Saturday, 29 August 2015

Wedding Mini Album

Hi there. This week's big project is a mini album that I did for my lovely helper. Remember a few posts ago when I made a wedding layout for her, this time I made a mini album for a few of her favourite wedding photos. Just a few but they highlight the ceremony. I just love the outfits and colours of the wedding party and I wanted to echo that a little in the album. Where the layout was brighter and paler, I went with more romantic, muted colours for the album.

Wedding Mini Album
I created a 6.5" x 7.5" album with a 3" spine, which I covered in black cardstock. I then cut out patterned paper panels to cover each page and the outside of the album.
A lot of the flowers and trim were already in my stash.
I glued in two white ribbons under the cover papers to fasten the album.
I love all the romantic flowers, lace and trims. The metal accents and cabochons are also from my stash.
You can get a glimpse of the inside, where I die cut some doilies and also used lace to trim the photos.
Each photo is accented by a flower cluster and I added a pocket to the back inside page so she can add notes or more photos.
I finished with some metal corners to make the album more durable.

My helper absolutely loves the album and she is so happy with it. It's already been packed away for her to take home.

Products Used
Patterned papers from various designers, including Prima and Marion Smith
Flowers, wooden veneers and metal 'love' tag from Prima Marketing
Metal accents, lace, bling trim, pearl trim, sequins and sequin flowers all from stash, locally sourced
Metal corner accents, metal date label tag from Tim Holtz Ideo-logy
Distress Ink Hickory Smoke by Tim Holtz for Ranger

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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Think Happy Be Happy

Hi there. Yesterday was a great day. It was my first kid's scrapbooking class at my home. I'll be doing a class every Monday, concentrating on a different technique and theme every week. I only have two little girls at the moment, to be three next week and hopefully will expand to a full six.

This week, we did a simple stenciled layout where the girls went to town with rainbow colours and cranked out die cuts on the Big Shot. All lots of fun.

Starting off very simply with a stenciled background.

On to my current layout. I'm slowly making my way through our summer holiday photos.

Think Happy Be Happy
I love the colours in this kit - dark pink, yellow, orange and greens. Such a pretty combination.
 I sponged on some gesso on the background paper and also smushed some distress paints around the page and splattered with some white paint before putting down the photo and embellishments.
I dug out some resin flowers from my stash to bulk out the embellishments. I added lots of layers to the photos and also a lace edge.
I love the little ready made pinwheel and the cute wooden buttons. Oh, and of course the cute smile in the photo.
I added a cute happy flair to the heart banner and some sequins around the page.

Products Used
Paper, diecuts, layered embellishments and flair from Fancy Pants Summer Sun collection
Wooden buttons from Shimelle
Lace from kit
Puffy white Thickers alphabet from American Crafts Dear Lizzy
Sequins from stash
Distress Paints from Tim Holtz for Ranger
Gesso from Golden

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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Chill Out in Vancouver

Hi there, First week back at school and Miss C is enjoying herself, likes her teacher and is eager to get back to learning again. I love it when she comes bouncing into the flat, ready to tell me about her day.

As for me, I've done one more layout this week. I thought I'd start early this time with the My Creative Sketches challenge, so this one is based on the August MCS sketch.

Chill Out
I love all the bright colours on this layout and the yellow matt is a good foil for the blue photos. The pics were taken on our first full day in Vancouver, where we were invited to a picnic by extended family.
I first added random circles of molding paste through a stencil to give a bit more interest to the page. I then added the matts on top, giving lots of contrast in colours.
I added flowers and a pink circle for the accent in the sketch and a few "beachy" stickers to tie in with the photos.
The puffy title is too cute and I love the little seagull perched on the 't'.

Products Used
Papers from Doodlebug Design Sunkissed collection and Echo Park I Love Sunshine collection
Stickers and puffy stickers and title from Pebbles Fun in the Sun collection
Flowers from Prima Marketing
Wood buttons from Shimelle
Mini yellow alphabet stickers from Doodlebug Design
Stencil from Studio Calico
Molding paste from Golden

Thanks for looking,

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Adventure Time with a Shaker Layout

Hi there. Hey, look. Two layouts in two days. LOL. Just feeling a little crafty lately. I'm sure there are other things I should be doing - planning a party for Saturday.

Hubby bought a huge Iberico ham in May but never had the chance to eat it, between his business trips and our holidays, so we planned a party and have invited around forty people around to help devour the thing. We're going to merge it with my birthday, which is on the coming Monday, so I'll be baking a cake and doing some other finger foods as well. Hopefully, I'll get some nice pics from that event.

On to the layout.

Adventure Time
When I saw the travel papers in my My Creative Scrapbook August main kit, I knew I had to use the one airplane selfie that I took on our flight home. Not the best quality photo, but perfect for the papers. I started out with white cardstock for the background so the other bright colours can pop.
 When I saw these frames and overlays in the kit, I immediately thought of doing a shaker element. I sandwiched a colourful array of sequins and micro beads in the frame and it is actually light enough on the page that you can shake the whole layout easily.
There is a whole sheet of tickets which you can cut out and they add a little fun to the top right corner. I also used some of the green circular patterned paper from another kit to fill up the background a little.
I added a little glossy accents to the details of the suitcases (a little messy as my nozzle was too big - should have used the precision tip). I also added a glass bevel to the little map and stuck that on top.

Products Used
Papers, die cuts, frames and chipboard from Pink Paislee Atlas collection
Lime green circular paper from Jillibean Soup Red Raspberry Soup collection
Gold title stickers from Crate Paper Maggie Holmes
Wooden "today" from Heidi Swapp
Glossy Accents from Ranger
Gold spray ink from Heidi Swapp
Sequins and micro beads sourced locally

School will start back on Monday as well so things will be back to the normal routine. I can't believe Miss C will be going into Year 5! Where has the time gone?? 

On the up side, hopefully I'll have more time for layouts. I'll also be starting a scrapbook class every Monday afternoon for kids aged 7-11, including Miss C, teaching them all sorts of techniques and fun stuff. That will be fun to do and plan out every week.

Anyway, back to planning the party. See you soon.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Happy Birthday Snoopy

Hi there. We're back from our holidays. Wow, it seems like ages since I did a post or a layout. We actually came back Thursday last week, and it's taken me a few days to get back into the swing of things.

This week sees the 65th birthday for Snoopy, the Peanuts character. Miss C is a huge Snoopy fan and even had a Snoopy birthday earlier this year. It's so interesting to see how some things are timeless and how life repeats itself - Snoopy was a childhood favourite of mine as well.

I'm starting with this simple layout to get my creativity juices flowing again. I followed the July sketch from My Creative Sketches.

Super Fan
For this layout, I chose the handwritten background paper and added some gesso in a circular motion to mute the background a little. I also added green and pink gelato in the same fashion.
I then cut out two rings of paper and overlapped them on the background. Instead of another patterned paper for the left side of the photo, I added two sentiment cards before adding the title and my journaling.
For the right hand side accents, I stuck down flowers in place of the stars and added some ink splatters.
For the top left corner accent, I added some hand torn sentiments and a few paper flowers.

I'm sure there will be a few more Snoopy layouts and I still have all our holiday photos to scrap and my August kit just arrived today - Yay! See you soon.

Products Used
Papers and die cuts from Jillibean Soup Summer Red Raspberry Soup collection
Title chipboard from Bella Blvd
Gesso from Golden
Gelatos from Faber-Castell
Red ink from Lindy's Stamp Gang

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