The January moodboard by Jot Magazine is so bright and fun, that I just had to make another layout using this photo of my daughter and a good family friend. It was a gorgeous Spring day on our recent holiday on Fraser Island (about a 4 hour drive north of Brisbane plus a ferry ride). We took a day trip over to the Eastern side of the island, and visited Eli Creek. The smiles on all our faces were just priceless as we floated down the creek – this photo of these two just oozes the joy we all felt!
My favourite collection of 2014 (and possibly of all time!) is Heidi Swapp September Skies, and being as bright and colourful as it is, I just had to use it for this moodboard. The teal glitter Thickers worked perfectly with Heidi’s glitter teal embellishments and made for a simple but cute title.
The layout came together quite quickly with a few choice Heidi embellishments and a scattering of sequins.The speech bubble heart is an exclusive acrylic piece from Amy Tangerine for Scrappy Canary (then Polly Scrap Kits) throughout 2014. I love these pieces for a punch of colour!
I came across this poem last year, and it just resonates with me so beautifully.
7 is a pretty major number in my life. It’s always popped up in various places, and for good reason. 7 major body chakras. And if you’re interested in just how important the number 7 is in the Liquid Crystal modality, you can read more about that here. But I digress.
I just knew I had to scrap these words, and thought it would be perfect to use the 7 chakra colours to outline each of the 7 logics. They’re happy and positive words, so I used my vibrant Ranger Dylusions spray mists – I was so thrilled that they matched perfectly with these chakra images I found online! I held my white cardstock vertically and sprayed each of the colours one by one a few times, enough for them to run down the page. That left me some colourful, creative lines to write each of the logics.
I wanted to include a photo somehow, but nothing quite worked with the vibrant Dylusions quite to my liking. In the end I chose a casual photo captured by my husband, and used Photoshop to add filters and up the vibrancy to coordinate with the Dylusions. (Yes, my hair was already very copper to start with, so that helped!)
QandA last week finished with such a cool question being asked of the panel (full of scientists, mathematicians and musicians)… “what is the purpose of life?” This is definitely one of the big questions I’ve been asking seriously of myself the past few years. I believe the answer is different for every single person, although many panelists summed it up quite nicely “to be good people, to help each other” etc. And yet here we are, surrounded by so much pain in the rat race, we are so quick to bring down the people around us. I don’t perceive many people think or feel before they act on many occasions… perhaps as a human reaction to protect our own hearts or pride? In saying that, I am human. I am not excluded from this statement, and I’ll openly admit it. But I believe that by recognising it, I have the power to overcome my ego, or at least master it and learn how to use it for the benefit of everyone, including myself.
So my simple answer to “what is the purpose of life?” is “to evolve”. To become a better person every day. To actively work towards finding who I am, and what I am here to do, then actually doing it, being it.
By “better” person, I mean
It is my belief that if we could all work on doing that ourselves, and helping each other with the same, we will all evolve more rapidly, and in the direction I truly feel we all want to. One team, one dream.
The Scrappy Canary September Scrapbooking Kit was so fun to work with. My love for Shimelle continues to grow with these pocket/journaling cards.
I have a new layout up on their blog today. Pop on over to find out my new favourite mixed media product at the moment!
For the 12×12 layout on the left, I used primarily the September Penny Lane kit.
The pocket page on the right came about after my 2 year old son let himself into my studio, opened my glitter medium, then spread it all over the original page, my desk, chair, carpet, and of course himself. I decided to save as much of the original background as I could, and that’s what you see in the pockets on the right. To enhance the gold, I added a We R Memory Keepers foil card, along with continuing the gold glitter medium using Heidi Swapp stencil.
There are still a few kits left in the Scrappy Canary store, but hurry, Shimelle is popular!
So, if I’m being completely honest, I have a total scrap crush on Shimelle Laine. It really goes without saying then, that I have been really looking forward to her first collection with American Crafts. Of course I was thrilled when I found out Scrappy Canary’s September Main kit included Shimelle products. They are just colourful enough to pop on the page, but also toned perfectly to suit the softer palettes of Crate Paper Notes and Things, which was also in the kit. I have a layout shared on the Scrappy Canary blog today, highlighting that very thing.
The ‘perfectly’ part of the title was hand drawn with my Wacom tablet, then cut with my Silhouette. The machine is a bit of an outlay, but I love how I could use the same paper in the title as I used for the punched butterflies.
I’ve been using Scrappy Canary kits (formerly Polly Scrap Kits) all year now, but I’ve never used up as much in a kit as I did this month using the August Scrapbooking kit, Bohemian. I have done 4 layouts in total, and am down to about a 4 inch wide scrap of paper, but still loads of embellishments – probably because of the huge Grand Bazaar embellie pack.
Today I’m up on the Scrappy Canary blog showing this 1 kit, 4 ways. And as you can see, those 4 ways are very different!
Every now and then, I end up with a photo full of so much love and femininity, that it changes my style up, and I find myself digging into my flower stash. In this case, I also had to add more than a touch of gold. The relationship my daughter has with her great-grandmother is beyond special. They share the same birthday, 79 years apart, and they are similar in so many ways. They both epitomise girly girl, as well as being independent and strong. This photo of them was perfect for Life. Paper. Scrapbook.’s latest (and final) Moodboard Challenge.
Green and pink are my favourite colours, so I always have a soft spot for this colour scheme. I also included loads of gold in this layout, mainly using Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Gold Lame. I just adore how shiny the gold is, so I use it often. You’ll find it painted onto the wooden pieces, and splattered around the page, alongside My Mind’s Eye gold spotted washi. The papers used are from the Shimelle Collection by American Crafts. I have been using Shimelle products on nearly every layout recently – I LOVE her style, and can’t wait to get my hands on more of her goodies!
Here’s the gorgeous moodboard this page was inspired by. I haven’t participated in nearly enough of these challenges, but I am super sad to see them coming to a close.
My grandmother adores flowers, especially pink roses, so there are always flowers on any layout of her. In this case, the wool from the mood board inspired me to use crocheted flowers – pink, green and white, to match the wool in my daughter’s scarf that her great-grandmother made her this winter. I also pulled on the buttons from the moodboard, and used buttons for the flower centres, as well as scattered around the page.
I blinged up the edges of the flowers with the Color Shine. This helps with cohesion across the page, tying it into the wooden pieces and the Maggie Holmes word sticker. This effect takes some patience, but I always love how it turns out. I simply unscrew the bottle and move the bottom of the feeder around the edges of the flowers, dipping the feeder back into the bottle as needed.
I love the inspiration that the LPS moodboards give me, and will very much miss their challenges. Let’s hope they return soon!
I’m up on the Scrappy Canary blog today with a little surprise. Whilst the bright colours of the August Bohemian kit were at first a little daunting to me, I looked further and found a way to use all those cute, softer coloured elements too. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed with all the colour in your August kit, I assure you, you will still find a way to make it work for you!
This is a photo I’ve been wanting to scrap for quite a while now (this baby is now 8 years old!), and I’m glad I found just the right kit to make it come together.
Side note: I am so glad I have finally found the courage to learn how to use my sewing machine – I am now officially hooked! Now just to become interested in sewing with material…. uummmm…. maybe one day
I am happy to report that I am on a huge scrappy roll at the moment! I’ve done 4 layouts in the last 10 days… which is a far cry from the 2 layouts in 6 weeks prior to that. Most of them are for DT assignments, so I’ll have to wait to post those.
But… Jot Magazine have changed up their monthly board challenges, and I love the new spin, so of course I had to join in! The challenge was to use… Something STRIPEY, something BOLD, something GLITTERY, and something GOLD.
Ever since Shimelle revealed she would be releasing a collection with American Crafts, I knew I would love it. I adore Shimelle’s style and use of design, colour and her way of making sure she gets all the details in her journaling. I finally got my hands on her papers yesterday. My LSS had completely run out of everything Shimelle already, even though they only got it in this week! I snapped up the final piece, which was the 6×6 paper pad. Just enough to get started, and make something straight away for this challenge!
The colours happen to match Heidi Swapp’s ephemera too, so I mixed and matched with those. I used some of the Color Magic pieces with Sweet Cherry Color Shine – it’s a perfect match for Shimelle’s pink! Of course, Heidi’s glitter words had to make an appearance. They are so lovely and big, and perfect to use for titles. It could have covered off the gold and glittery, but more gold was of course required. I picked up the gold doily at my local dollar store.
Thanks for looking, I’ll have more layouts up soon if I stay on this creative roll!