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How cute is this photo ...

Took this over a year ago now and managed to finally scrap it this afternoon. It took me all of half an hour. I just love how it captures a moment (it was a beautiful day and we were having a picnic at Kallista), but it's also pretty funny! No doubt we will be bringing this out at Josh's 21st.

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Might be back later as we are having a cybercrop tonight and I might even get another page done :) Hope you have all been scrapping too :)

Claire


Good things ...

Love this rainy weather we are having in Melbourne today. I am having an at home day today - boys are in creche and I am having a 'me' day. I have been unwell for the last few days, so need some recovery time to fully get over this virus. Perfect day for it.

Here's a little something I finished last week. I have loved this Stampin' Up! Kanji set since I first saw it. Such nice sentiments to wish someone. It lends itself well to the black / red / cream colour theme so I used some scraps of 7 Gypsies and Foofala papers and added some gold embossing. The cardstock colour is Cranberry Crisp. Don't you just love the names of the Stampin' Up! colours - they even sound yummy. Apologies for the crooked photo :)

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Hope you are having a good day, and if you are not, I hope you have someone to talk to or to give you a hug. Everyone needs that sometimes.

Claire


Simple layouts ...

Time for another Stampin' Up! layout! This is a layout design I have used time and time again and is really simple. I like it because it uses 6x4" photos (two landscape, one portrait) and we always have lots of those needing to be scrapped! If you are ever in the south west of Western Australia, make sure you stop off in Busselton at the beautiful jetty complex. You can have a coffee right on the foreshore and the jetty at sunset has to be seen to be believed. My Mum lives in this town and it's one of my favourite ever places.

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I think one of the important things in making a scrapbook page 'look right' is to achieve balance and to draw the eye to where you want it to go, through the layout. I generally try and create flow by leading the eye from the top left to the bottom right - in this case I have used Stampin' Up! Finest Flourishes stamp set and Very Vanilla ink. Another way to achieve flow is to have elements on your page overlapping, so they draw your eye from one element to the next. You will notice in this layout that every element is overlapping the next. I have also used the visual triangle design concept to create balance. This is where you place elements in three's in the shape of a triangle to balance the page and draw the eye into the centre of the triangle. You can have more than one of these happening on a page, in fact in this layout I have three - the actual photos (see how my son and the jetty form a triangle) and the Stampin' Up! Hodgepodge Hardware and also the Mellow Moss strips from the Stampin' Up! Simply Scrappin kit. The other stamp sets I have used are the Typeset Lower alphabet (love love love it) to do the title and the Seeing Spots for the circles. The cardstock colours used are Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla and the ink is Buckaroo Blue.

Although I haven't provided this one in downlowdable format, I am happy for other demonstrators to use their versions of this layout in their demonstrations - maybe just a link back here if you put in on your blog or in email though please :)

Hope you are all having a lovely Monday. I came down with a nasty migraine on Saturday afternoon and have been in bed for two days, but I am on the mend now. I did have lots of fun on Friday night demonstrating the Stampin' up! products to some lovely local ladies and then I taught my first class at Picture to Page scrapbooking store on Saturday. What a buzz sharing this cool hobby with their lovely customers. There's big exciting things planned down there, so stay tuned!

Stay happy and warm )it's winter here in Melbourne!),

Claire


Creating time ...

I miss my creating time. I'm busier than usual at the moment with a few different things and I have less time to just sit and play. I miss that. I need it. Tonight I got to play a little as I wanted to make a card for my Aunty's 70th birthday. I decided to mix it up with a little of this and a little of that, and this is what I came up with. Quite a mixture!

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The background paper is some old K and Co I had bits of, and the butterfly was cut from there as well. The sticker is a recent K and Co release, the pink ribbon is Fancy Pants and the green organdy is Stampin' Up!. Then there is some Stampin' Up! Always Artichoke cardstock embosssed with the Cuttlebug and then 'fingerpainted' with Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla Ink. The main image is from the Arfully Asian set (thanks Bec in Sassafras!) which I have coloured with watercolour pencils. I did stamp 'Birthday Greetings' inside, but wanted to go for a nice floral look on the outside instead of numbers! I hope she likes it and no, she doesn't read my blog!

Hope you are all having a great week.

Claire


Basic Grey Excitement .....

Excuse me for a minute if I carry on like a 5 year old but can I just say I AM SO EXCITED! I am the 'Basic Inspiration' in this months Basic Grey Newsletter which arrived in my inbox this morning. To say I am excited is a mild understatement because anyone who knows me knows I just love their products. I am still sporting the bruises from falling off my chair when I got the email back in April (OK, so I exaggerate but you get the drift). The layout is one I did last year of Samuel, using a lovely photo that Rachel Leeks snapped using my camera while we were having lunch in the park near her work last year. Thanks Rach - I did note this in the supply list, but I find this rarely gets published in submissions.

Coincidentally I spent last night working on another Basic Grey layout using the 'Perhaps' range.

Jen

This is for my 'Friends' album and is my lovely friend Jen who I met when I first started scrapbooking many years ago. Jen is a great communicator and is always popping up on messenger to say hello and checking to see if I am OK if she hasn't heard from me in a while. She has the most amazing family values, and anyone knows her will have no doubt that her priority in life is the happiness of her family.

Hope you are all having a fabulous day.

Claire