Friday, 28 March 2014

Project Life Guest Post for Scrapbook Creations Magazine Blog - Photographing the Unwilling

Today I have a guest post over at the Scrapbook Creations Magazine blog, sharing my 2014 Week 4 Project Life spread, and some of my go to methods for documenting the every day with teenagers, even when they might be unwilling photography subjects!

Hope you can drop by!

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Boys Rule Feature on the Crate Paper Blog

Very excited to have my layout featured on the Crate Paper blog today!  The CP Girls came up with this challenge to celebrate their new Boys Rule collection.  This is such a fun filled boys themed line with lots of bright colours and retro graphics.

I've been working on a new kit for Daisy Chain Scrapbooks and it fit the challenge perfectly.  This is my layout, and the kit is coming soon to Daisy Chain.

I do tend to shy away from bright colours so this layout was a chance to push myself to go all out with colour.  I instantly fell in love with the Attaboy patterned paper and wanted it to be a major part of the layout.  So that it didn't overwhelm the embellishments I layered a sheet of vellum over the lower part of the paper to tone down the strong graphics.

How cute are the tiny alphas!?

My little nephew Josh scored this awesome superhero shirt from one of the Gold Coast theme parks while my sister and her family visited us over Christmas.  He loved it so much that he practically lived in it while they were here!  These photos of him in it are such a great match to this collection.

Let me know if you'd like to pre-order the kit at all, and I'll be sure to update my blog just as soon as they're in stock at Daisy Chain.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, 8 March 2014

The Day She Turned 18

Sharing a layout today that was recently published in Scrapbooking Memories magazine.

This layout is one that's very close to my heart, and celebrates the day that my gorgeous daughter Kayci turned 18.

I've used the My Minds Eye - Find Your Wings & Fly - Sky's the Limit collection.  This collection really matched the sentiment of my layout - a message to my girl that the sky's the limit - she can achieve anything she wants to in this life.

I typed my journalling on a Dear Lizzy tag, tied it with some twine and slipped it in an envelope towards the top of the layout. I got a little bit excited with my metallics on this layout and went for both silver and gold! 

I fussy cut an extra hot air balloon from a Kaisercraft printed acetate sheet to layer over the two balloons on my background patterned paper.  I also fussy cut a few quatrefoil shapes
and applied some gesso with my fingertips to soften their colour.

Just love that this collection has so many little positive affirmations, from the brads right through to the tags.

And lastly a close up that shows some of the layers, my hand stitched border using embroidery thread, and the light application of watercolour to my background.

My Hot Tip included in the magazine was how to create an even hand stitched border.  To do this take the thread out of your sewing machine and set it to a long stitch - for me this is usually a length of 4.  Run your machine around where you want your border to be, then using your embroidery thread, backstitch your border in your colour of choice.

Thanks for dropping by!