Friday, June 27, 2014

Creative Inspiration - Week 26

Welcome to another week of sharing on behalf of Mad About Scrappin.

This week I will be sharing with you another creation using this Photo Freedom kit by Echo Park.

Now this week I decided to create a layout using photos that aren't really perfect photos and have so many different colours in them that they may have normally not been the best to use as a feature on a layout. However I still believe that the tell a story. They capture a moment in time that is priceless and needs to be recorded no matter what they look like. So I cleaned the photos up and printed them in black and white to play with them. 

So here what I have created this week. 
I have fun playing around with bits and pieces from this kit this week. I have teamed up this paper range with a piece of dotty kraft card stock to add a little texture to the layout.

I decided to add a stitched border to this layout. I felt it was just "missing" something. Oh and I must say... I LOVE the little paper graph bags from Mad About Scrappin !!!! so much so that after getting some to play with this month I purchased every colour and style they have in store. They are so cute AND the prefect size for photo pocket pages. The make create ways to add some hidden journalling or add some memorabilia you want to add to your page. Best of all they add that little bit extra to your page! I have teamed mine up with some twine, and a few matching stickers from the kit to create this page.

I have also love playing around with the 3'x4' journal cards in this kit this time around too. I created the title for this page on one of the 3'x4' journal cards using a wooden word as the main part of the title and then used some kaiser craft mini alphas to finish it off.

To finish off the last bit of this page I threw on a few Studio Calico chevrons and arrow in cork board. They add to the fun feel of this layout.

Have you checked out the latest products in the Mad About Scrappin store lately ?? 

Till next week.

TFL, M x

Friday, June 20, 2014

Creative Inspiration - Week 25

Hello all. 

Back this week with a layout I have created using this photo freedom kit by Echo Park.

I must admit that since I have started to play around with these Photo Freedom kits on behalf of Mad About Scrappin I have fallen in love. I really enjoy the flexibility of these kits. I love the fact that you have the choice as to how you create with these kits. I do wish that I had discovered them earlier.

So here's this weeks layout I have created.

I decided this week to select one of the colour schemes from the kit to play around with. I them chose the 4'x6' portrait layout photo pages and the 4'x6' journal cards in the colour scheme I had chosen. I wanted to make the journal cards the feature of this layout so printed my photos off as black and white and then mounted them onto some graph journal cards in my stash. I have added a little washi tape and some word stickers to finish them off. 

Now I liked the colours of the journal cards however I really wanted to tie the different patterned journal cards together to give them a uniformed look. To do this I played around with Photo shop Elements and some photo brushes on a blank 4'x6' template I have. I then printed the journal cards with matching brushes in black. By printing on this colour I have found that the black really pops. 

To add a little bit of embellishment I have glimmer misted some die cut frames from Mad about Scrappin to give them a worn metal look. Little hard to see it them have a little shimmer to them too. I then layered them on the journal card with a paper doily and some butterfly die cuts I have had laying around in my stash for ages. I loved adding the final touch of random pearlized sequins in various sizes. 

For my title card I have used some Studio Calico alpha stickers as the main title and then some smaller Kaiser craft alphas to finish off the quote. I felt the quote finished off the layout nicely. 

I love the feel and look of the end layout. It has a little bit of dimensions without being too dimensional.

Most of all I loved printing the journal cards to suit my need. I can see myself doing that again. I feel that it has helped make the journal cards more usable to my needs. Plus it created a completely different feel to the layout by using more feminine brushes.

Have you alter something to suit your needs?

Why not give it a try.

Till next week.

TFL, M x

Friday, June 13, 2014

Creative Inspiration - Week 24

Hello all. 

So starts another weekend. 

Here in Adelaide, South Australia this weekend is due to be a wet and miserable one.

Whilst this might be bad for some I see it as an opportunity to lock myself away and scrap. 
Wet Weather = Perfect Scrapping Weather

So today for some inspiration on behalf of Mad About Scrappin I have been playing around with this Echo Park Photo Freedom kit again.

Here's what I have created this week. 
I must say that I really am finding this kit very versatile. This week I decided to go with the boy feel of this kit. It has been a little while since I have created a layout of my son so I felt it was time to get busy.  I like the fact that the kit has a mix of 12'x12' patterned paper AND 12'x12' sheets of journal cards. It means that you have a choice and can mix it up with how you work with this kit. For this layout I have used a mix of the 12'x12' patterned paper and some of the 4'x6' journal cards. 

By mixing it up with washi tape, bakers twine, a couple of brads and a studio calico puffy sticker I was able to embellish this page quite quickly. I mixed it up with my title by using a wooden word as the main part of my title and then used alpha stickers mounted using 3D foam to finish it off. Helped to create a bit of interest on the layout I think.

I even managed to get a bit messy with this layout by adding some Mr Huey ink splodges here and there. I then finished the layout off with some Studio Calico cork chevrons. They helped to add a bit of texture to the layout. I love these too and am really impressed with the quality of them.

Quite happy with the end result of this layout. 

Sometimes it fun to mix things up a little. 

Have you tried to do that yourself lately?

Till next week.

TFL, M x

Friday, June 6, 2014

Creative Inspiration - Week 23

Well.. so starts another month.

With this month brings a new kit to play around with on behalf of Mad About Scrappin. 

This month Leanne from Mad About Scrappin has sent me this fun Photo Freedom kit to play with from Echo Park.

When I received the kit I was excited to see it in real life. It is such a fun paper range. I can see that this month I am going to have so much fun with it.

So.. here's the first of many layouts for you from this kit today.
I wasn't quite sure what to do with my first layout. I was going to do my first layout as a pocket page however I was finding that my scrapping mojo had disappeared this week. Too much of a busy week with study and spring cleaning leaving me feeling rather worn out. I have to admit too that this layout took me about 3 hours to do which is rather unusual for me. I just couldn't get things happening to start with and found myself pushing pieces around the page for what seemed like forever till it finally came together.

 By taking a different tack to this layout and creating little bits and pieces about the page I found it finally starting to work for me. I think perhaps I found it a bit too much working with so many different patterns this week. However by using the black and white to tie it all together it finally seemed to fall into place.

I love these little chevron bags too. I have used one as a base for a tag for my title. It has added a bit of texture to my page I think. I also like to create a title using a mixture of alphas and stickers. It create a bit of a feature of the title.

To finish this page off I played around with a mixture of embellishments. I love the buttons I go from the last Mad About Scrappin sale. They are nice and bold in colour and have added that little bit of pop to the layout. I added some Studio Calico cork shapes and Evalicious puffy stickers

I am quite happy with how this layout has turned out. 

It did take a bit to come together but I am glad that I kept at it.

Have you ever struggled with getting a layout to work ?

Till next week.

Get creative.

TFL, M x