Sunday, January 29, 2012

Close Your Eyes and I'll Kiss You

So I just found an unshared layout that I made a few months ago. Time to let it loose on the world I think :-)

Just a mish-mash of scraps and left overs from my last Kreatorville Kit. Don't you just love the mixture of bright cheerful colours against the kraft and gold? It was perfect for this beach shot of us on our winter holidays.

I've done up a little tutorial for the double emobossing technique I used for the gold roses (above) which I may or may not share ...... still deciding! But you know I do love a bit of texture on my layouts so this was a pretty neat trick.

And I reverted back to my trusty vintage typewriter for the journaling which I haven't done in a while. I guess I've been getting lazy and just scribbling all over my layouts with my own handwriting lately. Not that I think that's a bad thing... it's like another piece of me that will be captured for future generations. But I do love the typed text too.

And there's that Cosmo Cricket splash that I've used a few times since. Hey... when something works then there's no reason why you can't keep repeating it on more pages! See my other pages here and here.... I don't think they look overly similar despite their shared elements. Do you have a go-to technique lately?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

It's a wonderful world..

Moodles has well and truly entered that "why" stage. Although with her it's actually a "what's that" stage. She stares with wonderment and she points and reaches and asks in her squeaky high-pitched voice "whatsdat?" about a hundred times a day!

And as far as new and exciting places to explore is concerned, there's no better place than my parent's farm. It's full of discoveries... even simple things like this walnut tree that she's entranced by in the photos.

When I edited these photos I wanted to capture that feeling of excitement and fantasy so I added all the sparkles. Which then gave me the idea for the title ('cos I was feeling rather stuck by the time I got around to needing one at the end). That's something I tend to struggle with a lot - trying to think of inventive titles. Does anyone else get like that?

On my layout I tried to extend that same sparkly effect by sprinkling some glittery punched vellum shapes across it. I really like the end result - lots of embellishment and texture without heaps of bulk.

And I ended up adding the entire packet of Jillibean Soup label stickers because I liked the effect (and to be honest, I couldn't think of what else I might use them for since I'm most definitely NOT doing Project Life!! *LOL*)

I'm in the process of moving house again this coming week, so forgive me if it gets a little quiet around here won't you?

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Soar Like Eagles

I'm sorry - but the way I'm going lately, you're going to be seeing a lot of my kids art on my scrapbook pages. I like that it's preserving another aspect of our everyday lives, and I kinda see each page now as a collaborative effort.

I'm only using pictures they drew independently. I'm not going to direct them to draw something so I can include it on a layout, that's not the point. So when I found this drawing that Munchy had stencilled the words "They will soar on wings like eagles" on I knew it would be perfect to include on a page.

I'm still getting lots of inspiration from the Pretty Little Studio sketches, and this week's was no exception.

I turned Munchy's journaling into part of my title and I augmented it slightly by adding the colours with waterpaints.

I wanted to highlight the contrast between what the future holds for these kids (one day they will soar on wings like eagles) whilst savouring the childish things they do now. And this succession of silly photos did the trick nicely!

Supplies: Using up some Sassafras papers, and those cute felt clouds are from my friend Aga's ScrAp this! shop.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Maybe you had to be there

I can't believe I caught this moment on camera. It doesn't look like much does it (and trust me, it wasn't)?! But this moment has recently entered our family folk-lore.

That's my brother on the left, talking to The Man on the right. We were at my cousin's wedding and the weather was just perfect for stepping outside onto the balcony for some refreshments and chit-chat whilst watching the sunset.

Now look, I don't know how the conversation came about or even how it evolved. I believe they were discussing novel solutions to the rabbit population that is plaguing our family farm. All I know is that by the end of it The Man was deeply curious to know what it would take to raise and breed goats. Goats? Huh!! That was the solution they came up with!! I believe that's a concept similar to 'lets swallow a spider to catch the fly'.......

And I wouldn't have thought too much of it if it was just a once-off conversation. But this was something that they discussed on numerous occasions over the next month. It even reached the point where The Man received a book on "Getting the Best from your Goat" for Christmas. Now this is getting ridiculous!

Possibly one day long in the future (when we may or may not be overrun with goats) I'll look back at these photos as capturing a moment in time that changed our lives forever. But my goodness..... I hope not!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

One Little Word

Have you played along at Once Upon a Sketch before? Because this is a new year, filled with new and exciting challenges, and more and more fabulous prizes.

And we couldn't have picked a more fitting challenge for January. The journaling criteria is to write about something you're looking forward to in 2012. Goals or resolutions? Achievements? New beginnings? Fresh adventures? Alternatively you're free to write about why you're glad 2011 is over.

 And don't forget to combine it with this lovely sketch designed by my friend Nadia Cannizzo.

I took this opportunity to scrap a page about my One Little Word for 2012. My word "Embrace" is all about making the most of the opportunities that are coming my way this year. I took my journaling almost word for word from this blog post. That made it real easy :-)

And because my journaling ran long I ended up finishing it off on my photo.. which I quite like the look of actually! Happy mistakes!

And I dug into my stash of Imaginarium Designs chipboard for all these fabulous embellishments and titles. Lots of paint and glitter (some of my favourite things) to finish it off. I'm loving these dark and vibrant colours which is a bit of a change for me... but I'm rolling with it....

Supplies used:

Now what about those prizes I was talking about? For a start, you could win your own ginormous stash of chipboard from these wonderful people....


And then there's two whole paper collections from Feature Art..

Whilst the winner will recieve 60 days access to the classes at Miss Art's Papercrafting School. How exciting is that?! I see one of my fellow Aussies has a class coming up soon.. so you don't want to miss out of your chance at that!

Check out all the details about how to play along at Once Upon a Sketch.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

It's 5 o'clock in the morning

It's not really, but man I can't get that song out of my head now! Catchy isn't it?

I've been playing with the Pretty Little Studio sketch again this week. It was so inspiring (even if I did end up taking in a slightly different direction). Check it out....

So instead of the long banners, I substituted it for four envelopes instead, including one just for journaling. And blocked them into a grid instead of along the page 'cos they just wouldn't fit that way!

And digging into my stash of older Studio Calico kits I managed to include more than 5 pieces of patterned paper (which just so happens to be one of the de-stashing challenges at Biggest Loser competition that's currently running!) so I'm feeling lighter already :-)

My kids would live at the park 24hours a day if I let them I reckon. I mean, look at the pure joy on Moodles face in this picture! And given we only live a short walk away from two of them we don't have much of an excuse not to walk there often.

They might be in for a bit of a playground withdrawal when we move next month. Not sure where the closest one is yet, or how often we'll get there since Munchy will be beginning school.

I haven't forgotten about my 500th celebration don't worry. It's coming!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Year in Review album... part two

Guess what?
Yesterday's post marked the momentous occasion of 500 published posts on my blog! Whooooot! Celebrations will follow, I assure you.

But meanwhile I'll just keep the ball rolling with the rest of my Year in Review Album that I began sharing.

What I wanted to show you here was that all those Sassafras month labels are actually only stuck down on one side. There's plenty more journaling space on the back of them. Not because I wanted to keep it hidden.... I was just searching for more space!

And see all those handwritten titles? I cheated there I did! My handwriting isn't that lovely, so I used my Heidi Swapp stamps as a guide before painting and doodling over the top of them. It gives the appearance of my own writing because it's more freestyle than a perfectly stamped image. I love it.

This October spread was one of my favourites. I love this photo for a start, and the colours are just so bright and fun... perfect to capture this Spring moment.

Another thing this album brought to mind was how I didn't personally make it into any of these photos. I was much more conscious of that in 2011 and made sure to stand in front of the lens from time to time.

Because it's a bit of a shame really, and an easy trap to fall into. We're often too busy clicking the camera, than to smile and say cheese ourselves. And to have a Year in Review Album without a single appearance is a bit sad isn't it. Must make more effort!

And so now the question I'm asking myself is: should I hurry up and make a 2011 album while I'm on a roll? Or maybe I should make a 2012 album that just becomes a work in progress. (I do have my first Smash album on it's way to me as I speak!)

I've got some ideas about probably doing a bit of both of those. I am feeling very mini-excited right now!! So probably Watch This Space :-)


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