Monday, April 28, 2014

My 2nd Creative Team article for Scrapbooking Memories - Vol. 16 - No. 8

Hi everyone
Just popping in to share the details of my 2nd article as Creative Team member for
Scrapbooking Memories - Vol. 16 - No. 8

BTW - Look at that fabulous cover layout by Lizzy Hill!!!
My article is titled "Non Media Based Backgrounds with Templates" and gives 2 examples of creating backgrounds using templates that have no mixed media products on them.
Again, this was another rushed one :-/ 
I had approximately 10 days after getting home from our trip to Ireland to get it all in
by the deadline...and from being sick for a bit when I got back,
to say I was a little stressed is an understatement! lol
So my first page is
"Well Loved"
For this background I have used a hexagon template and traced various sized hexagons onto my background lightly in pencil..then I pierced the holes around each hexagon, rubbed out the pencil lines, and finally added some hand stitching in a variety of coloured threads to tie in
with the colours of the papers & photo.  I also mixed up the stitching a bit so that it all didn't look the same.
Any shaped template could be used for this...or even some straight, wiggly or perhaps chevron lines would look fantastic too!
Papers used are Simple Stories - 24/7
here's a few close ups
Main cluster

Title & a bit of journaling

Here is a bit of a close up of the stitched hexagons

And again...more stitching.
If you're not into using mixed media on your pages, but love using stencils,
this is a great way of putting them to good use!
My next layout shows another way of getting the most out of your stencils/templates
"Love is"
Again, I've used hexagons as my example.  I first worked out where I wanted my background work and then traced around the edges my CW 12x12 Honeycomb template using a journalling pen.  Once that was done, I used my CW 6x6 hexagon template to trace & cut out some hexagons from a variety of patterned papers.  I then inked & distressed the edges before adhering them to the centre of the hexagons in the Honeycomb pattern that I had previously traced.
Again, any shaped stencil would work nicely for this technique.
Papers for this one is a variety of Basic Grey, Kaisercraft, Echo Park, My Minds Eye, Jillibean Soup, October Afternoon, Crate paper, Fancy Pants & Lemon Owl 
Wow, I don't think I've ever used such a variety of different brand papers on one page before!

Main cluster of Manor House flowers, 2Crafty chipboard & a few buttons & a flair.

From another angle


A little bit of journaling...with more added to the back of the layout, about my love/obsession for Ireland

Here is a close up of the hexagon background

And again.
This is a REALLY easy way of creating a unique background.

And an overall view of the main area of the page.
So that has my 2nd article done & dusted :)
I hope you enjoyed the article in the magazine & you've been inspired to create some
backgrounds using these techniques.
Until next time...Happy Scrapping! xx

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Kaisercraft Honey Chai for All About Scrapbooks/Life.Paper.Scrapbook April sketch

Hi everyone....I am back again to share my last layout for the month using
Again, this has been a lovely collection to create with...I just love those autumn tones!!
My layout is based on the April sketch at Life.Paper.Scrapbook
"Blarney Castle"
I have used a variety of papers from the collection, layering, distressing & punching them...with some added blooms & some gorgeous pieces from the KC collectables pack, and as always,
some 2Crafty chipboard :)

And a few close ups...

And the pics - Blarney, what an amazing place!  The castle itself was more than I expected, to go up inside it to reach the Blarney Stone was just amazing...all the tight little stairways going around and around and eventually getting us to the top.  Every turn brought new curiosity of what was to come & also had you wondering what it would have been like back in the had me thinking of the thousands, no, probably millions of people who have also walked these stairs - just mind blowing!  Then there was the gardens and grounds around the castle....acres and acres of them.  We spent the whole day here exploring all that we could....if I could go back tomorrow,
I'd be there in a heart beat! 
All the details on products, techniques & some more close ups are over on the AAS blog HERE
Thanks again for visiting today! :)

Friday, April 25, 2014

Teresa Collins Daily Stories for All About Scrapbooks/Grand Divas April sketch

Hi everyone, and welcome :)
Today I'm back to share my last layout for the month using the utterly gorgeous Teresa Collins - Daily Stories collection for All About Scrapbooks.  I've had so much
fun creating with this collection & love all 4 layouts.
I've created my layout using the April sketch at Grand Divas Creative Corner - that I found via the FB group - All our challenges are here.  I loved the sketch as soon as I seen it, as it is quite unusual from most sketches :)
"The Cutest Little Yawn"
I have used 2 pics instead of 3, and they are of my gorgeous little Great Niece in the middle of a yawn <3.  I've also added some Green Tara & Petaloo flowers, 2 Crafty chipboard & Flutterby Designs flair button.
Here is the sketch ..
Isn't it a fabulous & unsual sketch?!  I love it! <3
And a few close ups



For more details on products & techniques used & some more close ups, pop on over to the AAS blog HERE
Thanks so much for dropping by today...enjoy your long weekend!


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

More Honey Chai for All About Scrapbooks/1st April Stuck sketch

Hi everyone...I'm back to share another layout created uisng
As you can see, the colours of this layout are very different from my
previous layout using this versatile collection.
My layout is based on the 1st April Stuck sketch

"The Giants Causeway"

I just love the woodgrain paper that I've used for the has a gorgeous colour & pattern!
I have added a little bit of background stamping & template work, with some paper layering in behind the photos
Here is the sketch my layout is based on
And here's a few close ups...



The Giant's, what an amazing place to be lucky enough to visit!
It is so fascinating to see, and it makes you wonder about all those basalt columns just naturally being there...or perhaps the tale about Finn MacCool building the causeway so that he could reach Scotland is true?!?  Either is an interesting & fascinating place!
All the details on my layout, with more close ups can be seen over on the AAS blog HERE
We would love for you to visit us over there! <3
Thanks so much for dropping by today :)  xx

Monday, April 21, 2014

All About Scrapbooks - post Easter Sale....

Hi everyone...just quickly popping in to let you know that All About Scrapbooks
is having a post Easter sale! 
So why not treat yourself to something other than chocolate this Easter :D
20% off storewide...until midnight Wednesday 23rd.
Be quick to grab yourself some bargains!
All the details are HERE on the AAS blog...including the code that you MUST
enter when checking out your goodies :)))
Have a great day everyone!  xx

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Kaisercraft Honey Chai for All About Scrapbooks

Hi everyone & welcome ...I hope everyone is having a lovely Easter weekend.
The weather here is just beautiful....temps of around 22c = perfect!
Just a quick post to share a layout using the newly released Honey Chai collection from Kaisercraft as part of my April DT work for All About Scrapbooks.
This is another fantastic Kaisercraft collection....gorgeous colours & patterns, and as always, a great range of stickers & collectables :)))
"Titanic Dry Dock"

I just love this bold orange paper as the background... and I've played around with a bit of  stamping & stencil work to help break up the plain PP.
The pic is of me standing down inside the dry dock where Titanic once was truly amazing!!
A few close ups....



And here is an overall view of the main area of the page.
For full details with more closeups, pop on over to the AAS blog HERE
(link will take you directly to my post)
Thanks so much for visiting today...and enjoy the rest of your long weekend :))

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

More Teresa Collins "Daily Stories" for All About Scrapbooks/Scrap Around the World April mood board

Hello there everyone :)
Today I'm back to share my 3rd layout using Teresa Collins Daily Stories as part of my April DT work for All About Scrapbooks
I can't stress enough how gorgeous this collection is...and if you've ever worked with a Teresa Collins collection before, you will know the quality of the paper - it is nice and thick, and has a lovely texture to it which makes it wonderful to work with!!  So I suggest you grab yourself some of this one....and perhaps you might want to think about getting 2 of each paper, because both sides are equally gorgeous, and you'll find it hard to decide which to use....but having 2 of each = problem solved! :D
So here is my layout, that is based on the April mood board at Scrap Around The World

"2 of a Kind" 

My page turned out very different to how it first started - which was a disaster!!  But when it's a DT layout, and your 3rd for the month, pretty much means there's not going to be alot of papers left, so it's not like I could just give up on it & chuck it out, although I did feel like doing that at one point, because it really did look awful.  But I walked away from it, and came back to it several hours later to end up with something that I really like!  Who would have thought!  I just wish I would have take a photo of is when it was looking so bad!
My inspiration from the mood board was the soft mint green colour in the top 2 photos, the crackle effect in the bottom centre photo, and the butterflies in the bottom left photo :)
On with some close ups...



For more details on the products & techniques used, please pop over to the AAS blog HERE
Thanks so much for visiting today :)
I owe lots of you a blog visit, and am hoping to be able to drop by your blogs over this coming long weekend :))) 
Take care everyone!  xx

Saturday, April 12, 2014

More Teresa Collins Daily Stories for All About Scrapbooks/Sketchabilities sketch #112

Hi everyone .....welcome to my blog :)
Today I have a 2nd layout to share created as part of my April DT work for All About Scrapbooks, using the totally gorgeous Teresa Collins Daily Stories collection <3
My layout is based on Sketchabilities sketch #112
"Just be You" 

I had a heap of fun with some background work for this one, using a rare photo of myself
The colours & designs in this collection are gorgeous and so versatile to suit any type of layout.
Here is the fun sketch at Sketchabilities
And now for a few close ups....



If you'd like to read more on the techniques and products used, then please pop over to the
AAS blog HERE....we would really love you to visit over there!
Thanks so much for dropping by....and happy weekend to you all :)
Cheers, Linda  xx


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Teresa Collins "Daily Stories" for All About Scrapbooks/Scrap 365 April sketch

Hi everyone and welcome
This month I will be creating with  the newly released Teresa Collins - Daily Stories collection for All About Scrapbooks.  It is a really gorgeous the point where it's hard to
decide which side of each paper to use!!  Plus it has a heap of other embellies
& stuff to coordinate....including sequins - lots of them!

So here is my first page for the month....
Based on the April sketch challenge at Scrap365

"Too Cute"

I just love the soft mint green on this background paper as well as the big dots that I've randomly placed some of the sequins on. 
Here is the fabo sketch over at Scrap365, that I have rotated  90 deg clockwise
And a few close ups.....

A cut little cluster with layers of flowers & butterflies - the pink butterfly is from the enamel dots & shapes pack & the peachy coloured one I fussy cut from the Butterflies paper

Title using the 2Crafty loopy font title - Cute

My journaling....about my cute lil' Great Niece, Olivia :)

And here is a close up overall view....isn't she cute!?!
More details on products & techniques used, plus more close ups, pop over to the AAS blog HERE 
That is all from me for today....Thanks so much for dropping by!
Cheers xx



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