Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Rafting





This is one of the single pages that I did for my Project Life style holiday album (you can see a bit more about it over on the ATDML blog here with my tips).  I love all the triangles that are about at the moment - so had a go at a page cutting off the corners with lots of patterned paper.  It doesn't actually use that much as with the double sided paper you can just turn the pieces over and layer them  up and then trim them.

As the page was watery themed...and really I need no excuse...I used some broken china distress ink and a water brush to create the background - the page didn't get very wet with the water brush and I like that you can let it dry and then ad a few more layers.  I used Simple Stories Good Day sunshine collection and some of the bits of ephemera that come with the papers too, washi tape, buttons and stickers and lace - just lots of layers.

The rock that we were rafting towards is know as the 'Whale' the idea was to land on it - which we kind of did, but then the back of the boat slid around the side of the rock with the current and there was a bit of falling (not out the boat) - so a dramatic element to our rafting which was great fun!




Monday, 15 September 2014

The Alps

Our main purpose here at IE is to challenge ourselves, each other and YOU to take the creative process to the next level;  to inspire growth and change in our scrapbooking beyond the mundane.

You can see all of Inspiration Elevator's previous challenges at our blog and catch us on Facebook .

We are thrilled to welcome back as a guest designer with our team, the very talented Christine Meyer!

This month's challenge is issued by the creative Christa Uttley. Here is her challenge for us, in her own words:

 GO BIG OR GO HOME: Scrapbookers as a rule use what photos they have on hand or if you are designing, whatever pictures allow you to best showcase your lines or express your paper lines. This month's challenge is to be very deliberate about your photo choice because we are going BIG! Bigger than 8x10 if you can do it. Recently, I saw a friend using a 12x12 she had printed at the local
Costco and was stunned at the power this GIANT image had on her story telling. (If you'd rather not spend any extra on your photo then scrap those large baby pictures or a wedding shot you have lying around.)  Think scenic vistas or think about all the details that go missing in your world and blow them up. Be brave!
Here are the MUST DO's: Must be at least 8x10 in size. We want this GIANT photo to take centre stage and tell the story in a big way.

So here is my take on the challenge:


On our holidays my husband took some gorgeous pictures of the Alps - we went up Aguille du Midi and you just get the most amazing views...so they were perfect for a giant photo.  I had them printed 12" by 8" so I only had 2" on either side of the photo to fill...I went with some woodgrain paper by Simple Stories from their Good day Sunshine papers - I used some of their embellishments and also a globe die by sizzix, some Baker Ross air dry clay that I used in a Martha Stewart frame mould, then sequins and buttons - just little piles of embellishments in the corner.  The alphas are by Glitz and American Crafts.




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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Carousel



Here is the page that my previous 3 photos were meant to fit on!  It is full of October Afternoon Midway and also a fantastic free silhouette cut file by Nicola Nowosad - I love the piecharts and they went perfectly with the October Afternoon papers - it was a little fiddley backing the pie charts and sticking it all onto the page, but I love the result. I used lots of stickers too - some Simple Stories DIY Shop triangular banners and then OA stickers on the top, a prima wood veneer and sequins.

I love the photos from this ride as it is such a traditional fairground attraction and the weather and sky were just beautiful...somewhere amongst the throng of people is my husband and son spinning around!







Thursday, 11 September 2014

Things that make you go Ahhhhhh!


I actually took some scrapping away on holiday with me and here is one that I managed.  The photos were originally for another page - as an additional 3....but I couldn't fit them all on so popped them on a page of their own.  They are all from one of those big swings - and it is one of those rides that just makes my stomach go - hence the title!

I started with a spritz of October Afternoons pumpkin mist, and then layered up papers from the October Afternoon Midway collection - with a doily underneath.  I kept it all very minimal - just added a flag and punched some hearts, and then a few stickers and buttons....you would think that this page took no time at all - but somehow I can spend ages pushing pieces of paper around!  I also added a few drops of perfect pearls too just to add a little bit of glamour!





Thursday, 4 September 2014

Lego Parties




This happened a while back, but I thought I ought to post some of the pictures as most of the ideas were from other peoples sites and pinterest (so thank you to all those creative people out there)....so after lots of choosing which bits we could do this is what I came up with


Lots of cheap red table cloths - though any primary colour would have worked.  I printed off some printables and made the Birthday Banner (here is a link to my pinterest board with all the ideas on and some more...here).


Then yellow balloons withe lego faces drawn on using a Sharpie



Then yellow plates and cups....and more lego faces on the cups - each one different




The kids helped with the cutlery pots


Onto the cakes - some biscuits cut into rectangles and iced and then decorated with smarties to look like lego bricks.  I also made cakes, and little chocolate lego men from a mold I got on ebay...then the flags from the printable set and stuck on cocktail sticks.


The real masterpiece was the cake by my sister in law Lucy...amazing - her 1st lego cake, I picked up a brick mold though I don't think that bit worked so well so I have a feeling she freestyled the lego bricks and gave her a few lego men and this is what she came up with.

The main activities at the party were programming some lego models that you could build...food...then find your lego mini-figure (scattered around a large room in little bags again using the embellishments from the lego printable) followed by pass the parcel with lego as the prize and then just balloon fun!




Sunday, 31 August 2014

Today was the best day


Here is my take on the Scrap365 sketch - I'm loving joining in with the sketches, it is also one of the pages from my mini-series about pockets (yep I know it is a full sized page) but I like to include them with my pockets and make double pages too.

For this page I used lots of Kaisercraft, mainly cos the colours went really well with my broken china bubble prints - I mixed some of the ink from a re-inker with a little water and washing up liquid in a ramequin - then blew and stirred so I got lots of tiny bubbles and printed them on my card stock. I then drew some circles (as per the sketch) and layered up some Kaisercraft 6 by 4 cards -I did a bit of cutting to make it all work and save the bits I wanted, then I added a glassine envelope for journalling, a prima wood veneer - conveniently in French - some Do-craft wooden buttons which are just a bargain price and I used some Kaisercraft stickers for the title too.

This is all of us on one of our holiday adventures - it was really lovely as the kids swim well enough and are old enough to have a go at some more extreme sports!




Thursday, 28 August 2014

The Greeks


Another page using October Afternoons Public Library - I went with a banner theme and layered up loads of the papers, and then hung my photo on a little clothes hanger paperclip- the photo has been instagrammed and I made a little polaroid frame out of white paper.  I cut all my banners different widths and lengths and distressed them, adding some lace to a few, then I lined them up on my page.  To add the washing line I carefully added a thin line of clear drying glue in a curve and then added the washing line, I then added a couple of buttons which I threaded with more string at either side.  The title is a mix of October Afternoon mini alphabet and American Craft thickers.

A shot from the British Museum, and the best line up I could do to make them look like they are holding onto the Greek Urn (we have had a little flourish of funny photo attempts like this courtesy of one of our friends mentioning it to them....I have a Durdle Door shot a bit like this too :))






Also...if you have got to the end - I am doing a little mini-series on using pocket pages for scrapping events where you have a lot of photos...like holidays - I will post my take on it over the next 3 days over at ATDML...here is a peak and a link




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