october @kraft+...

We have a fun 'blast from the past' challenge at Kraft+ this month, using up some old school products from your stash on a kraft background. 

I dug deep into my paper stash to find a mix of older papers and was very excited to find half a sheet of vintage Sassafras Lass paper that I have been hoarding for years!

The cloud stickers came from Echo Park and Sassafras Lass, and I used a heart punch with the grid paper. I still love using vellum on my pages today and liked the way the metallic copper hearts from WRMK worked with the other papers.  

I hand cut the leaves from some old October Afternoon paper and used a mix of brads and buttons along with some hand cut doilies from a sheet of  Echo Park paper, and even used up some clear Dymo tape in the bottom cluster. 

 Check out all the inspiration from the team over on the Kraft+ blog, and don't forget to upload your layouts by the end of the month for a chance to win one of this month's prizes. 
Thanks for stopping by xx

project life - June...

I've been playing with the super cute 'Posh' collection by Simple Stories from the Sassy Scrapper store, and have documented the whole month of June in one quick spread. 

I added an insert to hold some extra photos, using an altered page protector and as always you can find extra photos along with links to all the products used over on the Sassy Scrapper blog.  

Thanks for stopping by xx

ARTastic challenge blog...

I am excited to be featured as a guest designer over on the ARTastic Challenge blog and had a lot of fun taking on this month's challenge. This month's featured art work is by Donald James Waters called 'Spot On' and the criteria is to create a Tribute to Dad - any Dad anyway you might like to portray them. 

I used the colours from the piece as inspiration to create a layout featuring my boys with their dad on Father's day. 

  I used a mix of watercolour paint, texture paste and paper layers to give my page some depth and topped it off with a few fun embellies.  

You can check out all the fun layouts from the ARTastic team, and join in on the challenge over on their blog. Thanks for stopping by xx

a crate paper mix with some tips...

I normally create project life pages for the Sassy Scrappers blog, but I decided to use the remainder of my Cook Kid 6x6 paper pad to put together a layout that combined a mix of products from several Crate Paper collections. 

I like to collect bits and pieces from several ranges as they are released and recently noticed a pattern!  The majority of my paper stash no matter which manufacturer they came from could easily be paired up to create cohesive layouts. I have a feeling that your paper stash might be the same and so I put together a few tips on the process I use when putting together a layout with a range of different collections. Check out the Sassy blog for extra pics and all the tips.   
Thanks for stopping by xx

sbm layout share...

I am still playing catch up with my blog posts and am sharing one of my favourite published pages featured in the Master's challenge in Vol 19 No.1 of Scrapbooking Memories magazine. 

We received an awesome pack of goodies from American Crafts full of Dear Lizzy's 'Documentary' collection and I loved how every little bit seemed to fall into place. 

You may have already noticed that I have a bit of a thing for gold foiled accents  so I was in my element when I built up lots of lovely layers using a variety of textured stickers and ephemera pieces from the collection.

I used a dry brush to apply some acrylic paint onto the bottom half of the page and really like the way it softened up the wood grain pattern.

 Thanks for stopping by xx

september @kraft+...

I'm still not sure how August managed to sneak by so fast, but a new month means a brand challenge from Kraft+ and the September melon toned mood board is simply gorgeous!!! 

I love the way these colours work with a kraft background and used the colours as well as the round melon balls as inspiration for my layout.  

I started with a cute Kaisercraft background and layered up various soft melon toned papers and embellishments around my photo.

As mentioned, I was inspired by the melon balls from the mood board to add a variety of round elements to the page and I also liked the use of the white frames separating each picture in the mood board, and incorporated white accents throughout the page to help the soft colours to stand out. 

Check out all of the amazing inspiration from the Kraft+ team and guest designers over on the blog, and be sure to upload your creations by the end of the month for a chance to win one of this month's prizes. Thanks for stopping by xx

project life weeks 19 & 20...

Hi again :) I have finished documenting May using Crate Paper 'Cool Kid' collection.

I had a bit of fun with my fuse tool this week, and as always you can find all the details over on the Sassy Scrapper's blog.

 Thanks for stopping by xx

sbm layouts...

Hi again :) I am back with another layout share featuring a few pages that have been published in Scrapbooking Memories Magazine earlier this year. 

The first layout was published in Vol 18 No.11 of the magazine, and was created for the 'Clear Snap' Master's challenge. Clear Snap provided us with a box full of their awesome goodies, and I used their inks, blenders and stencils to create my layout. 

I used the blender tool to apply a gradient of ink through the heart stencil to create a mat for my photo, then applied some ink onto my craft mat where I added a bit of water and picked up the colour with a some plastic packaging and 'smooshed' the colour onto my background. 

The majority of the papers were from Amy Tangerine's 'Finders Keepers' collection and the awesome wood veneer came from Flutterby Designs

The second layout was featured in the 'Graphic' gallery of Vol 18 No. 12. and I used a simple mix of paper squares to create a fun graphic background. 

The angled grid design was a good way to use up some paper scraps, and by repeating some of the same patterns it wasn't too chaotic. I also replaced a couple of the squares with stitching to add some variety to the design. 

I was able to fit 4 photos of my little guy enjoying himself at his playgroup fun day and I used embellishment clusters to draw the eye to each pic. 

Thanks for stopping by xx

project life weeks 17 & 18...

I have started documenting May and shared the first two pages using Crate Paper's 'Cool Kid' collection over on the Sassy Scrappers blog today.  

As always you can find close up pics along with links to all the products used over on the Sassy blog

Thanks for stopping by xx

layout share...

Hi :) I have a few Masters projects to share that were created for Scrapbooking Memories Magazine earlier in the year. 

The first layout was published in Vol 18 No.9 of the magazine and was sponsored by Studio Calico, who provided us with one of their scrapbook kits.

 I loved the cityscape paper and centered my design around the bands of colour going across the background paper. I used some of the manufacture's strips from the other papers in the kit to repeat the colour pattern beneath my photo and extended the colours onto the white cardstock with the use of a stencil and some spray ink.

The next layout was created with a pack from Heartfelt Creations for Vol 18 No. 10 of the magazine and although pretty florals are not usually my style, the products were a perfect match for a photo of my gorgeous niece at my sisters wedding. I kept the design clean and simple and used one of the dragonfly stamps with gold ink to add some subtle detail to a sheet of vellum. 

I used the papers to cover a few chipboard frames to which I added a few extra items from my stash to create a pretty embellishment cluster. I have photographed lots more pages and will be back soon with another share, but until then... thanks for stopping by xx

august @kraft+...

The past month flew by way too fast, but a new month means a brand new challenge is up on the Kraft+ blog, and this month we have a very fun inspiration board for you to play along with.

This month's challenge is all about tassels and here is what I created...

Using the dip dyed tassels from the Kraft broad as my inspiration, I used white crochet cotton to create my own tassels which I dipped into a little bit of spray mist with water and love how my diy tassels turned out.  

I am seeing tassels everywhere lately, and thought they were a perfect match for the cute fringed heart I have been hoarding for the past few months ;)

Be sure to check out the Kraft+ blog to see all the fantastic ways the team and guest designers have used tassels and don't forget to upload your layouts by the end of the month for a chance to win this month's awesome prizes! Thanks for stopping by xx

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