Tuesday, 3 January 2017

H & K | Flutterby Designs

Hi everyone! Popping in today to share my first layout for Flutterby Designs for 2017. This one features a photo of my boys that I took recently as I dropped them off for daycare. No reason - a "just because". Sometimes those photos are the best ones, aren't they?
I used the Mad About You collection for this one - proving that this range doesn't have to be just for those you are mad about, it can also be for the ones who drive you mad! ;)

I started by adding a bit of colour to a sheet of patterned paper using some Flutter Colour paints. (I applied simply by spreading them across my page with a palette knife.) Once dry, I added some Colour Blast Colour Paste through one of my Flutterby mini stencils on top of the paint, and then topped that off with a drizzle of pink Flutter Colour paint.

I adore this together Everyday Etc card - I have to admit I have been hoarding it until now because I loved it so much. I layered it on top of a hot pink Filler Card (which I also used part of behind my photo) to help pick up the pink from the heart on it.

Besides the Filler Card, you can also see I used part of a frame from the Mad About You Die Cut Bits & Bobs pack under my photo, which I topped with some messy thread and a gorgeous flair button. Above the photo, I added a Page Tab and the cute die cut geotag (also from the Bits & Bobs pack).

I embellished directly onto the photo using an offcut from a Filler Card, a sticker from the Mad About You Sticky Quick Quotes sheet, and a rainbow heart sticker.

I really wanted to use the & card as part of my title, so decided to fussy cut it out and then use another Filler Card to handcut the H and K from, which I attached with some tiny staples. On top of the ampersand I added a Tiny Sticky Quote and a die cut heart.

For the final part of my layout, I added a couple more of the Sticky Quick Quotes stickers, a tiny Sticky Quote and another die cut heart. I used a wood veneer circle (which I coloured white with a Posca pen) to highlight the "you drive me crazy" quote. After that, a few black splatters of mist and I was done!

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. *A reminder that the Flutterby Designs store is currently closed for the Christmas / New Year break and will be back online on Wednesday the 11th January.*
I will be back soon with another creation to share. Until then, happy scrapping! X

Sunday, 1 January 2017

High 5 | Scrap the Boys January Challenge

Happy New Year everyone!
I hope you all had a fabulous New Year's Eve! (As I am writing this post well in advance, I am guessing there is a fair chance that I may be nursing a hangover today...hehe)
So I am here today to share my first design team layout for the new year - kicking off as I usually do, with Scrap the Boys. The first challenge for the year is all about numbers...

And here is what I came up with...

"High 5"

I created this layout as a tribute to one of my boys - Hunter. Every time I see him do things like climb mountains (just like in these recent photos), he inspires me. He has an amazing attitude to life and doesn't give in. I often remind myself that I need to be more like him.

I used a combination of the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Totally Rad collection; the Flutterby Designs No Excuses collection; and stamps from Viva Las VegaStamps for this layout and I LOVE the result! You can see that I also included some extra mixed media in the form of white Flutter Colour paint, green Dylusions ink spray (applied with a waterbrush) and some splattered navy mist.

It's no secret I love layering - here you can see where I have clustered together a Cocoa Vanilla acetate star, label sticker, die cut ephemera pieces and flair button, along with some cotton thread for texture.

The large high 5 title was cut from a Flutterby Designs Everyday Etc card, as was the excuse quote I ran vertically down the right edge of my page, and I also included a few Flutterby tiny sticky quotes too.

Here you can see close up some of the awesome stamps I used from Viva Las VegaStamps, and also a few of the embellishments from Cocoa Vanilla Studio - button, enamel dot, woodie, acetate star.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have popped the Scrap the Boys January challenge on your list now. You have until the end of the month to link your entry up via the STB blog. And don't forget to pop over and see what the rest of the team created too!
Til next time, happy scrapping! X

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Push Yourself | Flutterby Designs

Hi everyone! Well here we are..."it's the final countdown" (I hope you sang that in your head like I did!) I hope this finds you all well and not too frantic in the final Christmas countdown. (With 3 young kids in our house, it's fairly safe to say the level of excitement here is currently sitting around DEFCON 2! haha)

Anyway, I am here today to share another of my Flutterby Designs creations with you. Today's layout was inspired by my current journey of getting myself in better shape. After having spent so much of my time and energy looking after everyone around me in recent years, I was coming a very poor last. So I have changed my eating habits and am getting my lazy ass moving again. It's very true when they say that the hardest part is starting. But I am finding it is also difficult to maintain the momentum some days, especially doing it all on my own. I created this page so that I can display it to remind me to keep going every day.

After prepping my cardstock with some of the new Colour Blast heavy gesso, I created a background using a combination of Colour Blast Colour Sprays and stamps from Viva Las VegaStamps. I wanted to stick with neutral tones (much like my shoes pictured), that would allow some bright colours to pop from it. I then added texture using some Colour Blast Colour Paste and one of my Flutterby mini stencils, then flicked some white Flutter Colour paint over the top.

I used the No Excuses collection for this layout. The Everyday Etc card I chose to use for the push yourself title and the no one is going to do to it for you quote both really struck a chord with me as I tell myself this every day. I used some of the coordinating filler cards which I cut into pieces and layered together as a mat for my photo.

I highlighted my photo by adding a white cord frame on top of it, then used a few wood veneer circles (colored black) to help echo the circular theme. I also coloured the everyday wood veneer black to match.

Some messy cotton thread helped add some subtle texture; whilst the neon enamel dots added a few extra pops of coordinating colour and tied in with the other circular elements. A few well chosen white tiny sticky quotes placed around my page helped to reinforce my theme as well.

And what Flutterby creation of mine would be complete without a flair button? This be your own hero one, from set #410 which coordinates with the No Excuses range, was just perfect!

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. If you are making new year resolutions to get in shape, then make sure you put the No Excuses collection on your list to document your progress!

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very merry Christmas and happy new year. I will be back again to share lots of my Flutterby creations in 2017.
Til then, happy scrapping! X

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Lazy Sundays | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi everyone!
Just popping in today to share another layout using the Endless Summer collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. This collection is so perfect for documenting all those summer memories. My layout today features a recent photo of one of my boys that was taken as we enjoyed a BBQ by the beach on a Sunday afternoon. (Don't you love those lazy Sundays?)

I started with the super cute Blue Skies paper as my base, which I used to create a frame by adhering a smaller square of white cardstock on top of it. I then added some watercolour paint, as well as some subtle stamping using one of my fave Viva Las VegaStamps, where I knew the main focal area of my layout was going to be.

Next, I added a piece of the Coastal Chill paper, which I simply tore into a rough water drop shape (we were at the beach), rather than using a straight edge or geometric shape. I also cut some of the Aloha Sunshine paper as a mat for my photo, which I layered with a paper doily and then placed on top. I then fussy cut a few flowers from the Aloha Sunshine paper, which I tucked in under some of the edges of my torn piece. (There is always room for a few flowers on a boy layout!)

I really wanted to convey the theme of my page (and the memory) with my title, so I chose to use a longer, descriptive title. I used a mixture of tiny alphas (from a previous collection), ephemera pieces, alpha stickers, a word from the This & That cut apart paper and a puffy sticker to form "gotta love awesome lazy sundays".

To embellish my layout, I used a mixture of ephemera pieces, several woodies, and puffy stickers. I layered the elements using foam tape and by placing them on top of each other to provide extra dimension. I used a mix of warm and cool tones in my embellishments, to echo the presence of the both the warm and cool tones in my photo. (You can see how I clustered the warm and cool mostly together though, to help maintain visual balance.) I also added some white cotton thread for subtle texture.

Thanks for stopping by today. Don't forget the Cocoa Vanilla Studio 2017 design team call is now open, you can find all the details HERE

Til next time, happy scrapping! X

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Mad About Harry | White with 1 December Challenge

Hi everyone!
Just popping in today to share my take on this month's White with 1 challenge. (So happy I found time to play along.) I couldn't resist this month's challenge which was White with Green Flash. I love working with green, so this one was right up my alley!

Here is my layout...

"Mad About Harry"

I created the mixed media background for this layout using a combination of two greens - a Dylusions spray and a Colour Blast Colour Spray. I then added some stamping using some of my Viva Las VegaStamps and splattered some Flutterby Designs white Flutter Colour Paint over the top.

Next, I added some layers of texture where I knew my photos were going to be placed - tissue paper; gauze, punchinella, cord and cotton. 
The gorgeous green star is from Charms Creations and the foiled flair button is from Flutterby Designs.

Into my layers I also added a wood veneer frame (that I coloured black and cut into two pieces). Around my layout I scattered some green sequins  and small wood veneer stars (also coloured black) - these were all from D-lish Scraps.

I used some Cocoa Vanilla Studio alphas and a sharpie for my title.

I had been saving this stamp from Viva Las VegaStamps for a layout like this! ;)

Look at all that delicious texture!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you like my take on this challenge. If you want to join in with this month's White with 1 challenge too, you will find details on their blog HERE.
Til next time, happy scrapping! X

Friday, 16 December 2016

Together | Show Us Your Stuff December Challenge

Hi everyone!
Time for another design team share from me, this time for Show Us Your Stuff. Sadly, after 3 years of being with SUYS, the time has come for me to step down, so this will be my last project for this team. I have had a fabulous few years with this challenge, and have made so many friends from my time there. But as they say, all good things must come to an end, so I am hoping my take on this month's challenge ends my time with a bang.

This month, the challenge is to use the following sketch + the word together. (I rotated the sketch for my layout.)


I love this group photo from 80's night at scrap retreat (we only just managed to pull ourselves together and stop laughing to get this shot!)

I couldn't deny the presence of the bright, fluro colours in the photo, so decided to base my background on them. I started by swiping some pink and orange Dylusions paints across my cardstock, which picked up the pink and orange in the photo beautifully. I then drizzled some aqua Flutter Colour paint randomly over the top.

Once all my paint was dry, I grabbed for some awesome rubber stamps from Viva Las VegaStamps. These added depth, as well as some humour and character into my page. Next, I added some small torn pieces of washi tape.

Once I was happy with my background, I started to build some layers where I wanted my photo to go. I used strips cut from Everyday Etc cards from Flutterby Designs to form my layered photo mat, and I also used a quote cut from one of them as a secondary focal point of my page.

On top of the layered paper strips, I added some wood veneer stars (coloured black) and hand-dyed muslin (both from D-lish Scraps); and coloured thread for texture before adding my photo. Next, I added a flair button, purple snippet strips and some heart stickers (all from Flutterby Designs).

That's all from me today, thanks for stopping by. I hope you pop this challenge on your To Do List this month - there is an awesome prize up for grabs! I will be back again soon with another creation to share. Until then, happy scrapping! X

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Shine Bright | Creative Scrappers - Creating with Sketches Vol 4 (& GIVEAWAY!)

Hi everyone!
I was absolutely thrilled recently be part of the brand new Creative Scrappers 'Creating with Sketches' Vol 4 book compiled by the lovely Kristine Davidson.
Kristine's sketches are already well known through her operation of the Creative Scrappers sketch challenge site, but she also releases books filled with her awesome sketches and sample layouts from scrappers around the world. (You can imagine how excited I was that little ole me had the chance to take part alongside many of the scrappers whose work I love!)


Here is my layout...

I used the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Free Spirit collection for this layout and a super cute photo of my kids with my niece and nephew. I decided to keep my layout relatively "clean" so that my use of the sketch could easily be seen. (I am often known to wander completely off track from sketches! haha)

Here are some close-ups...

If you would like to get your hands on your own copy Creating with Sketches Vol 4 (or any of the previous versions) you can head here to purchase it: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/CreativeScrappers

GIVEAWAY - If you would like the chance to WIN your own digital copy then head over to my Instagram account HERE as I have a copy up for grabs! (Winner announced Friday 16th December.)

Til next time, happy scrapping! X