Kaiser ‘Garage Days’

So it has been awhile since my last post. ūüė¶

Not what I had planned, but life has been very busy and I’ve not had time or energy to devote to my scrapping. I did, however, very much like this new range by KaiserGarage Days – and so I decided to spend a little time putting this layout together for Madame.

It’s a nice, grungy masculine range – a bit vintage in the image choice (which you either love or loathe), but you can ignore the images and use the cool colours and patterns if you are so inclined. The blues, reds and yellow work together really well and there is a fabulous ledger page to provide a contrast to all that colour.

I started off with a piece of Workshop – but rather than trim off the Manufacturer’s Strip at the bottom – I left it, and trimmed off some of the paper from the top.¬† I also inked every paper edge on the layout with Versa Magic Jumbo Java, just to grunge it up a little more.

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Then I added a cut-down section of Wheel Alignment. Love this pattern – and the contrast to the orange-red is simply awesome. To get this clean neat look to the two papers, use your craft knife to cut the edge of the title shape around the top half of the shape. Then slip the smaller paper in under the title shape and adhere. Now it looks like it is just the one piece of paper/design.

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I’ve then added in a section of the ledge paper – Nuts and Bolts – to provide some contrast to all that colour. As you can tell by now – I’m going for a layered look for this layout, so I need something for all the colours to contrast against and the ledger does that nicely.

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I used a little of one of the papers from the¬†Paper Pad here, but you just as easily use a bit of Workshop if you didn’t want to buy the pad.

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Another piece from the Paper Pad, overlaid on a section of Gas Tank 

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and adhered over the ledger paper. The layering works as it repeats patterns (the diamonds) and colours (red and blue) – you end up with a complex look to the layout without much effort (well – without much apparent effort).

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Finally – the photo. Madame and her adoring Daddy sharing a moment together out in the backyard. If she looks a little smug at getting a cuddle – it’s probably due to the fact that it was me getting one 5 mins before, until she came and usurped my spot. *roll eyes*

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I had a bit of a dilemma at this point – I liked the layering so much I didn’t really want to hide it under a tonne of embellishments AND my poor brain is still a little fried, so simple was very appealing to my level of creative ability just at the moment. I’m having a bit of a ‘funk’ and rebellion at all the medium heavy and ‘tonnes of stuff’ trend at the moment, so I decided to keep it simple and see what came of that.

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I popped together a small cluster of assorted cog/gear bits that were left-over from other layouts Рalong with a couple of die cuts from the Collectibles pack, a small flower and a wayward bit of twine.. Some are only pieces of cog, whilst others are the full thing Рand they have been inked with an assortment of inks (metallic silver, black and white with a light coat of Kindyglitz) to match the colours of the papers.

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Another smaller cluster used some more of the spare cogs/gears (some are wood and some are chipboard), another flower and another die cut from the Collectibles pack.

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I also used a diamond pattern die cut strip from the Sticker Sheet – but over the top of it I added a rubon from the Rubon Pack. As usual from Kaiser, it didn’t work properly the complete length of the rubon, but since it is a grungy sort of layout, it didn’t worry me too much.

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The only problem with the rubon was that it wasn’t long enough to do the entire width of the page. This left me with a section of the diamond pattern die cut strip that would be without a rubon overlay. To hide this missing section I popped the largest embellishment cluster underneath the photo and over the top of the missing rubon section.

This time I used an assortment of cogs and wheels from my stash. They’re all chipboard and probably from a range of different companies. I kept to the same selection of inks – but added in a grungy light blue I found that matched the blue in the diamond pattern of one of the papers.

The final element was a tag I made out of a left-over bit of the ledger paper and a piece of twine. I popped a note on it about how much Madame loves her Daddy and cuddles with him. She’s getting to that age where she is leaving the ‘kiss goodbye’ out of the parting routine at school – so Hubby is treasuring his cuddles while he still gets them.

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So here is the final layout. Looking back at it now I am not sure that I like the simplicity of it after all – I might just have another play with it over this week. Browsing through the store pages for these papers I noticed some of the other store items that Tracy has popped in as suggestions – and there are a number of charms I want to add now – along with some of the new stamps Kaiser released with this range. If I add to it I will repost the new version.

Garage Days is an awesome range to play with – I do like the way it suits a girly/daddy layout – as well as being great for all types of masculine layouts. DS2 got his P’s not that long ago – so I can’t wait to do a layout for him to celebrate that – and the car theme of this range is just perfect for that.

So check out the store for Garage Days, you won’t be disappointed.

True Romance – a double layout

I don’t do doubles all that often – about as often as I do multi-photo layouts – so it makes a nice change to work on a multi-photo double layout. There has been a lot going on over the past few months and I’ve not had much time to scrap and I am doubly pleased to get something finally completed.

The range is one of the two new Kaiser ranges for June – True Romance – and it is a sweet and pretty range, just perfect for feminine, shabby chic style layouts. I had some sweet and pretty photos of Madame playing around in her new ‘favourite’ outfit – so it was a match made in heaven really.

The dominant shades in the range are pale blues, greens and pink – with a slighter darker reddish pink for contrast. Themes in the range include some gorgeous pink roses; birds with their cages; and lots of lovely luggage tags. All very girly and pretty. Madame was enchanted with the range.

For the base of ‘Cherish Life’s Moments’ I used the reverse side of the¬†Affection paper – but I cut it out as a frame, so that I could use the smaller piece as well. Over this went a slightly smaller piece of¬†the reverse side of Faithful and then over this went the cut-out bit of Affection. I really like the old-fashioned script you can see on this paper and being a background pattern, you can pile heaps of other things over it without missing out on anything really pretty.

I distressed all the paper edges and inked only the base paper. Rather than use other paper layers, to embellish the page I added a paper doily and some hand cut roses/tags. The larger of the two tags comes from the Desire patterned paper. The hand cut title letters on it are from the First Sight  paper.

The fussy nature of the hand cut flowers/doily make the layout look a little busy – so I kept other embellishments to a minimum.

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I love these filigree edges – the Twiddlybitz Wrought Iron Mantle (WI004) – it’s so easy to pop them alongside a photo to make an interesting border piece. This one has been inked with several layers of ink to get that lovely mottled pattern. The first layer was a mid-dark grey ink. Over that went a layer of white – but very sparingly – and then random bits of white ink dabbed here and there. You end up with a variety of greys and some white splotches – all very chic and shabby.

Over the top I popped some hand cut roses from the Adore paper and¬†the daughter charm from the¬†Daughter Pink Charming Rose Chain. I embossed the charm (and all the other bronze charms on the layout) with some Stampendous Aged Embossing Enamel Ivory¬†– but I need to make a note not to do this again with the ‘text’ still inside the charm. ūüė¶ Obviously the glue didn’t like being heated – oh well, you learn as¬† you go.) The cream pearl is part of the Cream and Antique Bronze Keys Charming Chain set (oos) – I’ve used the rest elsewhere on the layout.

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In the top right-hand corner of the layout is the rest of the¬†Daughter Pink Charming Rose Chain¬†set. I’ve curled over a bit of the top paper edge and tucked some more hand cut flowers from the Adore paper underneath the edge – just to fill this empty bit of corner.

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I like to layer other embellishments on my chipboard pieces – here I’ve added some more hand cut flowers¬†and the rest of the Cream and Antique Bronze Keys Charming Chain set (oos) – to the¬†Twiddleybitz Eiffel Tower (EIF001).¬†Like the other chipboard pieces on the layout (the exception being the title) the Eiffel Tower has been given the grey/white inking treatment.

The Twiddleybitz chipboard title – Life’s Moments – has been treated with Stampendous Aged Embossing Enamel Ivory embossing powder – which gives it a lovely creamy white colour with gold flecks through it.

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Underneath the photo I added in a Large Antique Bronze Key charm and one of the tag pieces from the Perforated Tags Sweetheart patterned paper.

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The second page of the double showcases Madame’s (current) outfit. It’s a very pretty, feminine tulle skirt and crocheted top from an Australian company called Dollcake. (They make the MOST stunning clothes for girls – and very reasonably priced for what you get. There are time I am envious of her and wish that they made them in adult sizes.)

I’ve used the same basic patterned paper arrangement as for the left side of the double and kept to roughly the same elements.

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The filigree work on this Twiddlybitz Wrought Iron Mantle (WI004) is a nice match for the crochet work on the top. The top was the inspiration for using the doily as well. The roses and charm embellishment is one I made up myself from various left-overs. It came up rather nice I think – and I can see myself making a few more.

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All of the hand cut flowers come from the Adore paper and the two tags are again from the Perforated Tags Sweetheart patterned paper. I trimmed off the perforated bits and inked the edges to hide that they were once perforated.

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The final elements in the layout are the gorgeous tag that came with the skirt/top and in keeping with the dress theme – I added in one of the Twiddleybitz ¬†Vintage Miss Mannequins (VTG001). They come in a set of three – this is one of the plain designs. The “K” bronze charm is from my stash, but the rose next to it is one of the ‘left-overs’ I used to make my other embellishment.

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So there you have it – my first layout in several months – and a pretty feast of girly sweetness. Check out my2angels for the Twiddleybitz chipboard, True Romance papers and bronze charms I’ve used and have some fun making your own shabby chic creation.

Timeless

I meant to post this up last week, but I’ve simply been too busy. It’s week 2 of the Twiddleybitz “word month” and this is my contribution to it (even if it is a little late) ūüė¶

I started with this lovely photo of my daughter. It’s a timeless moment – she’s¬†caught between the innocence of childhood, with just a hint of the¬†teenager she will become showing through.¬†The colours in it are perfect for the new Prima Engraver range. All those lovely browns and creams – and it’s easy enough for me to add in a bit of blue to match her eyes.

I started with a sheet of Black Leaf, which I distressed and then inked with some Tim Holtz Wild Honey Distress Ink. Then I cut out the middle section so I could use it on another layout. Over the hole I placed a sheet of Cessello, which was also distressed and inked with Wild Honey Distress Ink. For my photo matt I collected a selection of paper strips from Cartouche (the ruler sections), Bank Note (the script section) and Calligraphy (the 2 inked sections on the left and right and the grey section behind the photo) and arranged them until I was happy with how they looked behind the photo.

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Most of the edges of the patterned papers are inked with Wild Honey Distress Ink. The section of Bank Note¬†(the script) has Vintage Photo though, so as to provide a bit of a contrast. There’s a piece of Tim H0ltz Ideal-ology Film Strip Ribbon tucked in front of the script paper

This gorgeous little chipboard corner is actually half a Twiddlybitz Wrought Iron Mantle¬†(WI004) – I simply snipped it along the middle. It’s been inked with ¬†Wild Honey Distress Ink¬†and then given a light spray of Iridescent Gold Glimmermist¬†(oos). It fills the empty space in the corner without being over-powering.

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In the top right corner of the layout is an embellishment cluster made up of a distressed, inked strip of script paper (there are a number of different papers in the range you can use for that), a piece of Tim H0ltz Ideal-ology Film Strip Ribbon, a segment of Twiddleybitz Fern Leaf Large (FER003), an Antique Bronze Clock charm , a brown rose from the Engraver Roses collection and a Glass Cabochon that I painted the underside of with some Blue Suede Shoes Glimmer Glam. The fern leaves were given a coat of Vintage Photo and a light spray of Iridescent Gold Glimmermist (oos). You can just see the shimmer on the leaves in the photo.

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On a couple of sections of Calligraphy I used my Vintage Photo Distress Stain to make a few ink splots. The bronze key is from my stash.

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From the Calligraphy¬†sheet I cut out one of the watchfaces and popped it under the photo. It’s partially hiding another of the¬†Twiddelybitz Wrought Iron Mantle (WI004) pieces – this time left in one piece.

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In the bottom right corner of the layout is another embellishment cluster. I’ve tucked another strip of the Tim H0ltz Ideal-ology Film Strip Ribbon, and a¬†segment of Twiddleybitz Fern Leaf Large (FER003) under a Bronze Filagree Border.

The leaf has been cut out of the reverse side of Roulette and then inked with Weathered Wood Distress Ink and the flower is from the Engraver Roses collection. The key is one of the Twiddleybitz Mini Keys (MINI004) which was given a coat of Blue Suede Shoes Glimmer Glam. The heart cabochon is from my stash Рit has been popped onto a bit of text from Calligraphy.

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The embellishment cluster on the left side of the layout has most of the elements of the other clusters. There are several additions, including a Yellow and Antique Bronze Charming Pin, a flower head cut from the reverse side of Roulette , a resin flower from my stash, another hand-made cabochon and an Antique Bronze Clock with Bee Charm.

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Here’s a close-up of the cluster so you can see all the detail in the various elements. To the left is another watchface cut out from the Calligraphy sheet and inked with¬† Vintage Photo¬†and Wild Honey Distress Ink.

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The title – Timeless (WOR045) – has been inked with Weathered Wood Distress Ink¬†and then splattered with a combination of All That Jazz Glimmer Glaze and Blue Suede Shoes Glimmer Glam. It’s the perfect contrast to all that brown, cream¬†and yellow.

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Well this little beauty –¬†along with the other items I have done over the past months for Twiddleybitz – is winging its way to the Papercrafts Festival in Sydney. So you can get up close and personal with it for yourself. Trudi is doing a fabulous class and there are new products to be released – so don’t miss your chance to see all the wonderful DT work and buy some gorgeous Twiddleybitz for yourself.

 

 

 

 

Twiddleybitz is the word…

This month for Twiddleybitz, we are promoting the many and varied chipboard words that they have on offer. To start the month rolling, I had a play with the word “Treasure” (WOR046) and some of the yummy papers that are part of the gorgeous 75 cents¬†range from Kaiser.

Madame blessed me with with a “want to take some photos?” moment last weekend – and in the 10 minutes of grace I was given, I managed to snag some beauties. After¬†mucking about with them on photoshop I knew I had the perfect photos for both my treasure word and 75 cents.

I have to admit – Kaiser regularly come out with some shockers – but when they come out with stunning ranges like ¬†75 cents – I tend to forgive them their less than stellar releases. Like Pickled Pear (another great release), the ¬†75 cents range has a vintage feel to it. Soft, muted colours, mixed with floral patterns, butterflies, a quirky domino pattern and vintage labels – all combine to give ¬†75 cents a wide ranging appeal. I love the soft turquoise colour they’ve matched with charcoal and a variety of soft, muted browns.

My base paper for Treasure is Guinea – which is probably the highlight paper for the range. I really wanted a lot of it to show in the final layout – so the only contrast I’ve done is to make a small distressed-edge frame out of the chevron side of Tuppence. To save on sheets of patterned paper – I did this by cutting out the middle of my base sheet of Guinea ¬†and then overlaying that over the piece of Tuppence. That way I only needed to use 2 sheets and not 3. I also made sure to keep my frame smaller than the lovely edge pattern on Guinea¬†¬†– as I knew I wanted to make a feature of that pattern later.

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On the bottom left of the layout I added some fussy-cut flowers from the Penny paper. These not only filled the blank space next to the photo – they also flowed out to the left edge of the page where there is a pretty edge pattern. Doing this helps to make the layout flow around the page and it also helps to blend the different layers/elements on the page together.

Under the cut-out flowers is a Kaiser stamp – Remember this Moment – which I inked with black Stazon Ink. I love these small stamps they put out. They’re easy on the budget and fit into small spaces well.

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Moving up the left side of the layout, we come to one of my all-time favourite Twiddleybitz pieces. This is their Flying Butterfly Clock (SPK002) – part of their Steampunk collection. I’ve used it on a number of layouts now and it never gets old. This time I inked it with Wild Honey Distress Ink, before spraying it with Iridescent Gold Glimmermist. Then I dried it with my heat gun and randomly re-applied more Wild Honey Distress Ink. This gives it the mottled appearance you see – but at the same time the whole thing is shimmery and sparkly.

Leaving the butterfly chipboard whole makes it too ‘in your face’ – so to lessen the impact a little, I added some more fussy cut flowers from Penny . The largest grouping has been mounted on a pop-dot, with the other pieces tucked in underneath it. This allowed me to add a little depth¬†to this part of the layout and also to control the size of the flower cluster.

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In the top left corner of the layout I added another cluster of fussy cut flowers from Penny . Again, some of them are popped up on glue dots for dimension. This time I combined the cluster with another Kaiser stamp – Textured Stamp Arty – which was also stamped with black Stazon ink.

Next to the flower cluster is a small chipboard butterfly from Twiddleybitz. I’ve actually cut up one of their small corner pieces so I could get this butterfly. The original Butterfly Corner (COR006)¬†is just gorgeous (so it was a shame to cut it up), but I only wanted the individual butterflies. I did keep the rest of the corner for later use though. All the chipboard on this layout has the same finish – I wanted a uniform look to it.

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Layered behind the photo is¬†a series of layers of patterned papers. I started with a cream and brown patterned paper – Sovereign – which was inked black along the edges. Over that went a contrasting section of the reverse side of Dime. The third layer¬†is actually a¬†die cut panel from Pound¬†¬†(it’s the one on the middle left edge). I cut it into two so that I could use it on both sides of the photo. The majority of it is the piece on the right – the one you can see here is only a small corner strip.

The paper layers were laid on an angle to one another so that you could see bits of each layer here and there. Over the layers I added some die cut butterflies from the Collectibles pack. One of them is a journalling tag and I have added a short message to my daughter on that one.

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On the right-hand side of the photo I¬†added more fussy cut flowers from Penny ¬†and another¬†small chipboard butterfly from Twiddleybitz. Underneath that is the bulk of the journalling die cut from Pound . Rather than journal on it, I stamped yet another Kaiser textured stamp – 36 which has¬†a pattern on it that matches in well with the 75 cents range. The butterfly and ‘memories’ tag both come from the Collectibles pack.

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I love this new trinket from my2angels РTracy has been very clever and her latest addition to the Charming Chains collection is the Charming Rose Chain Design. I stole one of the Daughter Charming Rose Chains and modified it a little (the original rose colour options are brown, pink and purple Рnone of which suit this layout) and added another Twiddleybitz butterfly to finish it off.

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Finally, we come to the highlight of the layout. I’ve stamped behind the chipboard title with the KaiserTextured Stamp Arty – as this acts as a foil for the title. Then I glued the Twiddleybitz ¬†“Treasure” (WOR046) title on. When that was secure, I randomly dotted around it with my Tombow glue and sprinkled Creamy Latte Sugar Beads all over, brushing off the ones that didn’t adhere.

Voila – all done – and doesn’t it look stunning? (even if I do say so myself)

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Sometimes you are lucky enough to get a perfect photo, which you can match to the perfect paper range to go with it. And then you can be blessed with just the right inspiration to make all of it

Sometimes, just sometimes, you find the perfect paper range to go with the perfect photo, just when you are blessed with the right inspiration and it all just falls into place. This is one of those times for me. When I look back at the end of the year at the layouts I have done in 2013 РI am sure that this will still be one of my favourites.

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Some of the bits and pieces I have used in this mini come from my2angels.

I love these large bronze flowers – they are part of the antique bronze filigree flower mix (which sadly at the moment is oos) – how cool do they look with the stamens filled with Crystalina Kindyglitz??

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The butterfly is actually part of the antique bronze butterfly filigree clip (I pulled mine off the clip to use) and the pink 7mm rose buds are also from my2angels.

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So check them out at my2angels now.

Kaiser Class Act – Double layout

Hmmm – interesting way to spend the post-Xmas euphoria period – scrapping a range outside your comfort zone – with photos you wouldn’t normally use in a pink fit. Tracy needed someone to step in (in a hurry) with the new Kaiser release – Class Act – so I put up my hand. Now primary colours are not my usual thing and cutesy themed ranges are generally outside my personal preferences zone – but I am fairly happy with what I managed to put together. Lol – especially since it meant using REAL photos rather than my preferred arty ones. You know, casual snaps – the ones with chaotic backgrounds, mis-matched clothes and messy hair – that don’t make picture perfect photos, but capture the nitty-gritty of everyday life.

Kaiser’s new range is bright and funky and very school-themed in appearace. Bright red, yellow and turquoise dominate the papers, with patches of orange, black and creamy white (think writing and grid pad patterns) and the odd bit of green and brown. To embellish, there are lots of rulers (some in almost glow-in-the-dark colours), pennants and small funky patterns – but most importantly – there are 3 wonderful pages of journalling blocks that cover all the year levels and almost all the possible school activities that you could think of.

My children’s school has a Grand-Parent’s Day every year and it is the highlight of my daughter’s school year. She sends a personally written invitation home and the class prepares a number of activities they share with their grandparents on the day. It is always a bit of a fuss at our place – because this is usually the time of year her grandparents are away on one of their ‘grey nomad trips” – but they usually make the effort to come back from where-ever they are to spend this special day with her and her brothers.

To record this day, (since parents are not allowed to attend), I usually end up with some happy-snaps that are slightly out-of-focus, poorly composed and which feature backgrounds that are a photographer’s nightmare. Still – they are cherished memories and need to be recorded in a layout. Last year though, I got more than the usual 2 or 3 – so I’ve had to work hard on how to include them all, along with the stories that need to be told. The 4 best photos have ended up on the double page layout – with all the other photos included on tags that I popped under one of the larger photos. That way my daughter still has a full memory of the day – and I can bear to look at the layout without groaning at the photo overload.

Left page

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Both pages in the double are based on the same general structure and the majority of the paper edges have been inked with black ink (Black Soot) to help make them stand out.

For the base page I used the bright turquoise (chevron) pattern on the reverse side of Accomplish. Rather than lose the entire page (and thus all those lovely ruler bits on the other side) РI trimmed out the middle section first and then popped a piece of the reverse side of  Complete  (the writing pad pattern) over it, as the centre section of the layout. It already has a notebook edge along one side Рbut I chose to punch over this with my EK Success Notebook Punch to emphasis this pattern.

There’s this really interesting funky pattern on the edge of Perform – so I chose to cut this in a way I could make a feature of this edge piece. I flipped the remaining piece over and used it reverse-side up (the yellow with orange writing bit) under the photos.

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Under the main photo of my daughter and her grandmother – I tucked in one of the journalling panels from the Superstar paper. Not only does it make a nice journalling spot – but the large “1” on it also stands for the year level she was in at the time of the photo.

The numerals for the year section of the title come from my Itty Bitty Alphabet (ALPHA005B) by Twiddleybitz. They’re the perfect size for that space and being already black – I didn’t need to do anything to them.

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Here you can see the funky patterned bit along the edge of Perform – I’ve cut under 2 of the edges of the pattern and tucked the photo under them to try and hide some of the messy background in the photo. Then I cut out some of the ruler bits from the cut-out section of the base ¬†Accomplish¬†paper. Overlaid over them, is a section hand-cut from one of the journalling panels on Personal Best. To embellish this corner – I added a paper-clip from my stationary collection and 3 silver charms from my2angels: the ruler, abc book and little boy¬†(which in this case is just a ‘little person’ charm).

Finding a ‘dark contrast’ colour in this range is a little difficult (other than the Finish paper¬†– which isn’t really that dark and¬†I didn’t have it anyway). The Threading Water punched edge section you can see tucked under the edge of the Perform¬† paper, is actually created from the black ruler design. Luckily, that¬†ruler bit is pretty wide – so I cut it up and have used it in several spots around the layout.

Underneath this larger photo is a smaller one that shows one of the activities from Grandparents Day. Here, my daughter is tracing out her Grandmother’s hand, so that she can then write on it 5 words (one in each finger) that best describe her Grandmother. (Isn’t that an ‘ahhhhhh’ moment!! Hmmm – I shall have to go find that bit of paper and write on the layout what she actually wrote for her 5 words and put that on a tag I can pop under the photo.) The smaller photo, along with the ruler ‘bits,’ are held together with a stationary metal clip – which I pop-dotted to the layout.

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Under the smaller of the two photos, I popped some twine that was just randomly twisted here and there to make interesting loops. At the end of the twine I glued on a little bow and a small silver apple charm. Behind these bits, you can see another section of the Threading Water punched length of black ruler from the Perform  paper.

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On this section of the random twine embellishment, I added a silver handmade charm to represent the ‘hand activity’ that is shown in the smaller photo.

And that’s the left side of the double done.

Right Side 

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For the right side, I pretty much started off with the same composition of papers, but flipped the page so that that yellow edge pattern (on Accomplish) was diagonally opposite to the left side of the double; and the funky edge section of Perform is now at the bottom, left edge of the page and not the top.

The rest of the title has more of my favourite Itty Bitty Alphabet (ALPHA005B) by Twiddleybitz Рthough the larger text is one of the Kaiser chipboard alphas I have left-over bits of in my stash.

All the left over (and ‘not so’ good) photos will go with more journalling on a series of¬†tags -which I have/will pop under the larger photo on this page. The tags are/will be made from odd bits of Class Act papers – I’ve still got a few to make – and I will share these later down the track, when I get enough paper to finish them all off.

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The photo (of Madame reading to her Grandfather)¬†is still tucked under the¬†funky edge section of Perform ¬†and I used the same combination of ruler ‘bits’, but this time I popped on¬†a different hand-cut journalling element from the Superstar paper.¬†A bit more twine and a pair of silver scissors charm finishes it all off perfectly.

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Above the photo I looped some twine to make random circles and then embellished this with a silver artist paint tray charm.

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For the photo of them sharing lunch together РI matted it with another journalling panel from the Superstar paper. I needed something to provide some visual interest and contrast; and having just the edges of the journalling panel showing was perfect (though the whole panel is very pretty in itself.)

The actual journalling is written on the left-over section of the¬†Personal Best journalling panel (used¬†on the left page) – since I¬†didn’t want to waste it. I also popped bits of twine here and there on this layout, rather than making a long senction like the previous page – and here I simply made some loose circles and then topped these with a bow.

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Under the larger photo I popped another of the twine circle and loops embellishments and finished it off with an abc silver block charm.

So there it is – my venture into the raw reality of candid photos. The whole thing is still way too fussy and cluttered for me – but Madame adores it and that’s all that counts.

So if you have school photos from past years – particularly primary or prep photos – check out the Class Act collection at my2angels. The range of colours in the papers will suit most school uniforms; and the huge selection of journalling panel prompts, cover pretty much anything your kid will do at school. And then get scrapping – you have about a month before the new lot of school photos start rolling in … ūüėČ

Twiddleybitz, All Hallows Eve – the other page.

Arrgghhh – having computer issues now. Another virus.¬† Biting the bullet and have put in an order for a new computer – this one is just past trying to save. There’s only so many times you can raise the dead. I will have to limp along with this one for a week or so – without Outlook (s0 no emails) and only partial access to the internet (so not much posting anywhere) until the new one has been built though – so bear with me.

I’ve managed to sneak in and grab the photo images of the completed second page for DS2’s Cyanide & Happiness layout – so whilst I can get access to them, here they are. It’s not often you get asked to make a matching page – so when DS2 begged for the comic strip to be shown rather than hidden behind the tag, I thought I would humour him and make one up. Lol – the hardest part was finding a strip that wasn’t rude or offensive, so that it could be shown without offending anyone.

I’ve kept to the same papers and cardstock – but I turned them 90 degrees to prevent the layout looking too similar. So, the¬†base for the layout is a piece of Burnt Orange/Chocolate cardstock. The bottom layer is the dotted reverse side of Spooky Damask and over this is one of the web pattern reverse side of Scary Stripe. For the top layer,¬†there¬†is a section of the newsprint pattern from Skeleton. Just above the layered papers I added a left-over strip from a scalloped punched edge of the¬†striped side of Scary Stripe.

I used my new Tim Holtz Halloween Blue-print stamps to create this lovely little tombstone. I’ve stamped it onto a piece of Marshmellow/Kraft cardstock and then added a little smudging of Black Soot Distress Ink¬†to age it a little.

The same process produced this cute little bat as well.

Up in the right-hand top corner I filled in some ‚Äėwhite‚Äô space with another embellishment cluster: a bit of the¬†skull and crossbones sticker strip from the Element Stickers pack, a pennant strip¬†of Scary Stripe¬†and a cute little Black Skeleton¬†Charm from Tracy.

I love this chippy. ūüôā It has turned out way better than I hoped it might with such a simple treatment. It’s a Twiddleybitz Winged Skull (SKU001) and like the spiderweb on the first page, it ws Gesso’ed and then inked¬†with an old black catseye inkpad. I’ve tried to ink the chippy so that the darker areas match where there would be shadows on a real skull and I think it has worked a treat. I popped some darker cardstock behind the eye sockets and nose to add to the shadows. DS2 thinks it is awesome, so you can’t not be happy with that.

¬†The small chipboard letters are¬†again from the Itty Bitty Alphabet (ALPHA005B) from Twiddleybitz. They were black originally, but I painted them with some Kaiser Mocha paint. Again I ‚Äėblobbed‚Äô it on ‚Äď so the alphas have a heap of texture to them in real life that doesn‚Äôt show up well in the images.

I’ve a few more layouts to share – but getting them up will depend on how¬†often and long¬†I can beg a laptop from my teens. Hopefully I’ll get my new, virus-free and better-protected desktop within a week. Until then -check out my2angels for All Hallows Eve and all the other new stock Tracy has had arrive this week.