Monday, April 30, 2018

Retreat Layout. Dancing.

Good evening.

Today I would like to share another of the layouts I did at the Lake Macquarie retreat. The inspiration for this page came from Pinterest.

The photo's are of Ray & I at 2 different Rock N Roll festivals, one in 2009 and the other in 2011.

This one has many layers. I have cut decreasing sized circles from the middle of 4 sheets of patterned paper. Then each layer is mounted on top of the other with foam tape. There is a LOT of foam tape on this layout, so it doesn't collapse in the middle, and it is quite thick.

I have used Kaisercraft's Secret Admirer range of papers and collectables on this page.

With the circles in the middle of the page, I felt that minimal embellishments were required.

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Retreat Layout Our Beautiful Girl


We are back from our little break and just about ready to get back into our normal life. Need a good nights sleep tonight though to top up on a bit of energy.

This layout is a simple one. I have used the Kaisercraft Secret Bird Society paper range and some Kaisercraft chipboard shapes

Doodling around each of the elements and a few buttons add the finishing touches to this layout

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Retreat Layout Beautiful 2010

Good Evening

This is another of my retreat layouts. I am going away tomorrow for 5 days so you will have a break from my posts because I only take my iPad when I go away and I do not have any of my photos on that.

This photo was taken when my Grand-daughter was two and a half. I changed it to black and white except for the hat.

This is another simple layout created with 2 double sided pattern papers and some velum.

I have embossed the velum with an embossing folder, it's a Kaisercraft one I think, and a Big Shot. 

The chipboard bird is from Kaisercraft and the title is chipboard that I covered with Gesso then sprayed with Starfish Glimmermist.

All of the papers and embellishments have been inked with a Versa Color Cherry Pink ink cube.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Retreat Layout XOXO

Hello again

This layout is one of my favourites from the retreat.

It is soooo simple.

The green and blue on the background was done using a Gelato and Scribble Sticks with the packaging technique. The black grids are rub-ons, the arrows and squares are stamps. The photo is mounted on a transparency that has the scrolls printed on it. Finishing touches with washi tape, metals and a title cut on my Scan N Cut.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Retreat Layout Peek A Boo

Good morning to you all.

Here is the second layout from my retreat.

I have used some very old photos from 1977 so they have turned a very lovely shade of orange.

The papers used on this layout are from the Kaisercraft "Lush" collection.

The background was created using a 13@rts Stencil, a circle stencil and Colour Blast Colour Paste's in Envy and Sienna.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Retreat Layout Cindy 1086

Good afternoon paper crafters

Well I am home and all settled back in. Hard to believe it was a week ago today that I set off for the retreat held by Scrapbooking From Scratch which was held near New Castle at Rathmines.

I had a great 4 days (3 nights) with the girls at the retreat, lots of laughs and lots of scrapbooking and some new friends.

I managed to make 17 layouts during the retreat, only because I had made up "kits" before I went so I had papers and photos all picked out and ready to go. I did not complete the layouts as I did not take alphas for titles and there are a few little bits and pieces I will do to finish some of them off

I have added the title and journalling to this layout to finish it off.

I have used Kaisercraft Dream Big, a Kaisercraft 6" x 6" stencil to draw the arrow heads and a Portacraf stamp for the long arrows. The splatters on the white cardstock background are made using Glimmer Mists in Dreamsicle and Black Magic.

The layout below was a class that was included in the retreat and taught by Jen Hall.

I love it. The background paper is by Pink Paisley. We have added a piece of book paper and a page from a notebook before wiping over some of the background with Gesso. Next we added Texture Paste though a stencil randomly on the page. The 2 doilies were added next, our photo was mounted on black cardstock and then added to the layout. We fussy cut the title from the background paper before we started work on it. This was outlined with a black pen and attached under the photo. Other embellishments were a small tag, some flower ribbon and some Freckled Fawn foam word stickers.

Hope you enjoy looking at my layouts today

I will be adding a new layout each day for the next couple of weeks as I get them finished

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Tutorial for Tuesday Tools, Tips and Techniques over at Creative Inspiration's Forum

Hello paper crafting friends

Today I am over on Creative Inspiration's Forum showing Tools, Tips and Techniques.

I have chosen to share how to create a "star" card. When I posted the last one I made on Facebook there was quite a lot of interest in how it was made so I have decided to do a tutorial on it.

You will need some plain cardstock in the colour of your choice. I have made my card white on white but you can choose papers to suit your occasion.

At the end of the tutorial I will also share the original card I made using white cardstock for the base and patterned paper. You may prefer to go that way.

1. Cut you base cardstock to 6" x 5"

2. Score at 3" on the 6" edge

3. Cut from the centre scoreline to the outside bottom corner to both the left and the right

4. Fold large triangular piece in half along score line.

5. Cut another piece of white cardstock (or patterned paper if you choose) to 4.75" x 5.75"

6. Run it through your Big Shot (or similar) with an embossing folder

7. Cut at 2 7/8" on the 5.75" edge

8. Cut both pieces diagonally

This is what you should have now.

9. Ink the edges of the embossed card. (patterned paper)and attach to the card base leaving a small boarder around all edges. * See note at end of directions

10. Measure up 2" from the widest edge (bottom) on the diagonal section of the card

11. Draw a line 3/4" long straight down towards the base of the card, parallel to the fold

12. Fold the card closed and cut on this line through both sections of the card

13. Lay one of the single triangles on top of the other so you have a little "W" shape at the bottom. Glue these together

14. Attach embellishments.

15. Slip the decorated piece into the slits we have cut in the card base.

*NOTE: When you cut your embossed piece of cardstock in half to attach to your card you will notice that half of the pieces will be embossed and half will be debossed.
If you are using an all over patterned paper (like my second example) you will not notice any difference.
If you are using double sided paper you will have 2 sections in one pattern and 2 sections in the other pattern.
These variations can be interesting and look very nice.
This is the card I made using patterned paper

If you make one of these cards I would love you to share it on my Facebook page

Or in the comments here on my blog.

Looking forward to seeing what you make
Thanks for dropping by
Till next time

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Creative Inspiration April Blog Hop and Tutorial

Hi there Hoppers.

So glad you could join us for the Creative Inspirations Blog Hop.

The theme for this hop is "Spring" and we would love to have you join in. There are prizes to be won so why not give it a go.

Please hop along and check out all 10 designers and see what they have created to inspire you. I will list each of them with a link to their blogs, at the end of this post

This is my layout. The photos were taken when we lived in Hahndorf.

To make this layout you will need 3 pieces of patterned paper, 4 photos that are 3" x 4" portrait orientation, ink, pen, paper trimmer, assorted flowers or other embellishments of your choice and letters for your title.

Cut the centre from the background paper leaving a 1" frame

Trim one of the patterned papers  to 11.5" x 11.5".
Cut the piece that was cut from the middle of the background paper to 6.5" x 8"

Ink the edges of all of the papers you have cut.
Attach the 11.5" square piece of paper, centred, to the 12" square background paper.
Attach the 6.5" x 8" piece of patterned paper 2" from the top of the layout and 2.5" from the left hand side of the layout.

Using the 3rd piece of patterned paper cut a piece 10" x 3", cut a fishtail from both narrow ends. Ink the edges and attach approx. centrally on the 6.5" x 8" piece of patterned paper.

File the edges of your photos with an emery board to create a fine white border. Attach these to the layout with foam tape so the top photos are approx 1/2" above the 6.5" x 8" piece of patterned paper and spread equally across the paper. Add the bottom photos so they are approx 1/2" below the 6.5" x 8" piece of patterned paper and directly below the top photos.

Die cut some arrows, I have used Kaisercraft DD501 Arrows die, ink the edges and attach them to the top left corner of the layout  as shown below.

Attach your embellishments to the right hand edge of your photos. I have used some hand-made (by my Mum) silk pansies, a purchased flower and some assorted leaves.

Attach your title, I have used stickers for this.
Doodle around each piece of patterned paper.
This completes the layout.

To be in the running for any of the prizes you will need to follow and leave a comment on each of the DT members blogs

Finish the hop off at Creative Inspiration's blog, leave a comment there to be in the running for a bonus ballot prize.

If you choose to play along, post your project in the comments section of the Creative Inspiration's blog hop post and tell us which DT member you were inspired by. You have until the 30th April 2018 to play along.

As an extra bonus, if you post your project on my blog I will do a random draw and send a prize to a lucky winner as well.

Here are the links to the other DT members:-

Have fun. Can't wait to see your projects.

Thanks for dropping by
Till next time

Sunday, April 1, 2018

April Mood Board Reveal for Off The Rails Scrapbooking

Hello Friends

Today I want to share the layout I created for Off The Rails Scrapbooking's April Mood Board

It is one of the simplest layout I have made and yet it is quite striking because of the bright colours on the black background

 This mood board has been sub-titled Colour Bombing which immediately bought visions of bright colours.

Love the lips with the hundred's and thousand's on them

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I have used acrylic paints to colour my texture paste before putting it through a Hobby Craft stencil.

I have then used "Scribbles", which are a textured acrylic paint in a squeeze bottle, to draw the white lines through the flowers. The centres of the flowers are pearls that have been stuck on with wet glue even though they were self adhesive. In hind sight I might have drawn the white lines in before I did the flowers, would have been easier.

The photo, which is of my daughter when she was 3, was printed out in the era of the square photo with the 2 smaller prints of the same photo on the side, was mounted on some white cardstock and mounted to the layout using foam tape.

The title was made using 2 different types of alpha stickers.

Pop over to Off The Rails Scrapbooking and see what other DT members have created and then have a shot at using this Mood Board to make something colourful. There are prizes to be won so good luck.

Thanks for dropping by
Till next time