Sunday 29 December 2013

Last Resolution

The latest sketch challenge on Sketchabilities seemed a good chance to make good on a resolution from New Year 2013 - to do more pictures from my husband's family. I've done a few but this will be the last for the year. The photo is of my husband and his little sister during the Christmas holidays of 1965-66.

The beautiful sketch was:

Supplies used:
Papers: Bella! Blue Fusion Floral and Chains, Plain white card, AC Cardstock Sky.
Stamps: Stampin' Up By the Seashore and Sweet Summer (for the dates), Kaisercraft Script
Other: Stampin' Up Marina Mist ink, Thickers white foam letters Daiquiri,  TCW reverse chicken wire mask, heart punch, Martha Stewart lace punch, baker's twine, button, Essentials hardware clip, Stampin' Up neutral candy dots.

Sunday 10 November 2013

My Superman

Surprised at how much I enjoyed participating in Sketchabilities 101, I looked up the latest challenge and decided to give it a go too. My husband is usually very camera shy - a curious male trait - but I managed to catch a couple of good ones recently and used sketch 102 as an inspiration.
Here is the sketch.

Materials: Kaisercraft Great Southern Land NT, Basic Grey Little Black Dress paper pad, Cuttlebug Leaf dies, Stampin' Up French Foliage stamps, Stampin' Up Crumb Cake inkpad, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Brushed Corduroy and Black, Versamark and clear embossing powder, baker's twine, Perfect Pearl spray mist, wooden hearts, miscellaneous paper for the tickets,

Friday 25 October 2013

Sketchabilities 101

Normally I'm drawn to clean lines and lots of white space in a page, so I was surprised to find that Sketchabilities number 101 seemed to be calling me. I chose to use photos of a recent trip to Wellington and a walk along the waterfront down to Te Papa. The papers were from Authentique, chosen to fit in with the photos and the feel of the event. Everything else came out of the stash drawer. The pegs I got from Typo some time ago, waiting for the right photo. The librarian in me is pretty happy with the recycling of the library book card. My son's a film-maker and musician so the film strip ribbon is right for him and some of the buttons came from my mother's sewing cupboard, kept when I cleared her house.

Here's the sketch:

And here's my take on it:

And some details:

Monday 21 October 2013

A Grown-up Daughter

It's been a long time since she was the little girl on her uncle's motorbike down at the farm. This is her on her 30th birthday this year. I really like how this one has turned out. It is so her in colour and style. Really like the way the wooden flourish turned out after being stamped with Perfect Plum then sprayed with Perfect Pearl. I used Stampin' Up Illuminate ink for the mask and to edge the journal tag, which was an effect I'd use again.

Mum and Second Daughter

This Authentique paper is adorable. I like the way the tearing of the paper at the edges turned out and the monochromatic colourway. This was the day we went out to lunch at Black Barn, just before Christmas last year.

Summer Days

Although it doesn't look it, this is a Christmas Day photo from 2011 which was the year Stephen finished high school. Once again, Crazy Monday Kits stuff was really useful. I've got lots of pages out of those kits.
I do especially like the paper perforations in this one. It was a good finishing detail, although the photo doesn't show it so well.

Back to the 1980s

Going through my photo box recently, I came across photos of my eldest daughter when she was about 4 or 5 when we went back to Taranaki to visit my family. Lynley had a great time out on the farm with my brother. I was also pleased to see this photo of her with her great-grandmother. Gran must have been in her 90s by then.

Saturday 19 October 2013

A Bit of a Catch-up

Although lots of scrapping has been done, not much has been photographed. So today, with the husband away at a golf tournament, I'm adding a couple of photos from files. Both primarily use stuff out of Crazy Monday kits. Note to self: take more photos of completed things and learn to photograph them better.

Tuesday 14 May 2013

Summer Days at Ohope

This page is part of a set of photos commemorating our fabulous summer holiday at Ohope this year. I really like the laid-back beachy feel that the Kaisercraft Base coat gives. I also got to use my new Stampin' Up seashore set, which I really enjoyed doing as I've never used stamps in my scrapping before. Both the stamps and the  "Lazy Summer" were raised on dimensionals. And the kitchen twine turned out to be just the right rustic finishing touch!

Snow in Hastings

Another effort using the March kit from Crazy Monday Kits

The lettering is from my stash and is from Ruby Rocket. I used a Nellies die on the cuttlebug for the shapes at top right and bottom left.. The washi tape was great at helping create the cold feeling on the page.

Thursday 18 April 2013

Pirates of Penzance

The April kit from Crazy Monday Scrapbooking arrived and it was beautiful. It called me to finally do something with the photos from the year my son was in the school production of The Pirates of Penzance.

Wednesday 17 April 2013

Stretching out

Over the summer holidays, I got to thinking that my scrapbooking was starting to get in a rut. So while lolling around at the beach I discovered a site that sold kits: Crazy Monday Scrapbooking. I thought it might be a way to force myself into trying new things. I'd looked over their previous kits and while it was sometimes stuff I wouldn't have bought, I liked it all.

I got my first kit in March and although excited by it, no picture in my pile spoke to me and asked to be put with it. Until recently. The family  photos we took in the back yard before my son went back to university seemed the ones.

I'm really happy with it as it and the kit did exactly what I wanted - it made me look at the page differently. In fact, it took me a long time to do as it turned into one of those pages where I layed out things, moved them by millimetres, moved them back a day later and so on before anything got permanently attached.


Thursday 21 March 2013

March Sketch Challenge at Scrappin' Patch

While hunting around the Internet recently, I found this monthly challenge at Scrappin'Patch. As soon as|I saw it, a couple of photos from my 'to-do' pile just screamed out to be used in this layout. As photos sometimes do...

Here's my take on it. One of my children threw a costume party for her birthday this New Year's  and the theme was to come dressed from the op-shop. Her sister, whose usual style is heavy goth, came as a hippie flower-child. Her brother took the opportunity to wear vintage 60s.

I especially like that the letters and ribbon were from a free give-away with Scrapbooking Memories that I never thought I would use, while the orange and swirly brown came from a specials bin.
I was very pleased that the distress inking around the photos made them more of a pair.
Really loving the Kaisercraft Basecoat range, newly added to my secret stash.