Friday, 19 August 2016

Project Life Week 30 and 31

A very simple page this week because I realised I had taken almost NO photographs! Luckily I had some other things to share - like our reservation for our trip to AMSTERDAM and the fact that I got asked to be part of Bird's design team over at Bird's SVGs.

 I do like the colours though.

Week 31 contained a lot of hospitals. Our friends welcomed their first child, but he had to stay in the NICU for a while.
 Then my husband was in a motorbike accident and was in High Care for a week. So thankful that he's all okay. 
 Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Project Life week 29

Hi everyone, sorry for only posting Week 29 now - my hubby was in an accident and has been in hospital, so everything was put a bit on hold. He's all fine now, thank goodness, and so here's week 29 in all it's colourful glory :)

Monday, 8 August 2016

A Tropical Layout

Hi everyone! I’d like to share with you a new layout that’s going in my Bali honeymoon album. Before we get started though, let me fill you in on some interesting developments behind the scenes. I’ve recently become part of the Design Team over at Birds SVG’s. If you’ve never been to her site before, you MUST check it out – she has amazing SVG files, great kits and some incredible freebies too – sounds good, right? Find the link to her site here.

Now one of the challenges for the Design Team was to use one of Bird’s amazing designs in a different way. I browsed through all the amazing designs and the Club Tropicana set just sat up and said “pick me!” Here’s a picture of the set

Isn’t it wonderful? Don’t you feel like planning a tropical party right away? Well when I saw it I immediately thought “Bali album”. I decided to use the hibiscus flowers, but in two slightly different ways to how they were originally intended.

First up, I wanted to make a stencil. I used the envelope SVG because it already had a hibiscus cut out, which was basically a stencil already.

I took the flower off the envelope and deleted the envelope. Then I made a few duplicates and resized them. 
I cut around the stencil, just to make it easier to use. I then mirrored it below - now I had two stencils to play around with. 

I used pretty thick cardboard for the stencil – it was actually from an old folder I had lying around. And there you go – hibiscus stencils!

So what was I going to do with my stencil you ask? Well, I was going to use it to make a hibiscus background! Based on my picture I decided to do white, dark pink and teal flowers on a bright green background.

I started off with the white ink…

It was a combination of stamping using the stamp pad itself, and using a brush for some of the smaller areas.
By the way, if you’re ever making a stenciled background yourself, make sure to also do some stencils going off the side of the page, to make the pattern look more authentic.

Next up was the pink – but the stamp pad didn’t work so well, so I resorted to pink craft paint instead! Actually, if I must tell the truth, I didn’t have pink craft paint, but I did have pink fabric paint – which, it turns out, worked just as well!
I deliberately went quite easy on the paint/ink on the stencils – I wanted a more subtle colour, not too bright.

And lastly the teal – doesn’t the page look amazing?

Next up I added my photo, a few project life cards and some stickers. Then I used another of Bird’s designs, the hibiscus from the card. I cut two of these out and added them to my page (I made them different colours in Silhouette Studio, just to keep track of them better).

I really love how this page turned out – the background is completely unique and it’s great that I have matching cut-outs as well.

And it just goes to show, there are many different ways to use an SVG file – compare Bird’s original gift card and envelope and my scrapbooking page below:

For Bird’s Club Tropicana collection, click on the link here. Just think of all the things you can make!

Thanks for looking, and as always, happy crafting!

Monday, 25 July 2016

The versatility of vinyl

Hi everyone. A fellow crafter Meredith over at Unoriginal Mom has been speaking a lot about vinyl recently, and it prompted me to gather photos of all my vinyl projects to share with you.

When vinyl came out I was super excited. Finally, I could make those quotes and design things to go on walls! But I didn’t have any vinyl…boo. And by the time I got some, I had come up with a huge range of other ideas. Looking at it now, I realise I don’t have a single vinyl-quote/d├ęcor-on-the-walls, but what I do have is:
Labels on my spice jars

 My box of gift cards

The dog’s bowl did not escape my vinyl obsession
And some frames, one of which is a Christmas one, the other lives permanently in my craft room.
I’ve also used vinyl on my scrapbooking pages, like this one from our wedding album. The vinyl is easy to cut and simple to apply, and it’s very strong, so it seems to work better than cutting a similar thing out of paper.
And last but not least, stickers that I cut out of vinyl! Aren’t they amazing? I’m so happy with how they turned out.

So I would definitely advise you to buy some versatile vinyl – there is a huge variety of colours available, and there are even outdoor options, so really the possibilities are endless.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Cape Town layouts

Hi everyone! I wanted to share with you some layouts from our trip to Cape Town to visit my sister. With beautiful sunny days and amazing scenery, I had some great photos to work with for my layouts.

This one is taken on a colourful set of steps leading up to the hospital that overlooks the V&A waterfront. I cut the chevrons out myself with my silhouette machine, and also made the gold stickers.

We met up with my friend Sally in Kalk Bay, and enjoyed an amazing ice-cream cone. I had fun working with lots of different colours on this page. 

Thanks for looking! And thank you Cape Town for such beautiful photos.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Wedding album update

In my continuing quest to showcase our beautiful wedding photos in beautiful ways, I wanted to share this page with you. Isn't it beautiful? The colours came out a bit strange in the photo, but all the blues/aquas/greens are the same colour, our wedding colour.

I kept the photos black and white to really make the whole page work. Then I added some memories, an extract from Chris's vows, and some beautiful paper.

I love the layout and I think it's very versatile, and could also be used for more/fewer photos.
I will continue to strive towards gorgeous wedding scrapbook pages, and not ugly, bow-laden ones - see my rant on that here.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Vinyl art

I'm so into vinyl at the moment. My favourite thing to do is to apply the vinyl directly to the glass of a frame. This means that I can change out the background whenever I grow tired of it. 

Or, for example, when we change our Christmas colours, as we do every year - because I put the "Merry and Bright" quote onto the glass, I can just switch out the awesome glitter paper background with something that fits this year's theme.
What fun things have you done with vinyl?