happy heart...

Hi again :) although I usually pick my kits from the Sassy store with the intention of creating pocket pages, there are some collections that just call for a layout too and this was one of them.

I have combined items from the Simple Stories Faith  and Simple Stories Domestic Bliss collections to create my layout and love how well both of these ranges work together. 

I love the detail hand stitching adds to my projects, and have shared several tips to ensure you get good results with stitching on your projects over on the Sassy Scrapper's blog

As always, thanks for stopping by xx

mixed media pockets...

Hi again :) I've shared a few posts over on the Sassy Scrapper's blog recently using Pink Paislee's 'Oh My Heart' collection for my January pages and showed how you can get two completely different looks from the same collection by adding some mixed media items to your pockets. 

I went with Dylusions paints with some rose gold accents for week three and used the paints to re-colour a few of my cards to bring out the bright colours in the colour. 

 As you can see the results were bright, but perfect for documenting one of our summer adventures. 

I also used the paints to do some stamping which you can learn more about in my original post.  

Again using the same range as my base, I created some softer pages this time.

Check out my week four post to see how I used a few of the new Prima Color Philosophy inks to create some soft watercolour effects. 

The tone and feel is much softer on these pages, but still flows nicely through my album. 

Thanks for stopping by xx

march @kraft+...

Hello March, and hello to a brand new challenge from Kraft Plus Challenges blog! 

We have a fun 'denim revolution' theme this month, and I think this might just be my favourite challenge so far.

I cut up an old pair of jeans and went with different toned denim layers as a backdrop to some photos of my little guy at the park.  

I added lots of shiny gold rub-ons and love the way the stars worked on the fabric. 

  Check out all of the fabulous denim creations over on the Kraft+ blog, and don't forget to upload your entries by the end of the month for a chance to win one of the awesome prizes up for grabs!
As always, thanks for stopping by xx

project life cover page...

Hi there :) after a few months of procrastinating, I finally settled on an idea for a cover page for my 2017 album! I was very happy with how my design from last year's album fell into place and decided to go with another photo-less design this year. 

I have been hoarding the lovely spotty paper from Crate Paper's 'Gather' collection for some time and after placing it alongside the painted pattern from Pink Paislee's 'Fancy Free' range I knew that I had my base. 

I treated the base as a 12x12 design but was mindful of where the title and embellishments would sit in each pocket. The big Hello came from a pack of Dear Lizzy 'Saturday' thickers, and I am pretty sure that the cute camera is a die cut from an Amy Tangerine 'Yes Please' ephemera pack.  

I used the same watercolour hearts that I used throughout my January pages, and finished things off with a few printed journal strips. 
Thanks for stopping by xx

project life week two + insert...

Hi again :) I've already fallen a bit behind with my album but recently made some time to get week two complete, and even manged to put together a double paged insert while I was at it!

I am still playing with watercolours and using the same products that I began January with, but I changed out the teal accent colour with a vibrant blue from the reverse side of one of my patterned papers and love the way it worked with this week's photos. 

You can get a better look at all the details on my original post over on the Sassy Scrappers blog along with a full list of all the products I have used. 

Same products but with a slightly different feel for an insert to document one of our summer adventures. 

We had a wonderful time at the coast and even brought a little bit of the beach home with us!
I used my fuse tool to create a fun sand shaker pocket . 

As always, you'll find all the details and product listing on my original post over on the Sassy Scrappers blog. 

Thanks for stopping by xx

february @kraft+...

A new month and a brand new challenge from Kraft+ Challenges.

Criteria: Kraft + Sketch + Colour. 

We have a great sketch with a 'coastal chic' theme this month and even though your project doesn't necessarily need to have a beach theme, I decided to go with some photos of my boys from a recent fishing trip.

I kept things simple with a subtle coastal colour palette, and used the sketch as a guide for my page design. 

I dry brushed some white acrylic paint onto the kraft background to help it to blend in with my paper layers and used some white netting to give my page some added depth and texture. 

Be sure to check out all the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the team and our guest designers over on the Kraft+ blog, and don't forget to upload your entries by the end of the month for a chance to win one of this moth's prizes!

Thanks for stopping by xx

project life week one...

Hi there :) I am excited to finally make a start in my 2017 album and have enjoyed recording all the details from our first week using a mix of lovely products from the Sassy Scrappers store.

I couldn't decide on a single range to use, so mixed it up with products from several different manufactures and really like the way the colours and patterns worked together. 

I had some fun creating a few custom made cards with watercolour paints and have shared several tips for using watercolours in your albums over on the Sassy blog

If you are looking for more ways to use your watercolours, then be sure to check out my watercolour resist post where I take you through a few fun and easy resit techniques using items you may already have on hand.

As always, thanks for stopping by xx
and I've gotta say that I'm loving that my new blog signature matches this week's post!

goodbye December...

Hi again, I decided to make some time to finish up the last of my December pages from my project life album before moving onto 2017.

I took advantage of the post Xmas sales, and bought a gorgeous Paper Lover's Christmas Book from Kikki K to simply the process. The book is filled with with an assortment of fun festive papers, stickers and tags and worked well with the rest of the colours/patterns in my earlier December pages

I also utilised one of the clear printed gift bags to create the background for this 8x10" insert for my little guy's photo with Santa. 
ETA - I used my fuse tool to create a custom page protector for this size.

The back of the insert was devoted to our Christmas tree! 

I had big plans for my 8x10" tree photo, but was forced to make a few changes because the print quality turned out really grainy once I increased the size but rather than tossing out the print, I decided to use a sheet of vellum over the top to disguise the poor photo quality. I was happy to finally find a use for the 'shine' HS foiled word I have been hoarding for ages ;) and tried to keep the page minimal with a simple sentiment, a few wood veneer stars and a sprinkle of gold spray mist and am really happy with how the vellum layer turned out. 

I used a baseball card page protector (from the newsagent) to hold my favourite tree photos and created some filler cards using bits & pieces from the Paper Lover's book and a few items from my stash. 

And with Xmas complete, I can finally move onto my 2017 album!
Thanks for stopping by xx

january @kraft+

Happy New Year! What better way to start things off than with a brand new Kraft+ Challenge!

This month's theme is 'get on your bike' which can be taken any way you like, as long as it features a bike and a kraft background. 

I took the theme quite literally with bike paper, a bike pic and a bike embellishment. 

I was also inspired by the soft colours from the inspiration pic although I did add a pop of red to match my little guy's bike ;)  

Check out how the rest of the team have tackled the challenge over on the Kraft+ blog and be sure to upload your entries by the end of the month for a chance to win one of this month's prizes!

Thanks for stopping by xx
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