Sunday, June 30, 2013

Life Paper Scrapbook Issue 2

Just popping in quickly to let you all know that if you haven't heard already, Issue 2 is available here.  Manda has done an amazing job resulting in over 66 000 views already.  There are projects from crafters all over the world and of course the very talented Design Team is featured as well.  

Here is a closer look at my layouts from Issue 2.....

I hope you will grab some time to sit down with a cuppa and enjoy Issue 2 of Life Paper Scrapbook.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

I've been experimenting.....

Today I have a layout to share that was created entirely for the opportunity  to try a couple of things out.  I used the cheapest of the cheap supplies so I wouldn't fear wasting anything "good".  I know we're only dealing with pretty paper here, but I can't truly let go and play with my supplies if I think the result might be a  disaster!

I have used the negative space left from die-cutting on cards before, but never on a layout.  So I took a 12x12 sheet of Kraft and cut my title using my Silhouette Cameo.  I slipped some patterned paper behind the title, moving it around until the parts I wanted showed through.  I love how this turned out.

The next thing I wanted to try was to print some digital papers and elements onto cardstock and use them on a physical layout.  I used the Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm Collection.  I have used this collection digitally for my Project Life and have seen the physical product and I just love both versions.  So I figured why not just print some to use on my layout?  Well, I have a Brother HL-3040CN which is a colour LASER printer.  It' a great printer for documents, but not real flash for photos or digital scrapbooking products.  The colours were washed out and not even the same shade as what I expected in a lot of cases.  

However, once I layered the printed papers and elements on my kraft cardstock background, it didn't totally suck.  I was happy with how the page was laid out visually, and I was thrilled with how my title turned out.  I would love to be able to justify purchasing a really top-quality colour inkjet printer, but I love my Picturemate for photo printing and I usually use "real" scrapbooking products on my pages and keep the digi stuff for my PL pages.  So will this page be submitted for publication anywhere? NOPE!  Will it go into an album alongside every other layout?  YOU BETCHA!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Project Life Week Twenty-Five

For this week's page I revisited the Honey Edition of Project Life and as usual, I worked with the digital version of the kit.  I really love the bright fun colours of this edition and although it's the middle of winter here, I just had to have something bright this week.  I added a couple of wood veneers to some punched circles to add some dimension to a couple of the filler cards and the font I used this week was KG Always a Good Time.

Here's the LHS.....

Here's the RHS.....

And here's both sides together.....

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Tomorrow's Memories Card Share

I'm back again with another project I made with my kit from Tomorrow's Memories.  The kit was full of goodies from the Blast Off! collection from Kaisercraft.  After I made three layouts I had plenty left over to make this set of cards.

For this first card I die-cut the stars from the patterned paper I used as the first layer and also die-cut some banners from Kraft.  The tiny letter stickers are from Cosmo Cricket.

For this second card, I used some red ribbon and cardstock from Stampin' Up, some tiny letter stickers from Adorn-It and some ink splatters.

The third card is made entirely from the kit contents (except for the Kraft card base) and I added some ink splatters.

You can see them in the flesh alongside my layouts down at Tomorrow's Memories in Bassendean.  

Friday, June 21, 2013

LPS Colour Challenge #5

It's colour challenge time again at Life Paper Scrapbook and the winner of this challenge will receive a great prize pack from Amy Tangerine.

Here is the inspiration picture to get your creativity flowing.....

I dug deep into my stash of older product and using a collection from Bella!, some Cosmo Cricket letter stickers and some Thickers,  I created a simple page featuring muted versions of the inspiration colours.

As usual the LPS DT have created some amazing layouts, so check them out here for even more inspiration :-)

Monday, June 17, 2013

Just Add Ink #169

It's been a while since I have, but this week I am playing along at Just Add Ink and they have a great inspiration photo to get the creativity flowing.

I just couldn't resist blending some distress inks to recreate this stunning sky at sunset.  I smooshed my colours onto my craft sheet, misted with water and then plonked a piece of watercolour paper right on top and moved it around just a little to blend.  I then went over some areas with the inks using my foam blending tool to intensify the colours and to define the edges of the piece.  The black silhouette inspired me as well and I used my Silhouette and this cut file from Two Peas in a Bucket.  My sentiment is from Hero Arts and it is embossed with Zing Embossing Powder from American Crafts in Grapefruit.  

I love the JAI challenges, so it was great to be able to join in this week- you should check them out if you are looking for a fun challenge or to kickstart your mojo :-)

Project Life Week Twenty-Four

Happy Monday everyone.  Just a quick note first to let all you know I'm guest-blogging at Life Paper Scrapbook today with a peek inside my scrap space.  Be sure to check it out :-)

Week 24 didn't yield as many photos as usual, but we were certainly busy with "stuff" every day.  This week I've used the digital edition of Clementine and one little wood veneer heart from Studio Calico.

Here is the LHS.....

Here is the RHS.....

And here they are together.....

As usual, you can click on the pics for a closer look :-)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Tomorrow's Memories Layout Share Part 3

I'm back again with yet another layout for Tomorrow's Memories using the "Blast Off!" Collection from Kaisercraft.  I wanted this one to have a "messier" look than my other two layouts to reflect one of the stories from my husband's Targa West 2012 campaign.  

I folded up the edges of my papers, used some messy stitching and added more layered elements this time.  There are also some chipboard cogs from Dusty Attic and some manila shipping tags.

This one is probably my favourite. Even though it is still my fairly clean and simple style, there is a lot more visual interest with the layering, stitching and extra little touches.

I still have some goodies from my DT pack leftover and I hope to make another layout and some cards soon.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Tomorrow's Memories Layout Share Part 2

Happy Saturday everyone!  I'm back with another share from my DT Pack from Tomorrow's Memories and once again I worked with the "Blast Off!" Collection from Kaisercraft.

Like the layout from yesterday's post, I used a grid to set up my layout and kept it pretty simple.  Some  misting with a mask from Studio Calico and some random ink splotches added some subtle texture to the plain cardstock background.

I'll be back again soon with yet another layout from this collection :-)

Friday, June 14, 2013

Tomorrow's Memories Layout Share

My DT pack from Tomorrow's Memories was chock-full of great product from Kaisercraft's "Blast Off!" Collection.  I didn't really have any photos to match the outer space theme of the line, but it was still very easy to use for a stock-standard boy page.  I am really loving navy blue right now and teamed with bold shades of  lime green, red and orange, it's a real winner.  There are lots of stars among these papers too, and they always work well for boy-themed pages.  

Here is the first layout I created with my pack.....

It's really hard to see in the first photo, but in the last photo you can see where I added some subtle texture and shine to the white cardstock background.  I combined Mister Huey's Shine Spray Ink with this mask from Donna Downey for Prima Marketing.  I love this grungy hexagon mask and it will get lots of use- it's available from Tomorrow's Memories as well.  The flocked transparency is from this collection by Fancy Pants Designs.

I will back soon to share some more projects made with this line from Kaisercraft.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Project Life Week Twenty-Three

Another week has flown by in the blink of an eye and although our week wasn't terribly exciting, we were busy with "stuff".  This week I have used the Seafoam Digital Edition, a little Silhouette cut file and a flair from here.  I apologise for the photos- it was a race against the fading light!

Here's the LHS.....

Here's the RHS.....

And here are the two pages side by side.....

I haven't used Seafoam for a while, but it's still definitely one of my favourite PL Editions.