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

Cracking up over on the PaperHaus Magazine Blog

Hi everyone! I am so very excited to back over on the PaperHaus Magazine Blog today sharing a fabulous tutorial that will have you all cracking up. Here is a little sneak peek.

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Click here to visit the PaperHaus Magazine Blog for more and to see the video tutorial.

Products used for this project include…
Raw wood trinket box from Lincraft
A2Z Scraplets Starburst 12×12 Chipboard
Tim Holtz Ranger Picket Fence Crackle Paint
Tim Holtz Ranger Victorian Velvet Distress Ink
Tim Holtz Ranger Antique Linen Distress Stain
Teresa Collins Flower
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Stain Spray Creme Brulee Cream
May Arts Pearl Ribbon String
Antique Brass Charms
Matisse Medium White Gesso
Helmar Crackle Medium Step 1 & 2
Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Helmar Scrap Dots/Silicone Adhesive
Lace

Scrapbooking from Scratch with Jot Magazine

Howdy everybody!! I hope you are having a fabulous weekend wherever you are in the world. Today I wanted to come and share a quick layout that I have created based on the current Jot Magazine Mood Board Challenge which you can find on their website here, and Anita’s fabulous sketch challenge from Scrapbooking From Scratch which you can find all the information for right here.

Here is the Jot Magazine Mood Board that I have worked with…

…and here is Anita’s fabulous sketch from the Scrapbooking From Scratch Blog…

…and here is my take on these 2 fabulous challenges combined. I just adored these fabulous bright colours but man was I out of my comfort zone using them all together!

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The title of my layout is “Strike a Pose”and I have used the Strike a Pose A2Z Scraplets Chipboard title painted with some Gelatos in an Ombre effect and then given a top coat of Glossy Accents. Enamel elements seem to be really in fashion in the scrapbooking world at the moment and the easiest way to create faux enamel is with paint or patterned paper and Glossy Accents.

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The patterned papers I have used are various from Studio Calico Hey Day Collection and a few different My Minds Eye Collections.

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The elements all over the page are from various brands also including Heidi Swapp Banners, Pink Paislee Artisan Stars, My Minds Eye Die Cuts & Stickers, BoBunny Stickers, Jilibean Stickers, Basic Grey Stickers and so many more that I forget.

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The tiny little alpha are from the Studio Calico Wood Veneer range and I have simply painted these with some Yellow Gelato to match my layout. The fabulous Corner arrow chipboard underneath my title has been coated with some Blue Polkadot Washi Tape from Queen & Co followed by some Glossy Accents to help add more of the faux enamel look.

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I have used various Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Stain Sprays including Delphinium Turquoise Blue, Tiffany Lou Blue, Yellow Rose of Texas, California Poppy Gold & Hag’s Wart Orange. These Lindy’s Sprays have been splattered over my background as well as being used to colour my Pink Paislee Artisan Elements Stars.

There are still 2 days left to get in your entries for both these challenges so go enter today!

Products used for this layout include…
Studio Calico Hey Day Collection Patterned Papers
Various My Minds Eye Papers, Die Cuts & Stickers
Various Basic Grey, Jilibean Soup, & BoBunny stickers
Heidi Swapp Color Magic Banners
Studio Calico Wood Veneer Alpha
A2Z Scraplets Strike A Pose Chipboard title
A2Z Scraplets Chipboard Arrow
Pink Paislee Artisan Elements Stars
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Stain Sprays including Delphinium Turquoise Blue, Tiffany Lou Blue, Yellow Rose of Texas, California Poppy Gold & Hag’s Wart Orange
Ranger Glossy Accents
Faber Castell Gelatos including Lemon, Mango, Tangerine, & Metallic Blueberry
Queen & Co Washi Tape
Paper Doily
Tag
Twine
Helmar Scrap Dots
Bazzil Marathon Tape Runner

Well that is it from me today, check back in the morning for some more scrapbooking inspiration and don’t forget to leave me a comment so I can come and visit you also. 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

A Creative Process – YouTube Video from start to finish

Hi everyone! Just a quick share from me today sharing my recent Youtube Video Upload. This time I have recorded my complete creative process. How I create a layout from start to finish. The video is 43 minutes long but shows every aspect of a page from picking papers through to final journalling. Hope you enjoy.

This is the layout that I have featured in the video…

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Products used for this layout include…
Crate Paper Pier Collection Papers, Stickers & Die Cuts
A2Z Scraplets Chipboard Compass
A2Z Scraplets Stencilet
Reeves Modelling Paste
Lindy Stamp Gang Starburst Stain Sprays
Faber Castell Gelatos
Kaisercraft Texture Stamps
Ranger Archival Ink Coffee & Jet Black
Ranger Crackle Accents
Pink Paislee Artisan Elements
Prima Marketing ABC Stickers
My Minds Eye Frame
Charms Creations Chevron
Machine Stitching
Helmar Scrap Dots
X-Press IT Foam Tape
Bazzil Marathon Tape Runner
Natural Twine

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx