Thursday, 26 March 2015

Thursday's Planner Update!

These Thursday's sure do roll round quickly!!
This weekly spread had Mother's day in it, so I was able to add a free printable from Heidi Swapp from 2014 that she issued on her blog (see card at top righ, which I punched.) Link on my Pinterest board here.
I decided to take the yellow and pink theme for these pages from this card, along with a hint of green for St Patrick's day, where I hand punched my own Shamrock using a heart punch and layered them.
This particular spread had no photographs with it as I had a lot of journaling I wanted to include, but I did add a left over digital stamped chick from my Easter Card making. TFLx

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Inspiration from Quilts

I have been taking a bit of inspiration from quilts recently and this one is based on a log cabin quilt pattern. I chose my papers and grouped them paler on one side and darker on the other.  I stitched them in place. I overlaid the photograph with a gold foiled acetate to hide my journaling.
This one of hubby in front of a Lancaster bomber has a few diamonds overlaying the edge of the photo, directing the eye towards the subject. The photographic tree design background didn't need much enhancing, so I kept the colour scheme neutral.
 More diamonds on this layout, stamped and embossed in Spring colours. There are lots ideas you can get from quilts! TFLx

Monday, 23 March 2015

Negative space

I used to find negative space hard, but I'm getting better! This layout was made for a challenge over on the Studio Calico blog. I used tiny strips of patterned paper but kept them all to one side of the background paper, as a mat for my photograph. I hed them down by stitching a strip of paper across in the bottom third and used the title strip to hold them down at the top third. I made my journaling along the edge of one piece of paper and just added two embellishments, one, my sons initial (bold, stitched in place) and one group of 3 enamel dots to draw the eye to the photograph.
This layout also used strips of paper, I tried to keep the bottom quarter of the page empty.
This page used hidden journaling on a tag in a glassine bag and I tried to keep everything to the bottom half of the page. Clustered my heart embellishments in a 3 again (odd numbers are best) to draw a focus to the photograph.
Do you use negative space? TFLx

Friday, 20 March 2015

Thursday's planner update late again!

Went pink in my planner for this spread! Used a Heidi Swapp gold foil Project Life card cut in two and corner rounded. One I wanted to make a flap to hide some hidden journaling, making a hinge from some washi tape.

After three months I am not sure what I am getting out of it, so here is what I think so far;

  • It's a fun thing to do 
  • It really helps when I am doing Project Life (but I'm not behind, but would really help if I was)
  • I can 'dump' some minor stuff in here that doesn't make it into Project Life now
  • I think its an illustrated diary that sits on my desk
  • I collect memorabilia in it that I may scrap, so keeps desk clear
  • Make notes of current classes I'm taking
I am still filling it in retrospectively rather than planning ahead. 
Looking at my Project Life, that is looking much simpler and sleeker, most of the things in it are 'big' events or milestones not the everyday. So far 2015 seems to be all about Sergio our puppy! TFLx

Monday, 16 March 2015

Scrapping with pink? Yes you can!

I am not a 'pink' person, I don't always choose to use it, I know some people have a problem with pink in scrap booking terms, but I am against stereotyping so I have been using pink to scrap with photographs of my boys.
By bolstering up the black and white you can tone it down.
By layering it you can also tone it down.

These patchwork inspired layouts are also using pink with a black and white photo and some more monochrome.
This one of Sergio has an acetate layer over the top that has been printed with grey lettering. 
Just a few ideas of scrapping with pink in a more neutral way. TFLx

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Thursday's Planner Update

New month and I was feeling spring was just around the corner so lemon and lime were the colours that came to mind.
Using some items from Studio Calico kits that I have collected. 
I started with my March month by putting in an insert 
I figured a bit of positive thinking might help things along! The tabbed insert is from Heidi Swapp and I misted it in a mixture of Mustard and Gold color shine. The Spring card and the Come Back Sun cards are out of the set by over at Studio Calico here. The cute postage stamp stickers are from that set too. 
March is off to a flying start! TFLx

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

What Fun! Scrapping with diamond shapes!

I have been scrapping a lot lately and inspired grids made from diamond shapes. This layout is one of my favourites and I love the neutral colours too. 
This one was inspired by the diamond wood veneer in the Studio calico "on the grid" class kit and I backed the diamonds with paper offcuts from the first layout.
I was also inspired to play with the die cuts from that same class kit in a grid formation
This time using the squares diagonally and contrasting it with the wood veneer circle piece.
I thought it too fiddly to back each hole of this veneer, so I punched stars to echo the die cuts and stitched them in each circle.
Why don't you have a go yourself? TFLx

Friday, 6 March 2015

As easy as ABC and a Pinterest pin!

I shared a layout on Instagram yesterday that prompted a lot of interest. It was inspired by a graphic design poster I saw on Pinterest of an alphabet made from squares circles and triangles. 

Last year I shared how I kept my scraps of paper trimmed and organised roughly by colour tones. Using thus box of scraps and my timer with a couple of circle punches, this layout was done. 

I decided to roughly follow the colour palette of the inspiration as I am enjoying challenging myself to use new colours to me! If left to my own devices I would probably not pick vibrant colours so I decided to go with the flow here!

The photo was not a particularly good photo but it was all I had that captured the moment, late at night, when my son got back from Uni at the end of his first teaching practice and our little puppy remembered him, it was so sweet! I printed it in black and white. 

First I worked out how many letters I needed in a row and calculated my background size 8.5 X 11 divided by how many letters I wanted to fit in. 
The original Pinterest pin that inspired me is this, from which has since closed and as you can see I kept pretty much to the original.

I wanted to journal in rows between the letters so I spaced them out and drew pencil lines I could rub out later. 

I just cut 1.5" squares fir the square letters and trimmed them down with scissors or a trimmer by eye until I had my shapes. The larger circles are using the yellow Woodware 2" punch and the green woodware 1" punch which come up small. The tiny circles use the x cut 1/2" circle punch. All triangles were hand cut by eye. 

If you have a go at this yourself I hope you have as much fun as I did sitting there cutting up tiny bits of paper! 
Keeping it simple, I added nothing more than a gold chipboard heart to highlight the photo and draw your eye in! TFLx 

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Thursday's Planner Update - 2 pages!!

This week in my planner I used up some stickers I had left over from the Studio Calico On The Grid class by Helloforever. The dear lizzy date stamp is stamped on every day in the planner this month (I vary it each month) I also used three photographs to complement the red and lime green feel to the spread. I'm just going with the flow and having fun with it.
I'm not sure if this is the reason but I am all up to date in Project Life too! Having a memory planner helps you remember what you did each week when writing up Project Life, so if you are at all behind then this is a good thing.
Here is the last page for February! All up to date! The card and stickers are from at Studio Calico, still in stock here, I'm using them in here and Project Life. TFlx

Monday, 2 March 2015

How to make my layout featured in the new Jot Magazine

I love that it's free and I love that there is so much inspiration there. I was thrilled when this layout was accepted for their stitching gallery. I did make it to the short list for their design team this year, but when you see what the Jot girls produce, their talent is awesome! Go check it out for yourself here! You can read it online on your PC or Mac or if you have the Issuu app you can read it on your tablet or download to read offline at a later date. Thanks Kim for featuring my layout in your publication.
My layout was inspired by the Jot February mood board and using a grid layout.
I went with the hearts on a string, the black and white stripe and the word love as well as a chunky
heart shape.
1. First I opened my silhouette software (or you could just use Word) selected a large chunky font and printed off the letters for LOVE at my desired size and cut them out.
2. I laid them on my background cardstock and arranged them until I was happy. I knew I wanted a negative space thing for the O but was going to stitch the other three letters. 
3. I printed a small 2x2 square photo in black and white to complement the black and white stripe paper, and rounded the corners.
4. I cut a 2x2 square from a black and white striped Project Life card I had in my stash.
5. I laser printed and gold foiled (using the Heidi Swapp Minc) a cut file png from Studio Calico and trimmed that to 2x2 and rounded the corners.
6. I selected a large chipboard heart from the Heidi Swapp Gold Foil Value kit and the xoxo

7. Using a Fiskars heart punch I punched 11 hearts from some heart paper in my stash. Two of these I turned to the flip side of the paper before punching for extra contrast. I punched through the pile of hearts in the same place using my Cropadile big bite on the 1/8th punch. Thread them all onto a piece of red embroidery floss.
8. Now roughly layout all the elements on your page for balance and carefully mark where each element will go with pencil if you wish.
9. Using Amy Tangerine's stitching punch and mat, punch holes around the outside of the L, V & E letters only.
10. With the O letter in position, select a small random background stamp and using Versamark ink, stamp all over the O making sure to get inside the O as well as outside. Remove the O and ad your gold embossing powder, shake of the excess and heat emboss.
11. Stitch the remaining letter outlines with white embroidery floss.
12. Arrange and fix down the other elements. Pierce the card at the top and bottom of the row of hearts and thread the red floss through to the back of the card and secure with Washi Tape. TFLx