Single Page LO, The Studio Challenges

Beautiful & Just Perfect | The Studio DT

Hello fellow artists!

Today I want to share the latest challenge from The Studio Challenges .

For this round, we offer you a Tic Tac Toe Challenge to take part on. It’s my first time doing one and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed doing it!  Such a fun idea!

Pretty cool options, don’t you agree?

Here is what I did – opting for the diagonal column “Circle Blue Heart”.

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Off The Rails Scrapbooking, Single Page LO

Dream of Tomorrow | OTR DT

Off The Rails Scrapbooking challenge this month, has a fiery ‘mother nature’ aspect to their mood board.  Head on over here to see and to play along with us!

This is how I played along with the board.  I chose the colours – specifically the oranges and yellows and added a dash of red.  I also incorporated paper with a tree design and fussy cut some flowers to bring in the ‘mother nature’ aspect.

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CSI DT Post, Single Page LO

Perfect Moments | CSI DT

You have until the 31st of May to play along with this beautiful challenge that CSI: Color Stories Inspiration is running right now.

You’d be crazy not to play along with us, as there is a delicious array of prizes up for grabs!

Here is what I did with this challenge:

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I used a solid background and took inspiration from the stripes and flowers on the inspiration image.  I also added some gold elements to lift the page.  The inspiration for my journaling came from Sunday Scribblings – No 382: Path.  Hence the quote across my photograph: Family is our link to the past and a bridge to the future.

Obviously, how I was raised has a lot to do with how I turned out; that goes without saying. Each of my parents have provided me with their own unique traits to create my own views and tools on how to deal with what life throws my way.  I want to focus on my daddy, as he has left us now and I have reflected at length at how he has contributed into making me the person I am; traits that I hope to pass on to Isabella one day – in that small way, a part of my daddy’s legacy lives on.  Daddy taught me so much about the nitty-gritty aspect of life; I’m talking particularly about how things work.  Cars, light bulbs, plugs etc.  Daddy spent much of his time tinkering on cars or if an appliance broke – he was there fixing it.  Without a shadow of a doubt, I am certain that I inherited from him that need to know how things work.  Were it not for this, I would not be able to change a tyre, change a plug, know which light bulb to buy or know the actual names of tools.  I can’t wait to pass this legacy on to Isabella.  Just because you’re a girl, doesn’t mean you don’t need to know about these things!  Daddy has certainly helped shape me into the fiercely independent person I am today!

Here are some close ups of my layout.

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Challenge YOUrself, Single Page LO

Happiness is Homemade

So for my next post, I want to share with you the layout I created for the latest challenge over at Challenge Yourself.

I have to say that I really just loved the inspiration photograph.  It made me think of warm sunny days, butterflies and the smell of earth.  Beautiful image, really.  Here is what the challenge looks like:

Aside from the colour scheme of the image, I also took inspiration from the soft feel of it.  I smooshed by background with the three colours in the image – blue, green and straw-yellow – and I did it in such a way as to recreate how the colours were laid out in the photograph.  As embellishments, I fussy cut some tiny white flowers and I also used some foliage just to echo those that appear in the photograph.

Here is my piece, along with some close ups:

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More Than Words, Single Page LO

Making Memories Together

Hi everyone.

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted.

As mentioned previously, this year has been a really rough one for my family and I.  After my precious daddy was diagnosed with lung cancer on the 4th of January, he had a stroke on the 9th of March and then left us on the 15th of March.  As sudden as his cancer diagnosis was, the stroke really floored us all.  It’s been a very, very trying time for us and we are still battling.  Personally, I am still in denial.

With that said, I have pretty much locked myself away in my scrapping room since mid-March and crafted away.  Both as my own personal form of therapy – and because I had fallen behind on a lot of my design team commitments, which I didn’t enjoy at all.  So now, I’m ahead of myself with my commitments and free to play along with a batch of online challenges.

First up, is my take on the challenge over at More Than Words – this is what it looks like:

If you’re a regular follower of my blog (and my life in general!) you will know that I have been incorporating a lot of photo’s of my daughter with my late husband in my pieces – I’m so scared that she will forget him or rather, aspects of him, as she was not even 4-and-a-half when he passed…  Also, in this day and age where everything is social media, technology and / or digitally based – homes in the future of my child’s generation will not necessarily have all the physical photo’s of memories which were made!  I hate that!  When I grew up, we had walls FULL of photo’s of us at various ages or stages!

So, with that said, I used a photograph of Isabella and Travers taken when we were out and about with her – they were looking at and discussing some birds in a tree and I really love how natural they are in the photograph.  As frames, I dug into my pile of chippie frames that I have – I do tend to keep them as I feel they make great additions to any layout – or card, tag, canvas, etc.!!

Here is what I put together for this challenge, I hope you like it: