Wednesday, February 8, 2017

February Mood Board at Jot Magazine (and new Neat and Tangled release)

It's the month of love so it only seems appropriate that I should make some romantically-themed cards for the occasion right? 

The inspiration behind this card came from the newly released February Mood Board from Jot Magazine. It's full of pinks and reds and flowers and hearts. But to be honest, it was those marquee letters and the arrows which really caught my eye and I knew I wanted to include them in my design.

I also wanted to crack open some of the latest Neat and Tangled stamps and have a play, so I chose the Eggstra Special set which includes this super-cute chick. And since I'm no good at fussy cutting I'm always especially happy to have the matching Die Set in my hands as well :-)

I admit that I kinda giggled to myself that I was using a stamp set that was clearly intended for Easter and turning it into a Valentine's Day card! But the way I made that work was to use a stamp out of the Neat and Tangled "Cotton Tail Cuties" set which reads 'hey chickie' and have that as my sentiment. I was simply going to have that alone but the temptation to add the word 'babe' to it got the better of me, and plus it was also my excuse to include the marquee letters from the Mood Board image into my card too! I've got a great set of alphabet dies from Sizzix which cut out these perfect 1" tall marquee letters, and luckily my girls have only lost a few of the numbers from the set, and I've still got the whole alphabet to play with ;-)

I really wanted my sentiment to ultimately read "Hey Chickie Babe!" - anyone of my age group here in Australia might remember that cult classic TV Show "All Together Now" where the character Bruno (?) would greet all the females in this way. But I couldn't make it work design-wise to have the 'hey chickie' above the 'babe' and so I made the decision to arrange it like this just because it looked better!

  • But in the meantime, check out the Neat and Tangled blog for a chance to win all the new release products! 


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Jot Kids: Bethany's entry

Bethany is 10 and she's a creative kid. She'll make up stories and come up with fantastical ideas and she loves to write.

She's also a real sucker for a challenge!
Meaning... she's pretty competitive ;-)

She's also got quite the memory on her, and she must ask me every school holidays if Jot Magazine has put out another Jot Kids challenge. She was thrilled when I told her there was indeed a Mood Board issued just for kids for the month of January! She wanted to work on her layout straight away!


She jumped on the computer first and chose some photos she wanted to scrap. This is her and Moriah and their cousins at my brother's wedding a couple of months ago and it's a great subject to scrap. She got The Trophy Husband to print out the photos she chose, and he didn't think to edit them first to improve the quality/brightness of these. But I guess that's not the point!

Next she ran to my scrap supplies to chose out some fun papers to scrap with. She wanted papers that were bright and bold and would represent all the colours of the rainbow, just as the Mood Board suggested. 
I love that when she designed the layout of her page she made sure to leave (what she thought would be) enough space to write out her journaling. Turns out she had so much more to say and her journaling spilled further downwards across the patterned paper as she finished her story.  
She's such a girl after my own heart!

Clearly she's pretty happy with her finished piece. She said "I'm going to present it just like the ladies on TV do when they have something to sell" as I try to take her photo! Crazy girl!!

If your creative kids are looking for something to do in January then look no further that the Jot Kids Mood Board challenge. The generous Anita from Flutterby Designs has once again sponsored a prize for the lucky winner. You can find all the details HERE.


Jot Kids: Moriah's entry

Of both my girls it's probably Moriah (who's 7) who asks me if she can create alongside me more often than her older sister. Bethany is happy settling down with a good book, but Moriah prefers to be doing something with her hands. She's patient and meticulous and can draw for hours.

So she was thrilled with the Jot Kids challenge was issued because it gave her a great excuse to do some making.

I explained to her the concept of the Mood Board was to be inspired by the colours or a certain picture on it and then go in your own direction to create your layout.
She had particular ideas in her head straight away. 

She looked at the rainbow colours and decided she needed to draw her own rainbow in the corner of her page. Following that it only made sense that she would require clouds and raindrops. And she finished off the little scene she was creating with a line of grass down the bottom.

She wasn't going to worry about a title, but silly me opened my mouth and declared that most layouts included one (I should have just shut up and let her be creative in her own sense) and so she wrote out "The Biggest Rainbow" in her favourite Thickers... even though it didn't have much relevance to the content of her page :-)

She is so proud of her finished piece. The hand drawn details of Judah's little bow-tie are my favourite, but she would say it's the rainbow.

If you've got some creative kids who are looking for an activity to keep them busy these school holidays then check out the Jot Kids Mood Board challenge. Anita from Flutterby Designs has generously offered a prize for the lucky winner.


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Weekend Project Life Spread

Apart from just making monthly spreads for my Project Life album this year, I've also been throwing in random spreads for special events as well. It's helping to bulk out my album so that it's not a mere 24 pages! This is one of those moments.

Over the winder school holidays we took our usual trip up to the country to see our immediate family. I remember poor Judah was really quite unwell with a terrible cold and so it wasn't that pleasant a time on that front. But there were some highlights such as this day we spent with my sister and her family.

The weather was really quite pleasantly warm for winter and we spent the day outside in their backyard. They had a brand new puppy which the kids just adored.

Judah was so cute with it, touching it's wet nose and giggling at it's soft ears. I guess it was so tiny that it was not in the least bit threatening for this boy that had never had much to do with animals before.

I knew I had a puppy card somewhere in my stash of Project Life/Documenter kits that would be perfect for this page, but I couldn't remember exactly where it was. After a bit of rifling through old kits I even recruited The Trophy Husband into looking for it as well. Lo and behold, it really WAS in the very last kit I had! But yeah... totally worth it!

This spread was really such a mix and match of so many kits I couldn't even begin to name them. It was probably a result of having to go through 26 old kids that meant I could pick out bits and pieces as I went along. But it felt good to use up some of this older stash.

I debated long and hard about those leaves though. I mean, they really give out the autumn vibe don't they? But this event took place in winter so it doesn't really fit. But the colours were perfect and they are just so darn pretty that I couldn't help it!

Tell me I'm not the only one who does things like that right?!


Thursday, January 12, 2017

April Project Life Spread

I realise I am way WAY behind on my Project Life making, and even further behind in sharing my pages here. But I'll do what I can over the next week so catch up a little.

This double page spread appeared in the latest FREE issue of Jot Magazine (which you can download here) and even though I made it ages ago I still really love it.

I think I love the colours most of all. The mix of green and gold and pink is something I haven't used before, and the addition of lots of black and white is now becoming a staple for me after creating this page and noticing the high impact it creates.

The cards are a mix of Studio Calico's April Film Club Documenter Kit, and a set of Amy Tangerine's Better Together cards from her Project Life Core Kit that I got from the Spotlight event when she last visited Australia. I think they work quite well together.

When it comes to embellishments in my Project Life album I'm trying to keep them as flat as possible, but I still love adding a bit of texture, so these puffy stickers, gold rubons and corkboard stickers did the trick nicely on the first page.

I've then also thrown in a few extra embellishments like these diamond chipboard shapes from a much older Studio Calico scrapbook kit in order to make a bit of an effort to use up some stash.
I've got lots of them left over which meant I didn't really know what to do with them in the first place, but I like the extra colour they add here without having to really mean anything at all ;-)

Of course with all my pages I always make sure to leave enough space to add in the stories I want to tell, and since I find handwriting so much easier, I stick with that! Filling in all possible gaps with jouranling!

Anyone else as far behind as I am?!


Sunday, January 8, 2017

January Jot Magazine Mood Board Challenge

It's a brand new year of Mood Board Challenges at Jot Magazine and we're starting off with this cool and crisp colour combination of royal blue, raspberry, peach and grey. Don't you love it?

I used it to inspire the colours behind this card I (rather ashamedly) whipped up on the day of the wedding! But trust me, if you're a last-minute crafter like me, then having a Mood Board colour combo and a few trusty Sizzix dies will save your butt every single time. It means I had this card done and dusted in no time at all!

 I didn't forget to add what's fast becoming my signature touch of a scattering of sequins at the end.

If you want to check out the full version of this card, plus a tutorial on how it all came together, then check it out on the Sizzix Lifestyle Blog right HERE!

And if you're desperate to play along with the Mood Board challenge at Jot Magazine now that you've seen the inspiration then you can check out all the details HERE! There's a generous prize pack on offer from Corbett Creations Wood Veneers!


Friday, December 23, 2016

Sizzix Christmas Projects

My Sizzix dies have really saved me this Christmas. Like most of you I find that I have lots of ideas of the handmade projects I want to create during the holiday season, but just not as much time to dedicate to crafting as I would like! But using my dies really saves a lot of time because the projects virtually create themselves! Here's a sneak peak at just some of the Christmassy things I've made using my Sizzix dies....

This one was a fast favourite. The Festive Bird die makes a fun set of cards, especially when you jazz them up to become shaker cards! You can check out the whole tutorial post (with VIDEO) on the Sizzix blog HERE.

You might have seen this project as a timelapse video on my Instagram account (or reposted by the Sizzix Lifestyle Instagram account) but these tags made with the Woodlands die was a quick save for my present wrapping. You can catch the tutorial on the Sizzix blog HERE.

I used a couple of die sets on this glittery card. The Poinsettia from the Poinsettia Pillow Box set, and the Holly from the Festive Fancies set were just the extra bits and pieces I needed to complete this card with style :-) Find the tutorial on the Sizzix blog HERE.

And even the non-Christmas dies can be used for Christmas projects! I set to and made a whole new Advent 'Calendar' for the kids this year. The Every Occasion box die has been the perfect size to fit some really fun gifts in, and the kids have had a ball opening one each day. I've got this project featured in the latest Issue of Jot Magazine which you can download and read for free HERE.


Monday, December 12, 2016

December Jot Mood Board Challenge

Sequins and glitter and sparkle and bling.... these are some of my favourite things!
I have to admit, one of the things I love most about Christmas scrapping is that it gives me the perfect excuse to add as much of these as I possibly can! It's probably the only time of year I can get away with it!

So when I saw the black and white quote in the Jot Magazine December Mood Board I knew immediately how I wanted to create my card. 

I found the same quote on Pinterest and then printed it out before adhering it to the inside of my card. I die cut a small circle into the front of my card so that just the first part of the sentiment peeks through. Then you get the full fun reveal when you open it up!

From there it was a simple task of covering the front of my card with as much glitter as it could handle. I used some cute holiday-themed Sizzix dies for the poinsettias and holly, and you can find the whole tutorial and reveal of my card on the Sizzix UK Blog HERE.

We would love for you to join in on this challenge at Jot Magazine. Our friends over at Cocoa Vanilla Studio are sponsoring the prize for the lucky winner so this is definitely one you're going to want to play along with. The Jot Girls had the honour of creating with one of their collections for a showcase in the latest issue of the Magazine and it was soooooo totally gorgeous. I'll be sure to share everything I made for that real soon too.

In the meantime you can find all the details for the challenge HERE!


Sunday, November 27, 2016

May Project Life Spread

Way behind on sharing my Project Life spreads here I'm determined to do a bit of a catch up. And yes, I'm aware I've said that before! :-)

So let's just start here with the May spread. I'm doing double-page spreads monthly for my album. Clearly I couldn't commit to anything more than that! So for each one I try to make sure I include photos of each of the kids.

I typically start off with one of my Studio Calico Documenter Kits - usually the one that corresponds with the month I'm scrapping, and this usually sets the tone for the colour scheme of the spread.

Then when I need to branch out to include other supplies I'll head to other older kits (Documentor and Scrapbook) that include similar colours.

It's a great way of using up old scraps and stash-busting whilst mixing and matching products to give them a fresh look.

I'm always conscious to leave plenty of space to journal out lots of stories because that's really important to me.

More catch up coming soon :-)



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