Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A BLOG HOP WITH A DIFFERENCE!

Hi Everyone welcome to my blog!

Wow half the year has gone already, do you feel like me...in a spin or does time just go faster as you get older? To kick off a month of craziness I am participating in a fabulous blog hop with a difference. I was asked by the gorgeous Sue Plumb to join in on the fun as one of the scrappers that inspires her, and well lets say I am blown away by that, what an honour thank you Sue xo

Sue is such a fabulous scrapper, how she finds the time at all amazes me given she is a busy mumma. When Sue shares her latest creation does they are sensational. She is a master of colour and her versatility in creating with different styles is amaze ball! If you are not familiar with her work check out her fabbo blog 'Look into my Life' right HERE.

The gist of this hop is to share a little about your crafting/scrapping arty process and to introduce people that inspire you. You may already be familiar with teh ladies I have picked but seeing their work through another persons eye often reveals more about them and their work. You can see who inspires me at the bottom of this post I am sure you'll find them equally as amazing as I do! 

okay so getting to know ME a little more...

1.What I am working on now.
Aside from my Graphic Design commission work, I've been having lots of fun playing with my latest arty acquisition the Gelli Plate. Let me tell ya, revisiting my Art School days as a Printmaking Major has been quite cathartic and the fuel to fire up my arty mojo again. I now make a point of stealing an hour every now and then from my commission work to play creatively. This is my reprieve from the confines of a client brief. The 'Gelli Plate' is definitely a tonne of fun and a great avenue to explore more. I am loving every single painterly texure that appears with each impression and pull, ooooh so many delicious textures and striations... I am in looooove with this slab of goo!

Here are some of my latest collage prints.

2. How long does it take to create a layout?
That really depends on my mood more than anything or if I have had that soup bowl of coffee or not! he he. I am the worst procrastinator (ask my husband he's rolling his eyes right now), so it seems I have this inbuilt propensity to NOT getting the ball rolling, but once the mojo kicks in... boom I have finished a couple of pages and you can't stop me from creating more! 

I have to say this quote by Mark Twain has served me well in those lulls... it sits next to me at my desk and is a constant reminder to get cracking!
3. What are your favourite things to create with?
Well okay so I have to say my Gelli plate is my favourite tool at this point in time, that's a given! A close second would be my gelatos and handcut stencils. When it comes to my digital work I cannot work/live without my iMac, photoshop and some awesome digital kits created by these extra talented and creative peeps.

 


4. What is your creative process?
That is so varied so its hard to pin down. I guess it depends on what I am working on at the time. If it's a commission I tend to work in stages making sure each step is signed off on by the client. This can be a bit fracturing creatively but a huge time saver and a necessary evil when working within a time frame. 

When I am creating DT projects I tend to work with the theme of the kit in mind. This can completely influence my decision on what photos to scrapbook and what story/ event or emotion I am wanting to convey. But then sometimes I might draw inspiration from the patterns or elements in the kit and completely wing it!

5. How do you become inspired or stay inspired?
Inspiration for me comes from discovering new and interesting artists. I have pinned lots of great Collage and Mixed Media  art along with some seriously incredible Drypoint Etchings both of which are my go to inspo at the moment. I love the free flow approach of these art genres. Making random textures and markings is so exciting and is the perfect balance for me as a digital scrapbooker. I am definitely having the cake and eating it too :)

I also draw lots of inspiration from my daily life namely my sons antics. He provides me with an endless source of scrap-able matter lol. I also love the ups and downs in lifes journey, the ebbs and flows are a starting point especially for my art journal projects which I never share.

6. How would you describe your style?
That is something I have been asked many times and my answer is always different, thats because my style is always changing. I love to try different things and draw from many influences to create a page. I guess I would pigeon hole myself into an 'eclectic' slot, because I love to combine many different images and patterns together. I also love to cluster and group things tightly which stems from years working as a visual marketer dressing windows and creating instore displays. 

'Start Today'
Digital Credits:

So here are my top 3 inspiring creative ladies check their blogs out by clicking on the images below I know you will be wowed just like I am!

 ZENEVA KOVIC
What can I say, this lady rocks! I love that Zeneva is both a traditional scrapper as well as a digital one, she a girl after my own heart! he he. I have known Zeneva for awhile now but when I discovered her stunning Gelli plate prints and her gorgeous Art Journal pages using them, I have become a regular visitor of her blog. She is so inspiring. Check out her blog 'Zeneva Kovic- Stitch. Paper. Play' its filled with so much goodness you'll burst with inspiration!

KARLA FATULA
This city gal is one of the sweetest ladies I know. If ever I get to NYC (my dream vacay) I'll be sure to look her up for some serious creative play. I think Karla has a unique style. Her projects are so bold and bright but incredibly sensitive and delicate at the same time, quite a talent for combining the two successfully. She has a great way with colour combinations and a clever ability to scatter elements without them looking misplaced or floating out in neverland. I love that Karla uses the whole 12x12 space unlike myself who tends to squish everything up. I need to take a leaf from Kay's book on the art of loosening up lol! Check out her blog 'Embrace Serendipity' (which I designed btw he he) by clicking on the image below.

SHEYE ROSEMEYER
This gorgeous soul was one of the first friends I made when I moved to the Gold Coast. We studied Interior Design together and remained friends over the years. Sheye is an incredibly talented photographer and an insightful woman with a turn of phrase so succinct that when you read her blog  'Sheye Rosemeyer' she can uncannily drop you into the moment as though you were there with her. I have cried, laughed and rejoiced with her through her beautifully penned posts. Oh be still my beating heart!

If you are a budding photographer or looking for a new lease on capturing those special moments in life you should check out Sheye's Explore or Evolve Eye Candy Workshops. They are a must do if you love soft milky vintage/retro inspired shots that are swathed in warm sun flare. Check the workshops out if you're interested in tapping into Sheye's immense knowledge. Sheye is currently on Maternity leave, but is taking expressions of interest for future workshops so be sure to drop her an email if you want to be updated on when the workshops will re-commence. Oh and for a little treat guess what... you can even purchase her stunning Eye Candy Actions to get that incredibly soft, vintage glow in your own work that Sheye is so famous for.
So there you have it, a little peek into my world of crafting and who inspires me!
Have a great day and thank you for stopping by!
Em xo

Thursday, July 3, 2014

SISSY SPARROWS ARE BACK!

The past few weeks the Sissy Sparrows girls have been on holiday so the whole team has had a mid year break which has been great but I have been biting at the bit to play with more Sissy Sparrows products and the new releases are well worth the wait oh my gosh deliciousness is about to be bestowed apon you he he

New this week are several Stamp and Brush sets Vol. 14 through to Vol.16 which the girls do so well. A delicious Mixed Media Paper Pack, some coolio Word art called 'Headliners' and a fabulous kit called The Marble Jar which included two add on packs The Marble Jar Alpha and The Marble Jar Overlays and a ripper of a Kit called Queen which is a must have!

So here are my pages created using all these new gotta haves...
This first one is an art journal page.

'Someday'
Digital Credits:

'Magnificent'
Digital Credits:
Sara Gleason| Aloe Freebie Template

'Think Big'
Digital Credits:

'Look at Me'
Digital Credits:
Sissy Sparrows| Room 19 Project #3

'Live a Life'
Digital Credits:

'The Magic Inside of Me'
Digital Credits:
Sissy Sparrows| The Painted Nest #27 Challenge Freebie

'Dear Me'
Digital Credits:

Thank you for stopping by, hope you liked this mix I sure had fun playing with my fave digi designers again!
Em x

Thursday, June 12, 2014

WINNING SMILE!

The new Scrapbook Creations Magazine Issue #105 is out now and its filled to the brim with lots of fabulous techniques. In this issue the Design Diva's are the guest editors and wow what a fantastic job the ladies did. I am loving all the tips and tricks and so many inspirational projects fill the pages, lets say it had me all motivated to pull out my Gelli plate and make a few backgrounds ready to be digitised he he. 

My regular feature in SC Mag, Digital Masterclass... is a goodin this issue.
It's called 'A whole lot of style' and looks at dressing up your photos, elements and text using digital styles and actions. Well worth a look if you are wanting to learn more about how to customise and personalise your digital scrap pages. Below is the sample page showcasing only a fraction of the plethora of styles and actions you can purchase or download for free.

'Winning Smile'
Digital Credits:
Sahlin Studio| Country Fair Picnic Mixed Media Pack and December Glitter Styles

The next two pages are my DT pages for Scrapbook Creations Colour Expert Feature.
'Warm my Heart'
Digital Credits:
Sissy Sparrows| Grunge Stamps No.6
Studio 68| Take a Chance Stamps & Nevermind Paper Pack (No Longer Designing)
Mommyish Designs| CU Label Maker 2
KStudio| Wordart No.6 (No Longer Designing)
The Nifty Pixel| Making Marks Vol.1 Digital Brush and Stamps Set (Yet to be released)

'Sweet Little Boy'
Digital Credits:

I also thought I'd share my latest creative team projects for Sahlin Studio using the fabulous new June BYOC bundle thats for sale over at The Lilypad.
'5 Quizillion Reasons...'
Digital Credits;
Sahlin Studio| Drift Away Bundle
Valorie Wibbens| Pockets No.3 Basic

'My Happy Place'
Digital Credits:
Sahlin Studio| Drift Away Bundle
Page Drafts Sketch #31.1 by The Nifty Pixel

This page was created using a mini kit by Sahlin Studio. The kit itself can be bought seperately however if you followed the 2014 NSD Facebook hop held by The Lilypad Designers you'd have downloaded this along the way as a component of the free I'll Be There For You Collab Kit, so double check your stash first ;)

'You & Me'
Digital Credits:

I also played with some gorgeous products by Vinnie Pearce which got a mention in the
Show and Tell section of Scrapbook Graphics, very happy 'bout that ;)
'Sweetheart'
Digital Credits:
Vinnie Pearce| Chinee 11 Paper Pack and Upgraded Elements Pack
Page Drafts Teamplate #31.2 by The Nifty Pixel

So thats it for this week. Thank you for stopping by and happy scrapping!
Em x