Saturday, 1 November 2014

It's the little things S1411 - CTMH Stamp of the Month Australasian Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to our Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop (wow thats a mouthful!). We have all been creating with "It's the Little Things" Stamp set. If you have arrived here from Anne's Blog "Mummy you made this?" Then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. Follow the links, check out all the amazing ideas and eventually you'll come right back to my page.

Today I would like to share with you my page which features the November Stamp of the Month It's the Little Things – November 2014 Stamp of the Month available exclusively throughout November for $27 or for just $5 when you spend $75.


I looked at this stamp set and saw the "Congratulations on your exciting news!" and thought the most obvious for that would be a new baby, an engagement, a job promotion or something like that. But my daughter told her really exciting news at school this week when she told her class that she had won 3rd prize (also referred to as the "Encouragement Award") in the Junior Arts eXhibition or JAX at the Darlington Arts Festival which is being exhibited this weekend 1st and 2nd of November in Darlington. So I just had to create a page for her all ready for the photos I'm going to take. Her artwork is called "Bug on a Leaf" so its just perfect for this stamp set.

I started with her favourite colours Pink and Blue. And pulled out the 12x12 piece of pixie pink hearts from the Paper Fundamentals Whimsy Assortment and the Crystal Blue design.


I pulled out the coordinating ink in the Whimsy Colours and set to work.

First step. Find a layout and to do that I look in the Reflections™ Scrapbook Program (soft cover)   book and I found a layout on page 17 called "Title Topper - Heading 1d". It has a base sheet 12x12, an 11x11 sized sheet and a 3x12 heading piece, plus embellishments. 

I cut a sheet of 12" X 12" Colonial White Cardstock down to 11x11 inches and then drew with pencil a 4x6 sized "photo" shape. This shape was the basis of my random stamping border.
  
I took my whimsy inks and started to randomly stamp the leaves in Juniper Exclusive Inks™ and Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks™ . Some of the Juniper leaves I did generational stamping which made it look like the glacier blue. (NB: Generational stamping is just stamping a second time without re-inking the stamp to get a two-toned effect).  

After I had done my leaves I did some flowers in the other Whimsy Ink colours
To finish off the page I traced around my 3" X 3" My Acrylix® Block with pencil for the smaller photo wells so I could get my placement just right of the "Congratulations on your exciting news" stamp in Glacier Blue. I then stamped the two leaf branches on the corner of the square with Juniper and on a spare piece of colonial white cardstock I stamped the large flower and the round flower insert in Thistle, Pixie and Canary yellow inside. After I had stamped them I fussy cut them out with my Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors. I used 3-D Foam Tape to get a 3-dimentional flower. 


 After finishing the flower I printed out the title using the Handwritten Print stamps. This alphabet is one of my favourite stamp sets from the Annual Inspirations Idea Book 2014–2015 I use it on most of my pages!        


The page is now ready for the photos I will take this weekend. I will take one of her with her artwork on the wall of the exhibition, one of her onstage receiving her award and one of the artwork itself.
I'm excited and I will say to my 6yr old daughter "Congratulations on your Exciting News!!".

Remember the beautiful stamp set It's the Little Things – November 2014 Stamp of the Month is only available throughout November from your Close to My Heart Consultant.

There is also an amazing Studio J special this month to Celebrate Studio J's 5th Anniversary with 5 ways to WIN and be rewarded including the pages being only $5 per double-page 12x12 sized layout! Contact me today (or your CTMH consultant) to find out all the ways you can win with digital scrapbooking this month or go online to my website to read more.  
 

Thank you for visiting my Blog. Please leave a comment to let me know you've stopped by and what you think of the page I made. The next stop on this Month's Blog Hop is Doris Taylor Creative Inspirations. 

Make sure you hop all the way through the links until you get right back to where you started! See you again soon.





20 comments:

  1. What a beautiful page idea Vandra. Thank you so much for your terrific instructions. :)

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    1. I'm so glad you like my instructions and my page.

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  2. What a lovely layout and very clever techniques for spacing out your photos!

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    1. Thanks Jenny, I needed some way of showing where my photos were going to go before I had the page finished.

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  3. I love this technique and I have never thought of using our blocks as guides before! what a great idea! I love that handwriting stamp set too - its nice and big but less formal than others. I like to use the 'S' upside down as I just like the look of it better that way. Congratulations to your daughter :)

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    1. Thanks Anne, the recipe in the book said 3x3 photo spots and I wanted to line it up so I placed my two 3x3 blocks on the page to see where they would line up and then though I don't need to use my ruler I'll just trace around them. So it was a bit of a fluke to come up with such a neat trick. I have used the s both ways and as you'll see by my very first Blog post I did it accidentally different within 1 title the first time I used it too! See it on http://vandractmh.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/business-blogging-im-newbie.html

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    1. Thanks Shaunna, I really like your page too.

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  5. Beautiful, I am sure your photos will look stunning on the page

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    1. Thanks Doris, I can't wait to take the photos tomorrow. We went today but she doesn't get presented until tomorrow afternoon so thought we'd take them all tomorrow. I'm excited too!

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  6. Vandra .. what a pretty page. I really like the way you've used the stamps as a frame. Congratulations to your daughter too ;)

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    1. Thanks Noni, thats sweet. We are very proud of her :)

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  7. Oh what a great way to frame a photo - love it

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    1. Thanks Maz, I was happy with how it turned out... you always worry when random stamping that its going to look silly when you're half way through and have to start again, but I was happy with it first time around!

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  8. What a fun idea Vandra! I would never have thought of that. Nice job!

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    1. Thanks Francine, That's why I love these blog hops so much. You get to see everyone's different ideas on how versitile the stamp sets are :)

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  9. what a beautiful page Vandra and it is exciting news for your daughter! Lovely colour choices and love the idea for using blocks as photo placement guides, thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comments Mandy. The whole thing was very exciting for us all. Can't wait to get my photos printed so I can finish the page off!

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