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Week 5 2016 and a challenge!

Hi there and Happy International Scrapbooking Day (weekend)!!

I just dropped in today to share the pages I put together for my challenge over at Scrappingclearly for the fun mini crop this weekend! Make sure you head over and play along as the Queen of the Crop will be awarded an awesome 12″ Minc machine!! How awesome is that?!


So, the challenge I set is use multiple photos. Surprised?! Haha! I do love my PL and finally my 2015 album is done so I’m ready to kick 2016’s butt!



Here are my 2 completed pages!


I used a mix of Cocoa Vanilla Studios Hello Sunshine and Hello Beautiful ranges. I also added in some fun gold glitter washi from Amy Tans newest release along with the gorgeous new roller stamp from the same collection. Oh, and some cute tear apart Studio Calico sentiments from my stash.ย 

Here is the left hand side, with a flip
Pocket!


And here is the right hand side.ย 


And of course a few close ups!



Make sure you head over to the Scrappingclearly FB group here to play along today and if you manage to complete all the challenges you may find yourself the owner of a brand new 12″ Minc machine!

Good luck and happy scrapping!

Mel
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A Creative Journey

Hi there!!

I’ve just dropped in today to share the start of a fun creative circle journal I have signed up to participate in with Scrapping Clearly.

For those of you new to this whole concept (which totally included me right up until about 6 weeks ago!!) a circle journal is an art journal that goes around a group of people (in this case, 12) with or without a theme. My theme is “Advice for a younger you”. I completed the album construction, the front and back covers, the sign in page and also the page with my own advice. My journal is in transit as I speak to the next person in my group who will complete their own version of my theme on the next pages in my album. It will make its way around the whole group and I will receive it back in 12 months time full of beautiful art work – I cant wait to see how it comes home!! Also, I am super excited to play along in everyone else’s journals with everyone else’s theme’s over the coming 12 months!

So, I hope that makes sense and onto the fun stuff!!

Here is the front cover


I actually did my front and back as one piece before I assembled my bag so here is the front and the back together


As I toyed with different ideas for colours/design while I was working on this I heard my little guys (Master 6) little voice in my head saying “rainbow Mummy” so thats what I did!! First a coat of gesso then gelatos in Red, Pink, Orange, Yellow, Green, Teal-ish and Blue – yep, I totally missed the Violet and that was totally on purpose!!

I used some permanent chalk ink in grey to stamp and then to apply through a stencil.

Here is my sign in pages


I got the idea from a couple of other peoples journals (the tags) and from Suse Fish with her “planner pockets” in her scrapbook pages.

A quick coat of gesso again and when that dried I splashed water all over the 2 pages with a paint brush and then splashed all my pink Heidi Swapp colour shines in the same way to give this fun water colour effect. Next was the stamping – I used grey ink with the stamp set from Amy Tan’s Finders Keepers stamp set. When that was all dry I added some black colour shine to some texture paste and applied that through a stencil.

And here are the close ups of the 2 pages


I didn’t take a photo of my tag because I thought I would keep that for the people reading the journal ๐Ÿ™‚

And then onto my advise to my younger me


Again, a coat of gesso – I seriously cannot believe how well these brown paper bags stood up to all the water, ink and mists!!

This time I started with some white embossing of those gorgeous Kaiser butterfly and texture stamps. Then I went in with my cheap water colours from spotlight – they have this gorgeous shine to them that I just cant seem to capture on camera. I used some blues and greens and really, really love how these pages came out!

For my embellishments/words I started with one of those gorgeous lace doilies and pulled out a bunch of cameo cuts that I had made both in vellum and in paper using the Dear Lizzy Documentary range! I just love the colours, the words and those florals are just beautiful!

I have a little container on my desk with little bits and pieces that I have been dipping into to get used so I also pulled from that the white and silver arrow and the silver glitter ampersand. Those alphas are one of my all time faves – October Afternoon Mini Market.

I used my scotch quick dry adhesive to attach the doily (after I cut it and the embellishments on it) and then used hot glue to attach everything else!

I seriously love how these pages turned out! Here are a couple of close ups of these last couple of pages



Oh, and my very final touch was adding some splashes of both black and Oceana (I think) colour shine and sticking down a few sequins ๐Ÿ™‚

So, thats the last I will see of my journal until this time next year when it makes it way back to me! I hope you have enjoyed seeing this and I will share my progress as journals come and go throughout the year!!

Happy scrapping!
Mel
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2015 Documented – Scrapping Clearly

Hi there! Today I’m sharing another lay out I made using the awesome Simple Stories “Life in Color” range.ย 

I have had so much fun with all these gorgeous goodies and had a lot of fun putting together our closing page for our 2015 PL album!


I will add here that I am still playing catch up on this album, hehehe, but was so inspired when I got my package I just HAD to dive in!!

There were alot of cut apart pieces in the Collection Kitย that I knew as soon as I saw them I wanted to cut apart and use as they were so I pulled out my 3 faves and went ahead and started decorating!


I have used one of the cut apart cards here along with the alpha’s from the sticker sheet in the same kit and some of the other stickers from both the clear sticker pack and the regular sticker pack (both of which have got so many delish goodies I had a hard time trying to decide on the pieces to use!!). I also added some stitching in silver – there are pops of silver throughout this whole collection and let me just say, I am so NOT over gold but silver sure has found a place in my scrappy heart!!


Again, a cut apart sheet paired with stickers and also this card has some chipboard stickers on it as well ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh, and you probably noticed, I added some white and silver glitter enamel shapes from my stash!


When I saw this part of one of the cut apart border sheets I may have had to wipe away the drool. I don’t know what it is about it but I just ADORE it and KNEW that I would have a hard time not using it as it is! So, I needed to fill the middle pockets of my page and voila – perfect size and the sentiment couldn’t have been better!! This time just one sticker and those enamel shapes.

And just a close up of the 2 left hand pockets of the 4 ๐Ÿ™‚

I do try to add in photo’s of all 4 of us at both the beginning of the year’s album’s and the end. Normally it’s either all 4 of us or 1 of each of us but I found some fave’s from late last year, had them printed and added a couple of stickers to each and called it done!

I am super happy with how this turned out and cannot wait to get playing with some more of these goodies!

Thanks for stopping by and happy scrapping

Mel
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Ten – My 1st share for Scrapping Clearly!

Hi there!

I’m here today with my very 1st share for ScrappingClearly and honestly, I am so, so excited to be a part of this amazingly talented team! Thank you Kylie for inviting me along for the next 6 months!!

I have used the gorgeous Simple Stories “Life in Color” range to create my first layout, Ten – celebrating hubby’s and my 10th Valentines together. By chance, our very 1st date was on Valentine’s Day and here we are 10 years down the track!

I used this month’s sketch as inspiration and as you can see I have flipped it so the main cluster is on the right instead of the left.




This gorgeous range was so much fun to work with and it can be found here in store. I added a little bit of gesso and some water colouring in the background along with some clear matt gel to follow along with the sketch.ย 

I just love, love, love the pops of silver throughout this collection!

I have added some black thread from my stash in 2 places and also used some silver thread to sew through a few elements on the page!

That flair badge is from the MME On Trend 2 collection and can be found here.


So, that’s my share for today! I hope I have inspired you to play along with this fun sketch, remember, you have until the end of the month to link up!

I have already got to work on my next project and I cannot wait to share so until then happy scrapping!!

Melinda
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Some news and a sneaky peek!

Hi there!

A super quick post today just to share that I have been offered a place on the Scrapping Clearly Design Team for this year! I am so excited, Kylie has a great little store and offers so many different products – head here to have a looksy!


You will also find a linky on the right hand side of my blog ๐Ÿ™‚

And here is a little sneaky peek of my 1st layout for the store! I received my goodies on Tuesday (it is now Friday) and have already created a couple of things!!



Stay tuned for the whole LO and make sure you check out the shop!!

Thanks for stopping by and happy scrapping!
Mel

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Challenges Galore!

Hi there!!

I just thought I would pop in quickly and share some LO’s I made for an Australia Day crop I participated in last week!! 5 pages, can you believe it?! Haha!

So, here they are, in order of the challenge number

Challenge #1 – What does Australia Day mean to you?

Challenge #2 – Colour challenge – Black, white, orange and yellow

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Challenge #3 – 12345 Challenge

Challenge #4 – Tic, Tac Toe shape challenge

Challenge #4 – Tic, Tac, Toe, won me a prize pack!! Eeeek! So excited!

And finally challenge #5 – Blind Crop

I had lots of fun participating in these challenges and am super impressed that I got to complete all 5!!

That’s it for me for now, happy scrapping!!

Melinda

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