As Blind as a Bat …

Hi everyone,

I don’t know if your family is like mine, but I am always the one that they ask if they are looking for something, and most of the time I know where it is or I can quickly find it!  Sometimes I joke with one of them that they are as blind as a bat, so this metaphor was a good fit for documenting this part of our life. Over on the Get It Scrapped blog there is an article about using known phrases as metaphors for your scrapbook pages

I used the metaphor as the title of the page, rendering it with a mix of alpha styles and colors to add emphasis and grab attention to the start of the title.  I used a large bat motif and then close up black and white photographs of my children’s eyes to contrast with the poor vision associated with bats.  The colorful background and the stencil also add contrast visually and also metaphorically as bats are usually in the dark but my children live in lots of colors.

I created the background using a mix of colours of distress paints, slightly blending as I added each colour.  I used a Eye chart stencil to add layers and interest behind the photo strips and black card.  I sponged over the stencils using a mix of the colours used for the background.

Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy

Blindasabat

Supplies: Cardstock: Artee, Bazzill; Paints: Tim Holtz Distress Paints; Alphas: Bo Bunny, Simple Stories; Sticker: Simple Stories; Stencil – Tim Holtz Layering Stencil – Eye Chart; Stamp: Hero Arts; Ink: Archival; Waterproof Pen: Pilot; Diecut: Cricut; Chipboard: October Afternoon

A bit about me and some favourite creations

Hi everyone,

For today I thought I would share a little about me and a couple of favourite creations.  I have lots of interests and love learning new things.  Sometimes I create with my music up loud, sometimes listening to webinars, Get It Scrapped classes, TED talks or other podcasts and sometimes just in the silence when my kids are at school.

I am a practical person and not super gushy but I will definitely give hugs and think it is so important to speak words of encouragement to people when you have the chance.

I create for a few reasons – it makes me happy, I like to play with paint, art mediums and paper, I can ‘finish’ something (unlike lots of the housework i.e. there is ALWAYS more washing to do), I can learn new things, it gives me time to reflect, I can record important moments and memories for my family, it shows my family that they are important to me . . .  and the list could go on.  I also create scrapbook layouts for Get It Scrapped as a member of the creative team.  There are some new people joining the team and over the new month, the team members will be introduced via the Get It Scrapped Facebook and Instagram.

I like to make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages and dabble in making home decor items like canvases too.  I mostly scrapbook using paper products, rather than digital but I have tried printing digital products and will sometimes add journalling directly to my photos using the computer. I enjoy colouring with copic markers.

I don’t blog everything that I create.  Lately I have mostly been blogging scrapbook layouts created for Get It Scrapped but I do still make cards periodically and am working on my children’s baby albums plus a travel album of an amazing 6 week trip we took last year.  I also create and periodically teach classes at Stef’s Papercrafts. I am hoping to get back into blogging more regularly.

But I thought I would share an art journal page that is in progress and a scrapbook page I shared that I feel shows my style – it has lots of texture and details, unity in colour between the photographs and the rest of the layout, has white space and mixed media touches.  Unfortunately the photograph doesn’t capture the glitter and subtle shines – this is one page that does look better in real life.

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I like to experiment with different styles and techniques, so you will see the art journal page is colourful with touches of black and I feel also shows my style.  I also love using lots of white and creating my own backgrounds.  At the moment I am enjoying playing with diagonal flow across the page and playing with grids.

it is well

Thanks for stopping by and getting to know me a bit better.  I hope you will leave me questions if you have them and come back again to see my creations.:).

Kristy

Scrapbook pages with unexpected charm

Hi everyone,

I created this page for the Get It Scrapped blog article on creating pages with unexpected charm and delight.  My husband often jokes that if he had a superpower it would be sleeping.  My eldest son seems to have followed in his footsteps and is very good at going to sleep quickly.  Once he even complained he was having trouble sleeping when he had only been lying down for a few minutes and another time he asked for a drink of water and was asleep by the time I returned from the kitchen.

So this page celebrates his ‘gift’ of sleeping in a fun and unexpected way, through the choice of photograph and the title.  It is unusual to think of sleeping as a superpower!  I have countless photographs of him sleeping but I chose this one because it is an unusual way to fall asleep and visually shows his ‘superpower’ of sleeping.

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Supplies: Patterned Paper: Echo Park; Frames: Simple Stories; Chipboard: October Afternoon; Alphas: Simple Stories, Websters Pages; American Crafts; Brad: Simple Stories; Stickers: Simple Stories; Paints: Distress; Pen: Distress Marker.

For more ideas and scrapbook pages that are filled with unexpected charm and delight head over to the Get It Scrapped blog article here.

There is a new Creative Team at Get It Scrapped and there will be a series of posts introducing the team members, so I will be posting again tomorrow with a bit more information about me and what I am enjoying creating right now.

Thanks for stopping by

Kristy

Scrapbook Layout – Americana style

Hi Everyone,

Well I admit I wasn’t sure about how I would make an Americana Style work for a layout by an Aussie about an Aussie, but in the end I was really happy with how it turned out. The red, blue and white colour scheme ending up suiting my page about my daughter growing up.

My daughter is nearly 11 and will start to move towards her teenage years.  I wanted to create a page that celebrates her as she is right now and encourages her to hold on to the confidence and who she is as she grows up.

The Americana style worked well for this page as I wanted to create a page with lots of little details (to represent the complexity of personality), a mix of textures and lots of repetitions of shapes.  I was originally inspired by the text of some of the stickers from the Stationery Noted collection and then the colours which are a mix of reds, blues and neutrals. The stars are a great motifs that makes me think about shining bright and dreaming big.  I used the colours to provide inspiration for the photograph that I took of her posed with a favourite red umbrella.

To see more ideas and ways to use the Americana style on your pages check out the Get It Scrapped Blog Article here.

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Supplies: Patterned Papers – Echo Park, Kaisercraft, Teresa Collins, MME; Paper Embellishments – Kaisercraft, Heidi Swapp, Teresa Collins, Elle’s Studio; Stickers: Teresa Collins; Chipboard – Bo Bunny, Flowers: Dusty Attic; Washi Tape: Hazel and Ruby;  Alphas: Franchville; Pin- Maya Road; Stamp: Hero Arts; Punch: Martha Stewart; Ink: Archival. 
Thanks for stopping by,
Kristy

Creating pages with the details

Hi everyone,

One of my recent pages for Get It Scrapped was to create a page using a photograph capturing the details.  You can capture details in two ways in photographs:

1. By getting close and filling the frame of the camera with your subject – that could be a beautiful flower, a birthday cake or the face of the person you are photographing.

2. By stepping back and capturing the details in the background.  I for one confess that I often get closer to crop out distracting items in the background of my photographs (i.e like the washing folded up on my couch behind where my kids are playing) but I do try to remember to step back as it does give the scene of our lives and captures the environment that we are in.

For my layout,  I chose a photograph of our dog Lottie that I took as I greeted her at the back door after I had been out for a while.  For people who have had puppies or young dogs they will probably have had a similar experience.  Whilst you are out the puppy decades to create their own fun and reeks havoc on the surroundings.  In this photograph you can see her looking up at me, but also the foam that she has chewed, the handle of a dust pan that she has chewed, my husband’s shoe, a bucket and her bed which she has been playing with it.

To support the details in the story I chose papers that were dog themed with subtle text so the viewer can see it but does need to look harder to read the words, drawing them into my page.  I used only the one photograph and made sure it was prominent on the page, leaving white space around it, arrows to point to it and journalling nestled beside it.  The title means the viewer wants to see what ‘This’ is and encourages them to look closely at the photograph. The red heart is eye catching and draws attention to Lottie’s face.

For more ideas and examples of storytelling with details in the photographs and the layout head over to the Get It Scrapped article here

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Supplies: Patterned Paper: Echo Park – Bark Collection; Cardstock: Bazzill; Stickers: Echo Park, Simple Stories; Alphas: October Afternoon; Jillybean Soup; Chipboard: October Afternoon; Washi Tape: Kaisercraft, Pen: Artline

Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy

Geometric fonts and Playing with Scale

Hi everyone,

Here is my post about the scrapbook pages that I created for Get It Scrapped. The first one is about using geometric fonts on your scrapbook pages.  The page I created was documenting my son learning to ride a bike without training wheels.  I used quite a simple composition with an interesting background page and used the colours in photograph for inspiration.  I used the geometric font because it reminded me of the spokes of the wheels and so supported my story.  Geometric fonts can provide a lot of interest to your page and suit some topics of scrapbooking.  I like to mix fonts in my titles so they are great for that technique. You can see lots of other ideas over on the Get It Scrapped blog here.

Bicycle

I, like many other scrapbookers love to take photographs.  Sometimes I like to play with scale in my photographs and this is one of my favourite photographs showing my two boys in amongst some tall trees.  I know that they won’t always be this little and so for me this is one way of capturing them the way they are right now.  For my page I took design inspiration from online photography galleries, and used a large photograph, neutral coloured patterned paper with neutral embellishments to make my photograph the dominant element on the layout.

The rest of the team had fun playing with scale, creating fun photographs with people in the foreground and then using those photographs on their pages.  Head on over to check them out.

scale in photographs

Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy

 

 

 

Cushion Repellant – Inspired by Home Decor

Hi Everyone,

Two posts within two days!  Today’s scrapbook page takes inspiration from home decor to mix textures.  I love using different textures on my page and as I like to use white frequently on my page, I often rely on texture to keep things interesting.  For this page though I have used lots of different textures inspired from my own home and home decor photographs.

I created a subway tile background using the Martha Stewart Score board, a ruler and silver artline pen.  It was quicker to create the background using the scoreboard than measuring and marking before ruling the lines.  I then used a mixture of burlap, faux glass beads, lace, velvet ribbon, threads, tulle, metal plastic and woodgrain alphas to echo the textures found on cushions, in lounge rooms and in kitchens.  The colours are inspired by the cushions found in our home, which fits well with the story of how the cushions from our couch are always on the floor – so often that I jokingly say that our couch is cushion repellant.  A simple colour scheme works well when using lots of textures.

For more inspiration and ideas about mixing textures inspired by home decor had over to the Get It Scrapped article here.

Thanks for stopping by,

Kristy

cushion repellant blog

Supplies: Cardstock: Artee; Pen: Sharpie; Burlap: Unknown; Alphas: American Crafts; Laves: Green Tara; Crystal pin; Maya Road; Metal Flowers: TIm Holz; Finnibair; Lace: Prima; Ephemera: Simple Stories