Friday, August 29, 2008

When I was 3

I made it through to the top seven finalists in the scrapbooking contest at Treasured! This was the layout I did for the challenge. The challenge called for a number in the title, at least one paperclip, notebook paper, at least one staple, a photo or more, and handwritten journalling of at least 50 words.

I did this layout with my daughter in mind, so she would have an idea of what I did as a child growing up. Hence the title "When I was 3" and the subtitle "Did I ever tell you?"

The journalling is on notepaper tucked into a pocket on the layout.. The card slides out so you can read the journalling.

The title is made up of different fonts and the number 3 sits on a mini collage made up of flowers, chipboard and the subtitle.

To give an aged look, I distressed and inked all the pp. Fastenator staples were used on the corner of one of the pp for a shabby look. Because I was working with a child's photo, I didn't want too vintagy a look so went with the brighter but still shabby chic colours of pink, lime and brown of Basic Grey's new Eva collection.

List of Supplies:

Patterned Paper: Basic Grey Eva's Noble, Courtier, Decadent, Affluent and French Lace. Collage Press Margot's Malta Spring, Cherry Blossom and Journalling Cards
Flowers: Prima
Staples: EK Success Fastenator
Binder Clip: Lil Davis
Crystals: Prima
Alphas: American Craft Thickers
Chipboard: American Crafts Thickers Darling Accents
Lace: Prima
Others: 7G 97% complete stickers and Ranger Stickles.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

1 Hour Sketch Challenge

I did this this morning for the one hour sketch challenge over at Creative Scrappers. We had one hour from the time the sketch was uploaded to complete and post our layouts.

I'm not a fast scrapper so I am quite happy with this one hour layout. Why I ever decided to do cut outs and doodle on a one hour challenge I'll never know. Halfway through doodling I was asking myself if it was too late to change my mind as time was ticking away. :D But, I managed to complete it in time. Phew! Voting's on for the best layout now and closes Aug 27th. Go take a look at what some scrappers can achieve in one hour. :)

Monday, August 25, 2008

Label Tulip Winner

My True Friends layout won the July Challenge over at Label Tulip. :) Happiness!

Cousins ~The Paper Element~

Here's one I did using a sketch from Creative Scrappers and the Tart Collection from The Paper Element. The colours on this line are really bright and strong and went really well with our summer photos.

Supplies used:
pp: The Paper Element's Tart collection - Pucker Up, Grapefruit and Sweet-and-Sour patterned papers
cs: Bazill
rub-on: The Paper Element
flowers: Heidi Swapp, Prima
ribbon: May Arts
trim: unknown

Friday, August 22, 2008

Pure Joy

This was the entry I submitted for Challenge #2 of the scrapbooking contest. We had to use 3 and only 3 patterned pieces from 3 different manufacturers, at least one transparent element, feature a bird, butterfly or owl on the layout, and the journalling had to include the words "I want you to know..."

I used patterned paper from Collage Press, Bo Bunny and daisy d's. The butterflies were hand cut from the daisy d's pp and hambly overlays.

Supplies used:
Patterned Paper: Collage Press Margot Collection 'Malta Spring'; Bo Bunny 'My darling dots'; and daisy d's Sweet Baby Jane 'Just for Fun'.
Cardstock: Bazzil
Overlays: Hambly Vintage Plaid, Urban Chic Frames and ATC Patchwork
Flowers: Petaloo, daisy d's and Prima
Brads: Doodlebug and Making Memories
Bling: Prima 'Say It in Crystals' and Heidi Swapp 'Borders'
Alphas: American Craft Thickers Sprinkles
Journalling Sheer: Maya Road

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

If I Ruled The World

Woo-hoo! I made it through to the Final 12 contestants on the scrapbooking contest I mentioned in an earlier post.

For this challenge, our layout had to have at least one ric-rac, photo turn, chipboard, journalling and the journalling/title had to include the words "If I ruled the world."

This is my take. I decided to go a little silly with it. The photo was taken at Madam Tussaud's Wax Museum in London and those are the wax figurines of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. To complement the photo, I went for a regal look on my layout with a black, white and red theme, accented with lace, pearls, glitter and bling. The journalling however is irreverent because I thought the photo was so touristy. :D

The journalling tag forms an integral part of the layout and is held in place by the photo turn.

I was a little nervous about making it through to this round because the entries were really incredible. Am so glad I did!

List of Supplies:
Patterned Paper: Making Memories 5th Avenue Elizabeth Berry, Making Memories 5th Avenue Sophia Floral, Glitz Glam Crowns, 7G Foof-a-la Jacobean Black
Cardstock: Bazill
Journalling Tag: 7G 97% complete real tags
Chipboards: Maya Road Chipboard Scroll Corner, Making Memories Jigsaw Chipboard
Flowers: Prima, Heidi Swapp, Petaloo
Crystal flourish: Prima
Ric-rac: May Arts
Photo Turn: 7G photo turn
Alphas: American Craft Thickers, Carolee AdornitOthers: Making Memories brad, We R Memory Keepers extra large eyelet, lace and string of pearls (unknown)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


I did this for an ongoing contest at Treasured Scrapbooking. There were 54 entries for the eligibility round, of which 25 finalists were chosen. We were then given our first challenge as finalists. We were to create a layout with scallops, felt, and the journalling had to include "Today, I..."

I used Heather Bailey's pp on this; one of my current favourites. For the scallops I used bazill scalloped paper as well as my Martha Stewart lace punch around the borders of the pp and found scalloped lace in my stash to match. The felt borders are also from Heather Bailey.

Happy to say that I made it through to the second round with this layout. :)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Big Ben

I did this for Papierhouse as part of their DT starting this month. Papierhouse runs a monthly sketch contest so go give it a shot for a chance at a rak.

I played with lots of glimmer mist on this layout and it was fun experimenting to see how the colours complemented each other. I also pulled out some of my Inque Boutique stamps which I bought some time ago. The patterned papers are from Fancy Pants Designs' Sweet Spring Collection. I love how the paper's versatile enough to go from grungy to sweet depending on how you work with it.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Say Hello to My Little Friend!

I got these cheery papers from Fancy Pants Designs and knew rightaway which photo I wanted to scrap them with. Then as I was browsing the net, I came upon the Scrap Mojo blog and found the perfect title for my layout: Say Hello to My Little Friend!

I cut out the flowers and butterfly from the patterned paper, added stickles and popped them up for dimension. Then to add more interest and texture to the layout and yet not clutter it up, I clear stamped and heat embossed the gorgeous flourishes from Fancy Pants' clear stamps. Next I wanted a bright and cheery alpha for my title and again, the Fancy Pants clear alpha stamps worked beautifully.

Another requirement of the challenge at Scrap Mojo was that we needed to use a book page on our layout. For this, I took a page from a children's storybook which I inked yellow and then stamped a little chick from a Pink Paislee clear stamp. Finally I cut the little chick out and stuck it next to my title and there was "the little friend." :)

Can anyone guess the book from which the page is from? It's a very popular children's book. ;)

List of Supplies:
Pattern Paper: Fancy Pants Sweet Spring collection - Lily, Shelby and Kaydee
Cardstock: Bazzil Java
Clear Stamps: Fancy Pants Pollen Dust and Chic Alpha; Pink Paislee Spring Fling
Chipboard: Fancy Pants Every Element chipboard
Inks: Ranger Distress Inks in Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo and Fired Brick; and Tsukineko Dew Drops
Glitter: Ranger stickles in Icicle and Diamond
Others: Versamark stamp pad and Rangers clear embossing powder

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Summer Fun! ~ The Paper Element ~

Here's one I did for The Paper Element using Oasis pp from their Hot! Hot! Hot! collection. I love how the patterned paper goes so well with the photo. See that coconut tree in the background of the photo? ;)

I cut around the coconut trees while framing the photo and added in a couple more trees. Those detailed little fronds took some time to cut out. I then added rangers stickles to give the effect of sunlight bouncing off the trees.

The waves were created from Coredinations cs, which I tore and layered in three levels for dimension. A chipboard swirl was painted and glittered to add even more dimension to the waves.

Finally to hold the layout together I doodled around the frame and brightened up the page with a bright orange alpha title.

pp: The Paper Element Hot! Hot! Hot! Oasis
cs: Coredinations & Bazzil
chipboard: Bo Bunny naked chipboard
alpha: American Crafts Thickers
glitter: Rangers stickles

Monday, August 11, 2008

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

True Friends

This layout was for a challenge at Made With Love, where we had to use fabric, sewing and incorporate handwritten journalling. I had lots of fun with this layout, pulling out my felt borders, lace trims and even crocheting a flower. :) I punched scallop borders into my patterned papers then found scalloped trims which matched the scalloped borders. Did lots of layering of paper, trims and even of the flower cluster, which incorporates cut-outs from the pp and Prima flowers and my DIY crocheted flower. Even the brads are made from fabric and velvet.

I hand-stitched a flourish on the right of the layout. I never stitch on my layouts because it's just too much trouble. But having done this one, I might be tempted to do it again because I quite like the texture and effect.

The title of the layout "True Friends" is from a Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus song. The chorus from the song is journalled and I find that the lyrics does strike a chord with young girls and their view of friendship.

The layout is inspired by a sketch at Creative Scrappers.

Just to add, this layout was a winner in the challenge. :) I hadn't planned on entering the challenge but did so to support Lia, who was the host of the challenge. So it was a real bonus when the layout won. :)

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Blue Mountains ~ The Paper Element ~

Here's another layout I did using The Paper Element's Toria line. The soothing pinks, yellows and greys are such a pleasure to work with.

I went for clean lines on this layout and minimised the embellishments used, although I had to include a couple of flowers accented with Autumn Leaves clear buttons, a journalling stamp and Toria's diecut sticker. I love how the coordinated Toria overlay worked well as corner frames for the photo.

The photo was taken in the Blue Mountains in Sydney and the rock formation in the background is of The Three Sisters, a sandstone formation formed by erosion. Over time, The Three Sisters will be completely eroded away.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Love That Smile! ~ Daisy D's Contest Winner! ~

I woke up this morning to find out I'd won the daisy d's contest at Create My Keepsake with this layout. :)

I used daisy d's Sweet Baby Jane collection on this page. Love the sweet colours and butterfly motifs. The patterned papers used are Sleepytime, Mariposa and Just for you. I distressed and inked the edges to give the layout more texture. I also cut out flowers and butterflies from the pp, stickled and popped them up to add dimension to the layout. I also used daisy d's fabric flowers as embellishment, which I stickled and layered with Prima and Petaloo flowers. tfl!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

The Paper Element Giveaway!

The Paper Element's giving away scrappy goodies from their new CHA collection.... I hear it's going to happen anytime soon. So head on over and see if you can be one of the first to get the new collection. :)