Tension and Textures

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Today is a catch up for Get It Scrapped.  The first page focuses on creating tension and the illusion of a ticking clock.  For my page, I created a layout about my daughter, her growing up and wondering what work role she will have in the future.  I created tension by creating a shape with the blocks that build upwards across the page but has an unstable base; by leaving part of the title over the edge of the blocks and the question mark floating in space on the page.  For more ideas about creating the sense of a ticking clock check out the blog post here.

teacher lo

A Teacher Maybe ? by Kristy T | Supplies: Patterned Paper: Simple Stories, Echo Park; Alphas: American Crafts, Echo Park; Stickers: Simple Stories: Clip: Heid Swapp; Journalling Card: Kaisercraft; Chipboard: Unknown.

For my second page I created a layout that tells of the time when I suddenly run out the door in pursuit of the ice-cream van.  I have layered lots of drips of paint down the page to evoke the senses and give the viewer a visual picture of dripping ice-cream as that is a big part of the experience of ice cream cones.  I have used fluid acrylic instead of watercolours as the paint is a thicker texture, but it will still drip down the page.  I used a thicker paint (Dina Wakely) to create the splatters using a Tim Holtz stencil onto acetate and also just allowed the paint to dry on the my craft before glueing onto my page.  I can then place the splatters wherever I want to on the page.

For more ideas about making scrapbook pages that appeal to the senses check out the blog post here.

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Worth the Chase by Kristy T| Supplies: Alphas: Websters Pages, American Crafts, Chipboard: October Afternoon; Cardstock: Artee, Bazzill; Paints: Distress Paints, Dina Wakely, Jo Sonya; Washi Tape: Echo Park; Stencil: Tim Holz layering stencil.

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A Couple of Layouts

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Renovations and chaos have taken over life over the last couple of months but I am starting to be able to move our stuff back into the new spaces.  The old house we bought over 10 years ago is unrecognisable now.  Completely stressful but totally worth it. Probably the part that will be most interesting to fellow paper crafters is my space that adjoins our kitchen.  I plan to share when I have settled on how things will be organised.  But for now a couple of layouts created for Get It Scrapped.

First up is a layout created for the Get It Scrapped blog article about using badges on your pages.  We used to read our kids the Secret Seven books by Enid Blyton before bedtime and they like to pretend to be the characters from the books so I made them some badges.  This page tells that story.  If you want more ideas for using badges on your scrapbook pages check out the article here.

Secret Seven GIS


When you start a page do you you begin with story or product?  Over on the Get It Scrapped blog a bunch of the the Creative Team made scrapbook layouts starting with product, sharing their ideas about how and when they start with the product as the inspiration.  My page for the article was inspired by a beautiful pastel paper by Prima.  It reminded me of a little girl’s birthday party and I hadn’t made a layout about my daughter turning three.  If you want to read more about this page and see other team member’s pages you can see them here.

Three GIS


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Some catch ups for Get It Scrapped

Hi everyone,

Well the renovations on our house are in full swing and we have made ourselves a temporary wall so we can keep the dust out and still live in part of the house whilst the renovations are being done on the other side.  The computer issues are sorted and so I have a bit of catching up to do, so I will be posting a few posts over the next couple of days.

I also got an exciting delivery last week – the latest edition of Cardmaking, Stamping and Papercrafts which has a set of cards I made featured in the 10 Quick Cards section.  It brightened a day that was otherwise quite stressful 🙂

Now onto some layouts I made for Get It Scrapped.  The first layout was made for the blog article titled Scrapbooking ideas inspired by Doris Sander where the idea is to look at a person’s work, in this case, Doris Sander and to take inspiration from some of the design ideas, style and techniques that she uses on her pages.  The idea isn’t to try and copy or even to make pages exactly like her but rather try out some of the things that create her style.

So my page was about my youngest son trying on his Dad’s shoes and incorporated stitching, handwritten journalling, strips of washi tape and including journalling a little beyond the obvious that are part of Doris style.  You can see the article here at the Get It Scrapped Blog and you can check out the Get It Scrapped pinterest board of Doris’s pages here or go over to her blog .

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In his shoes LO for blog

Scrapbooking with Numbers for Get It Scrapped

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I have been a bit absent lately with all the Christmas busy-ness and some time on holidays.  I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and holiday season.  We spent time going to the beach, swimming in the pool and just general summertime activities.

I have a few posts to catch up for Get It Scrapped and I was going to put them all together but decided it would probably make things too long.  So here is the first of my catch up posts.  This layout was created for the Get It Scrapped blog article showing different ideas for scrapbooking with numbers.  The page is about my 3 year old asking me multiple times how long it was going to be until Christmas.  I could imagine this becoming a bit tiresome but in the end he didn’t ask as much as I thought he would.  I love how excited children tend to be about Christmas.

For my page I used papers and embellishments by Simple Stories.  I wanted to include all the numbers counting down to Christmas on the page so I chose the background patterned paper and toned it down a little with a couple of coats of picket fence distress stain.  When the paper was dry I inked the edges with black soot distress ink and also mounted onto some black card as the distress stain can warp the paper a bit but is fine when adhered to card.

I also incorporated numbers in my page through the title which I highlighted by using a large number and colouring it gold with a gold paint pen.  It dries quickly and does a good job of covering the number.  I also used a number strip to provide a shelf for my photo and other elements to ‘sit’ upon.

If you have any questions just let me know and be sure to check out the Get It Scrapped blog post with loads of ideas for incorporating numbers into your pages.

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Supplies: Card: Artee; Ink: Ranger; Pen: Artline Paint Pen, Pilot; Distress Stain: Ranger; Alphas: Simple Stories, Kaisercraft; Stickers: Simple Stories; Papers: Simple Stories; Washi Tape: Tim Holtz; Vellum: Unknown; Thread: Gold; Clear Journalling Card: Simple Stories

Be Happy Vintage Bliss Card

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Things have been wet and windy here, so there has been lots of staying inside with a little bit of time for crafting.  I love the Vintage Bliss collection by Simple Stories and I had been making a couple of scrapbook layouts using some of the papers.  I had some pieces leftover which I used to make this card.  I find when I have my things out sometimes I get some inspiration to make a card too and things come together quickly.  The butterfly had already been fussy cut from the paper so I added some gems and adhered it on top of a bingo card.  This was layered with some other patterned papers, some lace, some washi tape, some Vintage bliss stickers,  We R Memory Keepers twine and a paper clip.

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PJ Loving, Orange Loving, Little Boy

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Todays post is a layout I created for the Get It Scrapped article on using watercolours.  The layout is about some of my youngest son’s favourite things and also documents our attempts to get him to stay in bed using scratch and sniff stickers as a reward (hence the stickers all over his pjs).

To create my main background I used texture paste, stencils and gyp-rocking tape to make some texture on top of watercolour paper.  When this had dried I chose some water based oil pastels to scribble lightly in different areas and then blended the colour using a paint brush and water.  I selected colours that would work best with my photo.  I would recommend starting lightly and you can always add more colour as you go along (depending on what look you are wanting).

To create the layout I smeared some paint over the white card to create another layer behind my watercolour paper and created a frame using white strips of card (this doesn’t show up that well in the photograph).  I added wood icons/veneer shapes, washi tape, some patterned paper and even a scratch and sniff sticker to embellish my layout.  I added my journalling using a distress marker but it is worth noting that it can be tricky to write on a textured surface.

I chose this title, even though it is quite long because I feel it captures him very well – He is a PJ loving, orange loving, little boy.  I chose to leave the canvas alphas plain so they didn’t overtake the page but since they are large they still grab enough attention.  I arranged the parts of the title in a visual triangle with the smaller orange lettering adding a fun pop of colour.

I have added a couple of close up photos as it is easier to see the details of the watercolour background.  You can see more ideas for using watercolours on layout by checking out the Get It Scrapped blog.

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Supplies: Card: White card by Artee, Paper: Watercolour paper, Echo Park; Alphas: Prima, Simple Stories; Distress Marker: Ranger; Washi Tape: Teresa Collins; Gyprocking Tape; Wooden Icon: Prima; Wood Veneer Shapes: Studio Calico; Texture Paste: Jo Sonya; Assorted buttons; Scratch and Sniff Sticker.

Simple Project Life Style Layout

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I am not planning to show the pages of my ‘Project Life’ style layout very often but I thought I would just share this one since I had recently shared about being challenged about the moments I would want to remember after listening to Jackie Wood on the Paperclipping Roundtable (you can see my post here).  This double page layout is part of a couple of pages documenting my youngest son’s birthday and all the things we did since we were on holidays too.  I want to remember birthdays but also fun holiday traditions/moments as well as some of the ordinary life stuff.  I keep my album simple so it doesn’t take too much time.  I am planning to add the journalling to the cards but wanted to do that after I photographed it.  I’ll be back on Thursday with another layout for Get It Scrapped and I am keen to share some more cards too.

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Supplies: Simple Stories – I heart Summer and Snap.