Friends ~ 12x12 Layout

I am sharing another layout using the Amy Tangerine Rise & Shine collection. I love how this one turned out. I used some white card stock and a couple of patterns to sort of divide the page into two parts. I have also used a design technique that works really well for me by placing embellishments and elements diagonally across the page. I was working with a small photo and I sometimes find these really hard on a 12x12 layout to 'fill' the space so to speak.

I love this picture. It was taken at my engagement party and is of two lovely ladies, Wendy & Susan. These ladies are like my second Mum's. When I was first living in Launceston away from home and in my first job they were so supportive. I even lived with Susan! I met them through the scrapbooking community and a friendship blossomed!

They are seriously hilarious! They were also super helpful when Elijah was born. Instead of visiting just for baby cuddles they came over, cleaned my house, got Elijah to sleep, let me sleep, cooked scones you name it! That's the kind of friends they are. The kind of friends you always want to keep. 

I used one of the pieces from the die cut pack to do my journalling on and I have tucked this into the layers of paper I have used underneath my photo. I thought it was really fitting since the die cut said 'Here's the story". I also used my sewing machine on this layout. It's been dug out of a dusty cupboard recently and I am using it again on layouts. Since it is permanently set up I am more likely to use it! I used the 'extra' threads to tuck behind the left hand corner of the photo. 

I once again used the Amy Tangerine stencils from the Rise & Shine collection with some gel medium to create these gorgeous triangles on the background. I love working with gel medium. Unlike a modelling paste it dries clear so you can add subtle effect to backgrounds. It also works really well if you add some crushed up gelato to the modelling paste and colour it.

Here's one last peek at the layout. I really love how it turned out and I can't wait to share more layouts and projects using this gorgeous collection. 

Much love,

Project Life 2014 Catch Up ~ Week 23

As you can probably tell I am on a bit of a roll with getting caught up with this album, thank goodness. There is some kind of sense of achievement every time I finish a spread - I am just that little bit closer. I am somewhat working back chronologically because the pages that are more recent I am more likely to remember which means I need to get the older ones done first before I totally forget. I must embarrassingly admit that I only got WEEK 2 finished the other day because I was waiting on photos from my sister to complete that spread all this time since we were in QLD and I really wanted to include the family reunion photos since Elijah was in them.

I really like the colour combo on this spread and it's one that I have found myself reaching out for quire a lot; blues, yellows and golds! Rather gorgeous I think. Once again a mix of cards; Dear Lizzy, Project Life Kiwi, Crate Paper Notes & Things and even some Studio Calico cards. 

Overall pretty happy with how it turned out. I combined a bit of typewritten and handwritten journalling this week for something a little bit different. I loved the mixture and I managed to get a lot of journalling down on the spread which is something I am trying to do a lot more of.

Sorry for the darkness of these close ups it's been rather crappy weather here lately and so capturing decent photos has been a challenge. This card I believe is from the Dear lizzy Daydreamer card collection. I used a Heidi Swapp stamp and did some hand journalling.

I am struggling to remember which collection this foiled gold card comes from. I want to say Crate Paper Notes & Things so for the sake of having an answer we will go with that. I found that little strip a perfect base for some typewritten journalling. I wrote about how he really looks like a 'little boy' in these photos and not a baby. I also was talking about the fact that I think he has my eyes. It's hard to say because Adam and I both have brown eyes but my eyes have more warmth than Adam's eyes do which are almost piercingly dark. I love that Elijah has my eyes.

This gorgeous filler card is from the Dear Lizzy Project Life Lucky Charm value kit. I love it. It's so gorgeous. I have added a gorgeous collation of hearts, sequins, enamel dots and a beautiful blue resin flower. I love how it turned out on this gorgeous kraft base.

The yellow title card is a card from the Crate Paper Notes & Things value kit. I loved the different shades of yellow! I added a yellow flower from the Maggie Holmes Open Book collection, a Silhouette cut, sequins, enamel dots and some gorgeous black heart rub ons from My Minds Eye. The touch of gold in the title was to tie in all the gorgeous gold tones in the spread.

This top card was my weekly journalling card. We spent this week housesitting for one of my friends and Elijah absolutely LOVED her dog. Was able to write a lot about that. 

Finally I added some embellishments from the value kit, some stickers from the Notes & Things sticker sheet and the gorgeous blue mason jar is from the Lucky Charm value kit. I know these mason jars have been popular and I have been really bad at using them because I wasn't sure 'how'. I teamed it with these gorgeous Maggie Holmes Open Book florals to make them look like they were siting in the jar. I think it turned out cute!

I hope you enjoyed this look at another one of my catch up spreads.

Much love,

Project Life 2014 Catch Up ~ Week 18 & 19

Back again with another catch up post for Elijah's album. I am getting closer and closer every week to having this album finished and I can't wait to see the end product and have a boo that shows my son's first year in close detail. This has been my favourite project since I have started scrapbooking by far! I made a pregnancy album using a 6x8 Snap Simple Stories album when I was pregnant and that comes in at a close second. Finally having someone in my life that is so photogenic (and really has no choice to have his photo taken) gives me so much more to scrapbook about!

I didn't actually have many photos this week, in fact the photos on this spread are all from the same photoshoot apart from one in the top row of the left hand side which is a photo of all the babies lined up at mothers group. I love this photo because I have such a lovely connection with these ladies and Elijah has made such good friends with the other babies.

I managed to film a process video for this spread. I hope you enjoy it!

And here are the close ups of my finished spread.

I once again used my typewriter for the journalling this week. I think I mentioned it in the video but my typewriter was playing up and created some shadowing underneath so I used to golden arrow from one of the Heidi Swapp value kits to cover this up. I think scrapbooking is all about mistakes and finding creative ways to fix them.

I had this "this happened" sticker in my stash for a long time. It came in a kit and is from the Amy Tan Plus One collection. I really wanted to get it used up as it was the last sticker on the sheet and I hate having those laying around in my stash for too long. I am trying my best not to 'hoard' scrapbooking things anymore.

I love this picture of my son. He looks so surprised but so cute at the same time! I used one of those gorgeous ribbon flags from the Maggie Holmes Open Book collection and teamed it with a little collection of embellishments. I love the little fabric brad also from the Open Book collection.

Here's my title card for the week. I have used one of the Project Life cards from the Plus One mini collection. I love how it sort of 'frames' the title. I am not actually sure what collection these thickers are from but they are sort a grey rubber/vinyl. 
I used some more bits and pieces from the Maggie Holmes Open Book collection including some of the vellum phrases and a brad. I love the touches of orange.

I made this 4x6 filler card. Originally I thought this would be the base for the weekly title card but it didn't seem to work so I made it into a filler card instead. I like the touch of machine stitching and to me it somehow makes it feel a little more 'handmade'

I hope you enjoyed this look at another layout in my Elijah album.

Much love,

Happy ~ 12x12 Layout

I'm back to share another layout that I created with THE SCRAPPERY's gorgeous February kits. This was the first project that I created when I opened the kits and I loved the kits SO MUCH that I made this the very day I received them in the mail. Last year Crate Paper released their valentines day collection called LOVE NOTES and I absolutely loved that one too and they have done it again this year with their valentines collections KISS KISS. It's so gorgeous. I love the golds, pink and woodgrains together. Crate Paper is such a fantastic company.

I also created a process video putting this layout together. I must say that I was partly inspired by a layout I saw on Pinterest where they had used two triangles on opposing corners to basically 'frame' the photograph and it has some way of leading your eye into the photograph. That's what I loved about this design and I think it's a design that I will want to use again. 

I hope you enjoyed watching the process video! Make sure you go and subscribe to THE SCRAPPERY'S YOUTUBE CHANNEL. I share all my process videos using the kits over there.

Here's the first close up of the layout. I just love this picture of my son and I love showing that you can use 'girly' products on a page with a male. I don't mind using pink and flowers on his pages because I love him and this page shows that. 

I have been also channeling my inner Wilna Fustenberg and journalling straight onto my page. It's risky and it takes some courage and bravery. I just go slow and try to go with the flow. I don't totally love my handwriting but it's something I am working on improving.

This gorgeous sequin butterfly from the Pink Paislee Bella Rouge collection is just fabulous! I love sequins and this added just the perfect touch of 'bling' to this page. I attached it to the page with my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher. You can also see in this close up the gorgeous rub on I have used on the bottom of my photo. I love the quote 'You are my sun, my moon & all of my stars'. I think I really want this as a quote in my son's bedroom. It's so beautiful.

So here is the last close up and I am so happy with how this layout turned out.
I hope you have enjoyed this look at it.

Much love,

Me & You ~ 12x12 Layout

So today I wanted to come and share a layout I did recently using the February kits for THE SCRAPPERY. The month of February was very love themed and can you believe that this is the only love themed layout that I created? My partner and I took this silly car selfie on the way to somewhere and I love how it turned out because we both look so happy.

I won't lie it has been a totally stressful 12 months and so to capture a happy photo is really special. We have had some many downs. I know life is full of ups and downs but it's hard to stay positive when there are so many negative things and so many stresses going on in your life..but I am still here...still breathing!

I also recorded a process video for this layout which if you subscribe to my YouTube channel you wouldn't have seen as these Scrappery videos are only available for viewing on The Scrappery YouTube sure to go and subscribe over there!

I hope you enjoy watching it. I thought it was a rather fun layout to put together.

Here are some close up images of the finished layout. I used a rotary alpha stamp to stamp the 'lovely' words over the page and I have used my trusty typewriter for the journalling. I keep a stack of 4x6 white Project Life cards to run through my typewriter for journalling strips. I also absolutely adore the Pink Paislee Bella rouge sequin butterfly. I think that is my favourite part of this page.

The last close up of my page. I used a lot of arrows on this page. My friend pointed out to me that I usually 'point' my arrows on my pages to the right and apparently it is because I am right handed so on this page I pointed them to the left on the top half of the page and to the right on the bottom half. I thought that balanced it out a bit ;) I have also really been enjoying making these 'ink splatters' with the Tim Holtz Distress Stain and I can't wait to get my hands on the new colours that are being released monthly. I have ordered the January and February colours and the Mermaid Lagoon looks amazing!

I hope you liked a little look at this layout.
Will be back with more soon!

Much love,

Lucky (Friends) ~ 12x12 Layout

Today I wanted to come by and share a page that I did recently about a topic that I just don't scrapbook enough about, friends! I am so blessed and lucky to have such awesome friends in my life. I mean I have the type of friends that you could call any hour of the day anytime for help and they would just be there. I know it! I may not have a large group of friends but I have some pretty awesome friends! It's also rare to scrapbook a page where I am behind the camera and it isn't some gross no make up, hair not done selfie. This photo was actually taken at my engagement party and I am pretty sure I was 6 months pregnant. So I had no choice but to make myself up. I mean it was my engagement party!  

I found this Rise & Shine collection by Amy Tangerine when I was browsing the shelves at Spotlight and by some shock reason my Spotlight actually had the entire collection in stock which is rare given that it's only a C/D grade store. I actually fell in love with the collection. I mean it is somewhat similar to previous collection (I sort of thought it reminded me of Sketchbook) but I loved the brights and whimsical feel to it. So what can a girl do but buy one of everything?

I know right!

Unfortunately I just couldn't wait to dig my hands into the collection and in this house it meant scrapbooking late at night while prying my eyes open with toothpicks and wishing I could take coffee intravenously (spelling?) So it means I didn't get a process video filmed for this layout. The light is too poor at night time and during the day I am fighting the seconds and minutes to have a coffee, pee alone and sometimes even walk without having a small child swinging off my trouser legs. Hence sometimes waiting for daylight filming time is like waiting for the day I will climb Mount Everest. Sometimes a girl just has to scrap.

I loved clustering the little embellishments and I even used some bits from the OLD Amy Tangerine Cut & Paste line (I think!) <<little red puffy camera. All the labels are from a piece of patterned paper in the collection and I chopped the up and sewed them to the page. Real technical terms there! I am on a bit of a sewing binge at the moment. Not even quite sure why. I thought I had gotten rid of that obsession a long while ago, but it appears not.

So there's a final look at my page.
Pretty happy with how it turned out and pretty happy to have a page scrapped about my awesome friends. They really are the spice of life.

Much love till next time,

Project Life 2014 Catch Up ~ Week 13

So back again! Another catch up week to share with you all.
This week was special ~ it was my very first mother's day. I felt so special. I can't wait for a couple of years when maybe I will get handmade breakfast in bed. Love my boy so much and very proud to be his Mum. It was also the week that my little boy hit four months old. When he was little each month milestone I was taking a photo of him sitting up on the chair in his nursery with his sock monkey. I thought it was a really cute way of capturing his growth. Time goes so quick with babies. Before you know it they are walking and talking!

I used a mixture of old and new on this spread. Some older Project Life cards Kiwi, Midnight and Studio Calico and I added some newer Dear Lizzy and also some brand new speciality cards from the High Five collection. I loved the gold foil!

Here is week 13!

Here's a look at the spread. Once again choosing my usual colour scheme. I really like how the gold foil cards from High Five tied in the with the spread. I made it work by working in some sort of a triangle over the spread adding bits of gold to make it balanced. I do apologise for the glare on photo in the top right pocket. I photograph these layouts in the plastic protectors and sometimes glare is a bit of an issue.

Here is the process video giving you a better look at how I put this spread together;

Here are some close up images.

In the video the title card is really hard to see as the navy of the thickers really blends into the black however you can see here that it does stand out. I added some gold to make the title card really stand out. As I mentioned in the process video I REALLY struggled with this week's title card. I just couldn't make it work. I ended up just having to walk away from it.

I used a few bits and pieces left over from kits on this layout. That vellum phrase "my heart is full" is from an older SCRAPPERY kit which featured the Maggie Holmes Open Book range. I have also used that 'crushing' word from an old Heidi Swapp sticker sheet. I am pretty sure it was the last sticker on the sheet that I hadn't use. I love that feeling of using a packet of something up. I also added more of that gorgeous gold sequin trim that I have been adding to everything!

This section is probably my favourite part of the layout. I am not sure if it because I love the thickers and wooden veneer banner or I just love these pictures of my son so much. He looks so cute and tiny. He was starting to lose his baby face in these pictures though.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my attempt at catching up on my 2014 album.

Much love,

Project Life 2014 Catch Up ~ Week 12

So I said I would come back here and share with you my progress with catching up with my 2014 Project Life album. This album is centred around capturing my son's first year. So it begins at Feb 6 the day he was born through to his first birthday. I sort of got lost somewhere when I began to get really bad sciatica and needed surgery. I just couldn't sit to scrapbook, so here I am in 2015 catching up! I am lucky that whilst I didn't keep up with the scrapbooking part of it I had printed the photos and put them in the slots. I had also picked colour combinations and cards for each page. This makes it really easy because when I have time I can just sit down and scrapbook a spread.

I had planned on having a spread for each week of his first year however some weeks especially when I was sick I just couldn't take enough photos. I ended up having to move in with my inlaws when my back got really bad and whilst that is something to document in itself there wasn't much I felt up to photographing when I was on bed rest for so much of the time.

So...anyway. I didn't work in chronological order and towards the end of the year when I was feeling better I scrapbooked the current weeks as I felt that journalling them as we lived them would be easier. I had written notes for the weeks that I had to catch up on!

So here is week 12. This feels like forever ago! My baby was only three months old :( Where has the time gone? He is now thirteen months old!

So here's a look at the whole spread. As you can see I have used similar colours over the whole spread. Blues, greens and golds which is a common theme throughout his album. I love these colours together and they are perfect for a little boy. I may be biased but I think my little boy is pretty damn cute! See below for the process video of how I put this layout together;

Now for some close up images.

I added a bit of gold glitter accents to the cards. I don't think this gold and glitter trend is going anywhere anytime soon. It seems to have lasted a lot longer than other trends I have seen in the scrapbooking industry over all these years. I added the gorgeous xoxo wood veneer banner for a Studio Calico kit. I wish they made these and sold them by the packet. I love the etched designs on them!

I loved how my title card turned out. I used the Amy Tangerine Plus One brush script thickers to create the title card and I used the clouds printed on this 4x6 card from the Dear Lizzy Daydreamer Project Life mini kit to do some journalling. I thought it was a good use of space! 

So I really hope you enjoyed a look in my son's album. I really find this album special. I really love doing it and I thin kit's because I have so many stories to tell as a first time Mum. Every day is a new adventure and a new learning curve. Motherhood is tough but ever so rewarding!

Much love,

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