Friday, April 27, 2012

Inspiration Friday with DT Michelle Wallace

TGIF!!!!!!  Hope is isn't to cold where you are this morning. 

I just wanted to share with you some layouts that DT Michelle Wallace has done using the Inspiration Pack. Only 4 days to get those layouts in to be in the draw!!!

This gorgeous layout has lots of the bubble wrap stamped on the page.  Michelle has also used the cardboard circle and just ripped off the top layer to show the corrugated texture and then added some paint over the top!

On this layout Michelle has used bubble wrap, sand paper, and a bottle lit to create this fun bright layout.

 I adhered the plastic mesh to recyled card using texture paste, paint washed it, textured pasted it some more and them hit the whole thing with two coast of glimmer mist which I let run. Then I ripped up some paper and added to the base.

So don't forget to get scrapping and get your layouts entered before the end of the month!!!!

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Inspiration Saturday with DT Leah Cameron

Morning Everyone!!

I hope you all have a fun filled weekend planned!!  Here is some Saturday Inspiration for you from DT Member Leah Cameron

Here is another layout using the Inspiration Pack.

 I watered down some pink paint and firstly splattered it in the two corners of the background patterned paper, then "stamped" using the round foam piece.

I then used the trusty old bottle top to stamp over my other stamped bits.

On the pink piece of paper I used a silver paint and stamped with the bubble wrap (love this effect!). I also swiped around the edge of this piece with the silver paint (just using my finger).

How simple and easy is that and so effective!!!!!

Happy Scrapping Everyone!!!

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Inspiration Friday!!

Hi Everyone

I hope you are all gearing up for the weekend and back to school!!!

I thought I would share with you some of my layouts with you!  I can't remember the last time I have shared my work but I have been inspired by all our challenges and competitions.

Always Remember is using our Inspiration Pack.  I have used the bubble wrap and then the bottletop to continue the circle theme.  I have even used the round cardboard circle that was in the pack.  All I did was ripe off the top layer until I could see the corrugation and then just lightly painted with white paint.

Birthday Girl is using our April Sketch (designed by DT Member Emma Stafrace from Page Drafts)
I have used one of the fab Crafters Templates Tile Texture which we have available at Mad.

I hope you feel inspired this weekend!!  Head over to our Facebook Page to check out our competitions and to upload your layouts!

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Inspiration Thursday with DT Member Leah Cameron

Using our Inspiration Pack and the Elise Rebel Paper from 7 Dot Studio DT Leah Cameron has done a step by step tutorial!

 Pretty scary stuff for a plain and simple scrapper like me! The best way I know how to use "stuff" like this is to create a background for my layout. So I grabbed out my texture paste, some paint and went to it!

 I don't know if it is just me, but I find creating this way is a whole lot of trial and error - usually with me more error than trial! I thought this would look great with a subtle orange texture of dots over it, but the orange paint I have is too bright. The solution to this would be to add just a tad of black to darken it off, right? Yes, with the operative word being "tad"....obviously I added way too much, so have ended up with brown. Oh well, trial and error! I just mixed the paint in with the texture paste, then used the orange rubbery dotty thing (yes, that is the technical term for this item) as a mask and painted the paste mixture over. It took a little while to dry, but the texture and effect is great.

 I had some of the mixture left over, so grabbed the bottle lid and pressed it into the paste and used it as a stamp randomly over the background. This works well with just paint or glimmermist as well.

It is amazing what you find in your stash that matches certain papers when you go delving through...I found some silver paint that I thought would look great with the 7 Dots Studio Elise Rebel Collection papers I was using. I dabbed the bubblewrap in the paint and just pressed in a few areas around the page.

 A trick that I often do is to frame my background paper in a contrasting colour. I find this really lifts a layout and can make the difference between a so/so layout to one that is really eye catching. To save paper, I often cut out the background of the base piece of paper to use on another layout. I usually cut the middle square 11" x 11" or 10 1/2" x 10 1/2" (depending on the size of the photo I am using).

 I am not sure if I should admit this in blogworld or not, but I am not a real big glimmermist fan. There, I have said it. The way I like it best is to just do a very small portion of it, not let the whole layout be squirted. To do this on this layout, I mask out the majority of the paper, leaving only a small portion that I want the glimmermist to be able to land on. I used the meshy stuff (you see, I am good at this!) to use as a mask. This actually came up quite well, but I was probably a little too subtle with this as it is difficult to see in the layout. A good technique to use another time, though, I think

 I also sanded the edge of my photo with the sandpaper from the inspiration pack, and I distressed and inked the papers to suit the grungy style of the layout. I printed out some journalling, added some washi tape, stamping and some rub-ons from my stash which just happened to match perfectly.

The 7 Dots Studio Elise Rebel Collection papers from Mad About Scrappin' are great to work with. They are a very thick paper and were great to distress. The other interesting thing, which I believe is a great idea, is the way the different papers in the range co-ordinate together. I like that the back side of the papers don't necessarily match best with the other side, but with other pieces in the range. I think this could work really well to get the most out of your papers - I don't know how many times I have wanted to use both sides of the one piece of paper but just have to choose one or the other. The Elise Rebel Collection overcomes this really well, and you can still contrast the pieces if you want. Very clever.
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Friday, April 6, 2012

A little bit of Inspiration from DT Member Emma Stafrace

Hi everyone

I'm back to share with you some more gorgeous layouts using our Inspiration Pack.  There is still a couple left and you have the whole of April to enter!!!

Who wouldn't love to WIN the D Stress Tool from Imaginisce!!!!!!

All you have to do is use the pack below to create 3 layouts.  You can spritz, ink, gesso!  Its all up to your imagination!!!!!! 

Design Team Member Emma Stafrace has completed another 2 layouts using the Inspiration Pack and the gorgeous Elsie Rebel pattern papers from 7 Dots

This page called 'Meow' showcases the 'Extraordinary' pp. I used some gesso, and then with the Spiced Marmalade distress ink by Tim Holtz inked over the top of a paper doiley which I used as a mask.Because circles feature strongly in this page I decided to balance that out by adding strips of paper, transparency and washi tape vertically behind the photo's which really helps break up the circular repetition and define the photo's. Then I covered a chipboard arrow in washi tape to help connect the title to the photo cluster. Finally from the inspiration pack I used the bottle cap as a stamp to add some more circles (like it needed more of those lol)

For the final page 'Funny Faces' I used the 'Over Emotional' and 'Imperfect' papers. You can just make out the misted area using the Gutter guard as a mask in the top left corner I think I used the Chalkboard 'Monolith' misting spray, hence why it is subtle but it has a gorgeous shimmer. The handcut chipboard sun has an imprinted texture from the non slip matting over the surface. Both very subtle but I think the added texture creates a softness to the page.

So don't forget to head over to our Facebook Page for more details!!


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Thursday, April 5, 2012

April Sketch Challenge

Welcome to April!!!  I am so excited to announce our new monthly challenge.  For the next 6 months we will be showcasing a sketch challenge each month.  All of the sketches have been designed by our DT Member Emma Stafrace.  You can check out more of her sketches out at

All you need to do is complete a layout based on the sketch below and load on our Facebook page by the 25th of April to be in the running to win $25 worth of Manor House Creations Flowers!!

Here is some inspiration from our Design Team

Layout by Einat Kessler
Layout by Joanne Piccirilli
Layout by Leah Cameron
Layout by Melanie Mckenzie
Layout by Emma Stafrace
Layout by Michelle Wallace

The Prize - $25 worth of flowers from Manor House Creations

I hope these layouts fill you with inspiration and I can't wait to see all your layouts!!!!

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