Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Monday, July 29, 2013
I'm loving these smaller sized pages too - perfect for that odd couple of photos you might have that need a place to live. Too easy. And they look fantastic tucked in between those larger pages.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013
I've been wanting to start this album for so so long now - actually years ago - before Project Life was ever heard of - but had absolutely no idea how to go about it. We have hundreds, if not thousands, of photographs taken on our big holiday and they have all been sitting sadly in a large cardboard box in the back of a cupboard. But no more! This week I have finally blown the cobwebs away from that box and I've actually made a start on creating the album and documenting the stories of this life changing event.
So this is my first page - no, it's nothing startling or particularly impressive but this is how I wanted my album to be. Simple photographs and the stories behind them. I am extremely lucky to have a husband who loves to journal, and therefore I have an enormous amount of notes to draw from and include in the album. It's simply criminal that it's taken this long for me to get around to doing this - but I am not sure I have been keen until now. Such a daunting task!
I've also never been a fan of my own handwriting but I've decided I need to get over all those insecurities and just embrace who I am and learn to love the little things - such as they are!
Page 2 - and I'm starting to get a feel for it now. Added a few more personalizing touches and I can see a little bit of my scrap style appearing now. I've also renewed my love for alpha stickers.
I'm really getting a roll on now - had to improvise a little though. Who took photos of food back then? Anyone? I'm also loving Mr Google for gathering any info we might have missed along the way. I feel like we are visiting these places all over again!
Just way too much fun :)
Sunday, July 21, 2013
My last project using my July kit for The Scrapbook Store is a tag featuring one of the new Manor House Creations Peacock Feathers in black. They also come in pink, purple, red and yellow as well as the traditional "natural" peacock colours - you can find these here.
For my tag I decided to turn my feather into a quill pen using a Tim Holtz Pen Nib and mounted the quill onto a large tag from the Prima Tag Pad. I added some grungy colour with an Adirondack Paint Dabber in Butterscotch, stamping a text background and creating ink splatters with Black Marble Dylusions Ink Spray. I added some embellishments from Glitz Design Yours Truly Glitzers and Puffy Words along with a generous ribbon wrap using some black grosgrain trim.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
It's amazing how fast this year has been going, I guess that's what happens when you are having too much fun! There never seem to be enough hours in the day.
This month is my turn at The Scrapbook Store for another tutorial and, of course, I have chosen some more background work to demo. I don't tend to use earth tones a lot when I create - preferring to use bolder colours or pastel shades - but I have been enjoying the more natural tones of my Glitz Sunshine In My Soul kit this month and these colours are perfect for some recent photos we took while we were holidaying on the west coast. In this layout I have used a photograph taken just on sunset from the jetty at Denham as a fishing boat was coming in. Isn't that sunset amazing - and the silhouette of the boat really captures the mood.
Here is a list of materials I've used to create the layout from start to finish, and for a detailed step by step please see my post at The Scrapbook Store here.
I hope you enjoy the tutorial, thanks for dropping in!
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Today I wanted to share my first layout created using my July kit from The Scrapbook Store featuring papers and embellishments from Glitz Design Sunshine In My Soul collection. The colours are so warm and earthy - perfect for masculine layouts or, as I have done in my layout here, beautiful nature themed photographs.
I've gone for a clean and simple layered style today using lots of freestyle cut strips of patterned paper, stickers, lettering and adhesive tapes. I started out with a 12x12 Vanilla cardstock base and began adding strips of paper cut from Glitz Design Birds, Floral, Ledger, Rays and Suns patterned paper. I then added my title using four of the different font stickers from the Alphabet and Words Sticker Sheet and a few fun elements from the Accents Sticker Sheet. Lastly I used some roughly torn coordinating adhesive tape along with a fun banner.
This is a simple design that was very fast to assemble but works really well to showcase your photographs.
Thanks for calling in, enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Today I'm dropping in to share a few projects featuring some brand new Green Tara goodies. I just adore aqua, as anyone who may know me would have guessed by now, so these new aqua coloured flowers really appeal to me. I decided to show them off in a monochromatic style layout having matched the colour of my flowers and repeating it in my background. This technique works really well for any colour you might want to use, just choose your favourite Green Tara flowers and run with it.
My second Green Tara project for July is a purple and gold tag, again featuring some new products - a beautiful Amethyst Satin Rosette flower and some amazing Purple Crushed Organza Ribbon. Very soft and feminine and perfect for that special touch on a project. Don't you just love purple shades?
And lastly I am sharing a recent layout I created using lots of bright colour with a contrasting White Paper Leaf garland and stamens. This is a fun whimsical page and was such a joy to create.
Enjoy the rest of your day!
Monday, July 8, 2013
Friday, July 5, 2013
Colour = Navy, Word = extraordinary, Technique = Denim
I decided to use a recent photograph I took while we were on holidays in Western Australia of this battered sign on the beach. I just adore the colours in this photo and they are perfect for the challenge.
I've used Dylusions inks to create my background, Glitz Designs Unchartered Waters embellishments, American Crafts DIY Thickers for my title (which I totally ADORE), washi tape, a bottle cap and the cutest ever little flair button from A Piece Of Cake Designs - I love these too!
Thanks for dropping in - looking forward to seeing your designs!