Sunday, July 19, 2015

First Official post On the Kaisercraft blog.

Here's my first full Kaisercraft post as it appeared on the Kaisercraft blog last Friday.
Thought I'd post the whole thing here as well. 


Hello! Leonie Neal-Dawson here today and I am so very excited and honored to be be posting on the Kaisercraft blog for the very first time as a design team member.  I am super excited for the year ahead to be creating and sharing my scrapbooking with lovers of all things Kaisercraft.
I have some projects to share today with each of the new July collections.  First up I have this page using the delightful ‘Little One’ collection.  I started scrapbooking when my eldest child was about 2 years old so I never really scrapped any of his baby photos until now.
“Sweet Dreams” Layout by Leonie
I love that this collection can be used for both boy and girl pages, it has a variety of pink and blue papers plus a mix of both with some brights thrown in for those that like to mix things up.
I chose the more traditional blues for my baby boy page but added in some modern mixed media techniques in the form of some texture paste stenciling and Kaisermists on the base cardstock.
How cute are these little elephants in the “Little One” collection?  so adorable!  I layered them here with foam tape for dimension on my page.
Kaisercraft Materials: P1881 Ollie | P1886 Noah | P1889 Cooper | CT 832 collectables | CD153 Kaisercard denim | CD601 Kaisercard white | CS224 clear stamps | T610 Template Lattice |KM106 Kaisermist Denim | KM105 Kaisermist Turquoise.  Other Materials: Texture paste
Next up I have some wall art using the ‘Fly Free‘ collection.  Let me tell you these were so quick and easy to put together, literally less than 30 minutes to create!
Recently my daughter, who is just ten, had a mini makeover in her bedroom.  New desk, chair, bed linen etc.   We had some black frames yet to be filled with anything, and the Fly Free range came to the rescue!  Perfectly pretty papers and elements for a young lady’s room decor.
It was so simple to add some of the quote cards from the collectables pack to the lovely bright patterns of the Fly Free papers.
My daughters’ smile said it all for me.  She was so happy with these simple decorations that completed her room makeover.
Fly Free Wall Art by Leonie
Kaisercraft Materials: P1893 BF | P1890 QT | P1898 Kindred Spirit | P1896 Confidante | P1897 Sister | P1895 Gal Pal | CT 833 Collectables.  Other Materials: Black Picture Frames – Target
Following on with the clean and simple theme I put together this page, also using the Fly Free range.   Apart from the lovely bright colours of this range I also love the sketchy/doodled elements on the papers, fun and funky for teenagers and young adults too.
Using some of the wood grain paper from the Fly Free collection and these Decorative Die (DD704) script words I cut my page title and outlined it with white Gel Pen.
Kaisercraft Materials: P1895 Gal Pal | P1897 Sister | P1893 BF | P1898 Kindred Spirit | P1891 Friend |P1896 Confidante | DD704 Decorative Die – Hello | CT833 Collectables | T303 foam tape Other Materials: Embroidery Floss
My last share for today is using the ‘Botanica’ collection.  I wasn’t sure what photos to use with this collection with it’s bright, rich green hues, softened by lavender coloured flowers.  Then I remembered photos of my daughter exploring the gardens down by the riverside at a local Hotel.
“Explore” layout by Leonie
The greens of the garden foliage were a perfect match for the Botanica collection.  I used the specialty paper PS416 Vine with its punched edge and layered some of the collectables over the printed reedy type flowers on the paper to recreate some of the same foliage in the photos.
I added some of what I like to call ‘messy stamping’ to the background.  Using the Botanica clear stamps, basically it’s just spritzing the stamp with a little water after it’s been inked up.  It creates a more textural – messy image rather than your traditional crisp stamped image.  I felt this helped soften the page as it already had the bold colours and striking images of the Botanica papers.
Kaisercraft Materials: P1887 Stem | P1880 Habitat | P1876 Roots | P1875 Seed | P1879 Bottany PS416 Vine | CT831 Collectables | CS223 clear stamps | IP722 Ink Red Gum | IP732 Ink Orchid | IP730 Ink Avocado | AS252 Alpha sticker sheet white | T331 Sanding block
Thank you so much for stopping by the Kaisercraft blog.  Have you got a favourite of the July Collections?  I think mine is Little One..
Happy Crafting. 


Friday, July 17, 2015

First Kaisercraft Design Team projects

Hello, I'm excited to start sharing the first of my Kaisercraft Design Team projects.
This one was on the Kasiercraft blog yesterday along with lots of super sweet baby layouts with the July release "Little One" collection.

I have my first full blog post up HERE today with four projects using each of the new July collections
would love you to stop by there and say hi. :)