Sunday, 23 November 2014

7 Dots Studio Guest Designing for Scrap 365!
Heart of Gold Layout

Well isn't that an interesting combination for you?  
We at 7 Dots Studio are delighted to be guesting for Scrap 365!  
You can see the post there HERE.
Yup a SKETCH challenge!  Not something I do a lot of these
days but it was FUN & I do enjoy it as a good starting point!

This layout just flowed for me & was done very quickly.  
It was more about delivering a message to my daughter for
 this layout than it was about showing off different techniques.  

I used the 2014 Collection ''Nature Walk"for this page, using several of the
 papers as well as the tags, along with some 7 Dots Stamps & chipboard,
7 Dots alphas & a beautiful Um Wow Studio flair & their miniature brick mask.

As Scrap 365 prefers a cleaner look I kept everything soft & light :)

I won't lie...all the hand-journaling was daunting as I always add that right
 at the end but I managed to get through it all without too many blips!!

I bought a bunch of these intricate gold doilies on Etsy & they are an absolute
 staple for me.  Too Glorious!!   Thanks for popping in on me today xo

Supplies List for 'Heart of Gold' Layout 

Papers - Grey Day & Cotton {Naturewalk}
Nature Walk Tags
Nature Walk Tags
Nature Walk Chipboard
Nature Walk Stamps
Illumination Stamps
Alphas - All I Ever {7 Dots Studio}
Brick stencil & Flair - UmWow Studios
Ink - Gold & Coffee - Versimark & Black - Ranger
Heart punch - Martha Stewart
Gold doily - Etsy
Journaling Pen - Le Pen - Marvy
Color Bloom Sprays - Gold Foil & Vintage Coal

Saturday, 22 November 2014

"Our Holidays" Mini Album/Journal Cover Tutorial
for Prima Marketing Guest Designer Position using
November's 'Special Delivery' Kit!

Hello again & HAPPY WEEKEND!!  
Back again as promised today with my Prima Guest Designer Tutorial
 for their November 'Special Delivery' kit.   I do hope you enjoy my tutorial 
& see how easy it is to create this journal cover if you follow the steps! 
You can buy the kit & find my project plus step by step on the

 What I have learnt over the years is that the ORDER in which you do things
 is so important!  Nothing is really difficult but rather just a series of steps.  
So please let me know if you find my tutorial useful &/or if you use it hook
 me up with a link in my comments!  I'd love to check out your efforts!!

All supplies from the Prima ‘Special Delivery’ kit – November 2014 unless asterisked *

Papers – ‘Province’ – En Francais Collection & ‘Cyrus’ Reflections Collection
Ingvild Bolme chalk inks – Branch Bark, Brick Wall, Olive Vine & Cold Ice
Prima Packaging – Holiday Crimson #553418
Leaves – Splendor Maple – Item #553562
Prima Alphabet Stickers – Item #569792
Flowers – Arcadian White Item #546267
Resins – Holiday Jubilee – Item #569976
Say it in Crystals – Holiday Jubilee – Item #570552
Prima 6 inch stencil of choice
Prima background stamp of choice
Black archival ink

{inside cover same supplies, as well as ‘Say it in Crystals’Item #560409
& Holiday Crimson #553418 red pointsettia flowers}

Friday, 21 November 2014

"Our Holidays" Mini Album Cover & Spread for Prima! {November 2014 Special Delivery Kit}

Hi :)  Last month I had the pleasure of making up 
a sample for the latest Prima Special Delivery kit!

I was sent this gorgeous kit to play with, which I must say is ABSOLUTELY PACKED
 WITH GOODNESS!!  I have been ploughing through it ever since!!! 
 I have almost used up EVERY EMBELLISHMENT!  
There are tonnes of papers too.  What a lucky duck I am!!

There are still kits available for order HERE.  I'm not sure how much the
 "Low International Postage" is but I should suspect it is very close to actual cost.

I had to make a tutorial to accompany this so I had to make sure not to 
over-complicate things & also to make the steps simple enough to be 
explained & not have too many of them!!

As we are going away on holiday soon I decorated a journal to take along. 
 I am really looking forward to having something small & fun to record 
our memories in & already have it in it's own small bag along
 with some basics like pens, glues & stamps!

I really enjoyed recolouring the gorgeous Christmas resins as well 
as the lovely flowers & of course putting the packaging to good use too!

I needed to keep my extra supplies to a minimum {what was NOT in the kit}
 so I used Ingvilde Bolme chalk inks for my stenciling & edging as most
 people have at least a small selection of inks & I used a 6inch Prima 
mask for my stenciling & an older Prima stamp.  

Because the base is more an art journal than a mini-album I had to keep things
 relatively flat inside but I will probably tear half the pages out to allow for a 
little bulk as I will be adding our ephemera regularly.  

I am not calling this a December Daily as personally I am not a fan.
I find December stressful enough without adding something else
to the list.  Here in Africa it really is our shutdown month,
unlike Europe that takes time off in the Summer.  

Thanks for looking!
I will be back tomorrow with the tutorial!!

Thursday, 20 November 2014

7 Dots Studio 'Warm & Cosy' Challenge
- 'Heartstrings' Layout

Remember my 3 Christmas GIVEAWAYS going on HERE!

Hello again!  It's Challenge Time again at 7 Dots Studio!!
This month the theme is 'Warm & Cosy' & can be interpreted whichever 
way you like as long as 7 Dots products are prominent on your project.  

I was a bit worried about how I would tackle this challenge as here in Durban it is Summer 
weather most of the year around & while our Winters get a bit chilly for a couple of months 
we don't even have a fireplace or heating at home so I had no suitable photographs.

Then I came across this photograph of my daughter & I that I had added the journaling to straight after her graduation weekend, while my feelings of pride in her where still so fresh in my mind.

I used several different patterned papers from the Nature Walk Collection, layered up along with some lovely big Prima flowers.  I have learnt over the years that I prefer smaller flowers so 
I now use the bigger ones by tucking them underneath my layers so that they appear smaller. 

I love this fine metallic thread & used it to tie in with my title - 'Heartstrings'.

The chipboard is also from 7 Dots Studio & the Heart Stencil is from UmWow Studios.  

I hope you will play along with the 7 Dots Challenge this month.
There are always 3 amazing merit prizes to be won!!

Nature Walk - Cloudy

Base Paper - Nature Walk 'Cloudy'

Nature Walk - Gray Day

Nature Walk 'Grey Day'

Nature Walk - Element Stickers 6x12

Nature Walk 'Elements' Stickers 6 x 12 inches

Nature Walk - Word Stickers 6x12

Nature Walk 'Word' Stickers 6 x 12 inches

Nature Walk - Chipboards

Nature Walk - Chipboards