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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sweet Nothings Canvas

Scrapbooking doesn't always have to live in an album!  Leena created this cute canvas using the Sweet Nothings collection, and some kaisercraft roses.  What a beautiful gift for someone special!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Personal Organiser Set

I picked up this (not particularly attractive!) set from woolies the other day, and was a bit disappointed when the elastic that kept the whole thing shut was all perished.
What's a girl to do???
Rip the whole thing apart, make it pretty and fix it all up!
 I chose paper from Bo Bunny's Sweet tooth collection, and combined it with Mocha Divine cardstock. 
First of all, I ripped the whole thing apart. 
I kept the concertina folder piece as it was, and then just covered the base in the sweet tooth paper. 
All this yucky stuff on the inside got covered with mocha divine cardstock, and then I reassembled the interior - I used a good quality liquid glue to stick it all down. (Helmar professional). 
I finished the outside with some ribbon and a clasp that I had in my stash, and used a title block from the Sweet Tooth Noteworthy pack, which I matted onto a scrap of mocha divine to make it pop a little more. 
For a little bit of bling, I added a Kaisercraft rhinestone letter - That's a lot of sparkle for $2 !
I love how this turned out!!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Another layout from Changi Airport

This layout also features photos taken in Changi airport – apparently they have the most amazing gardens and ponds set up, so it’s quite a beautiful place. 
I love how layouts like this make me feel like I’ve been to a place that I’ve never ever even dreamed about visiting! The paper featured in this layout is Bo Bunny Garden Girl.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Changi Airport

Once again, Pieta’s has scrapped some more of her travel photos. 
This first layout features a happy snap from a photobooth at Changi airport, Singapore  - we actually got this photo as an email which was a nice surprise when we knew that Pieta was off on holidays! 
Fun, happy snaps make for great layouts, and great memories too!
The paper collection here is Bo Bunny Garden Girl.

Friday, January 20, 2012

More Valentine's Cards!

Two of the cards that Leena made were a little more detailed than the others - the first uses acetate to make a "window" through the card.  She used two birds from the collectibles pack, and stuck one on each side of the window to make it look more realistic - this also helps to hide the adhesive! Sneaky!
Leena used the Kaisercraft Scallop frames wood flourishes as well, and I just love how it turned out!
 When it's closed, you see the navy blue card base...
This is the inside view, held over the official shop lolly jar.  We love our jelly beans! :)
Seriously though, I wanted to show you that you actually can see through the card.  And to show off how many jelly beans we have :).
The second card (and my favourite!!!) uses a fancy fold to add loads of dimension. 
These types of cards are MADE to be displayed.  By layering the embellishments on the different peaks of the card, it creates a very three dimensional effect, and affords depth that you wouldn't normally be able to create on a standard fold card. 
Have a shot at it - it's easier than it looks!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Leena's Valentine's Day Cards

With Valentine's day just around the corner, perhaps you're thinking about making a card for your beloved (or for someone you secretly admire... ooooooooer!
Leena created some gorgeous cards using the Sweet Nothings collection - most of the elements that she used here are from the Collectibles pack - it's a great way to layer cards without all the fussy cutting!
 Cherubs, lovehearts and lace... so pretty!
 The text on this one says "on the wings of a snow white dove..." Gold pen doesn't photograph easily! :)
 Loving the birdcage and bluebirds elements
 A match made in heaven - butterflies and roses...
These 4 are quick and easy to make, but very effective.  Check back tomorrow for some more detailed cards!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Nepal Layout

This is another of Pieta’s layouts – this time featuring a beautiful photo of the Royal Palace in Kathmandu, Nepal. 
So simple, yet effective! - again, using Simple Stories - Destinations papers.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Travel Bug!

One of our lovely design team members, Pieta, is a bit of a traveller.  She recently did this gorgeous layout featuring some of the photos she took on a recent trip. 
The papers she used here are the Simple Stories – Destinations collection, which is fantastic for documenting  stories about travel!  They make it really easy to put a page together, with easy to use blocks of various sizes. 

She also used black soot crackle paint to accent the frames of her photos – and it looks brilliant!

Monday, January 16, 2012

On the Move!

Kaisercraft's "On the move" collection is a great collection for scrapping photos of blokes!
I find making masculine cards quite a challenge, so when I sat down with this collection to try and make a card for my nephew, I was surprised at how grown up the cards turned out!
And these three cards seriously took me 15 minutes all up! Great for building up your supply of handmade cards!
I used the sticker sheet, a sheet of "Diesel" paper from the On the Move collection, cream puff cardstock, a scrap of self adhesive metal (which you could switch for silver cardstock) and some clear plastic packaging.
Easy, quick, and I've still got lots of product left to play with! :)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Getting back into the swing of things...

Happy New Year! I love the new year, it's always ripe with the promise of a clean slate and a point to make a fresh start from!
However, the little break over Christmas and New Year's always slows me down a little! I think I get a little bit tooooooooo relaxed, and need a good boot to get moving in the new year :).
You'll notice a few changes happening on this little blog - I'm going to begin aiming to do a post a day (Monday to Friday) to try and put out a steady stream of inspiration for you!
And that's a good thing... right?
As a bonus, I should get a fair bit of scrapping done too! It's a win-win situation! :)
But don't get stroppy if I miss a day here or there please! :)
To kick things off, I've got a sweet layout to share with you.  My baby girl loves to water plants, (she definitely doesn't get that from me!) so one morning I was lucky enough to snap some candid photos of her watering the flowers out the front of our home. 
I love the look of concentration on her face, she's totally absorbed with the task at hand.
I cropped the photos to 4" square, and then matted them onto Grasshopper Bazzill.
The patterned paper I chose to use is Echo Park Country Drive - Daisy Field.  I'm totally in love with this collection!

For embellishments, I chose Little Yellow Bicycle - Elizabeth Park cardstock stickers.  I'm really not a sticker girl, so when I use stickers, I like to stick them onto a piece of clear plastic first, and then trim around the edges, leaving a fine border.  I feel that it gives me a more versatile embellishment - It's easier to layer up, and while you're fluffing around finding the perfect placement, there's no risk of sticking it down in the wrong spot.
Plus, it looks cool :)
I arranged the 3 pots and mounted them on foam tape, and then clustered a whole bunch of old-school mulberry paper flowers up on the pots - adding some flower stickers from the sticker sheet for a bit of extra interest.  To make my cream flowers more yellowy, I spritzed them with gold glimmermist. I used a variety of centres, from resin stickers, to Kaisercraft's Sparklets to add a little bit of interest.
I didn't like how the pots appeared to be "floating" so I hand cut two layers of grass from the scrap grasshopper cardstock, and used that to anchor the magic floating pots.  I also added in the watering can and shovel stickers to add to the whimsical feel.
If you're after any really sweet papers for little girls, (and not so little girls!) check out Echo Park's Country Drive collection - it's absolutely one of my faves!