Friday, January 31, 2014

Celebrating Firsts

Hello and welcome all.  If you have not read yesterdays post click here,  we have added to the Design Team family so please pop by and welcome them.

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Amber-Leigh's First Fish
  Sally the lady behind the scene who creates all these fantastic designs sent me a 12 by 12 frame a very long time ago.  I have been waiting to use it and today is the day.

My partner in crime is a fly fisher and over the past year he has been taken Amber-Leigh out on a few fishing adventures.  They spend the whole day out and always come back with a trout or two.  This day was super exciting as Amber-Leigh caught her first fish.  She was so proud.

For this project I used Gelato's, Pitt Pens and clear embossing powders. It really was a learning curve as I am still exploring gelato's and loving it.

I covered the entire frame with a very light layer of gesso first so the gelatos would not soak into the chipboard.  Then using different colours and my finger I started to add colour to the chipboard.  on the fishing man I also used a Pitt pen to give some detail.

I used a mixture of browns for the tree

Just thought I would add a close up of my proud fishing team :-)

There is so much you can do with this frame.  For the fish I used a number of colours and then used a pitt pen to add the spots of yellow.

To make the frame pop a bit more I added the blue and to seal the whole frame i embossed it with a super fine clear embossing powder from Wow Embossing.

Memory Maze product used:
Fisherman overlay 12 x 12  sold individually

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One of my favourite pass times is to play in my art journal and explore new ideas.  I was playing with sprays and masks for the background of this page and it was so pretty I had to keep adding.

I have used a number of smaller pieces of memory maze chipboard to finish off this page.

I used an embossing pen to emboss the word love with white embossing powder,  I love how you can used the outlines of the words to colour,  I must admit that I need a new pen as the fine tip is a bit rounded now.  After I embossed I added blues and purples and blended with my finger.

I had some left over butterflies from another project, theses have a thin layer of gesso and then painted with distress paint.  I used a font stamp to add texture.

These words were embossed in white and then I added a small amount of blue pitt pen and rubbed around the edges.

I close up of the blue

Memory maze Chipboard Products I used:

Flat banner words celebrate 100 x 150sold 3\'s

Forever wordsheet sold in 3\'s

Secrets word sheet sold 3\'s

Lindas scribble with butterflies dragonflies and birds sold indi

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Thanks for popping by, I hope you have enjoyed my post today and look forward to seeing you all again soon.  Till then,  Happy scrappin xox Donna :-)


Thursday, January 30, 2014

New Design Team

Today it's my pleasure to announce our 2014 Design Team members.

New members are

Alicia Barry

I've been scrapping for well over ten years now. In that time I have worked for a number of retail stores, online kit clubs, wholesalers, manufacturers and magazines both in Australia and overseas. During this time I have also taught in both regular and guest roles. I have been published numerous times in both Australian and overseas magazines (both print and digital), including Scrapbooking Memories Masters magazines (HM's). I am very privileged to have had my work on display for a number of companies at various CHA shows in the States. In 2013, I won the Spellbinders Craft to win competition.

I am a married mother of 3. I work part time as a primary school teacher. I also like to dabble in cake decorating. 

I think my style is best describes as floral and dimensional. I think Shabby chic is the closest label for it, but I like to experiment with all sorts of things. Having three small children, they tend to be the main focus of my work. I mostly tend to work on single photo, single 12x12 layouts. Flowers, either handmade or pre-made are almost always a big part of my work. I like to work with lots of flourishes and swirls, and lately seem to gravitate towards soft pastel palettes. I've been experimenting more and more with mixed media techniques on my pages. 

Cassandra Bright

I am married to a wonderful man who let me pinch the master bedroom as my
craftroom and then gave me his garage to transform into a classroom! I am
the mother of two furbabies. Missy Precious and Belle Precious who are
Labradors. They are my sunshine! I work on a casual basis as a Personal
Care Attendant with Uniting Age Well (formerly known as Uniting Age Care)
and I love my job! Previously I worked at a major scrapbooking store
called Chandon Craft in Geelong. And although I loved it, it is nice to
have a different profession then my hobby. I find I am more creative this

I think I have been scrapping/creating for about 7 years now. I began with
layouts, then cards, then beyond the page, then mixed media and next who
knows. I love to keep learning and I love to teach. I love sharing and
showing people things. I don't think I have a certain style, as the style
depends on the project I am working on and what I am trying to convey.

I have been lucky enough to work on Design Teams such as Kaisercraft, Mad
for Markers, Bizzy Bec's Cardmaking Scrapbooking, Chandon Craft and also
to teach classes at Chandon Craft and Create On Ormond and I am currently
on the Lulu Art DT. I also have a youtube channel :
And last year I was lucky enough to be published in a Scrapbooking
magazine for the first time, in Scrapbook Creations March magazine.

I'm a scrapbooker that lives on the West Coast of the South Island, I moved here from Auckland a few years back and am slowly getting used to the lack of shops and shopping, with the help of the internet that is!

I am an avid project lifer too which is a great outlet for all the photographs I take, the landscape here on the coast is stunning so I studied for and received a Diploma in Digital Photography in 2012 and am slowly building a business focusing on wedding photography and my background in scrapbooking is so relevant to organising wedding albums and books! 

I have been featured regularly in Up2Scrap and Paper Chase and have recently been published in Scrapbooking Memories.

I love using all sorts of media on my layouts, definately a lumpy bumpy scrapper, and enjoy having a really messy space to create in!

Kim Kendell

Hi my name is Kim Kendell and I have been scrapping now for approximately 16 years plus, I am totally addicted to scrapping. I am a mum to Malina and partner to Donald whom both appreciate my scrapping and Aunty to many whom are all subjects of my scrapping.

I don't slot myself into a set style but would rather say that I love to try everything that is happening I think and believe this is how you grow and develop. I am currently loving the new crazy of mixed media as I feel there is just so much that you can do with it.

I am a lover of Graphic 45 and Prima papers or any papers that can be successfully cut up and layered. I am also currently enjoying the file folder systems of Heidi Swapp.

I have been on many various design teams over the last 10 years and love sharing what I do with followers in the hope that I am able to inspire them. I look forward to sharing my creations with you over the next 6 months and thank the team at Memory Maze for the awesome chance. Kim

Returning members are

Donna O'leary

I have been scrapbooking for a number of years now, but only in the past two years put myself out in the big wide world. In doing so I have gained a number of design teams spots. I teach and work locally at our scrapbooking store which I love. I have a busy life with 6 children and foster children to. I'm a mum/wife friend by day but once those kiddies are all tucked in I'm found in "my space" crafting. I love it, I love challenges. I can do clean and simple to detailed and totally over the top, but I LOVE ink and off the page projects.

Tracey Campbell

Hi I am Tracey Campbell and like many of you I am a total scrapbooking addict. Both my husband and I are in the Navy so we get to travel a bit, so right now Darwin is home, but we are Queenslanders at heart. I have been scrapbooking for close to ten years now and I seriously don't think I will stop any time soon. I have two beautiful but totally mischievous daughters, Bronte who is six and Paige who is three. So most of my scrapbooking is very feminine. Around full time work we have a house hold of animals - cats, dogs, fish and birds....we just need a bigger house and land to keep more. I don't think I have a set scrapbooking style, I call my style eclectic.... as I tend to change from layout to layout or product to product....I love to get mess and I love to create. If I am not playing with the kids (both human and animals) or working I am at my scrapping desk and I love it that way.

Linda Thompson
 DT Co Ordinator

 A bit about me, I'm Linda 40, I married my soul mate in 1997 and we have 8 children, 7 girls and a boy ranging in age from 2yrs to 21yrs, we still have 6 girls living at home and celebrated the birth of our first grandchild 15 months ago a little boy. I have been scrapping since 2004 and in that time I have been on a couple of design teams and had a few items published in Scrap mags. I've owned my own scrapbook store for the past 6 years. My style has changed a lot over the years but I mainly do layouts however I LOVE the world of BTP and mixed media. My favourite products have to be Flowers, Chipboard and spray mist.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Amanda Lawrence - January Part 2

Hi all! I'm back with my second round of layouts to share for January. 

Fun Together

Occasionally *cough cough* my kids play nice. A captured this sweet moment of my son taking his little sister for a double on his bike. 

I framed the centre photo with the outer edge of an ATC set, which happen to be the perfect size for little pictures. I also used a bike which I have added to the frame.

I used one of the cameras from the micro sheet.

My title is made with some alphas and a chipboard mini word 'together'.

Memory Maze products used:



I really struggled to find papers to go with these photos of the kids making sandcastles with their dad. There were so many colours in the photo with their bright rashies, I decided it was best to keep it simple. I choose one sheet of paper which was the yellow and then used gesso and some distress ink with one of the poly templates to create my background.

I used the bucket and spade chipboard from the beach set and also one of the small shells as an accent. To emulate the waves I've used some of the wrought iron flourishes.

The word 'beach' was cut from the 'beachboys' title. I roughly covered it with gesso first before adding colour with some distress ink. I used some more of the outer ATC frames for my photos on this layout too. 

This cute little crab came from the beach themed sheet as well. 

Memory Maze products used:

Beach themed sheet

Thanks for stopping by
Amanda x

Saturday, January 25, 2014

January Celebrations from Susan

Hello again everyone. It's that time of year where we have a sigh of relief that the Christmas madness is over and then comes along "back to school" madness!! January is all about Celebrations and my layouts are all about birthday celebrations.
This is a double layout that I made and I wanted it to have the clean and simple look about it then using the chipboard pieces as the main feature .

The swirls was undercoated in a cream acrylic paint and when dry, Plaid glitter paint was applied over the top. The words were sprayed in purple spray mist.

The speech bubble was coated with Distress Stain in Black Soot and the words were painted with Plaid glitter paint......quick, easy and effective.

The star frame was cut in half then coated in Distress Crackle Paint in Brushed Pewter. The small star was painted with Plaid glitter paint.
Thank Heavens for Little Boys   GO248
Pinked Star Frame (set)   LO263
Speech Bubble (set)
Birthday Party   CO123
My niece is now 21 so I thought I should really catch up a bit with her 18th birthday photos!
This layout is a bit "girly grunge" and it was good that I can alter the chipboard to suit the colours that I wanted.

The swirl and the 18th were both sprayed with purple mist. The 18th then had a light spray of gold over it to make it sparkle.

This heart arrow was simply sprayed with pink glimmermist. I also used this colour to colour the white flowers so they would all match.
Sometimes when life becomes a bit hectic, layouts can become simple and easy to make without stressing out about not finishing anything. So have fun and play.....

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Cool in the pool

My post this time around is short and sweet after all my hard work was destroyed by a lidless bottle of turquoise dylutions spray & a slight bump by my hand.

This is a re-make of my original layout however the blue flowers were in fact yellow and white lol, but I do kind of like this layout better than my first one.

"Cool in the Pool"

Memory Maze blue gardenia was in fact a very pale blue and white flower that got an over treatment of ink spray and then an over heat from the heat gun which turned the stamens black, teamed up with a couple of handmade flowers.

Cool in the pool word was rescued from the original layout with a re paint in gesso and another spay in the 2 colours I wanted, the good thing about MM chipboard is it is slightly thicker than some on the market making it stand up to more treatment including an almost full bottle of spray mist lol.

A little carnation flower from MM was sprayed to suit the layout.

I used a crackle stencil and embossing powder before i sprayed the inks this gave the background a resist look and kind of looks like ripples in the waves, a cute little MM arrow added.

Memory Maze products used

By for now

Linda xx