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! 

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! 

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