Friday, 25 December 2015

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Everyone!
Yes I have pre-written this a couple of days ago.....I'm really not that clever that I could fit a blog post into this special day! 
I genuinely hope that everyone has a lovely Christmas and gets to spend some time with the people they love.  There is such a big lead up to the big day, so much prepping and planning (which I genuinely love), so I hope you can take the time to relax and enjoy the precious moments of the day, and really feel the magic and truth of Christmas.
So, my share today for All About Scrapbooks had to be Christmas inspired right?  Of course!
I got to play with the Fancy Pants Wish Season Collection, (this range is full of gorgeous reds, teals, pinks and woodgrain teamed with script words, trees, deers and snowflakes) LOVE IT!
This is what I came up with:
This layout is about one of my absolute favourite parts of Christmas.....the Carols. 
I absolutely adore watching them on television and sing my heart out every year, much to my families dismay. 
Ever since I was a little girl I have desperately wanted to be there. 
This year and last year I went along to the Elder Park Carols in Adelaide!!! Just amazing! An absolute dream come true.
I adored everything about it, and its one of those moments that I want to remember forever - so the best way I know to capture this moment is to scrap it.
I used lots of layers underneath my photo, and the die cuts within this range made it easy to put together. 
I also added some gorgeous chipboard snowflakes from 2 Crafty.  I applied white gesso to them and then added a clear/white glitter.  They look amazing.  The photo doesn't do them justice - they actually really look like snow in real life.  They give the layout texture and sparkle.
Well lots to do, so I'll be back next week. 
Merry Christmas and lots of love, magic and joy to you!

Friday, 18 December 2015

Latest design team work

Hi everyone.
Back to share my latest design for All About Scrapbooks.
I recently participated in our local Relay For Life.
After months of planning and fundraising to raise money for Cancer Council, it was here. 
A weekend where so many come together to 'fight' against this awful disease; to support those who are battling or are survivors; to remember those we have lost.
An amazing emotional, uplifting but exhausting weekend! 
This layout is about that walk around the track, in those wee hours (between 1 am and 5am).  A moment I will never forget.....walking with just a few.....feeling pain.....surrounded by beautiful candlelit messages that inspire and help you push through.....your mind filling with thoughts and memories.  Even in the moments when I was alone, I never really felt alone. 
It was powerful and whenever I think back, I get goosebumps. 
This page started as most of mine do.....grabbing a base page, and then shuffling around with whatever is on my desk.  The torn strips I added to the top and bottom of the layout, is a great way to use up some of your scraps.
For this layout I used some Simple Stories, Basic Grey B Side,
My Minds Eye and of course some 2 Crafty Chipboard.
I hope you can fit in some time to scrap a moment that you never want to forget.
See you next week!

Friday, 11 December 2015

Designing for All About Scrapbooks......getting my B Side on!

Hi everyone, well can you believe it's Friday already?? 
And nearly halfway through December? Aaaargh!
So I got to play with the goregeous Basic Grey Range....'B Side' as part of my Design Team work for All About Scrapbooks. This layout is so fun and bright, and very suitable for teens, full of blacks, teals, yellows and pinks.  I have lots of pages planned  for my teenage daughter, but first I thought I'd create a page using none of the pink - which opens up the range to so much more (not that you can't use pink on a boys page, right?).
For this layout, I spread a little gesso, this time just using my finger.  I then stamped randomly with a Kaisercraft background stamp - triangles. I then started layering my papers together - and of course a bit of what was on my desk made it onto the page too (My Minds Eye - My Story),
I always keep my scraps on my desk from the last couple of layouts....and its amazing how many sneak their way onto my pages.  I find it really handy, plus I love mixing up ranges (might have something to do with my quilting background)!
Anyway, I've digressed......I took inspiration from the background stamp, and added some 2Crafty chipboard  (I love this triangle design - appearing on lots of my layouts recently) -  I covered the chipboard in paper from the range, and stuck them down in random clusters on the page.
And that's about it!

Friday, 4 December 2015

Minecraft Mania - All About Scrapbook Designing

Hi everyone, so I'm back to share another layout I designed for the wonderful scrapbook store All About Scrapbooks
 What a crazy time of year this is, I struggle to balance everything that Term 4 throws at me! Plus combine that with tired kids, the Christmas preparation, extra work shifts (I work in retail), and the rest of life's surprises and you've got chaos!
I try to make time in there to scrap......yep it's hard to find the time, everything else can seem more important. But I've learnt to make it a priority, because when I do, I find it re-energises me.  It helps me to cope with the madness.  It calms my soul.
I hope that you can schedule some creative time for yourself too.
Trust me, you'll be glad you did.
This weeks layout features a photo from Book Week, earlier in the year. 
I have a daughter who is an avid reader, and a son who would rather be doing pretty much anything else!  So this year when it came to Book Week he was  pretty uninspired, but Mum had other ideas.
So to try and grab his interest I came up with the idea of Steve from Minecraft. Yes I know it's not a 'real' book character, but sometimes you've gotta break your own rules and go with whatever will work and engage.
So my son loved the concept.  He may not love to read (it's the sitting still that's the problem), but he loves to be creative, so we hunted for boxes, cut out stacks of little squares from coloured paper, and got to work.
And this layout shows the end result.  He did most of it himself, and was very pleased with his efforts.
Firstly I smeared paint randomly across my page, and then I hunted for as many square or 'box' looking things I could find.  I used stencils, stamps and the 2Crafty Chipboard was perfect!!
I was also pretty pleased to find some stickers that went really well with my theme.
Here's a close up:
Well that's it for me this week, I'll be back next week for another share.
Good luck coping with the craziness!!

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Scrap the Girls December Reveal....

Guess what!!!!
It's the 1st of December!!!!! YAY!
I love this month.  I love the craziness, the magic, the memory making, the giving, the JOY!  Bring it on!!

A great way to kick off the month is with the Scrap the Girls December Challenge.
They've done it again, with an absolutely beautiful mood board.......

And here's my take on it...............
As you can see I was inspired by the colours and the beautiful butterflies.
This month's sponsor is the wonderful 2Crafty.  They have such a massive range of Chipboard.  I have used a couple of pieces on this layout - my title and the circular frame.  Pop on over to their store HERE and you can find amazing inspiration on their Blog.  This is somewhere I visit regularly.....just amazing work.
For even more inspiration head over to the Scrap the Girls blog and see my work along with the other awesome girls on the Design Team.
I hope you join in the challenge this month........Create a layout using the above moodboard as your inspiration.
Happy Scrapping, see you soon