Saturday, 21 February 2015

The Nifty Pixel - Pretty As A Picture V.1 Templates

Hi all,

It is a hot day today where I am. The wind is too hot for me to be outdoors, so am enjoying being in, being creative alongside my children who are playing Lego. Might stroll down to the beach later.

In the meantime, The Nifty Pixel has just released a new set of fabulous templates in their store:

[click on the image to be taken directly to the store]

And my layouts:

WendyP | VDay Kit
Katie Pertiet | William Kit
Katie Pertiet | Glow Brush

The Nifty Pixel | Paint Swirl Vol.1
The Nifty Pixel | Penciled in Alpha
The Nifty Pixel | Pick Your Destiny (background paper)
Just Jaimee | Epoxy Styles
Katie Pertiet | Messy Stitches No.3
Various | BYOC October 2014

Just Jaimee | StoryTeller February 2015
Katie Pertiet | Catching Rainbows Collection
Katie Pertiet | Corkboard Arrows
Katie Pertiet | Frames
Various | BYOC August 2014

The templates are so easy to use.  If you are thinking about starting, or wanting to have a go at Digital Scrapbooking, these templates are perfect. They also come in '.page' files so you don't need Photoshop to use them.

Please head over to HERE for more inspiration from the Creative Team and over to Scrap Stacks store HERE to see all the wonderful goodies Em has in store.

Thanks for coming by. Hope you are all enjoying the start of the weekend!

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Art Journal Page - The Documented Life - Wk6

The Week 6 challenge for The Documented Life was:

Art Challenge | When Not To Stop
Journal Prompt | Don't Stop Til You Get Enough

The theme for February is 'layers', so I tried to incorporate a few.
My page:

which started life like this:

Step 1: gesso, Tim Holtz tissue paper, scribbles, rub-ons

Step 2: wash of colour all over, then pan pastels through a stencil:

Step 3: some texture paste through a stencil:

Step 4: Glimmer Mist and Alcohol Inks:

Final: splattering of purple and white paint, some thread, Tim Holtz owl stamp on watercolour paper (coloured with Twinklink H2O's and Distress Ink) and a few little sequins. Voila.

A few close-ups:

The next challenge is up already and can be found HERE.

Thank you for coming by. 

I hope you are all enjoying a creative and wonderful weekend. :)

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Art Journal Page - The Documented Life - Wk5

The Documented Life has the next challenge up already, and I have just finished the last! A week goes so quickly!

So the challenge for week 5 was:
Art Challenge | Under Paper
Journal Prompt | What Lies Beneath?

I found this challenge quite difficult as I don't really use under paper. This is all I had:

This is just copy paper I put around my journal:
 And some cardstock I kept under items I used in scrapbooking when I was spraying them:

So with a limited stash, this is what I came up with:

And the steps I took:
I sprayed the background through a stencil with some Glimmer Mist, then with Gel Medium, added my cut strips of paper. 
[This is actually upside down]
Then I painted over all of it with yellow, green and yellow/green paint:

At this point, I left it because I had no idea what to do, and didn't have time to continue anyway.

With all the green in my under paper, I couldn't help but think of leaves. Using a leaf stencil, I cut out the shapes and loosely placed them on my page adding some circles to give me an idea of where to gesso around. Here is my gesso progress:

Which led me to this:

I doodled in the leaves, inline with the stencil (a Ronda Palazzari design), glued them down and added my circles, before adding my finishing touches to get to this:

I have to say, I am not really fond of using Gel Medium as a glue, but it is friendly to the pens/markers I use on top. Any other glue ruins them all. However, I think double-sided tape would be a good option as well. I'm still experimenting.

The next challenge is up, and is available HERE.

Thank you for visiting! Wishing you all a creative day. :)

Saturday, 7 February 2015

The Nifty Pixel - Pick Your Destiny & Star Bright Templates

Hello all,

The Nifty Pixel has just released another gorgeous kit and set of fabulous templates.
The kit:


And here are my layouts:
This first one is of my son, aged 7:
This layout also used the new release templates, #2.1 Star Bright. 

My two daughters aged 9 and 6:

And the following is of my mother at aged 9:

Pick Your Destiny, as you can see, is an absolutely gorgeous kit. You can check out more inspiration on The Nifty Pixel blog, or HERE at the store.

If you are considering trying digi out, a must on your list, are The Nifty Pixel templates. They come in .page files as well, which means you can use them in Artisan, a digital scrapbooking program. You can download a free trial HERE. Otherwise, you can read more about Photoshop Elements HERE.

Here are the new release templates:

And my layouts:

Page Drafts Template #2.1

Page Drafts Template #2.2
 This layout also uses the beautiful vellum pack of papers found HERE.

Page Drafts Template #2.3

So many goodies now available at The Nifty Store. You can check it all out HERE.

Thank you for coming by. Hoping you are all enjoying a beautiful weekend! 

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Art Journal Page - The Documented Life - Wk 4

Hello all,

The art journal challenge for week 4 (January 24) over at The Documented Life is:

 Art Challenge | Writing
Journal Prompt | Words with friends

I decided to write myself a letter as a friend, but as I was thinking about this, I realised I don't treat myself like a friend at all, more like a foe, so decided it was time to change this and become more aware of my self-talk. The letter is telling myself positive things and giving myself permission to accept my own kindness and embrace all good things. It's about letting go and moving forward. A process.

This is my page:

I started with this thought:

I forgot to take photos along the way, but this is how I put it together:
  • I started with a gesso background, writing my letter in a micro pen, then adding washi tape around the edges of the spread and down the middle to cover the spine. 
  • I then sprayed with Glimmer Mist 'Aquamarine' and stamped with a Prima writing stamp. 
  • The black flowers are fussy-cut from a napkin and carefully glued down.
  • The leaves are some die-cuts I had in my stash which had been cut with my Silhouette (they are the same paper, but look different colours on the spread because of the light in my room and the camera).
  • I spent some time doing some Gelli prints, settling on the pink/red combination for my flower. As it was my birthday during this last week, I bought some supplies as a present to myself, one of which included the new Donna Downey stencil, 'Marigold' which I used here as the large flower. The stencil was a lot larger than I was expecting (I bought it online), but am really happy for the over-size. I added some markings with Montana acrylic pens.
And that is basically it. It did take some time, but I really enjoyed the process. It was therapeutic.

The next challenge is up. You can find it HERE. I will see you next week for another page, but leave you with some close-ups for now:

Thank you for visiting. 
Wishing you all a beautiful weekend!