Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Cocoa Vanilla - Made of Awesome "Cheeky Boy" by Fiona Johnstone

Hello everyone

Finishing off the month with another Cocoa Vanilla layout, this time using the more masculine Made of Awesome collection.You can probably tell by now that I am a big fan of this new manufacturer. Love the papers and love all the embellishments.

My layout: Cheeky Boy
With this collection, the first thing I was attracted to was all the circle embellishments in the ephemera pack. I created the design of this layout based on the circles. First I created a few torn layers to the base before layering a combination of the ephemera circles, finishing off with a 2Crafty title and stickers from the Made of Awesome accessory sticker sheet.

A close-up of the bottom circle cluster:
The top circle cluster and title:

Thanks for stopping by
Till next week 

Products Used:
Cocoa Vanilla Made of Awesome Paper - Boys Rule
Cocoa Vanilla Made of Awesome Paper - Directions
Cocoa Vanilla Made of Awesome Paper- Lucky Star
Cocoa Vanilla Made of Awesome Paper - Rock Star
Cocoa Vanilla Made of Awesome Die-Cut Ephemera
Cocoa Vanilla Made of Awesome Accessory Sticker Sheet
2Crafty Title Cheeky Loopy Font

Friday, September 25, 2015

My last layout using Simple Stories Summer Vibes - by Linda Eggleton

Hello everyone & welcome to the blog today.

Today I am sharing my last layout using the FUN 

But not only is it my last layout using this collection, it is also my last page as a designer for 
All About Scrapbooks :(  as I've made the very difficult decision to step down 
from my position on the team.

Before I get onto the details of the layout, I'd like to say a few words :)
I have been on the AAS team since its inception in Dec 2013, and have to say that I have loved every minute of it & every collection that I have been lucky enough to create with.  Vanessa is the best, and most easy going store owner to work for….she is SUPER generous, very easy going & such a pleasure to work with.  This truly has been the best DT I have ever been on.

I’d like to thank you, Vanessa, from the bottom of my heart, for all that you’ve done for me over the past couple of years – including my time on the 2Crafty DT.   I know I have disappointed you in my decision to step down, for which I am truly sorry, but I’m sure the 2 new DT members will do a fantastic job in creating for you & helping AAS to continually grow.  I’d also like to thank Fiona for being a great design team buddy - always supportive of my work and we just worked together so well…..and most of all, I’d like to thank you both for the lovely friendship that we now share.

I will be taking an extended break from all scrapbooking for the next little while (not sure how long that might be), as I have had a HUGE couple of years with various scrapbooking commitments, and am feeling very weary, tired & worn out.  I hope that after having a break away from it all, that I will be feeling refreshed & wanting to return to this craft that was once a big part of my life, so you may see me back around the traps at some point in the future - all going well.


Ok, time to get on with my last share....

"Riding Along"

I have created something very different to my normal style for this layout...I've gone for a bit of a pocket page style, without the actual pockets.  I wanted to make use of as many of the fabulous element pieces from the different sized element papers, and the pocket page idea is what sprung to mind.
I've also included some of the chipboard frames as well & have created a border around the outside of the page using the Pop Fizz & Brown Wood/Grid papers

Here are a few close ups......

I have also added some of the Diecut pieces with foam tape for a bit of dimension - both the cute little bike on the left & the sunglasses & tiny flower on the right.....along with some of the Expression stickers & Self Adhesive Bradz.

I've inked the edges of all the "pocket" pieces with black ink.

I have backed the 2 small square chipboard frames with some plain coloured paper - from the reverse side of the "Hello" paper & then added some of the Photo stickers to the centre of them.

I've used a variety of sizes in the Element pieces, 
including these small 2x2 pieces - Blue Skies & So Sunny

I used one of the larger frames to frame one of the photos.

And although this very cute Kombi Van piece has nothing to do with me & my vintage bike....I loved it & it just had to be used...lol  :D
Thanks so much for dropping by today...I do hope you have been inspired.
Thanks again to Vanessa for having me over the last couple of years....and wishing the new team members all the best on their journey with AAS :)
Products used:
Petaloo - Darjeeling  Butterfly
Foam Tape

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Cocoa Vanilla Hello Lovely by Fiona Johnstone

Hello everyone
This week I have been playing with another Cocoa Vanilla range, Hello Lovely, and it is indeed a very lovely and pretty collection. Once again an amazing array of embellishments in these collections and fabulous papers that co-ordinate so well. 

My layout: Hello Beautiful
 I've combined the very busy floral patterned paper with the black and white flowers, love the dramatic contrast in the two, yet they are both lovely florals. I've added some of the other complimentary papers, focusing on the pink and black that match my photo and using a hint of blue for contrast.

 A couple of close-ups:
My title Hello Beautiful is from 2Crafty, and I have inked it and sprayed it with a little goosebumps for some shine. The flower cluster is from the Cocoa Vanilla Hello Lovely Blossoms and the Flair button is also from the collection. 
The range even comes with gorgeous wood veneers, as well as tonnes of ephemera in the die-cut ephemera pack.
Cocoa Vanilla Hello Lovely Collection 
 Thanks for stopping by, 
Till next week



Friday, September 18, 2015

3rd layout with Simple Stories "Summer Vibes" by Linda Eggleton

Good morning all & welcome to the blog today.

I am back with another layout created using Simple Stories - Summer Vibes.
I love the pastel colours in this collection...and all the fabulous patterned papers & matching embellishments, of which there are heaps!

"Sandy Toes & Salty Kisses"

I have used the grid side of the Teal Wood/Grid paper for the background & then layered a variety of papers up under the photo, including a couple of pieces from 3 of the Elements papers - 2 either side of the photo & one underneath.

I've created a cluster of Green Tara flowers, some of the flowers in the Bits & Pieces Diecut pack - up on foam tape, a couple of the Self Adhesive Bradz & a piece of the 2Crafty Interlocking Grid panel, that I've cut into 4 pieces, and used in various spots on the page.

There's also a variety of the Photo Stickers that I've placed on the photo.

I've used more of the Chipboard Frames as part of my layering - I love doing this :)
I've also cut more of the cute little camera's from the Selfie paper to use as an embellishment, which I have popped up on some foam tape for a bit of dimension on the page.

Here's 2 more pieces of the 2Crafty Interlocking Grid panel - simply painted in Gesso.
And one of the small square Chipboard Frames at the side of the photo - again, I cut it in half and the other piece is on the opposite side of the photo, just out of shot.

I used the one of the journaling cards from the 3x4 Elements paper as my title - it was perfect for the pic of our sandy toes at the beach a few Christmas' ago.

I added a strip cut from the Sun Kissed paper across the top of the page, along with another piece of the 2Crafty Interlocking Grid panel, one of the Bradz & a little border strip from the Diecut pack.

I've used a fair few of the clear Photo Stickers on my page - not just on the photo, but they are also good for adding on the plainer papers, as I've done above.

Thanks so much for dropping by today - I hope you are inspired by this fabulous collection :)
Foam Tape

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Design Team Announcement
and a sad Farewell

Good Morning Followers
I'm thrilled to be able to announce we have 2 new talented ladies joining us in
October, but before I get onto that I need to say that after quite some time
designing for me, Linda Eggleton is stepping down from the Design Team.

Linda has been designing for me for quite a few years and not only is she a talented
crafter, she is one of the most lovely and easy going designers that I've had the 
pleasure to work with and I'm going to miss her weekly post and inspiration as well
as her continued support and friendship.

A huge thank you from the bottom of my heart Linda, you will truly be missed, not only
by me, but your wonderful fan base that you have been inspiring with your gorgeous work - 
 we wish you well and hope to still see some beautiful work from you out there in the 
Crafting world.

Now, to the our 2 new members.

I'm thrilled to welcome these 2 talented ladies, I hope you will take a minute to pop over
 to their blogs and see what gorgeous crafting styles they have in store for us.

So let me introduce
Tammy Klingner and Rachel Lowe
Here is a little bit from both these lovely ladies

My name is Tammy Klingner - my friends call me Tam,
 and I live in the beautiful Clare Valley in South Australia. 

Scrapping has been a part of my life for 11 years now - it is my 'me time' in this crazy life.
 It slows me down and reminds me to appreciate the little things as there's so much 
to be grateful for. 
 By far my biggest joy is being a mum to my 3 amazing kids (age 14, 12 and 11). 
 They provide me with so much inspiration and I can't wait to share it with you. 
 I'm thrilled to be a part of this team, thank-you Vanessa for having me!

Here is a link to my blog


Hi my name is Rachel Lowe and I live in beautiful Perth, WA.

I started scrapbooking in 2006 when my youngest was born.  My background in
 crafts is Folk Art painting and Quilting.

My scrapbooking style has evolved over the years and I love to try new techniques and design styles. I would describe myself as a contemporary/classical scrapper, I love clean lines, layers and negative space.

My inspiration always comes from my photo (I cannot scrap without a chosen photo!)
 as my page tells the story of the photo in some way.

When I am not scrapping I am living a wonderfully chaotic life as a mum of four children.
 I also work full time as a Mental Health Nurse Consultant with the Department of Corrective Services.

My greatest achievement is my four children, what a ride it is being a parent! In regards 
to scrapbooking having my work published over the years by Scrapbooking Creations, Scrapbooking Memories and Jot Magazine, it is always a thrill to have your work acknowledged!

I love to travel, last year I took my daughter to Turkey, Paris and London (so many fab photos to scrap!) and next year my hubby and I will take a child free holiday to Italy.
 I am a passionate about photography and also I love my footy, West Coast Eagles
 of course for this Perth girl.
 Here is the link to my blog:
 These ladies will be joining us from October, I hope you will all enjoy their work
and make them feel welcome.
Vanessa xx