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!
The latest case file over at CSI:Color, Stories, Inspiration was all about cameras, and selfies. So I took a picture of me, and realised I looked a bit lacklustre, and thought I would just use it anyway, as in real life we’re not smiling 100% of the time! You can find my process video here, and here is a picture of the Case File 157.
As per the rules, I used all 5 colours in the scheme. For my evidence (you need to use at least 2) I used metal, cameras, and eyeglasses. In this close up you can see the metal element in both the star and arrow clips. and also the cameras on the washi tape layer.
For the Testimony, I used two prompts; Selfie, and the Inspo Words. My journalling reads ‘Click. A selfie is taken. I capture me in a moment of time. Right now, I am feeling uncertain, disappointed, burnt out. But tomorrow is a new day. It gets better’.
And here is my final layout. I used elements from the Scraptastic Club Counting Stars Kit, and a lot from my own stash.
Since February is coming to an end, I thought it would be fitting to do a page related to love. I also wanted to submit a layout for Kateroar’s 500 Subscriber Giveaway. I adore this picture of my husband, and wanted to stick to more bold, masculine colours. It’s quite fun using black on romantic layouts, and keeps the page from getting too girly with all those hearts. The houndstooth paper & woodgrain transparency kept those manly elements prominent, and the heart clip at the top is metal, which again lends itself to a more masculine feel. I have used the February Counting Stars Kit from Scraptastic for this layout, and only added in a few things from my stash. You can watch my full process video for this layout here.
Happy weekend! I have completed another challenge over at CSI: Color Stories Inspiration today. I loved the colours, but as it’s not winter here in New Zealand, I decided to go for the less themed prompts today. You can watch my process video for this layout here. Below is the Case File, and my finished design.
January is off to a fantastic start over at Sketches in Thyme, and I am so excited to share our mid month sketch #138 with you. I really loved the elements of this sketch – the chevrons at the top, the banners, and the title placement especially. There are so many options to suit your style. To enter to win a great prize from Scrapbook Circle, link up your layouts for both of the January sketches, by the 31st of January. Below you can find a copy of the sketch, and my take on it. I have also done a process video for this layout which you can watch on my YouTube channel.
I loved the placement of the title in the sketch, as well as it being over two lines, so I came up with a play on the well known book ‘Marley & Me’ with my own cats name instead, as they both start with M, and have two syllables. I used a subtle grey colour as my scheme was red and grey, to co-ordinate with the pictures.
I kept the placement of the two embellishment clusters, the title, the mist, and the pictures, as well as having an element at the bottom right corner. I did change up the paper layers behind the photos by keeping them as rectangles, and not extending them to the top of the page.
I decided to enter Jen Schow’s 500 subscriber challenge over on You Tube, which was to use punches on your layout. I definitely don’t utilise my stash of punches enough. I pulled out these four to use.
I had some pictures from nearly 7 years ago when I attended my first Bon Jovi concert, and I thought they would work well with the Scraptastic September 2014 We Will Rock You Kit and Add On as it had music references throughout.
Everyone who knows me, knows I love Bon Jovi. I have seen them twice in concert, which is lucky as we don’t get too many big acts coming to Christchurch, New Zealand!
You can see above I used the notebook punch on a paper layer, and I also used the ticket punch for the Admit One stamp, which co-ordinates with the punch. I also punched 3 scalloped circles to tuck in to the embellishment clusters, and the tag punch to give some interest to a yellow & grey striped paper.
I had some fabric thickers, which I sprayed with Navy mist for my title. Overall, this is a busier layout than what I usually do, but I really love how it turned out.
Welcome to another case to solve for November from CSI: Color, Stories Inspiration. I am a guest designer this month, and it’s been exciting getting the sneak peeks, and waiting for the big reveals. This challenge is now open, so pop over and add your own entry.
The colour palette was very autumnal, and it is spring here in New Zealand, so I choose pictures that reflected the grey and orange tones. These happened to be of two of our cats, our Ginger Tom, Ernie (RIP – miss him!), and our tabby girl, Myrtle.
For the evidence, I used mist, which was a beautiful light grey, and added wood veneer hearts, metal stars, and scattered sequins around the page.
For the testimony, I chose to hand write on my background, and document about an adventure. I took a bit of creative liberty on this one, as it was more on speculating on adventure, as opposed to narrating about one. My journaling reads: ‘I just love the little pad of cats paws. I often wonder where these wee paws take you, what adventures you have, how far they take you, and what stories the mud, cracks, and grass stains could tell.’
I just loved all the embellishments I pulled for this layout. I used the August 2014 Boys of Summer Kit from Scraptastic, with mostly the Crate Paper – Boys Rule Collection. I usually only use 1 photo, so it was nice to challenge myself with the two pictures, and I used the yellow and oranges mainly around Ernie, and the grey & khaki around Myrtle, to emphasise their fur colour. Thanks for stopping by!
Welcome to the second sketch for October over at Sketches at Thyme, designed by Rochelle Spears. I really enjoyed working with this design, and it is one of my favourite layouts to date. I mainly used the August Boys of Summer Kit and Add On from Scraptastic, though added some gold thickers from my stash for the title.
As you have probably noticed, I love to layer, and the papers and embellishments were so fun to work with. There were mainly items from Crate Paper – Boys Rule Collection, Fancy Pants – Be Different Collection, and Carta Bella – Boy oh Boy Collection. I added some pet themed touches with Simple Stories – Cat Collection as well.
I stayed quite close to the sketch, using the same photo placement, banners and brackets to the right of the photos, and a cluster at the bottom right of the layout. I had to use this cute pinked sticker, as I definitely love our little dude Herbie!
Here is the sketch, I hope you will pop over to Sketches in Thyme, be inspired, and link up to your own creation.
I have been really enjoying looking for different challenges on the internet to get inspiration, and try different things. I have found a really great website over at http://csicolorstoriesinspiration.ning.com/ and have been really enjoying their style of challenges, how they have made it as if you are a scrapbook detective, plus they post a new challenge each week, as well as sometimes having a month long challenge. I created the below layout to submit to their Case File No. S365-7 challenge. I love how they are laid out in keeping with the investigatory theme, and how many options are given.
I had the perfect papers on hand, which fitted the colour scheme. They were from the Skylark Collection by Close To My Heart. I also used a few elements from Crate Paper – Flea Market Collection. It was such a whimsical feeling palette. For the evidence I went for clouds, birds and stripes.
For the Testimony, I used the words happiness, high, and free in my journaling. I can’t say enough how much I love these prompts!
I am aiming to play along with each Case File to really get my ‘to do’ pile of photos diminishing. I find that where I usually start with a photo, these challenges are getting me to look at the colour scheme and also the journaling prompts first, and then I am choosing the photo as the next step.
I fussy cut a few birds from the Skylark papers and nestled them in some die cut leaves, and I love how they look. I used some glitter gems & flat back pearls to continue with the vintage, soft feel of the page, and finished off with some blue mist.