søndag 29. september 2013

Trends: Grid design (The Studio Challenges)

Welcome to a new challenge at The Studio Challenges. Today's challenge is all about one of the scrapping trends: Grid design. The engineer in me loves anything linear and straight, so this challenge is just up my alley!

Title: Trout for breakfast

Journaling: While it was M who cought all the Trouts, it was S and grandpa who had to prepare the fish.
Patterned papers: Studio Calico. Alpha: Adornit. Epoxy bbutton: Epiphany Crafts. Shaped buttons: unknown

I kept my photos black & white not to disturb the color combo. Splashes of red add extra interest.

I used 3D foam behind one of the photos to create depth in the layout. A few of the squares were glued in the middle only, so the paper edges would rise a bit, just to loosen up the straight design.

Do you ever do grid design layouts?
Do you want to play with us?

onsdag 25. september 2013

Happy colors (Scrap Battle Part 3)

The challenge for the European Scrap Battle Part 3, was to make an creation with lots of colors, but no black or white at all. That's a challenge, because lots of patterned papers have fine lines or print in either black or white. But I dug deep down in my pile of papers and stash and came up with this 6*12 layout:


The photo is showing parts of my favourite shirt from the cloth brand Desigual.

All ink and doodle work  is either in blue, purple or green - no black or white here :-)

The materials used on this layout are a true mix of all brands/manufactorers, so I chose not to name anyone this time.

I didn't make round four, my competitor had a stunning layout, but I'm fine - she deserved to win, too.

Have you ever made a layout (or card/ATC) with no black or white?

lørdag 21. september 2013

Happy face - CSI challenge #90

Say hello to our cat Mercedes - The patterns on her face make her look like she's always smiling.

This layout is my example for CSI Challenge #90:

My layout:

Patterned papers: MME, Studio Calico. Epoxy button: Epiphany Crafts. Alpha: October Afternoon. Heart: unknown

How I solved the case:
All colors used.
Evidence: Stripes, polka dots, white space, heart, something transparent (epoxy button)
Testimony: Journal about a friend or pet
Journaling:" The patterns on her face makes her look like she's always smiling. I guess she is, too: What a happy cat! August 2013

tirsdag 17. september 2013

Scrap Battle Part 2 - I made it :-)

As you may now, I'm participating in the competition The European Scrap Battle.
I made the first cut, and made this layout for Part 2, where we were supposed to use a one word title to tell why we scrap. Here is my take on the challenge:

Background paper: Studio Calico. Other papers & cutouts: Lemon Owl. Button: MME. Small polaroid frame & pearls: unknown. Twine: The Twinery. Fiber: AC. Alpha: Crate Papers

Size: 6"x12"

Left part:
Title: Histories

Right part:
Journaling: "Yes, it is fun to play with pretty papers and embellies. But my true drive is my wish to tell our stories: 100 layouts = 100 stories


I made it this time, too, and I'm now battling in round 3.My entry for the next battle is submitted, but I can't show until late nex week, when the voting is over. Wish me good luck :-)

søndag 15. september 2013

Welcome to TSC September Sketch challenge!


Do you feel like scrapping today, but have run out of ideas?

We at The Studio Challenges have a lovely sketch to get you kick started, made by DT member Valerie:

And of course the DT has come up with some marvellous examples to get your mojo flowing - you find them all at the TSC blog.

Here is mine:

Patterned papers & sticker: WRMK. Brads: Teresa Collins. Clear buttons: Epiphany Crafts. Red alpha: WP

Have you ever seen a sign like this? I admit I hadn't before I found it at a Norwegian (water transport) lock! I just needed a shoot of it!

A few details from the layout:

Did you like the sketch - do you want to play with us? Don't forget to link back your project to the TSC blog so we can leave you some love (and you could win a prize. too.

mandag 9. september 2013

The card which didn't make the cut at the European Scrap Battle

I participated in the Card Battle, too. My layout made the cut for the second Battle, but not this card:

Patterned papers: Studio Calico. Stamp: Kaisercraft. See You Mask: Club Scrap
Pin: Webster's pages. Ink: Tsukineko. Pen: Zig. Ribbon: unknown

Close up photo on stamp/doodle tecnique:

The tecnique is very simple: I have used a grid stamp and outlined the pattern with small L-shaped doodles on the right side/upper side of the lines of the stamped parts (did that make sense?).

And I had fun making this card and that's good enough for me :-)
Have you stamped lately?

lørdag 7. september 2013

The garden - a love story for the soul (CSI #88)

Happy saturday, folks! How are you doing?

We have had the most wonderful August and September in years, and there isn't much signs of fall yet. I'm not complaining - just enjoying it :-)

A new challenge is up at CSI, and here is my example for you (this time with the CSI frame on it as the background on my layout is completely white and would not be visible unless a frame):

Papers: MME. Clay bee: Mylittlebitofwhimsey. Alpha: AC, Basic Grey. Ribbon: unknown

Journaling says: There is nothing like beeing in the garden: digging, smelling, picking and just enjoying.

This week's CSI case:

How I solved the case:
*all colors used + white
*evidence: floral pattern, pen work
*Testimony: book title (the title and subtitle is from the same book, and my journaing was inspired by it)

fredag 6. september 2013

In Cloud Nine - Hubby at Desigual

August was my last month at the Memory Maze DT and this layout was made for my final post for this great, Australian  chipboard manufactorer :-(

As you may know, I took my Family to London, UK, this Easter Break. We had a blast, and there was only one shop I really wanted to visit: Desigual - I just love their happy clothes. I think it became hubby's favourite shop too, when the shop keeper offered him a cold beer while he was waiting for me trying outfits.

Non Memory Maze products used: CS (Bazill), shopping bag (Desigual), cut outs (Crate papers), alpha (AC), Badge (the Paper Bakery), Ink (Ranger), stamp (Kaisercraft), sewing machine, pen

The background is made from the paper shopping bag received in the store. It's rather busy, so I used the biggest chipboard piece from a corner set to tie the center cluster together. The chipboard is covered with gesso, inked up in blue and stamped with a grid stamp.

Isn't Desigual the best shop ever?

onsdag 4. september 2013

"What happened?" - CAS(E) this Sketch #43

I was planning on doing layouts for some upcoming challenges last night , when I popped by CAS(E) this Sketch  and found this lovely card sketch:

I still had the Paper Bakery August kit on my desk, and I immidiately got an idea on how to use one of the cool stamps from the kit. So I pushed everything aside and made this card

All materials from the kit except cardstock - the fun papers are
Carta Bella and American Craft

Don't you love it when cards just create themselves?

tirsdag 3. september 2013

Wings - a word challenge at The Studio Challenges

We're having new challenges every second week for you at The Studio Challenges, and this week we are happy to give you a Word Challenge:

Today's challenge is something a bit different! We have a word for you to be inspired by ......
 The word is Wings, you can interpret it in whichever way you like!

Here is my example for you:

All materials from The Paper Bakery August kit except cloth pins (Pebbles) and trim (unknown)

My youngest son has a crush on anything that flies, is very creative, and even build his own RC planes. They just don't always work as good as he hopes for :-)

I snatced an image from the web (artist unknown so I can't give
credits - sorry) and printed on patterned paper

Lovely  stamps from The Paper Bakery.

Come on over to The Studio Challenge blog and see the DTs interpretation of the word Wings!
Will you play with us too?

søndag 1. september 2013

OUAS September Theme: Lucky


It's September 1th today, and as usual the beginning of a new month means a new challenge at Once Upon A Sketch (OUAS).

Here is the September Sketch:

Journalling Theme: "Lucky"

You are free to interpret our theme any way you like but please make sure your layout is based on the sketch above and includes some journalling (hidden journalling is fine)

My example for you:

Papers: Crate Papers, Webster's Pages. Stickers & buttons: Webster's Pages. Calendar Card: MME
Envelope: Studio Calico. Alpha: AC. Ribbon: unknown

The journaling is about how lucky you feel when you finally get fish (not clever, not smart, just lucky, as you do the same tricks every time, and sometimes you get fish, other times nothing). Earlier this summer it has been DS13 who has gotten all the fish, this time it was DS10's turn.

Have you felt lucky lately and feel like sharing it with us at OUAS? Head over to the OUAS blog to see more examples from the DT and see how you can win some fabolous prizes!