Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sarah' Groen's March inspiration!

February is such a short month!
I thought I had ages to go until I needed to schedule this post, then when 
I checked  the calendar it was almost March!!!
Anyway, hope you have all had a great start to the year and that I can inspire you
 in some way with my post.
Here is my first page:
My little boy turned 5 in February and amongst the many gifts that he received were
these outdoor toys - a rope swing and hammock. I loved the colours in the hammock
 and used them as inspiration for the palate of my page. I used lots of spray inks, 
stamps and masking techniques to create a fun background for my fun photos. 
 The 2Crafty products that I used here are
  • Chevron Pieces
  • 'Cheeky' loopy word
  • 'Sharon's butterflies'
  • ATC Tiny Hearts

All I did with the loopy word to create an eye-catching title was to give it a coat of
black distress paint. Could anything be easier?  2Crafty have a huge selection of words
 and short phrases in stock so you can find one to complement almost any themed page. 

Butterflies are essential to any scrapbooker's stash. The 2Crafty 'Sharon's butterflies'
 come as a set of 6 in varying sizes. I used my gelato pens to colour my butterflies then
coated them with dimensional magic to 'set' the colour. If you love a more sparkly
effect try sprinkling a little fine glitter onto the dimensional magic while it is still wet.
 It will seal in the glitter as it dries.

As a finishing touch to almost any page I can't go past the 2Crafty 'Chevron bits'
Here I have painted them black, outlined them with a white gel pen and used them
 as brackets to emphasise my title.  Lastly I have used some of the Tiny Hearts from
 the "ATC Tiny Hearts/Stars" and scrattered them both on the top and bottom of the
 layout - they are super cute! 

My second page is another multi-photo page. I have so many photos to scrap
 that I love incorporating several into a page. These are 'selfies' that Natalie,
 my 17 year old daughter, took with her i-pod whilst fooling around with her
little brother. I couldn't choose my favourites so I scrapped them all!


This page is crammed with delicious 2crafty goodies. Here's what I used:
'Selfies' loopy title
View Finder
I arranged the "stars" in a 'visual triangle' using different sizes and a mixture of solid
 and outlined pieces. I used a' tarnished gold' metallic paste rub-on to colour the
 stars then added some 'doodled' details using 'liquid pearls'. I added a few clusters
 of rub-on stars around the chipboard ones to further enhance the starry theme.

The 2Crafty "view finders" are another favourite of mine.
They come in a pack of 3 different sizes. For this page I cut the largest one in half
 ( so I could save the part that would have been hidden for another page), painted
 it white, inked the edges then backed the 'windows' with black cardstock to give
 the impression of film negative. I added a few word sticker labels and a strip
of washi tape for a little added interest.

Again I used a chipboard word as my title - How could I not as this was the perfect
word for my page!!!  I used my favourite technique of painting it black and then
outlining the letters with white gel pen. I coated the whole word with dimensional
 magic to give it a glossy finish.

The last page that I would like to share with you is one that I created for the
CSI design team last month.

 'Holiday Reads'

Here is the challenge that I based the page on:
I loved how I had photos of all my kids enjoying their books on our summer vacation
and I wanted to scrap them all on the same page - hence another multiphoto layout
was created! 
I inked my background through an 'ABC' mask (from dylusions) which I
 thought was very appropriate for my theme. All of the chipboard that I have
 used on this page is from 2Crafty.
  • Palm trees (unit of 3)
  • Chevron bits
  • '2014'

I really love these "palm  trees" which I coloured using my gelato pens and inked
 the edges. Gelatos are a great way to cover raw chipboard as they give a full,
 vivid colour coat without the need for undercoating. Also there are so many shades
of gelatos that it is really easy to find the perfect match for your page.

Again I used my "chevron bits" to draw the eye to my photos, and, yes, again
 I painted them black and outlined them with white gel pen!

I like to always add the date to my pages and I am always on the look out for interesting
 and unique ways to do this. I love the 2Crafty "2014" pieces. They make a great finishing
 touch to any project and they come in a range of sizes and fonts.

Well thats all from me for now. I hope that you have a fantastic month and that I have
 managed to inspire you to get out your 2Crafty chipboard and start creating!