Thursday, April 24, 2014

April Savvy Cybercrop - My 54321 Challenge

We have started our Scrapbook Savvy Cybercrop a day early so you can get scrapping over the long weekend, with a whole extra day to get your layouts done!  I hope you all get a chance to scrap something over the next few days, I plan to get all the challenges done again like I did last month….sometimes its the only scrapping I do all month!
 
My challenge this month is a 54321 CHALLENGE and you need to include the following elements on your layout…

5 – EMBELLISHMENTS (I mean, good sized ones, like my flower, chipboard, etc)
4 – PAPERS
3 – DIFFERENT COLOURS OF INK OR MIST ON YOUR BACKGROUND
2 – WORDS IN YOUR MAIN TITLE
1 – PHOTO

My example layout features my Bronte with her dancing friend Brianna, being Girly Girls and playing in the cubby house.  I created this layout the other day ‘just because’…one of my favourite things is to just sit down and get messy, stick whatever is sitting in front of me on a page and make it work!  I have then taken the criteria for you, for this challenge :)

Girly Girls
Three of my five embellishments – I’ve counted my five embellishments as the two flowers, rhinestone flourish, chipboard bracket & chipboard chandelier.  I haven’t counted little embellishments like the buttons down the bottom, the ribbon or the rhinestones under the chandelier….so keep this in mind….I’m thinking FIVE BIG EMBELLIES!
Girly Girls - closeup 1
 
My three background colours – teal, red & black.  I started with the teal inked through a Crafters Workshop template and then overlapped it with some mist sprayed through a different template.  When this was dry, I then stamped with black Tim Holtz Ink over the top of the other colours, using a Spiral Hero Arts background stamp.  I was taught this technique by the lovely Kerryn, I knew there was a reason she’s been on the Savvy DT since the very beginning…she is amazing!
Girly Girls - closeup 4

My two worded title…wrapped around a chipboard bracket which I’ve painted with liquid pearls.
Girly Girls - closeup 3
 
And finally my journaling which reads – Bronte & Brianna just being girly girls and playing in the cubby house @ our place.
Girly Girls - closeup 2
 
To be in the running for some Savvy spending money, please upload your take on my challenge to the Savvy Gallery before midnight next Thursday 1st May 2014.

Head over the Facebook Event Page here or the Savvy Blog here and see what else we've got happening!!!

Happy Scrapping!

More chocolate?

No better time to share MORE chocolate layouts than the week following our Easter long weekend, it seems like the whole world is still in semi holiday mode and we are all eating our weight in chocolate daily!
 
These layouts were all done for an Easter Savvy class taught by me in 2013...but the photos are from Easter 2011, 2012 and 2013.
 
Easter - a layout of a much younger Georgia in her flannie pjs on Easter morning.  You can see like in the previous post I've once again used a transparency on my background, and lots of paper layering.  I try to keep my class layouts fairly basic so that everyone can keep up, but always try to show something different to expand the ideas people have when scrapping on their own. 
 
 
My journaling which reads Eating chocolate for breakfast is only ok on Easter morning! 
 
Spoilt By Grandma - all my kiddies with my mum having lunch out for Easter.  I just LOVE this template and teamed with a patterned background and black paint, it just works every time! 

My journaling which reads They ae very spoilt by their Grandma!  They adore her and the feeling is definitely mutual.

Some gorgeous Words Or Whatever chipboard that I've coloured in black, a simple but effective way to use chipboard.

And finally - Egg Stash.  The simple mist spray on a plain old doily really makes this page.  A cheap and easy embellishment!!!
 
Love this WRMK tag embellishment, just perfect for this layout, and oh the candy buttons, my new favourite thing to finish a page off!! 

My journaling - Never a lack of chocolate in the Ward house @ Easter time!  We {heart} chocky!
 
 
A wonder if I can manage a third blog post dedicated to chocolate?!  I'll keep you posted ;)
 
Happy Scrapping!


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Random Chocolate Share!

In light of all the chocolate that is being eaten in my home and all around the world at the moment, I have a random chocolate share for you! 
 
Three layouts, all scrapped last year and never shared here on the blog, and all involving chocolate!  There will be more where these came from....stay tuned for another choc-filled share in the next day or so.
 
Messy Maker featuring 2 year old Bronte and a very chocolatey cupcake!  She didn't enjoy it much ;) 
 

 
Love a little bit of cabachon embellishment...

My journaling - Its not half obvious that Bronte is enjoying her yummy chocolate cupcakes, is it! :)

Title on top of a handmade banner cut from paper and topped with Whimsy Farm Twine.
 
A layout done for a class in 2013, What A Messy Bunny using a Crafters Workshop template and texture paste for my background, a transparency for the bottom layer of my papers...who uses transparencies anymore! (You'll find some here in the clearance section of the Savvy store).  I've also used washi tape instead of paper strips, Prima flowers and enamel dots to finish off. 

A closeup of my title...

Background, paper & washi layering...some flowers, enamel dots and even a pin for effect!
 
Chocolate...this says it all! Girlfriends after midnight sharing a chocolate experience, nothing better!  This layout was created using the exclusive Inspired Blueprints Retreat kit in 2013.

Thickers title - I'm still a massive Thickers fan!

My journaling and some more Whimsy Farm twine to make these banners on the background paper POP!


I'd love to see one of your favourite CHOCOLATE PAGES, link me in the comments if you've got one to share with me.

Happy Scrapping....and may the chocolate supply be ever in your favour!!!!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Scrapbook Savvy March Cybercrop

Since Friday, we have been enjoying playing over on our Scrapbook Savvy Cybercrop Event page, releasing four challenges on Friday night and then a blind scrap on Saturday night.
 
During this time I also had a scrap day at home with a few friends, and managed to get ALL of the challenges completed for a change!  It was so great to just get into it again, its been far too long since I felt I could just sit down and enjoy my hobby. 
 
Here are the layouts I have done, I'm super happy with them all :)
  
Firstly, my challenge, which this month was a Colour Challenge.  This is my gorgeous niece Molly, who is definitely a kid that has a Smile Full of Sunshine.
 
 
A closeup of my Thickers title along with a gorgeous Prima flower which I inked to incorporate the challenge colours and a Flair button from Flutterby Designs.
 
Next up is Kerryn's Recipe Challenge, which I had so much fun with!  I used up some old product and had a great adventure trawling through my stash to come up with the right amount of each item.  This is Bronte opening a Christmas present in 2011, a brand new scooter!
 
A closeup of my chipboard heart which I've decorated with liquid pearls around the edge, chipboard banner which has been doodled to make it pop and my Thickers title.

Another gorgeous Flair button from Flutterby Designs and an Elle's Studio tag.

LOVE love love creating different backgrounds on my layouts, a technique taught to me by my gorgeous friend Kerryn when we last retreated together.

Next up is my layout for Karen's Sketch Challenge.  I decided that I couldn't do my usual background work with mist or ink, so instead opted for liquid pearls which I painted through a template onto my black cardstock.  I was SO happy with how this turned out, it even leaves a bit of a 3d feel depending on how much of the liquid pearl you use.  I will definitely be doing this one again!  This is Bronte at not even 1 year old playing in the walker.
 
My journaling :)

A gorgeous heart from Charms Creations and another of my all time fave circle quotes from Heidi Swapp, I dread the day that I finally run out of these in my stash!

Lastly, my take on Chloe's Mood Board Challenge.  If you head over and check it out, you will see where some of my inspiration has come from...

- the globe inspired me to use the map flag banner underneath my photo.
- the airplane inspired me to include something that flies, my butterfly!
- the natural tone of the wood panelling inspired me to use the earthy natural colours in the cardstock as well as the large flower.
- the stripe made me use the stripey paper in the scallops at the base of my paper layering.
- the alphabet inspired me to use different alphas in my title
and finally...
- the washi got me using some washi of similar colour tone.

This is my Bronte and her cousin Molly, sharing the love with a hug.

 
My background inking, title and date spot.

My journaling and cluster.

 
Its been so great to share the scrappy inspiration and I hope some of you have had a chance to get some challenges done too!  If not, get to it, over 24 hours till deadline!

You still have until midnight TOMORROW NIGHT (Thursday 3 April) to upload your layouts to the Savvy Gallery, so there's still time!  Follow the links to see the details of each challenge on the Savvy Blog.

Happy Scrapping!

Friday, March 21, 2014

March BIG Savvy Sketch Challenge

My scrappy mojo has been lacking, but last night I sat down and challenged myself to get the sketch layout done in an hour….and I did it!  I’m so happy with it, and stoked that I actually feel like scrapping again.  Challenges always help me in this respect, I should’ve known to grab a challenge earlier and just start….sometimes starting is the hardest part!

Here’s the sketch…
March Scrapbook Savvy sketch
 
And my layout called DADDY’S SCHOOL which is my boy Cooper on his first day at school back in 2010, he was so excited to be going to the same school his Daddy went to when he was little.
 
Daddys School

A close of my title, washi and a gorgeous pinwheel from Rainbow Splendour, which I’ve just run out of and MUST order more, they are a staple in my stash!
 
Daddys School - closeup 1

My journaling, as usual this is a MUST on my layout, no page is complete without a date and a story!
 
Daddys School - closeup 2

And my boys, love them!!
 
Daddys School - closeup 3

You still have 10 days to submit your layout for our monthly BIG Savvy Sketch Challenge which could win you $40 to spend in the Savvy store!  Upload your layouts to the gallery before midnight 31 March for your chance to be our random winner chosen by random.org.
 
Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Simplifying My World

My life is busy.

I know we're all in the same boat, but I have made some decisions about my 'online world' that I need to change in order to simplify my world.


I love scrapbooking, I love owning my own scrapbooking store, I love blogging, I love sharing my layouts with like minded scrappy friends.  Anyone who knows me would know this is true, I am a big advocate of sharing the love and doing whatever I can to help people spend time doing the craft that we all love.  Running my own classes, online blind scrap sessions, cybercrops and the like are all testament to the fact that I love sharing the scrappy passion with everyone I possibly can.

However, I have encountered recent complications in my life that I can only describe as 'blurred  lines'.  I am guilty of giving TOO much at times, over involving myself in the lives of my scrappy friends, spending too much time reading and sharing their lives on Facebook and other avenues of social media.  I LOVE so many people in the scrapbooking world, and have put you all first to some degree for probably the last ten years of my life.  It started in online forums, moved to blogs and the Facebook....oh Facebook!  Facebook has a lot to answer for, the addiction of checking in to see what everyone is doing....every second minute of the day...has become an issue in my 'real world'.  Commenting and liking and being involved has become the normality for me.  It at numerous and multiple times taken my brain and attention away from my family, my home life, my children, my husband, my work...in a brain numbing, finger scrolling way, it just becomes habit to open the app on my phone and see what is happening.

For my REAL WORLD this often means that nothing is happening.  My housework is not being done, my work and business is not at the forefront of my mind, my children get forgotten, I'm not organised and running around at the last minute to get dinner done, or my exercise is forgotten....all because at any given moment I'm thinking about what someone else is doing, or posting, or commenting....or even what they're not doing....they aren't liking my posts or my photos, WHY aren't they chatting to me like they used to, why didn't they invite me to that get together....you get the drift. 

I've OVER THINKING and I totally understand that, but this unfortunately is my nature.  I am always trying to solve a problem, or help someone in need, or make someone feel better...when in reality by doing this I am hurting myself and everyone else around me.  Every.single.day.

I have had a long hard think about what I need to do to fix this issue in my life.  I have come to a solution.   

This solution may not be understood by all, and I do not at all intend to upset or offend anyone, but at the end of the day I need to simplify and separate my worlds.

I have set up a Facebook Page for my blog, in which I'll share anything on a PERSONAL scrapbooking level including challenges, layouts, ideas, blind scraps, anything that is specifically MY SCRAPBOOKING.  You will find my blog's Facebook page here - https://www.facebook.com/sarsscrapstory

I already have a business Facebook page for Scrapbook Savvy, in which I'll share business updates, class information, Design Team work, new arrivals and the like. You can find lots of Savvy information on the Scrapbook Savvy Website or the Scrapbook Savvy Blog, but on Facebook you'll find Scrapbook Savvy here - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scrapbook-Savvy/107429349349044

As for my personal page, it will become exactly that.  A PERSONAL PAGE.  I will be cutting down my friends list of over 800 people that I can't keep up with and solely be using it to share my personal thoughts, personal messages, personal life with the people who are a part of my REAL LIFE.  People I work with, see every day at dancing, friends that I communicate with on a regular basis, people that wouldn't ignore me in the street, and of course my family.  I no longer see the value in having to share my holidays, my love life, my family, my personal world, with people I don't really know.  Sure, some of my scrappy friends have become people that I can't go without communicating with but truth be known, there are lots of people on my Facebook page that I have never communicated with even once.  Its pointless.

This does not mean that if we run into eachother in the street, see eachother at a craft show, bump into one another at a class that I don't want to be friends and not talk to you...by all means, this is NOT my aim!

I will be contacting all of my regular customers personally via inbox to make sure they know where they can find me and Scrapbook Savvy.  I am always available via messages on the Scrapbook Savvy Facebook page if you can't inbox me personally on Facebook.

I want to reassure anyone that may be reading, that my love of scrapbooking and the scrapbooking world has not changed, I am still very passionate about this craft of ours....I'm simply separating my worlds so that I can manage them better....for me and for my family.  This is to make my life and my mental health easier to deal with day to day.

So stay tuned, my scrappy friends....you'll find all my updates right here on the Facebook page from now on.

I, in turn, will continue to follow you all on your blogs, Design Team positions, Facebook pages and in the scrappy magazines...as I've always done!

Happy Scrapping!

Cheers,
Sar

Sunday, January 12, 2014

January BIG Savvy Sketch!

Wow, two months and no blogging....my bad!!  Trying to get my scrappy world started for 2014, and what better way than to actually scrap a layout?!

Our sketch this month was created using a layout by Fiona from our gallery, and looks like this...

Jan 14 Savvy sketch
I have created a layout this morning using the SOLD OUT Project Savvy Xmas Kit....and see, you don't have to use the Project Savvy Kits JUST for Project Life...add some cardstock and they are perfect for layouts as well!  This is my boy Cooper a couple of years ago on Christmas morning.
Boy Gifts
 
Here's some closeups...
 
Loving the Starburst transparency pieces from Studio Calico! 

Gorgeous flairs in this kit were made by Flutterby Designs for our kit...

And some journaling on the gorgeous journal cards by Elle's Studio...

To win $40 spending money in the Scrapbook Savvy store, get scrapping and upload your layout to our gallery by the end of the month!  You will get free post on your order as well, how good is that!!!
 
Now to keep the mojo flowing and get ready for my first Savvy Class coming up this Friday, still a couple of spots left if you'd like to come along, check our Facebook Event here for details.

Happy Scrapping for the New Year, hope yours is a good one!