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So as most of my friends know I have been industriously working on a Design Team entry for the last couple of weeks.

I love the products and range of the person whose DT it is even if their stuff is darn hard to get down under so I spent last year squirrilling away what I could and asking for some as Christmas Presents (sadly did not get)

anyway this layout I like but it felt like I was trying to hard to make it something it wasn’t it just did not flow. I think at some point I will go back and outline the chipboard letters just to make them pop a little more.

This is a photo of my youngest niece Tiana giving me a makeover on Christmas a couple of years ago.

I really like the flowers down the bottom they turned out cute and I do like the layout it just feels a little flat. As I said I was forcing it and trying to hard. Something I know from experience rarely works for me. I need to flow with my work and just play. The best of us forget this sometimes.

Anyway the layout:

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My Prize Put to Use

Of course when I got my lovely prize Pack from Girlie Grunge I had to dive right in and have a play and what better way to do that than a September sketch challenge from Jelly Bean Scrappers (though I did change it up a bit)

Now I love the paper I got in my pack so much and I hate the thought of wasting paper when you layer it up (some papers I dont mind doing this with however when it is paper that I truly love and want to get the most out of.) I have a little trick. It doesn’t effect your layers and you get the paper that would be covered up to put back in your stash

Simple cut out a square in the part of your page that you are covering up that is about 1/2 an inch smaller all the way around than you need and use that space to adhere your next layer. No one will know you did this and you dont have to worry about wasting pp ๐Ÿ™‚ Not only a great budget tip but also great for those very special PP’s we hoard because we don’t want to use them all up at once.

I used 2 sheets of paper, the golden glow smooch spritz and a sheet of the Canvas that was in my prize pack.

I really love how this layout turned out:

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Oops I did it again (actually WOO HOO I did it again)

I won another Challenge at Jelly Bean Scrappers :D. This one was a colour challenge and I was rather pleased with how this layout turned out considering it is not a colour combo I would normally use.

Excuse the white patches where the faces were they were removed as per the request of my Sister.

 
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Another Winning Layout

Another month full of Wonderful challenges over atPhotobucket

The Layout challenge I won was a little different. First you needed to create at least 3 ATC’s (Artist Trading Cards for those of you who have not encountered these wee works of art as yet) and then use them on a Layout. I did two lots of ATC’s for this challenge the first the cute little fairies that I have been playing with in watercolours, however they did not fit into the background I created being so bright and colourful and the background turned out more muted.
So I put my thinking cap on and pulled out my Papermania Midnight Fairies stamps. And this is the result. (add in some Winsor and Newton watercolours and some smooch pearlised accents and Inkadinkado bird stamps)What I love about this is that it allowed me to mix in Art with Scrapbooking and yet still keep it mostly a watercolour picture that blends in stamping and painting.
Here is the Layout (I also used some home made glaze over the watercolour on the water to give the water a shiny effect)

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I am so excited that this Layout won a prize because it took so much work to get it just right. I was such a wonderful challenge because it did just that challenged me and pushed me out of my comfort zones always a great thing creatively!

A Winning Layout

I can sometimes be a little slow to share layouts and such. Especially when they are for Monthly challenges I like the month to be over before I blog them. So I am going to share with you two more layouts from challenges at one of my fav places to hang out

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The First Layout won a prize ๐Ÿ™‚ in it’s section. The challenge was to Use a minimum of four Colours, Four pattern papers, a journaling block or stickers or Die cuts for your Journaling. Here is My entry. Out of all the stuff I have done this past month have to say honestly I did not expect to win with it. It goes to show sometimes even the stuff your iffy on can be far better than you think.

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As for the 2nd layout it was for the blind scrap challenge you get a list of ingredients and instructions. This is one of the hardest things I have ever done. Mostly becuase straight lines and I do not seem to get along so this challenged me on many levels. However I do love how this turned out.

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and now I really am all up to date though I will have some cards to share later ๐Ÿ™‚

Layouts from ‘the Vault’ final Part

Just a few more to share with you all and then it is on to new adventures ๐Ÿ™‚

Something a little yellow and sunshiney. My Doodle geenies always get a workout even now I still use them as they make great sewing and bling templates and have limitless possibilities on layouts and cards.

Ellen and Elizabeth

I love puppy Noel as I had a lot of pics that were full of empty bits of space or stuff that I did not really want to use so cut them into shapes for this one (perhaps it should have gone in the Christmas post but I must have missed it. A technique I really love is to colour chipboard or wooden embellishments, add some embossing powder heat it and then press stamping foil over the top for a sort of vintagy old worn look with a bit of added sparkle.

Puppy Noel

My Favourite Teacher was created for a step by step. I wanted to show how easy it can be to deconstruct a piece of patterned paper with a bit of fussy cutting while still allowing for whoever did the step by step to add their own touches and extra embelishments and such.

Mr Chiradia

and lastly not a perfect layout by any means but a bit of fun ๐Ÿ™‚ me as a pirate

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Layouts from ‘the Vault’ Part 3 Christmas Themed

You know I am really having fun looking back I can see so much I love about things I have created. How much I have grown and in revisiting the past some techniques I should really start using again.

The first layout is me as a little girl. I hand coloured the dress using Zig Writers. And sort of smudging them before it dried. It gave a great mottled effect. Not to fussed on the side embellishments for this one. It was another 6×6 page for my Mothers 60th birthday pressie. (the only non christmas layout in this set)

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The next is one I really love because it is just so unique thanks to the large chipboard Ornament. It was also the first time I got to play with Coredinations I love that stuff ๐Ÿ™‚

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This next one I really love as the photos’s look like presents I have been told a few times it would make a great sketch for a challenge. For me I love just how christmassy it is

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and Lastly Meet Elf one of my Original Artist Bears. The holographic tape is tape that is sold for wrapping Christmas presents with however I bought some specifically to use in scrapbooking in the after Christmas Sales.

Jingle the Elf

Layouts from ‘the Vault’ Part 2

You know it is great fun looking back through my photobucket and seeing some of the stuff I have created. Think I will have to do this at a later date for my bears. So here are some more layouts to share with you all.

This first layout is my eldest nice, the photos were ones I took just mucking around. Not everyones taste but I have always loved this as its so different and simple and for me at least it has impact.
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For me this was not only a very special moment but a very structured layout with quite a lot on the page. I tend to favour very clean simple looking layouts, well I call them deceptively simple because often they have a lot of hidden work in them it is just not always obvious until you break the page down. This page was done about 4 years ago

Amanda Bear

This is a layout I created as a challenge when I was guest DT for Artistic Document. ย What I love about this layout is the fact that I threw caution to the wind and tore up a photograph, It remains one of my favs not just because it is a great shot of me. But because it is also so different.

Follow Your Bliss, created as My August Challenge for Guest DT spot at Artist Document

This next layout was also for my Guest DT spot at Artistic Document the theme of the Cyber Crop at the time Was Reuse Repurpose and recycle

This layout has a wax cheese wrapper melted and stamped into then pear ex’d over. And recyced butchers paper the kind that always comes wrapped around anything you buy from the Deli

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This layout is one where I used Basic Grey Two scoops stamps and made my own background I really love this Page as it is so busy and yet still has a simpleness about it.

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Trying not to overload each post with to many pics so off to start part 3 ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing this journey into my scrapbooking Vault With me.

Layouts from ‘the Vault’ Part 1

You know it has been a lot of fun looking back this past week. I can see how far I have come as a scrapbooker, some pages still make me smile because I know how extremely little stash I had to create with and marvel at how well I did. Others make me cringe a little with embarassment like many scrappers when we look back and think I would have done this or that differently.

This first layout is a 6×6 one of my Mother and one of her Brothers my Uncle Bob. I Made this for her 60th birthday album so 5 years ago.

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The next is a page that I made using Rachael Grieg Paper with pics from Florriade. For non Aussies it is a huge flower festival that is on each spring in Canberra and if your ever in Australia it is well worth the effort to visit. You can see that this was when I was first starting out as the page is sparse on embelishments and such.

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This next layout is a little bit of my bearmaking and the process involved. This really was when my stash was very new and I was addicted to Dimensional Magic.

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This is a friend of an ex’s wedding. I really love the elegance of this layout and just how the simple smaller pics at the bottom form a boarder with graphics tape.

Mel and Mark (Cyber Crop)

and for something a little different a surfboard shaped layout I did of my Nieces at the beach. I love the pearlex and marker technique that is used to highlight the butterfies on the paper it takes a little time and patience to do. This was done for a scrapbooking memories masters entry some years ago.

My nieces at play

A Layout for under $2.50 Yes You Can!

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This layout cost me under $2.50 actually if I am honest it cost $2.20 in total to create. Yeah I know right? I never originally set out to create a budget layout it just turned out that way.

This monthโ€™s Guest DT member Jody set a monthly challenge to create two clusters with 5 or more things in them. For the most part I used flowers that I made myself. Although there are some mulberry paper roses that I used as well.

Inspired by the background of the photo (me in Year 7), and the new teal Peacock Feathers Distress ink and re-inker that had recently arrived on my doorstep. I set to work.

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I had already played with making my own Peacock Feathers mist and also misting some seam binding in various colours and such.

The first step for me was creating the background. You can do this in many ways, swiping your ink pad over the card stock, with cling wrap or the way I did with a scrunched up piece of paper towel. This gives a mottled effect. However it was a little too dark for what I wanted. So I took an old Snow cap paint dabber added a smidge more paint from a new one, added some water and shook well. Bingo I had a perfect tool for whitewashing over the cardstock to tone down the colour.

I also used this technique to tone down the DCWV Jewel Stack cardstock I used to matt the photo on. In fact that was the next thing I did. Then I stuck my photo onto the cardstock and adhered it to the background (the Cardstock is a plain Sam & Lucy 12×12 from a pack that I picked up on sale).

The next step was creating my boarder with seam binding. This is actually very simple you place tape around the boarder of your photo matt and then stick the seam binding to it. I folded the edges over as I went however you could also cut your seam binding to fit if you did not want the fold. Either way you will not see the joins or folds as they are covered with flowers.

Then it was a matter of playing with flowers and such to see what I wanted for my clusters. The large Flowers are Tissue Paper cut from A Fiskars large circle punch. You punch through several layers of tissue paper put a brad in the centre then scrunch each layer from the centre outwards. I misted mine with Homemade Peacock feathers mist.

The seam binding flowers I also handmade from the same seam binding I used for the boarder.

Once I had decided on how I wanted my flowers. I then used Inkadinkado Dot Flourish stamps to create my flourishes. I repeated the same stamp 3 times to create the flourish. Stamped with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink. (What I love about this layout is it also shows you that the different ways you use an ink can show as almost different colours). Then added some hot fix rhinestones from my stash (obtained cheaply from eBay) over the Dot parts of the flourishes in different sizes.

Then I stuck my flowers down where I wanted them. Made some pearl sprays using pearl sprays and wire. It only took 2 stems of pearl spray. I used the wire to sepperate one stem into two sprays for the clusters.

Glued them in with a little glossy accents and viola a layout that wonโ€™t break the budget