Sunday, April 28, 2013

Scrap The Boys - April

Hi, 
I've been playing with dylusions sprays again. 
Fun times.  
This time it's for the current sketch at Scrap the boys.


I teamed it up with the beautiful paper range from Glitz - Color Me Happy.
Cheers, Leonie

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Scrapbook Store - April Sketch

It's been ages since I did one of the sketches at The Scrapbook Store but I thought
since I was inspired to create this background by one of their designers, the extremely talented Kim Price, then it was appropriate I also used this page to scrap The Scrapbook Stores' April sketch.
Here's my layout.

I used The Crafters Workshop 12x12 confetti stencil by Rhonda Palazzari to first add some texture with modelling paste.  Once I'd finished spraying with dylusions inks I then placed the stencil back over the modelling paste and used a paint dauber to add the bright pop of red.  
I like that it's not perfect coverage and you can see some of the white paste still on the edges. 


If you haven't seen Kim's work pop over here to check out some of the awesome layouts 
she creates.  Kim creates some super backgrounds on her layouts using dylusions inks - my favourite!
  so when she did a tutorial over here using these fabulous sprays I had to give it a whirl.
So cool watching the ink react with the water and blend with the other colours.


And here's a close up of my Journalling.
I scrapped this gorgeous picture of my eldest son on Geelong's waterfront 
staring off into space daydreaming.
So I used a line from  Adele's song 'Daydreamer'


Thanks for stopping by my blog and make sure you're back on the 1st of May I have some super exciting news to share with you all!
Cheers,
Leonie.


Thursday, April 18, 2013

My Last Post on the 2Crafty Blog.


Hello Bloggers, I'd just like to share a few layouts that made up my last post on the 2Crafty Chipboard blog.  Here's the post that went up earlier this month. 

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Hello 2Crafty fans. Welcome to my last share on the 
2Crafty Chipboard Design Team.
Thank you so much to Vanessa, Di and all the DT girls,
 I've been privileged to work with over the past nine months.
 The constant inspiration has been just amazing, so thank you very much. :)

My first share today is using lots and lots of cogs and a picture of my eldest Son.




I used these cute cogs and these gears there is also a large section 
of the cog border in amongst all the gears. I painted them various 
colours using paint daubers and then doodled on them with a white gel pen.
 

I used the 'In the Blink Of An Eye' title painted black and raised off the 
page with some foam adhesive and some more cogs behind it. 


I also used these directional hand tags
 'Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow' 
 as subheadings for my journalling. 


My second layout captures my second son on a peaceful early 
morning run along the beach.


I used the 'Lifes Journey' title and dabbed on some texture paste and 
then swiped the raised texture with a paint dauber before finally 
outlining it with a coloured pen.



I also used one of these lovely chipboard birds in flight on this
 layout using the same technique as for the title.

And the third piece of chipboard I used on this layout were these lovely swirls.
I thought they evoked a quite a nice beachy feel of waves rolling onto the shore.
So perfect for this layout.


And my final layout is a picture of our new puppy who is just the
 cutest thing ever. She has quickly found her way into our hearts forever. 
I used the one of the Tiny Henri frames and the two of the
 Tiny Kathleen frames on this layout.
Painting them with paint Daubers again and then using them to
 place parts of my title.


Thanks so much for your generous and lovely comments on my
 posts here at 2crafty Chipboard.
It's been an absolute pleasure to share my creations using 
2 Crafty Chipboard and I hope I've inspired 
you in some way to get creative with your chipboard.

Cheers, 
Leonie Neal-Dawson.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Sharing my Masters Entries - Part 4

Hi I'm here to share my final project for my masters entry. A little later than I intended but I've been off enjoying some time with the family on a little camping adventure.
So the last project was to scrap a Double layout that reflects on your childhood.  I very rarely scrap doubles these days like never! So I was a little apprehensive approaching this one but was very happy with the end result.   
Thankfully my mum loves photo's and managed to capture many, many photo's of myself and my three sisters growing up.  Mum has scanned all of her old slides so they were all in digital format ready for me to edit and print however I wished. 
So I wasn't stuck with only a couple of pictures to choose from but rather hundreds,  which proved a problem in itself.  I had trouble narrowing it down to just a few photo's, so what did I end up doing?  Well I put at least ninety photo's on my double!
Here's the end result. 

I didn't try to add that many photo's from the start it sort of just happened!
I drew a few sketches of potential layouts and then played around with a lot of photo's that I already had printed just to see what they looked like.
Here are a few options I tried


You can see the final design starting to take shape about here.
But the larger photo's weren't really making much of an impact.
That's when I decided to make the smaller photo's black and white and leave the larger pictures coloured.

I created a collage in Picasa and printed the photo's on 6x4 photo paper so each of the smaller pics is about 2.5 x 3.5cm 
Sorry about the blurry iphone pic! 
It took forever to cut them all up and them lay them out. 

And I went through the process of laying them all out several times.  The first time I wasn't happy with the background (below) so it was back to the drawing board.

I used the Crafters Workshop cubist stencil because all the squares reflected the look I was trying to achieve with all the photo's.
  I was much happier with this background, using white Mister Huey's ink spray.

Then it was just he journalling and embellishing.



I fussy cut and layered flowers from an Echo Park paper range and also cut some flowers and layered them with the Cricut machine.

Gauze, liquid pearls and some brads, to finish things off.

Oh and texture stamps around the edges of the photo collages.  I also raised the main photo's with chipboard and foam tape to make more of an impact.


So there you have it, all my masters projects. I packaged them all up and posted them off.  Fingers crossed and hoping but not really expecting anything. 

What a wonderful year it's been so far, receiving THAT phone call (or in my case making that call, because I missed the first one and answered a message left on my phone).  LOL.  The amazing amount of prizes and meeting and getting to know more fabulous people in this industry. 
A huge thanks to Scrapbooking Memories magazine and it's editors for holding this annual competition and all the very generous sponsors.  
I feel very luck and blessed.
Cheers,
Leonie.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Scrap for Help - April Challenge.


 Hello and welcome to April! 
I want to share a page I scrapped for the April challenge over at the Scrap For Help Blog 
Here's this months challenge.

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"Book pages!!!!  What a fun recycled material to use on a project, So many uses.

A fun one for sure!!!
You can use any kind of recycled book pages for this challenge.

You can use old dictionaries, maps, atlas' Old books of any kind, ....Just think outside the box and create a page using this material.

You can include it on your work as is, or think of a clever way to incorporate it some how-

You might want to stamp on it.
Paper piece it
Punch it
emboss it
Paint on it
fold it
I could go on and on!!!!

You are only limited by your creative imagination!!!!"
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This is the page I created.


I used book pages in three different ways.
Firstly I used an image transfer technique on the background.
Which was quite fun as I'd never tried it before so it was all trial and error.
Yes I knew the text would all come out back to front lol, but I was more interested in trying out the 
technique. 
I also used book pages to matt my photo on aswell.

And the third way was to make these flowers I cut using a die and the bigshot.
Then sprayed them with ink.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you can pop over to the Scrap for help blog to check out the other DT examples for a whole load of inspiring projects. 
Cheers,
Leonie.