Tuesday, May 27, 2014

NSD - Update

I had so much fun with all the challenges at Scrapbook.com, here and hereBig Picture Classes and Studio Calico.  I have really enjoyed putting all the layouts into albums and seeing what I got done.  Then of course the cherry on top I won a prize for my layout Rainbow of Possibilities at Scrapbook.com.  Fabulous prize pack.  Ten winners were randomly chosen for each of the challenges on the day.

Prize pack from Scrapbook.com
Looking forward to playing with some new goodies.

Monday, May 26, 2014

NSD - @ Studio Calico

NSD at Studio Calico
Some of the blogs I read are subscribers and designers for Studio Calico.  I have a few bits and pieces and Spotlight has just added their range to the store, so I thought that I would join in the fun.  I find more inspired  and motivated when I can see others work in the galleries.  In some ways it was great to work with a limited kit.  Love how they turned out.

Challenge Two - Get inky.  Use a stamp that you haven't opened yet

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This one went for the whole week.  So what started with the weekend ended with all week scrapping fun! Thanks Studio Calico. 

NSD - @ Big Picture Classes

NSD at Big Picture Classes

So the challenge was on. 10,000 layouts posted at Instagram.  As a newbie, it was fun checking out the different things that you could do.  By the end I had the posting down pat.  While the challenge was to get to 10K with whatever projects you had done, each of the guest designers had a different inspiration so I went with each one to see what I could come up with.

Stacey Julian - Use a grid over your whole page.  
Her tip - when you find something you like use it over again

 Cathy Zielske - Be you.  What makes your style unique?
Her tip - Comparison is the thief of joy.  Don't always believe everything you see.  Have fun.  Her video certainly was.  This was a great watch.
I am slowly seeing just what I like.  White backgrounds, handwritten journalling, stitching, grid photos, layering, clustered embellishments.

Heidi Swapp - Use your mists to decorate your chipboard.  
Aha moment when she shows how to use the mists.  Starting to get the hang of it.  Note to self they don't always work on all surfaces.

Celine Nevarro - Using your journal/project life cards on a layout. 
She has such a beautiful mixed media style.  I started out with the idea and decided to keep it plain rather than use embossing and misting here as I loved the look of the cards as they were with the photos that I had chosen to work with.

Jennifer Wilson - Start with what you know but don't be afraid to experiment with a creative idea and let go of the rules once in a while.
Her layout had triangles as the background base and I was reminded of a layout I had pinned by Stephanie Bryan.  The triangles and the colour combo inspired this CASE.

Katrina Kennedy - Upload and print your photos
This is something I have definitely been working on.  I went through all my boys birthdays and school starts and printed photos for the layouts.  This one has been waiting a while to be scrapped.  He is now 8!

Maggie Holmes - Layering and memory logging
Her tip - keep a bag of neutrals handy for layering.  She keeps a notebook to jot down events so when you are ready to scrap the notes are all there ready to journal.  I have been doing this for the last three years.  It makes such a difference to my journalling

Natalie Elphinstone - Work with a kit but limit your colour combo.  
I put together my own kits and usually start with the colours from the photos.  Loving the layered look and having a play with how this works for me.

Becky Higgins - Involve  your family in your project life pages
This was fun.  I got my son to pick out the photos and cards and he even got in on the journaling all be it reluctantly.  He did tell the story and get me to write the rest.

Ali Edwards - Use grids for homes for your journaling
Her tip - try and chose just one photo to tell the story and always remember to add the date
I had two layouts of my son's last days at kindy so I hit repeat and got both of their pages done with this challenge.

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A whole lot of fun and a whole lot more layouts to add to albums.

NSD - @ Scrapbook.com

NSD at Scrapbook.com

With the hive of activity during the{inter}national scrapbooking day it was enough to get my pages uploaded to the galleries.  I finally have had a chance to share here what I got done.

The weekend started at scrapbook.com with 24 hours of fun.  Lots of great challenges.  They post the bits and pieces that you need before the big event and so your time is well spent if you get organised before hand

Snail Mail - Create at least 6 cards all on a theme

Insta-Scrap It - Four square photos on the page

Pocket Perfection - Using page protectors with lots of photos

A rainbow of possibilities - Using one embellishment in a rainbow of colours

Sketch It - Use the sketch and one 3 x 4 close up photo

Get Creative with Cutouts - Use at least 10 diecuts on your page
Great video with this one on ideas for different ways to use your die cuts

Title - Use at least four sets of alpha stickers for your title
A tricky one as I have been using up my alphas on another class as I have been using my stash.  I managed to find four though.

Don't contemplate too long - use a template and mist or paint
This one was left long as this is a technique that I am just starting to work with.  Getting used to using my mists.  I put together the idea from Ali Edwards class Hello Story at Big Picture Classes.  She had used this stencil for her pie chart layout.  I didn't quite get the stencil working how I wanted but put together something with it anyway.

Water Colour Bonus - Use the watercolour technique and or script writing on your layout

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Awesome fun.  I love working with challenges and trying out new things.  It gets you out of your comfort zone and you find things that you like and don't like.  Both as valuable as the other.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

NSD - Get it together challenge

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So the challenge was to sort your photos using whatever system you have.  I have just recently printed out a bunch of photos that have been sitting in the box that they came in so this is a great challenge to get me started.  I already have a box that I keep my photos divided in.  I have different sections for each of the boys and my hubby and I.  Then after revisiting Stacey Julian's Photo Freedom organisation I have different categories where I file the rest.  Us, People we love, Family, Things we do, Places we go, and Celebrations. Most of my new photos are birthdays so it was easy to divide into the different sections.

 A while ago I had pulled apart my diary logs (you can read a bit more about what I had been using from last years post) to see what stories I am wanting to tell.  So the back part of my box has last years stories waiting for photos.
 After saying for a number of years that I will print more photos on a regular basis I actually am doing it this year.  Each month I have been filing away the bits and pieces that go with stories I have to tell.  I have also been keeping a different journal {I will save this for another post}.  So I have the first three months of this year printed and now sorted ready to scrap.

Friday, May 2, 2014

{inter}National Scrapbooking Day

It has been wayyyyy to long since I have been here. But that's details for another post. What better way to get back into things than {inter}National Scrapbooking Day. Loads of fun challenges around the web. Looking forward to it!

Here are some I am joining in.
Click on the caption of the photo to head to the blogs for details.

NSD at Big Picture ClassesClasses

Stay tuned for what I get up to

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