You + Me :)

Hi there,

Today I'd like to share a layout that I created using the latest challenge over at Kraft+.  The criteria is; Kraft + Feathers + Natural Items.  I couldn't possibly pass this one up!  So here is my layout...

I have used real feathers, which have been laminated and mounted underneath a hand cut heart, which has been cut from the kraft cardstock.  I have backed the feathers with a patterned paper for interest...

I have used some acrylic painted paper to cut out another heart shape, and I've also cut out a strip of it to run alongside the left of the photo, which makes up part of a paper strip photo frame.

The media I've used on the cardstock is watercolour and pearl paint paint pens, which are also useful as an adhesive.

And here are my natural items (other than the real feathers) - some twigs from the backyard.  They have made a nice border and have been adhered simply with staples.

Here is the inspiration photos along with the criteria as previously mentioned;

I was also inspired by the feather's colours and the heart shape. :)

Make sure you check out this month's Inspired by Nature challenge at Kraft Plus!!!

Until next time,
Chantal :D

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Spread your wings and fly :)

Hi there,

Today I'd like to share a layout created for Scrapbooking Memories magazine using some pretty papers, die cuts, chipboard, stickers, bling and doilies from BoBunny...  

I used the nested sticker frames as photo frames…

…and the large-sized doily was used in part to create a decorative corner...

One photo was attached flat to the layout's background, then the rest of the photos were arranged using foam tape for dimension.

Once all the photos were in place, I attached a variety of BoBunny stickers, chipboard and die-cuts on the page, spaced evenly.  Some of the die-cuts had foam tape underneath too to create a similar dimensional effect as the chipboard… the end result should look like dimensional patterned paper! :)

This collection, although not technically 'my style', served this memory brilliantly - so I'm really glad I had the opportunity to use them!

That's all for now!

Chantal :)

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A moment captured...


Today I'd like to share a layout that I created for Scrapbooking Memories.  I was given a variety of 2Crafty chipboard to use and this is what I came up with…

I've incorporated quite a lot of chipboard onto this layout. :)

All pieces have been coloured with acrylic paint.  Some have been sprinkled with fine iridescent glitter too for a bit of bling.

I love these pretty Crate Paper collections.  This one is a favourite. :)

That's all for now!

TFL & cheers!

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A Stuck?! challenge :)

Hi there!

I'd like to share a layout that I created using the latest challenge over at Stuck?! (September)…

I made my alphabet background by spraying a few different coloured spray inks through an old chipboard negative sheet onto cardstock...

I've used a medium sized Denim Heart from my etsy store, byChantalVandenberg. :) 

Here is the sketch that I used, in which I rotated left for my layout…

And along with this sketch I used the following inspiration from Scrap our Stash, who is teaming up with Stuck?! this month…

 L - Little girl silhouette
A - Arrow patterned paper strip
Y - Yellow cardstock
E - Eyelets
R - Rose die cut
S - String

…this challenge was a good stash-buster, I must say!  :D

Well that's all for now!


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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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