One with me, using scraps

I loved  Jenifer Hignite’s layout as soon as I saw it and knew it would be a good one to CAS(E) . Her’s was a digital layout so much easier to line up all the strips but I dont think I did too bad a job thanks to my trusty metal ruler. Here is the layout

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I used some old retired paper that I love but only had strips left ot. All the strips are 1″ wide and most started out as 2″ lengths. Here is how I used my ruler to line up the pieces as I glued them down.

p1090272You can see the narrow even strip on the left of the ruler, I just held the ruler steady and butted up the next column against the edge. Viola!

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I set myself the task of using the In This world Stamp Set to do a scrapbook page and I’m pretty pleased with how it came out. Not my usual style so another step outside of my comfort zone too.

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Im still figuring out this “cluster” business but I think they look alright. Its finding the right way to combine them and have them looked layered and balanced.

p1090311Got a bit heavy handed with the red sprinkles from Gorgeous Grunge but otherwise not a bad layout. Did you notice that the patterned paper is actually from ” This Christmas Specialty DSP” pack? There are some great patterned papers in there that could be used for other occasions too so dont forget about those Christmas papers.

Who’s got letter stencils?

Come on people, admit it, way in the back of those cupboards are some old letter stencils! I had forgotten all about mine until last night when I was puzzling over what letter dies I was going to use on a layout when I had a thought. Admittedly I was getting pretty tired .. read lazy.. so I couldnt be bothered getting out my Big Shot and cutting numbers and letters so this seemed like an easy solution. In my own defence I had just made my own DSP to use! Another great budget tip – its easy and your colours always match when you stamp your own!

Here is the Project Life card I made using an old stencil and my Project Life No.5 Jornaling Pen. I love these pens and they come in two thicknesses, the No. 1 is really fine for writing and the No. 5 is chunkier but still good for journaling.

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And to see the  whole page. I used two stamp sets for my DIY paper, Flower Patch and Love Sparkles.journaling-pens

            

Flower Patch # 134207                                         Love Sparkles – W #143114  CM #143183                   Photopolymer $54                                                 Wood $61               Clear Mount $44

 

 

I Simply Adore You

I don’t often do layouts with just one big photo, I’m usually more of a “How many can I cram onto the page?” kind of girl so this took a bit of concentration to do. The stamp sets I used were Flower Patch and Mixed Borders. The sentiments are great in that set and worked perfectly here.

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The paper is from the Annual Catalogue and is a stack called Playful Palette. I love the stacks as they have 48 sheets and even at the smaller size of  6X6″ can be used on a 12X12 layout. Here is a close up of the cluster detail.

p1080756All of these products can be ordered from me either via a personal order through me or my online store. There is a link to my online store down the right hand side of my page so  you can order any time from anywhere in New Zealand.

Timeless Textures Layout

Two years ago I created a digitally scrap booked album for my son’s 21st. I wanted to print one of the layouts for my own album but 12X12 single layouts are really expensive to print so I got a smaller 8X8 softcover album printed with that layout and some others I had done digitally. I cut out each layout and incorporated them into a 12X12 layout for my album.

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This one I matted on some Garden Green and then on to a Pool Party stamped background using Timeless Textures. Simple but quite effective. I did the same thing with this layout but treated the digital print as I would a photo I was scrapbooking. You might remember seeing that page a few years ago when I did it, so pleased to finally get it in my album.

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Hmmmm…. what should my NYR be?

NYR? Well, New Years Resolutions of course! Tis the season to figure out what you want to do differently to make your life better or more vibrant or to what goals you want to achieve.

I challenge you to think a bit more deeply than the usual ones like lose weight or give up smoking. The Maori have a saying

He aha te mea nui o te ao
What is the most important thing in the world?
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata
It is the people, it is the people, it is the people

This proverb is one that encompasses my Resolutions for this year. My main goals are about people not things or actions. I want to spend more time with my parents and reconnecting with people in person, not just by text or email or passing in the street. I want to be more intentional in these connections.

Maybe you just want to work on some other goals like becoming a rock star like this younger version of my daughter. I would love to know what you are going to be working on this year so leave me a comment about your New Years Resolutions. P.S If its about learning to scrapbook or papercraft, I can help! LOL

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Blessed are the Children….

blessed-are-quoteI saw this saying a while ago but it wasn’t until this Christmas  that I was reminded of it again. Although it wasn’t my children but my extended family who enjoyed my efforts.

my-project-9-001Christmas can be such a hard time when you have lost special people from your life and I think my family was feeling that this year. Gifts such as these can be bittersweet but the sentiment behind them, the conversations and memories they spark are hopefully more meaningful than the pain and longing they trigger.

Rest in peace my special people. Gone but not forgotten.

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This year could be the year for YOU to start getting your photos and treasured memories shared as well. Scrapbooking is a great way to do that. I have been working on my album today and have been using the Project Life system along with traditional pages which has made things go along a lot faster. I’m off camping tomorrow and my current albums is coming too so I can work on it. Hmm judging by the weather report I shall have plenty of time to work on it!

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Creativity is Contagious, pass it on!

Today I’m talking to all those people out there who look at lovely cards or scrapbooking pages or any craft really and say “I’d love to do that but I’M NOT CREATIVE.”

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Well people I’m here to tell you we  ALL have the ability to be creative. I’ve found some quotes that say it better than I can so take a look at these. This is gonna be a long one so go grab a cuppa before you start reading.

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Creativity is simply the human brain forming new connections between ideas, and we all are engaged in this process every day. The common idea that there are some people who are creative and some who are not is a myth. On some level, we are all artists. We are all creators.  -Michael Gungor

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Creativity isn’t this big scary thing, its learning and growing and playing; it’s trying new things and laughing at your disasters and every now and then creating something so amazing you’re blown away. Everyone had to start somewhere and everyone takes their inspiration from someone else so be inspired and you might just inspire someone else : )

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An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail – Edwin Land

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You might think I’m pretty talented (or even just a little bit talented I hope) BUT it took me a long time to feel confident to put my work on display and what you’re seeing on here is generally the successes not the disasters that get buried deep in the rubbish bin. Not every card is a masterpiece. I’m not perfect and sometimes I get it wrong but that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop creating!

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A key part of being creative is seeing potential in things. Start with yourself and work your way out! – Colin Wright

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Creativity is not a competition.

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Oh and the post title is from a clever chappy called Albert Einstein. He also said Creativity is Intelligence having Fun!

So if you are in the Christchurch – Selwyn Area and need some help finding your creativity then feel free to contact me. I can do one on one appointments, classes, parties for you and some friends or you can come to my stamping days. Id love to hear from you! If your further afield you can still benefit from my newsletter, blog and Facebook pages and I am happy to send orders to you anywhere in New Zealand. I shall leave you with a quote from one of my favourite authors who can always help you make sense of the world – Dr. Seuss

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Hearts and Blocks

For this double layout I had a heap of photos of  the same theme but over a few different times so to help mesh them all together I used a colour block idea. Quite a few of the photo’s ha pink in them so I used the Love Blossoms DSP stack and its coordinating cardstock colours in various sized blocks.P1060470

I used the Sweetheart Punch and the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack to accent the blocks

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The best bit of all and the reason people keep Scrapbooks is the story behind the photos. I had forgotten all about why my wee one had done her drawings so I looked up in her Playcentre Learning Journal and there was the story! Julie and William her invisible friends! Time passes so quickly and its so easy to forget those funny little memories. I’m so glad I had taken the time to write a wee note in her book so now.

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