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A creative journey – Part 2

Hi hi!!

Finally I have found/made time to write up this blog post for my 2nd entry in the fun circle journal project I’m playing along with!

The journal I received last month was absolutely stunning and I found myself totally overwhelmed and TERRIFIED to start! But, a coat of gesso, a post in our FB group, some helpful advise and off I went!

The theme in this journal was Enchanted/Whimsical/Fantasy. I think I went more with whimsical than anything more enchanted/fantasy themed and am super happy with how my page came together in the end!


An idea I had wanted to try for AGES was blobbing acrylic paint on my page then smudging it around with an old gift card and one of the suggestions was exactly that so I grabbed out my acrylic paints, blobbed it on and smeared it around!


An in progress shot! I started with yellow on the left (which ends up being the top of the page) but it just wasn’t working for me so I went over it with white and green and am super pleased with the colours!

The colours were VERY bold and I wanted to tone them mostly done a little so I punched a bunch of circles from some acetate and lightly stuck them randomly on the page. I used acetate so I could see the colours/patterns behind while I worked and also because I knew that it would stand up to lots of different mediums if that was the way I decided to go!

A very light coat of gesso with a paint brush (I think! It could have been my finger!) over the whole page while the circles were stuck, some black ink and some clear and roller stamps. I felt that it needed a little more texture so I grabbed another stamp from my stash that has lots of stars and randomly stamped that around the pages as well. And then a couple of open star stamps as well randomly around the page.

Before I pulled up the clear acetate pieces I grabbed a sharpie and went around each circle once. After I pulled up the acetate I went around each of the circles a couple more times in messy circles. 

I wanted to include a different texture on some parts of the page so grabbed out my awesome Faber-Castell glitter bead medium and a circle stencil.
For my “sentiment” and embellishing I have pulled some of my gorgeous Dusty Attic chippy pieces, painted them gold and stuck them down 🙂

My final couple of steps were to mix some of my white and black acrylic paints with water and a big round brush to create some splatters. Once that was all dried I grabbed some black sequins and called it done!!

Love how it turned out and the day before I sent this on I received the next journal and oh boy, I am so looking forward to getting creative – the theme is “whatever” so yay!!

Thanks for stopping by and happy scrapping, or just plain, getting messy!!
Mel
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"The Dress" for Scrappingclearly May Sketch

Hi there and welcome! Today I am sharing another page I put together using the gorgeous Simple Stories Life In Color range this time for May’s fun sketch challenge!

Here is a little refresher of the sketch and you have until the end of the month to get your page linked up!


This page is, again, different for me but I am really happy with how it turned out and all of that white space!

I started this page off with this awesome glitter bead paste from my stash – Kylie has a similar one in store here but if anyone is keen on the actual one I used (it has glitter in it!) Kylie has said she can look at stocking it!!


While that was air drying I started to pick my embellishments. Today I chose to pull out the pinks and yellows from the collection and go with those as I had already decided to go with a white card stock base! And a doily from my stash. 


I have used pieces from the sticker package, the chipboard stickers, some of the pieces from the bits and pieces pack, some of the stickers from the sticker sheet in the collection pack and also some of the clear stickers (with the silver and black). I used a few scraps (I am running very low on this range now!!) to back my photo with some of the yellow and pink behind the doily.


I’m not sure why that “TUES” sticker has photographed pink, it is actually silver (you can see it better in the previous and next photo’s)!


A different angle of the same cluster so you can get a better look at that beaded gel paste! 


And a photo of the top cluster on the right 🙂 I have layered one of the pink washi strips (which I cut into a fish tail), the beaded glitter paste and then some stickers, bits and pieces and a chipboard flower.


Finally, onto the title which I used a combination of the tile alphas from the collection pack and these thickers by Dear Lizzy, they are just gorgeous!! I finished it off with another of those clear stickers with black hearts.


So, that’s it for this post! Make sure you link up your take on this fun sketch here or here on the Facebook page by the end of the month for your chance to win!

Happy scrapping!!
Mel
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Love makes a house a home

Hi there today I’m sharing the acrylic album I put together for Scrappingclearly!

So, as I shared in my last 2 posts for them I was feeling intimidated by the Time Machine collection by Kaisercraft, add in my house shaped acrylic album and yikes, intimidated doesn’t begin to cover it! I don’t really do mini’s and the pages are CLEAR!! Haha! But, when I finally found my big girl pants I dived into it and LOVE the finished album! Like, seriously, love! 

I will start by sharing the completed album then take you through page by page, grab a cuppa and I hope you enjoy!


The idea I had for my album was showing the growth of my little family from when hubby and I got married in 2008 up until the present, hence the title “Love makes a house a home.”

Here is the album in all its completed glory

And a close up of the detail of the cover. 


I started this page with a stencil and texture paste from stash which I simply added some teal colourshine to. I left that to dry and when it was I started pulling pieces from my offcuts, the collectables pack and the sticker sheet. The “love” was cut using my big shot and a die from my stash and I added a coat of glossy accents just as a little extra finishing touch. 

The first page is, of course, hubby and I. About a year after we got married, about a month before we found out we were going to be a family of 3. 


For this page I just went with the stencilling from the previous page as my base, added a rub on from the kaisercraft journal spots rub ons, a couple of scraps of papers, some die cuts and stickers. I used a coat of glossy accents on the “two” tile stickers as well. 

Next is the 1st addition to our family, our 1st fur baby, Zeus. 


For the base of this page I used the Time Machine stamp set with both teal and brown permanent inks. I got impatient, I was FINALLY in the groove of making this album, so used some clear embossing powder and my heat tool to set the ink so I could keep working!! More paper layers, die cuts and stickers. I have also fussy cut a frame from this Hambly screen prints page and tucked that behind the layers. And to keep the flow I added some glossy accents again to the tile letters. 

And here are the 2 pages side by side, I really love how you can see all the bits and pieces peeking through!

The next page is our very 1st photo of the 3 of us as a family. Not the most flattering but I love this photo and all it represents to me. 


Again, I started with the front design on the page, I was really loving the see through element by now!! More paper layers, die cuts and stickers. And glossy accents on tile alphas!

The next page is the addition of our youngest child. Again, not the most flattering photo but it’s the 1st of us as a family of 4 and I love it!

This time I started with that same Hambly print but this time cut to the whole house shape. I adhered all my layers to the screen print so when it came time to stick I knew where I’d be able to hide the adhesive. I did the same steps again with this page, die cuts, papers, stickers and glossy accents. 

And here are the 2 pages side by side. 


The next page is the addition of our 2nd fur baby, Olaf the Bunny. 


The screen print is of course where I started and I knew roughly where I needed to place my layers to cover the adhesive from the front. Firstly, another rub on from the Kaiser journal spots rub ons and then more die cuts, stickers, paper layers and glossy accents completed the page. 

And the last page! I started this page with this gorgeous screen print piece cut down from a 12×12 sheet. This is us currently, all 6 of us!


This page doesn’t have many layers to it at all! The gold tile thickers, the 2 photos and the sentiment sticker. Oh, and the tiny tile alphas 🙂

And the last 2 pages next to each other. 


This takes us onto the back cover. Nice and simple!


A couple of tags, some of this acetate sheet and that pretty gold tile thicker. 

And here is the view of the entire album from the back. 


I hope I have inspired you to try something new and perhaps out of your comfort zone. You never know, you may end up with a treasured piece of work!

Head over here to see the full range of fun acrylic albums available at Scrappingclearly!!

Happy scrapping!
Mel
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A couple of cards!

Hello there! I’m here today sharing a couple of cards I put together using the ever so fun Simple Stories “Life In Color” range (again!) for Scrapping Clearly. I have said it every post but I really, really love this collection and sadly, it is running low but I plan to use every single piece!

When I first opened my box of goodies I was hit with the idea of PL pages and cards! It took me a little while to be comfortable to use up some of those papers on cards (we all have that same hesitant feeling when it comes to cutting into a brand new 12×12 sheet, yeah?!) but I did it and am super happy with the results!

Card #1


For this card I decided to go a bit feminine! I love, love, love that pink paper I have used on the card base and those butterflies are just adorable! The pink paper is from the collection pack and the butterflies are from the bits and pieces pack. That flair (isn’t it just gorgeous!) is from the MME On Trend 2 collection.

I did do a little mixed media in the background, it was looking very plain! I added a light coat of gesso and then used some gelatos and the very technical packaging technique. Once that was all dried I went back in with some Heidi Swapp colour shine in butter (love this colour!) and then adhered all my pieces. I thought the card needed just a tiny bit of something else and pulled out the sequins from Cocoa Vanilla Studio in the “Made of Awesome” range – that blue matched perfectly!

And here is a little close up 🙂


For my sentiment I just went with one of those gorgeous clear stickers and kept it pretty versatile 🙂

Card #2 – and just secretly, this is my fave 😉


I love how this card came out! I started with the pieces from the bits and pieces pack – so the tags, the globe and that hello. I thought it needed something more so pulled out the 12×12 sheet that has all the polaroid designs printed on it and cut that out to add to my layers and also added a plain old paper clip where there was one printed. I used my craft knife to cut around the edge of the heart and do some tucking of the layers.

I found my piece for the background (that gorgeous yellow and white stripe), layered my cluster on top and thought “it needs something!” So, out came the washi strips, the clear stickers and the sentiment strip stickers (from the 12×12 sticker sheet in the collection pack). And, of course the stapler!

Once I had my washi down, I again decided it needed a little more so pulled out the trusty gesso, a red gelato and some water. I also knew I wanted to add a few more small pops of silver so out came the silver thread in the sewing machine!

One final touch! Since they were on my desk already, I first reached for the sequins and that yellow was PERFECT! I scattered a few and called it done!

Here are a couple of close ups!


Again, I am totally loving this collection and thinking I need to make some more cards with the bits and pieces I have left! 

I hope this has inspired you to maybe use your traditional supplies in a little bit of a different way! 

Happy scrapping!
Melinda
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PL Week 3 2016

Hi hi, I’m here today sharing my next project with you using the awesome Simple Stories “Life In Color” range!

So, I have jumped ahead in our PL album/s, I really wanted to do something current so I pulled out our week 3 for 2016 and got to work.

My process always starts in a notebook deciding which photo’s to print and which stories I wish to tell. I then print my photo’s at Big W while I do my food shopping. Photo’s into pockets, cards with photos in pockets and then I get to play putting it all together!

I have lots of photo’s to share today so I grab a coffee and take 5 😉

First up, the double page spread using an K design on the left and an E design on the right.


I love this range and how it came together so easily for me!

Onto the left hand side


And some of the cards

A close up of the title card for the week. That chipboard clip is actually silver but, oh boy, silver is eve harder than gold to photograph!

I really love how this card turned out so I wanted to share a close up! I have used one of the 12×12 cut apart sheets that had the 4×4 cards pre-printed. I cut along one of the printed lines and tucked my photograph underneath. I added one of the clear coloured stickers to the printed label, did my journalling and added the date 🙂

And I just wanted for you to be able to see these cool clear coloured stickers again – love how they look on top of a photo – especially those paint brush strokes one!


And onto the right hand side 🙂




This card is actually in a flip pocket – I often use them to add an extra photo or story, so easy!


And the back side of the flip with a little embellishment and a fun collage from my oldest son’s birthday 🙂

This week also includes a 5×7 insert – it’s pretty simple but a story documented and some words written to my son 🙂

The front of the pocket – I printed the photo at 5×7 with a border and trimmed off alot of the border and then mounted it on one side of the patterned paper I wanted to use.

And the back of the pocket. I just ADORE this paper and did toss up using it behind the photo but decided I would see more of it if I used it this way 🙂 Typed up my journalling, cut it up into strips and stuck it down with some wet adhesive. 

And YAY, extra space that I could do a little embellishing in! Some stickers from both the sticker sheets and the clear sticker sheets. Also a couple of strips of washi from the washi strip pack.

That’s it for me for today! I have another PL spread to share soon so until next time happy scrapping!!

Melinda
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Products I have used: Collection KitClear StickersBit & PiecesWashi StripsChipboard StickersStickers