Tuesday, September 28, 2010

'Livin' Out Loud' ; a layout about my friend Nienke and myself


My good friend Nienke, whom I have known for more than 20 years, is celebrating 19 years of marriage this week. So ... I decided to grab the boxes of photos that I still have to scrap ... these are photos of the two of us taken on her wedding day in September 1991. I loved scrapping those photos, because we surely had fun that day!

I started with a sheet of white cardstock. I normally tend to put my picture(s) in the middle of my layout, but this time I wanted to do it differently and put them more to the sides of the paper. I also wanted to use a few pictures, since I tend to make a lot of layout with only one picture.

I started with two strips of patterned paper. I wanted to have a 'base' for the pictures I was going to use.

I added some ribbon and some paper ribbon next to the patterned paper.

I added my photos with little square foam dots, because I wanted to be able to add more embellishments under the photos. Therefore I only stuck them on lightly.

I went through my stash and looked for paper flowers, silk flowers, felt flowers, buttons, pearls, rhinestones and transparencies to use on the layout. I glued some of them on my layout.


I wanted more colour and added more embellishments:


And ... I wanted to use something 'unusual' ... so I went to my gift wrapping basket and got some curling ribbon and used that for a final touch:

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

'You Color My World'

In the last few months I have made a few layouts for less than $ 1.00 and today I made another one. I love buying new scrapbooking products, but I do like to challenge myself to use my stash a bit more often too! I used a sheet of black cardstock as a base for this layout.

The picture is of my husband on his 40th birthday, which I took when we were on our holiday in Spain a few weeks ago. I still love him as much now at 40 as I did in my early twenties and I still think he is as handsome too (but I am a little biased I suppose ... ).

Oh well ... back to the layout. I have seen a very similar design years ago and decided it was time for me to try it. I normally give credit to the person whom I was inspired by, but I have no idea who it was. If it was you, please email me, so I can add your name to this post!

I cut the picture to a square of 10 cm x 10 cm. I placed it exactly in the middle of the black cardstock. I wanted to create a clean design and starting with a picture right in the middle seemed to be a good start!

I looked through my boxes and folders of scraps with paper both plain and patterned. I chose a few different papers for each colour. I found that smaller patterns on the paper worked better than larger patterns, because I was only going to use small pieces of it. I used my two square punches to punch the two sizes of squares in each colour. I used a Sizzix die to cut the rectangles.

I printed my title to stay with my 'budget' of $ 1.00 and made sure that I cut the title strip at 10 cm to fit exactly under the photo. I put the coloured squares and rectangle around the photo. The layout first looked like this:

I went through all my little boxes, bags, cans, baskets and bottles to see if I could find matching embellishments. It actually was fun to go through some of that stuff, because I have found lots of things that I completely forgot I had! I added buttons, chipboard, flowers, pearls and rhinestones. This is the final result:

Blog Candy ... made by Nicky!

My dear online friend, Nicky (whom I will meet in real life in three more days, yeah!) has made a gorgeous blog candy to give away. All you need to do is become a follower of her blog and post a message about her blog candy on your own blog! You will find her message about it HERE. Oh ... and you need to leave a comment to be in the running to win the candy! You will see more pictures of the blog candy on her blog too!

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Friday, September 17, 2010

Year in Review; week 36 & week 37

My project 'Year In Review 2010' is looking good! We're up to week 36 and week 37 and I am so glad I have chosen very simple designs for my weekly layouts. I am also using one stack of papers, which makes keeping up easier.



The theme for week 36 was 'sports', which I do not participate in (I'd rather play with paper and glue). Since my children are involved in sports, I decided to make a layout about the attitude of parents towards their kids in regards to sports. I printed a few pictures of posters, who promote fair play and a positive attitude around sports, which suited my theme perfectly!

The theme for week 37 was 'favourite food', which is - as most of you might know - CHEESE! I love cheese in all shapes and sorts and I eat cheese every day. I am sure that if I didn't eat cheese for a month, I'd lose 5 kilograms or so. Anyway ... this is the layout I made about it:


Saturday, September 11, 2010

White Space ... a layout about a daddy and his baby girl ...

In all those years that I have been scrapping, I have always been a fan of 'white space' on layouts. Okay, I admit ... in the beginning I thought it always had to be actual WHITE space, but I soon realized

'white space' means: leaving space on your layout
and not filling every inch with embellishments, stamps or papers.

I believe 'white space' can actually add to the design and most of the time it brings focus on your picture (s) too. I made this layout using 'white space' as a part of the design. After I finished I also made a sketch, which shows clearly how there is lots of 'space' left. For some this is easy, for others ... it might freak you out! But ... if you're a scrapper that puts heaps of stuff on your layouts, I challenge you to go for plain, simple and 'white space' one time!

I wanted to have straight lines and some curves too to avoid a too boring look. I used an 11" x 11" inch sheet of white cardstock as my base. With a pencil I made half a heart shape to write my journaling on. In my head I already knew where the picture would be. I even put it on the layout while drawing the curved line to see if it would work out okay. I also created a doodled border around the white cardstock.

Using one of my favourite Tim Holtz stamps, I stamped a rectangle shape on the paper. The layout is about my daughter and my husband, so I wanted to add 'male' elements as well as 'girly' touches.

I didn't want this layout to be too predictable, so I rotated the white cardstock and stuck it on a 12" x 12" piece of patterned paper (from the Marrakech Collection by Basic Grey). This totally freaked me out, because I like things STRAIGHT!
I added a mat around my photo and stuck it on a piece of striped paper (Marrakech Collection, Cardamon) to emphasize the colours of the photo.

I used the Marrakech Alphabet Stickers for my title and I finished the layout by using a border and some stickers from the Marrakech Elements Sticker Sheet.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

'Thank You Card'

I made this 'Thank You Card' for a friend of mine. I love sending or giving cards to my friends and family; I think it is important to show them how much I appreciate them. And ... obviously a handmade card is even more special. I first used two pieces of bright, colourful paper to cover the front.

I stamped the sentiment 'Thank you for lifting my spirits' on a strip of white cardstock and placed it across the card.

Using a piece of 7 cm x 7 cm of the same doublesided paper I cut a square like this:
I folded each corner into the middle and attached a brad in the middle to hold the pinwheel together.

I cut some very thin strips of paper and curled them around a little paint brush. Using Helmar Glue I stuck them on at the bottom of the card:

Done!