Monday, November 03, 2014

Simple Scrapper Creative Team!

i am thrilled to announce that i will be joining the Creative Team at Simple Scrapper! You can see the list of amazing ladies who are also joining the team in the official announcement here. We are joining a stellar existing team and you should definitely go check out this months gallery & read more about each of the team members. 

As i mentioned in my Stash Bash post, i have been a Premium Member of Simple Scrapper since March of this year. i have really loved being part of the motivating community that Jennifer has cultivated as well as using the inspiration that she delivers each month. Sometimes all the inspiration out there can be a little overwhelming so it's been good for me to narrow down my choices to keep me more focused. i LOVE the Simple Scrapper sketches and the story prompts often spark a story in me which i otherwise might not have told. Plus, the monthly digital magazine just rocks! i really enjoy flicking through that on my iPad every month. That's why i feel like this team is such a good fit for me. You can learn more about what the Premium Membership includes here.  

i thought this would be a good time for me to share some of the layouts that i've made over the last few months which used inspiration from the Simple Scrapper Premium Membership.

These layouts used sketch templates:

This layout was inspired by a Story Starter:

Something i wanted to point out in case you're curious about Simple Scrapper is the community event which Jennifer is hosting right now called Holiday Focus.

i know well enough that this time of year it's easy to put scrapbooking on the back burner whilst all the Christmas craziness is going on & this event is a great way to help you keep focus on whatever types of projects you are wanting to complete. The event is totally free and so is a fantastic way to sample what Simple Scrapper is like.

The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is my favourite! Tonight i am dressing up as a fortune teller and going to a party, i'm excited!   i wanted to share the pumpkins that i decorated this year.

For this one i glued lots of sequins to the top of the pumpkin and then I glittered the stem. The best way to do this is to paint the stem & leave to dry overnight. Then you need to cover the pumpkin in a glue (i used modgepodge) and cover in glitter. i used the same technique on the other pumpkins, although the white doesn't show up too well.

But first i spray painted them. The best method for spray painting is to do several light coats, letting each one dry before the next. Make sure to cover your surface & do it outside or in a well ventilated space. To create the white pumpkin with the orange stars i first covered the pumpkin with stickers & only removed them when the paint had dried. For the 'eek!' on the black pumpkin i used thickers after the paint had dried.

i hope you enjoyed these & please let me know if you have any questions. Happy Haunting!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Lifting Sharmaine

This week i participated in the 'lift me up challenge' over at the Cocoa Daisy Forum. The jist is to look at the gallery of the person who posted in the thread before you and choose a layout to scraplift. i posted after Sharmaine

Rather than directly lift the design of one of her layouts i chose to get inspiration from a couple of her layouts. i really liked the painted background on this one and also her use of triangles in a couple of the layouts in her gallery. i LOVE triangles. And this is what i came up with: 

Honestly, i really struggled at first and kept re-designing the layout, but i'm glad i persisted because i'm pleased with how it turned out. And i'm especially glad i had so much space for journaling about these awesome people i have in my life. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Stash Bash Layouts

This weekend i participated in the Stash Bash event over at Simple Scrapper. Stash Bash is an annual event that Jennifer Wilson hosts, you can read more about it here. You can either pay to participate or if you're a member of Simple Scrapper its part of your membership. i only became a member of Simple Scrapper this spring and so it's been the fist time i've joined in. The idea is to reorganise, declutter or just use up some stash. i decided to focus on the 'use some stash' portion of the event and got 5 layouts done (although i really need a sort and reorganise sometime soon). The challenges that Jennifer set were really great & motivating.

The first challenge i participated in was to use a sketch, i used one of Jennifer's sketches from the August SS materials. i stuck fairly close to the sketch but added in the 3x4 card for my journaling.

Next i attempted the challenge to use scraps or papers which had already been used. Hereare the pieces i picked out. They were from the March Cocoa Daisy Kit so they were already co-ordinated which made it nice and easy for me.

This is the finished layout, i used 6 different pieces of paper. This challenge stretched me as i felt like I needed to 'fill out' the page with more embellishments than I usually would because i was working with smaller piece of paper.

i'd like to point out that i don't subscribe to all these beauty boxes at once, honest! The third challenge i completed was to get some memorabilia into your album. i had this flyer from a musical i went to see a few weeks ago. You can't generally take pictures in a theatre so i try to pick up bits like this so i can still record the event,

i wanted to be able to have both sides visible so i put it in a page protector which i trimmed down and you can open it to see the back side of the flyer. 

My journalling is also hidden under there. This was a design choice rather than wanting to have my thoughts hidden, but if you're wondering about the 'Meh' stamp - i wasn't all that impressed with the show.

There was also a challenge to use up a tool or supply you haven't got much use out of. i thought of a few things i could use so i need to attempt this one again soon. My stamps are something that don't get enough mileage so i decided to use a couple repetitively on this page. i don't usually use my stamps this much on a page, but i quite like the effect so i will be doing this again.

And yea, that's me meeting Kristian Nairn of Game of Thrones fame, i was giddy for a week after that!

Lastly i did the 'stash dash' challenge. Basically you set a timer and then grab some products from the depths of your stash and then create a page just using that product. To help me with this challenge i picked the photo first. As i like to use product to support the theme of my page i found this much easier & it helped me keep focus when selecting my stash. Whilst digging i came across a whole file of papers which i had forgotten about! So i picked some papers from that. Then i grabbed a few embellishments which are fairly old. In my haste i forgot to pick out some alphas so i chose those after i'd almost completed the layout. Here's what i selected: 

The page came together really quickly (under 20 minutes). Because i wanted to display all those pretty papers i came up with this simple design and then as i had limited embellishments to choose from it didn't take long to finish at all. Sidenote: i loved how the glimmer glaze looks on the wood veneer, this is something i hadn't tried before. This is a great challenge for using up some of your older and forgotten stash.

i really enjoyed the Stash Bash event & am already looking forward to the next one. i'm pleased with the layouts i did and will definitely try some of these challenges again. Did you participate in the event? If so, let me know! 

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Misting with Stencils

i'm a big fan of misting with stencils, but for some reason it's not something i do on my pages too often. i think it's the risk of making a mess which holds me back. My friend Lisa is always inspiring me to get the mist out. Misting is her scrappy super power. Here are a few examples where i've used mist with stencils.

This is something i'm glad i documented because i rarely have smoothies for breakfast these days. For this design i could easily have used a strip of paper at the top, but i like the effect of the mist. 

For this page i used the design of the stencil to lead your eye to the photo.

On this page i used white rub-ons as a resist against the mist, it's subtle but definitely brings a little extra something to the design. i love how the sunburst enhances the theme of my photos.

i hope you enjoyed these, and thanks for reading!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Oh, i have a blog.

i kind of dropped off the blogosphere for a while there didn't i? Life got a little busy around October time in 2012 and and i thought it best to let the blog go for a bit whilst i was moving and changing job roles. And for one reason or another i never got back into it. For a while i felt like my time was better spent creating pages than sharing them. But in truth i have missed the sharing aspect of this hobby and having a place to voice my views on certain topics (i even drafted several posts last year, but never felt like i wanted to commit to any of them).  So, the ole blog has never been too far from my mind and lately i've felt it tugging me back. A few people have mentioned to me lately, both online and in real life that they 'used to read my blog' and it made me a little regretful that i hadn't kept the blog up. i think it's unlikely that anyone is still reading this given that google reader is no more, so i figured i'd just start blogging for me again. i've still been scrapbooking and sharing on instagram (my account is private but if you send a request i'll approve you) so there's plenty to post about. Oh, the adventures i've had in the last nearly 2 years! Some of the pages i'll share will be recently made, whilst others i may have created up to 2 years ago. 

This was created using the Cocoa Daisy April 2013 kit. Still one of my all time faves. 

The above layout came about because the mundane aspects of life are not well represented in my albums and i thought they deserved a page of their own. So often i scrapbook about an event or a trip i took, but the layouts that i really enjoy looking back on the most are the ones about my everyday life. What i'm into, what i'm feeling. They are the most interesting to reflect on because life moves really quickly and stuff changes. And the majority of my time is spent meal planning, ironing and all that other boring stuff that makes up our lives. It's all part of my story!

If you read this, thanks!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Autumn, you suck.

Oh hai! Yes, i'm still alive. Life has been a full of drama and craziness lately. And not in the good way. Life seems to have a habit of throwing stuff like that at me around this time of year, as if i don't find autumn difficult enough as it is. Usually in September/October i see lot's of love for autumn all over the internets. Me, i'm not so keen. i can get on-board with the pretty leaves and the pumpkins but the dark and cold i could live without.

Despite all the life craziness i'm still managing to find little pockets of time to get my scrap on and this is a layout i knocked out a few weeks ago. There's a lot of personal stuff i choose not to include in my scrapbooks, but i try to keep it real.

Most of this is older product. i am not snobby about having to use the latest stuff. It makes me happy to use papers and embellishments that support the theme of my page so i often work from older kits or collections. i'm going to be moving at the end of the year. It's something i'm having a tough time coming to terms with as i LOVE my home and the location. And i'll be downsizing, which means a lot less space for stash and no desk to scrap on (sadface). i'm pretty good at only buying stuff that i love and any doubles or bits that come in kits that aren't my style i eliminate straight away. So i'm having real trouble trying to 'purge' as everything i have i love. Any tips on how to get around this problem greatly received!