Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Tough

i've been subscribing to Ali Edwards Story Stamp on and off for a while now. i took a break for a bit when the themes didn't seem to suit the kinds of stories i wanted to tell. But I've been subbing again for the last 4 months.

i've created lots of layouts with the stamp sets over the last year or so, but not shared any of them here. i want to change that so i thought i'd start with the latest theme, Tough.

It turned out this was good timing for me as April has been a difficult month so i had a couple of stories i wanted to tell straight away. This isn't always the case, but the content that Ali provides with the subscription gets lots of ideas flowing. So  even on months when i think i may struggle to use the stamps, i still end up with a lot of ideas for layouts. i've also found that the stamps work well together and i often find myself using more than one set on a layout. 


What's a single girl to do with all those heart/love themed products out there? Use them on a layout about singledom of course! i've been having a bit of a tough time lately with boys. Hopefully this won't always be the case, but it is a reflection of my life now. Although this is ultimately a page about how hard being single can be, i also put a positive spin on my journaling. i went for a pink, white & black theme, mainly because i don't often get the opportunity to use pink! i knew i wanted lots of space for journaling as i wrote it out in advance so that i knew where i needed to place my stamps. That's a classic Ali technique, using stamps to form part of your journaling. 


Another layout in pink! Really liking this colour combo. Plus it fits my theme. i took on a promotion at work in January and i am in charge of 19 males. i take great pride in this as it's a male dominated industry and i'm a young woman that is thriving. But i am certainly finding it very challenging and i am learning & growing every day. For this layout i started with the 4x4 journaling card and built my layout around it. The title is stamped & cut out. 


This is another layout about work, but a specific week when i was on a training course. i knew i wanted to use that yellow paper. But the patterned paper strip on the left went down first. Once i figured out the photo mat, i did all the stamping. It came together really quickly. 

Please know that i realise these are all first world problems & i am very fortunate! But for me, it's important to have a rounded view in my albums. Life isn't always easy & i wouldn't want anyone looking through my scrapbooks to think that my life was all travel, fun times & celebrations. And i find scrapbooking can be therapeutic and help you work through things. 

You'll notice that although these are layouts about struggles i'm facing, i still try to keep things encouraging (like the use of the 'yes i can' stamp). It's about getting that balance again. Sometimes you need to be your own cheerleader! Even when things are tough, there is usually something to be learnt from the experience.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

April Simple Scrapper Layouts

For my Simple Scrapper layouts this month i used 2 of the sketches. At my local crop i am notorious for using white cardstock as the background on my layouts. So i pushed myself this month to use patterned paper. This first layout uses a patterned paper with lots of detail, i just added a little bit of stamping in there too. It's rare for me to use so many photos on a layout, but i like how this one turned out. 


The sketch i used as inspiration for this next layout had a block of journaling under each photo. i switched things up a bit and used word stamps instead and then did my journaling up the top. Still not over my word stamp obsession. 


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March Simple Scrapper Layouts

So April seems to have rolled around and i haven't even blogged my March Simple Scrapper layouts yet! Eek!

The sketches all included squares, which i was pleased about as i like the flexibility that the sketches offer to include as few or as many photos as you want. Rather than using embellishments on this page, i put my word stamps to work which i think makes the photos really stand out.


The theme for March was work & i created a pocket page about a big project i was involved in a few years back. i'm really glad to have this documented as it has been quite a significant part of my career to date. 


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Monday, January 25, 2016

January Simple Scrapper Layouts

i'm happy to say that i'll be staying on with Simple Scrapper for another term and i'm excited for what is coming this year. We've had some new people join the team for 2016 and the website has been updated with our bios and gallery's. You can check it out here

This was the first layout i created with the 2016 materials. It's about not feeling like a grown up and debating whether i ever will. 




i used the I AM collection from Simple Stories, which i absolutely adore. The colours are so pretty & i am all about the gold foil! Simple Stories is fast becoming one of my favourite manufacturers. 



For my second layout, to keep things simple i used the same sketch as inspiration and the same set of products. But the layout turned out looking pretty different! 



i'm in a phase of life right now where there are lot's of exciting things happening and i'm not sure where they are going to take me. i'm not much of a forward planner in my personal life (although planning is actually what i do for a living!), so i think i'll always be figuring things out as i go along. The journaling talks about how i'm taking small steps that will benefit my future, whilst trying to still live in the present. 



i had lot's of fun with stamping on this page. i used an alphabet stamp from Kelly Purkey & Hero Arts. It comes with some fun graphic stamps which can be used over or under the letters to add some colour and interest. i also used some word and border stamps along the bottom to finish off the layout. 



i used a Photo Flip from Simple Stories on this layout, to house the photo and create additional space for journaling. It was more a design choice than wanting to keep the journaling hidden. i love products which are versatile enough to be used on both pocket pages and layouts. To make the journaling accessible when it's in an album, i cut the page protector on the top side around where the photo flip is so that i can easily lift it. 

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

February Simple Scrapper Layouts

As you've probably guessed by now, the sketches are my most favourite thing about the Simple Scrapper premium membership. This month i used 2 of them. This first layout is about my trip to Washington D.C. in the autumn and the moment i got to stand in the same spot that Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his 'I have a dream' speech. *Spoiler Alert* This was a really special moment for me to experience & one that will stay in my heart forever. 


Here's a detail shot of my title. Not every layout needs a big title, or even a title at all. i really wanted my photos to be the main focus on this page. The stamp i used is from Kellie Stamps. i have quite a few sets from her and use them regularly. They are just so versatile. i was really gutted when she decided to go digital only last year as i really prefer clear stamps. 


On instagram i sneaked this peek below and declared that 'Copper is the new gold!'. i actually haven't seen too much of it in the new releases from CHA, which is a real shame. i was hoping to see more of it this year. 


Next up, a layout about my mermaid hair. It's no longer this colour unfortunately, but it was a blue/green for a good few months last summer and i loved it a lot. Looking at this photo makes me want to dye it a crazy colour again. But as it says in my journaling, it's very hard to maintain! You Only Live Once is definitely a mantra of mine. i probably use it to justify too many things! 


My obsession with word stamps and stickers to help tell my story continues into 2016. The ones i used here are from Simple Stories. 


These alpha stamps from Elles Studio have become a firm favourite. There are 3 different sets that you can mix and match to create a myriad of different looks. Love how they add a little fun to the page. 


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Sunday, December 06, 2015

Christmas layout & cards

Every December i enjoy taking the time over my present wrapping. i love to coordinate everything as i think it looks so pretty all together under the tree. Last year i took a couple of snaps of my efforts. 


i used the Good Cheer collection from Elle's Studio for this layout. i started with the die cut of the stars and then just started playing with layers on top. i don't usually use such long title's but the Alphabet Stickers from Elle's Studio are so generous, i just went for it. 


Whilst i had the collection out, i also made a couple of Christmas cards. i'm trying to get in the habit of making a card or two after finishing up a layout to use up some of the leftovers. Love that the collection includes some holiday phrases which don't specifically mention Christmas so that they are suitable for my friends who don't celebrate Christmas. 


Saturday, October 24, 2015

November Simple Scrapper Story Starter Layout

The theme this month at Simple Scrapper is food. Yes! This is something i tend to tell stories about fairly often, so i love that i have new prompts for some fresh stories. 

For this layout i chose to tell a deeper story. The how and why i came to be a vegetarian. It all comes down to this book by Jonathan Safran Foer (yes, the guy who wrote Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close), Eating Animals. i've been a vegetarian now for nearly 5 and a half years and yet this story was still missing from my scrapbook albums. The story starters are really great at prompting you to share stories which haven't been told yet. 


i used a sketch from September for my design. One thing you may notice which is different from my usual style is my use of typed journaling. You don't see this from me very often because i usually like to just free style without any pre-planning. But i do find it useful to type my journaling when i have a longer story to tell, or if i want to be able to review my journaling so that i can be sure i have all the facts included. Because this was such an important story to me that's the route i chose for this layout. 

My second layout is much lighter on the journaling. Because not all stories are long stories. i'm trying to be better about creating more personality layouts about the people in my life and this is one of those. 


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November Simple Scrapper Sketch Layouts

The November content at Simple Scrapper is now available. This month the sketches are all designed around one original sketch to show the many different variations you can get from one starting point. i think this is a genius idea and i loved all the different designs that the Creative Team came up with. i had about 6 ideas of how to use the sketches, but didn't have enough time to execute them all. The good thing is, the sketches are archived in the Resource Library so i can always go back to them. 


This page is about my love for stories set in magical worlds. Gold + kraft + black + white is my new favourite. i love how classic it looks, Another favourite? Squares. They are just so versatile! If you wanted to you could use 4 photos, or you could use a spot for your journaling. 

My second sketch layout is just a selection of some of the things i was loving during the month of September. Yes, Socality Barbie made it on to the list. If you haven't checked out this Instagram account yet, you really must. It's hilarious.


The original sketch only has 4 squares, but I doubled up. See what i mean about the sketch being so adaptable?

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Pumpkin Picking Layout

It being October, i thought i'd share another pumpkin layout. i used a Simple Scrapper sketch for the design. It's one i have already used before for the 'Today is the Day' layout in this post. The past few years i've gone to a local farm shop to pick out my pumpkin(s). They have a good selection of different types of squash & some good photo opportunities! 


So many of my layouts start with white cardstock because i usually hand write my journaling. But i also like to look for patterned papers that i can use as backgrounds. Because, let's be honest, i need to make a dent in my paper hoard. When making my selection i tend to pick out more simple designs, with lighter colours. Otherwise you wouldn't be able to read my handwriting. What do you find yourself using as backgrounds, papers or cardstock?

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Awesome Pumpkins Layout

i'm in a very autumnal mood at the moment. i'm extra excited for Haloween this year as i'm going to be spending it in the USA! i decided to channel that excitement into a layout. It's inspired by the latest class from Wilna. It's a year long class, so expect to see more Wilna inspired layouts from me in the future. i adore her layouts and her teaching style and i am really loving this class.


Last year rather than carve pumpkins i decided to get crafty with them instead. You can find out all the details of how i decorated them here


In Wilna's class layout she used watercolours, but i don't have any in my mixed media supplies so rather than go out and buy something new, i made do with gelato's & lot's of water to create a similar effect. As always, when using gelatos i prepared my background with gesso first. Once the gelatos had dried, on the top part of the layout i used a roller stamp with some dye ink, the effect is quite subtle.  


As some of the pumpkins in the photos had glittered stems, this silver glitter frame was perfect for this layout. The frame on the bottom left hand side wasn't bought like that. It's actually intended to be gold, i just used the back side and then stamped the diamond pattern with black ink to give it more of a Halloween feel. 

Because my usual style uses mostly patterned paper and few embellishments, it's always refreshing for me to create a layout like this. It typically takes me longer, but i'm always pleased with the results. If you are also taking the class, please level me a comment. I would love to see what you are creating!