Friday, December 26, 2014

Creative Inspiration - Week 52


I hope that everyone is having a super Christmas. 

Super busy here with kids going back and forth to visit and family over that I am really glad I got organised with all my scrap work in advance.

Anyways... I have played around with some more of this kit to create a layout for you.

I felt very honoured to be able to create this layout using another photo from the family at my daughters Calisthenics. This layout I have created used a photo of the father and new born son of the family. I felt very humbled to be able to create this layout.
Because this was to be a more masculine layout I have played around with a piece of base board as the base for this layout. I then used some texture paste and a wall stencil to create the base. Then it was a matter of layering gesso and three different glimmer mists till I was happy. 

I have also played around with a pile of old number stickers that I have had laying around in my stash for ages. I have coloured them all black to make them uniform in that sense and adhered them randomly. 

Once the photo was adhered onto some of the matching tags and patterned paper I then played around with a mix of wood veneer, some kraft photo corners and matching word stickers from the pack.

Finally I finished the whole layout off with a few cork stars and bordered the whole layout with some washi tape. I love the colours on this layout as it helps to focus on the subjects in the photos.

Well better get back to celebrating Xmas.

Merry Christmas all.

TFL, M x

Friday, December 19, 2014

Creative Inspiration - Week 51

Hello all. 
I hope that you are all getting sorted for the festivities ahead.

Here I have been working away getting Xmas gifts sorted and getting scrap work all up to date so that I can enjoy some family time during Christmas.

This created some cute tags to jazz up some gifts for Calisthenics teachers and a card too using some more of this versatile paper range.

So here's what I have created....

So I have used some matching tags in the same paper range as a base and then built the tags up from there with a mix of patterned paper, paper Xmas doily, some digital quotes I printed onto some patterned paper from the range, some gold foil Xmas tags (the soldier), and some wood veneer stars. I have then finished the whole thing off with some bakers and garden twine. 

Super quick.. super easy but finished off the gifts nicely.

Have you managed to get some crafting done this year for Xmas ?

I love doing it as it helped get me in the mood for Xmas.

Till next week.

TFL, M x

Friday, December 12, 2014

Creative Inspiration - Week 50

Hello all.

It is so hard to believe that Xmas is almost here. 
I have been busily craft my little hands off to get things sorted around here in preparation for the end of year celebration at school. 

I have been lucky to be able to play around with some more of this paper range sent to me 
from Mad About Scrappin.

Every year the kids like to be able to give gifts to their school friends. This year with my youngest at school too we have had to make up gifts for three classes. So with that is mind we kept it rather simple this year. Plus we were also lucky to be able to find a few bits and pieces pre-made for the gifts so I was able focus on the craft element of the gifts. So this is what we came up with this year for my children's class mates and teachers.
We had to make 90 of the little gift bag toppers for the school friend and then 3 tags for the teachers. Luckily on of the children helped me to fill the bags and my Mum kindly helped me to attach the bag toppers to the goodie bags. The goodie bags were the most labour intensive.

I have to admit to quite enjoying making the tags for the peppermint jars. I found that the jars looked quite festive already so I didn't want to wrap them to hide that. As I had to make three tags I wanted to keep it simple. 

I started with a base tag made from Kraft coloured card and used some tan/white patterned paper from the paper range as the base pattern. I then stamped the greeting near the top of the tag. I then adhered a smaller piece of white/black patterned paper on top. I found the small gold gift tags with the soldier on them at Ikea a while ago. I have added them to the tag to add a bit of sparkle. I have then stamped the photo corner randomly and then added them with some small wood veneer stars to finish off the tag. I have then tied them to the jar using a mix of garden twine and some bakers twine to give it a bit of a rustic look. 

I am quite pleased with the end result of our gifts this year.

Super fun and quite easy to make. 

Well... better get the home gifts all sorted now.

Till next week.

TFL, M x

Friday, December 5, 2014

Creative Inspiration - Week 49

Okay... I am just a tad excited to be able to share with you all this month... 

Firstly because the Christmas season has started in my house hold and our days are filled with making parcels for friends and family and sharing special moments together.

And SECONDLY.... because I have some layout that I LOVED doing using this REALLY REALLY yummy kit sent to me by the lovely Leanne at Mad About Scrappin.

Just a little aside about the layout I have created this week.. 
Firstly they are not my children
  (I do have permission to show them) 
AND I didn't take the beautiful photos
(photos courtesy of Laura Keays)
I am lucky to know this little family of four beautiful girls and one super cute baby boy, through the Calisthenics group that my girls attended weekly. So the week that my kit arrived to play with I saw these stunning photos that were just PERFECT for this paper range. How could I not use them! So I asked and have been able to share with you one a few layout I have created using this paper range of this gorgeous family.

So here is the first for you this week.
I have matted some white card stock onto some matching maroon card stock to give a bit of colour pop in the background. I have also added some bold black accents and washi tape to give some contrast to this layout. I have used almost all the patterns from this paper range to create a strip background for this layout. I have also added some matching alpha ticker strips I have had for ages in my stash along with a die cut frame I have coloured black.

I have used one of the 3x4 patterned journal cards with the numbers on it to create the title for this layout. I have circled the number 4 with gemstones and then finished off the title with some matching alpha stickers from my stash. 

I have then used some of the matching alphas stickers and die cuts fro the kit to add a few accents to the page mounted with 3D foam. 

I love how this layout has come together.

Thanks again to the Jobson Family and Laura for allowing my to use the images. 
I hope that your family enjoys the layouts.

Till next week.

Get Scrapping.

TFL. M x

Friday, November 28, 2014

Creative Inspiration - Week 48

Hello.. hello.. hello.

My goodness... this year is fast coming to an end.. I am a little shocked that it is almost Christmas!!

Anyway.. this week I am back to share with you a fun layout I have created 
for Mad About Scrappin using some more of this kit.

So here's this weeks layout...
Okay.. so don't have a shock.. I know.. I have scrapped more than one photo!!! Not something I normally do but when I saw these photos I just couldn't decided which ones to use to document our beach day.

Anyways... I have used the more muted colours from this paper range. I have found so far that this kit has been very versatile. I love the fact that there are so many different options with using the kit. This week I have focused on the greys and whites from this paper range. I have done this because I really wanted to use photos from our holiday at the beach and found that the rest of the paper range didn't work with the colours as well.

I used a chipboard word arrow to created the title for the layout. I have then mixed up some alpha and work stickers to journal. I have layered the alpha stickers on top of a small lined journal card.

I have created a feature part on the layout with a few smaller photos added into a white photo frame strip down the side of the larger photos. I found this a great way to add a few extra photos to the layout without taking up too much space.

I have also added some paper doilies from my stash and some more die cut frames to add a bit of dimension to the page. I have then finished off the layout by adding some silver sequins I have in my stash to add a bit of sparkle to the layout. 

Well off to get some more Christmas work sorted before the silly season hits.

Have a great weekend.

Get creative. 

TFL, M x

Friday, November 21, 2014

Creative Inspiration - Week 47

Hello.. Hello.. Hello !!!

Back this week with a fun pocket page that I have created using this kit of behalf of
Mad About Scrappin

This week I have created a pocket page for a change. I felt a little like mixing it up and found some super fun photos to use for this from our trip to Victor Harbor in the last school holidays.

So here it is....
Have played around with the more muted colours in this paper range to create this layout. I must say that I am quite enjoying playing around with pocket pages. I love that you are able to use each pocket to tell a story for itself or use the pocket to create an overall effect as a 12'x12' layout. 

I have used the plainer paper as the base for three of the pockets and have added some digital stamps to them to mix it up a little. I have then lightly and randomly stamped using my hand as the stamp block using a graph stamp. I then layered some doilies, old alphas stickers that I have coloured using a permanent marker and some die cut frames.

I even added a little bicycle journal card to this pocket and then finished it off by adding some dew drops from my own stash. They are fun to play with and as they are clear show through the colours below them. 

For my title I have mixed it up a little and used a combination of bright bold alphas stickers for the main part of the title and then 3D mounted some white alpha stickers for the remaining title. On the pockets with the photos I have kept it simple with the matching paper matt which I have stamped with the graph stamp, added some bold washi to match and finished them off with a chipboard wood arrow. Super fun and easy.

Well.. off to get some house chores done.... unfortunately I cant scrap this weekend as I will be busy with kids friend's parties and kids in the local Christmas pageant. However will be lots of perfect photo opportunities this weekend for future scrapping.

Enjoy your weekend.

TFL, M xxx 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Creative Inspiration - Week 46

My Goodness!!!!

The weeks to this year just seem to be screaming by at the moment.

I am back this week to share some creative inspiration with you on behalf of Mad About Scrappin using this paper range.

This week I have been playing around with some photos from our recent family holiday to 
Victor Harbor and I found this really good photo of Miss J 
(a rarity for sure!! as she avoids the camera.. not my child at all lol).

Here's the layout I have created this week.
Now I have to admit that this wood grain paper in this pack kinds frightened me. I really was not sure what to do with it. It was too big a pattern to use as a card base so I decided to play around with using it for the base of my layout. I have trimmed it slightly and matted it onto some chocolate card stock. Then I have just layered the patterned paper and photo till I was happy with the positioning and adhered it all down. I have to admit to being a little crazy with the hand cutting for this one too as I hand cut the main title word for this page. I found it quite

Then once again I went a little crazy with the hand cutting and cut of the flowers from the patterned paper. I have then layered then onto some doilies and some copper wire that Leanne sent me in the pack. I LOVE this stuff as it is so much fun to play with. 

I have added some dew drops from my stash to the centres of the flowers. I love these as they are clear so they show through the colours on the paper. They have added some extra dimension to the flowers too.

Been a while since I have played around with fussy cutting and have to admit I found it fun for a change. 

Well off to get creative for the weekend here.

Till next week.

TFL, M x

Friday, November 7, 2014

Creative Inspiration - Week 45

Hello all.

I am back this week to share with you a couple of quick cards 
I have created on behalf of Mad About Scrappin.

Once again I have been playing around with some more of this product range.

So here's the cards I have created this week.
I have had a run of birthdays on for October and November. So I have tried to stay on top of things by creating cards in my favourite 4'x4' size. I find this size great to create when you are a little time poor or have to create a pile of cards in a hurry. Both of the cards have been created with a girlie feel this time around too.

My first card was for my niece's birthday. I sometimes struggle making birthday cards for teenagers, however I do find teenage girls that love all things girlie just that little bit easier. I have gone with the bolder darker patterned paper in the range for this card and used some lighter grey card stock as the card base. With a little bit of inking and stamping to the blue floral paper I have added a bit of dimension to the base layer. I have them coloured the die cut doily black and mounted in using 3D foam to the centre. I have then clustered the flowers and wood veneer butterfly. I then added some bling and the number greeting using 3D foam.

The second card came together rather quickly. I sanded the edges of both the card base and the base patterned paper I used for the base of the card. I then stamped the base patterned paper with dove grey ink. Then added a doily I had cut in half and layered. Added a tag I made from some scrap card stock I had stamped and then sanded to age it. I finished off the card with some ribbon and flowers clustered with a hat pin. Super simple but a nice feeling card for a special friends birthday.

Well.. off to get some more scrap work sorted. 

Enjoy your weekend and get creative.

TFL, M x

Friday, October 31, 2014

Creative Inspiration - Week 44

Happy Halloween everyone.

I have been quite busy here lately getting my scrap on.

This week I am back to share with you a layout I have created using some more of this yummy paper range on behalf of Mad About Scrappin.

So here's this weeks share.

Hehehe and looking at the layout now they base colours on it really kinda do have a bit of a Halloween feel with the burnt yellow and bold black I have used on this layout to give it a bit of pop.

I love the feel of this layout as much as the look. That's because I have used some texture paste and a masking template on the base vanilla card stock before hitting the whole thing with a list mist of some glimmer mists in yellows, greens and tan. It has a slight shimmer to it and I blotted it before it was completely dry to show the dot through. I have also hand stitched on this layout too for a bit of texture. I felt it was fitting as I had created a quilt type effect with the patterned paper. I love these die cut frames. Remember too that they don't have to stay the colours they come.. well they rarely do in my house as I tend to mix them up to match what I am working with.

I have finished off the layout by creating my title with a mixture of a laser cut chipboard word and then added some alphas to mix it up. I have then journal using some Kaiser mini alphas to tie it all together. Super fun and I must admit to have made just a little bit of a mess on my desk whilst I played too. 

Better go and clean it up. 

Till next week. 

Get creative.

TFL, M x

Friday, October 24, 2014

Creative Inspiration - Week 43

Hello everyone.

Welcome back to another week of creative fun.

I have received a bucket load of goodies from Mad About Scrappin that I cannot wait to share with you over the next few weeks.

This week I am sharing with you a some cards that I have created using some of this paper range.

Now I have used this paper range before however this time around I have created layouts and cards that all look so different. These are the cards that I have created to share with you this week..

As this is a mad crazy couple of months for birthdays I have decided to get on top of them and create the cards in advance. The birthday round start with cards for children so I have created some fun cards.

This card has been created for a good friends daughter. She is turning eight and a really bright and bubbly girl. I have loved watching her grow up over the past five years. I love creating cards for her as I know that they will be cherish. For this card I have stamped onto the base patterned paper. I have then cut out circles onto a matching piece of paper in the range and then mounted it centred using 3D foam tape to give it dimension. I have then used some more matching paper in the range to create the "flowers" and added some matching buttons from my stash for interest. I then added my greeting by adhering mini alphas to a strip of acetate and then adhering it to the card. 
The greeting ends up having a floating look.

The second card is for my son who is turning 11.
(Happy Birthday Nate.. xxx)
He loves homemade cards and I love creating fun ones for him every year. I love that he still likes to get them too and is eager to see what I have created. I have kept it more of a messy look. As I found the aqua dot too bold I have brushed some acetate with white gesso randomly and mounted in on top of the aqua paper. It tones it down. I have then added some washi tape that matched, some ticket stubs and some cork chevrons and an arrow. I have added the greeting with a mix of larger alphas and mini alphas in the centre of the wood veneer mini frame.

I have had fun creating some cards this week.

Better get scrappin.

Till next week.

TFL, M xxx