Thursday, May 31, 2012

SUYS May group 2 challenge

Show us your stuff  MAY Try This......((which is also the GROUP 2 challenge)).........


I created this layout to celebrate my little man turning double digits this past birthday. He gets upset when I make him 'cutesy' layouts now, so a grungy style was called for. He is definately tall, a rollercoaster addict, a little shy and sporty. I didn't want to add too many adjectives that may embarass him as he gets older - I'll save them for another page!

I have created my textured background with lots of elements including gesso, impasto medium, paint, glimmermist, recycled corrugated board, tissue paper and an onion bag.
Nothing was spared in the making of this layout.

I have been experimenting with different methods to create textured backgrounds lately and my research has discovered some phenomonal tutorials. Besides the very talented Stacey Young you can find some terrific tutes by Steph Devlin  and if you visit You Tube be sure to check out Rach0113 for her amazing mixed media techniques - or search texture and sit back with a cuppa, you could be fascinated for quite some time!


footy dad

You are playing a very important role in the development of 22 young boys' football careers.

 One day, just maybe, one of these very promising under 10 players might go on to AFL success and think back to their junior footy days and remember the influence you
had on them.

Definately, on Saturday and every Saturday for this season at least, I will see a man put his heart and soul into coaching these Blues boys to be passionate about their game, play fairly and competitively and to always play their best.

You are the best footy dad.

Friday, May 11, 2012

May challenges

We miss you

Margaret was a mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend. 

We certainly didn't always see eye to eye, but she understood that we both loved her son, and so our friendship began.

One year since her passing I feel I can start to record the special memories that our family shares of times spent with Gran and the life she lived.

I have incorporated two challenges in this layout - both Once upon a ... sketch and Scrap for help.

 I have journaled in the form of a letter to Margaret. It was hard to put this journaling into words and since it is very personal I slipped this little tag into a recycled envelope behind the photo. Anyone looking at the layout only need know that we miss her.

I made some simple roses from organza ribbon and a couple of shabby calico leaves. These are stitched onto a twig from the garden which I have attached to my layout with tiny stitches.The twine bow was stiffened with some ModPodge so it holds its shape over time and my trusty Fiskars punch was used... again.  

You can read 'Tudor' on the back of my envelope, just under the twig - courtesy of Gippsland Water - the requirement for Scrap for help this month.

I am not a big fan of banners so have used some fluffy felt clouds by Purple Pumpkin in its place. I also didn't feel a title was necessary, so 3 little words
"we miss you xxx" are all I have used.

Another fantastic sketch from Once upon a ... Sketch
Theme: Mum
We would like you to create a layout and interpret the theme "Mum" however you like based on the following sketch.

Be sure to drop by Scrap for help for a  refreshing take  on scrapbooking - each month a nominated recycled item must be included in your project, and you don't need to create a layout, it can be anything, and you don't need to make a project exclusive for this challenge... sounds pretty good to me!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

May Show us your Stuff

You 2 share a love of books

I have photographed my layout again since it had lots of shadows and didn't nearly look its best.
My handmade items are the heart and my red buttons. I cut the heart from some chipboard and painted with my new favorite product, distress crackle paint by Ranger. The buttons were made from Fimo using a great tutorial by the brilliant Leeann Pearce . I made them some time ago for another project but they just didn't work and so I put them away for a rainy day.

I customised all of my 'orphan' alphas with patterned paper, paint or book pages.

I took this photo of my kids not long ago and was waiting for the right project idea to come along. Then from outta nowhere this 'Pin-spirational' image from Show us your Stuff and the creative juices just flowed.

My jounaling reads:

4th April 2012
I snapped this picture of you together, completely fascinated by the Book of Guiness World Records and the amazing facts it contains. I hope your love of reading and thirst for knowledge lasts all of your lives.
Love Mum xx

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Let's get shabby challenge #34

This month the challenge is:
Create a Shabby Project with a repeated geometrical shape pattern that is very visable  
 (so we dont have to go looking for it)


Can you see all of my rectangles?
I used lots of layers of my favorite Fancy Pants 'its the little things' paper range, distressed and inked the edges and hand stitched them so they would look a bit like a patchwork.  It took so much longer than I anticipated and I had to constantly resist the urge to stitch neatly. I really wanted that cosy, homemade quilt feeling and don't think I could have achieved that with my sewing machine.
The photos are from when my little girl was a kinder kid and the journaling relates to some of the funny little things she used to say. She has grown some and her hair isn't as red now but the funny things keep coming out of her mouth, so a similar layout may be called for in the very near future.

Grab yourself a cuppa and be sure to check out the gorgeous Let's get Shabby DT samples and take the time to visit the other entrants blogs, its truly amazing just how much talent is floating about in cyberspace right now!

Thanks for looking - if you like it leave some love and I'll return the favor