Wednesday, August 21, 2013


There are those special moments in life that need to be celebrated. This one is a romantic moment from my dear friend's wedding.

 Come along to class next week and create a beautiful layout, complete with a "Moments" seal, made from scrap. 

 We will also make the background from a simple patterned piece of paper (click here to see the original paper) and use Twinkling H2Os in a new way to create these flowers. They are pretty and shiny.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Happy boys

I just love the new grungy embellishments at my2angels

Let me show you how easy it is to make a simple boy's layout look great.
Use a 5x7" photo and cut a 5x12" mat from patterned paper. Add some punched strips and both sides and adhere to the background.on the mat. Glue the photo on. Tuck some printed acetate under (or stamp some grungy designs) in the top left and near the bottom right corner.
Choose one of the Grunge Charming Dates (there are 5 to choose from and they all look awesome) and glue it in the top left corner. Add the date. 

Cut and fold a star shaped rosette (I used a die for that) and glue a Grunge Love You to Infinity Key in the middle. The hard work is all done for you - there are little cogs, hearts and a key and other small bits and pieces!

Glue the chain with the "Love you to infinity" in place. 

Now, all you have left to do is a title (I used ready-made chipboard flags strung on some baker's twine) and you are already done!
Super quick scrapping at it's best.

Friday, August 16, 2013


Hi everyone, it's Geli. I'm back! 
My Hannah is passionate about cheerleading and her team won the latest competition. I'm so proud of her! Here is a layout to celebrate her latest victory:

Do you hoard pretty paper? I do. This one (by Heidi Swapp) has been in my stash way too long. There were a few pink bits, which I painted white with gesso, cause they wouldn't match the black and yellow colour scheme. The shield shape was outlined with a black rhinestone chain. That was easy, I just glued it down 10cm at the time. Still, the paper looked a bit bland, so the middle got a bit of a black wash. (simply outline the position of the photo and go crazy with paint and water):

It didn't look that great at this point, but once the photo went on top and one side of a black felt frame was attached, things were starting to look pretty cool. 

Have you seen the new framed sentiments? I wanted to write on the banner and while digging through my letter stickers I discovered some old rub-ons from prehistory. I managed to almost find enough letters for "cheer", but had to fake the "h" with a "q". 

At this point I realised that I could either give the archeologist of 3013 something to dig up or use those letters up! (I have other cool ideas for grave goods to puzzle future generations) In other words, using them to frame the photo seemed like a good way to put them to use.

This pretty yellow frame comes with a pin too and there are lots of colours! Find them all here.

Have you taken adventage of the 5c sale at my2angels yet? Spend $5 and get something like this black felt ribbon for 5c! 

I cut some stars off and painted the inside with Ferro metal effect textured paint. This stuff is really cool, it has a gritty texture but keeps its metallic shine.
Then I added a crown charm (after all, they won!)...
...and a yellow star flower 
The cheerleader's pom poms and the star flower are also painted with the same metal effect paint. Pretty cool that it sticks to metal!

Hannah loves her page and I hope I have given you some inspiration!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

3 sisters and how to match colours

My sisters and I had some professional photos taken. We had none of the three of us since.... hm, forever.

Matching coloured papers to this one was amazingly difficult. If I picked the blues and purple tones from the photo, we looked like Smurfs and if I went with the brown and olive tones of the meadow we looked washed out. So instead I took a contrasting background colour (choc brown) and picked papers with a similar hue and saturation. Like the colours in the photo, these are bright colors, but not primaries. Then I offset it with skyblue to brighten it all up. Note that none of the papers match an exact colour in the photo, but rather compliment them and bring them out. 
Don't be afraid to pick colours to suit the "mood" in your photo, rather than the colours!

Add a bunch of butterflies and a few small scatterings of embellies and you're done!
Cheers, Geli

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Flower Vintage

In next week's class we'll dig out the good ol' embossing folder and create this middle panel using a fun new technique we haven't done before. You choose your own colour combo, of course.

We're painting with Twinkling H2Os and if you haven't used them before, you'll see how easy it is. You might have seen me demonstrate them at the expo. 
They have a real shine and lustre to them that can't be captured in a photo. This one is my best attempt: 

 There is a lovely rosette as well and no, you don't have to hand cut it! I'll throw one in for free. Yeah. If you're not at class you'll have to get your own, they are available from the lovely Art Stamps Australia.

I won the title of Design Diva! It's the design team of the Australian magazine Scrapbook Creations. I'm absolutely thrilled about that!
Here are the other super-talented ladies who are on the Design Diva team with me:

Michelle Logan at ML Design
Jasmine Shea at Jasmine's Scrapvine
Amanda Reddicliffe at The Embellished Blog
Kayla MacAulay  at Kayla Renee
and Angella Peardon at 4ft9inch creator