Friday, December 17, 2010

Any of my readers would wonder if I ever scrap any more. Truth be told it is rare, unfortunately these days real life has intruded on my scrapping time. But luckily for me I am on six weeks holidays. It has only been about 5 days of holidays so far and although it is the busy festive season I have managed to get some layouts done.

These layouts are from a trip we took to Fiji in April 2010. The papers are all from the Teresa Collins Travel Ledger series of papers. I keep all of my travel layouts in the one album and therefore I like to differentiate each trip by using one set of papers per trip.

I have another layout ready to photograph but the light isn't good enough at this time as I prefer to photograph layouts using natural light. I also have another layout on the table so hopefully I will have this one finished over the weekend.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sassafrass Lass

Besides having one of the coolest names in the business (IMHO) Sassafrass Lass have some incredibly cool papers. I had a play with the October kit this week and found the Sassafrass Lass papers to be cute, striking and remarkably easy to use for girl or boy type layouts. The photo of Em probably would have looked dropped dead gorgeous on anything anyway but I was pleased to see that the papers in no way detracted from the photos and in my opinion may have even enhanced them. The layout of Lucy was my first time scrapping on Kraft cardstock, I know amazing though that is. I was really excited at the idea of scrapping on Kraft but in the end it wasn't really anything special.

Monday, September 27, 2010

The holidays are here

I am not sure this layout should be considered a holiday achievement as it has been on my scrapping table for about a month in a half finished state. However, the school holidays are here and I have been so sick for the first 3 days of the holidays that I need to give myself a boost and so I am going to claim this, now complete layout, as the first of my holiday achievements. I am still incredibly tired - like more than I can ever remember being (other than when there was a newborn in the house). Hopefully, I will soon throw off this flu bug and be able to get some scrapping done, especially as I only have 5 childfree days in the fortnight!

This layout uses some old Kaisercraft papers, I even managed to use some epoxy brads which I have in every style but have never actually used. The chipboard numbers are some old Heidi Swapp ones (and by old I am talking about 8yrs!!).

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Snow photos

I dug out some snow photos on the weekend, maybe I was missing Albury! We moved back to SA in early July and therefore pretty much missed the snow season this year. I think Em would have enjoyed it more this year than she did last, I sure hope Lucy would have because she really hated it the last two years. I was inspired by the Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses range, and while it is wintery and snowy it isn't overly Christmassy like most winter papers are. The sketch I used was a Pencil Lines sketch (number 203). The photos are no masterpiece but that isn't what this hobby is about is it? To me it is about recording moments and memories and if you learn a thing or two that enables you to take great photos then all well and good but snapshots should also be scrapped!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

I've been scrapping again

Had a little bit of time last night and while I should have been marking spelling tests I scrapped instead. Will get the tests done this afternoon or tonight. I had these photos of Emily in purple and they have been causing me a few headaches. I don't know if this happens to anyone else but I seriously am almost unable to scrap in purple. It's not that I have a particular distaste for purple, I quite like the colour but as soon as I pull out purple papers I feel my mojo leaves the building. So, last night I was determined to get these photos scrapped. I really love this Kaisercraft range and so it ended up being not as difficult as I had expected. I was really happy with how the green and yellow broke up the purple.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Getting back into the swing

Managed to complete a layout that has been waiting for finishing touches. I love these pictures of Lucy with a duckling and I really wanted to ensure the photos remained the focus point once the layout was complete. To that end I was conscious of not overdoing it with embellishments but at the same time not leaving the pages too bland. The patterned papers are My Minds Eye, cardstock is Bazzill, flowers are Kaisercraft and some bits and pieces I found in the bottom of my flower jar!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Back from oblivion

Well that about sums up where my blog has been for the past 18mths. Mmmm, a lot has happened but hopefully things will start to get into some sense of routine and I will post regularly again. Here is my latest scrapbooking attempt.

The papers are Delish Designs and the cardstock is Bazzill. I have also used Bazzill Edges on the layouts. I love how the paper worked with my font focus. I really want my layouts to showcase the pictures and tell a story and this is one of those times when I feel I have actually achieved it.

My second layout using the papers lacked the wow factor that I felt I achieved in the first layout. However I am still happy with it, the stunning photo of my little girl certainly helps.