Monday, April 29, 2013

Catching up with Project Life

Seems once again the poor old blog has been a bit Project Life neglected - my album IS all up to date just not so much that will shortly be rectified!

Week 15:
Aren't you just loving the "Lex you are awesome" note that Kiara wrote?!? Mind you, I think there was also a "Lex you are a poo" note that had earlier been disposed of...

Loving the simple pages lately with lots of photos, simple journalling ON the photos and some filler cards with stamping.

Week 16:
Just a single page spread this week.

And Week 17:

With a little ANZAC day insert:

Monday, April 22, 2013

A My Mind's Eye Mini

Say that three times fast! One of my favourite projects that I did for my April Guest Designer spot at My Mind's Eye was the mini album I made using the My Girl range. The papers and embellishments in this range are so bright and fun and were perfect for nearly every photo I take of Alexa.

So off we go! The basis for this mini album is simply 6x4 chipboard sheets that I cut out using my trimmer for some pieces that I had kept, probably from the back of some of the girls notepaper, or as packaging from some scrappy purchase. I never throw these pieces of thin cardboard away, they are perfect for the base of mini album pages. I simply then selected some of the gorgeous patterned paper from the 6x6 patterned paper pad which are ideal for these kind of smaller projects with the scaled down designs.

For my front cover I kept with a fairly understated patterned paper as I wanted the title and the banners to take centre stage. I just adore these chipboard banners, they add just the right amount of colour and embellishment to this cover. I used a combination of stamps for the "I love you today tomorrow and forever" (which I also love...wonder how many times I am going to need to say that throughout this post?!?). To finish off the front cover I added a strip of contrasting patterned paper that I took to with one of my {many} border punches, and covered the edge with decorative tape.

I selected my photos from my favourites throughout the year. I tried to stick with roughly one per month - but some months I didn't choose any, others more than one. For my month stamps I have used the Yesterday stamp set from Give A Girl A.... although I did try to stick with My Mind's Eye products for the rest of the stamps and embellishments. I found the month stamps just added that extra touch and gave me a rough date for the pictures in the album as well.

A nice little hint with the next pages is to use your stamps in different ways, or add other words to them to make phrases. I used the "just" from a piece of paper and then stamped the "beautiful" underneath on the left hand page, and then stamped directly onto the decorative tape on the right hand page. I like this effect and must remember to do it more often. It would be great on Project Life type pages, too.

Another use I got out of the circle stickers from the sticker sheet was to chop them in half and use them as a scallop border under the left hand picture. I just love the look of the fussy cut Hello speech bubble on top of the photo.

One of my favourite things about the techniques in this mini album is to use just "parts" of stamps. On the right hand page for the border I simply stamped the edge of the ruler stamp and it made a great border.

For pages with quite bright and busy backgrounds I tried to keep everything else fairly simple so as not to overwhelm the page.

Here I used the dash line stamp for a butterfly trail. I roughly guessed where I wanted the trail to be and stuck the stamp to a large clear block in that pattern and stamped.

A little bit of decorative tape can look fantastic to add a bit of colour and funky design, and some punched out shapes can also bring in some of the other colours and use up some of the tiny scrap pieces laying around.

And finally the back cover, nice and simple with this great patterned paper.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

A Paper Stories sketch

The April sketch at Paper Stories is a beauty and was perfect for this gorgeous snapshot I took of Alexa on her 7th birthday. The soft colours in the photo matched perfectly with those in the March kit from Scraptastic and with those fabulous banners and doilies I couldn't go wrong. I love the way this one has turned out!

Project Life and My Mind's Eye

Ahhh, two of my favourite scrappy things in the world - Project Life and My Mind's Eye. Doesn't get much better than that combination. When I saw the Collectable Unforgettable there was no question what I was going to create with it - a Project Life layout. And what chance that the week I was up to in my Project Life just happened to be Alexa's 7th birthday so an insert featuring these products was perfect.

Instead of my normal PL "style" I went with slightly smaller pics for this insert, simply so I could incorporate more of the gorgeous patterned papers in the layouts. I mostly used papers from the 6x6 paper pad which is absolutely perfect for use in smaller projects like this, the patterns are scaled down so you get to see the complete pattern in the smaller scale than if you simply cut a 3x4 from a full 12x12 piece of patterned paper. I also loved the Story Journal paper (You are the best, Life is good with you around & The Story) which is great value as you can get so many journalling cards from the one piece of paper. Again I have used a mix of the stamp sets on these layouts, stamping is perfect for Project Life as you can add a little extra embellishment and colour without any bulk.

The Tiny Word Stickers are great to add a little extra as well, and I love the look of stamping around the borders of the 6x4 patterned papers. And the decorative tape. Let's face it, there wasn't much about this range that I didn't love! And these Project Life spreads are just sooooo very Alexa - the colours, the patterns the "feel". Happy Birthday Lex!

Friday, April 19, 2013

More from My Mind's Eye

So the second project of mine that was featured on the My Mind's Eye blog was my altered notebooks project. This started out well, the girls were given a diary each for Christmas that just had a plain plastic type cover and  I thought the My Girl range would be perfect to decorate them with the bright, happy papers and embellishments. I started by sorting through the My Girl goodies and deciding which papers and embellies would suit which child - this is made somewhat easier due to my girls having very different tastes and styles.

When I was part way through this, the girls actually came into my "bank scraproom" and wanted to know what I was up to and could they help. Hmmmm. Well actually no you can't help with mine, but how about you make your own? They were so excited that I let them at my "new" stuff and not just the paper and bits I don't want any more. We found a couple of new exercise books and away they went! I did help them a little with the cutting to fit and possibly selecting papers that didn't clash toooo much, and they had a great time decorating their own books.

And here is what we all came up with. My efforts are standing up at the back and the girls are at the front. I think we did pretty well!

On the left below is Kiara's diary that I made for her, she is the one who is not really very girly girl at all - she chose the felt ice cream and the decorative tape. I used the decorative tape around the edge of the cover to give it some extra strength and durability, and it also adds a little extra finish to the design. And on the right is the one Kiara decorated for herself, with all elements chosen by her. I was fairly happy with MY choices for her when I saw we had picked the same background paper from the many choices we had! She punched out circles from a contrasting paper and stuck them on too, and she loved the headphones sticker.

And Alexa's notebooks, again I made the one on the left and Alexa did the one on the right. Too cute!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

My Mind's Eye gorgeousness - Part 1

Yes, I am pretty sure that's a word. And if it's not, well it should be for this post!

You cannot imagine how excited I was to be asked to Guest Design for my all time favourite scrappy manufacturer My Mind's Eye. I mean it, you cannot imagine. Like I seriously thought Stephanie must have made a mistake. Then when my box of product arrived to create with...they definitely must have made a mistake!! So much gorgeousness in one box (there's that word again!!). I received the My Girl range, the Collectable Unforgettable range AND the Collectable Remarkable range. With so much product it was kinda hard to know where to start, but I knew I wanted to create a Project Life spread, a mini album and some layouts, and then when I saw the My Girl range I knew that altered notebooks would be perfect for such bright colours.

I will show you these in the same order as they appeared on the My Mind's Eye blog and I will break them up into individual posts so as not to be too photo heavy all at once.

I just adore this photo that I managed to get of the girls at our recent mini-holiday to Warrnambool so I printed it big. Then when I saw the sun embellishment that was part of the Remarkable range I knew I had to include it as a feature. I wasn't convinced this layout had enough on it, but sometimes the photo says it all and you don't need to over-embellish. I also stamped lightly on the background with the co-ordinating stamps to give it that little bit extra detail.

I am in love with the My Mind's Eye enamel dots. Love that they can just add that little something extra and are available in sooo many colours.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Super excited to be April Guest Designer at MME!

Super excited. Super dooper excited.

You can check it out here

I have to go to work today, but will share some more pics and details about each project soon!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Playing with Sketchabilities again

It has been a while since I have joined in at Sketchabilities, but their latest sketch is a beauty and worked perfectly for my latest portrait attempts of Alexa.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

An Elle's Studio "Winner"

Well not really - just a layout titled A Winner using lots of yummy Elle's Studio papers and tags. I used their April sketch for this one and it came together really quickly. I have been practising with my camera "off auto" and have been using the girls for models (surprise, surprise), and in amongst the blur and the poking out tongues there have been some quite good shots.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Project Life Week 14

Still keeping up to date! Loving the hybrid version of Project Life this year, keeps my album looking nice and clean and simple - just the way I like it.

And so on to week 14...

Friday, April 5, 2013

Project Life Week 11, Week 12 and Week 13

Yes, my Project Life is up to date! I know - who could believe it...but I think I have mentioned before that if I keep this up to date I tend to take more photos and obviously journal better (as the week has just passed rather than trying to remember details from AAAAGES ago).

So here we go...and remember, there is still an insert to show from Week 11 that is a super surprise and all will be revealed in the next couple of weeks. How excitement!

Week 11:

Week 12:

Week 12 insert:

Absolutely loving the new templates by Cathy Zielske to get more photos on the page, especially with the white borders.

Week 12 insert:

Week 13:
Featuring some of my favourite new stamps sets from Kellie Winnell at Give a girl a...
These are just perfect for my girls!

And so we are up to date... Loving it!