2017.

I took advantage of the post Xmas sales, and bought a gorgeous Paper Lover's Christmas Book from Kikki K to simply the process. The book is filled with with an assortment of fun festive papers, stickers and tags and worked well with the rest of the colours/patterns in my earlier December pages

I also utilised one of the clear printed gift bags to create the background for this 8x10" insert for my little guy's photo with Santa. 
ETA - I used my fuse tool to create a custom page protector for this size.

The back of the insert was devoted to our Christmas tree! 

I had big plans for my 8x10" tree photo, but was forced to make a few changes because the print quality turned out really grainy once I increased the size but rather than tossing out the print, I decided to use a sheet of vellum over the top to disguise the poor photo quality. I was happy to finally find a use for the 'shine' HS foiled word I have been hoarding for ages ;) and tried to keep the page minimal with a simple sentiment, a few wood veneer stars and a sprinkle of gold spray mist and am really happy with how the vellum layer turned out. 

I used a baseball card page protector (from the newsagent) to hold my favourite tree photos and created some filler cards using bits & pieces from the Paper Lover's book and a few items from my stash. 

And with Xmas complete, I can finally move onto my 2017 album!
Thanks for stopping by xx

january @kraft+

Happy New Year! What better way to start things off than with a brand new Kraft+ Challenge!

This month's theme is 'get on your bike' which can be taken any way you like, as long as it features a bike and a kraft background. 

I took the theme quite literally with bike paper, a bike pic and a bike embellishment. 

I was also inspired by the soft colours from the inspiration pic although I did add a pop of red to match my little guy's bike ;)  

Check out how the rest of the team have tackled the challenge over on the Kraft+ blog and be sure to upload your entries by the end of the month for a chance to win one of this month's prizes!

Thanks for stopping by xx


 With the Christmas celebrations over, I was able to enjoy a little craft time and couldn't wait to play with some of the gorgeous new goodies I received from StudioForty.

I paired up some of their fun stamps, stickers and die-cuts to create a layout with one of my favourite festive pics.

I love a versatile stamp set and even though the 'Exploring' stamps are not necessarily Christmas themed, I was able to use the gorgeous branch designs to create a cute tree for my festive layout by stamping the branches in a simple triangular shape. 

 To vary the size of the branches, I only applied ink to a portion of the stamp at a time - adding more ink and more of the design as I went down the tree. Once I had the basic shape stamped, I built up the layers to create a fuller tree then cut out the design and added a layer of pretty gold foiled vellum over the top. I like the way the vellum softens the stamping and hides some of the imperfections while also creating the look of twinkling lights on the tree. 

I added a few cute designs from the 'Winter is Coming' Die-cut Elements, and used the 'Winter is Coming' Candy Cane Alphabet Stickers to create my title.

Thanks for stopping by xx

december @kraft+...

The end of the year is fast approaching and I feel like I can't keep up, which is why I am a few days late to share what I created for this month's Kraft Plus challenge!

The theme is Kraft + Home Inspired and can be interpreted in any way you wish. 
'It could be a layout about renovations, 
it could be a new home card, or a layout about the kids leaving home... there are so many options.
We look forward to seeing how "home" inspires you'.

My layout was inspired by my little guy's favourite spot to chill out at home with a snack and his iPad aka 'his happy place' and I used a fun house themed patterned paper from Crate Paper to help set the tone. I kept the page clean and simple so that the focus would be on the photo and the mint tag at the top of the page slides out to reveal the journaling. 

Be sure to check out all of the fabulous inspiration from all of the team and guest designers over on the Kraft+ blog and upload your entries by the end of the month for a chance to win some of the this month's prizes.
Thanks for stopping by xx

hello summer...

Hi again :) I have been using Cocoa Vanilla Studio's 'Endless Summer' collection to document one of our summer adventures from earlier in the year. 

Check out the Sassy Scrappers blog for all the details along with tips for how to create eye catching pockets that don't require a lot of time with a few easy techniques. 

Thanks for stopping by xx

more december pages...

Hi again :) I have been busy creating more inserts to document our December memories using the fun Elle's Studio 'Tis The Season collection from them Sassy Scrapper's Store. 

I used one of the awesome free cut files from The Cut Shoppe, which you can download here and used another set of cut files as digital stamps - check out my full post over on the Sassy Scrapper's blog for all the details. 

As always, thanks for stopping by xx

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