Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Show Us Your Stuff April Challenge!

A mid-month reveal from me today for the April Show Us Your Stuff challenge. This month there is a gorgeous mood board to inspire, designed by fellow DT member Kim.
Check this out (*swoon*)...


And here is my take on it...

{Papers by American Crafts - Dear Lizzy; ephemera die cuts by American Crafts - Dear Lizzy and Heidi Swapp}

I sooooo love this Dear Lizzy paper collection ("Daydreamer"), and I was glad I still had a little in my stash for this challenge. I complimented the soft papers with some of the coordinating die cut ephemera, and a few pieces of Heidi Swapp ephemera too. All the paper flowers are from D-lish Scraps (of course!)


For my handmade embellishment, I included a Charms Creations heart...


And a D-lish Scraps flair...


Thanks for stopping by today, I hope I have helped inspire you to join in this month's challenge if you haven't already. The winner this month will receive a fantastic prize from Catie's Craft Corner, so get scrapping! Entries close midnight, 30th April. X

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Scrapping boys...with pink!

Just thought I would pop in and share a layout that was I was commissioned to do for last month's issue of Scrapbooking Memories magazine. (I actually scrapped this layout back at the end of October!) The challenge that was presented to me was to scrap a masculine layout using pink. Not one to shy away from a good challenge, I wholeheartedly embraced it, and made sure the shade of pink I used was really pink! ;)

I started by searching for photos of my boys that had some pink in them, so it gave me a reason to tie the colour in. I found some from Brielle's birthday, when the boys had watched her unwrap all her presents and then excitedly run off with all the Barbie things.

Here is my layout...

{Papers by Kaisercraft; Teresa Collins; Simple Stories; Little Yellow Bicycle}

As you can see, the layout is very "busy", with lots of details to look at. I deliberately designed it in this style, as I figured the easiest way to incorporate the pink would be to use lots of layering and use other colours & neutral tones to break up the pink and prevent it from becoming too dominant.

I didn't have any trouble thinking up a title for this layout. I sourced a pic of the Barbie logo and printed it out. I am glad I did, I think it not only adds the extra pop of pink, but makes the layout colour choice much more logical. 


Here are a few close-ups...

{Lovelybug Bits n Bobs fabric button; D-lish Scraps flair}

{Another Lovelybug Bits n Bobs fabric button and lots of luscious layers!}

{Photo cut out tab from Flutterby Designs}

So there you have it - a boy layout using pink! I am pretty happy with how this one turned out! :)

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Another Boy Layout for Cocoa Vanilla Studio!

Aargh me hearties! Just popping in to share a recent layout I created for Cocoa Vanilla Studio using the "Flying High" collection (with a little bit of "Sugar & Spice" thrown in!) This is such a fun collection, and just perfect for my two little rascals!


Do you know the best thing about creating this layout? Aside from the white cardstock, every single bit of this layout is Cocoa Vanilla Studio product. (Actually, except for the cork paper which is from the "Sugar & Spice"collection, it is all from the "Flying High" range.) That meant this layout was super quick & easy for me to put together as everything I needed was right there (no running back & forth to the cupboard searching for supplies!)

I made great use of the Accessory Stickers on this layout. (I soooo love the banner ones!)


I even used the stickers for my title!


And, as an extra fun element, I added some cartoon style sound effects to my photos before I printed them.


I am really happy with how this layout came out, (and the time it took to complete too!)
Out of curiousity, how long does a layout take YOU? Would love to know how I stack up, as I suspect I am rather slow! ;)
For more inspiration from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Design Team, make sure you are following the blog HERE and the Facebook page HERE
Thanks for stopping by! X

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Who's "A Planner"?

So, who out there amongst you is "a planner"? If you are, then today this one's for you!

I recently acquired this gorgeous Kikki K leather planner. This is what it looked like when it came to me. (|Pretty, but not "me" enough for my liking!)


So, being a papercrafter with all the tools already at my disposal, I decided to dip my toe into the world of "planning" by seeing what I could do to put my own personality into my planner. I started by creating my own custom made dividers using some gorgeous "Sugar & Spice" papers from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. Here they are...


I also added some gorgeous Kaisercraft and Project Life pocket cards to my planner.
Here's how they look inside. I am so happy with it!



If you would like to see how I made these, you will find the instructions in my post up on the Off the Rails Scrapbooking blog HERE. Pop over and see how easy it is!

Til next time, happy scrapping! (Or planning!) X

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Scrappy Good News!!!

So, for anyone who didn't see the announcement yesterday via social media, I am very pleased to announce that I am now officially a Design Team member for D-lish Scraps!!!

Have a look at this for an awesome line-up...

(Still can't believe I am in it! LOL)

I am thrilled to be able to join the D-lish Design Team, as I have been an avid customer of D-lish for quite some time, and I am so happy that I will now be able to represent the store and products officially! My D-lish debut will come later in the month, but if you want to see how I use the products, you need only scroll back through my posts here!

Here are the blog links for all the team members so you can check them out...


I am very thankful to Amanda for having faith in my creative ability, and look forward to sharing lots of D-lishous projects with you over the coming months! X

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Scrap the Boys April Challenge!

Woo hoo! First of the month again - new challenge day! (Surely I am not the only one who gets excited by that? LOL) First up this month, I am sharing my take on the April challenge at Scrap the Boys. This month it is a gorgeous mood board challenge, that looks like this...


And here is my take on it...

{Papers by Basic Grey; Kaisercraft; also Kaisercraft Captured Moments pocket cards & ephemera}

This layout was another stash-buster for me. (Can you believe those papers were first released in 2009?) I paired my "vintage" papers with some "modern" pocket cards and embellishments and voila! Everything old is new again! (I did put a little twist on the theme by using some "new vintage" in the form of the Kaisercraft ephemera.)

{Wood veneer, sequin bow and flowers all from D-lish Scraps}

{More D-lish Scraps goodies - flair and flower}

Last but not least, my handwritten journaling. (I am quite impressed that I have kept this resolution up!) This layout was the second one I have now completed using hospital photos of the boys. (It was nowhere near as hard as the first!) I am going to keep trying to get them done, as they are such important memories to record.


Thanks for popping in today, I hope I have tempted you into joining us at Scrap the Boys this month. Such a stunning mood board to be inspired by, and as always fabulous sponsors supporting it!
Happy scrapping! X

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Flying High for Cocoa Vanilla Studio

For anyone that didn't see this layout on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog over the weekend, here is my latest offering using the super cool "Flying High" collection. (I have to say, I am loving scrapping my boys with this range, it rocks!)


So many "Flying High" layers here - papers, stickers, flair and wood veneer shapes. (The cork hearts are actually from the "Sugar & Spice"collection.)

{Coloured wire from D-lish Scraps}


Check out this little arrow embellishment I made using using one of the banner stickers, small cork hearts and the tip of a cork star; along with a paper straw and some twine...


Thanks for stopping by today. If you would like to see more inspiration using Cocoa Vanilla Studio products, be sure you are following the CVS blog and the Facebook page. To get your hands on your own stash of Cocoa Vanilla, you can shop HERE or ask your favourite scrappy retailer!
Sue X