Celebrate love …

My entry in the β€˜Single or Double Page Spread, Wedding/Special Occasion’ for the 2017 Adelaide Royal Show in the Open Art and Craft scrapbooking section was a layout with a wedding photo of my cousin Jen and Adam.

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The background paper and the strips of paper at the bottom of the layout were from a 12″ x 12″ paper pad: Crate Paper – Maggie Holmes – Shine

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I added texture to the background by using acrylic paint (mixed with texture paste) and a stencil.

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(Kaisercolour acrylic paint – Candy)

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(Prima 6×6 stencil – Tubaroses)

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I matted the wedding photo (5″ x 7″ portrait printed with a white border) with 2 frames that were cut from the Maggie Holmes paper pad and pink paper at the top.

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The next part was creating the 2 corner flower clusters.

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Both clusters featured fussy cut flowers from 2 different papers. The pink flowers were cut from the Maggie Holmes paper pad.

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The blue flowers were cut from a Ruby Rock-It – Arcadia – Be Calm paper.

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The bottom cluster featured the word ‘LOVE’ which were fussy cut from the Maggie Holmes paper pad. There were also a couple of vellum die cut embellishments – ‘today’ and ‘CELEBRATE’ – these were from the Hello Sunshine range.

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The top cluster includes a Paperhouse Productions Vintage Romance Snapshot ‘Cherish’ sticker. I also added a white Heidi Grace Design heart pin.

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I attached a date sticker label to a foil eyelet tag (from The Craft Stall) and adhered it to the photo using foam tape.

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#Best Day Ever – from the Hello Sunshine range. The wood veneers – Studio Calico Wood Veneer – Shapes – People. Another fussy cut flower from the Maggie Holmes paper pad. Underneath all those embellishments is a strip of printed tissue paper machine stitched onto the background paper. I did the same thing at the bottom of the photo.

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The geo heart was another vellum die cut from the Hello Sunshine range. The alphabet wood veneers were from the Fundamentals range from Ruby Rock-It.

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I was pleased with how the layout turned out. I followed some design rules that I try to stick to when working out the design of a layout. Repetition – I used 2 sets of wood veneers, 2 strips of machine stitched tissue paper, 2 banners (the date banner and the vellum banner), 2 frame photo mats – repetition creates unity. The vellum geo heart goes with the diamonds in the bottom strip of pink paper.

There’s also repetition with the colours. The bottom strip of paper – with the pink diamonds – was my inspiration for the pink fussy cut flowers, the pink paper at the top of the photo, the pink background texture paint and the cherish sticker. It also helped that the ‘cherish’ word was blue which matched the Ruby Rock-It blue fussy cut flowers. Gold is repeated with the vellum die cuts – #Best Day Ever, today and the heart. Black and white is featured in the date banner, the word ‘LOVE”, the strips of patterned paper and the photo.

The flower clusters are arranged in such a way that they create a visual triangle – the flowers lead the eye from the top of the page down to the bottom of the photo and then back up to the top of the photo.

I also learnt that when scrapbooking you should try to tell the story by having some of the following – who, what, when and where. I have the who (Adam and Jen titled via the wooden veneer alphabet letters), the when (the date sticker label) and the what – it’s pretty obvious – a wedding :)

Anyways, after all that … I got a 2nd prize ribbon … :)

“When you realise you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” ~ When Harry Met Sally

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Christmas in July – lollipop reindeers …

This is such a cute idea for Christmas in July AND Christmas!

I made these reindeers last Christmas. I made some for the Adelaide branch of the South Australian Country Womens Association and I made extra (for sale) with the proceeds going to the South Australian branch of the RSPCA.

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I’ve made them again for a CWA Christmas in July event coming up this weekend. This time around the craft store didn’t have any brown paper (luckily I had some leftover from last year). I bought other coloured paper! Nothing wrong with blue reindeer is there? ;)

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The reindeers are quite easy to make. You can get the free printable template here.

To make the lollipop reindeers, you’ll need:

  • coloured paper (I used Vivaldi paper A4 120gsm)
  • scissors
  • double sided tape
  • sticky tape
  • lollipops

Print out the template. Cut around the outline of the reindeer. Cut out the nose and the middle of the template.

There are 2 folds. Fold the reindeer in the middle.

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The back strip gets folded down and then brought to the front of the reindeer after the lollipop is attached to the reindeer. The stick of the lollipop moved so I taped the lollipop onto the back of the reindeer template.

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Add double sided tape to the back strip and then fold them over the front.

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And there they are! The cutest reindeer lollipops. EVER.

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Happy crafting!

“Being a traditionalist, I’m a rabid sucker for Christmas. In July, I’m already worried that there are only 146 shopping days left.” ~ John Waters