28/12/2011

Top Eleven of 2011

As promised, I am going to show you my favourite eleven creations of this year. They are not all Scrapbook pages, as you will see, and I have really enjoyed making off the pages pieces this year too.
Firstly this is a 7 gypsies notebook I altered for my Mum on her birthday. Unfortunately my Step-Dad was diagnosed with cancer this time last year, and she had so many appointments, medications and other things to try to remember for him, she needed somewhere to jot them all down, but needed the notebook to be small enough to fit in her bag. I added some Fancy Pants journal cards inside to to extend the amount of pages.
This I created at the Papermaze crop one saturday. The base of the page was clear acrylic, and I distressed loads of bookpages and corrugated card to mount the photo and embelishments on.
I adore the colours blue and green together, so along with this impromptu photo of my son, and quirky title, this page made mostly with Prima products, is one of my favourites.
For this page I completely abandoned my love of white space and smothered my page with layers, blooms and swirls. I used a large photo and that blue/green/white colour combo again!
This has to be my absolute fave Layout. It stands on an easel in my bedroom. It is one of my favourite photos of my daughter, along with real twigs and a sweeping cluster of floers in loads of bright colours. I even love the faint brickwork pattern on the background :)
Suprise suprise, heres the blues and greens again, but with bold monotones, I like the way the kaisercraft wooden swirls frames the cut out photo.
This is another page with a see through base, using a sheet of acrylic and a BasicGrey doily page. It is really simple but again, with those colours it was sure to be a winner with me!
This page, as was the one below, was created for Imaginarium Designs with some of their gorgeous chipboard pieces. Two completely different pages...
...and I could never get bored of scrapping this photo :)
These were my Daughters birthday tea invitations. I embossed white cardstock and used greens and lilac as accent colours.
Finally, also hanging up in my home, is the heart shaped wooden frame. It was actually a chalkboard but I placed the large photo in the center and grunged up the frame as much as I could, keeping it masculine.
I hope you've enjoyed seeing my favourites of this year, and who knows, maybe things will calm down soon so I can get some new creations posted!
Have a Happy New Year everyone xx

27/12/2011

Bad Bad Blogger...

Yep, it must have been 3 months at least since I last posted...and I do feel awful! Life has just been so busy, and all the work I do is to be published, or are for friends as gifts, so I can't post pics!
However, 2 weeks ago my DS came down with chickenpox, and needless to say, today my DD has started sprouting spots...everywhere!!! Loads of them!!! So tomorrow whilst my boyfriend takes DS out to the sales (worse than women!!) me and my DD will be curled up in the warm on the sofa and I plan on blogging all my favourite layouts of 2011 :)

28/09/2011

Who would have thought....

If someone had asked me a year ago what I would be doing now, I would have probably said not a lot different! HOWEVER...the past 6 months have been manic, and not just me being busy with coffee dates! Here's a quick round up of what has been going on....
Seperation from a 7 year marriage, house is up for sale, Izabelle started back at school, Oliver started three weekly preschool sessions, a holiday to Greece, potty training...finally sucessful!!, a new man (who you'll here much more about soon ;) ) juggling hot dates, with work, magazine assignments and general mummy duties, my stepdads illness is still ongoing, and i've had a couple of poorly spells myself......sooooooooooo, blogging has been put right on the backburner :(
Because of all this, I am pretty much only finding time to scrap when I get work for Scrapbook Magazine which of course I can not show you any of for quite some time!!
Still, here is one of the LO's that was shown in SBM recently, which I actually managed too get a pic of before I sent it off!!
So, now you all know, I have not forgotten about my poor blog, and hopefully things will soon calm down enough for me to get back into a scrapping/blogging routine!

20/08/2011

'Unusual' Mini Album Blog Hop

*Appologies...Blogger does not want to let my links work, although the addresses are correct!!*
Welcome to the Unusual Mini Album Blog Hop, hosted by Scrapbooking Technique!

The aim of this hop is to inspire you all into doing more with your mini-albums.

The hop starts at Scrapbooking Technique, (www.scrapbookingtechnique.blogspot.com) and goes through 9 inspiring blogs...there may even be some blog candy up for grabs along the way to!



So here is my take on an 'unusual mini-album'...it all started with a plain white, metal tin...



I covered it in multi-medium, and torn bookpages, then a watered down coating of acrylic paint.

To get the brick effects, I had a brick wall embossing folder. Before running it through the machine, I brushed over the raised 'cement lines' of the inside of the folder with a brown inkpad. This then left not only the raised bricks but the coloured cement too.

I used Tim Holtz dies to cut the hinges and lock on the tin. They were inked black, embossed in dark brown, but not a full covering, and then I added stickles for the highlights.
I also cut out some flowers from the new Authentique papers, to add around the tin.

Inside, the album is folded up, to be opened one flap at a time. It goes through photos of my Daughter from birth to now, 6 years. Again I used Authentique papers, along with lace, punched borders, flowers and crystals.

By using all black and white photos, i was able to use any papers i liked, and make it all co-ordinate.

Well I hope you've enjoyed viewing this unusual mini-album, now pop along to www.pammejo-scrapbookflair.com


07/08/2011

My Beautiful Sun Angel...

Just a quick post again today, to show you my 3rd Zva project for last month. This one was created on a corrugated card background which I tore, layered up, inked and painted. It was very messy but lots of fun!

I used a large Zva flower cut in half to make it look as if there are two coming from behind the photo, along with a spritzed Zva rose.

I added the leaves to echo the green in the photo, and a crystal swirl. To balance the page I put my blue and crystal title in the opposite corner :)

I hope you have all had a lovely weekend, and I look forward to sharing something else with you soon x

28/07/2011

3rd day in a row...

yep, i have posted something now for the past three days...so be prepared now for a rather long break!!!

I am just quickly showing you this gift wrapping I made last night...after finding out I was able to visit my new niece the very day she was born, I rushed out to get a present, a card...and forgot the wrapping! So with half an hour before we were to leave, I had to put this together...



It was really simple, I just wrappped a whole sheet of 12"x12" round the gift, and used a second 6"x12" sheet of co-ordinating paper to fill in the gap down the centre. I added lace and a punched trim to the joining edges, a couple of paper doilys, one which I spritzed pink, and then to finish her name with some yummy Zva bling and a huge flower :)

I really must take the time to do more of these...with a co-ordinating card it makes a lovely personal touch!

27/07/2011

June Zva Blog Hop Winners announced...

We'd like to congratulate the FIVE June Zva Blog Hop winners! Their names will be found on the following blogs:


Ingrid

Nancy

Guiseppa

Jill

& MINE!!!!

One winner from each of the 5 blogs will receive a Zva prize package worth $30.00. Congrats winners!

So here is my Winner chosen at random by my little girl...

'Alwayscharlie' !!!

Congrats!! Please email me at louizabelle@hotmail.co.uk with your address so Zva can send your prize out to you :)
And here is a quick project I made recently using a gorgeous large Zva flower and some really girly pink bling!!
Hope you all have a good day!

25/07/2011

Zva Creative July DT Blog Hop!

Zva Creative and our talented Design Team welcomes you to join us this month for a blog hop that we feel is always extra special!

We know that it's a busy time of year with kids home from school and vacations, so we thought it would be more fun to add even more chances to win our blog hop prize! Details below.

It's CHA time which means brand new products. So please keep an eye out for them at your local stores.

As you know, Zva offers so many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals. We want to make sure that they shine bright for you, so each designer was asked to share a creation using a specific color or color combination on their blog hop project.

The Blog Hop begins at Kim Hughes' blog. She will have the complete list of all blogs that are participating in case there is a glitch along the way. If you would like to play along, just follow along the blog path. I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to be inspired along the way. Hidden on FIVE of the blogs is a Zva Creative prize package ...YAY! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over, so it's important to leave a comment on as many blogs as you can along the way.

The Blog Hop starts today, July 25th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, July 26th and the 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, July 27th on each of the five winning blogs. The full list will be found on Kim Hughes‘s blog as well (linked above). We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to all of the blogs once again on Wednesday...plus, you never know what kind of inspirational creation that you may find there. All you need to do is leave a comment on this Zva Blog Hop post...you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. The more times you leave a comment along the blog hop path though, the more chances you will have to be one of the lucky winners.

To increase your chances of winning:

Comment to let us know that you posted on your Facebook page about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)

Comment to let us know that you "tweeted" about our hop (link to any of the blog hop posts)

Comment to let us know that you asked your local store to carry Zva creative products. If they already do, that's fantastic, maybe you can suggest other products that they don't carry



Sooo, you have FOUR chances on each blog to win one of our FIVE prizes! That's technically OVER 50 chances :)

So here is my project created using Zva crystals, flowers and leaves....
It is a clear acrylic album, that I have coloured using inks and paints. The bright blues and greens go perfectly with the brown Zva products for a masculine feel...

This gorgeous black swirl has been cut up into smaller swirls so that i could use it on mutliple pages...Zva crystal swirls are so big, you can afford to cut them into many smaller pieces!
Notice the smaller crystal flower framing the brad??
I didn't want to completly fill this clear album page because I wanted some of the photo to peek through...
More of that black swirl :) These swirls can really go anywhere!!
And as I used on the front cover, these Zva leaves are so realistic. I love to have them poking out from places, not just where there are flowers!
This flower was a white one which i spritzed with Glimmer Mists to co-ordinate with the ones on the front page...the fabric they are made from take the mists really well!!
...and finally a couple more of those crystal flowers taken from a much larger flower and swirl piece.


The blog hop begins here: Kim Hughes

Your next stop is here: Maiko Miwa

Thank you SO MUCH for joining us

24/07/2011

Imaginarium Designs Chipboard

Hi all, so sorry for being absent for so long! I have an awful lot going on at home at the moment, and those of you who know all about it will understand my reasons for putting Blogger a little lower on my list of priorities! Still, whilst I am having a well deserved chill on the sofa with my daughter, I thought I would quickly update my poor neglected blog!
So you may recall me showing you a couple of sneek peeks of two layouts I created using Imaginarium Designs chipboard...well over on their blog they are now shown in full, so I thought I would show you here too.....
The first is made using the gorgeous fence piece which comes as a 12" length. However I cut it down into smaller pieces so I could use them within clusters over the page...

The title is also chipboard but I used a black paint dauber to colour it so that it stood out.
For this 'Letting off steam' LO, I painted the swirls in black also but used Silver inks on the cogs. I then added interest to the swirls with some liquid pearls.
I really had fun creating the liquid metal effects on each side of the page. I squirted acrylic paint in a thick line down the edge of the page and held it on its side so the paint could run down. When I was happy with the effect, i quickly covered the wet paint in silver embossing powder and applied heat until it had all melted.
Check back tomorrow at 2pm GMT for the monthly Zva Creative Blog Hop, they are always so much fun and so full of inspiration!

24/06/2011

My little dude!

This is what we are always calling Oliver, and I am sure I have previously titled my LO's this too! But anyway, that is just what he is, especially in that hat!!
These photos are really bad, and edited as best I can to brighten them up, but I have lost a lot of the detail. Sorry, but after spending 2hrs in bed with a tummy bug I am NOT venturing outside to retake them today!!

I cut around the photo to make a change from having the straight edges, and broke :0 a Kaisercraft wooden flourish in two so I could have it frame the picture.

Not saying too much today...off to go and feel sorry for myself again! Hope you all have a fab weekend! X

23/06/2011

Quick catch up...

Hi all! Long time no blog...again!!

Well I have been dipping in and out of scrapping the past few weeks, but family issues, birthdays, plus the dreaded tummy bugs have made crafty times few and far between.

Plus, wat I have made can not be shown on here...yet!

Anyway, I can't do a blog post without some sort of photo, so here are a couple of sneek peeks of some LO's I have created for Imaginarium Designs..






Have you checked out Imaginarium Designs yet? Their chipboard is so beautiful, so intricatly cut, in the most gorgeous designs. For loads of inspiration, take a peek at their blog here.

I am hopefully getting to my craft table tonight (fingers crossed!) so I may have something to share again soon! X

02/06/2011

Front Cover!!! 'Happy Days!'

I was really excited when I was asked to do a cover piece for Scrapbook Magazine recently!
I was sent the papers and photo to work with, so the style wasn't exactly my usual, but it was nice for a change to work with bright colours, and NO FLOWERS!!! I did manage to sneek a butterfly in there though!!! :)
The full page with materials and instructions can be seen a bit further in the mag. Hope you all have a good day :)

01/06/2011

Prima May BAP

Just stopped by quickly before I dash off to work to post this LO I did over the weekend, using the Prima Build-a-Page sketch.
I recently won this competition, and a lot of the goodies Sharon sent me were used on here...I just love the gorgeous teal flowers and different laces!

I framed each of the photos with lace, giving the whole LO a soft feel.



There's loads of texture on this page, which is so hard to show in a photo...and with the transparency background too...this page really needs to be seen properly IRL!!! Nevermind!!! :)

30/05/2011

Zva Creative May DT Blog Hop!

Zva Creative and the Design Team welcomes you to join us this month for a blog hop that we feel is always extra special!

As you know, Zva offers so many beautiful color groupings for pearls, flowers and crystals. We want to make sure that they shine bright for you, so each designer was asked to share a creation using a specific color or color combination on their blog hop project.

The Blog Hop begins at Kim Hughes' blog. She will have the complete list of all blogs that are participating in case there is a glitch along the way. If you would like to play along, just follow along the blog path. I am linking to one of the Zva designers and that designer is linking to the next and so on. Be prepared to be inspired along the way. Hidden on FIVE of the blogs is a Zva Creative prize package ...YAY! Winners will be randomly chosen after the hop is over, so it's important to leave a comment on as many blogs as you can along the way.

The Blog Hop starts today, May 30th and runs through midnight US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, May 31st and the 5 winners will be announced on Wednesday, June 1st on each of the five winning blogs. The full list will be found on Kim Hughes‘s blog as well (linked above). We will do our best to notify each winner, but it's best if you can pop in to all of the blogs once again on Wednesday...plus, you never know what kind of inspirational creation that you may find there. All you need to do is leave a comment on this Zva Blog Hop post...you do not need to leave a comment on each and every designer's blog post to qualify. The more times you leave a comment along the blog hop path though, the more chances you will have to be one of the lucky winners.



The blog hop begins here: Kim Hughes

Your next stop is the very talented Gail Lindner

Thank you SO MUCH for joining us