Tuesday, April 15, 2014


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. It would be great if you could leave them some love and say we sent you... he he!

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Okay so lets get onto the fun stuff have a look at Page Drafts Gallery Standout selections for April...
'PDA ugh'
by Mary Martinez
Page Drafts Template for PRD March Challenge

Mary's use of bold papers and bright palette is a fun way to add texture and colour. Scattering smaller elements likes beads adds another point of interest and movement to a page.  Such an amazing digital page worthy of a mention!

by Lynette Jacobs
Page Drafts Template #26.2

I love Lynette's mix of patterned papers. They are a perfect choice for this fun outdoors photo. Lynette has echoed the dot texture by clustering some buttons and brads which is a clever way to introduce a subtle unity in the design. This is such a fun and vibrant page!
'Carry On'
by Heather Vavra
Page Drafts Template for CSI#114

Heather has followed the sketch almost to a tee but still maintained a very unique page. Including speech bubbles is a great way to add some whimsy and pairing them with the selfie snapshot is lots of fun! This clean page with just a touch of grunge is a perfect example of how to add a little bit of painterly texture without over doing it. Such a fun page!
'Solana Sunset'
by Carrie Shirley Randolph
Page Drafts Template #25.2

Shirley has created a beautiful and dreamy page. Using two different sized photos is a clever way to draw the viewer into the scene and make the photo stand out. Using strips of paper in your project is another great way to use up some scrap papers or utelise most of the paper designs in one digital kit.
I love the simple elegance of this page.
'How Many?'
by Shawna Saucier
Page Drafts Template for CSI #114

The great thing with sketches is you can rotate them and get a completely different design. Shawna has done that with this sketch perfectly. Another great trick to draw the eye into the main grouping or photo is to add directional elements like Shawna has done with the chevrons. She has reinforced that by pooling most of the colour in the photo and in the directly adjacent elements. Such an eyecatching page!

I hope everyone enjoyed viewing these jaw-droppingly beautiful artworks.
Keep an eye out for next months GSO which will be mid May you never know it could be YOU!

Have a fabulous day and congratulations Lynette, Carrie, Heather, Shawna and Mary, all your pages are sheer perfection!
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Saturday, April 12, 2014


This weeks Casefile #118 over at C.S.I is a sassy one.  The journaling prompts are 'All About Me' so its a perfect opportunity to scrap that overdue page about YOU and your fabulousness. There are tonnes of inspiration to help get you started with the design. The sketch is a great kick starter and then there are the key prompts that lend themselves nicely to a mixed media style page. I just know you'll get your arty on with this one!

The main sponsor this month is..

Digital Credits:
All papers, digital brushes and elements are by me.

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 #118 ends 20th APRIL. Good luck everyone
hope you enjoy the challenge and can't wait to see your amazing projects oh and please don't forget to link them up over at the Page Drafts Facebook Page we love to share them in our gallery there too! 

Have a fun scrappy weekend!
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Thursday, April 3, 2014


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

Em, along with her husband of 18 years and two loud and busy boys aged 6 and 9, lives near the beautiful and scenic Clare Valley in South Australia. For those of you not in the know Clare Valley is wine country and is infact one of the oldest wine regions in Australia so completely steeped in history and heritage it's no wonder Em is such a creative soul ;)

Until recently Emma had been teaching at her LSS where she had made many friends and found heaps of inspiration. Now she is about to embark on the next venture teaching scrapbooking classes more locally as she loves to help others enjoy the passion of scrapbooking.
Being a sci-fi lover and a huge fan of anything Dr Who, Emma tries to incorporate that theme where she can into her scrapping. Em also enjoys comedy and reckons a laugh a day is really important. The thing that makes her the happiest though is spending time scrapping and of course with her family.
I found out about Page Drafts on good 'ol Facebook through a link. Instantly I was inspired! The sketches are easy to understand and follow but still have that challenge about them. 
When I choose to do a layout I have all my papers and embellishments ready with photos, but then sometimes the thought process stops there and I need a bit more inspiration. This is when a sketch comes in handy! On some layouts I only use part of the sketch and others I use the whole design. A sketch gives you a 'starting point' and I love them for this reason. We all have pages to create but it can be hard to come up with fresh ideas all the time.
Artist Tip: Try rotating Templates to get several different designs from the one template.

'♥︎Heart You Boys'
by Emma Zappone
 Page Drafts Template #27.1 by The Nifty Pixel

I guess I like to try all styles. I can be a little quirky, but I love mixed media especially using gesso, texture paste and mists. Having 2 boys I love playing with metals and emulating the mechanical distressed look, but do try just about anything. My family and friends are my inspiration, often inspired by my photos and the subjects in them. I also draw inspiration from scrapbookers both locally and overseas as there is so much talent out there!
by Emma Zappone
'Believe Me'
by Emma Zappone
by Emma Zappone

My fave technique at the moment is using chalkboard paint. I was a bit unsure when I first tried it, but it just adds that extra something. I have used it as backgrounds, in embellishments and title work. Its so fun to play with chalk again in this way and brings a bit of life to the project.

Here is a page using this technique.
'Happy to be Me'
by Emma Zappone
Page Drafts Template #28.4 by The Nifty Pixel

In 'Happy to be Me' I used the chalkboard paint on the background. I mixed it with gesso to create a thicker texture and then used it with a stencil. Once dry I then added in some colour to the spots using chalk. Secondly I painted it directly onto the paper and also coloured it in which adds an extra bit of interest and texture to the background.

I also made a couple of my own embellishments and all I did for this was paint a piece of off cut with chalkboard paint, drew a piccy on the surface and then set it with an Epiphany ToolIf you don't have this tool you could easily cut the shape out and using a clear glue set a cabachon over the top. Finally I coated the chipboard accents in the blackboard paint and then coloured in some sections to create a chalky texture in parts.

Artist Tip: To prevent the chalk from rubbing off or smearing, try spraying it with a clear glaze or fixative before adhering the embellishment to the project.

Well that's about it from me for now. I hope you enjoyed learning a little about me, and found some inspiration from my ARTIST TIPS & TRICKS. Until next time...I'm off to go and scrap using some more awesome Page Drafts sketches!

How cool was that? If you hadn't already crossed paths with Em I hope you guys enjoyed meeting the Fabbo Em. It was a tonne of fun to learn more about Em and her scrapbook process...especially to see how she uses sketches and of course her brill Blackboard technique that she kindly shared with us...
This one is definitely on my To Do List !

Thank you Em for guesting with us this month.
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