Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Good morning everyone in blogland. Its been a long time since I checked in (my sincere apologies), I have been busy playing mummy to hundreds of babies on the farm.

BUT......I have also had time to play with the new releases from Kaisercraft in fits and starts.

This first layout, was made using the Kaisercraft Mix and Match range found here
I enjoyed the versatility of this range.

Page One, I used splattered paint in the background, then cut apart several of the sheets to get individual elements to adhere to the page. Made good use of the sticker sheet on this one too.

Page two also featured a paint effect in the background, parts of the sticker sheet, and pieces cut from 12x12 sheets

The second collection I used was Outdoor-Trail
A perfect collection for those blokey type photos we all have. Perfect for the men in your life who love the great outdoors, or for those of you who getting back to nature and enjoying a spot of camping.

For this page, I used lots of layered pieces of paper to showcase a photo I took in Scotland earlier this year (photo is a lit lop sided sorry!....new laptop and have not worked out the straighten tool yet lol)

Any how. These are a few of the things I have been up to in the craft room. 

Which leads me to the dratted photos of my space! As you know this month we are sharing our crafting areas, wherever that may be.....in a huge purpose built room, or from a shoebox under the bed!

Heres my workspace. My desk in all its glory!!!! 

This little container I have sitting on my desk to hold little 6x4 lettering or Project Life cards to add to pages. Its actually a "flyer holder" that I picked up from the Sallies for about $5. I have two of them, and really like them.

I have used the Cropper Hopper system to store papers and card stock for years. I love this system. You can get the girls at the shop to order in the vertical paper holders, and i recently bought a new type, which I love storing kits in.

 My room is quite small, so I make the most of these bookshelves I bought from the warehouse stationery. they are great because they hold 12x12 containers, with room to spare.
 Lots of people seem to struggle with storage of things like die cuts. I use these containers to sort my die cuts into colour coordinated groups. the 6x4 containers store a heap of die cuts, and keep them all tidy......most of the time !!!

I could not let this blog post go by, without showing you my two darlings!!!!! The typewriter from the early 1900s has a larger than usual carriage, and this means I can type directly onto my pages if I want to.
It sits atop an old filing system I bought from a second hand shop. I have several of these in my room. These ones are the perfect depth and height for my thickers! Love that I can pull open the drawer, and grab the colour of my choice.
I also use another set for photo storage. (This really needs to be sorted through and lots ditched.....who needs 57 photos of one child in the school play )

Since these photo have been taken, I have made new curtains for my space, and hope to have a paint job done in the summer.
Its not a flash harry room...... it is what it is......and its my haven.

Happy scrapping everyone.
(Come back next week to see what I have been doing with pocket pages!!!)


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hi everyone!!!

Its definitely birthday month in our house this month!! Today is my little sisters birthday, and to celebrate, I have scrapped a page of her and I when we we met up in Australia last year!

I have used the most fabulous range of paper by Kaisercraft.....the Kaleidoscope collection.
Simply love the freshness of these papers! Very pretty and feminine.

In this page, I have used gesso which I have stamped into, and allowed to dry. I have then used gelatos to blend and shade, and finally some lovely little background stamps. I adore this stitching stamp here by prima! it is sooooooo much simpler than getting out the machine to add the finer details! I used a square punch to punch out 2inch squares and place them under the photo like building blocks. The use of assorted flowers and laces are then used to create a frame for the photo, and also some shapes from the kaleidoscope collection have been added to the mix.

Another page I created with this collection, is this page

I used some texture paste through a wire netting mask ( any mask will work....but preferably one with a fine design). Check out the ones in the shop here
These papers were so stunning I just wanted to layer them up, pop a photo on top then cluster a selection of flowers and die cuts. Love this layout.....its the first time my family have been together for a long LONG time, and it was lovely that it was a family wedding that brought us all together.

Thanks for looking.....(and have a lovely day Kim!!!) 


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hi everyone!!!

Its my darling daughters birthday today!!! So I thought I would share with you a layout I have done with the new Blubelle collection from Kaisercraft. You can find it in the shop here

I really like the colours of this collection, its really feminine, with colours that are not too "prissy" really well suited to the women in our lives who are not really into pinks. The collection uses a beautiful apricot along with the blues to create designs that are just stunning.

I chose to cut apart the paper with the circle motif, and leave the flowers off the edge, to then mat this onto a sheet of dark navy cardstock. Pretty simple design with this one, a few papers layered across the circle paper, and some twine and ric rac....then thats it!

The second page I have used with the Blubelle collection, is another simple design, blocks of patterned paper in layers, then a beautiful garland of flowers along the bottom of the photo to act as a "mantlepiece"
( I quite often use this design technique, as I feel it "grounds a photo to the page" .....ever get the feeling your photo seems to be just floating? add a horizontal element, be that a piece of paper, a floral arrangement, a die cut etc, and the photo then has something to sit on)

 Thanks for looking, and of course.....happy birthday Loren!!!

Sharon xx

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hi everyone!!! April already! My the year is slipping by fast!!

Special birthday greetings to my eldest daughter Alicia today!!! To celebrate, I am sharing a layout I have made of her and her fiance celebrating their engagement!

These papers are well suited to the autumnal photos we are taking at the moment. Lots of rusts, greens and browns in the mix.  For this page, I used some white gesso with a credit card to smoosh ( yes it is a technique) the paint all over the page, just enough to tone down the pattern, but to not lose it entirely.
I then layered up papers from the collection, a attached a photo underneath one of these darling frames by making memories here. I added some wooden veneer, a little journalling, and that was the page completed.

Thanks for looking, and have a great day!!


Monday, March 17, 2014

Hi everyone.....the month is "March-ing" along isnt it? ( sorry lame joke!) Its sort of compulsory to tell a joke on St Patrick's day isnt it? So...... Top of the morning to ya!!! Have a great day, and luck of the Irish to ya!

This month I was lucky enough to receive the Kaiser collection Blubelle to play along with. Love this collection for the pinks, apricots and blues which are warmed up with the tan colours.
I think these papers are perfect for those warm autumn photos we are taking at the moment.

The page I have made here, was taken in autumn a couple of years back when we rode the Otago Rail Trail with a bunch of mates. I used a little texture paste through a stencil in the background, and then just layers of papers under the photo.

As usual, I try to place design elements in a triangle to draw the eye into the photo..... notice the flowers and the doilies I have used to do this?

A relatively simple page, but one I am super happy with.

Thanks for looking, and catch up with you real soon with another Kaiser creation!


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hi everyone!

Sharon here with another share of my layouts created with the awesome Telegraph Road collection.

I told you last time about how wonderful this collection is.....I think I could use it for a month and not tire of it. Such pretty colours, and designs. Perfect for feminine pages!

In these pages, I have used a lot of texture ( as usual) with gesso and texture pastes, and color shine mists to create a background, then layered up lots of pieces of papers to showcase the photo.

Just love these two  photos of my daughter who is on her OE with her (now) fiance ! their engagement photo taken in the Sahara Desert is just perfect, and the pink hues of the photo just screamed out for the telegraph road collection. ( Isn't it just the most cute photo ever?)

without further ado........TELEGRAPH ROAD

Thanks for looking, and will catch up soon with some more Kaiser goodies!