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!


'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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Friday, August 1, 2014

RELEASE #33 IS LIVE AND PLEASE WELCOME THE PAGE DRAFTS CREATIVE TEAM!

This months release is an exciting one, its the inaugural event for the first Page Drafts Creative Team ever! How exciting is that!!!!! If you missed the post introducing you to the Nifty ladies scoot over HERE to meet them. I'm sure you'll love them and their amazing galleries. It would also be so awesome if you could leave them a message welcoming them into the Page Drafts community!

 Release #33 is Volume 4 of a series called 'Passport to the World'. The other 3 volumes are being re-released this month the links are further down in this post. They are nice and simple designs using the same formatted photo size, teeny tiny ones! Many of us tend to scrap the standard sized photo's and hey that is okay but the idea for these releases is to give you a little nudge in trying to use passport size photos or photobooth style strips, which are a tonne of fun to scrapbook. I am sure you'll find these sketches helpful if you have always wanted to try using smaller photos.

 ...lets check out our
AUGUST NIFTY
ON HOW TO SCRAPBOOK WHILST ON HOLIDAY!
This months tips were inspired by a June GSO by Gail Macaulay called 'On Holiday'. 
Her clever and genius way to scrapbook a page whilst on holiday got me thinking about those hours spent deliberating over what scrappy stash you should take on holiday? If ever you have gone camping or caravanning you know what I am talking about. Space is of the premium, and to take what you would normally take to a crop or retreat just does not work, afterall the BBQ and kayak takes precedence doesnt it?! Check out these simple nifty tips and tricks to get you organised ready for a few stolen creative moments whilst out bush or in a luxury resort!

Tip 1: Grab a shoe box this is going to be your little treasure trove of scrappy stash and only pack the essentials first! You can't scrap without your scissors (likely to be an issue going through customs he he) in that instance then grab a ruler. Pack some glue, sticky tape, a sheet of pop dots and a really good pen (I recommend a black fine point Sharpie perfect for journaling, doodling, zentagles etc). A small tub of white gesso or white paint to double as a base coat or as dimensional paste and one of those pocket size packs of watercolor pans. That way you can create a colour wash or flick it on for some cool splats.

Tip 2: You might like to make a mini album or two, maybe pack a smash book or a small ring bound art journal. However most caravan parks and resorts have magazines and newspapers free to use so try gessoing pages from those to create your own customised paper. What ever form of documention you use store them in a zip lock plastic bag, this will keep them safe from the elements whilst you're out and about, and doubles up as storage for all the ephemera or memorabilia you'll collect on your travels.

Tip 3: Look at your surroundings, what can you collect and use in your artwork? Think how you can create texture for your bases by collecting bits and pieces from around you. This may include leaves to glue on your project (Check customs first as you may have to declare any projects that have foliage on them.) Alternatively to avoid any issues like that you can create rubbings from them as you may find customs again wont allow you to bring vegetation over the borders.  Texture rubbings known as  'Frottage' is a fun technique and a great way to extract textures in lieu of using stencils and masks. This cool technique was immortilised by the Surrealists in particular Max Ernst.

This video gives you a tiny look into the process.
Tip 4: Try adding sand grainules with paint to create a textured base. It's an easy way to emulate texture paste that a dimensional medium might otherwise achieve.

Tip 5: If you can access a photo printing service get some prints done in the smallest format possible, either the thumbnails or slightly larger opting for the passport photo's. This way you can have photos processed as you travel, that won't take up valuable space in your luggage. Alternatively like Gail did simply showcase your photo on your mobile phone then take a picture of your project using your regular camera.

Okay so here is the August collection and all the swoon worthy eye candy the team have created...


'Be Happy'
Page Drafts Template #33.1 by The Nifty Pixel

'Lifes a Beach'
by Lizzy Crust
Page Drafts Sketch #33.1 by The Nifty Pixel

'Maki Mania{c}'
By Sanna Lippert
Page Drafts Sketch #33.1 by The Nifty Pixel

'Vacation Nails'
by Marie Johannson
Page Drafts Sketch #33.1 by The Nifty Pixel

'You and Me'
Brynn Marie Dukes
Page Drafts Sketch #33.1 by The Nifty Pixel


'She's One Cool Kid'
By Natascha Broers
Page Drafts Template #33.2 by The Nifty Pixel

'Sun, Surf and Sandcastles'
by Allie-Marie
Page Drafts Sketch #33.2 by The Nifty Pixel

'Happy Moments, Delightful Family'
by Ludmila Kodymskaya
Page Drafts Sketch #33.2 by The Nifty Pixel


'Today'
by Zeneva Kovic
Page Drafts Template #33.3 by The Nifty Pixel


'We Love Baseball'
by Stephanie Brower Czosnek
Page Drafts Template #33.4 by The Nifty Pixel

'Kangaroo Island'
by Zeneva Kovic
Page Drafts Template #33.4 by The NIfty Pixel


'Coolangatta'
by Wendy Bennett
Page Drafts Sketch #33.5 by The Nifty Pixel

'Poser Girl'
by Zeneva Kovic
Page Drafts Template #33.5 by The Nifty Pixel


Some of you may have noticed that I have been re-releasing the earlier sets. The reason has been to update the new logo and bring them inline with the current style. I also figured that since some of the earlier releases only included 3 sketches that I should create extra templates to keep the packs uniformed with 5 sketches per reveal which is an added bonus for you guys as you get some unexpected extra templates in time for a weekend of scrapping he he.




To check out the re-released sketches click on the images above to be redirected to the blog post or scroll up to the top and click on the SKETCH GALLERY TAB you'll also find the team has created some pages for these releases...OMG lots of extra inspiring artworks!

Happy scrapping everyone!
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