Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Point Is - Challenge at Scrap Matrix


Good morning scrappy friends, I am up on the blog this morning at Scrap Matrix,  sharing my layout for  this month's "The Point Is..." Challenge at Scrap Matrix.

This is a seriously cool, fun challenge - open to all sorts of interpretation.  Just to get the imagination ticking over, there is even a cool mood board for inspiration.


 As you can see, you can use triangles, chevrons, stars, arrows - anything at all so long as there is some "point" to it...lol.

This is what I created:
I am not sure if many of you know this, but my son was diagnosed with ASD (Asperger's Disorder) in 2011.  I really admire him  - every day he gets out of bed and heads off to school, usually without any complaint, knowing that things will be tough for him - he hates all the sensory overload of school, and because he is a little "different" in his mannerisms and his way of talking, he does get teased a lot.  As a Mum, it breaks my heart.  He usually doesn't let anything bother him though and he has a pretty good attitude and self esteem. Largely because we have always been very positive about him having ASD.  Because of ASD, he has so many good qualities - he is a great problem solver and can see patterns in so many things, he has a photographic memory, he is awesome at music, he is loyal, kind, empathic......He call it his "superpower," which I think is pretty cool.  So anyway, I really do think once school is over, he will come into his own.  I know he will find something he is passionate about and apply all that Aspie temerity and intelligence to being the best he can be.  That's what this page is about really.

So, here is a little about how I created my layout:

I decided to be a little different this time and go outside the box a little.  I used the Blue Fern Studio Ups and Downs Chipboard Panel  from Scrap Matrix to create the base of my layout.


I painted it with some Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Acrylic Chalk Paint in Terracotta with a tiny bit of Venice Blue added.  Once it was dry I used my finger to soften it with a tiny bit of Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Acrylic Chalk Paint in Glacier Ice from Seth Apter Boxed Paints (Set 4), then lightly sanded it back to add a little bit of texture.

I then fussy cut the geometric feature out of the Pink Fresh Paper - Escape the Ordinary/Explore and adhered slightly off centre of the chipboard panel.  To give it depth, I used some thick cardboard to lift it off the panel.

Next, I lightly sanded around my photo and adhered it to a piece of black cardstock.  Again, I used some thick cardboard to lift the photo up off the layout - all to give a sense of many layers. (I have to have layers - if I can't use texture paste, inks and stamps I have to do something...hehe.)

I picked some cool pointy embellishments from the Pink Fresh Escape the Ordinary Ephemera Pack and used them to create a visual triangle around my photo.

After I did that I decided it needed some more layers and some pops of black, so I used black cardstock to cover some of the chevron gaps in the chipboard panel, and then painted some of the leftover chevron pieces in black to adhere to the layout.

Finally, I used an Irresistible Pico Embellisher to trace around the black cardstock and the black chevron pieces, and some gold leaf to pick up the gold in the ephemera I used.

Here are some close ups:




Well that's it from me for now.  Don't forget if you want to participate in this Pointy challenge, complete your project by the 14 June and upload it to the "The Point Is.." folder on the Scrap Matrix Shares Facebook Page.

Thank you for popping by the blog.  All the links to the Scrap Matrix shop for the products I have used can be found below:



Saturday, May 19, 2018

Finally, a "Just Cos" Layout!


Happy Saturday Scrappy Friends,

I am finally back - with a layout I have done, just because I felt like it!!  It is so good to be able to do that sometimes.  I love my DT commitments, and I love my job, and my role as Mum and Wifey, but they do take a large chunk of my time, and I rarely get time to sit down and just let the creativity flow...

Anyway, here is my layout:



I have been lucky enough to come from a long line of people who love photography.  As such, I have collected many vintage photos from my Nanna.  Shortly before she passed away, I was visiting her and I took photos of many of her old photographs.  This was one of them.  The little girl in the front of the truck is my Nanna, and the rest of the people are her parents and brothers.  I think one of her brothers was taking the photo.  My great-grandfather owned a removalist business in Ipswich, and every now and then he would use one of the trucks to take the family camping.  Nanna told me they would all sleep in the back of the truck.

Anyway, to scrap this gorgeous photo, I chose to use the beautiful 13 Arts "Vintage Moments" paper, available here at Scrap Matrix.

I prepared my mixed media background by applying some texture paste with this Prima Stencil then when dry I added some of the gorgeous paint from the Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Acrylic Chalk Paint - Seth Apter Boxed Paints, (Set 4.)  I mainly used Spanish Mulberry, but also added in some Venice Blue and Steel Grey.  I then sprayed some Lindy's Stamp Gang Mist in Autumn Maple Crimson over the top.  I then decided (typical of me to chop and change) that it needed some lighter colours to break it up a bit, so I added some more texture paste with another stencil.

Next, I painted this Blue Fern Studio Framington Medley in the Spanish Mulberry Fresco Paint, and this Blue Fern Studio Family Title in cream paint.


   















I adhered the Framington Medley chipboard piece over the top of my background, so my photo would sit on top of it.  Then I backed my paper with some more of the 13 Arts Vintage Moments paper and adhered it where I wanted it to go.

To embellish my layout, I used some amazing pieces from a Tim Holtz Ideology Ephemera pack, some gorgeous flowers - Swan Roses in Burgandy and some pieces I diecut from some scrap paper, again from the Vintage Moments kit.  I also wanted some more vintage feel to my layout, so I added some of this gorgeous Vintage Lace 5 Camille Cream.

To finish it all off, I added my title piece to the top left corner of my layout, stamped some script randomly over my page using the Paint Chips Clear Stamp, and splattered some gesso over it all.

There you have it!!

Here are some close ups:




Hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend, and that you can fit some time in to be creative.
Thank you for stopping by my blog. 





Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Scrap Matrix Holiday Moodboard Challenge

Hi Everyone

Have you seen the Holiday Moodboard Challenge at Scrap Matrix?  It is so very very cool.
Here is the gorgeous moodboard:


This is what I did, I went all painty and bright - the photos were of my son, who was having a ball in the water park on the cruise ship we were holidaying on recently.  I really wanted to recreate the fun he was having on the layout.



Here are a couple of close ups:



For more information, including a step by step and links to the products I've used,  visit the Scrap Matrix Blog here.

It's not too late to enter the challenge - you have until the 15 February!  To enter, upload your creation to the January Holiday Moodboard Challenge folder on the Scrap Matrix Shares Page on Facebook.

I'm so looking forward to seeing all your fabulous creations.

Cheers,


Monique




Sunday, February 4, 2018

"Beautiful" Paint Chips

Good evening everyone, it has been quite a while since I last posted, but I have been scrapping..lol.

Tonight I am sharing a "just because" layout of my beautiful niece.  I did this a while back, but it has taken a while to do a blog post about it.
When I first got the absolutely STUNNING 7 Dots Studio "Paint Chips" range I was itching to create with it.

This is what I created:




This paper is stunning as it stands alone, but I couldn't resist adding some background work.  I used these Paper Artsy Fresco Chalk paints, in Prawn and Tangerine Twist.  The embellishments included these gorgeous metal flowers, some 7 Dots Chevron Chipboard pieces, a little bit of German Scrap
as well as some of the 7 Dots Studio Paint Chips embies.
Do you see those gorgeous sunset coloured flowers?  They are these white flowers.  I simple painted them with the same Paper Artsy Fresco Chalk Paints.

Here are some close ups:






Well, that's it for me tonight.  Hope you enjoyed my little share.

Enjoy your week folks!

Monique xx



Thursday, December 28, 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

This is my favourite time of the year - the week between Christmas and New Year's Day when not much is done, the cricket is on the television, the family is in a constant food coma.....  It's the perfect time for scrapping and catching up on challenges.

Have you seen the December Challenge over at Scrap Matrix?  It is about using all things Paper Artsy.  If you haven't come across Paper Artsy before, (and I have to admit I hadn't before I started shopping at Scrap Matrix!)

For this challenge, I went way out of my comfort zone, for a start I used no patterned paper at all - simply unheard of for me...lol...





I used this gorgeous stamp available at Scrap Matrix







Then I stamped a whole heap of various flowers on white card. 
 
While they dried, I took out a piece of white cardstock and stamped some more flowers diagonally down the page.  I then painted them with the Dina Wakley paint too.  Something I have learned over time is how to create balance on my page.  Basically, large is heavier than small, and dark colours are heavier than light colours.  So, when stamping, if I had a large image at the top, I was careful to either cluster a few smaller images, or paint the large image in a light colour, and the small image in a darker colour.While I waited for all the paint to dry, I worked on my photo mat.  I cut a strip of black cardstock, and simply layered across some drywall mesh, some washi tape, some lace and some of these gorgeous German Scrap Renaissance Petite Black paper strips.I backed my photos in some red coloured, and then put it all together.  I then adhered  the photo mat across the base cardstock.  Once I cut out the other painted images, I layered them over the flowers painted on the base cardstock to add depth to my page.I used the "sisters" word from the 13 Arts Art Journey chipboard 
sheet.

Here are some close ups:







The products I used on this, available at Scrap Matrix, include:

Paper Artsy Stamp EK D06
Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paint.
German Scrap Petite Renaissance Black Paper Lace
7 Dots Homegrown Clear Stamp Set
Tim Holtz Ideology Label Letters

That's it from me for now.  Hope you enjoyed my post, and don't forget to have a go at this month's challenge.


Monique xx







Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Scrap Matrix November Challenge


Hi Everyone,

Tonight I am sharing the layout I have done for the November Challenge over at Scrap Matrix.  It is all about 7 Dots Studio this month.  The criteria is pretty simple really - create a layout using 7 Dots Studio papers and embellishments.

I chose to use the awesome Hazy Daze range.  This range is fabulous for those grungy boy layouts I love so much.

This is what I created:


The details of my process are on the Scrap Matrix Blog.

If you are keen to give this challenge a go, head over to the Blog for the details, and upload your layout to the Scrap Matrix Shares Facebook Page.  There are sooooo many yummy 7 Dots Studio ranges at Scrap Matrix, I'm sure you can find something that will take your fancy.

Well that's it from me tonight - hope to see heaps of entries for this month's challenge on the Facebook Page soon.

Monique xx




Monday, November 6, 2017

Watercolour and Words Inspiration

Hi Everyone,

It is such a crazy time for me at the moment - hence being so quiet on the blogging front.  That hectic fourth term never gets any easier I'm afraid.

Today I am sharing my second creation for the Scrap Matrix Watercolour and Words challenge.  This time I decided to do a layout, and just use some ink sprays, stamps, stencils and these gorgeous Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks which can be found in the Scrap Matrix shop here.


Anyways, this is what I created:


It was so much fun creating this - just getting messy and arty is always good for the soul I find.  I used the scribble sticks to colour some of my texture paste stencilling and also to colour my stamped images.  I keep raving about these Scribble Sticks - they are just so good, so creamy and divine.

For a a short tutorial on creating this layout, and for more information about how to enter the Scrap Matrix Watercolour and Words challenge head over to the Scrap Matrix Blog now!!

That's it from me for now - I will be back soon to share some more inspiration.

xx
Monique