just my type...

I'm very excited to have a layout I created for the 'Just my Type' theme featured in the current issue of Jot Magazine!!!

I wanted to document this happy little moment of my son enjoying some game time with his dad and was inspired by the cute red typewriter image which I hand cut from a sheet of Pink Paislee paper to help tell the story.

I selected a background paper from American Crafts 'Shimelle' collection to match the typewriter, then added several layers of type related paper and accents.  I choose accents with clean simple fonts to compliment the typewriter ones and added a few transparent layers to create more depth on the page. 

Check out the full issue of Jot Magazine here!
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september @ scrap the boys...

Hi again :) There's a fun sketch challenge over at Scrap The Boys this month, and here's how I've used it...

 The great thing about sketches is that you can rotate or flip things around and end up with a few different looks from one design. I decided to rotate the sketch to help make it work with this photo of my handsome 13 year old.   

I used the 'Bella' background paper to help me select a colour scheme - going with a mix of soft gold, pink and blue tones which I paired with bold black and whites. In keeping with the sketch I incorporated a few tags onto the page, including an embossed clothing tag to give the page a more masculine feel.  

If you'd like to play along, then be sure to upload your layouts to the STB blog by the end of the month to go into the draw to win this month's prizes!!
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kraft plus zentangles...

As soon as I spotted this month's fun Kraft Plus challenge, I knew I wanted to play along and I finally had the chance to complete my layout. 

The challenge was to incorporate zentangle doodling onto a kraft base and I used a fun pic of little Cayden posing in his 'Adventure Time' beanie. 

I was inspired by the amazing artwork of Raymond Saá, to create a tiled background of various sized Kraft cardstock pieces and layered in a mix of Zentangle doodled pieces around the lower portion of the photo. 

I used the lyrics for the 'Adventure Time' into song for my journaling an in keeping with the theme, I also used papers with doodle-type patterns and am very happy with the end results. 

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august @ scrap the boys...

The mid month reveals for the August challenge are up on the Scrap The Boys blog today.

We have a fun inspiration pic for this month's challenge - perfect for documenting the special bond between you and your boys.

I was inspired by the image of the jar along with the quote to create a layout about me with my gorgeous boys.

I teamed a mix of teals with some sparkly gold and added a little pop of pink for contrast and love the way this page turned out. 

Check out the fabulous layouts the rest of the team have come up with over on the STB blog and be sure to get your layouts loaded by the end of the month for a chance to win this month's great prizes!!
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project life week 27...

Hi there :) its been a while between posts and I thought it was about time that I caught up and am starting with a project life spread I created using another awesome kit from Scrappy Canary.

This layout documents week 27 and even though this kit includes a lot of travel themed pieces, once again it was perfect for recording all of our day to day moments. 

As always I began the week with a custom title card which I pieced together using various elements from the kit along with a few items from my stash. 

I have noticed that my weekly photos often look busy because there is no real theme to tie them all in together but by using a few pops of black on my cards, I was able to form a visual connection that helped to balance out the page. 

I often try to select filler cards that will help to tell the story of what is happening in the photos, and thought of this when using the 'X marks the spot' card between the two pics of my boys playing with their Nerf guns. I also used a mix of small star stickers across the pockets to help it all tie in together. 

I created a layered base for my journaling to balance out the the 6 x 4" photo along side it and it also works well with the title card from the previous side when you look at the whole page.   

Unfortunately the Scrappy Canary store will be closed for the next few months and as a result I haven't had any design team commitments to keep me on track, but as I shared on Instagram earlier this week I am making an effort to get back up to date so stay tuned for more layouts! 

Thanks for stopping by xx 

july @ scrap the boys...

We have a fun inspiration challenge over at Scrap the Boys this month. 
I used the circle designs and colours as inspiration to create this layout of my little guy with a few beautiful Autumn treasures. 

I used watercolour paint to create a large circle for the background, and mounted my photos onto a few layers of patterned paper, combining a mix of  heart and spot patterns. 

I die-cut several cardstock circles and used varying tones from the inspiration image to add water colour spots onto each circle before positioning them down the page. I also added more hearts and spotty elements to balance out the page. 

Head over to the blog to see the awesome inspiration from the rest of the team and be sure to upload your layouts by the end of the month to be eligible for this month's great prizes!!
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project life week 26...

Hi :) I have reached the halfway point of the year with week 26 and am ready to start filling up my next album! 

I knew that it would bug me if the final pages in this album had blank backs so I decided to condense this week onto a single layout using another one of the fabulous 'Pocket Life' kits from Scrappy Canary.

I love the Pink Paislee Atlas range and used a few extra pieces from the same collection throughout the page - you can get a list of the extra products I used over on my original post

I love that even thought this kit has a travel theme, all of the pieces worked really well with everyday photos too and I used simple paper layers to customize the cards. 

 I love that Project Life helps me to record little memories like this  

Using a single layout meant I needed to add a flip pocket to hold a few of the extra pics. 

Thanks for stopping by xx
Don't forget to use the code 'AGNUS10' to save 10% off your enxt purchase from the Scrappy Canary store. 

project life week 25 plus one from 2014...

Hi again :) I have a couple more project life spreads to share, this time using the sold out May Pocket Life Kit from Scrappy Canary.

The elements in this kit were perfect for my random mix of weekly photos and I have a full write up on how I used the kit for week 25 over on the Scrappy Canary blog, including a list of the extra items I added which are all currently on sale over in the store

I have always been a very slow scrapper and because I am trying to keep up to date with this years album while also going back to fill in some of the blanks from previous years, I have adopted a 'keep it simple' approach lately and love how using a kit helps me to keep it pretty with minimal effort. 

Simple paper layers seem to be my go to technique at the moment because they are a quick and easy way to make standard filler and journal cards more unique.  

Adding titles directly onto my pics has been a good way to add more detail to my pockets, and I really loved the impact of the fun chipboard stickers below.

I also used the kit to create a catch up page from January of 2014 album - once again you'll find all the details over in my original post on the Scrappy Canary blog.

I went with the simple approach for these pages - focusing more on the photos and stories and using simple embellishments that help to tell the story while also adding a bit of extra colour the pocket.

Once again I added large titles directly over a few of my pics, and my favourite tiny heart stamps and a few simple stickers were all that was needed to customize the filler cards. 

Don't forget to use the code 'AGNUS10' to save 10% at the Scrappy Canary store!
and as always, thanks for stopping by xx
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