Showing posts with label Gael. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gael. Show all posts

Monday, March 10, 2014

Sharing a Sketch

Cindy here!  The contributors at Ideas for Scrapbookers had such a great time working with Pam's sketch two weeks ago that we're at it again! This time, I designed the sketch.

I actually made the sketch by working backwards from this layout:

As you can see, I made a Then & Now layout featuring photos of my son next to our stuffed snowman in 2009 and again in 2013.  What a difference four years makes!

Check out the amazing creations the rest of the designers made from my sketch.  I was absolutely blown away by the beautiful pages each person sent me.  You're going to love them too.

First up is Cathy.  By coincidence, she also did a Then & Now page featuring her sons!  She followed the sketch closely, but by rotating it 90 degrees she was able to make it work beautifully with horizontal photos.  I love her use of pattern and color.

Next is Gael.  She followed the sketch almost exactly, so it is amazing how different her layout is from mine!  The page is so feminine and beautiful and suits her photos perfectly.

Here is Tanya's page. Tanya almost always scraps two-page layouts, so I was eager to see what she would do with this sketch. I love that she turned the two vertical photos on the sketch into one horizontal picture.  She also changed the 12x12 sketch into an 8.5x11 layout.  I love the happy colors and patterns she used, as well as how much journaling she fit in!

Next, here is Sharon's layout.  Like Tanya, Sharon used one photo instead of two like in the sketch, but she chose to split the photo to add visual interest. The whole layout is so powerful.  Each time I look at it, I see new things to love.

Finally, here is Lesley's two-page version of my sketch.

If you look closely, you'll notice that each half of the two-page layout follows the sketch!  Here's the left side.  It uses the sketch as is.

For the right side, Lesley rotated the sketch 90 degrees, but still used two vertical photos.  She used the same die-cut on each side (horizontal on the left and vertical on the right) to tie the two sides together.  I love that she created two different (yet totally cohesive) pages from the same sketch.

So there you have it... six artists' interpretations of the same sketch.  If you use the sketch, please let us know!  We'd love to feature your work.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Ready for a NEW Sketch?

Hi all. Pam with you today sharing a new sketch and a few takes of it. I am totally BLOWN AWAY by the pages that the contributors created for the sketch. Each of their takes on sketch are so different and really inspire to me create new pages! First let me share with you the sketch!  It is pretty simple with three photos and a few extra embellishments to accent the page.

Lesley is up first with a breathtaking layout using the sketch. This has to be my all time favorite layout by Lesley. I just adore everything about it from the sweet film strips of her granddaughter to the accents of pink, blue and cream. This could not be any sweeter! You can see she stuck to the original sketch except added photos and paper to the middle strip. Amazing!

Gael's page is up next! Her page is one word: strikingly beautiful. There are many things to notice and love about this page such as the collage of embellishments on the top and the unique color scheme which matches the photo to a T! For her take on the sketch she kept the original design, but took away the top photos and added embellishments instead. I couldn't imagine this photo scrapped better!

Cindy is up next with her page! Again, this is probably my new favorite page by Cindy! I just love how she documented so many things in this page having to with their life. The photo coming off the side just looks great and I love the border of pink around the photo blocks. Her style is so clean it all comes together so well. You will notice she flipped the sketch to the right 90 degrees, added two more photos, and adjusted the embellishments to work for her page! :)

Sharon created our last page today. Again I am totally wowed! The colors, patterns and design work are designed so well I just can't stop staring at the details like the vintage photos, bright pops of colors, and the beautiful die cut title. I just love how she made it her own!! Looking at her page compared the sketch, you will notice she flipped this 180 degrees. She has her one big photo on the bottom accented by the other photos (she used three). The three photos on the top really bring your eyes downward to that great castle photo. Love this!

Whatcha think? Do you like these as much as me :D . If you use the sketch and want to share with the readers here, please send it to me at .


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Favourite Layouts for 2013

Hi, it’s Gael here and I’d like to share some of my favourite layouts from last year.  2013 was a busy year and I was lucky enough to have a couple of trips to Adelaide with my scrapping buddy Lesley.  We always have heaps of fun on our scrapping trips and this year we went to Adelaide in April and did classes with one of our favourite teachers, Steph Devlin from Prima.  We also saw some amazing Graphic 45 layouts by Jane Tregenza and I hope to be able to do some of her classes one day.  Our April trip was timed so we could spend a day with the amazing Anna Dabrowska ( aka Finnabair).
In November Lesley & I were lucky enough to go to Adelaide again and do some more beautiful classes with Steph and this time we also spent a day with Janine Koczwara who does amazing layouts for Prima. This trip was timed so we also had a day with the lovely Heiddi Swapp who showed us some great techniques with her products.  I’m looking forward to having lots of fun playing with my goodies from Heidi’s classes.
I thought I’d start by showing you some of my favourite layouts we did at these classes. 
Below is one of the beautiful layouts from the amazing Steph Devlin classes. 

The following layout is my layout from the Finnabair classes.

Lastly I have one of my favourite layouts we did with Janine Koczwara.  Wow what talented local ladies they have in Adelaide (makes me wish I lived closer to do more classes with them!).

Now on to some of my own work.  One of my favourite layouts for 2013 was one I did that didn’t even contain a photo!  The fun papers were all the inspiration I needed to get motivated to create this layout. 

Some of my other favourite layouts from last year include the following layouts –

It’s amazing to look back at my favourite layouts and see just how much an influence the classes I did last year had on my style.  I’m hoping Lesley and I will be as lucky in 2014 to be able to attend some more classes with these amazing teachers as I have learnt so much and had so much fun in the process. 

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Gael's Picks of New Products!

Hi, its Gael here today and I’d like to share with you some of the new products recently released at CHA.  These are just the ones that took my eye and which I’m really looking forward to seeing in the stores.
I have a love for vintage/heritage collections and I’m so thrilled to see so many companies have new ranges coming out.  I’m just not sure how I can pick my favourites but I’m sure I’ll be seeking out the following collections.
Webster’s Pages – Postcards from Paris II

Prima – Vintage Vanity & Everyday Vintage


I’ve also just started getting into the Project Life style of scrapbooking and luckily for me they have also brought out a Heritage kit, so I’ve got this one on order already!!
Project Life – Heritage kit

Some other goodies which I would love to try out include the Color Wash from Pink Paisley and the Color Magic from Heidi Swapp. 
Pink Paisley – Color Wash

Heidi Swapp – Color Magic
There are so many fun new products coming out that I found it really hard to decide on a few favourites so I’m really looking forward to seeing what products other people are looking forward to trying.  

Cathy Dippolito
Dolores Schaeffer
Cindy deRosier
Lesley Walker
Gael Spence
Sarah Routledge
Sharon Fritchman
Tanya Ham
Sheila Burns
Pam Callaghan

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Designer Showcase:Summer!!

Hi all, Pam here. Summer is full spring here! Today we are sharing summer projects to inspire you with those summer photos you will be taking....

Up first is an adorable project by Sheila. She made this for a teacher and it turned out so cute. Check out that orange wedge and bunch of cherries! Love it for summer!!

These next fabulous page is by Gael. I love many things about this page... from the colors to the design. This is what Gael said about her page, "This design for this layout was inspired by a beautiful layout by Steph Devlin where she used the balloons and bird from the My Minds Eye range of papers.  As I had these in my stash and I thought they had a wonderful whimsical summery feel to them I decided to try and incorporate them into my layout.  The end result is very different to Steph’s beautiful layout but was a lot of fun creating.  I used a Kaisercraft overlay which I coloured to create the flower border with the bike.  I also included some diecuts, layering and a few flowers."

Tanya created this next fun page. Check out how festive and cool this design is! I adore all of the banners, tags and fabulous photos. The perfect 4th page.

Lesley created this "oh so cute page". These photos go just perfect with all of the elements on the page. Check out the fabulous embellishments on the bottom! Love it! Here is more info on Lesley's page,"Summer, the best time of the year and to a lot it means being able to get to the beach and have fun.   This layout is exactly that, my grandson when he visited from America found great enjoyment on one of our local beaches, experiencing the waves and sand play, this was a fun layout to do and loved bringing all the colour into it which again mean summer to me."

I hope you have enjoyed these pages for summer today!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Different ways of using the Prima – Julie Nutting Doll Stamps

Hi, it’s Gael here today and I’d like to show you a few different ways I use the Julie Nutting Doll Stamps by Prima.  Like many of us I just loved these stamps when they came out and couldn’t wait to get some so I could play with them.  Here are some examples of some of the fun ways I’ve found to use them.
The first example is the one that I’ve seen the most, which is to stamp the doll image onto various papers and then cut out the various parts and layer them.  A lot like the old paper dolls we had when we were little (or for the younger ones, your Mums would have had when they were little!!)

Another fun way to use these stamps is to stamp onto Shrink Plastic.  For this example I stamped the image using Stazon Black and then coloured it in using Tim Holtz markers.  Once this was complete I then shrunk the image using my heat gun.  I did find with the doll stamps the legs are so long and thin that they didn’t shrink very well, so I just cut them off.  Next time I would only stamp the body of the doll without the legs.

The last idea I had a lot of fun playing with.  This time I clear embossed the stamp and then coloured it in.  I started by stamping the image onto cardstock using the Embossing inkpad and then sprinkling over clear embossing powders.  I set the embossing powders with the heat gun and then using the Tim Holtz markers again, I coloured in the various sections.  I must admit it was a little tricky working out exactly where the clear embossing was but once I started it just seemed to come together nicely.  I was really happy with how this technique worked on with the doll stamps.

I hope this has given some different ideas of ways for using these fun stamps.  (Full layout examples below)

Cathy Dippolito
Dolores Schaeffer
Cindy deRosier
Marlene Murphy
Lesley Walker
Gael Spence
Sarah Routledge
Sharon Fritchman
Tanya Ham
Sheila Burns
Pam Callaghan

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Designer Showcase: Black and White Photos

Hey all, Pam here again with a designer showcase on black and white photos. I know with scrapbooking, it is hard to know whether to use color or to use black and white photos. Some people don't like to use black and white photos much at all. I like using the them as often as needed.. why? Because they can convey a mood to your page. I will explain what I mean below!

Here is a page by Sharon and her daughter playing the piano. As you will see this layout does a great job of focusing right on the photo and creating an "artistic" mood for the page. Check out the long piano extending along the page. The same photo could have been done in color, but wouldn't have had the same efffect.
BRIGHT IDEA #1: Extend your photo out just like Sharon did for a dramatic effect!

Our next page is by Sheila. This is such a neat page b/c it sort of reminds me a classic photo of a girl with earring. Sheila also used a vintage looking sticker on the side of photo along with some floral paper. The mood of this page was done by using all of the elements together along with black and white photo.
BRIGHT IDEA #2: Use embellishments you wish to match the mood on the page along with those black and white photos.

Gael used the black and white photo to create a dreamy like page along with all of the elements on the page. She clustered flowers, used vintage stickers and some pretty border punches. That photo does an an excellent job of giving the page it's unique look.
BRIGHT IDEA #3:  Use black and white photos with lights color such as pinks and peaches to really make it pop.

Have a great day and find sometime to scrap today!!

Cathy Dippolito
Dolores Schaeffer
Cindy deRosier
Marlene Murphy
Lesley Walker
Gael Spence
Sarah Routledge
Sharon Fritchman
Tanya Ham
Sheila Burns
Pam Callaghan

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Trend Report 2013 - Part 3

Hey all. Pam bringing you the last installment of the trend report! I hope you have enjoyed seeing the past two posts. You can see Part 1 here  and Part 2 here. Today I will be bringing you more trends, some new, some old, and some well, not blue. LOL

Ok, so as you know die cuts and die machines have been around for a while. The past few years I have seen more and more people invest in die cut machines, like me. So, this trend is one that will never die and I hope to see more and more of it! :) Let's see some examples!

"Simple Pleasures" by Gael Spence

"Enjoy" by Sheila Burns

"Love" by Lesley Walker

"Enjoy Today" by Cindy deRosier

"Travel" by Tanya Ham

"The Duffers" by Marlene Murphy

This may not be a totally new trend, but it is one that is popular with scrappers right now. There are these cool molds that you can pour resin into and form neat embellishments. I haven't tried this yet, but I think it looks very cool. Let's see some examples!

"Into the Woods" by Sharon Fritchman

"This way to Serenity" by Sharon Fritchman

"Love" by Gael Spence

I think this trend is so cool. We are seeing more glasses pop up on papers and embellishments lately! Even die cuts! Want to create a layout with glasses, let's see Marlene's example below.

"Specs" by Marlene Murphy

Denim is a great trend because it incorporates fashion into scrapping. Who doesn't love denim jeans? I think this is great that it has entered the scrap scene. Let's see two examples by Sharon on how to make this trend work on your pages.

"Around the Fire" by Sharon Fritchman

"Summer Camp" by Sharon Fritchman

I love punches. I have spent so much money on this trend. Around the edge punches have been around for a few years, but are still super popular. How cool is it to add dimension and detail to your pages by just punching a bit. I love punches that go all the way around!! Let's see some examples.

layout by Lesley Walker

"Friend For Life" by Lesley Walker

"Friends" by Sharon Fritchman

"Sisters" by Marlene Murphy

Who doesn't love a page with a soft color palette. I feel like I have seen more and more of this trend. It isn't just for babies and puppies anymore. It works for so many themes. Let's see how!!

"Sisters" by Sharon Fritchman

"Follow Your Heart" by Tanya Ham

"My Dreams for You" by Sheila Burns

"Chenonceau Castle" by Gael Spence

"Love Always" by Dolores Schaeffer

I have gone ga-ga over metal rimmed brads! I just love the look of them and you can create visual triangles with them and such.  I love how the metal rim causes them to pop more.  Check this out!

"Spring" by Pam Callaghan

"Easter Egg Drop" by Pam Callaghan

"Matty Vs Wild" by Marlene Murphy

"Just Breathe" by Sharon Fritchman

More and more I am seeing a neutral background on layouts. Sometimes it is white, but it can also be off-white, cream, craft, or a soft pink! I know this trend has been around for sometime, but I really wanted to highlight it. :)

"First Day of First Grade" by Cindy deRosier

"Lucky to Have Great Pets" by Dolores Schaeffer

"Together" by Gael Spence

"Anne" by Sharon Fritchman

"Cherished" by Pam Callaghan

The last trend, I am highlighting, is one I have seen explode over the past few years! I think it is because die cutting is so easy with machines now. What I mean by negative die cut space is using the space that is cut out and filling it with paper, cardstock or photos in back. This is one trend I hope never goes away!!

"January 2013" by Pam Callaghan

"Hey There Little Guy" by Lesley Walker

"Home" by Gael Spence

"Arm in Arm" by Sharon Frtichman

I hope you have enjoyed this three part trend report! Does this inspire you to create new pages?

Cathy Dippolito
Dolores Schaeffer
Cindy deRosier
Marlene Murphy
Lesley Walker
Gael Spence
Sarah Routledge
Sharon Fritchman
Tanya Ham
Sheila Burns
Pam Callaghan