Sunday, July 27, 2014

A new camera - and a poser for you!!!

It was a cold and misty day on 19th June as we ventured into The Cape Breton Highlands National Park.  One of stops was at this bog and out we went for a walk along the broadwalk.  I love all these photos. 
I sprayed green glimmer mist onto one arrow from 6 x 6 stencil Arrows (the others I covered with waste paper so as not to spray onto them as well) from The Crafters Workshop. I cut away the top of the arrow to fit over the photo.   The result - well it seemed to fit with the foggy photos.
The journalling says - "a 0.3 mile walk loop between Mackenzie Mountain and French Lake. A typical highlands bog environment with pitcher plants, sun dews and orchids.  Moose tend to frequent the area but we did not see any." BUT WE DID SEE A FROG IN THE BOG IN THE FOG!!!
And I have a new camera and I will be taking it out and shooting photos this week. 
Here is the photo by itself and you will see the frog more clearly I hope.
Thank you for looking.   Margaret

Friday, July 25, 2014

Challenge the stripes and the bright (neon) colours

Over at ARTastic Challenge Blog their current challenge inspiration is this photo with the criteria -striped patterned paper and bright cheerful colours.
My layout was inspired by the stripes in the deck chair on the poster.  I have used striped paper from a Project Life range called Sunshine (also appropriate don't you think for the poster). In a moment of creativity I realized I had a pot of fine glitter somewhere in my stash. Off I went to find it.  I ran lengths of double sided tape in 2 sizes (mimicking) that deckchair horizontally and vertically onto striped paper and then on removing top tape I liberally applied the glitter.  Result - glitter all over the place - oh well, who does not like a bit of bling.
I have also made my own brads and circle embellishments from the off cuts of the "blingy bits" another inspired moment - I remembered I had the fixings for the brads again somewhere in that great stash in the hope that one day I will use it!!!.
These photos were taken on the day Laura (by now you know that she is a friend from Missouri and that I spent time with her, her husband and her sons recently) and I went to Laser Tag in Colombia, MO. Her boss had arranged a staff function and as I was in town I got to go as well. Yippee!!! As you can see I came a respectable third (it doesn't matter that there was 4 of us playing does it?). We also had games of laser tag which will be the subject of another layout.  A great afternoon of fun and laughter.

To Project Life or not to Project Life? That is the question as I play with Project Life!!!

I have used mostly Project Life (PL) papers on these traditional scrapbook layouts, they come from the PL range called Honey Edition by Becky Higgins. Not a good day for photography today in Sydney it is cold and threatening to rain!!!  A good reason to stay in and do more layouts.!!!
This first layout is of my friends youngest son in Missouri.   I love how I could make the arrow with the journaling cards.  "awesome" is a favourite word of ours - it is chipboard that I have coloured with orange stamp ink. The dragon fly die is Elizabeth Craft Designs and I have embossed the wings before adhering.  You will see that I am also loving Studio Calico wood veneer stars at the moment. Love that Cole is growing into an awesome young man who has a natural affinity with nature.
Here I am on the set of Friends at Warner Bros Studio in Burbank, Hollywood, Los Angeles.  I am sitting on the couch featured in the series.  Can you find the Studio Calico stars again?  I have completed this layout using a sketch featured on The Memory Nest.
Whilst in Missouri, my friend Laura and I went to The Canvas on Broadway, Columbia, MO and did a class to complete this painting in acrylics on canvas called "Almond Tree".  The instructor lead us through each step to create our own "masterpieces".  This is my effort - I think it turned out okay and I did bring it home. For this layout I took some of the words from the PL paper, cut them out and placed them on arrows I also cut out from one of PL journaling cards.
I think I prefer using PL on layouts rather than using the PL pocket sleeves (if that is what they are called) as I can put photos on an angle, group photos together and use embellishments to tie all elements of layout together.
But never say never, people that use PL say that it is quicker to put an album together.  Maybe I will challenge myself one day to get into it. In the meantime I like this hybrid use of PL materials and traditional layout.
Keep warm (or cool), thanks for looking,  Margaret

Monday, July 21, 2014

Some more pages from my holiday.

I was away this weekend on a Scrapbooking Retreat and whilst there managed to get quite a few pages completed.  Here are some I am sharing with you.  Hope you enjoy scrolling down. 
This first one is of my friend Reta and I - it was taken whilst we had lunch at a Cracker Barrel in  Kentucky. Reta is 91 years young and it has been many years of friendship between us. The papers and stickers are from Kaisercraft Tea Break Collection and the die-cut accents are from s.e.i that I won at the Mega Scrapbook. Love how the unrelated collections all come together.The inspiration for this layout came from scrapbook ideas magazine, page 78 layout by Karen Leonard.
These photos were taken during my visit to Warner Bros Studio - by the magic of the green screen I am transported to the world of Harry Potter. I hand cut the arrow.
Blanchard Caverns in Arkansas - a magnificent wander through these caves.  It was hot outside but in the caves it was 53f.  My journaling is in the envelope I made upper left. The layout was inspired by Piradee Talvanne p72-101 creative ways to use your scrapbook supplies - Creating Keepsakes 2010.
Very New York City.  The last part of my holiday was spent in New York - the journaling says it all, it is very busy, very noisy, very crowded and very expensive and I hope this is what I have captured on this layout.  Inspired by a layout I found on pinterest by Scrapbook.com  For the brick background I used impasto spread through Kaisercraft template Bricks.
This pages says it all they are friends forever.  Love these photos.  For the background I used Distress Stains and banged the bottle from above creating these interesting splotches.  I have also used Prima Vintage Metal Antique Gold spray.
This was a new view of Los Angeles for me, taken from Mulholland Road drive up into the Hollywood Hills. The papers and stickers are from Echo Park Getaway Collection and there are other bits and pieces making up this layout.
In Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island, Canada we stopped at a Farmers Market for a break and look around.  I loved the bright colours of these goodies.  Background paper is Stampin'Up! (r) the range no longer available.  I have used Spellbinders Bird on a Wire die to create the accent - the idea for the layout came from Creating Keepsakes 101+ Creative Ways to use your scrapbook supplies page 104. Layout by Megan Hoeppner.
Thank you for looking and I will share more with you later.   Have a good day.   Margaret

Monday, July 14, 2014

Travel 2014

This layout captures a lot of what my recent holiday was about
  • Moments to remember forever
  • Travel to USA and Canada
  • Explore new places and take lots of photos.
  • Water and trees feature heavily in the places I visited
  • and my blue jacket - it features in many of the photographs taken on my holiday.
This photograph was taken beside the Gasconade River in Missouri. The Gasconade River is the longest river completely within the boundary of Missouri. It has been called one of the world's crookedest rivers.

The layout is based on one I did several years ago I love the simplicity of the block of papers, embellishments and photo (approx. 8" x 8") on background paper. They come from Echo Park - Getaway Collection.

Not the best of photography of the layout today. Thanks for looking,  Margaret

USA/Canada Holiday Layout 2014 -I've started


Before my recent holiday my sister and I went to Bells at Killcare, on the beautiful Central Coast of New South Wales for dinner.  It was locals night (Tuesday) where they have a special 2 course meal with wine.  Bon Voyage.  This layout was completed at Mega Meet Scrapbook Event I attended in Novi, Detroit in May.  A great event and you will see many pages as I complete them using product from classes I attended there. 
This next layout was of my tour of Warner Bros Studio in Hollywood.  I love all things to do with movies and television.  It is my favourite trivia segment.  I have put my journaling on a tag that you see peeping out at the top.  This layout use paper and embellishments from Echo Park - Getaway range that I purchased in USA,
One more layout of my studio tour.  I completed this layout at a round robin class with Quick Quotes at the Mega Meet. Live your life one fabulous day at a time. There is this great museum at Warner Bros Studio where you can see memorabilia from movies/tv shows made there.  Here I am at the top standing with costumes from My Fair Lady and below with Batman and his Batmobile.
Thank you for looking, life is good and have a fabulous day.   Margaret

Friday, July 11, 2014

A little kindness

So true a little kindness does go a long way.  I have returned from a holiday in USA and I am sending to my friends copies of some photos and I made this card to send to them. They raise kindness to a new level. 
The background was from a technique on Jennifer McQuire's blog and uses Distress Inks applied quiet liberally. Then, I used a just released Stampin' Up! (r) (SU) circles mask over the background and dabbed water over the mask and then over the top of this I dabbed some Sunflower Silks Acrylic Glaze watered down to give a glittery effect. 
The remainder of the card uses SU product.  The stamp set is a new release called Kinda Eclectic, Butterfly punch and Rhinestones for a little more bling.
I hope to play more this technique in the coming days.
Thanks for looking, Margaret

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Some recent pages

In January of this year, the book club that I attend came to my home for lunch and after lunch a walk along the beach.  This layout uses all Stampin' Up! (r) product except for alphas and glimmer mist sprayed onto the cardstock.  Inspired by a layout by Sue Parsons p108 Celebrating Scrapbooking Memories Vol 15 No. 9
 In October last year I attended a scrapbooking retreat run by SFS.  We were asked to go to an op shop and purchase an outfit for I believe $20.  All that I am wearing came from various op shops around where I live.  I love the skirt and as you can see I worked it - a full flared skirt.  I have kept the skirt and the two tops and wear them regularly.  The reminder I donated once again.
I have attempted to replicate certain elements of the skirt on my layout - the colour, flowers and wavy lines. The photo does not show clearly that there are dots between the wavy lines on the skirt.
I dabbed my gelato crayon onto contrasting blue cardstock (see below) and then used aqua pen to spread the colour, I then cut out wavy lines and matted with Olive Green CS by Stampin' Up! (r).  Other Stampin' Up! products are the Petite Petal stamp/punch and leaf die cut, that represent the flowers scattered on the skirt.  I made a wash of the gelato and stamped the stamp into this before putting onto CS and punching out. Some rhinestones add the bling.
Journalling is behind the photo - you can just see the rhinestones to the left of the photo.
Thank you for looking, Margaret

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