Monday, June 30, 2014

Blog Hop with a Difference

A few weeks ago I was asked by my dear friend Helen Wallace if I would like to play along with a BLOG HOP with a DIFFERENCE.
After reading the email it all seemed a bit daunting, I wasn't sure if I wanted to play along...
after sleeping on it and rereading it again next morning I though it sounded like a bit of fun.....
so I said Yes I would love to join in.
Click HERE to go to Helen's blog.
Helen's work is beautiful. I am in awe of her journaling talents....she is a journal junkie (Helen's words). Helen has inspired me to journal more on my layouts instead of just having a title and date. Helen is on the CSI, Scrap Africa and Megs Garden Design Teams.
My list of Friends are at the bottom of this post.
They will reveal their posts next week- 7th July.
Getting to know ME....
1. What am I working on right now.
I am working on a Birthday Card for my Beautiful Mum.
 Mum loves to receive something handmade.
She absolutely loves Heather Jacob's work as do I,
 so I have created a Heather Jacob inspired card for her
using some gorgeous Maja Design papers and some cricut cut outs from Mum.
"Happy Birthday for Sunday Mum"
Hugs from Janice xx

I am also working on some GD creations.
Super excited to be invited to Guest Design here.
Make sure you pop back for the full reveal soon.

2. How long does it take to create a layout?
To be honest it takes me way to long....
I am a very slow scrapper, I procrastinate way to long.
Some layouts come together quickly and others take me days to complete.
I am sure if I had my own scrapbooking room I would create more ...and be more organized...some days I spend hours looking for something I know I have, but cannot find. I tell myself to pack up and put away after I have finished a layout....... but I don't always do that.
I am a messy scrapper.
3.What  are my favourite things I love to create with?
 At the moment I am loving washi tapes, I know rub-ons are old but I still love using them, chipboard, thread, inks and stamps.

4.How does your creating process work?
Most times I choose a photo first...sometimes changing it to Black/White, depending on the criteria of the challenge.
I then select my papers...Using papers from the same manufacturer or collection-
 It makes colour matching easy.
I often look for a sketch for inspiration and design layout.
I select my accessories/embellies to match.
I create the background layers-(mixed media, inks, mists, stamping)  Let it Dry or if I am in a hurry heat gun it dry.
I start adding more layers....washi strips, and rub-ons
Add my paper layer -Place them down and adhere
Add my photo.
 Add title and text.
 Add embellishments.
Add finishing touches etc...more misting/ stamping.
This all sounds and look like every layout should fall in place very easy....BUT they don't!
Sometimes I tell myself to just stick it down, no more shuffling, moving changing...just stick it down.

HINT: once you have decided on placement take a photo of your layout....refer back to the photo when you are adhering the layers and embellies.
5.How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
My Children, well young adults now, my Mum and life in general keep me inspired.
I am also inspired by the many talented scrappers who share their work via blog, facebook or
you- tube tutorials.
Magazines are full of inspiration.
Inspiration is everywhere!
I have been fortunate to be on a few amazing Design Teams and have had the opportunity to do some Guest Designing,....this always keeps me inspired, scrapping and preserving my Family memories.

6 What is my Signature style?
My signature style is minimalistic....I love white space.
On most of my layouts you will find a HEART of some description
-chipboard, rub-on, washi, paper, metal, ribbon, transparent, template, stamp-

A little about my Friends
Tiff Firth;
copied from Tiffs blog
"Mad Scrapper, Flat out Mum, Keen Amateur Photographer,
Occasional Wife, Sad Housekeeper."

Tiff is a wonderful Friend who has helped me out on numerous occasions....she has always got time, nothing is ever too much trouble. Tiff helped me start my blog, encouraged and helped me submit my 1st layout and to enter challenges. Tiff scraps chronologically which I admire greatly and she uses her blog as a diary/journal to record everything and refers back to it when she scraps.
 She has grown from a keen Amateur photographer to a Talented professional photographer.
She has the most gorgeous photos to scrap with.
 This talented girl scraps A4 layouts with a minimalistic style.
Pop over to her blog, there is so much to see!
Tina Connolly;
copied from Tina's blog
"I'm a Mum, wife, small business owner, scrapbook teacher, and part time taxi for my kids"

Tina's blog is full of amazing creations. Tina creates using lots of layers using different elements and mediums. She is a well known scrapbooking teacher and has just recently taught classes at the Scrapbooking & Paper Expo. She shares step by step tutorials, lots of detailed close ups and hints and tips. She also shares her many talents on a number of Design Teams.
Pop over to Tina's blog ...You will be inspired!
Kim Ewins;
copied from Kim's Blog
"She lives in country NSW. A mother to 8 children who enjoys capturing Art and Life"

I have been a big fan of Kim's Gorgeous inspirational creations for quite awhile now. Her layout include distressing, stitching, layering, stamping and they always have that "WOW" factor.
Kim  share her talents on a number of Design Teams.
 She has also created a video tutorial on creating one of her layouts.
 Pop over to her blog... check out her Art!
Links to my Friends blogs joining in with this Blog Hop
These girls will be posting for this blog hop next week- 7th July.
I would love you to pop over to their blogs and learn more about them.
Thank you for stopping by. I do hope you have fun with this blog hop and discover some new scrappers.
To those of you who are reading this I would like to say a BIG  Thank You.
I feel blessed to have so many Beautiful scrappy friends who drop by and look at my work and I feel even  happier when you take the time to leave me some love. If you are not already a follower of my blog I would love you to become one...its easy just click on my followers link on the sidebar.

Take care and Happy Scrapping!
 Janice xx

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Purple Pumpkin June Sketch

Hello everyone!
Today I am sharing a layout I created using this  fabulous June Sketch over at Purple Pumpkin

This is my interpretation.
{yr 1}
Isn't my little girl just the cutest...She loved school.
I'm sure you have spotted some really old products on here...the Heidi ghost alphas/numbers.
Its amazing what one finds when you have a clean up ...Why not use them?....I'm not one that has to have the latest and greatest  products on the market. I have so much in my stash I just really need to start using it up....and at the end of  the day.......I scrap for me!
Thanks for stopping by.
Janice xx

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Colour, Stories, Inspiration Case File No. 128

Colour, Stories, Inspiration.
 We're back this week with a lovely Case File featuring purple! We've heard over and over how purple is a scrapper's least favorite color, but our design team and guest designers have proven that purple is definitely scrapworthy, and we can't wait to see you work your magic with this palette!
Now, are you ready to solve this week's Case File? Click on the image below to see our most current Case File and all the gorgeous work by the CSI design team and our guest designers. 

This is my interpretation from the gorgeous Colours, Evidence and Testimony.
{yr 1}

The Scheme; 5 gorgeous colours
Evidence:chalkboard, tissue paper, flowers, rosettes, punch, distressing chalk, numbers
Testimony: Write about a door or entrance. I have used an old photo of my gorgeous little girl.
 Every year I took photos of her on her 1st day of her school years
I have journaled about Sarah walking through the school doors.
Sarah you were familiar with the school and the surrounds which made your transition from kindy to school so much easier. You were very excited to wear your new uniform  and  pop your big backpack onto your back. We walked to school,  and you chatted all the way. Arriving in the school yard you instantly found your group of friends whilst Mum stood back watching on ....I was so proud of you. The bell sounded and you looked around for me, we walked in through those doors found your locker and then through the classroom door without hesitation.Today was your 1st day in Year 1 and you never looked back.
Thanks for stopping by and sharing some love.
Each and every comment is really appreciated!
Janice xx

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Time just flies by - the Scrapbook Store - June sketch

For June they have a new Sketch created by Marelize.

.This is my take on the sketch
{time just flies by}
-time just flies by-
Yesterday is gone.
Tomorrow has not yet come.
We have only Today.
Let us begin.
-Mother Teresa-
Photo taken by Tiff Firth Photography.
Layout created using lots of Gorgeous 2Crafty Chipboard.
Winners are drawn at random, to enter upload your entry to the June 2014 Sketch Competition folder in the Gallery before midnight 30th June 2014.  Good Luck!
Janice xx

Monday, June 16, 2014

My June Design Team 2Crafty Reveal

I am sharing my June Design Team 2Crafty post today
Hello Everyone!
Welcome to the 2Crafty blog.
Today I am sharing 3 layouts all featuring the very versatile  2Crafty chipboard.
My 1st layout is a grungy boys page.
The Workman

2Crafty Products Used:
Chevron Bits
Assorted Arrows
Polaroid Frame

All the Gears were covered with a light coat  of gesso then sprayed and splattered
 with different mists, painted with distress crackle paint and randomly stamped with inks.

                        The Chevron Bits were coloured using stamps and distress inks
2013 was inked with Versa Colour Charcoal Ink.

The Polaroid frame was covered with gesso first, then I added some mesh and 
washi tape, then it was sprayed and splattered with Tattered Angels 
Graphite Glimmermist
The Arrows were coloured the same as the Chevron Bits

A close up of the Cogs, an Arrow from the Assorted Arrow Pack and the Polaroid Frame
My 2nd Layout is a soft and pretty feminine page

Time Just Flies By
 2Crafty Chipboard Products:
ATC Hearts
Clock Faces
6"Clock Face Frames
Heart Charm

 Heart Charm- I covered the scroll piece with gesso and placed
 embroidery thread over the top of it.
The Heart I embossed using Zing Embossing powder-Blush
The little ATC hearts are just perfect to add to your layouts.
I coated each Heart with  gesso and randomly inked the edges and tops with Versa Color Cinnamon Ink, then stamped the Diamond pattern on top using charcoal ink
with a Kaisercraft Stamp.

The Fern piece was left raw and  I added some 3D Kindy Glitz Puffed White
to add some dimension on each of the leaves.

 6"Clock Face Frames- This was embossed using Zing Embossing Powder-Blush
The Frame around the photo was coloured and distressed using Tim Holtz
 Distress Crackle Paint-Picket Fence
ATC Heart- altered with gesso, Inks and stamping.
Clock Face- was covered with gesso and used as a photo matt

My 3rd share is a layout I created  for Scrap Around the World mood board in May

 Cherish Today

 2Crafty Chipboard Products:
11'Viney Frame
ATC Butterflies
today-loopy font
Funky Hearts

 The Funky Hearts
1- was covered with gesso and a small amount of texture paste, the edges were
 inked with pinecone Ink and stamped with a Script Kaisercraft stamp.
2- was coated with gesso and texture paste and inked with Black Ink.

Today-title loopy font
I just love the loopy font titles that 2Crafty have.
This was simply inked with Black Ink and the little cherish title adhered to the top.
ATC Butterflies- all inked with Black ink and connected using thread.
The flowers on the 11'Viney Frame were coloured using a Whispers Permanent Pen
The leaves were coloured using a Whispers Permanent Pen, some Tattered Angels 
Glimmermist and some Tim Holtz Crackle Paint.
The Stems were coloured using Tim Holtz Distress Inks and a Whispers Pen.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope I have inspired you to get some
 2Crafty for your next project.

To find your nearest stockist of 2Crafty Chipboard, contact us here at

Janice xx

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Design Team 2Crafty June post

Hello to all my scrappy followers.
A sneak peek at my  June Design Team  2Crafty layouts.
Pop over to the 2Crafty blog to see the  full reveal today.
[the workman}
{time just flies by}

{cherish today}
Thanks for visiting today.
Janice xx

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