Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Autumn Scrapbook Page

Hi everyone.

Well, I'm certainly not out of the woods yet but I do feel I've turned a bit of a corner in the last few days and things are hopefully improving. The best thing is that I've finally felt able to do some designing (three scrapbook pages and a backing paper last week) and a little bit of crafting, even though I'm still officially off work.

One of the scrapbook pages I did was for a blog challenge on the theme of Autumn. I was inspired by the theme as Autumn used to be my favourite season, until the country went firework-mad and I think the colours lend themselves to crafting and designing more than any of the other seasons.

The idea for a layout with the photos in interlocking circles came from a page I saw on the always inspirational Daisytrail website (http://www.daisytrail.com/). I put some of the photos I took in my garden last Autumn into CraftArtist2 and punched them with a digital circle punch, then decoupaged them to get the raised effect.

I had already thought of using the poem Ode To Autumn by Keats so I just added the text to a parchment style embellishment and changed the font so it looked like the poet had just written it. Then I decoupaged the poem and added the decoupaged flowers and butterflies from Butterfly Kisses which is one of my favourite digikits. The flat leaves in the top left corner were from various kits and I re-coloured them and added various blends in CAP2 as well as some journalling. I then decoupaged some smaller versions as raised embellishments.

The hardest part of the whole design was finding the right background paper. In the end I settled for the wood grain from the Magical Moment digikit which I think has worked pretty well, even though it is actually a Christmas digikit! To complete the page, I matted it onto orange and then black card and added some gems and a tiny organza mini bow. You can see the completed hybrid page below the original digital image which is a bit of a departure for this blog as you normally only get to see the digital design. There is a considerable difference in the background colour but that's my printer for you!

Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2013

Copyright Melissa Lawrence 2013

I'd like to enter this project for the following challenge:

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Ruth Digikit

Hi everyone.

Here is another project I managed to complete before I hit the wall. This one uses the fabulous Ruth digikit from Kreative Designs By Karen. If you've read my blog before, you'll know that Karen Gover is one of my favourite digikit designers and Ruth could well become one of my all time favourite kits. It was a great digikit to work with as everything blended together so well.

I originally used a standard photo from another kit but then I came across this black and white photo of my mother holding me and that seemed to fit the page really well. I only added the digital decoupaging at the last minute but I think it has really lifted the whole design. I hope you agree.

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Debbi Moore Designs Paris Bookazine

Hi everyone.

Life has not been going too well for me recently and unfortunately my crafting and designing, not to mention my health, has suffered considerably as a result. However, I wanted to put one or two projects on my blog that I completed before I went AWOL and hopefully, some new stuff will be coming along soon.

I love the Debbi Moore Designs Bookazines. They are such good value for money as they are literally packed with background papers, toppers and embellishments, as well as really inspirational project ideas. You also get a free CD which means that when you've used up all the materials in the Bookazine, you can print them out again as many times as you wish.

TOP TIP: I find it a lot easier to get at the toppers and embellishments that I want by opening the staples in the centre of the Bookazine, removing all the double sheets and then cutting them down the middle.

This is actually my first ever "stepper" card and all the materials come from the Shabby Chic Paris Bookazine. It is my own take on a stepper card as for some reason, I prefer not to have the side pieces sticking up. I used a Tonic Petal Pairs Punch for the flowers and managed to do the whole card from just half a topper sheet and one sheet of background paper, so I have plenty left for another card in the same design.


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And here is the other card! I set myself the challenge of only using the rest of the sheet (plus some card stock and some bling from my stash) and succeeded with just a small strip of backing paper and a blank sentiment left over. I'm particularly pleased with the difference that just a touch of glitter on the mirror has made and the way the printed red rose and the faux silk red rose have added balance to the card. It is amazing to think that both these cards have come from just one topper sheet and one backing paper sheet. Definitely great value for money.

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And just for good measure, here are both cards together.

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