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Showing the versatility of a Hero Arts Digital Download

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As a design team member for A2Z scrapbooking, I have been using digital downloads each month and this month I chose to use the Poetic Petals digital download from Hero Arts.  This pack has four really beautifully sketched flowers, plus some papers and some embellishments.  I got to post three times this month and I used the same digital download each time to show the versatility of digital downloads.

The first layout I did hybrid style, printing out the flowers at different sizes and colouring them in.  I once again used my Chameleon pens and also some pencils.  I cut these out and then arranged them around the photo area so it was if the photo is being surrounded by a bouquet of flowers.  At this stage the layout was a tad flat and I don't really do flat layouts, I like layers and depth, it is just more interesting.  Plus height gives you a bit more room to play with by tucking things underneath.


Next up I went completely digital and used the flowers in my background panels and t…

Challenging myself with Collage style

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Hey there,

I have been having much fun of late trying out a new style which I actually find quite challenging, but loads of fun.  When I look at the work of European designers, alot of them have this awesome style of lots of layering, texture, sparkles, ephemera, chipboard and more and more and more.  I love it, but I find it difficult as I do not like to be wasteful, I mean, scrapbooking products cost alot of money and we are not all endowed with free product to use.  I know I am not.  So, I have my Silhouette machines, which I like to put to good use.  I recently got a "cut anything" blade for my machines, so I am looking forward to trying that out too and creating all sorts of elements.

These are a few layouts that I have created recently using this style.  I am still quite reserved with my use of embellishments in comparison, but it is hugely generous for me currently.  I really do love the final results, they are quite gorgeous and I know my sister has immediately claim…

Colouring fun with Hero Arts Digi Download

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Presenting my latest layout as a design team member for a2z scrapbooking using digital stamps from Hero Arts.  This is my 2nd foray into the use of digital stamps on a hybrid layout and I must say, I do love them using a bit.  While using them in this way requires extra work, colouring and cutting out, I like it as it just makes another dimension of work to add to the layout.
So, the challenge at a2z scrapbooking this month is Bright and Beautiful, gorgeous theme when you think about it, so many options.  I turned to Hero Arts Instant Download Poetic Petals Digital Stamps PT004 as the flowers are the perfect theme.  I had lots of painful hand fun colouring them in using my chameleon markers and pencils.  
I started with a blank canvas and did some stencilling with embossing paste, which I really can hardly be seen now, but I did have a different layout in mind initially.  I intended to use an array of Lindy's Magical Shakers anyway to create a colourful background, so having some…

Little Boy Baby Blue

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Recently, I got to do a layout for a friend of a beautiful baby boy in blue.  Really gorgeous little boy too.  Anyhoo, I had lots of fun with this layout, using 3 different stencils, Kaisercraft ephemera and a lovely piece of ScrapFX chipboard.


The background paper is from the Kaisercraft Frosted range that has Christmas elements on it, so I just covered those up creatively with ripped paper panels top and bottom.  I had a bit of fun with stencilling on this one, using 3 different stencils all with silver embossing paste.  The butterfly stencil is also from Kaiser, but I must confess that I am a little in love with it.  The ephemera is also from Kaisercraft, but the swirly chippy piece is from Scrap FX, which I embossed using a few different powders.  The lattice panel, I cut out on the Silhouette and painted with some silver watercolour paint.  This is a really pretty layout and once it goes in a white frame, it will look beautifully finished.  Here are some closeups.  Please visit m…

Fabscraps C100 Album

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After working on the Fabscraps C100 balloon I created, I was in need for something a bit more freewheeling, the balloon had a wonderful theme to it, but I just needed to let loose a little and so I turned to the album, where the cover is shaped like a cog and the rest of the pages are circular.
I had much fun once again with this one, lots of embossing throughout, especially, as you can see, on the front cover!  This paper collection comes with tags and stickers, 2 different stencils, 12" and 6" papers, the butterfly is cut separate and the album also comes with the metal rings to bind it all together.  My only mistake was getting completely carried away and decorated the very back cover.  Clearly, I was enjoying myself, wayyyyy too much.  Wait, is that even possible when it comes to creativity.  I am sure not.
Lots of cogs were used throughout as the paper is themed steampunk with lots of groovy images that are just crying out to be fussy cut.  Most of my fussy cutting wen…

Halloween Colours - A Nice Mix

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I am very much so a freewheeling designer, I do not plan or pick out things I wish to use beforehand, it all just happens very organically and evolves.  I did know that I wished to use purple and orange with a touch of green as my colour mix and I had just bought this piece of Imaginarium designs chipboard frame.  I love layers and never do flat designs and lots of texture.  I went on a spending spree and got some new leaf dies as well, so I got to use them throughout as well.
These colours are traditionally used for Halloween, but that is not what this design is for particularly, though the end owner may like to use it for that, I just like the colours mixed together.  There are many flowers throughout from a variety of sources, a few ribbons here and there and then loads more.  I very much enjoyed creating this layout.  I realise alot of people create a layout within a day, but that is not really my style, I take about 3 days to fully complete it.  I like to look at it, think, rest…