Thursday, November 28, 2013

Sarah's November Post

"Little Witch"

Hello everyone!
 With Christmas just around the corner I thought I would squeeze in one more
 Halloween layout before the December mayhem begins. Sophie usually dresses up
 as a Disney Princess to 'Trick or Treat' but this year she told me that she wanted
 to be 'something more scary like a witch'. Well, she made a very cute (but not very scary)
 little witch and these are just a few of my favourite photos of her.

The 2Crafty Skulls were perfect embellishments for my theme. I painted them with
 white distress paint, inked the edges and backed the eye holes with red washi tape.

I used the 2crafty  iron fence and lamp-post also added a 'creepy' halloween
 atmosphere to my page. I used gold metallic paste to colour the fence and 
metallic gelato pens for the lamp-post. Clusters of chipboard elements layered 
together can look really great and add lots of dimension to your page.

I used Crate Paper patterned papers for this page. None of my products were
 specifically 'Halloween' themed but the overall effect is in keeping with my
 theme because of the carefully selected chipboard embellishments.

The second page that I would like to share with you today has quite a different feel.

 "Precious Moments"

 The photo was taken on my daughter Sophie's 9th birthday and it is one of my
 favourites from the day. The 2crafty number strip is a prominent feature of my page. 
It is one of my favourite 2Crafty items and I have used it several times both as a 
whole and cut up into sections. Here I painted it black then used a metallic gold
 gelato pen to paint over the numbers 4 and 9 - to represent the ages of my kids in
 the photo. I outlined the black numbers with a white paint pen and the gold numbers
 with a black marker pen.

I slipped a 2crafty chipboard tabehind my photo. These tabs are really cool and you 
get several different designs in one pack. They are great for adding dates or names
to photos. In this case I simply covered my tag with patterned paper, sanded the edges
 and added a couple of heart stickers for decoration.

My absolute favourite chipboard accessory has got to be chevron bits. I use them 
on almost every layout that I make. They just add that 'professional' finishing touch
 to a page. It is fun to mix and match different sizes and thicknesses of chevron as
 I have done here. I have added a thin coat of white distress paint to the chevrons
 in this page but I often just leave them 'bare' - I love the look of raw chipboard, 
especially for 'boy' pages.

My final page is my entry for this months 'Scrapfriends' sketch challenge.

 It is based on this sketch and if you are a follower of my blog you will already have seen it :)

I chose this photo especially so I could use the awesome 2Crafty,  London
  element which I have used as my title. This was originally too big for
 my page so I cut the word 'London' from the bottom of the design and 
layered it over the base of the bridge element. This not only saved space
 but also added some cool dimension to the page. I painted the piece and
 added brick details to the bridge with a stamp. I love how versatile these
 larger chipboard items from 2Crafty are. It is so easy to cut them
 up and customise your designs.

A 2Crafty banner was a great substitute for the feathers in the sketch. 
I covered the banner elements with patterned paper, sanded the edges and
 outlined them with a black gel pen. I threaded string around and  between them
 to complete the banner effect. I used a stitching template to sew the city skyline 
along  the top left corner of my page. A chipboard date (2012) completed 
the page and made sure that we will never forget the year we took this
 unforgettable family vacation!

Finally,  I hope I have managed to inspire you to get out those chippies and
 start creating. I hope that you will all have a very happy Christmas and 
that Santa puts lots of crafty goodies in your stockings :)