Monday, 23 December 2013

Scrap Around the World : December Challenge

I have just discovered a new blog called Scrap Around the World
It has some very inspiring and beautiful creations to view I have decided to enter the
The challenge stated we were to gain inspiration from the beautiful mood board 
images pictured below.

As soon as saw this I new I had to enter. The images are so soft and elegant and provide so many creative opportunities.

I was inspired by the colours in the book image and the colour of the ladies hair. 
Also the lovely floral picture inspired me to include some flower 
embellishments on my canvas. I also noticed the texture 
on the frames and included some masking with texture paste and cheese cloth.

So it was a wonderful set of images to start my creative process.
My canvas has many elements that give overall unity to the completed work. I love the
the colours together and  how they altered the numerous card stock, metal, floral and grungeboard embellishments. I especially love the dimensionality of this project and the 
many textural components.

This is my first attempt at the mixed media concept and style and I hope you can gain some inspiration from my project. I think aim going to be a mixed media convert and potential addict ( LOL ).
I had so much fun trying out this style of creating.

Cheers Andrew 

Saturday, 21 December 2013

New Years Projects

Hi everyone

As the year comes to an end and we look forward to the new year, 2014, I thought I would ask the visitors to my blog what type of projects you would like to see me create.

Maybe you have some ideas that I can try and always like to have new challenges. So if you want see more of a particular scrapbooking genre please place your vote in the poll over in the side bar to the right.

Also please leave a comment  below this post if you would like . Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas.

Cheers Andrew

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Steam Punk Clock

Firstly I would like to thank everyone who visited my blog in past week I have received a lot of wonderful comments on my creations so a big thank you to everyone. I hope you have been over to graphic 45 and seen the wonderful creations since my feature artist post . Now I have just finished my latest project and hope you will enjoy it. This is my steam punk clock.

The papers I used for this project were steampunk debutante and one piece from steampunk spells.
These two collections are very eclectic and can be used to make 
many different themed projects.
All the heat embossing was done with american crafts zing and tim holtz distress embossing powders.
All the cogs were die cut from card stock and the embossing gives the rustic metallic finish.
There is assorted metal work including large brads from graphic 45.
The base for the clock is a chip board fob watch style clock from Scrapmatts and the sign board
is also from scrap matts.
The chipboard is so ornate and detailed with delicateness. It gives detail to any project.
The next photo is a close up of the clock embellishments.

Thank you for coming over to see my clock and I trust it will inspire you in some way.
Don't forget my inaugural blog give away so if you are not a follower please 
join so you can be in the running for the prize.
The link is 

Cheers Andrew

Saturday, 14 December 2013

12 Days of Christmas

As you may have noticed I am in the christmas mood and having posted my latest tag as well a few others , I thought it was time for another 3D project and what better time of year than now for a gift style creation. The latest christmas collection from graphic 45 " 12 Days of Christmas " is in my opinion there best seasonal collection to date. The images are astounding and displays there ability to provide a wonderful colour palette to work with and gain inspiration from. In this post I would like to share my love of box style projects as well this wonderful paper collection.

Christmas Mantle Portmanteau

This project has many applications. I will be using it as a christmas christmas card and gift tag writing set. But it could also house a mini album, christmas keep sakes, special decorations or have many other christmas purposes. I love the layering and petaloo flowers. 

THe graphic 45 components came from the 8 x 8 and 12 x 12 pads, sticker sheet, card stock flowers and chip board elements. This collection also is accented through the use of the tim holtz foundation feet and box corners.

If you love christmas then you will love12 days of christmas by graphic 45 and please share your thoughts on this project.

Cheers Andrew

Friday, 13 December 2013

One more tag staples

My blog post is up on graphic 45 and I have had some wonderful responses in the comments section. I love there products so much and you will have noticed  I am partial to creating with them. So please go over to their blog and check out my feature post the link is :

I have a new tag, amazingly enough using Bo Bunny rejoice collection and scrapmatts chip board (not my usual graphic 45 ) . The paper collection is a christmas themed range an it has very traditional colours and is so stylish and elegant.

I love the form of this design it has symmetry and balance which are I try achieve in all my projects. The three colours coordinate well and give an overall traditional christmas feel. The scrapmatts chip board is so delicate and provides wonderful detail. The three ornaments I used are the focal point of the tag.

The remainder of the embellishments we created using wild orchid crafts paper roses, a metal flourish from my stash and the flowers were made using the tim holtz tattered florals and tattered poinsettia dies.

I hope you enjoy this tag and your christmas season brings many scrapbooking creative opportunities. My next post will be another christmas themed project and hope you come and check it out ( made with graphic 45 of course ).

Until then happy scrapping.

Cheers Andrew

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Graphic 45 Large Tag Staples 3

Bohemian bazaar Tag

Welcome to tag number three. As you have probably guessed I love the new tag staples. For this one I have used the bohemian bazaar collection by graphic 45 . 
I love the bright colors of this collection. The patterns of this collection have so many applications
and tag making is only one.

Please come back for the final two tags in my large tag staple series.

Cheers Andrew

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Graphic 45 Large Tag Staples 2

Typography Tag

This is the second tag in my large tag series.
I kept this very simple and stream line as the typography collection by Graphic 45 is very clean in its design. I think the colors are very bold and it gives high visual impact.
The first photo represents the front of the tag. I used the tags and pockets from typography and made two tags with images from the collection.

The front has a flip cover and exposes another tag pocket and further matting with papers 
from the collection.

The next couple of images are from the back of the tag and include two file folders
in a pocket and provide space for journalling or photos.

Please came back for tag three where I have used bohemian bazaar. Typography is a great
collection and I would love to see any creations you have designed.

Please email me your photos at 

Cheers Andrew 

Monday, 2 December 2013

Pocket Scrapping : Mother Goose

One of the current trends in scrap booking is the concept and technique of pocket scrapping.
I thought I would try it and use the wonderful mother goose 
collection from graphic 45.
This collection is a whimsical children's themed collection and has the tell tale
vintage classic feel that all graphic 45 papers have.
I love the pocket idea as it allows you to make each individual mini layout, but co-ordinate
the entire project. I love the colors of this collection and they make my black and white photos stand out
The first photo is the entire project ( I removed them form the pocket page to reduce the glare on the plastic), I love the vibrant nature of this project.  

The graphic 45 products I used for this creation were the mother goose 8x8 pad, 12x12 pad, tags and pockets, banners, chip board and sticker sheet, card stock flowers. I also used 
American craft chip board thickers embossed with rouge zing embossing powder, bakers twine, satin ribbon in two colors, bazzill card stock, kaiser craft pearls and rhine stone strips,
and tim holtz walnut stain distress ink

One of the benefits of this type of scrapping, you can choose to put a photo on every section or limit the number of photos you use, there is a lot of flexibility.

I love to add a lot of detail to my scrap booking but that style is not for everyone.
this type of scrap booking looks very effective in a less detailed style and gives a very clean crisp look

I trust you will investigate pocket scrapping if you have not already and give a go, it will add another string to your scrap bow and provide a different way of displaying your cherished photos. and please get into graphic 45 paper they are great for this type of scrapping as well many others
Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for further creations.

Cheers Andrew  

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Graphic 45 Tag - Staples

I have recently been creating using the graphic 45 tag staples. 
They are very versatile and have provided the opportunity to incorporate them into a few of my tag 
designs using different graphic 45 paper collections.

One of my previous projects, little darlings chest , I created the tag album using 
the small size tag staple.
My recent tags I based around the large tag staples and gave me a lot of scope for design.

Steam Punk Spells Tag
This Tag is very bold and vibrant. I love this paper collection and it lends it self to many applications.
Have you completed any projects with steam punk spells ?

I have used quite a few of the papers and they all coordinate well as Graphic 45 al ways does.
This is the front view and I think the vintage lady on the weathered clock back ground
is a bold image and captures your attention. This section is also a lift up flap.
I used imaginarium cogs and diecuts to accent the steam punk theme, embellishing 
them with assorted metal work.

The next two photos are the inside of the front. I love the images of this collection and the were easy to incorporate into the tags. I used the martha stewart spider web edge punch to decorate 
the double pocket. The papers are so clean and vibrant extra embellishment would have diminished the wonderful pictures.

 The back side is very strong in design and color. I love the fussy
cutting capacity of graphic 45 paper collections and steam punk spells is no exception.
The hot air balloons were a challenge to cut but absolutely worth the effort. They create a wonderful background behind the concertina fold booklet.
I also created multi layered flowers cut from the paper and shaped the petals to create dimensionality.
The wonderful chipboard frame and centre were taken from the coordinating
chipboard diecuts.

The next two photos show some of the detail and demonstrate
the concertina fold booklet.

Please head over to the graphic 45 ning site and check out my other creations or surf my blog.
Thanks for dropping by

Cheers Andrew 

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Secret Garden Ark

Secret Garden by graphic 45 is a lovely collection. In the past I used this collection to create my picture window mini album . the creation was a twist on the concept of noahs ark. I love the detail and this collection has great images to choose from.

A few close ups to demonstrate the detail.

The two mini albums that are found inside.

Share your thoughts on this project.
Come back to see other creations I have on my blog .


Friday, 22 November 2013

Scrap Alphabet

Creativity is a an experience that lets your imagination take you where you want it to go. Tags have great scope for this to occur and therefore my scrap alphabet tag for the letter c reflects this.

C is for create

This tag has a few techniques in the background and they include the use of tim holtz distress ink in three ways spraying, application with a blending tool and stamping, as well as stamping with pearlised paint. These techniques allow a soft muted background to be achieved.

The monogram was inked then heat embossed with lilac embossing powder to tone in with the background. The embellishments are by petaloo and wild orchid crafts in a floral theme and give the tag an over all feminine tone.

The products I used were as follows : 

No 8 Shipping tag
We are memory keepers eyelets
Distress ink ( shaded lilac, Vintage photo, Frayed burlap )
Kaiser craft cling stamps
Alpha stamps
Pearlised paint 
Zing embossing powder
chip board monogram
card stock in desired color
Assorted ribbon and trim
Wild orchid crafts roses and leaves
Petaloo darjeeling flowers

Let your own creativity flow and give tag making a try. You can use them as card toppers and layout journaling spots and as post cards to friends and family as well as many other applications.

What are you favorite embellishments to use on your creations and why ?. As you have noticed I love flowers and incorporate them as often as I can. Looking forward to reading your comments.

Cheers Andrew


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