Sunday, October 1, 2017

Every year around October I secretly wish we celebrated Halloween here on the farm in Australia so I could join my fellow USA design team friends and scrap some fantastic 'trick or treating' pics. Alas, I have to rely on my daughter who usually does something once or twice a year that qualifies as an 'almost' Halloween pic. She hasn't let met down yet, although I do believe I'm going to be in a fair amount of trouble for making this photo of her so public.

I'm crushing on the colour scheme of the new Doodlebug Design 'BooVille' collection as they have added pink and blue to the standard colour palette of purple, orange, black and green for the October 31 Holiday. I will never knock back the addition of pink to any collection.

One of my favourite new products... Glitter Sprinkles! They are so pretty and add that extra sparkle without getting glitter all over yourself! And of course I can never say no to stars... so much so that the small scattering of stars I had originally drawn on my sketch somehow transpired into a full blown moon shape by the time I finished adding all the stars and sprinkles.

How sweet is this acetate spider web from the BooVille Odds & Ends pack? Some people shy away from using clear pieces due to the difficulty in adhering them without the glue or pop dot being seen. I tend to work in layers so always hide my adhesives underneath a top layer. And can you spy that wee little spider with his cute purple eyes... he comes from the new Silly Spider Shaped Sprinkles.

Just in case you were wondering... no, I cannot write that neat and I've yet to find a white pen that is 100% opaque so I raided my trusty stash of Doodlebug mini rub-ons. Although they are no longer available they can still be found lurking around some on-line stores, if you're lucky. Otherwise let me know if you come across a really good opaque white pen as I'd love to have a recommendation.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

  1. 1.
    an image, video, piece of text, etc., typically humorous in nature, that is copied and spread rapidly by Internet users, often with slight variations.

I'll be honest, I had absolutely no idea what a Meme was when our design team co-ordinator at Doodlebug came up with the idea of a new challenge. So, I had to ask my teenager daughter who gave me the typical "Mum, seriously?".

Now, this was definitely not a challenge to be taken lightly, I literally spent way too much time browsing Pinterest for Meme's and believe me, my daughter was truly shaking her head by the end of my search because I kept showing her all the funny 'Memes' I stumbled across. This particular meme caught my eye as I suddenly realised I had a photo of our 'Mr Wilson' sitting in a basket... perfect!

Dumb idea #1... to think it would be fun to hand stitch the outline of a cat onto my layout background. I didn't give this enough thought as it took far more time than I'd anticipated. Question... why is gold so hard to photograph?

The perfect way to soften a page is to add vellum so I decided I'd punch some leaves to nestle behind the flowers using the swiss dots vellum. It definitely gave a more subtle look to the cluster of flowers.

Don't forget your journaling. I find this such an important part to a layout after I recently sat down and browsed through layouts from past years. The kids were asking me questions about the photos and I seriously couldn't answer half their questions because I'd concentrated more on the design of the page than the content. So, my New Years resolution was to journal the important stuff.

Thanks for stopping by - Melinda x


Friday, April 21, 2017

I struggle with backgrounds to my layouts and more often than not I find myself using white because it's 'safe'. So every once in a while I force myself to use a patterned paper or darker shade as a background and although it takes a great deal of effort I usually love the result in the end.

I love these photos of my oldest and youngest because they have a very special bond. They do fight quite a bit but they also have allot of time for each other. I printed the photos in black and white because it allowed the focus to be more on their faces than the colour of their clothes. To brighten the rest of the layout I chose several different size flower punches and found an itty bitty leaf punch that I used to create the floral effect across my page. Mind you, I didn't realise how long it would take to hand stitch all those stems. Note to self, be a bit more conservative next time!

I also added a little hand stitching across the bottom of the photos to help draw the eye down the layout and to soften the join in colours.

I'm absolutely smitten by the new Doodlebug Petite Prints range of gingham and linen. I decided to do this entire layout using only the linen side as the smaller pattern worked perfectly with the tiny punches.

White rub-ons are a staple in my stash as they work beautifully on dark backgrounds as I've never found a white pen that will match the quality.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Doodlebug's Flea Market... can it get any cuter? At the mere mention of the name you envisage all sorts of eclectic goodies combined with a dreamy fall color palette and the all important whimsical creatures.  I honestly couldn't wait to get started with my project as I'd already had a photo in mind and I'd even pre-drawn a rough layout... you could say, I was all set to go!

My littlest muchkin was enjoying the last of the warm Autumn weather and decided he'd spend the afternoon with his fur-companion Miss Lizzy. I'm sure the dog wore more sand than was absolutely necessary but she didn't seem to mind. I printed out the photo in a circular shape as I wanted to incorporate it into my round collage instead of plonking a square photo on top.

I used a dinner plate to draw my outer circle for the collage and then adhered the photo in position using foam pop dots so as I wanted it to be slightly raised so I could slide a few bits and pieces underneath the edges. Then it was decorating time!!!

And can you spy the beautiful new 'Petite Print' pattern... this particular side of the double sided patterned paper is called 'Linen' with the reverse side being 'gingham'. I think it is my new favourite of the Petite Range.

As a last little feature I wanted to add one of the tiny little mice and hide him in some washi grass. Awww, he is too cute!

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Monday, April 10, 2017

"Make me a Captain America Shield" was the answer my four year old son gave me when I posed the question of what children's project he would like me to create with him. That probably wasn't the response I was expecting but he was insistent that was all he wanted. Next time I don't think I'll ask.

He loves the Avengers and has a few of the characters but Captain America seems to be the one he carts around with him the most. At first I had no idea how to make a shield with paper until we talked about it a bit more and he said he would like a picture to go on his wall above his bed. Now THAT I could manage.

I dragged out every red, white and blue embellishment and paper I could find after tracing the shape onto my white cardstock with an engraving tool.

There was a very eclectic mix of collections used but that didn't pose any issues as I was only after the colour and not the theme.

The finished result left me devoid of nearly every red, white and blue embellishment I had on hand but one little man was super excited to have his Captain America Art hanging above his bed.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope I have given you some inspiration for that Avenger loving little person in your family.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

As part of our design team requirements at Doodlebug we are challenged to produce work with certain themes in mind. Today's particular challenge was to take a layout that was designed by a previous DT designer and put our own stamp on it. We also had to use a particular Doodlebug colour and I was given the gorgeous 'Cupcake'. How could I refuse, pink is my favourite colour. I chose this sweet layout from the incredibly talented Tonya Prawitt whose work you will continually see in the Doodlebug product catalogue... yes, she's amazing!

'You are my Sunshing' layout by designer Tonya Prawitt
I loved the way she incorporated a twine rainbow into the background of her layout and seeing as I've been on a bit of a 'stitch-fest' lately I thought it was a great place to start.

I'm really enjoying the crazy style of stitching because it doesn't matter if I'm neat or not as it's great for hiding little imperfections. I know my color for this challenge was pink but you can't have an all pink rainbow. However, I did keep the colors soft as I really wanted the rainbow to remain as a background feature.

I continued with inspiration from Tonya's layout using the cloud design as a frame for my second photograph and I also added an italic heading.

I even managed to sneak a few flowers into the layout to really use the most of Tonya's original design. The pink papers and embellishments are from the two gorgeous new collections 'Kitten Smitten' and 'Fun In The Sun'.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Puppy Love... that's how my son feels about his K9 friend and also the name of the collection from Doodlebug that I used to put this layout together. It is actually a layout that you can re-create with all your left over bits and pieces which is a good way to get the absolute most from your products.

This is my son's beautiful puppy 'Toby' who came along for Ben's 10th birthday and they have been inseparable ever since. Toby sure has been a ball of fluff and trouble chewing everything in sight... especially shoes *groan*. This little speech bubble was absolutely perfect for this photo as Toby was covered in mud and completely banned from coming inside.

More fun stitching. I really wanted to have clouds and the sun on this layout to complete the look of a whimsical picture but I didn't want them to be solid paper so I decided that hand stitching would make a better choice.

The little dog house was created by simply cutting out the shape from white cardstock and adhering all my bits and pieces from the collection. You could also cut various icons from left over patterned paper and add them using foam pop dots for the added dimension.

I wanted the photo of Toby to be the same shape as the doorway to the little dog house but that meant I would lose his cute paw from the bottom of the pic. So, I decided a bit of deep etching was in need to keep the paw as part of the layout.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

How does everyone plan their layouts? Do you literally sit at your desk and let the creative juices flow and see what happens or do you plan it all out before hand so you know exactly what it's going to look like? I'm a planner! I cannot even begin to scrapbook unless I have a little sketch of what my layout is going to look like. Mind you, I have sketches everywhere on scrap-paper, the back of shopping dockets, used envelopes, you name it... I've used it! Mostly because ideas come to me randomly and I have to get them down on paper before I forget. Sometimes I wish I could print straight from my thoughts, how cool would that be?

Here's my scribbled sketch on the back of an electricity bill envelope. I had a very clear idea on what I wanted to do with this one although I didn't know I'd hand stitch the heart until much later. Sometimes I stay true to my doodles and other times I wander off track a bit.

I always wanted the paw print to be a collage so that was the easy part and the very first thing I did after the stitching. I must be honest, I'm totally in love with the pastel colours of the Smitten Kitten collection, so much so that I found it really hard to bust open the first packet and start using product. I just didn't want part with it.

Now, can you see the little fishy bone paper clip? THAT my friends is another new product from Doodlebug... 'Cute Clips'. And they are the sweetest darn things ever. Also, that's our beautiful boy 'Mr Wilson' - who's getting his 15 minutes of fame.

The 'meow' die-cut title is from another relatively new Doodlebug product 'Odds and Ends' which are little packets of goodness full of die-cut pieces to perfectly co-ordinate with each collection.

Loving the meow washi tape too and the wee little paw print sprinkles.

So, curiosity killed the cat... how DO you plan your layouts?
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