project life with domestic bliss...

Hi again :) I have been documenting the first part of  February using the fun Domestic Bliss collection from Simple Stories. I love how versatile this range is and the colours made even the most simple photos look more fun.

Giving some of my cards a lift with simple hand stitching and using the printed designs to help tell the story... you can find more details over on the Sassy Scrappers blog

Focusing on the 'domestic' side of life for the second lot of pages. My post on the Sassy blog talks about how this collection helped me to document the photos that might have been over looked even though they also make up a large part of our lives.

Keeping things simple with stickers and enamel dots helped to speed up the documenting process
 and using memorabilia was and easy way to create a place for extra photos. 

Thanks for stopping by xx

april @kraft+...

Hello April, and hello to a new fun new challenge from Kraft Plus Challenges

This month's theme is 'Swatch It Up' and the criteria is Kraft + Paint Swatches.

 I had a totally different idea in mind when I started this challenge, but after picking up some paint swatches from my local Bunnings store I realised that the colours I picked were all too bright for my original paper selection whihc forced me to start over - but in the end I am happy I did because I really love how these bright colours pop against the Kraft background. 

I used a large yellow paint swatch with my layers, and die cut several heart shapes to use as embellishments across the page. 

To keep the paint theme going I gave my background a layer of gesso, and used a bright paint stroke acetate from Illustrated Faith backed with simple white cardstock which I splattered black paint onto. 

Be sure to check out all of the fabulous inspiration from all of the team, as well as lots of great projects from our guest designers over on the blog, and don't forget to upload your layouts by the end of the month for a chance to win some of the awesome prizes up for grabs!
Thanks for stopping by xx

Jot moodboard...

One of the things on my to-do list this month was to play along with the gorgeous mood board from Jot Magazine, and even though I almost ran out of time I'm happy that I got the chance to play along.

I loved the beautiful berry tones in this mood board but struggled to find papers in my stash to suit that colour range, so I decided to create a few of my own painted cards. 

I don't usually do many girly pages, but I just loved the way the pretty pinks worked with the little pop of teal and yellow.

The vintage fabric from the board inspired me to add a mix of floral patterns to my layers, and I love the way the painted elements help to tie everything together. 

Thanks for stopping by xx

happy heart...

Hi again :) although I usually pick my kits from the Sassy store with the intention of creating pocket pages, there are some collections that just call for a layout too and this was one of them.

I have combined items from the Simple Stories Faith  and Simple Stories Domestic Bliss collections to create my layout and love how well both of these ranges work together. 

I love the detail hand stitching adds to my projects, and have shared several tips to ensure you get good results with stitching on your projects over on the Sassy Scrapper's blog

As always, thanks for stopping by xx

mixed media pockets...

Hi again :) I've shared a few posts over on the Sassy Scrapper's blog recently using Pink Paislee's 'Oh My Heart' collection for my January pages and showed how you can get two completely different looks from the same collection by adding some mixed media items to your pockets. 

I went with Dylusions paints with some rose gold accents for week three and used the paints to re-colour a few of my cards to bring out the bright colours in the colour. 

 As you can see the results were bright, but perfect for documenting one of our summer adventures. 

I also used the paints to do some stamping which you can learn more about in my original post.  

Again using the same range as my base, I created some softer pages this time.

Check out my week four post to see how I used a few of the new Prima Color Philosophy inks to create some soft watercolour effects. 

The tone and feel is much softer on these pages, but still flows nicely through my album. 

Thanks for stopping by xx

march @kraft+...

Hello March, and hello to a brand new challenge from Kraft Plus Challenges blog! 

We have a fun 'denim revolution' theme this month, and I think this might just be my favourite challenge so far.

I cut up an old pair of jeans and went with different toned denim layers as a backdrop to some photos of my little guy at the park.  

I added lots of shiny gold rub-ons and love the way the stars worked on the fabric. 

  Check out all of the fabulous denim creations 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 the awesome prizes up for grabs!
As always, thanks for stopping by xx

project life cover page...

Hi there :) after a few months of procrastinating, I finally settled on an idea for a cover page for my 2017 album! I was very happy with how my design from last year's album fell into place and decided to go with another photo-less design this year. 

I have been hoarding the lovely spotty paper from Crate Paper's 'Gather' collection for some time and after placing it alongside the painted pattern from Pink Paislee's 'Fancy Free' range I knew that I had my base. 

I treated the base as a 12x12 design but was mindful of where the title and embellishments would sit in each pocket. The big Hello came from a pack of Dear Lizzy 'Saturday' thickers, and I am pretty sure that the cute camera is a die cut from an Amy Tangerine 'Yes Please' ephemera pack.  

I used the same watercolour hearts that I used throughout my January pages, and finished things off with a few printed journal strips. 
Thanks for stopping by xx

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

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