Thursday, 22 March 2018

Year 4 (The Scrappery CT)

Hello hello!  Two days in a row!!  Today I'm sharing my latest layout that I made with my Willow Kit from The Scrappery Kit Club.  For this layout I used a free cut file from Paper Issues called "Floral Heart", which you can find here.  This was perfect for scrapping a photo of Azaria on the first day of school this year.  I love taking these photos and scrapping them each year so that I (and the kids) can look back and see how much they've grown and changed!

I loved backing the cut file with the gorgeous papers in the kit.  A hint is to use patterns that are smaller, repeating and in only a couple of tones to ensure the cut file isn't overwhelmed by colour and pattern.  I also cut my cut file from one of the navy patterned papers in the kit, it has a subtle spot on it.

I tucked in some ephemera to the left of the heart.

You can watch my process video below.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

SpeigelMom Scraps Guest Design Spot

Hello!  I'm so excited to share that for the month of March 2018 I'm the Guest Designer over at the SpeigelMom Scraps Blog!!  Jody makes the most gorgeous sequin mixes, and its been an absolute joy thinking of fun and innovative ways to incorporate them into my scrapbooking.  I've shared three creations on her blog already for the month, and I thought it was about time I shared them all here.

For my first layout, I used a free cut file from Paper Issues called the "I Love More Circle" cut file, which you can find here.  I used the "Hello Colourful You" and "Wild & Free" sequin mixes to back the stars in the cut file.  I scrapped a sweet photo of Ava this past summer at our local Lake.  I used my Secret Not Secret Kit Club kit, which features Dear Lizzy's "Stargazer" collection.

You can watch the process video for this layout below.

For my second layout, I used a cut file designed by Paige Evans that I purchased from the Silhouette Design Store called "Polaroid Frame Border".  I cut it four times, and then layered two on top of each other to create a thicker row of frames.  I used my Secret Not Secret Kit Club kit again, and was excited to scrap a series of 6 photos of Sam, Ava and our cat Charlie.

You can watch my process video below.

My third project was just shared today, and for this one I was super keen to use one of the free cut files from SpeigelMom Scraps, which you can find here.  I love using stars on baby layouts, and I used lots of the "Hello Colourful You" sequins to add some whimsy!  The collection I used is Crate Paper's "Cute Girl" which I adore, and was perfect for scrapping this sweet photo of Ava.

You can watch my process video below.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing these projects, I'll have another one to share next week.  

Jody has very generously given me a discount code which you can use in her shop to get 15% off.  Make sure you head on over there and check it out!

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Tanya Leigh Designz Projects

Hello again!  I'm back again today to share the layouts that I've made as part of the Design Team for Tanya Leigh Designz.  Tanya is a New Zealand paper crafter who designs digital kits, and also sells embellishments.  She approached me late last year and asked me to be on her design team.  As a huge supporter of supporting local I was very keen to accept.

Each month Tanya designs a digital kit full of papers, embellishments like labels and tiny words, 4x6 cards and digital stamps.  I love converting her digital stamps into cut files in my Silhouette Cameo design studio.

The first layout was made with January's Summer-themed kit, and for this one I converted the umbrella digital stamp into a cut file, backed it with my favourite papers from the kit, and hand stitched around the outside.  

February's kit was Valentine themed called "I Heart", and I used it to scrap a photo of Brielle ice-skating for the first time. I loved the black and white stripped paper with pink hearts, and in order to make it work (because I can only print at A4) I made an 8.5x11 page.  For this one I altered her digital tag and turned it into a cut file.

I also made a process video for this layout:

March's kit is Easter-themed and is called "Some Bunny Loves You". Its so super cute, and I had to turn the bunny ears into a cut file.  I fussy cut the tulips from one of the papers, and did lots of splatters on my background with watercolours, Heidi Swapp Colourshine and Studio Calico's Mr Hueys.  

It's at this point that I've just realised that I've scrapped Brielle for all of these layouts!  Not exactly even when you have 4 kids!!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Violet Kit Projects (The Scrappery Creative Team)

Hello again!  Told you I'd be back :)

Today I want to share with you the projects I made with the Violet Kit from The Scrappery Kit Club.  This gorgeous kit featured the Bohemian Dreams collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio, and of course had beautiful Scrappery exclusives.

This first layout features a cut file from Paper Issues.  In this layout I documented a scan that Ava had to have at 10 weeks old.

This layout is a mixed media layout, and I used the paint in the colour kit to add colour to my texture paste.

For this layout I wanted to use as many flowers as possible with a stiched frame.  I added dimension to the frame with foam.

And this final layout features lots of fussy cut butterflies from one of the papers.  I wanted to them to be flying in a swarm over my photos.

You can see process videos for all of these layouts on my YouTube Channel.

Thanks for looking

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Resurecting my Blog!!

Hello Hello!! Yes I'm actually here sharing something!!

Now that it's a New Year, and my 4th and final baby is 1 year old I thought it was time I paid my poor neglected blog some attention.  It seems that Instagram and YouTube have taken over the social media world, and with things in my world being so busy juggling kids and my business, my blog really didn't get much attention last year.  In retrospect, I did try, but all my promises to be back were never kept.  In all honesty, last year was incredibly difficult, 4 children is a lot, and I went through some very difficult circumstances.  I'm so happy to be back now, and I feel stronger than ever for having gone through what I endured.

I recently killed my July 2017 (yes I'm that far behind) Hip Kit, and so here are the layouts that I made:

I actually thought I'd find this kit difficult to use, so I was happily surprised when I ended up loving it!

I'll be back again really, soon, promise xxx

Friday, 29 September 2017

A Frozen Christmas (Christy's Beautiful Life - 30 Days of Sketches)

Hello!! Yes I know, I've been missing again, but things have been active on my YouTube Channel and my Instagram!  I've decided that instead of trying to catch up with posting layouts ever since Ava was born, I need to face the facts that I can't (she's now 10 months old), and instead I'm going to post current layouts on here. 

Earlier this month I was honoured to be asked by Christy from Christy's Beautiful Life to be a guest during her 30 days of sketches during September.  Firstly I want to say that I think Christy is amazing to even contemplate making a process video a day for a whole month with a pre-schooler and a baby!!  She is amazing!

Christy gave me a Page Maps sketch that was Christmas themed.  It was perfect as we'd chatted about needing to catch up with our past Christmas photos.  I decided to use my November Hip Kit from last year, which I'd barely used due to Ava being born.  I created the Christmas Tree with doilies.

I love the dimension that the Christmas tree created!

Another look at the tree, it was definitley my favourite element on the page!

And here is the sketch.

And my process video.

I had so much fun with this sketch!!  Thank you so much to Christy for inviting me to join in!

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Celebrate 8 (Stuck Sketches)

Hello!  I've been saving sketches from Stuck Sketches for months now, but haven't had much time to play along.  I finally decided to commit to the 1 August sketch, because I love all of Laura's sketches, and I needed to make a dent in my April Hip Kit.  I decided to scrap photos from Azaria's 8th birthday.  I loved the sketch and stayed very true to it.  I did decide to scrap a smaller photo!

I love adding twine to my tags and stitching on my buttons!

I loved making this cluster with paper strips and puffy stickers!

And here is the awesome sketch.