11 July, 2012

CT applications open for Stuck?! Sketches

Here's a great opportunity if you're a scrapper and love inspiring other scrappers. I've posted the application criteria below. Be sure to visit Stuck Sketches blog.

Creative Team Call - Spring / Summer 2012 Team

Can you believe that nearly 6 months have gone by since our current Creative Team started? And with that, it’s time to add some new faces to the team.

I'm looking for an undetermined number of creative team members for the Spring / Summer 2012 team. These will be mix of old and new.

Please read these carefully, I will not consider any applications that are missing information / requirements.

1. Create a layout based on the sketch below. Individual interpretation and personal style is strongly encouraged but the sketch must still be easily recognisable.

2. Also include the following in your email:
a. Full name and Country
b. Blog link
c. Do you prefer to scrap in 8.5 x 11 or 12 x 12?
d. A short bio including any current or previous DTs and publications (previous experience isn’t necessary, I am just curious)
e. A list of forums etc. you visit regularly
f. A few short sentences about what you love about Stuck?! and what you can bring to the team.

All entries must be 12 x 12 or 8.5 x 11. I will be selecting a mix of scrappers who create in predominately one size or the other.

Entries are to be emailed to stucksketches@optusnet.com.au. Please put STUCK?! CREATIVE TEAM APPLICATION in the subject line. Please keep your layout size to a maximum 500 x 500px as anything higher will cause my inbox to clog.

All emails must be received by midnight on Sunday August 5th (AEST). The Creative Team will be contacted by Wednesday August 7th and will be announced on during late August.

09 July, 2012

Stuck?! challenge page

Here is the sketch challenge ....

And here is my page for the Stuck?! Challenge this month..... loving the circles!

A small error in the title - ahem - it should read Tasmin at 4. It was taken last birthday, LOL! She turns 5 today. I made my page while I was away in Melbourne a few weeks ago with my scrappy pal Sharmaine. We stayed for a long weekend in Melbourne, with the main attraction being a Tim Holtz workshop on Sunday. Naturally we had our photo taken with him...here's our little - blurry - happy snap with the man himself. His PR / marketing guy Mario was very obliging and shot the pic with my camera but didn't manage the auto focus very well, bless his cotton socks. Oh well, Mario, practise makes perfect!

Sharmaine (left), and I and about 60 other happy campers went along to Tim Holtz's Melbourne workshop to make an interesting little canvas project and have a bit of a play with his lovely distress inks and various other mediums.

I did learn a few little tips from doing this class - I always reckon classes are worthwhile when you learn even just one new thing. I loved the way these little stamped butterflies were die cut (from a new machine he's having manufactured) and their wings popped up so you could see the background text peeping through.

We bumped into Belinda Spencer, another Adelaide girl, and some other Charlottes Web teachers she'd travelled to Melbourne with. Such a small world, isn't it? And so so fun to met Facebook and Blogger friend IRL!

I love that we were given cute Ranger aprons as well as a little butterfly stamp from Stamp-It, who sponsored the event. And of course the project we made.

Thanks for stopping by :-))

08 July, 2012

Kraft It Up - make a wish

This month's KIU challenge is to think of something you want or wish for in the future.

Here is my page - my last as a CT member with KIU!

The journalling reads

Angus I am so proud of you. I delight in your progress - with speech and language, your social skills, your sheer delight and wonder in the ordinary and everyday. You are beautiful, so funny and so curious. What I long for is to have an ordinary conversation with you, to discover your thoughts and dreams. But just keep being you and keep being happy xoxoxox Mummy

I've written my journalling like a letter to Angus. While I really do wish for that ordinary conversation, we communicate with basic key words and signs, and he is just the most gorgeous little boy. He is also amazing just as he is. This photo was taken while he sat on a steam train - his idea of perfection, I would guess!

The CT call is still going at Kraft It Up but today is the last day for entries. Give it a go, if you love Kraft as much as I do!!!

Its all about the lunch box

One of the most fun things about scrapbooking for me, is sorting through my box of 'leftover' random photos that I love, but that maybe didn't fit into Project Life. I keep them all of course, but they each have a story attached.
When I saw the Scrap the Boys challenge, scrapping school photos, I remembered this random little photo of Angus at Tas's kindy one afternoon, happily playing after the kindy kids had left for the day. As soon as he spotted his lunch box he was straight into it, LOL!

Love this little boy.

I've used grey cardstock, which formed its own interesting pattern after scanning, lots of lovely washi tape from D-Lish Scraps, some scrappy leftovers, gesso, and my new fave product - Tim Holtz Distress Stain dabber for splatting with. Thanks Sharmaine for that fantastic tip!

2 mums, 8 kids and a few scrappy layouts.

Yesterday my friend Anna brought her four children to my place, so we could have a bit of a scrap session, and include Tasmin. Tas had already made her layout when our friends arrived!

Chloe, now 10, came for a scrap session last year and I decided to submit her pages to SBM magazine. They actually accepted one of the pages, but it took almost a year to appear in the magazine. The postman brought the magazine while we were scrapping - what a fantastic coincidence!

We were so inspired by her success, that I encouraged her to make a page or two for a challenge site, Sophie's Corner, especially for children. The July challenge is to scrap a page of yourself and a friend.

We took a quick iphone picture of Chloe with Tasmin, printed it on my Selphy printer, and away she went! She brought a second photo for her other layout. Here are her pages:

Chloe is amazing to watch. Instead of shifting things endlessly about the page like I used to, she works quickly and fearlessly. She loves Glimmer Mist - who doesn't? After I showed her how to make her own fabric button, which you can see on the first page, she decided to try one with paper towel. This might sound strange, but it actually works. And the paper towel had a cute swirl on it. Definitely pinching that idea.

We wondered how the younger siblings would go. I hoped that our DVD's, trains, and toys would keep Noah, 20 months, and Seb, nearly 3, happy. Taylen, 6, watched us scrap for a bit.

After he went and played outside with Tas, he decided to come back inside and try some misting, stamping and splodging. He ended up making three (background) pages! I loved his fearless splat technique, so I'm pinching that too, LOL!

At one point my sister popped in with her two children, 2 and 12 weeks. With my step-daughter Stephanie also here for the week, that meant there were eight children in the house. EIGHT! And it went pretty smoothly. Phew! Steph enjoyed a quick cuddle with my baby nephew before he demanded his Mummy back.

Anna and I went out on the balcony to watch the children playing hide and seek. I realised we have the perfect backyard for this. It's rather, er, wild and bushy! Chloe hid and waited for Tas to find her.

Anna, Chloe, Taylen, Seb and Noah - thanks for a really awesome day.


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