I finished a double spread layout using Kaisercraft All That Glitters and decided that I would carry on and scrap a photo of my little girl riding her bike wearing her fairy costume. Kaisercraft has a new challenge up for November and it is a sketch challenge so I thought hey why not. Here is the sketch
I stayed pretty true to the sketch except I put the strip along the top along the left side. I decided to go all out with the butterflies which I think was kinda ok since it is pretty crazy to be wearing a fairy dress riding a bike. I think one of my favourite things is the home made flair that I punched out of the easter egg specialty paper. Here is my layout.
I'm not usually a big fan of really themed papers because I'm not very good at using papers/embellishments for anything other than what the theme suggests. However, I love how other people can use things that seem totally random on their pages. All the same, when Maggie Holmes put out her Confetti collection, I resisted the temptation because I just couldn't imagine using it enough. Buuuuut...oh my, as soon as I saw Bo Bunny You're Invited, I knew I had to get some for Rose's birthday photos. I figured I would do a favourite photo 12x12 plus some pocket pages, however, her birthday seemed to last forever as we celebrated it early as my parents were visiting, then we had her real birthday and then she had presents arrive on consecutive days so there are HEAPS of photos! So I hope I don't run out of paper ;-)
I decided to enter the October sketch challenge on the Bo Bunny Blog for a challenge to myself...I keep meaning to enter challenges and never do. Here is the sketch.
For my page, I didn't strictly stick with the number of tags because I wanted to use the balloons and bunting and figured they would replace some of the tags, but the general organisation of the page is the same. Here is my layout.
I now have a bunch of pocket pages to get done and I can't wait to get started!
I think purple and green are just gorgeous together, so though I have never been much of a fairy person, I love Fairy Dust, one of the new October collections from Kaisercraft. Ironically, in the past month, my little almost 3 year old has become rather keen on both purple and fairies so a whole new world of possibilities is opening up!
I had a photo of my wee girl when she was about 2 months old, sleeping in her bassinet when we were on holiday. She was wearing pink and blue in the photo so I knew it wasn’t the perfect match but who cares right!?! I wanted to use Sparkly paper coz I love it and have her look as if she was in a cradle by using a WOW butterfly chipboard frame that would give the impression of being in a cradle.
These decisions made it easier tho…yes….I still mucked about ages on this layout because even tho the paper layering came easy to me, I could not get the flowers to work. Sometimes it can be so hard to get things to look right and I am not a great flower cluster! Luckily for me, this was when I was at Scrap and Away Retreats and Joanna had her shop there so she made me look at the flowers she had and it worked a lot better than using ones from my stash! While I was mucking about trying to make decisions, I found I had brought some feathers with me and these were perfect to give a soft feel to the layout.
What is not to love about Simple Stories So Fancy range. It's just gorgeous, full of lovely colours and gold foil and florals and burlap and my favourite thing...a sweet heart made from pieces of different patterns, so beautiful.
I knew I would be getting my hands on some the papers because I would not be able to resist, and the frames really caught my eye too.
Despite loving the papers so much, when it came to scrapping my first page, I was really drawn to a piece of MAMBI paper that I had brought six months ago, that I had wondered how I would use. It has gold glitter Hello Beautiful along the bottom and normally I really struggle with these papers. However, since I had the frames, I knew I wanted to do a clean page highlighting these.
Here is my page.
I had these cute photos left over from my pocket pages of my little girl being an aeroplane so cut them up to fit the small ones in the teeny frames and trimmed the other to 4x4 and layered some paper from the So Fancy collection. I cut another small frame in half and placed half behind the 4x4 photo and half up the top right cluster.
I added some bits from the sticker sheet and inked up a WOW heart chipboard, making the heart pink and the word you teal to match the frames. It took me ages to decide where to put the heart but eventually decided that on the frames was the best as it really stood out there.
The top right looked a little off balance so I looked at the MAMBI packaging, looked at my scissors and cut out some of the circles that matched the paper and added them on!
Love this page so much, it's a little different to my usual colour intense layouts but even I know that sometimes less is more....
I recently went through a bunch of photos in an old album and had a few amusing moments looking back at myself as a teen. I had been given the Bo Bunny Juliet paper so thought I would use this to scrapbook some of these photos. At first I planned to do my first ball photo so merrily started pulling papers and fussy cutting flowers. After a while, I started having doubts about the colour as it was beginning to look rather red whereas my dress was quite maroon. So I looked at another photo from my second ball and decided it was a bit of a better match. I don't think I have ever changed the photo on a layout before but I am glad I did.
Here is my layout, it is rather flowery!
Before I started with the layering, I added some stamping using distress ink and a prima stamp (Joanna had these in stock, beautiful windows) but decided that one image was a bit dark so it ended up covered with stamps hehe. Then I pulled out my Bo Bunny foil rubons - oh my goodness these are beautiful! I found they were a little sensitive, as in as soon as they went on the paper, they stuck, and they also rubbed off as well as rubbing on, but I found that I really liked this look. It meant I could add some of a rubon in one place and then more of the same one in another place. It was fun! I went a little overboard which is when I discovered they could be rubbed off as well...I removed a butterfly that just looked wrong and then also distressed some of the other rubons by taking some off. I really enjoyed playing with these and the end result looks a lot like embossing powder.
I had started with Amore as my background and framed this with the yellow side of Tribute. I wanted to use a decent size piece of Soulmate so placed this to the bottom right and layered some more paper and my photo on top. I then went CRAAAZY with fussy cutting the flowers out of Milan....I think I used the whole sheet...and layered these all over. A few stickers from the stickers sheet and I was done, perhaps not before time hehe!
I REALLY wanted to use the striped X-Treme paper from So Rad in a 12*12 and normally I would um and ah and get cross because I wouldn't be able to make it work. I also REALLY wanted to scrap this photo of my wee fellow playing in the leaves. However, I also knew it would be too much with the yellow in the leaves and the yellow in the paper so resigned myself to using it as a mat! I guess the bonus is that I still have some of the paper left now!
I matted the stripes on to the reverse of the same paper with the gorgeous triangles and all of this was matted on a full sheet of the wood grain Newsprint and then backed this on the cute polka dots.
Because it was a leafy photo, I wanted to really distress this page so went to town with my Tim Holtz distresser....and then some...maybe had a few accidents along the way where the distressing went a little far but oh well!
It's a pretty simple page but sometimes those are the best, especially when wanting to really focus on the photo. I just love how happy my wee guy was, he was having a real blast.
I've been on a bit of a 12x12 layout binge lately after deciding I still really enjoy it and made the decision to be more decisive with what I do...as it used to take me a million years to even stick paper down let alone embellish! However, I still want to challenge myself so when I was given the Teresa Collins Project Pink, I thought that I would try for a clean and fresh look instead of my usual colour crazy look!
Here is the result of this challenge - and this came together so quickly too! The only thing I wasn't so keen on was trying to keep things so straight, I remember now why I like the distressed look so much hah!
I decided I wanted to highlight the black elements in the collection so started with blackstock and layered a large piece of the reverse of Diamonds as my base. I then cut some gold strips from Cabana foil paper and used a border punch to add a little bit of fancy edging at the top and bottom. I added some more strips along the base and layered my photo on the most beautiful Gold Dipped paper. Oh what a sacrifice, this is my favourite out of the collection, both sides are gorgeous! I used the reverse side with the lovely pink ombre watercolour effect as my first layer, black card under this and then the gold foil side. I love the way the gold foil piece cuts down on an angle.
I fussy cut the very cool heart from the Cards paper, and used foam tape to add some dimension and placed some stickers from the sticker sheet up the top. I added some cute gold heart stickers from my stash as well as some black and gold mini word stickers which were just perfect and that was it.....minimal embellishment for me!
I really enjoyed doing this page and I am looking forward to creating a pocket page with this paper too.
This is my second layout using Bo Bunny Juliet and this page is a lot lighter and 'sweeter' than my first one.
This time I decided to challenge myself by using my mixed media talents (which are negligible..). Silly me, I didn't gesso my white cardstock page before I started so lesson one learnt! I wanted to try using my Tim Holtz inks as watercolours using the 'packaging technique' which is basically putting medium on packaging from scrapbooking supplies, adding some water and then splodging on the paper. FUN! I actually mixed together two colours to get the pink I wanted so I rather impressed myself. I then did the same technique but with Heidi Swapp spray in the green. I then broke out my lovely Prima floral petit stencil and mixed some Tim Holtz ink with modelling paste. I must say, I was rather impressed with my attempt and will be trying that again soon!
Next I trimmed my cardstock and mounted on Nostalgia as a frame. This paper was the colour I had wanted to match with my inks. I wanted to use a strip of Prose that had a lovely rose up the top so layered my photo down low on this then layered this onto the wood grain from Juliet. I wanted to keep this page light so left the paper at that and moved onto some embellishments. I wanted to emphasise the bouquet I was carrying so added some Want to Scrap white pearls down the page and some of the lovely white Petaloo velvet pansies. I added a few more pearls and a few mini word stickers along with some wood veneers. I think it turned out pretty summery which is what I was hoping for as this was my sisters wedding which was in January.
My mum is a very clever lady and is so very crafty and it is because of her that I have a crafty tendency tho I am proud to say I was the one who got her into scrapbooking! When my wee boy was little, she made him a romper suit and smocked the top, it is really gorgeous...I don't think I would have the patience to do this! I decided a photo of my boy in the suit worked perfectly with the new Little One papers from Kaisercraft.
I love the Kaisercraft diecut pages that come with each collection but sometimes I struggle to figure out what to do with them so they end up in my stash instead of being used. This time I decided to be bold and go with something different.
I cut the Friendship die cut in half, fussy cut out one side, placed it on top of the other half and used the plain area to journal on. This is a bit of a departure from my normal style as I would usually use paper as a mat!
I also had in my mind that I would use my gelatos and originally planned on using on white cardstock but wondered what they would be like on the black since there is a black outline on the die cut. I'm no expert in the use of gelatos so I only streaked it on the page and then spritzed with water and rubbed in. I quite like how it turned out, especially on the black. I matted my photo on the Fly Free BF paper and then added a bunch of the lovely die cuts from the collectable pack.
I especially loved the flowers as this photo was taken in Bowen, North Queensland, and there is lots of lush vegetation and flowers there!
I'm Natalia, co-owner of Bali Suga Crafts, mother of two kids and wife of another! I started scrapbooking when I lived in Australia in the back of beyond and made the mistake of going into the local post office....aka the shop I spent the most money in (not that there was a lot to choose from). There I discovered scrapbooking supplies as well as a weekly class on a Tuesday night and haven't looked back since then!