Saturday, 16 June 2018

It's a Boy Thing | Scrap the Boys June Challenge

Hi everyone!
Stopping by today to share my design team layout for the June challenge at Scrap the Boys. This month, the challenge looks like this...

And here is my take on it using the awesome new 'Boys Rule' collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio...

I started this page with the brand new 'Large Die Cut and Backing Kit'. This kit consists of the pre-cut star piece, along with a printed mixed media style backing sheet - it's perfect for those who love the look of cut files but don't have a cutting machine!

With the background work already done for me, it was simply a matter of adding some papery layers to create a photo mat. I used the Straight and Narrow; Boy Stuff and Entitled papers; along with the cute camera from the Die Cut Ephemera pack; a frame from the Miscellany pack; and the love it tab from the Accessory Sticker sheet tucked into my layers.

Alongside my photo, I fussy cut my title from the Entitled paper, which I then stitched down with my sewing machine. This also coordinated with the messy white cotton thread that I had tucked in around the edges of my photo. 

Beneath my photo, I added the Mr Fantastic die cut from the ephemera pack, and to the right of my photo, the star Flair Button.
At the top of my page I created a small cluster using stickers from the Accessory Sticker sheet.

To finish off my page I added my handwritten journalling and three small stars from the Chipboard Pieces pack.

I do hope you will join in on this month's challenge at Scrap the Boys. Up for grabs is a prize from Scrapping Fun Kits, so make sure you get your entry loaded up by the end of the month for your chance to win.
Thanks for stopping by today, I will be back again soon with another project to share. Until then, happy scrapping! X

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Browser Brain | Colour Blast

Hi everyone!
Sue Plumb here with my latest Colour Blast design team project for you. Today I have an 8.5x11" scrapbook page to share that was inspired by a recent quote I saw and shared on Facebook. As soon as I saw it I could totally relate to it, as it pretty much sums up my constantly over-active brain. And a busy brain filled with so many things could only be accurately depicted by a layout that reflects the same things, right?

Before I even bagan, I knew the only way to achieve the look I was going for was to use layers - lots of layers; so bear with me while I take you through my process. 
To start with, I grabbed white cardstock; book paper; music paper; and matte medium to create a collaged background. I also added some random stamping using assorted word and image stamps. (Stamps by Viva Las VegaStamps and Carabelle Studio.)
As I knew my page was going to be very busy, I made sure to leave enough white space around the edges for the viewers eye to rest.

The next step was to start adding some colour, so I grabbed for my favourite Colour Blast product - Colour Artist Inks, in the shades of Lime, Oasis, Calypso and Citrus.

I then sprayed my background with a mist of water from a spray bottle, before using the droppers to add drops of ink around the page. (Be sure to use complimentary colours, as they are going to blend.) My tip here is don't use too much ink or go too close to the edges of the page, as you want to preserve that white space! You can see how some of the inks began spreading immediately due to the page being wet.

Once I had added drops of each colour where I wanted them, it was time to start spreading the colour. I didn't want the colours being too vibrant or dominating on this layer, so I chose to spread them with more water. I did this by again using my spray bottle, and by holding the nozzle very close to each ink drop on the page I spritzed it once or twice with water. This not only diluted the ink, but also fanned the colours out to begin blending together. I also picked up my page and tilted it slightly in each direction to help the process along.
I then carefully placed it flat again and immediately dried it with a heat gun so I could preserve the integrity and placement of the inks. (You can see the hard water lines that form when you dry quickly using this method.)

Next, it was time to freshen up the page using some white heavy gesso. I didn't want the yellow tint of the book and music paper showing too much in the areas the ink hadn't touched, so I applied a little gesso with my fingertip to soften it. (In some areas I used a wiping motion with my finger, whilst in other smaller areas it was just a little dab.)

Now it was time to liven things up with some contrast and texture! I used the amazing Mandala Floral stencil from StencilGirl Products; and applied Royalty Colour Paste through it with a palette knife.

To ensure the stencil didn't move and ruin any of the intricate details, I used washi tape to secure it to my page before spreading the Colour Paste. This stencil measures 9x12", so I was able to use the entire design on my page, and it looked amazing when it was removed. 

At this point I thought my page needed another colour for some additional contrast; so I reached for Slipper Colour Artist Ink and applied some very fine splatters around the edge of my design using a small, stiff brush. I then used my heat gun to dry the entire page thoroughly before moving on.

The final steps in my process were to add the photo and embellishments to my page. I used a paper doily and some frayed gauze under my photo to help separate it from the background, as well as adding some cardboard behind it to pop it up. 
I added some twisted, coloured wire using staples; title alphas (using the natural flow of the stencil as a guide for placement); a Charms Creations chevron; my printed quote and a few enamel dots for some extra small pops of colour.

And with that, my page was complete!

You can see all the multiple layers at play here and also how I used the natural curves from the stencilled image to dictate the position of my title alphas. 

The bright yellow doily contrasts against the other colours and helps separate the photo from the background, whilst the chevron also helps draw attention to it.

Cutting the quote into pieces and placing them haphazardly rather than straight, also helped to reinforce the theme of the page. 

This piece was framed and featured as part of my tutor display at the Brisbane Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo and I had a number of comments from people who enjoyed looking at it up close.
Here is how it looked in my display...

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. I hope I have inspired you to try your hand at creating your own multi-layered project. I will be back soon with another project to share. Until then, happy scrapping! X

Monday, 11 June 2018

Life is an Adventure | Viva Las VegaStamps

Hi everyone!
I'm here today to share my latest design team creation for Viva Las VegaStamps which is my take on the VLVS Monthly Challenge. If you haven't already seen the June inspiration image, it looks like this...

"Let's play with LIFE. Be inspired by nature, the tree of life, trees & roots, stars, star charts, the heavens & earth, above & below. Think tandem but opposite. Yin & Yang."

I was super inspired by the tree image, and I knew I wanted to create something featuring a tree and incorporating the word "life". I was also inspired by the neutral palette of the image, so I grabbed my altered book art journal to play and this is what came out...

I did my best to document my process as I went along (although sometimes I get so lost in the creative process, I forget to take a picture!) 

1. I started by adding some Colour Blast white heavy gesso to my book page. This was not only so I could prime the surface, but also so I could strip the yellow tint to the paper back a bit.
2. I then took some old music paper and another sheet of book paper tore up some small pieces. (I wanted to add some extra interest to the page, as the one I was using was the dedication page and didn't feature much text.)
3. I collaged the pieces onto the page using matte medium.
4. I then rubbed a little extra gesso over the collaged pieces using my finger to help them blend in.

5. I felt like using a different colouring medium, so pulled out some water soluble wax pastels in raw sienna, burnt sienna and black and added some colour to the page.
6. I then used a water brush to blend and soften the lines I had drawn.

7. I used the Stitching Lines stamp to create structure in my foreground.
8. I then used the Doodle Dots stamp to add some interest to the sky.

9. I then stamped out my feature images onto some tissue paper. I chose this method as I wanted to ensure I had a good, clean image rather than stamping directly onto the book. It also gave me the ability to shuffle the images around to decide on placement.
The stamps I used were:

10. I adhered my images to the page using matte medium, then took the pastels and added a little shading and colour around them.
11. I added the quote using the Choose Your Own Adventure stamp, then added the remainder with a black pen.

12. I finished with the second part of my quote in the bottom corner. For continuity, I used the word "choose" from the same stamp, then simply added the word well in pen.

I really love how this page turned out, despite the fact it is quite a departure from my usual preference for colour; and I can't wait to see how this month's challenge inspires all of you!
To enter, make sure you link up your entry via this post HERE before the end of the month.
You could win a project spotlight on the VLVS blog AND some new rubber! So what are you waiting for? Get busy!!

Thanks for stopping by so I could share this with you. I hope I have inspired you to get inky too! X

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Hello Summer | Flutterby Designs

Hi everyone!
Popping in today to share my latest design team creation for Flutterby Designs. You may recall my previous post with my layout for this month's Scrap the Girls challenge? (Which is being sponsored by Flutterby Designs.) The pocket page I am sharing today, also using the Flutterby 'Good Vibes Only' collection, was designed to sit side by side with the layout - as you can see below.

I had quite a few photos that were taken on this day that I wanted to include, and a great way to do that is by creating a pocket page to compliment your traditional 12x12" layouts in your album. The 'Good Vibes Only' collection is perfect for documenting all your summer memories, just like my day out at a music festival with my bestie. So. Much. Fun.

When working with pocket pages, I always start by printing the photos I want to include and laying them out on top of the pockets. I had already looked through all the Everyday Etc cards and filler cards from the collection and sorted a pile that coordinated; so it was simply a matter of trying them out and finding an arrangement I was happy with before I started sticking things down.

Some of the additional Flutterby items I used in my pockets included Sticky Quotes (from both the 'Good Vibes Only' and 'Xtreme Teen' sheets); Blackboard Sticky Quotes; 'Good Vibes Only' Die Cut Bits & BobsTeal Sticky Alphas; and Rainbow Heart Stickers.

I also used one of the super cool acrylic words that comes in the 'Good Vibes Only' Kit; along with a few enamel dots (because enamel dots go with evvverything, right?!)

I was really happy with how this fun page turned out; and it served as a great reminder that I need to make this sort of complimentary page more often for my album. Such a fabulous (and easy) way to include multiple photos on a spread.

For anyone coming to the Brisbane Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo this year, I will be there Thursday and again on Sunday, so if you see me make sure you come over and say hi!

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

Sunday, 3 June 2018

You're My Sunshine | Scrap the Girls June Challenge

Hi everyone!
Can you believe we are into JUNE already? I can't! The year is certainly flying by very quickly. I am here today to kick off with my first design team share for the month, and what better way to start winter than with a beautiful burst of colour? 
Today I am sharing my take on this month's challenge at Scrap the Girls, which is all about celebrating best friends in honour of "International Best Friend Day" on June 8th. Here's a look at the inspiration board...

I created a layout featuring a selfie of myself and my bestie that was taken when we were at a music festival earlier in the year. And as this month's sponsor is Flutterby Designs, I couldn't go past using the recently released 'Good Vibes Only' collection from Flutterby for my page.

I used the gorgeous 'Ray of Sunshine' paper from the 'Good Vibes Only' 12x12" paper pack as the base; then I cut a variety of pieces from the coordinating Everyday Etc cards and filler cards, and arranged them in a patchwork style on my page. I then used my sewing machine to add some subtle stitching before adding my photo on top.

On top of my layers, I added a couple of phrase stickers from the 'Good Vibes Only' Sticky Quote sheet, which I also then stitched over the top of. Above those, I added a Charms Creations handmade heart embellishment. I also added the fuck I love you babe quote sticker from the 'Mad About You' Sticky Quotes sheet directly onto my photo.

My title was created using the sunshine word from the 'Good Vibes Only' Die Cut Bits & Bobs pack, combined with you're my cut from a white Tiny Sticky Quote. I also added the stitching through the die cut word to tie in with the rest of my page.

I used the little pina colada image from one of the Everyday Etc cards, and HAD to use the super cute pina colada flair button alongside it. (Pina Coladas are my absolute favourite cocktail and my bestie and I have shared MANY of them together, so it had extra significance putting it on this page.)

I am so happy with how this page turned out. If you missed out on the 'Good Vibes Only' range when it was released, never fear, there is still some left! Head over to the Flutterby Designs shop and grab it while you can - such a fun collection to document your summer memories!

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. If you would like to play along with this month's Scrap the Girls challenge for your chance to win a Flutterby Designs prize, head over to the STG blog HERE and check out the details.
Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Friday, 1 June 2018

The Best Brothers | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi everyone!
Popping in today share my first design team project for Cocoa Vanilla Studio using the brand new 'Boys Rule' collection. Those that know me, will already know I am a passionate boy scrapper. And I just have to say that this is my fave boy collection - EVER! As usual, Zoe has smashed it out of the park. I honestly couldn't have conceived a range more perfectly for myself if I had tried. 

I started my layout with the wood grain print of the 'Fun & Games' paper as my page background. I added a few wide brush strokes of Colour Blast white heavy gesso to define the focal areas of my page and to also soften the overall impact of the paper. I then took my 'Bohemian Dream' Clear Stamp Set and used the brush mark and some midnight blue ink to add some depth to my background. I also used the little moments stamp and stamped it around my page. To add a little more "mess factor" I splattered some navy and white mists around as well. 

Once all the mediums had dried, I took a sheet of the 'Expressionist' paper and tore some narrow strips from it. I stuck them onto my page alternating between the 'A' and 'B' sides, then took my sewing machine and stitched over the top of them, leaving the loose threads at the end of each row intact. I then added a large piece of the 'Expressionist' paper for a photo mat, which I also stitched down; before adding an extra piece of the same paper on top (again using the reverse side); before sticking my photo on top.

Once my photo was in place, it was time to add some embellishments. To the right of my photo, I tucked in the quirky little woodgrain dude which was from the new look Chipboard Pieces pack. 

To the left of my photo I added a small cluster of embellishments. I used an arrow and star from the Die Cut Ephemera pack; two phrase stickers from the Accessory Sticker sheet; and the awesome flair button.

In keeping with the "triangular" theory of design, I also added a cluster at the top of my page using two pieces from the new Miscellany pack. 

For the page title, I used two words from the Chipboard Pieces pack; along with the brothers die cut from the ephemera pack.  I used the small star banner sticker from the Accessory Stickers, which I cut in half and tucked under either side. The oh yeah tab was also from the sticker sheet. 
To finish off, I added another star from the ephemera pack; and an arrow and a couple of tiny stars from the new Clear Stickers pack. 

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. The 'Boys Rule' collection is starting to hit the shelves of retailers now, so check with your favourite store if you want to get your hands on it.

Don't forget I will be teaching a class using this new collection at the Brisbane Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo next Thursday 7th June from 12pm-2pm. (You can see more info about this class in my previous post HERE) There are still spots available, so if you would like to come and create a couple of cool boy pages with me, head to the website to book:

Until next time, happy scrapping! X