15 AugArt This Year

I can’t believe it has been so long since last time I blogged! I’ve been busy this year doing some online art classes – Wanderlust from Everything Art and Inspiration Wednesday with Donna Downey. So I thought I would share a few of the projects I’ve been working on.

I was really pleased with this still life, and the techniques I learned can be translated to many other projects.

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It was fun to try something new in this grid-based art board.

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I also enjoyed creating a textured picture based (loosely) on a photograph I took with the sun rays standing out dramatically.

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In this class there is also a focus on art journalling, here are a couple of the layouts I’ve created

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Inspiration Wednesday is all about art journalling, here are a couple of my favourite layouts.

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So, as you can see, I have been busy doing lots of art! Creating new things and trying new techniques.

16 NovDecember Daily 2015

It is that time of year again – getting my December Daily ready! This year I’ve chosen to use Simple Stories Claus & Co range, a lovely clean colour range. I did an Album-in-a-Day class with Vicki Boutin, and I used some of the techniques I learned with her. And I matched with with Barn Door and Peeled Paint Distress Inks.

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I loved red on the spine, so decided to build on this. I used a tag and banner shaped page, with the edges inked, I added two ribbons tied around the cover, and then a ‘Joy’ card and cut the ’25 Days of December’ card into a circle, added the ‘2015’ and mounted with foam tape. I finished off with some stickers: Christmas lights (one of my favourite things!), presents and stars. To add some bling I used Distress Stickles and Enamel Dots.

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On the inside cover I used a December calendar card, some stickers and doilies.

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The first page inside is from the Journal Pages, a folded page that has ‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year’ on the front and a December calendar inside. I used one of the cards to create the ‘To Do’ list and mounted each square with foam mount.

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I put the cards into each of the pocket pages, giving most days a double spread (some days I know I have more planned so gave extra days. I will be using my Instax Share Printer, so will need cards in all pockets, and adding journaling and stickers as I go.

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On the pages that came from the Journal Pages, I’ve created flaps and pockets.

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Another of Journal Pages is a ‘December Documented’ double page, taking some snapshots of this December.

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So my book is ready for the 1st of December, with stickers (both alphabet and pictures), a plan for the month, and a whole lot of good intentions! Keep an eye on my Facebook Page and I’ll (try) and update with pictures of the finished layouts.

01 OctTravel Journal

Those of you who follow my blog will know that when I go away I love to create a Travel Journal. This is my record while we are away, including photos, ephemera, and journaling.

For our latest holiday we went to Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia, and as usual I created a journal, so I thought I’d share some tips and my method to making this work for you (and even for your kids).

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I started out with a travel journal I created with Teresa Collins at Autumn Escape using her Wanderlust Collection. Before I left I packed my journal with an extra 6×6 pad (I knew I would need to add pages to it), the leftover embellishments from creating the book, and white and black cardstock. I also packed a travelling kit which includes the basics (scissors, knife, journaling pen, pencil, rubber, ruler etc), a glue stick, a mini Dymo and tape, a cutting mat, Tiny Attacher and Instax Share printer. Depending on the book, I sometimes take a coordinating inkpad too. I should also have packed a hole punch – I had to purchase one while there!

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The first thing you need to remember to do is to save the receipts, boarding passes etc – the stuff you’d usually throw away, and make sure you pick up a business card or brochure of the places you visit (my DH is very helpful with this now). And remember to take photos too.

Each day or two I sit down and work on my journal – don’t be afraid of cutting things up to fit into your book, you want it to reflect what you did on that holiday. I use my Instax Share printer for instant photos that go directly into my book, add some journaling, and the page for the day is done.

An example of one day was our day at the zoo:

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I added the day and date with my Dymo, and created the title from the brochure. I picked up a souvenir coin at the zoo, so I added it to a small ziplock bag and punched holes in it so I could add it to my book.

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I also used the zoo brochure (I needed a couple so I could cut things from both sides!) to add all the captions and times to my page of photos.

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We were given a zoo map at the beginning of the day, so I saved that and glued the edge a page with the map folded in half as a better size.

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On the back of the map I stuck some white card and added my journaling for the day.

When I got home, I had a couple of days to complete, which didn’t take long. I added the map we’d been using for the holiday, and my journal was complete – a full record of our time away that can be referred back to at any time.

01 JunMay 2015 Tag

Wow, I can’t believe my last post was the April Tag from my 12 Tags of 2015, and here I am with the May one! It has been a busy month, and if you follow my Facebook Page you can see some of the things I’ve been doing.

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I love all the layers on the May Tag from Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015, and I replicated it pretty well with what I have. I stuck some burlap down onto my tag and trimmed around it, then used Whipped Spackle and a stencil and my new Cracked Pistachio ink. The ephemera was bits from my stash, and I had a photo stamp of the young girl.

I really want the Tiny Tattered Florals dies, but they aren’t available here yet, so I used some roses already had. The bingo tile came from PaperVine, and as you know I love buttons, so having them on this tag made me happy! Finishing off with spritz from the Distress Marker Spritzer with Black Soot and Festive Berries.

I’m certainly planning to blog sooner than the June tag! I still have some Autumn Escape class projects to show you, and some new Inspiration Wednesday pages.


29 AprApril 2015 Tag

Welcome back! It’s that time of the month again, 12 Tags of 2015 time, based on Tim Holtz’s April Tag.

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As usual I made a few changes: I used my flower stamps but didn’t have a stem so used a permanent marker and drew them in! I coloured using Tim’s technique, and I thought this worked really well.  I cut the words using a Silhouette (loving this machine!). I stitched on the flowers, added a little heart button, and coloured my ribbon to match.  A very sweet tag!


25 AprPrima Projects

Among all the busyness of the past few weeks, I’ve had the chance to make some projects using beautiful Prima products. (Warning: there are lots of photos in this post!)

In one of my op-shop checks I found this cute little glass butter dish complete with a cloche, I fell in love with it, but I don’t put butter out like this, so I needed to find another use for it.Always Flowers 1


I got some flowers from Free Spirit range, some roses and some flat flowers, and I also had some lovely metal roses from Finnebar.  I started out with part of a polystyrene ball in the middle, covered with some of the flat flowers, and then started to add the 3D roses.  For the metal roses, I took the flat flowers and cut them into separate petals so that there was colour in between the metal petals.

Always Flowers 2Once I had added all the flowers, I then finished off the display with some twirled stems (I separated them from the flowers so I could add where I wanted) and a little stamped sign that says ‘Always’.  So now I can enjoy both the flowers and the butter dish!

Today (Saturday 25 April) is Anzac Day, a time to remember the men and women who served our country.  As this is the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing, there has been quite a big build up, and I wanted to remember some of my ancestors who fought and died in WW1.  My Great Nana had six brothers, five of whom signed up to fight for England.  Great Great Uncle John was killed on the Somme in August 1918, and Great Great Uncle Joe served in the Royal Navy in both WW1 and WW2; neither of these men left any direct descendants, so I feel it is even more important for us to remember them.

Green Brothers 1I found old records (again while op-shop browsing!) and thought they would make great covers for a book, and they work really well with The Archivist collection.  I cut circular pages, distressed the edges, and inked with chalk ink. I was able to punch holes in the records using my crop-a-dile.  I want to preserve the integrity of the records, so I cut circles for the labels, not covering the whole record.  These five brave men fought for England, so I wanted to include an English-style poppy on the front, as well as the New Zealand one, to link the past and present.  There has also been an Anzac 50 cent coin released, so I added one of these to the front of the book too.  The last embellishment was a clock from the Wood Icons set.  And I made the title with one of Dymos.

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My Great Uncle Harry did a lot of family genealogy and I have been lucky enough to get pictures and information from him.  The first page in my book has a copy of an article in the local paper in 1915, about these five brothers.  I added another Wood Icon and a light bulb from a packet of Junkyard Findings.

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For each of the five brothers, I printed out a picture of them, a short biography of what the did in WW1, and used the Dymo on the back of a Wood Icon to highlight their name.

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My third project is a little book for my work desk – and I appropriately used the Coffee Break collection for this.

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I started out with a 6×6 pad, and cut all the pages with a pink cardstock base and patterned paper pages using build your own mini album cutting files on the Silhouette. I then inked all the edges with chalk ink before assembling all the pages.

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I found some of my favourite quotes, and printed them all out on a variety of Dymo machines and wheels, giving me a cohesive look but different fonts.

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Each quote was mounted onto some paper (left over from cutting the pages), then onto chipboard for a 3D effect.

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Next was embellishing the pages.  I had a pack of 3D Coffee Break stickers which also include coordinating bling. I also used some more Junkyard Findings (LOVE these), some mini flowers, and Coffee Break stamps coloured with watercolour pencils and fussy cut out.

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This book is now a fat and fun book that I can glance through and smile at during my Coffee Break!

Thank you for bearing with me until the end of this long post, and I hope you’ve found something to inspire you!



02 AprKaisercraft Design Team 2015 Entry

Kaisercraft are having their annual Design Team Call, and I thought that this year I would apply – have you seen the April releases? I love the new Chase Rainbows.

My first project is a Beyond the Page book, Window Display Album with 10 Pockets.  This sweet book has MDF covers and pocket page protectors that have a 6″ x 4″ slot and two 3″ x 4″ slots.

Teddy Bears Picnic 1A few years ago I made a traveling bear, a little mascot to come with us on holiday.  I named him Chris, after the Patron Saint of Travelers, St Christopher, and I’ve been meaning to make him his own travel album for some time. The Kaiser Teddy Bears Picnic collection was perfect for this.

Teddy Bears Picnic 2I made the whole album out of the 6.5″ x 6.5″ pad, using the papers cut to size with rounded corners and the diecuts in the pad.

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I mounted the diecuts with foam tape, adding depth on both the pages and the cover.

Teddy Bears Picnic 4The first few pages have been completed with photos, and title and date made with my Dymo.

Teddy Bears Picnic 5The only other embellishment I added (except for ink) was buttons – these wooden buttons co-ordinate perfectly with this paper collection.

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My second project is a layout using the Shine Bright papers and stickers.

Shine Bright Layout 1I love the grey and yellow of this collection, and it worked well with a photo of me, aged 1, helping my dad with some home maintenance (I’m not sure how much help I really was, but it is a cute photo!).  Again I used foam tape to add depth, having the cut papers one one level, and the stickers and photo on the next.

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The third project uses the beautiful All That Glitters collection.

All That Glitters 1I started with a 6″ x 6″ canvas and two 2″ x 6″ canvases which I stuck on paper from the 6.5″ x 6.5″ paper pad. I then fussy cut the flower and birds from one sheet of paper, and two sections of flowers from other one.  These were mounted with foam tape.

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Next was a Flutter of Butterflies (that’s the collective noun, isn’t it great?!?). The large butterfly was from the sticker sheet, with added rhinestones, and the smaller ones were fussy cut from one of the pages.

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The words were from the sticker sheet, mounted with foam tape. The finishing touch was roses, with a curled stem.

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I really enjoyed all three of these projects, the quite different collections, and the different mediums.  I hope everyone who is applying for this team has had as much fun as I have!



29 MarMarch 2015 Tag

Just a quick post about my March Tag inspired by Tim’s 12 Tags of 2015 for March.

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This was fun tag to do, starting with Tissue Tape and then Distress Paints as the background.  I stamped and embossed two flowers, then created masks for them before using Faber Castell Whipped Spackle through Cargo Layering Stencil the added silver embossing powder to this which was melted when it was dry.

Then it was time to add embellishment, I had a bit of a hunt through my stash and found some silver trinkets including a Penny Farthing from PaperVine, some silver ribbon and the tag was done – love it!


24 MarA Door Closes

Welcome to my last post as an Imagine If… Design Team Member!  It has been a good year – busy, varied and creative.

This month the new products are windows, keys and locks – perfect for a little reminder!

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I started out with a ‘burlap canvas’ and all the lovely chipboard pieces.  I laid the chipboard pieces out on the canvas, then decided which of three Distress Stains I was going to use to colour them (so the colours were spread out.  I used Picket Fence, Antiqued Bronze and Tarnished Brass.  I used the Distress Stains for this as it gives colour without the bulk of paint (it can take a few coats as the colour does soak in).

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While the chipboard was drying, I cut the saying out of black using my Cuttlebug and alphabet, then I started layering. I had taken a photo of my original layout of the chipboard on the canvas so I was able to use that to put everything back into the same place, and I then glued them down.  Finally I laid out and then glued down the letters.

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I’m really pleased with this little reminder, and it should help me look forward, not back.  So now the Imagine If… Design Team has come to an end and that door has closed, it is time for me to look for the next open window!

16 MarMore Ideas for your Pocket Scrapping

Hurray! My pocket scrapping (aka PL) is up to date, from 2011 to this year!  That feels really good, now just to catch up on my older 12×12 layouts… I focused on documenting the memories, including photos, ephemera, and journaling (including dates), so I thought I’d share a few of my pages and hopefully inspire you to get your documenting done.

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Here is the cover page for my first album (even though I created this last!), it was a simple page, letting the beautiful Basic Grey paper shine, then added the numbers and some beautiful handmade flowers.

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For this page, I had only two photos, but I really wanted to document it – picking grapes in Marlborough is such a big thing, and being involved in this was very cool.  So I used some grape paper, cut it into the right sizes and rounded corners.  A lovely Flourish With A Bling flourish, title cut with my Cuttlebug, and journaling with a white pen on dark brown cardstock.

1503 Pocket Scrapping 3I wanted to show you this one because the paper I found is very cool, and I just cut it up for the pockets – perfect for pictures of the motorcycle run my husband was helping organise (and I drove the back up car for).

1503 Pocket Scrapping 4This double page is about my youngest nephew, and how I enjoyed visiting him.  For his name, I cut the letters twice and stacked them to create a shadow effect, making the word stand out even more.  The journaling was printed straight onto one of the pieces of paper I had cut, and I added some veneers from PaperVine – the heart arrow and  ‘HELLO’ are from the Veneer Arrows, and there is one of the Love Arrows, a Frame, and a Daisy Daisy Bike. I love the look of these on the pockets, so cute and so easy.

1503 Pocket Scrapping 5 If you’ve followed my blog for very long then you’ll know that I love my cats, and Oscar has been doing some pet therapy, visiting a couple of rest homes.  I outlined the page with Ella’s Footprints washi tape, the coloured three cats from Imagine If… Set of Cats with Black Soot Distress Stain (gives me colour without the bulk of paint).  A title and some journaling completed the layout.

1503 Pocket Scrapping 6Lastly here is a layout from Waitangi Weekend this year (!), when I spent the weekend in Auckland with my family, my mum took quite a few photos which was great as I got to be in front of the camera! For this I used a My Minds Eye 6×6 pad from the Follow Your Heart range, and I had some brads from that collection too.  I added the brads through the page protector and paper (a little fiddly) because I felt this reduced the bulk inside the pockets and it also held everything in.

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I hope you all get into documenting your memories and life, remember that future generations will look at the pictures and stories first!