Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Inspiration Elevator - Grandad

 Here is my page base on the challenge over at the Inspiration Elevator this month - there is loads of inspiration on the blog hop and you can catch us on Facebook  and share your creations there; we'd love to see how we have inspired you!

This month we are thrilled to welcome back as a guest designer with our team, the artistic and genteel, Scarlett Salomone. Her creative works are as lovely as she is!

This month's challenge is issued by the talented Wendi Robinson. Her first time to issue a challenge for IE and it's a great one! Here is her challenge in her own words:

LOSS... One thing we as scrapbookers do is post about lots of happy things, wonderful moments, things that make us smile, and things we want to remember. Too many times we avoid scrapping the not so memorable, or sad times. Most of us have experienced a loss of some kind, whether is be a loved one- sometimes it's expected, sometimes the loss comes too soon and unexpected. Other times we lose a pet, a job, feel like we've failed at a situation, or loss of a friendship. This time, let's scrap those harder moments that come into our lives. Scrap about a LOSS of some kind.

For my page I scrapped a photo of my Grandad - this is probably from the 1940s when he was a young man.  I remember him for Saturday mornings where he taught us how to watercolour, made the largest omelettes, and evenings when he looked after us and we had massive card games and watched the Waltons, in all that he was also a devout Christian and Sunday School teacher which he loved - so even though it is a loss to not have him about anymore he has had a massive impact on all of my family and our lives.

Thursday, 9 October 2014


Another Graphic 45 Botanical Tea page....and just looking at the photo I realised I didn't add a title - but the wood veneer kind of covers it really....I did make this page on holiday so didn't have access to dies, and hadn't taken suitably stickers!

I used the striped paper as my base and then a strip of blue for the top 1/3 of the page, I tore strips of paper from a mix of papers and sides of papers in the kit, and then layered them all up across the middle with some tissue tape (Tim Holtz) too (behind them I also added a doily).  Once my photo was in place I added some chipboard and prima wood veneers - the white washed effect on these ones went really well with all the tearing and white on the page, I also added some sequins and drips of cosmic shimmer mist.

The photo is of my kids with their Grandad on a trip into London and to see the Tower - it's an older photo I found, but one that I really like and so wanted to scrap.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Lean on Me

More of my Graphic 45 kit from ATDML- this time the Typography papers.  I decided to veer away from a shabby page this time, and went for a more graphic design that I thought the bolder colours from this range would suit.

I started by cutting lots of triangles from 2 1/2 by 3 1/2" squares.  I played with the arrangement and then distressed and inked the edges, and drew a little black outline around the newspaper ones.  I left some gaps and alternated the colours.  I then started with some papers for my photo mount, and added added a fussy cut sign and ink bottle, then a string of pearls between them, alongside some stickers from the paper range and a couple of pins.  The title is using my Memory Box die and brown card.

The took a while but we managed to get them all leaning on Durdle Door - my kids loved this style of photo - especially after the incredibly wet walk we had to get over to see Durdle Door (at which point even the kids were saying - is that I talked about the amazing geography at work to produce this wonderful natural arch! I think it didn't help that we all got cold and wet and the tea/ice cream shop had run out of all of those things so there was no extra treat at the end!)

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Dandelion Clocks

Here are some the pages that I made with the Graphic 45 papers sent to me by ATDML - these are all from the Botanical Tea range.

I decided to go for a very shabby style of page, I cut my base patterned paper down by an inch and distressed and inked the edges, as well as creating some little peep bits with some punched edges showing.  I also added doilies and then fussy cut out some flowers and birds, sticking them on with foam pads.  I hand cut my Dandelions as we were on holiday when I made the page, and then added buttons to the centre.  I had to add the title when we got home which is with a memory box die set.

These are just really quick phone snaps taken on a walk home from swimming in the early summer - something kids never grow out of doing! 

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Happiness Found

The last in my little run of Websters Page - and this time I went for a more mixed media style of page, I started with a studio calico chevron mask and some light blue cosmic shimmer mist, I then added some hints of other colours just carefully applying chalk inks to the page and then stamped over the top with an American Crafts stamp I picked up at Homesense (that's also where the wood veneers came from).  I used some vellum from the Strawberry field paper - it has blue wood panels on it, and I embossed it with a woodgrain folder - it's hard to see from the photo.  I layered up lots of different papers, added some muslin, die cut the word Happiness Found using a spellbinders label die, then a paper clip from Ikea, some hearts and stickers and black ink splodges.

The photo is from our holiday in the Alps and at the coffee shop at the bottom of the Aguille du Midi (an amazing trip with stunning views - but also quite petrifying if you aren't good with heights!) you have to get there early to get the tickets for your trip up in the cable car so you end up with a bit of time to relax.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

'cos this is my dream

Some more Websters pages but this time Strawberry Fields - I bought lots of these bits with some birthday money.  I've seen lots of triangles lately and decided to have a go with the design - yes it is hard to cut a 12" triangle as it wouldn't fit in my guillotine!

I layered up the papers, added some of the vellum sheet and a little glassine bag pocket behind the photo.  I also used some Prima resist canvas and inked it in oranges and greens with distress ink, then wood veneers and buttons...lots of colour as this is a happy page.  

My youngest had the opportunity to be in a play at the end of the summer -Adler and Gibb by Tim Crouch - and this is a shot of the after show party for all the kids that joined in - so all the cast, children, chaperones, writers, technical people are in this photo and my little man in the middle with a big smile.  The title is from a conversation I overheard him having with his brother about why he enjoyed and wanted to do this.  It was a few late nights be he absolutely loved it and the cast and crew were great and told a thought provoking story in a clever way on stage.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Love that Smile

My 2nd page from the Scrapmates Crop - more Oceans Melody by Websters Pages (and possibly my favourite sheet of paper from the range).  I did freestyle a little bit on this page - but kept the same sketch idea that Ann had, and then added some of my own kit like the little badge and the wood veneers and sequins.

This is another holiday shot and my youngest practising his beautiful smiles!


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