Merry Christmas is coming!

Hello,my friends! Today Viktoiya with you and this month for Christmas! Merry Christmas is coming!

My artwork with holiday mood and many bright details–

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202Santa, ornaments and Christmas treees

203Winter birds and flying snow

204Golden ornaments and icicles

205Pair of sleds and bright winter flowers

206Wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

 

A little bit Naughty

Peg here :-)

October is the month of Halloween and the current mood board leans that way, however down here in Aussie land Halloween is not such a big thing, unfortunately. The movement is growing and more people are getting involved but all I see is the obscene commercialism side of it and I just don’t go there. So….. The inspiration I took from the board this month is a little bit naughty, the lips led me to the ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ (one of my all-time favourite movies) and made me think of the risque fun we have at our scrap/art retreats where it’s just us girls (even when there’s a boy 😉 I started my page by layering some papers from the Mixed Media Variety Ephemera Pack on top of a pre-made painted background (the dots), I glued them all down using matte medium which caused some to become a little transparent, bonus! I also used some as my photo mat.

2I did my journalling with Dymo and added captions to the photos with correction tape so they wouldn’t compete visually. I have kept the colour palette mostly neutral like the mood board and added in the green title for a pop of colour.

1Finished off with some punchinella and a few appropriate bottle caps, here it is in all it’s naughty glory…

retreat-boobiesI hope you play along with us this month, you can link up your project here, and remember anything goes!

Thanks for coming by :-)

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Get out those funky sunglasses!

Hi everyone! Kiki in today with some inspiration for you. This month’s Mood Board inspired me to use a cute, funky kit to scrapbook some photos from a cruise trip I did with my Mom. I love the pops of colour and decided to use a photo that showed a little of my quirky side.

And of course the mood board inspired me to use a kit full of funky sunglasses too. I hope you enjoy!

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Love the funky sunglasses. Don’t you?

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Bright colour makes my day!

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Have to laugh at myself once in a while.

Be sure to join us and post what you created from the inspirational Mood Board this month. We’d love to see all your gorgeous designs too!

Have an awesome day!
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Kiki

Colour Play

I love love love the bright colours of this months mood board, they took me on a journey of play and discovery, such fun!

Having had the good fortune to do a class with the wonderfully inspiring, warm and giving Naomi Cox at a recent retreat I was led to experiment with this new technique with Tim Holtz Distress inkpad re-inkers. Now these things re-activate when you wet them again so I had to be particularly careful not to muddy my colours when adding complementary tones to my cardstock. To this end I dried everything very quickly with my heat gun, yay, chalk one up to always being impatient in the art room 😀 To add a little more detail to the background I used a butterfly stencil with a bright green inkpad.

After the colour fun I cut my cardstock unevenly top to bottom so that I could fit it through my 1970’s Brother typewriter, this is my latest favourite way of journalling on my pages. I have also found that new ribbons are cheap and easy to get locally as there is a one-size-fits-all option made in China, winning!

close-2I didn’t need much in the way of embellishments because I really wanted to showcase the background and keep the focus on the story and picture. Keeping most of them black for a high contrast look I made do with a butterfly stamped onto discarded packaging, a few bits of chippy, and an enamel tag acquired in a class many years ago.

close-1These matched the black card that I mounted my page on and tied it all together very nicely, with a little bit of doodling around the edges for definition. And here it is finished. Me likey!

WonderfulI hope you find something inspiring in the mood board too, we’d love to see it, link it up under the tab up the top that says ‘Made by You!’

Thanks for coming by, ’til next time

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Rock out with your … travel … out

Lara here!

I would have to say that a large percentage of my travel is motivated by a rock show. There are several bands/musicians I will fly to different parts of the world to see. I like to experience the different audiences, the different cultures, even the difference in shows for that musician.

I am trying to get back into scrapbooking. I started out as a traditional scrapbooker about 15 years ago, then started using more found objects and non-traditional material which led me to become more of the mixed media artist I am now, and I abandoned the scrapbooking. I miss the record keeping of it, and printing the photos. All my photos live as bits and bytes these days, and there’s something so magical about being able to hold a photo from days past.

So, I’ve had a pretty crazy summer, and I decided that this was my impetus to scrapbook again.

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A part of my summer was seeing my favorite band, U2. A couple of times in a couple of cities. Perfect inspiration to start my new scrapbook!

I have an American Crafts D-Ring 8″x8″ scrapbook (These are my favorite because they’re super versatile and expandy) and I’ve vowed not to buy a single paper or embellishment. You know what works perfect? GELLI PRINTS! Especially ones that did not come out well, so hiding parts is not a big deal. For the above spread I also did an image transfer on both sides and then collaged the tickets and wristbands. I stapled most of the pieces because glue can cause concert tickets to discolor over time.

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The next spread i used “under paper” – I always keep my desk covered with paper to catch spills and splatters and to clean paint brushes, brayers and stamps. So thats what these are – a couple months worth of unwasted paint. I made sure to journal on these pages too – that’s something I’m very weak at. However, having just looked back at scrapbooks I made a decade ago that were just photos; I thought at the time I would remember everything just from the photo, I now know that’s not true.

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This is another “underpaper” used, but I wanted to show it because it’s about a project near and dear to my heart – African Well Fund – which is a non-profit i helped create in 2002. For 13 years we have been raising money for clean water projects in Africa and our largest fundraiser of the year is called “Build a Well for Bono’s Birthday.” Each year I make a card that houses donors messages that we send to Bono’s management (Although this year I was able to hand it to him in person) and I’m really proud of the card I made this year out of old bike gears. If you want to read more about that visit my blog.

Last thing about “under paper” – I’ve now learned not to use both sides of the paper! Because it turns out so cool it’s hard to figure out which side to sacrifice! For the layout above it was this:
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Thanks for looking at my scrapbook pages and I love seeing everyone’s take on the challenge of “travel” this month!