Dawn and the latest LPS mood board

Hi hi, I’m here and posting again, it is quite the ghost town around here lately I feel, I really need to get my blogging pants on and fill my little corner with lovely newsy posts to you my dear reader.

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At home it is the school holidays, that strange mix of wonderful quality time with my kidlets and tearing my hair out at the end of some days as we are climbing the walls of our rather small house. The kids have both recently fallen in lice with Laputa (studio Gibli
Movie – also made Princess Mononoke more recently). I love Nausicaa the best and was telling Milly that she looks rather like Nausicaa, ever her slightly wild hair is a good fit for those wind tossed manga style locks of Nausicaa’s (I’ll link to a picture as soon as I get a chance to find one).
Anyone else watching something fun lately, new or old? I’m re-reading the Emily series by LM Montgomery, who wrote Anne if Green Gables. It is very similar to the Anne stories but different enough that I am enjoying it, I remember every detail of Anne so that reading it is a walk down a well trodden path, this is similar but different enough to feel new.

Enough chatting and get to the scrapping! This month’s Life Paper Scrapbook mood board us one of my favourites, I love some brights and this is a darling combo of inspiring images and awesome colours. This challenge is sponsored by Sassy Scrapper.

I took inspiration from the colours, the arrow and the effect of blocks of colour making a border around that quote, I really love this mood board and might just make more in my spare time using it as a starting point, it is very inspiring.
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My layout is using an enlargement of a photo from our recent weekend away in the Hunter Valley to celebrate 10 years of marriage. It was a breathtaking sunrise, but the story is not so much about it’s beauty as about the idea that I am, have been and will continue to be someone who loves the morning, I just feel so awake and able to think straight when I wake up. I open my eyes in the morning and immediately feel very awake (pregnancy gave me an experience of how the other half lives.. only half awake for hours.. it was HARD!). At night I am definitely not at my best, running on an empty tank and struggling to concentrate on things, while Luke is in fine form then, wakeful and alert and keen to enjoy the night owl hours. He saw the sunset while we were there and I am sure it was equally beautiful but I was asleep I suspect as I do not remember it.
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We are so different in some ways, so similar in others, but we both enjoy being who we are and not expecting the other to be exactly alike. I wrote it more succinctly in the page I guess as I used just the little space between the arrows with a gold pen to jot down this idea, this embracing of ourselves without trying to change how we best function. I’ll stay up late for a date night and have a grand time, he will wake up early to go out to breakfast if thats the time we can get a babysitter, I don’t mean we spend no time together, only that we accept that some things never change!
This layout was made using the March Polly Scrap kit, primarily the Dear Lizzy Daydreamer sticker book, the Basic Grey Capture paper and Amy Tangerine Plus one paper and thickers. I kinda love the profusion of colour surrounding the photo, I might have to scraplift the design from my album again in the future.
The sponsor for the mood board this month is Sassy Scrappers and they are providing a AU$25 worth prize to the winner of this challenge!!
Sassy Scrappers is an Australian based online scrapbook boutique offering a wide range of products and stocking major brands such as Prima, Heidi Swapp, American Crafts and Project Life. Their aim is to inspire you to create and preserve your memories affordably. Offering flat rate postage throughout Australia, Sassy Scrappers is your one stop shop for great scrapping supplies. The design team provide lots of inspiration on the blog or follow them on Facebook for more inspiration and specials.
Head to the Life.Paper.Scrapbook blog to enter.

New Issue of Life.Paper.Scrapbook is out now!

The March Issue of LPS is now live and this fabulous Aussie magazine is full of fun layouts, including a couple of things from yours truly, both in the DT section and in the submissions too. In fact you might discover the one project life spread in the whole magazine has my name against it LOL

Check it out right now here:

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April Sketch from LPS using Plus One

Are you ready for a new sketch challenge? We have this super fun multiple photo sketch for you at Life.Paper.Scrapbook sponsored by Paper Camellia!

This month I am using Amy Tangerine’s Plus One collection, these are all from the Polly Scrap Kits scrapbooking and project life kits from March. I simply love this collection and decided to pick it out and use it exclusively for this sketch challenge.
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The topic is a fun one, we took the girls (my daughter and neices) to a local show which lets them get up close to lots of farm animals and rural experiences. There was a lot of holding baby chickens and patting rabbits involved. It is a bit like a smaller and less crowded Easter Show.
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In this case they were looking at the shed with the sheep being judged and there were some women spinning wool into thread. Each kit was allowed to take home a bit of recently shorn wool and to have a look at the spinning wheels. A lovely lady gave them an explanation about how it all works and they each sat at the wheel for a photo.
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As usual my style is pretty simple with some layers and colour. I love the combination Amy has created in this collection of lots of black and white with a few pops of colour, I made a project life spread at the same time as this layout with lots of Amy Tangerine as well that I will share in the near future here, but next on the blog will be the latest project life hybrid layout using Traci Reeds new Pocket life kit, I love the colours she uses each month, so you will see that here soon.
The April Sketch challenge is sponsored by Paper Camellia.
Paper Camellia is generously offering an ‘Everyday Life’ Pocket Page kit to the winner!
Paper Camellia is a monthly Scrapbook Kit Club founded on the belief that your creative time should be a pleasure. Our goal is to make it easy and effortless for you to create by offering you a destination where beautifully coordinated scrapbook products come together with inspiration, creativity and exceptional customer care. All delivered right to your door. Purchase our Kits individually, or by joining as a monthly subscriber at Papercamellia.com.
 
 

Project Life Hybrid: Vellum, Transparent and Texture, Oh My!

My most recent project life layout is a pretty simple one this month, it was week 7 & 8 in 2011, I am slowly working through this year, finishing up last year and working on 2012 and 2011 as well. It is a piece by piece process, but I love being able to grab that older album, with all the photos printed and waiting for me. Some days I really don’t feel like working out what photos to use and having them ready for me is awesome.

Today Traci has a great new kit out which includes a set of digi PL cards that really appealed to me, they are not too girly nor too boyish, they seemed easy to use with anything! I actually completed two layouts with these cards.

I printed the two A4 printable pages out four times, I mixed up whether I was printing the vertical or horizontal version, just for a bit of variety. I printed some on vellum (officeworks calls it tracing paper) and some on tranparent plastic (transparency) and some on 200GSM white cardstock. Then I cut them all out and added in a few physical supplies from my stash including the new Simple Stories DIY office foundations cards (white and cream cards in basic office styles), some wood veneers by Traci Reed for Gossamer Blue, Sassafras Lass alphabet, MME enamel dots, chipboard hearts and starts by SC and staples from my Tim Holtz tiny attacher.

I enjoyed layering the same pattern with pop dots on some cards and since I have very few photos from this time, I left quite a lot of white space. Having the different levels of transparency makes for a fun creative play time, since you can layer with different effects depending on which version of the card you choose to use. It is a huge advantage with hybrid that I am thoroughly enjoying.

Check out Traci’s new kit at Sweet Shoppe here if you want to grab it and have a play yourself. Last night I went to a PL crop in Penrith, which is a little drive from my place, but it was great fun to catch up with some other scrappy addicts like me, who love to spend time and energy chatting, obsessing and sometimes even doing this hobby. I played with the new BasicGrey lines and made a couple of pages, I will share in the coming future :)

Here is the other page I made for the following week I have photos for for this album, it was week 10 and looks quite different to me even though it uses exactly the same cards and kit. You can see with both these spreads that they don’t worry about the “theme” of this kits and only make it apply as much as is relevant for me.

I did a little bit of mixed media play with some cards and since they were not for any specific purpose, I used one here under the vellum card in the bottom lefy, I like the organic feel it adds. The mix of materials the cards are printed on plus the wood and die cuts I have added give a fun element to creating and looking at these layouts in the PL album.

Life.Paper.Scrapbook March Mood Board & 3 Tips for keeping Project Life “real”

Today is the March Mood Board challenge from Life.Paper.Scrapbook. I used the February Polly PL kit for my project. Here is the Mood Board, remember that you can use the mood board as any inspiration that works for you, use the colours, the shapes or the images to inspire your layout. Personally I liked the minty green colours with the grey tones, the floating heart shaped petals in the clover image, the whispy ribbon tied to the key and in the pom poms, the monochrome effect of the top middle image and blocky big font text that is used in the phrase. Those things were on my mind and inspired the project life layout below using mostly a Polly kit with a few extra bits added.

My project life album is the everyday stories and memories from our lives, so I try to “keep it real”. As well as sharing my project I have 3 tips for keeping it real in your own album. Nothing earth shattering, but you never know when a tidbit might be something that hasn’t occurred to others.

Tip 1. Use the photos that truly represent your life.

No-one starts out as a professional photographer. Practice helps everyone improve, but even someone who is good at it, doesn’t always have the light conditions and the right equipment when everyday memories need to be captured. My keeping up tip is to give yourself a break and just use the photos that contain your memories, whatever they may look like.

If that makes you nervous, then you can always post process them, though it can get time consuming if you let it. I generally don’t use really blurry photos as they hurt my brain when I look at them.

I sometimes use phone apps like Pic.Tap.Go to improve my less than stellar photos, plus I use Picasa for effective cropping, straightening or other simple post processing, but I wont leave out something important just because it isnt my favourite photo. I include many photos in my PL that would not make it onto a traditional layout.

Tip 2. Keep it as Simple or Complex as you will enjoy.

This is a project for the long haul, so pay attention when you are creating and when you are looking at project life pages to what you will enjoy doing every week or every month. It doesnt have to be the same all the time, but if simple works for you then go with it, if lots of layering is your thing, then do that, or a mix of both. There are NO rules except the ones you give yourself. This is your album to enjoy.

Personally I mix it up depending on the amount of time I have and the supplies. For this kit I felt the cards were quite decorative, both the transparencies or the cards with lots of printed layers, so I didnt add a whole lot on top. Here is the final layout:

Tip 3. Balance your colours to make it pleasing.

Project life includes a lot of bits and pieces in lots of small pockets, from your ephemera and photos to products and photos. Unlike a 12×12 layout there is not single piece in the background bringing it all together, so you need to take a look over the whole spread over the time you are working on it to check that the colours are balances.

Because you are including the real stuff, photos and content from your life, you need to pay attention to making it all work cohesively and one secret to doing that is to make the colours harmonious across the whole design. I try to have one or two colours that are spread across both pages. Here there is a triangle of pink, an instersecting smaller one in kraft and a diagonal line from top left to bottom right in green and teal colours that draws the eyes across the page.

I hope you found these tips helpful and that you consider joining the challenge at LPS this month, it is a really fun challenge and there is a great prize for every challenge at LPS.

This month’s Life.Paper.Scrapbook Mood Board challenge is sponsored by Mei Li Paperie. Based out of Hong Kong, Mei Li Paperie is the world’s newest online scrapbooking shop. Shipping worldwide, they strive to bring everyone the latest scrapbooking supplies no matter where you are. With low shipping rates (free for orders over $50USD!) their goal is to get you what you want when & where you want it… not six weeks later! They are the answer to those long wait times and crazy shipping fees that have plagued international scrapbookers.
The winner of this Mood Board challenge will win a USD35 gift card to the Mei Li Paperie store.
The February Mood Board Challenge runs until 11.55pm 7 April, head to the LPS blog to join in and see the other DT examples.

The March Issue of CREATE

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The March issue is out and it is very cool! Tonnes of inspiring ideas inside and my favourite sketch support section yet, with some amazing variety in Alison’s examples, from single to double pagers, standard and mixed photos, layers and simple styling. I love the way she breaks down and sketch and then explains how to make it your own.

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I have two layouts in the magazine, one using this month’s sketch with a gorgeous photo of my neice (she is at an extremely photogenic age since this is either the second or third month I have used her as the centrepiece of the layout, and the other is my favourite photo from our holiday over the summer to a house up the coast with my sister’s family and out parents. It was magical to see the cousins all cuddling up together on the couch to hang out. That little gang of friends makes me very happy.

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Check out the full details in the March CREATE magazine here, it is 223 of inspiration, so grab a cuppa and enjoy it.

Crystal Palace Park – March Scrapbook Generation Blog Hop

Welcome to the Scrapbook Generation Blog Hop for March, if this is your first stop, you might like to start at the Scrapbook Generation blog and then hop through each link. I personally really loo forward to these hops each quarter, I work through every blog in the list with glee, I love to see how everyone interprets the sketches in their own way, it always makes me keen to get out an SG book and create something new.

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This month I am sharing another layout in the (slow but steady) album I am creating from my bestie’s photos of her trip to England. I really love playing with the jetsetter photos, I guess it is a little like living vicariously though her experience as it has been 10 years since the last time I left the country!

I used a combination of random older kit papers I had found while organising and trying to destash. As I was discussing in this morning’s blog post, it can be pretty inspiring to get out all the old stuff that was buried deep. This was a major mishmash of kit leftovers from a bunch of different companies and times, the latest Polly kit mixed with a much older SC PL kit, a GB kit from last year and funny, cute fold-over polaroid frames from Basic Grey that might not have been in a kit.

The over the top of that is a smattering of the newest Amy Tangerine die cuts and a few very old October Afternoon stickers. It is fun to mix stuff from different years and different companies and just play with it till the colours work together.

I have to admit that I am not sure where to tell you to find this SG sketch, probably one of the hardcopy sketch books. I reason I don’t remember is that I used it for a layout and while tidying my space I found that layout in a pile of un-albumed layouts and decided to scraplift myself as it is a great design. (And is actually NOT on the angle this photo makes it seem to be, the borders are quite even along the top and bottom in real life). I know it is an SG design, the classic lines and full size photos would have already given it away, but more than that I remember creating the original layout from an SG sketch, but despite a look, I couldnt grab the book number in time for this post (as evidenced from frequent mentions, i am trying to tame my crazy scrap space, which means that at the moment it is a bit exploded.. but getting better every time i work on it.. makes it harder to find anything at all. I am so glad that Tim Holtz will be selling new little ink blenders, because that means it wont matter if i never find my usual one right?)

You can find the SG sketches in their books and as downloads in the SG store, and there is a free one every month in case you wanted to try it out.

Next on the hop is Louise, who has a beautiful & classic style that I admire and relate to. she also regularly amazes me at the way she manages to scrapbook and photograph and blog her project life album every week. I follow her on facebook and feel inspired every week when I see her project life pop up on the feed there.

If you leave a comment on each blog, one lucky commenter will receive a free sketch bundle of their choice from the store. The winner will be drawn on Monday, March 10th, so you have one week to leave a comment.

In case you get lost at any point, here is the list all the blogs
Scrapbook Generation blog – http://scrapbookgeneration.blogspot.com/
Ruth – http://scrapmachine.com/
Louise- http://madeatnumber27.blogspot.com.au/
Tina Gale – http://tiggersscrapplace.blogspot.com
Steffanie – http://steffanies.blogspot.com/
Devra – http://mycreativeview.blogspot.com/
Melissa – http://www.scrappyjedi.com
Lori – http://savingmine.blogspot.com/
Mandi – http://www.mjskraze.blogspot.com/
Lori S – http://loriannie670.blogspot.com
Cassie – http://allsmilesandsunshine.blogspot.com/
Katy – http://www.scrappinkaty.blogspot.com
Stephanie – http://craftyholidaygirl.blogspot.com
Isbaha – http://isbahashome.blogspot.com
Corrina – http://anotherthingoffthelist.blogspot.ca

Before I sign off, March 1st was the beginning of Autumn here in Sydney, and the weather has been getting cooler, today was the first day all the students were back on campus at work (which means there was all the first week stalls with crazy clubs and companies giving out free cans of coca cola or sparkling tea, i love oweek). This week has been full of annual experiences, reminding me of the time of year. My ten year wedding anniversary is around the corner, which makes me think i should probably scrap a comparison page about us then and now. What has been going on for you this week, anything memorable, even if it is small stuff like the seasons changing, work occassions or bigger family stuff like anniversary or wobbly teeth in a little one? Any stories you plan on scrapbooking?

(if you find yourself scrapbooking with SG sketches, please feel invited to join the blog hop next quarter on the first Monday in June, we organise it through facebook, so just let me know if you are interested)

LifePaperScrapbook March Sketch!

First up I wanted to say that I was on Paperclipping again this week and I LOVE being on paperclipping!!! If you want to listen to Ashli, Noell, Izzy and me, then head over to their blog. This week’s episode is about having kids and trying to balance your hobby with caring for small ones.

Secondly, I will be back later today with the quarterly SG Blog Hop! Love those. But this morning I am here to blog about the LPS Sketch Challenge for March, one of my favourite sketches that I plan to use again, without doubt. A very me sketch.

With a new month we have a new sketch for you to play with from Life.Paper Scrapbook. This challenge is sponsored by Scrapbook Circle.

This layout was made using mostly older stash with a few newer bits tossed in for fun. I have been trying to tame the ever increasing stash I seem to have, cutting back on spending and going through the older stuff to see what to donate to preschool or school teachers as I probably wont manage to use it myself.
While destashing can be a lot of work that is less fun than creating, it can also be a really fun inspiring experience as you uncover older but still gorgeous products. As I keep my stash by kit, when I find an older kit I still love, I try to make a layout or two with the kit pretty soon if I feel inspired. Often that is all I need to do to finish off that particular kit. This one was from the rememants of a copy I created of a Gossamer Blue kit. I saw this kit long after it was sold out and noticed that I had many of the same products in my stash but hadnt put them together in quite the same way, so I grabbed a 12×12 pastic bag and made a mock-kit, adding a few extra things I had to subsritute for ones I didnt. It is a very girly combination, but sometimes that is what I feel like playing with.
The layout is about my local organic growers markets which come to the westfield every week on Thursdays, the food is not the most beautiful, but it certainly is tasty! None of those weird enough strawberries with no flavor or giant floury apples, the fruit is smaller and nicer than the supermarkets usually have. Do you have a growers market near you? I feel pretty fortunate it is there, Im not sure how wide spread the phenomenon is.
Scrapbook Circle is a monthly kit club owned and runned by Lisa Andrews. The kits are filled with the newest papers and embellishments that can be found and each month they have add ons that match the kits perfectly. They have a rockin’ Design Team that shows you awesome examples to inspire you to work with the kits! To give you an idea, this is what their fabulous March kit Portobello Road looks like:
 
Head over to the LPS blog to get all the information on joining in this challenge and if you share your work on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter make sure you tag us #lpsmag.  

Life.Paper.Scrapbook February Mood Board

Hello dear Reader, welcome back to another mood board, one of the monthly challenges as Life.Paper.Scrapbook. As part of the LPS design team I am sharing my own interpretation of the mood board in a double page layout and I want to encourage you to join in for a great prize. Here is the mood board:

My layout this month was a double pager! I only make them occasionally, and this one is based on a sketch by Scrapbook Generations, out of one of their sketch books, which are available in their store as both hard copy and ebooks.

I used a mix of Amy Tangerine’s newest line, Plus One, which I was super excited to play with and Basic Grey’s most recent line, Fresh Cut, which seems to match a lot of the recent lines and is so easy to use with everyday photos.

The Plus one includes brush script on die cuts that make for fun accents, here you see a lot of paper accents created from cutting up the 6×6 pad pages that are mini project life cutaparts. Too small to be used as cards, they make terrific little accent boxes.

There is also a smattering of other embellishments like this wooden veneer from Kellie Stamps and some washi tape from Studio Calico’s Printshop collection.

The title is a mix of the Plus one thickers words and some of the plus one thicker letters to personalise the words so that it is perfect for my story, which is all about going to a new event for Carol by Candlelight at my local shopping centre, which we enjoyed and plan to go to every year, assuming they continue to run them.

If you choose to join in, there is a great prize from Scrapdelight. Scrapdelight is a young and dynamic Dutch scrapbook store, owned by Michelle Ploeg. It all started in 2008 as an online store and now became the place to be in The Netherlands for all your scrapbooking, stamping and mixed media supplies, classes and inspiration. If you’re not close to the store, you can still shop online and find their wide variety of products in the online store. They ship orders worldwide! Follow all the fun activity in the store on Instagram http://instagram.com/scrapdelight

Scrapdelight is providing a EUR 15 gift card to their store to the winner of this challenge!!
Head over to the Life.Paper.Scrapbook blog for more info on how to join in the challenge.

CREATE for February

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It’s here! the February edition of CREATE magazine is here and my favourite is the article about using checklists. What’s your favourite part of the magazine this month? I have two terrific layouts in it, both are definitely among my current favourites.

The one with Becca’s cast is such a great photo of her, she is such an intellegent little thing.

The doilies came from a Citrus Twist kit, but the rest of the supplies were from the Watermelon Gelato kit from Polly and just a few bits from the Creme Brulee kit and a bit of my stash.  

You can see here the Maggie Holmes and Becky Higgins papers and transparency and the Simple Stories die cuts, along with twine and I also used some burlap for fun texture. The letter stickers were older ones from Echo Park

My other layout with Milly looking out over the harbour is so dreamy. I used older stash in some of these and they turned out really great. It has reminded me that I should really get out some older stuff more often!

At the moment I am having a real moment of stash overwhelm which has prompted some major spring cleaning in my scrap space. This has mostly involved preparing boxes of old stuff to donate to the preschool / primary school teachers as the kids always love to have new craft supplies to create with and I love to encourage young crafters!

These supplies are from an older Pink Paislee line mixed with some Maggie Holmes gold daquiri thickers and some printshop star vellum stickers. The checklist is a new favourite for journalling.