project life week 14...



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Hi :) I have completed another week and am sharing my pages over on the Sassy Scrappers blog today. My layouts were created with the Fancy Pants 'Life is Beautiful' collection along with a few extra items from the Sassy store


As always, you'll find extra pics and links to all the products I have used over on my original post. 


Thanks for stopping by xx


layout share...



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Hi there :) I am preparing to do a bit of a blog catch up and have slowly started photographing and getting up to date with all the projects I have been working on this year. These particular layouts were created for my 'Mastering the Arts' feature in Vol 18 No.9 of Scrapbooking Memories Magazine and focused on ways of incorporating the growing trend of adult colouring onto scrapbooking layouts. 


My first layout used a cityscape colouring page (which I downloaded from Pinterest) as a backdrop for a photo of my little guy sharing his love of adventure. 


I printed the image onto cardstock, traced a circle where I would cut it out and used regular coloured pencils to lightly colour the image.  


I love how the colouring gave my page a more personal touch, and allowed me to use colours that would compliment all of the other elements on my page. 


 My second layout looked at using stamped images to add a hand coloured element to the page design. 


I chose a geometric pattern with plenty of open space to add colour, and this time used fine tip markers with a simple cross hatch technique to colour.  


This method of colouring allows some of the white background to show through and gives the design more depth.  


I hand cut around each stamped image and layered them over paper strips which featured similar colours. 


Since writing this article, I have incorporated hand colouring on a few other layotus and will be sure to share them with too, but until then thanks for stopping by xx


project life week 13...



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I have another project life share over on the Sassy Scrappers blog today using Amy Tangerine's 'Better Together' collection.'


As always, you'll find close up pics along with all the links to products I have used on my original post on the Sassy blog.


Thanks for stopping by xx

july @ kraft+...



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A new month means that a brand new challenge went live over on the Kraft+ blog today!! The challenge this month is to incorporate sheet music on your project, and to take inspiration from the 'Kraft board' images.


I was very happy to find a piece of Kaisercraft sheet music paper in my stash and used this as the starting point for my page. 


A mood board is always helpful when choosing a colour palette and I focused on the soft mint green from the first image, adding a few pink and gold accents and love the way these colours look against the kraft background.


I was instantly drawn to the feather from the 'Kraft board' and clustered a few feathers around the photo of my beautiful niece. I also took inspiration from heart image, and used a Crate Paper glitter transparency over some printed text to add more depth to my page. 


Be sure to check out all the fabulous samples from the team and 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 this month's prizes. Thanks for stopping by xx

project life week 12...



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I am sharing week 12 over on the Sassy Scrappers blog today, featuring the fun 'Better Together' collection from Amy Tangerine.


This collection has so many bright patterns and fun images and it made putting this week together a breeze. As always, you can find close up pics along with links to all the products I have used over on the Sassy blog



Thanks for stopping by xx


the masters...



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With my Masters term passing the half way mark I thought it was about time I shared a closer look at the layouts that made it possible for me to win the Masters title :)  Chances are you might have already seen my layouts in a copy of Scrapbooking Memories magazine, but I wanted to share a little bit about each page along with some close up views of my favourite details. 


The first challenge required an engaging 5 x 7" photo and I knew that this would be the perfect one! 


The hand stitched background is my absolute favourite part of the page design, and was well worth the time it took to create it. I drew out a template onto graph paper, then taped it to the page so that I could poke through each stitching mark before stitching the deign onto the page. 



This might still be one of my all time favourite layouts, and I love the way my little guy is peeking out from behind the wall and how it provided the perfect space to add my title.   


The warm tones were inspired by the plush toys my son was holding in the photo and the little house die-cut helped me to select the rest of the colours. I used lots of layers and positioned the heart paper so that a little heart would peek out from behind each hole in the the teal die-cut. 


Challenge two was to create a layout that featured at least 3 photos and this was one of those pages where a happy accident turned into an opportunity that changed the entire direction of the page. 


My layout started off in a completely different way, but while shuffling through supplies a polaroid frame happened to land on top of one of my pics and there was something about the way it framed the photo that made me change up my whole design. 


I took apart the page I had started and found a mix of frames to help me create the new layout and really like the variety of sizes and styles of each frame and the way they helped to highlight our summer happy snaps.  


I used some of the original papers beneath the frames and added lots of small embellishments over each frame. I framed the journaling too and used vellum for extra dimension.  



Challenge three was to incorporate bling, and boy did I bling it ;) I used a mix of sparkly glitter and shiny gold foiled papers and embellishments on a simple white background for this cute pic of my little guy with one of our baby lizards.  


I am learning to embrace pink on my boy pages and like the way the bright pops of colour break up the gold and help to draw the eye to the photo.


Besides the photo, my favourite detail is the little mason jar accent which I took apart so that I could print my journaling onto the background before filling it up with a scatter of sparkly sequins and stitching it back together with metallic gold thread. 



I like to mix textures in my embellishment clusters, and used soft vellum and gold foiled transparency with shiny enamel and glittered foam pieces. 


The final challenge was to use a budget saving technique, and I decided to use some of my paper scraps that I cut into simple triangle shapes along with a mix of leftover alphas to repeat 'XO' around the page.


I wanted to page to have a light airy feel to it and selected paper scraps in soft tones that would work with the watercolour background. 


I deliberately chose papers with small patterns that wouldn't be overwhelming when layered next to each other on the page. 



I continued the triangle theme with some simple stamping, and scattered repeated the 'XO' title around the page using a variety of left over alphabet stickers from my stash. 


It has been a great year so far with lots of interesting challenges that have often pushed me out of my comfort zone, and I will be sure to share the rest of the layouts I have created using a range of different products from all the sponsors.
Thanks for stopping by xx

project life weeks 10 & 11...



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I have another project life share over on the Sassy Scrappers blog today, that I created with Shimelle's 'Starshine' collection from the Sassy store.



You'll find the links to all the products I have used along with more detailed photos over on the Sassy blog.



Thanks for stopping by xx


June @ kraft+...



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It's a new month and Kraft+ have a very fun 'It's a Puzzle' challenge for June!! The challenge is to use jigsaw puzzle pieces on a Kraft background. 


Here's what I created for the challenge...


I have always enjoyed putting together jigsaw puzzles and had a lot of ideas floating around when I first saw the challenge. Not all of them turned out how I'd imagined but because I bought myself an inexpensive 500 piece puzzle, I had plenty of pieces to experiment with ;) and in the end I decided to assemble small portions of the puzzle to help frame my photo and tittle.  



I used the reverse side of the jigsaw and stamped some text onto the pieces. I wanted to add more colour and help the jigsaw to blend in with the rest of the page, so I covered a few of the pieces with patterned paper which I then sanded around to get nice smooth edges. 


You can check out all the fabulous ways the rest of the team been inspired by this challenge over on the Kraft+ blog, and be sure 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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