january @kraft plus...

Happy New Year! 2018 is here and what better way to start the year than with a caffeine hit for the coffee inspired challenge over on the Kraft Plus Challenges blog.  

Don't worry if you don't drink coffee, you can still play along by using the inspiration image as your starting point. 

I created a layout based on my morning cuppa (which is actually tea) and was inspired by the challenge image to create some faux coffee stains with watercolour paint. I applied the paint onto the rim of a bowl and mug then stamped them onto my background adding a few paint drips around both circles. 

I took a selfie with my morning cuppa and mounted the photo along with a few paper layers onto a chipboard coaster and it was actually this coaster that helped me decide on the direction I wanted to go with this layout. 

 I kept my page pretty neutral with just a few pops of navy, blush and rose gold and printed off some digital stamps from Kellie Stamps that helped to tell my story. 

As always you can find loads of inspiration over on the Kraft+ blog from all the projects the rest of the team and our guest designers have created, and don't forget to upload your projects to the blog by the end of the month for a chance to win some great prizes. 
Thanks for stopping by xx

decmber days...

Hello :) I'm feeling very happy to be up to date with all the projects I have created this year and am finishing off the year with my December daily projects using Pinkfresh Studio's December Days collection from the Sassy Scrappers store. 

December has always been my favourite time of year but it's also a very busy time so I started with a bit of page prep in November, ready to fill with photos and stories once December rolled in and created some simple layered cards to add to my regular project life album. You'll find all of the cards I created over on this post

Adding photos and stories once December began - check out this post for all the details. 

Although I was a little bit uncertain on how these non traditional colours would work with my photos, this unusual Christmas palette really complimented my pics and helped to tie the month together very well. 

I create several hand made cards to help me set the festive tone.

I also added a 6x12" insert to hold more photos and festive ephemera. 

Filling up my album with more December memories, I switched things up with a different pocket configuration to accommodate some vertical photos. You can read all about it here

Of course December wouldn't be complete without a pretty tree photo :) 

Creating more layered filler cards with die-cuts and mixed embellishments

and even adding one of our tree flat ornaments inside a pocket to make our album more personal. 

That brings my project life share fully up to date! Thank you for following along with my creations this year and I hope you will return in 2018 xx

family fun...

Hi again :) I'm going strong with my blog catch up and have my July pages to share created with Elle's Studio Family Fun collection from the Sassy Scrappers store. 

I loved the bright happy colours in this collection and had fun combinging the various patterns across my pages.  

you'll find all the product details for the first part of the month here

I focused on COLOUR, DESIGN & DETAIL for the second part of the month and how they each play a role in the way I put my pages together. You can read all about it here

And because I didn't want any of this awesome collection to go to waste, I teamed up my remaining pieces with a fun hearts background cut file to create a quick and easy layout

This was the final completed month in my album before I jumped to December so it looks like I still have quite a bit of catching up to do, but until then thanks for stopping by xx

escape the ordinary...

Hi again :) I'm back with another project life catch up post with one of my absolute favourite months documented thanks to the amazing 'Escape The Ordinary' collection from Pinkfresh Studio.

I shared all the details over on this post, and this was definitely one of those months where everything seemed to fall into place.  

And the main reason why it all worked so well can been seen in my title card... this collection not only has great papers but it also has a fabulous mix of embellishments!! 

and boy did I enjoy using those embellishments ;) 

Using more goodness from this range to document the remainder of the month... 

I added some hand stitched details

and again, let the awesome mix of embellishments do much of the work for me. 

I also created a 6x8" insert with a fun floating tag - you can find all the details here

And because I loved this range so much, I also used it to create a layout

Thanks for stopping by xx 

say cheese...

Hi again :) continuing with my blog catch up with the goal of getting all project life posts up to date  by the end of the year I am sharing our May memories that were created with the Simple Stories 'Say Cheese III' collection.

 I added a couple of pieces from other collections that complimented this range - you can find a full list of products used on my original post on the Sassy Scrappers blog.

I used quite a bit of chipboard frames through out these pages and really liked the way they helped to draw attention to both the photos and stories. 

I repeated the same patterns for the second part of the month and was very pleased that even though this was a Disney themed collection it still worked well with all of our regular everyday photos.

I added a few gold foiled items to brighten up this darker colour palette - again you can find more details on this post

And because it was a busy month, I added a couple of 6x8" inserts which you can see in detail here.

As always, thanks for stopping by xx

you rock...

Hi :) Even though I have been sharing all of my projects online I have been a bit neglectful of my blog this year, so I am making the time to fix this before the year comes to an end and have a few months worth of pages to share. 

I documented April using the 'You Rock' collection from the Sassy Scrappers store, and I loved the way this range worked with our photos. 

As always I began the month with a custom title card

and also included a flip pocket which you can read more about on this post.

Using lots of everyday photos for the second part of the month, which is what I love most about this project. 

 I loved using the awesome 'Days of the Week' stamp and plan on using it again for my catch up months. You can find all the product details over on this post.

I also created an Easter insert with the same collection and was very happy how well this range worked with the photos even though it isn't Easter themed. 

Until next time, thanks for stopping by xx
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