Friday, September 29, 2017

Diary of a Designer Vol # 8

Life Moves Fast

Monday the 21st of August 2017

Dear Diary...

Now that I'm trying to squeeze in work, uni and family, life it seems is just a tad crazier than usual and keeping up has become quite the effort. 
This week the uni has given us a 'study break', so there are no classes or lectures. 
[insert party meme].
This couldn't have come at a better time... because I'm EXHAUSTED!!
I've been desperately trying to keep up with a mountain of work and readings mostly centring around French painters and art critics from the 1850 -1900 period.
Now don't get me wrong... I'm actually loving it .... there's just something about staying home with 6 kids for 20 years and watching Wiggles reruns endlessly that makes pretty much ANYTHING ELSE in the universe mind blowingly interesting... but still, I've been buried under all the paperwork!

I dont know why but most of my assignments were due at the beginning of study week ... of course it would have been nice to use study week to complete them in .... but none the less it has resulted in the boon of actually having no work left for study week which means .... a week off!! 
The house is filthy again and I haven't had a chance to scrap in ages so this week off is going to be AWESOME :) 

I started today by creating a fabulous storage box for myself ... during August the Imaginarium blog featured loads of ideas for storing your chipboard collections and I confess ... looking at them  I became quite jealous and covetous !! 

I have traditionally stored my chipboards in the package they arrived in ... but after seeing everyone else's cool ideas I decided to create something for myself.

This is an old Kaisercraft MDF wood recipe box and it makes for 
THE BEST chipboard storage space :)

Of course I decorated it up all pretty with chipboards, but the real magic is on the inside....

where all my different chipboards are stored in individual CD pouches that have a clear plastic panel on the front so I can see easily what's in each pouch. I picked up 100 of these on ebay for just a few $, I knew they would come in handy one day 

And the recipe box dividers work brilliantly as dividers for my chip board sections :)

Tuesday the 22nd of August 2017

Dear Diary...

I thought I should clean my house today before indulging in scrapping so got cracking on that nice and early. 
Firstly I made all the kids vacuum a section of the house each before they left for school,
this consisted of 30mins of arguing about doing the vacuuming and around 5mins of actual vacuuming!!?! 
After they left for the bus I got stuck into it... 

'If I can just finish the whole house before lunch then I'll get half a day to scrap' 
was the fantasy I sold myself.

Tradigically 4 mins latter all the kids returned with the news that they had missed the bus.

Well there goes my morning ... Now I had to drive them to school, a two and a half hour round trip!!!!! I was in a fabulous mood when I returned
 [she states flatly dripping with sarcasm] 
and promptly decided not to clean anymore, 
but rather to console myself with some scrap therapy.

this is the first double page I have done in ages ...

im feeling so arty at the moment ... I suppose comes from looking all those art works in my Framing Modernity class.... in anycase I attacked these pages with white gesso and Inka Gold wax, a ton of metal embellishments and some gorgeous Imaginarium chipboards.

Wednesday the 23rd of August 2017

Dear Diary...
Not wanting to make the same mistake twice the kids were out the door early today and securely placed on the bus!

Now back to the cleaning ... 
I managed to get the bath rooms done before the first of many annoying phone calls started. Now i'm not talking about two or three rings here .... it was ridiculous ... every 5 mins the phone would sound with another person offering me the deal of a lifetime or some fabulous solar installations! 

After 7 calls in one hour I just couldnt believe it, I remember ages ago signing up for the 'no advertising calls' register, that you can do here in Australia, and I hadn't been bothered by sales call much at all after that. 
I figured their system was broken and I needed to let them know this, but when I called the hotline I found out this directive only lasts for 2 years and mine had run out the day before!! 
Well there you have it. 
With that annoying activity taken care of and half the day gone already I happy abandoned housework for some more scrapping.

I recently got my hands on an awesome PebblesInc paper pads and had been dying to have a go with the papers. 
I just adore the full picture (or photo) pages and loved creating this layout that feels like an extension of the photo...

I melted embossing enamel onto the chipboards to give them that vibrant and shining effect and they were all that I needed to add to this layout along with some pearls and butterflies. I can get a tad tizzy with my layouts but I do love it when a page can look full and complete with little effort 🙂

Thursday the 24th of August 2017

Dear Diary...

Oh how I loved scrapping that page yesterday ... I couldnt wait to get rid of the kids this morning ( although I do love them with all my heart etc etc) so i could start again on another layout using the same full picture pages I used yesterday ....
 I'm LOVING this look :) 

I worked all morning on these pages and loved every second of it. I spent the afternoon uploading pics to Pinterest and googling 'sarcastic animal photos' ... I haven't laughed that hard in ages!! Of course dinner was toasties because I had forgot to do the shopping ... but hey, it was worth it ♥

Friday the 25th of August 2017

Dear Diary...

I got to bed at a terrible hour last night as I had to duck into town after hours for some late night shopping so I was totally stuffed this morning.
I had completely forgotten about this craft show I was working a stall at this weekend and as it turns out I needed to pack to go to that today!! 
So I spent THE WHOLE DAY packing and organising for that.
I loath real work.

Saturday the 26th of August 2017

Dear Diary...
Left home for the craft show at 6 am this morning ... returned at  6pm today.
But it was sooooo awesome, I'm feeling massively inspired by all the AMAZING things people make and do. Despite my extreme exhaustion from the huge day out nothing could stop me from sitting down to get cracking on a layout .... you see I got this FABULOUS string of beads at the craft show that I was dying to use :)
It's a well know fact that one inspiring embellishment is all it takes to get the creative juices flowing.... So this whole layout was pretty much just put together so I could drape this AWESOME string of blue beads on it ! lol

 I inked the chipboard at the top and put shine lines on them and shadow lines around them so they would pop off that boarded background.

The two little flourishes at the top are actually one of these cut in half.

Sunday the 27th of August 2017

Dear Diary...
I am barely alive!
Another full day at the craft show today and I've talked so much I have lost my voice now.
I packed up after the show and brought everything back home ... 
the place looks like a bomb has hit it. 
Boxes, products and craft supplies EVERYWHERE in my studio and the house.
 It was an awesome show but it's going to take me week to clean up from it. 
I would head off to bed early but I'm afraid that's just not possible...
You see uni lectures start back tomorrow morning and I still have three 25 page readings to get through.

Soooooooo glad I had a whole week 'off' to catch up!!!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Excerpts from the Diary of a Designer Volume # 6

The next exciting instalment from my monthly blurb over on the Imaginarium Designs blog...

There can be only ONE!

Tuesday the 16th of May 2017

Dear Diary...
Well there truly can only be one layout this month...
 and I'm seriously lucky I managed even that!!!

It all started in New Zealand... or Middle Earth as some know it...

[insert flashback music]

This was the picturesque location where I managed to soundly break my tailbone... I would like to lie say that it was while skiing on the slopes above the beautiful Queenstown...

but alas, I'm loath to admit, it was when I slipped off the side of a picnic table, in the middle of a dry river bed while filming an episode of 'The fellowship of the Burger Ring'...

Our family just couldn't help ourselves ... everytime we saw any location in NZ that reminded us of something from the Lord of The Rings or Hobbit movies, we would have to stop and film our own version of it... This of course was AWESOME beyond words. 
and even though it ultimately cost me dearly... it was still

Nonetheless .... now I can't sit down for more than 3 minutes at a time!
What an unusually cruel form of torture for a scrapbooker ... 
after all sitting at my desk for hours on end is what I doooooo!! 

But I put on my big girl pants and got to work yesterday .... it was an utter miracle when I managed to finish this one page over the course of the last 2 days ... 
bit by bit I pulled it all together using Imaginarium Chipboards, Kaisercraft Keepsake paper collection and many stretching and walking breaks!! 😊

These are the beautiful chipboards I used on this layout...

Is it a coincidence that I chose a photo to scrap of my kids all laying down? 
Methinks not ... it really is on my mind all day every day... 

I think I will try scraping laying down tomorrow, 
I cant help but feel it's an experiment worth running with!

Wednesday the 17th of May 2017

Dear Diary...

Well the laying down scrapping experiment didn't go too well ... here it is:

I think I have effectively dispelled all myths and fantasies that it's possible to scrap while laying down ... so it's back to sitting. 

I simply can't face another layout so I'm sticking with cards for the rest of this week.

Here is my effort at an anniversary card using a beautiful chipboard title...

I got through the day... but oh mercy ... 
sitting still for ANY length of time is akin to the labours of Hercules!! 

I must return to the drawing board and come up with a new plan ... surely others have faced this same dilemma ( albeit there were likely alternate circumstances regarding the cause) ... 
I wonder if there's a support group out there for people like me?

*Not to self: Google whether there is an online support group for people who hurt themselves in stupid ways and can only seek help through the anonymous magic of the interweb.

Thursday the 18th of May  2017

Dear Diary...
A friend suggested this morning that I try using a blow up ring for sitting on my broken tailbone ...
 I figured I had nothing to lose so I gave it a go.

It wasnt going too badly actually until a couple of my kids came into the workshop and saw the blow up ring... they fell on the floor laughing and suggested that now we should film an episode of 

'Fellowship of the Butt-Ring'

I've decided those particular children don't get pocket money anymore!!

It wasn't until a friend dropped by and laughed and said something alarmingly similar to the children that my pride took over and I abandoned the 'butt-ring' all together. 

Nonetheless I did manage to finish one more card ...

Using these beautiful chipborads...

I created a gorgeous mottled look on this butterfly by covering it first with some metallic silver ink and then spraying over it with the same coloured mist I used on the title ( Marker Maniacs - Cinnamon Crunch).

And that is the end of me, diary ... I really can't manage any more sitting this month.

I will go now... find a good laying position on the lounge and wait there for just another 5 weeks or so. I'm thinking TV, Movies and popcorn...

And the Lord of the Rings Trilogy of course ...
 I've had a hankering to watch that for ages now!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Excerpts from the Diary of a Designer Volume # 5

Dear Diary...

What a week!! I honestly have NOT fully recovered from Easter yet...
It was a typical Easter this year, full of kids, fun, stories and chocolate. 

As I do every year I swear I'm not going to touch chocolate, and as it does every year, the temptation gets too much for me and I end up eating all the chocolate I can find!! 
[rolls eyes in exasperation]


I dont know why Easter has to look and smell so good ... and a bunch of kids running around  me all day munching on chocolate statues of rabbits is just a tad too 'in your face' for me to cope with ... in any case ...the great chocolate binge of 2017 is behind me now and I'm doing my best to keep busy in its wake... 
now lets  never speak of that particular incident again!

Scrapping as always is my favourite solace during these trying times and today I spent a blissful day creating this simple layout using Basecoat 4 papers from Kaisercraft and Imaginarium Designs chipboards...

Oh how I adore these simple little frames that add so much to a layout with such little effort.
I've simply run over the chipboards with a white pen and added them to the page :)


 Variegated colours for titles is my favourite way to treat larger styled chipboard words :) 

Another day .... Another layout ... I love the simplicity of creating ❤

Thursday the 20th of April 2017

Dear Diary...
I was up early today with lots of extra energy ... I love days like this when inspiration strikes and you can get straight into a project :) The children are all on holidays so the house belongs to them again and I just try to keep out of their way.... so it's off to my workshop to scrap, today I had an idea for tearing a circle into paper I just couldn't wait to try...

Using Kaisercraft Sage and Grace papers, some beautiful lace and Imaginarium Designs chipboards I  got stuck into this page...

Another simple title and flourishes where I've just added the colour with ink and then gone back over one edge of the letters with a white pen to create shine lines.

Friday the 21st of April 2017

Dear Diary...

Oooohhhhhhh ..... I'm so excited today ... I was up before the sun and couldnt wait to get to work using these new papers from Kaisercraft .... Bombay Sunrise!
These papers were made for me ... I LOOVVEEEE all the bright colours and vibrancy of it all... on a side note, I did actually spend a couple of months in India back in my uni days and this really is what the colours of an Indian sunrise ( and Sunset for that matter) looks like over the great cities of the plains ... simply breathtaking! 

I used these 'Loolabelles Frame and Bars' (12 inch) from Imaginarium ... I inked them first, chopped them up then constructed them on the page .... man did I feel tricksy after that move!! 

I didn't treat the chip board with anything other than simple colored ink as there was already a whole lot going on in this layout ... but I was thrilled with the end result :) 

 Then I jumped straight into this second layout doing pretty much the same thing with ink and the gorgeous papers. I used an unconventional title this time ... I know 'Bundle of Joy' is meant for a baby ... but hey it worked here so I thought go for it! 
Using unusual chipboard titles is one of my favourite things to do :)

Saturday the 22nd of April 2017

Dear Diary...

Today I'm MAD EXCITED ... 
I'm heading up to Brisbane today to do a Jane Tregenza Patchwork Panels Class with Alison Bevis ... and then tomorrow I'm teaching and hanging with some of my Imaginarium Designs DT buddies ... how much fun can one person have?

...but before the fun comes the work 😔

I'm teaching how to make a quick and easy box card and there are 50 people in the class so I had better get working ... I want to have most of the cutting and crappy boring work done for the ladies so they can just concentrate on getting on with the card :) so I'll be cutting over 750 bits of paper up today and packing them.

Imaginarium Designs has turned out to be 
When I told them about the kind of chipboards I wanted to have to use on this card they designed me my very own unique board ....

I'm feeling a tad chuffed about this board... it's like having another baby ( but without the messy bits obviously) ... my very own board created by me for my box card design! 

I still cant believe how accommodating Imaginarium Designs are.... apparently this is something they can do for large enough orders ... I'll be back for sure :) 

I actually had tones of these made up and am selling them on my WEBSITE for $5.99 ...
I expect to sell many with the free postage.... I may even be rich one day!!? just sayin 😄

Sunday the 23rd of April 2017

Dear Diary...

Today I taught at the Imaginarium Designs ACE class ( Alison's Craft Events) along with Jane Tregenza, Sue Smyth and hosted by Alison Bevis.... sooooooo much fun :) 

This is the quick and easy box card I taught...

I started out the day with a headache thanks to small incident with some pineapple lumps the day before... Alison warned me to stay away from them ... but I have a problem with this particular food group... so my 'After Easter Resolution' to never eat chocolate again only turned out to last 6 days ... 😐

For those who don't know what Pineapple Lumps are.. they are quite simply 

Water and Panadol seemed to deal with the sugar headache quickly and we had an awesome day in the end .... Sue Smyth actually used a meat cleaver ...A MEAT CLEAVER!! in her class ... that was impressively noisey!!  

Here is a photo of everyone hard at work ...

This is Sue and I (and Wendy the photo bomber)  while class was going on behind us.
It was a wonderful day and the projects were fabulous ... Sue taught how to cleverly embellish a journal, Jane did a stunning double layout and I did the box card .... there was more Imaginarium chipboards consumed today than pineapple lumps yesterday... which is an impressive amount!! lol

I can't believe it's Monday tomorrow.... it's just as well though
... I'm looking forward to heading back to work for a rest! 😉