Thursday, 18 January 2018

The Best Time - A Scrapbook Page by Katie

Hi there,
Katie back with my take on the January sketch challenge.
Have you had a go yet?
A sketch is a great way to kickstart your creative juices if you need one,
and who doesn't love an opportunity to win a prize?!
Below is the sketch, and you can link yours up in the Facebook album here.

I have used Fancy Pants Joy Parade again for my page, and to suit my photos
I flipped the sketch over so the photos are on the other side.
I did this because of the direction the kid's were looking in the photos,
I didn't want them looking 'out of the page'. So here is my page:

I love a good sketch, especially one that gives you lots of room to make it your own.
My favourite technique is layering with embellishment clusters
and this sketch left plenty of room to do that,
and the Fancy Pants Joy Parade embellishments were so easy to use as well.
I used lots of the patterned paper as the foundations for my page,
including one as the main part of the background.
You can find all the papers for Joy Parade in the collection kit.
I also distressed the edges of my backing paper layers
to add some interest to the background.

I made good use of all the little bits and pieces in the tags and labels pack,
these kinds of things are always great for layering.
This particular cluster of embellishments also included
including the word and camera.
I think puffy stickers are one of my favourite embellishments!

This title was part of the Joy Parade ephemera pack,
I simply backed it with some of the patterned paper
and then fussy cut around it, and hey presto, a title,
without having to think too hard!

Lots more bits and pieces from the ephemera and tags and labels packs here
and the puffy sticker shapes and dots and general puffy stickers.
I even layered a tag and heart together for extra effect.
The Joy Parade Flair are lots of fun too, and I used this one to bring in some more black,
and the saying fits the photos perfectly as well.

Combining the speech bubble and a puffy sticker helped make this embellishment cluster lots of fun, and maybe the smiley face helped too!

Well, that is all from me today,
I hope you have a go at the sketch too
and I look forward to seeing your creations in the

Thanks for stopping by,

Katie x

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

How I Interpreted the January 2018 Mood Board.....

Hey, hey my scrappy friends!!
Melinda here on the blog today sharing how I went from the January 2018 mood board

to this page!

I have the black, green, and yellow, but it's a funny story how I got to this design, and totally what a mood board is all about!!

A little while ago there was another post published on the blog about this very topic and you can read that post here.

And here is my convoluted process of getting from one to the other!

So, the current mood board made me think of Australia Day, which lead me to think of the Cyber Crop we held last year in honor of Australia Day. One of the challenges for that CC was another mood board which was this

I took inspiration from the colours, the newsprint and the circle shape of the macarons and created this page

Specifically I remembered the blue and the word crazy on this page - and the way I created the fun title - and remembered some photo's I was recently sent from my niece of her and my boys being crazy together and so the idea for my current page was born!!

I hope you followed that rabbit hole all the way to the end but I share this process to show that you can use the mood board in any which way whatsoever that inspires YOU! And it may look NOTHING like the board that you started with but the board is there as a starting off point!!

Onto some more specific details of this page!

I started this page with the title!
I used the Teresa Collins Signature Essentials Alphas, the WRMK Indian Summer thickers and also the blue Tiny Alphas from the Boys Fort collection. I customised the Crazy using Colour Shimmer Dust in Lush with a paintbrush and the word cousin I applied 2 coats of gesso with a brush and then used a palette knife and Colour Blast Colour Paste in Sunshine applied liberally/randomly over the alphas. Love how this came together! I used my FudeBall 1.5 pen to outline each of the letters in crazy as well.

I have created my background with a coat of gesso on the "Thumbs Up" patterned paper from the Boys Fort collection by PinkFresh Studio, blending out the edges so there were no harsh lines. I did the packaging technique with a combination of Scribble Sticks (yellow and blue) and gelatos (green), also making splatters with the same colours.

I added a few messy paper layers behind my photo's using the "Wowzers", "Bold" and "High Five" papers cut to different sizes and layered randomly behind and around my photo's.

For embellishments I have used 1 of the Printed Veneer pieces and 3 of the paper pieces from the ephemera pack - the 3, the yes and the label above the photo's.

There is a process video available over on the ScrappingClearly channel if you'd like to see this page come together from start to finish - just click on the link above, sit back and enjoy!

My finishing touches were some of the Tiny Word Stickers also from the collection, my journalling and some white splatters which I did off camera. I used more of the white gesso and added a little water to make it more liquid and splattered all around the page making sure to cover up my photo's!

I also did go back in with a paint brush and some more of the yellow Scribble stick after I finished recording to add a little more colour to the top right as I felt it was not quiet finished.

And with that called my page DONE!

Remember, you have until the end of the month to upload your take on both the sketch and the mood board to win yourself a $30 voucher to spend on more scrappy supplies. Make sure you load your entries into the correct album in the FB group and please, share how the mood board inspired you!

Until next time, next month actually, happy scrapping!!


Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Moodboard Inspiration with Emma.

Welcome to Tuesday everyone!

Today I'm sharing my layout inspired by the ScrappingClearly moodboard.

The inspiration came from the colours and I purposely chose just 3, especially inspired by the flag colours.

I've really been enjoying choosing limited colours and then adding neutral tones to allow the colours to really shine.
For the base colours I used yellow, white and black Dylusions paint and the red is a Dina Wakley acylic paint.
I pulled out a few sheets from the September skies 6x6 pad to frame my pics.
In this pad there is a sheet entirely of quotes and bubbles, I chose to cut the quote out and make it fit into my layers.

Choosing only a couple of stamps, I used a Darkroom Door hexagon stamp and the cool art stamp in numbers.

This page has quite a few elements from the Heidi Swapp September Skies wood veneer pack.
I picked the hello word and hexagons, with a few arrows for fun.

And yes I totally splashed around some Liquitex Carbon ink on my page.

I loved how only a few elements and 3 colours made such an impact on this page.

I hope this inspires you to create from this months challenge and be in the running for a $30 store voucher. How awesome!!!

I can't wait to see how the board inspires you.

Catch you soon.

Em xx

Monday, 15 January 2018

Using Up Remnants - And a Funny Story

Hello Arty Peeps,

Hope the Summer is treating you well and you have access to a cool creative space.
My art room is the only space at our home that has air con, being in the roof of the shed it needs it,
as it's generally about 10-15 degrees hotter up there than outside.
With the current heat wave I have the perfect excuse to get crafty.

However, as you know from this recent post, I am in 'purge & clean' mode.
It is happening, albeit slowly. You see, as I find stuff I want to use rather than discard,
I get distracted.

Case in point.....

I found remnants of this old range - Life Emporium, by Teresa Collins (all on special right now!)
There was not enough to create a giveaway kit, all the packs were half used.
And with the soft pinks and rich egg-yolk yellows teamed with wood grain, well it was just too pretty to toss.
I loved the addition of the natural cork and wood elements too. It seriously was/is a gorgeous range!

So I played. I used up all the papers and most of the packs.

It was a perfect range for these photos, taken inside in front of the timber blind.
Subtle in colour, some busy patterns for interest and movement, but none of it competes with my pics
and the stickers help tell the story.
I used the sticky-back wood dots to anchor everything.

I had enough leftovers to do 2 pages so this story was told too.
This makes me laugh!

The colours in Life Emporium are just so perfect used on kraft cardstock.
To ground my layout I scraped some gesso on the kraft first.
See how well the wood grain matches the kraft? I love it.
My story and pics really are the feature of the page 
because the colours of this range are just so soft.
In my album these pages are a rest for the eyes.

I have plenty more half-used ranges I'm sure.
I see distraction in my imminent future.
Maybe next time I'll put them aside and make up page-kits to take to retreat,
an easy packing solution, although I still have to find storage for them.
How do you deal with leftovers?

Thanks for coming by today,
hope you're keeping cool (or warm if you're in the Northern Hemisphere)
and finding some creative time in your days.
Til next time,

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Friends Make the World Beautiful - A Layout by Kylie Tout

Morning Scrappingclearly friends - I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend....

My layout today is super bright and happy and truly depicts these two girls and their friendship!

This layout was based around a new paper range that Scrappingclearly has arriving soon to the website.
Paper Arts is designed in New Zealand, I really love this paper range.
Be sure to keep an eye out in the store.

I have used Whimsical 2, both sides are awesome I really wanted to use both sides......

To add more depth and dimension I used some prepared cardstock which I had sprayed with Dylusions and stencils. I cut a circle shape and added some Lipstick Colour Blast texture paste with a stencil to create a dimensional pattern and set aside to dry. Once dry I detailed around the edge with a Black Stabilo pencil 


I used surgical gauze sprayed with Postbox Red Dylusions Spray and set aside to dry.

Using Viva Inka Gold Copper and a sponge, I coated a chipboard element.

A TIP when using the Inka Gold Copper Rub - just remove a small amount with a clean cloth, not your finger, so that you aren't introducing any bacteria.

There is not a lot of preparation in this layout with the background paper being already so arty.... so the next thing is to start layering the layout.

I adhered a piece of old book paper, with green paint which has been watered down, to the background paper.
Next is the previously made circle, with texture paste and the Surgical Gauze.
Then the photo on top of all layers.


Once all layers were down I embellished with Enamel Dots and a metal butterfly, along with some Tim Holtz small talk stickers and the Copper Coated Chipboard embellishment.

Of course the last detail was to journal, which I have completed with, of course, a Black FudeBall pen.

I hope you have enjoyed this layout.....I am busting to have these papers available so keep an eye on the shop.
The will also be notification in our Facebook group, join us there and play along with our sketch or mood board challenges each month for a chance to win $30 shop credit.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Golden Days of January by Leonie Neal-Dawson

Hello and welcome to my first post for the year.
I hope your New year is off to a cracking start.

I've just returned from 12 days camping on the NSW side of the Murray river
so I'm still very much in holiday mode and feeling quite relaxed.
The weather for our holiday was perfect, we spent our days swimming by the 'beach' as we call it and floating down the river. I even managed to squeeze in some scrapbooking time, along with a Champagne or two. 

They truly were Golden Days which is the collection I will be using to hopefully inspire you throughout the month. Here are some of my holiday snaps, hopefully soon to be scrapped! 

One of the pages I scrapped while away was my take on the Scrapping Clearly January Sketch. 

You can load your entry and see all the details HERE in our Facebook group.

As mentioned I used the Fancy Pants Golden Days Collection to create my page.
Some photo's of my daughter before her Grade 6 End of Year/Primary School Celebrations.
The Navy Blue and Peach colours in this collection suited these pictures beautifully.

To add some direction to my page I added these arrows from the Golden Days Puffy Stickers pack.

I love this little cluster. A tag with gold foil from the Golden Days Gift Tags and Labels pack, layered with elements from the Golden Days Ephemera pack.

I added some White Linen Dylusions Ink Spray and Heidi Swapp Color Shine splats to that lovely Wood Grain base paper.

And of course my page wasn't complete until I added some journalling about the photo's. I did this on another of the Tags from the Tags and Labels Pack and slid it behind one of my photo's.

Thanks for stopping by today, happy crafting.

Leonie Neal-Dawson