Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Top 10 Layout Post

I love it when other people do these posts so I'm jumping on the bandwagon too!
I've put together what I think is (probably) my Top 10 favourite layouts for the past year. I think it's really helpful to be able to see all your favourites in one spot 'cos it gives me a bit of insight into what my own 'style' is and what I enjoy doing. There are some obvious signature moves here isn't there? See if you can spot them as you browse through as I'm not going to give you a big spiel about them all ;-)

Scrappy new year resolutions?
For me it's about continuing to include journaling, but perhaps more honest journaling (even if it's a bit brutal and not pretty at times). It's about learning to use my tools better, such as learning to use my new dSLR!! But most of all it's about continuing to make sure this hobby of mine is fun. Not work. Fun.

Happy New Year my wonderful scrappy friends.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Studio Calico Copper Mountain Reveal

I have to admit I'm still more than a little nervous as I type this out which is a little weird for me. Weird because I've been scrapping with Studio Calico kits for years and never felt scared before. Nervous because now I'm scrapping for Studio Calico and I really hope that you find my layouts inspiring enough and that I can do these kits justice. Anyway... let's get on with the show!!

The main scrapbooking kit for January 2014 is called "Copper Mountain" and takes its inspiration from a ski resort. Think bold primary colours and lots of woodgrain! Great for scrapping masculine pages and winter photos of course.... but that's not what I did ;-)

For my first "Main Kit only" layout I knew I had to use that exclusive wood veneer matrix - it adds a unique and textural layer to my stack of papers and gives you lots of opportunities to fill it with little embellishments, or stamped images like me.

This layout tells the story of my daughter's first haircut (yes, when she was 3...... rack that one up to lazy parents hey?!) and because I like to include memorabilia on my pages I've kept some of her trimmed locks, encased them in some of the product packaging and sewn them directly onto my page.

The feature of my second "Main Kit only" page is the paper from Basic Grey.. I cut out some of the triangles randomly and used foam adhesive to lift it from the background. Creates a little bit of interest, and draws together the other colours from the page.

But really it was the story in my head that actually inspired this page. I've had many a James Bond joke thrown at me over the years. Believe it or not my Dad's name actually IS James Bond, and obviously Bond was also my maiden name. Growing up I had to hear those classic lines quoted at me time after time. But the other weird connection is when a college friend decided that the celebrity I most closely resemble is Dame Judy Dench (??!!) and he called me "M" forever after. Just a funny little story I wanted to preserve and this recent martini shot offered me the perfect opportunity.

After I was done with my Main Kit layouts I knew I needed to dive into each one of the Add On Kits in turn. Each is fabulous and I still have trouble deciding which one is my favourite. Certainly I can tell you what my favourite bits are from each though. For Add On 1: Fremont Glades I am loving those gold alphas and the chevron paper (both from We R Memory Keepers). And lets not forget those fabulous kraft lightbulbs from Maya Road!

Who would have thought a few years ago how dramatically Pinterest would change our lives? This page tells the story of the day I was looking for ideas of how to treat two good little girls on a rainy day. 5 minutes on Pinterest, 10 minutes in the kitchen and.... hello Rainbow Pancakes! Awesome right?

Add On 2: High Point has a school theme which is just perfect for right now. I've got plenty of stories of end-of-year achievements and commencing new-year activities. The exclusive grey diecut shapes (oh that globe!!) and the veneer circles stole my heart.

Again, wanting to incorporate the important memorabilia I've actually included the entirety of my daughters 4 page school report on this page. Can't see it? That's because it's hidden inside a mini-book behind the photo. You can view it all in my Studio Calico gallery.. or perhaps I'll do another blog post devoted to this later on in the month?

My final layout was created with Add On 3: Slingshot filled with golds and greys and those adorable cork stickers. But my favourite bit was the white canvas Prima alphabet because honestly the possibilities are endless with these. Paint them or ink them to whatever colour you need. Here I coloured just the bottom half blue which I think gives them a fun and whimsical feel.

The story here is one of my youngest going off to Kindergarten this year. That's going to leave the house awfully quiet during the day - I wonder how my husband is going to fill his hours now? Hopefully productively in the garden I imagine. And I just know my daughter is going to thrive with the extra activities and stimulus. I predict she's going to take after her sister in her thirst for knowledge.

Anyway. That's all for now. Thanks for sharing this long journey with me. I'm going to have plenty more layouts throughout the month to share because I just can't get enough of these kits, and I sure do have plenty of fabulous pieces still to use!

What I used: 

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Story of the Other Reindeer

Hope everyone is having a fabulous Christmas, enjoying time with friends and family. I certainly am (I'm scheduling this post in advance)! But I feel I need to post all my Christmas layouts and projects before the event is over and done with for another year. 

So let me share the page I made as my latest effort as a Special Deputy over at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration. It's drawn from this fabulous Case File #103

Traditional Christmas colours but with the extra splash of grey and brown. Awesome right? I let all that kraft colour take the form of woodgrain which I think gave it a lovely rustic look.

For my evidence I also used stars, circles, metal and rubons. Love how these challenges always make me use long-forgotten supplies and mix and match different collections. And of course I couldn't resist adding a reindeer in there as well - this one is a chipboard shape from SODAlicious and it got a liberal covering of glitter which only seemed fair.

For my evidence I chose to use one of the journaling prompts from here. I used #11 which was "write about the other reindeer apart from Rudolph". It made me remember last year's church Christmas play where Munchy had the role of one of the reindeer. I can't quite recall the context or whether she had any lines but I do know that she takes to the stage with only eagerness and anticipation rather than any fear or anxiety.

Pretty sure she gets that from her father!


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Story of the Love Note

Ready for Christmas?
I'm nearly there!

My present wrapping is almost complete, but it helps my sanity to know that even if my wrapping gets rushed I'll have some pretty fancy tags to put on them to jazz them up a bit. Earlier in the week I whipped up this little baby with the help of some awesome Polly! Scrap Kits stamps called "Backwoods, an Aussie Christmas"

The sentiment was totally cute, and that little bow looks great embossed in gold right?

But it was the stars that kept me coming back to stamp them again and again! You know I'm a sucker for stars!

Wishing everyone a very Merry and safe Christmas and may you blessed with a wonderful and prosperous year ahead.

PS. I'll still be back tomorrow!!



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