Still playing catch-up... today I'm sharing a project that was on the Doodlebug blog some time ago and it was a layout I made using up lots of bits and pieces. I love this way of scrapping because it makes me feel like I have truly used my stash in the best way I can without hoarding all my favourite pieces... instead I'm putting them to good use and having some fun!
Oh my, do I feel a little sheepish... whilst having a little blog clean up I stumbled upon a whole pile of posts that haven't been posted. That is what I would call a complete blog neglect *insert big frown* as some of them date back to last November. However I do have a fairly valid excuse as that's about the time when I had the pinched nerve in my neck and I haven't really been back to full capacity until just recently. So... I'm going to send a post live each day until I have caught up!!!
I've been such a lucky gal having the opportunity to literally 'play' with products from Elle's Studio, all thanks to Olga from Sassy Scrappers. I was never given any criteria or strict guidelines apart from 'enjoy the product' and see what happens. Gotta love that! Well enjoy... I did!
WHERE DID THE IDEA COME FROM? | Sometimes I sit at my desk and draw an absolute blank as far as design is concerned. So when this happens I usually sift through the product and see where it takes me... and fortunately I stumbled across this set of 'Cameron Tabs' and an idea to reproduce the patchwork stars came to fruition.
PRODUCTS I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT | I'm an absolute junkie of sequins and enamel dots at the moment and I can't see myself tiring of these products any time soon. However vellum would come in a close second!
PRODUCT LIST | Elle's Studio 'Cameron' Collection
Doodlebug Epoxy Dots and Sequins
Jillibean Soup 'Wise Words'
Greatest View Flair Badge
Amy Tangerine Date Stamp
Well hello there and Happy New Year to everyone - yes I'm still around and yes I've decided it's time to start blogging again. Firstly just a brief explanation of my absence... in November of last year I developed a pinched nerve in my neck that was pressing on my spine which basically left me paralised down the shoulder and arm with no feeling in half my hand or forearm. The pain was so immense that I was put on a cocktail of the most wonderful drugs (I say that with tongue in cheek) and spent the rest of November/December unable to function as a normal person and slightly high. Well recovery has been slow and although I am up and about and even shoveling tonnes of beans (that's another story entirely), I'm still finding it hard to sit for any length of time, sleep continues to evade me and the feeling hasn't fully returned to my hand or forearm.
So, with all that said, I haven't really done much in the way of scrapping but I do have a backlog of projects to share so will continue over the next week or so with a large game of catch-up.
Late last year I was given the opportunity to work with beautiful products from Elle's Studio thanks to the gorgeous Olga Day from Sassy Scrappers.
I have used the saltwater collection which has the sweetest confetti paper that was perfect for this fun layout of my daughter and her introduction to 'the selfie' since she was given her first phone.
I remember blowing paint splashes through a straw in primary school and yes I still had fun doing it, although I can't remember getting so light headed as a child.
I would love to say I used my Cameo to cut these leaves but I still haven't learnt to use it... all in good time.
Ever since I was young I have always enjoyed the concept of the collage... so much so that I even decorated the walls of an entire room in pictures I'd cut from magazines to create a mega collage. So it's no surprise that I still enjoy putting bits and pieces together in my scrapbooking and more recently lots and lots of bits and pieces.
WHERE THE IDEA CAME FROM | Actually I can credit myself on this one because I had so much fun creating this shadow box for my youngest son that I had to play around with the concept again.
THE PROCESS | Basically I traced around a small bread and butter plate with an embossing tool to leave a faint outline of the circle on my layout and then filled it in with stickers, die-cuts and epoxy dots. It takes no time at all and is lots of fun using up all those little bits and pieces that wouldn't necessarily get used.
THE STORY | We lost our beloved horse Cisco earlier this year so I've been putting together a bit of a book to pay homage to his life with us.
PRODUCT LIST | Doodlebug - Happy Harvest Patterned Paper: Garden Grown, Apple Orchard, Forest of Friends, Sunflower Mini Doodlepops: Shades of Fall, Owlettes
Stickers: This & That, Icons, Quotes
Sprinkles: Fall, Halloween, Bumblebee, Tangerine, Limeade, Ladybug
Rub-ons: Simply Sweet Bon Bon,
Greatest View and JOT magazine's design teams have teamed up to put together the latest mini challenge on the JOT blog. The theme is 'Greatest View' which can be anything from literally scrapping a photo of a wonderful view somewhere or could be a layout celebrating an event and your view of it, or even an everyday moment that is a great view. Greatest view are also sponsoring the challenge so you have the opportunity to win a gorgeous prize from the Etsy store.
MY TAKE ON THE CHALLENGE | “Music forms a big part of my family and a song I hear being hummed and sung around the house is Life’s a Climb by Miley Cyrus… which led me to a line she spoke during her movie that became a very fitting title for my layout… ‘Life’s a Climb, But The View is Great’...”
PRODUCT HIGHLIGHT | Viva La Glam by Adornit. I am a sucker for transparencies, especially when they come with beautiful designs, colours and patterns. The new Viva La Glam collection from Adornit just happens to have the most gorgeous transparent stickers and the only thing I didn't like about them... I used the entire sheet and now have none left *insert sad face*.
SUPPLY LIST | Greatest View Flair Badges
Greatest View Sequins
Adornit Viva La Glam - Viva Bouquet patterned paper
Adornit Viva La Glam - Stickers
Adornit Viva La Glam - Little Moments Stickers
Adornit Viva La Glam - Clear Stickers Gorgeous
Jillibean Soup Alphabeans - Pink/Green
Doodlebug Tri-colour Vellum - Pistachio
American Crafts - Card Stock White
Vellum and sequins are most definitely 'on trend' at the moment and I'm loving their revival. So much so that I couldn't help myself and created a sequin background for this triple layer of vellum butterflies.
I would love to say that each new layout I create is my new favourite but that's not always the case. Sometimes a layout just doesn't turn out the way I'd hoped and I'm happy it's finished and eager to move on. However I can honestly say this layout is one of my all time favourites, not because of its design but because of the photo.
Now if you think you've seen this layout before, you're not going mad - it has been on the Little Yellow Bicycle blog and also the Greatest View blog... I'm just a little slow in getting it up on my own blog.
DESIGNED FOR | Little Yellow Bicycle
PROJECT | Love This Moment Layout
THE STORY | Taking photos of our number one son is never easy as he is always such a comedian in front of the camera and most photos have googly eyes and a tongue poking out. This particular day was no exception as he was jumping on the trampoline and acting the goat so all photos prior to this were less than attractive. However when he laid down to rest he didn't see me pick up the camera and I managed to capture this single shot. Two seconds later he was back up and bouncing around again!
HOW I COMMUNICATED THE STORY | I tried to use a colour pallete that was calming and quite serene so it blended with the look of the photo rather than making the photo stand out too much. I chose to use the little camera flair badge because the whole layout is about capturing that perfect photo.
TIPS TO SHARE | I'm really enjoying the use of transparent embellishments at the moment because they are perfect for layering as you can see each layer. However there never seems to be an adhesive that totally disappears under a transparency so I always try to add my glue under sections that won't be seen or under the non transparent sections like the white part of the lettering in the word 'love' that forms part of my title. Placement of adhesive is everything when using transparencies.
I feel like I'm treading water with my blog at the moment... the legs are going madly but I'm not getting anywhere. I have a queue of posts to send live and finding the time to sit down and work on them is escaping me at the moment... school holidays, renovations and life in general! Well enough said or I'll never get this post up.
I recently produced this little mini album and the following blog post featured on the Doodlebug Blog (just in case you think you've seen it before).
Today's project is the transformation of a pre-loved children's book (we had two copies) into a fun birthday book for my youngest son. The concept of a birthday book is to take a photo on each birthday and write down a list of things that meant something to Teddy on each birthday ie. favourite toy, favourite song, favourite food, best friend, etc
So let's get started...
This little book was a fabulous shape and design for creating the birthday book but you could use any shape book and add your own tabs etc. I gave the book a light sand just to help the adhesive stick.
I gave my page a light spray with adhesive and set it aside for a few minutes to reach the tacky stage.
Next step is to place the book face down on the reverse side of the patterned paper and then cut around the outline of the book. I decided to use the Petite Prints collection so I could create a colour wheel affect around the book.
You need to leave a small margin between the pages at the inside spine or the book won't close properly. I decided to cover the gap with some washi tape in the same colour scheme.
It's a good idea to ink the edges in a similar colour to hide any rough patches that may occur. Doodlebug have a wonderful range of ColorBox inks to co-ordinate with the patterned paper collections.
Each tab represents each year of Teddy's life so I color-matched the age with the tab as I wanted the central panel to be the main focus rather than the numbers.
Final step was the decorating...
Now I just have to wait until Teddy reaches each milestone before I can fill in the other pages, although I'm not in any hurry to wish his life away from him too quickly. Thank you for stopping by today and I hope I have inspired you to have a re-think of what is sitting around your home that could be given a new lease on life.