Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Check out The Lets get shabby blog

Imaginarium Designs was asked to sponsor the Let's Get Shabby Blog for this month. I was asked to do their monthly challenge.

Challenge #26
is all about
(Your creation must contain both 'Toile AND Ticking')
What's this you might ask???
Here's a wonderful site we found that will help answer your questions.
or look to the Shabby Design Team projects.
You might find this in fabric, or paper...
Another question you might raise is ...
'I don't have any?'
You can also find Toile and Ticking and print off the computer like a couple of our DT have done.
Toile and Ticking is beautifully historically French and fabulously Shabby!
Toile is a distinct elegant pattern used in various shades and Ticking is a stripe – usually a double stripe or uneven spaced stripe…

I didn't have any Toile or Ticking, but found some fabric in a patchwork store for the toile. I had to print the ticking image from the Internet. I decided to do a layout on my Great Grandmother Florence. I remember visiting her in a nursing home. She was such a grand old Lady who always sat bolt upright in her chair. She died at 96 with her memory intact, by then I was 12 years old. I used a photo of her taken when she was about 19 years old. She was married by this time and had one child. The smaller photo is take at her 90th birthday. She must have had a hard life as my Great Grandfather was injured in a work related accident and died in his late 40's. She had 9 children and lived through some of the great changes in 20th century. From travelling by horse and buggy to seeing Man walk on the moon. From using candles to computers. The changes she witnessed in her life time were huge.
I used the fabric for tieing the large bow on my page. I also cut some on the fabric into a 3 inch strip and ran a gathering thread up the middle of it and pulled it up to make a bunting which I put under each of the photos.

I used two frames from Imaginarium Designs and randomly painted them with a paint dabber. This let the grey chipboard show through a little which gave it a blue tinge to balance out all the white on my layout . I also put a little bit on glitter on the frame to give it a lift. I added the ticking as stripes at the bottom of my page and attached it with some MM button brads. The flower was white and I had to spray with glimmer mist to get the deep blue colour I wanted. I added some ribbons, a lock small frame and swag from Melisa Frances. It is my first "white" layout I have done and I really like it. It still needs some journaling but I will do another page to match and put the journaling on that one.Thanks for looking
PS Don't forget to visit the Let's get Shabby blog for some more inspiration and check out their design teams work.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Don't know what is happening to my weeks but they keep disappearing!
So the winner is
"This is wonderful! Graphic 45 has such fabulous talented designers!! Saw you via Imaginarium ♥ "
Dee Dee can you email me at jane@seriouslyscrapbooking.net.au and I will send you your price.
Graphic 45 have featured some of my work on their blog, this means I can share with you. Grapic 45 sent me some of their new papers from the Magic of Oz collection. I decided to make an easle card.
I love the way these kind of cards stand up, making them a special card which can be on display rather than popped in a box or stashed in a draw. I used papers from the Magic of Oz collection for this card. I used some of graphic 45 hinges to make a flap on the front of my card. When you open the flap there is a pocket which lets you tuck money or a gift card into. Purple and green work so well together, and isn’t funny how the meaning of words change. Wicked now means great or cool as my kids tell me. Different from when I was a kid and it meant extremely bad. So now I have a totally cool card for a very“ wicked” teenager - Perfect.

I am really into miniature at the moment and having great fun doing lots of little projects. I have a great photo of the Lovely Graphic 45 ladies taken in Australia this year. I decide to do this project on Diane The book is only 4 inches high and five inches wide. It sits on an Imaginarium Designs chipboard stand, slightly opened. I love the way all Graphic 45 papers work together, I used papers from the new “magic of Oz” range. I love this new line of papers. The colours are so strong and the prints are delightful. I uses a chipboard compass and fine leaves from Imaginarium designs. This balanced the heavy metal staples flower from Graphic 45 which I just love. I cut out flowers from one of the prints and layered them to give them a 3d look. I added some magical words in an Imaginarium designs frame which describe Diane (hope she doesn’t mind being thought of as “antique” meaning valuable rather than old!) I also added a crown because she is the” Queen of design” as we all know.

I am also a guest designer for the Lets get Shabby Blog, they will be showing my layout tomorrow. Once it is on their blog I will post it on mine. Make sure your visit their blog for some beautiful inspiration and remember to leave a comment on my blog and go into a draw to win.

Thanks for looking


Friday, July 08, 2011

It's CHA Time Again

Once again it's CHA time, this time its the summer show being held in Florida. I was lucky to attend the winter show in LA in January. I decided to make a Victorian style theater using Graphic 45's Le Cirque. John and I got together and came up with a stage which all locks together and is easy to put together and take a part and packs flat!
It is about 14inches wide and 16 inches high. I cut lots of the animals and people from the Graphic 45 papers and put them on long sticks. It has backdrops so that a child can stand behind it and using the animas and people create their own circus.

Here it is at CHA, sitting on an old chair in the Graphic 45 Booth. It was so great seeing my work on display with all the other wonderful projects from the Design Team Members. If you are lucky enough to be going to CHA, then make sure you visit Graphic 45's Booth and check out the work from the new design team. We have been sharing on our private facebook page and the work is just amazing. I have sent my projects to them and they should nearly be there by now. Graphic 45 will be posting projects every couple of days on their blog during and after the show. Make sure you visit their blog.

Please leave me a comment any time until the end of next week. I will be choosing one of you to receive a bag of Graphic 45 papers and Imaginarum Chipboard.

thanks for looking


PS I have put more photos on the Imaginarium Blog, just click the link!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

What another post!

Just checked the Graphic 45 web and found some photos of one of the new lines to be released at CHA. The girls and man on the domestic team were able to get papers from this line to work with for CHA, but us international girls missed out. We will be getting ours a bit later. Make sure you vist the Gaphic 45 blog over the next few weeks to see all the amazing projects created by the team. We have been sharing projects with each other on our private face book page and the projects I have seen so far are beyond amazing.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

I have lost a MONTH

Where to start, first, sorry for not blogging for so long. I have just had too much on my platter and something has to give. So my blog has been a bit neglected. I promise to blog more often starting from now. I have been to Brisbane and done my classes. I had a great time meeting lots of lovely ladies from all over Australia and New Zealand. My classes went well and I got lots of great feed back from those attending. I taught 9 classes in three days to over 250 people. All my projects were using Graphic 45 papers and Imaginarium Designs Chipboard. I Hope to teach next year, so would love to see some of you who attended this year again. I then drove home - back to Adelaide and spent the week getting over the expo.The next big job was writing and planning all the classes and newsletter for my store Seriously Scrapbooking, we hold over 40 classes each month of which I teach 10-15. This is a huge job and takes me three days to do. I roped in Nat this time to give me a hand. While I was away my box of goodies arrived from Graphic 45 for CHA. The girls in the store got to open it and wrote me a note on the paperwork. It read, " lots of lovely goodies, please remember your amazing staff - its nice to share", with a hug & kiss at the end! Talk about a big hint. I have to say it was an amazing box with so much in it. Hampton Art was very generous along with spellbinders, clearsnap and lots of other companies, which I will mention latter. I have just today sent a box of projects back to them for display at CHA. I did a layout, card. altered art pieces and a pop up book all in the new "magic of Oz" range. Can't show any sneak peeks until they show them on their blog. But as soon as I am allowed to, I will post some photos on the blog to share with you all. Some of my work as been featured on the Graphic 45 blog so this means I can share with you all.
I have been doing some Altered Art pieces which I love, as anything small is an addiction for me.
This little book is only 4 inches high and 5 inches wide. It sits on a stand and is a great way of displaying a photo. It's a new line from Imaginarium Designs and I have done two so far. This one is on Aimee, who is one of the ladies from Graphic 45. She is another amazing lady who I have had the pleasure to met a few times.
This view is from the back and shows the stand, which I inked and stamped with a tiny word stamp. Don't you love the butterfly, it's only an inch long.
Each month as part of my being on the Graphic 45 design team, I have to do three projects, one of which is a tutorial. This is great as I can do anything I like! They are a great company to do work for and I really am delighted to have another year with them. Charee asked us to do a project using one of the staples door handle and plate. I decided to do mine as a fan and used a photo of Diane taken in Brisbane this year. Diane is the lovely designer and owner of Graphic 45, a very special person. I had John from Imaginarium Designs cut me the fan blades in the same shape as the door plate.
I used some white beautiful lace gathered up to make a circle. I glued flowers to the middle of it to make a rosette. I used one of Prima's glass looking vines which I love. They have an old world charm about them. They remind me of the cut class dishes my Grandmother used to have.
I used some of the butterflies from Imaginarium designs sprayed with gesso, this gives them a white chalky look. Don't you love the fine detail on the butterfly wings!

Well that's all for now. I am feeling like I have finally caught up, although I have an all day scrap in just over three weeks time to arrange. 85 Ladies have booked in to attend, so tomorrow I will start planning it all. One of my first jobs will be to make the project I am teaching, I can share with you that it is an altered art project using a mini black tin in the shape of an old hat box from Prima. Can't wait to get started.

Thanks for stopping by.

Catch you again soon.