Sunday, 6 December 2015

HK Memory Chest Kit Club - December 2015

Hi there. Can you believe we are in the last month of the year? How quickly has this year passed by? So much has happened and yet sometimes, all these events seem to fade from your memory. This is why I love scrapbooking - we get to put those moments down to look back on in the future.

December also brings us to the HKMC Christmas kit. Beautiful vintage Christmas colours and images from Prima Marketing, mixed with some amazing mediums make this kit so fun to work with.

Photo courtesy of Papercraft Buffet
December Kit 2015
Prima “A Victorian Christmas” – Pere Noel
Prima “A Victorian Christmas” – Une Carte De Noel
Prima “A Victorian Christmas” – Un Calendrier De L’avent
Prima “A Victorian Christmas” – Le Jour De Noel
Prima “A Victorian Christmas” – Un Chant De Noel
Prima A Victorian Christmas Snowflake Leaves
Prima A Victorian Christmas Rudolph’s Nose Flowers
Prima A Victorian Christmas Holiday Lights Flowers
Aleene’s Glitter Snow
Prima Marketing Antique Resin Frames
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Spray – Brulee Cream
Maya Road Mini Chipboard Snowflakes
Artemio Alphabet Glitter Stickers – Silver
Kaisercraft Holy Night Cardstock Die-Cuts

The sketch for this month:

 Holiday Cookies
Gorgeous vintage papers to play with and add lots of dimension to. The photos were taken two Christmas' ago when Miss C made Christmas bear cookies for all of us.
I punched a bit of the border and added the lace behind. For the snowflakes, I added glossy accents and sprinkled over silver glitter. Once dry, I dabbed the ends with Aleene's glitter snow.
I sprayed the white leaves green and that even turned the glitter around the edges green - love it.

I kept this page brighter to go with the modern Christmas trees in the photos. I added the glitter snow through a stencil for the background.
The flowers are so pretty and a bow completes the little cluster.
I added some gold glitter glue over the star to make it shine a bit more.

The Nutcracker
Having mixed mediums in the kit inspired me to play around with more ideas, hence the collage background.
I collaged the background before adding a thin layer of gesso. I then used gelatos to "frame" each collage piece. I also added the music paper in places. I sprayed the leaves gold this time to match the flower cluster.
I love bringing out my toy soldier die every year and this time, I made him into a nutcracker to go with the photos.

Happy Holidays Display Plaque
I used a Tim Holtz canvas frame for the base, collaged on some the kit paper and added a layer of clear crackle paint.
I added some gold paint on the base and added gold microbeads to the corners. I die cut the sentiment from some Heidi Swapp glitter paper. I had some white flowers in my stash, which I sprayed red.
I love this Santa - just so old school. I finished off the layout with generous slathering of the glitter snow.

Other layouts and projects from the design team:

 Cool As Always by Belly Lau
Coffee and Cake by Belly Lau
Homey Joy by Belly Lau
Christmas Ornaments by Belly Lau
 All Hearts Come Home For Christmas by Erika Lui
 Reason For The Season by Erika Lui
 Christmas Banner by Erika Lui

Discovery Bay Crop 
8th December (Tue)
10:30am - 12:00noon
Hosted by Grace Wong
See you all at crop,

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Camping We Will Go

Hi there. This week, Miss C had her school camp, where her class went on a three day camping trip. They had to pitch their own tents and they had a lot of fun doing water sports and team building exercises. Miss C came home exhausted but very happy. The teachers were very good with taking photos and putting them up online for us parents, so it was great to see quite a few of Miss C with her friends. Since there were so many of them, I decided to make a double page layout during our crop session this week.

A Camping We Will Go
 I used two collections from the same manufacturer, mixing and matching. The background papers are from separate paper lines but the colours of the embellishments match each one well. I'm not great with double pages and it's funny how I made the layout to look like two separate pages.
I matted all the photos with kraft cardstock before adding circular cut outs randomly around the photos.
 A little mini title area with journalling.
I love the brown burlap look of the background paper - so realistic. Again, I used circular cut outs to tie the pages together.
Cute accent corner with some chipboard.

Products Used
Papers, chipboard and and stickers from Simple Stories We are Family and Pumpkin Spice collections
Kraft cardstock

Thanks for looking,


Friday, 6 November 2015

HK Memory Chest Kit Club - November 2015

Hellooo. It's been a while. Did you miss me? Ha ha.  We've been away for the last two and half weeks - first to Bali for a week during half term and then, a cruise from Singapore for hubby and I. We're sitting in the airport lounge waiting for our flight home and thank goodness - we finally have decent wifi.

If you've ever been on a cruise - you don't get wifi, unless you pay an astronomical amount for it. We usually don't do it and it makes for a relaxing, unconnected holiday, however, this time we were waiting for some family news from the UK, so hubby decided to get a weeks' plan for us - the worst wifi ever - as slow as the first internet connection. It's understandable though, since it's all linked by satellite when you're on a ship and you get bounced from satellite to satellite.

In anycase, I'm finally (un)wired up again, so decided to fit this post in while waiting for our plane.

Luckily, I did manage to get the November kit from HKMC to work on while we were on the ship and had a fun couple of days finishing them off. This month's kit is very cute with an eclectic selection of papers.

November Kit 2015
Seven Paper Darcy Paper – Color Wheels/Wide Yellow Stripes
Seven Paper Clara Paper – Cut-Outs/Wide Diagonal Stripe
Seven Paper Clara Paper – Stuffed Animal/Wide Diagonal Stripe
Seven Paper Clara Paper – Watercolor Splotch/Flower Doodle
Seven Paper Clara Paper – Baby Faces/4 Colors
Seven Paper Darcy Roller Stamp – Phrases
Cedar Lane Thickers Stickers – Phrases/Silver & Gold Glitter Foam
Seven Paper Clara Label Stickers – Gold Foil Words & Phrases
Yellow Flower Beads Trim
Green Little Balls Trim
Red and Orange Heart Shape Charm
Fabric Sunflowers
Black and White Feathers
Punctuation Wood Veneers

The sketch for this month:

 You & Me
 I absolutely adore the background paper - such cute line drawings and reminds me of the adult colouring book trend that's happening now - so what to do? Colour them of course! The cute photos were mother and daughter messing about - not the best quality photos but a worthy moment to catalogue.
 The kit comes with some pretty silk flowers that add a nice punch to the page - so cheerful. I love the glittery gold foam title and splattered on a bit of gold ink to draw out the gold elements a bit more.
 I used my Zig Color Real Brushes and a water brush to add colour to some of the drawings - I didn't want to do the full page as I wanted to keep it mostly clear.

 Soft Hugs
Don't you love the water colour paper? I didn't do that - it's printed on the paper! So cool and so on trend. You know Miss C and her Snoopy obsession. She can never resist a cuddle with one - especially one so large.
The kit comes with some pom pom trim, which I tucked into the bottom of the photo. The animals, I cut out from another sheet of kit paper and had them standing on either side of the photo - so cute. I coloured up the title and added a shimmer of gold spray.
Love the glitter sentiment pack that comes with the kit and this one seems so appropriate. I also love the rotary stamp with all it's cute phrases - perfect for all occasions.

So Good & Yummy
For my last layout (which was the first one I did), I kept the background fairly fuss free as I wanted to concentrate on the busy photos instead.  I cut both papers (the striped and green) at a bias for my photo collage.
 I added a black pen border around each photo to mimic a comic strip. It also helps to make them pop a little and make them more grounded.
I finished off with some wood veneer letters which I painted black with my Faber-Castell big brush pen and also some naked veneer asterisk and quotation marks.

Here are some of the other works from the rest of the team:

Happy Sunday by Belly Lau
You & Me by Belly Lau
Lovely by Belly Lau
Hello Smile Today by Belly Lau
Happy by Erika Lui
You Make My World Better by Erika Lui
Adventure by Erika Lui

Discovery Bay Crop 
17th November (Tue)
10:30am - 12:00noon
Hosted by Grace Wong
See you all at crop,

Friday, 16 October 2015

Fall - Not Fall Layouts

Hi there. This week saw quite a bit of scrapbooking for me - kid's class on Monday, kit crop on Tuesday and yesterday our weekly crop session. I managed to get two layouts done yesterday - just simple, quick layouts. I think I spent more time choosing photos than I did scrapping them.

I used the new October main kit from from My Creative Scrapbook. It's an autumn/fall collection, but since we don't really have autumn here (not of the red leaves kind anyway), I tried to use the papers with non-fall photos.

Amazing Mega Pizza
 I love this gorgeous green patterned paper - such a pretty colour. I just love the contrast with the browns, yellows and red. Can you believe that pizza? Amazing! There were four of us and we each ordered the flavour we wanted (mine is anchovies and olives) and it came in a full metre long pizza (each person gets 25cm each). And so yummy. What's your favourite pizza topping?
I love the pack of die cuts that come in the kit and though most are fall themed, I chose a few that were more generic. I love the cute tree and fence. I also die cut the red circle tag and love how it matches the pizza colour.
Just a few brads positioned around to balance the page.

Products Used
Papers, die cuts and title stickers from Simple Stories Pumpkin Spice and We Are... Family collections 
Brads from Carta Bella A Perfect Autumn collection 

 We Are Family
 The papers are perfect for boy layouts too, with grungy blues, mustard yellows and rich browns. I love the blue background paper and chose it to complement the brick wall photo. The two boys are Miss C's second cousins in the UK - two very cute but very energetic boys.
I die cut the fall leaves from a strip of burlap from the kit and layered with the white flowers and button. 

Products Used
Papers from Simple Stories Pumpkin Spice and We Are... Family collections
Chipboard from Simple Stories We Are... Family collection
Wooden button from BGM Mercantile
Flowers from Prima Marketing

That's probably it for the next two weeks as we will be away on holiday.  

See you when we get back.

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