Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Stepping out of my scrapping comfort zone

I really stepped out of my comfort zone when I created the following layout. I had a lot of fun creating it and using lots of old embellishments.  I was inspired by the wonderful Finnabair who uses lots of different embellishments on her layouts and then sprays them so the colours blend and match.

I must say it was a bit daunting when I first started but I soon found I was really enjoying myself and just kept adding different bits & piece.  The real fun part is you don’t have to worry about what colours the embellishments are as I covered them all with Gesso before spraying them.

On this layout I added lots of lace & ribbon, die cuts, embossed card, metal frames and of course flowers.  Once all the embellishments were stuck down I covered everything with gesso, then sprayed various colours of pink and then some black.  I found the black was a little too dark for my liking, so I added some silver rub-on to lighten it.  Lastly I added the photo.

I’m not really happy with how I did the title, so I might change that!! 

If you’re like me you keep all the bits & pieces that are left over from other layouts because I always think they might come in handy one day. Then this style is the perfect way to use some of them. 

I really enjoyed stepping out of my comfort zone and trying something totally different.  I’m actually book to do a couple of classes with Finnabair (Anna Dabrowska) in March 2013 and I really looking forward to learning heaps more about how she creates her amazing layouts.

I think a good News Years resolution might be to step out of our scrapping comfort zone occasionally and try something totally different.  I know I learnt a lot and had a lot of fun with this layout so will definitely be trying different things in the New Year.



Thursday, December 13, 2012

Hi,  It's been a very busy few weeks and I haven't been very good at updating my blog.  I have been doing a few layouts though, so I thought I'd like to share some of them with you.

Bucket List -
This layout was created for the Ideas for Scrapbookers website with the theme being Our Bucket Lists.  I have a lot of things I would like to do sometime in the future and some things that I like to remind myself to do.  Some of the one off things including doing a roadtrip around Australia and one of the things I like to remind myself is to have fun and not take life too seriously.

For the Layout I layered some punched papers behind the double layered circle.  I added the prima butterflies and flowers, which I sprayed with various pastel colours.  I've then added some sparkle to the flowers and butterflies.  The photo was taken at the beach while I was climbing a sand dune, which explains my funny pose!!

Happiness -
For this layout I tore a hole in the paper and placed my photo behind it.  I curled the edges of the paper around the hole and placed ribbon around it.  I used the beautiful Birdsong range from Graphic 45 which matched my photo perfectly. 

The photo was taken in the gardens at the Osaka Castle in Japan.  We were wondering around taking photos in the main area when a local Japanese man came and took my hand and started leading me into an area just off to the side.  In broken English he explained it was a beautiful spot where they take the wedding photos.  He even positioned me to side on a rock on the edge of the pond for my husband to take the photo with the castle in the background.  It was one of those special moments that happen when your travelling. 
This photo is just of a portion of the lake with the lovely rock structure.  It was so peaceful and tranquil. 

I have a few more layouts to add which I hope to do in the next couple of days.

Thanks for looking