Friday, 21 August 2015

A Mix of Mixed Media...

So I went a little crazy buying more stuff - Opps!!!
I've now got a great selection of Heidi Swapp Colour Shine mists and stencils, along with a few bits from the We Are Memory Keepers Clearly Posh collection, so decided to do a couple of layouts using my new bits.

My first layout was made using a Crate Paper Wonder paper for the background, a mix of Crate Paper papers from 6x6 paper pad, along with a sheet of black patterned acetate from the WRMK Clearly Posh 6x6 pad. The back ground is made of lightly coloured texture paste spread over a Memory Box stencil; Drip Rings. I added Black colourshine splatters to finish.
I layered the picture using a mix of papers, tags with gold glitter thread, and some gorgeous gold glitter confetti pieces from WRMK - these are great for layering. I made another small cluster of bits in the top left corner and finished with a pretty gold acetate bow x

The second layout is a mix of old stash, papers from Simple Stories and stickers from Echo Park (I'm unsure of collection names)
I used the Memory Box Floral Confetti stencil with light pink coloured texture paste across the background. I layered strips of paper in a "T" shape, and placed the picture at the cross over point. I finished with lots of stickers, sequins and enamel dots.

For the last layout I chose a piece of plain white card stock. I added texture to background using a Heidi Swapp star confetti stencil, and pink colourshine to texture paste. I added pink and green splatters over the top. I layered my picture using Dear Lizzy papers, and finished with Fine & Dandy stickers and die cut pieces. I added lots of sequins and enamel dots to the background to add more texture and sparkle!

I now have a whole week off work for my birthday, and have planned lots of scrapping time. So I'll be back soon with some more layouts and PL pages.

Much Love,
Chelle Belle x

Monday, 10 August 2015

Project Life… time to catch-up!

Lately has seen me dive into the world of mixed media, and find a new found love for Traditional scrapbooking, meaning my poor Project Life album was being neglected.

 I always print off my pictures as I go along, and decide on which cards to use for the page – I usually find sitting in front of TV with a cup of tea is the perfect time to sort out my pictures for the week. When I do find the time, I just go back and pick a page I fancy doing. This weekend I managed to complete two pages, and I love them both.

 For my first Project Life page of the weekend, I decided I wanted to use up some of the Notes & Things cards I had left over. I am sad to see these go as this has to be one of my favourite Project Life kits of all time. It’s a shame it was only a value kit, I would have loved to have a bigger selection of cards, perhaps a mini kit. That said I like the idea of coordinating ephemera pieces.

 I selected my cards along with a few from Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic core kit, and chose Crate Paper Craft Market Ephemera and Stickers, including the tiny phrase stickers to use on the spread. I finished the page off with enamel dots and sequins from my stash, and Seven Paper Amelia Gold Glitter Chipboard hearts – these are just gorgeous, and I wish I had bought half a dozen packs!!!

 My 2nd layout was Chris and I taking part in the London Free Ride on 1st August. I’ve already made a traditional layout to go alongside this spread using an enlarged picture from the Project Life page. The main page has now been framed and will take center stage on the “Crafty Chelle Belle” art gallery through my hallway at home! – an idea my wonderful husband had, and can’t wait to add more. Pictures to follow.

 For this layout I chose a mix of cards, mainly from the Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic and Maggie Holmes core kits. For embellishments, I pulled a selection of Ephemera and rub-ons from Maggie Holmes line; along with the sticker and element sheets from Simple Stories Fancy That line… the alphas worked great on this spread.

 Hope you liked the two layouts. Hoping to complete some more over the next week or so, and I believe I have a few small hauls arriving shortly too!

I'll be back soon.

Much Love,
Chelle Belle x

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

An active week calls for active based Scrapbooking...

Well this past week has been a busy one in terms of activities. Time to sit down with a cuppa and share the memories…

Back in March the company I work for launched its own version of the Couch to 5K program in conjunction with “This Girl Can” campaign. This Girl Can is a national campaign developed by Sport England and a wide range of partnership organisations. It’s a celebration of active women up and done the country. You can find out more about the campaign on the website

Now I’ve always had a fascination with running, and love to watch the London Marathon on TV each year, but never imagined I would ever be a runner. Well after the 9 week course I found I could actually run for 30+ minutes without passing out, and even more surprising… I loved it!!! Now I have an addiction with running clothes and trainers, just as much as my Scrapbooking/Project life addiction. This is not good for my bank balance, but at least I can run faster from the Bank Manager :-)

 So this leads to me to my first Layout of the week… Last week myself and my best friend in work Joanna were given fab T-Shirts to say “Congratulations on completing the course!” with company and program logos on them. I love it, and will most certainly wear with pride. Jo and I had already decided we were going for a lunchtime run, so what better way to celebrate than to wear our new T-Shirts out for all of London to see.

 Here is my finished layout of us looking very pleased with our new tops. I used Crate Paper Craft Market papers, coordinating die cut pieces, chipboard stickers and alpha stickers. I finished the layout with Crate Paper gold puffy stickers, a few glittery enamel dots, and some Heidi Swapp Gold Colour shine mist splatters.

So after running 5k every day for 5 days, I finished the week by attending the 3rd annual London Free Ride event on Saturday 1st August. The London Free Ride is an event for all cyclists, beginners to intermediates, couples, friends and family – oh yes, I forgot to add I am now a proud owner of a lovely road bike, which Chris bought me… another husband and wife activity, but something a little less life risking! It was a fab day out, especially with the sun shining brightly over London.

We cycled from our home in Essex to London which was 20 miles, then round the 10 miles of closed off roads passing famous landmarks such as Shard, Gherkin, St Pauls Cathedral and Buckingham Palace, then another 20 miles home again – The last 5 miles were a killer and I was very pleased to be home, but wow 50 miles in one day. I was dead proud of myself… although the sunburn from the day was not a good look! Opps!

Here is a very daring Selfie I took of myself and Chris whilst cycling past Buckingham Palace… so glad I didn’t drop my phone in the process. This is a very mixed layout, using back ground paper from Simple Storys Fancy That collection, and smaller papers from Heidi Swapp September Skies 6x6 paper pad. I covered parts of the background with a lime green coloured texture paste, using a Tim Holtz layering stencil. I also added some Heidi Swapp Gold Colour Shine mist splats. I embellished the layout with die cuts and stickers from Crate Paper Craft Market collection – they had lots of bike related bits! I finished the layout with a few cute wood veneers and enamel dots.

Well time for a rest now. Hope you like my traditional layouts and hearing the stories behind them. I’ll be back soon once I’ve got my head down with a few Project Life pages I’ve been meaning to do.

Much Love,
Chelle x