Thursday, 18 January 2018

Brave Heart | Color Blast

Hi everyone!
Sue Plumb here to share my latest Colour Blast design team project with you. Today I have a mixed media scrapbook layout to share, but I decided to mix it up a bit by creating an A4 sized page. I don't often create in this size, but as the photo I chose to work with was only 3x4", I thought it would work better on a smaller scale page. (And I must say, I liked the change!)

This page was actually inspired by the quote I used. It was one I found in a magazine quite a while ago, and I had cut it out and filed it away; but this week it really spoke to me so I wanted to create a piece using it.

I began my page by creating my background. I had an A4 sized sheet of cardstock, which I primed with White Heavy Gesso (I used an old gift card to get thin, even coverage); then once it had dried I started adding some colour. I used Steel Colour Shimmer Spray, which I applied simply by adding a couple of sprays very close to the surface (so it would pool rather than fan out). I then spread the colour using a wide brush.

Once the spray had dried, I then added some further colour to define my focal areas using Colour Artist Inks. The colours I chose were Barley; Rust and Soot as they worked perfectly with the small amount of colour shown in my photo.

To apply the inks, I sprayed a small amount of water first to wet the surface, before adding a few drops of Barley with a brush. I then added a little more water with my brush, which allowed me to move the colour around my page. I then used a heat gun to dry it before repeating the process with the Rust ink, which I also dried with a heat gun.

The next step was to add some depth and interest to my background by stamping with some of my favourite mark making stamps from Plate #1495 from Viva Las VegaStamps and Staz On ink.

Then, to add further depth and some texture to my page, I grabbed my Bling Colour Paste and a thin palette knife and spread small amounts randomly around my page.

I then used Soot Colour Artist Ink and a small, stiff brush to add some black splatters. (This ink makes the perfect splatters!)

Now it was time to add some focal images. In keeping with the steampunk style colour scheme I had used, and also because of the key word strength in my quote; I chose some images of the Viva Las VegaStamps Water Pipe Shutoff stamp that I had previously stamped onto tissue paper. (I used a small amount of matte medium to apply them, but you could even use a simple glue stick.)

I also added a couple of layers behind where my photo was going to go. I used a piece that I cut from white cardstock using a heart wreath die from Uniquely Creative; along with some frayed gauze for texture before mounting my photo on top.

After my photo was in place, I added a cute wood veneer frame from D-lish Scraps over the top.

I then added my quote, along with a wood veneer arrow from Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

Next, I added my Brave Heart title down in the bottom right corner of my page. This was also a Viva Las VegaStamps image that I had already stamped onto tissue paper using the Brave Heart stamp.

Finally, to tie in the heart theme and also to add some more dimension to my page; I added a handmade Charms Creations DIY heart embellishment with another wood veneer arrow mounted on top of it.

I am really happy how this one came together, and so pleased I was able to use the quote I had saved. (I knew one day it would speak to me!)
Here's a final look at some of the colours and textures on my page (look at that Bling Colour Paste shine!)

I will be back in a couple of weeks with another project to share. Until then, happy scrapping! X

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Bad Day | Scrap the Girls January Challenge

Hi everyone!
Time to share another design team layout with you, and this time it's my take on the January challenge for Scrap the Girls. This month's board is called "I Got the Blues" and it looks like this...

As you can see it's full of gorgeous, glorious shades of blue; which is where my initial inspiration came from. My second point of inspiration came from the title of the board, which made me think of sadness. The quote from the board had me determined to document something that told a story, so I decided to do a page about the day Brielle broke her arm (which definitely checked all the boxes).

To create my page I started with the background. I used Colour Blast Colour Shimmer Dusts in Duke and Navy to apply colour to the top of the page with a brush and then simply let it run down. (I wanted this to symbolise the tears she shed that day.)

Once the watercolour had dried, I added some stamping using stamps from Viva Las VegaStamps. The small crosses are from Plate 1495, which has an amazing array of mark making designs that are perfect for backgrounds by DeeDee Catron. The large crosses and the stitching (which I used to represent a heartbeat) are from Plate 1455 which also features awesome textures and marks.

Next, I created a layered mat to define where my photo collage was going to be placed. I used some printed vellum from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio 'Wild at Heart' collection, along with a floral patterned paper from the 'Hello Sunshine' collection. The chipboard frame (also from 'Wild at Heart') was cut in half and placed on either side of the photos; and I also added some frayed gauze for added texture.

After my photo collage was in place, I added the unforgettable sticker (from the 'Hello Sunshine' accessory sticker sheet); then below it I added a denim heart from Charms Creations. The three small black word circles were from a Heidi Swapp ephemera pack.

The stitched denim print alphas I used for my title were also from the CVS 'Hello Sunshine' collection. (I so love these stickers!) Then it was simply a matter of adding my handwritten journaling (not that this story took too much explanation), and I was done.

I hope you will get a chance to join in with this month's Scrap the Girls challenge. You can be inspired by the board in any way you wish (just remember as this is a colour challenge you will need to use blue somewhere!) You can head over to the STG blog for all the challenge and prize details and see what else the DT created HERE.
I will be back with another project to share soon. Until then, happy scrapping! X

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Big Beautiful Moment | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi everyone!
Today I am sharing my first project for Cocoa Vanilla Studio for 2018, which was created using the gorgeous 'Bohemian Dream' collection. This layout is particularly close to my heart for a couple of reasons. First of all, because it was actually created as part of my entry for the Masters competition for the (now defunct) Scrapbooking Memories magazine. But secondly, because it documents a truly amazing moment in my life - meeting my half sister for the very first time.

My layout started with the stunning Beautiful Mess patterned paper for my background. Although this paper is designed to use as a cut apart in smaller pieces; I loved the patchwork-style look of it as a whole sheet, so I decided to add some machine stitching to turn it into a design feature.

Next, I used the B-side of the Abundant paper to mat my photo with, before mounting it on some cardboard to raise it up from the page and help it pop. 

Behind my photo, I tucked in a tab from the die cut ephemera pack; and then added a heart from the chipboard accent stickers just below it, directly onto my photo. 

When it came to embellishing my page I wanted to keep it sweet and simple. I sorted through the die cut ephemera pack and pulled out pieces that coordinated with each of the colour blocks on the paper. I also added some of the small phrases from the accessory sticker sheet

For my title I utilised the large negative space of my photo, and used a combination of chipboard accent stickers; an accessory sticker and a chipboard title sticker word that I coloured using watercolour paints.

To finish my layout I added some simple, typed journaling strips and I was done. I am so happy with how this page turned out, and that I could use such a beautiful collection to document such an important moment in my life.
Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you.
Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Get Your Halo Dirty | Flutterby Designs

Hi everyone!
As you may have already seen announced, I am so happy to say that I am staying on the Flutterby Designs team again this year (Anita might have to pry me out with a crowbar at this rate - but who else lets me say "fuck" on my pages as much as she does?) ;)
Today I am here to share my first Flutterby project for 2018 - a page I created using the recently released 'We Run the World' collection. (As soon as I saw this SnapChat filter, I immediately thought of the get your halo dirty card from this collection!)

Let's talk about my background first.
That gorgeous paper (that I have been hoarding!) is called 'Beyonce' and is one of the ten 12x12" papers from the 'We Run the World' Paper Pack. (These were produced in a very limited run, so if you want to get your hands on some, grab them before they are gone!) I didn't want to mess up the awesome pattern too much, so I simply dry-brushed a small amount of Colour Blast white Heavy Gesso over my focal area to help define it.

The next thing I did was fussy cut my photos and then matted them with some white cardstock to help them pop a bit more. I also mounted the main photo on some cardboard (I use my Flutterby order boxes for this); so that the front photo would sit out from the one behind. (I was going with a "devil on your shoulder" type design.)
As I already knew I wanted to use the halo quote; I cut it out from the 'We Run the World' Everyday Etc card and then used the excess pieces to tuck in underneath the bottom edges of my photos.

Behind my photos at the top, I tucked in an Everyday Etc filler card that featured a gorgeous round frame, as I thought it kind of resembled an orb of light (or something like that). I also added some messy cotton thread for texture before sticking my photos down. 

I love a good mixed font sentence that doubles for a title; so along with the quote, I used some Flutterby Blackboard and Teal Sticky Alphas; Snippet Strips; Black Tiny Sticky Quotes and the bad ass tab from the 'We Run the World' frame. Alongside my title, I added one of the flair buttons from the 'We Run the World' set #1.

To finish my page, I added a few of the hexagons from the 'We Run the World' Wood Veneer Bits set. I simply popped them out of the sheet and used a pink Posca pen to quickly add a bright splash of colour before sticking them on.

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. I am looking forward to sharing many more Flutterby projects over the coming year!
Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Unforgettable Fun | Colour Blast

Hi everyone, happy new year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas - New Year period with your family and friends and you are all ready and raring to go for another creative year!
Today I am sharing a mixed media scrapbook layout I created for Colour Blast.
Given that we are still in the midst of summer holidays here in Australia, I thought I would create a layout that is not only simple to put together, but is also perfect for hot summer days.

I started this page by creating my background using a variety of Colour Blast products. First, I wanted to lay down some very subtle colour; so I used Tangareen Dream Colour Shimmer Spray and lightly brushed it onto my page with a wide brush. (I simply poured a small amount into a cup to allow me to dip my brush into it.) Once I had brushed the spray on, I used some of the left overs to splatter around the page.

Next, I wanted to add some contrast and texture, so I used Colour Pastes and used my photo as inspiration for the colours. First I used Fire Engine to echo the dark pink-red; and then used Tangareen Dream to accentuate more of the orange tone. Each of them was applied by smearing the paste thinly around the page using a small palette knife.

At this point I decided the page needed more "mess" factor, so I looked to my photo for further inspiration. I noted the small pops of yellow and the dominance of orange tones, so I  decided to add some more vibrant splatters using the new Colour Artist Inks. First, I splattered around some Barley; then repeated it with Citrus before setting my page aside to dry.

Once my page was dry, I decided I needed to add one final colour for some contrast. As all the ones I had used were warm tones, I decided to add a cool tone for extra visual interest. Again, my photo provided guidance, as there were small pops of green visible in the background. This time I used a Colour Shimmer Cube in Apple of My Eye.

The next step in my process was to create the focal area of my layout where my photo strip was going to be placed. I created a simple layered mat using papers and stickers from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio 'Endless Summer' collection.

I then used a beautiful floral print Aloha Sunshine paper from the same collection and fussy cut some of the hibiscus flowers from it to place around my photos to help frame it.

After I had the flowers in place, I added my photo strip on top, using some scrap cardboard to mount it up from the page. 

After the photo strip was adhered, I embellished my page using some extra coordinating stickers and die cut pieces.

For my title, I used a combination of a sticker and a die cut, mounting the die cut word fun up with foam tape to give it dimension and help it pop from the page a bit.

To finish off, I added a few stamped phrases and the date and my page was complete.

So for what was a relatively simple process, I am very happy with the result. You could try a similar design. Create your own background by layering up a few Colour Blast products; then choose some coordinating papers and stickers. 
If you do create your own version, I would love to see it! Pop over to the Colour Blast Creative Corner group and share it there, or if you share on Instagram tag me @sue.plumb so I can see!
Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Bloom Grow | Scrap the Boys January Challenge

Hi everyone - happy new year!
Time for my first design team share of 2018, and I am kicking off the new year with my take on the January challenge for Scrap the Boys. This month's challenge looks like this...

And here is what I created, using a recent photo of my boys from their kindergarten graduation. (I can hardly believe I am saying that and they are about to go to school - it's been a long 5.5 years!)

"Bloom Grow"

As soon as I turned my attention to this challenge, I knew I wanted to use the 'Bohemian Dream' collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. (With a floral that good, how could I not?) I kept my page relatively understated, because I wanted to make sure the floral elements would shine.

I started with white cardstock as my base, but left it clean to begin with. I then double matted my photo using the B-side of the Gypsy Heart paper; and the miniature version of the Kaleidoscope paper from the 6x6" paper pad.

I then fussy cut 3 large floral pieces from the Abundant paper that I used to frame around my photo. I also used 3 mini chipboard frames from the 'Wild at Heart' collection that I tucked in behind my photo to add dimension and some structure. I also added the quote piece that was cut from the Boho Bits cut apart paper.

Next, I added some soft watercolour to my background using Colour Blast Colour Shimmer Cubes in Royalty; Lovely Lilac and Singin' the Blues. I used a small brush to apply the colours around the edges of each of the floral pieces.

For my title I used the wood veneer words bloom and grow from the 'Wild at Heart' collection, along with 3 wood veneer hearts; which I inked using a midnight blue ink. I applied the ink roughly, leaving a little of the raw wood grain to show in places to mimic the chalkboard sign in the photo.

To finish my page, I added some small phrase stickers from the 'Bohemian Dream' accessory sticker sheet and a coordinating flair button to one of the chipboard frames. I also stamped some phrases and the date; then added some Indigo Colour Spray splatters.

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. Don't forget you have until the end of the month to enter the challenge to be in the running for a prize. You can get all the details on the Scrap the Boys blog.
Until next time, happy scrapping! X