Sunday, 23 October 2016

Agnus | Project Life - Shimelle Go Now Go

Hi again :) I'm back with another project life share using the fun new Shimelle 'Go Now Go' collection from the store. I love the warmer tones and gorgeous copper accents in this collection and really liked the way they livened up my winter photos.

As always, I began the month with a custom made title card which turned into a cute little scene that I pieced together using a mix of papers, die-cuts and glitter thickers from the range. 

I incorporated some hand stitching with metallic embroidery floss from my stash to frame a couple of the photos, and love they way it brings out the copper glitter in the foam thickers.

I added more stitching by poking holes around one of the go thickers while it was still on the backing sheet, then used this to create a template which I positioned over my card and used a simple back stitch to sew on the words then added a few drops of Ranger distress stain spray in the copper colour along with one of the acetate die-cuts from the ephemera pack to create a fun filler card. 

I often use pockets to hold movie tickets, and look for complementary patterns to hold the memorabilia. 

 Moving onto the second week, you can see that I repeated many of the same patterns from the first page and this month I cut all of my smaller photos down a fraction so that I could back each one with patterned paper and like the additional colour it brought to the pages.

One of my favourite filler cards was the easiest one to make, using just a splatter of distress stain spray, one of the larger thicker words and a tiny paper tag.

I hand stitched a frame directly onto the photo in this pocket, adding another acetate die-cut and word strip. 

Although I have mainly used printed journal strips for this spread, the story of how my little guy ended up with a black eye during a trip to Kmart required a longer story so I printed out the story and used it to create a little tag that slides between the photo and patterned backing. 

More glitter thickers (can you tell that I loved them yet?) and a couple of die-cut pieces and my week was complete. 

Products from the Sassy store...
Shimelle Go Now Go 6x6 Paper Pad
Shimelle Go Now Go Copper Foam Thickers
Distress Stain Spray Antiqued Bronze
Shimelle Go Now Go Ephemera Pack 

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Agnus | Project Life - Simple Stoires Posh

Hi again :) Agnus here with another project life spread using the super cute Simple Stories 'Posh' collection from the store. 

I've noticed that I seem to take a lot less photos during the colder months of the year and rather than trying to make my photos stretch over a few pages, I decided to document the whole month onto jsut one double spread.  

I paired one of the adorable images from the cut-apart papers in the Posh collection with some DIY gold foiled vellum to create my title card for the month, adding a few accent pieces from the range.  

I love the gold foil accents in some of the papers from this collection and liked that foiled detail was enough to dress up my pockets without having to add a lot of extras which meant that this spread came together a lot quicker than some of my other pages. 

 I used simple printed journal strips to document the month, adding a few stickers and die-cut pieces to compliment some of the cards. 


I altered a 'G Design' page protector so that I could add an insert to hold some extra photos from my niece's birthday. I kept the insert nice and simple, using just a few accent pieces to help the pockets flow. 

 I used more of the gorgeous gold foil cards on the second part of the month, once again choosing just a few accent pieces to dress up the page.

Products from the Sassy store...
Posh Horizontal Journalling Cards with Gold Foil 
Posh 3x4 Journalling Card Elements with Gold Foil 
Posh 4x6 and 4x4 Vertical Journalling Card Elements 
Posh Laugh Lots Paper with Gold Foil 
Posh Follow Your Dreams Paper with Gold Foil
Posh Dream Big Paper
Posh Combo Cardstock Stickers 
Carpe Diem Posh Bits & Pieces 
DIY Gold Hearts Vellum

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Agnus | Crate Paper Mix

 Hi again, I took a little break from my project life album to create a 12x12 layout using the remainder of my Cool Kid collection teamed with a mix of products from a few other Crate Paper collections. I often collect bits and pieces from several ranges as they are released, and while sorting through some of my papers I noticed that there was a pattern in the style of colours and patterns I had collected. There was a wide range of different manufactures and yet the colours were similar, the patterns repeated and besides a few odd pieces here and there, the majority of my stash could easily work together. 

I decided to put my theory into practice and gathered up a range of different pieces from several Crate Paper collections to use with my Cool Kid paper pad. I began by pulling out a few papers that picked up some of the colours in the photo, then looked for other papers that would work with the ones I had selected and shuffled the patterns around the page to give me an idea of how each pattern worked with the one next to it. I usually mix small and large patterns and often like to add a few subtle designs that won't compete with the more bold graphic patterns, and it is the patterns as much as the colours that determine where each layer will be placed. 

Next comes my favourite part of every layout... the embellishments! When selecting each piece I look at how it will enhance the look of the page but also if it will help to tell the overall story. I often vary the type embellishments used to give the page more interest and each piece usually has a paper partner - meaning that it will match at least one of the paper layers through either colour or pattern. 

Products from the Sassy store...

Crate Paper Cool Kid 6x6 Paper Pad 
Crate Paper Cool Kid 12x12 Chipboard 
Crate Paper Cool Kid Embellishment Pack
Crate Paper Cute Girl Be You Paper 
Crate Paper Wonder Happy Hello Paper 
Crate Paper Wonder Gold Foil Acetate 
Crate Paper Wonder Chipboard Phrases
Crate Paper Poolside Jar Die-cut Window Pockets
Crate Paper Poolside Gold Glitter Plus Sign Vellum 
Crate Paper Styleboard Gold Polka Dot Foil Kraft Paper 
Bella Blvd Tiny Text Alpha Stickers 
Heidi Swapp Color Shine - Black Velvet