Sunday, February 19, 2017

Scrapping winter in the middle of summer!

This would have to be a record... two posts in less than 24 hours. I'm on a roll!

Now, you wouldn't believe that I'm sitting here at my desk with an ice cold drink of water, wearing shorts and a T-shirt and contemplating flicking the air conditioner switch as it's getting unbearably hot. All this while trying to conjure up the words for my 'Winter' themed post. That's the joy of living South of the Equator with opposite climates to the current scrapbooking trend.

Fortunately I had family who managed to visit the snow this past winter so I asked if I could scrap their gorgeous photo. And, I'm very happy they wore colour co-ordinating outfits to the Polar Pals collection... it's always a bonus!

In the past when I have created a collage on a layout I would adhere everything directly onto the background cardstock. But this time I was aiming for a slightly different look to my collage... more of a donut, than a circle. I started by cutting a 9.5" circle from white card.

Then I cut a 4" whole in the middle of the larger circle to create my donut.
As with any collage, I always place the largest pieces on first for a balanced look. However, this time I allowed the pieces to overhang the edges as I wanted to trim the excess away which would give the more defined look that I was aiming for.

And finally, I filled in all the gaps with Glitter Sprinkles, Polar Pals Icon Stickers, Winter Snowflake Sprinkles, and Doodle Pops.

Thank you for stopping by today. It's nice to be back! Melinda

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Putting a sketch to good use!

Hands up everyone that struggles to think up new and fun layout designs? Yep, my hand is raised too! That's why we have people like the very talented Becky Fleck (PageMaps) to do all the hard work for us and this fun sketch is no exception. Perfectly balanced, room for multiple photos and journaling, fun elements and the all important date which is something I tend to forget unless reminded.

When a sketch is this good you really don't need to play around with it too much so I've kept my layout as close to the original design as possible. That's what a sketch is for isn't it?... taking away the stress of thinking up your own design!

My little man has had these swimmers since he was a baby and although they have stretched a little, they are still his favourites. He calls them his 'crabby pants' so the title to my layout was chosen well before I sat down to scrap.

I decided to add lots of layers to give a hint of dimension to the overall design... and I can't resist little clouds with smily faces.

Wouldn't it be nice to have lovely handwriting? I cheat and use the sweet little Doodlebug mini rub-ons. They are the perfect size and come in all the colours of the rainbow. And as for the new glitter sprinkles, they work perfectly as droplets of water because they are slightly transparent and add a touch of sparkle.

And finally... the all important date! Becky's sketches focus on all the necessary elements that go into creating a perfect page of memories.

Next time you have a brain-fade moment and struggle with the design of your layout, head over to PageMaps and browse through the amazing sketches Becky Fleck has put together for anyone and everyone to use.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A Rainbow of Alphas

Red and Yellow and Pink and Green,
Purple and Orange and Blue,
I can sing a rainbow,
Sing a rainbow,
Sing a rainbow too!

A love for the colours of the rainbow is almost a pre-requisite when designing for Doodlebug and having a rainbow song stuck in your head whilst you are crafting is a regular occurrence too. This layout is a colourful take on my design team challenge to use 'alphas in a creative way'.

I've had this design roughly scribbled into my sketch pad for a very long time and finally I was able to put the plan into action. I just hadn't thought about what title I was going to use until I started looking through the embellishments and I came across the little yellow moon and everything fell into place. And lucky for me, I had exactly the right amount of rows to make it work!

First step was to measure out even spaces for each row and then apply the washi tape across the cardstock and trim off an even amount on each side.

Next step was to work out a balanced position for the photos and positioning each word next to each pic. There was a bit of moving around before I was happy with the combination.

One of the best ways to use your alpha stash is to choose different colours and designs for each word as it lessens the risk of running low on a particular letter before you finish your title... and how often has everyone run into that trap? Yes, I'm lifting my hand high!

Then for the fun stuff... embellishing! I always position the largest pieces first and fill all the little gaps with the smallest bits and bobs. And believe me, my desk ends up in a huge mess but it's heaps of fun.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Moustaches and Doilies... so much fun!


 (ˈdɔɪ li) 

n., pl. -lies.

1. any small, ornamental mat, esp. one of embroidery or lace used on or under a plate.
2. Archaic. a small, dainty napkin used under a cake.
Sometimes, doyley.

Doilies bring back so many childhood memories of my Nanna and her delicate china plates complete with lace doily and a beautiful spongecake covered in cream and fresh strawberries. However, the humble doily went out of fashion for quite some time and now it has made a welcome comeback. I wonder what my Nanna would have thought of all the gorgeous colours available in the Doodlebug collection?

I love these photos as they show just how silly my kids can be when they fool around in my craft room... fortunately (this time) there was very little mess and only a two stickers were claimed as casualties!

I had a wild plan to completely cover my layout in doilies but for the life of me I couldn't work out how I wanted to achieve the effect so it was a bit of trial and error. Eventually I decided on the layered approach.

Firstly I had to work up the courage to actually take a pair of scissors to my doilies and cut them in half.

Using a ruler as a guide to keep things straight I laid each row down starting from the bottom row and working my way up. I simply ran a line of double sided adhesive across the cardstock to adhere the doilies.

After staring at my page for quite some time I decided that I didn't like the look of the completely covered background so I cut a large circle from a second piece of card and adhered it over the top. I was really thrilled with the result and all that was left to do was decorate.

Thanks for stopping by...
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