Friday, January 27, 2017

Celebrating 50 years!

I'm back with a page I made using this month's challenge from "Scrap Our Stash".

The requirement this month is to use the following sketch . . .

and use a stash item for each of the letters of the word GOALS.

My items:
G - Gold Glitter paper
O - Orange paper and butterfly
A - arrow
L - lace
S - Spray mist.

Photos taken on the day of my parents 50th wedding anniversary.  Congratulations, guys!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Be Happy, be Bright, be YOU!

So you'd think with a broken foot, a spending freeze until I've completed 100 pages and a fun new kit to play with (see previous post), I would have spent a lot of time in the craft room in the last 3 weeks . . .
well I kind of did, but most of it was spent in assembling flat packs and rearranging things, getting my new look craft room ready!

I'm hoping to do a room tour video, but there's a bit more fine tuning and another trip to Ikea to do first!  (I'm pretty sure Murphy's Law states that the further away you live from your local Ikea, the more likely you are to make mistakes and buy the wrong stuff! Luckily there's a new Ikea in Canberra, and while this is certainly not our closest store, it is only a couple of suburbs away from my mother-in-law, who we visit multiple times a year.)

Anyway, I finally broke my new craft desk in with the current challenge from Scrapbooking Top 50, to use the quote "be happy, be bright, be you"

 The words "happy" and "bright" were both in the "Free Spirit" embellishment pack, making this challenge the perfect first choice to break open my kit.

As you can probably tell, I had a lot of fun with the stamping on this page! It took a bit of experimenting working out what colours to use with the Altenew layered stamps, but I'm glad I made the effort.

Thanks for stopping by, hopefully I'll be back soon.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Expanding on a collection kit: Cocoa Vanilla "Free Spirit"

Breaking news . . .

Well first up in the most literal sense . . . on New Years Day my brother-in-law was teaching me how to slackline.  I was looking pretty good if I do say so myself . . .

. . . until the moment I came off on the edge of the mat and felt my foot twist under me!  I've ended up with a fractured bone in my foot, and 6 weeks with a cam boot and crutches.  Not the start to the New Year that I imagined!

But in lighter news I've managed to edit and upload my third video to Youtube. 

The concept of the video is "Expand a Collection".  I show my process for taking a relatively recent collection, Cocoa Vanilla's "Free Spirit" and pad it out into a larger kit using products from my stash. 

Hopefully I show that it's a process that you could apply to any collection, not just this one.

It's the first step in my third piece of news . . .

Announcing my . . .

100 page spending freeze!

You read that right, I have made a commitment to myself to not spend any money on paper crafts until I've made at least 100 scrapbook pages!

Trust me, I have more than enough supplies to make probably twice that amount!  And if you're honest with yourself, maybe you could too?

OK, so, at the end of last year I did do a stock-take of the absolute basic supplies, like adhesives, refill blades, etc.  My very last craft spending was a Christmas present for my son combined with some page protectors.  I don't want anything getting between me and my determination to complete this challenge!

Thanks for stopping by, and I'd love to hear about any challenges you might be setting for yourself for the New Year!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Killing my November counterfeit kit.

I'm pretty happy with the pages I made with my November kit.  I made all the pages I had planned for Angus's album . . .

I'll often make my titles on my Silhouette, but something I haven't done for a while is give them a bit of a lift with Silhouette-brand chipboard.  So I kept working on pages until I had enough titles to fill a cutting mat . . .

I still had quite a bit of paper left over, so then I pulled a few more photos, this time from Rohan's albums . . .

I still have journaling and dates to add on most of the pages, and the last few for Rohan still need their titles, but I've done enough to pack the scraps of the kit away . . .

That's because I have some exciting plans on the horizon for the New Year, including a big spending freeze challenge for myself, starting with an "Expand a Collection" kit I've made, with a video here and on Youtube coming soon to show you how I've done it!