Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Story of Being Star Struck

Yep, the date on this layout is correct. It's also pretty much the same date that I actually made this layout, but I have neglected to go ahead and share it here. Time to put amends to that!


It's a fairly simple affair, but it uses lots of favourites and when I do that I tend to not want to overcrowd them with lots of other bits and pieces. So I kept it to a basic paper design with lots of layers under my photograph and bunches of repeated shapes. I borrowed a star punch and wanted to make the most of it is the other interpretation of that ;-)


I think the pale yellow of that paper and those sequins is total yumminess, especially when matched with the grey and light blue. I guess that makes this almost a pastel colour scheme at its core, but with the addition of all the black I think I've managed to make it appear more grungy, graphic, bold and brave.... all things I associate with the amazing Louise Nelson... so it's much more fitting.


This weekend is all about working on my October Studio Calico layouts. I'm excited about these new kits, I think they're the perfect mix of supplies that work perfectly well for both boy and girl layouts, and I've discovered a new favourite colour combo! I'll be sharing my sneaks real soon. But in the meantime you can get an advance viewing on my Instagram feed if you're interested :-)


I'm also excited about this upcoming class at Papercut Labs. It looks amazing, and even better - right now it's on sale for almost 50% off! But you better hurry because that offer expires tonight! There are lessons on stamping, spraying, watercolour and all the other mixed media techniques you could hope for. You even have the option of purchasing these lessons separately if you prefer.
All the details are here.


Happy Scrapping,
xx
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Preggers ETA: Answers to more questions!

If you're a follower of mine on either my Facebook page or my Instagram then you might have already seen this announcement... but just in case you aren't... or you haven't....


Apparently this first one was a little cryptic for some people. Sorry, that wasn't really the intention. Although I do like to make you ponder a little ;-) I think the one below is a bit more obvious.


And just in case you still haven't got it (!!) then this should clear up any misconceptions....

 
To preemptively answer a few of your questions....
  • Yes I'm feeling very well. Thankyou for asking. 
  • Tikvah the Third (our in-utero baby name) is due in March.
    • Tikvah is Hebrew for hope. 
    • It's a name we chose at complete random out of the baby name book when we were trying to decide with Bethany. It's a name that has since been passed down to each one of our swimming fetus'
  • Nope, don't actually know the sex. At least not yet. Not entirely sure if we'll reveal it to everyone even if/when we do find out. Haven't decided yet. 
  • No, I really don't think this one will be 6kg. Or at least, I sure hope not! (That reference will also only make sense if you follow me on Instagram!) 
  •  Apart from the last photo, which is a selfie, the others were taken by my talented, and equally crafty sister.
Was there anything else?

xxx
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Story of the Good Life

A while ago the lovely Anna-Maria offered some digital journal card freebies on her blog. Designed and painted by herself, they were just too good to pass up and I instantly downloaded them! The bright colours and watercoloured fruits reminded me of these photos I took of the girls in the orchard at Easter.


I figured it would all work together nicely to make a good Handbook spread. With no particular event to document here I just journalled about how it's awesome to be able to wander out on the farm and pick fresh fruit to your heart's content. I'm glad we can still give our girls opportunities like this whenever we go back to visit my parent's home.


I otherwise used the Camelot Project Life Kit because all the bright colours worked perfectly, and the wood veneer pieces were a great touch to help represent nature and trees and all that jazz. I think it's become one of my favourite PL Kits to date - the diecut labels are particularly awesome.


I'll be back real soon to share some exciting news ;-)

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Latest Offer from Studio Calico

If you've ever thought of signing up for a Studio Calico subscription, now is a good time! Here's the latest deal:

Subscribe to the Scrapbook Kit, Card Kit, or Project Life Kit starting with the latest Poet Society Kit, and get one of these Add Ons for Free! You can choose from Whitman, Squints or Pinball.


Make sure to read all the details to take advantage of this deal. It's valid until the 26th.

There's lots of advantages to being a SC subscriber. Obviously there's the latest and greatest hand-picked and often very exclusive products that land on your doorstep every month without any hassle. But there's also perks such as subscriber-only products and special deals released every month, and over time the ability to become a Rewards Member with it's own set of advantages.
If it were me I'd sign up for the Card Kit. But that's only because I already subscribe to the Scrapbook Kit and Project Life Kit ;-)

Any questions? Feel free to ask away.... or check out the helpful FAQ's here.

xx

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Friday, September 5, 2014

The Story of Masters

I realise I haven't talked a whole lot about Masters here on my blog. I talked about it a lot as I was applying, I showed you lots of sneaks along the way, and lots of attempts at the criteria that I never ended up submitting. But I haven't discussed much about what it's been like actually being named as a Scrapbooking Memories Master for 2014, nor shown you any of the projects I've created along the way. So let me share a little bit about it now :-)


It is a topical discussion at the moment for a couple of reasons. For all 10 of us current Masters we're mourning the fact that our last assignment has been turned in and despite the fact that last project won't get published until December, it feels like it's essentially over for us already :-( But what that also means is that the new Masters have just been decided on and the phone calls have been made. There's 10 more excited people out there who have to bite their tongue and keep silent until it gets officially announced in another couple of months.


As Masters we are supplied with a package of one of the sponsors products every month. We're given an assignment which ranges from layouts to cards to journals to decorative items and we need to showcase as much of the product as possible. Here on this first layout I'm using a bunch of Flourish With a Bling stickers, and as this is a previous DT of mine I found it a nice and easy assignment ;-)


Sometimes, of course, the assignments don't come that easy. For example, I love October Afternoon as a manufacturer - as a whole I really enjoy using their products, and I was really excited that they were one of the sponsors. The prize we received from them was really generous and I'm so grateful to them.


But for our published project we were supplied with a selection of products from their Travel Girl collection and asked to make a double-page layout. The reason that was difficult for me is that I don't have a whole lot of travel photos. It's not one of the topics I scrap about to be honest, and this particular collection wasn't one I was mad crazy about.


So instead of scrapping some old travel photos from a previous trip that I've already scrapped before I decided to print off some stock photos from Google (copyright free of course!) and used them to tell a story of places I'd like to visit - obviously Japan was the destination I chose for this layout. Not a bad solution if I do say so myself, but I'm not sure that this will ever be an treasured layout to me.


Basic Grey were another sponsor, and they provided the Masters with all sorts of different new collections. Only 2 or 3 of us scrapped with the same collection, which made for a varied and interesting article in the magazine. I received the Kelly Purkey designed collection 'Mon Ami' which again is travel (and food) focused, and I wondered if I would again struggle.


But what I love most about these assignments is the challenge of taking some products that I might not ever choose for myself, or a theme that I've decided isn't 'mine' and then try and make it into something that represents me and stays true to my style as much as possible. I think I accomplished that with this Basic Grey layout, and I'm quite happy with how it turned out.


Part of the trick for me was to stick with some tried and true techniques and layout designs, and adapt them to the products I'm working with. As you might have noticed, this layout follows pretty much the same 'sketch' as the first layout. Photo on the left, matching sized embellishment cluster next to it, other bits and pieces leading out from all four directions. This is a design I've used many times before, but I just find that it works for me.


Lastly for today I'll share a layout I made with Manor House Collections. At the time they had just released their very first paper line, but they are best known for their flowers, and whilst all 10 Masters received the same papers, we each got different coloured combinations of flowers which meant our layouts still all looked quite different.


The papers are quite neutral so I concentrated on adding the colour in two clusters of flowers. I wanted to give the illusion the page was divided into two, so I kept all the pink flowers on top, and the turquoise ones on the bottom. It's an interesting effect I think, and once again the design is something I've used before so I think this page still looks like me, even if flowers aren't something I commonly use.


I did augment them a little bit with the addition of gesso and spray inks. That's another important aspect of the challenges I think, customising the products and making them your own so that it showcases the versatility of each one.


Well I've got lots more Masters projects to share as the time goes on. Part of the deal is we can't publish our projects for a defined amount of time after the project gets released in the magazine, so all of these ones I've shared today were published much earlier in the year. There's lots more exciting projects to come and I'd encourage you to check them out in the latest editions of Scrapbooking Memories which is now also available online if you're that way inclined ;-)

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Poet Society Reveal. ETA - Kit Unveiling Video



It's the most exciting time of the month in the world of scrapping! It's Reveal Day at Studio Calico! This month's kits are called "Poet Society" which is actually a complete cooincidence as far as a reference to Robin Williams is concerned... but it's still a lovely tribute.

This month for my kit unveiling video I've let the Trophy Husband have some time off - he's been busy concentrating on his own assignments and just didn't have the usual enthusiasm for it this time around. Plus, I had a couple of other eager volunteers who have just been waiting for an opportunity! So I was shoved out of my own scrap room after I set a camera rolling, and I let these two do completely their own thing... unsupervised! Scary.. but I think you'll find the end result as amusing as I did ;-)

 

Here's what I've whipped up with the Scrapbook Kits...


"Rad" is made with purely the Main Kit only, as well as a couple of the digital stamps which I converted into cutting files. The giant title, as well as the watercolour leaves have been cut with my Silhouette. The kit as a whole is rather more on the masculine side I would suggest, but with this layout I found enough pink bits and blingy bling to make this quite girly!


Yes, I've found a new love for sequins! Those burnt orange coloured stars and sequins in the Main Kit are stunning :-)


My second Main Kit Only layout, "You're a Gem" is slightly on the hybrid side, with the addition of a digital stamp and computer journaling which I printed directly onto the blue paper. Once again I put my Silhouette to good use cutting out the title and diamond which are actually replicas of the stamp set that comes in the Card Kit. It's totally cute, you'll need to check it out!


I did stick with more of the what might be considered the boy colours of this kit, but I'm pretty sure navy blue, lime green and orange can pass for a feminine layout too right?


So here's a first for me - a heritage layout.... well I guess you could call it that? After my Grandmother passed away last month I felt the need to dedicate a page to her. Who knows, it might be the first of many. But for now I'm happy with starting here with this one.


I kept it fairly simple, with an oversized photo and a quote from her as she neared the end of her life printed directly onto the green patterned paper from Alcott (Add On 2). The texture comes from the green velvet ribbon and blue bling from the Main Kit.


And lastly, I really REALLY needed to use a bunch of those gold bits from Dickinson (Add On 1) on a page. Those large gold alphas, black and gold polka dot paper, and gold foil accents in the chipboard make for a really lovely layout. The only difficulty is that it's a bit hard to photograph. I've done my best for you!


You can catch more details about my layouts in my Studio Calico gallery here. And the supply list is below (the links will work once the kits have been fully revealed to the public).

Happy Reveal Day!!

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