Thursday, March 23, 2017

A trio of Aussie challenges.

1. Scrapbook Boutique

Here's this month's mood board:




I decided to dig into my stash of packaging strips for this one . . . and attempt another process video!


Here are the photos:


 





2. Next up, Scrapbooking Top 50

Here's the lovely colour challenge:

And my take on it . . .



I hadn't realised it initially, but this one worked perfectly with my Counterfeit Kit for this month!






3. Last but not least, the sketch this month from Shop and Crop:


This one's a combination of the last two in the sense that it combines both packaging strips from my stash and elements from my Counterfeit Kit.



 The mixed media background was so much fun I don't know why I don't do it all the time!





Thanks for stopping by, I hope you're finding time to challenge yourself too!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

More Counterfeit Kit pages - with a bit of help from a couple of friends.

So you might or might not know that I fractured a bone in my foot at the start of the year.  After 11 weeks of hobbling around in a CAM boot, I'm very much looking forward to having another X-ray in a few days and (God willing!) being able to Get. Out. Of. That. Boot.
Unfortunately it's not guaranteed, and it could be that I spend many more weeks in the boot and ultimately even get it pinned, but I see no reason not to hope for the best at this stage. 
Knowing that my life might get back to normal soon (in terms of housework, exercise, paid work, etc etc) I'm aware that my time in the craft room might soon cut back.  So I'm trying to get as many pages done for my spending freeze goal as possible.

Here's what I've done in the last few days . . .

 First up, another page using the same "first day of school" photo, this time for Maddy's album.


Then I decided I needed a bit of inspiration, when I was struck by this lovely sketch at The Memory Nest.

Here's the page I created:

 Heard of "Christmas in July?" Although come to think of it, those of you in the Northern Hemisphere might not be aware of it's existence as a "thing" - it was created so we southerners could truly appreciate all the cold-weather Christmas trimmings like baked dinners and eggnog without doing it in the middle of a sweltering summer. 
Anyway, our kids and their friends wanted to twist it a bit - they had enjoyed an Easter joke-making session so much they wanted to repeat it - hence Easter in September!


The most common way I scrapbook multiple photos these days is to make a traditional page hero-ing one or two photos, and place the rest in a pocketed page protector.



In this case I ended up using both sides of the page-protector and making two "traditional" pages.


I was scrapping with my good buddy Glitter Girl while making this  second "traditional" page (by which of course I mean that I had Youtube running in the background), and she was scrapping with a stamp.  So of course I spent much too long looking for a dress-form stamp I thought I owned, before coming to the conclusion that I had borrowed it from a friend.  So I used a different stamp and cut a dress-form on my Silhouette.  Anyway I'm very grateful to my Superhero friend for her timely inspiration!


But wait, there's more!


Because of course I was working on a Circus layout, and knew I had some circus stamps as well.  I was too far along in the process to include a clown stamp, but I used the big ball stamp in both my background and my cluster.  Happy days!


Phew! Thanks for visiting.  I'm heading back to the craft desk, and I hope you get to this weekend as well!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

March Counterfeit Kit - first 4 pages . . . and a process video!!

Well I was a bit nervous about how large I made my kit this month . . . the larger a kit, the harder it is to "kill", right?  Lately I've been considering parts of my kit as the "challenge" items.  Last month it was those lilac papers and die-cuts.  This month, I'm aiming to use, as a minimum, all the "main kit" papers - those directly inspired by the Hip Kit Club papers, and a large floral Kaisercraft sticker that doesn't appear in the video or any of the kit photos, but does appear on the page below! Hooray!







The first two pages were used with items pretty much exclusively from the kit, as was the third one, although I used the opposite side of the background page to the one I originally picked it for . . .


. . . and here's the process video showing how I made it!
 





This final page I'm sharing today started out as a kit page . . .


. . . but I swapped so many things that in the end, the only things from the kit were the tiny word stickers and the gold stars and dots!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

March Counterfeit Kit

This month, the Counterfeit Kit Challenge is being inspired by the Hip Kit club for February  . . .


Once again, I've made a video on how I've made my choices! It's less than ten minutes long so I hope you'll grab a coffee and take the time to watch it!


And some detail photos . . .

 The main papers (including some counterfeits)


Lettering . . . 

And lots of fun embellishments!


The "add on" papers . . .






And some mistable butterflies, extra word stickers and trim . . .


Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

February Counterfeit Kit wrap-up and 100PSF update.

While I wouldn't consider my February Counterfeit Kit, "Lilac Fields" entirely killed, I'm certainly happy with the use it received, and the left-overs are all back in the stash.  As well as the 6 pages I've already posted here, I made a double-page school photos spread plus 8 cards . . .



I decided I wanted to make one final page utilising the purple before de-kitting, so I dug back though my photos . . .

It turns out that when my friend got married back in 2009, she'd thoughtfully used some of my kit colours in her wedding!





This page is accompanied by a pocket page, containing 5 photos from the day and a journaling card, made using matching supplies.

100 page spending freeze update

For the purpose of my spending freeze, I decided that 2 cards is equal to one page.  I have now made 27 pages towards my goal of 100.  Quite a respectable number, but at this rate, it looks like being 8 months before I'll be spending any money.  I know that my supplies will hold out that long, I just hope my self-control does!

Thanks for stopping by, I'm off to work on my Counterfeit Kit for this month, and another round of scrapping!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

LiIac fields . . . with no lilac in sight!

Well I knew that my purple-heavy Counterfeit Kit was going to be a challenge this month, but with four pages under my belt, and the plan to make a few cards, I knew I would be able to play around with the elements in this kit that . . . how shall I put it . . . weren't quite so purple!  And what better way than with this month's Scrapbook Boutique mood board . . .


and here's my page, featuring the cheerful combination of blue and yellow . . .





The map paper I had included in the kit was screaming to be made into a page about my eldest son, and his travel plans, post-HSC . . .


I was able to keep the relevant part of the map clear, and used a trio of rhinestones to show where we live, and the two countries he had visited so far.  Thailand, where he is currently considering going for a gap year programme, is also visible. 


In other kit-related news, I've improved my method of storing my home-made kits. For quite a while now I've been looking longingly at the Iris boxes that some of the American girls own, but with the exchange rate and postage to Australia, the cost would have been astronomical.  In the end I had another "are you a papercrafter or what" moment.  Check out my video to see what I've done . . .

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Love is in the air

 
Challenge No. 1 at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge is to scrapbook about something you love.

That's pretty much what we do everyday, isn't it?  I chose to make two pages about my daughter and her friends.  I love how she has maintained friendships with her besties from the two different primary schools she attended, even though she doesn't go to high school with them.  And something that they have in common is their love of all things doggy!

 



To make the messy mat on this page, I took two identical sheets of 6" paper and cut a large square out of the corner out each of them. I then layered all pieces under the two photos.  Too easy!


I hope you find time to scrapbook about something you love this weekend!