2020…First Layouts of the New Decade!

Happy New Year to all, hope that you all had a lovely time celebrating with family and friends. My New Year celebrations were spent with my girlfriends who help me get through every year with love, laughter and support. None of them are scrapbookers and they don’t really get it, but they are artists and we try to spend arty times together throughout the year. 2019, was a little lacking on our normal arty events with us all dealing with busy lives. I hope to make more effort this year in keeping our creative catch-ups happening with a few arty outings throughout the year.

Anyhow, to kick off my 2020 scrapping, I chose to do a scraplift. The problem I have is 2020-01-02 09.13.09that I don’t know who created the original layout, I tried Google image search and had no luck…they linked it to artificial flowers! I wonder why? Haha. So, if you know whose layout this is please let me know, I would like to credit them? What I loved about this layout was the negative space and the layering on both sides of the layout.

My attempt started with building up some background using gesso and a stencil. The main reason I did this was that I didn’t really have a whole heap of embellishments to use with my photos, plus it gave me time to get messy and really play. I wanted to use some new supplies from Santa, the papers, plus use up some neglected products, the ribbon and frames.

I blended out the gesso edges, rubbing it with my fingers. Then, I sponged on some oxide distress ink, as the white gesso was a bit too stark.

Next, I mounted and built up the layers behind the photos and used the same papers to begin the corner embellishment cluster.

I then, layered up my embellishments with some found old Sizzix cut die cuts, wood veneers and die-cut alphas for the title. The last touch was adding some Nuvo Crystal Drops to create enamel dots. I’m slowly getting better at applying the Nuvo drops, though some are trickier than others due to how thick the mix is.

The finished layout is pleasing but I do need to add some journaling about why we have to do this for every new tree planted, one word…kangaroos! They devastate pretty much anything new, if they can reach it they will eat it and the tree guards can not be removed until the tree is well established.2020-01-02 08.51.33-1

The second layout for 2020 is about my husband’s shoes, not a topic that most people would scrap. The reason I wanted to capture this memory is that he is finishing up his baking career, he did his last shift two days ago. No more flour-dusted shoes and night shift, it will be a change for us all having him home in the evenings and not having him arrive home while I am drinking my morning cup of tea.

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The papers I used were from Santa, a mix pulled from several paper pads, including this gorgeous alpha sheet from Maggie Holmes’s Bloom collection. I fussy cut this sheet to use as embellishments and selected four of the alpha cards for this layout.

I smeared some white gesso onto two opposite corners on my background to try and get a floury texture and sprinkled on some white ink for spots of flour. In the end, most of this got covered by embellishments and is hard to see in the finished layout photo.

Then, I went to town mounting and layering papers, adding the photos, embellishments and titles. I quite like how it turned out and think it just needs a thin journal strip at the base outlining the story.

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The last two layouts I completed are of my grandson, I tried to add some bling to both and use up some sequins. The top layout is made with a Vicki Boutin, mixed media, printed cardstock. Yep, Santa thought that I needed some time off from creating my own mixed media backgrounds and bought me the paper pad. I couldn’t resist adding a touch of colour and stencilled around the edges using a Uniquely Creative stencil and some TH distress inks. Both layouts have some Maggie Holmes and Shimelle papers/embellishments, and the bottom layout has some more Nuvo drops (don’t look too closely, some of the dots are not round…haha).

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I hope you all are getting some time to scrap and have a fabulous crafty year. For some of our Australian friends and crafters, life is tough at the moment with the extreme fires burning across our country. Many have lost homes and loved ones, if you can support them in some way, please do? It may be just in prayers, offering accommodation, food and supplies, or donating cash to one of the many collection funds which have been set up across Australia and the World. Every little bit will help in this intense time of need. Thank you to all our emergency services and volunteers across the country who are working at full capacity, and to the USA firefighters who are coming to help us out. Let us all hope that rain will arrive soon and help quench the flames, it is really the only thing that will stop this firestorm.

 

Happy scrapping everyone  🙂

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RTS 6×6 SG Challenge Layouts

Hey all,

I am playing catch up and only just sharing these layouts from several weeks ago!  I had a lot of fun joining in with Janet Maden’s challenge from RTS which focuses on using 6×6 paper pads with scrapbook sketches from Allison Davis at Scrapbook Generations.

It has felt like a step back in time, using double page sketches, as I tend to focus on single layouts with a matching pocket page these days unless it is for a challenge. When I do use a double layout format it seems to be all or nothing, I make a stack of them in one week, then none for months and months. I do have have a few on my blog from last year which I will share links too at the end of the page.

So, here we go, my seven layouts from the RTS 6×6 Challenge

I mostly followed the Allison Davis sketches whilst watching Janet’s RTS 6 x 6 series, Janet always has a different slant on how to use your cut pieces in multiple ways. My first layout is of my grandson after he took to himself with a permanent marker! I’m pretty sure he will end up with real tattoos when he is old enough, he is influenced by his parents who both have tattoos and he has an uncle who is an apprentice tattooist.

Layout #1. Cool Tatts, homemade! Lots of ink splashed around here and some stamping, every layout has mixed media in this bunch. I used some old TLC rubons and a mix of quote embellishments.

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Layout #2. Big Blow Up! A blower vac war between my hubby and grandson. Ink and stencils this time, some of the new Vicki Boutin honey stencils and a Kaisercraft floral stencil.

 

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Layout #3. First Train Ride. Some more splashed around Oxide ink and lots of stamping to make the craft stock background. The patterned papers and die cut embellishments are from Kaisercraft.

 

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Layout #4. Round We Go, photos from a day at the Perth Zoo when we tried out the merry go round/carousal. Circle stamps to get that ‘mood and feel’, as Janet would say.

 

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Layout #5. more Zoo photos! Our zoo trip was not planned and we weren’t prepared for a day in the sun, so we bought very daggy zoo hats. Looking very fetching we just had to have a selfie taken.

At the Perth Zoo, there are many large, ancient, pine trees and I thought this cute decorative fake foliage, which I picked up for $2 from Spotlight, would make great pine trees on my layout.

 

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Layout #6. Lets Go Mumma, fun in a jeep at the zoo.

More splashing of ink and some stamping using a Uniquely creative metal die as a stamp.

 

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Layout #7. Amazing Hot Dogs. I think this one is my favourite, no mixed media. I like how the photos are laid out in a sequence of the event, cooking hot dogs on a campfire at home.

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And…that is where I stopped. I didn’t make the last layout, number 8, perhaps I’ll get to finish it during the summer holidays. Only three more sleeps and school’s out for me!

Here are some links to previous double layouts which I have shared…

Jan CKC 4 

CKC 2-3

CKC Always Enchant

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Happy scrapping everyone  🙂

 

CKC Oct. 2019 – Layout #3

Good morning,

A quick share of another layout using my CKC October kit. I used three papers from my kit, the navy and white polka dot, the yellow polka dot and the text dictionary print for the background.

I wanted to combine two challenges with this layout, my favourite online store, Annas Craft Cupboard,  and FB scrappy group had a mood board challenge for this month which I 72086680_10157321391587931_4661759538892898304_n (1).jpgloved. The colours were perfect for my photo. There was a slight hint of blue in the background of the photo and some lovely creams and golds from my daughters, hair, skin and jewellery. I used three different Tim Holtz oxide inks to grunge up the background using the plastic bag technique, a very simple technique using just ink and water to create amazing layers of colour. 

Then I rummaged through my embellishment supplies in my kit and on my desk. I pulled out some very old chipboard frames and a heart, some new Vicki Boutin die cuts, a scrap scallop edge from a chipboard sheet, and some Tim Holtz chipboard quotes and rose die cuts. Also on my desk was some copper glitter and a bag of sequins waiting to be put away, so I decided to use these as well.

I distressed the edges of my matting papers which included a few scrap pieces and the polka dot papers from my kit. I roughly laid out where I would place the embellishments, paper matting and photo, at this stage, I take a photo and use it as a reference later when adhering things in place.

I needed to make some changes to the chipboard frames/shapes as they stood out too much being plain white and cream. I dunked them onto a mix of oxide ink and water (to activate the oxidisation) and create a little implied texture and colour. I added some little specks of glue to each, using my finger, and sprinkled each with glitter, then shook off the excess. Let me just say that I am not a glitter girl and it is rare for me to use it if I do use glitter it is usually on Christmas items. For me, a lot of glitter is gaudy, but a little can add some magic to a layout.

After I added the embellishments, some of that glitter made its way onto the background, once again a little smear of glue with my finger and a very light sprinkle of glitter. Then, I added some sequins and some Nuvo crystal drops ( a recent purchase). I am still trying to master adding Nuvo drops, some had little peaks which I squashed down when they were half dry. The blue Nuvo drops worked every time, the metallic did not!

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I enjoyed putting this layout together, it is always fun to get messy playing with oxide inks. I think the layout came together well and I love how all the embellishments coordinated with the colours in the background.

Keep on scrapping everyone 🙂

*Note: if you are purchasing glitter, please only purchase the environmental type now available. We all now know how bad it is for the waterways and wildlife. When cleaning up your work surface, use a baby wipe, damp tissue/paper towel which will hold onto the glitter during the cleanup and try to dispose of it in a more eco-responsible way. As crafters, we all have a tonne of glitter in various forms, we need to try and do the right thing. Here are some links with advice on responsible use and disposal…

How to get rid of your plastic glitter

How to dispose of glitter

The eco-friendly guide to glitter

‘Go forth and sparkle responsibly’ 

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Lemon Tree…Very Pretty!

Morning,

Does anyone remember that old song where it goes ‘Lemon tree very pretty…’? When I looked at my photos of my citrus garden this song popped into my head and became the inspiration to my layout. This layout is all about pretty with lots of mixed media, flowers and foliage.

The background was fun to create with a layer of stencilling using a Kaisercraft stencil and texture gesso paste, some painting and splatter with Tim Holtz oxide inks and then sponging on some more ink using a Vicki Boutin leaf stencil.

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Next, to finish off the background, I stamped on some leaves using a Vicki Boutin stamp.

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Time to make some embellishments with more layers of oxide ink, Vicki Boutin stamps and some fussy cutting. It’s amazing what you can do with a scrap of white cardstock.

With my leaves cut, it was time to punch out some hearts. I pulled out a range of patterned paper scraps with different textures and patterns to keep things interesting, and even used the Vicki Boutin packaging!

Next, I dribbled some Heidi Swapp mustard color shine onto the background where I wanted my photo to be placed. I adhered my photo in place with some fun foam and glue and got to work adhering and layering my hearts and foliage embellishments. I added a Prima die cut and some stamped Vicki Boutin flowers. Then, finished off with some mustard coloured puffy hearts, a gold title of chipboard alphas and some white and yellow watercolour paint splatter.

I love how this turned out, it is so fresh with the mix of greens and yellows. A fun layout to create, though it was time-consuming…6 hours! I don’t usually spend this amount of time on a layout but I was chilling out and creating on a Friday night. Overall, time well spent!

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Heidi Swapp, Wolf Pack, even more, Layouts!

Hello all,

Here are a few more layouts I completed using up the Heidi Swapp ‘Wolf Pack’ paper pad. I am finding this collection to be very versatile, though it is stretching my mind trying to come up with layout ideas using the bear papers. Hopefully, something will spark and I will conquer the bear!

The first layout is of my eldest son. The papers are from Wolf Pack, but I used a range of embellishments which I found in my stash.

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Next up, a layout of my Step-Dad who has been busy renovating the verandah on their 40yr old home (which he also built). A bit of stamping and splashing around some ink on this layout.

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Some simple layouts, a layout of hubbies bonsai plant after pruning and a layout about a pesky rat which moved into our home for the winter!

I have made up another 5 kits (with photos) using the Wolf Pack collection paper pad. I’m not sure when I will have time to scrap them, as I have several projects on the go at the moment, but I will share when I have managed to finish and kill this ‘Wolf Pack’ paper pad.

 

Happy scrapping everyone 🙂

Heidi Swapp-Wolf Pack, more Layouts!

Good Morning,

Today I am sharing a few more layouts using the Heidi Swapp, Wolf Pack collection. In June, when I first got this paper pad, one of the FB groups put out the challenge to use up a whole paper pad. Now, the idea was to use an old one which SBC_ac-314693_96233you have had sitting around for a few years, untouched! I did not have any untouched paper pads, only brand new ones (birthday/Mother’s Day gifts) which is why I decided to use this paper pad. I am doing well, getting through the pad with 14 papers left out of 36. The ones left are mostly pine trees, wolves and bear papers, given that I live in a country with no wolves and bears it is a challenge.

The first is Layout #3. I used the paper which looks like a starry night, it is the B side of the Tracks paper. On top of this, I stencilled white gesso using a Studio Light Grunge collection stencil. I blended the edges of the gesso to give it a milky way look. I then splattered white watercolour paint over the paper to increase the number of stars on the paper.

Once dry, I added different shades of blue Tim Holtz Oxide Inks which seeped into the gesso crevices (using water/brush) and blended into my starry night (using blending sponge).

Then, I mounted my photo onto scraps of the Wolf Pack collection papers and adhered it to the background.

Next, I used the stencil and oxide ink on white cardstock to create some embellishments. I cut this apart into little triangles and diamonds and layered them onto the page using foam and double-sided tape.

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The finished layout came together well with the addition of a title and a few acrylic stars.

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Next, Layout #4. This layout was very simple and quick, I used the map paper SBC_ac-314691_85259_200and added some colour across the page using the plastic bag smooshing technique. The Tim Holtz ‘Tumbled Glass’ oxide ink created a soft blue surface to work on, I then splattered some watercolour paint across the page in browns and blue.

 

Then, I worked on building layers with patterned paper from the Wolf Pack and assorted embellishments from my stash.

The final touch was adding the title.

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Layout #5. is my favourite so far. I wanted to find a way to use the wolf papers SBC_ac-314683_85243_200in the collection and finally come up with an idea when I came across some photos of my grandson eating some dessert.

I started by creating a framed background using two of the papers. Then I built up papers to mount my photos on and added the title ‘Wolf it Down’. No mixed media was used in this layout.

A subtitle was added using part of the cut apart sheet and then lots of text quote embellishments and some Wolf Pack puffy stickers.

The finished layout ended up just how I wanted it, messy and fun.

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June 2019 CKC, Layout #5.

Hello,

Today I am sharing another June Counterfeit Kit Challenge layout. This one is very bright and a little crazy. I am having fun using my kit and most layouts I am creating are very sunny. The photo used in this layout is an old one of my son at a dress up party, the photo is not the best quality but I did want to record this funny moment in time. My son is always a good sport and willing to dress up, at Christmas, he always turns up dressed as Santa Claus and adds to the fun.

I selected a mix of papers and scraps from my kit.

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To start with, a piece of the American Crafts heart cut file sheet to use up, I cut it in half and filled the hearts with scrap paper from my kit.

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Next, I worked on the background, inking up a piece of white cardstock using the plastic bag technique and some gorgeous ‘Mustard Seed’ Tim Holtz Oxide Distress Ink. This colour is still my favourite, it is so vibrant and can be used in many ways, becoming subtle when you add more water and less ink.

Because I had a clear vision in mind of how I wanted the layout set out I added the title first, I needed to make sure I had enough space to fit my photo along the side. The title was cut using an Altnew alpha die set and my Sizzix Big Shot, using the lovely striped paper from my kit.

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Next, I mounted my photo using scraps of patterned paper from my kit. I tried to pull in some colours similar to the clothes in the photo. Then, I adhered my cut file hearts and the mounted photo to the background and went to work adding embellishments. Many of the embellishments were fussy cut from the American Craft cut apart sheet and fixed in place with foam tape. I added some gems for some colour and glitz.

The finished layout turned out just how I had wanted it, colourful and fun!

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Make sure you check out what other scrappers have been creating with their June CKC kits on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge FB community or on their blog.

Keep on scrapping 🙂

Heidi Swapp, Wolf Pack Layout #2.

Hi again,

Today I am sharing another layout I made using the Heidi Swapp, Wolf Pack collection. This layout features my youngest son at a different stage of his life. The photo I SBC_ac-314693_96233have used was originally a photo of all four of my children together which I have scrapped several times, so they each have one. This time I cropped the photo down to try and just get my youngest son in the image, as I don’t have many teen photos of him to use in layouts. The problem I encountered, as you can see, is that part of my eldest daughter was still in the image. As gorgeous as she is, she had to go for this layout! Here’s how I erased my daughter from the image by hand, the old fashioned way and then, put the layout together.

Below are the Wolf Pack papers I used and the washi tape. I selected the B side of the Explorer paper, a fun polka dot print and the B side stripe print of the Zodiac paper, plus the Woodsy paper with the pine trees.

 

First, I fussy cut the pine trees from the Woodsy paper to use as embellishments.

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A little sandpaper worked magic to create an interesting border and camouflage my daughter’s bright dress into the foliage.

Then, I layered my fussy cut pine trees over what was left of my daughter. She always did like to climb and hide in trees. 🙂

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When constructing the background I applied strips of washi tape horizontal onto each stripe of the B side, Zodiac paper.

Then, I used Tim Holtz Oxide Distress inks and the plastic bag technique to smoosh some colour onto the background. I was careful not to use too much water or the washi tape may have lifted.

Next, I mounted the photo onto pieces of the banding strips offcuts from the papers and adhered it to the background with a layer of foam. A few more pine trees were added on the other side of the photo for balance.

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A small cluster of paper scraps, sticker quotes (Tim Holtz) and embellishments were added to the bottom left corner. Then, I covered the photo over to protect it and splashed around some white watercolour paint.  I used a few of the Wolf Pack puffy stickers to add a little dimension. I think I did well hiding my daughter in the bushes. Haha 🙂

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I am loving using this collection, it is so very versatile. Please do share what you are making with the Wolf Pack collection.  You can share links to your work in the comments section, remember that you need to click on the title of the post to open the page to comment.

Keep on scrapping 🙂

 

 

Heidi Swapp, Wolf Pack Layout Fun!

Hi everyone,

I recently treated myself to some scrap goodies for Mother’s Day and my birthday, amongst what I purchased was some of the lovely masculine Wolf Pack collection by Heidi Swapp. It’s a gorgeous collection with lots of potential and versatility, I saw myself SBC_ac-314693_96233being able to create layouts about my sons, daughters, grandson and Christmas. The lovely outdoor pine forest, mountains and starry nights would work well for our traditional, annual, Christmas tree hunt. The other papers, a mix of contemporary and cultural patterns in black, white and shades of greens, and the wood grain can be used for recording many special events or moments.

For this layout, I chose to use three of the collection papers, the Zodiac, the wood grain (B side of Mama Bear) and the black and white bold stripe (B side of Woodsy). I also wanted to use the washi tape and the very cute puffy stickers.

To start with I used some texture gesso paste and a Kaisercraft stencil (Distressed Dots)  on my background, a mix of stripe and wood grain paper. The stencil gives a lovely grunge effect.

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After drying of the gesso, I applied Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks. You just stamp the pad on a smooth surface, mine is a piece of black acrylic, and add water to the ink, then paint the ink onto the stencilled gesso. The fluid ink runs into all the crevices of the gesso and blends together beautifully.

While that dries I got to work on mounting my photo. I used the banding strips trimmed off the papers, each strip has a print motif on it of one of the other papers in the collection…wolves, bears, etc. Because they are little strips and I am using them as edging mounts, you can’t identify them as bears, etc.

Next, I mounted the photo onto the background and began to embellish the layout. Even SBC_ac-314687_85251_0though the papers are quite masculine and I am using a photo of my teenage son, I couldn’t stop myself from adding some sparkle and shine to the layout. The Zodiac paper features the night sky and astrology motifs and I wanted to highlight this in my design. I used a variety of sequins in crystal, navy, aqua and green to decorate and enhance the layout. Then, I splattered on some watercolour paint in white, green, dark blue and brown.IMG_7659

The final touch was to add the puffy star stickers, some moon washi tape and some cotton thread bunches, then a few Tim Holtz quote stickers and a little extra splatter.

I decided not to add a title, the layout was to capture my son at this stage of his life when he was full of dreams and possibilities for the future. The quote stickers were appropriate and told the story, a title would draw the viewers eye away from the photo.

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I love how this turned out and it was fun to create. I can’t wait to use the rest of this collection. Who else is using the Wolf Pack collection? Share links to your work in the comments section, remember that you need to click on the title of the post to open the page to comment.

Happy scrapping 🙂

May 2019 CKC Forgery on the Third!

Hello again,

Time to join in with the May 2019 Counterfeit Kit Challenge, Forgery on the Third!

For this month, I decided to have a go forging some of those lovely, cute, girly teens which are featured on both the Jen Hadfield’s “Chasing Adventures” patterned papers and the various embellishments.

For me, the immediate image that popped into my head when I was looking at the collection was paper dolls. As a child, I was obsessed with paper dolls, all my pocket money went on buying paper doll books from the local newsagent’s store. I had wedding paper dolls, teen paper dolls and even troll paper dolls. In the seventies, paper dolls were high currency amongst little girls and I remember swapping different dolls with my friends and spending many hours role-playing happy stories with our sets of paper dolls. When we didn’t have money to buy paper dolls we made our own. I spent hours with my younger sister and brother making papers dolls and then designing collections of clothes for them to wear. So, so much fun 🙂

So, for the forgery, I went hunting for paper doll templates online. There are hundreds available and many are FREE. I was looking for teen designs similar to the collection and came across paperthinpersonas.com. What an amazing range of paper dolls are available here! I used the Marisole series of dolls which had a funky teen look. The templates can be downloaded in colour or black and white. I went with colour as I was feeling lazy, but black & white allows you to colour them to match your layout colours.

 

It takes a while to fussy cut out the dolls and their clothes but is worth the effort if you are looking at making some fun girly embellishments. There are also male paper dolls and a range of aliens, TV/film based characters available on the paperthinpersona.com website.

When you are cutting out the dolls and clothes you need to cut off the tabs. Sometimes, when you do this you will leave a little white showing, I just coloured these white bits with a black permanent marker. Then, I used a little tiny bit of the Tim Holtz Micro Glaze 81Bd+w4oVAL._SY550_to rub over the surface of each piece, this adds a little sheen to the printed cardstock. Next, you fix them together with glue and thin foam tape for a little dimension.

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Having taken on this challenge I really had no idea how I was going to use them in my layouts. I didn’t have any photos of my daughters on holiday or travelling, which I hadn’t already scrapped. Then I reflected on what trips and outings that I had taken over the last two years, there were a few trips with my besties and a few events where I took on the role of tour guide (over the Christmas holidays) to introduce some of my husband’s relatives to our region. I wasn’t sure that it was going to work, can images of young teens be inserted into layouts of a bunch of over 50 ladies on an art trail safari?

Anyway, here is what I used and how it all went together.

Layout 1. My papers and paper doll…

The process…coloured pencils to forge the floral paper. Some ink and mist to create a background paper. Layers of patterned paper and a grid design to feature my photos. A few embellishments.

 

The finished layout…

 

That cute paper doll…

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Layout 2.

The papers and doll…

The process… some messy fun with inks and mists.

The finished layout…

Overall, not a bad effort and I had lots of fun reminiscing and making those cute paper dolls embellishments.

Make sure that you check out what the Counterfeit Kit Challenge team are creating this month. There are always some fabulous ideas, skills and techniques used.

Counter Kit Challenge Blog

Guest Designer: Leanne Wagner

Cindy

Julene

Leslie

Lori

Tina

Laura

Keep on scrapping 🙂

 

April 2019 CKC Layout #5

Good Friday and Easter blessings to everyone.

The rain is pouring down here, there is a chill in the air and my fire had gone out! So, after battling the fire lighting with very little paper and kindling, I am trying to catch up on what’s happening in the scrapbooking community. What did I find? The new CKC challenge has been posted and what a beauty it is for this time of the year. It’s all about hiding things on your layout (or in your photos), perhaps I will manage to snap a few photos to use today in our (early) Easter egg hunt and family gathering. Why are we celebrating Easter today? Well, we, as grandparents, like many families I’m sure, have to divvy up the holiday time spent with our grandson and children. It is tough having to share with the inlaws, once your children are grown and settled with families of their own. We are very lucky that the inlaws are all gorgeous people and at times we blend all our families together to celebrate holidays together, such as Christmas.

Anyway, let’s talk about layout number five. This layout killed two goals in one, I had 56158134_1623628067740035_5644509564444344320_n (1)wanted to use up more of my CKC kit and I wanted to enter this month’s Annas Craft Cupboard inspiration challenge. The challenge features henna mandalas, lace and a positive quote about walking your own path. It also has hints of pink, silver, white and fawn. Luckily for me, I had made up a kit which worked beautifully with this challenge and the photo had the same sort of theme…working towards the goal you set for yourself.

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I used the very light pink patterned cardstock as my background and stencilled on some doily and decorative designs in black and light grey. Then splattered and smooshed on some blue watercolour paint.

 

This layout was pretty quick, a lot of layering of patterned paper and die cut embellishments.

It is my first layout using an Instagram photo. The photo is of my son-in-law, making his dream come true, as gaining an apprenticeship (piercing) in a Tattoo store, one step closer to being a Tattoo apprentice. He has since bought out part of the piercing business, so is now part owner. He also draws/designs tattoos for the biz, he is very artistic. It is a really hard industry to get into, you work for nothing for over a year before they consider offering you an apprenticeship, from what I watched on Youtube this is common practice in the industry around the World. We are all very proud of him for making his dreams come true.

 

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I really love how this layout turned out and feel I met the criteria for the ACC Inspiration Challenge. My daughter, however, wasn’t happy with all the pink on what she considered was a masculine layout/photo. She thought it should have been all black & white, I just pulled on the colours in the photo…pink, blue and black! What do you think, yea or nay?

April 2019 CKC Challenge #1

Hello,

Well, I have attempted the first challenge for this month’s, Counterfeit Kit Challenge. The challenge involves scrapbooking about the weather, for those CKC scrappers above the equator, that means Springtime and us Southerners below the equator are feeling cool with Autumn upon us. As I type this the rain is pouring down and we are cosy inside with our wood fire burning and the washing drying on the airer. I love this time of year, everything seems fresh outside, all the dust washed away and the paddocks begin to become green again.

For myself, I have the added pleasure of school break over the next two weeks and so, on my first day of the holidays, I indulged in the pleasure of a whole day of scrapbooking. What did I scrap? Well, for the challenge I went with a Summer layout using a photo of my youngest son contemplating life while we were having a family day with relatives at the beach. It is not the best photo of my son, he is in shadow seeking shade under a tree with the hot Australian sun burning down on the rest of us. Yes, those little specks in the water are the rest of the family, enjoying the beautiful blue ocean and trying to escape the heat.

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The other thing I have been working on is cleaning up in my studio (aka, oldest son’s reclaimed bedroom), as you do after you have been scrapping for a few weeks. During this cleaning/organising frenzy, I broke my March CKC kit down into smaller layout kits. I find this a great way to get things done with everything already selected you quickly get through making your layouts.

During my clean up, I came across a little booklet from the Summer, International Film Festival which is held in the South West region. When I flicked through the book I noticed the great print on the inside of the cover and thought I could reuse it in some way.  Then I realised the colours and theme would work well with the kit I had made up for this layout.

Below are the papers and embellishments which I decided to use, including the booklet cover.

I started the layout off with some soft inking using Tim Holtz’s, Scattered Straw, Distress Oxide ink.

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Next, I played around with using strips of the different pattern papers to create the background.

Then, I double mounted the photo on white cardstock and the Kaisercraft black and white patterned paper. I spent quite a bit of time laying out were the embellishments might go. Once I am happy with it, I take a photo with my iPad, so I don’t forget where to place everything when I begin to fix things down.

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On this occasion, I was not happy with the layout, it had a bit too much negative space and didn’t look balanced. So, I took everything off and stamped some foliage on three of the corners/sides.

This made a big difference to how the layout looked, it added a little more interest to draw the viewers eye and seemed to add balance. I then finished it off with some gold sparkly gems and black Thicker alpha stickers for the titles.

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Another layout for the album. I have many other photos from this day and will be putting together some pocket page layouts using the leftover paper scraps from my kit.

Happy holidays, to those Aussies, also enjoying the school break!

Mix it up! RTS 4 for 4 & CKC March 2019

Hey everyone,

as some of you may already know, I am a big fan of RTS Scrapbooking. The amazing Janet Madison shares all her scrapbooking knowledge on her RTS Scrapbooking YouTube unnamedchannel. She is a wealth of knowledge and so generous with her time and skills. For a while, Janet has been making a series of videos called 4 for 4. The idea is that you use a set amount of papers (5), cut into a specified size, and then add in some alphas and embellishments to create 4 layouts and some cards. Janet talks you through the whole process step by step, through her videos. This month, I decided to give it a go. I hadn’t tried it out before, but have used similar systems to create mini albums (6×6 and 8×8) in the past. Using a system like this can really speed up your productivity and get a whole heap of layouts completed and into albums.

Layout 1.

First, you need to select your papers and cardstock, you need a selection of papers with a range of patterns. Janet talks you through this process and provides all the detailed instructions. She suggests the best patterns to use. I thought it would be fun to use my kit which I had put together for the March Counterfeit Kit Challenge.

A new Facebook group has recently been formed for the scrapbook fans of RTS. It is called love rts and you can access a PDF copy of the 4 for 4 instructions in the group. I printed this out and worked through the instructions while watching the RTS videos and scrapping my layouts.

Janet suggests selecting four alphas for your layout, two large and two small. I chose two glitter alphas to work in with the March CKC.

 

Also on the material list is washi tape, here is my selection. Once again I went with some glitz selecting three glitter washi tape and a gold metallic to link in with my CKC kit. Janet gives you lots of options to use instead of washi tape.

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Cutting up the papers is quite simple, though I would suggest that you watch Janet’s video a few times before starting. You do need to think about which direction you want your patterns to run, this is especially important if you use a paper which has text.

 

Next, I built up the background following Janet’s recommendations. I started with white cardstock and then changed my mind using green instead. I mounted my photo and begun adding the titles, something I usually do last.

I was short on embellishment in my CKC kit and decided to make some as it was the Forgery on the 4th challenge day. I used some stamps and ink I had included in my kit.

 

After adding the homemade embellishments, some enamel dots, washi tape and a few other bits and bobs, it was finished. Thanks, Janet 🙂

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Happy with the first ‘4 for 4’ RTS layout, I moved onto number two. Once again following Janet’s directions, watching her video and including some handmade embellishments.

Layout 2.

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Two more to go 🙂

I have enjoyed the process and may even use the 4 for 4 system with a different set of papers. A great way to get layouts completed quickly and as simply as you like. Janet encourages you to take the process and make it your own, perhaps I will add a little mixed media next time. The skies the limit…oh, the places you can go with Janet’s guidance!

D-Lish Scraps Feb. Challenge 2019

Good morning,

A quick show and tell today. Two layouts for two February challenges fromThe D-lish 51872921_10156787038486421_9045415925280407552_nScraps team. You can check out their new March inspiration and challenges on their blog and Facebook site.

The first I attempted asked you to add a heart to your layout. An easy enough task, I started with creating a background using a Kaisercraft stencil and some Tim Holtz ink.

I was using some old, cheeky photos of my daughter. I pulled out some patterned paper scraps in colours which matched my photos.

I trimmed down the papers, roughed up the edges and layered them onto the background. I wasn’t happy with how far the stencilling went and added some more on.

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A little bit of splatter was needed, out came the watercolour paints.

I was trying to use up some old embellishments and added a couple of vertical stripes to the layout, one sticker and one chipboard. The photos were mounted on cream cardstock.

Time to go old school with some foil embellishments. Anyone remember these?

Using up more old embellishments and some die cut letters for a title.

 

A few bits of ribbon and washi tape to finish it off. The finished layout is very happy and cheerful.

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The second challenge I attempted was to use a frame on your layout, something I haven’t done in a while. I have many old, frame embellishments to use up!

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It was a very quick layout, lots of layering but no mixed media! Once again, trying to use up some old supplies, rub ons. Does anyone buy these anymore?

I also included some newish embellishments, lovely blue and white paper flowers.

A simple, easy layout which turned out quite sweet.

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Happy scrapping everyone 🙂

 

Anna’s Craft Cupboard Challenge!

Hey,

I have been having fun this morning scrapping a layout for the February layout challenge at Anna’s Craft Cupboard. The challenge involves including a splash of colour IMG_5789in your layout and my order of LemonCraft papers from Anna’s had just arrived, providing some vibrant yellow, pink and green. I have been quite good at not buying new supplies (apart from my regular kit subscription from Uniqeley Creative) and using up what I have, but these papers have been on my want list for a while now. I succumbed to temptation and purchased a few LemonCraft papers, some Mintay papers and stocked up on some cardstock in blues and greens ( a need) which I always run out of.IMG_5723

 

Anyway, back to scrapping. I decided to go with the green telephone box image as my inspiration. The colour gave me an excuse to use my new papers and I liked the criss-cross lines of the windows on the telephone box. I used a neutral kraft coloured background and splashed around some watercolour paint in yellow and a green which I mixed. In my head, I was seeing a layout with lots of layers and texture, pulling on the colours and patterns in the photo I was using. The photo is a very old image of my eldest daughter after she had just woken from a nap. She has those dreamy eyes, tousled hair and red cheeks which all toddlers seem to have after some zzzzzzs.

 

Next, I used some Tim Holtz inks and a KaiserCraft stencil to add a bit more interest and texture to the background. I thought the criss-cross design of the stencil linked to the telephone box image, as did some of the geometric shapes with my photo.

I then, cut out some of the LemonCraft papers into 4′ inch strips and cut them down into IMG_58064 x 6 rectangles which I used for frames and pieces to mat the photo. The two 4 x 6 left were used to cut embellishments with my Sizzix Bigshot. I used a mix of dies, many were from the Uniquely Creative and the KaiserCraft range.  I decided that I needed a few more greens and some white to balance the layout, so found some scrap papers and cardstock to cut a few more diecuts. You can see that I incorporated some traditional design styles and some contemporary designs. I used the geometric die because of the pattern on my daughters top. The top was handknitted by my mother, which I had completely forgotten about until I started working on the layout. She knitted many clothes for my children, a pastime which she has had to give up due to arthritis.

 

In my LemonCraft order, I purchased a matching cut apart sheet. I fussy cut out the doilies and the green butterflies.

Then, I went to town building up the layers of die cuts and papers using double-sided tape and foam tape. The title I created by painting some white cardstock with vivid green. I really love how it has turned out, it is very summery and speaks to the season when the photo was taken, the Christmas summer holidays.

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Haha…can you see the little fly who snuck into my layout photo? Summertime here in Australia = flies 🙂

Jan. CKC #4 – Step by Step

Hello again,

I am sharing my fourth CKC Jan. kit layout, this one is a double page spread. It’s been a while since I’ve done a double page layout, with this one I wanted a vast page to mimic the outdoors. The photos I am using are from last year when I met up with my Dad and we got to spend some time together. This doesn’t happen very often, as he lives 400km away and he is often travelling/prospecting which can easily stretch the distance to 4000km or more! On this day we decided to do a little exploring together and went to check out one of the South West regions caves. Because we went underground I started the layout off by creating an earthy coloured background.

On top of my earthy background, I built up layers of stamped foliage using some colours which I pulled from the Felicity Jane kit. Some smokey blues and teals. You can see that my cardstock had become quite warped from the mixed media/water application. I just press it, between two pieces of white paper, with an iron to reduce the warping. It usually results in a smooth surface, though sometimes you may need to dampen the back of the cardstock with a spritzer.

Then, I mounted the main photo with several layers of paper. I tried to use up the last of that Christmas paper.

I added some papers to the background. This is where things got interesting, after img_5408looking at my photos I wanted to emphasise the sense of going down into the earth. I decided to cut around the stamped foliage with a scalpel and slip some of the photos behind the cuts. Dah, Dah… walking down into the cave.

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I roughed up the edges of the cuts to add a bit of texture. Then, I got busy adding embellishments and sticking down my photos. I cut some foliage and text dies using my Big Shot Sizzix and added some enamel dots.

I felt some areas were lacking something and looked a little unfinished, so I stamped on some more leaves to fill the gaps. Then, I added the location and date using some foam alphas. I am pretty happy with the end result, though it is quite busy and somewhat over embellished in my usual style.img_5426

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Jan. CKC #3 Layout

Hi again,

Here is a quick layout which I put together prior to going to summer school. Once again, I am working in poor lighting at night and splashing around some Oxide ink and using some dies.

I started off with selecting which papers I wanted to use to mount my photo. The photo is of three of my children, it is not often that they are together, so I wanted to capture this memory. I pulled papers from my CKC kit which worked with the colours of their clothes.img_5280

Next, I used the Uniquely Creative flower stamp which I had used previously on a layout and stamped a border along the side of my cardstock. I carefully covered the stamped flowers and splashed on/around some Tim Holtz Oxide Inks using the plastic bag technique. img_5281

I then used some leftover die cuts from earlier and glued them over the stamped images. I wanted them to have a little dimension, so I only applied glue to the centre of each flower. I purposely placed them off centre to create a shadowed effect and reveal part of the stamped imaged underneath. I layered two die cuts to create a corner embellishment and cut down a die cut and tucked it between my layered papers at the top of the photo.

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Then, I added my title and used one of my little ribbon bows to finish off the layout. It was a fairly quick layout which has captured this moment in time.

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Summer Holiday Upskilling

Good morning,

I hope everyone is well and finding some time to get creative. I have been super busy during my holidays and have not had a lot of time to paint or scrap. Every holiday I try and sneak in a little skill building in the Arts. This holiday I have spent a week at the Albany Summer School learning about coloured pencil technique with Marie Haass and contemporary ink practice with Leanne White.

It is such a joy to spend time with others who are passionate about art and getting creative. As a group, we all had such a great time and shared our knowledge. Within the coloured pencil class, there were some very talented artists with only a few beginners to the art of drawing but many students had not really used coloured pencils as an artistic medium. Most of us had only used coloured pencils as children or during the recent meditation colouring book craze which seemed to take over the World! So, we were all very keen to participate and upskill ourselves.

Marie Haass has had years of experience working as both an artist and teacher, she has lectured many students during their university studies. She was an excellent teacher. She is very welcoming and encouraging and reads and recognises the talents of her students. Marie adjusts her teaching style to suit the student’s needs, she works one on one with each student and doesn’t hold people back but lets them explore the medium through a series of activities and observation drawings. It was really a fun experience listening to Marie share her knowledge and life experiences, we laughed a lot and shared lots of our own stories during the five days.

We started off learning about blending colour pencils and applying a variety of pressures to create a vast range of colours and techniques. I and a few others occasionally img_5438(well…often) got reminded to start off with light pressure. I struggled somewhat with this, being a girl who loves strong bright colours, I found it challenging to hold back! Then, we moved on to observation drawing, our subject being onions! Yes, who knew that onions could be so interesting and prove quite challenging.

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Next, we worked on a piece using shells from the Albany beaches. Shells up close are fascinating with the range of colours and patterns they have. We also had to include some shell chocolates within our image, I was the only student to score a prawn chocolate! Everyone enjoyed the challenge and it was a great way to put our blending skills and pressure skills into play.

In the contemporary ink class, Leanne White took us through a huge range of ways to use ink. Leanne is a very talented artist who illustrates children books using a range of mediums and has worked as a professional artist and teacher of the arts for many years. She is located where I live, right in the middle of town, it was funny that I travelled all the way to Albany to participate in one of her classes.

We explored a huge range of inks, bottled ink, ink crayons/pencils, ink pens and mediums and different papers. After three days of play and experimentation, we were img_5357encouraged to get creative and work on some final pieces which incorporated all our new knowledge and skills. It was a lot of fun, I used my mixed media obsession and splashed around a lot of ink and colour. Once again, many of us shared our knowledge and skills, and in the process taught each other different techniques, where to buy supplies at the best price, and we made some great friendships.

Now, to use these new skills in my scrapbooking. I am thinking that I could perhaps hand draw some coloured pencil embellishments and make some more amazing backgrounds incorporating various ink mediums. Oh, the possibilities!

Keep on crafting everyone 🙂

Jan. 2019 CKC – Forgery #1.

Hello again.

Here is my first layout featuring my forged paper. I had decided that I wanted to scrap a funny photo of my grandson playing with playdough. He had made a playdough man and his mum sent through the photo for us to view. As boys do, he was being silly when Photo Dec 09, 6 32 13 PMposing for the photo, so the quality is not great. It is a little blurry but does capture his cheekiness. Let me just say that the playdough man is magnificent, a work of art! Well, I may be biased, it does have all the important elements of a human which is the goal when you are four. It was the playdough figure which triggered my idea for the forged paper. The playdough feet are rough circles, much like the black and white circle paper featured in the Felicity Jane ‘Hannah’ kit.

I decided to create my own circle paper to use as a background for the layout. It was a simple process of loosely tracing circles onto to the white cardstock using an Artline permanent marker. I used a washi tape container to trace around.  Then, I painted some of the circles with Tim Holtz Oxide inks in colours which matched the theme and photo. Unfortunately, the so-called permanent marker did bleed around the edges when it interacted with the watered down ink. After the first bleed, I was a little more careful when applying the ink.img_5233

Then, even though I liked the look of the painted circles I thought it needed something else. I pulled out a Fiskars geometric diamond stamp which was similar to one of the papers in the Felicity Jane kit and stamped the image across the page. Still not happy with the result, I decided it needed more colour and wanted to reduce the white space. I used the Tim Holtz micro glaze to protect my inked circles. I love this product, the tiniest amount makes the inked area waterproof, stopping any colour shifting and allowing you to add colour over the top. After rubbing on the micro glaze I applied the blue watercolour paint.

Next, I selected some patterned paper and coloured cardstock to mount the photos. I prefer to use several mounts on each photo, something which has gone out of fashion these days. In one of the photos, you see the wooden floor in their house, this inspired me to mount the photos on a background of woodgrain paper from my kit.

 

As I had mentioned in an earlier post, I didn’t have a scallop washi tape to include in my kit. I img_5250decided to substitute this with a strip of polka dot paper trimmed down to create a scalloped edge. I attached this to the edge of the woodgrain background.

Including embellishments that reflected the Felicity Jane kit had me troubled. Flowers, love hearts and a bike didn’t really go with my photo choices. I hummed and hawed over this, what to add? Then I decided to go with it and added a few flowers, a tag and the die cut word awesome. I’m not super happy with the result and would have liked to reach for some other embellishments but I was trying to only use things from my kit.

Anyway, it is another layout completed and I did meet the goal of forging some elements for the challenge. Happy scrapping everyone.

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CKC Jan. Layout #1

Hello again 🙂

Here is my first layout using my January CKC kit. If you haven’t been following you can check out my kit here and get all the details on how to participate at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog.

Photo Dec 09, 6 32 20 PMSo, first up, I went with a photo of my daughter and her friends having a night out. The photo has several of the pinks, blues and burgundies found in the Felicity Jane ‘Hannah’ collection.

I decided to have a play with some mixed media, using my watercolour paints and the plastic bag technique I smooshed some paint around my white cardstock. The blue paint I used came out a lot stronger than I expected and I nearly started over but decided to keep going and find some way to tone it down.

 

I tried stencilling on some ink to create some texture and distract from the intense blue. I used Tim Holtz’s Spun Sugar and Stormy Sky distress inks, both work beautifully with the Felicity Jane colour theme.

Then, I began making some embellishments. I stamped out some flowers using the Uniquely Creative Mini Bloom Advent Stamp and coloured them using Polychromos coloured pencils. Then I die cut them out, love this matching die, it makes it so much quicker than fussy cutting them. I also cut some flowers out of coloured cardstock using the matching die.

Next, I stamped some flowers and foliage onto my background. I decided to fussy cut flowers from some papers I had put aside for making embellishments. The colours coordinated well with my pencils and inks.

I then mounted my photo using some patterned paper and coloured cardstock. I rough up the edges using my fingernail and layered the pieces using foam and double-sided tape.IMG_5222

I spent a lot of time fixing the flowers into place, I keep changing my mind and fiddling with the layers. I added a Thickers alpha title and some die cut tags. Overall, I think it has turned out quite well, but my colours are too strong and perhaps a little overpowering compared with the original kit. Moving on to layout number two, I hope you are enjoying participating in the CKC challenge.IMG_5227 (1)

 

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