Wednesday, 18 April 2018

A Trio of Cards with A Star is Born

Do you have a performer in your midst that loves being on stage?  Or perhaps you a special gift for someone that is tickets to a movie, show or concert?

Today I've taken the A Star is Born collection by Traci Reed and made a trio of cards that would be perfect to accompany any good luck gift to a performer, or tickets to an event.

I know I've said this before but gosh I love how much sparkle Traci's been able to get into the
printable glitter papers in this collection.  They really do look like they're pure 3D glitter!  Obviously the gold is my favourite haha!

For the first card I started with a base layer of patterned paper, then used my WeRMemoryKeepers frame punch board to create a frame from a contrasting paper, which I backed with some white cardstock embossed through my Cuttlebug.

From there I just cut some star die cut pieces in coordinating colours and added a few of the stickers from the collection.  

This would be just perfect to pop tickets to an event into for one of your loved ones!

This is one.super.simple.card, but it has some beautiful bold and rich colours to it.  I've used the gorgeous navy/black and gold diamond paper for my background, which I've edged in a backstitch of gold embroidery thread.  

The main sentiment is one of the 3x4 cards from the collection, which I've run through my Cuttlebug with a circle die, and then layered with a larger circle in white cardstock and added some banners  in one of my (of course!) favourite gold glitter papers from the collection.

My final card is one that would be perfect to accompany a good luck gift to someone that had any kind of performance coming up.  I've started with the typewritten paper from the collection as a base, and then added the ruby polka dot paper for contrast, before (you guessed it!) a tag cut from the gold glitter paper.

I've popped one of the journalling tags from the sticker sheet behind the gold tag, and then layered a strip from the negative film paper towards the bottom of the card, and added some more sticker pieces, all topped off by a die cut bow (which I kind of  interpret as a bow tie!)

And that's my trio of cards!  Be sure to stop by Sweet Shoppe Designs to check out this versatile collection for any performers or show-themed projects you have.

Thanks for stopping by today xo

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

A TN Spread with Rugged by Traci Reed Designs

Hi Everyone!

If you know me or follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I just love to get out into the fresh clean air and quietness of the bush to rest and recharge.

That's why I was super excited at the release of the Rugged traveller's notebook collection from Traci Reed Designs, because I have so. many. pictures of us hiking to scrap!

I chose this photo of me in New Zealand on the Routeburn Track, one of the favourite places I've ever hiked.  

After layering a few pieces of patterned paper on the left side of my spread, I used my Silhouette to cut the cut file that comes with the kit.  I used black cardstock from my stash for this to create some contrast with the rest of the spread, and to work with the darker colours in the photo.

Last week I saw this post from Kellie Winnell who is also on the Traci Reed Designs team, and I just loved the way she printed her sticker sheet on vellum!  So of course I totally had to borrow that idea ;) and printed the Rugged sticker sheet on vellum.  The zig zag vertical layer is one of those elements and I'm so happy with how you can still see some of the patterned paper behind it.

I backed a couple of the mountains in the cut file with some patterned papers from the collection.

I also resized a couple of the sticker elements like this arrow, so that they were the size I wanted to suit my spread - so handy to be able to do this with hybrid products!

I finished off the spread with some layers of papers and stickers, and a few staples from my tiny attacher.  

If you have outdoorsy photos to scrap then this will be just the perfect collection for you!  Be sure to stop by the shoppe at Sweet Shoppe Designs to pick up this collection, and as a double bonus its on double discount for 48 hours from release at midday EST 10 April 2018!!

Thanks for stopping by today xo

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

A TN Spread with Traci Reed Designs

So very excited to be sharing my first project as part of the Traci Reed Designs DT for 2018!  

Today I'm working with the A Star is Born Travellers Notebook collection, which is full of bold colours and sparkly elements. 

We had our son's 21st birthday this weekend just gone and this pic that we took of our family in front of the limousine booked as a special surprise couldn't have fitted better with the theme of this collection.

I'm using hybrid products so much more this year, (hello three week wait for shipping from the US), and I'm so loving being able to purchase a product and have it available straight away.

For this spread I've printed quite a few of the patterned papers that come pre-sized to fit your TN.  I've also printed and then cut on my Silhouette the sticker sheet.

I adhered these ticket stubs that were individual sticker elements together to create a bottom border on the right page of my spread.

I also used my Silhouette to cut the title from one of the patterned papers.  It's just one of the regular fonts on my computer but I think it fits with the overall theme of the spread so well, kinda glitzy ya know!?

One of the things I love most about this collection is how much the sparkly elements shine through.  When you think about it, the texture on these papers is totally two-dimensional, but they so look like a real glitter paper, so cool!

Be sure to stop by Traci's shop to check out the A Star is Born TN collection.  You can even snag a discount at the moment!

Thanks for stopping by today xo

Monday, 2 April 2018

Clique Kits Spring 2018 Team Introductions

Clique Kits have been introducing the Spring 2018 Design Team on their blog this week.

I'm so excited to be on the Ambassador team for Clique Kits this term, and my intro is on their blog today!

If you have a moment be sure to check out the introductions on the blog, and I can't wait to share my Clique Kits projects with you! xo

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

More Pocket Pages with Bloom!

You might have seen a few sneaks of this spread on my Instagram account already over the past week or so.

You may have also seen my blog post covering the left page here.  But, just a quick recap on that post, the lovely Traci Reed has created a gorgeous TN digital collection called Bloom.  And you can grab it for free, that's right, nix, nada, over here (Thanks Traci!)

I created and shared the left page first and have just finished the right page.  So here's the full spread together!

This collection is super sweet, with pretty pastels and lots of florals and hearts.

I'm definitely no expert at digital scrapbooking, but I had some fun putting this 3x4 custom card together in photoshop using a digital sticker and layering one of the patterned papers over the bottom of my canvas.  Loving learning these little tricks as I go!

I added another snippet of lace to the right side of the spread to provide balance with the lace on the left side.

After trimming the 3x4 filler card that comes with the kit down slightly, I layered it over some white cardstock and backstitched in a peach embroidery thread.

This is my first spread completely created from a digital kit and I'm beyond happy with how it turned out. I can see lots more hybrid spreads in my future.

If you're considering trying out digital products this is a great opportunity to have a go with a super sweet collection, without being out of pocket.  

Thanks for stopping by today! xo

Friday, 23 March 2018

Week 3 Pocket Page Spread & A Quick Tutorial

Hi lovely blog friends!

It's Friday night here in Australia and I'm super excited for this weekend!  I'm hoping for some time in the garden and some time in my scrap room, I don't know about you but that sounds pretty perfect to me.

Today I'm sharing my week 3 for 2018 and a quick tutorial on how I altered the cork shape in this spread.

This week I'm using Studio Calico's Summit Documenter kit from January 2018.  I purchased a couple of add ons to work with this kit, the Summit 6x4 paper pad (no longer available) and the printable stickers and printable labels.

Since my album is a 6x8, I was always going to have trouble fitting the full 'January' cork word on my 3x4 card. So I figured, well, why not just shorten it?  My scalpel made a quick adjustment to the cork word (hehe) and I love how it turned out!  I also altered it a little, and I share a little tutorial at the end of this post on my process.

Even though it irks me to leave a completely unembellished card on a spread, it just works for this page.  I tried a few times to add something to this card, but it just overcrowded the whole spread and I opted to leave the whitespace there as somewhere for your eye to rest.

This week was a hard one for me, I had a few personal challenges going on.  I know a lot of us like to record the bad along with the good in our albums, but this is something I didn't want to devote time in my family album to, and I used the 'currently' journaling card to record how I felt this week by ticking the 'feeling' emotion button, and adding journalling that said 'you can only take one step at a time'.  For me that will be enough to remind me how I was feeling this week.

Who knew that Snapchat could come in handy for more than cute selfy filters!?  The Fri Treats text and sparkly stars were added layers to a photo I took in Snapchat, and then I just saved the edited photo to my camera roll.  After I cropped it and printed it out with a white border I adhered a heart from the sticker sheet and called it done!

So here's the tutorial I promised!  To alter the cork word took just a few easy steps.

Step 1 is to give the cork a base coat so that any media will adhere to it.  To do this I used white gesso and gave the shape one coat on the edges and top.

I knew I didn't want glitter on all sides of the word and wanted the edges to blend into the background, so I gave the edges a coat of black gesso (if you don't have black gesso you could totally use black acrylic paint for this). 

After letting the black gesso dry completely, I added a coat of Mod Podge to just the top surface of the cork.  Now you don't want to scrimp too much with this, there needs to be enough on there for the glitter to stick to, but at the same time you don't want it flowing over the edges, because you'll end up with glitter adhered to the sides as well.  After you have the Mod Podge painted on, sprinkle glitter of your choice over the top and let it dry completely.  And voila, you'll have a sparkly cork word, ready to be the star of your spread!

Thanks for stopping by today! xo

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

A Pocket Page Spread with Blossom

I'm really enjoying using more digital products in my spreads this year, and pretty much every layout  in my 2018 pocket page album so far is hybrid.

Over the weekend I saw that Traci Reed has released a gorgeous mini-collection called Blossom.  It's full of pretty peaches, sagey greens and classic navy, with lots of girly florals and hearts.  This collection is so me!

And you're going to want to run not walk to grab this mini-collection, because Traci has gone and made it free.  Yes Free!!  You can find her link to the collection here (you're welcome!).

I printed off the TN sized papers (which are awesome for pocket life spreads too), and the sticker sheet.  Traci includes an extra black and white sheet for print and cut via the trace option on Silhouette software.  This is the first time I've tried print and cut on my Silhouette and it took me a couple of goes to get everything lined up just right, but once I had that set I was super happy with the result.  All of the ephemera pieces were cut perfectly.

To create my title card I used one of the floral ephemera pieces from the sticker sheet and layered a couple of extra pieces.  The awesome thing about hybrid spreads is being able to add text to elements before you print them.  I opened this pink label in PSE and added the dates before I printed the label and trimmed it.   

There are a few flair buttons in this collection.  I think I fudged them when I was getting my Silhouette aligned so I just printed a couple more and punched them out with a 1 inch circle punch.

If you're a lover of pretty, girly, floral (free) collections, be sure to pop over and grab this collection!

Thanks for dropping by today xo