Family Birthday Calendars now available at A2Z Scraplets

Hi everyone! I hope you are well. Thanks so much for all your well wishes for my dear little family. We have all recovered well and truly now thank God but getting back into rhythm and catching up on things like housework is always so hard so I am sure I should just leave it all and get creative yes? LOL

Today I wanted to quickly share with you all a new fun product available from A2Z Scraplets and it is an Off the Page item which is very exciting. I have always loved off the page projects and even love them more when they are useful things so of course I was super dooper excited about this Family Birthday calendar when Julie sent me one. Ok so I have been pinning these on Pinterest for years and thinking what an amazing idea they were so you never forget which family birthdays are in which month of the year but alas pinning doesn’t usually mean that I will actually create the project, it just goes to the back of my mind along with the millions of other pretty and useful ideas i get off Pinterest LOL. So of course for Julie from A2Z Scraplets to go and cut and create a complete kit ready for me to assemble and decorate then I knew this project dream could finally become a reality.

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Ok so I love chalk boards and the current chalk board trends in the scrapbooking world get me so very excited but my darling husband who has tolerated me painting and spreading glitter everywhere for years, has banned chalk and playdo from our household after too many really bad messes that took way too much effort to clean up. You know that caked on chalk that seems to be cemented into your pathway and caked on so good it will be there forever? Yeah we had one of those occassions so let’s just say I am honouring my husband and not creating a chalkboard family birthdays calendar like I originally dreamed, buy instead a chalk board look Family Birthdays Calendar and isn’t it super fun?

I have used the fabulous Prima Marketing Optimist Collection and wow wow wow I love it so much. I have used 2 sheets of the measuring tape paper on the background (which is wood not chipboard) and after sanding back the edges, i have coated the paper with a layer of Gel Medium before adding wave patterns with my comb painter’s tool thingie (super technical terminology). While the background dried, I have painted 2 A2Z Scraplets Doodlets with various Ranger Liquid Pearls paints using a thin paint brush to add lots of amazing colour details and I have adhered these 1 on top of the other upside down ready for my Family Birthdays title to go over the top.

Next step was to decorate the Family Birthdays word and the circles. To do this I have simply sprayed them all with Heidi Swapp Black Color Shine Spray Mist and allowd to dry completely before inking the edges of the circles with Chalk Fluid Inks in Grey and adding some random edging to the words with 3 different shades of Ranger Liquid Pearls which were also used on the Doodlet. I then tried my best at writing some fun Chalk Board doodle writing with the names onto the circles before putting the calendar together.

The last addition was lots of beautiful Prima Marketing flowers and majority of them are from the Prima Optimist collection so of course coordinated perfectly but I have also added 2 large older Prima Marketing Fabric Flowers for some more fun texture and colour. Last thing that I did was added some Black Gesso to the edges of the petals of the flowers and allowed it all to dry completely.

Products used for this project include…
A2Z Scraplets Family Birthdays Calendar
A2Z Scraplets Doodlet  25 x2
Heidi Swapp Color Shine Black Spray
Prima Marketing Optimist Collection papers & Flowers
Prima Marketing Flowers
Gel Medium
Chalk Edger Fluid Inks
White Opaque Pen
Black Gesso
Ranger Liquid Pearls in various colours
Helmar 450 Quickdry Adhesives
Helmar Scrap Dots

Well that is it from me today, click the above link in the Product list to view and purchase the awesome Family Birthdays Calendar on the A2Z Scraplets website. They are only $15 and come with the wood backing and all the chipboard goodies, metal bits and even the Month abbreviations that I accidently forgot to use whoops. Don’t forget to stock up on lots of other fabulous A2Z Scraplets chipboard goodies while you are there and until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx

Buddies ScrapFriends & Feeling Sketchy

Hi everyone! I hope you are all well, I have been so very quiet this week because my family has been very very ill and it has knocked me about for all my commitments so any work I have been doing, I was unable to share just yet. I did quickly get this layout completed for the current Feeling Sketchy Sketch #71 Challenge as well as the ScrapFriends Colour #17 Challenge.

  

Here is my take on these 2 challenges combined. I have simply titled this layout “Buddies” because I was really struggling to label the photograph as anything other than a celebration of good buddies.

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The papers that I have used for this collection are mainly from the Studio Calico Sundrifter Collection but I have added some random papers from Heidi Swapp and My Minds Eye into the mix as well. The background paper has been misted using a 12×12 Crafters Workshop Template with Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mists in Black, Chartreuse & Mustard.

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I am loving the Pink Paislee Artisan Elements lately and honestly don’t think I will ever get sick of using them they are just so fun to add to any project and so easily alterable. I have left them plain white for this layout and added some Black Flourish with a Bling Rhinestones to the centres of the circles on the circle border strip.

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The watermelon coloured flower is from Manor House Creations and just worked perfectly with my subtle hints of black for this layout. The other 2 flowers are from Flourish with a Bling and include 1 White Maddison Flower that I have coloured using Heidi Swapp Chartreuse Color Shine Mist and then heat dried until it  melted a little. The other flower is a gorgeous little Elise Flower that I have left unaltered.

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The last touch was adding some Machine stitching and some black Heidi Swapp Color Shine Drops. My sewing machine was not playing nice and all my zig zag stitching was disastrous but still I love the messy effect of it.

Products used for this layout include…
Studio Calico Sundrifter Collection Papers & Stickers
Various Patterned papers including Heidi Swapp & My Minds Eye
Flourish with a Bling Maddison & Ellise Flowers
Flourish with a Bling Kate’s Corner Flourish
Flourish with a Bling Single Self Adhesive Black Rhinestones
The Crafter’s Workshop 12×12 Burst Stencil Template
Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mists Chartreuse, Mustard, & Black
Manor House Creations Flower
Prima Marketing Alpha Stickers
Machine Stitching
Helmar Scrap Dots
X-Press IT Double Sided Tape

Well that is it from me for today, but check back soon for some more inspiration and until then, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx

White With 1 October Challenge – Watermelon

Hi everyone! I am so excited to be here to share my first official challenge as a White with 1 Design Team Member. White with 1 is a super fun and popular scrapbooking challenge blog where the aim of the challenge is to include only white and 1 colour in your entire layout. A tiny bit of black is allowd for journalling distressing etc but that is it!

The challenge colour for October is Watermelon. You can check out the White with 1 blog here or the Facebook page here.

Here is my take on the challenge.

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The sponsor for this month’s challenge is 2Crafty chipboard so the Design Team all got lots of little chipboard bits to play with.

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I have had these photos of my eldest daughter Mia with her bestest buddy Tayla for a while and really thought they were perfect to use with this colour palette.

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The background paper is Heidi Swapp Color Magic and has been sprayed with a mixture of Heidi Swapp Sweet Cherry & Primrose Color Shine Sprays randomly. I have then added a drippy crackle paint circle over and over again around the entire background which added lots of fun white texture.

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The patterned papers vary as I raided my entire stash to get this watermelon variety but some brands include Fancy Pants Designs, My Minds Eye, BoBunny, Websters Pages, Kaisercraft and many more.

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Lots of other gorgeous elements were included in this layout including the super pretty Jasmine Puffy Flourish in white from Flourish with a Bling.

Products used for this layout include…
Various Patterned Papers including brands like My Minds Eye, Fancy Pants Designs, Kaisercraft, BoBunny,Websters Pages and many more.
Heidi Swapp Color Magic 12×12 Paper
Heidi Swapp Color Shine Sprays Black, Sweet Cherry & Primrose
Pink Paislee Artisan Elements Heart
Manor House Creations Flowers
Flourish with a Bling White Jasmine Puffy Flourish
American Crafts Mistable Thickers
Ranger Tim Holtz Picket Fence Crackle Paint
Various stickers from brands like Jilibean Soup, My Minds Eye, Echo Park Paper & BoBunny
Flair Metal Button
Helmar Scrap Dots
Bazzil Marathon Tape Runner
X-Press IT Foam Tape
2Crafty Chipboard Filmstrip, Chevron, Arrows & title
Ranger Enamel Dots White
Ranger Glossy Accents
Washi Tape
Punchinella
Faber Castell Gelatos in White & Metallic Melon

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to leave a comment with a link to your blog so I can come and visit you too. Until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx

A2Z Scraplets September Blind Challenge – Believe to Achieve

Hi everyone! I am back today to share with you all my example layout for the A2Z Scraplets September Blind Challenge. Did you see it? Click here to visit the A2Z Scraplets blog post to find out how to enter. You have until midnight tonight so hurry!

What is a Blind Challenge I hear you say? Well a blind challenge is very simple. All participants are given the exact same set of basic instructions including measurements etc to create a scrapbook layout from and email to the Challenge Coordinator. How each person interprets the instructions is the truly amazing part, no 2 projects ever look the same and some vary so drastically which is so very exciting to see.

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All entries and examples have been left a secret until today, the last day of the month so no one could copy layouts etc. You can see some more inspiration from our Design Team on the A2Z Scraplets blog right here. We all had so much fun playing along with this and even I, the one who wrote the instructions, couldn’t keep to my own directions and have added and changed bits LOL. The whole point is to have fun and get inspiration in a new way.

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One of the very first instructions was to mask the background in 2 corners and add splatters. The instructions only mention one colour also but I was trying to go for the Chalkboard effect and wasn’t happy so needed to add some Colourful Splatters LOL. I have used the A2Z Scraplets Checkerplate Stencilet for it.

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The white masking and droplets were created using Dylusions White Ink Spray and I have then sprayed my A2Z Scraplets Believe to Achieve Title with the White Dylusions as well. When I was splattering my background with colour using some Heidi Swapp Color Shine, I have also splattered lots of tiny droplet of colour onto the A2Z Scraplets Chipboard title and I have then dooled around the edges using a black pen.

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The fabulous papers and stickers that I have used are from the Fancy Pants Wonderful Day Collection and I have added lots of doodling and random stitching for added interest around these. Another part that was not in the instructions was the photo matting that I have done with the Red Paper from Fancy Pants LOL I know I am so naughty, I can’t ever follow directions especially my own haha. How fun is that cork paper?

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My flowers were created using left over papers and I will have a video up in the next couple of days showing how I did these so stay tuned.

Have you checked out my YouTube Channel? I am regularly uploading tutorials from basic scrapbooking knowledge through to advance techniques and product uses so click here to visit my YouTube Channel and subscribe today!

Products used for this layout include…
A2Z Scraplets Checkerplate Stencilet
A2Z Scraplets Believe to Achieve Chipboard Title
Fancy Pants Designs Wonderful Day Collection Papers & Stickers
Flourish with a Bling Black Self Adhesive Rhinestones
Glitz Design Finnley Large Rhinestones
Dylusions Ink Spray in White & Black
Heidi Swapp Color Shine Sprays in Sweet Cherry & Tropicana Teal
Project Life Black 03 Marker
My Minds Eye Bakers Twine
Helmar Scrap Dots
Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Bazzil Marathon Tape Runner
X-Press IT Foam Tape

That’s it from me today, can you believe that it is 1st of October tomorrow? Sheesh can someone tell me where this year has gone honestly it’s basically over and I feel like it has just begun. My baby Chloe starts Big School in February which is scaring me a little as it gets closer and closer.

Until next time, happy  scrapping!

Amy Prior xx

Things That Make Me Smile Always Start With You

Hi there everybody! I hope you are all well, I have a quick random just because layout to share with you all today using the fabulous Echo Park Here & Now Collection but the 6×6 size! Yep I had so much fun just layering the 6×6 patterned papers together for this one and it looks so fabulous and how fun are the miniature versions of the printed papers eeekkk.

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Ok so my title needs to be outlined with Silver I have decided after editing these photos but the title is an A2Z Scraplets Chipboard Title that I have simply covered in some Black Ranger Stickles and I have layered the title over some Heidi Swapp Color Magic Banners which have been sprayed with Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Stain Sprays. How fun are all the Heidi Swapp Color Magic stuff seriously I don’t think I will ever not love them they are so versatile and fun!

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My background was created using Dylusions Ink Sprays splattered and dripped and then I have finished off the background by inking the edges with Ranger Archival Ink and then added lots of random large circles with some Ranger Black Soot Tim Holtz Crackle Paint. To do this, you have to have the newer runnier versions of the Ranger Crackle Paint as the old versions were never runny and simply all I have done is used the lid paint brush that is included and dribbled circles over and over again and until I was happy. You could do this with regular acrylic paint easily also or ink but I wanted the cool Crackled effect.

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The fabulous Feather is from Manor House Creations and I am thinking that I need to purchase more of these aren’t they just divine? I have layered a few Flourish with a Bling goodies over the top of the feather and finished it off with a huge Donna Downey Prima Marketing Flower.

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The Live in the Moment Banner was fussy cut from one of the 12×12 Echo Park Paper Co Here & Now Papers and then I have inked the edges with the Ranger Archival Black Ink.

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Before I have layered all my papers together including some vellum, I have inked all the edges again with Ranger Archival Black Ink and using my Ranger Blending Tool.

Products used for this layout include…
Echo Park Paper Co Here & Now Collection 6×6 & 12×12 Papers
Bazzil Double Thick 12×12 White Cardstock Smooth
Heidi Swapp Color Magic Banners
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Stain Sprays including Delphinium Turquoise Blue & Californian Poppy Gold
Dylusions Ink Sprays including Bubblegum Pink, Funky Fuschia, Calypso Teal, Vibrant Turquoise & Crushed Grape
Ranger Stickles Black Diamond
Ranger Archival Ink Page Black
Ranger Crackle Paint Tim Holtz Black Soot
Ranger Ink Blending Tool
A2Z Scraplets Chipboard title
Flourish with a Bling Elise Flourish Silver, Luke Flourish Black & Jasmine Puffy Flourish Teal
Prima Marketing Donna Downey Design Flower
Various Random Sequins
Helmar Scrap Dots
Bazzil Marathon Tape Runner
X-Press IT Foam Tape

Well that is it from me for now but check back later today for a sneak and a link to my next PaperHaus Magazine blog post and video tutorial! Have you subscribed to my YouTube Channel yet? Click here to view my YouTube channel and subscribe today so you never miss the inspiration.

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx

The Color Room Palette #160

Hi everybody! I hope you are all having a blessed day. The sun is shining here on the sunny Central Coast of NSW Australia and after the mini heat wave yesterday, it’s a perfect Spring day today.

Today I am back to share a quick layout with you all created for the new the Color Room challenge that has just been posted today. Remember you now have 2 WEEKS to get your TCR entries in which is super exciting! Checkout the Color Room website here or the Facebook page here to checkout this fortnight’s palette and enter for your chance to win some fabulous prizes from our sponsors!

Here is the palette. A fabulous bright palette for #160

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Here is my take on the palette titled Fun Moments…

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I have lots of closeup shots for you of course. Checkout the background detail. I have used a Crafter’s Workshop 6×6 mask in each corner and then doodled and watercoloured some of the circles. Doesn’t it look fun?

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The papers are all random from my stash and include brands like My Minds Eye, BoBunny, Websters Pages, Pink Paislee, Fancy Pants & Authentique. I have also fussy cut the butterflies from an old piece of Kaisercraft Specialty Patterned Paper. How fun is the glitter on the butterflies!

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The kite sticker is from an old Echo Park collection and the Chalk frame is from the new My Minds Eye Chalk Studio Collection. I just love the contrast of the black on the frame as well as on the Heidi Swapp Acetate Banner.

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I have cut up a Flourish with a Bling Jasmine Puff Flourish and added it randomly plus I have added some flair from Lil Somethin & Fancy Pants.

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The watercolour on the background circles was actually created using Faber Castell Bubblegum Pink Gelato. The fabulous title is from the Pink Paislee Artisan Elements Words which are so fun to play with!

Products used for this layout include…
White Bazzil Double Thick Cardstock
Random Patterned Papers from Websters Pages, Kaisercraft, BoBunny, Pink Paislee, My Minds Eye, Authentique & Fancy Pants
Crafters Workshop Circle Explosion 6×6 Template
Reeves Modelling Paste
Faber Castell Gelatos Bubblegum Pink
Project Life Black 03 Pen
Flourish with a Bling Hot Pink Jasmine Puffy Flourish
Pink Paislee Artisan Elements Words
Lil Somethin Flair Button
Fancy Pants Memories Captured Flair Button
My Minds Eye Chalk Studio Frame
Heidi Swapp Acetate Banners
Flowers from Prima Marketing & Manor House Creations
Helmar Scrap Dots
Bazzil Marathon Tape Runner
Plasterer’s Tape
Twine

Well that is it from me for today, be sure to check back tomorrow for more inspiration!

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx

A2Z New Release – Vintage Lady & Car Shape

Hi everyone! Have you seen the awesome new release over on the A2Z Scraplets Blog this week? Eeeekkk the inspiration is incredible from our fabulous Design Team and there are tonnes of new goodies available in the A2Z Scraplets store for ridonkulous prices! Click here to visit the blog and see them all.

Today I wanted to share this layout that I have created with the new Speech Bubbles from A2Z. You can view and purchase all the new releases on the A2Z website here.

While you are there, don’t forget to check out the awesome A2Z Scraplets Kits available on the website here. They are all $15 and under CRAZY PRICES!

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Products used to create this layout include…
Graphic 45 Patterned Papers including ABC Primer & SteamPunk
A2Z Scraplets Vintage Lady & Car Chipboard Shape
Acrylic Paints
Ranger Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold Mist
Heidi Swapp Black Color Shine Mist
Helmar Scrap Dots
Bazzil Marathon Tape Runner
X-Press IT Foam Tape
Prima Marketing Alpha Stickers

Tune in tomorrow for another new release creation for A2Z Scraplets and until then, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior