Monday, May 30, 2016

Love you so | Masters Challenge 5 - American Crafts

Hello Friends!
Today's layout share is another Scrapbooking Memories magazine Masters Challenge layout..

This challenge was sponsored by American Crafts, and they sent us the Dear Lizzy Documentary Collection to create with.. Pretty much the Entire collection!! I had no idea where to start as there was endless ideas! AC products are my go to 'brand' for creating with 

Here's what I came up with

At the time of creating this I was really inspired by so many circle based layouts. I liked the idea of a scattered diagonal layout made up of clusters of different sized circles, mixed with a few smaller shapes. 

I raised some with foam tape, sewed some down for dimension, and layered in smaller pieces in different shapes

Theres always a doily poking out of somewhere.. I can't help it! I also sewed a rough border around the area of the photo stack, just because :)

I love the colours that are within this collection. Pastels and brights all mixed in together make my heart sing 

This title actually took longer to make then the rest of the page! I couldn't decide what to use, where to put it, what to say or even if it needed it at all. I came up with this, and am really happy with the end result. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today, be sure to keep your eyes peeled over the next few days for some exciting scrappy news!!

For now, Happy Scrapping
Michelle x

Collection - Dear Lizzy Documentary
Products used - 12x12 Paper pad, Die cut ephemera pack, Sticker sheet, Puffy Stickers, wood buttons

Other - American Crafts Zazz Gold glitter glue, ‘Noted’ Thickers, Doily, Vellum, Gold Color shine, Gesso, machine stitching

Friday, May 27, 2016

So Very Happy | Masters Challenge 4 - Pion Design

Hello Hello
Im back today with some close ups of the 4th Masters Challenge for Scrapbooking Memories Magazine. The sponsor for this challenge was Pion Design

They sent us the Paris Flea Market Collection to create with which was super pretty, and very vintage looking. It was a little tricky to start with, as the collection only consisted of papers. But by making my own 'embellishments', and fussy cutting items from papers I was still able to showcase the products as best as I could.

I think I did ok? What do you think?

I chose a photo of Leila, taken by Sara Taylor photography back in 2011. It feels like only yesterday that she was this little.

The paper designs are quite vintage looking, and reminded me of old fashion quilt fabrics. So with this in mind, I went with a patchwork style layout. I roughed up strips of papers, then layered and sewed them down at the top and bottom of the layout to replicate this look. 

I fussy cut some butterflies and even die cut some with a Kaisercraft die to use as 'embellishments'. I added machine stitching to the die cuts for a little added texture, and popped them up with foam tape for dimension.

Some of the papers had printed tags which were perfect size to cut out and layer between strips, 

and lastly I've added a sweet little sentiment to the top right using vellum and my typewriter.

Thanks so much for stopping by, Next challenge will be up to share very soon!
Happy Scrapping
Michelle x

Collection Supplied - Paris Flea Market
Papers used - Memory Notes, Blue Fabric, Images, Blue lace, 6x6 papers

Other collection used - Sweet Baby

Other - American Crafts cardstock & vellum, doily, Gold colorshine, KaiserCraft butterfly Die, Heidi Swapp word die, October Afternoon alpha stickers, machine stitching, typewriter 

PHOTO CREDIT - Sara Taylor Photography

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Beautiful | Masters Challenge 3 - Clearsnap

Hello Hello!!
It's time to share Masters Challenge #3 with you all. 
This was sponsored by ClearSnap

We were sent an amazing colourful box of fun to create with..
Here's what I made 

I went a little crazy using the ink pads, stencils and stamps in a multitude of ways!
watercolour splotches, sponging and blending through stencils, splatters and stamping on vellum.. So much FUN!

As there were no embellishments within this range, I dipped into my D-lish Stash to sprinkle in mini clusters

And I even used some roller stamps with the ink pads

Lastly I coloured up a Heidi Swapp die cut word for my title.. Beautiful

Thanks for stopping by today, a full list of materials used can be found below 
For now, Happy Scrapping
Michelle x

Provided products used - ColorBox Inks ‘Serenity’ Petal Point & ‘Love’ Paintbox; Mesmerised & Lovely Stencils, Ink Blending tool

Other - Colorbox ‘Stars’ stencil & ‘Picnic 2’ Background stamp; American Crafts cardstock & Vellum, Heidi Swapp word, Doily, washi tape, date & phrase roller stamps, Machine Stitching, Typewriter

Embellishments - D-lish Scraps Resin flowers, enamel dots & shapes, wooden butterfly, sequin bow

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Bridesmaid Duties | Masters Challenge 2 - Heartfelt Creations

Hi Everyone
Im back today with another Scrapbooking Memories Magazine share
This was challenge #2 for the 2016 Masters group, sponsored by Heartfelt Creations.

We were sent the Enchanted Mum collection to use, and boy was it a tricky one!

The designs and products within this collection are not something Im naturally drawn to, so it was definitely a challenge to showcase my style.

But Im quite happy with what I created
You can find the full list of what I've used to create this at the bottom of the post 

Here's some close ups..
I started by making a clear 'resist' on the background using the stamp set supplied, and clear embossing powder. I went over this with some splotches of pink watered down ink. 

Next I stamped vellum with a shimmery silver ink pad, then cut them out using the Die sets provided. I scattered these randomly over the page in 'clusters'

Next I worked on a layered photo mat. I tried to keep this a simple as possible so not to distract from the pretty background I had made, or the photo I was documenting

And lastly a few finishing touches with cut apart tags, twine and machine stitching

Thanks so much for stopping by, Next challenge share will be up on Tuesday
Happy Scrapping
Michelle xx

Collection - Heartfelt Creations ‘Enchanted Mum’
Products used - 12x12 paper pad, Enchanted Mum cling stamp & matching Die

Other - American Crafts cardstock & Vellum, Versamark pad, Clear embossing powder, Studio Calico Flamingo & Blush Crush ink pads, Brilliance Platinum Planet ink pad, October Afternoon alphabet stickers, Machine stitching, Twine, Staples

PHOTO CREDIT - Sara Taylor Photography

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

I Said YES | Masters Challenge 1 - Studio Calico

Hello and Welcome back!
Today Im sharing the very first challenge layout for Scrapbooking Memories Magazine.

Studio Calico was the very first sponsor, they sent us the Carolina Moon Scrapbook kit to get creative with

I really wanted to make the photograph of New York paper work, but ended up going in this direction

Now this was published back in January, and was created late last year so the memory of how I made it is quite fuzzy.. So rather than dribble on about how and what I thought I would just share the page and some close ups

Materials Used:

Studio Calico “Carolina Moon” Scrapbook Kit - May 2015

Papers: Enlightenment, Birch Grove, Highrise, White AC Cardstock

Embellishments: Bronze chipboard Alphabet, White on Pink alphabet stickers, Bronze Star Sequins, Red Chipboard Hearts, Square Die cuts, Epoxy Stickers

Other: MID 4x3 Stamp Set, Pink Month/kit colours card

Non Kit Supplies: Studio Calico Color Theory Ink pads ‘Clear Blue’ & ‘Flamingo’, Studio Calico Doily, Sewing Machine & Thread, Heidi Swapp date stamp, Stone Gray Staz on Ink, Tiny Attacher & staples

Thanks for stopping by, next challenge to share will be up on Saturday ;)

Happy Scrapping!
Michelle x

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Hello Cool Kid | Masters Entry Task 4 - Budget Saving technique

Hello there!! Today I'm sharing the last of my Masters Entries... 

Task 4 - Incorporate a budget-saving technique into your layout

This would have to be my most favourite photo of my 7 year old Nephew. He's a lot like Leila lately and won't stay still for photos, but when he does, they turn out pretty awesome! Choosing products to compliment the photo was easy. The colours within the Cocoa Vanilla Studio 'Made of Awesome' Collection worked perfectly, and the cool sayings within the range really suited this 'Cool kid' ! The challenging part of this task was finding the right way to show how I could incorporate the budget-saving technique. 

I used a few different 'budget saving' techniques around the page. The main one being the negative sticker from the alphabet sticker sheet..  and the multi pattern 'paper' under the photo is actually from the collection kit packaging.

I used the barcode from the paper strip - reused as part of the title cluster

the "rock star" strip is actually from the barcode strip also, but works perfectly as an embellishment

And lastly part of the packaging for this sentiment cluster

Cocoa Vanilla Studio Made of Awesome Collection kit 
Papers - Awesome, Mixed Up, Rockstar (barcode/name strip ripped into pieces and popped under clusters) 
Collection Kit contents card from the front of the pack cut up and used for photo mat & 'Made of awesome' cluster
Alphabet stickers & the negative sticker
Enamel dots
Accessory Stickers

Other products/Tools
American Crafts vellum, Heidi Swapp Color Shine - Navy, Sewing Machine & Thread, D-lish Scraps Journal it spot, Tiny Attacher & Staples, Foam tape, American Crafts Precision Pen

Thanks so much for stopping by to take a closer look 
Until next time, Happy Scrapping
Michelle xx

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Pancakes & Strawberries | D-lish Scraps Cyber Crop

Hello Hello!! Happy Weekend everyone!!

My layout share today is for the D-lish Scraps Cyber Crop weekend..
Every month in the D-lish Scraps 'Scrap Suite' on Facebook, half the design team share challenges for fellow crafters to participate in. We take it in turns every second month, and this month is my turn, along with Sandra, Amanda & Sonia. So much fun!!

Incorporate cut files, die cuts, punched out shapes and even fussy cutting.

Here's what I came up with for my sample.. 

I've used cut files from Cocoa Vanilla Studio and papers from the February hip kits to back the heart.
Love how its turned out, and those colours YUM YUM!

Sprinkles of D-lish goodness all over the page include paper flowers

Resin pieces and wordfetti strips..

enamel shapes..

Even alphas by Kaiser craft and Dusty attic ..

and chipboard from the kits I was using.

Thanks so much for stopping by, be sure to head over to the Facebook group to see what the other designers challenged us with
For now, happy Scrapping!!
Michelle x

Friday, May 13, 2016

Swallowed up by Snoopy | NSD Challenge

Hello Hello :)
Another quick share today of a layout made for National Scrapbooking Day . I followed along with a challenge in the Hip Kit Members forum on Facebook that was to incorporate 2 or more different alphas. I also used a sketch by Kristine Davidson, owner of Creative Scrappers, for NSD 2016 

Here's what I came up with

I kept the sketch orientation as is, added an extra photo and forgot to add in the tag above the photos - whoops! Really like how this turned out. Sketches and challenges are by far my favourite way to scrap, it really gets the mojo and creativity flowing!

Here's some close ups

Thats all from me today, be sure to stop by soon for more creative sharing
Happy Scrapping
Michelle x

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Little Spunk | Masters Entry Task 3 - Bling

Hello! Back again with another Masters Entry share

This one was made for Task 3 - Scrap a layout that includes bling. 

This was a rather emotional layout to create. I chose a much loved photo of our family pet Sam, who sadly passed away in early 2014. He was such a little spunk and we miss him dearly. I really wanted the photo to be the Hero of the page, so I tried not to over do it with products as best as I could, but still keeping in line with the task criteria. I made the background using Clear gesso and some Spark tinsel glitter which reminded me of Sam's fluffy coat. I then made a shaker pocket with some embossed vellum, sequins and little dog veneer. I chose embellishments that I could alter to add more 'bling' or that complimented the photo and products used. 

Cardstock, Vellum and Silver POW glitter paper - American Crafts
Bella Blvd Just add color papers - Passcode, Daily Details, Starstruck

Other products/Tools
Clear Gesso, Heidi Swapp 12x12inch Hearts Mask, White 'Spark' Tinsel glitter - American Crafts, Gold Zing powder - American Crafts, VersaMark pad, Heat tool, Heidi Swap Color Shine - Black Velvet and Gold Lame, Mixed Sequins - Studio Calico, Baxter wood veneer Dog shapes - Seven Paper, Baxter Dog phrase stickers - Seven Paper, Thickers - American Crafts, Heidi Swapp Glitter words stickers, Studio Calico Doily, Sewing machine & Thread, Tiny attacher & Staples, Glossy accents, Foam Tape

That's all from me today, thanks for stopping by
More to share soon
Michelle x