Sunday, 27 October 2013

#107 inspired by non-standard celebrations

I didn't remember to take any photos of our recent "15 years since the day we met" celebration so I was a little stuck for myself as to what to do with this week's prompt. Of course, I had left it to the last minute to get it done and wanted to tie it in to LOAD as well. At times like these, I can be really lazy and just want to get the layout made! To get cutting pretty paper.

And then I realised I should use the photo that I had used for the prompt post last week and make it a bit of a more general layout about the fact that we celebrate these "odd" days rather than one day in particular.

In the end, the layout ends up covering both ideas and I'm happy to have found a use for this below par photo of this strange little anniversary!

What non-celebration are you capturing on your page this week? I'm looking for some new anniversaries to add to my list so I can catch him out with a few surprises!

Make sure you share over at Flickr (here) with the tag WM#107

Monday, 21 October 2013

Challenge #107 - week of 21st October 2013

There's been a lot of product based challenges recently because we've all been busy. Not to say that these prompts can't be challenging and thought provoking but on the whole, they tend to be a little easier on our creative thinking.

So, I'd like to change it up a bit this week and give us something that might give you a little more food for thought.

I recently celebrated 15 years since the day I met my husband. Yes, I know the exact date as it was the first day of our MBA course and a pretty life changing moment on many levels.

I made sure we celebrated it, even if it was in a small way with 15 somewhat silly presents and dinner out. I make a point of remembering and celebrating these milestones and believe that it's important to mark the small things as well as the main events.

So this week, I'd like you to be inspired by a celebration or anniversary that isn't one of the standards. No birthdays, weddings, Christmas or Valentines allowed for this one! :-)

A celebration of 3,000 days of marriage! Silly, inexpensive but meaningful!

And if you need some help in calculating days between two dates, you can enter them on this website (here) or if you need to see when a special date might land, you can try this (here) - Ps. don't you just love the internet? I used to calculate these things by hand!

Don't forget to link up in our Flickr gallery here with the tag WM#107.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

#105 inspired by gold

My Counterfeit Kit Challenge October kit, Stargazer featured mostly blues, pinks and golds this month and I have been attacking it almost each day for LOAD1013 and I have to admit that I'm a little addicted to the gold look. There is a selection of (not so good) photos in the Flickr gallery most of which were taken at night. But I've taken some better photos of some of them and I'm just going to show you what different looks I've created this week with gold. Warning: This is a very photo heavy post!

Gold doilies (Scrapabilly Kit)

(Scrapabilly Kit)

Gold mist, tag painted in gold mist and gold ribbon (Scrapabilly Kit)

(Scrapabilly Kit)

Yellowy gold papers, twine, sequins, doily, washi 

Gold spotted letters, doilies, washi, sequins and a gorgeous gold glitter paper

Gold glitter paper, mist and doily as well as wood veneers pained with gold mist

Gold embossing, washi, twine, ribbon

Subtle gold sequins and spotted letters

A bit of it all - god washi, dotty letters, glitter paper, mist, thread

Phew! That's a lot of gold and a lot of scrappy fun. You can be sure that I'll be using gold more in the near future - I really have a touch of gold fever.

Hope you'll share your creations over at the Flickr gallery with the tag WM#105

#106 inspired by transparencies

LOAD is taking up a lot of our time right now but it does give the chance to build in these challenges to our daily creations. So why did it take me to today to do that? 

Lynette made up her wonderfully elegant page right away and here am I creating last minute as usual!

This page was driven by my scrap box. I had a good rummage and was delighted to find this gorgeous piece of map paper and the rest developed from there. More scraps in the same tones, then a few travel products and a small cluster top and bottom just seemed to come from that first piece of paper.

It was only then that I remembered our Whimsical Musings challenge and as luck would have it, there were two perfect scraps of transparency in my box that fitted the theme and colours of the layout.

Of course, I've made a mistake in the journalling which will have to be fixed but that's only to be expected. I think I correct almost every layout in some way, be it spelling, journalling, title work, wonky photos etc etc

Please excuse the quality of the photos - it's dark so early these days!

There's the Hambly off-cut. Wish I could track down some more of this.

And here's the Heidi Swapp travel themed luggage tag. Yes, there's the journalling mistake!

Now, these two small bits of transparency haven't made much of a dent in my huge pile and I wasn't especially creative with how I incorporated them onto my layout but I'm hoping that I am now reminded to include some of the other scraps on pages. Let's see how I get on with that now...

Please share your transparency creations with us over at our Flickr Gallery with the tag WM#106.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Challenge #106 week of 14th October 2013

Keeping it short and sweet today, my fellow scrappers with this week's creative challenge.

I spent some time sorting some of my stash this weekend. I have a bag in the corner of my room into which I throw in any items I don't necessarily want any more and when it's FULL it'll be handed over to my niece. She goes crazy for all that glitter and I bet you know that there's a lot in there already.  But back to my de-stashing. I went through some of my baskets, the paper trays and several random boxes of bits and pieces, sorting, throwing or reorganising, only to come across this pile of beauties - transparencies.

Yes, you've guessed it, I'm challenging you with another product prompt this week - be inspired to use transparencies of some sort of your project this week.

There's lots of new, trendy photo overlays and loads of small transparent elements out there right now so you could go modern and trendy, or you could do what I'm going to do and go retro and fish out some of those Heidi Swapp, Hambly or Rusty Pickle to find a home for.

I have created lots and lots of gold layouts for last week's prompt which I will load onto the blog and our Flickr gallery really soon but in the meantime, don't forget to share what you have created.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Challenge #105 week of 47th October 2013

Ok, so we missed a week there somewhere along the way. Whoops! But, I hope you will forgive me :-) I warned you that this might happen from time to time. And that was this time.

But I'm back to entice you with a new (or not so new really) trend that has me in its grips right now.

I want you to be inspired by the Midas Touch.

Yes, go for gold in your creative endeavours this week. There is plenty of inspiration out there for gold right now as well as lots of products featuring the colour and I am struck with it.

Just in the last couple of days, I made a layout for LOAD featuring my counterfeited gold polka-dot vellum and a layout just for me highlighting a flurry of gold, gitter die-cut stars. And the gold Mr Huey I got recently has been making an appearance on a regular basis since I got it as spray, splats or as a background wash. Then there's the three different sizes of gold sequins which have found their way into my stash and onto my pages. And don't even talk to me about the ├╝ber-cute gold doilies I picked up that have been sneaking in more and more!

Need more inspiration - check out our Pinterest board (here). I'd love to have that cute widget in our side bar and here but for the life of me I can't get it to work! But we'd love you to drop by our board to see what's inspiring us - why not follow us too? And if anyone can help me with my widget problem, I'm all ears!)

Don't forget to link up in the Flickr Gallery (here) with the tag WM#105. Go for gold today and shine!


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