Wednesday, 17 October 2018

CUT to YOU | Be Brave Be Strong | A Scrapbook Page

Hi everyone and thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! Today's share is my latest make for CUT to YOU and I have used the Be Brave Be Strong cut file for my page. 


You can find the digital file here and the custom cut here and for the month of October it is FREE with any purchase! Gwen created this file for a very special cause (of course October is Breast Cancer Awareness month here in Australia) but to read more about that you can find Gwen's post here with a little of her story.

CUT to YOU is once again sponsoring Scrap The Girls and this is the STG mood board for the month which I am playing along with.


And here is my page! 


As you can see I have used the quote as my main inspiration but also drew on the pinks in the graphics and the idea of "the fighter" from the entire board.

I have a process video up on my YT channel if you'd like to watch, just click the play button below and enjoy! 


I cut the file on black cardstock and then after I traced and did an internal offset I cut the words also on my cameo rather than sticking and cutting. This made it super quick and easy to back the cut file, without a great deal of mucking around!


Some texture in my background and some splatters.


A couple of layers behind my photo including a vellum bag for my journalling tag to slot into for a little bit more personal journalling. Just as a side note, though that part of my journalling is hidden it is not top secret, not to be read by anyone ever, it's "hidden" in plain sight and if anyone cared to take the extra step to pop their hand into my album and pull the tag out for a read I would have no problem with that. It's "hidden" in the sense that perhaps not everyone flipping through my album would like to read the more touchy feely stuff of life but there if anyone wanted to!


I added some puffy black alphas to finish off my title, some enamel dots/shapes and little journalling to the front of the page with a grey pen and my page is done!


And this ephemera piece was just perfect for this page!


Head over here to play along with the October challenge with STG and over here to check out all the beautiful cut files available in the CUT to YOU store!

Until next time, happy scrapping!
Mel
xx

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Kraft+ October 2018 | Seriously Good Times Together | A Scrapbook Layout

Hey, hey and welcome to my blog today!!

Did you already see my exciting news?

I am a big fan of K+ Challenges and have been lucky enough to be a guest DT a couple of times and was so beyond thrilled when Katie asked me if I'd like to join this incredibly talented team of creatives!

Today's post is my first share as a part of the DT and this months challenge is all about friends!


Here is my page!!


I thought what better time to scrap a photo of friends being creative together than for a K+ challenge so knew straight away I wanted to use this photo!


Most of the goodies on this page are from my stash of Heidi Swapp goodies and I love that I have got some of them onto a page. Especially that background paper, swoon!! I just love it!!

Here are a few close ups





Make sure you head on over to the K+ Challenge blog to see all of the             A-MAZING creations by the rest of the design team and to link up your challenge for this month too!

If you'd like to see my process video just click on the link below and enjoy!


Thanks for stopping by and enjoy getting krafty ;)

Mel
xx

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

STB October 2018 | Shine Bright Zany One | A Scrapbook Layout

Hi everyone and welcome to my blog! Today I am sharing my take on this fun mood board for Scrap The Boys for October. Blue with a dash of pink. 


Navy and light pink {heart eyes}; one of my all time absolute fave colour combos and here is my page.


I have used this cut file from CUT to YOU and added in the word "zany" using some GIANT Ali Edwards alpha stickers.


I have used 4 different mediums with the plastic packaging technique to add colour to my white cardstock. Which I had applied a coat of clear gesso to. You can see my whole process in process video, linked below!


I have cut the outline of the cut file in a navy blue Studio Calico paper that has been in my stash for ages and also cut the inside pieces using my Cameo and a Cocoa Vanilla Studio paper and I am totally loving the end result!


I embellished pretty simply by adding some pink tissue paper behind all 3 photos, using some veneer around the page and adding in some enamel shapes in white, dark and light blue.


After almost everything was stuck down I felt that my white alpha stickers were way too white so I grabbed a Distress Oxide pad and a water colour brush (one of the Vicki Boutin brushes - LOVE!!) and coloured my alphas, dabbing it off before it was completely dried. I then also added some splatters of the same colour to my background and over the top of my alphas.


Head over here to check out the rest of the DT's beautiful work this month and make sure you get your challenge uploaded to the blog post before the end of  the end of the month! I can't wait to see what inspires you with our moodboard this month!

Until next time, happy scrapping!!
Mel
xx


Wednesday, 26 September 2018

CUT to YOU | Boy Mum Life | A Scrapbook Layout

Hey, hey and happy hump day to you all! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog to see my latest creation!


Today's share is for CUT to YOU and I have used the very fun Sketchy Circles Open cut file - available here. (The custom cut can be found here.)


I cut this a little while ago on my cameo when I cut my last black cut file and hadn't yet worked out how I was going to use it but I love the fun page I ended up creating!


I have enlarged the file and then cut a few of the extra circles to fill the empty space on  my cutting mat.


I have, of course, created a mixed media background using white gesso, Prima Color Bloom sprays (Deep Teal and Cobalt) and Color Shine in Patina and water.


I have used a combination of 2 different types of alpha to create my title and LOVE those giant kraft coloured alphas that I have simply stamped on and inked around the edges to make them fit my page perfectly!


I also pulled out my Boy's Rule collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studios and used a clear sticker, some 6x8 papers (mostly off cuts!) and some chippy to add some other details to my page.


If you'd like to see the whole page come together there is also a process video  below, just click on the play button and enjoy!


Short and sweet today! I hope you enjoyed and if you have any questions please make sure you leave me a comment and I will get back to you ASAP!

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Mel
x

Friday, 21 September 2018

Some exciting news!!

Hello, hello and welcome to my blog today! If you follow me on another social media platform you would have seen my very exciting news already and if you haven't, well, that's why I'm here!

I have joined the amazingly talented Design Team for Anna's Craft Cupboard!! This little store has been on my scrappy bucket list for a little while and not just because Bri always has great stock but Bri is amazing! Everything you could wish for in scrappy store owner! So, I have been creating this month with the very fun Photoplay Paper Color Play "You're a Gem" collection and I just popped in super quick to share all the links as well as my news!


Just quietly, I may have squealed a little when I was offered the spot and then again when I got my DT banner - I showed Hunter and was super enthusiastic and he was like "Yeah, ok Mum, whatever...." lol At 5 years old, I'm in trouble!

Anyways, here is what I'm certain you are here for!

First up I created this 12x12 page of my big boy!


You can see the full blog post (including close ups and product links) here and I have also shared a process video which I will link below!


Second up was this fun 12x12 page of my little family.


Again, full blog post is here and my process video will be below!


And lastly, I created 4 mixed media tags which were so FUN!


Full blog post here and video below!


I do have more of this collection left over so I may even sneak in another project or 2, depending on "free" time lol

Anyways, as always, thank you ever so much for stopping by and sharing in my excitement! 


Have a fantastic day!
Mel
xx

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

CUT to YOU | You & Me | Scrapbook Layout

Hey everyone and welcome once again to my blog!! So glad you stopped in! 

Today's inspiration is my latest share for CUT to YOU. This month Gwen is sponsoring the great Aussie challenge site Made to Scrap the Aussie Way and created this VERY cool cut file that is available both as a custom cut and a digital file.


I, of course, made use of the digital cut file and when I opened it in the Silhoutte software I manipulated it so it was a tiny bit shorter than 12" as I was totally and completely inspired by the tattoo in the inspiration piece from Made To Scrap. I wanted to mimic that so I cut the file in black cardstock.
TIP: I found using a new blade did the trick in cutting the black perfectly so if you have struggled like me, perhaps you need a blade or a "special" blade for black?! While I was cutting black I also cut the fun Constellation file a few times, filling my page with different sized stars and re-sizing them to fit around and fill the whole page.


Anyways, here is  my page


For all of that pretty, messy fun background I have once again used my Distress Oxide inks. 


If you are a follower of mine, did you see that I used PURPLE?! In fact, I not only used purple, I purposefully MIXED a purple lol But the page needed it and purple is one of my niece's fave colours and since it's a photo of us I figured I would include it!


Here are a few more close ups!





And even a process video


Make sure you keep an eye on the CUT to YOU HQ page to see the other girls awesome pages and also to see what other cut files people are playing with! Also, if you are inspired by the challenge head over here to enter your take to win some awesome CUT to YOU goodies!!

I hope you have enjoyed and as always, thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy scrapping
Mel
x

Monday, 3 September 2018

Scrap The Boys | September | Hello Mr Blue Eyes

Hey everyone and hello September! And for us here in Australia that means hello SPRING as well so yay for some hopefully warmer weather!!

Today's share is for Scrap The Boys and this month it is all about those little baby boys in our lives <3<3<3 I am lucky enough to have a stack of photo's of little boys close to me that I can choose from and I chose one of my biggest little guys newborn photos. Here is my page


This photo I have also had printed as big canvas and it hangs in our lounge room next to his brother's new photo, too adorable!!

I have used some (new to me!) gorgeous Art Alchemy Metallique Paints by Finnibair to colour up the gorgeous cut file designed by Gwen Wruck. You can find her shop here!


I didn't stick that cut file all the way down, I only stuck mostly in the centre of the flowers and the stems so I would get lots of dimension and I so adore this page!


I have also recorded my process if you are interested in seeing this page come together so just click on the link below to see the video!


And of course, a couple of extra close ups!



If you have any questions please leave them below, I do love hearing from you guys! Make sure to link up your take on this challenge over here on the STB blog and I look forward to seeing all of your creations!

Until next time, happy scrapping
Mel
xx