Wednesday, 17 January 2018

{ScrappingClearly} Crazy Cousin Photo Antics ~ A Scrapbook Layout

Hey, hey my scrappy friends!! I'm here with you today sharing how I went from the ScrappingClearly January 2018 mood board

to this page!

I have the black, green, and yellow, but it's a funny story how I got to this design, and totally what a mood board is all about!!

A little while ago there was another post published on the blog about this very topic and you can read that post here.

And here is my convoluted process of getting from one to the other!

So, the current mood board made me think of Australia Day, which lead me to think of the Cyber Crop we held last year in honor of Australia Day. One of the challenges for that CC was another mood board which was this

I took inspiration from the colours, the newsprint and the circle shape of the macarons and created this page

Specifically I remembered the blue and the word crazy on this page - and the way I created the fun title - and remembered some photo's I was recently sent from my niece of her and my boys being crazy together and so the idea for my current page was born!!

I hope you followed that rabbit hole all the way to the end but I share this process to show that you can use the mood board in any which way whatsoever that inspires YOU! And it may look NOTHING like the board that you started with but the board is there as a starting off point!!

Onto some more specific details of this page!

I started this page with the title!

I used the Teresa Collins Signature Essentials Alphas, the WRMK Indian Summer thickers and also the blue Tiny Alphas from the Boys Fort collection. I customised the Crazy using Colour Shimmer Dust in Lush with a paintbrush and the word cousin I applied 2 coats of gesso with a brush and then used a palette knife and Colour Blast Colour Paste in Sunshine applied liberally/randomly over the alphas. Love how this came together! I used my FudeBall 1.5 pen to outline each of the letters in crazy as well.

I have created my background with a coat of gesso on the "Thumbs Up" patterned paper from the Boys Fort collection by PinkFresh Studio, blending out the edges so there were no harsh lines. I did the packaging technique with a combination of Scribble Sticks (yellow and blue) and gelatos (green), also making splatters with the same colours.

I added a few messy paper layers behind my photo's using the "Wowzers", "Bold" and "High Five" papers cut to different sizes and layered randomly behind and around my photo's.

For embellishments I have used 1 of the Printed Veneer pieces and 3 of the paper pieces from the ephemera pack - the 3, the yes and the label above the photo's.

There is a process video available over on my You Tube channel if you'd like to see this page come together from start to finish - just click on the link above, sit back and enjoy!

My finishing touches were some of the Tiny Word Stickers also from the collection, my journalling and some white splatters which I did off camera. I used more of the white gesso and added a little water to make it more liquid and splattered all around the page making sure to cover up my photo's!

I also did go back in with a paint brush and some more of the yellow Scribble stick after I finished recording to add a little more colour to the top right as I felt it was not quiet finished.

And with that called my page DONE!

Remember, you have until the end of the month to upload your take on both the sketch and the mood board to win yourself a $30 voucher to spend on more scrappy supplies. Make sure you load your entries into the correct album in the FB group and please, share how the mood board inspired you!

Until next time, next month actually, happy scrapping!!


Saturday, 13 January 2018

{Colour Blast} Cherish ~ A Scrapbook (rainbow explosion) Layout

Hey, hey my scrappy friends and welcome to my blog today!! I have my first share for the year for Colour Blast and I even surprised myself with the end design lol

I played along with the January challenge for this page and I even shared this sneak in the Colour Blast Creative Corner FB group so now you get to see the whole page.

And here, again, for you is the January challenge! You will notice that I improvised and use black patterned paper instead of black card stock - I had NO black card stock!! Argh!!!

You can find my process video on my YT channel or just click play below!

First up, black gesso smeared randomly on my patterned paper where I knew I wanted to place my 2 clusters. You can see that I have switched sides with my clusters, I felt my photo worked better on the bottom-ish left so ran with that! That's the beauty of a sketch, right?!

Next up, COLOUR!! I cannot express how much I seriously LOVE the way the Colour Shimmer products pop off a black background!! I used Deep Water, Fire Engine and Sunshine Colour Shimmer Sprays sprayed directly onto the background over the gesso. I started with the Sunshine, then the Fire Engine, then the Deep Water.

My Deep Water gave me a little trouble - it left not only a fine mist but also bigger splatters - which, really, when you think about it, is perfect!! So to add to that look I grabbed my fave brush - it's a round #20, dunked it into the spray bottles of the Sunshine and the Fire Engine and splattered away to my hearts content!

I left my background to dry overnight and came back the next day and started working on my paper layers. I used mostly scraps, grabbed some Charms Creations DIY embellishments and some flair.

Happy with the general placement I added colour to my DIY embellies using Singin' The Blues Colour Shimmer Pot. If you don't have the pot you can, of course, use a brush and Colour Shimmer Spray for a similar effect.

I love the way these turned out!! The beautiful blue colour and all the gorgeous shimmer, oh la la!! Here are the 3 pieces all coloured up, swoon!!

While hunting through my box of chippy I came across my title piece - this "cherish" word that I had previously embossed (you can see lots of embossing fun including my title on this post!) using Tangereen Dream Colour Embossing Powder and LOVED the pop that this colour brought to the page so decided I needed to add a couple more small pops of the Tangereen Dream so embossed 3 veneer hearts with 2 coats each.

Time to assemble all the bits and hence, now it is a rainbow explosion lol

A few close ups

It's so hard to capture just how pretty and shimmery those fabric embellies are but seriously, swoon!

I hope you have enjoyed my post today and we would love to see your takes on this fun challenge this month. Just head over to the FB group and pop your take into the album for a voucher to buy more Colour Blast goodies, and let's face it, who doesn't love more free goodies?!

Have a fantastic (messy) scrappy day and see you again later in the month!


Thursday, 11 January 2018

{ScrappingClearly} My Little Sailor ~ A Scrapbook Layout

Hey scrappy friends! Melinda here with you today with my next share using the Pink Fresh Boys Fort collection. 

I have run with the browns, greens and blues in this collection for this page and also the January 2018 sketch which I have taken quiet literally!! It's different to my "normal" style but I love playing with "different" and seeing how I can make it my own!

When I flipped through my stack of papers in my kit and saw this sketch there was absolutely no question that I HAD to use the "Wisdom" 12x12 patterned paper for my background with those squares that match PERFECTLY with the background on the sketch!

I have pretty much stuck to the sketch with all of the paper layers, I even added a blue card stock border around my whole page and then used the same blue to mount my photos. The papers I have used for my layers are "Bold" and "Game On" (the banners). I used a tag from my stash for the tag.

I have inked all my edges in Walnut Stain Distress Ink and also added some brown splatters using Colour Blast Colour Spray in Coffee.

I knew I wanted to use the green alphas in the Mini Alphas set in this collection paired with the WRMK Indian Summer alphas so grabbed some green gelatos and did the packaging technique by simply rubbing the gelato onto some plastic, adding water and smooshing it down onto my not gesso'd background. And of course splatters! I tested 4 different green gelatos (Green Tea, Lime, Pistachio and Spearmint) and felt that the Spearmint was the best colour for what I wanted to create so ran with that.

I stitched all of my layers using gold thread and love the extra little something that gives the page! I even stitched my "journal lines" on my tag and love how it looks and the texture it gives.

A few triangles from the ephemera pack and 2 printed veneer pieces, some stamping using again the Walnut Stain Distress Ink and my page was done!

And here is my final page

I do have a (half) process video up on the ScrappingClearly channel if you are interested in seeing this come together. I say half because I thought I had pressed record but apparently, I had not!! Oops!

I had lots of fun playing along with the sketch this month and I hope I have inspired you to play along too for your chance at a $30 store voucher! I will be back again a little later in the month with my take on the January mood board so until then, happy scrapping!!


Wednesday, 10 January 2018

{Guest DT ~ Uniquely Creative} ~ My Sweet Boy ~ A Scrapbook Page

Hey, hey my scrappy friends!! I'm back again today with my next share for my Guest DT spot at Uniquely Creative!

This is the second page I created using the masculine January kits and I just love this memory of my big boy and how I managed to document it using this awesome kit!

Here is the finished page

And a few close ups

You can buy the January kits (and of course other goodies!!) here and you will notice that for this page I have used one of the add-on dies too!

You can find all the most recent and up to date info on the kit club over here on their FB page and this is also where they share lots of inspiration using their kits!

That's it for me for today, so thank you for stopping and I hope your day is scrappy!


Sunday, 7 January 2018

{Stash} Masters Entry ~ Challenge #2 ~ Vintage

Hey, hey my scrappy friends!! I have a short and sweet blog post for you today and as the title suggests it is one of my entries for what was The Scrapbooking Memories Masters competition in 2017. Who knows what has happened but I though I would edit the 2 videos I took and share my pages, so here is the first share.

This was for challenge #2 - create a vintage inspired page. I REALLY, like SERIOUSLY, struggled with this but am happy with my end result!

Here is  my page

And here is the blurb I sent in with my entry.

"This page was a real challenge for me; I was out of my comfort zone! I chose this photo of my grandparents because I just love it and what better way to scrap vintage style than with a vintage wedding photo?! I’ll be honest I did search for some inspiration and saw lots of creams & browns, lace & pearls and pretty florals so went searching in my stash for supplies. I pulled out a bunch of things that I had forgotten about and loved challenging myself to get some used up! This is too bulky for an album but it will definitely go on display!"

A few close ups

And my product list

7 Dots Studio – Dreamscapes – 12x12 paper “Twinkle”
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil – Roses

Prima – Art Basics – Clear Gesso
Prima – Pearl Flourish – Pink
Colour Blast Australia – Colour Paste – Leather
Colour Blast Australia – Colour Shimmer Spray – Leather
Colour Blast Australia – Colour Shimmer Spray – Bling
Colour Blast Australia – Colour Embossing Powder – Leather
Colour Blast Australia – Colour Embossing Powder – Bling
D-lish Scraps – flowers and gold spiral stamen
Charms Creations – Heart
Dusty Attic – “Love Completely” title
Stash – lace, doily, string pearls

Like I said earlier, there is a process video which you can see below, just press play and off you go! I hope you enjoy!

That's it for me for today but I will be back again very soon with more shares and the rest of my Masters entries!!

Have a fabulous scrappy day!

Thursday, 4 January 2018

{ScrappingClearly} Fort Fun Together ~ A Scrapbook Page

Hi there and welcome to the ScrappingClearly blog today!! Melinda here with you and I am sharing my first make not only for the month but for the year!! I hope the new year finds you well and ready for lots of scrappy inspiration from all of us here!!

Kylie sent me the very awesome Pink Fresh Studio Boy's Fort collection and I couldn't wait to get stuck into it!!

Here is my first page with the awesome collection and I am beyond happy with how it all came together!

I have a process video available for this layout as well, just watch below!!

To create my background I have started with Marshmallow cardstock paired with 3 different Distress Oxide Inks - Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Faded Jeans - and the packaging technique; adding extra water when needed and drying off between coats. 

I love how the colours sit on top of each other without changing the colours - you can really see that in this close up of some splatters!

I added some stamping using black archival ink and a couple of texture stamps randomly across where my mixed media was.

I used papers "Wowsers", "Bold" and "Game On" to layer messily behind my photo adding extra dimension between my photo and the papers.

Time to work on the title! The name of the collection reminded me of the photo I chose which in turn helped me to pick a title. I have built my title with the Boys Fort Mini Alpha Stickers and also some alphas from the Teresa Collins Signature Series which I have used some Fossilized Amber to colour - this colour is a great match with those mustard-y yellows in the collection! And enough room for a little journalling under the title!

With the main part of my layout done I pulled out some embellishments and used some of the Printed Veneer Stickers (these are AWESOME!), ephemera pieces and also some of the Phrase Stickers to embellish.

My very final touch was some black splatters using my Roadbase Colour Spray by Colour Blast and some black marker outlining the big alphas in the word fort. With some of the shadows in the photo plus the journalling and the black phrase stickers I felt it was just what I needed to finish the page off.

That's it for me for today but I will be back again sharing more "Boys Fort" inspiration!!

I hope the start of your 2018 has been fab, I can't wait for some more play time!!

Happy scrapping!


Tuesday, 2 January 2018

{Guest DT ~ Uniquely Creative} New Birthday Do ~ A Scrapbook Page

Hey and hello my scrappy friends!! Welcome to my blog for 2018 and I hope that this New Year finds you well and ready for lots of scrappy inspiration!!

So, if you are an Aussie and you follow the Uniquely Creative Kit Club you would have already seen my news!! Kasia very kindly asked me if I'd like to be one of their guest designers for January and I quickly jumped at the opportunity!

The January kit is full of the Documented collection by Kaiser Craft (which is mostly neutrals) and also a pot of yummy Colour Shimmer Dust in Lush by Colour Blast! The dust is deceptive - it looks like a funny brown-y colour in the pot but when you add water you get the most A-MAZING green!! I love it and had so  much fun adding it to my pages!! If you'd like to see the kit and all the layouts and cards that the DT have created follow this link to the unboxing video! And here is a little peek at a couple of the creations including 2 of my pages!

That layout on the bottom left is the one I created first and the one I am sharing with you today! As you can see it is my baby. The photo's are a couple of years old now, back when he had has long hair and a little less personality, will and determination!!

Here is a closer look at the page

And a few close ups!

I had a heap of fun playing with this kit! I love, love, love both the stamp sets included and can already tell I will get so much use out of them!! You can pick up your kit here. And you can find more information about Uniquely Creative here on their website and here on FB.

A big thank you to Kasia and Tracey for inviting me to be a guest in January, your generosity and welcome-ness (is that even a word lol) has been amazing!!

I will be later in the month with 2 more shares of my pages so until then, stay scrappy and have a fabulous day!!