Friday, August 1, 2014

SNAPSHOTS & STORIES.

Two posts in as many days I know its a bit overkill but August is already panning out to be a big month so please forgive me! I have to share my CT projects for Sahlin Studio's current release a gorgeous kit called 'Flashback' for the August BYOC at The Lilypad. Its such a fun, bright and happy collection that works perfectly for standard scrapping, Project L ife and art journal pages. Here's what I created using the packs!
'Captured'
Digital Credits:
Anna Aspnes| ScripTease FotoBlendz No.3
Page Drafts Template #33.1 by The Nifty Pixel

'Photobomb'
Digital Credits:
  Page Drafts Template #14.3 by The Nifty Pixel

'The Week That was'
Digital Credits:
Valorie Wibbens| Pockets No.3: The Basics


Sissy Sparrows  news now! The girls have just released a gorgeous ephemera kit called 'Vintage Vogue'. Its filled with so many fabulous elements and papers its a must have in your collection ;)
Here is what I created using that...
'Vogue'
Digital Credits:
Sissy Sparrows| Vintage Vogue Full Kit.

Also something I am really excited.... Sissy Sparrows have recently released a fantastic new product called DIY POCKET JOURNALS. They are a Pocket Journaling series that will have new books released each month with extra backgrounds and ellies packs released each week to tide you over. Each pack allows you to digitally design your booklet, you then print and construct into pocket size hybrid books for you to further embellish with all your scrappy embellishments, inks and perfect pearls to just name a few.

Here are my first two books...
'Little Book of Happiness'
Digital Credits:

'Self Help Manual No.1'
Digital Credits:

Who doesn't like a little book of quotes or positive affirmations? I know I love them and I'm well on the way to making my very own personalised little collection that will contain all my thoughts and aspirations within their pages. So why not check out the range they are tonnes of fun and allow for countless little books filled with your own ideas, photo's, imagery and journaling!
For Sissy Sparrows shop click HERE

Or if you want to check out how it all works there is a fabulous FB freebie to get you started over at the Sissy FB page. All you have to do is like their page and you get to download the freebie pack! 

Thats it for now... thanks for checking out my pages, again he he!
Hugs Em xo

Thursday, July 31, 2014

HANGING AT THE LILYPAD!

Warning long post, lots of pages to share ;)
Most months I try to play along with the challenges over at The Lilypad. This month I managed to complete them all which was a tonne of fun! These first two are the digital and hybrid versions of the same page. The Hybrid is slightly different because I combined that page with another challenge set by a new facebook group called 'Can I do that?'

Catie Kennedy the founder decided that we should try creating a page using a clean white cardstock as the base. The catch....no embellishing of the cardstock at all! So this proved to be a challenge for many of us he he. Its way too hard not to add something. Anyways I had a brain storm and figured that using Grafix rub-Onz wouldnt constitute embellishing the cardstock instead simply adding a 4th photo to my project! Brilliant? hmmmm I don't know 'bout that but hey love how it turned out.

Here is the digital version...
'2 Chardy's... okay possibly more!'
Digital Credits:
One Little Bird| Around Here Kit
Lynne-Marie Designs| Tattered Photo Overlays No.2

...and the Hybrid Version.
Materials Used:
Bazzill Cardstock
Grafix Rub-Onz
London Market Jumbo Numbers by Pink Paislee
Ephemera Pieces by Heidi Swapp
Rhinestones by Kaiser Craft

'Be A Little Silly'
Digital Credits:
Sahlin Studio| Drift Away Kit and Stitching No.1
Page Drafts Template #14.5 by The Nifty Pixel

 Whilst mum has been visiting the past few weeks we have been on a few outings and a couple of road trips. This page is of our latest adventure, visiting the Tweed Valley and checking out a gallery established in honour of a fabulous Australian artist Margaret Olley. It was a sensational day, I love hanging out with my mum!
'Week 30- Our Tweed Valley Road Trip'
Digital Credits:
One Little Bird| Around Here Digital Kit
Allison Pennington| In Summer.Y Extras Trio

'Everyday is a Holiday!'
Digital Credits:
One Little Bird| Around Here Kit
Page Drafts Template #26.5 by The Nifty Pixel

This one got a Lilypad Spotlight which is a bit exciting!
'Treasured Moment'
Digital Credits:
Sahlin Studio| Treasured Moments
Lynne-Marie Designs| Woodland Elements and Paper Pack, Tattered Overlays No.2 and Metamorphosis Butterflies Stamps Freebie

This one got a GSO ooh la la!
'You Are Perfect'
Digital Credits:
Just Jaimie| Cerulean Bits, Cerulean Papers (Newsletter Sign Up Freebie) and Sticky Bits Word Labels
Valorie Wibbens| By The Thread Pack
Amy Wolff| Messy Marvin

'Catch of the Day'
Digital Credits:
Sahlin Studio| Taped Up Swatches Vol.2 and Sparkle Gel Alpha
Allison Pennington| Dandy Random Bits
One Little Bird| Maritime Papers
Amy Martin| Bit More Mess Stitches and Shaped Up Stars Template
Amy Wolff| Messy marvin
Sara Gleason| Dogbane Confetti

'They Called Me Smilie'
Digital Credits:
PRD| True to Yourself Elements and Paper Pack
Just Jaimee| May Storyteller Flair Pack
Lynne-Marie Designs| Mixed Media Kit
Little Butterfly Wings| After The Rain Kit

Thanks for stopping by I know thats a few pages in one post but I have been hoarding them lol.
Have a great Day!
Hugs Em xo

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A BLOG HOP WITH A DIFFERENCE!

Hi Everyone welcome to my blog!

Wow half the year has gone already, do you feel like me...in a spin or does time just go faster as you get older? To kick off a month of craziness I am participating in a fabulous blog hop with a difference. I was asked by the gorgeous Sue Plumb to join in on the fun as one of the scrappers that inspires her, and well lets say I am blown away by that, what an honour thank you Sue xo

Sue is such a fabulous scrapper, how she finds the time at all amazes me given she is a busy mumma. When Sue shares her latest creation does they are sensational. She is a master of colour and her versatility in creating with different styles is amaze ball! If you are not familiar with her work check out her fabbo blog 'Look into my Life' right HERE.

The gist of this hop is to share a little about your crafting/scrapping arty process and to introduce people that inspire you. You may already be familiar with teh ladies I have picked but seeing their work through another persons eye often reveals more about them and their work. You can see who inspires me at the bottom of this post I am sure you'll find them equally as amazing as I do! 

okay so getting to know ME a little more...

1.What I am working on now.
Aside from my Graphic Design commission work, I've been having lots of fun playing with my latest arty acquisition the Gelli Plate. Let me tell ya, revisiting my Art School days as a Printmaking Major has been quite cathartic and the fuel to fire up my arty mojo again. I now make a point of stealing an hour every now and then from my commission work to play creatively. This is my reprieve from the confines of a client brief. The 'Gelli Plate' is definitely a tonne of fun and a great avenue to explore more. I am loving every single painterly texure that appears with each impression and pull, ooooh so many delicious textures and striations... I am in looooove with this slab of goo!

Here are some of my latest collage prints.

2. How long does it take to create a layout?
That really depends on my mood more than anything or if I have had that soup bowl of coffee or not! he he. I am the worst procrastinator (ask my husband he's rolling his eyes right now), so it seems I have this inbuilt propensity to NOT getting the ball rolling, but once the mojo kicks in... boom I have finished a couple of pages and you can't stop me from creating more! 

I have to say this quote by Mark Twain has served me well in those lulls... it sits next to me at my desk and is a constant reminder to get cracking!
3. What are your favourite things to create with?
Well okay so I have to say my Gelli plate is my favourite tool at this point in time, that's a given! A close second would be my gelatos and handcut stencils. When it comes to my digital work I cannot work/live without my iMac, photoshop and some awesome digital kits created by these extra talented and creative peeps.

 


4. What is your creative process?
That is so varied so its hard to pin down. I guess it depends on what I am working on at the time. If it's a commission I tend to work in stages making sure each step is signed off on by the client. This can be a bit fracturing creatively but a huge time saver and a necessary evil when working within a time frame. 

When I am creating DT projects I tend to work with the theme of the kit in mind. This can completely influence my decision on what photos to scrapbook and what story/ event or emotion I am wanting to convey. But then sometimes I might draw inspiration from the patterns or elements in the kit and completely wing it!

5. How do you become inspired or stay inspired?
Inspiration for me comes from discovering new and interesting artists. I have pinned lots of great Collage and Mixed Media  art along with some seriously incredible Drypoint Etchings both of which are my go to inspo at the moment. I love the free flow approach of these art genres. Making random textures and markings is so exciting and is the perfect balance for me as a digital scrapbooker. I am definitely having the cake and eating it too :)

I also draw lots of inspiration from my daily life namely my sons antics. He provides me with an endless source of scrap-able matter lol. I also love the ups and downs in lifes journey, the ebbs and flows are a starting point especially for my art journal projects which I never share.

6. How would you describe your style?
That is something I have been asked many times and my answer is always different, thats because my style is always changing. I love to try different things and draw from many influences to create a page. I guess I would pigeon hole myself into an 'eclectic' slot, because I love to combine many different images and patterns together. I also love to cluster and group things tightly which stems from years working as a visual marketer dressing windows and creating instore displays. 

'Start Today'
Digital Credits:

So here are my top 3 inspiring creative ladies check their blogs out by clicking on the images below I know you will be wowed just like I am!

 ZENEVA KOVIC
What can I say, this lady rocks! I love that Zeneva is both a traditional scrapper as well as a digital one, she a girl after my own heart! he he. I have known Zeneva for awhile now but when I discovered her stunning Gelli plate prints and her gorgeous Art Journal pages using them, I have become a regular visitor of her blog. She is so inspiring. Check out her blog 'Zeneva Kovic- Stitch. Paper. Play' its filled with so much goodness you'll burst with inspiration!

KARLA FATULA
This city gal is one of the sweetest ladies I know. If ever I get to NYC (my dream vacay) I'll be sure to look her up for some serious creative play. I think Karla has a unique style. Her projects are so bold and bright but incredibly sensitive and delicate at the same time, quite a talent for combining the two successfully. She has a great way with colour combinations and a clever ability to scatter elements without them looking misplaced or floating out in neverland. I love that Karla uses the whole 12x12 space unlike myself who tends to squish everything up. I need to take a leaf from Kay's book on the art of loosening up lol! Check out her blog 'Embrace Serendipity' (which I designed btw he he) by clicking on the image below.

SHEYE ROSEMEYER
This gorgeous soul was one of the first friends I made when I moved to the Gold Coast. We studied Interior Design together and remained friends over the years. Sheye is an incredibly talented photographer and an insightful woman with a turn of phrase so succinct that when you read her blog  'Sheye Rosemeyer' she can uncannily drop you into the moment as though you were there with her. I have cried, laughed and rejoiced with her through her beautifully penned posts. Oh be still my beating heart!

If you are a budding photographer or looking for a new lease on capturing those special moments in life you should check out Sheye's Explore or Evolve Eye Candy Workshops. They are a must do if you love soft milky vintage/retro inspired shots that are swathed in warm sun flare. Check the workshops out if you're interested in tapping into Sheye's immense knowledge. Sheye is currently on Maternity leave, but is taking expressions of interest for future workshops so be sure to drop her an email if you want to be updated on when the workshops will re-commence. Oh and for a little treat guess what... you can even purchase her stunning Eye Candy Actions to get that incredibly soft, vintage glow in your own work that Sheye is so famous for.
So there you have it, a little peek into my world of crafting and who inspires me!
Have a great day and thank you for stopping by!
Em xo