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