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.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Too Cute To Spook

Hi there. Unbelievable it's already October and Halloween is only a couple of weeks away. The weather is turning a little cooler and it's time for pumpkin everything. I've already had two (rather large) pieces of home made pumpkin spice cake with slatherings of cream cheese frosting. Mmmm...

Miss C has been planning her costume with her friend - they're going to be dead school girls!! What happened to a black cat or a cute witch?

This week for the kid's class we made a simple Halloween lantern, which the girls absolutely loved. So cute. The one on the right is my sample and the left is Miss C's project.

After that, I decided I really had to sit down and complete the last two year's Halloween layouts.

 Too Cute To Spook
I mixed two different kits for this layout, using a plain orange chevron at the base. It's been a while since I made a multi-photo layout but I had to include some of these cute photos. This was taken last year where Miss C was Nian Cat. I made the red squares from felt for the top and sewed the rainbow train onto the back of the skirt.
I love the gorgeous papers and images of the Graphic 45 Halloween line this year. I layered up pockets and tags for this corner.
 Certainly had to add a skeleton for the ghoulish effect.
 The potion bottles and skull in a dome are so cool. Absolutely love this collection.

Products Used
Papers, die cuts and chipboard from Graphic 45 Rare Oddities collection
Orange chevron paper from Teresa Collins Haunted Hallows collection
Black cardstock

Vampire Monster
I really love the book paper. I cut out a tomb shaped background and trimmed with black cardstock to make it pop. The photos are from Halloween two years ago. Miss C went at Draculaura from Monsters High. So very cute.
 I love all the poison labels and overlapped them around the page. I also made the title from two word labels.
The coolest skull and I love the glitter distressed 31.

Products Used
Papers from Graphic 45 Rare Oddities collection and Teresa Collins Haunted Hallows collection
Black cardstock

Hopefully, it won't take as long to scrap this year's Halloween photos.

Thanks for dropping by,

Sunday, 11 October 2015

HK Memory Chest Kit Club - October 2015

Hi there.  It's been a while since my last update. Last week was a short one, with public holidays and school holidays, so not much scrapbooking done, apart from the October kit samples. I did have a couple of kid's class in the last two weeks and a crop session this week, but that's about it. Hoping to do a bit more next week before half term arrives and we are off on holiday again.

It was fun to work on this kit. In fact, I had already worked with these papers on some previous layouts, which I got from my MCS kits. Coincidentally, HKMC has also come out with this paper line, but with slightly different embellishments. I really love these papers, so it wasn't a hardship to use them again.

October Kit 2015
My Mind's Eye My Story – Heart Strings
My Mind's Eye My Story – Typewriter
My Mind's Eye My Story – Heirloom Roses
My Mind's Eye My Story – Take Aim w/Foil
My Mind's Eye My Story – Days Remembered w/Foil
My Mind's Eye My Story Chipboard Elements W/Foil
My Mind's Eye My Story Journaling Cards W/Foil
My Mind's Eye My Story Flair Button
My Mind's Eye My Story Wood Veneer Shapes
My Mind's Eye Gold Niche Foam Stickers
Doodlebug Paper Doilies – Red
Doodlebug Paper Doilies – Orange
Assorted Colors Ribbon Flower
Pearl Trim
Gold Flower Trim
Orange String
Assorted Colors Sequins
Assorted Beads
Multi-color Trim
Multi-color Pencil

The sketch for this month:

Happiness Is Family Together
 I used the other side of the arrow paper the last time and so I was very happy to be able to work with it this time. Lots of gold arrows calls for lots of hearts. As the background is quite busy, I kept the layout quite simple and uncluttered. The photos were taken on a coach, hence the hubby being in the background.
 I die cut some hearts to layer behind the photos and added a few accents on the side.
 I've had the Tim Holtz word dies in my stash for a while and decided to use them to complete the title.
 Another heart and doily accent to balance off the layout.

Puppy Love
I kept this page focused on the photos. Miss C has been asking for a puppy for ages, but I don't think it will happen soon, so she was ecstatic to be able to cuddle some new puppies on our Alaskan trip. Every time she sees this layout, she keeps nuzzling it. So funny.
I split the background with two different papers and cut out some hearts to divide them. I also used the yellowy/orange doilies to match the yellow in the photos.
 The typewriter chipboard is the cutest and I used some of the gold glitter accents to enhance it.
I also die cut the 'love' for the title and added gold foil to it. I don't have a laminator - yet, but using double sided tape or Tombow Mono liquid glue works as well. 

Smile And Pout
For this layout, I opted to do a mixed media base in complimentary colours. The photos were taken at our annual ball, the only time I dress up and put on full make up. We were having fun with a makeup app and taking silly photos.
 For the background, I sprayed on pinks and yellows before stamping with background stamps.
 I then fussy cut and framed the photos with flowers, the lace flowers and doilies.

Godiva Treat
 For this last layout, I contrasted the deep pink patterned paper against the black and white chevron paper for a bold look. I love the photos - it was certainly a treat to have the Godiva ice cream - so rich and yummy and the giant size replica was too fun not to take picture of.
 I'm loving shaker cards at the moment, but since I don't normally make cards, I like adding them to my layouts instead. This one, I made with one of the journaling cards that came in the kit and already had a butterfly die cut into the card.
I love this cluster of embellishments and the gold leaves really set off the accents. I used an alcohol based glue on the back of the crystal heart - not a good idea - as you can see where the glue ate into the foil paint.
 I layered an accent corner on the top of the page to balance off the chevron pattern.

Here are the layouts from the rest of the girls.

Smile by Erika Lui
Loved by Erika Lui
 Project Life Layout by Erika Lui
Hello by Belly Lau
Loved by Belly Lau
Hello by Belly Lau

Discovery Bay Crop 
13th October (Tue)
10:30am - 12:00noon
Hosted by Grace Wong

See you at the crop.

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