I Am Grateful

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It’s been snowing this weekend in my city, so it was the perfect chance to hide away in my craft room and scrap. This week, I have another ‘Inspired By…’ layout to share, and this time, Jen & I are getting inspired by each other! A few of our subscribers suggested it, and we thought it was a great idea. You can go check out Jen’s Blog to see her beautiful layouts, and get inspired too! Here are some of my favourites.

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Aren’t they just beautiful? I was heavily inspired by the ‘I Am Forever Grateful’ layout. I even had the Scraptastic Darlene Main Kit which Jen had used. I also loved the meaningful, heartfelt journaling that appeared on many of her pages, as well as a subtle use of butterflies, her love of florals, and soft pastel colours. I also wanted to incorporate some frames, but didn’t end up using any on my final layout. You can watch my layout come together here, and see how Jen was inspired by me here. Below are some close ups and my finished page.

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Where You Go, I’ll Go

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Look at these gorgeous layouts by Irit Landgraf. It was so easy to get ideas for the latest episode of the ‘Inspired By…’ series I am doing in partnership with Jen Schow.

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I decided to go out of my comfort zone and embrace using mist as watercolour on my page. I also stamped some flowers with versamark, and then clear embossed them to give some resist and interest to the background. Brads and arrows

I just adored the title ‘Where you go, I’ll go, where you stay, I’ll stay’, and so I decided to abridge it and use it for my title too. I liked using the two different colours of thicker as well. Titles are my biggest challenge. I placed the title over the watercolour, to have it rest on an element that joined to the main photo layers, rather than float by itself on white space.  Thickers and watercolour

Irit usually uses bright, vibrant colours, generally sticking to 3 main colours, and sometimes using monochromatic or analogous colours. I decided to go with hot pink, coral, and black. Words, tags, and an asterix

I used the Scraptastic July 2015 True Colors Kit and True Colors Add On, as well as the Basic Grey: Highline Collection. To hear more about my process, and watch this layout come together, you can watch my process video here. Where You Go

Sweet

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Sketch #158 has been revealed over at Sketches in Thyme! Our winner will receive a $15 SHOPPING SPREE with Chickydoodle. You will have until July 31 to play along and add your links for any of this months 4 sketches. July 22

I really wanted to use the My Minds Eye Jubilee: Sherbert collection which I had paired with my May Scraptastic Purple Rain Kit, as I am really into deep purples, maroons, burgundy etc at the moment! Leaves and gems

I really wanted to use the maroon floral chipboard piece, which was the starting point for my layout. I also picked up the green in the leaves for my other embellishments, and added touches of die cut vellum pieces for softness. Vellum florals and flair

You can watch the full process of this layout coming together here. Thanks for stopping by!Sweet

What a Quack up!

I think this might just be the prettiest case file I have solved yet! The inspiration just made me think of my childhood birthday parties, so I knew that’s what I wanted to create a layout about. You can check this case file out and play along hereunnamed

I just loved the scheme colours, and discovered I had an abundance of pink supplies in my stash! I used the Maggie Holmes Open Book Collection, along with the May 2015 Hip Kit. Cork

For the evidence, I managed to get a lot of items included on my page, including stripes, triangles, labels, cork, wood, dots, and something transparent. I always say it, but I just love how these prompts make me include pieces I wouldn’t have otherwise. Flowers and Hearts

For the evidence, I documented a celebration, and also used the inspo words; yum, celebrate, treat. Happy Birthday

You can hear more about the story behind this photo, and watch me put this layout together here. Don’t forget to go checkout CSI: Color Stories Inspiration and play along!Quack Up

The Graduate

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I am so pleased to be back with another episode in the Inspired By… series I am doing along with Jen Schow. We have some more episodes planned, since so many people left us comments asking for more! This time around. we are getting inspiration from the very talented Jill Sprott. Here are some of her amazing pages:

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What inspires me most about her layouts is the complementary colours, the detailed and reflective journaling, the use of labels, stamping on patterned paper, and colouring/altering patterned paper. The layout that I was most inspired by was her ‘The Graduate’ layout above. My husband recently graduated from University, and so I really wanted to create a layout to remember this event. You can find close ups and my final layout below, and you can watch me put it all together on my process video here.Adorkable BrainiacI Heart Formulas Grad Pic

Being a Twin

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It’s winter here in New Zealand, and I have a cold, so this bright case file from CSI:Color Stories Inspiration is great for bringing some colour into my grey days! We, as always, have some fantastic sponsors, and this file is open to be solved until the 23rd July, so you have plenty of time to play along, More details and inspiration can be found here. 170flat

All 5 colours of the scheme were used, with red and white being predominant. For my evidence, I used arrows, stripes, flair, scallops, border punch, and stars. Layers

For my testimony, I chose the Top 10 List. I wrote down why I love being a twin, including double the wardrobe, and always having someone to lean on. Thickers

I had so much fun with this layout, and used the June Can’t Go Home Kit and Can’t Go Home Add On from Scraptastic Club for this layout, along with my stash. You can watch my process video here. Being a Twin - Juliet Sherriff

Let it Shine

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Another major case file is out for you to solve from CSI:Color Stories Inspiration, and the colours are just gorgeous. I love how these challenges make me mix and match colours I wouldn’t think to put together myself. You have until the end of July 2015 to play along. 169flatAll 5 colours in the scheme were used, with white and turquoise being predominant, little hints of that butter yellow and of the orange, and the misting done in a copper tone.
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For the evidence prompts, I went for: Solid background, light bulbs, stars, rub ons, and pearls.
ShineFor my Testimony, I went with the Inspiration Words: “I love this photo of our family. You can just see our happiness shining through, and it lights up the picture. My childhood was filled with sweetness, joy, laughter, and lots of fun. Everyday

I had challenged myself to complete this layout within 30 minutes, and to just commit to sticking things down. I had it finished at 29:17, so just in time! You can find my process video for this layout here. Let it Shine - Juliet Sherriff

My Productive Hiatus

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While I had my house on the market, I had packed up my craft area. That was a hard 6 weeks! I did have some kits and basic supplies left out as I attended a crop, so I still managed to get a few layouts done over that time. I’m so happy to be in our new house, and I get a whole craft room all to myself! My husband gets his own man cave too 🙂

I have put some sneak peaks of a few of my favourite layouts below, and I have a video which runs through all the layouts in detail, including products and inspiration, which can be found hereGreen and Yellow Red and YellowPink, Navy, and Gold Teal and SIlver

Loyal

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Another case file has opened at CSI: Color Stories Inspiration, and I am loving the bright colours. At first I thought I would do a more masculine layout, as that seemed to naturally be where the scheme and evidence were pointing me. Upon rifling through my photos, I found pictures of me, my sister, and our good friend, and the photos just happened to coordinate. I had a red blanket over my knee, and the other 2 girls had on a yellow and a blue grey top each, I don’t usually worry about being too matchy-matchy, but in this case it was perfect! You have until the 9th July to play along, and, as always, we have amazing sponsors lined up for prizes! I also used the Scraptastic kits from June: Can’t Go Home Main Kit and Can’t Go Home Add On for the majority of my supplies. 168flat

All 5 colours of the scheme used.
Evidence: Stripes, grid pattern, Transparency, and a pair of something(stars).
Testimony – Inspo Words: “These photos make me so happy. Me with my twin sister, Lauren, and our longest and dearest friend Deirdre. We have all hung out together since we were four. I’m lucky to have found such a lasting and loyal friend.”

You can find the process video for this layout here. 

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One Little Word

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It’s time for the 5th episode of the Inspired By… series I am doing along with Jen Schow. We looked to Ali Edwards this time. Here are a couple of examples of some of her layouts I really love.

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I drew on few of the recurring elements in her work – journaling on the photo, the use of repetition, subtle colours, pink, stars, banners, and most importantly, a focus on the words. One of the things Ali Edwards is well known for is her ‘One Little Word’ workshop, where a chosen word to focus on for the year throughout albums and layouts. I used this idea in my layout as well. You can find a short video of my layout here. Thanks for stopping by! label starCamera JournalingInspired by AE