Sunday 27 May 2018

Scrap Matix DT - "The point is" May 2018

Welcome back to the Scrap Matrix challenge where this month
the challenge is "The point is."

Use triangles, stars, arrows, chevrons, diamonds... 
maybe make it about your "point" of view...

Use your creativity and imagination, along with the moodboard to make your point! 

So let's get to the other's the inspiration from the Design Team, and as usual they are 


I was inspired by the triangles and the chevrons, as well at the greys and black.

This graphic paper also lead the way to using crisp lines with lots of angles.

To emphasize the points, I trimmed a couple of big triangles from this paper 
and mounted it on black to suit the black and white photo.

This looked too stark, so I added a few smaller triangles 
and fiddled around with placement.  

I made a few pencil lines around the edges, 
as I planned to add some mixed media under the photo
and some stamping along the bottom.

The Prima Rustic washers were added to draw the eye to the photo.

The title was cut from a different paper collection.  
I love the way it combines with the image on the hoodie.

I tucked a couple of extra triangles in to balance the design.

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-
At almost ten years of age, one of your favourite things to do is to draw maps, especially all the inlets along the coast lines.  You make a point of being accurate and trying to learn the capital cities of all the countries on the world map.  You like to test our knowledge  of really obscure countries and are quite chuffed if we make a mistake!  Another of your passions at the moment is jokes and riddles and we make sure to memorize a new batch before we see you.  I love that you now have a finely honed sense of humor and appreciate the subtleties of word play, often going off on a new riff of your own. 
 Such fun to play with words - love you to the moon and back big boy - 
that's the whole point of life.   Photo April 2017, Journalling May 2018.

Thanks for calling in today, I hope you find something to inspire your creativity. 
We'd love to have you play along.  You don't need a blog to join in and we'd love to see where the "points" take you.   Just pop your project in the folder named 
"The point is" on facebook.   Don't forget to let us know what Scrap Matrix products you use, and what inspired you... to be in the running for a $30 gift voucher - and maybe a Guest DT spot in a couple of months!

Here are the links to the products I used which are available at Scrap Matrix.

Saturday 12 May 2018

Scrap Matrix DT - Tic Tac Toe - Helen's second Project. Together

Hello there, welcome back to my blog where today I'm sharing another project for the

The challenge is to create a project using a tic tac toe monochromatic theme.
For those of you who have not come across this before, the idea is to use any three objects from the grid, but they must be in a straight line horizontally, vertically or even diagonally. You may use any monochromatic colours you like.
Here is the grid for you to choose from.
This time I'm creating with different shades of pink with black and white as neutrals.
I followed the top grid line using 
Brads, flairs or buttons, a Stamp, & Pretty patterned paper. 
The gorgeous pink paper is from 13@rts, the Art Journey collection, "Travel."
I began with the background, creating texture with Prima stencils,

Then using Ranger black archival ink, I stamped three sets of the AALL #20 Flower stamp
which I coloured with various Distress Oxide inks, before fussy cutting them out.
The title is by 13@rts - I painted it with Tim Holtz Distress Ink and added some faux stitched lines with a black pen.
I added some beads and bling to the middle of the flowers.
Because this little Girl's first word was "Birdie", I added a little Bird button to the cluster.

Thanks for your visit today. 
I hope you've found something to inspire you. You still have a few days left
to play along at the Scrap Matrix Tic Tac Toe challenge and be in the running for 
a gorgeous prize from the uber generous Vicki Christensen.

Tuesday 1 May 2018

Scrap the Boys DT project - # Stylish

Hello Scrappy Friends, welcome back to my blog today where I'm sharing a DT layout for
the May challenge at Scrap the Boys

As the name suggests, we are all about scrapping the Boy's in our lives.
What do you think of the mood board this month? It totally took my breath away and I couldn't wait to get started.

I was absolutely inspired by the dramatic colours, the debonair models and the Monstera leaves.
Attempting to achieve the vibrancy of the colours, I used Tim Holtz alcohol inks for the big leaf and created the shape with a cut file.   I  stitched around the edge and darkened the edges with various Prima pencils.
The dragonfly is an oldie from Imaginarium designs.  I coloured it with Dylusions Shimmer sprays and  scattered a few prills along the body.

The little heart chippies are from my stash, I think they are ScrapFX.
The flower and leaves, I just cut with die cuts from the scraps of the alcohol ink paper.

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-
Raising Sons can be a pretty messy business.  There always seemed to be mountains of washing to tend to, industrial strength piles of food to provide, incessant notes about who needed to be where for co-curricular activities and multiple secret phone calls with the phone cord snaking it's way up the passage, well away from parental ears.  Heaven forbid we should know anything about anybody!   But all things are passing and as the hormonal outbursts receded, we were gradually afforded tiny sentences muttered in passing, like an occasional pat on the head.  We treated those gems with the reverence they deserved, never attempting to tease them into something like a conversation!
And it came to pass, after University, that we too, had learned a few things and we connected as adults.   So where am I going with all this, well may you ask?   Was it tough?  Yes, at times.   Was it worth it?  Absolutely!   Would I do it all again?  In a heart beat.  So when I look at my youngest Son, looking so debonair on his Wedding Day and think about his gifts of tenacity, compassion, loyalty and tolerance, I can't help but feel proud and blessed that we are his parents.
Photo Jan 2015

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