Saturday, 29 April 2017

Card with a B theme

It's been a very very long time since I did a scrapbooking item related to a letter theme, but at The Sisterhood of Crafters I really loved their challenge of the letter B. B is for...? And to make a card using that theme, where could I go?

I picked my colours based on the B theme - black, blue and burgundy (and added purple to link them together (blue+red=purple). In my digi card I included : bling, butterfly, bird, bolt, border, beads, bricks, blossom, buttons, braid (gold braid around the B). For the title all I could think of was the word beautiful, so I used the "you are beautiful on the inside" as my text on the card. It was challenging looking for B words, but I was amazed how easy it was once I got into the groove.

digi card You Are Beautiful on the Inside Apr 2017

Ingredients : Satin Gold letters,  Prelestnaya P Designs Because of You element 53 (gold braiding circle), Far Far Hills Vintage My Love Dreams 0019 (butterfly), buttons - scanned myself from Dotties Buttons), Wendy Page Digital Design Bling Vol 2 no 2 (blue gem bling), Kimeric Designs Sis Brad no 1, Cilenia Curtis Designs Photo Borders 4x6 01 (changed to gold), Far Far Hills Vintage Style Ornaments Elements 006, K Hartley Among The Wildflowers - border 3, Indigo Designs Celebrate Spring - overlay no 2 (blossom), Mint Printables Birds Exotic Kit - 05 (dove), Far Far Hills 50 Old Mechanical Parts 002 (bolt), Far Far Hills Brick Walls Kit 006, Alexis Design Studios Decadence Alpha & Adornments (letter B), etc

Awards for this card :
The Sisterhood of Crafters May 2017

Cards for the guys

I never really thought about the cards I make too much, as its just something I've done for so long that its become normal to make a card to say thank you, sorry, hi, with sympathy or happy this day or that day.

So here are some cards I've made over the years for guys.In some cases I use the design of a scrapbooking page and then turn it into a guy card. I also usually put a photo of the person (or animal!) the card is for. Somehow it personalises it more. For the guys in my family I usually pick photos from the past.

Fathers Day 2014 digi card

Birthday Card 2017 digi

IRL Thinking of You card with bunnies

Fathers Day card 2016 with some of my Dad's woodwork and wood turning! digi

Happy Birthday 2017 - going for that wood/ corrugated iron lookdigi

2013 Happy Birthday card - tried to make a really
special card for my Uncle's 100th. Was really happy with this
and he loved it. He passed away on the afternoon of
his birthday. digi

Happy Birthday card - yup - find the most embarrasing
photo of my brother and put that on his card! digi

Thank you card with no flowers! 2015 digi

Happy Birthday Card 2014 digi

Sympathy Card Cat 2017 digi

Thursday, 27 April 2017

A Guy Card April 2017

One of my online scrap friends introduced me to Cards 4 Guyz which really made me think about how I make cards for my family and friends and why. I generally personalise my cards as much as possible for the person I'm giving it to. Sometimes its a stranger, but in most cases its someone I know, so I include things I know they like.

I've been creating my cards using digi scrapbooking techniques for about 3 years now. So I thought I would have a go at the Cards 4 Guyz #167 challenge ' the great outdoors' and see how hard it is to create a guy-card on the spot. Well, that was challenging and fun all at the same time! I decided to make my audience 'younglings' or 'young adults' and included wild animals (from the great outdoors!), spiders and leaves and made sure there were no straight up girly items like pretty flowers. I made up the text which seems to follow the modern taste of late; a mix of insulting, truthful and/or humorous!

Cards 4 Guyz #167 'zoo card' digi scrapbooking / card
Ingredients: Animals: Doodlebug Designs, spider - Helly Designs Immortal Beloved kit, string - Fayette Designs Beach Therapy kit, leaves - Lara's Digital World - For Lara kit, fonts: Arial Narrow and DK Cool Crayon.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Art Fix April 2017

You have probably already guessed that I LOVE DIGI SCRAPBOOKING. If not, now you know! Its the creativity outlet I'm doing when I'm not doing creativity in IRL. It's my stop-gap, my go-to and my feel-good when rubbing two sticks together makes nothing but mud or nothing at all IRL.

So when I saw the question in the 365 questions inspiration for the CSI #228 challenge, I knew exactly what that question meant to me and what the answer was.

CSI #228 challenge my page - Art Fix April 2017 digi scrapbooking

How I solved the case : Testimony : April questions, Write on an Artisan Shaped Label, Evidence: solid background, chevrons, arabesque shape, frames (not only the artisan but also the text forms a frame to the layout), monogram, architectural (house), flowers, silver metal (arabesque and bolts etc), transparent stuff (I made the jar inners transparent so it looks like those butterflies are inside the jars), jars, puffy sticker (rabbit).

I really love love loved the silver in this challenge. It rarely comes up in colour challenges. I also loved the artisan shape which I turned into both my monograms and frame for my picture rather than use it for journaling.

Whee. That was so much fun! Thank you CSI!

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Returned 2017

Only in the last 2 years was I given a tiny suitcase with a myriad of items in it belonging to my grandfather on Dad's side who died before I was born. There was a collection of coins from late 1800's to 1920's from England, South Africa, Egypt, Turkey, India and Australia. There were several post cards. There a few photographs. There was a tiny leather sachel with a gold coin it, probably from a WWI uniform.

My grandfather served in the Devon Regiment for Great Britain in World War I. He had a sweetheart before he went to war, who gave secret correspondence on moth or butterfly wings enclosed in envelopes. But when he returned he didn't marry her.

He never spoke of the war to my father, and most of his experiences were lost or from word of mouth from other relatives. He was India at Kut. He was injured there and retained a limp throughout his life. It's believed he went back to England to recuperate and then went The Front in Europe. He emmigrated to Australia with one of his brothers in 1925. He married an Australian around 20 years later and had two children.

So I thought I would do this page based on the items I found in that little suitcase (which is for storing Mason regalia) plus his medals which my father now has.

Returned 2017 digi scrapbooking layout

The Artastic April 2017 inspiration really reminded me of the items in that suitcase, so I decided to make a page from them, plus two extras from the internet, and flowers depicting Germany (cornflower), Lily of the Valley(England), Tulip (Turkey), and Poppy (France).
Artastic April 2017 inspiration

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Digi Digital Scrapbooking - where I get products from

This is as much personal choice as anything, and sometimes budget and skill comes in as well. Not all sites are equal, but over the past ten years it has got easier and easier to download and locate digi kits and items and now even some are available from Etsy and sites like that.

This is just my experience too - you may build up your own favourites for different reasons.

Far Far Hills
Whatever I dislike about Far Far Hills website (mainly the search, naming of kits and ability to find stuff, and the limited and slow download plug in), those kits I've downloaded for free from Far Far Hills are items I use over and over and over again. Particularly their background papers, but also alot of elements. I think on two occasions I have also bought kits from FFH but mostly it took patience in downloading free stuff. It was invaluable in giving me a good range of papers and I continue to go there every couple of months. The items are reasonable quality though most have a texture on them.
New Clothes 4 Nan - an early page of mine with early old-school kit materials

I've got some of my most memorable kits from Pickleberrypop. Easy to view, easy to search, easy to purchase and reasonably easy to download. The kits I seem to use the most often from there are Feli Designs, Lara's Digital World, Prelestnaya, Laura Burger Designs, Lorie M Designs, Armina Designs, Jasmin Olya Designs (mainly commercial use flowers),  Fayette Designs and more new school Tiramisu Designs, Indigo Designs, and Vero Designs to name a few. They also allow me to save a wish list and my cart for months on end.

An early page of mine with PickleberryPop kits

Sweet Shoppe Designs
Where Far Far Hills and Pickleberrypop are my meat and potato sites, sometimes I need to go further afar for eye candy and more new-school products, and Sweet Shoppe is one of those for me. I love the Bad Sewing Machine line from there, the flairs and paint splatters which I have used over and over and over again on layouts. I have also bought 3 kits from there and haven't regretted that either. In total I've bought 11 products from there - and all bar one I use almost one item in every layout I do from Sweet Shoppe!

One of my many pages with Bad Sewing Machine stitching on it

Sugar Hill & Co
Another eye candy site, where I tend to purchase jewels, plastic looking items, buttons, very natural flowers and sprigs, ribbons, pleated trims, and things I just can't get anywhere else. Again, items I've purchased from Sugar Hill & Co I have a high usage rate on. But I haven't bought any full kits from there.

The Digi Chick
A friend recommended this site to me, and I can see why. Here I found kits and elements that I wish I could find years ago. Exciting, good quality, and alot of great gap fillers. I also bought my first lettering kits from here - ones that I just can't make with fonts alone and I use them over and over.

Frou Frou Craft
This is one of those sites operating out of an Etsy-like environment; hand drawn / painted pieces by an artist rather than made up of commercial elements or traditional scrapbooking kits. And though its very specific and will only appeal to a small audience, there are more and more sites popping up like this recently. I really like some of papers from this site and those I bought I use and love love love them!
A page with Frou Frou Craft patterned paper, and collection of Sugar Hill buttons

Cilenia Curtis -  Scrap Art Studio
I got onto this site way too late, and it has since closed. I bought a number of kits from there that seriously filled some gaps. Staples, tags, grungy, paintery effects that I still use items over and over and over again.
A page using mostly items from Cilenia Curtis

Those I wish I hadn't bought?
Of course, there are always some kits I purchased and I regretted it. All I can recommend is 1) never purchase kits when you're in a foul mood or when you feel like you need retail therapy 2) think about five ways you can use that kit rather than just one 3) put it down to experience - its bound to happen eventually 4) delete the kit if you never use it - its liberating and saves room 5) try to look at the kit as a whole - is it really worth it if you're only buying it for one pretty flower?

Items I wish were more readily available
There are still occasions where I look for some items in vain, and either make my own or scan my own in order to fill the need/gap. 
Fairies, toadstools / mushrooms that aren't cartooned with smiley faces, glass items such as vases or glasses (that don't look cheap and nasty), silverware ie knives and forks!, animals that don't look like a 5 year old drew them, satin ribbon that is just straight, fimo style products that are not flowers, frayed material pieces, burnt edged paper, swirls/flourishes (can never have enough of those), food (even fruit and veg is hard to find), gold items, silhouettes, twigs of flowing / interesting sweeps/shapes, rocks!, digital items like mice, keyboards, etc, pens, pencils, paint brushes, just to name a few!

Friday, 14 April 2017

The Power of 2 April 2017

I've finally found a fit for this beautiful post card I received at Christmas of my cousinettes Violet and Olive. After several previous goes, I kind of knew what I wanted but just couldn't make it happen - but with the Archiscraps April 2017 Challenge I finally found ideas brewing in my brain and went with it. YAY.

Every Christmas I get another post card from my cousin and his wife of the family and lately just Violet and Olive and I see them grow and grow, even though they live in America.

The Power of 2 - digi scrapbooking layout - Archiscraps april 2017
I love using black in a layout, particularly in the background, but its tough to balance colours around it so that they still pop and you don't really notice there is alot of black. I love the grungy feel and using metal and alternative products which I don't do enough of. I looked at the sewing machine inspiration shot and picked pieces off it  - even the style of writing on it for my title to pull the page together. It was way FUN.

Ingredients: Fayettes Time 4 Dreams - Grungy Black (paper), Laura Burger Time T - Doodad 2, Laitha’s Designs Back n Time - Elements e09 (sequined stitched flower), Helly Immortal Beloved - Flower 1 (silvered flower), Lara’s Digital World Shades of Love - Flower1 (paper flower with pearls in centre), Yalana Designs Light Feelings no 31 (white paper flower with jewel), USA round stamp 2016, Far Far Hill 50 old mechanical parts Vintage Scans 002, Far Far Hills Freebies kit clock & gears 0010, Laitha’s Designs Back In Time - Elements e17 (pin), Far Far Hills Shabby Clock - 009, Wendy Page Designs Not So Basic Back To Basics Stitches 2_7, Fayette Designs Cool Breeze - Doodleline dash, Lorie M Designs Doodle Shapes C7_5solid, Vectoria Designs 257 Copper Alphabet 1, etc

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

The Dream Mar 2017

I was inspired by the Forgeries on the Fourth at Counterfeit to produce this page, which I was sort of going for a mood board look. I really enjoying making articles to fit the forgeries items, but still haven't quite done a proper enter and hop there yet.

The Dream. Digi page. based on Mar 2017 Counterfeit Kit Forgeries on the Fourth
The text says :I had this amazing dream on the third anniversary of my Nan's death on 28th Feb 2017. I was at Auntie Edna's and tea, cake and biscuits were laid out on the coffee table, and Nan, Uncle Allen and AUntie Edna were there and Nan was pouring me tea. It was so real. Auntie Edna was angry and accused me of not visiting her for 2 years. I said it was only near one year, but was afraid to say why (because she died nearly 12 months ago). Auntie Edna seemed to forgive me and gave me a big hug, as did Nan. It was so real, that when I woke up, it took me a while to remember that they have all passed. Mar 2017"


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