september @kraft+...



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Hi again :) September is here and with it brings a brand new theme from the Kraft Plus Challenges blog and this month's theme is office supplies!


Office supplies work really well with your layouts and I'm sure that if you take a look around your house you will find more usable items than you might have thought you had,


I had so many ideas for this theme and actually had to pair it back to avoid overwhelming my page and in the end I decided to go with a neon pink theme using just a few simple items.  


My page design started with the neon pink envelope, and I used a pink highlighter and fine line sharpie to draw a heart pattern onto some grid paper that I pulled out from one of my notebooks. I used my heart patterned paper to line the inside of the envelope to back my photo.  I tucked a couple of large tags behind the envelope to create some depth and used a large paper clip to hold the black and white journal card in place. 


I used a hole punch to make some confetti from another envelope and more gird paper and used my laminator to create a fun transparency to use on my page.

Be sure to check out all the inspiring ways the rest of the team have used their office supplies over on the Kraft+ blog and join us over on the Kraft+ Community for more inspiration from many other fabulous crafters. 

Thanks for stopping by xx


July @kraft+...



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Hello July, and hello to another fun theme from the Kraft Plus Challenges blog


The challenge is to incorporate some weaving onto your project and can include paper, yarn, fibers or any other material you can think of.


I went with some woven paper strips and deliberately left some gaps between the strips to form a loose weave to use as a photo mat. Once my piece was woven together, I trimmed the strips into uneven lengths and like the texture they add to the page.


Be sure to stop by the Kraft+ blog to taker a look at all the inspiring ways the rest of the team have taken on this challenge. And if you haven't already done so, don't forget to join the Kraft+ Community of Facebook for loads of other inspiration. 
Thanks for stopping by xx

Kellie Stamps...



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Very excited to be playing with the awesome June release from Kellie Stamps this month and have another pocket page project to share.

I should confess that I have never really been a great stamper, but after playing with Kellie's fantastic designs I have to say that I am feeling very proud of how well my pages turned out this month and can definitely see myself using plenty more stamps in future projects. 


I started with the Railway Alpha stamp and loved how this simple font added instant impact to my pockets. 

The Yeah Nah set was fun to use - even when documenting some of life's not so great situations ;) 



The sentiments worked well with a variety of photos and were great for highlighting a range of different emotions.



I also shared a summer insert using more Kellie Stamps last week documenting one of our weekend getaways.
Using a mix of the Go See Do and 
Camp Life sets for these pockets, along with that awesome Railway Alpha again for my title.




I loved the images and sayings in the Camp Life set, and even though these photos were not from a camping trip I think that this set can easily be adapted to a variety of different outings. 



You'll find all of the stamp sets I have used over at the Kellie Stamps store, along with digital versions of three of them! 

Image of CLEAR STAMP SET | GO SEE DO Image of CLEAR STAMP SET | RAILWAY ALPHA 
Image of CLEAR STAMP SET | CAMP LIFE Image of CLEAR STAMP SET | YEAH NAH

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June @kraft+...



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Hello again :) can you believe that it's already mid year? but as always a new month means another new challenge to help you document your memories over on the Kraft Plus Challenges blog!


This month's inspiration comes from Dr. Seuss and I can't wait to see all of your interpretations on this fun challenge.


I took my inspiration from the colours and playful look of the challenge image.


I found a Dr. Seuss quote that was related to reading online and printed it out in 3x4" size to go with the photo of my son reading to our dog :) 


I hand cut several black and white frames from an old sheet of Crate Paper cardstock and used these to add a playful element around the photo and quote and like the way they help to lead the eye across the page. 


I finished things off with a staggered title and cluster of embellishments.

As always, you have until the end of the month to share your creations but this month brings along some changes to the structure of Kraft+ and we hope you will embrace the feeling of community instead rather than competition these changes will bring. 



Thanks for stopping by xx 

May @kraft plus...



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Hi again :) I have a new layout to share for May challenge over at the Kraft Plus Challenges blog.


The criteria is to use a kraft base with a date included on your project - here's what I came up with...


I knew that I wanted to inclued a repeated date on my layout and was orginally going to attempt this with a roller date stamp but my stamping skills are not that great so I decided to print out the date onto a patterned paper background instead, and like the way it works with the bold stripes. 


I also included my age, which happens to match the day and month of my birthdate this year ;) 


 As always, you have until the end of the month to upload your entries to the Kraft Plus Challenges blog for a chance to win one of this month's prizes. Thanks for stopping by xx

march @kraft plus...



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Hello March, and hello to a brand new challenge from the Kraft Plus Challenges blog! The criteria is simple... use the sketch along with fussy cutting on a kraft background.


I aways look forward to sketch challenges because they give you a good sense of direction and tried to keep my layout close to the original design, making just a few changes to better suit my landscape photo.


I went with a tone on tone kraft background with some stenciled spots for the contrasting top portion and paired this with a jade and navy colour scheme with a few pops of gold and yellow to help liven things up :) 


My fussy cut elements were these delicate foliage sprigs which I cut from a sheet of Maggie Holmes patterned paper and I used a Uniquely Creative cutting die for the white scribble circles.


I used the foliage to lead the eye to the key focal points on the page and also repeated the die cut circle elements to help balance out the page. 


 As always, be sure to take a look at how the team and our guest designers have interpreted the challenge and don't forget that you have until the end of the month to upload your projects to the Kraft+ blog for a chance to win one of this month's prizes.
Thanks for stopping by xx

a page from my art journal...



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Hello again :) I am making an effort to share more of my creative projects on my blog this year and have been putting my one little word {create} intentions into practice with a bit of art jounral play.

My original plan was to use this bear cutting die on a scrapbook layout, but as much as I liked the concept of using a cool geometric bear on my layout I felt a bit stumped with which photos to use it with, but as with many things the more I looked at it the more potential it seemed to have and some ideas started to form about using it for a page in my art journal. 

I started with a floral background which I lightly covered with gesso using a regular silicone kitchen spatula. I die cut the bear from black cardstock and worked out his placement before applying a few layers of matte acrylic paint in random swipes using the same spatula. I always reach for matte paint for my art journals because it is a lot easier to work over the top and intentionally left a few areas free of paint so that the floral background would still peep through but no longer look so busy.


I added some stamping to the background with an old Kaisercraft texture stamp from my stash. I attached the bear and used a fine point sharpie marker to add the phrase beneath him and applied a sprinkle of metallic gold rub-ons over the stamped areas.


I found a few Crate Paper die cut floral accents in my stash to create a floral crown and used a felt tip pen to outline all of the leaves to help them match the black lines of the bear.


 I selected a larger die cut flower for the bottom of the page but because it had more of a red tone, I used the more of the pink acrylic paint to alter the colour and applied a little bit of tacky glue to accent the flower with a gold foil sheet which I simply placed over the glue and peeled away the excess once it dried. The remainder of the flowers were cut from my original floral background.


Here's a closer look at the fabulous bear Uniquely Creative Geometric Bear which started it all - he can be found through the listed stockists


I love dies that are versatile and have enjoyed using the Uniquely Creative range for a few art journal pages - this one featured the interlocking Scribble Circle dies as a mask along with some fun Wiggle Waves for a decorative element. I'd love to hear what items you are adding to your journals!
Thanks for stopping by xx


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