Friday, June 28, 2013

Mad About Scrappin - Layout of the Week - Week 3

Hello again all.
Thanks again for joining me for another Mad About Scrapping Layout of the Week.
Sharing with you this week a VERY quick and simple layout using scraps of goodies from this yummy kit.

Before I start I would like to let you in on a little hint on using patterned paper as your base layer. Especially if you intend to mist on it or add ink blotches which can wrinkle your paper. Paper grades are all different. Some papers I have are a lot thinner and just wont hold up to being the base of a layout very well. To solve this issues I ALWAYS adhere a piece of card stock (those colours that you get that you NEVER know what to do with!) to the back of the base piece of patterned paper. It strengthens the base and prevents the base from warping too much when adding a wet medium to it.
Okay. So this weeks layout I did use patterned paper as my base. I also used a piece of "yucky" card stock to strengthen the base as I have added ink blotches.
Simple stripes of scrap paper and card stock worked a treat to add a bit of colour and texture. But mainly I have let the pattern of the base piece of patterned paper shine through.
Using up your scraps of patterned paper to create your own colour coordinated embellishments is super easy with a little help of a stamp and some punches. 
Don't forget too if your alphas aren't the right colour a permanent marker works a treat then add some dimensional magic to them to add some gloss. 
 Why not play around with some of the tips yourself.
Thanks again for stopping by.
See you next week.
TFL, M x

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Mixing it up with scraps

Once again I have played along with a fun challenge at Mad About Scrappin.
This month is also no exception with how fun filled the challenge is.
So.. here's my take on the challenge. I have been doing a major clean out of my scrap room and decided to create this layout using up old scraps of patterned paper I wove together to create a very different background. Then I added a mixture of old embellishments and glittered chipboard letters to finish it off. Really helped add to the summery feel of my photo and used up my old stash at the same time! The words for happiness in our house is "good times" and found that on a journalling tag which was perfect for this layout. Times spent together that make us smile.

Here's my frame.. I wrapped a chipboard circle in some funky matching washi tape and framed the word on a journal tag that just seemed to fit.
My "Joy" word has come is the form of a J is for tag I found floating around in the bottom of an odds and end embellishment bag I had.. Just crying out for the word joy to be added to it using tiny letter stickers.
Why not give it a go!
TFL, M x

Friday, June 21, 2013

Mad About Scrappin - Layout of the Week - Week 2

Welcome to our second week sharing with you another layout that might help inspire you to get creative with the goodies in this Mad About Scrappin kit.
But before we start I would like to say thank you to everyone for their positive comments about this new idea we have started at Mad About Scrappin. We all love sharing our work with you and it is so nice to hear what you think.
So.. After making a major mess with all the misting in our layout last week I decided to play around with using one of the yummy pieces of patterned paper as my background. I don't do this often as I do struggle with how to work with large patterns in the background and their positioning in regards to my embellishments... especially when the paper is as bold as this one.
Well I decided to work WITH the bold background paper and layered the card stock on top of it. I border punched the card stock, randomly embossed it and then lightly sanded to reveal the core colour. This helped to add a bit of texture to my page along with toning down the bold card stock a little too. 
I was also luck as I had a photo that colour matched the papers just perfectly. However I didn't want to photo to get lost in all the bright patterns.  By then placing my photo onto a contrast piece of lighter paper it tied in the base patterned paper and also helped the photo to stand out too. 

I decided to keep the pennant flags and the butterfly the raw chipboard colour as I felt the layout didn't need any extra colour. I was lucky to have a tag in my stash in chipboard too which finished off my embellishments perfectly. By using these in their raw state it brings to boldness of the layout down a few notches.
So there you have it. Another simple layout created by mixing it up a little to tone down the boldness of the paper.
Thanks again for stopping by and looking forward to sharing with with you another
Layout of the Week again next week.
TFL, M x

Friday, June 14, 2013

Brightening things up


Okay.. so found this post in my blogger box and some how it has fallen through the publishing loop.... not quite sure why or how..
The lovely Leanne from Mad About Scrappin sent me some fantastic goodies to play with last month once again.
Here's what I had to work with.

So.. I must say I really didn't know where to start as the papers were so yummy. I just didn't want to cut them.
Because I didn't want to cut some of them I used them whole page as the base for the first layout I created of my eldest daughter..
I also love using the textured card stock for the base of this cute layout too. Simple way to showcase the texture and used up some of the scraps.
Lastly I used the whole sheet of patterned paper for this layout also. Just cut it away to create a border and then cut the centre piece slightly smaller again. Lots of ink and distressed teamed up with some old book pages helped finish off this layout.
Super fun and simple layouts created using this kit and plenty of goodies left over too.
TFL, M x

Mad About Scrappin - Layout of the Week - Week 1

I am pleased to bring you this week the first look at the kit I played around with this week.

Now.. I must say.. the kit is very bright, bubbly and a bit girlie looking.
However don't let that scare you off of grabbing all these goodies!
Now as most of you may have seen with the work I have created for Mad About Scrappin, I do like to mix up my styles a bit and push myself to create layouts from paper that people wouldn't normally expect.
So with that in mind I decided to create a layout of my son... YES !! my son !! using this range of bright pinks, oranges and orange retro looking papers. I don't feel that those colours should be limited to just girlie layouts.
I used 1/4" x 9" strips of the mixed patterned paper to create a woven background on the textured white card stock. I then used the card stock butterflies in the pack, lay them where I wanted them and lightly misted the while layout with some Mr Huey's Black Mist.
Some areas I did heavier than others and when the chipboard butterflies where lifted up they left a perfect masked image for the background.
I then stamped more butterflies onto scraps of the patterned paper and misted butterflies as part of my embellishment clusters.
Added a bit of bling with pink glitter alphas for the main part of my title and pink sequins to the centre of the chipboard butterflies.
I finished the layout off using letter stickers to complete my title.
Super easy but quite effective.
Who says girlie paper can't look great for a boy layout!
Looking forward to sharing with the next Layout of the Week.
Happy Scrapping.
M x

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Just Because

Just a quick share of a card I sent to a special person in my life just to let them know I appreciated all the support they have been giving me lately.
Fairly simple and easy to create...sometimes its all about keeping it simple.
TFL, M x

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Exciting and New !!

Hello everyone.
On behalf of
and myself,
 I would like to introduce you to something new and exciting that is starting this week on the
Drum roll please...
Each week on a Friday morning we will be showcasing a layout that has been created using a paper kit that is available exclusively at Mad About Scrappin.
Will give you a look at what is in this months paper kit along with a fresh new layout each week that showcases the products in the kit.
We will also give you a few tips on how we have created the layout that we hope will inspire you to get creative yourself.
Make sure you tune in THIS FRIDAY when our first layout goes up.
Happy Creating,
M x



Belated Mothers Day Card share

Yes.. I know... bit of a belated share...
But things have been flat out on other fronts so my poor blog has been a little neglected..
So.. Just a quick share.
This year's Mothers' Day was also my Mum's birthday. It happens every few years that she has two special occasions on the same day. However I still think it is important that we celebrate both occasions in their own right.
This year was super funny though because all my kids decided they wanted to create a card for her for each occasion. So in the end Mum received ten cards just from myself and my kids. Mum had a giggle about it when she set them up on her shelf at home.
This is the card I created for my Mum for Mother's Day. I used up a few scraps I had laying around with some recycled card as my base. Just a little girlie without being tizzy.

Have found this large flower in a pack at the cheap shop and I am love with them so much I have stocked up my stash for ages with them in all different colours.
Anyway.. better get back to some work.
TFL, M x

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Challenging fun with Scrap Around The World

Hello all..
Been finally able to scrap for me... what you say... not design team work...
YES... have been wanting to play along with a few challenges these past few months and this month I decided now that I have wound down my design team commitments it was time to play.
So.. where did I start...
Well I just couldn't pass a chance to play along with this month's challenge at Scrap Around The World.
When I saw the Scrap Around The World mood board

 and sketch
I just knew it was crying out to be played with.

Must say I it was so much fun to play along because I was able to make so much mess. I had found the photo used in this layout on my daughters camera from our recent trip to Townsville.  It really matched in with the ideas I had flowing from the mood board. I also played around with the sketch a little to suit my portrait photo.
So here's my take on the latest Scrap Around The World challenge.

Mind you it is a little hard to see but I did get messy creating the base of my layout using my favourite napkin technique, texture paste, ink, stamps and some twinkling H2Os.
 I also created my top layer of my banner using some really yummy washi tape I found stashed away while cleaning my scrap room.
Thanks for the inspiration Scrap Around The World.
Check out everyone else's take the challenge.. I am sure you will be inspired as I was.
TFL, M x

Mad May Birthday Month

Just a few cards to share that I created for last month's round of birthdays..
May it seems is a crazy month in this household for birthdays.. and not birthdays of my own children.. but close family and friends birthdays.
I dove into the scraps box to create these cards as I have been slowly working through all the odds and sods here as I am sick of them all hanging around.
My first card was created for Kiah's school friend. I already had this fairy all coloured so just found some scraps to match and added a bit of bling. Super easy but made Kiah's school friend smile.. which is what it is all about.
The next two cards were created for my nephew. I created two cards as I made one for my parents to give to him also. I tried out one of my new Kaiser craft stamps for this one.
For the second card I actually used the stamp design packaging as part of the card. I removed the excess clear plastic and used it as a base for my hand coloured image. Super easy and great way to recycle too.
Till next time.
M x