Wednesday, February 26, 2014

March Archiscraps Challenge and CSI joint challenge.

Our winner for February was Wendy o' Keefe.

Here is the picture for March.

It is taken in Singapore.

and the added criteria is a striped border.

So let's see all those colourful layouts.

Big news this month.......
We are collaborating with CSI
So you might like to combine the 2 and enter both challenges.

Prize is from Di Chook Landers at the Scrapbooking Hut where there is currently a sale going on.

For an unusual treat I've done a layout too, here it is.....

Now here's the DT's wonderful creations ...


I chose to "see" what is around my home. Palm trees are everywhere here and I combined the border and stripes together.


I’m not sure where the inspiration picture this month is located but if I were a betting woman I’d say it’s in Little India in Singapore.  It reminds me so much of some of the architecture located there and around the Clarke Quay area along the river.  So bright and colourful and full of character which I have tried to replicate in my layout.  Ah, to be a tourist again!



I just loved this inspiration! The colours, the patterns, the windows of that tall building that looked like that I what my page is about....doors.

I have a print on my hall wall that I love, so decided I should scrap about my love of doors...

I used all the colours of the CSI palette.

Evidence - stripes, decorative border, architectural accents, clouds, zig-zag.

Testimony - I have documented my love of front doors, & used the IW, of colour & see in my journaling.

Brilliant challenge!

I thought of the amazing Raffles Hotel in Singapore. Click here to go to the Hotel website. We had a wander through the areas that were accessible to non-Hotel guests. The architecture is incredible. I particularly loved the fountain which you can see a picture of in my layout. I have a pine tree transparency, like the palm tree in the inspiration picture. I also have met 5 pieces of evidence and 3 items of testimony and of course I have all the colours required.

My layout is titled, "Look at Me!"  This is our son at the Parrot Jungle & Gardens in Miami, FL. 

For the "scene" I used all the colors from the palette.  The background was misted with different mists (the only colors not from the palette) using stencils.  For the "evidence" I used stripes (on the ribbon), trees (clear sticker behind the photo), wood (parrot embellie) and a decorative border which was punched and a strip of green cardstock weaved through the slots.  The "testimony" is in the journaling using the inspirational words "see" and "colors."  Journaling reads, "You had so much fun feeding the parrots.  It was amazing to SEE them up close and admire their bright COLORS."

The blue cardstock was embossed along the bottom as well as the leaves and small heart on the upper corner of the photo.  The flower was white... so I misted it with different colors and added a button and twine.  The negative pieces from punching the slotted border was scattered on the background around the photo.  Sketch is Page Maps (Mar 2010).
I did something a little different with my border...I used chalks to colour in the squares and then smudged them outwards towards the edge of the page to give the stripe effect. I also used the zigzag pattern from the roof on my pattern papers.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Where is everybody?

Where are you? We know you are out there reading this and hiding.

We would like some entries for Archiscraps using holiday theme and colour blocking.

Maybe you don't know what colour blocking is..................Here are some examples I found on Pinterest.

Think patchwork quilt and you are near the idea.They don't have to be squares or rectangles either!
We would love to see what you can come up with!
Here is the theme picture again.
And remember, there is a fabulous prize from Scrapbooking Delights.

Overseas visitors need to pay for postage if they win. Australia, it will be posted free.

Hope you are getting inspired now!! This month is short, you have just over a week to enter this.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Caravanning with Dale

Here is a special February post from our DT member, Dale.

I created an album for my Dad using a Kaisercraft caravan album. It was a Father's Day gift and he had just retired and started caravanning with my Mum.


It starts out like this.


I painted around all of the edges first as I wanted them to be coloured.

Then I chose lots of Basic Grey papers that co-ordinated and matched my theme, which was outdoors/fishing.

I mod podged on to the album to adhere my papers. I did one side first, waited til that dried, then did the other.

The first page was tricky because of all the "windows". I cut around them using the craft knife for the first side.

The second was trickier. I had to almost guess where they were.


I asked my Mum to secretly provide me with a selection of photos of my Dad and I have adhered these to the pages next.

One photo I had I wanted to show through the "window" on the front of the album as if my Dad were looking through it.

This photo is actually on the third page as two of the holes go through the second page as well.

I've used a variety of stickers, quotes and specialty embellishments and die-cuts to enhance each page.

Lastly I added some ribbons to the jump rings. I also added a clothing tag which I have added fish to, just for a bit of fun.


These albums are such a great keepsake and fun to craft as well.

 Maybe you will be inspired to make something wonderful like this as your challenge item.
What are you waiting for?