29 September 2012

Scrap Friends colours ...

Scrap Friends pallete challenge this month had an interesting combination of food inspired colours.

I've created a simple layout using tags rather than patterned paper.

Some birthday candy ...

Scrap Friends is having a birthday and in celebration is having a sensational give-away on their blog of some gorgeous birthday candy kits.

It closes on 3rd October, so to be in with a chance to win you just have to share on your blog/facebook/twitter/social network Scrap Friends blog link and become a follower. Then don't forget to use Mr Linky on their blog to link to your blog. Winners will be announced on the 5th October.

Plus on Oct 3rd - Oct 4th there will be a huge birthday sale!

28 September 2012

Something new ...

In my random searching of the internet I recently came across a little challenge blog called Scrap Africa and a challenge this month to scrap a layout using this rather different inspiration piece.

The interpretation of this was left largely up to the viewer and since they happily take international entries I thought I would give it a go.

I wanted to use some bright happy colours to help portray those that are normally found in a simple packet of crayons. I also wanted to focus more on the living life to the full side of the inspiration piece.

26 September 2012

Another new challenge blog ...

Another challenge blog I have stumbled across recently is The Studio Challenges and I thought I might enter in at least one of their challenges this month - two if time allows.

The first is to create a page using numbers as a main element – a title, subject, design feature, whatever works for you.

I decided to use several numbers as part of the main embellishment feature on my page.

I've been trying hard to get my son's school album up to date and since these photographs are from Year 2 and he is now in Year 8 you can see I haven't been all that successful lol.  Never mind, I can at least say that I have another page done.

14 September 2012

Archi-Scraps meets Wiltshire ...

Joining in again with Julene and her Archi-Scraps challenge blog,  where this month she threw me a slight curve ball when she introduced this Australiana style home as our inspiration piece.

Since I wanted to continue on with my honeymoon album layouts  I thought I would take the pale wall colours and grey roof surrounded by greenery and transport myself to Wiltshire in England to the very quintessential village of Castle Combe.
This heritage listed village with a population of 350 features buildings in the Cotswold style with thick stones walls and half cut stone tiles. It is extremely pretty and welcoming place and a must see stop on any English tour.

Getting a little Creative ...

I was inspired by my friend Shazza to enter a challenge on a site new to me called Get Creative.  The first of their monthly challenges involves finding inspiration from this really vivid photograph.

Since I am a total sucker for anything in hot pink and teal blue/green I just had to do a layout ... and I just love how it has turned out. 

 The second challenge was to use this inspiration piece to create a card.
I particularly liked the circular mirror and the colour combination of gold, green and off white.
The third challenge for the month was a layout sketch.
I decided to use a small picture of my daughter and her boyfriend and replace the other two picture slots with image cards I had in my stash.  I also managed to use up some older supplies I have had sitting around for quite a while.  It always feels good when you can use some of those :)
The final challenge for the month was a card sketch.
Again I managed to find some older items to pull together this simple little card.
Thanks Get Creative!  I'll be back :)

05 September 2012

Cold Feet ...

The September challenge on Scrap that Song is to use a song with the word WINTER or COLD in it.

Oooo easy peasy!  I love this song although it is rather sad - sorry couldn't find a live version. 

No matter what time of year (this picture was taken in December!) my daughter has cold feet - she's a bit of a frog that way.

Destination Australia ...

My first entry for  Scrapbooking Top 50 Australia.

On this  very first leg of the race, I needed to pack my bags, grab my passport and make my way to Sydney ready for my flight to my first international destination!

We were asked to include on our Australian layouts ....

Aussie slang  - Mine is Dinky-Di True Blue

an Aussie Image -  I have used a mini Australian flag in place of the bottle cap supplied in the kit which sold out before I joined in the trip.

and a border punch or scallops to represent the large iconic structures.

This layout is about Australia Day 2009 when I took my son down to the waterfront for a few hours.  One of the many things they had happening was a classic car rally of a selection of old Ford and Holden cars.  My son thought it was pretty nifty.  I had a bit of a chuckle to myself as all the cars (bar one) were various shades of blue - hence my title of Dinky-Di True Blue.

I've used red, white and blue Aussie colours and also added in white stars to represent the stars on our flag.


02 September 2012

ARTastic September ...

The September inspiration on ARTastic comes to you from ...
The prophetic calamity by Shannon Crees (Graffiti Artist)
Criteria – Black background and solid use of geometric patterns
This could be the perfect time to try some doodling !!
I won't have my own layout to reveal until the 15th but in the meantime check out this great inspiration piece by Creative Team member Amanda.
Hope to see you join in with us this month.

01 September 2012

It's an amazing race ..

Feel like some racing action?  

It is all happening over on

The Top 50 Amazing Race will be covering 7 continents and 15 countires, in just 12 weeks! You will have 7 countries to visit, with your choice of tasks (challenges) along the way, but beware of the detours and road blocks!
The race starts on the 1st September but you can join in at any time.

So grab that backpack and water bottle and come racing with us!