December 8, 2016

Its all glitter and magic.

I dont know about you, but I love this time of the year. The kids are finishing up for the year at school, there's glitter and magic all around you as we get into the festive season.

This year I've made up my supplies myself. I loved the Crate paper snow and cocoa collection and the embellishments from Simple Stories Mistletoe kisses. There so cute and match my simple stories teal 6 x 8 album.

I've pop my supplies all into a tray, so its easy for me to pull it out each day.  I feel like Santa elf working away on a  toy at the workshop bench and being eager to see it finished. Its going to be sprakly and full of surprises.

Under construction.

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December 7, 2016

December is under construction.

 Yes, it's another Mini Album. No ordinary Mini Album, a ' under construction'  December album, it's sparkly and magical inside.

I know the 'traditional' way to document using the Ali E December Daily approach, is document in days and documenting the happenings daily. I mean, "daily", duh! But like most families we all different traditions and ways of celebration the season. Some a little more spiritual, where as others its a perfect reason to gather friends and family, have a big ol chin wag and eat and eat and eat and drink and eat and eat. People have their own traditions, different to their neighbor.

I am that 'different' December Daily neighbor. My December Mini Album is dropping the daily. My documenting will be done in 'sections', which means it will constantly evolve this month. The yellow and black s sign that says "Road work ahead" on the side of the road... that's my album.

Already you can see blank spaces there. Looks rather unappetizing. Come the end of the month there will be no blank spaces. More ice-cream, swimming, recipe photos and magic.

Under construction for 23 days.

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December 1, 2016

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

The thing is, its not always sitting down with paper and glue, is it? There are many other cute little things you can that spark creativity. Now I want to put houses on all my layouts! 

I've been a little un-motivated and well, plainly un-interested in paper and glue until a couple days ago. For the reason, that i have had my mind on making this advent calendar for the kids. Oh, I nearly gave up half way through.  It was fiddle and seemed like a never ending pile of houses to stitch.

My boys are coming home with some beaut christmas crafts from school. There grins and excitement as they explain to me what they did on the way home from the bus stop, makes a pleasant distraction from the dirt road  a little less boring too, all I had to do was see there faces and it would re-motivate me to keep on sewing. Just one more, and another and another... 

This advent calendar has been something on my list for a number of years now. I've even had the fabric stashed away for 3 years. I created a little pocket at the back to pop in a jigsaw piece each day along with a note or a sweet treat.

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas...
Now I better go and finish making the 24 little tags to go with the jigsaw piece or there'll be sad faces when they get home from school and find no message for today.
(Confession: I told them they can take a house down when they get home from school, because I wasnt orgainsed enough yesterday to pop the notes in each pocket... because I hadnt finished.. oopsie!) 

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November 28, 2016

LAYOUT: Everything happens for a reason


I have been playing with more Shimmerz.  I wanted to create a vibrant background with texture and little sparkle.
To create it, all I did was spray on colour and add a little water to move it around with a brush to blend my colours.
I also add some drips and splatters.
A very simple (no thinking) background. Tee hee.
I love how this page turned out.

Products used:  Colouringz: No yoking, oh say can U sea, Well Blue me down.
Spritz, chance of rain, 
Vibez, Jeni B Bleu, Sweet heart.

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November 25, 2016

Running into a whirl wind.

This morning, after putting the boys the on the bus, I walked the dirt tracks around the farm. About 5km.  Life can send your head into a whirl wind. Your mind starts off at the coffee shop, quickly changes to necessities of house chores, then whirls back to creativity, takes off again and spins unpredictable and uncontrollable.

You would think that after a very spontaneous family trip to the beach that I'd be cool as a cucumber. But the ciaos of the last few weeks at school, has  me spinning.  It's hard at times to keep your feet grounded, at walking pace,  stopping to pick a bunch flowers for the dinning table.

I find it hard to focus on big creativity projects. Even a simply layout. So this Grateful travelers notebook I made, is the ultimate key to creating on small scale whilst in the whirl wind. It graciously allows for the unpredictable and spontaneous-ness (is that a word), for my creativity.

More coffee, sleep and creativity.
Yes please.

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November 17, 2016

TAGS: Mixed media

Happy Monday!
Lets, argh, pretend to enthusiastic about Mondays.
Got try, right?

Monday nights,
thats another story!

Mondays aside, I have  some tags to share with you using more Shimmerz!
3 different tags and 3 different shimmerz products.
Now, before look at the prettiness,
I shall warn you that,
1. I tried to make these masclin like. Well, because I have zilch bam nothing in my tag basket that even resmebles male.
2. I fought tooth and nail to not put any flowers.
3. I gave in. I put just a few flowers, because if I didnt I would have no hair left on my head.
4. I think there mascuin enough.

Products used: Coloringz, Well Blue me down, Oh Say can U sea, No yoking, Don't citron me. 
                         Vibez, Jeni B Ble
                        Spritz: Chance of rain
                         Aqua Huez: Green with Envy, Rockin Robin, Blue me away, Crazy Daisy, 
                                            Little Boy Blue, 

Tag 1: Gesso went down first to give me a base to work off. I then added some texture paste with a small triangle stencil. I then used Aqua Huez. I like to start off with light colour and then build it. Then I add on some colouringz for a bit of brightness and some paint splatters. Then I add all my bits and pieces to create the tag.

Tag 2:  This time I went brights straight up. I simpy spraying around some colouringz and a little vibez. Not only do I love the vibrance but also how it shows up the texture.

Tag 3: I went with all Aqua Huez.  To make the Aqua Huez brighter I simply waited for the pot to become drier. I did however jsut add some splatter with coloringz.

Some mixed media, masculine type tags.
Well, I tried! :-)

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