Saturday, September 13, 2014

GET READY FOR SOME SLEUTHING CASEFILE #139 IS NOW OPEN!

This weeks Casefile #139 over at C.S.I is a fantastic challenge. Its has a summery feel with an outdoorsy theme including clouds, flowers and butterflies. There is plenty of opportunity to add texture too so get all your pastes, fibres and fabrics out for this one!

The Testimony this week lends itself to journaling all about those furry or feathery family members and for some added interest also journal on some of your elements for a more artsy look. The sketch is a fun one with some big chevvies to add lots of movement and strong design detail to your page.


The main sponsor this month is...

'Changing'
Page Drafts Sketch for CSI #139 by The Nifty Pixel

So to be in the running for some fabulous prizes head over to C.S.I 
and get all the challenge details there.

Just a quick reminder Casefile #139 ends 21st September 2014. Good luck everyone, hope you enjoy the challenge and I look forward to seeing all your amazing projects so don't forget to share a link here or post your project on our Facebook Pagewe'd love to see them!

Hope you enjoy the sketch and remember to,
Let your imagination do the rest!
Happy Scrapping.
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BE DAZZLED BY KYLA de RUITER

Our amazingly talented guest artist exposé this month is this sweet and fun lovin' gal...


Kyla is an all round amazing artist. Her style is very exploratory, looking at how mediums work together to create interesting and unexpected effects. Kyla lives on the Gold Coast, Australia with her husband and 3 gorgeous girls. Works and also runs a small business called Inky Fingers where you can grab lots of fabulous mixed media style goodies and ephemera packs. As you can imagine life gets pretty hectic and when its completely nuts its time to head into the craft room or inky lab and start grabbing for those sprays and distress (De-stress) inks!
SO LETS LEARN A LITTLE MORE ABOUT HER....
I'm an avid everything- gardener, reader and blockaholic! When I get excited about a subject, I'll talk your ear off! My most fave quote ever was coined by Donna Markova-
'I will not live an unlived life'.

I was introduced to Page Drafts when I met the lovely Emma! I love that Em's sketches are original, layered and easy to follow. I can just slot my photos and embellishments into the sketch if I'm feeling lazy and know that the layout is going to look fab!
HOW DO YOU USE SKETCHES?
I don't scrapbook so much anymore, but I do use sketches quite often in my art journaling and card making. I love creating backgrounds for my journaling books, using lots of inks, gesso, stencils and old papers etc. But sometimes I hit a blank when it comes to actually using my backgrounds and that's when Page Drafts sketches come in handy, they get me moving again. My cards were developing a bad habit of looking the same, but
in turn making more orginal and interesing cards that I love!
Below is a card I created using a sketch from Page Drafts.

Artist Tips: When creating a card using a regular 12 X 12 sketch as inspiration,
select one part of the sketch to really highlight in your card design.

'You Are Some Kind Of Wonderful'
by Kyla de Ruiter
Credits:
Page Drafts Template # 2.1 by The Nifty Pixel

HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR ART JOURNAL STYLE?
I'd say my style is a mix of both messy and neat! I love a messy background but when it comes to putting all the elements on they have to be neat, straight, balanced and in proportion. If its not it does my head in. I also dabble in digital art journaling and love extracting my own digital stamps to create interesting points of interest.

I'm inspired by a lot of artists from all fields of mixed media. When I see a product that's been used in an unconventional manner, or a style that just hits me, I have to have a go at it.
It's made for a few raised eyebrows!


'Breathe'
by Kyla de Ruiter
Painted Nest Challenge #25 Freebie by The Sissy Sparrows

'Watching'
by Kyla de Ruiter

'Shine Bright'
by Kyla de Ruiter

CAN YOU SHARE A LITTLE TIP OR TRICK WITH US?
Sure.... I love using stitching in my projects; this technique adds texture, pattern and colour.
It's easy to make simple stitching guides by using clear acetate (or transparencies),
grid paper and a pointed stylus or embroidery needle.

Step 1:
To create the acetate guide, overlay a clean sheet on top of some grid paper. This will allow you to easily follow the points of each square.

Step 2:
Using an embroidery needle begin poking holes following the grid underlay. Make sure the hole goes straight through the acetate template.

Step 3:
Now Overlay the acetate on top of your background design and repeat step 2. Instead of poking holes in a grid like format, try poking holes in different pattern formations like hexagons, chevrons and stars. Once you have finished creating your hole guide on your background, remove the acetate template and store it to use on another project.

Step 4:
Now the fun part begins...select an embroidery thread and start stitching making sure to follow the existing hole guide pattern you poked into the background paper. After you have completed the stitching flip your project over and tape the stitching down on teh underside or alternatively using double sided tape adhere another sheet of lightweight cardboard or cardstock on the underside. This prevents anything catching on the stitching and ruining all your beautiful needle work.

Artist Tip: Use repositional tape to fix the acetate and background paper together as
this will prevent the guide from slipping and ensuring a perfect grid when poking the holes.

'You Are Exquisite'
by Kyla de Ruiter

Wow, thank you Kyla for sharing such an incredibly effective technique, it looks amazing!

If you would like to check out more of Kyla's fabulous projects head over to her BLOG and say hello. You'll also find a link to her store there and many more techniques that will inspire!

Thank you Kyla for guesting with Page Drafts this month!

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Monday, September 1, 2014

RELEASE #34 'LIFE OF PIE VOL.1' IS NOW LIVE!

Release #34 is Volume 1 of a series called 'Life of Pie'. This is a fun collection including Pie Charts as the main design element. I love how pie charts lend themselves to creating some fun and whimsical pages. They are great for segmenting your day into time components and are also a great way to use up all those scrap papers in your stash, gotta love that!

This month we have a fabulous Guest Artist Kyla DeRuiter. Kyla is an amazing art journaler and in her spare time runs a fab business and blog called Inky Fingers where you can get your hands on Paper Ephemera Packs and other cool art supplies. So check out her Store if you are keen for some nifty papers, labels, images and textured backgrounds for your art journaling needs. Kyla's Expose will go live on the 10th of September so stay tuned for her interview and an amazingly cool tutorial she will be stepping you through, you won't want to miss it!

Okay so now lets check out our
SEPTEMBER NIFTY
DIFFERENT WAYS TO JOURNAL AND HOW TO STASH GRAB!
This months tips were inspired by the humble, pie chart.  Here is a basic wiki definition;
'Charts of course are a type of graph that are portioned into sectors that each represent a portion of the whole picture, but they are also really cool graphic elements. Each sector can be easily showcased with a photo, texture or paper making for some fun and variable combinations.'

Tip 1: When Sectioning a circle into a pie think about how many sectors you will need, then circle punch that many from varying papers. Once that is done stack them and carefully cut like you are slicing a piece of pie, but cut some thicker pieces, this is the one time when its okay to be a bit greedy! You will have several pieces all forming different pies and as quick as counting 1, 2, 3.

Tip 2: Follow the same process but add a photo into the sandwich. You'll be amazed by what a fantastic and unique way it is to show off  all those happy snaps you have in your cache.

Tip 3: Have you noticed that charts have information typed within each sector. The data you share can be part of your journaling. You could try adding a wordart or a letter and number overlayed on each section. Alternatively you could add a list like a map legend as a different way to journal and document your story.

Tip 4: Nine times out of ten your photo tells the story so journaling is not always needed as an integral part of your design. However using #hashtags is a fun way to encapsulate in one simple word or phrase, a feeling or description of the event you are scrapping and hey, lets face it, very on trend!

Ok, so here is this months release ready for you to enjoy, hope you like them!


'No Regrets'
by Zeneva Kovic
Page Drafts Sketch #34.1 by The Nifty Pixel

'Drawn to...'
by Sanna Lippert
Page Drafts Sketch #34.1 by The Nifty Pixel
Sanna's Journaling Tip: 'My viewpoint was to take a childhood picture that has special meaning to me of an event captured that has been my passion all my life...that is all kinds of craft. I could craft for hours and hours even when I was really small. So my tip would be to capture the story behind a childhood photo that has a special meaning to you.'

'Joy'
by Ludmila Kodymskaya
Page Drafts Sketch #34.1 by The Nifty Pixel


'Today's Memory
by Lizzy Crust
Page Drafts Sketch #34.2 by The Nifty Pixel
Lizzy's Journaling Tip: 'Journaling can also be a special quote to encourage the one you are scrapping. I love to do that for my kids. A line or two from a favourite song can perfectly convey the emotions you feel about the person or photo you are scrapping.'

'You Grow on Me'
by Marie Johannson
Page Drafts Sketch #34.2 by The Nifty Pixel

'Happy'
by Zeneva Kovic
Page Drafts Template #34.2 by The Nifty Pixel
Zeneva's Journaling Tip: 'When I scrap photos of my children I sometimes like to just let them know how much they are loved. Heartfelt messages to them are really important to me. When they look back on their childhood through these pages I hope they remember how much their mother loved them through my journaling.'

'Fabulous Memories'
by Zeneva Kovic
Page Drafts Template #34.2 by The Nifty Pixel


'OMG!'
by Kyla DeRuiter
Page Drafts Sketch #34.3 by The Nifty Pixel

'Cutie Pie'
by Zeneva Kovic
Page Drafts Template #34.3 by The Nifty Pixel
Zeneva's Journaling Tip: 'Usually my journaling is just a few words to remember the moment. Telling your story can be expressed in one or two sentences so try writing a short synopsis including the who, what where and when of teh photos you are scrapping.'


'First Day'
by Stephanie Brower Czosnek
Page Drafts Template #34.4 by The Nifty Pixel

'Remember This'
by Zeneva Kovic
Page Drafts Template #34.4 by The Nifty Pixel


'60 Years'
by Wendy Bennett
Page Drafts Sketch #34.5 by The Nifty Pixel
Wendy's Journaling Tip: 'Imagine in 5 or 10 years time (or more), a family member is at teh photos wondering why, what, when, where? You may not answer all but get them involved with the page by adding as much information as possible.'

'Snapshots'
by Zeneva Kovic
Page Drafts Template #34.5 by The Nifty Pixel

'Be Big'
by Em Stafrace
Page Drafts Template #34.5 by The Nifty Pixel
Em's Journaling Tip: 'If you are creating a page that does'nt necessarily rely on a story being told try adding key words in the form of word art or word chips to help convey your message.'

If you do decide to create some projects using our designs don't forget to link us up with your amazing creations either by commenting below or posting your artworks on our Facebook Page so we can leave you some lovin'!

Hope you enjoy the sketches and remember to,
Let your imagination do the rest!
Happy Scrapping.
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

✰AUGUST GALLERY STANDOUTS✰

Each of these pages will show a creative use of the sketch, may include the monthly TIP & TRICK and of course possess incredible artistic talent. Where possible I have added links to each image so if you would like to see more of the artists work simply click on their page to be redirected to their blogs or most current gallery, it would be great if you could leave some love and say we sent you... he he!

If your page has been showcased here you are welcome to grab the GSO Eye Candy Badge
to pop on your blog sidebar. Below you can see two sizes to choose from.

                                                            125px wide                              180px wide

To grab it simply pick the size you want then drag and drop it onto your desktop or
alternatively right click and 'Save As' to your desktop.

Okay lets have a look at Page Drafts Gallery Standout Selections...
'Becoming Who You Are'
by Laurel Seabrook
Page Drafts Template #33.5 by The Nifty Pixel

Using the main photo in colour then duplicating it several times in Black & White is a clever graphic and totally fun way to showcase the same photo. The pops of colour is a great way to bring interest into the design and draw the viewer in for a closer look. Love this page!
'Cute'
by Carol Deal
Page Drafts Sketch for CSI #134 by The Nifty Pixel

Look at the use of colour in this page! Oh my gosh it is so perfectly balanced. Using a subtle but contrasting coloured photo is a fantastic way to highlight the photo, especially when you use lots of elements and embellishments. Sheer Perfection!
'Lilianne'
by Aurélie Cormier
Page Drafts Template #32.1 by The Nifty Pixel

The photo is perfectly showcased in this gorgeous page. The Palette and fun elements are a great combo with this sepia toned photo. How good does the grunged up edges of the diagonal paper strips look with the more clean lines of the other elements and the machine stitching finishes it off.
'Cherish Everyday'
by Natalie May
Page Drafts Template #30.3 by The Nifty Pixel

The pink tones in the background paper is balanced perfectly with the same tone in the photo's. Adding the ribbon ties all the layers together. Love this page there is just enough embellishing to add dimension without detracting from the gorgeous subject matter.
'@ Play'
by Robin Anderson
Page Drafts Template for CSI #127 by The Nifty Pixel

This is such a beautiful page. The soft mint hues are a perfect pairing with these sensational photo's as they have some ochre tones in them which makes for a complimentary palette.  The addition of twine is also a subtle yet effective way to connect the sections in the page design. I love that Robin has kept the page fairly clean with just a touch of paint splats to support the 'at play' theme. 

Congratulations LAUREL, CAROL, AURÉLIE, NATALIE & ROBIN... your pages are magnificent. They all show a creative flair and a masterful use of the sketches, so thank you for using Page Drafts designs as kick-starters!

I hope everyone enjoyed viewing these jaw-droppingly beautiful artworks.
Keep an eye out for next months GSO which will be toward the end of SEPTEMBER, you never know it could be YOU so please keep sharing your amazing pages with us!

We'd also like to congratulate this months

 Gilly Haigh
This is her winning page created for the August sketch challenge #134 at CSI.

'Robot Wars'
Page Drafts Sketch for CSI #134 by The Nifty Pixel

...and to the Top 5 MOST WANTED artists for your incredible pages!
To get a better look at these fantastic artworks check them out at CSI.

Congratulations ladies and happy scrapping to everyone!
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Saturday, August 9, 2014

GET READY FOR SOME SLEUTHING CASEFILE #134 IS NOW OPEN!

This weeks Casefile #134 over at C.S.I is a quirky inspired challenge. Its has a summery feel but with the addition of some great prompts to really create a fun page filled with whimsy.

The Testimony this week lends itself to journaling some heart felt thank-yous or inspriational messages of love & hope or you could simply note what you are thankful for. Perfect to get those positive endorphines flowing!

The main sponsor this month is...


'Summer Days'
Page Drafts Sketch for CSI #134 by The Nifty Pixel

'Adventure'
Page Drafts Sketch for CSI #134 by The Nifty Pixel

So to be in the running for some fabulous prizes head over to C.S.I 
and get all the challenge details there.

Just a quick reminder Casefile #134 ends 17th August 2014. Good luck everyone, hope you enjoy the challenge and I look forward to seeing all your amazing projects so don't forget to share a link here or post your project on our Facebook Page, we'd love to see them!

Hope you enjoy the sketch and remember to,
Let your imagination do the rest!
Happy Scrapping.
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