Sunday, 25 January 2015

Questions & Answers about Creating {the 411!!}

All images in this post are not my own but can be found here

I don't know about you but I am crazy nosy when it comes to finding out how 
others do things & how I compare.  It's a bad trait I know, we are each on our
 own creative journey, but it's also good to have a yardstick to measure up
 against sometimes too, so when I saw these questions posed recently to the
 team at Mixed Media Place I thought it would be fun to ask them to myself too!! 

 I would LOVE to hear from you all about how you do things too, 
so please do leave me a comment telling me all about it!

I need to keep this in mind for my English papers! hehehehhe
1) How many hours a week do you spend in your studio/creating?

Not as many as I would like!!  Life has a way of giving me other jobs to do...

I'm in my studio almost every day. It's a tiny space so sometimes, 
if I have just computer work to do, I move to our dining room table
 or into the lounge with my laptop.

I enjoy working in my studio most of the time though as it's just off our
 lounge & dining-room so I never feel cut-off from the rest of the family.

I try to create something 5 or 6 days a week & I spend around 3 - 4 hours 
in one creative session although Saturdays often turn into a marathon :)
That includes cleaning up time as I get really messy!!  I love creating fast
& freely but I ALWAYS tidy up & clean afterwards as I hate a messy house!

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2)  Where do you find your inspiration & how do you begin?

I save anything that inspires me (that I see online) to a desktop file each month
 & always flick through my inspiration file before I begin a new project.

Most of the time I'm creating for design teams so I start by getting out the products
 I'm required to work with & selecting from them specifically the products I want
 to use for my particular project.

I decide beforehand whether I'll be making a layout, canvas, card set, off-the-page
 project, mini-album or art-journal page & this will guide my product choice.

Once I've decided what I'll make and with what, I choose a photo that matches
 (if I'm using one) or look for a suitable quote (I love using quotes!) then
 I'll study my raw materials carefully to decide how best to use them
 (what can be fussy-cut, etc) & what mediums I want to play with.

It takes me 20 - 30 minutes to start "feeling" my project 
but after that I'm on my way & excited to get it finished!!

I would love this for a craft area!   10 Best Organized Spaces | Camille Styles

3)  What artists do you admire?

Wow, that is not easy to answer and honestly it changes all the time.  
I don't like to name names for fear of upsetting someone by leaving
 them off the list!

I am inspired by so many scrapbookers and for so many different
 reasons! I love watching artists develop. To me this is more exciting than
 those celebrity artists that are already there, so I often follow up & coming
 creatives & love watching them find their wings.

I find Eastern Europeans the most inspiring scrapbookers in the world 
(generally speaking of course). So many of them are very young when 
they start and it just seems to come naturally to them, which makes for
 a really effortless, uncontrived look that I adore. 

This year one of my aims is to be less influenced by other artists & 
really latch on to the type of artist I want to be.  There is a GREAT
article about that HERE.  It's a revolutionary read.  

At least one wall FLOOR to CIELING shelves and nooks [artist studio]

So TAG!  You're it!!  Spill your answers to me too & let me know
 if you enjoyed this post.  It was so easy to write - I could talk about
 this stuff for hours!  So will make it a regular thing if you like it ♥

Thursday, 22 January 2015

4 Projects Comin' Up for 7 Dots Studio! Sneak Peek Time!!

Well hello HELLO - yes I am still here!  And I haven't given up creating!! 
 In FACT I have been creating more than ever BECAUSE - as part of my
 STREAMLINING {streamline being my OLW - One Little Word - for 2015} 
I am creating my Design Team projects 3 months in advance!!

This is necessary for me this year because I have decided to spend half of the year
 "locally", creating teachable pages, teaching classes from home, & seeing what the 
possibilities are for me locally.  My style is not typically South African by any means
so there may not be a great demand for it right here where I live, but you never
know if you never try, so I have given myself this year to investigate!

To achieve this I have had to be very self-disciplined & sacrifice all my online time
 that is not essential to running SATW or responsibly representing the companies
 I design for.  I wish I could squash everything into a day but it's just not feasible
 or sustainable so it is what it is.  I don't want to give up my design teams,
SATW OR my little local experiment so I gotta do what I gotta do for now.

So there you have it.  Proof that things are in fact still rolling along!
I have plenty more sneaks but 4 is enough for now.  I hate having
an inactive blog for too long but my reveal date for 7 Dots this month
is right at the end of the month & my Studio 75 product {my new DT}
is yet to arrive, so C'est La Vie...this is it for now :)
Wishing you all a wonderful & creative weekend

Thursday, 15 January 2015

'Sisters are attached at the Heart' Layout -
2 Crafty Chipboard

Hello everyone!  Today I am sharing with you another layout created this month for 2Crafty Chipboard.  I used their beautiful Sammi's Swirls to make my ornate heart (just placed 2 of them face to face together) They come in packs of 2 ~ handy!  The lovely title is also from 2Crafty. You can click in to see my post HERE.

I used the new Soulmates Collection from 7 Dots Studio, for this layout. 
 LOVE the new text stamp that is also part of the new collection.  

I used Ingvild Bolme inks {Prima} to recolour the chipboard, before sponging with gesso.  

For my background I used gesso slathered on with an old credit card, before spraying
 with inks, drying off then stamping, then splattering.  Easy light mixed media!

For some extra background texture I used a really old piece of die-cut paper with a cut-out rose design on it - I think it may be Dear Lizzy for American Crafts - a good few years back.  That time when die-cut papers were all the rage but the Silhouette Cameo was not yet released.    

Supplies List for 'Sisters Are Attached at the Heart' Layout

Papers - 7 Dots Studio - Soulmates - Power of Love, Not about Labels & Daydreamers
Inks - Ingvild Bolme {Prima} Gesso - Studio by Claudine Helmuth
Mists - Color Bloom Sprays - Prima - Precious Stone, Cotton Candy & Iris
Chipboard - Sammi's Swirls, Sisters Title - 2 Crafty Chipboard
Sayings & die-cuts - Elementals 6 x 12 - Soulmates
Rose Die-cut paper (texture) American Crafts
Stamp - 7 Dots Studio - Soulmates
Pearls - Flourish with a Bling
Black Archival ink - Ranger
Dry-wall tape - Hardware
Tiny Blooms - Prima

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

'My Sunshine' Layout - 2 Crafty Chipboard

Hello there!  Back today with a new layout for 2 Crafty Chipboard, up on their blog right now HERE.  I used the beautiful "All I Ever" Collection from 7 Dots Studio as well as the 'My Sunshine' Title, chicken wire, French Lace Border & Hearts Cluster from 2 Crafty.  

I cut the hearts cluster into 2 sections this time, which was rather fun!  Just inked it in black
 & splattered my page with white watered down gesso at the end. 

I also cut off a 2 inch piece of the French Lace Border to use here 
{These borders come in 12 inch strips so can be very economical}.  

The chicken wire comes in 6 inch square panels & they are great fun to cut up too!
  I used a fine brush dipped into my Izinks to recolour my chicken wire chipboard. 

I used the same treatment for my 2 Crafty Title.  They have the most awesome selection 
of titles to use on your pages.  If you can't find any 2 Crafty stockists near you just email so you can be put in touch with your nearest retailer. 

Anyone in South Africa can contact me as I am the 2 Crafty Exclusive Distributor
 & can order anything you would like.  Check out the website HERE

Supplies List for 'My Sunshine' Layout

Papers - All I Ever - 7 Dots Studio -
 Box of Emotions, Peaceful Place & Velveteen Dreams
Sticker Negative Sheets - All I Ever - 7 Dots Studio
Stamps - Illumination & Cold Country - 7 Dots Studio
My Sunshine Title, Chicken wire chipboard, Squiggly Hearts Chipboard 
& French Lace Chipboard - all 2 Crafty Chipboard (Australia)
Mist - Precious Stone & Vintage Coal - Prima Color Bloom Spray
White Gesso - Studio by Claudine Helmuth
Ink - Black - Ranger Archival
Aladine Inks, Prima Flowers Metallic String
Ink - Bronze 94 - Versa Color

Monday, 12 January 2015

Hazel Layout - 7 Dots Studio Guest Designing for Scrap Around The World {Soulmates Collection}
Plus a New Challenge up at Studio 75!

Hello everyone!  It's been a really busy time for me in the last week - getting back from vacation & sorting out everything new {Design Team, Sponsors & Guests} at Scrap Around The World, plus working on some projects due in this month.  Today the 7 Dots Studio team are our Guests at SATW & as a member of the 7 Dots Studio Team I contributed another layout for the current challenge.  It was fun to work on the mood board again as I did my Design Team layout ages ago!

Here's a reminder of our current mood board.  You can find our challenge HERE. I used the wonderful new "Soulmates" Collection for my layout.  You can view it HERE.  My layout is about the kitten we got for my daughter, to cheer her up after a very messy break-up, only for the kitten to get very sick & eventually die :(  It was a terrible time...

I was inspired by the colours of the board as well as the roses 
{I used a really old Rose die-cut paper as part of my background}. 
 I also added a clock, part of a frame & also thought the saying was appropriate. 

This collection has 2 sheets of stickers, a tag sheet & a pop-out/die-cut 
sheet full of really versatile quotes & sayings to do with love.

For my mixed media background I used gesso, Prima Color Bloom Sprays as well as glitter.  The Script stamp is part of the awesome stamp set that goes with the Soulmates Collection.

Supplies List for 'Hazel' Layout

Base Paper - Power of Love - Soulmates - 7 Dots Studio
Patterned Paper - Daydreamers - Soulmates - 7 Dots Studio
Sticker Negative Sheet - Soulmates - 7 Dots Studio
Rose Die-cut paper - stash
Gesso - Studio - Claudine Helmuth
Stamp - Soulmates - 7 Dots Studio
Embossing Powder - Midnight Bronze - Lindy's Stamp Gang
Mist - Precious Stone - Prima Color Bloom Spray
Stamp Ink - Black Archival Ink - Ranger
Ink - 94 Bronze - Versacolor
Pink Ink - Pastel Pink - Ingvild Bolme - Prima
 Bronze Glitter - Art Extravagance - Finnabair
Spray Varnish - Heritage
Tags - Soulmates - Tag Sheet - 7 Dots Studio
Bronze Frame - Making Memories
Flowers, leaf  & resin clock - Prima
Journaling Pen - Tsukineko 0.4
Sayings - Soulmates 6 - 12 Elements - 7 Dots Studio

There is also a new challenge up at Studio 75 HERE.
I could not participate as I have only just joined the team so my supplies haven't reached me yet.  Here is the inspiration board for the challenge & you can find the rules in the post.  The prize is a  voucher worth 30 Zloty {US8.26} to be spent in the Studio 75 online store.  YOU DO NOT HAVE TO USE STUDIO 75 PRODUCTS FOR THIS CHALLENGE - JUST TO MATCH THE COLOURS/BE INSPIRED BY THE IMAGES!!

There are still 20 days to play along at Studio 75 so you have plenty of time!
Have a great week!!

Saturday, 3 January 2015

My OLW {One Little Word}, a new Design Team
& a couple of Features!

So what is your One Little Word this year? 
 I am not 100% convinced on the concept as I have so many different "compartments"
in my life but for the last few years have been playing along anyway as I find it DOES help.

  Last year my word was FOCUS & I did quite well with it. 
 This year my word is STREAMLINE which is rather similar - 
it means "to make simpler or more efficient".  

SIMPLER is NOT in my nature & while I am EFFICIENT it takes me a LONG TIME.  
Time is not going to be on my side as I embark on several new projects this year,
 all of which I will talk about here as they happen. I want to fit in MORE without
compromising my adrenal glands any more than they already have been!!

 I have 3 definite changes  coming up that will require more input from me,
 so STREAMLINING is not a choice.  It will be difficult as I love being hands-on 
with everything but tend to micro-manage, which means getting less done.  

So I'm letting go of my perfectionism in return for something more realistic, 
achievable & sustainable!  It helps that "light mixed media" is now more
 fashionable than technique-laden pages!!  My head is spinning with
 changes I want to make to how I work & what I get done but I don't have
 everything totally thought out yet so I won't bore you with details!

I have some EXCITING NEWS! 
 I am part of the Studio 75 Team for the next 6 months! 
 Studio 75 are a Polish Manufacturer.  You can find their blog HERE

They have been around for a couple of years now & when I saw their
 recent call I checked out their site & was very impressed with the
 level of sophistication of their papers.  Very classy!!
I really love "wall paper" papers. 
 To me these are the type that are the most versatile & easiest to work with. 

 Themed papers are the opposite for me.  I like to work with papers when
 I like & for what I like so anything seasonal with specific images is far too 
restrictive  Pale colours are great too because they can always be changed 
with mediums or feature brighter embellishments that I know will really pop!  

I am also delighted to say that I was featured late last year on Marjie Kemper's
blog in her "Tuesday Textures" feature HERE as well as in Prima's recent
2014 Thank You line up!  YAY!!  You can see that post HERE.
That post went up on the 2nd so 2015 went off with a bang!!

Friday, 2 January 2015

''Beautiful Life" Layout for Scrap Around The World
{using supplies from Prima, 7 Dots Studio & 2 Crafty Chipboard}

Hi everyone!  Happy New Year!!
Today I am sharing my Design Team work for Scrap Around The World's 
January challenge HERE. Karita Vainio designer the lovely mood board, 
which is decidedly SHABBY!! {but you can interpret it in any way!}

I used papers from 7 Dots Studio 'All I Ever' Box of Emotions.  
See this beautiful collection in it's entirety HERE.

Box of Emotions

I created a light mixed media background with some flicks of my Prima 
Color Bloom Sprays then added some masking with Ingvild Bolme's inks 
& a honeycomb mask then Finnabair's modeling paste through a Prima mask.

I used stickers from the same collection, with some tulle fabric added.
I used the stickers to pin down some nylon fishing line.  {LOVING it...}
& some 2Crafty Chipboard pieces {chicken wire & Ingrid's Butterflies}.

I left the chipboard untreated & added some Prima metals then lastly the
 Prima blooms which I spritzed with Pink mist & some black splatters.  

Lastly I added some ever so ancient Making Memories
 tin foil die-cuts & some hand-journaling to finish off my page.  

Will you come & play in our challenge this month?
We now have ELEVEN prizes on offer each month!!
Our random prize is now also HUGE as you win an entire 
Scraps of Elegance kit each month {the previous month's}.  
FULLY awesome right?!

Supplies List for 'Beautiful Life' Layout

Paper, die-cuts & stickers - 7 Dots Studio - All I Ever
Mists - Prima Color Bloom Sprays - Sultry Shimmer 'Peony', 
Gilded & Vintage Metal Coal.
Modeling Paste - Finnabair for Prima
Chalk ink - Ingvilde Bolme for Prima - Old Road
Stencils - Honeycomb by Crafter's Workshop & Prima Mini Flora
Nylon Fishing Line & Tulle - stash
Chipboard - 2 Crafty - Ingrid's Butterflies & Chicken Wire
Blooms & metal buttons - Prima
Tinfoil Die-cut - Making Memories
Journaling Pen - Tsukineko 0.4

Here are our splendiferous prizes & sponsors!!  


OVER $50 worth of product from 7 Dots Studio!


7 Dots Studio was born from dreams & for dreams. 
We are a European scrapbooking manufacturer of high 
quality scrapbooking products – paper, stickers, die-cuts,
 collage sheets, 6x6 pads, collection kits &chipboard.

Our collections are created by amazingly talented artists - 
from clean, graphic designs to mixed-media, grungy collage look. 
What you can always be sure of are high quality & thickness
 of our papers, which makes them perfect for all kinds of media.

 Among our products you will also find clear stamp sets coordinating 
with our collections to make them even more interesting & versatile.
We are amazingly happy & feel very blessed to see how much
 our products are loved by crafters & artists all around the world!

If you would like to see more awesome inspiration from our design team
please visit our blog HERE, our Facebook  page HERE & follow us on
Twitter HERE, Pinterest HERE & Instagram {7DOTSSTUDIO}.



$35 worth of CHIPBOARD from 2Crafty Chipboard
{not necessarily exactly what is shown below but a GREAT selection!}

2Crafty Chipboard is an Australian owned & operated manufacturer & wholesaler 
of laser cut chipboard products, located in Sydney, Australia.  We have been
 in operation since October 2006 & have more than 1 000 designs on offer.
We pride ourselves on quality products that are versatile & up to date with 
market trends, as well as offering unbeatable customer service, 
with quick turnaround of jobs large & small. Visit our website HERE.

We are happy to quote on personalised jobs, whether it be a single title for a 
customer, or large jobs for retreats, classes etc.  If you are a retail business 
& would like to stock our range of unique products, please contact us
 for more information.  Please see further details on our blog HERE!



$30 worth of product from 13@rts
{A selection of the products shown below}

13arts is a Polish manufacturer specialising in scrapbook papers, 
embellishments & artistic mediums. See our store HERE where
we ship worldwide!  Our blog HERE is full of inspiration & we
 have a monthly challenge where all our welcome!

Follow us on Instagram HERE, Twitter HERE & Facebook
 HERE & remember to follow us on Pinterest HERE too!!



$25 gift certificate from Creative Embellishments!

Creative Embellishments is a family owned company created by

Michael & Nicolle Kramer, a husband & wife team who design

 & manufacture unique, high quality chipboard, wood, rubber stamps 

& flair products.  We have been in operation since September 2013. 

It is our mission to offer fun & inspiring products that can be added to

 any project to bring out your inner creativity! In the near future we will 
be expanding into other mediums such as acrylic & stencil embellishments.

 We also custom cut for individual orders & have a wholesale store for 
retailers, kit clubs & classes. Do your shopping HERE!  If you own a 
store register for our wholesale section HERE.  Be inspired by our blog
HERE & follow us on Instagram HERE & Youtube HERE.


$20 worth of product from UmWowStudio!
{based on a good selection of the goodies below!!}

UmWowStudio is an innovative embellishment company located in
 Las Vegas, Nevada.  With chipboard, flair & stencils currently in
 their product line (& more fun things on the way!) they span across
 all bits of paper crafting, including memory saving, card making,
 tags, stamping, mixed media, art journaling & more!

Shop with us HERE, follow our blog HERE & LIKE us on Facebook
HERE!  Follow our boards on Pinterest HERE & Youtube HERE!!


15 Euros worth of product from Scrap-Unlimited
{you will receive a surprise selection of BEAUTIFUL goodies!}

Scrap-Unlimited is a craft supplies manufacturer from The Netherlands,
creating  & selling the most amazing selection of embellishments for the
crafting industry.  We offer shabby chic, vintage & steampunk inspired 
embellishments, ribbon, flowers, metals, mini-books & mini novelty items.  

Check out our online store HERE for SO MUCH MORE!  
LIKE us on Facebook HERE & follow our highly
 inspirational blog HERE & our Pinterest board HERE.



15 Euros gift voucher from Mixed Media Place

Mixed Media Place is a treasure chest of different media for creative minds,
carrying a wide variety of embellishments & tools to get your projects going. 
The world of mixed media is a place of limitless possibilities - we are here
 to help you to spread your wings & fly! Find our blog HERE, LIKE us on
Facebook HERE, follow our boards on Pinterest HERE & do your shopping HERE!



17.50 Euros worth of products from Danafix, France. 
{Exactly as shown below}  Ciao 5+1 set “Vampire Knights”. is an online store 100% dedicated to all 
Copic products. All Copic products made & assembled by the European
 importer are available in stock & we offer fast, international delivery!



$15 worth of product from Studio75
{Exactly as shown below}

Studio75 is a  Polish manufacturer of scrapbooking papers & items 
such as chipboard albums, notebooks, spiral bindings & magnetic sheets.  
We have our own online store HERE, a bustling Facebook page HERE
 & a highly inspirational blog HERE - come & visit us - let's connect!



Over $15 worth of product!!Courtesy of our design team!
{This month from me - Helen Tilbury}

Prize consists of a full pack of 5 inch doilies, airmail washi, a Prima stamp set,
K & Co. brads, Purple Pumpkin flairs & giant button, embroidered flourish,
Basic Grey bling rub-ons & Wycinanka Chipboard Christmas set. 



Random Winner will always receive the previous month's kit
from Scraps of Elegance, valued at a whopping $36.95!!

Scraps of Darkness & Scraps of Elegance are monthly scrapbook kit clubs
 that cater to scrapbookers who are looking for an alternative to what other 
kit clubs offer.  Our kits are designed for artists who wish to take scrapbooking
 to a level beyond.  We strive to include the latest & greatest items on the market
 that will enable you  to create not "just a layout", but a work of art. 

Visit our blog HERE,our Store HERE & sign up for our kits HERE & HERE!
Please LIKE us on Facebook HERE, follow our boards on Pinterest HERE ,
subscribe to our Youtube channel HERE & find our tutorials HERE!!

We would LOVE to connect with you!!!


The deadline for this challenge is  SATURDAY 31th JANUARY 2015.