Friday, 12 January 2018

Week 36 with Turn The Page

Happy 2018 friends!  I hope the year has started well for you and that you had a lovely festive season.

Okay so it's been a while since I've blogged.  Life gets busy and something's got to give right?  

As the new year starts I hope to keep more up to date on here, and you can always see my crafty projects on my Instagram account as well.

This is week 36 in my 6x8 album.  I've used the October Citrus Twist Kits Pocket Life kit, which is brimming with Paige Evan's gorgeous Turn the Page collection.

I had a few photos for the week, and a Snapchat from Kayci which didn't fit the usual 3x4 dimensions, so I added an insert to slip it into.

So, confession time.  I'm not a huge ice cream fan, but oh em gee this Magnum ice cream in a tub is TD4!!  I can't even look at it in the freezer at the grocers or it ends up in my trolley ha! And of course as you can see in this pic, our two Cavaliers are in for any food on offer.

I've based my insert on a tag shape but added an extra piece at the front to slip my photo in to.  I stitched some pom pom fringe to the bottom of the tag and added an ephemera heart to a paperclip to pop in as well.

This is Kayci's Snapchat photo to me.  I took a screenshot so that the photo saved to my phone, then resized it in photoshop to print at 5 inches high.  I knew I wanted to add some journalling on the back so I measured a piece of patterned paper to size, then printed my journalling on the reverse of the patterned paper.

I just added a couple more cut a part pieces from the 6x6 pad to fill in the back of the insert.

At the moment I'm still deciding how to document my 2018.  I know I'll be PLing for sure, but I'm stuck between going with a 6x8 album again or switching it up this year to 9x12.

I'm definitely going to try more hybrid spreads, since I love printed journalling rather than hand written journalling.  

I'd love to hear what you've decided on for your 2018 documenting!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

August Guest Designer - ARTastic Challenge Blog

I'm really excited to be the August Guest Designer over at the ARTastic Challenge Blog!  This monthly Australian blog challenge is super fun, and each month is based on an art piece along with a challenge item.

The art piece this month is by Joshua Miels, and the challenge is black and white plus one.

Even though this piece has a definite mixed media feel to it, I’ve interpreted this into my clean style by including lots of layers.  I’ve followed the artwork closely by using blue as my plus one colour. 

A monochromatic layout isn’t something you usually see in project life spreads, and I was lucky this week that my photos worked with this colour palette really well.  I’ve also interpreted the visual string elements in the inspiration piece to include stitching and some twine in my layout.

Be sure to enter the challenge this month over at the ARTastic Challenge Blog, I'd love to see your creations!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Project Life - Week 22

Is it just me or has anyone else been longingly admiring the Felicity Jane kits?  The postage from the USA to Australia though is crazy, and I'm already subscribing to Citrus Twist Kits so it's really not doable for me to get both.

But I decided to treat myself as a once-off when I saw the Kate kits released.  They truly are gorgeous!

This is my week 22 spread using the Kate kit.  Pink for days in this kit and I love it!

And these gold glitter alphas are the perfect size for project life! {Swoon!!}

Each of the 3x4 cards that come in the kit are backed with a neutral design so that you can use them as the background for journalling cards or even filler cards.  I always love having some kind of background print so this is awesome for me.

This week was a super simple design and came together quickly which doesn't always happen for me, so I was glad to call this week done and get out and enjoy some of the gorgeous winter sunshine we've been having lately!

Thanks for dropping by today.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Citrus Twist Kits - 3 to Inspire!

Hi Everyone!  I hope you're week's gotten off to a great start!

I finished up the project life spreads that I wanted to get out of my May Citrus Twist Kits on the weekend, but I had a few bits and pieces left over, so I'm playing along with the 3 to Inspire challenge over at the Citrus Twist Blog this week.

The prompts this week are:
  1. Use one punch two ways
  2. Add layers
  3. Use a neutral background
For the full challenge post and to see Michelle's inspiration piece, head over to the CTK blog.

And here's my take on the challenge!

I've created a traveller's notebook spread about my favourite treat for morning tea at one of our regional shopping centres.  I've also included a bit of a backstory with just another example of my hubby's and my 101 personality differences.  We love each other more than anything, but gosh we're like chalk and cheese!

I've ticked off the neutral background prompt by using a white background, and added layers with patterned papers, cut apart labels and some die cut and fussy cut ephemera pieces.

For the final prompt of using one punch two ways I've dug out one of my favourite butterfly punches from my stash.  The first way to use it is pretty simple, just punch a butterfly and use it in a cluster by my photo.

To use the same punch a second way, I've first punched another butterfly in the same paper, but this time I want to use the negative of the butterfly.    So I've pulled out a circle punch, centred the butterfly and punched it out! 

You can see below I've backed this negative butterfly with some kraft cardstock and layered it on the right side of the spread.

It was so much fun playing along with this challenge this week!  If you have a chance to join in be sure to share your entry to the CTK Facebook Fan Page, on Instagram by tagging @citrustwistkits or in the CTK gallery.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, 6 July 2017

When you need specialist stitches...

Some weeks just don't go as planned, and this was one of those weeks for Brent and Soph.  I don't often record memories that aren't happy memories, but this is one of those things that I think we'll all look back on in the (not too distant) future and have a chuckle about.  Basically Brent and Soph collided while mucking about, and Soph had to seek medical treatment.   I love that they phoned me as soon as it happened to get Mum's advice... and the snapchat photo I got a little while later to reassure me that they were doing okay.

The "it's been a long week" journalling card from the May Citrus Twist Pocket Life kit fits this story perfectly.  The May kits include exclusive puffy stickers and I've used one of the teeny tiny stars to select the day of the week on the card.

To create this custom filler card I used one of the Elle's Studio cards from the Add On kit and layered pieces of one of the branding strips of 12x12 patterned papers in the same kit.  I really loved the floral pattern on another of the Elle's Studio cards, and used that to die cut this sweet bow from. Then I just adhered and stitched an ephemera piece to finish the card.

This spread was starting to feel a little busy to me by now so I kept the right page fairly clean.  I used one of the journalling cards from the PL kit, another piece of the branding strip from earlier, and one of the cut-apart pieces to finish this card.

One final little cluster and I called this week done!

Thanks for dropping by today friends, I hope your week is going well!

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Citrus Twist Kits July Guest Designer!

If you've been following my blog for a while, you'll know that I'm a huge (like, massive!) fan of Citrus Twist Kits.  I adore their kits and subscribe to the Pocket Life kit, and pretty much always pop the Add On kit in my basket each month too!

Today I'm super excited to share that I'm the July Guest Designer for CTK!! 

The July kits are now live in the CTK store, and are absolutely stunning.  If you're a fan of bright spring-time colours and pops of cornflower blue, rose pink and of course some gold foil thrown in, you're going to adore the Pocket Life kit!

If you're thinking of starting a subscription, now is the perfect time to sign up, because if you quote JODIEKGUEST when you subscribe, you get 25% off your first kit in any new Scrapbooking, Pocket Life or Gracebox subscription!

I'm also up on the CTK blog today with a little bit about me, and a tour of my scrap space.  I'd love for you to pop by to check it out, and can I just say, I had no idea I had so much Ikea furniture in my scrap room haha!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

A Project Life Share - Week 16!

Hi lovely blog friends!

Today I'm sharing week 16 for 2017 in my 6x8 project life album, and I'm using the May Citrus Twist Kits Pocket Life and Add On kits. 

This week is a total contrast in colour palette from my week 15 spread.  Where it revolved around neutrals and pastels, this week is anything but!

I've pulled three different shades each of blue and green for this spread.  

The May kits feature papers and embellishments from Shimelle's Little by Little collection, and I love   the bespoke and hand-drawn feel to the graphics in this collection.  Take this lovely vintage key for example.

To create this filler card I fussy cut the journalling bracket from one of the 12 x 12 papers in the Little by Little collection, printed the simple quote on my trusty printer, then added some stitching and a few extra ephemera pieces.  You can see the fussy cut piece before I adhered it to the navy filler card, on my Instagram feed.

The May Add On kit features journalling tags from the Elle's Studio Live Laugh Love collection.  I initially stamped a phrase through the hearts at the top of the card, but wasn't happy with how that turned out, so I just placed a puffy sticker over the top!

I've also edge punched one of the branding strips from a 12 x 12 patterned paper in the kits and adhered it over the bottom row of journalling dots for a pretty border.

I have to say that the Citrus Twist Kits exclusives in the past couple of months kits are fabulous!  Both of these label die cuts and the sweet puffy sticker are new CTK exclusives, love them!

I hope you're having a great week, and thanks so much for stopping by today!