Friday, 18 April 2014

New Beginnings - My Petri-Dish Baby

I've been wanting to scrap one particular photo for a very long time but wasn't really sure how to do it. Then I saw a challenge on the Country View Crafts blog site and it kind of gave me the jump start I needed. 

The theme was 'New Beginnings' and it just felt right, especially as there is a lot of emotion tied up in this page. 

The first photo is my son as a two day old embryo, not sure which one, but still pretty neat! (Can't wait to show him when he is older.) The second photo he is nine hours old and very new to the world. :)


I know this page is pretty feminine for a baby boy, but it was also about my journey as much as his start in life, and again I was going for what felt right when piecing it together. I wanted to capture a light and airy feel to express what was as much a feeling of relief that each step was a positive one and getting closer and closer to my dream of being a mother.

I used papers from various collections, Blank Canvas by First Edition, J'adore by First Edition, Art Journal by Prima and Silent Night by First Edition. All peachy light tones and just added some hints of light greens.



The flowers were Prima from the Delight collection. I used jute twine for extra texture and floaty feel under the flowers and the Cheery Lynn flourish die, which I love. I got it this week and I can see myself using it a lot! I used a Prima butterfly and an assortment of die-cut pieces by Kaisercraft. One of which (couldn't believe my luck) said 'New Beginnings', so this page was just meant to be!



There is a tag in on top of one of the doilies with the saying 'Good things come to those who... make it happen'. This reflects our initial struggle and the odds of going up against the postcode lottery in our area and the fact that we really had to push for it. I wanted to add more words to the page, but felt that they would look too much. So the tag has some personal notes on the back for my son when he is older. 



So there it is, my sons beginning in life and mine as a mum. I know this has been more our story rather than a craft post but I don't think this page could have ever have been anything else.

xxxxxx

And if anyone going through this battle sees this and would love some hope to cling to (as I know I did) our treatment worked first time - it really can happen xx

I'd like to enter this in the Country View Crafts - New Beginnings Challenge (and thanks for the inspiration) and the Pan Pastel UK - Pretty Shabby Chic Challenge
Would also like to enter in the
My Craft Creations Challenge - Anything Goes.
The Rubber Buggy Challenge - Softer Pastel Colours of Easter
Inky Chicks - Shabby Chic
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Monday, 14 April 2014

'So Adorable' Scrapbook Page





I'm actually really loving this page, I love the papers, love the flowers, love the lace, well you get the idea! I think I'm at a stage where I feel a little proud of this one, but it's only number three for me and compared to others out there it doesn't really meet the same standard, however I love it (have I mentioned that already?) :)

I've found this time round by following in the footsteps of an expert, or at least taking inspiration from them, I felt better placed to run with one concept on my own. So I took the layout idea from Gabrielle Pollacco and her recent scrapbook selfie, I love the idea of the paper looking like fabric in her design and the flow of the flowers clustered down the 'drapes', but used my own colours to suit and added a few bits more. It's a bit like being a child and having an adult hold your bike until you pick up enough speed to maintain your balance lol.

I used a whole pack of Petaloo flowers, which is unlike me, I like to use very little in case I need that colour/shape/style elsewhere. However since turning thirty recently I've realised life is just too short for what ifs! So with this new philosophy embraced, I went for it and this was the result.



I love (there's that word again) the Prima cherub with the bird, it just makes me think of my son, not that he's an angel much these days - terrible twos have come early, but he was very well behaved for his trip to Monkey World, where this photo was taken. So he earned his cherub status that day :)



I used jute twine to create loops to go under a couple of flowers to add extra interest but what I would say is that I'm missing some die cuts, leaves, swirls or flourishes. So, note to self for the lessons learned. 

Can't wait to start the next one, I've got a gorgeous picture of my husband and son together in a soft focus black and white photo - cute xx

I'd like to enter this in the Pan Pastels UK - Pretty Shabby Chic Challenge.
And the My Craft Creations - Anything Goes

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Baby Boy Scrapbook Page



This is my second scrapbook page that I have ever done. Trying to learn fast and pick up tips from where I can... Must say though I never realised how much thought and effort go into one page but I do really enjoy it. 

With this one I wanted to keep the colours in the photo as a running theme. Yellow from my sons blanket was the  obvious choice, but Isaac has always had rosy cheeks so I wanted to incorporate reds too. 



The flowers this time are all hand made except one!! I'm actually quite proud that I managed this but it did take me a whole evening to make them. Again, it was good fun, and it's helpful to work out in advance the colours you want. I suggest mulberry paper as it is easier to manipulate to get the shape and it saturates and blends colour wonderfully.



I added some leaves using the spellbinders die set and for extra texture I used strands of jute. The findings were made using the Tim Holtz die and then embossed with his distress embossing powders for rustic effect.



I also gave Gabrielle Pollacco's 'pulling the paper' trick a try. I wasn't really very good at this, should have tried on scraps first, but I definitely recommend her tutorial on this as it looks so amazing - the downside, she makes it look too easy lol :)


Ta ta for now xx
 
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Monday, 7 April 2014

Scrapbook Page Baby Boy



I have never done a scrapbook page before in my life, but I love the look of all the beautiful pages that have been made by others. Mixed media, stencils, pulled edges, making paper look like fabric...! It's truly amazing what people can do. 

Don't get me wrong this one is no real beauty but I was quite pleased for my first attempt. 



I didn't make my flowers, (although this is something I will try) I used a mixture of Prima, Petaloo and a couple of The Range cheapies and just sprayed them up with some tattered angels. 



I hand stitched the edge and layered some papers behind. Flicked some inks and glossy accents, added brads and for the border of the photo I used the Martha Stewart bubble punch around the page set.

So there you have it. My little man finally dressed up in my first scrapbook page.

Will post the second one soon x
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Saturday, 5 April 2014

Thank you card inspiration




Hunting around for inspiration for thank yous to do in mass (well 10) I came across Paperartsy's latest challenge. 

I wanted something simple that I could repeat easily and quickly but still look cool. That's when I saw this design - perfect!! 



So I set to work, I chose the bubbles stamp from JOFY set... , used a sheet of paper to mark diagonally across the card and started stamping.



Once dry I used paperartsy fresco finish paints squid ink, South Pacific and bora bora to paint the bubbles.



I then used Tim Holtz thank you stamp to put in the bottom corner.



However, once finished, I realised I'd actually much prefer to use this idea for my son's birthday invites. It looks quite playful and fun. I can also easily swap the thank you to a 'you're invited' and voila!

But... Now I'm back to the drawing board for thank yous. I'll think of something - just hope it's soon lol x

I'd like to enter this in the paperartsy challenge this week. 
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