Realistic watercolour backgrounds… :)

Hello!  Today I'd like to share two layouts that featured in Scrapbooking Memories Vol 16 No 11.  I had a two page article about creating realistic watercolour backgrounds for your layouts.

Here's a snippet of my article with the accompanying layouts below…

This double layout is called "From slip & slide to surf & snorkel".  Here I chose to paint the overall view of where we took these photos.  In this instance I found a photograph online which perfectly suited my layout as the left side showed the actual waterside complex and the right side showed the foreshore - just the order for which we spend the day and the perfect backdrop for these photos.

The initial sketching took about 15 minutes to get the proportions and details ready for the painting.  I decided not to put too much detail though, after all, I still wanted the focus to be on the photos.

I used a bit of black detailing after my watercolour painting had dried, mostly because it needed that bit of extra distinction, particularly on the waterside tower's steps.  I could of spent much longer on this painting but there is no real need if you use a black pen in this way.  The waterside tower's steps were painted with a very fine brush, fairly quickly, so it was quite rough.  This can be disguised completely using this simple outlining technique.

I spy a Cartoon Cutie there… it's a Clam Cutie - available from byChantalVandenberg.  It's available in the Seaside Cuties 3 pack

My second layout is called "You are my sunshine"…

For this layout I have used watercolour paints to extend the scene of my photo.  To achieve this effect I adhered my photo with removable sticky dots (you could also use Blu-Tac) and lightly sketched with a graphite pencil what the background would be if the photo was bigger.  In this particular case the last sunset of the year was a beauty so I wanted to focus primarily on this for my background painting.  Once the rough sketching is done the real fun begins.  Work from light colours to dark and start with broad areas first.

Watercolour paint dries very quickly so use a wet brush to dampen the area to be painted first so the colours blend smoothly and softly.  Mix the colours in either their cakes or on any non-absorbent surface and delicately pull the watered down colour along the sketched lines.

Look at that - I spy a Doiley Heart from my etsy store, byChantalVandenberg.

Well I hope you have enjoyed reading and viewing this little snippet from my article.

Have an awesome day!


Chantal :)

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Something a little bit different!

Hi there!  I hope everyone is enjoying the festive season.  Today I thought I'd share an "off the page" creation that I made this month for Christmas time.  

It's a nativity scene, using craft supplies and everyday materials that I had on hand - I didn't end up having to actually buy a thing! :)

Here is a close-up Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus in a manger...

The Angel and the Christmas Star…

A shepherd and his sheep…

and the Three Wise Men…

So what did I use?

For the people I used an upside down paper cup, filled with fabric scraps, to make them "solid".  I traced around the bottom of each cup onto cardboard, cut around this circle and used a hot glue gun to adhere this to the base.  This made a very solid body.  The people's heads are actually little polystyrene balls (the size of a ping pong ball) which each had a cake pop stick stuck into the bottom, and adhered and this was pierced through the top of the upturned cup and adhered.  So these heads are really anchored on nice and sturdily (so they can be played with), plus these dolls stand up sooo well, as you can imagine!

 These heads and their "necks" were painted with two coats of acrylic paint.  Once dried, I adhered square felt scraps trimmed to size onto their bodies.  The one exception was the angel, she had a square fabric scrap adhered to her body, followed by some muslin (courtesy of my first aid kit).

I hand drew each person's face with an American Crafts Zig Writer.  I used bling, buttons, twine, pipe cleaner, flowersribbon and more fabric scraps to further decorate the garments, headwear and to make the presents for the Three Wise Men.  I used scalloped fabric scissors to cut the bottom of the Angel's wings, and pinking shears to create the pointy tips on the felt crowns on the Wise Men.

The stable and manger were both made from regular sized and small sized pop sticks glued together with a hot glue gun.  These were so fast and easy to create.  The star can move around (up and down - perfect for reinacting the Christmas story) and was made by gluing two of my large sized felt Bright Stars available from my etsy store, byChantalVandenberg, between a pipe cleaner.

These stars come in two sizes and in a variety of assorted funky colours.

Baby Jesus was made purely from felt and the sheep was created with two polystyrene balls adhered into both ends of a shortened cardboard roll.  Two white pipe cleaners where inserted into his body and doubled over to create sturdy little legs.  His body was painted white then cotton wool was adhered all over it to create his woolly coat (first aid kit again!).  And like the rest of the dolls, felt scraps were used to cut out some floppy brown ears.  Felt is so easy to work with, and if you have some good quality fabric scissors, you are only limited by your imagination on what you can create with it.

I hope you have enjoyed checking out this Christmas creation.  I sure enjoyed making it!


Chantal :)

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Hi there!

Today I have a Christmas themed layout to share.  I have used some of the gorgeous papers and embellishments from BoBunny.

I have outlined around some details, such as these punched Martha Stewart doilies along with their negatives...

…as well as the large pre cut doily (in part)...


The pictured metal trinkets and brads are so detailed and glamorous!

The line of bling near the bottom of the layout is a combination of BoBunny brads, rhinestones & pearls and Flourish with a Bling rhinestones and pearls.

I love Christmas scrapping, do you?

Well that's all from me for now!


Chantal :) 

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A special guest spot!

Hey there!  I've got some exciting news to share with you today!

I'm a special guest over here

I would love it if you could hop on over and take a peek!

Thanks so much in advance and have a great day!


Chantal :)

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Three years on… :)

Hi everyone!  I have scrapped some school photos - I'm slowly getting through them all!  I have three school photos from the last three years...

I have used The Studio Challenges' 9th November Sketch for this layout.  

I have used a combination of  7 dots studio's collections, "Illumination" and "Messy Head", for this layout.  I have added an extra splash colour with alcohol ink pens, misting and masking and pearl pens.

And just one more close up...

I love how these papers already have a mixed media look which you can easily build upon for extra depth and interest if you like.

This is the sketch that I used.  It has a nice balance and design!

So, that's all from me for now!  Thanks so much for stopping by!


Chantal :)

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Perfect moment :)

Hi there!

Today I would like to share a layout created using a variety of 7 dots studio goodies.

My layout uses a combination of "Soulmates", "Illumination" and "Messy Head" collections - all by 7 dots.  I love how nicely these collections work together!

My layout is called "Perfect moment"…

I have used the latest mood board (November 2014 - Challenge 19) over at Scrap Around the World for my inspiration…

My primary source of inspiration is the bottom right hand image.  I have cut up my woodgrain patterned paper into strips and created a floorboard/decking pattern just like the photo by adhering the strips onto a darker coloured paper.  

The matt of light coloured patterned paper was directly influenced by the white paper image, and I was inspired by the linked script on the paper by my use of linked script labels/stickers and the link script stamping which is located around the entire outside edges of the layout.

The bold use of flowers on my layout was taken from the top right image and the use of jute string underneath my photograph was inspired by the top left image.

I really enjoyed using this mood board - they are really inspiring images.  I could happily create lots of layouts using them!

These paper lend themselves so well to inking, stamping, painting and glitter gluing - as I've done here. Such a lovely thickness and finish.

Well that's all from me for today.  Thanks for stopping by!


Chantal :)

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A "WOW" Layout...

Hi there!

Today I'd like to share on my blog a layout created for a Scrapbooking Memories Master Challenge, sponsored by "Words of Whatever".  I was provided a lovely variety of chipboard, wood veneers and stencils to work with for this layout, "I love that Miss Ambler"...

This layout featured in magazine volume 16, number 10 and as always it was really interesting to see all the different layouts using the same products.

Here are some my ideas that were featured in the article;

- Customise chipboard quickly and easily by painting acrylic paint, then immediately sprinkle iridescent glitter over the top.  The chipboard dries quicker this way and it looks gorgeous with little fuss!

-  Use two very different masks using different coloured spray inks for depth and interest.  I used two masks one at a time and once I'd finished, I used the sprayed masks as stamps on my page.  The beads of ink end up looking like cool splats on the page.

- Alter the wood veneer shapes with pearl pens like I have with the butterflies.  I added some pearl pen to the abdomen of each butterfly for a 3D effect.  You could also use beads or sequins.

I have used three felt Mottled Moths on this layout.  These are available from my etsy store, byChantalVandenberg, and have incidentally previously featured in Scrapbooking Memories magazine in the "Product Spotlight" section.

I have really enjoyed my time as a Master and it really flew by for me so fast!  I'm excited to find out who the next lucky 10 will be!  :D

That's all for now, have a great one!


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#schooldays :)

Hey there,

Today I have a school layout to share.  I've kept it pretty simple, using a nice large school portrait photo as the main focus…

For something different, I have journalled using coloured pencil on the background patterned paper.

Those Denim Hearts are from byChantalVandenberg, my online store on etsy.  They are $3.50 for a pack of 20 - three different sizes come in one pack.  I have used two smalls and one medium here on this layout.

The chipboard bike, year and ink nib is by 2Crafty.

You can see a bit more of a close up of my doodling/outlining and paint details here. :)

I have created this layout for The Studio Challenges' "Big Photo" Challenge.

Well that's all for now!  Stay scrappy!


Chantal :D

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Our Growing Girl :)

Hi there!  Today I'd like to share a reflective layout, using an assortment of photos over the years of my youngest daughter…

I have quite a few "left over" photos/doubles that are perfect for this kind of layout.  I have used a scalpel knife to cut shapes out of the background paper for the photos.  By doing this, I can doodle my own custom frames, which in turn, focuses or zooms in on the details I want to highlight.

My layout has used the latest sketch over at That's Just So Cute.  The sketch is called "So Cute Surprise - October".  I have actually used the sketch twice over for the one layout…

… so I have used this sketch in the top left hand corner for the first three photos and journalling block, then again for the second lot of three rectangular photos and the house embellishment (which like the journalling block, fills in for a photo).  I've added an arrow just like the sketch and the title is at the base of the layout too.

Here's a close-up of my frame cutting and doodling.  I'm enjoying doodling at the moment… :)

And one more closie, this time focusing on my title - mostly drawn, broken up by some gold and white AC Thickers for dimension and order. ;)

I have used papers by 7dots studio and embellishments by BasicGrey.  The delicious cherry flair button is by A Piece of Cake Designs.

Well that's all from me for now, thanks so much for stopping by!  Have an awesome day!


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