Scrapbook Creations Farewell Edition

Issue 95 of Scrapbook Creations is now available and this is my final contribution as a Design Diva.

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In this issue I was given a STAMPING challenge and had some lovely wood-mounted stamps by Inkadinkadoo to play with along with K&Co papers which are a nice heavy weight; perfect for mixed media and other wet media play.

I wanted to do something different to simply stamping the image onto the layout.

Firstly I swiped the patterned paper with gesso and when it was dry enough took the larger stamp and added another layer of the botanical theme.
It kinda looked boring so grabbed the smaller flower stamp and some red StazOn to create a border around the photo, using a plain paper mask to indicate where the photo would go. I found the more you layered the stamping from a very wet stamp, to an almost dry stamp, the more interesting it got.
You could also use this technique in reverse, applying the layering to the corner of a greeting card or journaling card. Just remember to spin the image a little to get variation.

It’s been an absolute pleasure working with these girls and especially Casey Ioannou who is one patient and understanding Editor! I’ll miss the regularity of work and the deadlines (I do love an end-date!); seeing my mug-shot every issue and all the freebies; B-U-T in the spirit of the “end-date” I felt it was my time to hand my tiara to another talented gal, worthy of the Diva title…and there are soooo many out there. There is fantastic new talent emerging, and I am envious of their seemingly effortless ability to throw it all together!

I wish Casey and the SC staff continued success. I believe there are some changes in the pipeline…..which I am now no longer privy to {{insert grumpy face}}….so we shall all have to wait and see.



Celebration Inspiration

The latest edition of Scrapbook Creations is out. Issue 93 is especially cool as my fellow Divas and I put together an entire library of ways to Celebrate your Life!
Fairly apt considering we get caught up in daily nonsense and forget to be still and say “Hooray for Us”.
Here is my little project which I can reveal is the easiest thing in the world to do. The hardest part would be choosing the photos to collage for the year. So many memories and candid moments to include.

You need to purchase the mag to get all the instructions.
You’ll find my project on page 19 which faces the Jo Sonja advertising feature. They were one of my fabulous Papercrafts Festival workshop sponsors so I’m thrilled to be placed next to them this issue.

I really don’t scrapbook much anymore as so many other duties have replaced all the spare scrappy time and I am simply in love with all my artwork and art journalling adventures these days. So my project reflects that shift in time and thinking and I’m positive a lot of women out there will relate to that and embrace the project.
If you do replicate my Memory Board project, email it to me and I’ll feature you and your blog here.

I have another layout in there too. We Divas were asked to play around with multiple photos on a layout (feature starts page 49).

I had fun working with a new The Crafter’s Workshop stencil and very minimal paper.

That is all for now. I have more art journalling and play-testing to share.
Don’t forget, Issue 93 of Scrapbook Creations

Papercrafts Festival Goodness

I did it!!!!
I did RISE to the occassion and so happy for the wonderful ladies who took to the challenge with me!
All the niggling doubt and uncertainty surrounding the preparation for a workshop like this, was dispelled within the first hour of the first workshop.
I produced 2 samples for the workshop. These 2 canvases are made using the same kit.

"moody" sample

"bright" sample

Thanks must also go to my FABULOUS and generous sponsors, without whom, the outcome would’ve been quite different. {click on image to go to their website}

Helmar adhesives

stamps by Stamp It

Craft Queen ribbon

Kaisercraft rubons and rhinestones

Chroma (for Jo Sonja paints)

paper flowers from TLC Crafts

I also sourced excellent materials from these local businesses:
Art Shed Brisbane
Riot Art & Craft
Pack It In
Reverse Garbage

And here are the ladies in action! {very messy play!}

I was terrified that these mostly scrapbookers wouldn’t embrace the freedom of expression that comes with mixed media. Some looked totally unconvinced, but at the one-hour-mark I could see them opening up to the creative possibilities in front of them. I hope they can translate some of the techniques they learnt onto their layouts.

And so I have 2 of these stamp sets left!

To have one of these for yourself, just link a pic of your finished canvas to the comments section below BY WEDNESDAY 29 FEBRUARY MIDNIGHT and I will randomly draw 2 winners.