Monday, 22 January 2018

Oh Hello Sugar Rush, Scrapbook Layout with Lisa J

Hello there,

It's the beginning of another week already. Only one more week of School Holidays for my boys. Even though the boys are home, I seem to have so much more creative time in the holidays. I will be sad to see them go back to School.

The first weekend of the School holidays, my youngest son Sam and I took a trip to Pokolbin to visit family. We  discovered the Sabor Dessert Bar. Oh it was heaven (so much so that we may have visited twice in two days). If you are ever in the Hunter Valley region I would highly recommend it. But enough of food and back to today's layout.

I started the layout off with white cardstock and a large triangle of one of my absolute favourite papers from the Cocoa Vanilla You Rock Collection "Starshine". I added machine stitching and roughed up the edges with my fingernails but a distress tool would be better for your manicure.



I made a tag from the gorgeous wood veneer pattern B side of the Plus One paper to tuck amongst my layers of patterned paper and die cuts. Some fussy cut stars were sprinkled about for added embellishments.


I added some red tile alphabet stickers from my stash to complete my title. You can find alternative alphabet stickers in the Scrapping Clearly store.


I finished off with a few staples with my tiny attacher and the layout was done. Quick and easy. I love it when the papers do the work for you.

And yes, Sam really was on a sugar rush after devouring three macaroons washed down with a lemonade (luckily for me, he drove home with my sister).

Enjoy your week and happy creating




Sunday, 21 January 2018

Never Too Busy To Create - Except for Right Now

Good morning to all our blog followers......

I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend, it is super hot here today in my neck of the woods so I am hoping to stay indoors and sift through all the new sneak peeks, and order all the awesome products coming our way from Creativation 2018...... 

ok ok CONFESSION TIME; I have been doing that for the past 4 days, oh my gosh it is so hard to pick and choose what to order for the store!

So instead of sharing something I have created with you today, I am sharing with you all three cool ranges I have already placed orders for, and are heading to Scrappingclearly as early as mid-February......

Shimelle - Box of Crayons

The collection starts shipping February 19th




Tim Holtz Distress Oxides


Introducing 12 new colours of Tim Holtz Distress® Oxide Ink Pads; a water-reactive dye & pigment ink fusion that creates an oxidized effect when sprayed with water. Use with stamps, stencils, and direct to surface. Blend using Ink Blending Tools and Foam. All Oxide colours are available in 3” x 3” ink pads and coordinating .5 oz re-inkers. 
AVAILABLE IN 12 COLORS OF INK PADS AND COORDINATING RE-INKERS.




DYLUSIONS DYALOG COVERS

Organize your life in style with the Dylusions Dyalog system. Dyalog Covers, featuring original artwork by Dyan Reaveley, offer a stylish way to keep all your Dyalog Insert Books, Pocket Inserts, and more in one convenient location. Two interior elastic bands help keep your inside elements secure while also giving you the ability to change books easily. The outside elastic band helps keep the cover closed. Dyalog Covers are available in two signature designs and each measures 5.875” x 8.75”. 
AVAILABLE IN 2 DESIGNS EACH MEASURES 5.875” X 8.75”.

DYLUSIONS DYALOG INSERT BOOKS

Designed to coordinate with the Dylusions Dyalog system, Insert Books are ideal for adding into your Dyalog covers to create a book of your own. Featuring black and brightly printed covers, these books include a variety of page styles that fit all journaling preferences. Made out of the same great Mixed Media Cardstock found in the Dylusions Creative Dyary, Insert Book pages accept a variety of mediums without bleeding through. Insert Books measure 4.375” x 8.25” and contain 24 pages. Dyalog Insert Books contain pages featuring functional and creative options- Available in Agenda, Grid Lines, Dots, Ruled, Handwriting Lines, Blank, Black and Pre-Designed Backgrounds. 
AVAILABLE IN 8 PAGE OPTIONS. EACH BOOK MEASURES 4.375” x 8.25” AND CONTAINS 24 PAGES.


DYLUSIONS DYALOG POCKET INSERTS


Dyalog Pocket Inserts are a great addition to your Dyalog systems. Designed to keep you organized, Pocket Inserts feature two large pockets that are designed for collecting and storing to-do lists, receipts, notes, and much more. Slots cut into the side are perfect for smaller notes, business cards, and papers so you won’t lose track of them. Contains one each of three designs. Pocket Inserts measure 4.375” x 8.25”. 
AVAILABLE IN 3 PACK INCLUDING 3 DESIGNS EACH MEASURES 4.375” x 8.25”.


DYLUSIONS DYALOG ELASTIC BANDS

Dyalog Elastic Bands are perfect for stylishly securing and adding additional Dyalog Insert Books, Pocket Inserts, and more into your Dyalog system. These colourful elastic bands coordinate with all Dyalog Covers and keep you organized. Includes 4 elastics each sized to fit the Dyalog program. 
INCLUDES 4 ELASTIC BANDS SIZED TO FIT DYALOG PROGRAM.

DYLUSIONS WASHI TAPE

Dylusions Washi Tape is a collection of colourful tapes that feature exclusive artwork from designer, Dyan Reaveley. Collage into your journal pages, paper crafts, and use in your Creative Dyary and Dyalog systems. Available in 3 boxed sets. Each roll measures 6 yards (5.49 m) and each set contains various widths. 
AVAILABLE IN 2 BOXED SETS. EACH ROLL MEASURES 6 YARDS (5.49 M).




DYLUSIONS SHIMMER SPRAYS


Add colourful pearlescent shimmer to any journal page, mixed media, or paper craft project. Dylusions Shimmer Sprays are pearlescent ink sprays that add colour and shimmer to paper, canvas, wood, fabric, and other porous surfaces. Use as a finishing spray or layer over inks and paints to create luminous effects and backgrounds. Available in 12 colours in 1 oz bottles that coordinate with the Dylusions colour palette. 
AVAILABLE IN 12 COLORS EACH IN 1 OZ BOTTLE.

DYLUSIONS PAINT PENS

We are happy to announce more colours of Dylusions Paint Pens! Dylusions fine point Paint Pens are designed for journaling, writing, and doodling on most surfaces. Great for use in the Creative Journals, Dyarys, Dyalogs, and on Journaling Tags. Dylusions Paint Pens are compatible with the Dylusions Ink Sprays and Paints. Available in two new sets of 6 colours each that coordinate with the Dylusions palette.

AVAILABLE IN 2 SET EACH INCLUDING 6 COLORS

DYLUSIONS CANVAS APRON


Introducing the Dylusions Signature Canvas Apron! Featuring art from Dyan Reaveley – this apron will protect your clothes from your creativity and pockets let you keep your tools and materials close! The adjustable strap and generous ties at the waist create a comfortable fit for all sizes. Washable heavyweight canvas is durable enough to withstand creative use in your studio. 
AVAILABLE IN HEAVYWEIGHT CANVAS. ONE SIZE.

DYLUSIONS STAMP SETS


There’s something for everyone in this collection of Dylusions rubber cling mount stamps. Choose from four different stamp sets featuring Dyan’s signature style of unique imagery and well-loved quotes which continue to inspire art journalers and paper crafters everywhere. Ideal for use on pages in art journals, cards and mixed media projects. Mix and match these new designs with the ever-growing collection of unconventional, sassy stamps that are truly Dylusions originals. 
AVAILABLE IN 4 NEW DESIGNS.
Ok, I have much more to share so be sure to keep an eye on our Scrappingclearly Facebook Community Group and
Scrappingclearly Insta Page........
Enjoy Your Sunday.....




Saturday, 20 January 2018

Awesome - Scrapbook Page by Lisa J

Hello there,
Thanks for joining me today.

One of my favourite go to layout designs is a grid. I especially love using grids when I have lots of gorgeous patterned papers that I want to include so it was a great design to use for the Cocoa Vanilla You Rock collection I am working with this month.

This layout is of my goofball 3rd child and his habit of pulling faces in every photo - even his Year 6 Formal photos. I just have to roll with it and have a giggle.


This design incorporates 6, 3x4 rectangles so it would be perfect to use for Project Life style cards as well (particularly if, like me, you buy all the pretty packs but don't actually do project life).

I have inked the edges of all my papers and my white cardstock with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Black Soot.

I love to add little splatters of white mist for a subtle detail. Heidi Swapp White Colour Shine is perfect for this and a bottle will last for ages.


I painted my "Awesome" wood veneer title with a mix of Colour Blast paste in steel and then black gesso and Dylusions After Midnight paint. The end result is a very dark Navy colour with some added texture.


The Cocoa Vanilla You Rock Wood Veneer are great for embellishing the different rectangles in my grid. I treat each rectangle like a little page of its own trying to include a mix of different embellishments from the Rubber Charms to the Flair Buttons.

I hope you get some creative time this weekend.
Happy creating


Friday, 19 January 2018

Peg and Lisa's Epic Art Adventure in Sydney, January 2018- Featuring Rembrandt and Vermeer.

 Howdy Bloggers, Lisa here with a late Scrapping Clearly update.
I've been away, to glorious Sydney, with my soul sister and partner in arty adventures, Peg.
Last week we took a few days out from work and family and 
prioritized ourselves for some quality catch up, and down time.

When is the last time you took time out to do something just for you?
To spend time doing something you love, with someone you love - who's not your other half.

Oh our City of Sydney, "How I miss the tug boats with their fantastic water displays, yeah!"  
* quote from Peter Garrett - Midnight Oil.

I once lived in the big smoke, so returning to my old home suburb of Ultimo was not only a sentimental trip down memory lane, but the perfect place to be based, being so close to everything. Perfect choice Peg.


We started our full day of adventure by taking a walk through Angel Place.
This attraction is very close to Martin Place for those keen to find it. It's a small alleyway filled with hanging bird cages. There is a birdsong soundtrack playing over a speaker which sets the tone perfectly for this quirky pit stop on our journey to Circular Quay.


 Oh Sydney Harbour, what a magic space you are.
 The obligatory selfie bridge shot and then onto the amazing Parkers Art Supply shop.
Woooowzers, this place! Nestled in the heart of the Rocks district, it is absolutely bursting at the seams with the most incredible array of beautiful art mediums, substrates, brushes, etc... Art Supply Central people, check out my Instagram here for the walk through of just a few aisles. I could live here. 


Cambridge street is where you will find Parkers.


 Our next pit stop was the Museum of Contemporary Art or the MCA.
I always love to check out contemporary pieces, 
it keeps one inspired and challenges one's perception of Art.


 Quick photo with our extra adventurer today,
 My daughter, Miss 19, decided to join us and spend the day checking out some art. 
Heart love to her, she is a gem to have around at anytime.




 More from the MCA my Instagram here and here




 Another view of the bridge from the MCA terrace cafe.


 Our next pit stop, and the reason for our trip, was to head over to the Art Gallery of NSW and check out the Dutch Masters Exhibition, particularly the Rembrandt and Vermeer pieces (very few). 


 But first a little back therapy for my colleague, to align and recharge the body,
as it's a bit of a hike through the city, and we were both feeling our age.


 The exhibition itself was interesting and a valued lesson in light and dark.
More photos from my Instagram here


 There must have been something on my lens here. 
I'm pretty sure that teal smear isn't supposed to be in this Rembrandt self portrait painting below.


 While we were there, we  took a look at Robert Mapplethorpe adding another exhibition to our arty adventure. Id love to show you more here, but this photographic exhibition didn't photograph at all well, plus the x rated subject matter isn't really for this forum. Definitely google his work if you're interested, or check this out here from my Instagram feed, to view a few pieces.


The gallery retail store is a goldmine of amazing finds.
Make sure you check it out!
This baby below is now in my hands (Thanks Peg).


So after a meal with our day guest a,nd a couple of hours relaxing and recharging in awesome Ultimo, we ventured back out into the evening and headed into the city to the Speigel Tent in Hyde park to check out a show on for the Sydney Festival.
And what an incredible show it was.
here's a quick you tube preview of the show.



No photos and videos of this show, as requested by the performers, so a selfie instead.
 If you're in town, and this show is still on, I can't recommend it enough.
 Again, thank you Peg, for choosing such a wonderful performance to add to our adventure.




 Our little piece of Ultimo heaven. Air BnB is the way to go.
Big thanks to Martin for sharing his lovely terrace with us.


 Homeward bound and ready to do it all again soon.


I realize that with this post you are not getting a regular Mixed Media update, but sometimes one just needs to recharge and have some down time so that creative inspiration is able to flow again.
I hope you have enjoyed my photos from our 1st adventure of 2018........... More to follow !

Thanks to you Peg, for making this trip memorable.

Lisa x