Scrapping and Wrapping

Good morning all, how are you all this fine Thursday? I just wanted to share with you what I got up to this weekend gone. So on the weekend it was hubby’s birthday (shout out to my husband he is awesome!) anyways I was again thinking oh what am I going to write for you lovely people and then it hit me while I was thinking of how to celebrate my husband’s birthday…

Bit of a back story hubby isn’t too big on over the top celebrations and what not. However  when it comes to his special day I still like to make a deal out of it one way or another. As I said he isn’t into over the top things therefore to him it’s the thought that counts. During the week I hit the shops thinking what is something little I can get him (as we had already agreed that I would like to buy him a watch but that was something we were going to buy together) I found myself in the good ol’ $2 shop (have I mentioned how much I love them haha) long story short I got him a bath bomb ‘from’ our son as my thought/hint behind it was he needs to relax and enjoy a nice bath without the noise of our little one interrupting us.

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Bath bombs and scrapbooking? Well I was thinking how am I going to wrap this then I remembered this cool youtube video I saw about wrapping oddly shaped gifts, you can find the link here. So I got creative and used some scrapbook paper as my wrapping paper to wrap this little gift; I used a kaisercraft baby boy themed paper as the gift was ‘form’ our son and wrote a little note to him and attached it to the front.

It’s something sweet and simple and can be used on any gift for any occasion especially the little ones that are hard to wrap. I hope you have enjoyed the post love feedback as always, enjoy the rest of your week, Lauren.

Acrylic Album Photos

Hello all, last week I shared with you a post on acrylic albums and just wanted to share some more photos of the album I did up of my wonderful nephew!! Shout out to my family who are awesome and let me use these pics so I could show them off to you lovely people 🙂 Without further ado….

IMAG0111.jpgAs mentioned in the previous post I thought outside of the circle and let the photo hang off the album.

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Just showing off how cute my nephew is, bias what? Yes that is a crown from the other page he’s a prince charming already can’t you see.

 

 

 

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Scrap it! Those toy story pics are from an old calendar, make use of your scrap papers especially old calendars they are so handy.

Hope you have enjoyed how I used my clear album, have fun with them and don’t stick to the pages. I found normal glue worked fine but you may want some stronger glue or the double sided photo splits (yep didn’t know they were called splits I would of gone with tape ha!)  if you aren’t going to see it on the other page as it can get tricky placing the items. I tried to use some rub on stickers but found they just weren’t working so I just cut them and stuck them.  (rub on example is ‘one big happy family.’ in photo 2)

Enjoy your week everyone! Lauren.

Acrylic Albums

Hey how are we all this fine Thursday? Hope you’re excited not long until the weekend!! Anywho, today I wanted to share with you my acrylic album I made up at Christmas to give to my brother and sister of their precious boy that was born.

What is an acrylic album? It’s pretty much a clear album, yep fancy words again. So how do you make this work when your pages are clear and you want to stick photos on it? Well that’s all part of the trick! I admit I found it hard and when I got this album I was thinking how the heck am I going to use this but low and behold our wonderful friend google helped me find what other people did with theirs and thus gave me inspiration to do mine. Are you ready for the secret? LAYERING! it can get a bit fiddley trying to work out how you’re going to cover up what’s going to be on the next page but with some careful playing and positioning it works well! Remember to embellish the heck out of it. I used bits from everything; I had an old baby card that I used as the ‘cover’ and I even used a calendar cut out, yes there may be some white spots from the photos but if you put enough pretty things around it doesn’t take away too much or you can try and position it so it looks like a boarder to the other photo on the other side (insert Adele’s song here :P)  The other great thing I did with mine was not stick to the page limits some of my photos poked out from the bottom some tags and embellishments hung from the sides and another great tip is to use scraps of ribbon to tie around the loops of the pages. Here is a peak of the cover page of the album I did. Would love to see you ideas.

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For more ideas and inspiration check out these sites I found them really great.

http://artglitterblog.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/robot-acrylic-album-with-art-glitter.html

http://www.scrapbook-crazy.com/acrylic-mini-book.html

http://www.scrapbook-crazy.com/my-life-mini-album.html

I also like how all these albums have been kept simple as I have seen quiet a few where they take away from the fact that the album is clear by just making it look like a normal paper page, the point is for you to be able to see through to the next page.

I got my album from a 2nd hand shop, it was Kaisercraft brand so your local shop might stock them or maybe try spotlight or your local scrapbooking supply shop. Happy scraping

Enjoy the rest of your week! Lauren.

Ugly paper? No Worries

Hello over there!! I hope you have been enjoying your week so far! As promised I was going to share with you my extra tip on what to do with some of your ugly pieces of paper.

Let’s recap I’ve suggested; using it as a layer over another piece of paper, making invites (you can see that here)  and last but not least decoupage. Dec0-what? Don’t worry yes it sounds fancy but really there is nothing to it think glammed up paper mache except you don’t use the flour and water trick.

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Here is a picture of what me and my mum got up to with some decoupage; Mum had brought a wooden rocking horse and wanted to add some flare to it (by the way this is for sale if you are interested in it check it out at Rustic Boom) she asked me if I would like to decorate it with some of my scrapbook papers. At first I admit I was thinking this isn’t going to work how is it going to look good, but once I had sifted through my papers and found all my browns and creamy looking colors we got stuck into it and boy did it turn out well!! What do you need to decoupage other then the paper? Well I recommend some handy PVA/craft glue and mix it with a bit of water so it’s a bit more runny and then just brush the back of the paper and what your decoupaging with the mixture and get sticking. Mum then went over the horse with some varnish once it was all done and dry which is what you need to do it your doing it on furniture. IMAG1352_1You can even do it for normal scrapbooking too I’ve done that a few times especially with tissue paper or just to make the page have a pattern different to what that paper was originally here is an example; It’s not the best one but it’s a great memory I have with my school friends (we were so cool!)

Well I hope my tips have helped you with your dilemma of ugly paper the other last and final thought would be if it’s just too hard to use on anything sell it as they say another persons trash is another persons treasure.

Enjoy the rest of your weeks look forward to hearing your ideas on what to do with ugly paper, Lauren.

HELP!! I have UGLY paper!

Hello all, I’m sure we’ve all been there getting suck on idea on what to do with that piece of paper that just looks U-G-L-Y; Here are some tips that I have used to get rid of some of my not so nice scraps of paper.

  1. The easiest thing to do is to cut it up and use it as notes on the page or use it as some sort of embellishment. I find this helpful as if I have a really nice background but it just has too much going on I like to break it up with one of my ugly pieces or in the example below I simply used a plain colour background and then used the brown paper as a boarder for the photos I then suck over the top. This worked well because the not so nice brown suited the theme of dogs and when matched up with the right colour it didn’t look so bad. What are your thoughts?IMAG1335.jpg
  2. Make invites! Yes I know I’ve mentioned invites a few times in my blog but scrapbook paper has many uses and invites is one of the great ones! So you’re thinking EWWW I don’t want to use my ugly paper to send out to my friends! Well here is the tip use it and then embellish the jeebies out of it! I did it with a few of my baby shower invites as they were in the shape of a nappy and I simply added ‘it’s a boy.’ wording to it with a cute baby looking embellishment which then made the paper not look so bad.IMAG1336.jpg

Well hope you have enjoyed my handy tips stay tuned for next week as I share a bonus tip!

Enjoy the rest of this week, Lauren.

Happy AUSTRALIA Day!

If you haven’t already guessed I’m Australian and well today is the day we celebrate our glorious nation with a well earned public holiday. (Hats off to all the people working today I have been there, I hope you get to relax after your shift is over)

So what’s so special about Australia day? Usually it means kicking up the feet and relaxing with a stubbie in hand and soaking up the sun with some mates.

How does this relate? Well a lot of us like to head to the beach for the day to enjoy the sun, surf and sand and I have definitely had my fair share of Aussie days being celebrated on the beach and have had a lot of great memories come from them and just wanted to share them with you.

A few years ago our family rented a little cabin in a holiday park for the day and enjoyed the facilities giant jumping pillow (a jumping castle without the castle) and had fun trying to ping each other off it as you do, lots of laughs were had and it was a definite work out which we then cooled off by jumping into the pool. If you and the family are interested in the holiday park it is up at Caloundra, Sunshine Coast – here is the link.

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Or if you have fur babies why not head down to a pet allowed beach, me and hubby usually make the little trek over to Nudgee Beach to let our dogs run and play along the beach here is a peak up some fun we get up to.

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Well I hope your Australia day is filled with lots of fun and that you all don’t have too much of a headache for work tomorrow and to all the kids out there enjoy your last day of holidays! Lauren.

Oh before I forget if your thinking of doing some scrapbooking you of course need your photos printed and sometimes that can be costly, however I wanted to share with you all Harvey Norman has 9c  6×4 prints ending 7/2/16. Happy scrapbooking!

What a week…END

I’m sure you’ve all been there, you get to the weekend and it’s crammed full of events, well that was our weekend but let me take you back to how this all relates.

As I mentioned earlier in my blog last year I got to make some invites for my sisters birthday

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Well that birthday was this weekend along with my sister in laws birthday as well, both parties turned out great and the whole family had a great time.

Just wanted to share some of the photos from the two days and the creativity we all got up to:

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For my sisters birthday my sister and I prettied up our masks by adding the well needed bling to them. Tara got her mask from a $2 shop along with the accessories to add the bling bling, as you can see the mask came in a nice simple plain colour and she has just gone ahead and added some feathers to the top and jewels on the joining parts of the mask. With my mask I was just touching it up a little bit as I had already had this lying around home so all I added was the feathers to revamp it, as before it had some fake leaves which had seen better days.

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So if your heading to a mask party and want to add a bit of flare to a simple mask why not try this? $2 shops are the best for these kind of things as you can always find feathers and jewels in the craft section; if your a Brisbane local try the $2 shop at Eagleby shopping plaza or Beenleigh Marketplace happy shopping and happy creating!

Here is a peak at my sister in laws birthday it was a vintage high tea, we decorated the house and set out all the nice tea cups some passed down the generations and some found at op shops (another great place to find bargains!) We also set up one of the rooms where the photos could be taken.

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Some of the decorations we used for her party are for sale, if you want to check them out here: Rustic Boom

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And for both parties my brother decorated both birthday cakes.

Enjoy the new week ahead! Lauren.