Friday, 16 October 2015

Scrapaneers - The Art of Photographs: 1

Hello fellow scrappers,

At the moment, I am taking a class, The Art of Photographs by Amanda Taylor over at Scrapaneers:

I have just completed Module 1 which has been wonderfully inspiring and totally enjoyable.

There were a few concepts covered, but I have chosen to play with the idea of using word art as a photo mask, as so:
Credits: Background paper: The Nifty Pixel (Passion Play - Solid Papers); Elements: Flergs (Wildboyz - recoloured).

I decided to use the simple word, 'boy' and surround it with descriptive words of my son, or things that he likes. He didn't want the word, 'procrastinator' on there, but it is him at the moment (am hoping it is a phase!).

If you ever consider trying your hand at digital scrapping, or want to improve your skills, be sure to head over to Scrapaneers where there are plenty of classes to choose from.

Hope you all enjoy a productive weekend.:)

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Scrapaneers - October Champions

Hello Everyone,

The latest Champions has just been released over at Scrapaneers. By the way, have you seen their new look website? I love it, it's so easy to use, and it's clear, bold and truly reflects their professionalism.
Anyway, October Champions is all about the Fear Factor. Doing something that gets you out of your comfort zone. It's a little scary to make that jump and leap off the edge, but at the same time, it is really thrilling to do so. The world widens and new possibilities emerge.

My layouts this month encapsulates techniques that I had never tried before. I had no idea what I was doing, but the more I played, the more I was enjoying myself and the fear started dissipating.

My first layout:
Everyday Magic
Valorie Wibbens | Autumns Magic
Amanda Yi | You Are Fabulous
Additional Brushes | Just Jaimee, Dawn Inskip

I really love this photo of my eldest daughter so wanted to showcase a large version. The new techniques I used related to the layering of papers and using different modes to create different effects. More details are in the Champions Companion Book (for which you need to be a member of Champions to access).

My second layout is of my son. He LOVES anything and everything to do with Star Wars, so it was inspired by this passion of his.

May the force be with you
Images taken from the web
Amanda Yi | You Are Fabulous
Valorie Wibbens | Autumns Magic
Lori Davison | Watch Out For The Moon

It feels very strange to not add any embellishments to the page. I tried - for hours! (Well, so it seemed.) But nothing worked, so this alone is out of my comfort zone. Also, my son wasn't holding a light-saber when I took the photo, I found one on the web and added it. I love that about digital scrapping. :)

For more information about Champions and other digital classes, please head over to Scrapaneers.

Thank you for coming by.
I appreciate your comments. :)

Monday, 12 October 2015

Tangie Baxter & Co - Art Journal Pockets: Challenge No.2

Hello all,

Today I would like to share Challenge No.2 from the Art Journal Pocket [AJP] monthly challenges held at Tangie Baxter. To learn more about Art Journal Pockets, please pop over to Tangie Baxter & Co.

This challenge is titled, 'Two Part Animal'. The freebie that you can download and use (or not) is available HERE:

I chose not to use the freebie this time, and created this:

Tangie Baxter | October 2015 Grab Bag - Spinning Dreams
Rebecca McMeen | The Zebra Diaries
Rebecca McMeen | October 2015 Grab Bag - Crispin

The challenge is on all month. Print out the free pdf and have a play. :) 

Thank you for visiting.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Tangie Baxter & Co - Art Journal Pockets: Challenge No.3

Hello Everyone,

I am super happy to announce I am now a member of the Art Journal Pockets Creative Crew for Tangie Baxter & Co. Never heard of Art Journal Pockets (AJP)? This might explain....

Art Journal Pockets are created by using nine 2.5x3.5" cards (placed in a trading card sheet protector) to compose one larger art journal page. It's a fabulous, mixed-media mash up of art journaling, pocket letters & artist trading cards. You can create Art Journal Pockets for yourself or to trade with friends!
(taken from Tangie Baxter & Co website).

To find out more, please visit the site HERE.

Every month, they hold two challenges, as well as a gallery just to share your makes. You don't have to post your AJP's, but there is an option to send and receive if that is what you would like. You can check it out HERE.

This month, I'm working a little backwards and chose the second challenge to work on first, the theme being, 'A World of Octobers'. With each challenge comes a free pdf that holds all the 9 backgrounds that you can use (or not - it's not a stipulation). Here is what is on offer this month:
To download, please go to the site HERE.

And this is what I created:

Credits, mainly from:
Tangie Baxter | Bestiary of Beesies
Tangie Baxter | Melt Into Springs
Tangie Baxter | Abounding
Tangie Baxter | Abounding Splatters
Tangie Baxter | Oli and Phaunt
Tanige Baxter | Items from The Vault
The Nifty Pixel | Cadaverous Charm Digital Kit

My spread is digital, but it doesn't need to be. Print off the pdf and add your own bits and pieces, then enter the challenge. I hope you find you enjoy creating these little cards as much as I do and are able to join us. :) 

Scrapaneers - Guide to Brushwork

Hello all,

Lately, I've been taking a class over at Scrapaneers to improve my digital techniques. I love using brushes, so thought I'd learn more about them by doing this course:

click HERE to be taken to Scrapaneers to learn more about it.

Some of the brushes I have made include using a Kaiser stamp, some Spellbinders leaf die-cuts and other paper cuts from my Silhouette, a watercolour puddle and various doodles I created:

And the layout I created using these brushes:

The Pen
Lauren Reid | Transformers V2
Paper and Elements:
Sweet Shoppe Collab | Opposites Attract
The Nifty Pixel | Passion Play
Katie Pertiet | Messy Stitched Borders
Other brushes:
Just Jaimess, Katie Pertiet

I have loved doing this course. It's opened up many possibilities. For more information about this or other classes, please visit Scrapaneers.

CSI Case File #179

Hello Everyone!

Hoping everyone is having a wonderful day. Today I would like to share the latest CSI file, just released - #179:

Gorgeous colours to work with, aren't they?

And my layout:

Credits: The Nifty Pixel: Page Drafts Bloomin' Lovely Templates, Pick Your Destiny Overlays; Dawn Inskip; Maya de Groot; Katie Pertiet.

The  case closes October 23. Hope to see your layout there.:)

Thursday, 8 October 2015

The Nifty Pixel - Page Drafts: Spooky Hallow

Hello Everyone,

Just released today over at the DigiChick is a new set of Page Drafts templates from The Nifty Pixel called, Spooky Hallow:

Spooky Hallow | Page Drafts by The Nifty Pixel

It's a great set to showcase all your scary photos from Halloween....or any other occasion calling for multiple photos.

My layouts:
Everything used are from various The Nifty Pixel kits, mainly:

Thankful for you
Anita Designs | Autumn Reflections
Amanda Yi Designs | Vintage DayDreams
Creashens | Autumn Crush
Mari Koegelenberg | Splendid Autumn

These templates are fantastic and so easy to use. They have so many added elements and design features, making them so user-friendly. Easy to add a style to or clip paper to, to make your own layout. The templates are a steal at only US$2.80 this weekend from the DigiChick.

Thank you for popping by. :)

Sunday, 4 October 2015

CSI - Case Files #177 & #178

Hello Everyone,

I have been super busy of late, and didn't post this CSI challenge I was lucky enough to be a Special Investigator for, but thankfully it is still open and there is still time to enter:

Sweet Girl
Credits: Dawn Inskip, Maya De Groot, The Nifty Pixel, Mel Designs.

On the above layout, I also made a few of my own brushes. I took the class, Guide to Brushwork with Tiffany Tillman at Scrapaneers and learnt so much. If you are wanting to increase your digital skills, there are so many wonderful classes on offer at Scrapaneers to be able to do so.

[click on image to be taken to site for more details]

Just released, is the Major Case File for which I was also a Special Investigator for:

My baby girl & me
Credits: Amanda Yi Designs, The Nifty Pixel, Dawn Inskip.

Hope you are all enjoying some creative time.
Thank you for popping in. :)

Thursday, 1 October 2015

The Nifty Pixel - Cadaverous Charm

It's October. And for some, it means the excitement of Halloween is growing. Trick-or-treating, pranking, the supernatural, symbols of death and fancy costumes. Perfect time to introduce the new release from The Nifty Pixel - Cadaverous Charm at the DigiChick:

It's a pretty spooky, scary kit - perfect for the occasion!

Although I don't celebrate Halloween, I made these two layouts, using images from the web:

It's a trick

I know who I am. Do you?

There are some fantastic layouts made using the kit, to see them and for inspiration, head to the store HERE and click on the images below the collection image.

Thank you for coming.:)