Monday, 21 August 2017

Let's Party by Sarah Rosse

Hello crafty friends, Sarah here with two layouts using the stunning Simple Stories 'Let's Party' collection. The layouts are an 8.5X11 inch size to fit in my family album for 2017. We celebrate two family birthdays in March - the first being my mum's birthday mid month and my oldest son's birthday at the end of the month. I have designed these two so they are back to back, using only one page in my album. The Let's Party bundle can be purchased in the online Shop and Crop store here.

This first layout uses the patterned paper as the base and a second piece trimmed down to mat the photo. I just love the musical backdrop of this paper with the words to 'Happy Birthday' and the stars at the bottom. I used the Let's Party Chipboard frames to the right of the photo and layered two on each other to give a raised effect. The Let's Party clear stickers compliment the collection nicely and you can see many of them on this layout, but I especially love the little bird I added to the chipboard frames - so cute!.

On the top right hand of the layout, the 'celebrating YOU' accent came from the cut apart patterned paper sheet. A tip is to think flexibly about how to use these cut apart sheets - they are not just for people who enjoy pocket page layouts, but you can easily cut them apart to suit a traditional layout as I have done here. The party streamers to the top right of the photo are from the delightful Let's Party Bits and Pieces. All of these products can be found instore by clicking here.

For the second layout, again patterned paper was the base of the layout. The bottom strip was cut from another piece of cut apart paper - the range of paper in this collection is so versatile and creates so many opportunities for creating your own embellishments. The photo was layered and stuck on top of another of the chipboard frames. The Let's Party chipboard stickers were used to finish of the layout. I just love the 'Happy Birthday' sticker - this could be used for cards or layouts given it's size and style.

Thankyou for joining me for these projects and I look forward to seeing what you create with the Simple Stories 'Let's Party' collection!

Sunday, 20 August 2017

August Cropaholic kit - 1 cut, 2 cards

Hello crafty friends!

It's Donna here, and I'm hoping the weather is better wherever you are than here in Gippsland. As I made these cards, the temperature clawed its way up to 5 degrees by mid afternoon, and hail was falling!  A perfect day to stay inside in my happy place and make cards, I'd say!

I've used two of the gorgeous papers from this month's Cropaholic kit. This month's kit has a beautiful collection of papers from Jillibean Soup, as well as a whole bunch of stickers, ephemera and other goodies. 
I first used alphabet dies to cut the word 'Thank You' from the pink paper. I mounted this with dimensional tape on the gorgeous floral paper. Once this was done, I carefully stuck the centres of the A and O into their holes using teeny tiny pieces of dimensional tape. 
Next, because the front of the card was fairly plain, I added some of the lovely cutouts from the kit,  placing them to draw the eye diagonally down the card. The flowers are a wonderful complement to the floral paper behind, and of course being from the same kit, the colours match perfectly. I also added two thin strips of the teal spotted paper from the kit for some contrast. 




Here's a close up of the depth that can be achieved with the dimensional adhesive.


Next, I used the pink letters that I had cut out, stuck them onto a piece of the floral paper, thus creating a card that was the reverse of the first. Unlike the other card, which needed some additions, this card started out very busy, and needed to be toned down. First, I had to make sure the words stood out against the busy background, so I used my copic markers (R85 and R81) to deepen the colour on the pink paper I then outlined the letters in black before adding a layer of glitter using Wink of Stella and a layer of Glossy Accents. I also added the black strip and sentiment to ground the card and add a contrasting element. 


I've included some closeups to give you an idea of the shine and dimension that the glitter and glossy accents gives to the letters.




Hopefully this will give you some more ideas of what to do with the beautiful papers in the kit, for those of you who are lucky enough to be subscribers.
The Cropaholic kits are available either as a subscription, which gives you a saving each month, or as a one off, until stocks run out. If you'd like a further saving, just use the code DL5 to give you an extra $5 off. 
Until next time, happy crafting. May your days be sunny and warm!
Feel free to have a peek at my other cards if you are interested.
Donna


Saturday, 19 August 2017


Hi there!
 It's Tanya here with a layout and a short video showing you how to create layers on your next project. 
This technique is a great way to use up the bits of leftover papers you have from projects, you know the bits we keep "just in case" 
I used the range "Life is Beautiful" from Fancy Pants Designs for this page plus some die cuts made on my Silhouette machine.




So many layers! dont be scared to mix it up and use lots of papers, the patterns don't realy matter as you see such a small portion of the pattern.
If you have ordered this months Cropaholic kit you will see that i have also used this technique on two layouts.
You can see the video on our Shop and Crop YouTube channel ( click this link!)

All products used in this projects are available in store now!
https://www.shopandcrop.com.au/

Thanks for stopping by, and remember we love seeing what you have been creating, dont forget to share on our Inspirations facebok page


Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, 18 August 2017

Much Ado About Nothing

Hello
It's Deena here with you again today. I bring you a little something extra an art journal page.
Recently I was away on retreat with a room filled with very talented ladies and so much inspiration.
I was sitting there on the last night wondering what I was going to create next. I was looking through my things and I came across my scribble sticks. Now so far I have not been a huge fan of them, I had used them a couple of times and I will be playing with them in the future. I decided to play with them.
 
Here is my art journal page

My art journal page was really about nothing special just playing. That's the thing with art journaling you can do anything you like. Try new products, try a new technique or what ever comes out.
 
To start with I had a piece a heavy watercolour paper that I covered with a layer of gesso, 95% of the time i cover my art journal page in gesso. It helps with the movement of products across my page and it also reduces the product soaking into the paper, so you use less product, which is a win in my books.
The next step was to find a piece of book text which I tore into strips, nothing was measure or cut just torn which gave me different size strips of paper. I then attached them to my page with matte medium vertically and horizontally.
Once they were all attached I then scraped an extremely thin layer of gesso over the top.
I then found a stencil in my collection and my texture paste I used the whole of the stencil across my page.

 The next step was to choose scribble stick colours and randomly scribble across the surface of my page. Once my scribbles covered the page I then got out one of my big watercolour brushes and loaded it with water and began moving the pigment. I think I did this step a couple of times making sure that I dried in between the layers of scribble and water.

While I was laying down the strips of paper I just happened to lay the words Much Ado About Nothing at the top of my journal page. This became my title. I made sure that I didn't cover it with gesso or texture paste so that it stood out from the rest of my page.
 
Scribble Sticks are available in the store
 
Happy Creating
 


Thursday, 17 August 2017

Day Dream

Good Morning
 
This morning I have a canvas I created using one of the kits from the Brisbane expo. Expo Kit - No. 8 which was designed by the very talented Elisa. I am going to share with you my process in a photographic tutorial.
 
The first step in my process was to prepare my canvas (not included in kit). I am not sure how many layers of gesso I put on the canvas but I wanted to create a lot of texture.
 
I did help the gesso to dry with my heat gun but then I let it dry naturally overnight because of the thickness of the gesso I didn't know if all the layers were dry. Once the canvas had sat overnight, I attached my stamp to my stamp block with double sided tape and then using my black ink (not included in kit) I stamped over the surface of the canvas. None of the stampings were perfect that's because I was stamping on a canvas but that was okay with me.
 
 
I needed to cover up some of the stamping as it was just too much but I needed the coverage of the stamped images to make sure that I was adding another layer to peak through. Using my palette knife I scraped the gesso across the surface of my canvas.
To add another layer and more texture to my canvas using a stencil from my stash but also available from the shop I added texture paste over a good portion of the surface.
 
A close up of the stamping, gesso and texture paste.
 
Using the chipboard in the kit I selection the largest circle and three of the feathers. Using black paint from my collection I painted all four pieces of the chipboard.
Provided in the kit is some gold leaf which I used to decorate the surface of the black paint. How I made the pattern was using the stencil provided and my sponge I added glue to the surface then the gold leaf.
 
Getting back to my canvas to add some colour I used both of the dylusion sprays included in the kit. I first applied bubblegum pink. I sprayed the top of the canvas three times then spraying water over the top of the dylusions spray I not only diluted the pink but moved the colour down the canvas. Drying between layers I repeated this process with the vibrant turquoise.
 
Close up of the texture with the colour.
 
I painted the words day dreamer which I did cut apart with the gesso, then attached to the bottom left corner. I then attached my dream catcher to the canvas. The final step was to stamp the stamp on the white card stock provided and then cut it up and attach the words in random spots on the canvas.
 
products used that are not provided in the kit but can be found in the Shop
 
Happy Creating



Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Mixed Media Kit - ALL BOY and August Challenge Tic Tac Toe!

Hello there,
Here we are in the 8th month and August is flying by...  I hope the cooler days have meant some inside scrapping time with your SHOP AND CROP KITS which are ready when you are to do some creating!!

I was sent a fabulous Mixed Media Kit/ Expo Kit no2 which is just perfect for your little man with products that are such fun to use.

This gorgeous layout was created by the talented Elisa Ablett.

 As I created with this kit, I thought I would also share the instructions with you to show you some other ways you can create with this fun kit.

I started by finding a photo which I cut down from 10by15cm to 8by11cm but you can use a 10by15cm photo if you like. I distressed the edges of the photo and matt it on the smaller white paper in the kit. I also used some old cardboard to add some dimension/lift to the photo, foam tape or foam dots would work too.With that left over paper that you cut a piece out of for your photo matt we are going to add some color to that to use on our layout. Using the mixed media products from the kit we are going to create a random pattern on the paper.. I dropped some Teal color in drops on the paper and then swiped it across my page with an old toothbrush.  I then watered down some black gesso and used a lid from an empty washing liquid bottle and stamped the black gesso using both ends making messy dots and circles.  I also made some splats and drops with the black gesso - the messier the better I think!! I let all this dry and then I made some wriggly lines with the green paint and then watered down some of the green and used the base of the lid to stamp some circles and let this all dry..
This is what my paper looked like..

and a close up.
There are no rules for this, just use what you have on hand and have fun!!

Meanwhile as the paper dried I took an assortment of chipboard and painted them with the black gesso, the watered down green paint and Teal paint..

Set these side to dry while we begin to add some stamping and stencilling to the base cardstock for our layout.
With the stamp, I took the stamp to the ink pad and randomly stamped on my page..  If you dont mount the stamp on the acrylic block it will have an arty look rather than a square look on the back ground..  I added some texture paste to some black gesso and added some dots on the back ground using the stencil from the kit. It is always better to do less at the start, you can always add more later.. (which I did!!) And remember to clean your stamps and stencil immediately after use with a baby wipe.


 I planned to place my photo in the middle section of my page.. but you can also put the photo to one side slightly more if you like.. that works well too..

Going back to the paper we painted, cut out strips about 1cm wide, but dont measure and it doesn't matter if some are a bit fatter than others..

(OOO excuse my dirty scrapping mat!!!!) This is what they will look like! Take your base and lay the strips on your page until you are happy with how they look..you may cut some to have the different lengths,  overlapping the edges slightly!



Using a good glue adhesive glue down the paper strips..

a close up..

 At this point I decided to add some more stamping and some more stencilled dots.

Now back to the chipboard!! Take the circle which I painted with the teal and cut it into two pieces with one piece just a bit bigger than the other.


Cut the circle chipboard into pieces as shown.


Cut 10cms of the mesh and cut 4 strips from that and place randomly on the paper strips on your back ground. Now we will assemble the layout!! Place one circle piece on each side, with the slightly larger circle piece on the right side, and the larger circle chipboard pieces on either side of the photo with a smaller piece on top of the photo.


Using the chipboard pieces that were previously painted place  on your page layering the arrows and adding a little journalling in a space about your photo..

My completed layout..

All Boy!

and some closer views.





Such a fun kit and such a fun page for a photo of your little man!! You can get this kit in the Store HERE!!!

Oh and there were a few chipboard pieces and paper strips that I painted and didnt use so those leftovers were used to make a card adding some stamping and mesh strips.



And have you seen this months challenge for Shop and Crop Scrapbooking on the BLOG??? It is a fantastic Tic Tac Toe that looks like..

You can choose three things to use in a straight line and I chose to use the middle line, Stencil Cardstock and Ink..

a closer views..
The back ground using stamps and ink and a stencil and texture paste. I also sprayed a little mist on the back ground too..

And my layout..


You can put your layout up on the Facebook page HERE!!!

Thank you for reading this long post, I hope you have found some fresh inspiration to use in your creating..
You can find that fabulous kit in the shop HERE!!! dont forget to use the code LC5 for a $5.00 discount!!
Until next time.. happy creating!


Monday, 14 August 2017

'August 2017 Crop Kit Alternatives' by Elisa Ablett

Hi everyone,

Elisa here from the design team for Shop and Crop Scrapbooking with a different take on the August 2017 crop kit 

Here is the link to the August Crop Kit on the website, it includes papers and bit and pieces from the Hello Sunshine collection from Fancy Pants, ephemera pack, tag and labels and gorgeous lemon thickers.


Now if you are a subscriber you would have received your awesome kit by now with the instructions to create your layouts. I am lucky enough to receive one as well so I can show you a few alternative pages that you can make with the kit AND a few products from your stash!

My first layout is titled - Walking on Sunshine


I used Colour Blast Shimmer Cube in 'Sunshine' and Colour Blast Shimmer Spray in Lipstick to create a few coloured splatters on the background. Then some stamping over the top using a set of stamps by Prima - Ink and Layer in Flora and a lovely script stamp.

Here are some close ups of the layout.


A banner and layering!


Flower cluster to draw the eye to the photo.

💙💚💛💜

And here is my second layout - Soak up the Sun

More of a mixed media layout using the kit contents plus extras from my stash including black Dylusion spray, yellow acrylic spray by Marabu Art and Sunshine Colour Blast Shimmer Cube. Also I added a hand made sun and a gorgeous cloud embellishment from Charms Creations.



Here are some close ups - 








Here are some of the products used to complete these layouts -

Prima -Ink N Layer-Ink N Layer - Fragrant Flora-12 pcs

Colour Shimmer Cube - Sunshine


Colour Blast Shimmer Spray-- Lipstick




Thats it from me today, 

If you are looking to treat yourself, don't forget to have a look at our kit subscription options on the website, if you are already a subscriber to our wonderful kits stay tuned because the design team will be posting their takes on each of the kits through the month after each kit release....


We want you to know how to get the most out of each of your kits!!

hugs

Elisa xx