Thursday, 20 October 2011

Best Day {Pretty Paper Party}

It was an awkward moment. We hadn't seen each other for such a long time. But thanks to Shimelle I have, at long last, been reaquainted with my crafty mojo.

Shimelle's new scrapbooking class, Pretty Paper Party, arrived at just the right time. I needed a little bit of focus - and the class is certainly focused. On encouraging us to use up our pretty paper stash.

So far, Shimelle has been easing us in gently. Prompting us to look at new ways of combining our patterned papers - looking at colour combinations, base colours and pattern size. Although I've never felt afraid of pattern or colours in my scrapbooking, but it's been awkward for me to incorporate both into a style that suits me and my, slightly, minimalist tendencies. But, I have a couple of layouts done and dusted and, although they've incorporated lots of colour and pattern, I love them! Here's one, I'll share some more as soon as the light's good enough to take more photographs....

Thurstaton

Stamp Detail

Shimelle has also been talking a little about how she puts together her cardstock and patterned papers for a crafting session. I smiled a lot, when she described the principles I use to put together my Counterfeit Kits.

Having my October Kit ready and at my side while I've been working through the prompts has made it so easy to pull out co-ordinating colours and patterns without constant rummaging. I have no idea how I used to scrap before I started counterfeiting. I only know that it used to feel so much harder. So, if you're visiting from Pretty Paper Party and the Counterfeit Kit Challenge is a new concept, I can highly recommend it. Enjoy!

16 comments:

  1. It's all working so well together.

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  2. I have to admit that when I saw Shimelle put her papers together I thought the same! Your page looks gorgeous!

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  3. I like that your sewing makes your page look so finished and detailed even though you have a very clean uncluttered layout.

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  4. Great choice of papers!
    Alison xx

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  5. I love this page. I can't even tell you how much! Theblack with the pastels is perfect. Just beautiful. x

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  6. Clair, you have a knack for combining papers so beautifully. Even though this class is way out of my league and my comfort zone, I am throughly enjoying seeing my seasoned paper friends producing some gorgeous pages!

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  7. Gorgeous page Clair - I sneaked a peek at the putting papers together video via a friend at the Pretty Paper Party and thought - "Counterfeit Kitting!" :D

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  8. I always struggle combining prints, but you did such an amazing job here! It looks fabulous!

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  9. *sigh* - this layout makes me happy. I'm not sure if it's the papers, the design or that stunning photo...

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  10. Ditto everything you just said!! I am in the Pretty Paper Party, too, and ITA about the Counterfeit Kit challenge! I get so much more scrapping done now, when I have that kit ready to pull and create with! I love your page, it's gorgeous as always!!

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  11. Fabulous page, I love the little cloud, and the border punched strip peeking out from the background. x

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  12. Sigh . . . I do so love the pretty simplicity (deceptive simplicity?) of your pages. Just gorgeous!

    x

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