Saturday, October 25, 2008

So You Think You Can Scrap #8

Scraptacular's SYTYCS Competition is up to round 8 now and this weeks Genre was Colour Blocking....hmmmm
Here were the criteria:
- A colour blocked layout design
- No odd angles, everything running perfectly horizontal or vertical
- Colour Photos (that means NO black & white)
- Journalling Strips
- At least 6 different colours... Black & White is included as a colour
- At least 2 different size photos
- A circular element (it helps breaks up all the straight lines)

So I created "1st Haircut" using the new BG Urban Prairie Papers...

My colours are black, white, blue, pink, yellow and green. My circle element is the ring of butterflies...and the rest is self explanitary (I hope) ..have to say this week was a tough one for me as I am a clusterer and generally only use 2 or 3 colours on a page.

Sketches! {by Tamara} #66

Here is my Sketches! {by Tamara} layout for sketch #66 ...a little late in posting as I was on a retreat when this one went live on the blog...

The photos are of my Mum (granma) and Ashton at Old Macs Farm...Ashton was a little tentative about feeding the animals but with a little encouragement from a doting Granma and he became more relaxed.

Papers are GinX (very old) but perfect for this layout so what the hoo!


A quick layout I put together using old stash and a pencillines Sketch #105 ...

UYS - Paper - BG (3years)
UYS - Chip - Doodle & Plain Jane Stars (2.5years)
UYS - Rubons - Creative Imaginations (2 years)

Well I challenged myself at least not sure how successful it was ...but hey!

Love these photos of Ashton and Rob on the waterslide ..they had a ball and I was actually able to capture the anticipation on Ashtons face ...

Scrapbook Savvy CyberCrop

Savvy had its Cybercrop a couple of weekends ago and I managed to get all three challenges done for the weekend...which is a feat in itself for me...but there was an incentive with Dianne doubling the already generous prize money if you did complete all of them.

The theme was Movie Madness and all the challenges where inspired by the movies ...So here are my efforts for the weekend....
Challenge 1 : Pretty in Pink

Inspired by the movie "Pretty in Pink" and to celebrate Pink Ribbon Month, your challenge is to create a layout using only Pink, Black, and White! Predominant colour must be pink - any shade of pink you desire!

"butterfly kisses" was my effort (and not my best as I soon realised I have a destinct lack of pink in my stash)

Papers are Fancy Pants and the photos are of Mum (granma) and Eve when she was about 5 months old.

Challenge 2: Remakes

Inspired by the movie remakes, the challenge was to re-make one of your oldest layouts! You know the ones - back when you were just beginning. Also you had to use an old item on the page (mine where the alphas)

So here is the layout I remade (the origional is here)

Sorry about the shadow I had to take the picture in really dodgy light overall much happier with this layout ...

Challenge 3: Movie Quotes

Your challenge was to create a layout and use a quote from a movie as your title and/or journaling!

So I used the quote from the Spiderman movie for the title and a photo of Ashton from his 4th Birthday (photo credits go to Kells)

Papers are Scenic Route and KI lace cardstock....and most of the embellies are from a swap over on Mystical Scrapbooks.

And this layout actually won the challenge ...woohoo Mums got coins to spend ....YAY!!

Aussie Scrapjacked

This month I though I would try a few more of the Blog challenges seeing as I get quite a good patronage on my challenge I popped over to Aussie Scrapjacked and "jacked" the featured layout by Kathie Link. So here is my take...

"Bat Boyz" is a photo taken on Eve's 2nd birthday of Ashton and my Nephew Charlie with their faces painted like batman.

The papers are really old Daisy Dees and I have gone old school and fished out an old Maya Road chip frame (rather bat shaped I thought) and a cluster of swap embellishments to complete the layout.

Not my usual style but I am quite happy with its impact as the photos have been in the too hard basket for a little while yay!

Bon's Scraps Challenges

Sandie Mallon is one of my talented scrappers on White With 1 and she also designs for Bons Scraps so I decided to become a member on the site and take part in a few of their monthly is what I managed so far...
"Look Im Winking" was created using the criteria from Bon's monthly layout competition where you had to take inspiration from a picture of a to die for bedroom...

I choose the colours and demask print as my inspiration for the layout. The photo is of Ashtons first ever wink (lucky I had the

The papers are Jenny Bowlin, Scenic Route, WeRMemory Keepers, and some velvet paper I had in my stash...Love this colour combo will definately use it again ...aqua, olive and white...yummy.

As per usual I have included the mandatory owl as it is an Ash layout...

"Just you & me" was created using a Stuck! Sketch for the challenge "write now" over on Bons Scraps....
The criteria this month was:

1 SCRAP YOUR RELATIONSHIP scrap a page about someone you love - your significant other, a child, your mum, a best friend.

2 WRITE NOW journal about the special bond you share.

I have journaled about the simularities Eve and I share both physically and in personality.

I love this photo it was taken by my sister Wendy.

The papers I have used are Sassafras Lass and the flowers are Prima.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

So You Think You Can Scrap #7

Scraptaculars "So you think you can scrap" competition is on round 7 and here are the criteria we had to work with for the Genre " Haberdashery...
- 75% of the elements adhered by stitching
- at least 2 different stitch types
- at least 2 pieces of fabric
- a handmade embellishment
- at least 3 (or more) photos
- ribbon
Here is my take on the criteria....
Everything adhered with stitching (I have a really sore finger)
Straight and cross stitches used
The fabric is the heart and the butterflies
The handmade embellishment is the Orange Slice made from felt
3 photos
and a ribbon (tucked under the orange)
Here are the close ups of the embellishments...I stiffened the fabric with Modgepodge first to stop it fraying and it made it easier to cut...

Sunday, October 12, 2008

So You Think You Can Scrap R#6

Scraptacular's SYTYCS competition had a really thought provocing challenge this round...the genre was STORYTELLER. The criteria was:

-LO must have only ONE photo MAXIMUM size 4x6...
- LO needs to be about something that was difficult for you to live through, a loss, sad time or something of the like
-LO must have AT LEAST 200 words of journalling if computer generated or 100 words if handwritten
-LO must only have ONE piece of Patterned Paper on it

So here is my take I have had a really charmed life with not much tragedy in it...(thankfully) and so I journaled about an incident that made me sad...the day my son was bullied and how it brought forth all the worries I had been carrying around with me.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

White With 1 first ever...

COLOUR SWAP ...happening at White With 1 ...make sure you pop over to the blog and check it out...this months colour is TEAL and you can make anything your heart desires ...if this is successful we will be running a new colour swap every join in the fun!!!

Stuck! Sketches

Sara Noendeng, fellow DT member on Mystical, runs the Stuck! Blog ...and this is a take on one of her weekly sketches...#58

I have also used some of the DT Kit from Mystical Scrapbooks for this layout with the Black Market Papers.

The cupcake is handmade from felt and the Ribbon, JB and buttons were all out of the kit.

I love this photo of the 4 cousins blowing out the candles at Wendys 32 birthday.

And SHOCK !!!! I doodled again...this circle thing I think is going to be my only doodle ever...but have to say actually like how it

Puzzle Sketches

I thought I would give the Puzzle Sketch Challenge a go this month so here is my effort with the elements...

I also combined this with the Stylist challenge over on the Scrapboutique...which asked you to use the quote...
"Enjoy the little things in life, because one day you will look back and realise they were the big things" on your layout...which was perfect for this photo...

So 2 challenges in one layout quite happy with myself really

Sketches! {by Tamara}

So for those of you who didn't know I made the DT on the Sketches! {by Tamara} blog...and here is my first ever Sketches! {by Tamara} layout.

It is for Sketch #65 over on her blog.

I used the MM paper on "Bubble Fun" and created a flower cluster with a large butterfly which I altered with Opals to match the little pearls...

The other girls on the team are:

Bethany Stouvenel
Abbie Torroll
Alecia Castro
Charlotte Hansen
Jakey Walker
Krista Hanna
Mimi Leinbach
Sandie Vincent
Tammy Maynard

Friday, October 03, 2008

So You Think You Can Scrap #5

Well it is into the finals and boy is it getting tough (well for me at least) this weeks Genre was FREESTYLE / ARTY...Eeek!!!The essential criteria on the page (which had to have a freestyle/arty feel to it) was as follows:

1. Page needs a Handmade/written Title
2. Page needs Paint
3. Page needs a Household/Thrift Item
4. Page needs a odd edge or shaped background
5. Page needs doodling

So here is what I came up with after my first dissasterous attempt of handpainted "tropical flowers" I tore that layout up and went with classic balck and white to counter the arty component which is not very me at all.

All the flowers are finger painted, by popping my fingertip into the paint and dabbing it onto the cardstock in a five petal design, then cutting them out...the white ones I then stamped with a script stamp to add a bit of interest. There is no patterned paper on this layout at all it is all my own art (if you can call it that).
So lets do it by the numbers...

1. Page needs a Handmade/written Title - I have handdrawn the U and the R in black permanent pen and then stamped it with the same script stamp.
2. Page needs Paint - I have made all my flowers with black and white acrylic paint and my finger
3. Page needs a Household/Thrift Item - I have used my daughters clear elastic hair bands to pinch the ribbon in.
4. Page needs a odd edge or shaped background - I have used my flowery fiskars punch to create the black border strip.
5. Page needs doodling - I have created a lot of random circles to frame the photo.

So I have covered off the criteria and this is about as arty as I get I am afraid...

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Mystical Scrapbooks UYS Challenge

This month it was my turn to set the Use Your Stash Challenge over at Mystical Scrapbooks.

I choose to do ROBOTS...there has been a real fad on them lately and I would say most of us that have boys would have at least one of the paper ranges (if not all, stamp sets, embellies) so it is the perfect opportunity to use them and possibly earn yourself some "coins" in the process.

For "dough face" I have used the Cogsmo paper range and also a handmade robot I recieved in a swap earlier this year from Rachel Schryver. The large bracket is handcut from felt...

White With 1...

The new White with 1 challenge has been posted and I must say the girls inspiration layouts are fanatstic. This months criteria is:


Hmmm I hear you say ... but really it is worth checking it out... I even did a layout this month and love it. Orange is not usually my colour but well there you go...

For "Wherever you go" I have used my new Fiskars Flower border punch to create the cardstock border. Lots of Rubons and stamping to create the interest...I am on a use my stash kick atm.