Project Life

Where’s a Patronus When You Need One?

Do you ever have a really random conversation where you say something that sparks a layout idea?

Recently at work I was talking to a co-worker about the never-ending saga of how cold my house was during the winter and made the comment “It’s almost like there’s a dementor* floating outside my window sucking all the heat out of the room”.

As soon as I said it, a layout idea was born!

I knew right away what I wanted the layout to look like the comment I had made – A dementor hovering outside my window, looking in.

I started off by taking a photo of me in my room from my window, which was actually harder than it looked due to the space and trying to get enough of the room in frame without actually having be be outside standing on a ladder!

I traced the dementor from an image found online, and then cut out two layers – black cardstock and a vellum overlay for added visual interest. I added sewing as this is a look I’m loving at the moment for added detail, including sewing some bricks to reinforce the image that this page was actually the outside of my house.

To finish off I fussy cut some flowers out as the layout was looking a little empty. I made the choice not to colour the flowers, so that the focus of the layout was the window and the pop of colour it produced compared to the starkness of the rest of the page.

If you’d like to watch my process, you can check out my video below or click here to watch it on YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ec1ZMSUHLY

* Dementors for those who don’t know, are creatures from the Harry Potter universe that suck all the joy and happiness out of you when you’re around them. They also turn the area surrounding them cold and frosty, which is the aspect of them that I was focusing on for this layout.

Project Life: January 2017

January is always a strange month for me as far as Project Life goes. I’m always eager to get stuck in to the project for a new year, but nothing much ever seems to get done during this first month of the year – at least for me. The important thing though is I do put my pages together, even if it takes me a little longer to do so than it should!

January started off with the New Year, and the focus on getting back in to the swing of working after two weeks off – a hardship for sure!

My next page was mostly about the weather – a typical British talking point! It’d had got really cold, and we even got a little snow!

One of the thing I like to do each month is record some of my favourite things of the moment, so I often record the books I’ve read, the new TV shows I’ve discovered, as well as my favourite song I purchased that month. I find it really interesting to look back and see what I was in to during any given month.

I also love to document specific events that happen in my life. This final double page spread for the month documents the final days of our nightmare housemate, otherwise known as ‘Mr Messy’. He was a character all right, but one I’m glad I no longer have to share a house with!

If you’d like to watch the process videos for these spreads, you can find them all in my Project Life Playlist.

Project Life: Reconnect

One Little Word is not a project I’d ever really given too much thought to until recently. I knew of it, and found it to be fantastic and interesting idea, but I knew it’d never be a class I’d participate in myself. Much like when I was at school, I find following classes, even ones you can change up to be frustrating. It’s nothing to do with the classes themselves, which are always excellent, but rather my inability to learn in this way. It’s something I should probably work on!

In these first few weeks of the new year, I thought a lot about the changes I wanted to make in my life. Since moving house this past summer I’ve become a bit of a hermit, and hidden away from social interaction. The reasons behind that aren’t important, but what is important is that I don’t want that to be the case in 2017.

I decided to focus on one word this year that would help me change that – ‘Reconnect’. I want to focus on building my social connections up again, and ‘reintegrate myself in to society’ as it were.

Working with the Felicity Jane “Sophie” Kit, I picked a globe as my layout focal point, to visualise the connections I want to focus on, both close to home, as well as those who live farther away from me.

I kept the embellishments light, as is my style, and focused on nature, using flowers as well as birds from Pinkfresh Studio and Freckled Fawn.

If you’d like to watch my process, you can check out my video below or click here to watch it on YouTube.

UK Scrap Addicts: Love Tonight

Hi everyone! Guess what? In case you were unaware, I’ve joined a new design team!

I’m now a part of the UK Scrap Addicts Creative Team, and I’ll be creating layouts for their YouTube channel once a month.

The UK Scrap Addicts aims to promote scrappers from the UK, as well as scrappy businesses based here, such as kit clubs and shops. Make sure to check out their website as they have several resources pages dedicated to this pursuit.

Each month we will have one or two topics to focus on, which we will base our layouts around. This month our prompt was multiple photos. I decided to create a Valentine’s day layout – about a ‘date’ I took myself on. Typical me!

If you’d like to read more about this layout, and see additional photos, please check out my blog post over on the UK Scrap Addicts blog. You can find my post here.

If you’d like to watch my process, you can check out my video below or click here to watch it on YouTube.

The Crafty Maven Getaway: 2017

A few weeks ago I was up on The Crafty Maven Getaway for Scraplift Saturday. For my assignment I decided to scraplift a layout by Paige Evans, which I thought would work well when converted to a 9×12 layout. I decided to create a cover for my 2017 Project Life album, since I thought the large hand cut letters from Paige’s layout would work really well for my numbers.

This was the inspiration piece we were working with. It has bright pops of citrus colours, as well as contrasting black and white. This isn’t the colour palette I’d be drawn to naturally myself, so I embrace the challenge of stepping out of my ”colour comfort zone’.

I normally use my Felicity Jane kits for my Project Life, but the kits tend to learn towards softer shades, so I delved in to my stash instead to rustle up some goodies.

I knew right away that I wanted to do a mixed media background. In converting the layout to 9×12, I was left with a lot of unused white space. The ‘packaging technique’ is a great way to help fill that space in. I used three colours of mists for my background – Dylusions Fresh Lime, Colour Shine’s Butter (which also added some lovely shimmer) and Distress Mist in Cracked Pistachio. I added the latter to bring a slightly softer shade on green on to my layout, so it didn’t stand out as much when put in the album with my other softer toned layouts.

I also added some modelling paste to the page, using one of Amy Tangerine’s stencils. Triangles are meant to be quite ‘in’ this year, so I thought that was a good one to use!

For the numbers I looked to my 6×6 paper pads. I always forget to use them, so it was good to dust them off! The yellow paper was from Echo Park’s Capture Life collection, and the others were all from Amy Tangerine’s Plus One – The colours matched the mood board perfectly! I also added some Heidi Swapp puffy glitter alphas to finish my title off.

When it came to embellishing the page I kept things fairly light. I added an enamel geotag, as that element also featured on Paige’s layout, as well as some puffy stickers from Pinkfresh Studio’s Felicity collection.

If you’d like to watch my process, you can check out my video below or click here to watch it on YouTube.

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