Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Project Life Week Seventeen

We're on school holidays here in the west, so Week 17 had a slower, more chilled pace to it.  I used the Dear Lizzy Luck Charm collection from acdigitals and I have to say, I am very very tempted to buy the physical product for this collection too.  It's gorgeous and I love it's preppy feel.

Here's Week 17 LHS.....

Here's the RHS.....

And here's the entire week.....

I am struggling to come to terms with the fact that we are already a third of the way through the year and as I looked at my album this week, I was trying to figure out if I will fit the whole year inside it....I just might ;-)

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Scrappy Sharing

I have been slowly making my way through photos from 2012, so here's a peek.......

I just noticed that all except one of these has ink splatters!  If you have any questions, just ask away in the comments :-)

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Just Add Ink #163

The challenge this week at Just Add Ink is to "Just Add a Fun Background".  I had only just purchased some     Hero Arts Neon Inks and this cut file for my Cameo from the Silhouette Online Store.  I knew exactly what I was going to create.

I took some solid circle stamps from Avery Elle Bright Days Set and randomly stamped them in the neon inks on white cardstock which I then matted on black.  My sentiment was cut from black cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo.

I then made another card but this time my background was created using the Trifecta Set from Mama Elephant.

And then I just couldn't resist having another go but with my sentiment cut from white cardstock.  The background was made from the same Avery Elle set as the first card.

I love using these neon inks and I think there are so many fun sentiments that can be used for a bright cheerful card.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Just Add Ink #162

The challenge this week at Just Add Ink is to use a technique you've never tried before.  I've had a go at most techniques but one that I have seen a lot lately but haven't yet tried is "Faux Letterpress".  

I took some white cardstock, an embossing folder and some distress ink.  I inked up the inside of the folder, popped in the card and ran it through my cuttlebug.  Easy peasy.  

I think for next time though, I will use a completely smooth cardstock- this was Bazzill (the smoother side) and the ink didn't take as well I had hoped it would.  I also think next time, I'll try a different ink to see if I can get a smoother result.  

I then took a floral stamp from Hero Arts, stamped and heat embossed a few times, watercoloured with distress inks, cut it out along with some extra layers for dimension and added some pearls.  The sentiment is from Stampin' Up and is stamped in Memento Black Tuxedo ink.  

And here's a close-up.....

Sorry about the photos- it's been overcast and due to some camera issues I had to take these with my phone's camera. 

So, will I try "Faux Letterpress" again?  For sure!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Project Life Week Sixteen

It's been a very long 11 week school term, so Week 16 saw us finally wind up Term 1.  We're all exhausted and are looking forward to slower mornings, some quiet days but also some fun outings.  

For this week's PL spread I have used the new Project Life Honey Edition which is now available at acdigitals.com.  I love the bright cheery colour palette and from what I've heard, this is going to be a very popular edition when it becomes available in retail stores.

Here's the LHS......(please excuse the bad photography, it's been dark and dreary here today)

Here's the RHS......

And here's the whole spread......

No extra "bits" added this week- it's ALL Honey Core kit :-)

To everyone in Western Australia, I hope your school holidays are off to a great start- stay safe if you're travelling and take lots of photos!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Scrapping More Holiday Photos

Although I am completely up to date with my Project Life pages, I am about twelve months behind in my "normal" scrapbooking.  So this week I tried to get a couple done.  I am still slowly making my way through our photos from Phuket - April 2012- but since I have PL spreads from that trip, I don't feel the urge to scrap every single photo- just the ones I think have a story to tell.

For this first one, I pulled out my Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic by American Crafts collection and went to work.  It's quite a girly collection but I think I was able to pull out some elements that worked for this layout for Master 6.  This layout tells the story of how despite there being a really awesome Kids' Club at our resort, Oliver hated going and just wanted to swim in the pool and hang out with Chris and I all day.  Initially we wanted him to persevere in the hope that he would grow to love it.  We also wanted some quality time together without the boys.  But eventually we decided that we didn't want him to be miserable- after all, it was his holiday just as much as it was ours.

For my next layout, I grabbed the Snippets Collection from Studio Calico and went to work on this layout of Samuel and I in the pool.  He had a ball every day at the Baby Club and the staff were absolutely wonderful with him.  Every afternoon we would collect him and bring him back up to the pool for some family time before getting changed for dinner.  I was so grateful that the Baby Club was there and was very happy to take him each morning, but I was always excited to go get him and find out about his day.

I don't think I'll ever get completely "caught up" but that's ok, because it is lovely re-live our holiday memories twelve months later.

Friday, April 19, 2013

LPS Colour Challenge #3

We are all so excited about the prize for the new Colour Challenge at Life.Paper.Scrapbook- I wish I could enter!

Globetrotting fashion and scrapbook designer Amy Tan not only loves to mix up the undertakings of her never-boring career and the scenery through her lens, but her scrapbook pages and projects! In this mini workshop, Amy will teach you how to keep your creativity fresh and exciting by mixing up your supplies, photos and projects. Create perfectly-embellished layouts you love when you use Amy’s tips for mixing up your supplies. Give your layouts an unexpected twist when you vary the sizes and edits of the photos you capture. And finally, prevent creative ruts by changing up the projects you tackle. Follow Amy Tan’s lead and get ready to mix it up!

Yes, the Colour Challenge sponsor is Amy Tangerine. The prize is a place in the "Mix it Up with Amy Tan" workshop at Two Peas in a Bucket.

Here is the Challenge.....

I will admit I struggled to find some photos and supplies in my scrapbooking stash to suit this colour palette, but I was easily inspired to make some cards......

For my first card I took some kraft cardstock for my card base, added a slightly smaller turquoise piece and a white piece slightly smaller again.  I then stamped a triangle border from the Mama Elephant Trifecta clear stamp set in a variety of Distress Inks - Stormy Sky, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough, Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade and Festive Berries. I then stamped my sentiment from Avery Elle Framed Fonts clear stamp set in Versamark ink and white embossed it on kraft, matted it on a turquoise piece and lastly added some twine.  

For my next card I used cardstock, inks and patterned paper from Stampin' Up together with their "Something Sweet" stamp set.  The ink colours were Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight and Soft Suede.

 Please be sure to join in the fun at LPS for a chance to win this awsome prize from Amy Tan!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Just Add Ink #161

Just popping in quickly to share a card I made for the latest challenge at Just Add Ink.  

The challenge was to use these colours......

I used the "Fresh Vintage" stamp set from Stampin' Up to create my card.....

It was good to participate in a JAI challenge again- it's been way to long!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Project Life Week Fifteen

Week 15 was one of those weeks where I struggled to keep on top of it all.  My diary was cluttered, my desk was cluttered, my house was cluttered and my mind was cluttered.  Anyone who knows me, knows that I struggle with clutter of any kind.

For my PL spread this week I used the Clementine Edition and added some elements from Ali Edwards and Cathy Zielske.  I kept it pretty simple just to get it finished quickly, but I am still happy with the result.  That's the beauty of Project Life- you can document your life quickly and simply.....or you can make it as complex as you like, depending on what floats your boat in any given week.

Here is the LHS.....

Here is the RHS.....

And here is the entire spread.....

Be sure to pop in on Friday morning for a very special LPS post ;-)

Saturday, April 13, 2013

30 Days of Lists- The Finished Product

What is 30 Days of Lists?

Not everyone can make a mini scrapbook every week or an art journal page every night.
30 Days of Lists is a challenge to you that you CAN journal just something every day – even something as small as a list.
Every day through the month of March, a list prompt was posted – anything from weekend goals to celebrity crushes. At the end of the 30 days you have a collection of entries creating a small snapshot of your life right now.
30 Days of Lists is a collaboration between Kam of Campfire Chic and Amy of Lemon and Raspberry.
At the start of March I quickly decided to turn my lists into a mini-book.  I had an acrylic album laying around, so I simply cut white cardstock to size, punched some holes and decorated them.  I wanted a unified look to the book so I used patterned papers from Amy TangerineMister Huey's Spray Inks, an assortment of stamps, inkpads and stickers on every page.

Here is my front page.....

Here are the other pages....

The participants presented their lists in a variety of ways and shared them via the usual social media outlets- Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr etc.....if you are interested in looking at some of the other Listers' work, then just look for the hashtag #30lists.
So, to review.....
Was it fun?- YEP
Would I participate again?- FOR SURE!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Project Life Week Fourteen

Week 14 was another fairly routine week with the highlights being Master Six being awarded a commendation at Assembly and my 40th Birthday-eek!

This week I used the Seafoam Edition with some extra goodies from Ali Edwards and Cathy Zielske. There is also a little wooden veneer camera from Studio Calico. I am still loving the approach I've taken this year- clean and simple in design and entirely digital/hybrid- and I think it has helped to keep me enjoying the process each week rather than seeing as a chore.  

As always, click on the images below to enlarge them.

Here is the LHS....

Here is the RHS....

And here is the entire spread....

The next digital PL edition went live at acdigitals.com and it's aptly named Cinnamon.  On first glance I though "Yuck" but I've been back for a second, and a third, and a fourth look and if I ignore the cards that I really dislike, what's left is pretty nice.  I'm yet to decide if I'll go ahead and purchase it, but if I do, you'll see it here next week!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Project Life Week Thirteen

Happy Easter everyone!  I hope you've all had a fun long weekend filled with special times with the ones you love.  This week I have used the Project Life Midnight Edition which will be a hot item when the physical kits are available in a couple of months time.  In black, white, kraft and orange, this edition co-ordinates beautifully with the Seafoam Edition but on it's own I think it would work really well for a wedding album.  The only item I added that wasn't from the kit is the "Love" speech bubble that I cut with my Silhouette Cameo machine.

We had a fairly low-key Easter with a couple of outings and way too much chocolate consumed ;-)  

Here's my LHS.....

Here's my RHS......

And here's the entire week.......

Enjoy what's left of the Easter weekend!