Monday, 18 September 2017

{ScrappingClearly} Zeus ~ A Scrapbook Page

Hey, hey ScrappingClearly friends! Melinda here with you today sharing my latest DT make!

I had a bit of fun with the moodboard for this page and am super happy with how it turned out! Here is a look at the moodboard if you have yet to see it or just need an update :D


And here is my take


Something a bit different for me - LOTS of empty white space and I really, really love it!!

I was inspired by the colours - the yellow, pink and green and by the splats in the middle of the board which is where I started my page.

I have used the awesome Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink pads in Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio and Worn Lipstick with some old packaging and the quick, easy smooshing technique to create the base of my background. I used a textured piece of white cardstock for my background and did not gesso or prep the page at all - I prefer the way the oxides dry not on gesso.




Look at all those lovely layers of colour!! To get that beautiful layered effect make sure you dry each colour before either adding another layer of the same colour or moving onto the next colour! I also added splatters of each colour after I had finished layering all the colours!

I added some stamping using my Darkroom Door Arty Circles stamp and the same inks I had smooshed - keep the pink with the pink etc etc. I love the extra dimension and interest this simple stamping adds!

I then decided to add a little more texture this time with a light grey ink and a couple of texture stamps from my stash.

When I saw the very Spring, bright and light board this month I thought it would be a good time to scrap the first photo's I took of our cat when we brought him home 9 years ago - you know, baby animals and all that jazz ;) So I printed these 2 out and added a few paper layers from the Squeeze 12x12 paper by Pink Paislee. I have used both sides of the paper to bring in the yellow and pink.


For my title I have used these thickers and since I brought in the gold I added a couple of other small pops of gold using gold thread behind the photo's in 2 places.

I added 3 of these Studio Calico printed veneer pieces in the green, the "hello" word and some of the white glittered hearts from the Pink Paislee sticker sheet.

My very final touch was some yellow sequins by American Crafts.

I am really happy with how this page turned out, different for me but fun none the less! Remember you have until the end of the month to get your own entries in in the FB group to win a voucher to the store!

Until next time, happy scrapping!!
Melinda
xx

Monday, 4 September 2017

{ScrappingClearly} Project Life 2017 - WK8

Hey, hey my scrappy friends!! I am back again today with my latest share for ScrappingClearly! 

Once again I am using the very fun and Spring-y collection "Spring Fling" by Pebbles. I love the fun colours and patterns on that neutral kraft base in this collection and found week 8 missing all the cards and journalling in our album so figured this would be a fun collection to complete this week in our album!


Here is the left hand side of the spread


I have used some of the neutral kraft papers as my base cards (Celebration, Party Time, Patchwork and Spring Fling) and also some of the adorable 3x4 cut apart cards from the Cut Out's sheet.

I don't know how well you know your PL page protectors but for the right hand side of this week I have used a panoramic protector to include a few extra photo's and stories. Here is a look at the whole opened right hand side of the week.


And this is the the front of the folding part of the protector


For embellishing I have kept it pretty simple using a few pieces from the ephemera pack, cutting up some of the pieces from the Me To You patterned paper and the gorgeous floral puffy stickers - which by the way - I have used the WHOLE sheet!! Yep, it's done! Who else gets that little kick from using the last of a sticker sheet?!


For my title card and a couple of sub-titles on cards I have used these leather looking alphas by WRMK.

Due to the business and high contrast of the white against the kraft I decided that using my typewriter was the best bet for my journalling so grabbed some off cuts of some vanilla coloured cardstock, typed them up my words and trimmed into journalling strips. Easy, done and I love the flow it creates from card to card and page to page!



My motto for this year's PL is very much "get it done" rather than "make it perfect" and I am really loving how some of these pages are coming together!

I have no idea what I'll be creating for my next ScrappingClearly project but until then, happy scrapping!!

Melinda
xx

Thursday, 31 August 2017

{ScrappingClearly} Beautiful ~ A Scrapbook Page

Hey again scrappy friends! I know it was only yesterday I shared but I am here with you again today to share my take on the August moodboard challenge!

If you have yet to see it here is a quick refresher!


And you do still have some time up your sleeves if you've been meaning to and simply haven't gotten to it yet!! Load up your entry here in the FB group!

Here is my take on the challenge and it is quiet simple for me but I really love the finished page! I have used the very spring like "Spring Fling" collection by Pebbles and can't wait to pull this out again and get creating again!


This is another page where I am scrapping a Honeymoon photo. We headed to Malaysia for our Honeymoon 10 years ago and spent some time in Langkawi and also KL. As tourists, of course, we had to visit the tourist places and one of our stops was the KL Butterfly Park and I did this page as a kind of "title" page for this part of our album.

I started with this paper for my background and love the neutral base colour it gives as a background!


I have used the gorgeous puffy stickers and some of the ephemera pieces from the Spring Fling collection by Pebbles for my simple clusters along with a label from my stash which I cut in half.



This gorgeous title piece is gold glitter by Heidi Swapp and the glitter doesn't come off - winning!!
The other alpha is from my stash.


Like I said, a pretty simple layout but I love it!

I hope I have given you some last minute inspiration to join in on the challenges for August and I'll see you again next month!

Happy scrapping!

Melinda

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

{ScrappingClearly} Wander and Take It In ~ A Scrapbook page

Hello scrappy friends!! I'm here with you today sharing my latest DT make for ScrappingClearly!

For today's post I was really inspired by this months sketch challenge, once again created by the very talented Peg! If you have yet to see it here it is


And here is my creation


I have used the very fun Citrus Bliss collection available ON SALE in store now and I will provide links at the end of my post!

I really stuck to the sketch as much as possible for this one - I really loved all those layers behind and next to the photo's.



It took me a while to find the "right" photos for this page but after a bit of digging I found these 2 from our Honeymoon back in 2008 - a good size and the "right" orientation for the sketch!


I was busting to get these Thickers out and used so after some struggle getting the wording correct for the story I wanted to tell I got the Wander and the Take It In phrase on the page!

Paired, of course with some gorgeous Colour Blast Sienna in both the Colour Paste and Colour Shimmer Spray.



If you would like to see my whole process just click on the play button below and you can watch my process video - and make sure you hit the subscribe button so you never miss any shares on the channel!


I hope I have given you some last minute inspiration to play along with the sketch this month, make sure if you do you add it to the correct album over on the ScrappingClearly FB group to be in the draw to win a voucher to the ScrappingClearly store!!

That's it for me for today, thanks so much for stopping by!

Until next time, happy scrapping!


Melinda

Products Used:

Pink Paislee - Citrus Bliss - 12x12 Paper - Seeds
Pink Paislee - Citrus Bliss - 12x12 Paper - Squeeze
Pink Paiselee - Citrus Bliss - Instagram Cards
American Crafts - Go Now Go - Copper Thickers
Studio Calico - Lemon Lush - Chipboard Hearts
Colour Blast Colour Shimmer Spray
Colour Blast Colour Paste

Saturday, 26 August 2017

{Colour Blast} Flying Baby ~ A Scrapbook Page

Hey my scrappy friends, today I am here sharing my latest DT make for Colour Blast Australia.

I decided to play along with the August challenge this month and instead of using just one product I have used 2 but in a RAINBOW of colours!!

Here again is the August challenge for you


I have used the Colour Spray and a Colour Paste.

Here is the line up of my sprays


Like I said, a RAINBOW! In it's true ROYGBIV form! Yep, I'm using Indigo and Violet but from left to right the colours are:
Love, Sunset, Saffron, Rainforest, Lagoon, Indigo and Violet. 

And just a refresher if you are  not sure, the Colour Sprays are beautifully pigmented flat colour with no shimmer but gorgeous none the less!!

Here is what I did with my Colour Sprays


This is a technique I have been meaning to use for ages but just kept forgetting! I have simply sprayed each colour 2 or 3 times straight onto the bubble wrap - which I cut to roughly 12x12 size - and then put my textured card stock on top and did some reverse stamping! No gesso needed as there was  not a lot of water being added to the page.


This is what my stamping looked like!! I just love it! And so too does my 7 year old who chose the photo's I am scrapping today ;) Needless to say, they HAD to be of him!!

I left that to dry naturally and added a couple of layers of white tissue paper behind my photo. By the time I got that stuck my background was dry and ready for me to do my next layer, which was some stamping in both a light and dark grey ink.


I did a real quick dry off with my heat tool and added another layer. This time I wanted sparkle and not much colour so I grabbed the beautiful Snow White Colour Paste and this fun 7 Dots stencil.


As you can see in the photo the paste goes on white with some shimmer but as it dries it goes clear with SO MUCH shimmer. It is beautiful and I love that you can still see the stamping and the rainbow through the paste.

Time for some coordinating embellishments. 


I chose wood veneer from Cocoa Vanilla Studios and 3 of the Colour Sprays - Love, Lagoon and Indigo and just painted the colour straight onto the veneer. I hurried along the drying process with my heat tool and then my next step was, of course, more shimmery goodness!!


I used my embossing ink dabber and of course the Snow White Colour Embossing Powder. 2 coats just to make sure they were super shimmery ;)

With all of my bits coloured and dried it was time to assemble my page and here is the final design


I felt that the white edge left a little something to be desired so I found this fun rainbow patterned paper in my stash, gutted it, cut down my white and attached my page. I think it really makes the whole page come together - especially with that rainbow stitched border!

Here are a few more close ups! Well, quiet a few close ups actually! Enjoy!


Here you can see all that beautiful shimmer from the Colour Paste!


I tried to keep the embellishments within the background colours and love how the veneer came out!





So, that is my challenge for August done and I love the end result using a technique I have wanted to try for AGES!

There is a process video available, just click the play button below!


You can load up your take on the challenge here in the FB group and I hope I have inspired you to play along for the chance of a Colour Blast voucher!

Until next time, happy scrapping!


Melinda


Saturday, 12 August 2017

{Colour Blast} Diamond - An Art Journal Page

Hello Colour Blasters, it's Melinda here with you today and I am super excited to share with my latest make using the A-MAZING Colour Blast goodies!!

Today I have an art journal page for you all, I just wanted to play a little so started by finding a quote. This was super simple, I jumped on my computer, went to google and simply searched "quote" - I know, right?! So this quote jumped out at me pretty quickly and I ran with it!


I love, love, love the quote and I love, love, love pink diamonds ;) But this quote just spoke to me in it's entirety so now I not only had a quote but a colour scheme as well so off I went and grabbed some yummy goodies and my art journal and got started!

First up a quick, messy, texture-y coat of White Heavy Gesso using a wide paint brush. I wanted the texture of the bristles so I wasn't too careful about making it neat and flat! I forgot to take a photo of that step, oopsies, but you can see the texture as the page comes together!

Next up I grabbed my Lollipop Colour Shimmer Dust and a tiny paint brush. I flicked some of the dust around the page, squirted it with a little water and then moved my page around to get the colour moving. You can see in this photo the texture of the gesso and also some product from another project where I had applied my left over product.


Oh, I so love this colour!

Next up I pulled some black, white, pink and gold washi from my stash and added random strips in a cross on my page.


Next I applied a quick coat of matte medium from my stash to seal those layers but then decided I wanted to tone down some of the colour and pattern so grabbed my white gesso again and using my finger smudged it all over the washi and some of the shimmer dust.


Next up a little stamping using a sketchy diamond stamp and a text stamp and some Staz-On ink.



I dried that off with my heat tool and grabbed my Dusty Charcoal Colour Shimmer Cube which I had activated with some water and a paintbrush and again, just added colour straight over the top of what I had already added knowing that it wasn't going to mix as I had applied both the matte medium and the gesso.


Again, I decided that there was too much colour so when this was dried off I grabbed a baby wipe and smudged some of the colour around and took some off the page. I dried that off with my heat tool and while I had the Colour Shimmer Cube out I added some splatters with my paint brush.


Time for my quote!

I cut some diamond shapes on my Cameo and also the word "diamond", I left the cut pieces on the mat and coloured straight on top of that so it was easier to keep all the bits and pieces together.

I have used my Colour Shimmer Cubes in Bling, Punch and Blush. First up some black stamping on the word using the same text stamp, then a thick-ish coat of Bling. Then I grabbed a couple of paint brushes and randomly added colour to all of my diamond shapes. When that was all dried off I added some splatters of the pinks and bling on the diamonds and only the bling on the word. I LOVE how these look!


While that dried I added a little more texture to my page using a text stencil and some Bling Colour Paste, again in that kind of cross shape down and across the page. I left that to dry naturally as I didn't want the paste to bubble as it dried.


Time to assemble! I added in some cheese cloth behind my "diamond" word, added some tiny alpha stickers and built my quote. I only ended up using 2 of the diamonds I created - one of the little ones and a medium but love how it looks!


My very final touch was a few splatters of Bling Colour Shimmer Cube and Roadbase Colour Spray! And my page was done!


It was so fun just playing and adding colour and not really having an idea of what or where I was going when I started!

Here are a couple more close ups of some of some of the details




Oh, how I love that Bling Colour Paste, it dries so gloriously gold and shimmery and just beautiful!!

If you haven't done it for a while grab some random products and have a play! And why not participate in the brand new challenges we have starting this month! 

This month's is a fun and easy one


I'll be sharing my take on the challenge later in the month ;) For now here is the link to the FB group if you are not already a member so you can load up your take on the challenge!

Here is the process video if you'd like to see this art journal page come together


Thanks for stopping by and happy creating!!

Melinda
xx