Monday, March 20, 2017

How does everyone plan their layouts? Do you literally sit at your desk and let the creative juices flow and see what happens or do you plan it all out before hand so you know exactly what it's going to look like? I'm a planner! I cannot even begin to scrapbook unless I have a little sketch of what my layout is going to look like. Mind you, I have sketches everywhere on scrap-paper, the back of shopping dockets, used envelopes, you name it... I've used it! Mostly because ideas come to me randomly and I have to get them down on paper before I forget. Sometimes I wish I could print straight from my thoughts, how cool would that be?

Here's my scribbled sketch on the back of an electricity bill envelope. I had a very clear idea on what I wanted to do with this one although I didn't know I'd hand stitch the heart until much later. Sometimes I stay true to my doodles and other times I wander off track a bit.

I always wanted the paw print to be a collage so that was the easy part and the very first thing I did after the stitching. I must be honest, I'm totally in love with the pastel colours of the Smitten Kitten collection, so much so that I found it really hard to bust open the first packet and start using product. I just didn't want part with it.

Now, can you see the little fishy bone paper clip? THAT my friends is another new product from Doodlebug... 'Cute Clips'. And they are the sweetest darn things ever. Also, that's our beautiful boy 'Mr Wilson' - who's getting his 15 minutes of fame.

The 'meow' die-cut title is from another relatively new Doodlebug product 'Odds and Ends' which are little packets of goodness full of die-cut pieces to perfectly co-ordinate with each collection.

Loving the meow washi tape too and the wee little paw print sprinkles.

So, curiosity killed the cat... how DO you plan your layouts?
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Stepping outside the box!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Today I'm opening my post with a question... Do you have a style of scrapping that you stick to or do you break your own rules and just 'wing-it'. I never really thought about 'style' and whether or not I had one until I was filing my layouts into an album and almost every page had an all white background. It got me to thinking that perhaps I needed to break away from this repetition and 'dare' myself to use an all patterned background.

I was spoilt for choice with all the gorgeous patterned papers in the 'Fun In The Sun' collection but I must admit I did find it difficult to get my head around using patterns. I nearly caved and went for the white but I stayed strong.

I don't know if you would call stitching a particular part of anyone's style but it's something that I love doing on most of my layouts. At first I thought the patterned paper would be more than enough without having to add stitching but in the end I succumbed and added it anyway. Some habits are hard to break.

Now let me just make mention of the brand new 'Odds & Ends': it's a small packet of non-adhesive die-cut pieces that will have you wondering where your restraint has gone.

So, who is going to try a break away from their usual 'style' and create a layout that is completely opposite to what you would normally do?

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Something old, something new!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Who has a craft room that has more product than your local scrapbook store? I'm not saying that I do, but sometimes I wonder when I'm ever going to use everything I have purchased over the years? So that's why I think it's important to really use what we have in the most efficient way possible... to get the most out of our 'stash'. Mixing and matching is a perfect way to use up product that has been left from a previous collection(s) and add it to a new collection so we still feel as though we are playing with new supplies.

Doodlebug have a base palette of 12 colours with which they create all their collections so everything from one range of product to the next will match perfectly. Every now and again an extra colour or two are added to a certain range but never fear, it is always perfectly in sync with the rest of the line so you never have to worry about colour clashing. That's why you can grab those old papers you've been holding onto and marry them with your latest purchase and they will always blend to perfection. And to give you an example... this layout was created using product from the Spring, Summer, Autumn, Valentine's and Easter collections.

One of the easiest designs to create using Doodlebug products are... of course... rainbows! This particular rainbow was very simple to make and it was done without using an electronic cutting machine so a perfect design for those of you who still like to do things by hand. I dusted off my old Martha Stewart circle cutting tool and cut six circles in varying sizes from the Petite Prints - Swiss Dot papers.

I didn't bother going all the way around as it was easier to just do one sweep with the cutting tool rather than having to stop half way and change hands. I will the be the first to admit I never get that right and always end up with a rather odd shaped circle.

Once I had positioned my rainbow pieces in their correct order I laid a ruler over the half way mark and cut through each piece to give a straight line at the bottom. However, this takes a bit of effort as you need to hold the ruler down firmly so the pieces don't slip. An easier way to do this would be to draw a line across your pieces and then cut using a pair of scissors.

When assembling the rainbow onto my layout I started with the outermost piece first so that I could position it exactly where I wanted it to sit. If you start from the smallest piece you may find that your rainbow is sitting further to one side than the other or perhaps too close to the top of your paper.

And now for the fun stuff... adding the embellishments!

I simply layered my pieces using foam pop dots to create a fun and colourful landscape for my photos. Now I wonder if you can pick all the different collections I've used?

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Using up every last piece!

Friday, March 3, 2017

No, you are not seeing double! Yes, this is another 'name frame' however this time I have created a 'girly' version for a special little poppet in our family. It would be safe to say that I'm kinda addicted to creating these frames because I'm a 'sucker' for all these adorable elements and I love being able to use every last piece of my stash.

Under the Sea is perfect for all those girly photos that include water or swimming or even fish tanks etc. However, there's no reason why you can't create a photo-less piece of artwork to adorn someone's wall. There's plenty of colour choice in the collection to co-ordinate with most little girls' bedrooms.

And just look at those 'cutie patootie' Doodle Pops and Icon Stickers. I crammed almost every last piece onto the artwork as I didn't have the heart to leave anything off.

And just in case you haven't seen them yet... YES, I have used some of the latest Matte Sprinkles which are wonderful for taking photos as you don't get the shine like you do with some of the glittery versions.

You can view the complete 'Under the Sea' collection HERE
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Framed name art for Edward

Friday, February 24, 2017

Seriously, Anchors Aweigh has to be the cutest little boy's collection ever and the reason why I had such a hard time convincing my four year old that he was to 'STAY AWAY from the stickers'! Usually I'd let him choose a sticker off my icon sheet and hope like mad he didn't take my favourite. However, this time he did get to choose where to place some of the icons seeing as this frame is for HIS bedroom wall.

As with all my collage circles I lay down the largest pieces first, however this time I had to take into account my son's name. Then it was a matter of filling in the gaps!

My new motto: If you can't decide which stickers to use... use them all!

I love adding Doodle Pops as they are exactly the same size as the larger stickers on the Icon Sheet yet they are mounted with a duplicate using foam pop dots which adds wonderful dimension to the project.

The complete Anchors Aweigh collection can be viewed HERE.

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Taking inspiration from cake!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Can you believe how fast we are flying through the year with another month almost over and yet I seem to be lagging behind in the day to day running of my life. Time needs to slow down... especially time procrastinating over layout design. I tend to sit and stare at my craft mat, draw little sketches, rummage through product, re-arrange my tools, get another drink, stand on my head, pray for lightning to strike with a bright idea! Sometimes the brain just doesn't want to play so I head to Pinterest for inspiration and quite often I will find myself scrolling through cakes... yes, it's possible I'm hungry too! 

Isn't this cake just the prettiest thing? Actually, to be honest, I didn't really see the cake for what it was becuase I was too busy eyeing off the design. And then the lightning struck and I had a plan.

After drawing up a quick sketch I sectioned my layout into four and recreated the floral and sprinkle design for each photo. I decided to go with a monochromatic theme for each pic as there was enough flowers on the 'Spring Garden - Icon' sheet to accommodate four different colours.

Another nice surprise from the Spring Garden collection was the alpha stickers added to the icon sheet... however I will admit that I changed the heading twice before I settled on 'Hello Sunshine'.

- Spring Garden Icons Stickers
- Spring Garden This n That Stickers
- Blossoms Sweet Rolls Mini Icon Stickers
- Spring Garden Patterned Paper
- Fruit Stripe Patterned Paper
- Bright Assorted Matte Sprinkles

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Dusting off those punches!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Electronic cutting machines have certainly taken the craft industry by storm over recent years but that doesn't mean we can't dust off the old hand held punch to create fun designs on our projects. It just takes a crazy idea to reinvent the wheel, a leaf punch and some seriously cute Doodlebug Swiss Dots paper in dreamy shades of pastel.
Introducing my (dust free) leaf punch and using the bold side of the new Swiss Dots patterned paper I punched a whole pile of leaves in six different shades. Let me just say, I had a desk full of leaves and a very sore hand when finished.
I wanted to have one side of the leaf more prominent than the other so I cut little slits along the edge that would overlap each leaf.
I cut a circle template to use as a guide and began by adhering each leaf starting from the outer most edge and working my way into the middle of the wheel.
At first I thought it was going to take an eternity, however it actually came together quite quickly once I had worked out a system.
I was really pleased with the finished piece and to be honest a little nervous to move onto the next step of embellishing because I had planned on adding some hand stitching and I knew that I couldn't make a mistake as I truly didn't want to redo all that work... my sore hand would never forgive me.
Fortunately everything went smoothly as I added more layers of embellishments finishing with the journaling using Doodlebug rub-ons and a scatter of sprinkles that match the Swiss Dots paper perfectly.

I hope today's post has given you some ideas on using the new Doodlebug Swiss Dots patterned paper and also some inspiration for dusting off your old punches again.
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