Wednesday, 26 February 2014

I love this girl - D-Lish Scraps February Challenge

Hi there!

Today I've got a layout to share that I created for the D-Lish Scraps February challenge. They provided this inspiration board to work with...

There is lots to be inspired by here!! This is the layout that I created...

I was inspired by the 'love' theme, as well as the colours, the hearts, the arrows on the card, and the clouds hanging from the mobile. I also used the sketch for design inspiration, but I converted it into a double layout.

I took these 'selfies' of my daughter, Abigail, and I when she was only 2 years old. We went away on a 'girl's weekend' together, just the two of us! We had so much fun and it was lovely to have some uninterupted quality time together! We so need to do that again...

The patterned papers that I've used are mostly My Minds Eye, except for the pink which is Imaginisce. The clouds and rainbow on my layout I fussy cut from a sheet of Kaisercraft patterned paper.

Here are some closeups of my layout...

I used a Stampin' Up Thinlits die to create the 'I <3 u' and then I popped a Heidi Swapp heart on top which I inked up with pink Versamark ink. The arrow is a wow wood veneer... they seem to be making an appearance on my layouts quite often of late!

These hearts are Heidi Grace chipboard stickers that I've had for ages... they worked perfectly with my colour scheme and also the theme of my layout. The flowers on my layout are Prima. You can also see in this picture that there's a clothing tag tucked in underneath the blue patterned paper... I used this to do my journalling on.

The little banners at the top of my layout were created using both a Stampin' Up stamp and a punch... I think that they're super cute! I used some foam tape to mount them up and give them dimension.

I created my title using Bella! chipboard alphas. The little mini alphas are Kaisercraft.

I hope you enjoyed visiting my blog and taking a look at my layout! I will love to read any comments that you leave!!

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Happiness - SUYS February Challenge


Today I'm sharing a layout that I created for the February challenge at Show Us Your Stuff. The challenge is to use this quote:


And as always you must use a handmade item on your layout as well.

Here is my take on this challenge...

I'm really quite happy with how this layout turned out. I often tend to use bright colours rather than pastel colours, but this time I used pastels and I think they worked perfectly for these baby photos of Isaac. I even used a touch of pink which I never use on 'boy' layouts, but in this case I think it worked :-) The background patterned paper is Heidi Swapp (I'm so loving using Heidi Swapp papers and embellies at the moment!) and the other patterned papers I've used are from the Pink Paislee Colour Wash collection (I totally fell in love with these papers as soon as I saw them!).

Here are some closeups of my layout...

I used the quote as my title. I had fun mixing it up by using a combination of mini alphas, shapes, and stickers for the title! I think that it creates a bit of interest. The heart is from a Heidi Swapp emphemera pack... I inked it up then I applied a coat of gesso to tone down the colour. The 'happiness' sticker is also Heidi Swapp :-) The '&' sticker is from an AC Amy Tangerine sticker pack.

This is my handmade item... banners! I cut these out from the reverse side of one of the Pink Paislee patterned papers so that they would co-ordinate perfectly.

A closeup of the embellishments on right hand side of my double layout. I used a few bits and pieces that I've had in my stash for awhile that matched the colour palette. I also tucked a paper doilie behind. Doilies seem to find their way onto most of my layouts... they're just great for layering and adding a bit of texture :-)

And here is a closeup of the embellishments on the left hand side. I positioned the wood veneer camera over one of the hearts on the patterned paper so that its peeking through the hole :-) The arrow is another Heidi Swapp embellishment and I've given this the same treatment as the heart.. a bit of ink and a coat of gesso.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my layout... Thank you so much for coming to visit my blog. I would love it if you left me comment!!

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Best Ever Nanna - Scrap the Boys Feb Challenge

Hello Everyone,

I hope that you all had a happy Valentine's Day yesterday and got to spend some time with someone that you love! This Valentine's Day marks 16 years since my husband & I started dating!!

Today I would like to share with you a layout that I created for the February challenge at Scrap the Boys...

The challenge criteria this month is to create a layout featuring your boy/s and
“Someone Special” in their life!

"Best Ever Nanna"

I have put off scrapping this photo for so long because it is a photo that is very precious to me and for this reason I wanted to make sure that I did it justice when I scrapped it. It is special because sadly it is the only photo that I have of Isaac with his Nanna. My mother-in-law was diagnosed with motor neuron disease when Isaac was a baby and the disease progressed so quickly that she passed away in just a few short months.

When I saw the criteria for this month's challenge at STB, I knew that this was the prompting I needed to finally scrap this photo. Nanna was certainly "someone special" in the lives of her grandchildren. She loved them unconditionally, she enjoyed spending time with them and she loved to dote on them. I wanted to create a layout that would be a reminder to Isaac about the special bond that he had with his Nanna, even if their time together was short. My journalling, which is a message for Isaac about how special his Nanna was, is tucked behind the photo in a glassine bag. I hope that in years to come that he might read it and be reminded of how much he was loved by his Nanna.

The pastel colours in the Heidi Swapp 'Serendipity' collection of patterned papers were perfect for my layout. The 'best ever' tab and butterfly sticker are also Heidi Swapp. I created the heart banner using punched out hearts and I popped them up on foam mounting tape for dimension.

A few more stickers, die cuts and a WOW wood veneer arrow pointing towards the photo were the finishing touches to my layout!

Thank you for coming to visit my blog... I'd love it if you leave me a comment to let me know you've been here!