Sunday, 15 September 2019

Learning is an Adventure YouTube Hop

Hello, lovelies!

I have something exciting and a bit different to share with you today!

Sara Scraps hosts a YouTube hop every September about school since that marks the beginning of school year in the northern hemisphere.  I'm so happy to be taking part and Sara has done an incredible job running the hop so smoothly and organizing so many people so efficiently!

As I mention in my video (link below), the product focus for the month of September in Sara's Facebook group Rediscover Your Stash is SKETCHES.  I decided to extend it a little further and include scraplifts as well since the two are pretty similar in my mind.

I chose to scraplift this layout (click on following links) of Shimelle's which can be found both on her Instagram and Facebook pages.

Here's the link to my video and I hope you visit all the other ladies taking part too.

YouTube Process Video

We're still fine tuning my filming set up so it's not ideal yet and depending on the size of your screen you may miss some of the details.

I opted to make a "first day of school" layout, but it was the first day LAST year rather than this year since I just felt like telling that story.  I don't scrapbook chronologically so I'm always up for any theme or story any time!

Here's the journaling that was key to the story:

It was a beautiful morning and combined with Max's mood it seemed an appropriate choice!

"Best Day Ever" phrases make me a tad twitchy (but I'm quite OK with using them facetiously 😝)

 Yucky Year Eight Layout

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you watch all the talented ladies taking part.  You can find their videos in the description box when you visit the link to my video above.

Love and crafty collaborations!

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Arty Divas 10 September DT Project

Hi Lovelies!

Today is Challenge 4 at Arty Divas.  This is a FORTNIGHTLY "anything goes" (any type of project and any theme) challenge with a design team who makes projects showcasing the sponsor who often offers PRIZES!

This week's sponsor is LilyMelba
Lily's Etsy Store

I was pretty intrigued by these vintage ladies.  They reminded me of the Dyan Reaveley sassy and snarky phrase stamp sets.  I felt I could possibly somehow make some wall art or other "off the page" project combining the stamps and ladies.

I printed the three collages of ladies (sized to fit inside these shadow frames) twice each.

I used some distress inks in Victorian Velvet and Milled Lavender through two stencils (I'm really not that great at this sort of thing!) then fussy cut all the ladies from the duplicated prints and stamped phrases.

I wanted just the smallest amount of dimension and slight offset when I stuck the the fussy cut lady over the top of the background so I used the last of my Clear Tack adhesive "foam" squares.

The sentiments got proper dimensional foam.  I only had space for around three per frame, so I chose the most appropriate ones to the ladies.  I was most inspired by this quote from my favourite Downton Abbey character, Countess Violet

Lastly I chose three different packs of Spiegelmom Scraps sequins (which may or may not match the colours I envisage for a craft studio not yet in existence)  and added some of the "Into the Woods" mix into each one to add a more vintagey vibe.

Many sequins get stuck around the elements which I'm fine with, but most gather at the bottom of each frame when upright (they were photographed flat).

While they didn't turn out completely the way I imagined, I'm more or less happy, although I think I would like to repaint the frames.

Here are the three frames in their entirety:

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you submit your own creation in the challenge!

Love and vintagey vibes, 

TTCRD 10 Sept DT Project

Hi Lovelies!

Today is challenge day for Design Team B for the Through The Craft Room Door Challenge.  This is a WEEKLY "anything goes" (any type of project and any theme) challenge with 2 design teams who alternate weeks to make projects showcasing the sponsor who often offers PRIZES!

This week's sponsor is The Project BinYou can read a bit more about them below.

Prize: $15 Gift Certificate

The Project Bin was started because its founder, Denise Storck (a long-time stamper and paper-crafter), couldn't find a stamp that said "You are awesome sauce", so she decided to make her own! One thing led to another, and now her small business fills a niche in the card making industry for unique word art sentiments in the highest quality photopolymer clear stamps, made in the U.S.A.

I'll be honest that I was quite our of my comfort zone when the whole design team was sent a christmas stamp and die set that we were asked to use, because I DON'T celebrate holidays.

HOWEVER, thinking outside the box (or perhaps "bin" in this case 😉), is something I've had plenty of practice in with all the curveballs I've been dodging so I was going to find a way to make it work.  Without masking, the only thing I was comfortable using was the tree.  There was both a stamp and die for it and it was pretty small, so it was better suited to a card.

There was an idea I had for a critter card "scene" with several rolling hills (Lawn Fawn Dies), sky patterned paper (cut from the top portion of Shimelle's Sparkle City writing pad) and stamped and punched trees.

The stamped trees are kind of subtle, but they needed to be kept in proportion to the other elements.  More distant objects should be smaller than the one in the foreground.

I guessed the die would cut the trees with a halo, so I recruited the SmallCraftyDude (TallCraftyDude?) to stamp the trees in various shades of green ink by Altenew onto different green  scraps of cardstock so the halo would also be green.

I didn't quite plan out the positioning of the tree stump and critters (My Favorite Things) and that's the best that I could do.  I added the sentiment, tiny acorn and even tinier heart from a Neat and Tangled stamp set.


Here's the entire card:

I Go Nuts For You Card

Well that's all for now.  Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you visit the TTCRD blog and submit a project of your own!

Love and crafty critters,

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Embellish With Flair Design Team Project (3 Sep)

Hello lovely Flair Enthusiasts!
I'm here with my latest project for Embellish With Flair, and as usual my layout comes with a bit of a back story!

Paper Issues (an online scrapbook retailer) has a Facebook Group with lots and lots of challenges each month.  One of the challenges is a weekly scraplift challenge when a layout by one of their Design Team is selected and the mission is to scraplift it!

The one I chose to scraplift was THIS ONE by MandaJane Ulmer.  It was an August challenge and I thought with the time difference between Australia and the USA I might just scrape in.


At the same time, my good friend Sara Scraps' Facebook Group Rediscover Your Stash has a monthly product focus and this month it's not a physical product, it's SKETCHES!  I decided to extend this a little bit to include scraplifting.  I'm really hoping to get a lot of great stuff done during September, so by doing that I can mix things up a bit and still bash the product focus!

As soon as I saw the sketch I thought of these photos.  The main photo made me laugh - I mean who sniffs a shoe right out of the box? 🤷🤣  It also gave me a chance to use up as many of those Converse All Star embellishments that so many collections seem to include.  It's an iconic shape and style which makes it easy, so even though his shoes are Nikes, the All Stars will have to do! 

A boy layout is also another great way to use up some of my rather large collection of boy Flair and Words 4 was perfect! 👍👍👍 The black co-ordinates with everything else, the words are a perfect match, and the round, shininess helps them stand out at the same time.  I deliberately steered clear of round black elements mostly for this reason.

I wanted to use both red and a burgundy sort of shade (which is tricky to find!) since those were the colours in the shoes.  Grey and black were the most likely candidates for neutrals and I mixed whites and creams so the more shades the better in that regard.

This was another example of a layout which told ME what it wanted.  I wanted to throw in a touch of aqua and maybe lime green and woodgrain, but I ended up pulling all those papers back up again and getting rid of them.  Instead I was told I was allowed to have light blue. 🤷🤷🤷

MandaJane's  layout has a lot of embellishment, but only a few papers.  I wanted to add plenty of layers of the various reds rather than just a single one.  It's much more my style and they would look odd if I just put one of each - as though I tried to match them but failed miserably!

I finally finished painstakingly putting together the embellishment clusters in more or less the same spots, but I didn't add the tabs like in the middle of the original layout.

There wasn't a whole lot of space left for ink droplets, but I wanted to bring out the silver in some of the alphas and embellishments.  I picked silver and some greys-with-shimmer mists and went a bit berserk if I'm honest! 😳

Here are a few close up of them:


 The "love this" sticker is silver but photographed gold for some reason! 😖


The main photo was part of the inspiration for my  title along with the fact that this guy is 15 and appreciates more and more of his mothers favourite bands from the '90s!   I do love titles with hidden meanings and my boys are pun crazy so they happen a lot!

The original layout didn't have any journaling and I needed some, so I kept the bottom left corner free and hoped it would fit.  I tried to write small, used ampersands where possible and it fit! Phew!

And lastly, here's the whole thing:

Smells Like Teen Spirit

Embellish With Flair Product Used:

Words 4

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope to see you again soon - maybe with a video even!

Love and Embellish With Flair,

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Scrap The Boys September Challenge

Hello Lovelies!

This is one I'm particularly excited about since Rachel asked me to be a GUEST DESIGNER this month on Scrap The Boys!

I also really love this month's theme: "Flower Love"

I definitely don;t shy away from using pink or florals or glitter on boy pages.  I don't do it all the time, but when the mood strikes I go for it!  I have one or two albums where I've set myself the challenge of No Pink, but all the rest are a free for all!

I thought I had chosen my photo and had some ideas on my layout, but as I rummaged through my printed photos for an entirely different project, I found this one!  It immediately called to mind a discussion I had with  Zsoka Marko on Paige Evans' Facebook Group.

Zsoka had made a layout for Paige's design team using the lemon slice cut file and I remembered that she had welded the slices in different sizes a bit like I did, only Zsoka used more of them.  I remembered at the time that this particular photo of my crazy SmallCraftyDude would be perfect to use with Paige's cut file so I stored the information away and it all came back to me when I found the photo.

I had forgotten that the cut file was a single lemon slice (and there was also one of a partial slice) so in order to make a column of different sized slices, I had to resize and weld them in Silhouette Studio.  I also removed some of the detailed lines inside the partial slices in the hope that the outside edge would be thick enough in order to turn some of them into shakers. 

Only the whole slices (and the larger ones at that) had wide enough edges to accommodate the adhesive foam in order to be able to fill them with SpiegelMom Scraps xxx sequin mix.


While I don't always use themed supplies (and when I do its often in different ways), sometimes a layout calls for not just themed stuff, but all-the-themed-things!  The more the better!  This was one of them.  So many paper collections but so many designers seem to have a lemon paper!  They just keep multiplying in my stash!

I remembered that many also have flowers in addition to lemons and it was this thought that hit me me when I found the photo and realized I could make it work for this assignment.

Once I found a paper that spoke to me (From Paige Evans' Pick Me Up collection) because of its bold colours and slight nautical vibe on some of the papers went with the story since it was about a trip to the seaside (which you cant discern from the photo).  It was only when I went to write up this blog post that I discovered that Zsoka use the same one when I went hunting for her blog post to link to!

I wanted to make a dent in all the fussy cut flowers I have.  I find fussy cutting rather soothing and the best ones I had for this layout were the ones from Shimelle's Starshine collection.

Scrapbook Process Video

Unusually for me, this layout has little in the way of embellishment because the cut file and large clusters of flowers are so prominent.  I just added a few word stickers and pulled out tiny sequins from a different mix to put in the centres of the flowers.

You will notice in the process video that the title is different to the photos here - after I was finished it just didn't seem quite right s I looked it up and removed the superfluous word which fit much better.


Go Suck a Wemon

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you check out the design team projects on Scrap the Boys or even play along!

Love and fabulous flowers