Friday, 27 January 2017

Best Summer Fun | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi everyone! Just popping in today to share my latest layout for Cocoa Vanilla Studio using the delicious Endless Summer collection again. This time, I have opted for a summer themed boy layout featuring a couple of pics of the boys I snapped at the local pool. I love how versatile this collection has been for me, allowing me to use it in a variety of styles.

"Best Summer Fun"

I used a combination of both the Coastal Chill and Sunbleached papers as the base for my layout. I also added a couple of pieces of the Aloha Sunshine paper as a mat where I was going to place my photos. I then used one of my new stamps from Viva Las VegaStamps to add a bit of subtle background interest behind my photos and where my title was going to go.

Once my photos were in place, I used the film strip (cut into two pieces) from the die cut ephemera pack on either side of my photos along some messy cotton thread, and a die cut cloud above my photo. I echoed the cloud theme using a couple of wood veneer clouds.

To tie in the wood elements further, I also added a wood veneer tab onto one of my photos; the wood grain print flair button; a couple of Woodies; and a wood veneer arrow around my photos. I also popped in the cute icecream puffy sticker; more die cut ephemera pieces; and some enamel shapes.

To follow the theme I had created, I used a combination of wood veneer pieces for my title, which I spaced simply along the horizontal strip across my page.

To finish, I added some simple journaling; a few stamped phrases and the date; and some splatters of blue mist.

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. I will be back again soon with another project to share.
Until then, happy scrapping! X 

Thursday, 19 January 2017

You Stole My Heart | Flutterby Designs

Hi everyone!
I hope all my fellow Aussies are enjoying their summer; time is certainly getting away from us and it will be back to school time before we know it! I know I have been a little quiet on here the past couple of weeks, but rest assured I have had PLENTY going on behind the scenes and there will be lots of projects to share soon.

Today I have another Flutterby Designs layout to share with you - this one was again created using the Mad About You collection, and in stark contrast to my other pages created with this collection, is a nice, soppy, romantic one...

The photo I used was one that was taken on a trip to Rainbow Beach on the Fraser Coast in Queensland a few years ago. It was my partner's birthday (which also happens to be our anniversary) and I was 23 weeks pregnant with our boys at the time. He found this heart shaped rock for me on our walk up to the sandblow, and that was what he was holding in front of my belly in the photo. (And yes, I still have the rock!)

I knew exactly which of the Mad About You Everyday Etc photo cards I was going to use as my title card for this layout, so wanted to create a mixed media background to match it. I started with my teal Flutter Colour paint, which I watered down to make a beautiful watercolour paint. Then using a wide brush, I simply brushed it across my cardstock. After that I added some stamped bubbles and a little texture using some of my Viva Las VegaStamps stamps. I then used one of my Flutterby mini stencils and white Flutter Colour paint to apply some random small circles over the top, which I did by stippling the paint on with a stiff brush through the stencil. I also mixed a little white paint with water and splattered some around my page, along with some blue mist.

Once the background was dry, I chose some of the Mad About You Everyday Etc filler cards to use as a layered mat for my photo. I used a wood veneer geotag to draw attention to my photo, which I altered simply with some watercolour paint. I also added the XOXO page tab and used the small frame from the Mad About You Sticky Quotes sticker sheet (I cut it in half and layered the pieces back on top of each other). On top of the frames I popped a couple of white tiny sticky quotes.

I used several wood veneer circles and the smaller confetti circles around my page, which I also coloured simply using a watercolour paint. You can see where I roughly wrapped some cotton thread around the circle used to highlight the quotes next to my photo.

For my embellishment cluster on the corner of my photo, I layered the & sticker from the sticky quick quotes sheet with a Charms Creations heart, some more cotton thread, and the gorgeous I love you to infinity & beyond flair button (from set #422).

Along the bottom edge of my page I added the die cut script i love you quote from the Mad About You Die Cut Bibs & Bobs pack. I popped an extra tiny sticky quote below it and a die cut heart (painted with watercolour to match my geotag veneer) next to it.

After all that was done, I added a few more die cut hearts, some sequins and a few stamped phrases and my page was complete. I was really happy with how it all came together...despite the lack of any of my favourite "sentence enhancers" on this one.

I will be back soon with another project to share. Until then, happy scrapping! X

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