Friday, 27 July 2012

What Do You Consider Vintage?

How old do scrapbook papers have to be, before they are considered vintage? I have soooo many beautiful paper ranges that I haven't played with yet - they are just sitting on my shelf gathering dust. It's not that I don't want to - I do - it's more a matter of not having enough hours in the day to get everything done. Take the following Echo Park "Victoria Gardens" papers. I purchased the kit when the range was first released, and I am only now getting to play with them - so does that make them vintage? How long ago was this  paper range released? 

I created this layout for no particular reason. :-) I simply felt like it. I decided it was time just to play and have fun. Without expectations or DT commitments. 
Titled: This Is Their Story

You all know I love bling, glitter, and sparkly things. I can't help myself - I just have to add it to every layout. And this layout is no exception, lol! My Imaginarium Designs chipboard butterflies are coated with Doodlebug Glitter. I created the butterfly centres with liquid Pearls. 

And since the layout is about my daughters, I couldn't go past the Imaginarium Designs hanging dress form. How sweet and girly is this? Yes, more Doodlebug Glitter, and Zva Creative rhinestones. 

To create my end flourishes, I simply cut an Imaginarium Designs border flourish in half, painted it with Twinkling H2O's, and layered another frame flourish on top (also painted with Twinkling H2O's). 

I love how all the detail and texture have come together in this layout. It turned out even better than what I had envisioned in my head, and for that I am grateful. 
I have added this to my list of "Favourite Ever Layouts"!!!

Friday, 20 July 2012

Scrapping For Sanity...

Sometimes I need to be able to scrap, without having to think about what I am doing. It is my method of keeping myself sane (or at least as sane as I can be). I've got so much going on in my life at the moment, and my poor brain is in overload - so I scrap for the pure joy of scrapping. Not for a Design Team commitment, not for a manufacturer, not for a challenge, and not for a class kit. And not even for a layout to add to my albums - because those layouts still require me to think. This is where the joy of pre-made layouts come in - you can scrap with any papers, any themes, any colours, and just add the photos later.

I found some old Sandylion Kelly Panacci papers and chipboard embellishments and whipped these up. It was so soothing just to play, to move things around until they were where I wanted them, without worrying about colours, products, or requirements. You can find this pre-made layout in my Scrapbook Kits With A Difference store. 

And another one that I created. This pre-made layout is in my store too. And guess what? I still have heaps of paper and embellishments left over, so I think I know what I'll be doing tonight. And that makes me happy. Just for a few days, everything else can wait. 

Sunday, 15 July 2012

SKWAD Blog Hop Time...

Are you ready to do some " recipe cooking"?

Scrapbook Kits With A Difference (SKWAD) is having their first ever Blog Hop. And to make it more exciting, it's a Recipe Blog Hop. Here's the layout I have created using the recipe. Would you like to join in the fun? Then just follow the link's from the SKWAD blog. Oh, and there is lots and lots of inspiration to be found along the way - all the Designers' have created layouts with the recipe. I'll see you over there! :-)

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Sketches With A Twist July Challenge...

Right, here we go! 
My first ever digitally designed sketch for Sketches With A Twist (SWAT).
I really hope you all like it.

SWAT July Sketch - The twist is that you must add doodling to your layout.

And here's my take on the sketch. Titled: FUR. 
I've added doodling around the edges of the photos, and the edges of the wire. 
I've used lots of Imaginarium Designs chipboard (wire and alphabet); Amarican Crafts papers; Martha Stewart doilies; and washi tape.
So who's coming over to play with me this month?

Crafty Sketches July Sketch...

Yay, it's finally here - the first day of the month! Now I can share some of my creations, lol!

Let's start with the July Sketch over at Crafty Sketches.
This month, the team have decided to use a Beggahuna sketch. 

This is my take on the sketch. Yes, I was quite liberal with it, lol!
Titled: My Shoe Love
(See, sometimes I do scrap about other things other then my two girls).
I've used lots of Imaginarium Designs chipboard (frames and alphabets); Hambly transparancy; Zva Creative rhinestone flourishes; Prima flowers; washi tape; Glimmermist (Jazz Blue); Crafter's Workshop mask; Maya Road journalling blocks; Doodlebug glitter; and various rub-ons.