You make my heart sing!

Hello there,

Today I'd like to share a layout that I created totally inspired by the latest mood board (August 2015 - Challenge 28) at Scrap Around the World

I've created this layout with a simple design, inspired by the following elements from the mood board below;

  • The use of a beach photo, inspired by the top right pic
  • The foaming water of this pic inspired the use of gesso & modelling paste
  • The colours in each photo inspired the layout's colour palette
  • The bokeh lights in the top left pic inspired the spotted paper and use of pearls, sequins etc.
  • The vertical line of embellishments were directly inspired by the post in the bottom right pic
  • The diagonal line of the wave in the top right pic also inspired the added corner cut elements around the layout
And now for a couple of close-ups...

I've used a teeny tiny Denim Heart from my etsy store, byChantalVandenberg

…and one more pic. :)

Well that's all for now.  I'm glad that I was able to play along again this month.

Chantal :D

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Zentangle Doodling! :D

Hi there!

This month I've played along with Kraft+'s August Challenge: Zentangle Doodling.  It was so much fun - one of the best challenges I've done ever!  That's a big call too! :)

So here is my layout, "Your fave things 2015"…

I freehand drew an 'L' for Lucy next to my adhered photo with white pencil and zentangled from there, incorporating journalling along the way which acted as a kind of 'breathing space' for the zentangles. :)

So because of the amount of zentangling and journalling accompanying the photo I kept embellishments to a bare minimum.  In fact this would have to be a record for me - only 3 butterfly embellishments.   Plus I created a page border with word stickers from 7dots Studio...

I used three different markers for my zentangling; a thick Pilot super colour marker, a medium Sharpie marker and a fine point Sharpie marker.  The white pencil used to draw the 'L' was rubbed out after the zentangling was completed around it.

I was totally inspired by the stunning examples by the design team and the inspiration board…

The image I was inspired by the most by was the 'k' picture on the bottom left.  I really liked the negative silhouette image like that - really cool!

Well that's all for now!  If you haven't had a go at this challenge, please consider it, as I reckon it's a corker!

Chantal :)

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Faster than a speeding bullet!

Hi there and welcome to the fourth and final instalment of 'Comic Book Scrapping', which was a feature in a recent previous issue of Scrapbooking Memories magazine.

My final layout is a double layout, called “Faster than a Speeding Bullet”.  This layout is a culmination of all the features and elements used and mentioned earlier here and is a good example of how effective comic book scrapping can be.  The event of Heidi’s Cross Country was a very fitting memory to be scrapped in this style.  Fun, vibrant and exciting – these describe not only my daughter, but this special moment in her life that I was so fortunate to be able to witness!

I have made use of one of the many free printable comic book graphics online to print at home and use on my layout.  I printed one page of graphics onto a piece of white cardboard packaging (the type that comes in the front of a paper collection pack).  I used the underside as it had a matte finish, unlike the topside which was glossy and was not blank.  I fussy cut around each image and adhered them onto my layout as suited.  There was one image saying “Kaboom” that I used, where I covered the word underneath the photos (far left and right) as I didn’t find the word appropriate for the memory, but I loved the graphic surrounding it…

The yellow box captions were created on MS Word by using the Comic Sans MS font on a blank document printed directly onto yellow paper.  I hand cut each strip out and adhered each into place using thin double sided tape.  Each caption contains a narration appropriate to the corresponding photograph.  This is such an easy way to give your layout that fun comic look with very little effort

This layouts includes the following products from my store, byChantalVandenberg…
One pink Smiley Pick

Other elements that lend themselves so well to comic book scrapping which I have used on my double layout, which I haven’t discussed previously are;

-                Zig Zag patterns/Chevrons (patterned paper has been fussy cut for an even greater impact)
-                Brads & Flair buttons (adding a smooth 3D effect without adding unwanted texture and bulk)
-                Old typewriter font (achieved with letter stickers which looks effective when mixed with a font that appears hand drawn)
-                Notepaper can make a great title block and journal block as it runs with the whole newspaper theme that runs through many comic books.  (I created this particular look using lined patterned paper cropped to size and punched down the left margin)
-                White photo borders to make your photos “pop”!  (You can print your photos with white borders or matte them onto white paper – I have used both these methods on this layout.  Try using the white backs of unwanted patterned papers and smaller white paper scraps for this.  I prefer to use flat white paper than textured cardstock for comic book scrapping as texture doesn’t really suit this style so much).

I hope you have enjoyed my article as much as I have enjoyed creating it!  These are just a few examples of comic book scrapping to get you started.  As you’ve read this, you may already have some more ideas in your head.  There are so many possibilities with comic book scrapping and I hope my feature on this type of scrapbooking encourages you to give it a go!  My family and I really loved the results and I will be definitely dabbling in this style much more in the future!
Until next time,
happy scrapping! :D

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Super Sliding!

Hi there and welcome to my third instalment of 'Comic Book Scrapping', as featured in a past issue of Scrapbooking Memories magazine.

So for this layout I have incorporated the following several key comic book elements;

- Regular dot/spot patterns (patterned papers)
- Cartoon elements (Fuzzy Felt cloud)
- Starbursts (Canvas Cuts and digital element)
- Bright contrasting colours (choice of embellishments and papers)
- Black outlines (pen and marker defining each colour)
- Speech bubbles and arrow (stamping, die-cuts)
- Sound effects (starburst element)
- Humour 
- Angled Panels (photographs cut at an angle) *
- Expressive lines (marker drawing)
- Stars (flair button & tape)

* The Angled Panel is a distinctive design element for comic books and can look really effective when used in scrapbooking.  Any action shot can be suitable for this treatment, particularly when the background is of no importance or distracting to the main subject (as was the case in my photographs).  By cropping photos at an angle you can create a dynamic look with little effort.

To achieve effective angled panels, be sure to use a ruler as a guide first to judge at what angle the photo can be cropped.  Keep in mind if there is a photo next to it, you will need to be able to crop this at the coordinating angle – therefor you will need to take note if this photo can be cropped at the same angle also.  Once this has been established, rule a line across your photo and then crop it with a photo trimmer for a straight, clean look.  Use your freshly cropped photo as a template guide to line up against the next photo (the photo which will be alongside it) in the paper trimmer and crop.

I have used a Nautical Round on my layout as well as a Kawaii Coloured Fuzzy Felt Cloud, both available from my store, byChantalVandenberg. :)

That's all folks! 

Chantal :D

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I am Batman!

Hi there!

Today I'd like to share the second instalment of my Comic Book Scrapping feature that was in a past issue of Scrapbooking Memories.  The first instalment was posted on my blog a few weeks ago here.

This layout is called "I am Batman"...

So for this layout, I have incorporated the following several key comic book elements;

-           Staggered panels (photo placement)
-           Regular dot/spot patterns (patterned papers
-           Cartoon elements (Sun Cutie embellishments & clouds)
-           Starburst with motion lines (Masking and Misting, pen drawing)
-           Bright colours (choice of embellishments and papers)
-           Black outlines (pen and marker defining each colour)
-           Speech bubble and arrow (chipboard)
-           Sound effects (flair button)
-           Humour (the memory of what Heidi said is priceless and layout has a ‘fun factor’)

 along with a Sun Cutie.  These embellishments are from my etsy store, byChantalVandenberg, which are well-suited to 'comic book scrapping'.  I had the best time scrapping these 'comic book layouts!' :D

Well that's all for now, stay tuned for the third 'Comic Book Scrapping' instalment!

Chantal :D
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Just 'cause! :)

Hey!  Here is a layout that I recently created.  

It's just a bit of fun documenting...

It's just a bit of fun drawing...

and just a bit of fun embellishing...

Okay, okay, no more "just a bit of" - that's getting rather addictive.  I love these little calendar cards and die cuts from Pretty Little Studio.  The vintage images add a bit of charm to an otherwise fairly 'modern-looking' layout.

Felt embellishments, including the assorted White Fuzzy Clouds, are available from my Etsy store, byChantalVandenberg.

I love capturing these little interviews!  So much fun!

Until next time,
Chantal :D

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a new item in my Etsy store

… the Felt Polaroid Frame, which comes in a 'lucky dip' pack of 6 assorted colours and patterns.

These are available for purchase at byChantalVandenberg now! :D

Bye for now!

Chantal :D

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Today I'd like to share a layout that I created using the latest colourful mood board challenge over at Scrap Around the World

I had a blast using this gorgeously bright July 2015 mood board (pictured below)...

I was inspired by the following mood board elements for my layout;
  1. The collage grid (grid background paper)
  2. Orange flowers (painted in acrylic paint onto background paper)
  3. Pink whitewashed walls (similar technique used with pink acrylic paint)
  4. Large circle (circular elements - felt, stamped and doodled)
  5. Flowers
  6. Butterfly
  7. Overall colour scheme
I love how these mood boards are up to countless interpretations!

Here's a close up…

And another...

Felt embellishments, including my Beautiful Butterflies (white butterfly pictured) are from my etsy store, byChantalVandenberg. :)

That's all for now!

Chantal :D

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Surprise +

Hi there!

Today I'd like to share a layout that I created using the current challenge over at Kraft+.  It was unintentional, but perhaps subconscious, that the title of my layout has a "+" in it.  I only just realised the coincidence when typing the blog title.  Lol!

Anyway, here is my layout…

I have used a corrugated card kraft background for my layout.  This has been swiped over with yellow paint, with a touch of black also.

I have used some glitter glue and pearl pens to add a bit of bling...

along with the FWAB pearls and rhinestones.

I loved working on that corrugated texture.

Here is the inspiration photo for this month's 'Mustard Explosion'…

I have been inspired by the following elements in the photo;
  1. The cluttered look (use of many embellishments and layers of papers)
  2. The white painted heart on wall (white heart in pearl pen)
  3. The vertical movement in photo
  4. The peeling poster (peeling title block)
  5. The spines on the pile of books (skinny strips of different papers)
  6. The eclectic collection of items (ditto)
What a fun challenge!

Thanks for looking!

Chantal :)

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The adventures of George the Bear...

Hi there!  Today I'd like to share a layout and some text from a four layout 'Comic Book Scrapping' feature from a past issue of Scrapbooking Memories magazine.

This is one of my favourite features, and it's such a fun way to scrap.  I'd encourage everyone to have a go, hey!  Here's a bit of info about comics...

So basically, comics are a visual medium used to express stories via panels of images, which are often accompanied with text in the form of speech balloons, captions and sound effects. 

Visual elements which are common in comics include;

- which are individual images containing a segment of action.  The size and arrangement of panels can also control narrative pacing and panels often are surrounded by a border.

Captions – often in a yellow box captions can give the narrator a voice, convey character’s dialogue or thoughts and can also indicate the time or place.

Balloons - the characters' dialogue often appears via speech balloons. The tail of the balloon indicates the speaker.  Speech balloons indicate dialogue and thought balloons (which look like cloud bubbles) indicate thought.
Sound Effects – these mimic non-vocal sounds textually, such as “Boom”, “Pow” and “Argh”, for example.
Cartooning – is the most frequent art form accompanying comics.  Cartooning techniques include caricature, motion lines and abstract symbols.

For my layout “The Adventures of George the Bear”, I have incorporated a very classic comic book look.  I have provided a narrative, which provides a short story about a very real little memory in my children’s lives.  I have narrated through captions, balloons and journaling spots.  I have broken my layout up into ten panels, which provide a visually dynamic backdrop for my seven photos and journaling spots.

All my photographs have been taken with the ‘Halftone’ app on my iPhone.  This application is so easy to use and gives all your photos a comic book look instantly.  The addition of instant panels with optional captions, balloons, sound effects and cartooning graphics make it so easy to not only achieve a comic look, but to instantly add the information then and there on your phone in an instant.

I have added a bit of humour on my layout, through the Halftone app and through my scrapping as this style just cries out for a comical tone!  A lot of scrapbooking companies have embellishments with a comical tone – eg: the October Afternoon flair that I used for the “o” in the title and the sticker with a minimum height for participation – I simply just had to fill it out to say 1’ 2”, which is perfect for George the Bear!

Notice how my title panel is second, not first on my layout.  I didn’t do this just because I wanted the title central.  Many comics these days have a little sample panel(s) first, before the title – much like how movies and TV shows have caught on to this trend.  So the title doesn’t always come first anymore – you get a little snippet of story to whet your appetite and “bam!” in comes the title!

I have chosen rounded letter stickers on my layout, which almost look hand drawn.  Fonts like this suit comic style much more than the rigid, fancy and “perfect” kinds.

The colour palette used for this layout is a classic comic book one; red yellow, blue, black and white.  I also used some other colours slightly – only very slightly as to not spoil the impact and over power the overall look of the layout.

Remember with comic book scrapping, black graphic lines are your best friend.  So be sure to have some good black markers and pens to outline all or most of your elements for extra “ka-pow”!

…so I'll leave it there.  That is my first instalment for "Comic Book Scrapping" on my blog.  Until next time!

Chantal :)

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For sweet & lovely you.


Here's a layout that I completed for a feature in UK's Scrapbook Magazine last issue...

It was for the "Get the cover look" feature, so for this I was given a photo of someone else's child, and was asked to scrap it using a variety of patterned papers from Marilyn Robertson's Kimono Collection.

I have cut out a bunch of hearts from the patterned papers and doodled around them with a black gel pen.  I have also fussy cut a bird cage image and mounted it onto cardstock.

I've added three Beautiful Butterflies along the photo's vellum frame.  These are available from my etsy store, byChantalVandenberg

You know, it was quite strange scrapping someone else's child, I must say!

This was my first official consignment for UK's Scrapbook Magazine and this issue (no. 89) unfortunately is now officially the last ever to be made.  That is sad news, isn't it?

Well that's all from me for now.

Chantal :)

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Getting cray cray with crayons!

Hi!  What do you do with some old feral crayons?  Why, just pick out one of each colour and fire up the heat gun on 'em!  Watch those colours run!  

Warning: This is so much fun!!!

I put each coloured crayon in a rainbow colour order and the cardstock is a white glittered one from American Crafts - nice and sturdy and super sparkly!

I've added three felt Beautiful Butterflies on my layout from my store, byChantalVandenberg

I've kept the rest of my layout fairly simple, making a custom chalkboard photo mat squiggle with black and white chalkboard markers, using the white marker for the layout title. :)

That's all for now and thanks for looking!

Chantal :)

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