Monday, January 30, 2012

#4 Week at Scrappin' Patch Comp

Create a layout about your country and include the name on your layout.  What do you love about your country? What is special or different? Include 2 items specific to NZ; a photograph or a piece of memorabilia. You must use the colours of your flag.

I used a Poppy from Anzac day going back a few years and an old phone card that has New Zealand on the side of the boat. Always knew those cards would come in handy one day, I use to find them on the side of the road.

Land of the Lucky started out as a two page layout with 18x 3 almost 1/4 inch squares in blue, red, white, and black in a grid pattern. I only had scraps of red cardstock, one sheet of blue bazzil and one of white to work with. Basic Grey and Autumn Leaves to the rescue but heck I seriously need a cardstock restock! 
 Too tired to finish the revamp after 1am I had early riser Dh wake me up to ink, stick down the journaling and upload before 9am monday morning. Panic! Stupid photo manager hates me!  I used this photo of Dd and her school mates to show the bi-cultural part of my journaling. I thought it was pretty apt.

#4 OTP Create a Journaling Notebook or Diary: you must use fabric, a button, twine or string and stamping. 
I picked up the last 2 $7 Das books at a sale for $3 each. I love that the pages are blank and good quality artist paper. Maybe I'll be tempted to pick up a pencil. Ha!

 I used muslin for my fabric both on the tag and the background where it was smooshed (lol) with glue and texture paste and lastly sprayed with Glimmermist. There's dimensional magic on the wings of the awesomely beautiful Graphic45 Steampunk Collection. I've used one half of a zip along the left handside, if you look very closely you can just make out the teeth. 

I took my current journal on Dd's school camp last year and collected a few leaves and a flower that was given to me.  But I lost some of them between Bushaven and home so I thought to add a few transparency pockets machine stitched to cardstock  inside the next book I made. The idea stemmed from Nic Howards' class held at Autumn Escape in 2009, similar to the Card Buffet but with Journals! We decorated the cover and made 'dividers' for inside.  

My no.2 Journal. 
I stitched onto the cardstock after attaching the squares of fabric and patterned paper. I used a single photo split per square in the centre to give the appearance of them 'floating' 'cos if  you haven't noticed there's a transparency piece stitched over the front cover. To hold it altogether is a length of elastic. Another idea from Nic Howards Journal Buffet class. The elastic is held on the back with two eyelets. I liked this idea so much I decided to do it on this. Just flip the elastic off and away you go but it's still attached to the back. Note the stamping? Nic Howards own design bought a while ago from Kiwi Scraps aka Craft House in Wellington. It's so very versatile! 

And that's it from me this week :D 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Scrappin Patch Competition

Two new challenges each week over 6 weeks at Scrappin Patch
Currently at #4

These are my first entries starting on the 3rd week.  Yes week 3! No chance of winning  but I'll be putting more memories into albums and this week called on you to create a set of cards and a box to put them in - so that's cards for my stash too.

Challenge #3 Find inspiration from one of Scrappin' Patch new Design Team members. I chose Erin Blegen and her layout Putting on the Spritz. I can see a patterned background with a heavily distressed 12x12 over the top and in her yummy layers I see tissue paper, crocheted lace,'spritzed' glimmermist and bling bodied butterflies...b.b.b!:D I love bakers twine but sadly can't find mine amongst the mess in my scrapspace!!  I throughly enjoyed making the cards - the only new thing is the kraft cardstock for the base. 

For my layout I drew my inspiration from
 Nina Ostermann. I love her clean and spacious layouts, her use of light coloured papers on white backgrounds, less embellishments and dare I say it her trade mark paint/ink splat! 

Gorgeous huh? 

And my attempt.....
This kiddo is so cute, the son of a friend who's garden I was working in last year. His Mum says he does this all the I took along my camera one day hoping to capture him When he was suppose to be sleeping. 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Challenge Me Happy Challenge!

Finally!! I've spent all weekend with this new won't crop where you want it to and after hitting save I spend a half an age trying to find  the photo under My Pictures 'cos it's never where I want it. 

Anywho,  this is my entry for #14 over at Challenge Me Happy, and my first layout for the year. A lift of Trina McClune's beautiful layout. You can see it here titled Time to Spare. It's really lovely and the misting is gorgeous. 

Posting these again....

I just posted these, edited them. Published them...again. Ran out to bring the washing in. Came back to post a layout for Challenge me Happy and it's all gone...........!

Here we again....I hope they stick! 

Using Fancy Pants Oct 31st for Scrapbook Outlet. 
We don't do Halloween so I wanted to show this collection could be used for other topics. It wasn't hard to do!  A selection of these papers were also in our challenge pack while in Rotorua during Scrapbook Dreams retreat. I don't remember seeing any Halloween layouts so it goes to show it's a very versatile collection of cool papers. 

I have played under and over the transparency above; for example....tearing the background paper but stapling the transparency. I just loved all the product included in this collection!

For the centre piece that says love potion; I cut it out from the centre of the background paper and adhered it on to chipboard. Inked the edges, 'painted' it with Dimensional Magic and let the ink 'run'.
I covered it in Diamond Dust and when the DM was dry I bent it a little this way and that to get a few cracks.

For the 6x6 mini album I used the spider web transparency as interleaving between the acrylic pages but I also embellished one side.  I just loved using the diecuts! 

The End ....again  :D

I got Messy!

Looks a bit strange to me 'cos there's no title!
 The four corners are a bit different for me too 'cos I don't like even numbers. 
I used Tim Holtz Spills and Splatters and a Glitz background stamp with ink, rock candy and diamond dust. 
I like how the rock candy made the Glitz stamp kinda 3D.  I also used a word stamp on the leaves. 
The strip of muslin was originally turquoise so I held it scrunched up in my hand and sprayed it with Glimmermist...and my t-shirt and a photo that was lying on my table at the time! I wear dark clothes normally so it was typical the day I wanted to mist I was wearing a light coloured t-shirt and sprayed myself. 
So glad it washed out. Unfortunately not so much for the photo but it'll survive.
Next time I must remember to put the fabric into a small plastic bag and spray inside the bag! 
The card behind the journaling was part of a swap - but this was the piece the swap item was presented on.  I was very impressed how the ladies went to so much trouble to show case their swap pieces. Yep and I kept all those extra pieces of work...I know they'll come in handy! 
The background paper, photo mat, skull, corners, the wee eeeek tab and the alphabet stickers are Authentique. Part of a beautiful collection I won from Aussie Scrap Source last year. LOVE IT! 

Made using the Authentique collection again. 
I forgot to add the 'swing' that actually makes it a tag! 

Monday, January 2, 2012

Belated Happy New Year Everyone!

I hope you have a terrific 2012 in all the ways that matter most to you. 

For those of you that have lost someone close in the year just passed. Someone that was incredibly dear to your heart, I sincerely hope the pain will ease and you continue to fill up with  the wonderful memories you created together.
My warmest heartfelt hugs and love to you.