Saturday, April 12, 2014

SOME MAGAZINE LOVIN'

Scrapbook Creations current issue #104 is now in your local news stands. You'll find my fun digital article called 'Brush Magic' that looks at creating some easy repeat pattern backgrounds using the humble yet powerful brush tool. Here is the layout I created for the article showcasing the embossed repeat pattern paper that I step out for you ;)
'Dreams Come True'
Digital Credits:
Acid Wash Elements and Paper Pack by Sissy Sparrows
Hibiscus Flowers Brish Set by Photoshop Free Brushes
Font: Adam Gorry Lights

Excitedly, lil' ole me was invited to be interviewed by Kim Archer the fabulous Founder/Editor of this great magazine.


My interview is in the 'Meet a Blogger' section so. If you haven't already had the pleasure of checking this magazine out you should I LOVE IT. It's such a beautifully designed online publication filled to the brim with amazing art, so I am just a little buzzed to be schmoozing with so much talent even if only in a virtual way he he. If you'd like to check out Issue #5,  I totally recommend you grab yourself a cuppa and a handful of choccie biccies because seriously once you scoot over by clicking HERE you'll be all set to enjoy some very good reading and like I did... drool over an abundance of swoon worthy artworks!

Here is a page I created for the Wood Veneer gallery.
'A Big Boy Now'
Digital Credits:
Wood Veneer Talk Pack by Sahlin Studio
Wood Veneer Shapes Pack by Sahlin Studio
Down the Lane Paper Pack by Sahlin Studio
ScriptTease FotoBlendz No.2 by Anna Aspnes
Giveaway Word Pack by Heidi Swapp
(All other Elements created by me)

Lastly some other fun news...CSI and Scrap 365 Magazine have been collaborating on some casefiles for the last few months which has been lots of fun.

Recently casefile Scrap365-5 went live over at CSI its a fun bright happy case and when Debbi from CSI invited me to create a special page to be published in Scrap365 Mag April/May Issue

...I of course jumped at the opportunity to hang at my old stomping ground!

Here is the casefile and my page...
'Completely Bonkers'
Digital Credits:
Anything Goes Vol.1 Paper Pack by Sissy Sparrows
Country Fair Picnic Mixed Media Kit by Sahlin Studio
Instaframes Pack by Sahlin Studio
Betwined by Amy Martin
Scattered Sequin #2 by Scrap Seeds

Hope you get a chance to check out these mags they are always good reads!
Have a great week and thank you for stopping by,
Em xo

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

HANGING OUT AT THE PAD!

This past week I decided to have a play in the April challenges over at The Lilypad.  I am not sure what has come over me but I have been on a massive scrappy adventure and have finished all of this months challenges already! Its been fun to actually use some of those yummy digi kits I have in my stash but have not had the chance to play with yet, so thats gotta be a good thing!

This first page is actually my CT page for Sahlin Studio and the new kit 'Worth a Thousand Words'. I absolutely love the soft palette its gorgeous, so had to make a lovey dovey page with it!
'One & Only'
Digital Credits:
A Bit Worn No.2 by Valorie wibbens
Tissue Textures No.2 by Anna Aspnes

You can even purchase this pack below and get your very own Em Stafrace inspired Quickpage ;)

This next page was my sub for the Poly Picks Challenge.
'Full of Wonder'
Digital Credits:
Boho Bliss Collab by Pink Reptile Designs & Lynne-Marie Designs
Stitching No.1 by Sahlin Studio

This one is for the BYOC April Challenge. 
'War Paint'
Digital Credits:
Reverie Paper Pack by Pink Reptile Designs
Yo-Yo's by Pink Reptile Designs
Dog Eared Alpha by Pink Reptile Designs
Fold 'em Photo Masks by Pink Reptile Designs
Sprinkles V.22 by Valorie Wibbens
A Bit Worn No.6 by Valorie Wibbens
Blanc Stitches V.2 by Amy Martin Designs

This one was created for the April Scraplift Challenge. It got a Gallery Stand Out which is exciting stuffs! Gotta love Photobooth! lol
'Who's Perfect'
Digital Credits:
I am Perfect Elements Pack by Pink Reptile Designs
I am Perfect Paper Pack by Pink Reptile Designs
Slightly Lined Pack by Pink Reptile Designs

The template for the Sketch Challenge got me thinking because its not my usual style so had tonnes of fun with this one mixing it up a bit! 
'My Story'
Digital Credits
Noted Full Kit by Pink Reptile Designs
Noted Add-On Kit by Pink reptile Designs
A Bit Worn No.2 by Valorie wibbens

I then came across this fabulous tutorial called 'Watercolour Look' by Farrah on creating artistic effects like pencil and water colour effects with your photo's. Unfortunately because the tutorial was for Photoshop (I use PSE) I soon realised to do this particular technique I needed to find a way to create a Layer Mask.

You'd think it would be easy but alas it wasn't. PSE 8 which I run doesnt have that command built in unlike PSE 9 and up, but lady luck was on my side I found that elusive pot of gold and downloaded a free Layer Mask Action yeeeooow cheering... after that it was plain sailing!

So I created this page for the Word Challenge at The Lilypad.
'About U'
Digital Credits:
The Block Elements Pack by Kaye Winiecki
The Block Paper Pack by Kaye Winiecki
Dog Eared Alpha by Pink Reptile Designs
Template Tuesday Week #26 by Megan Turnidge

Lastly here is the final challenge submission for the Journaling section. I decided to make a double page just to see how I go I have only ever made one double layout in all my years of scrapping and well to put it plainly is sucked! lol But I have to say I am a bit pleased about how this one turned out! I am well chuffed that each page can stand on its own.
'2+1=3'
Digital Credits:
Melon Sorbet Bundle by Sahlin Studio
Varsity Jersey Alpha by Sahlin Studio
Tell The Story Vol.1 Templates by Sahlin Studio
By the Thread by Valorie Wibbens
Damsel Series No.1 by Valorie Wibbens



So thats it for today hope you like my latest bunch of pages.
Have a fabulous week!
Em x

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

I FINALLY HAVE A...

... 'my word' for 2014 which you can read about towards the end of this post, he he!

Before I reveal the word, there's lots more to share with you in this post so I'd better get cracking!
I've managed to join in on a digital challenge this month, I even scrapped a page or two for Page Drafts April Release #29! OMGosh I can't remember the last time I shared a page on a Page Draft release other than the event posts so thought I'd share them here aswell.

This first one is my challenge entry for Digi Dares, dare #360. It's a fantastic digital challenge site and this weeks prompt is a tonne of fun. It pays homage to a U.S Holiday 'Something On a Stick Day!' I know... too funny hey, so I couldn't pass up on this one purely for the sheer fact that this is completely worth celebrating ha ha.

The Dare Flair is:
● Include 2X somethings on a stick. (toothpick flags, branch, leaves)
● Include something sticky. (glue, stickers, tape)
● Background must be wood.
● Must have atleast 3 stacked or layered photo's.
● Photos must be stuck to the page. (staples, stitching, tape)

Here is my entry:
'Treasured Moment'
Digital Credits:
Treasured Moments Kit by Sahlin Studio & Sugar Plum Paperie
Field Day Paper Pack by Sahlin Studio
Tattered Overlays 02 Set 1 by Lynne-Marie Designs
Geometric Hints No.2 by Lynn Grieveson
Page Drafts Template #29.1 by The Nifty Pixel

The next 3 pages are my CT projects for Sahlin Studio and Sissy Sparrows.
'SELF(i.e) Discovery'
Digital Credits:
Field Trip Kit by Sahlin Studio
Arrow Paper Clip Pack by Sahlin Studio
Anagram Letter Tile Alpha 2 by Sahlin Studio
'SIA Sings'
Digital Credits:
Melon Sorbet Elements Pack by Sahlin Studio
Melon Sorbet Paper Pack by Sahlin Studio
Monogram Circle Alpha by Sahlin Studio
Page Drafts Template #29.2 by The Nifty Pixel

Also on a side note I thought I'd share with you that Sahlin Studio has released some new fabulous products that are coordinated Layerable Quickpage Kits. These are great packs for the time poor but
are equally as fun for any digi scrapper as they are psd files so are editable layers enabling you to move elements around, delete layers as you go or add elements from other templates within the pack.

They are so much fun and a great way to see how digital creative team members create their projects. One of my pages is included in the 'Down the Lane' Pack (Bottom Right).
To go to the shop simply click the folder preview below.


...this one was created for Sissy Sparrows newsletter. It's a new feature called 'Oldie But a Goldie'
that looks at some previously released digital kits that are worth a revisit in your stash.
Wasted Breath is one of my all time faves Sissy Sparrows Kits.
'You're a Nut'
Digital Credits:
Wasted Breath Overlay Pack by Sissy Sparrows
Wasted Breath Trim Pack by Sissy Sparrows

Last but not least, remember I said I had my 2014 word? Earlier this year people were sharing theirs and I really wanted to jump on board but at the time I couldnt think of just one word...
Don't you think its too hard to pick just one that resonates?

So I decided to go with a positive affirmation instead, (hope that still counts he he) sooo the 'Desiderata' prose poem written by Max Ehrmann summed it all up for me. It's a truly beautiful devotion that guides you in some of lifes most important lessons and is also a reminder to love and be loved.

So here is my page, now to embrace it all...
'My Word is...'
Digital Credits:
Upgraded Elements Pack by Vinnie Pearce
Journalink Elements Pack by Vinnie Pearce
Artpropelled Collection by Vinnie Pearce
 Chine 11 Paper Pack by Vinnie Pearce (will be re-released soon)
Canvas Elements Freebie by Vinnie Pearce
Page Drafts Template #29.4 by The Nifty Pixel

Thats it I promise... I know 'twas a bit of an image overload he he, but I hope you like all the pages.
Thank you for dropping by and wishing you an incredible week!
Em xo