Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Show Us Your Stuff September Challenge!

Mid-month reveal time at Show Us Your Stuff, and it's time to share my take on this month's gorgeous Spring themed mood board...

I found lots to inspire me - the soft pastel colours, the flowers, the hearts...

{Papers by Websters Pages; Teresa Collins and Basic Grey. Frame from My Minds Eye.}

As soon as I saw these papers by Websters Pages, I knew they would be perfect for this challenge! I even managed to scrap a photo I had long been hoarding (as full family photos are very rare around here!) 

Here are some close-ups...
{Ivory silk heirloom flower & flair button from D-lish Scraps; pin from A little bit fANTsy}

{Acrylic heart by Heidi Swapp; flowers from D-lish Scraps}

{Wood bit from Flutterby Designs}

{Photo cut out tab from Flutterby Designs}

I hope that everyone has a chance to play along with this month's challenge and share their take on this stunning board. There are plenty of elements to draw from, so something for everyone! Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Off the Rails September Challenge!

Back again with another challenge share for you, this time it's for the Off the Rails September challenge, which is a gorgeous mood palette designed by Fiona Paltridge.
Here is the palette...

And here is my take on it...
{Papers by Graphic 45 & Teresa Collins; Alphas by American Crafts}

I was inspired by a number of elements from this palette. I love that it had me create this layout using a colour combo I would not necessarily have used otherwise. I was also drawn to the gold glitter, and incorporated that by die cutting some shapes from gold glittered cardstock - including feathers, another featured element of the palette.

{Dies & cardstock both by American Crafts; assorted flowers from D-lish Scraps}

I also created my own custom glittery gold background using a stencil, texture paste and loose glitter. I simply sprinkled the glitter onto the texture paste whilst still wet, then shook off the excess once dry.

{Flair button from D-lish Scraps}

{Prima feature bloom from Wild About Scrap; gold butterfly coming soon to Lovelybug bits n Bobs!}

The final element I took inspiration from was the theme of the palette and the quote "free yourself". I put my spin on it by using these pics of my daughter behind a wire fence, and some personal journaling to her about how I hope she is always free to be herself. (I used a gold gel pen for my journaling, so it doesn't overshadow the layout composition, but still fits the colour scheme.)

I do hope you will try this beautiful palette, and I hope you find it as inspiring as I did! Don't forget to link your layouts up to the Off the Rails blog HERE before the end of the month. Happy scrapping! X 

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Scrap the Boys September Challenge!

Wow - September! We are definitely heading into the pointy end of the year now!
This month's challenge at Scrap the Boys is all about 'Domesticated Boys' (think washing, cooking, cleaning, ironing, etc).

When I saw the prompt for this challenge I immediately thought of a video I took of my boys using the vacuum a few months ago. I didn't take any still photos though, so I decided to grab a few snapshots from the video and create a collage with them.

Here is my layout...
{Papers by Echo Park; Basic Grey; Glitz Designs and Becky Higgins Project Life cards.
Alphas by American Crafts.}

Taking inspiration from the awesome Kim Jeffress here, I decided to create an interactive element for my layout by including QR codes for 2 of the videos I took that day. This way, when I look back at the layout, I can simply scan the code with my phone and be taken straight to the videos. I put them onto this PL card which pulls out from behind my photos...

{Flair button from Flutterby Designs}

A few more details...

{Adore this little printed peg by Amy Tan for American Crafts; wood bit from Flutterby Designs}

{How gorgeous are these paper straws? Hoping to have these up in the Lovelybug Bits n Bobs store soon!}

{This title was probably a little inspired by the 80's child in me...hehe}

Looking forward to seeing YOUR take on the STB challenge this month! Don't forget you can scrap any "boy" in your life, not just the little ones! (So don't forget to capture that rare photo of hubby washing the dishes or cooking, and record the memory forever! hehe) Your take on the challenge could win you a fabulous prize from Scrapbooking Delights; Scrapmatts or Flutterby Designs! (Yes, that's THREE prizes on offer!)

Thanks for stopping by, and for everyone who takes the time to leave me a comment. Your feedback is really appreciated and I always aim to repay the favour by hitting up your blog to leave you some love. (So don't forget to comment if you want me to visit YOU!) X

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Show Us Your Stuff August Challenge

The August challenge at Show Us Your Stuff is a "Shape Challenge". This month you need to use the following items on your layout - a square, a rectangle, bunting, a circle, a banner, a splash of paint or ink, and of course, a handmade item. You can use each shape as many times as you want and interpret them as you like, but each shape must be used at least once and be visible. You can also add anything else you wish.

Here is my take on it...

{Papers by Prima and Basic Grey; alphas by American Crafts}

I managed to easily incorporate several handmade items onto my layout. (Remember handmade items don't necessarily have to be made by you!)

{Fabric button from Lovelybug Bits n Bobs; satin flower from Burdy's Embellies; mini pinwheel from Rainbow Splendour}

{Icecream pin from My Little Bit of Whimsy; assorted flowers from D-lish Scraps}

That's all from me today, I do hope you will have a go at this month's 'Shape Challenge' at Show Us Your Stuff, you could win a fabulous prize from Rainbow Splendour! Happy scrapping, and thank you for stopping by! X

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

A layout for for Off the Rails!

Just popping in today to share a layout I created for Off the Rails that was inspired by this month's challenge. August's challenge features a gorgeous mood palette with sketch, and despite it not being my turn to create a sample, I couldn't resist being inspired by it!

Here's what I came up with...

{Papers by Kaisercraft; Basic Grey & Glitz Designs; Alphas by American Crafts & Basic Grey;
Transparency by Hambly Screen Prints; floral vine by Prima from Wild About Scrap}

Here's what the mood board looks like...

{There is also a sketch available for this challenge, you will find it HERE}

Initially it was the colour combo that had me reaching for my supplies, but the flower photo caught my eye and had me searching for my own nature image (plus it provided the perfect excuse to use flowers on my layout! hehe) I also took the opportunity to use up some of my "vintage" stash for this layout - you have to love that!

Here's a couple of close-ups...

{That stunning feature bloom is from Manorhouse Creations; flair button by Flutterby Designs}

{Assorted flowers including Prima Princess Fairytale flowers from Wild About Scrap
and other blooms from D-lish Scraps}

I hope you find this month's challenge as inspiring as I did. There is a fabulous stamp set from Lawn Fawn up for grabs this month, so don't forget to visit the Off the Rails blog for all the challenge details, more inspiration from the DT or to link up your entry. Happy scrapping! X

Friday, 1 August 2014

Scrap the Boys August Challenge!

I can't believe we are now into August...eeeeekkkk!!!
I'm back today to share another great challenge from Scrap the Boys. This month's theme is "Profiling", so you need to include facts about your chosen "boy" (remember it can always be a grown up one!). We want to know what makes your boy tick, so include things like name, age, likes, dislikes, personality traits, etc.

Here is my take on it...

{Papers by Jillibean Soup, Glitz Designs & Graphic 45; photo is framed using a Flutterby Designs 'Fussy Cut'}

(Now I have scrapped this layout, I am going to have to complete another one for his twin brother!) Here are some close-ups...

{Flair button from Flutterby Designs; acrylic star by Heidi Swapp; heart from Lovelybug Bits n Bobs}

{Chevron from Charms Creations}

I had so many fun "facts" I wanted to include on this layout, but I still wanted to maintain a feeling of space, so I chose to print out my journaling and cut it into strips, then used it as extra framing on the layout. Here are a couple more of my favourites...

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you will play along with us at Scrap the Boys this month, as it's such a cool challenge and we have some fabulous prizes from D-lish Scraps and Scrapbooking From Scratch up for grabs!!! 
Til next time, happy scrapping! X

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Show Us Your Stuff July Challenge!

I am here today sharing my take on the July challenge at Show Us Your Stuff, which is a colour challenge - I LOVE colour challenges!
Here is my layout...

{Papers by Echo Park; Alphas by Jillibean Soup}

Seeing as it's Winter here in Australia (although some days you wouldn't know it where I live), this month's challenge is a Winter-inspired colour palette. And, as always, your entry must also contain at least one handmade item (not necessarily by you).

Here is the palette...

{Image source: Design Seeds}

And some close-ups...

{Flair button from Flutterby Designs; ladybug from My Little Bit of Whimsy;
resin rainbow from Lovelybug Bits n Bobs; satin flower from Burdy's Embellies}

{Heavenly Heart from Charms Creations; Lovelybug Bits n Bobs resin heart; flowers from D-lish Scraps}

Don't forget you have until the end of the month to enter this challenge. It's a really great palette, (and even if you aren't a fan of blue, it's not as challenging as you might think!) The winner this month will receive some awesome goodies from Charms Creations (like the Heavenly Heart I used on my own layout!) Be sure to visit Show Us Your Stuff for all the challenge details plus some gorgeous inspiration from the DT!
Happy scrapping! X

Button Art

Just thought I would quickly share a photo of my button art that was posted over on the Off the Rails blog. I won't go into details here, so if you are interested in how to do them, you will find all the info HERE.
I think they are pretty cute...

And don't forget about the current challenge at Off the Rails too, this month it is this gorgeous inspirational colour palette...

Such beautiful colours (and pretty gorgeous shoes too!), I would love to see your take on it! X