Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Altering frame fun

Hello everyone.
Back to share with you a little something different this time around.
I have started to work on decorating my new house with some of my scrapbooking work and decided that I needed some photos of my children to adorn the walls.
Now I didn't want to hang up ordinary frames I wanted something just a little different.
So.. I found this frame at my local discount shop and set to work with a little help from some  of my favourite Helmar products.

Here is what I ended up with ..
What to know how I did this ??

Full instructions are on the Helmar Design Team Blog so head on over to get the scoop.
Why not think outside the box a little and jazz up a frame yourself.
TFL, M x

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Making a Major Helmar Mess

Okay.. so I have had a chance to play around with this month's Helmar Challenge.
Mind you it really got me thinking that's for sure. I am not normally one to document daily or even weekly things. So I really had to have a good think about this challenge.

 So when I sat down and though about this challenge I started to notice that no matter what day of the week it is and no matter what I am doing I always have my trusty faithful coffee. To top it off my coffee is always in the same thermos cup at hands reach no matter what.
So for me the inspiration I used for my layout is my coffee. Bit of a challenge to scrap about as I don't normally choose something like this as my subject.
Here's what I created with this in mind.
I thought I would quickly share with you all how I created the base of my layout. Mainly because it was so much fun, I got to make a HUGE mess, I used up a pile of old chipboard stash letters and I got to play with some of my favourite Helmar products.
 For the base of my layout because I knew I was going to play around with a glue wash (made from 1 part Helmar Acid Free Glue and 3 parts water) I didn't want the base to warp. I don't know about you but I have LOTS of chipboard letters left over that I never seem to use because I don't seem to have all the letters I need in the same font when doing a title. So I worked out what I needed with the chipboard letters, spaced them out on the base and then adhered then once happy with placement using Helmar Acid Free Glue.
Then.. this was where the fun REALLY began and I mad so much mess..
Once the letters were dry I gave the whole thing a light coat of paint and hit it with the heat gun to speed up the drying process.
Once dry I then took single layers of patterned paper napkin I had cut into small squares and adhered it to the base using my Helmar glue wash. Once dry the red paint showed through and highlighted the negative of the napkin. I then coated the whole base with a light coat of red paint wash. to tone it down a little.
Next I wanted to  highlight the chipboard alphas to make them pop out of the layout. I grabbed a permanent marker and carefully coloured in each letter then gave the base a light coat of Helmar Krystal Kote Fixative.
The final touch I then added to my base was to lightly go over the letters with a white paint wash to highlight them and blend them into the background a little. I went over it a few times using a heat gun to dry it several times till I was happy. Then finally have the base a coat of Helmar Krystal Kote Matte Spray to finish the base off and take out any shine.
Had so much fun playing around with this challenge. Not only with the theme.. but because I had a chance to play around and experiment with some Helmar products to create my own dimensional base for my layout.
Why not have a play around with this challenge yourself.
TFL, M x

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Quote fun for Mad About Scrappin

Hello everyone.
Wow.. April already.. where is this year going...
Once again Leanne at Mad About Scrappin has come up with a fun filled challenge for this month

Must say when I first saw this challenge I felt it was such a fun one to play around with. Such a great way to showcase someone that you want to celebrate having in your life.
I love using quotes for my journal as I find it often saves me from having to find the perfect words to say what I want to on my layouts.
So with the quote in mind I got creative with a photo of a very special person in my life.
I also played around with the quote a little too and used part of the quote as the main part of my title for the page. I also used stars on my layout for embellishments made from recycled card, permanent marker and texture paste. Super simple and easy.
Oh.. and who says you can use pink on a masculine layout!
Why not mix it up a little and play around with this months quote challenge from Mad About Scrappin.
TFL, M x

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

And we have a winner !!!!

Would like to say thank you to everyone that joined me for  

As promised I have some blog candy to give away...
a page kit with full instrcutions to create this.
I have gotten my little helper to help me pick out a winner...
Congratulations Marie Mazz !
If you could forward your postage details to me I can get your page kit in the mail.
Thanks again to everyone who left a comments and hopped along with us.
TFL, M x

Friday, April 5, 2013

Hopping around with Mad About Scrappin !

Welcome to the FIRST EVER Blog Hop with Mad About Scrappin!!
If you are just joining the Blog Hop, no problem, you can start at any point.
All the Creative Team's Blogs are linked together so you will be able to see ALL the FANTASTIC projects we have for you.
In case you get lost while hopping here's the blog hop order.
Hello all.. Michelle here again and welcome to my blog..
I hope you have enjoyed the Mad about Scrappin Blog Hop so far and the work you just saw at
Louise White's Blog
Scrapbooking is my FAVORITE craft I have tried and tested in my travels. It is something that I am very passionate about and I love being able to share how I have created things with others. I am also well know for pushing the boundaries with products a little and tend to experiment a fair bit. I love being able to preserve my family memories in a very unique way that means a lot to me.
So with that in mind.. I would like to share with you what I have created today. I have been playing around with some yummy papers from Kaisercraft. I have fallen in love with the Magnolia Grove paper range.
I once again mixed it up with a few different colours of ink for my background. I like to be able to create a bit of dimension by stamping and inking the cardstock before adding any paper layers. 
I love the vintage look of the papers. I had lots of fun punching and layering it up to create the base of my layout. I must admit too that I dont usually like mixing up the pattern too much when creating a layout but this paper range made it so easy to do that. They helped to create the dimension and depth I wanted in my layout.
As a Special Thank You for stopping by my blog I am giving away BLOG CANDY!!
Please leave a comment about my project to be entered for a chance to win a page kit with full instructions designed especially by me !
I will randomly select a winner to be announced on Tuesday, April 9th, so please check back to see if you are the lucky recipient!
Before you leave don't forget to leave a comment as everyone goes into the draw to win some yummy goodies from Mad About Scrappin !! How good is that.. so many chances to grab something for yourself!
Thanks again for hopping along with us at Mad About Scrappin !
TFL, M x


Monday, April 1, 2013

FIRST EVER Mad About Scrappin Blog Hop !!!!

Looking for some Scrapping Fun ??
Come check out the work being showcased by
Especially for you on their  FIRST EVER blog hop !

 If you have never participated in a blog hop, it's super easy to do.
Just start at the Mad About Scrappin blog and follow all the instructions along the way.
You will make new friends and get lots of inspiration from all of our projects.
PLUS...Mad About Scrappin is giving away some goodies along the way
AND you may even find some blog candy too.. just for hopping along and leaving your comments along the way !
Stay Tuned !!!!