Saturday, February 21, 2015

Lift me up! Challenge

i recently participated in a 'lift me up' challenge over at Cocoa Daisy that my friend Lisa was organising. She e-mailed me the layout that i was to scraplift and i was given instructions to include journaling. No problem for me, you know how i like to journal on my layouts! You can see the original layout and all the others in this thread here. It totally blows my mind how different each layout is and how mine (which was the last in my team) turned out completely different to Lisa's original layout. It's just so cool.

Here's my layout. i started off using the January 2014 Cocoa Daisy kit but i think a couple of extra things might have snuck in there too.

Last January i was able to spend the whole month in Switzerland for work. It was such a fantastic experience. That's what this layout is all about. 

i ended up including the journaling in a pocket because there wasn't enough space on the layout. In the CD kits every month the embellishments come in glassine bags and i always keep hold of these to use as pockets or for layering. 

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Books + Coffee :: Jot Moodboard

Have you seen this month's moodboard over at jot magazine? i was instantly drawn to the stripes and the pops of gold.The red and pink, not so much. So i decided to make a very neutral page and i knew the just the photo i wanted to scrap. i feel like my subject still takes inspiration from the moodboard as coffee and books are two of my great loves.

Here's one of my go to design cheats that i use whenever i'm stuck; start with a 6x6 paper anywhere on the page and build around it. i find that the rest of the page will quickly follow. That awesome coffee cup printable is designed by Peppermint Grandberg & is part of her High Street Stories collection available at the Lilypad. i printed it with a laser printer and then used my Minc machine to foil it in gold. It's tricky to photograph just how amazing the foil looks in real life, but hopefully you can get an idea in the photo below. It's so so pretty!

More February Simple Scrapper Layouts

So as i mentioned in my last post, i was really inspired by this month's materials at Simple Scrapper. These layouts were all prompted by Story Starters, but the designs are my own. 

This one uses the Plus One collection again, and it's all about how i live for the weekend. That's the reality here at the moment, hopefully it won't always be that way. i'm actually starting a new job in March which i'm pretty excited about, so i'm hoping that will change. 

And here's another layout about my Morning Routine. This one's a little different though and documents one simple part of my routine. i used the same 'morning' stamp again using the same technique. i don't feel like i need to reinvent the wheel every time. 

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Saturday, February 07, 2015

February Simple Scrapper Layouts

If you're already a member at Simple Scrapper, i have no doubt you are going to be blown away this month. If you're not a member, now is a great time to sign up! There are some really different sketches this month and the theme looks at routines and the everyday. Quite a few of us on the Creative Team created additional layouts this month so the Spark magazine is full to the brim. 

i used the Plus One collection from Amy Tan for 3 of my layouts this month. It's one of those collections that i wasn't too fussed on when it was announced, it looked too neon for me. But then i had the opportunity to see the paper pad in real life and i really liked the bright colours. Although this has a (quite scary) picture of me in the morning, the journaling card details all those things i get up to at work which don't get photographed, so it's a nice little overview of what mornings look like for me right now.

This layout was designed using a sketch from this month. It was originally a two page sketch, but i used it to make a single page. i wasn't sure what to say about this photo of some friends and i until i came across a prompt about reconnecting and that's what lead my journaling.

Whilst i'm here i wanted to point out a couple of new things at Simple Scrapper. You can see everything that's going on this month, including the Team Gallery here. This year there will be a free template/sketch released each month for everyone to make use of. The latest one can be found here. The current Story Starter Challenge is here. You'll need to submit your entry by the end of the month to be in for a chance to win a 3 month pass to the membership. 

There's also a new workshop coming up called The Finishing Project. It's a guided workshop to (you guessed it!) help you finish unfinished projects. It will even help you figure out which of your unfinished projects you should get started with (because, if you're like me you probably have more than a couple of unfinished albums). You can check out the syllabus here

i'll be back on Tuesday with some more layouts. 

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Monday, February 02, 2015

2015 Goals

i am not a big maker of resolutions, which i get easily bored of within 2 weeks. But i do normally make a list every year of the places i'd like to visit & the number of books i'd like to read. This year i added a couple of extra goals to the list and i made a layout about it to keep myself accountable.

Whenever i feel like i'm getting in a bit of a rut, i bust out my art supplies. On the left of the page i used the embossing resist technique with gelatos and then built my page around that. On the right i just did a whole bunch of stamping in two different colours. It's definitely more cluttered than my usual pages, but i like it!

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. 

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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?

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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!