Uniquely Creative – Creative Kit Club – July …

Have you heard about the Creative Kit Club? Each month the Creative Kit Club comes out with a full colour step by step magazine where you can create amazing scrapbooking projects and card making projects.

I have had a monthly subscription with them for a year now and their kits are fantastic.

And now I am lucky enough to be a guest designer for them. The first kit I “played” with is the Golden Grove kit featuring Kaisercraft’s Golden Grove collection – a collection of golden hues and intricate floral designs.

Kaisercraft says “Golden dahlias entwined with sweet pear give the papers an autumn feel while falling leaves and a rustic colour palette make the collection perfect for seasonal projects”. Perfect for someone who likes to fussy cut! Someone like me!

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I created 2 layouts with the kit:

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Instructions on how to create these 2 layouts are in the magazine. FYI, I loved using the flower dies and the foliage stamps from this kit.

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I also made a couple of cards – they’re in the magazine too.

You can pre-order the July Golden Grove Creative Kit now! It will be shipped from the 5th of July. Alternatively, if you live in South Australia you can pick up the kit from Paper Flourish – they’re located at 27/ 16-28 Research Road, Pooraka, SA 5095.

“Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.” ~ William Cullen Bryant

Isabella …

I usually create layouts with just the one photo. Every now and then I’ll create a multi photo layout.

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This layout was made easier to create because I had a series of photos to work with. I took several photos of my niece Isabella (Bella) and wanted to showcase them all. Square photos are easy to arrange. It’s clean and simple. I used Photoshop to resize the photos and to add a white border. The photos are matted on vellum.

The 2 background papers used:

Kaisercraft – Cherry Blossom collection – Petal (orange side)

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Kaisercraft – Party Animals collection – woo hoo (the lines).
One of my favourite background papers to use.

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When it came to deciding what embellishments to use, I opted to go with the design rule of repetition.

  • black and white – the quote, the butterfly, the typed journalling and the date
  • wood – the heart, the word ‘cherish’ and the plaque
  • orange – the word ‘adorable’, the paper clip, the owl and the ‘happy’ die cut.
  • pink – the title ‘ISABELLA’ and the ‘#love’ flair. The colour inspiration came from Bella’s clothing in the photos.

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The stamped sentiment is from the Technique Tuesday clear stamps & accessories – ‘Favourite Memories’ by Ali Edwards.

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The word ‘Adorable’ was from an Allison Ellis Design paper called ‘Neon Candy Alphas N Words’. I’ve had this paper in my stash for a while!

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The wooden heart is a Kaisercraft wooden embellishment.

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The title was made using American Craft thickers from the Dear Lizzy Enchanted Collection called Fantastic Salmon.

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The cute little owl was cut from a Kaisercraft 12″ x 12″ paper – ‘Little One’ collection – Zoe.

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The wooden tile ‘cherish’ is from Scrapmatts.

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The quote is a Pebbles phrase card.

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The ‘happy’ banner was die cut using Technique Tuesday’s Dies.

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The wooden embellishment is a Kaisercraft hanging plaque which I placed upside down so that I could highlight the quote.

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The ‘You make my heart smile’ quote is a Webster’s Pages sentiment.

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The date is made up of Tim Holtz Idea-ology label letters.

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The journalling was typed up on my R530 Panasonic electronic typewriter.

Other products used were:
butterfly stamp; paper clip; vellum and ‘#love’ button.

“Happy girls are the prettiest.” ~ Audrey Hepburn

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Scrap the girls – July challenge …

The Scrap The Girls July challenge was to use paint and texture paste.

The layout features a photo of 3 sisters – Michelle, Carmel and Maria – 2 of them are my aunties and the youngest sister I grew up with. (My mum’s 2 younger brothers married 2 sisters from the same family.)

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I chose to mix the texture paste and the paint. The mix of the Golden Light Molding Paste and Kaisercraft’s Pretty Pink paint was applied over a Tim Holtz ‘Bubble’ stencil.

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The flower is a Manor House flower from the ‘Whimsy – Cream’ pack.

The fussy cut flower is from Amy Tangerine’s Sketchbook Collection ‘India Ink’ paper.

The paper banner is a ‘Family Wordplay’ paper from Carolee’s Creations Adornit Forever Family Collection.

The letters are from Amy Tangerine’s Sketchbook Collection – foam alphabet thickers called ‘Journal – Diaro’.

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The fussy cut girl is from one of my favourite all time papers – Webster’s Pages Trendsetter District 45 Paper.

At the top of the photo is a fussy cut flower Amy Tangerine’s Sketchbook Collection ‘India Ink’ – a smaller version of the flower on the banner. The pink damask has been cut from Anna Griffin’s Dorothy Collection – Graphic Pink Damask paper.

Behind the photo is a frame from a Hambly Screen print overlay. On the photo is a shaped paper clip from Queen & Co Exclamations.

Other products used – Panasonic Electronic Typewriter R530 for the journalling.

“Sisters share childhood memories and grown up dreams” ~ Unknown

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123 July challenge …

This month’s (July) challenge on the 123 Challenge blog is the following:

Colour – Brights
Word – Awesome
Technique – Arrows

The photo I used was a phone selfie. It was taken after my hairdresser appointment. Bright hair, bright scarf so why not use the photo on a ‘brights’ layout.

And it’s not often I do a page all about me.

I don’t usually use bright coloured papers on my layouts so I had to look through my paper stash. Thankfully I found some papers that I had bought, on sale, a while ago from my local Spotlight store.

The bright circles were cut from an American Crafts paper called ‘Sadie’s Story’ from the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection.

The black and white polka dot paper is from the Bella! Love Story Paperz Collection. The blue flowers were cut from a Brenda Pinnick paper and outlined with a black marker.

The strip of arrows are from an unknown paper. (It may be Sassafras Lass.)

I used numbers from a pack of Jillibean Soup Alphabeans called ‘blended black’.

The ‘Life Is Good’ quote is from the  Simple Stories Summer Fresh Collection.

The pink chevron paper is from an American Crafts paper called ‘Sydney’s Snapshot’ from the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection.

The green patterned paper is from the Kaisercraft ‘Fine and Sunny’ Collection called ‘Sunshower’.

The yellow chevron paper is from the American Crafts Amy Tangerine Collection called ‘Oh Happy Grey’.

The striped blue paper (unknown) was in my stash and the striped black paper is from Kaisercraft’s Chapter One Collection called ‘Encourage’. The silver polka dot paper is from Bella!’s Two Hearts Collection.

It was a bonus to find the ‘Awesome’ flair button in my stash – I had forgotten that I had it. Out of sight, out of mind I guess. The flair button was bought from ‘Greatest View‘ and the flower is cut from a paper from  Kaisercraft’s Fun In The Sun Collection called Sunshine.

Other products used: Panasonic Electronic Typewriter R530 and a Sharpie pen.

“Be you, be awesome and live awesomely” ~ Unknown

 

Cheeky …

The May challenge for Scrap The Boys was to create a grungy/arty/messy layout. Totally not my style but it’s good to go outside of your comfort zone every now and then. I misted, inked, outlined, used bits of metal, wood, embroidery thread, corrugated cardboard and fussy cut pieces from differing patterned papers.

The boy in the photo is my nephew Jake. On this day he was helping my mum (his nonna/grandmother) pick the tomatoes. Quite a character he is :)

I was going to use a black and white photo of Jake. I love black and white photos and I find them easier to scrap. I changed my mind. Why not add to the challenge by using a colour photo? Ha! Anyways, the colours on the layout were, obviously, inspired by jake’s clothes.

I used a Prima mask for the background which was inked and then outlined. I also used a spray mist for the background.

An album ring was sewn onto a flower that was cut from an Urban Lily patterned paper. (Urban Lily was an Australian owned company that specialised in modern and colourful papers. Sadly they have since closed.)

Who knew office stationery would come in handy? ;)

What to do when you run out of letters from the one pack – mix them up with letters from another pack!

Wood, metal and paper – ‘sweet’ combination :)

Overall, I think the layout is not quite grungy, not quite messy but a little bit arty. And I like it. See, this is why it’s good to try these challenges. You never know, you just might like the things that you’re not used to doing.

I leave you with the original photo of the ever_so_adorable master Jake.

“Little boys leave smudges on your heart” ~ Art Moms

Sisterhood …

This month’s issue of ‘Scrapbooking Memories’ is a special issue.  20c from every issue sold is going to be donated to breast cancer research. (This is their 5th annual scrapbooking for a cause special issue.)

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If you’d like to donate or fund raise for a most worthy cause, then please visit the website: National Breast Cancer Foundation

One of my layouts has been published and is on page 76 >>

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This layout was the result of being given a challenge to use a piece of red mesh on a page.  End result?  A very girly layout >>

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The journalling reads “I don’t have a sister but i understand sisterhood. These girls are my strong, smart and beautiful sisters. I am truly blessed having these girls in my life.

I have grown up with most of these girls [from my mum’s side of the family] and two of them have come into my life courtesy of my brothers.

This is my favourite photo of cousin Cathy.  This was taken at her 21st birthday and I snapped it whilst we were doing the conga.  Cathy is a primary school teacher – kids absolutely adore her.  And she has a beautiful singing voice.

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Cousins Jennifer and Angela (sister of Cathy) – photo taken during Jen’s hen’s night.  Jennifer, a mum of one, is one talented photographer and Angela, a mum of 2 boys, works as a risk management lawyer.

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Next is Michelle, myself, Rebecca and Maria. Michelle and i were flower girls at her sister’s wedding.  (Her sister is my aunt). Michelle was 3 and i was 7.  This has been a long standing cherished friendship. Michelle, a mum of two, is a social worker. And one crazy chick – i mean that in the nicest possible way.

Rebecca and Maria are my sisters-in-law. My brothers have given me the best sisters that anyone could ask for. Rebecca is a mum of one and currently studying part-time.  Maria works at South Australia Police (SAPOL).

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Jen with her sister Sophie. Sophie is in marketing, has a way with words (she is one of the funniest people i know) and loves her sport.

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Michelle and me –

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Cousin Angie, the youngest of the group, and quite a character, is a uni student doing a double degree and works part-time.

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Beautiful, caring, smart, funny, loyal, crazy, sweet – there aren’t enough words to describe these girls but I love them lots and always.

“If i could give you one gift my friend, I would give you the ability to see yourself as others see you, so that you would know how very special you are.  We’ve shared so much laughter, so many tears.  We’re a spiritual bond that grows stronger each year.  We’re not sisters by births, but we knew from the start something put us together to be sisters by heart.”

Travel buddies …

The April challenge at Scrap The Girls was an 8.5″ x 11″ sketch challenge.

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I don’t usually scrap that size so I stuck to the challenge. I did however change the orientation of the photos and I placed the page onto a 12″ x 12″ lace cardstock so that I could slip the layout into a 12″ x 12″ album.

8.5″ x 11″ pages are super quick to make!

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The photos I used are holiday photos. For the last 3 years my friends Teresa, Karyn and I have travelled together within Australia. We haven’t decided yet where we’re going this year …

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“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” ~ Jawaharial Nehru

A family is a little world created by love …

The photo used on this layout is of my dad with his beloved grandson Jake. Sadly the photo was the last ever photo taken of the two of them together. My dad passed away suddenly a few weeks after this photo was taken.

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The quote used – ‘What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel they are joined for life – to be with each other in silent unspeakable moments.

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The ‘Happy’ badge was an op shop purchase in Hahndorf – a town in the Adelaide Hills which happens to be the oldest surviving German settlement in Australia.

April 20 2012 will mark the one year anniversary of my dad’s passing.  Miss you lots papa xxx

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My brother Tony married his sweetheart Maria last September >>

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There was a fair bit of fussy cutting here.  I used Francheville’s ‘Cranberry True Love Right’ paper which i bought a long time ago!

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My nephew Jake when he was just 1 day old >>

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“Family is not an important thing … it’s everything” ~ Michael J Fox

With glitter …

A while back I bought the Grace Taylor ‘Panama Lounge’ scrapbook papers from a local department store. (The paper pad had 15 coordinating designs with two sheets of each design. There were also five sheets with glitter embellishments.)

One of the sheets I absolutely loved because of the colours but I couldn’t imagine using the whole sheet (or even half of it) because the pattern seemed too busy and I thought it would distract from the photo that I wanted to use.

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Solution? Fussy cutting! Fussy cutting – you target and cut out a specific motif, pattern, picture or print from the sheet of paper.

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It is time consuming but it’s definitely worth the effort. Note: a very good pair of sharp embroidery scissors will help you cut the smallest areas out of the paper.

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I love fussy cutting patterned papers. It allows me to feature the best part of the paper on a layout. Those old papers that you have in your stash can become new again with fussy cutting.

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“Glitter is my favourite colour.” ~ Kate Spade

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