Saturday, October 03, 2015

October Simple Scrapper Layouts

Another month and i have 2 new Simple Scrapper layouts for you. 

This is one of those layouts where i ended up going in a slightly different direction from the sketch that i used as inspiration. i just how love how fun these products from Pinkfresh Studio are. The theme this month at SS is personalities. My page is about how i'm finding it really hard to fit in with my peer group at this stage of life. Everyone is coupled up and settling down and i'm finding that i'm not included as much these days.

If you know me at all, you know i LOVE to travel more than anything. Unfortunately, not all travel experiences turn out as you hope, and this layout tells the story of one of those times. i created a flap to keep my journaling hidden. 

On my left ring finger you'll notice that i'm wearing what looks like an engagement ring. It's not, but it was a device i used quite often on my travels to ward off unwanted male attention. It's funny the small details you can spot in photos which tell a much bigger story. Honestly, if i didn't have this captured i'd probably have forgotten all about that little trick i'd sometimes use. 

Whilst this is a travel page i didn't want it to be over the top travel themed. i chose that triangle paper to represent my need to 'go with the flow' during this experience. 

The October membership materials are live on the Simple Scrapper site, including the newest copy of Spark Magazine. If you're a member be sure to check in & see what the other team members created. 

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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

September Simple Scrapper Layouts

i'm so excited to be the cover girl of Spark Magazine this month! Spark is a digital magazine that is included with the Simple Scrapper membership and it includes all the sketches, story starters, inspiration from the Creative Team and some great articles from Jennifer. It's one of my favourite things about the membership and i look forward to reading it every month.

The Story Starters for September are all about reading and books. One of my favourite hobbies! The story i chose to scrapbook was how i have to read every night before bed, even if it's just a paragraph.

First i picked that piece of patterned paper from Maggie Holmes' Open Book collection and then i picked out the rest of my supplies to go with the colour scheme. i find that a layout can come together much quicker if i start with one paper or embellishment and coordinate things to go with it. 

In July i mentioned how i was really into stamping my own papers or 3x4 cards and here i am at it again. i just love the effect of repeating word stamps.

i didn't use a whole lot of product on this page, bit i still think it looks pretty effective. The timetable that you see in the pockets were all on a lanyard that i purchased on the day and could flick through to figure out what we wanted to do next. If you look at the picture on the layout close enough you'll see it around my neck. High Five to the organisers for making it 3x4 so i could fit them into pocket pages for preservation! 

Don't forget, if you're not already a member, there's still time to sign up for a free trial to sample Simple Scrapper for yourself.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

August Simple Scrapper Story Starter Layout

Today i wanted to share my Story Starter layout for this month and explain a bit about how i made it. 

To create this effect I used a technique that I originally picked up in one of Wilna's video's. She is the Queen of all things artsy and mixed media so if you're ever looking for a new technique to try, her blog should be your first port of call as she never fails to inspire. 

The layout uses a lot more embellishments than i usually do, but i think overall it still has a fairly simple look. i've been purging my stash lately and was in a 'use it or lose it' mood when i put it together. 

First i positioned all the canvas cameras & then i used a gloss medium over the top. Before that was dry i coloured the cameras with gelatos. Then i blended them with water. It's a really easy technique with a lot of impact! And great if you have little patience as you don't have to wait for the gloss medium to dry. 

Whilst i'm here i wanted to point out that Jennifer is currently running a 10 day free trial to the Simple Scrapper Premium Membership.  If you've not yet experienced what the membership has to offer, now is your chance! 

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

Sunday, August 23, 2015

August Simple Scrapper Sketch Layouts

i submitted my layouts for the September Simple Scrapper Premium Membership yesterday and realised i hadn't even blogged my August layouts yet! Ooops! Scrapping and blogging always go on the back burner for me during the summer months. Anyway, as usual, i found the August sketches really inspiring. i ended up using 2 of them. 

i love all the different possibilities there are with the circles on this one. You could easily use the spots for more photos.

The pictures were taken at Al Jem Amphitheatre in Tunisia. i know that recent events make Tunisa seem a scary place to visit right now, but my experience of the country & it's people was wonderful. i really want to go back someday so i can see the Atlas Mountains. El Jem Amphitheatre is well worth a visit if you ever get the chance, it's really epic. 

For this layout i used a story starter from March. i think this is the kind of thing i'll find interesting in the future, it's so fascinating how our mobile devices have become so integral to our every day lives. The patterned paper i used was quite busy, so i kept the rest of the layout fairly simple to balance out the page. 

My iPhone actually died on me 2 weeks ago so i was really glad to have this snapshot for when i was recovering my apps on my new iPhone! 

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Monday, June 29, 2015

July Simple Scrapper Layouts

Hi All! It's a new month, which means new Simple Scrapper layouts. The theme this month is all about music. My layout is about a most magical performance i saw of Tom Odell at a local music festival last summer. If you aren't aware of Tom Odell, you should really check him out. 

i also made 2 layouts using sketches this month. This is a rather silly photo of me and it's paired with journaling about how i never really had any plans of what i wanted to do with my life and how i still employ the 'go with the flow' attitude now. i'm in a phase of life where everyone i know seems to be planning a wedding, buying property (or cats!) or starting a family and i am most definitely not ready for any of those things! So i think i just needed to get this layout out to reassure myself that that is ok. This layout is what i like to call 'scrap therapy' :) 

i think my favourite thing about this page design wise is the title. It's such an easy way to add stamping without the fear of messing up your entire page. i am going to employ this trick again for sure. Love how the sketches always push me to try new things on my pages. 

This last layout also includes stamping, and quite a bit of it. Lately i am really into creating my own pattern papers or 3x4 cards by repeating stamps. It's such a good way to add themed product to your page and get mileage from your stamps. i also used a polka dot stamp for some added pattern and the 'Happiness is' stamp for the title. This colour combo is a current fave. i am so enjoying the beautiful weather we are having on the south coast lately. 

Stash Bash is on the way and starts on the 14th of July. Registration is now open! i think this is probably my most favourite event that Jennifer organises. Last year i got really stuck in and i can't wait to see what she has in store for us this time around. This is a week long event that helps you use up, declutter, and organise your supplies. You could think of it as a kind of organisation party. Or you can choose to use this week to focus on using up your stash, which is what i plan to do. Jennifer is also offering the event with 3 months membership included, which is an absolute bargain!

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

Sunday, June 14, 2015

June Simple Scrapper Sketch Layout

Back in March i had the opportunity to go and see a new tv game show being filmed, called Prized Apart. The first episode was aired on the BBC this past Saturday, the one we saw being recorded will air next Saturday. Anyway, that's the story of this layout and i used a sketch from the June Simple Scrapper Premium Membership to tell it.

i decided to use papers from Say Cheese as the colours were similar to that in the set. Besides that, i mostly used word stamps for my embellishments.

If you've ever wondered what it's like to be a member of Simple Scrapper, Jennifer put together a detailed blog post about the new members area here. Jennifer is also offering a free summer fun sheet to help you keep more focused during the summer months.

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

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

June Simple Scrapper Pocket Pages

Along with my layouts for Simple Scrapper this month i also made some pocket pages. At the moment i'm working on an entire pocket page album all about the month long work trip i took to Switzerland last year. i have included lot's of memorabilia in there so far, here's just two of the pages which include tickets (they don't sit next to each other in the album).

Next up, a 6x12 insert. Man, i love this size, it's the perfect accompaniment to a traditional layout for including a few more photos and it also works great in a Project Life album if you've got a bit more to share that week/month.

One thing i tend to do if i'm using up premium pocket space with a ticket, is use square photos in the 6x4 pockets so that i have some space freed up to add journalling. 

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