27 August 2014

Farewell American Crafts

This week my last layouts for American Crafts went up on the blog. These last three years have been amazing and I wanted to thank AC for this amazing experience. A couple of people have made this experience extremely enjoyable: Paige Evans (http://www.paigeandchris.com/), Tauni from AC and all the DT designers I have met over the years. I hate change and saying goodbye but it was time to move on even if deep down I did want to stay on a little longer. So here are the 4 layouts that were on the blog this week. I have a couple more projects to show tomorrow too.



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25 August 2014

Scrappy Blog Tour

Last Monday the AMAZINGLY TALENTED Heather Leopard  (visit her blog as it is full of awesome projects) tagged me in the Scrappy Blog Tour.

As part of the scrappy blog tour, I will do a little Q&A and then tag three scrappers who inspire me. I love the idea of linking to other scrapbookers and friends? I had to tag three but only two responded so I'll only be tagging two.

Let's get started with the questions and answers.
1. What am I working on right now?
At the moment I am not working on anything other than prepping lessons. School starts on September 1st and as I am a teacher I'm trying to get as much done as possible before the September frenzy starts. I did finish a couple of projects for the ESPRIT SCRAPBOOKING magazine. 
2. How long does it take me to create a project? 
Approximately one hour. But sometimes it is  30 minutes and if I want to use techniques which ask for long drying periods it may be more then an hour. After nearly 13 years of scrapbooking, I have learnt that letting projects linger doesn't work for me. 
3. What are my favourite things to create with at the moment? 
I am in my watercolour/gesso phase again and love soft colours. But as I scrapbook according to my mood that might change really soon. It all depends on the products or collections I am using. I also love using my sketch pens with the Silhouette cameo.I am not a very consistent scrapbooker and can go from very artistic to clean and simple.





4. How does my writing/creating process work? 
I am constantly having ideas. My mind never stops and usually I jot ideas down. Usually I wake up with a scrapbook design all worked out. I will sketch it down. Sometimes I just want to have fun and be creative and I'll get behind my desk and just create. The key is enjoyment. 
5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?  
Pinterest is an awesome source of inspiration and I LOVE looking through online galleries. Products and collections inspire me too. I find inspiration every where. 
6. What is my signature style? 
I always have a hard time answering this question because as I mentioned above I like to change "styles". I love layering and there are always layers in my creations. I also love using mixed media techniques and products and my Silhouette Cameo and manual die cut machine are also best friends. I like to call it LILITH STYLE. Trying to fit in one box isn't that fun. I love to feel free when I'm creating so I don't reflect too much on following one style. 

Thank you so much for stopping by and please go and visit the two following talented scrapbookers:
There are so many other scrapbookers whose work I admire. I love seeing how each person interprets paper in a different way and in the end they are able record a precious moment in time. Scrapbooking is so much more than just playing with paper. It is a creative outlet, it's a memory keeper, it keeps us sane and it brings people together. Every single day I'm grateful for this hobby as I have met so many generous people. 

Have fun hopping from one blog to another and I hope you'll find lots of inspiration. 

Have a wonderful week and happy scrapping. 



23 August 2014

Glitz and Die Cutting Machine

Today I am going to share a layout I made with my die cutting machine. I used my Silhouette Cameo and also my Big shot.

I love using my Cameo for cutting shapes but you can do so much more with it. I used my sketch pens to sketch a leaf shape onto a 12*12 sheet of cardstock. I then applied some gesso over it. It softens the look and will be a base for my watercolours.
Once the gesso was dry I played with some gelatos and watercolours. 
The next step was to add the photo with a couple of layers beneath. I cut up one of the cards from the Felicity Bits&Pieces paper which says BE TRUE TO WHO YOU ARE. The I cut out some flowers from the Floral Paper from the Brightside collection. Then I cut out some flowers and butterflies with my Big Shot machine which I I coloured slightly with some watercolour paint. 
I added a couple of enamel dots as well as  Rhinestone from the Carpe Diem collection and clustered them around the die cuts. 

I had so much fun creating this layout and really love the sketched look created with the Silhouette Cameo. I will definitely be using my sketch pens more often. 


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