Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Second AALL and Create Layout by . Lynn

Hi everyone, today I would like to share my second project for this months challenge - using AALL and Create products.  

This time I have created a 12 x 12 layout:

I will link all the products that I have used at the bottom of the blog.

I have mused one of my favourite 7 Dots Studio collections - Cotton Candy Dreams.
I have cut up some of the papers and glued them down using Matte medium.  Once they were all adhered I have lighted gone over with a coat of white gesso to blend everything together.

I have then randomly stamped using a variety of AALL and Create Stamps

I have then used a Tim Holtz Dot Fade stencil and texture paste over the top of the stamped areas. 
When this was dry i have adhered my photo mat and emblishments which include Liquid pearls, cut outs from the Cotton Candy Dreams collection and some bling dots.

Here are some close ups:

Products used:

AALL & Create # 56
AALL & Create # 39

I hope that this has inspired you to take part in this months challenge.  You have until the end of the month to create a project - layout, card, ATC's, off the page, art journal page - the only requirement - it has a product from AALL & Create and you tag a product (or more!) from the Scrap Matrix Store.  You dont have to have a blog - just upload the photo to the relevant album in the Scrap Matrix Shares facebook page.

Til next time - Happy Crafting :)

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Sunday, 12 August 2018

Tam's back with more ALL & CREATE inspiration

Hi there Scrap Matrix creatives!
Tam's turn again to share some ALL & CREATE inspiration....
This time I scrapped myself!! I know, I know something we all forget to do, or dislike doing. BUT I urge you to get on the other side of the camera and include YOU in your beautiful creations.

Love the bold colours on the black background.

Let's have a look at how this layout came together. 
I basically used the same technique for the background as I did last time for my teen boy layout.  If you missed it you can find it HERE.
This time around I decided to use my Tracy Scott Paper Artsy paints....... perfect timing as we have the fabulous Tracy Scott coming to teach at Scrap Matrix later in August!!! Woohooo!!
How cool is that!! As I'm feeling all Tracy inspired, I grabbed her beautiful paints. Oh those colours!!!

Just love them!!! 
I didn't use the Peacoat (navy) on this layout as I had black as my base instead.

So I painted them quite randomly on my background paper. 
This time I didn't prepare the bazzill first. As I wasn't using a lot of water, I just decided to add the paint directly.
I forgot to take a photo at this point!! Whoops.

Once dry I used AAll & Create Stencil No 4 by the fabulous Fiona Paltridge.
I love that this has two options - for this layout I used the top section and some black gesso.
I love that using this technique kind of looks like the background is part of the painted section. A very cool effect.

Next I stamped onto white cardstock using one of my favourite AAll & Create Stamps - No 20 using an Archival Black Ink.
I didn't worry too much if they didn't come out perfect, as I planned to cut them down anyway.
Next I cut them out.
Love the black and white - reckon it's gonna look pretty striking amongst the bold colours.

I then began layering behind my photos. I used lots of tags and paper from 7Dots Studio.
I also added in some 7Dots word stickers, cause really it wouldn't be a Tam page without them.
I stuck this down using foam tape as I knew I wanted to tuck my stamps in and around the layers.

I used foam tape on some of these too, just to give it a more layered look.

I really love how layering these stamps around the photo draws your eye to that point.

To finish it off, I added my title - I used Mambi Chips for this - I see Vicki has just restocked on them so I'm off to go shopping!!  I need more in my stash.
I hope this has inspired you AALL to go and CREATE!! (groan)
What do you plan to create with the Aall & Create produts - some tags? A layout? A few cards? A journal page?  Well whatever it is, I can't wait to see it.
Just head to our Scrap Matrix Shares Facebook Group and load it into the 'Aall & Create' Album, and let us know what Scrap Matrix Product/s you used.

That's it from me today. Here's a list of the Scrap Matrix Products I used:
Black Bazzill
Tracy Scott Paper Artsy Paints
AAll & Create Stamp No 20
7Dots Word Stickers
7Dots Paint Chips 6x6 Paper Pad


Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Two Art journals pages - by Lynn

Good morning everyone, today I would like to share not one but two projects that I have created for this months AALL & Create challenge.

I recently received as a gift a small Dylusions art journal and couldnt wait to use it.  Because it is small in size (8 x 5) I have decided to create two different pages.

My first page I created was using the AALL & Create Stamp # 81 by Olga Heldwein. I love anything butterfly so had to get this one!  I was that excited that I forgot to do step by step photos!  I did remember on my second page!

I have used Paper Artsy Fresco Paints - China, Smurf and Blue Oyster.

I have stamped the butterfly image onto the art journal as well as a second piece of cardstock.  I then coloured in the butterflies with Vivid Paint and fussy cut them out.  The middle butterfly I also covered with Dimensional Magic.  I have then added a saying that I loved on the left and larger writing on the right. Some doodling and my page was complete - I think I was having a bold and bright day!

My second page I have created is using the stamp #7 by Bipasha BK

I began by painting the page with Dina Wakely paints - Cheddar, Ruby & Sedona
 Blending them with a wet wipe as I went

I have then stamped all over the page with the saying stamp in the set in a grey - I have used the second generation stamping method (stamp the first image onto a scrap of paper and then stamp onto the journal without re-inking the stamp) as I was looking for a very "background" look

I have stamped the feathers onto a separate piece of card stock using a purple stamp pad and fussy cut them out  - I wanted some dark and some light so used the same technique  - second generation stamping.

I have then stamped my head image directly onto the art journal page and adhered the feathers underneath using gel medium.  Once dry I have gone around the edges with a watercolour pencil.

I have encircled the head with the words in the stamp pack and then hand written a quote - 
I have used the saying that I found on the internet as I think this often applies to me LOL

I have also added a stripe of washi tape down the centre to cover the blue paint from the page beside, and inked the edges with Black Distress Crayon.

Here are some close ups - and at the bottom of the blog I have linked the products used to the Scrap Matrix Store.

Well that is all for me today.

I hope that you find time and inspiration to enter our challenge this month.  You do not need to do a blogpost - simply enter you photo into our Scrap Matrix Shares FB page in the relevant album in the photo section - and dont forget to tell us what products you have used that is available at Scrap Matrix.

Products Used:

Thanks for stopping by and til next time - Happy Crafting

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

AALL & CREATE - stamp and stencil challenge, August 2018 with Helen

Welcome back to the Scrap Matrix challenge where for the whole of August, we are challenging you to dust off your Stamps and Stencils from AALL & CREATE and join in the fun.

There is a huge range of products from this company.
Why not check out what the rest of the team have done with them.

I chose one of the new papers from 7 Dots as my background and gave it a coat of clear gesso before using a stencil down the left side.


I masked off part of the stencil with post it notes, as I wanted
 just a strip of letters along the edge and the post it notes 
helped me to get a crisp result.

By stamping onto tissue paper, I was able to move the images around on the page, until I was happy with placement.  This particular stamp reminded me of a reptile image - just perfect to highlight my brave little Snake Girl!

I used Art Basics soft matte gel, to adhere the tissue to the paper.

Three stamps were just not enough, so I added a few more.  The Butterfly, bee and insect all remind me of this little kidlet, she flits here and there, always on the go and  eager for new experiences.

The "Dream big, fly high" quote, was perfect for her, 
as she's eager to travel and see the world.

I used some pencils from my stash to add colour to the images, 
but if you don't have any, you can find a similar product, by Prima, in the Scrap Matrix store.

Thanks for calling in today, I hope you find time to play along, 
just add your entry to the Scrap Matrix Shares page in the corresponding folder; don't forget to let us know what Scrap Matrix products you used and what inspired you.  You could be in the running for a $30.00 gift voucher and perhaps a Guest Design Team spot down the track.

Scrap Matrix products used:


Monday, 6 August 2018

Break the rules .. with Alz

Morning peeps!

Are we 'aall' totally in love with this month's Aall and Create challenge? I certainly am. This is what I created for my first project ..

Break the rules

Aall and Create .. oh how I love thee

I had no idea where I was headed with this page. Can you tell? I hope not! Lol. I was just so, so tired but at the same time, so, so inspired to get creating. So, 90% of this layout comes to you from the comfort of my sofa where I curled up and tuned out the voices of domestic chores calling my name.

I knew I wanted to experiment with 13@rts Rainbow Color duo powders on watercolour paper. You can find a selection of watercolour paper pads in store here. I use a variety of different watercolour papers when I'm creating, depending on what I'm doing. For this project I've used a hot pressed, extra smooth paper because I knew I was going to do a lot of stamping and that I wanted as crisp an image as possible. But I could have used any of the cold pressed papers in store and achieved pretty much the same effect. I'm just a tad pedantic sometimes, probably because I 'found' scrapbooking via rubber stamping and card making. Anyways, what's the difference between hot and cold pressed watercolour paper? There's quite a few differences but for the purposes of this layout, I was only interested in the surface finish and hot pressed watercolour paper is smoother than cold pressed. Having said that, I've cut down large sheets of cold pressed watercolour paper to 12x12 for making watercolour backgrounds and the difference in stamping quality is barely discernible. Like I said, I can be a tad pedantic at times.

So, first things first, I mixed three colours of the 13@rts Rainbow Color duo powders (Lilac, Navy and Indigo Violet) with water in a palette. The ratio of water to powder is completely up to you but if you want a darker, more intense colour use more powder. Conversely, the lighter your preferred colour, the more water and less powder you'd add to your mix.

I literally used a paint brush to splatter the paint onto my background.

I was especially interested to see how these duo colours would dry. I'm in love ..

Anyways I had what I thought was a totally rad idea .. I used a Fudeball pen to outline some of the smaller spots and then enhance them with a 'blob' of Glossy Accents. Big mistake. Huge. Lol. 

I really didn't like the end result. I figured it couldn't get any worse so I'd try covering up my 'blobs' with more 'blobs', this time with an irRestistible Pico Embellisher in white. Surely my 'blobs' couldn't look any worse??

If I had the patience and energy I might just have started over but it kind of felt like an okay save. If I were to play with this technique again I think I'd just use the Glossy Accents to highlight some of the spots. Or leave the spots alone.

Whilst all this dried I stamped a gazillion circles from Aall and Create stamp set #3 and half a dozen or so birds from Aall and Create stamp set #6 onto watercolour paper and then planted my derriere on the sofa for some painting (again, with the 13@rts Rainbow Color duo powders in Lilac, Navy and Indigo Violet) and cutting out. PS: At this stage I'm growing more tired by the minute and thinking of changing my personal blog name to "The Lazy Scrapper" lol!

Once this was done, the finish line was within sight. I stitched my watercolour background to a piece of dark indigo cardstock from my stash. Fortunately for me I like messy stitching because I'm not sure I could stitch a straight line to save myself. Although, I can when I'm sewing on fabric so I wonder what that's about?? I then applied some black texture paste across my page in three spots with an Aall and Create stencil (#4). I used a ripped piece of the heart patterned Dina Wakley Media Collage Paper and a length of white Embossed Paper Lace (French Lace) to mat my photo and then went to town playing with the placement of my 'gazillion' circles and the birds.

To create some depth and interest I mounted some of my circles with different sizes foam tape.

I was too tired to try and get my niece's copious amount of journaling onto the page, figured she could add it to the back later on, and so moved on to hunt for a title that seemed apt. I found the perfect title in a pack of Dina Wakley Media Collage Words which I stapled to my layout with a Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher. The final touches were adding two of my stamped birds and generous splashes of irResistible Spray in Wedding Dress which I ought to have shaken thoroughly to actually get white splats!

And that's that! A fairly funky page from the sofa of The Lazy Scrapper lol!!!

I hope you'll join us in playing along with this month's Scrap Matrix Aall and Create challenge. You have until midnight on the 31st to get a photo of your project up on the Scrap Matrix Shares Facebook page. Please don't forget to let us know which products from Scrap Matrix you've used .. I need some inspiration peeps!!

Now I'm going to crawl back to my sofa to chill and indulge in my favourite pastime .. browsing the Scrap Matrix online store and shopping or, if hubby is floating around, adding things to my wish list. Wink wink!!  ;)

Cheers .. Alz  :)

Scrap Matrix products used:
Dina Wakley Media Collage Paper
Dina Wakley Media Collage Words 
irResistible Spray (wedding dress)