Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BE DAZZLED BY REBECCA DALY

Our amazingly talented guest artist exposé this month is this sweet and fun lovin' gal...
My name is Rebecca Daly. I am 30-something and live in on a lake in the country 20 minutes south of Bonnyville Alberta with my husband and son. I have been scrapping since 2004 but it wasn't until my son was born in 2011 that I really started learning new techniques and becoming more exploratory in my scrapping process. I consider my style simple and fun. My son, Kyle (age 3), is my source of inspiration and as such create mostly masculine/childish layout. 

SO LETS LEARN A LITTLE MORE ABOUT HER....
I have always preferred being behind the camera rather than in front of it; however, since I now scrapbook, I take photos differently. Instead of saying that is a nice photo. . .I say "do I have papers or embellies to go with this." I am not your typical crafter as I do not have a scrapping space and I scrap on the kitchen counter.

My husband is very supportive and encourages me to keep my scrapping stuff on the counter for as long as I need to. My son is my biggest fan and needs to look at every layout/card I make and touches every aspect, he also tells me what he likes about each creation. I am fortunate that i have recently joined my very first design team and have had the opportunity to be a guest designer a half dozen times or so. I am constantly taking classes and learning new techniques to grow my skills.

HOW DO YOU USE SKETCHES?
 I love how I can follow a sketch exactly or take it in my own direction!
It also depends on which photo I am using to determine which direction I will take the sketch.
'Be Different'
by Rebecca Daly
Page Drafts Sketch for LCOM #91 by The Nifty Pixel

HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SCRAPBOOK STYLE?
I consider my style clean and fun. I like to get messy so am constantly playing with gesso, texture paste, paints and mists. I love using mixed media, clusters, and white space. I scrap mostly 12x12 layouts but will often create 12x24 layouts when working on albums as presents. I am forever learning new ideas (not  always so successful) but always fun trying new things. I scrap from my view so years from now when my son looks back through the albums he will see the memories as I see them and he can see how much I love him.
'Away We Go'
by Rebecca Daly
Page Drafts Sketch for LCOM #71 by The Nifty Pixel

CAN YOU SHARE A LITTLE TIP OR TRICK WITH US?
I am constantly looking for ways to scrap faster (another reason I love sketches). So I am going to share a way to create banners quickly and is so easy it has literally saved me hours!
Step 1:
Cut/trim a strip of paper (however thick you want).

Step 2:
Take your square punch and insert the strip on an the angle making sure you keep equal distance on both sides of the corner angle.

Step 3:
Punch the triangle piece out.
'A Day for Play'
Credits:
Page Drafts Template #30.5 by The Nifty Pixel

Wow, thank you Rebecca for sharing such an incredibly effective technique, what a time saver!

If you would like to check out more of Beck's fabulous projects head over to her BLOG and say hello. 
Thank you Beck for guesting with Page Drafts this month!
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Sunday, October 12, 2014

GET READY FOR SOME SLEUTHING CASEFILE #143 IS NOW OPEN!

This weeks Casefile #143 over at C.S.I is a fantastic challenge. This one has a great Mixed Media feel with lots of fabulously fun prompts both in the evidence and testimony. So why not pop your creative thinking hat on and try something a little different to your normal style!

The main sponsor this month is...

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 #143 ends 19th October 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, October 1, 2014

RELEASE #35 'STAR BRIGHT Vol.2' IS NOW LIVE!

Hello everyone! Wow its October already, jeepers that means its only 12 more weeks before Christmas, are you preparing for the festive season yet? We have already taken advantage of all the stores newly stocked shelves and cleared a few! For the first time in my life the Christmas presents are already purchased now just to work out if we are staying up here or going down south to be with the extended family this year, decisions decisions. 

This months Release #35 is Volume 2 of a series called 'Star Bright' which is pretty fitting given the time of the year. With the addition of lots of fabulous stars in each design you can easily add some bling and sparkle to your pages to get you all primed for the festive season ahead of us! Hey you might even want to finish off that 2013 Christmas album and scrap some of last years Christmas shots or simply create a beautiful page using pics of that special someone or something that shine brightly in your life!

This month we also have a guest artist the lovely Rebecca Daly. Bec has been a great supporter of Page Drafts, often creating beautiful pages using our sketches so we thought it would be fun to highlight her and her scrapbooking process, so keep an eye out for Rebecca's feature on the 15th October.

Okay so lets check out our
OCTOBER NIFTY
INCORPORATING, FABRIC, FIBRES & THREAD INTO YOUR PROJECTS
This months tips and tricks are suggested by our fabulous creative team member Marie Johannson.
Adding fibre is a great way to add texture and a softness to your composition. It not only lends itself to creating a more tactile page but it can sometimes add an unexpected visual experience.

By including a scrap from your favourite jeans (that have seen better days) or a shoe lace from your childs first school shoes, you are essentially incorporating little trinkets that hold powerful memories. Sadly, all too often we tend to overlook these somewhat non descript items, not recognising that they are intrinsically bound to us or trigger memories of something we hold dear. So next time you go to throw away that old, torn and stained t-shirt, think about what you might be able to retrieve from it? Don't overlook the tag, the logo or your childs name that you wrote on the label... because they are invaluable little keys to unlocking memory threads.

Here are some fun tips and tricks to get you started. Oooh and the creative team will also be sharing some of their own pearlers so check those out under their pages below.

Tip 1: Iron-On fuseable adhesive sheets can be bought by the roll. Back some on a 12X12 scrap piece of fabric and then adhere to cardboard or cardstock to create a fabric covered 12X12 base.
One brand I recommend is Heat 'n' Bond which you can also get in a ¾" tape which is perfect for creating customised fabric washy tape.

Tip 2: Explore many varied techniques of printing on fabric to create interesting montages for your background. Here is a great ebook 'Artistic Photo Quilts' by Charlotte Ziebarth or alternatively if you want to explore this more you can purchase many books on the topic like this one 'Inkjet Printing on Fabric' by Wendy Cotterill which will be available on the 24th October 2014.

Tip 3: There are endless possiblities for making your own customised and personalised fabric embellishments. Some might include flowers, crochet embellishments, dressed up tags or fabric buntings. Check out Pinterest for a plethora of tutorials and ideas that will have you creating in a frenzy to make them all.

Tip 4: Pull out your sewing machine! Machine stitching is easy, quick and really effective. You can be as controlled with the design as you like by using the machine embroidery option or alternatively be as random as possible and add crazy big looped stitches or jaggies and fun uneven loose borders around your page.

Tip 5: Hand stitching and or embroidering a design directly onto your base is a great way to add a very personalised touch. Stitch a number or a basic shape to create a point of interest.

Now that we have covered the basics on adding fabric snippets lets check out this months sketches!


'...& Action'
by Sanna Lippert
Page Drafts Sketch #35.1 by The Nifty Pixel
Sanna's Fabric & Thread Tip: Adding twine or string to anchor elements is a fun way to create the illusion that an element is hanging on the page. 

 'Swimming Lesson'
by Zeneva Kovic
Page Drafts Sketch #35.1 by The Nifty Pixel
Zeneva's Fabric & Thread Tip: Tie bows in thck thread or string to add an extra focal point.


'Little Star'
by Rebecca Daly
Page Drafts Sketch #35.2 by The Nifty Pixel

'Rock Star'
by Stephanie Brower Czosnek
Page Drafts Template #35.2 by The Nifty Pixel


'You Shine'
by Lizzy Crust
Page Drafts Sketch #35.3 by The Nifty Pixel
Lizzy's Fabric & Thread Tip: Try stitching edging on your embellishments to dress them up before adhering to your page.

'Trouble'
by Natascha Broers
Page Drafts Sketch #35.3 by The Nifty Pixel
Tash's Fabric & Thread Tip: Use stitching to give the illusion you are anchoring down layers of paper.

'Jump'
by Sanna Lippert
Page Drafts Sketch #35.3 by The Nifty Pixel
Tash's Fabric & Thread Tip: Why not give faux stitching a go. Try doodling dashes and dots around borders and elments to create a stylised stitching effect on your pages.

'Piece of my Heart'
by Zeneva Kovic
Page Drafts Sketch #35.3 by The Nifty Pixel
Zeneva's Fabric & Thread Tip: Try machine stitching your title work down its a fun way to anchor the alphas to your page.


'Lazy days'
by Zeneva Kovic
Page Drafts Sketch #35.4 by The Nifty Pixel
Zeneva's Fabric & Thread Tip: Use gauze or muslin under your photos or around the edge of your page to add a soft tactile texture to your project.

'Its The Smile'
by wendy Bennett
Page Drafts Sketch #35.4 by The Nifty Pixel

'Relax'
by Sanna Lippert
Page Drafts Sketch #35.4 by The Nifty Pixel
Sanna's Fabric & Thread Tip: I used twine to add some cross stitching here and there on my page. There is also some very freestyle faux stitching around the edges of the layout.


'Ammarnäs 2014'
by Marie Johansson
Page Drafts Sketch #35.5 by The Nifty Pixel
Marie's Fabric & Thread Tip: Add a length of thread by tucking it under embellishments to create an extra layer of texture and dimension.

'Christmas Joy'
by Allie-Marie
Page Drafts Sketch #35.5 by The Nifty Pixel
Allie's Fabric & Thread Tip: If you haven't got a sewing machine use a marker and draw faux stitching with a good quality white opaque pen. Use up off cuts and scraps of stitched trim/lace this is a great way to be cost effective and we love that! Trims and laces are always a fave of mine and they add another layer of surprise/dimension to your projects.

'Prince of Books'
by Zeneva Kovic
Page Drafts Sketch #35.5 by The Nifty Pixel
Zeneva's Fabric & Thread Tip: Crocheted Doileys are a great way to add some fabric to your projects. Also try using some twine to hang elements from or create a strung bunting across your page.

'Cloud 9'
by Em Stafrace
Page Drafts Sketch #35.5 by The Nifty Pixel
Em's Fabric & Thread Tip: To create a unique picture frame try cutting out several fabric swatches or patterned papers in varying sizes making sure to either hand cut or diecut the centres out and then stack them. Rather than using glue to adhere each layer together try machine stitching them randomly in a contrasting coloured thread.

Hope you like these sketches and the fabulous examples from the team. Don't forget to share your creations with us over at our Facebook Page or here in the comments below. We are always on the look out for your amazing creations to showcase in both the GSO and Customer Creations galleries.

Have fun scrapping with the sketches and remember to
'Let Your Imagination Do the Rest!'

Em & The Nifty Crew.


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Thursday, September 25, 2014

✰SEPTEMBER 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 pages to be redirected to their blogs or most current gallery, 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...
'Friends'
by Katrin Wunderlich
Page Drafts Template for CSI #139 by The Nifty Pixel

Katrins page is amazing.  I love all the stitched chevrons mirrored in the background. Its such a fabulously bold and creative take on the sketch. 

'Knowledge Seeker'
by Heather Robertson
Page Drafts Template #34.3 by The Nifty Pixel

This is such a fun page. The blue tones and mix of papers is a great way to create movement in a page. Heather has slightly tweaked the sketch by staggering and tilting the photos. Its a fun example of how you can incorporate pie charts into your projects too.


'Off to the Beach'
by Veera Saarivuo
Page Drafts Template for CSI #134 by The Nifty Pixel

Veera has a beautiful soft and sensative style. Her stylised take on the sketch is a perfect example of how easy it is to take elements of a sketch and use them to create a beautiful and unique design.


'Mardi Gras'
by Binty
Page Drafts Template for LCOM #86 by The Nifty Pixel

I love Binty's take on this sketch. Her clustered photos and labels are a fun and unique spin on what could be a Project Life style page. All the beautiful handmade embellishments are amazing too.


'Divine @49'
by Paula Calivanico
Page Drafts Template #33.3 by The Nifty Pixel

Paula has created such a rich and opulent page. The ornate detailed frame perfectly highlights the photos and provides a subtle contrast with the background paper and gorgeous chipboards.

Congratulations Katrin, Heather, Veera, Binty and last but not least Paula...all your pages are magnificent and really show a creative flair and masterful use of the sketches!
I hope everyone enjoyed viewing these jaw-droppingly beautiful artworks.
Keep an eye out for next months GSO which will be end of OCTOBER, you never know it could be YOU!

We'd also like to congratulate this months

Lisca Meijer
for her beautiful page.
'Almonds'

...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 C.S.I.
Congratulations ladies and Happy Scrapping to everyone!
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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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