Saturday, December 31, 2016

Jot Magazine - December Mood Board

Hi Everyone,

Here today to share a layout I created with the Jot December Mood Board.  I was looking for something to inspire and loved the colours in this one.

Here is the Mood Board created by Suse Fish

and here is my take:

I wanted to use some really bold colours for this one to go with the black and white photo and background paper.  Lots of layers, lots of embellishments and it was done.

So fun to play along and I love the result.

thanks for popping by
Gwen xo

Friday, December 30, 2016

On becoming a Master...

Thoughts on becoming a Master...

When I first started scrapbooking, I bought my first copy of Scrapbooking Memories.  I ooooed and ahhhhed over the layouts thinking one day maybe I would be "good enough" to be published.  Then, with the release of the Masters issue, I thought WOW, imagine if I could be a Master.  At the time it was a dream that I considered possible but huge, like man landing on the moon, it was a big dream and one I quietly and patiently set about trying to achieve.  17 years on and I still cannot believe it is now a reality, I've done it and I am a Scrapbooking Master for 2017!!

So what was different this year to the other years I had tried, well actually lots!

My first attempt was in 2008 and I was just too new to scrapping, I hadn't figured out what was me and what was the latest trend and I was just finding my feet and trying new things, I didn't think I would win, but really wanted the experience.

In 2015 I left my entry to the last minute - creating all tasks in only a few days, staying up until midnight to get them done.  My initial thought was, I don't want to over think my pages, so if I smash them out, I won't be able to do that.   I started with layouts I had already created and scrap lifted them with adjustments to fit the challenge.  I would definitely NOT recommend this! Masters entries need to be considered and measured, not rushed.  Having said that, the pages I cerated I loved and were very true to me AND, after all, they were "good enough" (and I totally mean that tongue in cheek) to land me the Creative Team position, but still, I would NOT recommend this strategy!

This year, I took my time, I really thought about having a strategy for each of the tasks and a point of difference - something that really showed how I put myself and my love of scrapbooking into the page.

Overall I think the biggest difference was actually within me, it had nothing to do with the products I used, the colours I chose, what I thought they would like.  I simply created 4 pages that were the essence of me and my style.  I was not going to send in anything that I was 100% proud of and loved.  If something needed re-doing I had time for that, I was able to make them perfect in my mind.  They oozed "Gwen" and the way I like to have things on my page.  I guess what I'm saying is that I feel very comfortable in my style and what I like.  I'm not trying to be like "Suse Fish" or "Paige Evans" or "Maggie" - I'm just doing the best version of "me" I can.

So when people ask me, how did you do it? How do you know what they are looking for?  I simply say "Find your true YOU and be that - the best YOU that you can be, that's what I did".

This hobby is so much more than cutting up paper, and becoming a Master is more than winning the Scrapbooking Olympics (as Miss 9 calls it).  It is part of who I am and I am so happy to continue to fall in love with this hobby of mine and the amazing peeps who are apart of it.  I hope becoming a Master means that I get to meet more amazing scrappers and I am so looking forward to a wonderfully creative year ahead.

Thank you all so much for your love and support!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

"Elfie Selfie" for D-lish Scraps

Merry Christmas everyone,

I hope you are all having a wonderful Christmas season getting lots of craft time and taking lots of photos!!

I have a fun Christmas layout for you and I just love how it came together.

It started with a simple star shape die cut from my background paper and then paper layers added stating with a paper baggie.  It was a little wide for my photo stack so I simply trimmed some off with my paper trimmer and sewed around the edge.  I also added a Printed Tag for something fun.

For some subtle sparkle, I added a white Sequin Bow and can you see the beautiful sparkle from the gold Punchinella

The fabric flower is actually the bottom layer of the Mini Heirloom Flower.  I pulled off the bottom layer when I used the flower in another layout and thought I wonder if I will ever use it!!  Well, yes, I did, I simply added a button to the centre and it was perfect!  You can also see in this close up the pop of the colour in the Resin Flowers.

Lastly I'll leave you with a close up of all my paper layers, I love the mix of the soft Paper Doilies and then the sparkle of the Punchinella, then wood veneer for texture.

Products used:

5x7 Paper Bag
Sequin Bows
Mini Heirloom Flowers
Paper Doilies
Printed Tag
Resin Flowers

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

"Celebrate Joy" for D-lish Scraps

Hi Everyone,

A Christmas share for me today which is a rare thing as I don't normally scrap a lot of Christmas photos... I'm not really sure why, as it is a big deal around our house!

Inspiration came from that beautiful image Amanda put up on the Facebook group The Scrap Suite
with the teal and pinks and whites in it... if you are not yet in the group, be sure to check it out, you'll see heaps of inspiration and get sneak peaks of kits and more :)

This layout started with the Vellum Stars in the Plus One kit.  There were quite a few included in this kit and I sorted through them and noticed that there were 2 that did not have the pop of black print on them.  I knew straight away they would be perfect for a Christmas layout in pastel colours.

I then had a bit of a brain wave to use these Wood Veneer Embroidery-Hoops and I thought I would try and turn them into a Christmas Bauble. I did this by mounting it onto some pattern paper and then adding a bow.  I added the Wood Veneer Hearts which I added some Inka Gold to for subtle shimmer.  I've added them in a way that helps make the bauble round.

I've also used some plain paper flowers, I liked these as they were a similar 'star' shape in a subtle way so they were a good fit.

To finish the layout I added the Enamel shapes stars too which were a nice touch and matched the star shape of the vellum and of course some Sequins.

Products used:

Wood Veneer Hearts
Enamel shapes
Paper Flowers
Wood Veneer Embroidery-Hoops
Past Kit Bit (Vellum Stars)
Resin Bird

Saturday, December 3, 2016

"Happy Day" for D-lish Scraps - December Inspiration Board

Hi all,

Time I get to share the December Inspiration board "Peaches and Cream".  As soon as I saw this mood board I thought OH YES, L.O.V.E!!

It is very me so creating with it was ohh so much fun!

I started with the beautiful ombre pattern paper from the Maggie Holmes Gather collection and then had the idea to create a giant shaker pocket for the background.  Punched circles and sequins were stitched inside and wash added for a little more detail.

I added lots of paper layers to my photo mat including one of my favourite doilies and some paper flowers.  The perfect finishing touch was the white sequin bow, a D-lish scraps must have.  For the stitch-able heart I painted it with white acrylic paint and let dry.  I then stitched with some pink thread.

Here are the close ups so you can see all the details.

Until next time,

Gwen xo

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

"Love, Love, Love You" for D-lish Scraps

Happy Thursday D-lish fans, Gwen here again today for another layout share.

I'm going brights with this one with one of my favourite colour combos Pink and Yellow!

This layout actually started out with the hand scripting.  I saw a quick little video on Facebook and it made it look so easy I thought I'd give it a try.  So, I pulled out a large piece of water colour paper and just went about scripting the word 'love' over and over.  I chose two of my favourites, fussy cut them out and stitched them onto my background.  Everything else was added around this design element.

 I've combined a tag from a Past Kit Bit and the Wordfetti to create the base of my lower cluster and added some Resin Embellishments and Enamel Dots/Shapes to finish it off.

and of course, I had to add a bit of sparkle and a pop of yellow with this Sequin bow and a Heirloom Flower.

To add to my bold title, and add interest to the top of the layout, I thought I'd make a feature out of the Enamel Dots,  mix them with paint drops for added subtle texture and some other elements including the Resin Embellishments which I love.

Products used:

Sequin bows
Heirloom Flowers
Resin Embellishments
Enamel Dots/Shapes
Past Kit Bit
Printed Tag Pack - Dip Dye
Paint Chip tabs

Thursday, November 10, 2016

"Nine" for D-lish Scraps

Hi All,

Back again today to share another layout for D-lish scraps.

This one started out with the idea to use up some of my tags.  You will already know I love using them in-between my layers and for this page I wanted to use a stack of them layered up with a paper baggie to create a large photo mat that would form the base of my page.

I've added in the wooden hearts to match the felt ones and round out the layout.  I found the cute pink wooden beads by Pink Fresh Studio in the clearance section and they were the perfect pop of pink to match the strip on the right hand side.  Of course the perfect touch of sparkle was the Sequin Bow and Sequins.

and of course I have some close ups for you :)

The Puffy Alphabet Stickers are the perfect size and in such a classic font, I know I am going to use a stack of these and I am totally in love with the printed tags that come in a stack of colours.

I am totally crushing on these wood veneer hearts too!

 Here you can see the tags layered together to form the left hand side of the main photo mat.

Products used:

5x7 Paper Bags
Printed Tag Packs
Wood Veneer Hearts
Sequin Bow
Puffy Alphabet Stickers
Clearance Section - Wood beads by Pink Fresh Studio

thanks for  popping by

Thursday, November 3, 2016

"Sweet" for D-lish Scraps - November Inspiration Board

Hi everyone,

A quick share today - the new Inspiration board is out over at the Scrap Suite and it's a beauty!

I think it's really different and at first I was a little "dear in the headlights" with all that purple, but in the end I'm super happy with how it all tuned out.  I love these as they challenge you to use colour combinations you wouldn't normally and that a great thing!

and some close ups...

including some details of the background for you... I used the peacock stencil from the store with some Whipped Spackle for a subtle background layer, added a little glimmer mist here and there and then some vellum which I fringed up and sewed on!

Thanks for popping by,

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

"My Happiness" for D-lish Scraps

Happy Monday everyone,

Hoping to brighten the start of the work week with some scrappy inspiration.   I have a layout to share with you inspired by Charm's sketch challenge as part of the October Cybercrop over at the Scrap Suite.

I am a sucker for a sketch as it gives me "somewhere to start" and takes some of the thinking out of the design process AND you can still add your own touches, and change things up a little if you like!

and here is the details of the challenge:

In my usual style I have switched some things up... for example, I replaced the large bow with the butterfly which has gone through my Minc machine and that large Wood Veneer element.  I also switched out the love heart doily for a regular round one.  I have also added smaller doilies cut into 2 pieces to create a base for my title and smaller embellishment clusters.  

You can also see in the top right hand corner the centre part of that chipboard (the heart shape) and I've also added in some Resin Flowers.  If you take a look down the bottom of the layout you will see that I have created some texture for the base of my page.  I have used Punchinella to do this!  It makes for a really great mask, simply lay onto your page and push though gel medium or the like, I used Whipped Spackle for this one as it is a lovely white colour and dries super fast.  But you could use mist or paint, they all work really well.

For the chipboard, I painted with acrylic paint and let dry and then misted over with some Heidi Swapp Colour shine.  I have left parts more saturated than others rather than getting a fine and even coat for an interesting effect.  You will also see a tag in there, one of my favourite things to layer.

D-lish products used:

Be sure to check out the Kit Bit section for elements from previous kits such as the heart shape paper piece on the left of my photo.

Be sure to check out the other challenges over at the Scrap Suite for this month as well!

Thanks for popping by

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Scrap Suite October Cybercrop Challenge

Hi Everyone,

Here today to share to my challenge for this months Cybercrop over at The Scrap Suite!

and here is close up of my sample layout to help inspire you.  I have used lots of paper strips which I have cut with fringing scissors (and some vellum too) to create the base of the page.  I have layered in some washi tape and sewn them all down.

I sure do hope you get a chance this month to play along, I really love seeing your creations and how my challenge has inspired you!


Monday, October 10, 2016

She is my Happy Place for D-lish Scraps

Well hello there,

I can't tell you how excited I am to be part of the D-lish Scraps team and today I'm here to share the first of my layouts for them.

I thought it would be fun today to share one of the layouts I submitted in my DT application.  It was inspired by the wonderful challenge Krisy set back during the June Cybercrop.  I missed the deadline to upload it, so when the DT call out came up, I thought it would be the perfect choice.

If you are not a member of the Scrap Suite, on Facebook you're missing a heap of fun, so be sure to check it out.

So here is my layout:

 and this was the challenge:

I loved making the tag and then adding it to a layout.  This is something I would not have done hadn't it been for the challenge!  and of course, you get some close ups...

I am totally addicted to the Pick N Place Bows, I just cannot get enough of them.  You will also see I've used the Paper Doilies which come in a great range 3.5 inch to 6.5 inch AND different designs as well - these are so nice to put in-between your paper layers.

You will also see some Enamel Dots and Sequins.

I also wanted to share a newly created layout today - something bright and fun.  

This one features the wonderful new puffy alphabet stickers, I L.O.V.E these!!!  In my close up below, you can see that I have sewn them in place - they are soft enough to go through the sewing machine beautifully. 

and the main embellishment cluster complete with tassel.

Here I've used the wood veneer square mini pack as an extension of my photo mat and main cluster.  It helps draw the eye along the diagonal of this page.  You will also see the new Paint Chip Tabs layered there in-between my papers... the perfect little touch in the nicest shade of pink.

How cute is this element from the Journal It's Wordfetti just snip them up and sew them on!  I've added a Paper Flower and Sequin to finish out the cluster.

Dish products used:

Thanks for popping by today,