Saturday, January 31, 2015

Simple Tip Saturday

i've got a post up on the Simple Scrapper blog today with my simple tip. It's about how i choose to store some of my supplies by theme. i would love for you to go and check it out! If you have any questions regarding the post, feel free to leave it in the comments. 

i also wanted to share a layout i made using one of my all time favourite sketches from Simple Scrapper. It's a 'right now' kind of layout, which are always the ones i enjoy looking at the most as time passes. 

There's a couple of new things going on at the Simple Scrapper blog this year including a FREE sketch/template every month! You can find January's here. There is also a Story Starter Challenge each month to get the ideas flowing and if you submit an entry you could win 3 months Premium Membership. January's competition already closed, but you can play along just for fun. And February's challenge is right around the corner. 

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

Sunday, January 25, 2015

December Faves

So much of my December documenting focuses on Christmas festivities and the everyday stuff gets left by the wayside. To rectify this i recently made a layout to document some of the things that were a favourite of mine in December. i used a sketch from Simple Scrapper & i love how it turned out. i really like the mix of pink, red and navy. 

Thanks for stopping by, have you documented your favourites lately?

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

Sunday, January 18, 2015

First layout of 2015

i made my first layout of the year on the 2nd of January. i'm up to a total of 7 now, but i worked on my 2013 Project Life album all this week (no, that isn't a typo) and that is almost done. It will be the first PL album i've actually finished, which is why there was no 2014 album, and there won't be one this year either. Anyway, on to the layout. 

Everything on the page is from the Heidi Swapp Mixed Company paper pad except the doily, 2 stamps and that tiny bit of washi. That's probably why i was able to put the layout together so quickly. Love when that happens. 

The story is about my birthday last year, i went to Windsor for the day with my sister & a friend. Windsor is utterly charming and well worth a visit if you're in the area. Whilst we were at the castle, we passed a craft activity room for kids, my friend joked about us going in and making something. But me being me thought this was actually a good idea, and so we made a birthday crown which i then proceeded to wear around the castle. Surprisingly, i didn't get any odd looks. i guess it's the norm to wear crowns in royal residences!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Playing with Gelatos

Last year i bought myself a pack of gelatos and quickly became obsessed and decided i needed more colours. Now i have quite the collection! There are so many different techniques you can do with them and they are so much fun. i especially like the metallic ones which have a really pretty metallic sheen to them. The main tips that i have discovered are that if you are using regular cardstock as your base (as opposed to watercolour paper) it's best to put a layer of gesso down where you are planning to use the gelatos. It's much easier to blend them that way. The next tip would be to press down hard with your gelatos, don't worry they won't break! The other thing is, use plenty of water.

Here are a couple of layouts where i've used a simple watercolouring technique (aka, making a big inky mess). This layout was one i created whilst taking the Art + Design Class with Wilna Furstenburg. She has created some fantastic pages using gelatos & is the main reason that i wanted to try them out in the first place. In fact, she covers them in both of her Art Classes which i can highly recommend.

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On this one i used watercolour paper so i didn't need to use any gesso as a base. It's much easier to do this technique on watercolour paper so i recommend starting out using that if you're just learning. 

And here's a layout where things didn't go quite right. The colours turned out a LOT brighter than i thought they would. It might have been wise to experiment on cardstock first...but i didn't. Lesson learnt. It's still going in the album though, because you know, i'm brave and wild like that ;)

Have you used Gelatos yet? 

Thursday, January 01, 2015

January Simple Scrapper Layouts

Happy New Year! i hope 2015 brings you wonderful things. 

Today i have my Simple Scrapper layouts for January to share with you. The theme this month for the Story Starters is New Beginnings. i decided to do my page about a house move and the struggles that came with it. This probably isn't a layout that i would have made if not for the prompts, i love how Simple Scrapper pushes me like that. 

This next layout used a sketch from the Simple Scrapper's Premium Membership & it was such a fun one to play with. 2014 was a year of coffee, books, travel and buying all the gold things! So i thought i'd better get some of those gold papers and embellishments used up. When i was making the layout i felt a bit uneasy about using gold on a non Christmas layout, but i love the end result. i do hope gold doesn't go out of trend in 2015, i don't think i'll ever bore of it. 

Jennifer has an event about to begin called Start Fresh, which among other things includes a planner/workbook to help you see through your creative goals. i already printed off the planner and started filling it in, and i'm feeling motivated. i can't wait for the event to get started. If you're interested in taking part she also has a great deal in which 2 months Premium Membership is included. i hope to see you there!

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

Sunday, December 28, 2014

More Christmas Layouts

Today i have more christmas layouts to share. i used Sketch templates from the Simple Scrapper's Premium Membership to create these, back in the spring when i was still a member and not part of the creative team. i hope you had a lovely Christmas if you were celebrating it. 

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

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Merry & Bright

i don't ever partake in projects like December Daily, it just doesn't suit my lifestyle. Every year i do have some Christmas Stories i want to tell though. i tend to make Christmas layouts the whole year round whenever i feel like it. Over the years they've just gone into my regular albums. This year though i bought one of those cool glitter 12x12 albums from Shimelle's line with American Crafts which i've decided to house all of my Christmassy layouts in.

It's so pretty and the glitter doesn't shed at all! i went through all my albums and pulled out the layouts from Christmases past. There actually weren't as many as i thought. Just 15 layouts. Which means there's plenty of space for more layouts in the future.

This layout documents present wrapping and card writing, something that plays a big part of every December. As i mentioned in my previous post, i handmade all my cards this year, i think i'll make a photo collage of some of my favourites in order to document them.

If you celebrate Christmas, i hope you have a wonderful time & above all can be with those you love.