Sunday, May 21, 2017


Today I created another layout from our cruise in April.  Here my sister and I are dressed for a cocktail party that our group had on our final evening of cruising.  
I was inspired by a 2013 layout by Marie-Pierre Capistran  that I found whilst web surfing. Thank you for your inspiration and I have left her some thanks on her blog.
Using Distress Stains I diluted them and applied to paper with brush in long random strokes.  A Mason Jar Stamp by Heartfelt Creations was then added when the ink had dried.  At the same time as painting I also painted onto a scrap of paper to use for embellishments.   Splotches of the paint were added randomly.
I do not usually work in pastel colours and overall I love the result.  I just need to add some journaling.
Thank you for looking, Margaret :)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Live in the moment, capture the moment.

For today's layout I was inspired by a layout by Gillian Nelson (Studio Calico) that I found whilst browsing Pinterest - as you do for creative idea starters.  This photo of my sister was taken whilst we were walking around Mystery Island, Vanuatu on our recent cruise. 
I was inspired by Gillian's layout (and I have left her thanks of course for the inspiration) I loved the rhinestones leading your eye through the photo - I have used enamel dots and I loved how the photo was extended with the strips of patterned paper at the bottom.  I raided my embellishment stash to finish off my layout. I made my layout 12" square.
Thank you, Gillian for your inspiration.  Thanks for looking, Margaret :)

Sunday, May 7, 2017

South Pacific cruise

Today, I am sharing several layouts I have created on my return from recent Royal Caribbean scrapbooking cruise to South Pacific and Fiji with Unmistakable Creations and led by Melissa Kennedy.  More to come including some of the layouts we created when the ship was at sea.
It was my sister's first cruise.  Here we are at Circular Quay - our brother met us for a cup of tea before we boarded and helped to carry our bags to the drop off point.
Professional photo of us as we boarded the Explorer of the Seas.   For this layout I applied Gesso, with my hand and fingers,  to the blue background paper. 
One of the finds of our cruise was the beautiful Mare Island.  It is the second largest of the Loyalty Islands of New Caledonia. We were on the first tender off the ship and got to explore and walk the beach before the rest of the boat descended onto Yejele Beach. It was great to have the ocean breeze as we wandered on the white sands.
Another beautiful photo of Mare.
The last layout today, was inspired by a layout by Melissa Kennedy that was done on a cruise she led in 2014.  For the background, I applied mist to a craft sheet and then mixed that into some Faber-Castell Whipped Spackle then used a palette knife to apply to paper.   I love how in this photo the sky appears to go beyond the frame.  A happy coincidence.
All of the layouts use primarily Kaisercraft products unless I have indicated otherwise.
Thank you to Melissa Kennedy for a great cruise and thank you for looking.   More to come for sure.
Margaret :)


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