Thursday, 30 July 2009

Multiphoto and PaperPlay

When I was on holidays early this month, I got this idea of using photos with big white border held by oversized brads. When I finally got to make a layout based on the idea, my Studio Calico kit arrived, with a very colourful Scenic Route paper & I knew I had to use it straight away or never!

The bold brads get a bit lost against the paper, but I still like the effect against the white background. (Sorry for the dark photo.)

Besides the advantage of being able to see the important events of a month at a glance, I find refreshing to make multiphoto layouts, as my usual ones are mostly single photo ones.

* Patterned paper: Garden Grove - Scenic Route
* Fonts: GH Halda Normal and Adobe Caslon Pro (title), Jellyka, St-Andrew's Queen
* Brads: unknown

Here's my PaperPlay Challenge entry, Kate set the challenge:

Dimension" Make your project as 3D as possible!

I bought some small canvases @ Tesco's with the idea of having a little artsy afternoon with my daughter and her friends. This is a prototype a project I'll planning to give them. I'll give them a big letter with their initial and take a photo of each one and let them loose with paint and brushes.

Good idea? Or a dangerous idea? I am having visions of having the kitchen full of paint spashes on the floor and walls...

Monday, 27 July 2009

Hybrid Alien in Scrapbook Inspirations!

I nearly fell of my chair when Rosie Waddicor emailed me a month ago asking if they could feature my blog in the "Blog love" column. Could they? Yessss, pleeease! :-)

So if you have the current SI, August edition, check on page 13, bottom right corner. We're there yipeee!!!

That's it for today, as I forgot to take a photo of my latest layout. See you tomorrow.

Edited to add:

I just visited the other two blogs in the same column. OMG, I'm definitely not worthy of their company, they're brilliant! Check them out: Here's Looking at me Kid, and Ink on my fingers.

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Do you like challenges?

When I started scrapping, I hardly ever did any, but now I think it helps to give a bost to my creativity. You can either follow the brief literaly or go on your own direction. Here's a couple of examples.

The theme was to go with this week's PaperPlay Challenge (my turn this week). But the style was inspired by a challenge @ DesignerDigitals. What I came up with is not even digital, but you can see where I got the inspiration from.

I painted my own papers, I stamped, I punched and cut paper out. Completely outside my general style - I enjoyed the "messiness" - since Celine Navarro's class I am much more willing to get painty and dirty.

* Paint: Anita's All Purpose Craft Paint
* Stamps: Hero Arts (alpha), Autumn Leaves (botanical)
* Butterfly punches: Martha Stewart

The next one used a sketch by Jenn Olson in the Studio Calico blog. I tend to follow the sketch closely. After all, it was the design that appealed to me and I want to keep it. This layout was no exception.

At the bits and pieces are from the Studio Calico kits.

* Patterned Paper: Lost for Words - Sassafras
* Chipboard Stickers: Basic Grey
* Tickets: En Route - SEI
* Font: GF Halda Normal

Monday, 20 July 2009

Britney and Burgers, oh, come on!

Britney Spears and hamburgers in my daughter's top 10 favourite things?! Either I don't know her as well as I thought or she did write down the first things that came in her mind.

I would have thought that Ms Miley Cyrus would make a second appearance in the list (she got the favourite actor spot) or perhaps Rihanna, but I don't remember her ever mentioning Britney.

And for the record, her favourite food is chocolate, or chocolate ice-cream, or any chocolate biscuit, or maybe our current fave, raspberry crumble. Or shepperd's pie, if you want to stick to savoury food. But she's not even that into fast food (unlike her younger brother), so where did the burger come from?

She also surprised me by her book choice. Her Mother's Face by Roddy Doyle is a subdued and melancolic book, I thought she was going to choose one of these books full of fairies, glitter, girls and fashion. But it must have struck a chord...

I wrote my comments on the back, where I also glued her handwritten list, and the date (which I stamped wrong in the front). I would have used her original list, but I know it would upset her, as I told her not to worry about spelling mistakes, 'cause I wasn't going to use the list.

This layout was made for PaperPlay Challenges earlier this month.

* Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee - Fascinating
* Alpha sticker: Making Memories - Passport
* Ribbon: from a Brazilian haberdashery
* Flowers: Handmade with paper scraps, tulle, acrylic paint and Studio Calico stamp;
Making Memories (black & while small button at the centre of the flower)
* Font: RomanScrD

Thursday, 16 July 2009

I'm back

My first post of the month! Holidays and real life got in the way.

This one is a late one for PaperPlay:
Favourite chocolate/candy. Let your favourite nibble inspire your creation.

* Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket - Early Bird
* Alpha Stickers: Jenni Bowlin Studio - Black Ledger
* Journaling tab: Jenni Bowlin Studio
* Felt Garland: unkown
* Crochet flower: Ger from Little Snippets

And this one is another for my month-by-month compilation.

* Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket - Snorkel
*Button: Making Memories
* Ribbon: KI Memories - Love, Else
* Stamp: Studio Calico - April kit
*Fonts: VNI-HLThuphap (title)
Lucida Sans Unicode (journaling)