My Inspiration: Chloe Nielsen

1980598_744377752253903_1457705859_nDon’t you just love it when you get to meet the face behind some of your all time favourite handmade scrapping goodies? Well I was lucky enough to meet (and scrap with!) Chloe Nielsen a few years back and she is an amazing person and talented scrapper. Chloe scrapping is fun and  girly with a  eye for colour she  is the master of clustered embellishments.

Heres a little getting to know you interview with Chloe. Enjoy!

Hello! I’m Chloe Nielsen. I live in a little country town in Queensland with my husband and 2 children: Miss 7 and Mr 4. If you take a peek at my scrapping albums, you’ll see that nowadays, I scrap mostly for my kids. They inspire me, they make me laugh, they make me tear my hair out, but mostly, they teach me what love is all about.

I began scrapping 10 years ago, when I decided to put my wedding photos in an album with pretty paper and stickers. Little did I know there was a whole WORLD out there revolving around paper, stickers, glue and scissors! I thought I was inventing the wheel! So, much to my delight, my love of all things scrappy began.

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Talent Watch! (Introducing Cookie Anguilar)

potrait shotToday I have the absolute pleasure of introducing Cookie Aguilar with her funky, contemporary and clean cut scrapboooking and card making style. Cookie works and teaches at Catchy Crafts in Hornsby where she delights everybody with her gentle sweet manner and HUGE talent.

Her scrapbooking journey began when she was a stay at home mum in the Philippines with her son Harvey (now 8). She joined, ‘Scrapping Mums’ and ‘PINOY Scrapbookers,’ and became friends with lots of crafty mums and great talents such as Iris Babao Uy. Cookie’s talents did not go unrecognised and soon she was on the Buzz and Bloom DT, Chatterbox DT and DT for various on-line shops. She became very active in the blogging world and frequently (and very successfully) entered on-line challenges appreciating the benefits of deadlines.

When Cookie’s family moved to Australia she started working at Catchy Crafts and once again it was the scrapbooking community that made her feel so welcome. Her new job brought a change of direction. Cookie, the queen of single page layouts, was now teaching 3-4 times each month and the demands were for double page spreads….bring on the era of double pages. Cookie quite literally extended her mastery of the 12 x 12” page to 12” x 24”.

Cookie’s job then called for her to become a card maker. Her clean, geometric style featuring: straight lines, layering, lots of cut paper, clustering and handmade embellishments continued but now on the card front. Cookie, who is very moderate and cautious with her purchases, owns lots of 6” x 6” paper pads and Copic markers as she rightly feels they are so perfect for card making. And wow! ….she uses them so well. Currently Cookie is making card kits every month for Catchy Crafts and they are amazing.

Cookie works at night in a nook in their living room so she can be close to her family. American Crafts, Echo Park, Little Yellow Bicycle and Websters clean and simple are some of her favourite papers. When scrapbooking she always starts with the photos and then very carefully chooses her papers. The rest you can see for yourself in her blog.

Have a great day! Jenny xx

Guest Post: Making some colour magic! (By Sandra Scott)

Ed’s note: Firstly, I must apologise PROFUSELY to Sandra for the lateness of posting this guest post. It was supposed to be posted a month ago. Alas, time escaped me. Secondly, you have to check out the pictures on this post–AMAZING. ❤ E

I was lucky enough to attend an event with Heidi Swapp and Kim Jeffress last year and I’d like to show you a layout I’ve created using the Color Magic resist paper and Color Shine sprays.

You could also use Dylusions ink spray for a really vibrant colour and no shimmer or Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst spray, the application is endless really because you may like to use your favourite sprays.

I chose an appropriate resist paper that would suit my photos and layout. Then I went for it and began to spray, you will always achieve a different look depending on the amount and type of spray you use and I think that’s what makes it exciting. I used three different Color Shine sprays and the camera is sprayed with Dylusions ink spray.

I like to use the nozzle of the spray bottle to add dots or splats to the page for an added dimension as well as stamping. Depending on the colours on the page I will choose a colour that’s appealing to me for the stamping.

I used my new Silhouette Cameo machine for the title, black arrows and film strip and the transparent clocks are from Kaisercraft. As there were bits of the pink/red colour in the photo I used matching Liquid Pearls to add centres to the clocks and dot around the page.

I also think by choosing related elements, such as the film strip and clocks, it enhances the meaning of your journaling.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my layout and try the resist paper and sprays for yourself.

You can find me on my blog or on facebook!

Guest Post: Photographing the Unwilling (by Jodie King)

Hi Scrapbook Creations friends. It’s Jodie here, and I’d like to thank Ellen and Scrapbook Creations for having me back for another Project Life guest post today.

So you love documenting your family’s everyday, but have you found that your children have suddenly grown from being cute three and six year olds posing in front of the camera on request for you, to suddenly being teenagers that can’t think of anything worse than their mother in front of them with a camera… again… Mum, really?

Although I use a lot of these tips to get photos of my teens, try some of them on camera-shy younger children, or as ideas to add in more details of your everyday to your Project Life spreads.

This is my spread for Week 4, 2014.
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The left side.
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Guest Post: Making Old New Again (by Ebony van der Starre)

I remember going to retreats and hearing people yelling “hammer warning!”

live loudHi everyone! I am guessing like everybody with a scrapbooking stash, you often try and declutter your stash to make way for the new products that hit our stores regularly?

Well, I do this too and often I find things I forgot I had or I look at things and think to myself what a waste! I spend so much money on things that are trends at the time to find them only half used or not used at all in the back of the cupboard.

Years and years ago, when I began scrapbooking a company called “Making Memories” was huge and they bought out many and varied types of foam stamps. These stamps were awesome at the time but not cheap to buy when you wanted every design and font. Every time I clean out my supplies I pull them out of the cupboard (they take up lot’s of space!) and think about throwing them out or donating them to a charity shop. But something stopped me. I couldn’t throw them away. And considering I always use stamps on my layouts it was a good thing I didn’t.  Continue reading

Guest Post: Easel Cards by Kerry-Jean Watson (Part 2)

Ed’s note: Make sure you check out Kerry-Jean’s post from Wednesday where she talks about why she loves Easel Cards and shows us two of her masterpieces–a Butterfly Easel Card and a Steampunk one.

I used to feel that masculine card were a little terrifying to come up with, but these days it’s a totally different feeling. I use darker tones of colour usually, or in this case earth tones and creams. I find a motif that fits the person I am making the card for, or just something more generic and common; clocks, gears, and hot air balloons tend to work. The main difference is really no flowers or butterflies, however sometimes simple leaves are appropriate. Something fun to do with cards is to add some visual texture, the stencil and texture paste technique from mix media is a great way to break a paper pattern up a little.

This final card is a variation on the easel, the twist easel card. It is super easy to do and can add a new dimension to your design. Using a bit of acetate again gives a wonderful silhouette of an embellishment and remember to try and compliment your anchor with the design of the card.

A few extra tips!

When choosing the paper that goes on the inside of the card, keep in mind that writing needs to go there so make sure that the design or colour is light enough to allow someone to inscribe a personalised greeting.

To enhance the effect of ageing in your design, distress the paper. I distress the edges of my paper all the time. This is just how I roll. It gives a vintage and rustic look that cannot be achieved any other way. This effect can also be enhanced by inking the edges after I have distressed paper, which you can see on the Happy Birthday card (above).

I want to take a moment to thanks Scrapbook Creations and Ellen for giving me this opportunity to talk about my creations and I hope I have helped inspire you. If you would like to check out more of my work, head over to my blog, and I can also be found on Facebook, instagram (@kerryjean), pinterest (@kerryjeanwatson). If you have any questions please feel free to come and find me.

Guest Post: Easel Cards by Kerry-Jean Watson (Part 1)

Ed’s note: Kerry-Jean gave us so many beautiful creations that we wanted to show her off a little more. Look out for Part 2 on Friday!

01.1The card: a little bit of art you can give to someone special. I love making cards and all of them are different except for a general style that can be found in them all. The thing that I find amazing is there are so many different card styles, that really you can never get bored. Stumped yes, but not bored.

One of my favourite card styles is the easel card — and it is so simple. The best thing about this style of card is it is designed to display itself. How awesome is that? I think one of the keys to making great cards is the sparing use of vibrant colour and textures. I try and use 2 or 3 different patterned papers and no more, otherwise it gets a little crowded or busy.

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